teastars asked: I am completely FASCINATED by how you dyed your Raven wig (it's beautiful)! Did you find that the iDye Poly had much of an influence on the color? I ask as a disperse dye needs to be at a constant boil to penetrate synthetic fibers and I can't imagine you boiled your wig for an hour, haha. Also, did you use the color intensifier or decide to leave that out? I'm sorry if this is a bother, I'm just completely excited by hearing this! Thank you and keep creating great things!!
i love answering cosplay questions, so you’re no bother at all!
It definitely had a huge influence on the color as I started with a silver(almost white) wig. I used an entire packet of purple and a 1/4th of a packet of blue with about half of the intensifier. I brought it all up to a boil and then turned my portable stove off and let it set for about 10-15 minutes to cool off. I was scared what actually boiling the wig would do it to however “heat resistant” it claimed to be. I only needed to swish the wig around for about 30- 50 seconds to get the color like it is. I tested it on a bunch of different extra wefts to determine exactly how long to keep it in there for and it didn’t really seem to matter if it was in there for 50 second or half an hour. the color remained basically the same. Any less than that though and the color would be much lighter. After I took it out of the dye bath I sprayed it with a hose and washed it with dish soap until it no longer ran purple, and let it dry.
Dyeing a wig like this kinks and tangles it like CRAZY. Getting it all de-tangled took 2 hours and it looked like a horrid frizzy mess. However going over it with a hair straightener turned it back to the texture of smooth silk. You’d never be able to guess how terrible it looked out of that bath. I almost think the wig feels better NOW then it did before i dyed it. this method has none of the crunchiness of marker dyeing, and it NEVER rubs off on anything. It’s perfection!
I recommend dyeing with iDYE poly 150% on a HEAT RESISTANT wig. I’ve heard that it does well with most other colors too!
The only thing I would have done differently would be to use a resist on the lace of the wig. The dye turned it all purple, the wig fibers, the elastic, mesh, and the lace for the lace front. I’ve heard that Vaseline works.