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INSTRUCTIONS FOR COLORING HUMAN HAIR AND BLENDS...
Because of the chemical processing which is used in making human hair for wigs, it is not recommended that a human hair wig be lightened by anyone other than an experienced wig professional who is familiar with working with processed hair. If a deeper shade is desired, or red or gold tones wanted, there is a relatively simple way to create a custom color yourself. I use SoColor by Matrix, which is a professional product, but any good permanent hair tint may be used on human hair and blend wigs.
PLEASE NOTE: Darkening or lightening the color more than two levels is not recommended.
DIRECTIONS: For best results, a professional tint and developer from a beauty supply store should be used. Choose a color from the swatch samples at the store, which is closest to the color you wish to achieve. Use equal parts tint and developer. 2 oz. tint to 2 oz. developer is a good formula for short and medium-length wigs. Add an extra ounce each for longer wigs.
In a plastic tub or other container large enough to accommodate your wig or hairpiece, mix tint with developer and stir with a plastic or other non-metal utensil until well-blended. Add 1 quart (32 oz.) warm water and stir with non-metal utensil until color is mixed well. There may still be some globs of color floating around in the water, but they will dissolve eventually. NOTE: Rubber or plastic gloves should be worn when working in tint solution as the dye will stain hands and is difficult to remove.
Immerse wig and gently work solution carefully and thoroughly through the hair. It is recommended that the hair be laid out smoothly in the solution to minimize tangling. Depending on how much of a change you want, most wigs will take the maximum processing time...usually about 30 to 45 minutes...to reach the desired shade. . Refer to the directions in the package of tint and use the recommended time for strong tinted hair. Check your color periodically by using a tea towel or paper towel to wipe the color mixture from a small section of hair to see how it's coming along. Remember that hair color always looks darker when wet. When desired shade is reached, rinse wig well in cool to warm water until water runs fairly clear. From there, just follow washing and conditioning instructions on care sheet. You now have a custom colored wig!
For best results on care of human hair wigs, I recommend the Healthy Essential SeCure System which may be ordered from the Wet Products section of this site.
DISCLAIMER: PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE HUMAN HAIR IN SOME VIRGIN AND REMY WIGS IS PROCESSED WITH A PROTECTIVE SILICONE COATING IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE OXIDATION OR LIGHTENING OF THE ORIGINAL COLOR. THIS COATING MAY PREVENT OR SEVERELY INHIBIT THE ABILITY OF THE HAIR TO ABSORB THE COLORING PRODUCT, RESULTING IN LITTLE OR NO CHANGE IN THE COLOR OF THE HAIR. THERE IS NO WAY TO TELL IF THE NEW WIG HAS THIS COATING UNTIL YOU TRY TO COLOR IT. THE COATING IS USUALLY REMOVED OVER SEVERAL WASHINGS. MEANWHILE, TRYING TO LIGHTEN OR DARKEN ONE OF THESE WIGS IS A VERY FRUSTRATING EXPERIENCE. IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO DO A TEST STRAND ON THE WIG BEFORE YOU TAKE THE TIME TO COLOR THE WHOLE THING.
HUMAN HAIR THAT HAS HAD THE CUTICLE REMOVED SHOULD GIVE YOU A BETTER RESULT, AS THIS HAIR IS NOT USUALLY COATED WITH THE SILICONE SUBSTANCE.
THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS, IN ORDER TO GET A SUCCESSFUL COLOR RESULT ON VIRGIN OR REMY HAIR WIGS, I RECOMMEND THAT THE COLOR BE CUSTOM-ORDERED FROM THE FACTORY TO MATCH YOUR COLOR CHOICE. A SMALL NUMBER OF COMPANIES HAVE A WIGMAKER ON STAFF WHO CAN ADD (BY VENTILATING OR SEWING IN) HIGHLIGHTS OR LOWLIGHTS TO THE ORIGINAL COLOR IF NEEDED. WE CAN DISCUSS THIS FURTHER IF YOU CONTACT ME.