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Post By Cactiberry. 13/10/09, 01:22 am

So i've gotten my Fuuta wig, and I reckon it's pretty good in terms of length and quality.
But, uh, it's too dark. Is there anyway to lighten a wig?
I'd wear anyway even if it's too dark, but I'd prefer if I could make it lighter.
Suggestions?
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Post By Guest. 13/10/09, 03:37 am

I don't believe there is a way to lighten a wig, unfortunately >:

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Post By Static. 13/10/09, 03:41 am

No..you can't make synthetic fibre lighter unfortunately. You could try highlighting it with a lighter shade of fibre (sewing in sections of it to the existing wefts) but otherwise you might be stuck. :S
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Post By Cactiberry. 13/10/09, 06:08 am

Damn.
I've heard of leaving a wig in the sun to lighten it, but iunno if this will damage the wig or not :/
/wig newbie
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Post By Guest. 13/10/09, 06:19 am

it doesn't work, actually. XD;;

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Post By JVCA. 13/10/09, 06:24 am

No - wig fiber doesn't get sunbleached like real hair does, sadly. All that will happen is that your wig will get a bit warm, lol. *offers her sympathy*
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Post By Cactiberry. 13/10/09, 06:30 am

D=
Pssh, oh well.
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Post By Kitten Slave. 13/10/09, 06:41 am

I hear a lighter, in conjunction with lighter fluid will help...

Disclaimer: The above advice may or may not have the desired results.

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Post By Guest. 16/10/09, 12:27 pm

Oops >.<
So sorry Lizzi! The picture and the actual thing looked very different >.>

Hmm... maybe you could attempt to dye it lighter? Not very helpful adivice, sorry >.<

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Post By Cactiberry. 16/10/09, 12:36 pm

LOL! No problem Nee, I like it xD I just thought for accuracy's sake i'd try and make it lighter xD
My mum suggested something with flour. I'm worried.
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Post By deceptivemagick. 20/10/09, 12:54 am

dye probly wont hold on the wigs weve had to spray paint one to make it lighter (it smelt REALLy bad though) but dye wont work on synthetic wigs
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Post By JVCA. 20/10/09, 01:00 am

WIG Dye (not hair dye!) does work on synthetic wigs, though some fibers hold it better than others (Elora doesn't dye very well, for example, but Kankalon dyes amazingly well), but it will only tint the fibers - so it can go darker, but never lighter, sadly. sad
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Post By deceptivemagick. 20/10/09, 01:03 am

JVCA wrote:
WIG Dye (not hair dye!) does work on synthetic wigs

How did you do it?! ive never really managed to get it to work
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Post By JVCA. 20/10/09, 05:41 am

Acrylic ink, Isopropyl alcohol, and a light coloured base wig. I've done it twice now - the first time was great - a cosworx scruffy gone from light (almost platinum) blonde to bright yellow (ironic that it worked so well, 'coz I was trying to go for a muted yellow. XD), and the second being a punky S which didn't work as well, sadly, because it's elora fiber. We were trying to go from platinum blonde to a mid/light grey (think Kakashi colour) but it just looks a grey/white... Ah well - serves me right for buying the wrong kind of fiber'd wig! XD

But yeah - following the recipe on coscom, I think it was 8 drops of acrylic ink (it does have to be acrylic) to half a cup of alcohol or something? My memory sucks, lol, but the thread is on cosplay.com somewhere. :)
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Post By Duckeh. 20/10/09, 05:59 am

//has just died her blonde wig to red. 8D Admittedly it's a pinkish red, but I haven't done the final layer yet~

Recipe I followed:
75% of Isopropyl alcohol {Just under 3/4 of a cup}
1/4 cup of water
12 drops of acrylic dye/ink/Magicolor stuff says just liquid acrylic!
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Post By Rowan. 20/10/09, 06:23 am

70% haha, 75% is 3/4 Very Happy
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Post By Duckeh. 20/10/09, 06:33 am

//sobs.
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Post By deceptivemagick. 21/10/09, 12:49 am

SWEET! the chemist in me is already itching to try it lol
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Post By Highlander. 21/10/09, 09:45 am

JVCA wrote:

But yeah - following the recipe on coscom, I think it was 8 drops of acrylic ink (it does have to be acrylic) to half a cup of alcohol or something? My memory sucks, lol, but the thread is on cosplay.com somewhere. :)

Yes cosplay.com has a reasonable FAQ. It has one for the Sharpie methods, and one for the ink methods. And using closer to 70% seems to be important. Going to try this.

But Alcohol is expensive. Is there a cheaper place to buy it?
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Post By Rowan. 21/10/09, 11:02 am

How mucch are you paying for it? You can get a litre for $14 from Mitre 10.
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Post By Highlander. 21/10/09, 11:52 am

Chemists want $18 for 500ml.
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Post By deceptivemagick. 22/10/09, 12:43 am

we chemists are all trying to take your money :p
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Post By Highlander. 22/10/09, 04:25 am

Well next time I will know better.
Every time I got to the chemist or doctor I loose lots of money.
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