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Gradient Dye Wig Tutorial by Hakuji Gradient Dye Wig Tutorial by Hakuji
I suck at making tutorials. However, I've found out I've needed to gradient dye TWO wigs in the past couple months. I have a lot of people asking me how I did it, so here we go! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me here or at www.facebook.com/hakujicosplay
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SilentCherubim Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What if the gradient is to be done on the top? Like white hair and black top 'roots'?
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Kawaii-Ash Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Is there a way to prevent the dye from coming off on Cosplay?
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sea-shimmer Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial!! do you have any recommendations on dyeing a wig so it is gray or black at the root and then a different color at the tips?

like this:
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thanks!
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UndesiredValentine Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome for future reference! I'm glad you made this!
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77Flower77 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Hey I was wondering if it's okay if I -with credit and everything linking back to your page- post a link to this on a page Im running about cosplays and do-it-yourself tutorials? Only if it's okay with you of course! 
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westernmassacre Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for posting this tutorial! I've been coveting gradient wigs for a while and finding a way to make one myself is a huge help (and probably a lot of money saved depending on the wig vendors)! Do you know if RIT dyes work for pigment? I've seen many wig-dying tutorials recommend using RIT for regular wig dying (and it's the brand I use for dying most things so I already have some on hand), but I've never seen a gradient tutorial until now.

I hope getting the dye in your eyes wasn't too painful or damaging! That doesn't sound very pleasant. Maybe you should pick up some goggles from a craft or hardware store! They're often pretty cheap and definitely worth it if you plan on doing any more gradient wigs. It could be helpful for prop work, too. Just a thought! C:
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Hakuji Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've used RIT dye on wigs before, but I personally prefer using India ink for pigment. RIT would work much the same, though, so it would work with this tutorial. :3 I'm glad I could help you with your wig work!
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westernmassacre Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, thank you so much! I can't wait to try this out. I didn't expect you to respond so quickly! I really appreciate it.
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liriana Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Really great tutorial you have here!

I was wondering, would this work if the dye were darker colours (black and red) instead of pastel/light shades?
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Hakuji Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My friend actually used this tutorial to dye black over a red wig. He just had to do it many many times. So yes, it's possible, just requires a little more patience.
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liriana Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, thank you!
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PsychoKay Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Would there be a way to get the dye out?
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Hakuji Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
90% rubbing alcohol takes the dye out, but it also dries the wig out so you'll need some kind of silicone spray or something else to keep it from being straw-like afterwards.
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PsychoKay Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Ok, thank you!
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draggersprez Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really cool! how would you suggest I dye a wig for Merli? 24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7w...
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Hakuji Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
For a wig like that you can use www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3IB-K… that tutorial
Sorry for the late response.
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ruzovymonster Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
coooooool!!!!! *o*
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BlackMageDark Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
amazing tutorial!! Thank you!
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Hakuji Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! <3
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kinomotochan Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
*-* thank you so much <3
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Hakuji Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome! <3
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kinomotochan Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
:D
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EnvelCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
May I ask what color you used as the start for you Nowi wig?
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Hakuji Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Arda's platinum blonde Jeannie :3
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EnvelCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful! Thank you! :)
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PrincessKaori87 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I'm gonna try this for my Birdy (Birdy the Mighty: Decode) wig.
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Hakuji Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That should work out really well and be super pretty!
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Nami01 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student
simple, helpful, easily done.
A goof tutorial and nice explanation. i am from germany and i totally get anything you explain!
*fav*
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Hakuji Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad it was easy for you to understand! I'm a big fan of keeping things simple!
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Nami01 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student
and you did it again.can you btw recommend any shop pages for bying the ink/the pigments?
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Hakuji Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
[link] there's the site for FW ink. For India, ink, I use a brand called Bombay, and sharpies are self explanatory.
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Nami01 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student
thx a lot. I will have a look and see if I am able to do my jak wig from jak and daxter later that year^^
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Lainedy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Everybody that wants to be Sheryl Nome learns how to spray-dye a wig XDD That damned hair...is pink, is blond or is orange-pinkish-blond...
Nobody knows that for sure.

Great tutorial :3!!!
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Hakuji Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's exactly what the pink one is for! I've seen a lot that have pink fiber put into them, but I personally, like gradient dyes for her. I remember when Macross Frontier first came out and everyone was really confused at what to do XD
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Tikizip Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
super helpful for pastel goth stuff. thanks
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Hakuji Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not a JFashion person, but I really think it woulf go well for a lot of JFashion styles! Hopefully some of my Lolita friends will do this and show off how it turned out.
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Tikizip Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i'm not sure if pastel goth is originated in japan, however, i do know it has strong influences from jfashion
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LittleGeeky Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Thank you so much for the helpful tutorial!
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Hakuji Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome!
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reptoJane Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great. Thanks for sharing!
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Hakuji Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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