How to Dye Hair Systems
One of the finest ways to accomplish natural looking hairline when suffering from hair loss is a high-quality hair replacement system. A well designed and properly fitted hairpiece should be almost impossible to distinguish from a natural look and is valued for the boost in confidence it brings.
The Importance of Caring for Your Hair Replacement System
Regular maintenance of your hair replacement will result in a longer lifespan of the piece. A hair system made of natural hair is just as susceptible to the damaging effects of sun, chlorine or fluorescent lights as your own hair is. Unfortunately, your hair replacement system can’t grow back and or repair itself so it’s even more important that you protect it from damaging oxidizing effects.
Hair replacement manufacturers recommend that you:
- Use shampoos formulated for non-growing hair. Ordinary products may contain detergents which strip the hair shaft or damage the knots at the base
- Use a leave in conditioner if you’re working outside or under florescent lights
- If you’re swimming, comb in your leave in conditioner before you get into the water and when you finish your dip
Restoring color to your hair system
Even with the best of care, there’s a chance that the color of the piece will fade over time. The good news is that it’s quite possible to dye your replaced hair and if you follow the correct procedure you can expect a great result.
How to Dye Your Hair System
You will need
- A styrofoam model head
- Aluminium foil
- A metal toothed comb
- A plastic cup
- Hair dye
Before you start
Always dye your hair system in a well-lit room, this will help you to judge the color more accurately and ensure that you can see what you’re doing. Natural light is best. Wash the piece and allow to air dry completely before starting the dyeing process.
Step 1: Preparing your hair replacement system for dyeing
Take the aluminum foil and mold it to the shape of the styrofoam head, to protect it and give it a longer life. Place and secure the hair system onto the head. Dry comb or brush through to make sure the piece is properly secured.
Step 2: Mix the dye
Do this in exactly the same way as you’d mix dye for your own hair. When you’re selecting a dye bear in mind that non-growing hair is more porous than growing hair so takes up color more easily. It’s generally recommended that you choose a color that’s one or two shades lighter than your desired final result.
Step 3: Apply the dye
Put on your gloves first! Use the metal comb to work the dye into the hair, start from the top of the piece and work down. Take care to apply the dye to the hair only, not the base to which it is attached.
Step 4: Wait for the color to take
The time required for this will vary depending on the dye you’re using, so check the guidelines on the product before starting. Do regular color checks as you approach the expected time. Squeeze the hair gently to remove some of the moisture to do this, remember that the dry color will be a shade lighter than the wet.
Step 5: Rinse your hair piece
Remove from the styro head and take it to a shower head or sink. Rinse upside down so the color will flow through the base first to avoid getting any dye on it. Pat the piece dry with a towel, spray in a leave in conditioner and allow the piece to dry naturally before use.