I wanted to know if you had any experience in using soft pastels on wigs? I wanted to temporarily shade a synthetic ( hiperlon ) wig ( long story) and soft pastels was brought to my attention, as well as using eye shadows. I am leaning more towards the pastels, and from what I can tell they will wash out of the wig with no lasting effect on it. So, I thought I would ask if you had any input or tips regarding this? Especially since my internet search is not giving much to go on. Thank you so much

I wanted to know if you had any experience in using soft pastels on wigs? I wanted to temporarily shade a synthetic ( hiperlon ) wig ( long story) and soft pastels was brought to my attention, as well as using eye shadows. I am leaning more towards the pastels, and from what I can tell they will wash out of the wig with no lasting effect on it. So, I thought I would ask if you had any input or tips regarding this? Especially since my internet search is not giving much to go on. Thank you so much

 

 

I would say for this kind of thing, it’s up to you to experiment.

I’ve never used soft pastels on a wig, but if they’re the chalk kind rather than the creamy oil kind, it might work. The oil kind would likely leave a clumpy mess, so I would avoid those.

Eye shadow would fall out pretty quickly, and would be not be suited for anything more than giving a tiny bit of shade to your hairline or adding a bit of very temporary color to the part of a wig.

What I would recommend is looking into hair chalk. I know it was popular a few years ago and I’m not sure if it as remained popular, but it is a product meant to stay on real hair and may work on synthetic hair. I’m not sure what the mechanism of it holding to hair is, but since it’s a powder that coats the strands, you will have more luck with something like this or something else chalk-like rather than something as loose as an eyeshadow.

In fact, I found this tutorial on how to use hair chalk! You’ll have to translate it, but the automatic translation is still pretty decent.

You probably won’t be able to fully color a wig this way, but if you are just trying to add some temporary highlights, roots, tips, etc., I would give it a try.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

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