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24 January 2010 @ 09:44 pm
Rose Tyler wig and Mini-Tutorial  
I got my rose wig in the mail today, and, being all super excited, I sat down and dyed the roots... And not just at the part.... I added roots to every. single. weft. of. hair. While it took forever, I am so proud at how it came out!! It's so totally natural looking!

(Sorry for the bad pictures. All I have are my cellphone and my webcam right now)

It's the right main color, but the part is zig-zag, and the wig looks flat, not natural. Definitely needs the roots!


Here you can see the roots are all over. I love how it came out.

This was my first time dyeing a wig, and while it took forever, I think it was a success!

I was asked on dw_cosplay for a tutorial, so I made a small one.

Rose Tyler Wig Tutorial.



This is my first time writing a tutorial, so bear with me.


Materials –


Blonde wig (I used the Tricia wig from cosworx.com in color 24)

Sharpies (I used the limited edition Mocha Sharpie. I only needed one, but the only way I can find them is either in a 12 pack on ebay or in the variety packs.)

Rubbing alcohol in a plastic cup– 70%

Paper Towel

Wig head/something to put the wig on.

Large Clip


1.      - Brush out the wig and put it on your wig head.

2.       -Using the large clip, clip up the majority of the hair, leaving the bottom few rows of hair down.


3.       -Using your sharpie, start coloring the top ½ inch of the fiber

4.       -Dip a piece of the paper towel in the rubbing alcohol, and rub it along the line where the sharpie ends before it dries, going up and down the strand (you can do this in chunks). Any line that was visible between the two colors should start to fade, creating a transition between the two colors

5.       -Re-clip the hair with another row or two of hair down. Repeat steps 3 and 4.

6.       -Continue repeating steps 3-5 until you reach about four inches from the part.

7.       -Here, make the dark area you color a little bit longer, about ¾ inch, and continue until you reach the skin area (if you are using a skin part wig)

8.       -Using the clip, separate small chunks of hair and continue coloring the roots. Make sure that you make it really dark at the base, since this part is less for depth and will be seen.

9.       -Make sure you get the front of the wig and the sides. Easiest way to see if they need color is to hold the wig upside down, and check the roots.

10.   -Go back and touch up any root areas that aren’t dark enough.

11.   -The entire wig should now have roots.

12.  - Brush out the wig. You’re done!



Some extra pictures:

Rose stole the doctor's sonic screwdriver. Shh.

What it looks like clipped up, since she wears her hair this way a few times.
Nonvenomousnonvenomous on January 25th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
Oh my, that looks a hundred times better! Great job!
SydneyChilittleexplorer on April 25th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Just found this tutorial on a google search for dying wig roots, and THANK YOU! I'm so excited to try this. Added it to my memories :)
summoner_lenne9summoner_lenne9 on June 24th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
I've seen quite a few Roses put in roots and it always looked wrong, and I think it's because they only put it at the part. This looks fantastic! If I ever plan on cosplaying Rose I will definitely use this tutorial, thank you :).
(Anonymous) on February 19th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
haveyou realised hat you look really like Amy Pond???! :D :D
silvablack on April 3rd, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
This wig looks great after your work, and the tutorial is great too.
Testiclat McJunkpunch: bamf dalekstupid_drawings on June 28th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
That looks wonderful!
Jane Blew HealyJane Blew Healy on March 5th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
Truly amazing difference! The wig goes from fakey fake to totally believable.

Thanks for sharing the technique.
...mockingjay on March 30th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
Awesome tutorial! Just wondering what base wig you used? The color looks spot-on.