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How to Dye a Lacrosse Head

Whoever said lax players couldn’t be good artists has clearly never heard of a dyed head before. Dyed heads are more than just a little side project for avid lacrosse players’ gear collections; they’re an expression of a player’s inner artistic vision. So how do you turn your plain white head into a piece worthy of being hung in the Louvre Museum?

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Things You’ll Need

  • Lacrosse Head
  • RIT Fabric Dye
  • Boiling Water
  • Plastic Container

Types of Dye Patterns

Dye Patterns, like any piece of fine art, come in a wide array of shapes, colors, and patterns. Not sure what your style is yet? Here’s some inspiration.

Solid

Nothing says class more than a solid color dye job. Whether you’re looking to match your head with your team colors or just stand out from the crowd, a solid color dye design is never a bad idea.

Fade

If you’re looking for something silky smooth, your best bet is to do some sort of a fade dye job. The only thing you’ll need to take into account is what two, or even three, colors you’ll want to blend.

Here are some of our favorites:

Fade lacrosse head

Lacrosse head fade dye

Marble

While dying heads with a marble style may require a little more time and effort, you’re sure to get some props on the field when it’s done right. Here are some recent marble heads that caught our attention:

Marble dye lacrosse head

How to Dye Your Head

The technique you’ll need to follow when dying your head depends largely on the style you’re looking to replicate. With that being said, there are certain things you’ll need to do in order to prepare your head for a dye job regardless of the style you choose.

Start off by giving your head a scrub down with a sponge and some hot water. Additionally, make sure to take off your strings.

Next, turn on your stove’s burner or grab an electric kettle to boil some water. You’ll need enough water to completely submerge your head in, so plan accordingly. Once that begins to boil, turn off your heat and let the water settle for a few seconds. If it’s stopped bubbling, go ahead and toss your water into a plastic container.

Solid Color

If you’re looking to get a solid color design, your next step is to toss in your dye color of choice. Pour your RIT dye in and let it dissolve by mixing it with a spoon a few times.

Once that’s settled, toss your head in and let it sit for a few minutes. The hotter your water is, the quicker your coloring will take place. The saturation of your dye will depend greatly on how long you keep your head submerged. Here’s our general rule of thumb:

  • Light Colors: 2-5 minutes
  • Medium Colors: 5-10 minutes
  • Dark Colors: As long as you want

If you’re pleased with the amount of color saturating your head, remove it from the dye and immediately run it under some cool water to wash off any excess dye. Throw it back into the hot water for another 5-10 minutes to help your color settle into place. Rinse your head once more and then throw it in the freezer for around 25 minutes to cool.

Fade

The process of making a fade on your head is pretty similar to what you’d do when going with a solid color dye. The only key difference you’ll need to take into account is deciding how much of your head you’ll want to submerge in the dye.

Start off by following the same procedures as you would if you were dying your whole head (cleaning head, heating water, etc). Once you’ve added your RIT dye into a container, submerge the section of your head that you want to dye, making sure the areas you want to be darkest stay in the longest and vice versa. Keep dipping the head in and out, as well.

After you’ve dipped your head for a minute or so, pull it out and follow the same procedures as you normally would with a solid color dye job.

Marble

To start, you’ll need to pick up some webbing spray at your local hardware store. Use this to spray your head down and create the outline of your marble-like pattern after cleaning it.

Once you’ve done that, dip your head, with the marble spray still on, into the color(s) of your choice. You can choose to do a solid color look, or try your luck with a two-color fade design.

The rest of the dying process can be done as if you were dying your head with a solid color. Just remember: make sure to wash off all of your webbing spray when cooling your head for the final time.

Other Tips

  • Always make sure you’re careful when moving your freshly dyed head from one surface to another.
  • The best place to dye is outside. No one -- especially your parents -- wants their rugs or furniture ruined.

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