Face masks have become the new norm in this uncertain time as an essential item for reducing the spread of COVID-19. More businesses and public establishments are mandating that a mask be worn before entering the premises—those who don’t risk being denied entry and service.
So we all should wear a mask now to fight the transmission of the virus. But that doesn't mean you can't look stylish while you're wearing it! This small and temporary inconvenience can become a fun project for you to customize the face mask you are expected to wear.
Want to dye your mask? Yoga Society can help
It doesn't matter what type of fabric you've chosen for your mask or the color. You can dye just about any face mask to the color and shade you want. Here's how to do it:
Coloring a White Fabric Mask
If you're starting with a blank canvas of white, the dyeing process will be somewhat easier than with a mask with color in it already.
You'll want to start with a slightly damp fabric. Some folks will dye the material when it's dry, but adding a little moisture will help the colors absorb quicker and easier. The mask does not need to be soaking wet. Make it slightly damp, and you should be ready to go.
Choose your dye color and apply it to the mask. If you want a mask that is all one even color, fill a receptacle with your dye of choice and submerge the fabric into it. If you want a tie-dye mask look, fold it up into thirds, quarters, or however you want the pattern to look when you're finished.
After you've folded the fabric, drop or squeeze as much or as little of each color you want on the mask. Be as sparing or as liberal with the color as you wish. That is your mask; the decisions are yours! Once you've finished dyeing your mask, wrap it up in some cellophane and sit for one to three hours. You want to give the dye enough time to soak into the fabric thoroughly. The longer you allow the color to soak in, the more vibrant the color will be in your mask.
When you're done, unwrap and rinse the mask under cold water until the water is clear. Lay flat and let the fabric dry thoroughly before wearing your new mask.
Changing the Color of Your Mask
Perhaps you have turned an old T-shirt or some extra fabric into a mask. But maybe you're not too keen on the color, your material is faded, or you want to give the mask a whole new look.
First things first, you will need to remove the color from the mask. You may think of bleaching the material, but this idea won't work as you expect. Instead, use a color remover to lighten or remove the current color entirely. Follow the instructions of your preferred remover, and when you are finished, you will have a white or off-white mask to work.
When you are done, you can dye the mask whatever color you wish.
Natural vs. Synthetic
Before choosing any dye for your mask, you should know what type of fabric you are using. Certain dyes are formulated to work best with natural fabrics such as cotton, while other dyes are best-suited for synthetic fabrics like polyester or acrylic. Always check the material when you are selecting the dye you plan to use for your mask.
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