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Dying Stick Heads
Want to turn ordinary heads into personally customized lacrosse sticks?

You can make your stick match anything from your school colors to your cat's eyes, and it's easier than you think!

Materials you'll need:

Yep, just the ordinary dye you find in grocery and drug stores! It's best to get the liquid form if you can find it, but the powder works just as well. (It's just a little messier!)

A Large, Flat Pan
Like a roasting pan. Something that the head will fit in and be immersed in the dye. Metal works best because it won't pick up the dye. I've used the large, disposable aluminum turkey roasters and they work just fine.

Glue Gun
You can make designs on the head by using a glue gun before the dying process.

Rag towels and rubber gloves come in very handy!

Procedure for Dying

It is important to know that when you dye a stick head you void any warranty that the company may have provided upon purchase. Dying the head may weaken it, making it more vulnerable to breakage.


Feel free to leave the strings on or take them off, depending on your preferences for string color and your ability to restring the head. The dye will not harm the strings.


It's best if you remove the head from the stick. This allows you to submerse the head completely in the flat pan. If you don't want to remove it, you can use a deeper pan, like a large stock pot. Just be sure the entire head fits in vertically. The easiest way to proceed is to dye a new head before it's strung or mounted on the stick!


If you want to place a design on the head before dying it you'll need a glue gun. If you've never used a glue gun before, practice on another surface first. Follow the instructions that come with the gun. When you feel comfortable with your abilities apply the glue directly to the head. Remember that the more glue you put on, the less dye there will be on the head. I have never put glue on the strings nor would I recommend doing so. Let the glue dry completely. (This doesn't take longer than a few minutes. The glue will start out tacky, then harden. When you can't make a dent in the glue with your finger, it's ready.)

I have been told that electrical tape can be used to make designs on the head, also. I have not tried this and cannot verify that it works. This would be an easy way to put numbers and letters on the head.


Make up the dye according to the package directions. You have to use very hot, almost boiling, water to make the powdered form dissolve. Be sure to let the dye solution cool slightly before immersing the head. (If you can leave your finger in the solution for 10 seconds, it's ready!)
If you're using the powdered form of the dye be sure to mix it well once it's all in the pan. Stir it gently in the pan until all of the powder is dissolved.
You can mix dyes together to make different colors. You can also, if you're using the glue gun technique, produce different colors on the head by dying it twice; once while the glue is on and then again, with a different color, after you take the glue off.


Immerse the head in the dye solution. Leave the head undisturbed for two to ten hours, depending on how dark you want the resulting color.


Remove the head from the dye solution and place it in ice cold water for a few minutes. (I put ice cubes and water in the kitchen sink.) Remove the head from the ice water and place on a clean rag towel. If you have used a glue gun you can now remove the glue from the head. It should peel off easily.

After the head has dried completely it is ready to be restrung and/or remounted on the shaft.