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catfetus
05-07-2013, 11:25 AM
TL;DR: Can anyone help me try to pick out a proper base wig to start with? Or even more help on finding the best tutorials for a beginner?

Reference image:
http://www.leagueoflegendsskins.com/images/champions/splash/Shyvana_2.jpg
Reference 3D model:
http://www.lolking.net/models/?champion=102&skin=2

I'm not very experienced with wigs, so I'm not yet sure how accurate I want to go with this wig as far as the long back part goes (I might just leave it long and slightly layered without any spiking and such). So let's not worry about that for now.
For the headpiece, my plan so far is to make it on a headband, then drill holes in it and sew the whole thing in to the wig. Currently exploring additional options though.

But anyways, widow's peak.
I found this tutorial that seems pretty simple, I figure I can use extra hair from layering the back of the wig:
http://malindachan.deviantart.com/art/Wig-Hairline-Tutorial-216211961

So it seems that before doing the widow's peak I need to learn how to slick a wig back, I don't know how to do this either, but this tutorial seems basic:
http://cosstitch.blogspot.com/2011/10/wig-tutorial-slicked-back-hairstyle.html

Besides needing to buy a lacefront wig for the base, I don't know anything about wig parting, so I also don't know exactly what style of base wig to buy. If a wig isn't specifically listed as "Lace front" does that mean that it isn't a lace front?
Browsing Arda's lace front section, I was looking at The Dude wig
http://arda-wigs.com/products/the-dude
but it's not really long enough and it would be cool to avoid having to sew in extra wefts.
I'm not too familiar with all the various wig buying sites out there, and it seems a lot of them don't have specific "lace front" sections.
(Edit: I feel like something like this would be perfect, but it doesn't say lace front, so I assume it isn't
http://www.epiccosplay.com/40-violet-purple-straight-long-cosplay-wig.html )

Also, I might want to go with a darker purple instead of a more vibrant one. I've never done wig dying before, but I hear it's relatively simple.

Ani_BEE
05-07-2013, 11:52 AM
You probalt don'y need a lace front for her but you need yo create you own hair line instead.

If you went with w lace front you would have to hand tie alot of hair to get a nautral look to the new hairline much liek Axel Cosplayers. ;)

This tutorial with the Wig Hairline Tutorial I the what to go.
http://arda-wigs.com/blogs/tutorials/6177964-making-an-extreme-widows-peak
You won't need to cut int the wig just add to it for your character.

For the hairline that is exposed on the original base wig you just sew wefts under the hair. But here is a slicked back wig as a base if your interested. ;)
http://arda-wigs.com/products/malinda

catfetus
05-07-2013, 01:37 PM
You probalt don'y need a lace front for her but you need yo create you own hair line instead.

If you went with w lace front you would have to hand tie alot of hair to get a nautral look to the new hairline much liek Axel Cosplayers. ;)

This tutorial with the Wig Hairline Tutorial I the what to go.
http://arda-wigs.com/blogs/tutorials/6177964-making-an-extreme-widows-peak
You won't need to cut int the wig just add to it for your character.

For the hairline that is exposed on the original base wig you just sew wefts under the hair. But here is a slicked back wig as a base if your interested. ;)
http://arda-wigs.com/products/malinda
Thanks for the info!

So with this method, you make the widow's peak first and then slick it back after to get the desired look? (seeing as how I'm not going for spiky)

If I'm already sewing a bunch of wefts to do the widow's peak I don't think a few extra underneath will be much more difficult. I think I should have enough extra hair from trimming/layering the back of the wig to make all the wefts since they seem to be short

Do you have a good recomendation for a weft making and sewing tutorial? I've only made wefts using caulk (no tulle or fabric), and I don't know if those would work for this.

Ani_BEE
05-07-2013, 01:50 PM
You got it!

I usually sew wefts if I make them from scratch.
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1079221/

catfetus
05-07-2013, 01:54 PM
You got it!

I usually sew wefts if I make them from scratch.
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1079221/

I'd seen that tutorial before! I will try it.

Is it really as simple as just sewing them underneath the front and pulling them around to the top? Trying to google some tutorials on turning a regular wig in to a lacefront and they don't make it sound so easy...

Ani_BEE
05-07-2013, 02:03 PM
No, lace frowning is a lot of work. :crylaugh: I only willing to add hair to one then make my own from scratch which is great for small hairline alteration.

catfetus
05-07-2013, 02:12 PM
No, lace frowning is a lot of work. :crylaugh: I only willing to add hair to one then make my own from scratch which is great for small hairline alteration.

D': Bwah, alright! Making a lace front doesn't seem like beginner stuff :P I'm going to keep looking for a new base then. Maybe try to find any long, light colored, lace front and just dye it and add the widow's peak.

catfetus
05-07-2013, 03:05 PM
alright... Should I try for Arda's Matilda lacefront in Grape

http://arda-wigs.com/products/matilda

Here is the Grape gallery - http://arda-wigs.com/collections/grape-AR003

It's already lacefront, the color should be okay, all I'd have to do is straighten it (I hear that is super easy), trim the back, make extra short wefts with that hair, add the widow's peak, and slick it back.

That doesn't sound too bad, I guess?

However, I'm still leaning towards the glue method of adding the peak just because it seems a lot easier and still looks okay. Are there any reasons I shouldn't do this? Is it less natural looking?
Edit: Okay no, I think I realized why this method might not work. You have to do the whole hairline like that because it looks different than the lace-front wig's regular hairline. We'll see, it'll depend on where my actual hairline is.