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Ghost613
11-24-2007, 06:44 PM
Hear ye, hear ye! I've been aware for quite some time that half the questions I'm answering here are the same questions I've answered time and again. Well quite frankly, I'm getting kind of tired of answering the same questions. It's irritating. So, for your reading pleasure and your knowledge, I present a list!

Wig FAQ's I'm tired of answering:

1.Can I put gel in a wig?
NO. Gel does not work in wig hair. Gel works with the structure of human hair, and wigs are made of completely different stuff. Please just stick to hair glue and hairspray.

2.How do I spike a wig?
You use either hairspray or spiking glue.
http://www.folica.com/got2b_Glued_Sty_d1479.html
http://www.folica.com/got2b_Glued_Spi_d1489.html
Most stylers will recommend starting uber spiky styles with Punky.
http://www.cosworx.com/product.php?productid=16459&cat=295&page=1
Also, along these lines:
Here's a very helpful tutorial for a spiky Kingdom Hearts wig:
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=97834


3.I got this wig and it's too dark. How do I lighten it?
There is NO way to lighten a wig if it's too dark. I'm sorry. This is one of those "tough toenails" situations.

4.How do I straighten a wig?
With hot water.
http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wigtutorial_straightening.html
Now how hard is that?
However, you can use a straightener (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=135685) or blowdryer (http://www.godsavethequeenfashions.com/How_to_Straighten_a_Wig.html) as well WITH EXTREME CAUTION (!!)

5.Where is a good place to buy a wig?
There are only two places I ever recommend; Amphigory and Cosworx. You can sometimes get lucky with eBay, but I would just stick with these two for the most part.
www.amphigory.com/wigs.html
http://cosworx.com/home.php?cat=1

on a wiggy note, i realized i addressed where to get wigs but not extensions. amphigory actually sells extension hair (http://amphigory.com/hair_kanekalon_silky_braid.html), but the color choices are limited-ish. doctored locks is the main go to for extensions.
http://www.doctoredlocks.com/store/silky_braid.html
to match colors from amphigory, katie bair made this really useful chart. it has color numbers as well which is helpful when trying to match with cosworx.
http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wigs_colorchart.html

6.How can I cut bangs into a wig?
You bring the hair forward and cut it.
www.amphigory.com/wig_how_to_cut_bangs.html
http://www.tristencitrine.com/tutorials/wigbangs.html
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=138993


7.I want to make my wig a different color. Can I just spray it with colored hairspray? If I dye it, will I be able to take the color out later?
If I EVER catch you spraying your hair, not to mention your WIG with that stuff, I'll set my minions on you!
Dye your wigs with wig dye. Please. There are a couple different options here:
FW Ink:
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=57484
Sharpies:
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=82947
Katie Bair:
http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wigsupplies_dye.html
Wig dye does NOT work as well on wigs made of Elora fiber (Mostly the New Look line). Please keep that in mind.
Wig dye, for the most part, is permanent. You can remove sharpie and FW dye by using a higher concentration of alcohol then what you used to make the dye.

8.I don't want to spend money on an expensive wig. Why can't I just get one at Party City?
There is nothing I can do to stop you from buying a crap wig, but keep in mind, you will NEVER be truly satisfied with a wig of such poor quality, and it will make your costume appear cheap (even if you poured hours of your time and effort into it). You don't want to have your efforts wasted, so believe me, spending just a bit more money for a quality wig is totally worth it.

Also, some advice:
If you don't see the answer to your question on the first page, use the search function. Most questions have been asked already.
Provide reference pictures with you question. Cosplay.com forum goers are not psychic. You have to help us in order for us to help you.
Use proper sentence structure and MINIMAL SMILIES.

With that being said, thank you for your time and good luck.

Other Useful Tidbits (provided by other members):

Can't I just use my own hair? How do I dye it just for the weekend?

You don't. I'm not saying you can't use your own hair and that you cannot dye it, but you cannot dye it pink for the weekend and have your hair return to your natural color by Monday. Dye doesn't work like that. And the "temporary" dye won't wash out for a month or more. And the hairsrapy Halloween stuff 1) looks terrible 2) is horrible to use 3) does not coat evenly 4) rubs off on your clothes 5) stains your clothes and 6) interferes with your style if you are trying to coat all of your hair.
Provided by D001

Long character hair ≠ long wig

If the character has long hair, but it's heavily styled - put into a ponytail, pigtails, braids, an updo, etc. - start with a shoulder length base wig and add extensions for the lengths. (Search the forum for 'ponytail', 'pigtails', 'braids', 'extensions' and you'll find tons of advice and tutorials on how to do that.) And even if they have super long, undone hair, you may want to think twice before you get a tangling monster of a butt-length or ankle-length wig and don't know how to handle it.

Along the same lines, a link to some 'detangling' FAQS would be helpful for beginners^^
Provided by Kukkii-san
On that note, here are some useful detangling threads (and mind you, long wigs tangle like a b!7ch):
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=118976
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=118867
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?p=2248959

Does anyone have a good tutorial link or something in regards to putting a regular wig into pigtails without it looking horrible? For example, for those making Etna or Sailor Moon/Chibi Moon/Chibi Chibi/Black Lady/etc?

the one and only: http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wigtutorial_parting.html
Again, Kukkii-san

I would like to add that if you are making a Sailor moon style wig, you might want to know about stubbing and odangos as well.
http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wigtutorial_stubbing.html
http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=20
http://charmedseed.livejournal.com/10260.html

Also from CapsuleCorp
"No, you cannot dye a synthetic wig with any dye meant to be used on human hair. Period. It no work that way."
(may i add a few exclamation points?)

Kuro Yue
11-24-2007, 09:35 PM
Rebuttal time!

1. I've used gel in wigs for the construction of spikes, and gel is designed to stick to itself as well as the hair, so it makes for easy spikes. To solidify the spikes I used a layer of hairspray. Washes out with a bit of effort, but you can throw the wig across the room and the spikes won't get wrecked.

4. Hair straighteners can be used too - as long as they have settings and are kept on low. It takes a while longer than the hot water method, but it gives you more control over what's straightened and how it's straightened.

D001
11-24-2007, 11:35 PM
OMG Please please please sticky this someone! *begs*

Also:

Can't I just use my own hair? How do I dye it just for the weekend?

You don't. I'm not saying you can't use your own hair and that you cannot dye it, but you cannot dye it pink for the weekend and have your hair return to your natural color by Monday. Dye doesn't work like that. And the "temporary" dye won't wash out for a month or more. And the hairsrapy Halloween stuff 1) looks terrible 2) is horrible to use 3) does not coat evenly 4) rubs off on your clothes 5) stains your clothes and 6) interferes with your style if you are trying to coat all of your hair.

Also, if you have dark hair, you'll need to bleach it before dying in order to make it accept color better and you'll have to dye and/or let your hair grow out.

D

Ghost613
11-25-2007, 12:09 AM
1. I've used gel in wigs for the construction of spikes, and gel is designed to stick to itself as well as the hair, so it makes for easy spikes. To solidify the spikes I used a layer of hairspray. Washes out with a bit of effort, but you can throw the wig across the room and the spikes won't get wrecked.
gel works with the protein structure of hair as well as the natural oils produced in your scalp. wigs are made of plastic and i'm pretty sure they don't make their own oils. you may have gotten you spikes to work, but even though the gel didn't hurt your spikes, it didn't help (maybe it has something to with the hairspray?).


4. Hair straighteners can be used too - as long as they have settings and are kept on low. It takes a while longer than the hot water method, but it gives you more control over what's straightened and how it's straightened.
wasn't saying they can't be love. however, it is common knowledge that the hot water method is the easiest and most readily available to wig n00bs. most aren't going to use an heat adjustable straightener and they're going to end up wrecking their wig.

Kuro Yue
11-25-2007, 06:41 PM
I managed to style my wig into spikes using the gel. I don't know how it would have fared with just the gel, as I immediately used the hairspray on it. When it comes to wigs with just hairspray, though, its very difficult to get large clumps of hair to stick together long enough to be able to spray it all without it being deformed in some way, either by clips holding it up or otherwise. Not only that, but hair is still victim to gravity after being styled with spray, and the stronger gels, again, stick to themselves and, being gels, cover more area with less grunt work. Gel would also give the person the time and ability to hand-mold larger spikes, and then the spray can be used to set it.

And I'm speaking from the 'use gobs and gobs of gel to saturate the spike' standpoint.

Doesn't hair glue conform to the same interactivity as gel?

I'm very quick to jump on any straightening method that has no mention of straighteners or actually condemns them as absolutely the worst way to straighten a wig. I feel that a lot of cosplayers, especially the new ones, end up being somewhat brainwashed by this theory and then, without any real experience in the matter, tell other people the same thing, and it spreads like some kind of terrible virus. I was like this, too. >< So I just thought that it was worth mentioning such.

london2191
11-25-2007, 08:38 PM
There are also some trust worthy wig sellers off of ebay and possibly some in said searcher's area. You might also want to put that some of the questions are usually directed from newbs and that some of the answers are not complete absolutes.

Can I bleach my hair? (along those lines)

Probably not a good idea as it's practically killing your hair. And if your hair's dark, it'll probably turn orange. Not very attractive.

This is kinda more in depth but along the lines of dying: sharpie dying *when attempted* doesn't work on all wigs. Remember that wigs are made of different fibers and react differently.

Doctor Blind
11-25-2007, 10:53 PM
Why use gel when you can use a spiking glue? It probably works a whole lot better.

Kuro Yue
11-26-2007, 03:45 PM
I used a gel because that was what I had on hand at the time. That's all.

Amerikaijin
11-26-2007, 05:08 PM
Using gel or hair glue or anything has to be better than what I did on my very first costume and assume Elmers glue would do the trick....

Or try and use a rubber playground ball as a wig stand....

Or use a wig from Oriental Trading Company....

You get the gist

Ghost613
11-26-2007, 05:43 PM
Using gel or hair glue or anything has to be better than what I did on my very first costume and assume Elmers glue would do the trick....

Or try and use a rubber playground ball as a wig stand....

Or use a wig from Oriental Trading Company....

You get the gist

ouch.
lol, first time i ever styled a wig (about a year ago) i didn't have a wig head so i used a trombone stand with stocking filled with socks duct taped to the top.
it sorta worked... sorta.
in regards to the gel, i didn't realize it would be such a hot topic! but with styling glue, you use so little that one bottle will last you a LONG time. i'm still on my first. it's not that hard to get yourself a tube (it's sold at almost every drugstore in the country) so it's just a good idea to do so, if you going to attempt anything remotely "jrock". however, i'm not saying it's the only way to spike. there are various methods, most using combinations of hair glue, hairspray (cheap or otherwise) and sometimes even clear drying caulk (only in very special cases).

jaoqinchik
11-26-2007, 05:53 PM
tristen citrine also has a nice bang cutting tutorial to make poufy bangs
http://www.tristencitrine.com/tutorials/wigbangs.html

p.s. thank you for finally making this thread, its brilliant

Goddess Iduna
11-27-2007, 04:47 PM
Finally someone made a thread to answer all those common questions!! It should get stickied. :bigtu:

Edit: Here's a great tutorial from Amphigory on how to curl a wig. Hopefully someone will find it useful. http://amphigory.com/wig_how_to_curl.html

CapsuleCorp
11-27-2007, 10:14 PM
I think it's about time to also add:

No, you cannot dye a synthetic wig with any dye meant to be used on human hair. Period. It no work that way.

caelanarcher
11-28-2007, 08:25 AM
Along those lines, let's also add "How do I lighten a wig?"

Answer: You don't.

Ghost613
11-28-2007, 05:56 PM
Along those lines, let's also add "How do I lighten a wig?"

Answer: You don't.

yah, i already said that. its my biggest pet peeve.
as somebody else said before me (i think it was in the FW thread) wigs are made of plastic. the only way to lighten plastic is to melt it and blend in lighter colors of melted plastic.

Kukkii-san
11-29-2007, 07:58 AM
Yes! Please make this thread sticky ^_^

(And please don't get in a fight because of that stupid hair gel thing o_o IMO, 'don't use hair gel, use hairspray or spiking glue' is the perfect answer to any newbie trying to spike a wig - rather than list all combinations of products and brand names people have used in the past to style their wigs...)

You might want to add my #1 pet peeve to the list:

Long character hair ≠ long wig

If the character has long hair, but it's heavily styled - put into a ponytail, pigtails, braids, an updo, etc. - start with a shoulder length base wig and add extensions for the lengths. (Search the forum for 'ponytail', 'pigtails', 'braids', 'extensions' and you'll find tons of advice and tutorials on how to do that.) And even if they have super long, undone hair, you may want to think twice before you get a tangling monster of a butt-length or ankle-length wig and don't know how to handle it.

Along the same lines, a link to some 'detangling' FAQS would be helpful for beginners^^

Bahzi
11-29-2007, 08:21 AM
Yes! Please make this thread sticky ^_^

(And please don't get in a fight because of that stupid hair gel thing o_o IMO, 'don't use hair gel, use hairspray or spiking glue' is the perfect answer to any newbie trying to spike a wig - rather than list all combinations of products and brand names people have used in the past to style their wigs...)

You might want to add my #1 pet peeve to the list:

Long character hair ≠ long wig

If the character has long hair, but it's heavily styled - put into a ponytail, pigtails, braids, an updo, etc. - start with a shoulder length base wig and add extensions for the lengths. (Search the forum for 'ponytail', 'pigtails', 'braids', 'extensions' and you'll find tons of advice and tutorials on how to do that.) And even if they have super long, undone hair, you may want to think twice before you get a tangling monster of a butt-length or ankle-length wig and don't know how to handle it.

Along the same lines, a link to some 'detangling' FAQS would be helpful for beginners^^

QFT.

*Sigh* I have a love/hate relationship with my knee length Sesshoumaru wig, it's gorgeous, but needs to be conditioned/detangled after each wear. Without the proper combs/detanglers/oil sheen, it'd be garbage right now, so if you've never dealt with wigs, you may want to go somewhat shorter than is accurate for sanity's sake.

Also think this thread should be stickied, although honestly, the same people who fail to use the search function will probably also fail to read stickied threads. :P

Ghost613
11-29-2007, 06:06 PM
Just updated the list.
I don't think most people realize what a pain in the butt ANY type of long hair is, wig or no. I used to have hair down to my lower back, and it was very hard to keep from knotting and tangling.
Yeah, it disheartens me that no one reads the stickies. It's almost like "okay, we put it right there for you! what more do you want?"

salazar
11-29-2007, 06:38 PM
Oh, I've got one...

Q: Can I dye my hair white?
A: No, you can't dye it white, but you can bleach it to hell and back and tone it. Assuming you want to totally fry your hair and have it potentially not work/look terrible, etc.

Buy a wig. End of discussion.

Cora
11-30-2007, 12:49 AM
This is less of an "OMFG I'm so sick of that question!" and more of a PSA:

When you DYE a wig, you are D-Y-E-I-N-G it. Not D-Y-I-N-G, unless you are killing it messily and making it DIE.

I swear, if I had a dollar for every time someone misspelled that... ^^;;

Ghost613
11-30-2007, 10:11 PM
This is less of an "OMFG I'm so sick of that question!" and more of a PSA:

When you DYE a wig, you are D-Y-E-I-N-G it. Not D-Y-I-N-G, unless you are killing it messily and making it DIE.

I swear, if I had a dollar for every time someone misspelled that... ^^;;
lol, in 7th grade we had to do a project on natural fabric dyeing with plants and such (we had just read gathering blue). and i had to edit half the papers for the teacher (because i finished a test early. that was annoying). every other person was misspelling dyeing, and it irked me so much.
on a wiggy note, i realized i addressed where to get wigs but not extensions. amphigory actually sells extension hair (http://amphigory.com/hair_kanekalon_silky_braid.html), but the color choices are limited-ish. doctored locks is the main go to for extensions.
http://www.doctoredlocks.com/store/silky_braid.html
to match colors from amphigory, katie bair made this really useful chart. it has color numbers as well which is helpful when trying to match with cosworx.
http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wigs_colorchart.html

tsuoi_kaze
12-04-2007, 06:00 PM
This thread needs to be sticky. It answered my question about detanglers and what works best. YAY! For not having to make a new thread over a stupid question.

Ghost613
12-07-2007, 05:28 PM
This thread needs to be sticky. It answered my question about detanglers and what works best. YAY! For not having to make a new thread over a stupid question.

glad it could be of help.

TsukikoAiko
12-27-2007, 03:59 PM
Yeah, this needs to be put up as a sticky.

dytia
01-06-2008, 12:45 AM
bump for a sticky

Doctor Blind
01-06-2008, 08:43 PM
If you need it to be a sticky ask a mod, it's more helpful than bumping it.

Jonesey
01-08-2008, 03:58 PM
Does anyone know a thread for cutting spikes into a wig?
I've searched so many times, it's getting boring now.

I only need to know how not to mess up the bangs-spikes.

Kukkii-san
01-08-2008, 07:25 PM
Here's a very helpful tutorial for a spiky Kingdom Hearts wig:
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=97834

Lolita Minako
01-09-2008, 03:06 PM
Does anyone have a good tutorial link or something in regards to putting a regular wig into pigtails without it looking horrible? For example, for those making Etna or Sailor Moon/Chibi Moon/Chibi Chibi/Black Lady/etc?

How can we acquire the part and make it look natural?

Kukkii-san
01-09-2008, 05:56 PM
the one and only: http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wigtutorial_parting.html

Ghost613
01-10-2008, 04:50 PM
the one and only: http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wigtutorial_parting.html

lol, so true. updated the list, btw.

xXKujaXx
01-11-2008, 03:52 PM
This is another safe and VERY effective way to straighten a wig. Very well written tutorial

http://www.godsavethequeenfashions.com/How_to_Straighten_a_Wig.html

Ghost613
01-11-2008, 07:23 PM
This is another safe and VERY effective way to straighten a wig. Very well written tutorial

http://www.godsavethequeenfashions.com/How_to_Straighten_a_Wig.html
yay! more links!
but hmmm... this is another one a newb could make go wrong fairly quickly. it's not that i have anything against newbs (I *love* them actually), i'm just remembering what i did as newb... my poor poor wigs.
i'll add it anyway. *note to self, more big red warnings...*

Kukkii-san
01-18-2008, 06:21 PM
Brand new detangling tutorial:
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=136399

Ghost613
01-18-2008, 11:41 PM
Brand new detangling tutorial:
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=136399

And I was just about to add that link too!

Kandybar
01-24-2008, 01:52 PM
Any good tutorials for attaching extensions to a wig? Or making wefts? I've been all over the place in search and all I've found are confusing ones.

Ghost613
01-24-2008, 05:14 PM
Any good tutorials for attaching extensions to a wig? Or making wefts? I've been all over the place in search and all I've found are confusing ones.
making wefts, again, is a Katie Bair tutorial.
http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wigtutorial_makingwefts.html
from there you just sew them in where you need to, using a curved needle and thread the color of the wig you're styling.

Kukkii-san
01-24-2008, 09:43 PM
That would be this thread:
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=113387
Feel free to revive it and post any questions concerning wefting & wig-making in there. It already contains a bunch of tutorials on different methods to make wefts.

thebunnyninja
01-25-2008, 10:46 PM
Is there away to make a straight wig wavy?
Also can I dye a brown wig to a dark purple?

Ghost613
01-25-2008, 11:26 PM
Is there away to make a straight wig wavy?
Also can I dye a brown wig to a dark purple?
In answer to your first question:
Edit: Here's a great tutorial from Amphigory on how to curl a wig. Hopefully someone will find it useful. amphigory.com/wig_how_to_curl.html
In answer to the second question, I suppose you could try, but it might not work very well. Wig dyeing works best when the base wig is either white, light blonde or a lighter variant of the color you are to trying to achieve.

LadyMaria
02-10-2008, 02:53 AM
Is the ponytail tutorial by Katie the ONLY way to make perfect ponytails?

Kukkii-san
02-10-2008, 04:19 AM
Unless you're using a pre-pigtailed wig, yes it is (AFAIK.) You might try and sew two (or more) vertical wefts to the back part instead and blow dry them in place, but I haven't tried this yet. The parting for pigtails method gives you a very clean and full (no-see-through) back part if you practice a bit and have a lot of patience^^

LadyMaria
02-10-2008, 05:04 PM
Hey, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger? I think I'll give it a shot then ^^;Hopefully all goes well and I don't destroy my wig. Thank you :D

Psyposer
02-14-2008, 02:27 PM
Well, hiya... i think it'll be ok, to ask my question here, instead open a new thread @_@

so, i cosplay as Ashura, from CLAMP RG Veda, and his/her/it's hair is tied in a ponytail at the very top of his (well, let's choose a gender for now :3) head.
i got myself a 4' feet black wig, but i couldn't acchieve the results i wanted, so, the ponytail tutorial at the first page doesn't help'd so much >w>
does anyone has another suggestion?
i'm wondering about, "separate" the hair more or less under my neck, and turn this in a hair extension, but i'm afraid it'll get too heavy...

here's what's i want to do:
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t163/Fangirlisms/RG%20Veda/Ashura/Ashura2.jpg

here's what i could do (i decided to do something i was comfortable doing, instead ruin the whole wig):
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1400014/

thaanks :3

Ghost613
02-14-2008, 05:59 PM
This is one of those "Long haired character =/= long wig" situations. That type of hair is not possible with a long wig. What you do is get a shoulder length wig such as Angela 750 or Linda and put it up in a ponytail, then stub the sucker. You then use extensions, made into uber long wefts and sew them around the stub. You may even want to put a small styrofoam ball onto the stub to add volume to the ponytail.

Ghost613
02-15-2008, 11:19 PM
Just an update:
The following link has been added to the front page under "How can I cut bangs into a wig?"
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=138993

KnuxieChan
03-03-2008, 11:15 AM
I've got a quick question. What if you want the wig hair to lay closer to the sides of your face?

Ghost613
03-03-2008, 06:43 PM
You could probably achieve that by using hot water or a blowdrier to "straighten" it and make it more flat. Or possibly some pomade to weight it down.

Risami
03-07-2008, 08:39 PM
what kind of hair spray can you use on wigs?

Ghost613
03-07-2008, 09:04 PM
Any old hairspray. Aquanet works pretty well. You can get it at any old Dollar General.

Jacaranda
03-14-2008, 12:34 AM
Might I suggest adding copic-dying as an option on the front page? KittyCanuck described the process in a way that seemed similar to the sharpie or FW ink methods, and there were pictures posted as well.

http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=120368&page=2

Also, Saeru's tutorial for Anti-Sora's hair is pretty useful, as the spiking method can be applied to just about anything.

http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=112871

Lucc
03-16-2008, 05:24 PM
When I get my wig, dose it matter if I dye it then cut it to the proper length or vise versa? Will it affect the final product?

Tsusho
03-16-2008, 05:26 PM
No, either way will not affect the final product. However, it would be easier to just cut the wig first then actually dye it so that you do not need to mix up more wig dye for parts of the wigs that will be cut off anyway.

lunaladyoflight
03-16-2008, 06:10 PM
I never use a human-hair hairspray on wigs. It doesn't hold as well as a wig spray which is specially formulated for synthetic hair. In my experience it holds much better.

Ghost613
03-16-2008, 06:55 PM
I never use a human-hair hairspray on wigs. It doesn't hold as well as a wig spray which is specially formulated for synthetic hair. In my experience it holds much better.

Warning: Frank and insensitive Ghost has been unleashed!
This is not true, to be blunt.
Wigs es plastic! They need no "special" hairspray product designed specifically for wigs, because more than half the time those "special" hairsprays are a scam. Wigs are non porus: regardless of whatever extra ingredients are used in this wig spray you speak of, they aren't going to absorb any of it, so it's useless. Regular cheap, Texas big hair approved lacquer only hairsprays such as Aquanet is quite simply the best hairspray to use.
(And yes, I have used both. And yes I have years of experience. And yes, unlike you I'm not pimping my business by making things seem harder than they really are).

lunaladyoflight
03-16-2008, 07:35 PM
Warning: Frank and insensitive Ghost has been unleashed!
This is not true, to be blunt.
Wigs es plastic! They need no "special" hairspray product designed specifically for wigs, because more than half the time those "special" hairsprays are a scam. Wigs are non porus: regardless of whatever extra ingredients are used in this wig spray you speak of, they aren't going to absorb any of it, so it's useless. Regular cheap, Texas big hair approved lacquer only hairsprays such as Aquanet is quite simply the best hairspray to use.
(And yes, I have used both. And yes I have years of experience. And yes, unlike you I'm not pimping my business by making things seem harder than they really are).

I never said they absorb anything. Since this is part of my degree (Theatre production in design for costumes, wigs, makeup and props), my wig professor told me that Wig Spray was better to use than hairspray. For just the reasons you stated. Hairspray is meant to bond to porous fiber, wig spray is made for NON-porous fiber.

Plus some human hairsprays are non water soluble, and will NOT wash out completely if you goof up a style. Leaving you semi-screwed. Wig spray is completely water soluble. Also Wig sprays have less alcohol in them and is less damaging to wigs (think your dye job washing away). Wig spray also doesn't leave a heavy buildup like hairspray.

I have to know all this because it's part of what I do.

And I'm not pimping my wig business, people come to me because they want me. I've had to drop my own costumes for an upcoming con because of how many wig commissions I have.

Also remember that some people would rather pay a professional to get it right, than try it themselves and be unsatisfied.

evaunit01berser
03-16-2008, 07:58 PM
honestly ghost, i'd take luna's advice over yours anyday. you get crazy defensive over things she says she does. i didnt hear her say you HAVE to use a certain dye, but if you want your wigs to look like crap, well...thats your thing

MissShanksALot
03-16-2008, 08:11 PM
*nods* I'm a beginner with wig styling, but I still can tell who is in their right mind when it comes to this stuff. Also, galleries prove everything. ^_~

Miyabi-
03-16-2008, 08:51 PM
She's very right about alchohol drying out wigs. It's why you don't want to over-dye a wig. I learned this first hand with my first Chrno wig. I've had it since 2005 and have dyed it twice and re-styled it multiple times using normal hairspray and the wig is pretty much shot now.
It was only until much later did I read about how drying alchohol was on wigs. -_- Ah well, live and learn.

And nowhere did I see Luna pimping out her business since anyone can walk into a wig supply store and buy wig hairspray. :-P It's not a commissioner only commodity.

Ghost613
03-16-2008, 08:52 PM
Honestly, I don't care. This isn't a stupid popularity contest. I don't care who's advice you take. I made this thread so people could get help with their common questions, not so you could all insult me.
Also, galleries prove everything. ^_~
Um excuse me but... what?

Ghost613
03-16-2008, 09:02 PM
I'm sorry Luna the comment about the pimping was not my own (as unbelievable as it may sound, that was my little brother. The way you can tell is he said I had "years of experience" when really I've only had a year and a half). I would like to take this time to apologize formally to Luna, okay?
I'm very sorry that my brother has been using my account! You can look at my previous posts and see this is not like me at all. I agree that alcohol can be drying to wigs, even though I personally use AquaNet just because I know it works.
Oh god, I am so embarrassed. My brother is getting torn a new one as we speak.
Sorry again. Really. I don't know how I can make this fiasco up to you!

evaunit01berser
03-16-2008, 09:21 PM
I'm sorry Luna the comment about the pimping was not my own (as unbelievable as it may sound, that was my little brother.



:lost:

lunaladyoflight
03-16-2008, 09:24 PM
I accept your apology, and also recommend that you change your password.

I never leave accounts signed in, mostly because I have drunk roommates, but also because my privacy on the internet is no. 1.

Thia Fayne
03-16-2008, 10:07 PM
Wigs es plastic! They need no "special" hairspray product designed specifically for wigs, because more than half the time those "special" hairsprays are a scam. Wigs are non porus: regardless of whatever extra ingredients are used in this wig spray you speak of, they aren't going to absorb any of it, so it's useless. Regular cheap, Texas big hair approved lacquer only hairsprays such as Aquanet is quite simply the best hairspray to use.

I guess your brother knows and cares about wigs a lot, huh? :bashful:

Ghost613
03-16-2008, 11:07 PM
He's a cosplayer. And he has to live with a crazy wig nerd like me... so yeah he does actually. Reading through the stuff he wrote, I was astonished! I didn't really believe he knew that much about wigs either! (I would be proud of him if I wasn't so angry I could kick his teeth in! X'D)
Luna: Believe me, changing my password was the first thing I did! Again, I'm sorry this got so out of hand. Apparently he was angry at me for breaking Kingdom Hearts.

Natty Dread
03-17-2008, 01:04 PM
If he is indeed a cosplayer, he should get his own cos.com account and not use other peoples.

Risami
03-17-2008, 03:37 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/Rinaku/Kanonnayuki.jpg

how do i get the top part like that does hairspray work? or do i have to use another method

lunaladyoflight
03-17-2008, 04:20 PM
If you want it to stick up a tad just push the hair towards the part so it bubbles, and use a hair dryer on low for a few seconds. Then let it cool, while still holding it. Then spray it with wig spray.

Anstice
03-17-2008, 10:05 PM
Ghost, this is the second time you have used your little brother as an excuse after getting into an argument with Luna. When I was your age, I used to type all sorts of things I would later regret and blamed them on someone else using my account. I am not saying you are a liar, but perhaps you both should think a little bit more before you post? It would make eliminate backpeddling and the need to apologize for someone elsesí actions altogether. ~.^

I also would like to throw my support behind wig hairspray. While using hairspray meant for human hair does work, wig hairspray is by far the better investment...I found that out the hard way.

Kuro Yue
03-17-2008, 10:24 PM
I have a question for luna - Where can I purchase some of this wig spray? Hairspray has not been my friend for the last wig I've tried styling.

benihime
03-17-2008, 10:52 PM
i'm curious about that as well
i found this
http://www.wigs.com/product_info.php?products_id=3598
is that what you're talking about?

Ghost613
03-17-2008, 10:59 PM
Ghost, this is the second time you have used your little brother as an excuse after getting into an argument with Luna. When I was your age, I used to type all sorts of things I would later regret and blamed them on someone else using my account. I am not saying you are a liar, but perhaps you both should think a little bit more before you post? It would make eliminate backpeddling and the need to apologize for someone elsesí actions altogether. ~.^

Those were both the same incident. If you look at the times of the posts, pretty much everything from 2:20 onwards (to the point where I found him and tore him a new one) is my little brother, because I was at SXSW with my older brother.
But I digress, this is a wig thread! I would prefer it if it remained so (just ignore the whole middle of the thread XD).
@Benihime: Not having wig spray of my own, I would imagine that is the right product but I can't be sure. It says it's paraben free and for use on synthetic wigs so... I guess it fits the bill! Again, I'm not sure.

lunaladyoflight
03-18-2008, 01:32 PM
I have a question for luna - Where can I purchase some of this wig spray? Hairspray has not been my friend for the last wig I've tried styling.

You can get wigspray online or at a local beauty supply store. I bought mine from Sally Beauty Supply, near my favorite shopping mall. Revlon makes it, as does Brandywine (the kind we use for shows at my University).

It should be relatively easy to find.

~Luna

EDIT:

Benihime that should work.

-Kitsu
03-18-2008, 02:47 PM
Thanks for the suggestion Luna, how is the staying power/strength of it. As in is it like a got2be or more like a normal run of the mill type hairsprays?

lunaladyoflight
03-18-2008, 02:50 PM
I've had it rarely go flat, as in it's got incredible staying power. I wouldn't try to do thick spikes with it, that still requires some gel, but it holds up against gravity fairly well. I even use it on my CATS wigs. XD

GreyCat
03-18-2008, 07:30 PM
This topic has been more then useful.
However, I would like to ask the members who have the wiggy knowledge I crave, to share.


I need to have a wig slicked back into a low ponytail. I got everything worked out but I have no idea what products I should use to keep it slicked back. Right now, it is all poofy and in dire need of some styling product. I would need it to be firm and was wondering if I should use the Got2be freezing blast spray or the gel/wax. I don't want it to have a greasy look though.

Thanks to anyone that can help me or point me in the correct direction.

Ghost613
03-18-2008, 08:03 PM
Well if you don't want greasy, stay away from the pomade wax. If you're going to use a got2b glued products, I'd say glue would be your friend here.

-Kitsu
03-18-2008, 08:08 PM
Well if you don't want greasy, stay away from the pomade wax. If you're going to use a got2b glued products, I'd say glue would be your friend here.

If you go with got2b glued stay away from the hair glue or use it VERY sparingly. When using it on spikes if you end up using too much it'll look along the same lines of if you used normal hair gel. Its also insanely hard to comb out soaking and washing.

The few occassions I had to use it I just took a pea sized amount and ran it between my fingers and tried to seal as many tips as possible. Then when it completely dried on my hands repeated the process. For say a Sora wig from Kingdom Hearts it should only need 2 or 3 pea sized amounts to seal everything.

GreyCat
03-18-2008, 08:17 PM
Thank you both very much.

Are their any other products out there that would do a better job then Got2be? I was only using it as an example ^_^;

lunaladyoflight
03-18-2008, 08:17 PM
I was able to get Nanami back by firstly combing the fiber back from the front of the wig and blowdrying it from the front. That gave me a clean hairline. I didn't use any product on her other than wigspray, and she got a bit dishevled in the wig-suitcase on the trip to the con.

I'd recommend doing like you do with natural hair, wet it down just a tad with cool water, then use a hair gel with lots of hold to keep it in place. After it dries, give it a LOT of sprays of wig spray.

When my hair was short and I styled it a lot, I used a strong twisted gel. That was the name of it, twisted gel. I don't remember the company that made it but I bought it at my salon and it was $10 for a little bottle O.O Worls like a charm though. I still have a tiny bit left and it's still good (I haven't styled my hair like that since I was 15).

Just something to try.

Kitsu- added you on cosspace.

Dal_Segno
03-18-2008, 10:31 PM
Ok, question here:

I have an interesting wig issue with my hopeful Kazui (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/naraku_kagura/Japanese%20Music/Snapshot2008-03-1017-29-57.png) costume. His hair is mainly brown...save those blond bangs. Now, I figure I'll just sew in the blond wefts and heat them forward a la Katie Bair, but I'm not too sure how I'm going to keep that much hair forward from that far back without a truck load of hair spray or bobby pins. [I don't want the bangs to feel like a board and have no natural movement, nor do I want the pins {even if they be blond colored} to really show, since I think it'll be distracting to both myself and any viewer.]

Suggestions?

Ghost613
03-18-2008, 11:24 PM
Bringing it forward and training it using hot water should remedy your problem (as you've already mentioned) and eliminate the need for hairspray if done right. Training the fiber is the way you prepare wigs for the cutting of normal bangs and it's how you change the part of a wig as well. When heated, plastic wig fiber becomes malable, and will generally stay in whatever shape it cools in. That's why hot water works.

narutofan195
03-20-2008, 02:50 AM
I ordered a godiva wig, and i have quite a few questions:
1. Can I just use normal hair conditioner + hot water to straighten and detangle it?
2. Does a large foam ball work well/ok for a foam head replacement?

and i have an odd hair style that i am doing: lady black pearl
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g167/naruto195/07_lady_blackpearl.jpg

3.How might you suggest doing that low ponytail/braid/rats-nest at the base?
4.would elmers glue or got2b glued work for the volume and for the strands sticking out?
(i would be so greatful, thank you!! ^___^)

Lolita Minako
03-20-2008, 09:48 AM
Don't use regular hair conditioner unless it is a real hair wig, they sell wig conditioner and shampoo at wig stores and beauty supply stores. ^__^

I have also seen successful uses of Elmer's with wigs, but I am not sure how it works over time (IE, sink caulk often flakes and looks dandruff-ish)

lunaladyoflight
03-20-2008, 01:32 PM
There is no replacement for a wig head. You can find them at beauty supply stores and ethnic beauty supply stores usually between $1.99 and $4.99. GET ONE :P

I have one that I use for construction only, it's covered with pits and paint and caulk and smells like wig spray. Then I have clean ones for shipping and display.

~Luna

narutofan195
03-23-2008, 12:41 AM
YAY thank you!!! I got a wig head and it is very useful!! quick question, should I use normal sewing pins to hold the wig in place?

ps. the 'new look' godiva wig i got (in exactly 5 business days from cosworx) is freaking AMAZING!!! it is so realistic!!!!! and the really, REALLY creapy part.....it is my EXACT hair color!!!! (my actual hair color!!!!!(i dont dye it))
pps: if i use motions, how long will it be kind of slippery? if i wait a week, will it be less so? because the wig is naturally shiny (I just need to smooth it out to work with it) the strands for the wig are thinner than realistic hair so will it get affected at all?

Ghost613
03-23-2008, 11:21 AM
1. I use T pins (named for their shape) that you can get in a craft store or wherever macrame supplies are sold besides a craft store. I wouldn't suggest the sewing pins with the teeny tiny heads, because they might be hard to find when you want to take the pin out, but the straight pins with the round plastic tops work great.
2. Yeah, it's amazing how realistic synthetic fiber looks! ^_^
3. The sheen spray will be slippery and oily until it dries (which may be anywhere from 1-3 days). Once it dries, it will not be as slippery, just easy to comb through. So yes, waiting will mean it will be less slippery. And sheen spray works its wonders on a great variety of synthetic fibers.

Cora
03-23-2008, 01:01 PM
RE: Got2b:Glued Hair glue:

As Kitsu said, use the glue sparingly, but the results are good. Certainly you don't want to construct a spike using only glue. Hair spray the chunk of fiber you want to shape, and then use a tiny bit on the ends.

Also, to get the glue out, use some hot water and shampoo (I've used regular shampoo for this, but children's shampoo is best if you can't get your hands on wig shampoo) and you'll have to soak it for a bit to get it all out. Of course this is harder to do when you mess up on just a couple of spikes, but I have successfully washed out and restyled more than one wig that had been full of hairspray and hair glue.

narutofan195
03-23-2008, 03:58 PM
Easy wig detangling::
1, put wig on wig head (here is my set-up)http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g167/naruto195/wigset-up.jpg so that all of the hair is dangling (by the way, the pole is a $5 wooden handle that i am going to use for a hammer, but it works well none the less)
1.5, put towels around the area for earier clean-up
2, pin the wig to the head ^_^
3, use MOTIONS OIL SHEEN on the wig, start from the bottom parts and slowly go up, as so the sections, brush with wide tooth comb (NO WATER NEEDED!!!)
4, as the wig dries, every once and a while, brush the wig for faster drying (drip drying)
5, clean your work area with soap- it will be really slippery
6, dance the happy dance, it is that easy!!!!
MOTIONS HAIR OIL SHEEN AND MOTIONS LEAVE IN CONTIONER USED (found at walmart & walgreens[bartells{no}, fredmeyer{no}])
(btw, walgreens has normal colored ponytail extentions that can be used for filler (for those with a deadline (4 days!!!!))
-------------------------- note: WTF, my wig has, SPLIT-ENDS?!? 0.o!!?

Ghost613
03-24-2008, 06:15 PM
Front page updated, adding Ani_Bee's LURVELY hair antenna tutorial! (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=110650&highlight=caulk)

nekocat17
03-25-2008, 07:47 PM
What would be the best way to curl a wig in the front like this picture has? Is there any way to without using hair glue?

http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q140/blackneko17/cards_085.jpg

Kukkii-san
03-26-2008, 07:25 AM
You'll definitely have to use either transparent thread or actual glue / caulk to fix those "curls." You can curl the fiber by applying heat and hairspray, but to make it stick to itself like that, you'll need to sew or glue it to itself.

Ghost613
03-26-2008, 04:54 PM
Hey, you peoples also might want to check out the Basic Wig Care (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=142649) thread, so I've linked that in the front post now as well.
EDIT:
I can't seem to edit my first post without crashing my computer... grrr...

nekocat17
03-27-2008, 04:43 AM
You'll definitely have to use either transparent thread or actual glue / caulk to fix those "curls." You can curl the fiber by applying heat and hairspray, but to make it stick to itself like that, you'll need to sew or glue it to itself.

Thank you for the help!

NakedFlowers
03-28-2008, 12:56 AM
I hope this has not been adressed already. I tried searching the thread, but no luck, so here goes:
What about "restyling" a wig? I'm fairly confident that I can style the wig I am buying in order to make my Ayashi No Ceres Tennyo outfit. The hair has a few bangs that I plan to cut and spray into the proper shape. However, I plan to do Ceres in a school outfit with her hair down and the bangs to the side of her face, in the tennyo form the bangs are brought forward and styled in her face. If I succeed in making the bangs, how would I go about getting the bangs back to the side?

Also, if anyone has any comments on how to make a bun from a wig, that would be helpful.

Cora
03-28-2008, 01:57 PM
I hope this has not been adressed already. I tried searching the thread, but no luck, so here goes:
What about "restyling" a wig? I'm fairly confident that I can style the wig I am buying in order to make my Ayashi No Ceres Tennyo outfit. The hair has a few bangs that I plan to cut and spray into the proper shape. However, I plan to do Ceres in a school outfit with her hair down and the bangs to the side of her face, in the tennyo form the bangs are brought forward and styled in her face. If I succeed in making the bangs, how would I go about getting the bangs back to the side?

Also, if anyone has any comments on how to make a bun from a wig, that would be helpful.


The Restyle-ability of a wig tends to depend on how you style it in the first place, and also the nature of the wig itself. Certain products (such as hairglue) can be harder to get out of wigs than others.

In the case of bangs, if you cut the bangs such that they are long enough for both styles and don't use too much hairspray, you should easily be able to change the positioning/style of the bangs. The only thing you might have to worry about is how the forward bangs are set - usually when cutting bangs into a wig that doesn't come with bangs originally, you have to "heat set" the bangs into place. This is done by combing the fiber forward and using controlled heat from a hairdryer to soften the plastic so that it can change direction. Make sure that the fibers cool in the direction that you want them before styling.

However, I think that even if you heat-set bangs and then hairspray them in place, you should be able to crack the hairspray out (and then comb gently so that you don't damage the fiber. Make sure most of the hairspray is gone) and then sweep the front-facing bangs off to the side. You might have to secure the bangs off to the side with bobby or hair pins and some hair spray to be safe.

NakedFlowers
03-28-2008, 03:49 PM
The Restyle-ability of a wig tends to depend on how you style it in the first place, and also the nature of the wig itself. Certain products (such as hairglue) can be harder to get out of wigs than others.

In the case of bangs, if you cut the bangs such that they are long enough for both styles and don't use too much hairspray, you should easily be able to change the positioning/style of the bangs. The only thing you might have to worry about is how the forward bangs are set - usually when cutting bangs into a wig that doesn't come with bangs originally, you have to "heat set" the bangs into place. This is done by combing the fiber forward and using controlled heat from a hairdryer to soften the plastic so that it can change direction. Make sure that the fibers cool in the direction that you want them before styling.

However, I think that even if you heat-set bangs and then hairspray them in place, you should be able to crack the hairspray out (and then comb gently so that you don't damage the fiber. Make sure most of the hairspray is gone) and then sweep the front-facing bangs off to the side. You might have to secure the bangs off to the side with bobby or hair pins and some hair spray to be safe.


Thanks! You're so helpful ^-^ Oh, do you by chance have any idea on how to pull a wig into a high bun? Would just pulling the hair up and securing work if the wig has "a skin top that allows you to part the wig any way you like"?

skyfirefox
04-01-2008, 02:41 AM
Any suggestions on how to keep extentions from tangling when you're making relly long wefts?

Kukkii-san
04-01-2008, 03:00 AM
You can't keep them from tangling. However, here's a few things you can do to reduce the mess (and the loss) :

- Lay loose extensions out on a large sheet of paper,

- only pick up / weft small (!) portions one at a time,

- have someone help you partition long bundles of extensions (so you can hold both parts tightly and have a third hand to separate the fiber without pulling on it),

- always secure the bundle of extensions you're not using with a clip or an elastic / hairtie (cut it open and wrap it around the hair instead of pulling ot over!!!),

- and do not - by any means - try to brush or detangle the extensions before they're properly sealed or wefted. Once they're sealed, you can just hang them on a line and detangle them with your fingers and a wide-toothed comb.

You will lose at least 5-10% of the fiber when wefting extensions or working with them in any other way; the longer the extensions, the greater the loss. Just make sure the end result looks neat and is all one length, and comb out or clip any slipped, stray hairs.

Kukkii-san
04-01-2008, 03:10 AM
Oh, do you by chance have any idea on how to pull a wig into a high bun? Would just pulling the hair up and securing work if the wig has "a skin top that allows you to part the wig any way you like"?
No, you'll have to attach a weft along the bottom & sides to hide the undermesh, and I recommend putting the hair up and sealing it layer by layer to achieve a proper updo.

I explained the procedure of making a high ponytail recently, it works pretty much the same way (minus the stubbing/ adding extensions part, if it's a really small bun) :
http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=2290698&postcount=11

NakedFlowers
04-01-2008, 07:56 PM
No, you'll have to attach a weft along the bottom & sides to hide the undermesh, and I recommend putting the hair up and sealing it layer by layer to achieve a proper updo.

I explained the procedure of making a high ponytail recently, it works pretty much the same way (minus the stubbing/ adding extensions part, if it's a really small bun) :
http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=2290698&postcount=11

Oh, thanks! I'm making a larger bun, so it should be even closer to what you described. Thankies again!

skyfirefox
04-02-2008, 02:55 AM
You can't keep them from tangling. However, here's a few things you can do to reduce the mess (and the loss) :

- Lay loose extensions out on a large sheet of paper,

- only pick up / weft small (!) portions one at a time,

- have someone help you partition long bundles of extensions (so you can hold both parts tightly and have a third hand to separate the fiber without pulling on it),

- always secure the bundle of extensions you're not using with a clip or an elastic / hairtie (cut it open and wrap it around the hair instead of pulling ot over!!!),

- and do not - by any means - try to brush or detangle the extensions before they're properly sealed or wefted. Once they're sealed, you can just hang them on a line and detangle them with your fingers and a wide-toothed comb.

You will lose at least 5-10% of the fiber when wefting extensions or working with them in any other way; the longer the extensions, the greater the loss. Just make sure the end result looks neat and is all one length, and comb out or clip any slipped, stray hairs.

Thanks for the advice. I'm going to have to add long extentions the wigs for these costumes.


Duo Maxwell (http://www.animegalleries.net/img/126467)--the one with the rediculously long braid
Dragon Shiryu Costume 1 (http://www.icavalieridellozodiaco.it/personaggi/stc-s002.jpg)
Dragon Shiryu Costume 2 (http://www.burningblood.it/saintseiya/fanart-images/ss-sos-shiryu.jpg)

MouseAlchemist
04-03-2008, 05:02 PM
does anyone know how to sew extension into a wig ? Or any good hot to guides online?

Kukkii-san
04-03-2008, 05:32 PM
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=113387
That's an old thread I opened for questions & tuts on wefting & wig-making. If you browse through the links, you'll also find a few tips on how to add wefted extensions to an existing wig.

Also, read the first post in this thread, it already contains a link to Katie Bair's "parting for pigtails" tutorial (which is just one of the many things you can use extensions for. It all depends on the style you want to achieve.)

In short, the basic methods are:
-weft extensions and sew the wefts to the wig undermesh
-pull loose extensions through the wig undermesh and heat-seal them on the inside
-stub the wig and glue/caulk a bundle of extensions (or a foamcore shape covered with extensions) to the stub

Chibo
04-10-2008, 11:32 PM
I'm going to do a Kirakishou cosplay this year. I commissioned for the wig but its not looking pretty (bleh...). So I have a few styling questions:

1) Kirakishou has pigtails AND long curly hair. I read the first post on how to style pigtails, and I'm wondering if this applies to Kiraikishou's hair. Here's a picture for reference: http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/8352/sinrakiraki2001sm3.jpg

2) My sister is doing Suiseiseki again but this time with the wig. We're wondering how you get the basic style for her style. Here's another image: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Q9EX-Qs6L.jpg

Quick replies are much appreciated. Please and thank you for any help!

NeoPhoenixTE
04-12-2008, 05:33 PM
I've gone up and down this whole thread, and I suddenly realize I'm in over my head here (no half-pun intended :P).

I've a really basic look I'm going for. I'm trying to pull of Azumanga Sakaki's hairstyle. It's really simple, and I am a 100% newbie at doing anything with a wig.

I don't even know how to get all the little parts of her bangs separated the way they are. (reference pic (http://neophoenix.gryvon.net/Misc/Sakaki-Face.jpg)) That part seems like something everyone knows given all the pics I'm seeing..while I have absolutely no idea what the heck I'm doing.

Also wondering how one can add "volume" to a long wig. Right now the wig I have is a very long one with straight "dead" hair that just goes straight down. Is there a way to make it "puff out" a bit more to the sides like Sakaki's hair? (2nd reference pic (http://page.freett.com/dokiyume/image/azu_tmp_sakaki.jpg)).

Like I said, 100% wig newbie here. I don't even pay attention to styling my own normal hair. I close my eyes when they stylist does it. ^_^;;;

lunaladyoflight
04-12-2008, 09:51 PM
For the spikes or parts in the bangs, just gel different parts together. If you want them to look really pointy you'll have to cut the points into them.

For a bit of added volume, turn your wig upside down and spray it, then gently gel it and spray it again. Let it sit for awhile then turn it right side up. Comb it gently with a very wide toothed comb while it's upside down too, that will make sure there are no tangles.

NeoPhoenixTE
04-13-2008, 11:06 AM
[...]
For a bit of added volume, turn your wig upside down and spray it, then gently gel it and spray it again. [...]'Gel it'? Alot of the gel I've seen has to be combed in..and I'm afraid I'd rip hair out doing that. x_x

Cora
04-13-2008, 02:27 PM
Try using pomade, just a little bit on your fingers. Or if you need something stronger, spray the bangs you need with a bit of hairspray and shape (don't get too much, or they'll just end up looking wet). You can also try hair glue. Hair gel should never be used on a wig, because it's not made to be used with synthetic fibers.

For volume, just try using some hair spray for added fluff. You might have to wash out the product after a couple of wears, though, to make sure it doesn't tangle too much.

Kukkii-san
04-14-2008, 05:46 AM
I recommend Got2B spiking glue for spiked tips. It's not really a gel... it's more like concrete *lol* It's one of the few gel-like products known to work on wigs.

I remember seeing a thread on "pointy bangs" a while ago, a search will help dig it up.

@Chibo
The "parting for pigtails" method is the same, no matter what the actual pigtails look like. Add a back part to a straight, shoulder-length wig, using straight extension hair; stub the pigtails, and add whatever extensions you want to those stubs.

Mr.Chips
04-18-2008, 01:05 AM
I searched and I did not see the questioned answered.

I know that the party city wigs are cheap; however, do they still make good practice wigs for styling? I ask because before I stub my nice wig to put on the odango, I'd like to have a practice go.

Kukkii-san
04-18-2008, 06:03 AM
They might work if all you want to practice is stubbing, but nothing that involves shaping the fiber (curling, etc.) as cheap wig fibers react differently to heat and styling products than kanekalon fiber. However, a cheap wig will probably have less hair overall, and it will be harder to brush and detangle, so the styling experience and the problems you encounter won't necessarily be the same as with a good wig.

Stubbing isn't that hard, I'd just get myself a decent base wig, follow a tutorial that makes sense to you, and get started^^ Before you even cut and caulk the hair or do anything irreversible, you'll be pulling the hair up into a ponytail in the spot where you want the stub and odango to be. So you can actually see whether it looks right, and even try the wig on, before making any decisions.

ninjagal6
04-23-2008, 12:49 AM
hmm... i have a delima... ( i kno it's not spelled right... blmae my dislexia....) i need to cosplay as this character- http://s114.photobucket.com/albums/n248/MedliSage/Magical%20Girl%20Lyrical%20Nanoha/?action=view&current=Signum2.jpg -and i have no clue what to do with the wig... (note: i haven't bought anything yet.... pls help me!

Ghost613
04-23-2008, 07:51 AM
You're going to need to make a high ponytail, stub it and add extensions for the pony tail. Looks back a page or two... Kukkii- san explained it very nicely.

lunaladyoflight
04-26-2008, 11:52 PM
You're going to need to put it up in a ponytail and see if you need to add any fiber into the back. Wigs aren't meant to be pulled up, so the back will most likely be exposed (elastic/mesh etc etc). Take some extensions and make quick new-sew wefts (a la Katie Bair) and attach those under the back, bringing them out and up into the ponytail.

Once the back looks nice and normal, you can do those braided parts by taking small sections of the hair and braiding them towards the ponytail area. Once it's all done (and no mesh is showing from your braids, which you might not be able to do on the wig itself, it's worth a try) pull it into the high ponytail, leaving it a bit loose! If you don't leave it loose the wig WILL NOT fit your head.

Once it's pulled up, stub it, caulk the stub and attach your extensions (which have also been caulked together at one end. Cover the attachment with a loose section of hair (like the wrapped hairtie ponytail). The yellow ribbon would also cover the attachment.

DO NOT BRUSH caulked sections. They will come apart. They're strong enough to withstand wear but not the tearing action of a comb. IF they become tangly, get wig conditioner on your hands and gently run your fingers through them.

You'll have to start with a longer base wig to get good bang length too. I think Hot Pink would be great :)

If you want extra help feel free to PM me.

~Luna

dExtrosien
04-28-2008, 10:35 PM
Can't I just use my own hair? How do I dye it just for the weekend?

You don't. I'm not saying you can't use your own hair and that you cannot dye it, but you cannot dye it pink for the weekend and have your hair return to your natural color by Monday. Dye doesn't work like that. And the "temporary" dye won't wash out for a month or more. And the hairsrapy Halloween stuff 1) looks terrible 2) is horrible to use 3) does not coat evenly 4) rubs off on your clothes 5) stains your clothes and 6) interferes with your style if you are trying to coat all of your hair.
Provided by D001

Just wanted to mention one product that I had luck using. I went to Sally Beauty Supply and got a can of blue Color Bombz Temporary Haircolor. It washed out easily after just a couple of rinses. I put it on Friday afternoon and didn't wash it out early Sunday evening (it did run little while I slept, but I put an old towel down just in case). I have dark brown hair and it was a nice shade of blue, I plan to use it again and recommend it. It is very much like spray paint so be sure to wear something over your clothes and it helps to do it outside with someone else doing the spraying. I would not recommend it for wigs however, it may not react well.

Ghost613
04-28-2008, 10:43 PM
Yeah, well, that's the spray crap we go on about. We're not big fans of the spray crap here, but if it worked for you, all power to ya!

FallenAngel13
05-02-2008, 01:58 AM
hey i heard that you can spike up hair with a vacum cleaner! like you use the tubes that are attatched and you turn it on scuk up some hair and hair spray and repete do you think that would really work?

Cora
05-02-2008, 01:02 PM
hey i heard that you can spike up hair with a vacum cleaner! like you use the tubes that are attatched and you turn it on scuk up some hair and hair spray and repete do you think that would really work?

If something sounds like a bad idea, it generally is.

In this case, this sounds like a really really REALLY bad idea.

There's no need to use a vacuum cleaner to spike your hair =_=

lunaladyoflight
05-02-2008, 02:24 PM
Yea besides having VERY dirty hair afterwards you always risk pulling chunks out O.O

WHY would someone even recommend that unless they were drunk or high??? It sounds like a college frat stunt.

The most you'd have to do is lay your head over the arm of your couch for an hour or so. My friend did that for this Vash hair. It came out perfect and was clean.

But yes please don't vaccuum your head. It's not quite safe.

Cora
05-03-2008, 04:37 PM
Yea besides having VERY dirty hair afterwards you always risk pulling chunks out O.O

WHY would someone even recommend that unless they were drunk or high??? It sounds like a college frat stunt.

The most you'd have to do is lay your head over the arm of your couch for an hour or so. My friend did that for this Vash hair. It came out perfect and was clean.

But yes please don't vaccuum your head. It's not quite safe.


Word.

Also nevermind that vacuum cleaners are NOT NOT NOT made or meant in any way shape or form to be used on a person's body.

skyfirefox
05-05-2008, 12:21 AM
I didn't see this mentioned yet, but Kaite Bair has re-worked her dye formula to work on Elora fibers. Here's a link to her forum post. http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4653

Ghost613
05-05-2008, 07:43 AM
Ooooh yes! I've mentioned that a couple times, but not in this thread. Thanks! ^_^

FallenAngel13
05-08-2008, 07:29 PM
question. i am still a noob to wigs. so is tying your wig into a pony tail like tying a wig into pigtails or do they use diffrent methods?

Ghost613
05-08-2008, 11:13 PM
Well, yes and no. Tyeing a wig into a ponytail is like pigtails in that you have to add extensions, but the way you go about doing it is different. For a ponytail, you use a weft along the base of the wig in order to cover up the exposed mesh. With pigtails, you sew in loose extensions and heat seal them.

lunaladyoflight
05-10-2008, 10:57 AM
If you don't want to get your hands on a heat sealer, you can create no-sew wefts as well a la Katie Bair.

http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wigtutorial_makingwefts.html

Kukkii-san
05-11-2008, 06:45 AM
Wefts aren't normally used to create a back part though. You'll probably need one or two wefts in the back & sides of the wig (to conceal the undermesh where the bottom layers are pulled up) but the actual back part for pigtails requires a heat sealer.

You could probably try and sew two wefts to the vertical elastic in the back (pointing in opposite directions) as a replacement for a "real" back part, but I don't think the result would look as good.

wanabecosplayer
05-21-2008, 03:52 PM
T_T nothing about layering... and the some-what bangs sakura has.. Im a total disastor at layering and i could probably use a reminder...

ooo and little pig tails kind like misa has in death note... i wouldnt need extensions for thoses right?

ChibiInuBaka
05-25-2008, 03:17 AM
sorry! I'm a little too lazy to check the whole thread since i have like 5mins before i have to get off the computer...but anyways.

Can anyone give me some good techniques or tips on how to comb a wig without damaging it too much? I'm pretty sure that i've been doing it wrong because its starting to poof out.

wanabecosplayer
05-25-2008, 02:24 PM
Can anyone give me some good techniques or tips on how to comb a wig without damaging it too much? I'm pretty sure that i've been doing it wrong because its starting to poof out.

try working from the bottom to the top to get tangles out, be gentle.. dont rip through the hair... use some sort of de-tangling product mentioned at the start of the thread...

SillyChibi
05-25-2008, 07:43 PM
I'm sorry if this has already been said, but GOT2B products always flake in my hair after a while. I usually use Bedhead products or even Elmers Glue. It takes a while to wash out but it's better than people thinking you have dandruff ;]

blackcat523
05-25-2008, 09:36 PM
ok, total newb here to styling a wig. I've tried a few times with no luck. Heck I have trouble styling my real hair, so wigs scare me a bit.

I wear one for my Shino, but it's already styled, so I didn't need to do anything to it, but now I have a wig I want to use for a future L (from death note).

my questions are this,

What products can I use to make the spikes. Every time I make them they seperate and look like a mess (though his hair is a bit messy).

I've heard everything glue, to caulk to got2b.

Should I work from the bottom up? or from the top down?. I don't know how to layer a wig at all (like I said my own hair is straight and plain jane because I have no idea how to style it).

The wig I'm using has longer hair, only because I felt it was easier to work with the long spikes and cut if need be then add hair and screw up the wig.

I'm working with a synthetic wig (it says it's kanekalon and/or Toyokalon) And being a newb I don't know if this has any bearing on what I use.

I'd like to not make the spikes permanent in case I want to use said wig for a another cosplay down the road.

Any suggestions are welcome (I have time since we haven't decided what future con to pull this off at).

wanabecosplayer
05-29-2008, 06:39 PM
a few questions on styling a wig:

1. do you have to wet the wig before cutting?
2. how do you section a wig on a foam base?
3. some people use pins to hold the wig to the foam head would sewing pins work?
4. how do you feather the hair?
5. see how its got sort of parted bangs at the from shorter from the rest of the hair? link (http://photos.friendster.com/photos/55/98/59498955/1_644719043l.jpg) im not sure as to how to do that...

sorry for so many questions ^^v

Kuro Yue
05-29-2008, 07:54 PM
1. Nope - it's actually a better idea to cut it when it's dry, because if you cut it when it's wet you risk ripping out wefts.
3. I use sewing pins to secure my wigs.
4. As in, the odd pseudo-spikes that most anime characters have? I've managed to approximate something similar by sectioning off the part that I want to taper, then carefully cutting it to the rough size I need, and then using some hair gel on the ends to keep it to a point.

Cora
05-29-2008, 10:25 PM
Don't use gel. Use glue or pomade or hair spray on wigs. Gel works with the oils and textures in your hair, which synthetic wigs do not have.

ok, total newb here to styling a wig. I've tried a few times with no luck. Heck I have trouble styling my real hair, so wigs scare me a bit.

I wear one for my Shino, but it's already styled, so I didn't need to do anything to it, but now I have a wig I want to use for a future L (from death note).

my questions are this,

What products can I use to make the spikes. Every time I make them they seperate and look like a mess (though his hair is a bit messy).

I've heard everything glue, to caulk to got2b.

Should I work from the bottom up? or from the top down?. I don't know how to layer a wig at all (like I said my own hair is straight and plain jane because I have no idea how to style it).

The wig I'm using has longer hair, only because I felt it was easier to work with the long spikes and cut if need be then add hair and screw up the wig.

I'm working with a synthetic wig (it says it's kanekalon and/or Toyokalon) And being a newb I don't know if this has any bearing on what I use.

I'd like to not make the spikes permanent in case I want to use said wig for a another cosplay down the road.

Any suggestions are welcome (I have time since we haven't decided what future con to pull this off at).

With spikes, I usually work from the top down, some work from the bottom up. I like to work top-down because that's the best way to not have to worry about fibers from the top getting in the way of the spikes. That's sort of a personal preference.

The materials I use for spiking are got2b glued blasting freezing spray and got2b glued hair glue. The hair glue I use just a very small bit at the tips to keep all of the fibers slicked together.

If your spikes are falling apart, you're probably putting too much product (or even not enough) on the spike or messing with it before it's completely dry. Do a couple at a time and then leave it alone so that they can dry fully. Sure, it slows down the process, but I've found that works best. You can also speed up the process by using a hair dryer.

Another way to work with spikes is to tilt the wig-head so that they dry pointing down (using gravity to your advantage) so that they'll stay in place better.

Kuro Yue
05-29-2008, 11:19 PM
Don't use gel. Use glue or pomade or hair spray on wigs. Gel works with the oils and textures in your hair, which synthetic wigs do not have.

So, to get spikes like this (http://s11.photobucket.com/albums/a160/Mukino/?action=view&current=32c202eb.jpg), I shouldn't use gel?

syntic
06-08-2008, 04:40 AM
I have a question... Is it possible for me to layer a (synthetic) wig? Or would I have to go buy a pre-made layered styled wig instead?

Kukkii-san
06-08-2008, 05:56 PM
Of course you can layer it, just the way you would layer real hair. Pin up the top layers while cutting the bottom layer, use sharp scissors to cut and feather the ends (so they don't look chopped off) and proceed with the next layer.

Cora
06-08-2008, 09:39 PM
So, to get spikes like this (http://s11.photobucket.com/albums/a160/Mukino/?action=view&current=32c202eb.jpg), I shouldn't use gel?

Better late than never, I suppose >.>;;

no, use pomade or even a small amount of hair spray to get those shapes (of course you'll have to trim them right beforehand). You can even use hair glue (like got2b glued: hair glue), but you only need a small amount, and for spikes like that, it would probably be too heavy.

wanabecosplayer
06-09-2008, 08:57 PM
im freaking out...

my wig came in today and i love it, i straightened it and i want to style it but im scared im going to mess up or it will look "chopped off" im not sure how to feather, do i just use the scissors and go across the ends like you would to curl a ribbon?

also people that do the tutorials for cutting bangs sometimes cut the bottom layer a bit shorter then the top should i do this for the length of the wig?

Cora
06-09-2008, 09:24 PM
im freaking out...

my wig came in today and i love it, i straightened it and i want to style it but im scared im going to mess up or it will look "chopped off" im not sure how to feather, do i just use the scissors and go across the ends like you would to curl a ribbon?

also people that do the tutorials for cutting bangs sometimes cut the bottom layer a bit shorter then the top should i do this for the length of the wig?

Oh goodness no, don't do that (curling ribbon) @_@ I can't give good tips on how to cut like that because usually I'm cutting wigs for spiking purposes, not for length/layering, but I know that wouldn't be a good idea.

xxFrozenFlower
06-09-2008, 09:26 PM
Cut parallel to the hair fibers! I don't know what I'm doing most of the time, but when I cut my hair and my wigs, I cut them parallel, and it looks great~ ^^ If I can do it, so can you~!
If you have a LOT of length to remove, don't worry about cutting parallel at first, but just make sure you don't cut it too short to begin with, as you can easily take out some of the length with this cutting. Better safe than sorry!

/I think... don't yell at me if I'm wrong!/ The bangs' first layers are cut shorter as it's considered the 'base' of the bangs and are where the visible top layers rest on. It makes it look better XD; I doubt it'll do anything for the rest of the wig in case you want make the ends look thinner without layering~

Good luck, don't freak out~! ^^

wanabecosplayer
06-10-2008, 02:48 PM
thanks Cora and xxFrozenFlower

edit: T_T i recked it the back is waaaaaaaaay to short it looks fine on the maniquin but on my head its waaay off T_T i suck at this.

Hydraskylar
06-10-2008, 04:53 PM
while we're on the topic of thinning/feathering wigs, I'm using a normal pair of scissors, what's the best method to do it besides cutting it at a 45 degree angle? I've seen people comb the hair, keep the comb in place and then cut near the comb. But I'm not actually sure how they do it (never seen it close enough). Does anybody know? I tried that technique but the cuts still look kind of blunt

Seimi
06-10-2008, 05:42 PM
Hi everyone! My wig just came in today :3 I am so happy! Here is a pic

http://cgi.ebay.com/30-LONG-LIGHT-PINK-WIG-BANGS-ANIME-COSPLAY-COSTUME_W0QQitemZ310052814077QQihZ021QQcategoryZ60 188QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZ p1638Q2em118Q2el1247

There is...Just one problem ^^; The wig has bangs, and for this cosplay, my character does not have bangs. I know I can't cut off the bangs, but do you guys think I can pin the bangs back? After all, my character does have pins in her hair, so I thought it would be perfect! What do you guys think? :3

--Ra--
06-17-2008, 05:10 AM
I think you might be able to pin them back. It looks pretty thick, but it should be able to happen.

xKeiri
06-24-2008, 11:23 AM
Okay, I HAVE to add these few things in.

For white hair, you don't -always- have to use a wig - But that's IF you know how to take good care of your hair. I wish I still had pictures of when I had white hair, but if you keep it thoroughly conditioned - [ And by thoroughly i MEAN thoroughly ] And, you don't mind walking around with a parasol or something of the sort to protect your hair from sunlight, then you're fine. [[ Sunlight damages light hair. ]]

Also. If you're smart with styling and you've got the hair to do it, use your -OWN- hair. It looks twenty times better than a wig [[ Once again, if you're smart with styling, ]] and it should be much easier to style [[Since you can use the products you normally use.]] Like when I did the L 'cosplay' and I didn't know it was cosplay. All I did was use my real hair and I got alot of compliments on it. One thing - It was my real hair. Real hair just looks -better- in general. but that's my input.

Cora
06-24-2008, 06:35 PM
thanks Cora and xxFrozenFlower

edit: T_T i recked it the back is waaaaaaaaay to short it looks fine on the maniquin but on my head its waaay off T_T i suck at this.

more better late than never, but......

Styrofoam wig heads are much MUCH smaller than your real head. Always keep that in mind when styling a wig.

while we're on the topic of thinning/feathering wigs, I'm using a normal pair of scissors, what's the best method to do it besides cutting it at a 45 degree angle? I've seen people comb the hair, keep the comb in place and then cut near the comb. But I'm not actually sure how they do it (never seen it close enough). Does anybody know? I tried that technique but the cuts still look kind of blunt

I find sharper craft scissors tend to work better on wigs. I guess I can relate a method on how I "feather" the spikes on my wigs to get a tapered look before I slick them up with glue and hairspray.

Section off the piece that you want to feather/taper and hold your scissors at a 90 degree angle to the fiber - perpendicular. zig-zag the scissors up and down at different intervals while making small cuts before each time you move. This way your fibers aren't all straight across and don't look so choppy.

I've heard another person say to use thinning shears. I'm not sure how well those work, but thinning shears are made so that when you cut across, a few hairs are shorter than others, so they don't lookso severe.


RE white hair: I think a lot of people use wigs for white hair because not many people want to go around with their hair permanently white after a convention, but also many people simply can't take care of their hair properly after bleaching it so much. Your hair REALLY isn't meant to be bleached to white and it is very BAD for it, which is why so many of us advise against it.

ChibiInuBaka
06-24-2008, 10:46 PM
um does anyone kno if its okay to use hair wax on wigs??
D: I'm freaking out cuz i've been to walmart and stuff but i cant find the stuff ppl have been reccomending to me...
also when you say hairspray...is any kind okay?? I have a hairspray (dont kno what its called) its green and it has a fruity scent...

also, is there a way to fix the wig if it keeps tangling??
All the hairs on it are starting to be all messed up...
I straightened it first with the hot water technique...but i didnt have a sturdy enough stand for it so it kept falling over. Also the water I used was either always too hot or too cold... So I tried combing the hair to get tangles out while pouring water (like the tutorial said). But now i look around and everyone says dont comb it while its wet....Thats probably a big problem..
and when that didnt work i used a hair iron. Most ppl said it didnt damage their wig...but mine got pretty burt. I'm planning to cut it all out (since the wig is too long anyways..) and to hide the back burns I'd style it into spikes (since her hair looks like that)...

any tips >__<

Hiryuu
06-24-2008, 11:17 PM
I made a Detangling Tutorial (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=151846) that will fix your wig now, and help it in the future.

And I don't care what anyone says about hot irons, never use one on a wig. Unless you want to heat seal it into a burnt conglomerate mess, NEVER use one. I don't care what yo momma said about it, NEVER.

'kay ^^

ChibiInuBaka
06-24-2008, 11:26 PM
I made a Detangling Tutorial (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=151846) that will fix your wig now, and help it in the future.

And I don't care what anyone says about hot irons, never use one on a wig. Unless you want to heat seal it into a burnt conglomerate mess, NEVER use one. I don't care what yo momma said about it, NEVER.

'kay ^^


oh okay thanks alot!!
;/ yeah i'm seeing the effects of the hot irons.... but i had no other choice. The curls mine had were so severe the hot water did nothing to it (not even a little). :/


and can anyone reccomend any hairsprays or anything like that that I can buy at CVS or Big lots?? Those are the only stores close to me that i can walk to after drivers ed...

Cora
06-26-2008, 01:40 AM
oh okay thanks alot!!
;/ yeah i'm seeing the effects of the hot irons.... but i had no other choice. The curls mine had were so severe the hot water did nothing to it (not even a little). :/


and can anyone reccomend any hairsprays or anything like that that I can buy at CVS or Big lots?? Those are the only stores close to me that i can walk to after drivers ed...

I know for a fact that the Got2B Glued products are carried at CVS, some of them exclusively so, I think.

Wondy
06-29-2008, 04:59 PM
I had a question about making widow's peaks for wigs. My character's hairline looks like this:

http://www.jvrpg.com/image_dossier/dossier/kh2/xigbar1.jpg

But my wig has a smooth, rounded hairline, that doesn't come forward or extend back on the sides like his does. I really, really want to be able to fix this if possible, any simple way to do this?

socks99
07-01-2008, 09:04 PM
Help!?!

So I was dumb and didn't actually read through this post before I ordered my wig. I ordered the Godiva wig (44") only to read here that long hair =/= long wig. Unfortunately ordering another wig is simply not an option due to financial situation (I'm working on a student budget and I can't scrape together anything more).

That said, does anyone have any tips for working with long wigs, because now I'm worried I'm going to ruin it simply because its too long. Transportation, workability, anything would be welcome at this point. Fingers crossed I can survive this ordeal and not make the same mistake again^^

Kukkii-san
07-02-2008, 07:59 AM
Check out this thread for wig care tips:
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=142649

How you're going to style this wig depends on what you want to do^^ Long wigs are fine for long, undone hair; however, if you want to put it into a ponytail, it will give you some trouble and you'll probably need to add extensions.

Sakurairis
07-08-2008, 04:24 PM
Curling? I know someone probably asked this before, but should I use a curling iron or curlers and should I wait till right before the con? I've seen lots on de-curling wigs, but not much on curling them. If it's even possible.

dst
07-13-2008, 12:09 AM
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Cora
07-13-2008, 12:33 AM
Curling? I know someone probably asked this before, but should I use a curling iron or curlers and should I wait till right before the con? I've seen lots on de-curling wigs, but not much on curling them. If it's even possible.

Don't use curlers or a curling iron with direct heat, lest you risk melting or severely damaging your wig.

Get some curlers that are plain, Something like these (http://www.photo-mark.com/webpix/ds/curlers.jpg) (they come in several different sizes, not just huge). Roll them up in your wig and pin them in place. Then get HOT water (I have an electric kettle that I use to get the water up to boiling, and then wait a couple minutes with the lid off until it stops bubbling completely before using it), or if you're worried about the heat, water hot enough that it's uncomfortable for you to touch - and pour it slowly over the curlers, making sure the fibers get soaked completely.

Let dry COMPLETELY - overnight is best - before taking the curlers out. Give them a light combing and you should be good to go.

If you need more defined sections on your curls, use some hair wax/pomade on your fingers (a little amount) and just smooth it over the section. That should keep things mostly together and clean.

Liquidfire3
07-16-2008, 11:10 PM
Just thought I would post and say I found a great product to style spikes and whatnot with! I used Aleene's Clear Tacky glue, and OMG, it totally works wonders; it acts to wigs like hair gel acts to real hair, and it's alot less messy and goopy than caulk. When I get the pics up, I'll show you guys the wig I styled with it, it turned out so nice.

mewmiao
07-18-2008, 11:09 PM
(issue's been taken care of) XD

sukenju
07-19-2008, 09:38 PM
I have one quick question....
Can you make the split down the middle of the wig less defined?
Like for http://www.cosworx.com/product.php?productid=16476&cat=2446&page=1
I want the line down the middle to be not too noticeable and different a bit... I'm trying to be akihiko (persona 3) for Otakon... If this doesn't work, what other wig could fit him? o-o

Queen Anime 99
07-21-2008, 11:51 PM
A company called Giell sells a wig stand that has a suction cup at the bottom of it. You can stick the wig stand to almost any surface. It's great!

They sell their products on ebay. The seller is "giellcorp" and they are legit.

Devi 1313
07-25-2008, 12:36 PM
I hope this is a common enough question. I tried using FW Ink on a wig and while I liked the color I didn't like the feel. Is it possible to get the same shade using essentially the same colors of sharpie; magenta and purple, or will I need to start experimenting all over again?

Cora
07-25-2008, 01:33 PM
I hope this is a common enough question. I tried using FW Ink on a wig and while I liked the color I didn't like the feel. Is it possible to get the same shade using essentially the same colors of sharpie; magenta and purple, or will I need to start experimenting all over again?

Do you mean dyeing with sharpies over the FW ink? because I'm pretty sure that won't end well since you'll just be adding more ink on top of ink.

You can probably strip most of the FW ink off the wig you've already dyed and try again with sharpies.

Devi 1313
07-25-2008, 08:31 PM
nah, I figured the FW wig was a lost cause so I ordered a fresh one in the same light pink color.

Crazymissc
07-27-2008, 10:36 PM
I have a question about wefts.

I got free hair because I need to make antennas but I am having a TON(!!) of trouble keeping the hair untangled and i'm getting it everywhere. It may just be from my inexperiance (this is my first time using wefts) but I was just wondering if anyone had any pointers bout how to keep the hair in order while trying to wrap it arond the wire?

Lolita Minako
07-28-2008, 12:15 AM
I wet the pieces before wrapping it around foamy when making my fight card wig and that seemed to work with the whole "OMG STAY STILL" part. ^^

Javakat
07-30-2008, 01:05 AM
I am having trouble getting my felt secured to the wire I am using for my pigtails. I was wondering if anyone knew the best way to go about this. Thank you in advance. I am cosplaying Polka from Eternal Sonata.

Cora
07-30-2008, 01:37 PM
I am having trouble getting my felt secured to the wire I am using for my pigtails. I was wondering if anyone knew the best way to go about this. Thank you in advance. I am cosplaying Polka from Eternal Sonata.

Any kind of good glue should work. Craft glue, hot glue - this is assuming you're just trying to wrap it around the wire, other than that you might try cutting two holes and looping the wire through and twisting it (like a coat hanger) if possible. If you need glue - use something like paperclips or clothes pins to hold it to the wire while it dries.

Javakat
07-30-2008, 02:08 PM
Thank you very much Cora. I will try that. :D

Hina
08-05-2008, 11:55 PM
Forgive me if this sounds like a dumb question, but I thought I'd at least try to ask on here:

Is there any possible way to lighten or fade a wig's color? I'm not talking dramatically so; even a few shades' difference would help.

Basically, one of my wigs is the perfect style for my character, but the color is dark brown when it should be light brown. I would have gotten the right color from the start, but this particular style didn't have it, and ultimately I chose accurate style over accurate color. Still, having both would be even better.

Suggestions anyone?

jusdepomme
08-05-2008, 11:58 PM
As far as I know, it's impossible to lighten a shade for a wig.

Ashbrie
08-06-2008, 10:09 AM
Forgive me if this sounds like a dumb question, but I thought I'd at least try to ask on here:

Is there any possible way to lighten or fade a wig's color? I'm not talking dramatically so; even a few shades' difference would help.

Basically, one of my wigs is the perfect style for my character, but the color is dark brown when it should be light brown. I would have gotten the right color from the start, but this particular style didn't have it, and ultimately I chose accurate style over accurate color. Still, having both would be even better.

Suggestions anyone?


You can try putting in some lighter brown extensions into the wig--that can help make a wig look *a little* bit lighter.

That's...really about your only option. Technically, the sun can fade out wig colors too, but that's unpredictable and would take forever.

Crazymissc
08-06-2008, 02:37 PM
YEY! I Have another question!

Alright! I tried making antennas for my wig using this (http://www.tristencitrine.com/tutorials/antennabangs.html) tutorial but I'm not happy with how they look on the wig. do you think it is possible to do this (http://are-are.net/wp-content/gallery/soul-eater-1/snapshot20080417152203.jpg) style with JUST hair sparay and hair glue.

Cora
08-06-2008, 02:44 PM
YEY! I Have another question!

Alright! I tried making antennas for my wig using this (http://www.tristencitrine.com/tutorials/antennabangs.html) tutorial but I'm not happy with how they look on the wig. do you think it is possible to do this (http://are-are.net/wp-content/gallery/soul-eater-1/snapshot20080417152203.jpg) style with JUST hair sparay and hair glue.

If you want those same curly-Q things, nope. You're definitely going to need some kind of wire to give it shape.

MochaValentino
08-17-2008, 04:57 PM
the first post said you shouldn't buy extremely long wigs......is it that bad? because my sister and i need wigs for these characters: Kuronue and Yoko Kurama (http://s114.photobucket.com/albums/n270/loveless_loser/?action=view&current=p49.jpg)

Kukkii-san
08-17-2008, 06:10 PM
It's hard to tell from the picture, but I think at least the black-haired character has his/her hair in a ponytail - i.e.: get a shoulder length wig, put it into a ponytail, stub it, and add extensions for the extra long ponytail.

In general, if the character has long, undone hair (no braids, no updo, no ponytail), get a long wig. How long you want it to be is really up to you, but sometimes it's better to sacrifice accuracy for sanity^^; The longer the hair, the worse the tangles and the more maintenance is needed. Long wigs are usually pretty thin too, so make sure to buy a good one and maybe add some wefts in the back for additional fullness (you'll definitely need to do that for the white-haired character.)

MochaValentino
08-17-2008, 06:32 PM
that was another question i had ^o^

how do you achieve that kind of fullness?? hairspray and scrunch kind of thing??

lunaladyoflight
08-17-2008, 07:33 PM
I get some fullness by hanging it upside down and wig spraying it up. Let it dry. You can even use a little heat and let it cool, spray it again. Then turn it right side up.

You wanted advice for making a long wig fuller right?

That or you can add in matching extensions. But the method I described is good for a quick fix.

Kukkii-san
08-18-2008, 07:16 AM
Sew wefts to the back of the wig, inbetween the existing wefts.

MochaValentino
08-18-2008, 12:25 PM
Sew wefts to the back of the wig, inbetween the existing wefts.

i'm sorry, but what's a weft? ^_^;;;

Lothlin
08-18-2008, 12:31 PM
Wefts are the strips of hair that basically form the bulk of the wig. There's a picture of one (albeit folded up) here ->http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=2285146&postcount=1

There's three basic things you can do to get wefts; buy another wig and harvest the wefts from it, but presewn wefts (cosworx sells some here http://www.cosworx.com/product.php?productid=26283&cat=2495&page=1), or buy loose hair extensions and weft them yourself.

both Doctored Locks (http://www.doctoredlocks.com/store/index.html) and Amphigory (http://www.amphigory.com/) sell loose extensions, and Katie Bair has a tutorial for making no-sew wefts here (http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wigtutorial_makingwefts.html)

gothiclolita
08-25-2008, 04:26 AM
I am planning to cosplay a character that has elbow-length bangless hair in front, but the back part (behind the ears) is swept up into an updo. Should I start with a long wig and stub for the updo, in this case?

Lothlin
08-25-2008, 08:19 AM
In that case, I'd say yeah (unless you want to go in and attach some extensions to make the long bit, but it'd probably be just as easy and a little less messy to go in and attach extensions to cover the holes in the back when you pull it up.)

So uh. You're going to have to have extensions either way XD

Luther
08-25-2008, 07:05 PM
I think including the term "FAQs" in the title instead of "Common Questions" might get more people to notice this thread. "FAQ" is a common thing people look for when they have a question.

MochaValentino
08-26-2008, 02:29 PM
Do you need a wig head to style wigs? ^_^;

That sounds like such an odd question...

Lothlin
08-26-2008, 02:34 PM
Yes and no. It depends. I've styled wigs before directly on the heads of friends, but they weren't ones that required more than a bit of hairspray and maybe some trimming. Any heavy styling job (anything that involves heavy spikes, stubbing, et cetera) are going to be easier to do on a wig head.

...That said, it's easier to initially put hair in a ponytail on a head, if you have to; that way, you don't have to worry as much about making the ponytail too tight.

MochaValentino
08-26-2008, 03:07 PM
So if you don't have a wig head, how do you store it after you've worn it? Just stick it somewhere? XD

Cora
08-26-2008, 03:08 PM
Do you need a wig head to style wigs? ^_^;

That sounds like such an odd question...

I always use wig heads to style my wigs, but as Lothlin said, you need to be careful when working with a style that requires the hair to be pulled up or back in any significant way (high ponytails are a good example) because styrofoam heads are considerably smaller than real heads. You can help fix this by padding the back of the wig head with crunched up tissue paper or paper towels (newspaper might leave black marks on your wig from the ink).

Ashbrie
08-26-2008, 03:11 PM
So if you don't have a wig head, how do you store it after you've worn it? Just stick it somewhere? XD

For wigs with no/minimal styling, I just keep them in the plastic bag and netting that they come in. For long wigs I also tie a few ribbons around the hair to keep it from tangling up. All of mine are shoved in one big box, personally >_>;;

For wigs with a whole lot of styling though, you'd really wanna keep it on a wig head I'd imagine. They're delicate! XD;;

Lothlin
08-26-2008, 04:05 PM
My minimally styled wigs are just stored really carefully in an.. uh, pile on my shelf. XD

MochaValentino
08-28-2008, 02:47 PM
How would you style the front of this?? It's like......there are supposed to be bangs, but there are'nt really.....but you can barely see them. (if that makes ANY sense at all ^_^; )

1 (http://s114.photobucket.com/albums/n270/loveless_loser/?action=view&current=Kuronue.jpg)
2 (http://s114.photobucket.com/albums/n270/loveless_loser/?action=view&current=kuronue2.jpg)
3 (http://s114.photobucket.com/albums/n270/loveless_loser/?action=view&current=1200546300_uekuronue2.jpg)

(I figured since it only requires a couple posts to answer my question, I should just post it in here, rather than starting a whole new thread for it)

Lothlin
08-28-2008, 04:09 PM
Just have some wispy bangs that can be mostly hidden behind the hat? Thinning scissors may help....

MochaValentino
08-28-2008, 11:22 PM
I feel like you're always answering my questions, Lothlin XD

I might as well just PM you next time I have a question :D

Nguyet
09-04-2008, 05:50 PM
I havent styled a wig yet and I was wondering... After you spike[style] a wig, how do you put it on without messing up the spikes? Or it is just something that cant be helped?
Thank you ^__^

Ruka-hime
09-05-2008, 07:00 AM
I tried to curl a kanekalon wig with hot water and smoothed it out again multiple times, now it looks like I teased it or something, it's gone all fluffy and combing doesn't help. :/ Does anyone have a clue how to solve this?

MochaValentino
09-13-2008, 03:42 PM
How long before a con should you style your wig? I mean, how long does hairspray and stuff last? And in what temperatures? I heard wigs are worse in heat than real hair, or is that wrong?

Lolita Minako
09-13-2008, 04:22 PM
I am not sure about the hairspray questions....

Wig fibers usually do not do well in heat, since they are usually polyester-based. Polyester tends to melt in heat. ^^;; Wigs can melt, frizz, crimp, or worse if left in extreme temperatures for too long. This is usually in cars, where temperatures can skyrocket in no time flat.

Jaisuke
09-19-2008, 03:18 AM
I was wondering about that question myself
---
lol. Due to hot water not straightening my bobbed wig properly, I used a straightener on minimal heat.
(I tested it on barbies first though, to see if the plastic would melt) X DDD'

caineyamiyasha
09-23-2008, 02:50 PM
Very interesting and useful thread. Glad that I found this and thank you for posting it.

caineyamiyasha
09-23-2008, 02:58 PM
How long before a con should you style your wig? I mean, how long does hairspray and stuff last? And in what temperatures? I heard wigs are worse in heat than real hair, or is that wrong?

I think for that question it depends on how/what you are styling. You want to make sure that you style it and have enough time to finish. With either gluing or wefting.

For glue: I style my wigs with Got2Be spray and glue and they last a really long time, some times they need some touch up over time but over all they are fine. If you take good care of your wigs they can last for a long long time.


Heat: If you leave wigs in heat or hot cars it will ruin the style if sprayed/gelled. I totally believe that wigs are way worse in heat.
I have left some wigs in my car when I ran out to the con and when I came back to them all the spikes had deflated.

Just though that I would ad some of my personal experiences as reference.

Kukkii-san
09-23-2008, 08:18 PM
As long as you cover the wig or store it in a cool and dry area out of the sunlight, you can style it as early as you want to. Just don't mess with it and store it on a wig head or in a box stuffed with paper or foam peanuts.

As for the heat, (quality) fiber can be formed safely at a temperature of 160-180įF. Anything higher than that may cause the fiber to frizz beyond repair, or even melt it (around 200įF I think.) Always use a thermometer when attempting to straighten a wig with hot water, and test it on a strand first if you're unsure about the quality of the fiber. Cheap (halloween wig) fibers and heat-resistant fibers will be more difficult to style with heat.

Drunken Master
09-25-2008, 07:31 PM
okay look i know you dislike the spray dye and if i was not in a huge rush to get the wig i have looking right i would normally not do it...but will it hurt the wig? it was like a 15 dollar wig and it looked alot lighter in the picture and i have white spray...will it really do anything though?

WonderKittyTomo
10-07-2008, 07:13 PM
Ok....So i'm planning to cosplay as Rikku form ff10 in the neer future (aka Halloween) and decided to style my own wig this time. The is problem is that I have no idea on wig styling and such and was wondering on how to make her parted bangs (ref pic: http://www.ffonline.com/media/artwork/large/ff10/rikku.jpg )
Also would I have to use extentions to make her little braids on the ends or just use a longer wig? Could you also be able to recommend a good wig colour? i've looked and can't seen to find the right one. Thank You!!!!

ToxicUchiha1
10-13-2008, 06:32 PM
I tried to curl a kanekalon wig with hot water and smoothed it out again multiple times, now it looks like I teased it or something, it's gone all fluffy and combing doesn't help. :/ Does anyone have a clue how to solve this?

did you use hot water or room temperature water? room temperature helps straighten it but if it's too hot it can get frizzy and fluffy and just look bad. and DO NOT keep combing it while it's like that, your just going to tangle it. try it at room temperature, wait until it's dry, and then comb, if that doesn't help then sorry

Kailyn
10-14-2008, 06:54 PM
I love this thread. xD Saved me having to make a "How do I wash a wig" and "How do I straighten a wig" thread. =D

Another thing is... a lot of the links provided says not to comb or brush the wig out when it's wet.

I sorta broke that rule and used a wig comb with very wide teeth to gently untangle the knots on it. It worked fine. Now I just gotta wait for the wig to dry before I brush it out some more.

Kukkii-san
10-15-2008, 06:30 PM
DO NOT brush a wet wig. Seriously. If you need help detangling it, apply oil sheen spray or wig conditioner instead (to create an even coat or oil film on the fiber), let it dry, then gently detangle it using your fingers, the handle of a comb, or a wig brush/comb (in that order.)

Wet fiber is not easier to brush than dry fiber (unless you pour hot water over it to straighten it while you're brushing it), and you risk pulling out lots of fiber from the undermesh while it's wet.

Dark Kaze
10-16-2008, 10:20 AM
I got questions about wig styling products. I want to make a spiky wig...

I never use got2b before cuz those stuff don't sell at my place. So I wonder is this the glue that I should use, Got2b Glued styling hair Spiking Glue?

And is it ok to use another brand of hairspray, like Wella or any other hairspray on the wig covered with the Got2b glue?

Any other brands that I can use besides Got2b? I use Loreal Studio Indestructible Gel on my wig but it ain't that indestructible...haha. Maybe I put too little gel... and maybe it only works on human hair^^;;

Kukkii-san
10-17-2008, 08:58 PM
If you want a spiking glue / gel, the only one I can recommend is Got2B (the one you mentioned). Most hair gels don't work on wigs.

If you're looking for a spray with instant hold - I dunno, any expensive stylist's hairspray with super extra mega... hold should do.

Personally, though, I prefer cheap hairspray, blow dryer heat, and a hint of Got2B spiking glue for roots and tips when I need to make spikes. Professional hairspray has its advantages, but I rarely use it - mostly to fix a wig quickly (add instant poof, control fly-aways) right before a con.

Lolita Minako
10-17-2008, 10:02 PM
I hear Aqua Net works great on wigs, and it is cheap, too.

Winry
10-18-2008, 03:21 AM
Hi,

I try searching for this in the thread, but I had no luck at all. ;__; Anyways, how do I accomplish a upright ponytail? I would like to go as Lydia Deetz(cartoon version) for Halloween(also a convention next year), but I can't figure out how to get the wig in a somewhat similar style as her hair when it in that up right ponytail thing(I'm not sure what it should be called).

So, can anyone help?

Picture for reference. Sorry it's so small.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v40/DReichan/Cosplay/Characters%20References/cartoon.jpg

LilMaibe
10-18-2008, 05:44 PM
You should add -How to make fuzzy ends smooth again- to the FAQ ;_;

Kukkii-san
10-20-2008, 02:41 PM
@Winry

- Look for "high ponytail" tips / tutorials
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?p=2290698
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=143765

- Build an 'under structure' into the wig http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4315 (login required)

MochaValentino
10-21-2008, 10:13 PM
Haha, I know, ANOTHER ponytail question. But is the (under)mesh really a big deal when you pull the wig into a ponytail?

Because the style I need to do has slight bangs and long hair that fall down in front of his ears, but would there be like, lotsa mesh or something in the back?

Kukkii-san
10-22-2008, 12:51 PM
The back is the main spot that is left bald when you pull up the hair into a ponytail. (Just try it on a random wig and you'll see for yourself^^)

mirrorsaber
10-22-2008, 02:44 PM
Bang question. How do I make bangs anti-defy like this. http://www.zeldadungeon.net/Zelda07/Characters/din.gif I asked this question awhile back on another forum post and they suggested to hang the wig upside down and spray it as well as use a blow dryer on it on low heat after spraying it but for some odd reason neither idea won't work. Am I doing it wrong or what?

MochaValentino
10-22-2008, 05:28 PM
The back is the main spot that is left bald when you pull up the hair into a ponytail. (Just try it on a random wig and you'll see for yourself^^)

Oooh....see, I doubt I'd have the extra money for wefts/extensions...is there any way I could rearrange the hair or something to cover it up? (didn't order the wig, yet. No money at the moment)

Cora
10-22-2008, 07:12 PM
Bang question. How do I make bangs anti-defy like this. http://www.zeldadungeon.net/Zelda07/Characters/din.gif I asked this question awhile back on another forum post and they suggested to hang the wig upside down and spray it as well as use a blow dryer on it on low heat after spraying it but for some odd reason neither idea won't work. Am I doing it wrong or what?

The thing with those bangs is that they go down and then spring back up, which basically gives them no base to be stabilized on (as opposed to if you were just spiking a wig straight up). You're going to have to do something to give it some structure, like getting creative with lightweight materials that will hold shape: cardboard, styrofoam, pipe cleaners, what have you.

Lolita Minako
10-22-2008, 07:16 PM
I would think that you would have to make something and cover it with extensions/part of the wig.

Hmm, that looks like a challenge.

*mik0 muffin !
10-23-2008, 09:53 PM
Hi there~ Just a random general quickie question: Is there any way to get out, get rid of, or otherwise eliminate the effect of those annoying little frizzies in certain wigs that are used, I`m assuming, for added volume? I didnt think it would be an issue when I bought the wig [just a normal, straight, mid-length one with bangs] , but when I try it on my head, the hair spreads out and hangs in a way that makes all those inner seemingly innocent little frizzies very noticable [at least to me xP]...

Kukkii-san
10-24-2008, 04:29 AM
@Ametatsu
A pack of loose extensions costs, like, 5 bucks (you can weft them yourself.) Please do yourself a favor and save up some extra pocket money for the extensions, as well as for a good, thick base wig.

mirrorsaber
10-24-2008, 11:45 PM
The thing with those bangs is that they go down and then spring back up, which basically gives them no base to be stabilized on (as opposed to if you were just spiking a wig straight up). You're going to have to do something to give it some structure, like getting creative with lightweight materials that will hold shape: cardboard, styrofoam, pipe cleaners, what have you.

That is what I was thinking today but I pretty much ruined the wig since I can't wash it out. *its hard as hell on one side*

I think I will make a base out of cardboard and try again. Hopefully, it will work this time. <_<

Kukkii-san
10-25-2008, 09:21 AM
Instead of cardboard, I'd rather use plastic or foamies that don't stick to the fiber and that won't suffer from humidity.

wendy_sonali
10-28-2008, 02:06 AM
For Halloween, my boyfriend and I are doing Cosmo and Wanda, and to be honest, I only have the vaguest of ideas on how to make the pink swirly thinger. Any suggestions?


http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm244/karlmatthew/lovecosmoandwanda.jpg

EvilCrash
10-29-2008, 07:13 PM
I was wondering... well my friend bought a pink wig for a Marluxia cosplay but all it really is, is a straight pink wig with bangs...... I was wondering since she asked me to style it for her would I/ should I just use the "Got 2b glued spray"? or would you suggest something else...?

AyrielDarkmoon
11-11-2008, 02:28 AM
Heeeeeelp

maybe this question would be nice on the first post xDuuu
I styled my blonde wig as Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist, and when I tried to untie it, it has a looooooooooooot of knots!!!!!!!!
and i don't know how to repair it, and i don't want to cut it because i have big plans for that wig T____T

maybe it's a very simple answer but i don't know how to style wigs u.u

Kukkii-san
11-12-2008, 05:10 PM
Use the methods suggested for detangling, then straighten it with the hot-water method^^

You'll find a link to a straighening tutorial in the first post; detangling and tips for brushing a wig have been covered in a lot of threads on the forum. I recommend the "Motions Oil Sheen spray" tutorial.

bankotsu_dude92
11-20-2008, 06:40 PM
well...I've always used colored hairspray,but I would recommend buying the top dollar stuf(like $5)and it comes out with one wash.

Tinks185
11-23-2008, 02:58 PM
I apologize if anyone has asked this question already, but does anyone have some good advice on how to cut hair into points? I'm currently working on a Soul Eater Medusa and the only trouble I'm having with it at the moment is cutting the bangs into straight points. Thanks in advance! :)

Kukkii-san
11-24-2008, 10:20 AM
This sounds like a question that would be answered by a Kingdom Hearts / spikey wig tutorial (there's at least one really good tutorial on the forums.) You'll need to cut each strand diagonally (so it's pointy and thinner at the tip) and spike it with spiking glue (Got2B) or hairspray.

Zipchan
11-24-2008, 12:58 PM
Here's a good question. I've done the spray dye method before, but the last time I did it the alcohol in the spray dye melted the caulk I used to make wefts to the point where it looked like cottage cheese. Ick. This time, I'm dyeing clip-in extensions and a wig the same color. I'm planning on making the clips using hot glue. However, I'm not sure if alcohol will melt hot glue like it does caulk. If I dyed the wig and clips after I construct the clips, will the hot glue melt?

Kukkii-san
11-25-2008, 06:35 AM
Why not sew your wefts, or buy ready-made wefts (from cosworx, for example)?! Looks nicer IMO.

I don't know what kind of chemical reaction you've witnessed *lol* but the only way to be sure would be to test the wig dye on a blob of the caulk or glue that you're using to make the wefts.

Most wig construction is best done after dyeing the wig and extensions, so you could also try adding the extensions after dyeing both the wig and loose fiber separately.

Zipchan
11-25-2008, 09:06 AM
Alright, thanks Kukkii-san!

Usually what I do is I'll take extension fibers or extra wig fibers I've cut and create wefts using the caulk method, then I sew them in. I honestly didn't know that you could sew wefts together; I guess I didn't do enough research. >.>;; Whenever I get around to remaking my Euphie wig, I'm definitely buying pre-mades from Cosworx, though, since they're the only place I've seen with the color I want.

Dramaya
11-28-2008, 11:57 AM
Hi! I'm looking to style a wig for Summoner Yuna, and as this is my first time ever messing with wigs, I want to be able to do it properly. >_> I want to be able to accomplish that flip on the one side, as well as making sure the wig stays parted to the side, and adding some poof too. I want to style the bangs somewhat too. For a wig n00b like me, I think it's a good place to start.

What I'm most curious about, I think, is making sure I'm using the right products. I've been browsing the thread and it seems many recommend Got2Be... But then, people also mention hair glue, Aqua Net, hair gel, wig spray... They all sound quite similar, and it's quite confusing for a prospective first time wig-styler. 0_0 So, I guess specifics on wig products will be quite nice, lol.

For those unfamiliar with Yuna's hair, or need a memory-jogger, here's a nice reference pic (http://www.ffcompendium.com/art/10-yuna-a2.jpg).

Thanks in advance! :)

Cora
11-28-2008, 02:02 PM
What I'm most curious about, I think, is making sure I'm using the right products. I've been browsing the thread and it seems many recommend Got2Be... But then, people also mention hair glue, Aqua Net, hair gel, wig spray... They all sound quite similar, and it's quite confusing for a prospective first time wig-styler. 0_0 So, I guess specifics on wig products will be quite nice, lol.


Got2B is a line of styling products that a lot of us who do "extreme" styling like spiking recommend. It has Blasting Freeze spray (hair spray) and Hair glue (both of which I use and highly recommend). Aqua Net is just a kind of hair spray that a lot of people say works well and is quite cheap.

Bottom line for hair spray: Pretty much anything that is EXTRA HOLD will work just fine. Got2B:Blasting Freeze Spray is about $6-$7 a can, but what I like about it is that it is very light weight but very STRONG at the same time. A little goes a long way, so you can use it over the course of several projects and not run out. However, if you don't do a lot of styling or are new to it and don't want to spend a lot of money, any $2-$3 extra hold hairspray will work :)

NEVER USE HAIR GEL ON A WIG. Hair Gel is goopy, globby, and works with the natural textures and oils of your hair. Wigs are smooth and synthetic (plastic, essentially), so they don't have any of those things that make hair gel work. If you need something Gel-like, use Hair glue.

You can get Hair glue from a variety of styling product lines, but again - I like Got2B the best. Some people use things like Elmer's glue, but I've heard of it turning white and flakey, so I don't use it and don't really recommend using it mostly because it's not necessarily made to come out. Maybe in a pinch.

Wig spray - I suppose there are some hair sprays out there made specifically for synthetic hair, but they're not always easy to find, and using regular hair spray won't hurt your wig.

Other things: Caulk - caulk is a hardware/home improvement material (you use it in places like your bathtub to seal it against the wall/seal holes for waterproofness and things like that). You can use it as a styling tool, but I prefer to use it when you know for sure you don't want something to be undone because once it's in, you're probably not going to get it out. It's mostly used for stubbing and making new wefts. I mainly use it in construction of a wig, rather than styling it.

Hope that cleared it up some. I made a post about Wig care a while ago with most of that info in it, but it never got stickied :hafha: and has been lost around here somewhere.

Dramaya
11-28-2008, 04:50 PM
:D Thank you sooooo much Cora! Yes, that has really helped to clear up a lot of my n00bish confusion. I was wondering about regular hair spray the most, as I've been seeing a lot of "Yes, it's safe, you can use it", and "Nooooo, don't use it!" >_< But I guess hair gel is a definite no no at least, ha.

I made a post about Wig care a while ago with most of that info in it, but it never got stickied and has been lost around here somewhere.

Aww, that's too bad. I propose, however, that your post be linked to in the first post of this thread, because it contains all this information about styling products in one nice little post. :) I'm sure it would helpful to those who had the same questions as I did.

Still curious as the best way to go about achieving Yuna's hair flip, though...

Kukkii-san
11-29-2008, 06:10 AM
Still curious as the best way to go about achieving Yuna's hair flip, though...
This kind of styling is easily done with a little hairspray and a blow dryer (on a low setting.) For Summoner Yuna, you don't want to go crazy with styling products, though, just use heat and a little hairspray mist to achieve a soft wave / flip.

Dramaya
11-29-2008, 10:24 AM
Thanks, Kukki-san! :D I will try that!

Nevturiel
11-30-2008, 12:47 AM
I've got a question. I remember seeing a post on a similar topic back when I first joined, but I guess I'm not wording my search right because I'm having a hard time finding it.

I straightened my first wig ("d'aww, the little cosplayer is growing up!") tonight, and everything looks pretty good except for the bangs. They have a bump in them from the wig mesh. I figure a little finagling will fix it, but I'm not sure. How do I know that when I try to straighten them again, the bump will be gone? And how can I set the wig on the wig head to prevent this from happening again?

Kukkii-san
11-30-2008, 12:28 PM
First off, never straighten bangs... (what's the point anyway? Dread straight bangs look stupid *lol*)

It sounds like you poured the water over the whole wig, starting at the (skin) top. This may result in "bumps" caused either by a warped skin top (plastic scalps don't like heat) or by the roots of the wefts that show through when the flattened fiber is pressed against them.

As a rule, only pour hot water over the parts of the wig that need to be straightened, not over the top.

You can try to remove the bumps or kinks in the fiber with a blow dryer on a low setting. Hold a strand aloft and brush it with a fine comb or pull it straight with your fingers while applying hot air for a few seconds. Let it cool off for a few more seconds before you drop it or repeat the process. Careful not to point the blow dryer at the top of the wig directly, though, because this will have the same effect as hot water.

Nevturiel
11-30-2008, 12:42 PM
Ahh, I see. In my defense, I was looking at Katie Bair's tutorial, and I thought since she poured water over everything, I should too. But she's straightening a wig without bangs, so .... yeah.

Fortunately I don't think it's a warped skin top, because it's only one long dent across the front where the wig mesh starts. So when I dumped water on it, it went flush against the wig mesh and dried a little funny, that's all. I'll try the hair dryer thing in a bit.

P.S.
Can that bit about pouring hot water only on the parts that need to be straightened be added to the first post, Ghost613?

EDIT: Never mind, I just looked at your profile and it looks like you aren't active anymore.

Zipchan
12-02-2008, 06:26 PM
Just thought I'd post a tidbit of information that I've discovered! I tested the isopropyl alcohol/FW Ink on clips that I hotglued wig fibers to; it doesn't melt hot glue like it does caulk.

Jacaranda
12-06-2008, 02:41 AM
I've got a question about adding wefts to a wig. Let's say I only want to add some body to a certain part of my wig, like to compensate for some hair that was lifted away from the wig and cover up the wefts below, but I only want to add it to that area. I've got some pre-wefted extensions; will it be all right for me to simply cut of the segment of the weft that I need, or should I take some special precautions to make sure it doesn't fall apart on me?

Kukkii-san
12-06-2008, 05:59 AM
You can just cut it apart wherever you want. Just make sure to pick out the loose hair from the end where you cut it before you sew the weft on.

Panda Usagi
12-07-2008, 03:46 PM
Okay, Iíve got a pretty simply/quick question.

I just got a Cindy wig from Cosworx (http://www.cosworx.com/thumb_popup.php?productid=25833) in blond, for my Mello cosplay. (yay Death note!) And itís wonderful and perfect except forÖ

Well itís hard to explain. The wig tucks in at the bottom and that kind of makes the middle of it stand out, so there is this inch wide gap between my cheeks and the hair. (Picture so you can understand a little better-ŗ http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=16lbmh&s=4)

Accurate as it may be it looks really unnatural/bad on me. So I had two thoughts.

1. There are this short crimped bits of hair around the base of the wig, kind of to add volume Iím guessing. Could cutting these out fix my problem? Or would it just ruin the wig?

2. I could try straightening the ends, in the hope it would fall more flat around my face.

3. I could do both x D

Please let me know what you think >.<

Pic of Mello---> http://fc05.deviantart.com/fs7/i/2005/241/1/8/Mello_Mania_ID_by_Mello_Mania.jpg

Kukkii-san
12-08-2008, 07:41 AM
Do not cut into the wig. Straighten the tips slightly with a blow dryer (so you can control the extent to which you straighten them, as opposed to the hot-water method which just flattens everything) and if you still think the wig needs a haircut after that, cut the tips only, not the roots. If you want the hair to lie flatter against your head in general, you can also flatten it near the top with a blow dryer.

Also, make sure you use hairpins or bobby pins to keep the wig on and pull the wig down over your natural hairline. One reason why the wig looks odd on your head might also be that you didn't put it on right in the first place and it kind of just sat on top of your head.

Panda Usagi
12-08-2008, 06:01 PM
Thanks for the help. ^^ I don't think I'm wearing it wrong (the top looks fine, as do the sides until about ear level)
Iím a bit reluctant to try it with a blow-dryer, mostly because Iíve seen it melt wigs into clumps of scorched plastic x D Maybe thatís just my general luck anyways.

(Besides, I donít think it would hurt to straighten the wig up a little more. )

If I just applied hot water to the ends would that yield the same results ?

Kukkii-san
12-09-2008, 05:20 PM
Like I said, hot water is more extreme than blow dryer heat, since it usually just flattens the fiber completely. Just use a blow dryer on the lowest setting possible, and only point it at the fiber for a few seconds. Try it in an inconspicuous spot somewhere in the back if you want to be sure.

You can also use a steamer, as some people on the wig forum keep suggesting (do a forum search to dig up some straightening tips and tutorials.)

SabienStrange
12-10-2008, 04:09 AM
I has question! [flails hands]
So I just finished using the hot water technique of most awesomeness to get my wig for Squalo to look a little less....flamboyantly...wavy. xD;
It still kept its wavy prettiness, which is awesome.
But now the top looks a little flat, so I'm wondering if there's a way to add a bit of volume to the wig without ending up with a horrid tangled mess.
I know I have to tease it to get that fullness, but I'm unsure of exactly "where" to tease it so I don't look like I've got a rats nest of hair.
[has OBVIOUSLY never styled a wig before] xDD;;;;

I dunno if that question made sense. I'm fail at verbal explanations. Dx

jackmanifesto
12-16-2008, 01:31 PM
ive experienced the "flat top" problem. if you want a little extra volume you can always try separating the top most layer of wefting, holding it straight up, and using a blow drier on very low to give the roots a little heat. this way, the fiber will lie slightly "up" instead of "down" the way it was, which will give the appearance of more body.

make sure to use a wide tooth comb when separating the wefts from one another, pin the wig securely to the wig form, and use hair clips to keep the rest of the fiber still so that it wont fly around when you use the hair drier! this way, you wont end up with a tangled annoying mess to take care of.