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KaraokeKate
06-19-2003, 02:53 AM
I've been getting lots of wig design questions via email about the various techniques I use, and I think it would probably be more efficient (and more helpful!) if I just post some tutorials on my site.

http://www.katiebair.com/wigs.html

So my question is, what types of tutorials would you be interested in seeing? I can only do so many, and I won't give away all my secrets, so please keep the requests within reason. Also, please don't be offended if I don't use your idea. There are some parts of wig styling that require special tools that are not for beginners, or that I simply wouldn't recommend people trying at home. ( Coz you might burn the house down! o_0' )

Some of the current suggestions include: how to make "anime" bangs, how to part a wig for pig tails, and up-do techniques.

Jinx
06-19-2003, 02:57 AM
Straightening wigs is a good one...

Yui
06-19-2003, 03:17 AM
I guess my biggest questions revolve around dying parts of wigs...especially in gradients (a la Xenosaga's KOS-MOS and Kami from Malice Mizer's Le Ciel video.)

Faily
06-19-2003, 08:26 AM
how to do pigtails, ponytails and bangs. Maybe some info on cutting and adding hair.

Koumori
06-19-2003, 09:26 AM
On the boards here, I most often see questions about dyeing wigs.. of course the topic's been done to death. I'd be interested in learning how to add hair for length/volume.. but then, I have a heat sealer... :)

evaneko
06-19-2003, 09:45 AM
i would really like to see a tutorial on doing parts for pig tails- but differnt dying techniques would be good as well.

Ringo
06-19-2003, 09:51 AM
Yes! Pig tails and ponytails would be great
Pics would help me out a lot to. I'm more of a visual learner XD

Maybe a list of helpful styling tools like gel, glue, spray, etc.

number18
06-19-2003, 11:17 AM
I would actually like to have information/tutorials on how to straighten a wig, really. Seems most higher quality wigs always have waves or curl at the end or something, ya know?

Rosiel
06-19-2003, 11:23 AM
I'd love to read about making and attaching extensions to wigs. My attempts have not been crowned with success.

marsie
06-19-2003, 12:09 PM
Yes, I agree with Rosiel, extensions are something I would like to be a little more profiecent with. Not just adding them to wigs but to your own hair. Like those "fake Ponytails" that you can buy at Claire's. What is the best way to style them and make it look like a part of your real hair.

I am doing a Sana-chan(Kodomo No Omocha) outfit and I have medium length hair and as apposed to stuffing my hair into a wig. I just want to add extensions to my real hair.

Richii
06-19-2003, 12:39 PM
Uh I want to know whats the best way to brush out a wig without beating out a ton of the hair. I have a really long Chii wig and its giving me a lot of problems.. Thanks!

trabus
06-19-2003, 01:02 PM
Great idea to have a wigs only forum!

I would say that dying techniques would be number one on my list, and I definitely think that adding extensions would be a good one too.

KaraokeKate
06-19-2003, 01:54 PM
Wow! Lots of good suggestions here. I gotta make a list! ^,^

DarkGunner
06-19-2003, 05:16 PM
I would luv a Tutorial on how to style wigs. Especially in the cases of bangs. Like Aeris from FFVII and many other anime characters that have two large bang type things in their hair. Basically a styling tutorial. Sorry to be so confusing. o_O;;

lemonygoodness
06-19-2003, 09:38 PM
I agree that styling (particularly pigtails as I have a huge problem with my favorite wig and pigtails) and adding extensions would be very useful to most people.

Also, a basic tutorial on care of wigs would be nice. I know that there are tons of places you can find out how to wash a wig, but there are other things to consider as well. I know from experience that if you don't store a wig properly you can end up with all sorts of problems ranging from knots that won't come out to permanent waves that won't come out to bald spots, discoloring, etc etc. So perhaps some sort of tutorial just on the basics of washing, combing, storage and maybe even travel storage would be good to have.

Sarcasm-hime
06-20-2003, 10:10 AM
Just a note to all the people wanting to know how to do the ponytails: this has been dealt with a couple of times on these boards; do a search and you should find a number of good explanations on how to do it. ^_^

Michela
06-20-2003, 06:36 PM
I would suggest a tutorial on making high full or half ponitails (Ii'm still trying to figure out how to do that without having the wig slip off my head or a wig stand)

Koumori
06-20-2003, 06:54 PM
Originally posted by Michela
I would suggest a tutorial on making high full or half ponitails (Ii'm still trying to figure out how to do that without having the wig slip off my head or a wig stand)

Are you pinning the wig to the stand?

number18
06-22-2003, 08:09 PM
Probably a stupid question, Koumorisan, but what are you using to pin the wig to the stand/wig head? Just bobby pins? Push pins? Or are there special pins to buy or something?

Koumori
06-22-2003, 09:00 PM
Originally posted by number18
Probably a stupid question, Koumorisan, but what are you using to pin the wig to the stand/wig head? Just bobby pins? Push pins? Or are there special pins to buy or something?

I've been using quilting pins - they're long and sturdy, with large, brightly colored plastic heads that are easy to spot in the hair. They've worked well even with my heaviest wigs so far.

Miaka No Baka
06-24-2003, 12:59 AM
t pins work well too. When you go to pin it to your wig head pin around the edges of the wig cause there's thicker material there that'll actually hold and another good spot I've found to pin is the top part where the hair spirals out from on top cause it's thicker and actually holds better. Just make sure whatever pin you use can be seen in the hair cause u don't wanna wreck ur styled wig by trying to take it off the head and find it's stuck to it still somewhere ^_^;


Miaka no Baka

KaraokeKate
07-14-2003, 07:11 PM
Okidoki, I've started putting up the tutorials based on the responses I've gotten here and by email.

http://www.katiebair.com/wigs.html

I'll have more up as the weeks go by, but for now I need to concentrate on getting all these orders done for Otakon! @,@

carly579
07-15-2003, 12:56 AM
Thank you Kate! I appreciate you taking the time to do those. Hopefully I'll see you at Otakon becuase all of my wigs were styled using tips/ideas from you, thanks again!

Ringo
07-15-2003, 10:29 AM
Katie you rock! Those tutorials are going to come in handy, thanks for sharing your expertice with us. ^_^

resilient
07-19-2003, 09:30 PM
Could you do a tutorial on just basic curls? I've seen one on amphigory.com, but it really didn't give very many insights. ^^' Not so much ringlets but hair curled under for more volume? I'm so glad someone's doing something like this, it's so helpful!

Space Invader
07-20-2003, 12:17 AM
A tutorial for ringlets! O_o I've tried doing them before and... blah. I just can't make them hold their shape ;_;.

LuckInSpades
07-20-2003, 03:13 AM
I would actually love to see a comparison of the higher-grade wigs under styling performance versus "bought at the local costume shop" wigs. I still need convincing of spending so much money ^,^;;

Oh, and Richii - a tip for brushing any hair (so I am sure it'll work for wigs), start at the very bottom, and gradually work your way up. I had a long-black wig that I used for my she-vincent costume (which was so ghetto and half-assed that it will not ever be up on cosplay.com), and since it was such poor quality, it knotted easily. I just took a regular brush and did htat. That way, you section out the knots and don't consequently force all the knots from the top into the knots on the bottom. =)

Aspen
07-22-2003, 02:10 AM
From that marker conversation, maybe a step by step process of using a marker to colour hair. Just like maybe a basic, and then maybe go onto gradients and special streak effects. That way a new person for using markers for hair would get a good round about idea!

KaraokeKate
07-22-2003, 03:33 AM
I'm intending to do one on curling (and ringlets) while I'm working on the Miwako I have due for Otakon. (I figured she'd be a good example of crazy curls!) ^_^

Makoto
07-23-2003, 12:09 AM
Katie, you are the Alton Brown of wig styling. Everything seems so obvious when you explain the science of it. :)

I'm not even adept at styling HUMAN hair (my old college roommates can attest to that) but with the right tools, I think I can go after some more complicated wigs with a bit of flair. I can now chat with the lovely boys who own the wig and "specialty" shop we frequent with authority! XD

Please keep up the good work, it's wonderful!

neoangelwink
07-23-2003, 12:46 PM
im sorry to ask bout ^_^ can some sent info about dying wigs. i have 2 black wigs i need to dye white and red. what is good blech
to get the color out? i never done this before. think u

Maki Yu.Ki.Ame
07-24-2003, 01:58 AM
I have huge troble with long wigs! They keep tangling and I can't comb through it! And when I try to attempt it it just got worse. I just kinda left it untouched now. I wonder if u can wash it and un-tangle it~~~

chesh
07-24-2003, 09:35 AM
Neoangelwink:
Urm. . . I don't think you *can* bleach wigs. Most wigs are plastic, and bleaches are made of stuff to bleach human hair, which is protein. (unless you have human hair wigs, in which case, wow, that's a bit monetary investment). You might be able to "dye" them with acrylic paint, though. There should be at least a couple threads around that cover that in more detail, though it seems to be rather tedious. (comb dilute paint into small sections and keep combing until it's dry, then work on the next section).

neoangelwink
07-24-2003, 12:56 PM
ok ^_^ think u ,yep it plast it cheap wig

Ruby-Chan
07-24-2003, 01:41 PM
i'd like to see how you get big wigs to stand up, like the cloud wig, or any of the wigs you use foam on

Firegirl
07-30-2003, 05:26 PM
How do you add odangoes to a wig that already has pigtails in it? o_o;;

Sarcasm-hime
07-30-2003, 06:04 PM
Originally posted by chesh
Neoangelwink:
Urm. . . I don't think you *can* bleach wigs. Most wigs are plastic, and bleaches are made of stuff to bleach human hair, which is protein. (unless you have human hair wigs, in which case, wow, that's a bit monetary investment). You might be able to "dye" them with acrylic paint, though. There should be at least a couple threads around that cover that in more detail, though it seems to be rather tedious. (comb dilute paint into small sections and keep combing until it's dry, then work on the next section).

You can only colour a wig darker, not lighter, even with acrylics. The underlying tone would show through.

If you need a white or red wig, unfortunately you'll have to buy a white or red wig. There's no way to turn a black wig into anything but a black wig.

Arisugawa Juri
07-31-2003, 04:54 PM
I second the motion for a ringlets tutorial. ^^ Your others have been wonderful thus far, I'll be sure to keep your tips in mind when I proceed to styling.

Xx Lulu xX
08-03-2003, 12:31 AM
XD coloring and styling are the top two on my list~!

accelagirl
08-04-2003, 03:21 AM
not sure if anyone's said it already, but cutting wigs might be good~ (that's the help i'm looking for right now XD)

Wakaba
08-06-2003, 06:57 PM
i'd like to see how you get big wigs to stand up, like the cloud wig, or any of the wigs you use foam on I'd like to know how to do this too.

Ruby-Chan
08-07-2003, 06:14 PM
i would love to learn how to either make a wig from scratch or how to add some serious attachments to wigs. and basically everything else possible.

i'm not really that knowledgeable when it comes to hair, i always just throw mine back into a ponytail

cutekawaii
08-09-2003, 03:45 PM
god thats so helpful.

Din the Dancer
08-27-2003, 04:15 PM
Styling Anime Bangs, Putting up HUGE ponytails, and cutting bangs into a wig. That's what I need currently.

Gren
08-30-2003, 11:17 AM
For the people who want help with wigs that stand up, when I did my Sora wig (It's in my gallery) I hung it upside down, applies hair cement by Beyond the Zone and a liberal amount of hairspray. I adjusted the angle to hang it at for the different spikes. It was made from scratch, so I didn't have issues with the hair spilling over, but it was recommended to me that one could keep hair separate by putting a wig cap over the head, and then cutting holes in it as you go, separating out different sections.

Spiffy
08-31-2003, 04:46 PM
I need the same as Din the Dancer~ Myep, that'd be goood...

kerochan
09-08-2003, 10:55 AM
Wig wearing newbie here.
I think that site would help out a lot!!!
Cutting and styling short hair wigs(Hinta from Naruto) and making straight hair wigs slightly curly.
Also can you put like clips/headbands while wearing a wig if it is part of the outfit?

Gren
09-08-2003, 04:46 PM
Yeah. I have a headband for my Mima wig. Actually sewed it into the wig, just so it wouldn't have a chance of slipping. Pitting a clip or headband in a wig is no problem. I belive Amphigory.com has a tutorial on curling a wig.

kerochan
09-10-2003, 08:34 AM
thanks! I'll have to check that out!

KaraokeKate
10-15-2003, 06:52 PM
Yes, it took forever to get it posted, but it's finally up.

http://www.katiebair.com/wigtutorial_parting.html

The next one I'll be putting up is "Making Wefts", then "One Hour Bangs". ^_^