(10) PONYTAIL: FIRST LAYER
Put the hair closest to the pin / center into a ponytail. This doesn't have to be a big ponytail, it's simply going to be the stable anchor for the rest of the hair, so use your fingers and a fine comb to make sure it's completely centered and the hair is pulled back tightly and evenly (especially the hair on the top, which is where the ponytail will really pull on later.)
Pin away the top / outer layers of hair on all sides of the wig - these will be pulled into the ponytail last!!! Pulling part of the top layer back now will eventually result in an uneven surface, with strands criss-crossing, and it also makes it harder to conceal the understructure of the ponytail.
Tie a cut-open elastic around the small ponytail, as close to the base as you can (secure it with a pin if necessary.) The ponytail should stand upright, rather than pointing backwards or downwards.
Kukkii-san posted on 03-08-2009 at 07:20 AM:
Yup, elastic hairties (the thinner and longer, the better), they're usually more durable than household rubber bands. Whatever kind of elastic bands you're using, you need to cut them open so you don't have to pull the fiber through the loop (the way you do it when putting your own hair in a ponytail.) They're pictured in step 8.
chibichibi7554 posted on 03-07-2009 at 03:38 PM:
Thanks for the great tutorial but I have a question. When you say use a cut-open elastic, do you mean a cut-open elastic band or something like an elastic hair tie? Katie's stubbing tutorial (http://www.pettingzoowigs.com/wigtutorial_stubbing.html) looks like she just wrapped an elastic band around the hair and did not have to cut and tie it.
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