Example #3: Updo with foamcore

Example #3: Updo with foamcore -  -
Next are a few variants for more sophisticated ponytails and updo's involving foamcore. (First is a tutorial for Sailor Moon style 'odango' or sphere-shaped hairbuns.)

The basic idea here is to WRAP a lightweight but sturdy base (the 'foamcore') with EXTRA FIBER (loose extensions / braiding hair), i.e. create the whole hairpiece independently from the actual wig, then ATTACH the finished hairpiece to the wig.

It will usually be anchored to the STUB that you created previously (by putting the wig into a high ponytail, then cutting off the ponytail and sealing it at the base - thus creating a firm and stable 'stub.')

A sphere (like Sailor Moon's 'odango') is probably the easiest shape to wrap with extension hair, and it's also the most readily available shape of polystyrene foam, so I'll use it for demonstration purposes.

You can use the same method to create cones, hearts, disks, and other weird shapes that anime hairbuns come in^^ However, I recommend practicing with a simple sphere shape to get the hang of it, since extension hair can be pretty stubborn when you try to wrap it around odd shapes.

Clicking on the thumbnail photo ("NEWER") will start the 'odango' tutorial!

Comments: 2

Caboose1 posted on 05-15-2012 at 02:13 PM:

Sorry to be a bother but could you do the same techniques for down do's that need foam core like this one http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/1/12790/332015-art02.jpg or should something different be done?

Ritsuka Kitsune posted on 12-10-2009 at 04:24 PM:

very useful, tnx ^^

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