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.
Most stylers will recommend starting uber spiky styles with Punky.
Also, along these lines:
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.
Now how hard is that?
However, you can use a straightener
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.
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.
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.
6.How can I cut bangs into a wig?
You bring the hair forward and cut it.
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:
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):
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
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.
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?)