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Official Wig Help Thread
« on: March 26, 2009, 06:38:40 pm »
Everyone that has wig questions or concerns come here! It'd be nice if we could keep all of our lovely wig discussing in one wig-licious place!

So I just finished straightening a ridiclously curly wig... with a straightener. And it worked fabulously! Most people say that hair straighteners are the death of wigs but that's only true if common sense is disregarded. As long as the straightener is on a low heat and it's not left over the wig fibers for too long it should be fine. Mine was on a heat of 2/30 if that's any help :D

I'll post some pics soon, once I get them uploaded. I'm planning on using it for a Nami (One Piece) cosplay.

Feel free to share any and all wig-isodes and wig-scapades!
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2009, 06:42:29 pm »
I have a tragic story of the wig from my first con but we won't go there because it's epically tragic. T_T;;


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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2009, 07:04:06 pm »
Another method for straightening wigs is to run hot water over them. What I do is pin the wig to the wig head, boil some water for about two to three minutes on high. Then I put the wig head on the plunger and put the plunger in the shower, or bathtub, then pour the hot water over it. Afterwards you leave it as it is and let it dry on its own and voila!

@Tofu, if you don't want to go buy a razor, I would suggest sectioning off parts of the wig, then taking a smaller section of the bigger sections and cutting them diagonally or straight up into the wig hair for a thinned out look rather then straight across.
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2009, 07:08:29 pm »
@ tofu, It'd be a lot easier to help if you posted pics of the characters and maybe even your base wig. Hm... Attack it with scissors? :D

Okay... here it is, my wig that's gone from zero to hero! <3



Ewww! Say it ain't so! As you can see this is a curly, tangled up beast. Surely it's impossible to straighten...!



Ha ha, I don't have a wig head yet so Buddha's gonna have to do.



Before straightening my wig with my hair straightener I attempt to brush out some of the curls to make the job easier. Seen above, my weapon of choice.



Progress shot! Part of the straightened wig is isolated in a ponytail to the side while the rest is everywhere. Buddha wasn't working so I tried thumbtacking my wig to my Haruhi plushie... It was a bit difficult.

And so I straightened on for at least an hour! It's a bit tedious but a lot more involving and less of a hassle than the hot water method so it was good times.

The finished product?



Ta-da! Now I just need to style it and I'll have me a Nami wig! Yes I'm a bit tired in my pics but it's the fatigue of satisfaction. Straightening wigs takes a while but it gives you such an accomplished feeling.

Excuse me on the pic-heaviness! Hooray for my straightened wig <3

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2009, 07:10:58 pm »
@sayda
Really? That actually seems a lot easier then I thought it would be. Thanks :3.

@osla
woah, that is once curly wig. XD
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2009, 07:14:44 pm »
Yeah it was 8)

Now I just need to cut and style it so it'll be more like this:

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2009, 07:27:27 pm »
I have some questions...

1) How do I get a wig to stay on easily? (I've heard of those odd wig pins, but...)

2) Does anyone know any good wig sites with great quality and good prices?

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2009, 07:36:28 pm »
@tori
Ebay tends to have really good quality wigs for pretty cheap. and sometimes free shipping too. ^_^
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2009, 07:38:11 pm »
1) All I use is a wig cap and my wigs stay on great. Most of mine are shorter though, for long wigs you should probably pin them to your wig cap.

2) cosworx.com and amphigory.com are both well-trusted excellent sites with a variety of wigs to choose from. What I love about them is their great customer service. Also, you can try ebay for wigs but that's at your own risk. cosplaywig on ebay have some good wigs but sometimes they can fool you with colors. I ordered what I thought would be a nice, dark brown wig and it was way lighter than expected.

Oh! And cosplay.com has a marketplace where users sell wigs and cosplay. Also use this at your own risk but I got my Kallen wig from the marketplace and I love it to death <3
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2009, 07:50:37 pm »
I've gotten two wigs at stores.ebay.com/professionalonly, and they're really good. ^^

Amphigory and Cosworx are great, too, from what I hear.
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2009, 10:53:36 pm »
Anyone know where to get/order wig heads? I desperately need one, as is obvious by my Buddha and Haruhi substitutes :D
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2009, 10:58:02 pm »
You can get like 6 wig heads for $25 on ebay. Or 10 for $36. And yada yada yada.

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2009, 10:59:13 pm »
@ tori - There's usually two little clip things on either side of the wig, I just bring those to the back of my head and attach them, it makes the wig a lot tighter.

@ olsa - I got mine at Value Village for cheap, also Sally's has them for about three dollars.
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2009, 11:00:44 pm »
Sally's beauty place? I might have my sister pick one up for me, thanks =D
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2009, 11:01:10 pm »
Yup!
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2009, 11:14:56 pm »
value village sometimes sells them for like 2 bucks....their the cheap foam kind but very effective. they also sell good cheap wigs as well.
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2009, 11:16:16 pm »
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2009, 08:56:12 am »
Yeah if anyone has any questions on styling I can help out a little. Some wigs can be straightened with a flat iron. I do a little test on a small unnoticeable piece if they can be.

Also i get all my wigs from Professional Only on Ebay. They are great quality and they are cheap. http://stores.ebay.com/Professional-Only

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2009, 09:22:07 am »
nikki I've always wondered about your Albel wig, did you dye part of it blond/or/black or did it come in two colors? =D
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2009, 09:42:30 am »
it was actually a black wig, and I added extensions to the base of the wig with glue. I got the extensions at sally's and the wig is http://cgi.ebay.com/PW109-Super-Black-Blood-Of-Demons-Cosplay-Wig-Free-SHIP_W0QQitemZ400039229568QQihZ027QQcategoryZ73575QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262?_trksid=p1742.m153.l1262

I styled it a little more so now it looks more like Albel's hair....and less like....well normal hair. Well actually....the wig looks a lot more like the picture now.

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2009, 10:36:01 am »
With glue? I thought you were supposed to sew them in?
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2009, 11:15:05 am »
You can glue them in. when you put extensions in your own hair they have a special type of glue for it.
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2009, 11:28:28 am »
I never knew that. That makes wig extensions seem a lot less intimidating to me :D
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2009, 02:28:17 pm »
Nichole what kind of glue did you use?
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2009, 05:31:50 pm »
XDDDDD A hot glue gun. I just glued it to the wig cap that the hair is attached to. It doesn't stretch anymore but that is ok, it makes it fit better :P

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2009, 05:37:42 pm »
Anyone know where to get/order wig heads? I desperately need one, as is obvious by my Buddha and Haruhi substitutes :D

cosworks has em for pretty cheap.
theres a wig store in portland to that has em... im going to go to micheals later and report back with it
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #26 on: March 27, 2009, 05:48:01 pm »
As far as I know, Michael's doesn't have wig heads. I had gone to Sally's a whole bunch of times before, but I couldn't find the wig heads. xD They were on the bottom shelf, where I NEVER look. So, I guess my point is to look at your feet once in a while.

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2009, 06:57:48 pm »
Yeah I got one of mine there. I need to get out and buy another one sometime soon. >_>

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2009, 07:11:56 pm »
SHARPIE DYE SUCKS!
I've tried it like 3 times and it never works!

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2009, 07:13:30 pm »
I have heard good things.....maybe you had too much alcohol in it? Or did you just color the wig?

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #30 on: March 27, 2009, 07:14:54 pm »
Well I've tested it a couple times but it never turns out the right color

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« Reply #31 on: March 27, 2009, 07:15:48 pm »
hmmm....well Shadow did it for her Matt wig and it turned out great....other than it bleeding on her costume =/

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #32 on: March 27, 2009, 07:15:57 pm »
Question: Do you think that the wig here > http://amphigory.com/wigs_winged_flip.html would work for my Seras cosplay?
Seras's hair looks like this:

(It tends to look different from other angles - longer, flippier)
If so, can you give me some styling tips?

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« Reply #33 on: March 27, 2009, 07:18:02 pm »
I think it would work well but I think the flip is a bit too much on the wig. You can easily fix that with just brushing it out....the wig may even come perfectly.

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #34 on: March 27, 2009, 07:19:19 pm »
Using Got2b styling gel on that wig would get you the spikes you want.
I found this
http://shop.perimart.com/product.php?productid=6660&cat=120&page=4
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http://shop.perimart.com/product.php?productid=6689&cat=120&page=6

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #35 on: March 27, 2009, 07:21:28 pm »
Sugar, how did you use sharpie dye? =O

I dyed a wig by just taking a sharpie to it and it worked great.
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #36 on: March 27, 2009, 07:21:37 pm »
I like the color of the first one better.

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #37 on: March 27, 2009, 07:23:15 pm »
Oh I used a spray bottle and soaked the ink in the bottle then sprayed the wig.
it wasn't working to i just took the ink directly to the wig with the alcohol still on it. The color came out okay but it was uneven and unconsistant.

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #38 on: March 27, 2009, 07:24:37 pm »
If you still need to fix it you could just use a sharpie straight on. It's tome consuming but it makes the color very rich.
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« Reply #39 on: March 27, 2009, 07:24:57 pm »
maybe just try coloring it?

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #40 on: March 27, 2009, 07:27:33 pm »
Well It was a test wig XD
I wanted to see if it would work.
The wig i tested it on was a Hanna montana wig I got for like a buck at Joanns so I don't really care for it

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #41 on: March 27, 2009, 07:28:55 pm »
Well It was a test wig XD
I wanted to see if it would work.
The wig i tested it on was a Hanna montana wig I got for like a buck at Joanns so I don't really care for it

Maybe it's the wig fibers :P
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« Reply #42 on: March 27, 2009, 07:29:02 pm »
well that could be the reason. That could be a crap wig. >_>;

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #43 on: March 27, 2009, 07:31:33 pm »
Blame it on the wig, not the game >D
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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #44 on: March 27, 2009, 07:31:56 pm »
XD Maybe XD

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« Reply #45 on: March 27, 2009, 07:32:04 pm »
that is always the best way to go about things.

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #46 on: March 28, 2009, 12:04:29 am »
dude sahara you need to help me when Im styling the bowser wig @_@ Im not sure how I'm going to make it look llike a rats nest but still make it wearble.
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« Reply #47 on: March 28, 2009, 07:17:40 am »
That would be an interesting project. I might be willing to help ^_^

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #48 on: March 28, 2009, 09:54:11 am »
@Sugarlat
Augh! They're adorable wigs, but they're also suspiciously priced...and from CHINA. I don't trust China anymore after what happened with my LAST wig...

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Re: Official Wig Help Thread
« Reply #49 on: March 28, 2009, 09:33:31 pm »
I need to find a Joshua from Twewy! helpz?

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