How to put on a short wig with long hair

I have longer hair, just past my collarbone, and for SacAnime I wore a short, chin length wig. Here is how I made it look smooth!

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Sewing wefts to your wig!

So you’ve cut apart a wig for the wefts, dyed them, and now you’re ready to sew them into your wig as needed. You can add wefts to a wig for multiple reasons; to make it thicker, longer, or if you need to style the wig half up or in such a way that if you left it as is, you could see through the wig.

Materials needed: curved needle, scissors, thread that matches the color of your wig, pins, wig head, and your wig and wefts. You may also want to get some hair clips so you can clip the hair of the wig up while you’re sewing on the wefts.

I’m adding wefts because I need my wig to be able to have a braided headband look, a half ponytail in the back, and two pigtails hanging down out of red orbs behind the ears. I’m only going to show how I add on the wefts in this post, but later on I’ll make one on how I styled the entire wig.

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How to dye wefts using the FW ink method

Is there a wig that you need for an upcoming cosplay in a color that you just can’t seem to find anywhere? It’s okay, I have your solution! Just find a blond or white wig in the right style that you’re looking for, and dye it!

There are several methods that I know of for dyeing a wig. The first is the sharpie method, where you harvest the ink from several sharpies and dye your wig with it. The second is  the FW ink method, where you use FW ink, which is an acrylic ink, and mix it with alcohol and use that to dye the wig. The last method is using Katie Blair’s wig dye, which is easy and premade for you, but can be expensive if you’re dyeing a very long or thick wig.  I prefer the FW ink method.

Later on I’ll make a tutorial on how to dye a wig using this method, since it is slightly different than doing it with wefts. Again, I apologise for the shadows in the picture, next time I’ll try to get the table moved elsewhere so that we don’t have the shadow from the overhang in our way. Continue reading

How to cut wefts from a wig

Back in June, I was searching frantically for some blond wefts that would match my base wig for my Tyrigosa costume. All I found were human hair wefts, wefts that were ridiculously expensive, and loose hair that may not dye right and that I’d have to make into wefts myself.

Then it dawned on me that I could simply buy a second wig (at $25 for a fantastic quality wig that dyes well, it isn’t bad) and cut the wefts from it. Easy peasy. Then I could dye them, and sew them onto my existing wig. Thus starts my series of posts on how to deal with wigs. Hooray!

Today we’ll start with cutting the wefts. I started with this gorgeous wig here:

Ferrari wig in ash blond, from http://www.arda-wigs.com

This is the same type and brand wig that I’m using as my base wig. I’m doing this because, since I am adding wefts that are also going to be dyed to the wig, I want all the colors to be perfectly matching.

Next, you want to turn your wig inside out:

See the lines made by the elastic going down? We’re going to cut those as we cut the wefts from the wig.

As you can see in the photo, I’ve started cutting just one weft at a time. We don’t want them getting tangled up or knotted! Continue in this fashion until you have all the wefts you need. I didn’t cut up the wefts at the very top of the wig because it’s kind of a circle of hair sewn to make it look natural at the top of the head. So! You end up with this:

I didn’t realize how bad the shadow was from my back yard, but it’s the only place I had to put the wefts. Anyway, this is what they will look like all laid out, and ready to be dyed! Stay tuned for my next post on how to dye using the FW ink method!