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NEW AND IMPROVED Sailormoon wig tutorial!



I've redone the tutorial (here's the original for info on wefting the back of an existing wig, the new tutorial starts with a prepared pigtail wig) with all new images and some upgrades to the process... like if you didn't like the 'dimples' in the original, hey, we're covering them up now! =D

Check it out, and don't forget, if you don't feel like doing all this work yourself, I do take orders for these! Please click here for the order form and additional information!

Please feel free to link to this tutorial and share with anyone! Enjoy! ^^





STEP ONE: MATERIALS



"Innocent" wig in your color choice
At least 3 packages of matching bulk extensions (aka silky straight)
Styrofoam spheres (or other shapes)
Hair clips
Giant curlers
Hot glue gun and sticks
Foam wig head
Wig head holder/stabilizer of some kind
Pins
Scissors
Heavy thread, matching wig color
Tapestry needle (or any large needle)
Craft knife
Pen
A lot of patience


STEP TWO: GET READY

Load that wig up on the foam head and pin the crap out of it. Lots of pins, all around the edge.

Be sure you stretch the wig out over the head so you don't end up with a wig that's too small in the end. You can also 'fill out' your wig head by putting batting or foam inside the wig, if you like.



I really like my clamp-style wig holder because I can clamp it sideways on a door to adjust the ponytails.


Get out your needle and thread.


The tails aren't high enough (or tight enough) on the base wig to really get everything aligned correctly. Be gentle and loosen and shift the tails up a little higher, toward the center part. Tie off with the needle and thread. Weave in and out between going around the base of the tail to get it secure.


A good secured tail. Complete this with the other side, and make sure they're both even to each other. You'll look silly with a lopsided wig. ^^



STEP THREE: START YOUR BUNS

So now you have this, a base wig with a little higher tails.


Set that aside safely and get out everything else. This is the fun part.

We'll start with the styrofoam spheres.


Use a pen, boba straw, whatever, to 'drill' a hole through the center.


Get a good quarter inch hole, at least. You may need to widen it later.


I like my buns to sit a little more flat against the wig, so I lop off one of the ends.


Take that knife and probably your fingernails and carve/scrape the inside of the ball out.


You may want to lay down a dustcloth, this can get messy.


When you've done that, carve a little bit out of the side of the big opening. This is where the tails will poke out.


And Voila!



STEP THREE AND A HALF: STEAM YOUR TAILS

I like my tails only about 3/4 the length of the 48 inch packages they come as... so that's like 36 inches? Math? Anyway, I chop off about a quarter and save that for the buns. More on that later.


You're going to need some hot water for this next part.


Know how the extensions come all tied up and kinky? (I thought you said you liked kinky!)


AUGH! HOW WILL WE EVER GET THEM STRAIGHT??


There's a slight change in the process here that's not in the photos. 'Stub' the ends of your tails with hot glue BEFORE you straighten them. GENTLY comb them out with a wide-toothed comb to remove any lose fiber, THEN proceed with the steaming/straightening.

Well, we just take that hot teapot and hold the tails in the sink and pour the hot water on them! Be sure you tighten up the elastics on the end before you do this.
I don't have a pic of this because I can't pour hot water, hold wig fiber, and take a photo at the same time. Sorry.

Once you've drowned and subsequently straightened your fiber, wind it around one of the curlers and secure it with one of the clips. That will add a bit of a wave to the bottom of the tails and eliminate that nasty kink in the middle. Leave them alone for like a day or two to dry completely.



STEP FOURISH: MAKE BUNS

This is the longest and more difficult part. Bring in your extra patience here. Fortunately, if you screw it up, you're not wasting that much in materials.


So, I had you buy three packages of that wig fiber, right? Here's where we use the third one. You've already got two chunks of about 12 inches of fiber left from the tails. Cut two more 12 inch sections and put them with the tail leftovers.


Just like you did with the base wig, sew-wrap one end together securely.


This makes it thick enough to be sure you can cover the whole bun.


Heat up your glue gun while you trim the end down neatly.


NOW GLUE THE CRAP OUT OF IT. Make sure you get glue INSIDE the little bunch there on the end, and all around the thread. Let it cool.


Add a little more glue, and insert it into the small hole in the end of the styrofoam ball!


Hey, while we've got the glue gun hot, we might as well stub that base wig. So go ahead and chop the curly tails off. Save some of the curls for later!


Glue the stubbed base wig for security!


It won't look great, but we'll be covering this part up with that bun!


Sad, isn't it?


Anyway, back to the buns. When your minitail is secured inside the foam ball, start by taking 1/4 inch sections and pulling them taught around the edge of the ball.


Dab glue on the end and press inside the hollow in the foam ball. BE CAREFUL. The glue is hot. Use a lower temp if you can. Also, if you wet your finger (lick it, dip it in a bowl of water or something) before you press the glued end down, you won't burn yourself or stick to the hot glue.


Keep going in little sections all the way around, then around again, then around again. Be patient, this takes a good hour and a half per bun. Put on an old movie.


Once the ball is done, we'll cover the dimple in the top. Cut a small swatch from your leftover silky fiber and make a small weft by dabbing a little hot glue on the end and pressing it with your (wet) fingers. Glue the end into the inside of the ball.


CAREFULLY, pull it taut over the dimple, adding a little glue if you need to. This works best with SMALL wefts. Hairspray can also help secure as you go around. Secure on the inside of the opposite side of the ball.


Then you have a VERY pretty bun, with no dimple! Ta da! You're done!


PART WHATEVER I FORGET: ADD TAILS AND BUNS

Once your tails are dry, I like to tie them with ribbon, and then we're ready for installation. Thread your needle and string it around the base of the tail.


Secure the tail with the thread to the stub on the wig. Place it a little to the back to keep the tails more behind you.


Once it's stitched on, add a little glue for ULTIMATE STAYING POWER!


Tails are now on, we can now glue on the buns. Just use glue for this; the buns themselves don't take any stress, so we don't need to stitch them on.


Put glue around the edge of the bun and on the base wig stub.


Press firmly to the base wig, with the little notch in the bun over the tail. This will hide the thread on the tail and make the wig look tidy! Let everything dry.


PART NOTHING: YOU ARE DONE!

You're done!


If you want, you can come in with some of your leftover curls and glue them into the wig if you want a more 'manga' style, or to help cover your own hair.


Be prepared! You will need a wig cap and bobby & U pins to keep it secure. While the wig isn't terribly heavy, and it's rather well balanced, because it's a 'bigger' cap under all the fiber, it might want to shift around. You can install toupee clips near the hairline for the best security!


Fluff up the bangs with a little hairspray and you're good to go!


And there you are! Sit back and enjoy your awesome Sailormoon wig.

Comments

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WONDERFUL tutorial! I'll never cosplay Sailor Moon, but this makes me wanna try to make the wig! Thank you for putting in the time to make it and share it!
Absolutely fabulous wig and very easy to follow tutorial.

How much do you charge for one of these? I'm very interested in getting myself a wig and this is one of the few I've seen that I *really* like.
I typically ask $200 for one of these, that includes shipping with a wig head and all that. ^^
Have you ever sewn wig clips into the front of your wigs (right near the hairline)? They're like those snap-on barrettes except they've got little teeth that grab on to your scalp. They seriously are a HUGE help with really heavy wigs (I've got them sewn onto my Haydee and Fran wigs), and it's virtually impossible for a wig to slip backwards with them snapped to your head. Pins are still required to keep the sides and back tucked nicely to your head, but they're a nice complement in case you ever needed some extra sticking power for your wigs. Awesome tutorial!
nice tip Shea :) thanks so much for that

And Beverly, this is awesome! Do you do any extra styling to the bangs??
Thank you SOOOO MUCH for this!
I'm doing my Human Luna wig and needed to know how to do the balls on the top of her head. However, her balls don't connect to anything, they just kinda float around on there, there's no showing behind her head that indicates that her hair is pulled into pony balls.
How would I attach the balls to my wig without making those knobs?
I'm that guy who's bouncing into Bev's AMAZING tutorial with my advice. You could always somehow fasten a screw THROUGH the wig and a large percentage of the balls, so they'd stay at the same place on the wig, especially if you got it at a strong juncture. (like where a lot of netting meets.)

http://fleur-de-cosplay.com/images/ff9/ff9_c_12.jpg

Eiko's horn is simply Sculpy that has a screw sticking into it, then a piece of fun foam on the other side of the wig that a) supports the nail, and b) makes sure my head is comfy. I snapped a quick photo of the underside. This allows the hair to move around your balls and the balls to contour to your head. Does that make sense?

I'll have to experiment more with hot glue wig styling... I never had a lot of success getting the fiber to respond in any way to the glue (in fact, it was possible to peel off the glue later), so I've always ended up using caulk. (Bright side, you can mash it in with your fingers and never get burned; down side, pretty messy) But the quick drying of hot glue would be kind of desirable sometimes... hmm.
Yeah, that was my trouble with this. Caulk won't dry fast enough to hold the fiber in the buns, but all the rest of it that I stubbed you can totally do with caulk.
beautiful wig!
thanks for the tutorial! i won't be cosplaying as Sailor Moon, but to see you using that styrofoam technique will be helpful for future cosplays. thanks for sharing this tutorial! you made it look so simple. =D

lol..how long did it take you to finish it completely??
Glad to help! =D

This one took me about two days all told. This is about... oh, number 7 though, so I've had a little practice. XD But you'll have to wait at least a day for the tails to dry, so that's part of it. ^^
this is super epic!! thank you very much for sharing this tuto!

you said that the wig's heavy...how heavy is it?
You know, it's not REALLY that heavy. The silky straight tails are about 2 oz. each, but the rest of it isn't too much more. I'd say all together it's less than a pound, definitely.
i love how the buns came out.. they are super cute!!

love the tutorial XD
This looks really awesome. :D I actually have one of the pink wigs for a non-sailor moon costume. I can't for the life of me get it to fit my fat head. >_> It has no stretch around the outsides, so it's very difficult to get on. But I may use the stubbing method and use some of the hair cut from the ponytails to weft and sew along the bottom edges to cover my hairline a bit better.
Yeah, the hairline on the Innocent is definitely NOT stretchy because it's so structured; most of the stretch is in the back across the neckline, so it takes a bit more to get it to stay.
Nice. :)
Great tutorial! I LOVE seeing people post stuff like this.
I feel like making a Sailor Moon wig now, lol

Wig Trimming?

I bought a short wig that is completely bulky on top when I wore it and I want to trim it to make it look more realistic and flat like natural guy hair is. How do I go about trimming a wig?

Re: Wig Trimming?

Whew, that's a tough one! I'm not as skilled with scissors as I am with glue, but I'll give it a shot.

First thing, get some REALLY sharp trimming shears. Dull shears and regular size scissors won't work; they need to be really sharp, and small enough to get into spaces easily.

Second, invest in a pair of thinning shears! These are deeply serrated shears which are designed to - obviously - thin hair out. You can usually get a pair of these for less than $10 at Sally Beauty Supply.

You'll want to trim it on a wig head of course, or better yet put it on and get a friend to trim it for you (since your head is usually a little bigger than a foam head). Just start out small and slow and go from there; you can always take off more, but you can't put it back (at least not without a LOT of trouble). Always cut at an angle, not straight across, it's easier to 'hide' mistakes that way (or avoid them in the first place).

Also, you can always take it to a regular stylist, whoever usually cuts your hair! They're perfectly capable and willing to cut wigs, as well as real hair. ^^

extensions

where did you find/buy the hair extensions?

Re: extensions

Amphigory offers quite a few, as well as Dr. Locks. Google either of those to find their websites!

Makin my own wig

I'm using ur tut and also Katie Bair tut on wig parting to make mine. I just want to say thanks for postin its makin my Odango making easy tonight.

Re: Makin my own wig

Awesome! Please feel free to post pics!

Odango Done!

Here are the pictures that I said I'd post.
Photobucket

The Birth of Another

The Completed Inside

The completed babies
Tada!

Re: Odango Done!

Ah, very good job! They look great!

Quick question.... i think...

I was wondering do you cut off some of the hair? >.< I'm going to make my first Odango for Maya Fey. Also, is there anything to substitute hot glue gun? Thank you :D and I love the wig >w< it is amazing.

Re: Quick question.... i think...

You can use any glue, but none of them will set as fast as hot glue, which is 'dry' as soon as it cools.

Here's where you trim the little bit before you glue it: http://charmedseed.net/moonwig2/IMG_0952.jpg
Amazing tutorial! I love the look of it.

And off topic but I think you have the same counter as my old house. *cuddles the counter* I miss my old house.

Double Comment Time

So I was looking through the generic "SAILOR MOON COSPLAY" google, and happened to find this website that had amazingly adorable Sailor Moon/Usagi cosplay. Usagi in pajamas, Neo Queen Serenity, wonderful wonderful cosplay clothes. I loved the wig she was wearing. I see she posed a tutorial, so I go "hey, I know I will end up doing the one I found on LJ, but it's good to look at other ones" I click the link to the wig tutorial and it was you!

It's a sign that I HAVE to use your tutorial otherwise my wig will end up horrible. =)

unsure

i'm 14 and i live in Australia, i'm dressing up as sailor moon for a party, but i'm not sure where to get the base wig or extensions, and i don't know how much they cost :S i'm kinda worried as the party in only in a month. is there any advice you can give me?
please help!!

xoxo

Re: unsure

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with any sources there, and if this is the first wig styling you've done, I don't know if a month will be enough time. =(

unsure

would you be able to do it in a month? because ,e Parents have said they will help me pay for the costume, and i have a bit of money saved up, so if you were able to do it in a month, then i may be able to get one from you. but otherwise, i'm sure e-bay will have at least one. :S thanks for all your help :)
Wonderful tutorial! What a great idea to start with a wig with pigtails ALREADY! That was sort of a light bulb moment for me when I read that. And horray for not needing to invest in a heat sealer! Hot glue, even though it and I are mortal enemies, is a great idea. Heck, this makes me want to make one now! I'm planning a Neo Queen Serenity cosplay anyway seeing as for the next convention I will be attending, Anime Detour, I will be one month postpartum at that point, so I might have a tiny bit of the baby belly yet.
This is a fantastic tutorial! :D And it will certainly help with my Sailor Moon Halloween costume~
I really loved the part about the styrofoam balls...I had no idea how to do the odangos until now, haha. xD
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