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25 Jun 2008 - 23:054013
Skin caps and wig styling
For Amecon I need a wig that's been pulled up into two cones/buns. I've done quite a bit of reading about wig styling and it does seem like the best thing to do would be to follow Katie Bair's tutorial on putting wefts into a wig, then do the stubbing thing and attach the cones separately.

The problem is that I have no experience of wig-styling and am not in a position to be able to afford trial and error, either financially or in terms of time. So I've been looking into alternative options.

I've seen some wigs saying that they have a "skin top", and that this means they can be "parted anywhere". That sounds rather appealing to me as it seems like I could just buy a long wig, sweep it up into two ponytails and style it from there without having to worry about the back looking like the Step Two pic here. But I haven't been able to find any way of confirming this theory.

Can any of the more experienced wig stylers confirm what it's like to work with a wig that has a skin top please? And does anyone have any experience with either this wig or this one? Thanks.


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25 Jun 2008 - 23:294015
I know little to nothing about putting wigs up, but I've bought a lot of wigs over the years When they describe a wig as 'skin top' it is exactly that, a piece of latex designed to look like your scalp at the very top part of your head. Generally the latex piece covers from the very front of the wig, about 5 inches wide, to along where a natural parting would sit. The rest of the wig is made in the same way, just normal netting/wefts, so you'll still have the same problem putting them up. I'm afraid I don't think this will help you with what you need to do!

I'm not sure this would work with the style you need, but you can get wigs already put up like this?



Last edited by Delusional (25 Jun 2008 - 23:30)
26 Jun 2008 - 00:584016
Okay, I'm not experienced with wig styling AT ALL. But I HAVE the second wig that you linked there, I actually have a blond one (for chi) and a black one (for Maya) and it's a really nice wig. But Delusional is right, you're still going to see the wefts. I had to put it up for Maya's topknot and the wefts underneath are visable (but I got lucky cause my hair is the exact same colour as the wig. ^_^; )

I recommend using a wig already in ponytails like Delusional suggested, if possible, because it seems to be easier that way!


26 Jun 2008 - 10:574017
Quote Delusional:
I know little to nothing about putting wigs up, but I've bought a lot of wigs over the years When they describe a wig as 'skin top' it is exactly that, a piece of latex designed to look like your scalp at the very top part of your head. Generally the latex piece covers from the very front of the wig, about 5 inches wide, to along where a natural parting would sit. The rest of the wig is made in the same way, just normal netting/wefts, so you'll still have the same problem putting them up. I'm afraid I don't think this will help you with what you need to do!

Bugger!

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I'm not sure this would work with the style you need, but you can get wigs already put up like this?

Hmm, that's actually fairly close to what I need, ringlets aside (but then I'd probably be chopping them off and going with the stubbing method, so it doesn't matter too much). The pigtails seem a bit low though - do you think they could be shifted up a tad without ruining the look of the wig?

Mind you, seems like it'd be a moot point anyway - I've just noticed Amphigory don't ship internationally

The other option I'd considered involves buying a short wig - this one, for instance - and just making the cones and attaching them with hairpins (I have a Japanese tutorial that seems to recommend this method). It'd make transporting the wig a lot easier and seems like less hassle, but I'd be worried about it looking rubbish (I should probably note that this costume will be for a group cosplay, my first group cosplay in a very, very long time, and in a group full of cosplayers who are really good, so I don't want to end up being The Rubbish One and letting everyone else down...).


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26 Jun 2008 - 11:244018
My suggestion would be (Not taking credit for it, I read a tutorial that I can't find right now!!) would be to stitch in wefts. wefts are basically pre stitched hair extensions, easy to get hold of when using natural hair colours, then just stitch them to the wig cap, its a lot easier and less frustrating!

If you go and check out the tutorials on this site there is a great wig one with loads of info so thats probably worth checking out

wefts can easily be bough on ebay, just search for 'weft'

<edit> just a quick though, just remember to sew them in a more vertical/diagonal angle otherwise you will still have the same problem!!!</edit>


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Last edited by GunstarVixen (26 Jun 2008 - 11:27)
26 Jun 2008 - 12:054020
Actually, you can get hold of the Innocent wig from Amphigory, I’ve got one! You can order from them through Katie Bair, and a few eBay sellers have them.

It is possible to take out the bunches and put them up again higher, although it takes some patience, because the wig is solely designed to be in the style it comes in, so there’s a few shorter strands. This shows someone adapting the wig, for an idea of what it can do:
http://community.livejournal.com/cosplay/2713908.html#cutid1

Otherwise, it’s isn’t so tough to part a wig at the back yourself, there’s a whole variety of methods which I’ve tried to summarise here. http://cosplayisland.co.uk/tutorials/wigs/pigtails

and this info may be helpful for your cones:
http://costuming.org/jinx-tutorial.htm
http://cosplayisland.co.uk/tutorials/wigs/buns

Editing again…
From your first post, I have the Kelly wig from Cosworx, and it’s wonderful - the Sepia ones tend to be very good. It’s thick, and would probably go well into an updo. However, for any intensive styling, the shorter the wig you start with, the easier it is. For most updos and whatnot, I’d recommend their Angela wig.

As for adding on cones on top of a short wig, I think that's a perfectly good idea so long as you can attach them securely, but actually parting a wig nicely and everything would be better if you have the time and patience for it.



Last edited by Angelphie (26 Jun 2008 - 12:11)
28 Jun 2008 - 10:354093
Thanks to everyone for your help - I think I did know that there was a wig tutorial on the site but I forgot... doh. I've ordered an Innocent wig from Katie Bair now - hopefully it'll get here on time for me to style it!


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