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20 April 2004 @ 04:48 pm
I still haven't done the feathers on the EGA hat band yet or adjusted the sleeves. I should do that soon.

I still need to finish that skirt. Gotta put darts in the back and install a zipper. I don't have much experience with zippers, though, and I might have to wait until I can pick up a black zipper. I don't know if I have one, since I don't normally keep a supply of zippers around. I think I may have 2-4 zippers laying around right now, though, which is just plain weird. I know the white metal one is for the Yu~ki pants, and another one of the white ones was going to be for the Yu~ki jacket. That means I may have some extras lying around.. but I don't want to put a white zipper in an all-black skirt.. so I'll probably have to wait on finishing that.

I finished the blue jacket for Izumi yesterday night, though. I'm going to see if I can make the white top today. I'll probably get it mostly finished and give up when it comes to the closures in the front. I don't know how to make buttonholes.. WTF.

I feel like cleaning, but I know the second I decide on somthing to clean, I won't feel like it anymore.. so I think I'll work on costumes instead.

There's been a raging debate as to how I ought to do my hair for my Izumi costume. She's got dreds. She's got a ponytail. It's hard to tell if her whole head is rolled into dreads, though. I've been thinking about dying my hair black and then making a ponytail cover out of tube dread extensions. That would give me a great looking hairline, and a full dread ponytail. I wouldn't have dreads throughout my whole head, though. Niko suggested loosely braiding the top into somthing called "dookie braids," and then tying them in the back and using the ponytail cover, but I have no clue what those look like.

The other option is going with a wig, and adding extensions on the back for the ponytail. Akuma supports this one the most, because I don't think he wants me to dye my hair. With a wig, I could have a full head of dreads. I also would not have to dye my hair. A wig would triple the cost of the costume, though.. and the wig+ extensions needed for the ponytail is a lot more expensive than the 1st method. Also.. since it is a wig, there is a really good chance I won't get a presentable hairline with it.

IMO, option one would be the best. However.. Yukari requires my current hair shade (if but a little redder). Now.. black hair would match the EGA costume really well.. and I'd need it for Izumi. Black hair would also mean that depending on how it looked, I wouldn't need to wear my wig for my Dominique costume (making the hat fit so much better XD )
But black hair would also mean either scrapping Yukari or getting a wig for THAT costume. I really don't want to do that, because I will probably just end up dying my hair back to red anyway.


The big question is... are there any really good BLACK temporary hair dyes? I know they have spray-in hair color for things like bright colors.. (and that it kinda sucks) But I'm wondering if there is somthing a little better out there in black. Or maybe if there's a temp in black I could use. A spray would almost be better if that means I can have black hair for JUST Izumi.. and even then, it'd just have to be applied on top of my hair covering my scalp. Not even the stuff in the ponytail, since that will get covered with dreds anyway....

The best things for IZUMI would be perm. black hair dye..but that's not the best thing for Yukari.

HELP! T..T ( I swear I don't normally do this hair crap to myself. I keep it really simple.. natural or wig... but the dred thing makes it complicated )
Current Mood: confusedconfused
j_koei on April 20th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
I wish I could give you actual advice, on this one, but all I can say is that you're an effing GODDESS when it comes to this stuff, and I know you're going to look amazing, no matter what you settle on ;)
HIDE your facekyonomiko on April 20th, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks :)
In the meantime, kick back, relax, and wait for A-kon. You'll get to see the finished product then.. lol
j_koei on April 20th, 2004 06:48 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to it ^_^
And you might just have a blonde Lupin, to accompany yeh ;)
HIDE your facekyonomiko on April 20th, 2004 08:57 pm (UTC)
If I find a good temp. black hair dye, you want me to let you know? lol
j_koei on April 20th, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC)
Heheh, if you do happen across a good one, I'd be much obliged if you gave me a heads up, heh ;)
HIDE your facekyonomiko on April 21st, 2004 01:07 am (UTC)
It's ok.. I'll probably be going with spray-in color XD
CEO, Air Perv: Cosplay Kikasazoi_no_miko on April 20th, 2004 09:45 pm (UTC)
.... Have you thought about making the wig...? The 'African Gold' line of fake hair carries loose and pre-wefted hair in varing shades black/brown. Then you could set the hairline yourself. THe only thing I'd be worried about using a wig - bought or made, is the wefts showing. The dread/ponytail combo is a tricky one to work with with fake hair.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on April 20th, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah. The thought had crossed my mind, but I don't know the first thing about making wigs. I'm paranoid that no matter how I do it, the hairline will look crappy. I mean... a wig can't make the dreads look like they are coming out of my head XD
There are some forums that have a few photos up.. but other than that, the only source/reference I have is in the episodes themselves. I figured it'd help you see what I was going for if I could actually post some reference photos.. lol
Here's a newtype scan (bottom right corner)
Nerdy Temptressbevo on April 21st, 2004 03:55 am (UTC)
They used to have this colored hair gel that came in a brush..that you put in your hair and then blow dry it so it sets...it came in black..Greggo used it at Ushicon #1..and he had orange..and it worked pretty darn good.

HIDE your facekyonomiko on April 21st, 2004 04:40 am (UTC)
OOhh.. and did it wash out easily afterwards? I'm interested! :D
Nerdy Temptressbevo on April 21st, 2004 12:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah..it did wash out really easily!
The Ten Thousand Things: photokhet_tcheba on April 21st, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
Sally's sells a fairly inexpensive temp dye that rinses out - here. I've used it on a number of occasions; it's great stuff. Just be careful not to put anything else in your hair that might wash it out prematurely (though you can do touchups easily). There's also a mousse form, as I recall. One of my friends used that and seemed to get good results. I've not tried the black, but I'd imagine it should work as well as the colors I've tried. At any rate, the stuff is cheap enough that it would be worth experimenting with. ;)
HIDE your facekyonomiko on April 21st, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Thanks a lot :D
(Anonymous) on April 25th, 2004 04:21 pm (UTC)
Hair Color
Hi Becky, You will guess who this is, did you forget you have a grandmother that was a hairdresser. There are semi permanent hair colors out there that will fade with each shampooing. They might last a couple of weeks depending how often you shampoo, but they will be easier to recolor over. I can't think of the name now, but read the boxes at Walmart or where ever you might shop. Then you can go black with out it really going into the hair shaft. I will be reading to see what you decide on
Love ya