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27 August 2006 @ 02:05 am
Experiments in human hair!  
Long story short, Waco has hundreds of wigs, but none in "party" colors. The costume shops that still have halloween sections open have bad selections for another month or so. All of the other places that carry wigs either cater to rich old ladies or the "ethnic" customer base. (Their words, not mine)
These places, however, have LOTS of extensions. And sometimes really strangely colored short wigs.

So, I found a short red synthetic wig with a lot of body, and bought a TON of human hair in the PERFECT color for my little last minute cosplay project, and I've been wefting the hair to the wig. I'm almost done now. I've reached the top, and I need to make a few scores in the wig cap so I can hide the base of the wefts, and in about 2-3 more wefts, I'll be done.

Said mystery cosplay project's visor is also almost done. I need to add elastic to the back to keep it on. Then it will also be done.

In-progress photos below. No one has had an idea to guess/guessed/or cared enough to guess, so I'll give it another day or so. Until I have the robes sewn at least.

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CEO, Air Perv: hide muddy and sexyzoi_no_miko on August 27th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
... Rusty Nail hide?
HIDE your facekyonomiko on August 27th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)
bibibibibibi! WINNAR IS YOU!
CEO, Air Perv: Yukibonics is fun!!zoi_no_miko on August 27th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
RAD XDDD
Leica 麗香pinkspider on August 27th, 2006 08:35 am (UTC)
Something about human hair--from other people's human heads--creeps me out. XD Your ambitious project sounds interesting though; will be checking back to find out what the "mystery cosplay" is.
Makoto: i heart mwu and he hearts mekinomakoto on August 28th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
OMG SO COOL
malophyte on August 28th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
wow, that looks pretty cool so far. :)
This Bastard's Carnival, This Vicious Cabaret: my hat's off to youeibii on August 28th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
I've been seriously tempted to try wefting my own wigs, either for fancification, or just outright from scratch (although the info on that sort of thing tends to be scarce in my searches), so this is really fascinating - not to mention doggone pretty. 'Rae, Hide. I love the color, it looks very awesome and headbang-worthy.

How much did human hair go for? I was under the impression most extensions sold in-store were synthetic, so that's yet another suprise - was it very expensive? I can't wait to see more.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on August 28th, 2006 08:04 am (UTC)
It WAS expensive :( I'm still crying about the price, even though I'm really loving the results. The extensions were 24ish bucks per pack... Whereas I can get decent quality synthetic extensions from the same store for about 2 bucks a pack. These guys have some GREAT prices on the stuff I normally know prices on.. so I wouldn't be surprised if $24 wasn't a bad deal. I used 3 packs of extensions on the wig, and it is very thick and heavy. I probably could have used less, (probably 2 packs) but it was my first time adding to a wig, so I wasn't sure how much coverage I needed. I hand-sewed them to a short red synthetic wig, so if I decide to do somthign else with the hair, it's not a loss, and I can get it all off the wig. I started matching each synthetic weft with one of my new ones on top of it.. but the wefts you can buy.. real or synthetic.. have a LOT more hair on them than the wefts on most wigs.. so about halfway up the back, I sewed a weft on every other row.. and still got the same results. I used two different lengths on this wig for a shaggy look.. but even with one uniform length, it's going to have a layered effect just due to the way you sew them on.

The place I normally go to is in a bad part of town. They have rows and rows of bizzare pomades, etc... and I think that's why they had that color of pink. It's run by these two korean ladies that always look at you like you're about to steal somthing and run XD hahah. There's a white-old-lady wig shop in the middle of town that I haven't visited yet, but I don't expect them to have even 1/4 of the selection I can get from the place downtown.

Anyway.. when I'm done with it, the cost of this wig will be somewhere around 95 bucks. If I had gone with a synthetic wig from amphigory, I would have had to buy some sharpies/wigdye/etc to get that color, and then spent a lot of time trimming the fibers to make it shaggy, etc... so while sewing the wefts has been hell on my fingers, I think it's been worth it. As it stands, the wig has an amazing ammount of body because I went nuts with the extensions.. and I could probably stick it in a pony tail/pigtails/etc without any of the wefts/tracks showing