Hey everyone! I made this Jasmine costume for the 2015 FanX convention in Salt Lake City. Someone on Pinterest asked if I could post a tutorial on how I styled the wig, so here it is!
1. Background Wig Styling Research
So I did a lot of research & checked out some tutorials from other cosplayers on wig styling. Here are some links that I found helpful before and during styling:
- Jasmine wig from Arda Wigs
- Short Wefts from Arda Wigs
- Styrofoam mannequin head
- Bobby pins
- Hair Clips
- got2b - Glued - Freeze Spray & Styling Spiking Glue
- Aleene's Jewel-It glue (You can also use "Tacky Glue" which is also an "Aleene's" brand)
- Hooked Needle
- Wefting Thread
- Hair nets
- Synthetic Braid (Sally Beauty Supply)
- Black rubber/foam self-seal pipe insulation (Home Depot)
- Batting/Fiber Fill
- Black tights
I styled the front by basically ratting the hair to give volume. The wig was already parted in the middle, I used those long sections to add volume in the front. I placed the headband on the wig as I was styling to get an idea of how to place the hair in relation to the headband. I think this part is pretty straight forward...and definitely one of the easier parts of styling this wig.
This is where things got a little trickier. I used the pipe insulation to give volume and shape without adding too much weight. I chose the rubberized kind because it is more flexible than the full Styrofoam. First I glued the hair from the synthetic braid (from Sally's) onto the insulation. The synthetic hair braids are really cheap (around $2/package) compared to the wefts. So I put it on the insulation in case the other hair moved or showed through, you would just see more hair underneath. I used the Jewel It glue as my adhesive.
Next, I sewed wefts onto the INSIDES of the left & right sides of the wig. Each weft started just in front of the ear and ended at the back of the wig. I wish I had more pictures of this--but I forgot to take photos until it was too late!
Once the wefts were sewn on, I rolled sections of them around the hair-covered pipe insulation so that it was pretty snug against the side of the wig. I poked bobby pins through the pipe insulation so that I could pin it to the wig. I then used the Jewel-It glue to keep the rolls attached to the wig.
Here's a tutorial I found that gives a better visual on how to do this:
|By MauserGirl on Deviant Art|
Here are some photos that I took after finishing the left side of the wig:
|Notice that a little bit of the foam pipe insulation is visible in the center back of the wig. This was later trimmed.|
I created the volume in the ponytail sections by stuffing black pantyhose with polyester fiber fill (a.k.a. plush animal stuffing) until it was the size I wanted. I then tied a knot on each end. I made sure the hair was evenly covering this piece, then added a ponytail holder. Each knot of my pantyhose was pulled into the ponytail holder to keep it in place. I wrapped each ponytail section in a hair net. I would recommend double-wrapping this to keep it together.
Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of this process either :( But here is a photo of a wig made by Malindachan on Deviant Art with the basic idea:
|Click here for full tutorial on this wig|
I did have to add a weft on the lower section of the ponytail to make sure everything was fully covered. However, I just glued it rather than sewing it in. Both ponytail puffs were wrapped in hairnets.
6. Final Touches
Once the styling was complete, I glued the headband to the wig using Jewel-It glue. I used hot glue to attach my gold sequin trim to the ponytail holders.
You can curl the bottom of the wig if you choose (I used a roller & hair dryer)