i took a bunch but i left some for you

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ive been meaning to do a write-up on how i styled my friend’s penny wig for eons but i’m horrifically lazy and keep forgetting BUT HERE WE GO. AT LONG LAST. PENNY WIG.

i took a bunch of progress pictures but…. they were on my old broken phone so i dont have them anymore so i’m just gonna generally explain what i did

note: this was super duper experimental and the end result was really fragile and there are absolutely better ways to do this and please, if you so desire, take my basic ideas and improve it

base wig was an arda inigo in light copper red. i had some long wefts in the same color left over from an abandoned project so i also used those, but short wefts should work fine

i also used: a whole lot of got2b glued hairspray, styrofoam balls, hot glue, tacky glue, a comb

i sewed a couple rows of wefts into the back of the base wig just for extra thickness and the rest went into the curls

the shape of the wig was achieved by separating the wig and pinning up the top half of hair and heavily teasing the under layers and using heat, hairspray and my hands to form it into the general shape i wanted. once i had that, i just combed the top layers down over it and tucked it underneath the 

getting it to stay tucked under was a challenge lmao it took a lot of hairspray AND tacky glue but it worked in the ends

heres the one and only progress pic i have left ripp 

the left side is what it looked like after i had teased it! 

heres where the styrofoam balls came in. i already had a whole lot of styrofoam in my house already so i just found ones that were SMALLER than the curl i had and then used hot glue to cover them. i honestly didnt do a fantastic job of it and its really messy 

here is a tutorial on gluing wig fiber to styrofoam if you need it

i covered the entire balls in hair, but focused on what i decided would be the front, making it a spiral so itd look as natural as possible

after that, i just glued it into the curl as carefully as possible. it was not a fun time.

here’s where i had the most trouble: styrofoam covered in glue and hair is HEAVY, way too heavy to stay up on its own. it just.. kept falling down. my solution was to put a jar under the curl that was the same height as it to keep it from falling and then to use a needle and thread and knot it in the hair of the curl and sew it to the cap of the wig. 

if you’re going to do that i 100% advise using embroidery thread or something a lot stronger than regular thread because it ended up snapping

there are probably much better ways of doing this tho. i was completely making things up as i went along so i had to figure a solution out on the spot so im sure if youre gonna do this you could figure out an armature or a better way to support the styrofoam balls!

hopefully that made sense and it can help someone else! this wig was an adventure haha.