wig ventilation

Wig ventilating with latch hooks

For cosplayers who are new to lace fronts, wig ventilating is a process in which individual strands of hair are hand-tied to lace that is located at the front of a wig (ie, a “lace front” wig), or for a very high quality wig, over the entire head.  This process is long and tedious, but there is simply nothing out there that looks more natural, particularly for wigs that are pulled back from the forehead.  Cosplay vendors such as Arda-Wigs and WigIsFashion now sell premade lace front wigs, but ventilating your own is still a useful technique if you need a special hairline shape or are starting with a traditional wig.

There are already several great ventilating tutorials out there, but most use your standard tool: a ventilating hook.  Hhhhammy used one of these to ventilate her Eridan wig, but when I went to ventilate my Fishwig entry for Iron Wig I had a major problem with it.  I kept dropping the hair off of the hook portion, or couldn’t angle it easily through the loop without losing the fiber.  It was working but I had a tight deadline and I was spending WAY too much time just trying to get the thing through the netting.

So I went to Sally’s Beauty and bought this for $3:

IT’S GREAT.  A latch hook or micro fusion hook is more commonly used to weave in extensions, but I am in love with it for ventilating.  Basically, if you are having trouble knotting your hair with a traditional needle, go get one of these and rejoice because it does literally half the work for you.  The steps are almost identical to how you would use a normal ventilating needle, but with the addition of your handy dandy latch:

  1. Open your hook and push it through one of your mesh holes like normal.  Push it all the way past the latch and grab 1-3 strands of hair with the hook.  This is one place where your standard ventilating hook wins out: it does not automatically pick up the right amount of fiber the way a ventilating hook does, so be careful.
  2. Pull your hook and newly-caught hair back through the hole.  The netting will push the latch closed and trap your hair, making it impossible to fall off no matter what angle you are holding the hook at!  Holy shit!
  3. Slip the hair backward past the latch, toward your hand.  This will re-open the latch.  Take your re-exposed hook and grab the tail of the fiber that you are still holding.
  4. Slip the hair at the base of the tool forward and off.  The hair will push the latch closed once again, trapping the tail fiber and making a knot for you!  You are done!  What a miracle of modern wigmaking!!

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I frigging love this thing, and feel like I ventilated so much faster because I didn’t have to sweat about the hair falling off or angling the tool correctly through the knot.  You really just poke and go, and let the latch do half the work for you.  Your mileage may vary: most people like the traditional ventilating tool, and some people even prefer using a normal needle.  But if you’re having trouble with the knotting process, give this a try!

SS2 Goku (Dragonball Z) wig commission

Base wig used: 2 Malinda in Pale Blonde from Arda Wigs, with added hand-ventilation for the lacefront hairline

This is my first time styling a lacefront DBZ wig and it was certainly a challenge! No foam core was used, only lots wig hair and lots of teasing. It’s pretty light weight though. :)

Wig commissions are open! Please email to pisaracos@gmail.com for a quote

anonymous asked:

Ooooh, I am highly interesting in learning Wig Ventilation. Do you have any tips/resources you could direct me to, specifically to cut costs? From the little research I've done it seems you needs a fancy expensive needle as well as fancy expensive lace. Would fine tulle work? Any suggestions for an adorable needle?

OH YES. I am planning on making a tutorial that addresses those things specifically, actually. Getting the right tools for wig ventilating can cost a lot, so I too wanted a cheaper method.

I should have the tutorial done in about two weeks, so hopefully you’re not in a super rush. I want to do the topic justice with photos, etc.

It can be done with a regular needle, it’s just very time-consuming. More so than usual. Hint though, my trick is using these “one second needles”. They are essentially mini-crochet hooks and allow you to unhook the hair once it’s pulled through the lace. It’s faster than a normal needle, however, even the smallest of those needles is pretty thick, so you can easily break the lace if you’re not careful!

The lace on a lace-front is very small. If the tulle is fine enough, I suppose it would work. For a full lace wig, I believe the lace at the back of the head is larger since it’s not exposed like the hairline is. But at the hairline it’s important that the lace is very fine in order to make it look more natural, hence why the good stuff is really expensive (it is really expensive, I know) :/


So this is the second time ive had to add hair to a lace front. the first time was for the gamagori wig I made forever ago and i used a self threading needle with the help of @firewolf826‘s  tutorial this time around i decided to try a hook latch hook needle using @cowbuttcrunchies tutorial

i like both techniques for different reasons. the latch hook is a little hard to get into fine lace but it does a beautiful job at grabbing small amounts of fibers with out kinking/denting/damaging them in the process. the self threading needle was great for fine lace, also gathered larger amount of hair really well. 

would defiantly recommend the self threading needle if you are working with shorter fibers and looking to get a full thicker hairline the latch hook for a thinner and delicate hairline

Raven from Teen Titans Wig Tutorial - Part 1 Ventilating

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to turn this

into this

We will start by making the widows peak first.

The first part of this tutorial will be just about the process of ventilation. Ventilation, in wig terms, is the process of hand tying hair onto a lace mesh. Like adding wefts to a wig, this is another way of adding hair to a wig, however it requires a special type of wig (either face front or full lace wigs) in order for it to be done.

I choose to ventilate it because it creates a more natural look than other methods of creating different hairlines. The big downfall is that this process is VERY time consuming. I cannot stress this enough. if you do not have patience or motivation to get through tedious tasks this might not be the way for you. However, if you persist it will look gorgeous. Marathon-ing your favorite shows during this also helps a lot.

Part 1 - Ventilating | Part 2 Dying and cutting

Step 1

Get a lace front wig and matching extensions. It’s best to get loose rather than wefted extensions if possible, but barring that get extensions that would be long enough on your wig if you folded fibers in half.

I got both wig (the Imladris) and 1 pack of extensions in Silver at Arda Wigs. They don’t have loose extensions, so I chose the longest kind they had. choosing a color as close to white as possible is important when you’re going to be dying it later, as I am.

You will also need some scissors to cut off the weft on the extensions, a wig comb to keep all the hair orderly, and a ventilating needle.
Ventilating needles are pretty cheep and can be found on places like amazon or e-bay easily. they look like this

 there’s a few different kinds. the one pictured is for tying 3-5 hairs at a time, but there are also bigger and smaller ones. the difference is how big the hook at the tip of the needle is. I did the entire widows peak with this one needle, although I also have a needle for doing 1-2 hairs at a time as well. This needle can do less hair than it’s specified for easily, just not more.

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technicallywiseoncns  asked:

Hello ! I was wondering if you have some sort of tutorial and/or advise for the beard ? (Like a favourite brand? How to fix it? How to take care of it?)... Thank you !


I personally get my fuller beards from Maskworld in Germany (good quality synthetic hair and lace) but I’m sure there are other places out there depending on where you live. I make smaller pieces like moustaches or my Gilmore-inspired beard(x) myself with a ventilating needle, wig lace, and cheap hair extensions. These things are available via ebay or Amazon.

  • -If you’re wondering whether to buy or make a beard, consider the time vs cost aspect. Good Maskworld beards generally go 35-45€ for example, which may sound like a lot, but it will save you the hecking long time investment of making it from scratch. But if you HAVE time and want to save money and to learn a new skill, then by all means make one yourself! Both of these options are infinitely preferable to glueing chunks of crepe hair to your face. For the love of god, do not just glue crepe hair to your face, no matter how many beard tutorials there are for it, you’ll be miserable and itchy and shed all day. INVEST in a good beard and save 2 hours of prep time on the day of the con.
  • -The adhesive I use is called PROS-AIDE and is so, SOOOOOO much nicer than spirit gum or liquid latex. It stays slightly sticky rather than drying and going crusty like spirit gum, so you can readjust it or poke your beard back into place. If sweat starts to make bits of the beard un-stick, you can use a bit of rubbing alcohol on a q-tip to clean the affected area (this removes the sweat without removing the glue), and with a dab more pros-aide it’ll hold even better than before. 
  • -To take care of your beard, clean the lace with rubbing alcohol before you put it on. When taking it off, brush the lace with your adhesive remover (again I strongly recommend pros-aide) and leave it for a bit. I find that since pros-aide leaves a rather gummy texture on the lace afterwards, you can carefully press and drag the edges of the lace down a mirror to get the residue off. And then clean with rubbing alcohol again.
  • -Preferably keep your beard pinned on a wig head, but if you need to pack it away then store it flat in a large plastic bag so the lace doesn’t stick to itself. If possible slide it in with something thin and flat so the lace won’t stick to the bag when you need to get it out.
  • -If adhesive has gotten into the beard itself and made it stiff or weird, let the affected area soak in remover for a while and pick the bits out with tweezers before brushing it out gently.


-Buying your own beard will save you time, making your own beard will save you money

-If you love yourself, do not glue loose crepe hair to your face

-Pros-aide is a good alternative to spirit gum, worth checking out.

-Use rubbing alcohol to clean the beard lace before and after application

Hope that helps a bit!


How to Ventilate a Wig by Arda Wigs

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anonymous asked:

Hello! I'm not sure if you've answered this before, but where do you get your beard/moustache from? It always looks amazing in your cosplays!

Thank you! My beard is from Maskworld but I used crepe wool for the moustache. I’m trying something new at the moment, though.

While crepe wool is good in a pinch and easy to use, it’s very messy and time-consuming to apply an entire beard or moustache of it (and if you try eating with it on, Valar help you, because you will find stray hairs in your food no matter how careful you are). I don’t advise using it extensively, but for a finishing touch it’s good for covering lace edges.

If you know you will be going a particular beardy character multiple times and don’t want to make a new crepe wool moustache every time, I advise trying to make one with wig lace and synthetic hair. That way it will be reusable and more durable, and if you mess up the style, you can just unpick the threads you don’t want. It’s the same technique as ventilating a wig hairline

This process is also time consuming but you’ll be grateful for it when it takes 5 minutes to put on before a con, rather than 45. I got ¼ yard of wig lace for under £5 on Amazon and a braid of hair extensions for around £3 on ebay. They go a long way too, I hardly made a dent in either.

I’ll be trimming this down to the length I want it afterwards; better to have it longer at the beginning than too short.

Ardawigs has a great beard-making tutorial here if you want a bigger beard and want to make facial hair from wig wefts. 

Hope this helped! 

To the person who said, in response to my wig ventilating tutorial:

Or you could just learn how to ventilate…  The needles aren’t that expensive/that hard to find

Um, yes? I said that if one wants to try the actual art of ventilating, then go for it. Or maybe you didn’t read the whole thing. :|

Regardless, I still don’t think ventilating needles are very accessible for most cosplayers, and the ones I’ve seen online are fairly expensive. Even if it’s only say $20, for many people, the lace front wig itself is an investment ($40-60+), so spending that much more on a tool might inhibit a lot of cosplayers. However, a regular needle costs like… 20 cents, if that, and every cosplayer already has one.

Even still, proper ventilation is a NEW SKILL that one needs to learn to become adequate at it. Once mastered, I’m sure it’s a lot faster than the methods I described, but my method is something anyone can do easily with no practice or training.

In the end, it’s the same result. I just wanted to share an alternate method that some people may prefer. So… does it matter how someone gets to that final product?

tl;dr This is why we can’t have nice things!