wig washing

tetsuroupapi  asked:

Hey Nina. This is kinda a depressing question, but my prompto cosplay is not going how I want and I have to wear it in two days to my school. But I'm really questioning that because 1. it just looks funky and 2. I don't want people making fun of me. Though it is only the 3rd cosplay I've made, I'm losing my confidence in all of my cosplay plans for the future. I'm a perfectionist and I compare myself to others so much. Since you seem like a really helpful & nice person, how do I deal with this?

First off: I’m very sorry for likely replying after the fact. It’s extremely difficult for me to keep up with my inbox on this site (especially for messages that need a lengthier answer like this), so I don’t always get to respond to inquiries with a quick turn-around. I hope your event at school ended up going well, though!

Secondly: I’m so proud of you for tackling a project outside of your comfort zone to push your skills! It’s important for artists to do that; it’s what helps us grow and learn and most of all, improve. The worst thing you can do as an artist is never push yourself or try new things. It’ll make you stagnate and cause your progress to plateau. So good job for attempting such a difficult costume so early in your cosplay journey!

Thirdly: Yes, Prompto is an extremely challenging costume. It involves a ton of little techniques and details that aren’t apparent at a first glance, and as a result, it’s a project that can get easily overwhelming. (Trust me: been there, done that!) So it’s no wonder you’re feeling frustrated, especially as a novice cosplayer! In which case, my recommendation from here on out would be that the next time you feel frustrated with your progress, take a step back. Evaluate what you don’t like and assess what you need to change in order to be happier with the final results. Don’t like the plaid you chose? Rip it off and find something else. Not happy with the paint job on the shirt? Start over. Take your time and use a different method. Unhappy with your wig styling? Wash out all the hair product and try again. There is no shame in remaking something two, three, four, or more times. Keep remaking it until you’re happy with it, even if it takes 10+ attempts. You will have so much more fun wearing something you’re proud of rather than something you just “settled” for or finished half-heartedly. (Also, on the note of budgeting: budget for this. Set money aside as a “back-up” fund in case things go wrong and you need more materials. That money should always be included in your original estimations! And if you end up not needing it? Cool, treat yourself in the Artist Alley.)

Lastly, and perhaps the most importantly: be more forgiving and let yourself make mistakes. You’re still learning. You’re still teaching yourself these skills. You have just started making costumes. Yaya’s first costumes were not perfect. Kamui’s first armor build was not flawless. Jessica started out with a Pikachu bikini and now she’s making stuff like this. Heck, look, here’s my first real cosplay that I made versus my most recent:

It’s taken me ten years to get this far. Why? Because for a lot of those years, I didn’t push myself. I stayed in my comfort zone. I chose projects that didn’t teach me new skills or force me to work with new materials. It wasn’t until the last 4 years that I’ve really been focused on my craftsmanship and improving my skills, and that is what has allowed me to finish costumes like Sheik, Rapidash, and yes, Prompto too.

I know it’s hard. I know it’s frustrating. But you’re doing the right thing by attempting more difficult projects. Just remember that the frustration is part of the learning process. It’s good to get frustrated because it means you care and want to push yourself harder. It’s good to have high standards for your work because it means you’ll always strive to do your best.

However: it’s important to not let this frustration stunt your growth. Acknowledge your frustration, accept it, and learn to manage it. Take breaks while working. Don’t be afraid to revisit the drawing board. Set the costume aside and practice the skills you need to finish it before making another attempt. And again: forgive yourself for making mistakes. Yaya, Kamui, and Jess make them all the time. And you can bet your patootie I do, too. (Anyone who’s watched my livestreams knows that I mess up quite a bit, haha!)

Whether or not you ended up wearing it to school, I hope your Prompto cosplay turns out in a way that makes you happy! Don’t give up; work smarter, not harder. You’ve got this! <3

bisexual-yamaguchi  asked:

Hi ducky, do you have any tips on how to make a wig cap stay in place? Mine keeps sliding off and that makes my purple hair at work visible...

  1. Right Fit
    First, make sure that your wig cap is a good fit for your head. Some are tighter than others and they can stretch out over time. Make sure you have a snug fitting one. They can also have different size “bands” around the base, I find ones with thicker bands are more secure. 

  2. Pins and Clips
    Hair pins can be used to attach the wig to the hair under the wig but can also be used to clip the wig cap to your hair. This works best with netted caps that have gaps for the pins.

    Some people use toupee clips, sewn into the wig, to help the wig grip the hairline at the front. This may also work for clipping a wig cap in place.  

  3. Wig Bands
    I haven’t tried these out, but they are bands that go around the front of the head and give a surface for wigs to grip on to. It might work to give extra coverage when the wig cap starts to creep back!
     
  4. Touch ups
    Even with a very secure setup, a heavy wig might slide back and with activity the pins might loosen. You may still need to pop into a bathroom to do some touching up.   

(I forgot to add this to my last ask, I’m so sorry!!) Are there any tips on how to make a wig less itchy? 

  1. Wig Cap and Wig Liners
    Wearing a wig cap will create a barrier between the wig and your head, that way it doesn’t rub against your scalp. If the itching is from rubbing then it can make a big difference. Lightweight wig liners give an even thicker barrier.

  2. Crimped Hairs
    Some wigs have crimped hairs along the netting to help give volume, but these crimped hairs can poke through the wig can irritate your head. Looking for higher quality wigs or wigs with less crimping can make a difference if these hairs are bothering you.
     
  3. Gaps
    Wefted wigs tend to have gaps between the wefts, especially at the back. These gaps can allow some of the hairs to poke through and cause itching. You can get wigs without gaps but if that isn’t an option, giving your wig a comb through before wearing and checking the underside for any pokey hairs can help alleviate the issue.
      
  4. Your Hair
    For a lot of people, your own hair can be the cause of itching, especially if you have itching while wearing a wig cap! If you have long hair then braiding or putting your hair up in ponytail can help prevent it from poking you, just make sure the ends are pointed away from your scalp. =For smaller hairs it helps to gel them down or use a bit of hairspray to hold them in place. I have shorter hair and find that putting my wig cap and wig on while my hair is damp relieves the issue. 

  5. Allergies
    It is possible that you could have allergies to either a product used to treat the fibers/ style the wig or even the wig fibers themselves. If you are getting a rash from the wig or other signs of an allergic reaction you should not wear the wig. You can attempt to wash the wig out at home or try different wig fibers to see if it makes a difference. 

  6. Used to it
    Sometimes itching just happens and it gets worse while wearing a wig because you can’t do anything about it! Sometimes it takes a bit of mind-over-matter to ignore the itching and the more you do it the easier it gets. That said, I am not above going to the washroom to take off the wig and give my head a good scratch when I really need to  ;)

Hope this helps!
Duckie / Admin

Wash That Con Right Out Of Your Hair! -- A guide to washing your wigs!

Hi everyone! 

So in light of a recent conversation, the topic of washing a wig came up! Being the ever helpful person I am, I decided to make a little tutorial on how I wash out my wigs. This can be used for getting out product that you may have used to style it, or it’s just really gross. (Summer cons, I am looking at you)

That being said, I do have a few disclaimers I want to address! First of all, this method is my way. I am in no way a wig expert. But this works well for me. Next, I am using a wig purchased from Arda-Wigs. Their fibers are high quality Hiperlon , so they can stand the heat! If your wig is Kanekalon , or if you just don’t know, do a little more hunting before using this guide! :3

It is also recommended to use an actual wig shampoo. But I am cheap…. SO here we are. Now lets get started! :D

Keep reading

I

LOVE

HER.

Though she is very yellowed/dirty, and sticky. She smells. A little cigarette, a littler perfume. Not bad, or unbearable, thankfully.

Her socks are glued on and I can’t remove her shoes without destroying them as they are leather and degrading.

So I’m not going to try to take her apart and give her body a thorough cleaning. Her clothes protected her body for the most part, other than her socks.

Though she IS yellow/ivory all over.

The power of Magic Eraser, y’all. She’ll need fresh blush but it was partially missing to begin with.

Since I can’t get her body totally clean as she is, I’m not going to try bleaching out her dress, either. It’s getting washed, though, because it’s also sticky.

I haven’t decided whether I’ll peel off her wig to wash or not. It’s sticky, too, and could use a conditioning and some restyling, but not bad enough that I can’t tolerate it as it is.

That key hole is deep. Finding a replacement is probably going to be difficult.

Monster High Doll Hair

A few weeks ago Lee, over on The Monster High Amino, asked: how I get the hair on my second hand dolls looking so good?

A bit of background. I have been collecting a select few dolls since they first came out in 2010. Then last summer my neighbour’s 14 year old daughter decided to get rid of her collection. I inherited almost 200 dolls. Most were very well played with (mum is a smoker) and therefore needed a lot of cleaning up. Having never worked with dolls before as a child I Googled and found a couple good sites.

Nonaptime.com

dollchemy.com

After that I headed to a local dollar store to get some supplies. My thinking here was not going to spend a fortune cleaning up these dolls, if certain products did not work.

My tools: a baby brush & comb set, an environmentally friendly conditioner, dryer sheets, fabric deodorant, and the MH brush.


Step1: remove all clothing, accessories (jewellery)  at lest the ones you can

Step2: using lukewarm/cold water (hot water will straighten any wavy/curls in the acrylic/plastic wigs)

       wet hair thoroughly, wash with conditioner, then rinse

Step3: hand dry hair with a towel

Step4: taking MH brush, brush out the hair.

        Wavy/curly hair I will use a short quick stroke instead of a long stroke. Also use a short, quick stroke with very tangled hair

Step4: air dry

Step5: once dry I will brush the hair again

Step6: style the hair to original style (Google photos to see the style)

*I use a baby brush to shine hair on Ghoulia, Venus, Spectra (they have a different texture of hair.

**Need to be careful when brushing out hair not to be too aggressive to pull out hair from the wig

One thing you may find is that some of the dolls will have “sticky” hair. This is from the glue that is secures the wig. Skelita and Rochelle are very bad for this.

One technique I found is to use baby power/talc to absorb the glue.

I have yet to really try this. However if you do, make sure hair is completely dry before using power (will become a gooey mess)

Step1: powder the hair brush thoroughly

Step2: leave for a few days

Step3: brush powder completely out


Main thing I find about doing the hair is to trust your instincts about what you are doing. If you find a different method than what I have done: Awesome!


Have fun being your doll’s hair stylists!

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Tutorial: How to Wash a Wig by Arda Wigs

View the full tutorial here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d64dNTpLsGs

Wig Stuff

Sometimes (many times) u have to pluck ur parting. Use tweezers.. Using ur hands heightens the chance of ripping the lace

Concealer on ur parting for blending purposes

Razor combs are ur friend for trimming down bulk and “wiggy looks” (unless thats what ur going for). Also, if u want no leave out, u can make baby hair with razor combs with ease

Fabric dye/tint works wonders for dark skinned people who want to blend the lace color with their skin (or scalp if u have leaveout)

Sew an elastic band from ear to ear inside a full lace/lace front to keep the hairline from lifting

Simple, but wash ur wig when u get it in a solution of vinegar and warm water followed by shampoo (ESPECIALLY SYNTHETIC HAIR!!! THE FIBERS ARE COATED IN ALKALINE FLAME RETARDANT MATERIAL THAT IRRITATES THE SCALP. FOLLOW THE SAME PROCEDURE FOR BRAIDING HAIR).

If u want to straighten or curl a synthetic unit, wet it first. The water creates a protective barrier which keeps the fibers from melting

Take care of the hair underneath and try to get a satin cap instead of a nylon one. Nylon is drying (u can make it work with nylon tho.. Just moisturize often)

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Hey guys :D
I know NYCC is in a few days and thats why THREE DAYS BEFORE I GO I gotta dye my boyfriend’s wig!!!

I recieved a wig from wig-.supplier.com that was a liiiittle too…. ok, a LOT… orangey? blondey? I dunno. it was terribly wrong. He’s supposed to be cosplaying Itsuki Koizumi from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Hes not exactly orangey blond. Wigs from that website are very reasonably priced and great quality, but… sometimes the color is a little off!
So here I come with a tutorial on…
HOW TO DYE/TINT A WIG WITH RIT DYE!!

The pictures of everything you need are above, just try and bear with me for my first tutorial.

picture 1: as you can see my wig is there on a plastic garbage bag I ripped open. I would reccomend using an industrial garbage bag just in case, and later I replaced the regular one with that. Rit dye will STAIN EVERYTHING so be very careful, especially if you’re doing this in your mom’s kitchen. I’m usimg brown liquid Rit, but if youre looking to dye something brown, especially a white, you should use black Rit. This brown is more of a reddish color and will turn white more reddish and the black will turn it a more brown color.

2. Put on your plastic gloves and pretend to be Sebastian like the weeaboo trash you are. You don’t want stained hands before a con.

3. This is the color of the wig up close. I havent seen many tutorials on how to dye a wig with Rit from a light browny thing like this.

4. Prepare your wig to be sacrificed in the boiling dyes of hell by holding it high and emitting your war cry.

5. Boil a big pot of water. I’m just gonna say a big pot. No specific amount. Just a big pot. Bring it to a boil and go make yourself tea, go play the piano, go watch your anime, get in the spirit of cosplay, anything. it’ll take a long time to boil. Once its finally boiling, lower the heat to medium. I put in about half a bottle of dye.

6. Shove that godforsaken rat’s nest into the pot.
The color I was going for took about an hour in the pot. Stir it for entertainment or something. make sure it stays submerged.

7. I washed the wig in the sink until the water was clear and not full of dye. You might notice your wig is a huge mess after you boil it. This is because a. congrats your wig is dead bc you didnt know it wasnt heat resistant good job happy cosplaying or b. The boiling caused your wig to get all crazy.
All you have to do is take plain boiled water, put the wig on your wig head (preferably a yaranaika wig head) and pour the water over it so the wig is straight again!

8. As you can see it is all silky smooth, and you can let it dry in the sink overnight.

This tutorial was my first tutorial so I hope it was helpful somehow. As you can see the wig is much darker, and closer to a brown less than a blondey orange…. thing.

I hope you enjoyed. Happy dyeing!

anonymous asked:

I don't know very much about dogs so idk if dogs are just quirky about what they're afraid of but the list of things your dog is afraid of reminds me very much of Paul anka the dog from Gilmore girls lol

You’re actually not the first person to say that, but since I do know a bit about dogs: It’s usually not that they’re ‘just quirky.’ Dogs (especially shelter dogs, or dogs who have had rough lives) take some time to adjust to new surroundings, so things which seem really harmless to us can seem really scary to them. Case in point, when I was about twelve we adopted a dog that in his early years had been beaten pretty mercilessly and used as a bait dog. Understandably, he was terrified of basically everything. The first two or three weeks we had him, my dad couldn’t get anywhere near him–not because my dad would ever do anything to hurt a dog, but probably because he was used to being hurt by a man about my dad’s size. Eventually he figured out that we just wanted to take care of him and nothing in the house was going to hurt him, and he proceeded to be the best dog we’ve ever had (though he remained suspicious of strangers his whole life). It just takes patience.

Similarly, I adopted Marlowe from a no-kill shelter that rescued him from another shelter where he was on the doggy version of Death Row. I can’t for the life of me figure out why nobody wanted to adopt this dog, because he’s so sweet I kind of can’t even stand it, but the long and short of it is that he’s spent a good chunk of his life in some scary places where (if his tendency to adopt very submissive poses and whimper whenever you speak loudly to him is any indication) he got yelled at a lot–if not worse. So, unfamiliar sounds frighten him, and there’s no way to explain to a dog that wind in the chimney is not going to hurt him. The best you can do is make sure they feel safe and comfortable and eventually they’ll learn that loud noises don’t mean they’re about to get hit. So, as funny as it sometimes seems that he’s totally wigged out by the washing machine, it pays to remember that he’s got a lot of new things to take in and patience and reassurance are really important. Dogs, despite the stereotype that they’re just big silly furballs who love everyone, can be complicated.

How to remove hair spray and wax from your wigs.

Normally, anyone would just wash their wigs with shampoo and cold/lukewarm water. However, that only works on wigs with no products in them and this is what will happen if the wigs has hairspray in it:

However, using just one special ingredient, you can get rid of all the white residue to get a nice clean wig!

This is the wig I’ll be using.

I forgot to take an after photo though but the purple wig above should the before an after already.

Just toss in some bicarbonate soda (aka baking soda/sodium bicarbonate/bicarbonate of soda etc. you get my point) in to a bucket filled with just enough water to cover the wig.

Add in some shampoo too and give it a stir to dissolve everything. Toss in your wig and fully submerge it before leaving it to soak for an hour or two. When you come back, the bucket will probably smell like bleach or some other chemical. Just take it out and rinse it. Your wig is now clean! You can either let it dry or give it a fabric softner treatment to remove shine(psst, check out my previous tutorial on it!) Thank for reading this tutorial and drop me an ask if you have any questions.