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Rapunzel's Wig Tutorial 2 by echoing-artemis Rapunzel's Wig Tutorial 2 by echoing-artemis
Here we go! If you want to maintain the illusion that my hair is actually magical and glowy and long and blonde, look away now. XD

GOOD GOD THAT TOOK AGES. Kudos and credit to :iconmaybea: for the amazing beta job (she is incredible, all remaining mistakes are my own) and to Alice, my flatmate, for being that other person in Step Ten. Alice also deserves credit for putting up with me for the week it takes to make this wig. Seriously, it's hair everywhere, make sure no one is going to destroy you before you try this. And remember to clean up after yourself! XD

As it says in the tutorial this is NOT the easiest way to make this wig. Buying a bucketload of colour-matched extensions, for example, might be easier. I had no luck finding golden blonde extensions though (as opposed to ash, platinum, etc) and I am a pedantic little twit. You may have more luck than me though!

I really hope someone finds this useful. I'm posting it by popular demand and I've seen a lot of people wondering how to tackle it, so hopefully it'll come in handy! It's lovely to be able to feed back into a community that has given me so much. Please let me know if you have any questions - I'm happy to answer, and if there are a lot of them, I'll post a FAQ.

Good luck! Follow your heart, make a wig, find your Eugene (...profit?).

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Finished product:

Rapunzel is copyrighted to Disney, I am making no profit from this tutorial.
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dragonfanatic-sarah Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
im pretty sure that that braid that's half french and half dutch is called a lace braid. but don't hold me to that! XD great tutorial.
bexr91 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
my wig just tangled and became a mess trying to do that :(
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
I'm sorry to hear that! Do you mean while trying to braid? It can take a lot of patience, it's pretty fiddley.
marianagarciagr Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Have you ever tried or thought about making a Merida Wig Tutorial? Because this one it's just awesome! I haven't tried it, but I've seen the results people have sent you :)
Also, I have a question about the wig styling:
-How can I make the braid look more like this?…
-How can I make the bangs look more like this (more volume, like Ariel's bangs kind of)…
Do I have to buy a hair clip and sew it to the wig? So the bangs get some volume? And the braid; I think I'll have to cut some thicker cotton pieces, right? Or what would you suggest?
Thank you for this tutorial, though, it's so helpful! You literally saved my life! I'll be honored if you reply. Cheers!:)
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
It hadn't crossed my mind! My tutorials tend to come as a sort of side-effect to the costumes I'm already making, and Merida has never made it to my list (my long long list) of plans.

To look more like the park braid, I would minimise the stuffing, potentially use more extensions, and be certain to pull it over the should before you plait the large braid.

The bangs...there's a few different methods, but there are some great tutorials out there for it! It depends on which wig you have, but most should have enough hair to get more volume. Disney definitely adds extra wefts, and while I was working at the park I was told about a styling product they used to add volume...which I now can't recall the name of.

But good luck!
marianagarciagr Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
"I was told about a styling product they used to add volume" YEEESSS "...which I now can't recall the name of" NOOOOO xC
hahahhaa thank you for these tips! I'm new at this thing of cosplaying and styling and stuff haha thanks a lot for replying ♥ *u* It's really helpful!!:D
0raspberries0 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey so if anyone needs help with the braiding part, Rapunzel's weird, half-French half-Dutch braid thing actually has a name! Its called a lace braid. It is pretty much a French braid, but you only add sections from the bottom! There are tons of awesome tutorials out there. Hope that helps someone! :D
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Thank you very much for that! I am no expert on braiding, so knowing the correct term is a huge help xD
0raspberries0 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
xFreshPickledToadx Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
I am incredibly obsessed with how amazing this wig is. I'm trying to make it, but I can't work out how to do the first braid (the dutch/french one on the first wig).
I know how to do the braid separately, but I don't understand at all how you put them together? Any chance you could explain it a little bit more? :)
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