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Rapunzel's Wig Tutorial 4 by echoing-artemis Rapunzel's Wig Tutorial 4 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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Rapunzel is copyrighted to Disney, I am making no profit from this tutorial.
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:iconlandofnetflix:
LandofNetflix Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
This is so amazing! I do have a question though: What wigs did you buy? The ones you have here are gorgeous and I'd like to get the same exact ones. Thanks so much!
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
I have an FAQ in my journals that talks about it, which used to have the direct link, but it looks like they don't sell the exact one anymore. :(
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Wolfsbane224 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you caulk the base wig to blend it into the extensions? Just asking cause you didn't say in the tutorial...
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Oh gosh it's stretching my memory to answer, but I'll go with yes xD
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megslifeofmusic Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
I love this! But I do have a question; what type if braid is the one seen in the picture above (the onewith two small braids and then long hair)? If you don't know what its called could you tell me how to so it?
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
A very helpful person mentioned its correct name in another thread - apparently it's called a 'lace braid', and there are some good tutorials out there for it!
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mermaidilli Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Is there an email we can reach you at?
 Because I really need to do this as part of my costume and I have a couple questions I'd like your help on. Thank you. (:
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lismeacham Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
How did you get your plait to be so smooth?! I've been working on mine and I just can't seem to get the hair to lay that smooth!
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
A whole lot of patience! I was super-duper careful the whole way through with caulking and plaiting. I also made sure I had a lot of left over wefts to cover holes and bumpy bits. After the plait was complete I would comb out a weft, glue it in above a gap/messy bit, comb it again, put some hot glue on the big plait and lay the new weft over the top. Then you just tuck the ends of the weft into the next twist.

Also flowers. Lots of flowers.

Good luck!
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XxBabygreeneyesxX Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Do you think that if i just bought three 5foot long wigs and braid it then it would look good? Haha.
I'm afraid that if I do this then it wouldn't be thick enough. How would I get it to look thick? Sorry for all the questions! Haha :)
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I'm not sure I follow, do you want it to be thicker than it is in the tutorial?

If you're aiming for the same thickness, you could use longer wigs then follow the other steps the same. I've heard people say that things end up a lot more 'tangled' (heh) though, and that it's no easier in the end. Up to you!
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XxBabygreeneyesxX Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Oh, ok. Thanks! :D
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PrincessNicFen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
This is so fantastic!!! Thank you for sharing this. I have a question about the extensions. How long are the extensions? I found Kanekalon jumbo braid and it's telling me it's 48 " long. Is that the correct one? Get 3 packets of them? Thanks for your help!
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
48" sounds right! Just hold a tape measure up to the nape of your neck (where the extensions connect) and see where you want it to fall. I just used the 48" straight out of the packet, but some prefer to trim them shorter.
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PrismaKitty Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, this is great! I do have one question though. How and when do you put the small braids in that intertwine throughout the large braid? Maybe I just didn't read right, but I don't think I saw it in there.
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:iconprismakitty:
PrismaKitty Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Wait never mind, I think I found it. I misunderstood your word plait. lol
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Let me know if you need me to clarify it more! I'm happy to help. <3
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SithcamarowsPadawan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
what kind of Caulk did you use, all i have is the heavy white stuff
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
It's pretty thick/white, but it dries clear. So long as it dries clear, you should be fine! <3
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SithcamarowsPadawan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
awesome, thanks ^^
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azurafrost Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Thank you so much for making a great tutorial! I am hoping this well help in my making of Momo's wig from Breath of Fire (she has two huge thick braids about the same length as Rapunzel's >_<).
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
No problem! I'm glad you like it, I hope it's helpful!
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ProtectorKorii Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
The wig actually looks really nice in the last photo with out being braided. Would it look terribly weird though if you left it like that?
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Hmmm. It looks okay in that photo, but I suspect that's only because it's hanging loose and still. If it were moving, or positioned more awkwardly, it'd be pretty clear that it was in three big chunks.

If you wanted the wig loose, my advice would be to compromise on colour and find a long wig with matching extensions. :3 Good luck!
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:iconprotectorkorii:
ProtectorKorii Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Thanks!
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