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Hey everyone!

It's been a while since I last checked in. In fact, it's been so long that I just realised I never posted the cosplay interview I did here (and that was in January!). Japan Cinema invited me to chat to them for a while for their cosplay corner - if you're interested, you can read about it over here.

In other news, I have finally gotten around to doing a photoshoot for Rapunzel! Thank you so much to :iconstrawdoll: for being such an amazing photographer...you're so nice to me :'D And so, since I'm about to attack you all with photos, I figured it would be a great time to finally, finally post the FAQ I've been promising for her wig. Here we go!


Rapunzel: Outside Looking In by echoing-artemisRapunzel: With the Best Intentions by echoing-artemisRapunzel: Just Like I Dreamed by echoing-artemis

RAPUNZEL'S WIG - THE FAQ

Oh my god, is that your real hair?

Er, no. Really, really no.

It must be really heavy then! How much does it weigh?

This is hands down the most common question I hear. I finally, finally weighed it today: 1.48kg (or 3.26 lbs). Actually not as bad as I might have guessed!

That's still pretty heavy. How does it stay on your head?

Just a few bobby pins! Sometimes it slips backwards a little, but that's only if I've been in too much of a hurry to pin it properly.

Does it hurt?

Ha ha not at all! I get a little paranoid about moving my head around too much, so I might seem a little stiffer than usual, but that's the worst it does. I always pack pain killers just in case when I wear it, but I haven't needed them yet!

How on earth did you make it?

I heard this question so often I actually made a tutorial for the process. You can find it over here:
Rapunzel's Wig Tutorial 1 by echoing-artemisRapunzel's Wig Tutorial 2 by echoing-artemisRapunzel's Wig Tutorial 3 by echoing-artemisRapunzel's Wig Tutorial 4 by echoing-artemisRapunzel's Wig Tutorial 5 by echoing-artemis

Wait, five wigs? Why on earth didn't you just use fewer, longer wigs?

For me, colour was the absolute priority. Rapunzel has gorgeous, shining, golden blonde hair and I wanted to capture that - platinum, ash, white or orange blonde just wasn't going to cut it for me. So I spent a long time wig shopping, but in the end was only happy with the colour of the one I chose.

If you don't mind so much about the colour (or if you're luckier than I am and find the perfect colour in a longer wig!), you can of course use longer wigs. I have seen some do exactly that...although sometimes they warn that longer wigs are much harder to comb/manage! So that's something to keep in mind too.

Which wig, exactly, did you end up buying?

I bought it off ebay, where they still sell the exact same wig for a little under $20/wig. Another lovely cosplayer (:iconraimeithunderchild:) mentioned that you can haggle to get five for the price of four!

My extensions were from ikickshins.net. They're super cheap, at $2.75/bag. I bought three bags of KK Jumbo Braid in #144 Gold. I think they're 48" long - I didn't trim mine at all, but obviously it will depend on your height.

Hmmm, those prices don't seem too bad. How much did it cost you overall?

Including all the fake flowers, probably between AU$170-$180. Which, admittedly, is better than I was anticipating!

Good god, did you just use glue on a wig?! Why on earth would you do that?

Better question: why not? It worked, didn't it? I knew from the start that I wouldn't be retrieving these wigs to use them for anything else, and hell if I was going to take it all apart to wash it - I would just have to take good care of it instead.

Some of the earliest and best advice I received in wig-styling was this: wigs are not real hair, and the earlier you realise that the further you'll be able to take them. I used to be very tentative in how I styled/brushed/managed them, which always took a long time and saw pretty average results. Eventually I just went "STUFF IT" and now...well, I'm happy with how Rapunzel turned out. :D

I would not recommend using glue on real hair, for the record.

This seems like an awful lot of work. How long did it take you?

Maybe four to five days? Mainly though it just needs the time for the caulk to set - the actual work you could probably fit into the space of a day, if it was intensive! And an extra day for clean up, ahahahahaha.

What...what is caulk?

Yeah, I barely know either. It's one of those DIY home repair things, but I've only ever used it in the context of wig styling! It's a thick, white paste that dries clear. I ended up using DAP Kwik Seal Plus Kitchen & Bath Adhesive Caulk. If you're having trouble finding it in the hardware store, Katie Blair often uses it in her wigs and sells it over here.

Soooo...can I just pay you to make me one?

My flatmate would actually murder me, and that just wouldn't work out well for anyone. Honestly, give it a try - you may surprise yourself!

Can I translate this tutorial into another language?

Knock yourself out - I think it's amazing! It's actually already been translated to French, which you can find over here.

I don't like how you made the wig.

That's fine! By no means do I think this is the only way to make Rapunzel's lovely hair - it just worked for me, so I thought I'd share.

I would actually love to link to alternative methods to making Rapunzel's wig. If you have a tutorial that you made (or if you used this one with some alterations) and you'd like to share your experiences with me, please do so! Let me know as well if I can link it here and I'll add it on - we'll compile a bit of a reference list for those seeking help. :D

Good luck!
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LittlePieChan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist
I am so confused about wich wig to buy when I am going to make this cosplay(Even though I am properly going to buy a short brown wig, and THEN going to make the braided wig). All the links you have linked is like.. ehm... dead qwq? And the wigs I find on my own is like way too costy(Is that a word owo? Now it is..). 

Some help on finding a proper wig for this owo?
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Oh no, I updated the link quite a few times over the years but it looks like they've finally stopped selling the exact one I used. :/

I would hate to recommend wigs I haven't properly tried myself, so the guidelines in the tutorial (regarding the length, colour, fringe, etc) is probably the best I can do recommendation-wise!
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LittlePieChan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Dang it..

But thank you :)
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Memorabilia-Arisen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello there! This was really helpful!
The link you gave for the wigs on ebay are splendid! 
Only one question, since the seller has so many blonde wigs, and I don't want to end up with the wrong colour, can you perhaps tell me which one you exactly bought?

Kind regards!
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
I'm super sorry (both for the belated comment and the news), but it looks like they don't stock the exact wig any more ):
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UsUkNomNomNom Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Hi there! I really love your wig and the tutorial is just amazing! But when I check the link to the wig, it says, that the listing has ended. Can you maybe tell me some basic stuff about the wig, so that I might find one similar? Or do you know, if the seller still sells it? Before hand thanks! :D (Big Grin)
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echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
If you scroll down when you see a "listing ended" you can still see the photos/original post to get the details. However! They appear to have relisted the same wig here: www.ebay.com.au/itm/Angel-S-Li…
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UsUkNomNomNom Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Thanks!! 
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UsUkNomNomNom Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Hi! The link you've posted to the wig, says that the listing has ended. Can you maybe tell me a little bit about the wig and stuff like that, so that I may can find one similar? I love your wig and the tutorial, you've really explained it in a great way! I can't wait to try it out. :D (Big Grin)
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allsmiles123 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hello there! Love this tutorial, and I'm trying it myself. I am using two long wigs from epiccosplay.com. They're both 50 inches, in Ash blonde under the 'extra long wigs' tab. They're silky smooth, and are tangle resistant (which doesn't mean not at ALL, just resistant. learned that the hard way).

anyways, you're able to use heat tools (straighteners, curling irons, etc) to style, so I DID get the nice swoop if the front to work.

I'll post a picture when I'm done. Thanks again for the AWESOME tutorial. Doing this as an x-mas present. My sister's going to freak! :)
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