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 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'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:
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 () 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.
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.