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Tutorial: How to put on a wig by taeliac Tutorial: How to put on a wig by taeliac
Here is the last of the tutorials I took pictures for a while ago at school, for putting on and wearing wigs.

This is the one about how to put on a wig (after, of course, the pincurling and the wigcap business). For this part, you'll probably want to have a friend on hand to help you get it on, it just makes everything easier (trying to hold a wig in the front, while pulling it down in the back is not an easy thing to do on your own).

For the pins, I have found these via Sally Beauty & Supply:

Smaller hair pins - [link]
Larger hair pins - [link] (you do not use these for putting on a wig cap - these are for the actual wig itself, but I wanted to include the link for ease of ordering!)

Unless you're wearing an extremely light colored wig (i.e. a white wig), always get black pins (bobbi pins and hair pins) because they won't reflect light - they just look like the roots of hair.

Again, a thank you goes out to ~MedeaHiasobi for helping me with this (it's her hands with blue fingernails you see in the pictures & in the images :D) ~ you should go watch her, too!

Wig tutorials:
:heart: How to do pincurls -- [link]
:heart: How to put on a wig cap -- [link]
:heart: How to put on a wig -- [link]
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:iconlalottered:
Lalottered Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you french?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nope, generic American lol
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:iconlalottered:
Lalottered Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, sorry!I thought that 'cuz of your name! It sounds French! It's very beautiful too!
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FabulousFanfics Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is a really good tutorial set! I've used this when cosplaying and each con has been a success!
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Skankee-Doodle Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Awesome tutorial! Is there any way we can get a printable version please?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I actually plan on it as soon as I have some extra time! I'm hoping to do a good PDF of it, as well as an iBook kind of thing, but the big problem is finding all the stuff to reshoot the pictures - wigs are expensive here in Japan >__<
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MizunoPansaa Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I can not tell you how much help these tutorials have been! I wore a wig for the first time ever at a recent convention, and man was it a pain in the arse! I had no wig pins, just bobby pins, and though I'd french braided my hair down both sides as you suggest for long hair in the pincurling tutorial, it didn't do a very good job.

I'll be sure to have the right pins for my wig next time! And if I haven't managed to get used to french braiding my own hair by then, I"ll get someone to do it for me.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
For me, the biggest deal is having a firm base of hair to pin the wig into, to hold it in place. Wig pins just help because you can pin through the wig itself a whole lot easier ^^

If you need a firm base for your wig, but your hair is naturally slippery, they make these things called toupee clips - www.sallybeauty.com/extension-… - they call them hair extension clips, but really, they're toupee clips ;P What you do is clip those into your hair, like in the back or especially where the weight is on your wig, and then pin under those, so they help take the weight of the wig. It can really make a difference depending on the texture of your hair!

Also, wig caps are a huge necessity - they also help distribute the weight of the wig over your whole head, and firm up the foundation (i.e. your hair) for the wig :3
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MizunoPansaa Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I have a wig cap, but not having my hair up properly, and using the little bobby pins really didn't give me a very good grip. I will definitely look into getting a proper set of wig pins, and possibly some toupee clips! Can't wait to try this again. Maybe I'll hit the hairdresser the day before and have them braid up my hair for me nice and snug.
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Spider-Bagel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i need serious help, it seems like the the wig isn't long enough to cover my hairline so it looks like the bangs are like an inch floating from my forehead. or maybe the forhead of the wig is too thick?  PLX HELP
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AnimeKatGirl Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
this will help me tremendously,  i have a twin tail wig i have to wear and a-lot of hair...:/
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Dee-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for this tutorial! Now I'm just using small pins to pin down my wig. I'll get the big ones soon.
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JaydieEliza Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
these are perfect thank you so much xx
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray!! :glomp:
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catrina339 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
is there a way to alter a wig to make its cap size bigger. i recently bought a wig thats cap size only goes to 23 1/2 inches i need it to go up to at least 24. my theory is to add a quarter inch to each side of the wig and then add in wefts to hide the elastic or whatever i plan on using to add the length.
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Goddesofthemoon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Cut the back of the wig center. Add a piece of elastic to the back of the wig.
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catrina339 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
skin top it will have to be each side, the wig in question is the chibi from arda-wigs
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KC12344325 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial! I always wondered how people's wigs stayed in place while mine was always sliding all over the place... I never thought of pins!
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prissi Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Thanks so much for all your wig tutorials; they've put a lot of my anxieties to rest. If I may ask, do you have any tips for wearing top-heavy ponytail wigs (i.e. Sailormoon wigs, with styrofoam-core buns and heavy heavy long pigtail extensions) where it's difficult to conceal all the wispy hair in the back of my hairline? I've tried a bunch of things with wig caps, but those don't really help with the wispyness in the back.

By the way, the links to the Sally's products don't work anymore... I went over there (physically) and found some similar looking things but they look more like V-shaped pins than U-shaped pins... are these the right ones? The people at the store had NO clue what I was asking for when I asked for wig pins and told me to use bobby pins... I ended up buying the pins that looked like the ones you used and squished them together so they resembled yours, lol... but I'm not sure they did what they were supposed to. >.>

Thank you SO much for all your help! :)
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Lazywolfy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I tried this and it worked perfectly THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!! I had so much trouble trying to get my wig to stay on because the back was soo heavy it just slipped off... But i can jumo around and not worry too much XDDDD
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Lazywolfy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I have a wig that is pulled into a ponytail at the back and has a clip on long haired ponytail that goes on the back. The only problem is that the clip on part is pretty heavy and the wig is too big(one size fits most... im not most lol) so will this still work?
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Nunoneko Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Wow oAo Amazing...sure that if I do that my wig will not fall down XD
thanks for making this tuto :3
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Skuldier Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Thanks for putting this up. It was so helpful for my first wig experience! I have a question: What are the larger hair pins called? Do they have a specific name? I can't seem to find them online or in store. Thanks. =)
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Rosebud234 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Why do the links in the description just take me to the sally beauty supply homepage?
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Yuna264 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thank you! I didn't know this before my cosplay party, so my dark hair stuck out from undernearth my blonde wig, haha.
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ThornOfADesertRose Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial!
I've tried many different methods for getting my hair under a wig cap, and none have worked well because my hair is long and curly (but not very thick).
I will try this when I get the right pins.
Although, I do have a few questions....
I have dark hair and my wig is blonde (I'm cosplaying Integra Hellsing) so should I use gold pins or dark pins?
Or should I use wig tape to hold it down?
I've heard that you can get your hair damp so it is easier, but I was wondering what that would do to the wig, damage wise...?
Or should I straighten my hair, because I can't really use my natural ringlets instead of pin curls as my hair is... just not like that lol.
Anyway, thank you! : )
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omuuu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
ahhh what about if the wig is bought from a store and it doesn't have pins?
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Urufuyasha6 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
do you think i can still wear a wig, well it's because my hair is like long as from my butt and up plus it's thick too. do you think i could fit all that hair into a wig cap and make it look normal?
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Miss-Moonstruck Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
I have a wig that doesn't have bangs, and when I tried it on, the front hairline is different from the hairline on your wig. Your wig seems to look more like it's real hair and actually coming out of where your bangs would be, but my wig has this weird 'bump' sort of thing that makes it look unnatural. Do I need to tighten it, or something? I'm sorry, it's kind of hard to explain xD;
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DEATHlikescats Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for these tutorials! What are your thoughts on wig tape?
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orangekittykitty Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
you can seriously find anything on deviant art.. :D
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NiiroNeko987 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Wow, these tutorials have been real helpful! I can't wait to try this out for my upcoming con~
Just one little question though, how long do wig caps usually last? I have one that I've used only 2-3 times and it's already coming apart at the seam pretty badly.
Thanks :meow:
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Holly-Batali Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you thank you thank you!!! I just finished making my first wig and I'm a little lost--this really helps!
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Nobody-said-so Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
I don't cosplay and will probably never wear a wig, but your guides were and informative, fun to read through, and simple enough for anyone to understand. Fav'd!
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firua Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Thank you soo much! I have so many problems with putting on my first wig and I'll try this first tomorrow morning! Will tell if it worked for me!
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:glomp: I certainly hope it does help!! I know, I used to have such a problem with them (especially if they're bigger or heavy :faint:) but this really does work, I certainly hope it does for you (and, if it doesn't, let me know and I'll see if I can help with the problem~)

:love:
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garfield10125 Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
my hair goes a couple inches past my shoulders, and i'm cosplaying a guy with short hair (roy mustang, fullmetal alchemist, no eyepatch). luckily, i also have dark hair so that might help if any sticks out. HOPE THIS WORKS WHEN I TRY IT LATER ON THIS SUMMER, THANKIES!!!!
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:glomp: I certainly hope it works, too! It shouldn't be too bad - your hair isn't as long as mine :giggle: I just wedged mine into a short pink bob wig for the heck of it, and mine goes to my butt ;P That was a pain, but it should definitely be manageable!

Let me know if you have any problems, and I'll do my best to see if there is anything I can suggest to help! And, try it once or twice before your convention, just to be sure you can get it quickly and not get frustrated trying to get the wig on (cuz I know half of the fun of being at a convention is actually being there :giggle:)

And, I cannot stop staring at your icon... it's amazing!
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Fouffey Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
This is really helpful! Though, I have a question, my hair is short, probably only two or four inches long, how would I get it into the wigcap?
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh noes! I'm sorry for such a late reply on this!!

All you really need to do is pull the wig cap on, like it shows, and pull it back slowly - it should catch all of your hair. If it's still too short to get the pins into it, you can find little clips called "toupee clips" or ... gah! I can't remember the other name for them - you should check by wherever they carry hair extensions at Sally Beauty Supply, they're little clip thingers. You just clip those in where you'd normally put those "required pincurls" (five across the front, and two in the back) and slide your pins under those to secure the wigcap in place, and then just pin the wig to the cap!

((okay, that was a very long ramble, but I hope it helps!!))
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Fouffey Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
That's really helpful! Thanks, I shall now hunt down those clips...
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you can't find them, let me know, I'll take a picture of mine if I can find them, to give you a better idea... or I could just hunt them down online :faint: Here they are! [link] [www_sallybeauty_com]
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Fouffey Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
Ahhh~ Thank you!
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Creatorsoul Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
XDXD...
I had a good laugh at the beginning of this tutorial, because that's my REAL name...and I absolutely fail at putting wings on XDXD
Any particular suggestion for people with really long hair? (~50cm and breaking it any time)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, I like the name Yvonne - mostly, I love writing it :D :giggle:

For really long hair (I think mine is nearing the same length :O) what you should do is put in those front pincurls that the other tutorial shows, and then french braid two braids in your hair - one on the left side and another on the right. Braid those, and then cross them in the back of your head, under the "bulk" of your skull (I hope that makes sense!) kind of like a U shape and pin the braids down like crazy so they don't move - that'll be where you pin the back of the wig into for support :D

I'll try to do another tutorial on it, now that my hair is long enough, but I"m not sure how soon I could do that ^^ I hope the explanation helps, though! :glomp:
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Creatorsoul Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Thanks so much! :D
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dreamoctober Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
works wonderfully, thank you!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! I'm happy to hear it :D
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Eltras Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
For wigs with a skin top that extends to the front, how do you get the hair pins in and through to the wig cap?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Usually, you can just bludgeon them through ;P Most of my wigs have a scalp top, and I'm able to punch the pins through it pretty easily, but if it's too much of a pain, you can try to put the pins to either side of the front, although it may still slip if you're doing anything crazy with the wig on...
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