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WIG: Mai from Avatar by taeliac WIG: Mai from Avatar by taeliac
This wig was made to go with the Mai from Avatar: The Last Airbender costume I just completed.

I'm so freekin' happy with this wig - I'm way more confident than I have ever been about wig work - so, now, I've done quite a few different styles, as well as, ya know, the vertical or horizontal wigs like the Vash one, so I'm getting a pretty good handle on it in general - the only thing I have yet to do is dye wigs, but that's not that much of a trouble, I think~

Okay, anyways. Started with a base (synthetic) wig that had to be cut and modified a bit to work. I had to add in wefts of hair (I'm also going to do a tutorial on how to sew wefts, because they're cake if you do them correctly, which like no one I see tutorials up for cosplay does right, so... yeah. gonna get one of those to you ASAP) to fill in the part a bit, and to form both the knot at the base of her skull, and the pony tail things coming off the back, and the buns, too.

Now, don't get me started on a rant about how hard it is to find screen shots of what the back of her friggin' head looks like.

And, once you find some pictures, they'll make you want to find the animators/character designers and just shake them.

Because, in all the reference images, the shine in her hair was going way wrong for it to be pulled into little bun things on the top of her melon. Seriously. They shouldn't be completely vertical, if they're being pulled into those buns. The shine should go towards the buns, not up and down.

So, what did I do?

I went with the reference images *grumble grumble*

I love how it turned out, but man oh man, come on! Take a look at what someone's hair looks like when it's pulled up, and it won't look like them!

But, I was able to get the weird "poof" thing she has going on with her hair (the one that gives her head a weird shape) just fine, as well as the buns and everything.

The buns are separate parts of extensions, that are twisted up in more like knots than little balls on her head, because when I tried that, they looked really dumb with the tied knot in the back, so I opted for nice looking.

And this wig has so many bobbi pins in it to keep everything just so, it's not even funny. I bet a metal detector would go off if you were wearing it with your hair pincurled underneath, there would be so many pins! But, well worth it and the three trips to the beauty supply store!~

2009 Taeliac Studio Cosplay - BeAnime.com

As shameless self plug, I'm still doing new (i.e. different) wig commissions at material & supply cost, if you're interested...
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CitrineG Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's okay. Swear, I want to bonk the character designers on the head too....Mostly because of the hair as well.

Honestly, I'm so frikkin' confused about the hair! Where did Suki's blue eyed orange haired self come from? It's not dye, because she has it while she's in prison....But she's from an island based off of Japan....And don't get me started on Azula's hair.
(No, seriously, we see it loose, and HOW does she fit all that hair into that little tiny topknot? just HOW?)
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shanaynay13 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is so cool!
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ErikaRiverao Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Wow! Incredible! Do you have a tutorial on how to do that hairstyle ? It's really good :)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Unfortunately, I didn't get to take any pictures as I went, and honestly, I don't even remember how I did it, because it was a lot of trial and error ^^; That wig was the most challenging one I've done yet!
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NatziWang Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
The effort was worth it. It's beautiful.
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Rin-89 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
GREAT job!
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Miss-Audaum-Lovet Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
wow. props to you
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Lelana Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
That looks amazing! I'm planning to cosplay Mai for october 2011. Really looking forward to making her costume but the wig will be a challenge as I've never had to style a wig myself :D
These little hints will help out a bit though ^^ so thanks.
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TorchwoodGirl Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
is there anyway to get a hold of such a wig?
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the-rose-of-tralee Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
that is fabulous!!! :clap: :dummy: well done!
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mihaela237 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
where can i buy that????[link]
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Lucky-phantom Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
best wig EVERRRRR!!!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Also one of the hardest I've ever done!! :faint: Insanity with bobby pins :giggle:

Thank you!! :love:
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FreakyChik Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
omfg i want it! can i have one? I wanna buy one!!!!! :D Do you sell them? Oh, and dya think you could tell me how to make an underbust corset? i have a disney costume party upcoming and i wanna go as Esmeralda (from hunchback of notre dame) and my friend was wanting to go as Megara (hercules) but that's not relevant. I need to know how to make a corset...the internet is noooo help.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: I could probably make another one, but it was a huge pain - I don't know how affordable it would be, because it was insane!!

For a costume-y corset, check Mccalls patterns - this is a good one for Esmerelda - [link] or this one may work, too - [link] They have good instructions on how to make them, and you can get all the materials at JoAnns, unless you're looking for steel boning, that I order online from corsetmaking.com :D
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FreakyChik Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
brilliant!!! :D You're an awesome help! I have about 10 days left so in perfect time too! I might just make myself a hobby out of costume making!!! :D:D I reckon it'd be awesome fun. Thanks for the advise and stuff :) Problem though, i live in a small town so, no JoAnns. :( But hey, Ya work with what ya got, right. :D
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Zoosieboy Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
omg i want it
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
The wig is gorgeous. ^__^ I like how the style looks natural, and not so cartoony.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! It was a real challenge to do - I'm not too good at styling wigs that aren't period pieces, and it was a trick and a half :giggle: I'm just happy it turned out so well!

Thank you! :glomp:
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IllynReaver Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
I can imagine! It's always nice when wigs turn out better than you expect. :D

You're welcome. :giggle:
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midnight-ruby-thief Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
woah. rly goood. was the wig colour origionally that coulour?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeppers! I just ordered a black one, with some extra packs to fill in the wefts :D They're all from Amphigory.com - I think the color is just plain black, as opposed to a "true black" which is a little brown :D
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midnight-ruby-thief Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
how much wassit?
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Dandou Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
I'm hoping to cosplay as Mai for Youmacon '10 next year, so I'm probably going to be using this as a reference point/inspiration a lot~

Just a quick question, though - how long was the original wig when you started? Did you have to do much trimming?

Thank yoou~ :heart:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm so sorry that this is so late of a reply!! Stacks is helping me find comments I missed before :O

The original wig was a shoulder-length wig, which was just right for this. It had enough length to wrap around and hide all of the holes with, as well as had the extra to cut off and help fill out the bun bits. I did order two packs of extensions, though, to do the long bits as well as some of the filler for the wig to make it thick enough~

I didn't do much trimming with it, either - the bangs actually were done with a premade bang extension thing, which I absolutely adore using (because I fail at cutting bangs into wigs and into my own hair ;P) - [link]

:glomp: I hope that helps, even though it's extremely late XP
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Dandou Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
Ooh, thank you so much! c: A late reply is much better than none at all! ^-^ I've actually decided to postpone my Mai cosplay until next year - I'd rather try an easier one this year than do badly on hers... She's my favourite character from Avatar. Well, except Zuko. ^////^ Again, thank you!
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Beshflorin Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
we all envy Mai's shiny hair
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i-am-a-pickle Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, really beautiful.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :love:
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i-am-a-pickle Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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lovely-roses Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
looks so real it's amazing! keep up the great work~!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much :love: I love getting a chance to work on wigs, especially complicated one's like this! :D
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TheSweetBlackMadness Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
AWSOOOOOME!
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ampofthelamb Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
awesome wig!
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Kurotorasempai Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Student Digital Artist
My admiration for you cannot be measured in words. Neither can my love of your work. This is AMAZING
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:glomp: Aww :blush: Thank you! I love doing wig work, it's so ... different! from sewing~ it's a fun change, and I'm happy you like it!! :glomp:
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Piquipauparro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
the whole cusotm is awsom!! also i love this character, one can see your really dedicated to your work, going arround searching for all the reference you can get, and doing your best on each detail, excellent work as always!!

and thanks again for the helo you gime before, i still havent submited the pic of what ive did, soon soon i hope
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:glomp: That is definitely what I love to do - the awesomeness is in all of those little details that a lot of people just kind of ignore or find that they're too hard to do. Sometimes, I miss them or can't do it, but I do my very best :glomp:

Any time, too :hug: Let me know if you do, I would love to see! :D
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Piquipauparro Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
yeeeeesss!!!!
eberything is in the details!
its a exhaustive work, but when you see the finished work, and also the exprecion of o.O !!! on the face of the new owner makes you feel it was worthy... speclially theyr faces :P

and theyr lots of funn when your paning them actually.
doing your best is always the best XD, and it gives you too a happy feeling jojo

sure!!! ill be so honored if you take a look at it... if i just get focused in finishing it :p
your so nice and kind!! thanks soooo much!! :hug:
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Talei Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're magics. Srs. It looks fantastic :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Why thank you :D
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feiyan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
wow, thats one great looking wig =)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you very much :D
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Gaaraobssr Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Oh my!! This is an amazing wig!! I really love your wig work and... ALL of your work!! x33 :heart:
It's great! I love it!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww :blush: Thank you so very much! I'm honored :love:

And, thank you for the fav, too :glomp:
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Gaaraobssr Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
You're welcome!! :heart: :hug:
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ichigo-flame Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Oh! You do Commisions!
I was going to ask for a SoulEaterEvans Wig..
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, I could try it! I have done a lot with spikes in the past, so.. yeah! more practice = awesome!
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ichigo-flame Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Oh! Thankyou! I need to ask my parents for it first, I dont ant you to start, and be told it was pointless!
How will I pay for it?#
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losertastic124 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
You're skills are kind of wicked rad!
I was wondering how much did this wig cost?
I may be a future costumer =D
This is the best Mai wig ever =]
Great job!
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