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Cheaters Guide to Pigtails by ladythesta Cheaters Guide to Pigtails by ladythesta
Alright, I recently cosplayed Maka from Soul Eater and I struggled with adding hair to a wig to make a part for pigtails. So I came up with this method instead!

If anything doesn't make sense, just leave a comment here or note me and I'll do my best to answer questions. ^^

In my opinion, wigs are the hardest part of every cosplay. So I feel that wig knowledge should be shared. It's easy enough to learn to sew. Craft and fabric stores offer lessons all the time! But learning how to work with wigs is harder. There never seems to be anyone who either knows how or is willing to help. So, whenever I work on a wig for cosplay, I'm going to do my best to make tutorials to help my fellow cosplayers. ^^

Feel free to use my tutorial, just link me to the finished product so I can see and add to the list! And credit would be nice. Thanks!

EDIT: Results of the Tutorial!
kairi-rose.deviantart.com/art/… Amu Wig by Kairi-Rose
fav.me/d2q21jp by XgodofdeathX
bunnybot.deviantart.com/art/Up… Sari by bunnybot
melody-of-logic.deviantart.com… by Melody-Of-Logic
photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-… provided by QuinzyCobweb
cyphris09.deviantart.com/art/P… by cyphris09
letoarts.tumblr.com/post/10966… Sargverkaeufer
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death-by-dancing Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
UUggghh, thank you so much for this!!! I'm making a Madoka cosplay and none of the wigs with the twin tails are the color I like, but now I can just choose any!!!! I won't actually be getting and styling the wig for some time (*cries forever*) but when I do, I'll make sure to send you a picture! Thanks again~
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Sargverkaeufer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial!
It was exactly what I was looking for and it helped me a lot making the pigtails for my Iku wig
Link
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am so glad my tutorial helped you! Thank you so much for sharing. I love seeing the finished wigs!
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Mika-ki Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Did u use regular glue or special?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I personally used a crafty tacky glue that I had on hand at the time. As long as it says on the label that the glue works on plastics then you should be fine using it on the pigtails.
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Crystel86 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
thank you very much to this tutorial !
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:iconladythesta:
ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are welcome. ^^
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LaceX-Foxypowow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was incredibly helpful. My sister is cosplaying as Ran, Makoto's little sister in Free Iwatobi Swim Club, and I've been concerned with how to do her pigtails. This is a fabulous idea! :D
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am always happy to help. Good luck!
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haibanestar Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
I've a question! Did you just sew the pigtails in the middle of the glue or you did it in the top, too? I mean, in the weft part. 

Btw, I really love that pigtails! they are just wonderful!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I believe I stitched mostly through the glue. I used a LOT of glue so the hairs wouldn't separate. In retrospect, probably would of been easier to stitch around the glue. Whichever works for you and will hold strong is my advice! And don't be afraid to add more glue.
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CMVM Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is actually very very useful! I have been wanting to make some Sailor Moon wigs for future cosplay and been figuring out what to do with her pigtail on the top of the hair... this is actually pretty useful!
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purplegoldfish14 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I did a Maka cosplay about 3 months ago and I just bought a Chibi from Arda wigs. I'll have to try this out if I ever do a similar character :)

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namika1412 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist
That looks AMAZING! 

where did you buy the wig?? 
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There used to be a costume speciatly shop near where I live that sold better quality wigs then Party City has, which is where I found my base wig for this tutorial. But the owner retired a few years ago so it is closed now.
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Hana-Mae Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would this tutorial work if I bought wefts and used it to style a wig for Asuka from Evangelion?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I honestly couldn't tell you, since I don't seem to recall Asuka having any real kind of pony tail. Good luck with your wig though!
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xAssiduityx Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Would thise also work for possibly a side ponytail? Lovely tutorial as well!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Others have tried it for a side ponytail and have had wonderful results!
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xAssiduityx Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much! I shall give it a try! <3
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Pictures when you do! ^_~
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Cattibalistic Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would this work for an ahoge? This is the one I wanted to make: www.otakustudy.com/wp-content/…
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Would probably work for the pony tail, not the antenna bit of hair.
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MikuCosplayer15 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
will this work for miku hatsunes hair? Her hair [link]
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ladythesta Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Probably wouldn't be able to get the ponytails as high as Miku's. But if you have no other options then I'm sure it will work.
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annamae411 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that's why I usually just use my own hair
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah well, I'm not blonde and not willing to damage my naturally darker hair with bleaching to have blonde pigtails. And my job doesn't allow me to have a full head of purple, green, blue hair. And I'm not going to cut my long hair short for a cosplay. Wigs allow me to cosplay characters outside of what my natural hair can pull off
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annamae411 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
true, I usually use that temporary color spray and then style it, and my hair comes almost to my waist so I can do a lot with that.
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My skin HATES that stuff. I can barely use regular hair spray without the skin on my scalp freaking out on me. But if you can do that and get good results then more power to you! ;3
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annamae411 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oooooo, that must suck. I don't like regular hairspray, I don't like my hair being hard. I don't ever have money for wigs and that color spray is cheaper.
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sketchy-ketchup Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist
This is genius!!
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:iconladythesta:
ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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sketchy-ketchup Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist
The glue you suggested seems to have changed formula from when you made this tutorial? Do you know any other good alternatives? Would tacky glue work?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
In all honesty, I haven't had to make any new pigtails for a while so I don't have any first hand experience with any other kinds of glue. But I would say if it's made for crafting and dries clear then it should be alright.
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sketchy-ketchup Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Hm! I will try it at some point then (with tacky glue) and get back to you with the results!
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:iconladythesta:
ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I look forward to the results!
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sketchy-ketchup Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Ok ok one more question, how is making the ponytails into sewn weft with the glue? Taelie's weft tutorial is on loose hair?

With all that glue mashed into it I can only imagine a tedious process trying to get a needle in there!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I mainly used the glue because I knew that I'd be using this wig during a fairly active skit and I didn't want loose hair all over the place. If you're ponytails are sturdy enough without the glue, then awesome!
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MissKath-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
i knew this was maka! i gotta try to do this one... my maka wig is giving me some problems lately, the wig cap shows easly on the back, even with the criss-cross... :/
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Please take pictures when you are done? I would love to see!!!
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MessengerOfDestiny Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Good tutorial, I'm going try this for my Ange-Beatrice (from Umineko no Naku Koro Ni) cosplay :) I'm glad I found this since I've been struggling with my wig,it's just does not want to co-operate with me >_>
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad it'll be able to help you! Please send me pictures when you are done. I would love to see!
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SesuKyio Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is cool
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks. ^^
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Tillamilk Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I haz question! I need to make a Kanda wig from just a plain black long haired wig. Would the same principle apply?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm afraid I'm not familiar with that character. Without references I can't really say for sure if this method will work or not.

(sorry for delay in responding, was without interwebs for a few months)
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Tillamilk Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's alright. I managed something. Kanda is a character from D. Gray Man who wears his hair in a single high ponytail.

And I know about the whole interwebz problems. Mine likes to mysteriously disappear without warning. Thanks for replying, though.
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CatWildAtom Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
I'm going to try this! Wish me luck <3
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm sure it will turn out great! Please send me pictures when you are done. I would love to see!
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cyphris09 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Following it now for a Princess Serenade cosplay. I'll let you know how it goes! =D
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