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gingembre
« on: October 18, 2006 08:54:47 AM »

I have very long, hennaed-red hair, so I thought this Halloween I would do an easy-peasy Pippi. Smiley I was wondering if anyone has some experience though with how I could get my braids to stay up-and-out all night. I was thinking wire, but how to keep gravity from getting to them? Any ideas? I really need them to last a long, full-of-dancing night if possible.

Also, and general costume ideas are much appreciated! Cheesy

ETA: I'm worried about the wire holding the weight of my hair because my hair is very long (down to my butt) and quite thick.
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2006 09:00:42 AM »

split the plait into 3, as per normal, but add a length of stiff wire into each, attatching at the top - cover with hairband, plait the hair as tightly as possible - i think it works better with wet har, then curl/flick up, and attack with hairspray!

Lemme, know if it works  - i remember trying it on doll hair though not human
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2006 10:01:30 AM »

you could try pipe cleaners or bend a coat hanger,could work....
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2006 10:31:24 AM »

When I was a kid, I went as Pippi more years than I can remember.  My mom always used a wire coat hanger to make my hair stick out.
When I lived on Guam, one of the kids in my school went as Pippi and used beer to make her hair stick up.  I have no idea how she did that but it looked awesome.
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2006 10:44:34 AM »

When I lived on Guam, one of the kids in my school went as Pippi and used beer to make her hair stick up.  I have no idea how she did that but it looked awesome.

ROFL! Beer would DEFINTELY not be enough to keep my hair up on it's own - I'm even worried about the wire holding the weight of my hair because my hair is very long (down to my butt) and quite thick.
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2006 01:37:57 PM »

i would go to like, claires or somewhere like that and look for these hairband things that are basically cloth covered wire and try to find one that matches your hair and use it. they are pretty strong when you braid them in.

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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2006 09:46:51 PM »

My mom has hair that long and she can get a coathanger to work, just unbend it, pit it across, so that it is in both pigtails. Secure bothe pigtails. braid and incorporate the wire, secure with an elastic. Bend it up all crazy. Hairspray.
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2006 06:33:05 AM »

Ok, this is going to sound weird, but I've done it with friends with long/thick hair.  Take two plastic drinking glasses, and put it, top down, in the base of where your pigtail will start.. then use the wire.  We have no idea why it worked, but it did.  She danced the night away as an undescribable thing, and then, it fell out on the ride home..   
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2006 07:24:22 PM »

I've got long hair and i did the wire hanger thing a few years back...the only trouble i had was remembering to move sideways when going through doorways! ha! but it worked awesome and stayed in the whole night! I just unbent the hanger, shaped it over my head and braided around it. it was fun to do weird twisty things to the braids. Have fun!
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2006 07:35:20 PM »

hi.  I went as pippi last year.  when i did my hair, i just braided some floral wire into the braids and used a TON of gel.  I also just rubbed in some of that punky color hair color which made my hair much more crispy. . . but it didn't move! you can't see it very well in the pictures, but for my outfit i just quick whipped up a blue jumper type thing with patches on the side (covered up in the picture by my husband, raphel) i also wore different colored tube socks with the stripes and scrub brushes on my shoes held on with elastic.  sorry the pictures are so bad . . . drunken night.





. . . yes, raphel brought pizza.
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