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« on: October 12, 2007 07:39:06 PM »




Ingredients:
1 waist-length Wal-Mart Halloween wig
some loose jumbo braid Kanekalon (like this)
foam hair rollers (medium size)
pot of boiling water
old t-shirt
french-style barrette clips (4)
hot glue
needle & thread

First, I skinned the wig by seam-ripping the tracks of hair away from the base:


Then, I cut the hair into inch-wide strips, and wrapped them around foam rollers.  For the loose Kanekalon, I just wrapped about an inch-thick strip of hair around rollers.  I don't have a freakin' clue what happened to my picture of this, but if you've ever put your hair up for spiral curls, you can imagine the idea.  Just start by getting the end damp and sticking it down on the curler, then wrapping around and around while keeping the hair relatively flat and even.

After this, I dropped the rollers into boiling water for about thirty seconds, and scooped them out with a slotted spoon.  After letting them drain and cool off in a colander, I laid them all out on a towel to dry thoroughly.

Once unrolled, they looked like this:

They weren't terribly even, but that didn't matter much in the end.

Next, I cut out round-ish pieces of t-shirt fabric, about five inches in diameter.  To these, I sewed rows of curls, running a row of small, straight stitches through the middles:


When that was done, I hemmed the borders of the shirt material, pulling the excess fabric in so that you wouldn't see it under the curls.

Next, I glued clips to the back, one for the top and one for the bottom:

This way, the wearer puts her (his?) hair up in two buns on the top-sides of the head, and the fabric part of the falls acts as a bun-cover, with a clip securing the fall to the scalp above and below.

Back:

(Yeah, I needed to clean up my undershave in that picture...)

Ta-da!  Floofy custom dolly hair for less than ten bucks.  Using all Kanekalon, it would have been even cheaper than that.  I had a wig around, though, so it was more cost-effective and efficient this way.
« Last Edit: October 12, 2007 07:46:15 PM by catladysarah » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2007 11:18:56 PM »

That is super rad!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2007 07:31:11 AM »

I know this isn't related to the topic but : I have that same shirt lol I got it at the goodwill.





I really wish I had the patience to make something like this. My natural hair does not stay curled no matter how hard I try >_<
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2007 09:10:26 AM »

I know this isn't related to the topic but : I have that same shirt lol

And I have the same tights, hehe.

Anyway, thank you so much for posting this!!!

My boyfriend, meaning the best I'm sure- picked up two long black wigs at Walgreens the other day and they're quite dreadful as far as quality goes, and I really would like to do this to one of them.

I may salvage the bangs too and use them to clip in my hair after I make falls. (I have blonde hair so I'd have to hide it well with using black falls)  Tongue

A question to either you or someone else reading this: is it possible to make dread falls out of wigs like this too? If so, is there a good tute on the web? One with pictures would be great because I'm slow when it comes to hair styling, lol.

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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2007 10:36:06 AM »

Thanks, everyone!

Making a clip-in bangs piece would be a good idea.  I didn't bother with these - I just curled my own bangs.  My hair doesn't usually stay curled either, but more than that, I just hate styling it.  It's way easier to just clip finished hairdos onto my skull.

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A question to either you or someone else reading this: is it possible to make dread falls out of wigs like this too?
You can totally do this with dreads.  In fact, that's my next project- I'll keep you posted.

In a nutshell, though, you just take small sections of hair, and backcomb them with a teasing comb (like $2 at Sally, though if you're doing stuff like this, I'm sure you know that).  Then you take a handheld steamer (they sell them in the laundry aisle of discount stores, with the coathangers and stuff), and steam the crap out of the backcombed dreads while twisting until they're smooth and tight, instead of like snarly uneven worms.

Do you know about this site?  It has just about everything fake-hair.
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2007 12:28:33 PM »

You can totally do this with dreads.  In fact, that's my next project- I'll keep you posted.

Yay! can't wait ^_^.

Thanks for the info, I'll definately check that site out.
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2007 06:51:39 PM »

very cool!
i've "permed" doll hair using the boiling water technique before...bet never thought of curling a wig! great idea!
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2008 06:29:12 PM »

That's a GREAT idea! I love the idea of using t-shirt fabric.
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