The Making of a Sora Wig

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#1 Saeru on 11 years ago

This thread is linked to from my Anti-Form Sora thread. If you would like to get back to the making of Anti-Form Sora, go [URL="http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=112833"]this way![/url]
That link will take you to info on [URL="http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=112833"]Sora's Shoes[/url] and [URL="http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=112874"]Sora's Glowy Eyes and Smoke[/url], as well as other useful facts. ^.^


The wig in its final form is the one shown here:
[URL="http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1091823"]Anti-Sora wig[/url]
More pictures of Sora can be found at this link:
[URL="http://members.cosplay.com/costume/89557/"]Anti-Sora Costume[/url]

This wig was done entirely with products that are very easy to get a hold of, and with processes that are easy to understand. ^.^ I'm posting this in the hopes that it might help others who are undertaking any Sora wigs, or wigs with insane spikage such as his.

#2 Saeru on 11 years ago

There was some debate about where to begin on a Sora wig, since Anti-form has only a slight gradiation in his otherwise flat hair. However, sticking with something completely black, we were worried it would become lost in the background in any photos we took. Having now taken some photos of AS(AntiSora), I have found this to be TRUE.

So, to prevent having a big black blob on my head, I went with the black-rooted, purple fading Tina Punky wig, available [url=
"http://www.cosworx.com/product.php?productid=16459&cat=2471&page=1"]here[/url] at cosworx. This is what the wig looked like just after coming out of its box and pinned onto a wig-head:
[URL="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/195/504098329_04a7885b4a.jpg"]Base Wig[/URL]

I set to work right away, feeling rather inspired. It wasn't an easy task trying to turn 2-D images into a 3-D wig, so I did what was probably my best move in the making of Anti-Sora: I bought an action figure.
[URL="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/193/504087351_59433c8d6b.jpg"]Valor Sora![/URL]
Armed with our new Valor Sora, it was much easier to see what was supposed to be happening at the different angles. ^.^

The first step before any cutting could begin was to separate out Sora's clumps of hair.
[URL="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/232/504098335_addac39412.jpg"]Separating Clumps...[/URL]
One thing I started to notice while doing this was that each little section I gathered and bobby-pinned felt smaller and less full than I initially anticipated. I probably could have counteracted this by wefting in some more hair, but my Tina Punky was pretty dense to start out with, so I managed to get by. It would have also been hard to get wefts in that same gradient. x-x

Once the bangs were separated to my satisfaction, I began the spiking process, cutting the sections to what seemed about the right length as I went. A Little trick that I learned was that by only putting hair cement at the tips, each spike weighed less and stuck up more, which was ideal for Sora's gravity defying hair. ([url="http://forums.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=1933057&postcount=16"]Basic description of why this works[/url]) Another trick was that, as I went, I would step back and hold up Valor's little head to overlap the wig in my vision, so that I could make sure each spike was approximately the right length overall. The bang-spiking went pretty fast, since I didn't have to wait for one to dry before starting the next one.
[URL="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/221/504098337_123a029e39.jpg"]Bangspiking![/URL]

While I was waiting for the overall wig to dry, I began the really fun part: the coloring. Starting with a black prismacolor marker, I colored in the bases of all the spikes, making the wig look completely black at the roots. I then took an indigo and hit the middle, letting each spike gradiate through the blue and into its original purple.
[URL="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/218/504098341_8d19af131d.jpg"]Coloring...[/URL]
The Prismacolors took to the wig hair surprisingly well, and have not rubbed off on me since. I think this will be my means of wig coloring from now on. ^.^

The big issue came when I went to do Sora's huge back spikes. Initially, my attempts were less than satisfactory, as I was trying the spikes while still working on a flat, level surface.
[URL="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/221/504098351_ac2e152f1e.jpg"]Original Backspiking[/URL]
However, this came to be a big help later, as my spikes were then clearly defined for me.

To actually get them as straight as Sora's, we errected a strange 'wig-styling' structure, which consisted of a wig head spiked through(with shish-kabob skewers) and ducktaped onto a board, and then clipped onto a mirror allowing whichever current spike we were working on to point directly down.
[URL="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/229/504098355_86b140222c.jpg"]Intense Backspiking[/URL]
In this manner, we had gravity working on our side. I coated each big spike in as much hair cement as I could, and after that dried I went over the spike with a heavy layer of hairspray. This process was repeated several times.

At this point, the wig was mostly finished. All I had left to do was touch up the big spikes with the prismacolors, and finish the tiny spikes that he had in the back of his head.
[URL="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/201/504071004_e349599338.jpg"]WigTools![/URL]
This picture also includes the two products that I used...very generic stuff that we purchased at a Meijer, and which I know I've also seen at Wal-Mart. With a little more spiking, and a little more coloring, the wig was pretty much done
[URL="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/194/504071032_17f581810a.jpg"]Finished![/URL]

Though I had some reservations on how well it would hold up, it did survive a masquerade and several hours out getting pictures around a convention. It even survived two incidents where it slid off my face-mask and fell to the ground, and required very little touch up afterwards. This process was a very LENGTHY one, but one that wouldn't be too difficult to reproduce. Heck, -I'm- even considering making another Sora wig. In brown, next time. >.>

Hope that was somewhat informative! ^.^


Other useful links:
[url="http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=97834"]Roxas Wig Tutorial[/url] - By Amy the Yu. Different techniques than mine, but another really good way to make big spikes. ^.^
[url="http://warp-snipe.blogspot.com/2007_04_01_archive.html"]Wig Straightening Log[/url] - By Yui. Demonstrates how to straighten wigs that come with a little bit of wave in them.

#3 Varnani on 11 years ago

Wow, awesome tutorial! Reading it almost made me want to make a Sora costume. XD;;

#4 Saeru on 11 years ago

[QUOTE=Audhulma;1887676]Wow, awesome tutorial! Reading it almost made me want to make a Sora costume. XD;;[/QUOTE]

Thanks a bunch! It was a lot more work than I had anticipated. e.e

[QUOTE=The Commodore;1887696]The wig looks awesome!

I need to do something similar (on a smaller scale) with my real hair in November. Do you think those two products will hold up real (thick) hair for a day?[/QUOTE]

They're made for real hair, so I would be totally willing to bet the answer is 'yes.' The La Bella Gel does need a LOT of time for drying, however, even when used on completely dry hair itself. If you go with that, plan for at least an hour or so of sitting around up-side-down letting it dry. The spray only requires about a half-minute of setting time, but I noticed that it wouldn't hold up the larger spikes on its own.

#5 WARPAINTandUnicorns on 11 years ago

A blow dryer speeds up the process as well.

*pets the wig*

#6 Kagami-chan on 11 years ago

This'll be love for when I do my Sora crossplay. Thanks for writing the tutorial. ^^

#7 Saeru on 11 years ago

[QUOTE=The Commodore;1888275]Do you think a hairdryer with a diffuser would help the gel dry faster? I can't really sit around with my head upside down for that long, hehe. But still, thanks for the help![/QUOTE]

I believe it would, like Ani_BEE suggested. ^.^

#8 Violinist_Akina on 11 years ago

great tutorial :3 I'll use this method when I make my sora wig <3

#9 S.Hojo on 11 years ago

Amazing Tutorial. o_o; I'm not a Sora cosplayer, but in the future plan on doing a spikey-haired (anti)Hero, so this makes me feel a little more confident about tackling the hairstyle. Granted, last time I tried to do a wig I fried it, but I think that was because it was 1 AM, dy of the con, and they said "Hey! Straighten my wig!" e_e; No wig knowledge=bad.

I like the ideaf getting an action figure. ^_^ Thank you so much for putting this up here! I think it deserves a sticky, because it;s totally useful for non-Sora's too.

You are the awesome.

#10 XiggyRox on 11 years ago

I'll use this method as well, but in brown.

#11 Akibie on 11 years ago

OMG! -glomp- I LOVE YOU! XOXOX I was [U]terified[/U] on what i should do for my wig but now i feel better.

"A Little trick that I learned was that by only putting hair gel at the tips, each spike weighed less and stuck up more, which was ideal for Sora's gravity defying hair."

If you just put the gel at the tips... then how does the rest of the strand stay up? i [b]need[/b] to know

#12 london2191 on 11 years ago

Thank the lord SOMEBODY made a tutorial like this. >_< All those threads on lost cosplayers...I will use this in the future tho'. =3

Also a suggestion, try to refrain from saying gel because some people looking at this tutorial might actually use gel instead of the suggested hairsprays you...suggested. Wigs are not human hair and cannot absorb gel like human hair can. -teh nod-

#13 Jowolfen on 11 years ago

This shall be handy for me Roxas hair!!XD yay thanks

#14 Saeru on 11 years ago

[QUOTE=Akibie;1930183]OMG! -glomp- I LOVE YOU! XOXOX I was [U]terified[/U] on what i should do for my wig but now i feel better.

"A Little trick that I learned was that by only putting hair gel at the tips, each spike weighed less and stuck up more, which was ideal for Sora's gravity defying hair."

If you just put the gel at the tips... then how does the rest of the strand stay up? i [b]need[/b] to know[/QUOTE]

Its an interesting physics thing involving forces and vectors. Essentially I was treating each strand of hair as a single vector, with gravity as my force. Since the strands of hair are a given length that doesn't really change, when the ends of them are glued together, then they can't move around so much. Its like taking two sticks, gluing them in place on a table, and then gluing them together at the tips...the triangle has an amazing amount of strength.
Ideally, I'd put the hair cement at just the tips, and then use the spray to make the base more rigid.
If this doesn't work for you, then put the hair cement more towards the base and spray the tips. The issue I ran into with this method however, was that it made the spike thinner, and look less realistic.

[QUOTE=S.Hojo;1928957]Amazing Tutorial. o_o; I'm not a Sora cosplayer, but in the future plan on doing a spikey-haired (anti)Hero, so this makes me feel a little more confident about tackling the hairstyle. Granted, last time I tried to do a wig I fried it, but I think that was because it was 1 AM, dy of the con, and they said "Hey! Straighten my wig!" e_e; No wig knowledge=bad.

I like the ideaf getting an action figure. ^_^ Thank you so much for putting this up here! I think it deserves a sticky, because it;s totally useful for non-Sora's too.

You are the awesome.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, a lot of wig-fibres don't hold up to straighteners. We found anything that is toyo-kalon or kane-kalon can be used under a hair straightener, however!
[url="http://warp-snipe.blogspot.com/2007_04_01_archive.html"]Wig Straightening log[/url]

The action figured helped SO much. I probably could have done it without one, but he made sure that I was -accurate.-

Thanks so much! ^.^

[QUOTE=london2191;1930195]Thank the lord SOMEBODY made a tutorial like this. >_< All those threads on lost cosplayers...I will use this in the future tho'. =3

Also a suggestion, try to refrain from saying gel because some people looking at this tutorial might actually use gel instead of the suggested hairsprays you...suggested. Wigs are not human hair and cannot absorb gel like human hair can. -teh nod-[/QUOTE]

Good point. I thought the La Bella stuff was gel, but upon further examination it claims to be hair cement, so I'll go ahead and fix that. ^.^

[QUOTE=Jowolfen;1931923]This shall be handy for me Roxas hair!!XD yay thanks[/QUOTE]

This technique would definitely work for Roxas hair. I did just run across a tutorial on Roxas, specifically, though, so lemme direct you to it. Different methods than I used, but maybe you can find the one that works best for you!
[url="http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=97834"]Roxas Wig Tutorial[/url]

#15 dark_angeltears on 11 years ago

Ahh! Thanks so much for making this tutorial! >< It'll really help me in the future, if I attempt a Sora cosplay. ^_^;;

Oh, where'd you get the wig by the way?