KH2 Roxas wig tutorial (make yourself some emo-kid hair)

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#1 Amy the Yu on 12 years ago

Okay, I suck at tutorials, so this is more of a guide with pictures and crappy commentaries. Please don't comment with "that's not how *so and so* said to do it" cause this tutorial is written to how I style my wigs, and I wasn't exactly taught by anyone.

If this tutorial is well received and people actually find it useful, I may post tutorials for other wigs I'm making in the next short while. Which includes, but not limited to Axel (for Infini), KH2 Sora (for myself) and maybe Xemnas (gotta get permission from the sweetie who commissioned Xemnas before I post any of it). Other wigs from other series...we'll see if any actually pop up outside of commissions or if I'm just going to ride this Kingdom Hearts obsession forever.

And anyone who's seen [URL="http://images.cosplay.com/gallery.php?cat=15189&member=14281"]the wigs I've done[/URL] before know that if it's not rock hard and/or full of spikes, I'm totally useless at styling it. Emo kid (Roxas) is a good balance of both, and I think my 2nd one is a great improvement from my [URL="http://images.cosplay.com/gallery.php?cat=53364&member=14281"]1st Roxas wig[/URL] though still not ideal or perfect, but I don't think I have enough patience to ever style a 3rd Roxas wig (inside and outside of commissions), so this will have to do.

Wig Stats:
Brand: Forever Young
Style: Eva (huge overkill considering how much shorter it got cut from it's [URL="http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=923847"]original length[/URL])
Colour: 24

The colour really doesn't matter much. Choose what you think is a good colour and the style...if it wasn't that I got it on sale, I wouldn't have used such a long wig to cut down to chin length in no time flat. For spikes the important thing is to make sure the wig has enough hair on it. For that reason, I seriously recommend against buying from most China/Hong Kong sellers on eBay cause while most of them sell decent wigs, they're usually rather thin and don't have nearly enough hair on them to spike properly.

Styling products: Got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray
Assistants: Campbell's Chunky New England Clam Chowder (super yum) caringly donated by Infini.

This wig took me about 30 hours to finish. Mind you, about 2/3 of that time was just sitting around waiting for individual spikes to dry before I could move on. A hair dryer helping in the process would have made it go much faster, but I ain't got one, so gotta make do by letting it eat away 2 days of my life.

Do NOT post my words or my photos anywhere else without my permission and so far, the only one who has my permission is ZiggyB. If you try stealing my photos or my words, I'll come and harrass you so bad til you take it down (and trust me, I've done so before and won't hesitate to do it again). If you want to share, please share a LINK to the tutorial instead of copying and pasting my hard work.

[U]Make sure to pin the wig to the wig head before you start![/U]

[b]The pictures I had here seemed to have add decided to turn into URLs, so instead of trying to fiddle with coding, I posted the tutorial elsewhere where that won't happen again:
[url]http://amy-the-yu.livejournal.com/149136.html[/url] [/b]

Spike count: 0
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress1.jpg[/IMG]
Start off pinning back hair you're not using as of yet. Lots easier to keep hairspray off hair if it's not in it in the first place. Make sure whatever you've sectioned off to spike does not show any netting underneath. Also make sure you've left enough hair elsewhere to style the rest of the wig. Won't do to put all the fiber into a couple of spikes and realize too late that you've run out of hair to style the rest of the wig with.

Spike count: 2
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress2.jpg[/IMG]
Trim the unstyled hair down to the length you would like the finished spike to end at. For a nice tapered spike, don't do a straight cut across. I usualy just zigzag my scissors across the bottom inch of the spike as I cut across. Razors do the job too, but I cut myself too easily to risk it...(and even if I get my hands on a razor, Infini'll probably have a heart attack before letting me use it considering how badly I managed to stab myself with her exacto blade). *not emo, just accident prone and bleeds lots*

Spike count: 4
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress3.jpg[/IMG]
If one of the spikes *points to longest one* is too long, not a problem. Better to leave it too long than to cut it too short. Just give it a while to dry fully and then you can crack the hairspray right out of it and cut it shorter and restyle. Cutting it while it's wet will lead to uneven chunky spikes most of the time.

Spike count: 6
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress4.jpg[/IMG]
Most spikes can be held in place until they're dry enough to retain the shape themselves, bit if you don't feel like it, a strategically placed pin does the job just as well much of the time.

Spike count: 9
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress5.jpg[/IMG]
If one pin doesn't do the trick, several dozen will. >_>;;

Spike count: 10
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress6.jpg[/IMG]
Make sure to continue clipping hair away to the side before attacking new areas. Hairspray's not permanent, but it still sucks having to wait to fix areas that accidentally got hit before their time.

Spike count: 15
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress7.jpg[/IMG]
Larger and free standing spikes work best if you allow them to dry with someting holding them in place cause their own weight will pull them out of shape until they're relatively dry. Even if you hold the wig head so that gravity helps to pull the spikes in the right direction, you don't want your new spike pulled out of shape. I have weak girly muscles, so a soup can or something else to hold my arm at the right level makes a hell of a difference if I have to hold it up for 5-10 minutes without moving before it's dry enough to let go.

Spike count: 22
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress8.jpg[/IMG]
Work your way from the front to the back. I've come to realize that it's much easier to do it that way cause guess which side you usually show to the camera?

Spike count: 29
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress9-1.jpg[/IMG]
Take the side view into consideration too. If you have long side burns that are a stark contrast to the wig colour, might need to have enough hair on the side of the wig to cover that up (and guess what I forgot about on my first Roxas wig?)

Look at [URL="http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?p=1637385#post1637385"]comment #8[/URL] for the rest. I fail hardcore for forgetting about post size limitations and didn't bother to snag the 2nd post to keep this continuous.

#2 Hee-Hee on 12 years ago

This is an awesome tutorial so far~ Can't wait to see it finished! =D

#3 Evil Kimba on 12 years ago

The tutorial is looking great so far. Seriously, tutorials like this are GREATLY appreciated. <3

#4 kiwi_lady on 12 years ago

you are like.. awesome like WOAH.
seriously, you win LIFE.

#5 Angathol on 12 years ago

This is an awesome tutorial. I will probably use it as reference for spikey wigs in the future. :) You're wonderful.

#6 Yukari Kaiba on 12 years ago

this is an awesome tutorial! my sister and i are planning on a Axel and Roxas cosplay duo and this will be extremely helpful. i can't wait to see your other wig tutorials! ^^

#7 caineyamiyasha on 12 years ago

looks really good!! Good tutorial too!

#8 Amy the Yu on 12 years ago

I fail to remember the limits for how much I can stick in one post, so here's the rest...

Spike count: 39
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress10.jpg[/IMG]
At this point, for those who don't care about the back view, you're pretty much done. The wig's styled enough to wear. For those who are anal about being thorough (haha, that sounded sexually suggestive)...

Spike count: 54
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress11.jpg[/IMG]
Spike the remaining hair. Much less hairspray is needed. You don't want them rock hard, just enough spray to keep them in locks (ie. Mist from 10-15cm away and only do 1-2 layers). The length of each lock will depend on the amount of fiber you have left. Longer locks = more coverage per lock...good if you're running short on fiber or if the wig's going to need to stretch a lot when worn (for those with large heads, or lots of hair to shove under there).

Spike count: 60
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress12.jpg[/IMG]
Keep going. I like going top to bottom so you can see where the hair needs to be distributed as you go.

Spike count: 68
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress13.jpg[/IMG]
And going...

To compensate for the wig head being smaller than actual human heads, shift the wig forward with the base still pinned in the back. This'll stretch out the netting as your style, so that you won't pull the spikes out of shape when you put it on and stretch out the elastics. I try to over-stretch a bit just to make sure. Don't worry if you can see a bit of netting at this point. When the wig isn't stretched so much, the spikes'll be closer together and make better coverage.

Spike count: 74
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2Progress14.jpg[/IMG]
And going...

You can call it quits whenever you run out of hair to spike, or until you reach a point that you don't want to keep going. I have a lot of random hair fluff at the base of my neck, so I like keeping a bit of hair non-spiked to camoflauge my neck fluff (though this won't apply if your hair is similar in colour to the wig).

Final spike count: 78
[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas2-1.jpg[/IMG]
And you're done...for real.

[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas22-1.jpg[/IMG]
Take a look from all angles and see if there are any spikes that need fixing up or resetting.

[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas23.jpg[/IMG]
See, I told you the netting'll disappear once you stop over-stretching the wig.

[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas24.jpg[/IMG]
I usually find that the wig will look better from certain angles and try to remember to make an effort to pose for pictures in those directions (though it usualy gets forgotten, but at least I try to try).

[IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/fyrekraquer/Wig-Roxas25.jpg[/IMG]
Sadly, I think this particular wig's best angle is top down...so much for capturing my better side. XD


Thanks to anyone who read thru this tutorial. Hopefully someone can make some use of this. ^^;;

I was pretty pleased with the front of this wig, but I think I'm lacking from the back. I might go and rework that a bit later. Photos for the back of the wig will be updated if I do so. =3

#9 * Ichigo * on 12 years ago

wonderful !

#10 Katie on 12 years ago

What an awesome tutorial! You have so much patience when it comes to holding spikes. @[email protected] 5-10 minutes?? I can't even handle 60 seconds! XD So I usually rig some way to position the hair so it's defying gravity (usually involving clips, a bathroom cupboard, laundry basket, towel rack, etc.), spray it, and THEN cut it. I guess that explains why my spikes are always so unclean-looking. XD I don't have enough patience!

#11 NetBelleAnie on 12 years ago

I think I'm going to cosplay Roxas now. Daddy said he thought I look god blond, but he didn't like Demyx's mullhawk.

But nice tutorial. I'm assumeing you razor-cut the bits for the spiking?

#12 Amy the Yu on 12 years ago

[QUOTE=NetBelleAnie]I think I'm going to cosplay Roxas now. Daddy said he thought I look god blond, but he didn't like Demyx's mullhawk.

But nice tutorial. I'm assumeing you razor-cut the bits for the spiking?[/QUOTE]No razors for me. I'm terribly accident prone. I just cut everything with my dollar store scissors. Very low tech (and ghetto). =X

#13 Cora on 12 years ago

DA-AMN. You style from straight-down wigs...not so sure I'm ready for that step yet...though I might have reconsidered my choice in wigs for restyling Axel after reading this, but oh snap, I've already ordered the wig @[email protected] (punky XL red...'cause I think I might want to add extra wefts in~)

If it comes out well I might sell it and try your method XD

#14 chisainekocat on 12 years ago

WOW. Just absolutely amazing. You have incredible patience.

#15 Iloveknives on 12 years ago

Cool wig I couldnt hold my arm up for that long!