Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Juvia Hair Curls ~~ How-to.

Well, I wouldn’t say that this is a tutorial, since I myself have a load more to learn in cosplay ^^”
But a few people have asked me about the signature Juvia hair: Where to buy the wig or how to make them base curls.
And since I have some of the process pics with me, I decided I might as well share a short post on how to make these.

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I did some reference based on a few Juvia hair tutorials, and most of their attempts are via hair spray or hair gel.
For my case, because I was stingy short on cash, and considering that I need to move a lot for the skit on stage, I used white school glue in my case. That way, you can get some very firm and rigid curls and don’t have to worry that it’ll fall straight in the middle of your cosplay.

Cons is that this method is VERY messy ( At least to me) and might leave quite some traces on your end product.
So, it all depends!
Anyway, if you guys have any better tips to add on, kindly let me know or share it here! ^^

Things you’ll need:
 
Shoulder length blue wig

Empty plastic bottles, cut.

Hair clips

White school glue + water


Some BEFORE pictures of the wig:
Truth is I did Juvia’s cosplay once, sometime last year.
And I totally screwed the hairstyle, ask anyone who was with me that day XD
"Like whose gonna ONLY style their wig 3 hours prior an event, and then go into a rage and blow a whole load of HOT GLUE into a brand new wig, zzz”

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And then because I was selected as a semi-finalist for a Fairy Tail cosplay competition, I decided to re-do this whole thing XP
Luckily the old messed-up wig was still usable! What a miracle XDD
And I didn’t have to spend more on a new wig. *phew
I swear I’m not gonna simply use hot glue on wigs from now on, zzz

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The trick to remove dried hot glue from wig (or basically anything) is by using Isopropyl Alcohol.
Learnt this on via GOOGLE XDD
U can use those available from drugstores, but I was in a rush and a friend from the medics team in my hostel generously gave me a handful of those in mini-soaked-pads form. THANKS HAYLEY ^^

Basically remove them nicely and patiently, then follow a proper routine of wig cleaning + conditioning.
And THERE, you’ll have back your silky smooth wig ^o^

Then, we move on to the curls styling:

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1.) Grab a small bunch of blue strands. You may start from areas that are not so visible if you’re not confident with the outcome. Roll them until they reached the jaw of your face – flat and thinly spread on cut plastic bottles. Apply the mixture (White school glue + water, the right consistency should not be too gooey or runny. It should be transparent when dry.) as you roll the hair on the plastic. Clip it when it reaches the point you want.

2.) When it dries completely (Usually takes half a day or overnight), gently remove the clip and plastic. You should get something like a dry-flat-twig thing at this time, with some bottle-shaped curves since they dried on it. Follow the curves, and  use the same glue mixture to roll it back, this time minus the plastic roll. Clip the end with hair clips. Repeat step 1 – 2 on small bunch of strands.

3.) As you proceed, you’ll find that there’s no sufficient space for all the hair. Just nicely clip some of the done ones (Curled, dried, in a form of individual dangling noose now.) Continue with the rest of them. REMEMBER! Do them nicely, from front to back, top to bottom layers. Or else you’ll probably end up in a mess of strands overlapping each other.

4.) When you’re done with every strand up, just let it fall on its own. Adjust them so that they don’t overlap~ Next, use the white school glue (Only for this, use a thicker consistency. For my case I did not mix water at all.) and apply a bit in the inner edge part of the noose, starting from the front ones. Join the rest of the noose. Juvia actually has hair that looks like they’re connected to each other, but I separate them, eg: 5 noose together, and then another 5 and it goes on. So that if I flip my head they look like they still sway, and not like a stiff blue tube sticking to my neck! >.<

5.) Adjust it on your head, style the bangs, put on the Russian Cossack Hat and we’re DONE! XD


Remember to let me know if you have any ideas to add! Cheers and have a good day XD *drip drip drop


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