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Helping Heavy Wigs Stay On

Many cosplayers run into this problem: After several house at a con, heavy wigs (ex: long wigs, wigs with clip-on ponytails) will slide back or off a person's head. This is especially embarrasing and frustrating when the cosplayer does not realize it and winds up having photos of themselves taken where their hairline is showing. How does one take care of this problem?


Tutorial by GingaBishounen

Wig clips! You can sew or glue them into the front of your wig and then clip your wig onto your hairline to prevent the heavy wig from sliding off. (You can even install them in short wigs if you are worried that your wig will fall off, like during a skit or cosplay walk-on).
Wig clips are inexpensive, and you can buy packs of 3 or 4 from beauty supply shops or in bulk (like a pack of 20+) online.

In this tutorial, I will be sewing the clips on.
If you are sewing wig clips into your wig, you will need:

  • Pack of wig clips (3 or 4 is usually enough, though you can use more. It is best not to use less than 3, or else all the weight of the wig will be placed on those section of the hair that you clip your wig to. Using more wig clips helps to distribute the weight of the wig around your head, making it more comfortable to wear the wig over a longer period of time.)
  • Thread that is the same color as your wig
  • Needle
  • Scissors

The good thing about sewing wig clips onto your wig is that you can easily remove them and use them on other wigs.
(Please note: In this tutorial, I am using red thread to sew wig clips onto a blonde wig so that it will be easier for others to see what I am doing.)

Note: I have not had the opportunity to try gluing wig clips onto a wig, but here are some suggestions to those that decide to us glue instead:

  • I'd suggest using some sort of high strength super glue. I don't think it's a good idea to use something weak like Elmer's glue, because the wig might peel off from the clips easily.
  • Apply only a thin layer of glue onto the wig clip while being careful not to get glue on the teeth of the clip. You do not want to use to much or else the super glue might seep through the lace and glue together wig fibers on the other side of the cap, ruining your wig (EEK!)
  • Unless you know 100% that your wig have heat resistant fibers and can withstand temperatures well above that which hot glue guns will produce, DO NO USE HOT GLUE! Temperatures on hot glue guns (don't quote me, these numbers are from Wikipedia) can range from 250 degress F to 380 degress F, which can easily melt non-heat resistant fibers. Hot glue is also messy and leaves glue strings all over the place.


Decide where to attacth the clips. I usually choose these spots, though you can also put wig clips in the back of you wig too


I also leave a small space between the hairline of the wig and the wig clip (about 1/4 inch, but you don't need to be as precise as a surgeon on this). This is to ensure that your wig will fully cover your hairline.
Make sure the clips are facing the right direction (towards the inside of your wig). They have little comb-like teeth, which are supposed to grip onto your hair.

Install the wig clips! It's a little tricky to sew them on because most wigs have a lacey front. I'd recommend make a large knot at the end of your thread and it down with a thumb to prevent the thread from slipping through the lace when you pull. I stitch the clips on using the holes on the edge of the clip.

1.) Make a large knot at the end of the thread.


2.) Hold down the end of the thread and stitch the clip on.

Also, flip the wig over every two or three stitches to pull fibers out from under the thread, making sure that you don't pull the thread itself out.

3.) Flip the wig over.

4.) Pull the fibers out from under the thread. This will require patience (especially if the fibers are long)

5.) Tighten the stitches by pulling at the ends. It's okay if a little bit of the fiber is trapped under the thread.

6.) Make sure the wig fibers are not tangled, and that there are no thread loops or exposed threads.

Note: The wigs I've dealt with all have bangs, and it wasn't to much of a hassle to pull the fibers from out under the thread. I can imaging that it would be more difficult to pull the fibers out from under the thread if you're dealing with a wig with long bangs. I can onlly suggest patience and giving yourself plenty of time to sew on the clips, or else the fibers might tangle if you're in a rush. Or you coulg glue the clips on.

Around 3 to 5 stitches per hole is enough to hold the clip on. I also stitch through all 4 holes at the corners of the clips.
When I want to finish up my stitches, I tie the ends together.

7.) Tie the ends together.

8.) Double knot it!

9.) Cut off the ends. Be mindful that you're not cutting off any wig fiber (or else your wig is going to have some blunt bangs!)

10.) Stitch through the remaining holes.

11.) Sew on the rest of the clips. I don't recommend sewing each clip on through just two holes, because they will fall off easily.

Now time to put on your wig! Since its hard for me to photography myself, and I don't have anyone handy around, I will do my best to demonstrate with this wig pinned onto a wig form. (By the way, this is an Arda Lulu in black, styled for Hibari Kyoya cosplay.)

I am assuming that you're using a wig cap. I highly recommed it because it keeps your wig clean, helps keep your hair under your wig, and makes your wig stay on better.

Put on your wig like you normally do. Then, open the wig clip, slide it under your hair and wig cap, and clip it on. Make sure your hairline is covered by your wig. Repeat for the remaining clips!

1.) Put on your wig. Open the clip.

2.) Slide the comb-like teeth under you wig cap that the it grips your hair and the cap. Snap the clip shut. (This step doesn't really hurt.)

Note: For the sake of the sewing these clips on quickly for this tutorial, I only made one stitch, and you can see the stitches coming apart in these photos. -_____-;;; It would be a good idead to make 3 or more stitches when you sew your clips on. Also, make sure your hair is tucked under the wig cap, unlike in step 2.

Now you're done! These wig clips should help your heavy wig stay on your head throughout the day, although you might want to adjust them every now and then if only for comfort's sake.

I hope this tutorial helps people. I had fun making it! Happy cosplaying, everyone!

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Reposted from GingaBishounen's Deviant Art: Here
If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, please ask GingaBishounen

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