Chalking a Wig

7 Jun , 2012,
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Recently, our part-time warrior Angelus decided she wanted to cosplay Grace from Soulfire, but when we started dissecting the character, we were at a loss. The costume was easy enough, but there were simply too many shades in Grace’s wig, and that meant we had to figure out a way to dye it by hand.

Grace, from Aspen’s Soulfire – Issue 9 Cover Art.

After messing around with several different methods, we discovered a relatively fuss-free way, and that’s what we’re going to share with you, our cosplay friends, in today’s crafting tutorial.

This tutorial will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Stuff you’ll need:

1. A heat resistant wig or extensions (this method only works if your wig/extensions are heat resistant, so take note!)

2. Pastel chalk (available from Art Friend)

3. Some paper towels

4. An iron with an adjustable heat setting (or a hair curler/straightener if you don’t have an iron).

5. Hair spray for use as a fixer.

Note: We can’t stress enough that this method only works with heat resistant wigs.

Also, if you’re chalking an entire wig like we did, we’d suggest using a light base shade. It’s the most optimal since the colors will bind easier, and you can almost always guarantee the look you want in your end result.

(For the purpose of this tutorial, we’re using an ice-white heat resistant extension as an example).

Step 1:

Wet your wig/extension with a bit of water. Make sure it’s damp, but not soaked all the way through.

Be sure you don’t overdo it with the water! XD

Step 2:

Next, you can start chalking it up!  Apply swathes of color in a single forward rubbing motion. Be sure to go in one direction (and only one direction) so the chalk’s applied evenly and doesn’t flake too badly.

Rub it in with broad strokes!

You can chalk on as many colors as you want!

Step 3:

Now, place the chalked wig/extension on some paper towels, and pat dry.

Be sure to pat dry your wig/extension first.

Next, wrap your wig/extensions in more paper towels. Make sure none of the wig strands are directly exposed, because you sure won’t want them to come into direct contact with your heat source!

Be sure to cover the entire wig/extension with paper towels before the next step! XD

Step 4:

Put on your iron to it’s lowest heat setting (if you don’t have an iron, you can use either a curler or straightener). Apply heat by gently ironing the wig/extension. Go in the same direction as you did when you chalked it up.

Be firm, but don’t apply too much heat or pressure. ^^;;

Heat will lock the color in place when the water on the wig/extension surface evaporates.

Heat locks those colors in place. XD

Finally, apply a liberal dusting of hair spray (it’s a great fixative), style as necessary, and voila! You’re done!


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