Today you’re going to join me on a journey of how to style a wig to look like Levy from Fairy Tail!
It was a blue wig I had ordered from eBay several years ago. I’d share the listing with you guys but unfortunately my purchase history doesn’t go back far enough. 😦 (Hilariously, it was intended to be used for a Happy cosplay but the color ended up being perfect for Levy instead!)
If you don’t have a wig already, I recommend Arda’s Jareth wig in either Indigo or Cobalt Blue. It will just have to be trimmed to an ideal length for your face.
*Note: there is no cutting in this tutorial because I had a friend do all that messy goodness for me a long time ago. These are the steps after you have the hair at a length you desire for Levy.
Step 1 is to COLLECT SOME REFERENCE PICTARS~
Below are just a few photos of Levy to give you an example. When styling a wig, you want as many directions of their hair as you can: front, back, side, etc. The more the better!
Step 2 is to GET YOURSELF A WIG HEAD.
Don’t have one? They’re pretty cheap at any craft store such as Michael’s! It’s definitely worth the investment and will be a place where you can store the wig once it’s done so it stays styled nicely and not ruin your hard work!
Step 3 is to GATHER YOUR SUPPLIIIIIES
You will need:
- Thread and needle
- Sewing pins
- A small piece of ribbon
- Thick 2 inch orange ribbon (pick a style that floats your boat that’d suit the Levy look you desire!)
Step 4: PIN BACK SOME HURR (hair)
First comb everything out nicely to give you a base to work with. Remember with wigs to comb from the ends upward, this is to help not damage the wig fiber as you untangle any knots.
Now we’re going to GENTLY pull back Levy’s bangs before clipping them down.
I personally used two banana clips because that’s what I had on hand. Feel free to use whatever you’re comfortable with.
Step 5: LET’S USE THAT HAIRSPRAY
Once the hair is pulled and clipped back in a way you’re content with (it may take several tries of pulling back and clipping till you get it pulled back in a way you’re happy with), you’re gonna take your hair spray (I like to use GOT2B Freezing Spray) and SPRAY THE CARP OUT OF the pulled back area. Then wait at least 30 minutes for it to thoroughly dry.
Step 6: SEWING TIME
Okay, your hairspray is dry. Time to be brave and remove those banana clips. I promise the hairspray will hold.
For extra security, I like to add a thin ribbon (the color doesn’t matter since we’ll be covering it up.) underneath where the main ribbon will be to help hold the wig fibers in place. Cut just an inch or so longer than the length of hair that is pulled back and lay it across to make sure it’s the right length you need.
Then grab some sewing pins, and put one in each end of the ribbon.
Then carefully and with teeeeeeny tiny stitches, sew across the ribbon from one side to the other. The smaller the stitches you can do, the better. It’ll hold more fiber down that way. I like to choose a color thread different from the ribbon and the wig so it’s easier to see what I’m doing. Again, colors don’t matter because we’ll be covering it up soon.
Step 7: ADDING THE FINAL RIBBON
Okay, Levy’s hair is hair sprayed and sewed satisfactorily, now we can add the final ribbon! Just lay it over where the smaller ribbon is, and then tie it around underneath the neck area. It’s sometimes helpful to have another person hold it in place at the top as you tie it.
Step 8: TA DA. WE’RE DOOOOOOOOONE