Cosplay Tutorial: Styling a Wig for Fairy Tail’s Levy

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!

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Let’s get started!

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:

  • Hairclips
  • Hairspray
  • 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)

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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.

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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

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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.

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Then grab some sewing pins, and put one in each end of the ribbon.
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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.

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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

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

When I was a kid, there was a feature in the Chicago Tribune Magazine in which minor celebrities would share some of their must-have stuff.  I generally didn’t know who any of the people were and sometimes the stuff they loved was just really stupid to my mind. (Like, who really needs pink-and-gold rhinestone lampshades? This is a must-have? Really?) Not trying to yuck anyone’s yum, but, obviously, *my* favorite things are way cooler!

Really?

Well, here’s my chance to tell you all about my “must-have stuff!” And here’s your opportunity to read all about them! Aren’t you thrilled?

  1. Special Effects Hair Dye in Iguana Green

It is the most vibrant and long-lasting dye I’ve ever tried!

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It’s so easy being green.)

2. Vanilla Latte from Collectivo Coffee (Milwaukee)If you’re ever in Milwaukee, stop off at Collective Coffee.  Their lattes are beautiful and their gingersnap cookies are amazing!

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nom nom nom.

3. Kittens in a Blender card gameSounds horrifying, right?  Well, it kind of is. The object of the game is to keep your cats out of the blender while trying to turn your opponent’s cats into meow smoothies.

No, kitty, no!

4. The Princess Bride film“Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…” I am not ashamed to admit I’ve seen this movie over 500 times.

Inconceivable!

5. The Outsiders by S.E. HintonMy sister gave me this book when I was in sixth grade. I read it so many times, the pages fell out. It’s no longer my favorite story, but there will always be a soft spot in my heart for Ponyboy Curtis.

Stay gold, Ponyboy.

6. SunflowersMy mother loved sunflowers. The summer after she passed away, sunflowers started growing in the front yard.

Just like magic!

7. Russian Blue catsHow could you not love this face?

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8. Good Earth soy lotion in Sweet Basil VanillaI love this scent. It’s sweet without smelling like you just rolled in powdered sugar. It’s earthy without smelling like your grandad’s cologne. The scent also comes in soap and deodorant.

Bliss!

9. Juicy Pear Jelly Belly jelly beansMy sister says they taste like grass. I think they taste like heaven.

Let them eat jellybeans!

10. Bernat Mosaic Yarn in CalypsoSo much rainbow-y goodness!

A yarn-o-holic’s dream!


Tara

Tuesday, September 26: Injustice 2 Tournment

Have you been playing the new Injustice game since it came out back in May? Sick of beating all your usual buddies in matches? Join us for our Injustice 2 Tournament on Tuesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. in the Vortex!

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Test your mettle against other contestants in one-on-one matches. The victor will receive $20 in gift cards to Target!

Sign up today!

Video Game Recommendation: Undertale

undertalePlatform: PC

Rating: Teen

Genre: Role Playing Game, Puzzle  

First Released: September 2015

Part of a Series? Nope! Play away!

Brief Synopsis:

“Welcome to UNDERTALE. In this RPG, you control a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Now you must find your way out… or stay trapped forever.”

Commentary:

In Undertale, there’s three routes you can take depending on how you approach battles. There is Pacifist (kill zero enemies), Neutral (kill some enemies), and Genocide (kill all enemies).

I’m going through the Pacifist route as I’m playing and holy Hera is it hard. It keeps you at level 1, 20 HP the entire game because you don’t earn any experience to level up. You have to figure out each enemies’ quirks to figure out how to convince them to not want to fight you anymore so you can spare them. Sometimes I’ve had to run back many, many screens to buy more health items because bosses are too hard to get through without healing!

Overall, it’s super, super fun though! I’ve been really enjoying it despite its difficulty and the conversations characters have with each other are hilarious (Especially Papyrus’ terrible puns. I can’t get enough of those). It also has moments that you don’t expect to kick you in the feels. You’ll know them when you get to them.

(Quick note, make sure you have plenty of healing items before getting to the “final corridor!” I only have a few and I have to hope that’ll get me through the final battle. Eek!)

When you have 10$ to spare (or a really really awesome parent), I seriously recommend grabbing it on Steam!
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Ashe

Book Review – The Forgetting

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By Sharon Cameron
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What if you woke up tomorrow morning and had no recollection of your life, your family or yourself? What if everybody in town had the same problem? What if we all woke up one morning and couldn’t even remember what had happened to make us forget? Sharon Cameron’s The Forgetting starts off with these questions and builds a world and a story around them.

Nadia the dyer’s daughter lives in the walled city of Canaan. It’s a peaceful community with a wise and benevolent leadership council where truth is valued above all else. Every twelve years, something happens to cause everyone within the city walls to forget their previous lives. They keep order and continuity by writing down every aspect of their lives in their journals so that they can remind themselves after The Forgetting. (Thankfully, they don’t forget how to read!) That’s why it’s so important to write only truth in your journal: it’s the only way to know who you were before The Forgetting.

But Nadia knows that some people have not been truthful. She knows because *she* never forgot. Somehow, twelve years ago, when everyone in the town forgot themselves, she remembered. She knows secrets and as she begins to dig, she learns much more. But as the twelve-year cycle comes to a close and Canaan prepares for The Forgetting, Nadia’s time is running out. She needs to solve the mystery of The Forgetting before everyone, and possibly she too, forgets everything again.

Floral, Flowers, Flourish, Decorative, Ornamental

The Forgetting balances historical fiction with futuristic dystopian with a heavy dose of adventure and a dash of romace. I love all the plot twists and turns. It’s a fast-paced read that compelled me to keep reading and left me hoping this is only the first of a series. (I checked; it is. The second in the series is expected out in October.)

Books for Change

Because I am a book nerd, I read other book blogs. And one of my favorites is Epic Reads who recently posted a list of YA activism books because–let’s face it–there’s a whole lot of messed up stuff going on in our world right now. It reminded me of a book list that I had written last year about Black Lives Matter. There were some of the same books plus a few I hadn’t read yet. (They’re on my To Be Read list now.) There are also a few that I think could be added to both lists–books about teens and young adults who have chosen to fight back and stand up for a better world.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. And it’s okay to feel that way, but don’t stop there. You CAN help. You can change things.

I’m not saying you have to go all Katniss Everdeen and take down President Snow. Start with little things. If you hear someone using hateful language (racist, misogynist, homophobic, Islamophobic slurs, etc.), let them know that’s not okay. Think about your own social privilege. Some of us have more than others due to race, gender, religion, socio-economic status, orientation, size and age. Speak up for those with less privilege than you and honestly *listen* to them when they share their stories. When you see something happen that you know is unjust, speak up. Tell your parents, your teachers, your online audience, the local newspaper and beyond. Share your truth.

In addition to the 19 books on the above two lists, here are another ten titles that I think should be in the backpack of every budding social justice warrior.

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  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • For the Win by Cory Doctorow
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
  • The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Being Jazz by Jazz jennings
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

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Tara