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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Cosplay & Wigs

October 5th was our Wig and Makeup Usage program in the Vortex! Below in the slideshow take a peek to get an idea of what you missed! Another thanks to Arda Wigs for graciously donating two 15$ e-gift certificates for a drawing at the end.

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On October 12th, join us with our presenter to go over costume and basic prop creation! Register here today!

Also, don’t forget that registration is now open for our After Hours Cosplay Ball that takes place on October 28 at 5:30 P.M.! It’s sure to be a blast!

See you next week for more cosplay!

 

 

Cosplay! Cosplay! Cosplay!

Hey guys, it’s the middle of September and guess what?? That makes it almost October which means it’s almost Halloween!! Any idea what you’re going to wear? Yes? No?

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Either way, it’s a great time to get started, and let the library help you!

October will be a Cosplay-fest of programs!


Oct 5th
Using Wigs & Makeup with Cosplay
5:00-6:30PM

Wrangle your wigs AND manage your makeup? This whirlwind session is designed to show you how to use fiber and color to give your cosplay that cutting edge while fitting any budget.

Also, a huge thanks to Arda Wigs for donating two 15 dollar e-gift certificates that will be given out as a drawing at the end of the program to two lucky winners!

Oct 12th
Cosplay Costumes on the Cheap
5:00-6:30PM

Sewing! Hot Glue! Goodwill! BY THEIR POWERS COMBINED, I AM CAPTAIN COSPLAY.

Oct 19th
Prop-making and Tech Integration into Cosplay
5:00-6:30PM

Get some tips for making props for your cosplay and learn how to integrate technology into those props!

And finallly…..

Oct 28th
AFTER-HOURS COSPLAY BALL!
5:30-8:00PM

Dance and snack the night away in the cosplay of your choice! Live D.J, Mu Meux, will be in attendance!


We hope to see you there, bright-eyed and filled with questions and ideas for our fabulous presenters!

Con Season is (almost) Now!

Holy Hera Guiz! As of posting this, Anime Central is in 8 days! Is your cosplay ready? Are you prepared? Am I prepared?

(oh gosh I hope so but I don’t think I’ll ever be ready)

For those who aren’t, that’s ok! Cosplaying at a con is not, I repeat, NOT mandatory! It’s just fun to do and a super easy way to share with others what fandom/characters you love.

I’d like to take this time to share with you some legit sources that I use for my cosplay needs!

These are all sources I’ve personally used and have had zero issues with (Your experience may vary, though hopefully not!).

***Quick Note: Teens, before ordering online, always make sure to talk to your parents or guardian first!

Wigs

Order from here when you’re have plenty of time before the con (as in months)

Fast Shipping, based in the US!

 

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Wig was from Arda (Jaguar style) and the contacts were from Honeycolor! (Super Pinky Bright Red)

Color Contacts

From Honey color, I’ve only used their Super Pinky line (Violet and Bright Red) as well as their Flora Brenda Green.

Makeup

Not sure which makeups will be best for your cosplay, but I have used their Ben Nye creme makeup as well as final seal with great results for a Homestuck cosplay! Just remember to seal your makeup! Here’s a tutorial that I used. (I recommend against mixing the makeups together. Tried it, it worked but HOLY HERA IT WAS A PAIN, just buy Cadaver Grey instead. It’ll give you about the same color you need. Your future self will thank me).

Clothes

Never doubt the power of what you can find at the thrift store to reuse! Use their site to find a location near you! 😀

Happy Cosplaying! And remember, in the end, it’s all about having fun!!

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