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Wig Mod 2: Steamin' Style

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This is my wig that I styled for Drocell from Kuroshitsuji. It looks longer than his hair, but I actually remembered to accommodate for the wig head being undersized.

I used my Homedics Commercial Garment steamer and a kanekalon wig. Steamers aren't as expensive as one might think, if I remember correctly I only paid $50 for mine.

EDIT: Also, I tested this out with hand-held portable steamers. It works just as well. These will run you $10-20 and can be found at places like Target or Bed Bath & Beyond.

Steam is awesome. I came up with this over the weekend after I tried unsuccessfully to curl the ends of this wig using the red curling iron shown in the tutorial. It runs too hot and started crinkling the fibers (on the way to melting them - not so awesome) However, with steam, the heat source is not as intense but will still style the fibers. I even used steam to de-crinkle the fibers I previously damaged, not a bad payoff.

The great thing is you can curl and straighten with steam and back again! In fact, I had to go back and straighten the 2 front chunks of hair lol. So these pics used for the tutorial are not exactly final.

Questions, just ask!
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Trillinka's avatar
I've been fretting for the past three days trying to get my straight-as-a-stick wig to flip out. I've gelled it, sprayed it, begged it, and bargained with the synthetic hair gods. Nothing. Nada. I'm trying to cosplay Rain Mikamura from G Gundam and her hair is all flippy and not a person it seemed knew how to flip it.

I think I might just love you. Like a lot. I got some big fat foam rollers from Target and a cheap portable steamer for $20 from Bed Bath and Beyond and FINALLY FINALLY it's flipping! Thank you. Your method works better than anything I've tried and I think it's saved this cosplay since I'm not able to whack my hair off like I did last year. Again, thank you.
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Thank you for your comment! I am glad that this tutorial has helped you.
nakono's avatar
Very cool! Do you think I could just use steam from an iron? Like, set it to high heat and just press the steam button? I'm trying to redo the curls in one of my wigs :3
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I see no reason why it would not work. I know people have used steam over a kettle of boiling water to do the same thing. The only concern would be the additional element of the iron itself being hot so you'd definitely want to be twice as aware of signs of melting. You might want to try this out on a trashed wig or some extensions before going ahead with your real wig.
hayleybeth24's avatar
awesome tutorial~
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FMAzula-Miri's avatar
Thanks for this! I think it'll come in really handy for me sometime soon.
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NP - let me know how it goes for you!
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