Saturday, October 14, 2006

DAY 166

This is my $35 Halloween costume. Uh, yeah, E picked it out (recall that E is a huge Superman fan). The problem with ready-made costumes is that they look crappy straight out of the bag and require some modifications. The most glaring problem with this costume is that I don't have Superhair (and everybody knows that Supergirl has Superhair). And I wasn't about to pay $500 for hair extentions so I decided to make my own. (Shuddup. I like Halloween.) Anyway it only cost me about $20 and took about half an hour of my time. On the left is my "before" and on the right is my "after."












It's not a perfect match but it's a lot better than those Halloween wigs and it was pretty easy. In case you want to make your own, here's what you need to buy:

(1) a butterfly clip fake ponytail that matches your hair color
(2) four to six hair extention barrettes
(3) scissors
(4) a needle and thread.


First, you need to break the plastic butterfly clip to get the fake hair off. It will be in a fishnet weft when you get it off and you will need to cut this weft into small sections.

This photo shows the fishnet weft separated from the butterfly clip (and after I cut out the first section).








This photo shows the cutaway section. Note that you want to cut as close to where the seams form an "x" and not just in the middle of straight bar. Some strands will inevitably be lost, but ultimately it's not noticable.



The extention clips have little holes in them. Secure your thread to the clip by threading it through the holes and tying off.






Next, push the needle through the weft and stitch the hair right onto the clip. It's as simple as sewing a button on fabric.





This is what a single extention looks like (clip side down). To wear them, simply part your hair from the top of your ear, around the back of your head, to the top of your other ear. Then secure the hair above the part to the top of your head with a clip.

The extention barrettes look like little combs. You simply open the clip (by pressing in the middle), then slide the comb into your hair just below the part and then close the clip be pressing on the outter edges. Clip all four to six of your extentions in this fashion, starting just behind one ear and working your way around to the other. Once they are all in place, let down your own hair and style. Note that you cannot use a curling iron or hot rollers on synthetic hair -- it will melt.

Happy Halloween! And tune in next time to learn how to make Supergirl's boots.

7 comments:

emily said...

Wow, that looks great! Nice work!

Kate said...

I bet you say that to all the girls who make their own hair. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Or you can just, you know, buy the weft hair. Look around at wig shops, hair extension shops (usually in predominantly black areas), and on websites like drlocks.com. You get a few feet of it for usually quite a bit less than you'd spend on the clip-in ponytail.

If you don't know what color you need to buy/order, go to a beauty supply store, match your hair to a Clairol haircolor display, and figure out the number and tone - for example, I'm a Level 6 Neutral. The numbers refer to how dark or light your hair is, and the tone is how warm or cool it is, like the difference between carrot-orange and plummy burgundy. You can then give this info to retailers. Some beauty supply stores even sell human weft hair which can easily be dyed to a darker color - I bought blonde weft one shade lighter than mine at Sally a few years ago.

Kate said...

Wow! Thanks for tips! ;-)

Indi Remi said...

Useful information, many thanks to the author. Most hair stylists will recommend that you return to the salon instead of attempting any of these things on your own with your remy weaves. It is a good idea to follow that advice, because making changes to your remy weaves without the assistance of your hair stylist could have dire consequences.

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