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Envy Wig Tutorial Part I by Xelhestiel Envy Wig Tutorial Part I by Xelhestiel

Materials Needed
1. Lulu in Olive from Arda Wigs
2. Long Extensions in Olive from Arda
3. 2.5 yards High Density foam ½”
4. 12 oz. (340 g) Krylon Hunter Green spray paint (x3)
5. 3 oz. (85 g) Krylon Hunter Green spray paint
6. Tacky spray glue
7. Got2b Glued Hairspray and Hair Glue


1. Cut out (23) triangular strips 1.5” at the widest and 34” long
2. Cut out 11 triangular strips 1.5” at the widest at desired length for layered look. *NOTE: One should be smaller than the rest for the piece that’s always in his face.
4. Divide strips into three sections – 11 strips for the bottom layer, 12 for the middle layer and 11 for the top layer.
5. Spray paint the foam strips with 12 oz. (340 g) Krylon Hunter Green paint. Spray until no light green is visible – should take up 3 cans. Let sit for 24 hours to completely dry.
6. Lightly spray the Tacky Spray foam pieces. Wait 10 seconds before applying wefts – do your best to cover as much area as you can so foam isn’t visible. Do one section at a time. First cover the top side on all of the foam pieces, then do one side on all foam pieces, then the next side etc. to ensure the glue is dry and not too sticky by doing one complete on
7. Allow to sit for 24 hours! I suggest doing one section per day so that you don’t kill yourself.
8. Once everything is dry, cut away all of the stray hairs as best you can and lightly spray with Got2B Glued Hairspray
9. Now that your spikes are nice and crisp looking, take them to a well ventilated area and with your Krylon Hunter Green spray paint, you will LIGHTLY spray paint each piece until everything is well blended! There will be parts of the spikes where you can see the foam through the hair, in which case, you can also see the dried glue a bit which has a whitish colour to it. Spray painting the foam pieces lightly will make all of these visible white spots green to blend in with the rest of the hair. DO NOT OVER SPRAY! We are NOT changing the colour of the wig and lightly spraying it has VERY LITTLE EFFECT to the wig fiber colour!
10. Now it’s time to sew it into the wig! With your Lulu base pinned to a wig head, figure out where you want to sew your bottom layer into. This is purely your preference and for me, I put Envy’s headband on my wig head to figure out where the bottom layer needed to go.
11. Once that’s figured out, start from the middle of the back – pin one of the Bottom Layer strips to the back, and sew it in with a curved needle while it’s on the wig head.
12. Repeat step 10 until all of the foam pieces from the Bottom and Middle layers are sewed in.
13. Now for the top layer! At the widest part of your foam pieces, you will fold a little bit of the top (about an inch) until the wrong sides are touching. Sew them together with thread to match/blend into your wig colour. The wefts might peel off a little from the awkward bending, but to fix that, lightly spray it with Tacky Spray and set it aside for a few minutes until it’s dry and then sew it together.
14. Once the crimps are sewed together, it is time to sew the top layer into the wig! The top layer is a bit tricky since Lulu has a skin top, but fear not! Pin the pieces to the wig head so you know exactly where they will be going then remove all of the pieces except for the front bang piece. Keep the bang piece pinned to the wig head and gently peel the wig off the wighead (with the pins still in) and with a thick sewing needle (for chairs and carpets) sew it into the wig and repeat this for the remaining 10 pieces.
15. After everything is sewed in, with your remaining hairspray (if you have no more left, purchase 3 oz. [85 g] Krylon Hunter Green spray paint as you will not need much), LIGHTLY spray paint the wig until any re-glued area’s are blended with the rest of the wig colour.

Wig Cost

Foam: $7.5 (got mine on sale with a 40% off coupon) vs. $25 (not on sale and no coupon)
Spray Paint: $24 (for all 4 cans)
Base Wig and Wefts: $50.50
Glue: $14 (for all 2 cans)
Total cost: $96

Wig Time

Cutting Foam: 3 hours
Spraying Foam: 2 days (3 hours, not including drying)
Gluing Wefts: 5.5 hours (not including drying time)
Sewing Spikes to wig: 8 hours
Total time: Give or take, about 20 hours total

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Envy Wig Tutorial Part II and Helpful Information

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DivineNightShade Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
This wig is so amazing! Btw, do you think felt would work in place of the foam? The foam on the Joann's website is pretty expensive.. 
Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014

Felt wont work.  Felt is extremely flat and there is no way you would be able to obtain the volume you need with it - the end result would be pretty stringy looking.  The foam I used is not on the website, I believe it is an in store only item and it is only $9.99 per yard for the size I used, and with a 40% off coupon you're all good :)
DivineNightShade Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
No prob!

And thanks for the tip! I wanna make an Envy cosplay(eventually) and your wig tutorial looked very helpful! Haha, sometimes Joann's has a 60% 1 item coupon... I gotta look out for those more. xD 
Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Usually the 60% off ones you can get on the scratch offs ;P

But yeah, the JoAnn's store sells the cheaper foam!!!
DivineNightShade Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Coupons are the best, lol. I was looking for high density foam at Michael's, but I couldn't find any. Well, I know that my cats are going to try to "help" me when I eventually style the wig. Hahaha
Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Michael's doesn't sell it... its like... kind of like home insulation foam?  So In Joann's it will be wherever the housing stuff is XD
DivineNightShade Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Ohh haha. xD I wish there was a Joann's closer to me.. the closest one is 20 minutes away. xD I actually work at Michael's and there's an AC Moore across the street, which is really unnecessary... why can't it be a Joann's?! xD
Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
If it makes you feel better, my JoAnns (which used to be 15 minutes away) moved so now they are 30 minutes away :/
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forever-running Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014   Writer
What brand of glue did you use? Because I'm finding that the spray paint required to cover the dried paint is significantly changing the color of the wig hairs. I chose a somewhat darker wig color, so that might be part of the issue.
Xelhestiel Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
The glue I used is Tacky Spray.  Also you shouldn't be completely re-spraying the wig fibers as after you've sprayed the foam with the glue (which will naturally leave a slightly white residue), the glue should be mostly covered by the wig fibers.  Once the fibers are completely dry, very lightly spritz it with the glue, light enough so that it isn't whitish and then do the same with the green spray - very lightly!  Hold it 10-12" away from the armature and not too close, you don't want to coat it, just help to blend in any white specks of glue residue with the rest of the wig fibers as you do not want to alter the colour of the fibers.  When I sprayed mine, there is no noticeable colour difference between the finished product and the remaining wefts I had.
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