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:Sailor Moon Pigtail Tutorial: by GarnetFlight :Sailor Moon Pigtail Tutorial: by GarnetFlight
Because I get mad at Cosplayers who hoard their expertise, I decided to make a tutorial for the Pigtail innovation I came up with.
Ok, so its not the absolute best, but here it is!

I promise to get more pictures and make a more in-depth one when I start on my Wicked Lady wig. But until then, I don't have the materials, and quite frankly I don't care! lol

I will be selling these pigtails ready-made. And they won't be insanely expensive. Probably around $40-45. Note me if you wish to request a specific color!

Have fun figuring this out Kids!
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catrina339 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
for those who are just turning to this tutorial a couple of hints. The rope braid should be a quarter of an inch thick. The weft extension you use should be 8 ft long and about 19-20in in length but no longer than that. Each spiral should be about a quarter to half an inch from the last depending on how thick you want your tail to be remember though the closer together the more weft your going to need.
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IndecisiveTrollop Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Can I ask how long the wefts you used were? I can't order from ragdolly or sallys, due to being in the UK :(
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Sarablack10 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Question, is it 3 wefts per pigtail?
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ViperishPath Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Wonderful tutorial! I'm definitely going to be using this in the not too distant future, because now I know what you mean by the nightmare of loose fiber pigtails. Heheh. =_=; That'll teach me.
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neoqueenchibiusa17 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
thank youuuuuuu sooo much!!!!!!!!this helped a lot!!!!!
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lost--beauty Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
You are so talented- this looks so fiddly!! :wow:
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AcronaSilverfox Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been by far one of the most helpful tutorials ever. :3
I just tried to do my own pigtails for a new Sailor Moon cosplay and this was such help! Thanks for doing this, its really great :3
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Sarablack10 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
I'm thinking about using this method to do a Miku Hatsune wig. Whats your opinion on using longer wefts and making it less layery? Or would that look funny
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FenderDarling Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Can I ask you where you get your wefts? I've been looking trying to find good quality ones that weren't insanely expensive but haven't had any luck.
Any help would be much appreciated.

Wig looks great btw :)
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GarnetFlight Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
I get them from wherever I can find them! My suppliers change practically every time I do a wig.
I had gotten the wefts in party colors from cosworx, they got very unreliable recently with their weft selection.
In regular colors (613 blonde or 27/613) I usually buy from a site called Hair Sisters. I buy Outre Batik in silky straight. There is a local hair shop that I can sometimes find this brand in as well.
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GlueProject Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
I love you for this. This makes having to remake my Wicked Lady wig not as horrifying. <3
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xRoxyryokox Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Do you think this could work for something like Rapunzel?
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GarnetFlight Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
yes. I had someone on here use it to make a lovely long braid for ren faire. It could easily be used to make a rapunzel braid Or several tails to make it look like you have really long hair. It will be heavier the more weft you use of course.
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xRoxyryokox Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Do you think this could work for something like Rapunzel?
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MidnightArticuno Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Thanks for this awesome tutorial!! I'm doing a Neo-Queen Serenity cosplay, and I had NO idea how I'd do the ponytails! (long wigs are expensive!!)
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alicebowie Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
thanks 4 sharing this helpful tutorial.
I can't stand cosplayers who hoard info lmao *cough thatchibiusacosplayer cough*
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ChelseaHavoc Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
holy wow omg >.< time for question of doom. you said you will sell the pig tails ready made but would you also sell a whole wig? o.o

awesome job too! your turtorial will help everyone frm the amutures to the experts! <3
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zhellyzee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Student
This pretty much saved my night. x_x I'm sitting here with my packs of extensions for Black Lady and very confused, lol.

But this definitely helps! I'll try your method as soon as I can get the materials. (:
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um how do you get the buns
but with real hair and just hair ties
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LexaKirk Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
It sounds weird, but I pinned a rolled up sock in my hair and with the ornament for Sailor Moon, it looked pretty legit ;)
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boredx2 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
how do you do the "dangos"?
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kingtomcat Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow! Thanks for the tutorial! I know it'll help others, but for now, it has me stumped!

One question - do you commission SM wigs?
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GarnetFlight Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
yes indeed I do.
[link]
Note with the character you need and I will get back asap with a quote.

p.s. Sorry it took me so long to reply! computer had bugs ><
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
that's cool!
i always wondered how that worked.
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LuckyElement7 Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
If I could favorite this over and over I would.. I just used this method on very thin cotton cord, to make three sets of strands, so I could have a long braid for the renaissance faire. Thank you so much for sharing! Now off to dye. Crossing my fingers on that one. :D
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GarnetFlight Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
YAY! I love feedback. Thankyou for telling me! Please post pictures if you can!

What are you using for dye?
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LuckyElement7 Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
the same color I usually use to dye my own hair.. L'oreal mega reds: light intense copper.. I will post pictures, but so far, it looks like it may have come out a little bit darker than my hair, but it hasn't dried fully yet. I used two colors wrapped around each other that were pretty close to what my hair color fades to (a goldish blonde and a light auburny brown). So I was hoping it'd work out. Sigh.. reds are hard.
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GarnetFlight Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
reds Are very hard. If it is darker than your hair, put it in the tub with some dish detergent and swish it for, like, 15 minutes. Grab a book or something.
I do a similar operation with my own hair when its too dark except it involves me and a bath! lol
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LuckyElement7 Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
Hey thanks, that totally worked! I put the hair in the tub with a foaming soap for washing dishes in the sink at first, and some orange was coming off, but then I tried the soap for machine washing, and the deep purple started coming out.. It worked really well! Genius.
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GarnetFlight Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
YAY!! glad to hear it worked.
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LuckyElement7 Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
It worked great.. I ended up lightening my hair a bit the same way, and I got tons and tons of comments and compliments at the faire today. :) I'll send you a link to a photo when I get them up. Thanks SO much for the tips and help!!
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LuckyElement7 Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
Ahso,
[link]
Thanks again!
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AuraRinoa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh . my . God . O_O
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jaclyne Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
omg thanx so much!!! i thought i was gonna have to one of those +$150 wigs!!! thanx so much!!!
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LuckyElement7 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Very innovative! Cool beans.
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narutard94 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
wow this is really difficult >< but really helpful, thanks so much ^^
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taeliac Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I just wanted to let you know that I featured this tutorial in a news article on cosplay tutorials [link]

:love:
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Kagitsune Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
I was wondering how you get the pigtails to look so natural! Thanks for sharing! ^^
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Usagichantsuki Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
Thanks for the advise^^ I think I might try it since my doesn't quite seem to want to grow fast enough *glares at hair*
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GarnetFlight Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
You're welcome! and yes, it is very difficult to even approach sailor moon hair naturally. One of the many reasons I love a good wig.
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zarsh Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
yup, ive never seen a better sailormoon cosplayer. your just like perfect...
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GarnetFlight Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Thankyou!! ^_^
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Ren-tard Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
Very useful!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice! I never thought of doing it like that, but your'e right - you can get such a huge amount of length!

Do you know where to buy colored wefted hair (ie. not normal colors)? I've tried to find some, but so far, nothing XP I'm too lazy to make my own wefts (mainly because I think the caulk method is too bulky, and I haven't successfully sewn wefts myself yet :faint:)
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GarnetFlight Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
Go to Ragdolly.net they carry all the party colors, and even some natural colors too. It takes forever to get the weft, but its worth it. If you're in a hurry go to Amphigory.com it costs more there, but you'll get it faster!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Holy wow~ Ya know, I checked that site a long time ago, and they didn't have half of what they have now! Thank you ~ :giggle: They even have goggles (like I was trying to find for a customer a while back XP) :glomp: Thank you so much!

Amphigory has them too, now? Wow, I totally pay attention :faint:
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Dawnrie Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mew~ You make the cutest Sailor Moon, Skanky-McHo-face~...

I. WANNA. DO. PICTURES. So there XP
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GarnetFlight Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
I wanna do pictures too. But its finals week. Ick. So next week or the week after mebbe yes?
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Dawnrie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hopefully, hopefully~ I start classes next week. ~_~. I'm sure it'll be fine.
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GarnetFlight Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
Don't feel like editing!
To find WEFT go to Ragdolly.net. they have a long order period, as in it takes a MONTH to get your hair. But its worth it for the price. If you're impatient, Amphigory.net also stocks weft hair in party colors.
I get my natural tones from a local Sally's beauty. They only carry natural tones there. Call your local Sally's and see if they carry Synthetic Weft hair.

Ok. I'm done!
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