Wig Tutorial: Slicked Back Hairstyle

Hey there, we're back with a long overdue tutorial and this time, it's a simple way to create a slicked back hairstyle for your wig without using wefts.

Ultra cost-effective as well!

What you will need:

1. Your wig.
  • In this case, I'm using Fantasy Sheep's wig in style: SP266 and colour: T0809TT1025 for my Dearka cosplay.

It is really important to pick the right wig for your cosplay. For creating a slicked back hairstyle, a wig that is meant to be slicked back would be a better and easier choice, however, I prefer getting a basic wig and styling it because it would look more natural.

2. Wig Stand or Wig Head
  • This is for mounting your wigs so that it would be easier to style it
3. Hair Spray.

    • Here, I am using a cheap, cheap, cheap hairspray bought from the grocery store. It's called "Jacqualine Hair Spray". OTL
  • 4. Wig Brush
    5. Fine toothed combs
    • These are important for back-combing wigs
    • The sharp tip of the comb is especially important in this tutorial
    6 & 7. Hair gel and hair wax (optional)
    • In the end, I did not use these at all for the wig tutorial
    A. Layering scissors
    B. Hair cutting scissors
    • These are important when cutting your wig down to the desired style, a normal scissors would be able to do the job as well if you do not have either scissors.
    Not included in photo:
    *Reference picture
    • Always, always keep your reference photo near you when cutting or styling any wig

    Let's begin:

    1. Firstly, examine your wig to see if it needs any cutting. Most wigs need cutting and a little bit more layering even when it is bought in your desired style. In this case, I needed to layer the back and the sides of the wig.

    2. Currently, the back of the wig looks like this:

    I felt that it needed a bit of trimming so I layered it.

    Please note, when cutting or layering wigs, do not, I repeat, DO NOT cut the wig horizontally unless you're cutting away a lot of hair, eg, cutting a long wig to a short wig.

    This is because cutting the wig horizontally would make the wig look unnatural. Even with bangs, try to cut it vertically so that the strands fall more naturally.

    Cutting vertically:

    It takes more time but it is a lot more worth it, trust me.

    3) Before we move on to the actual slicking back of the wig, we need to cut everything down to the proper shape first.

    Dearka has little to no sideburns. (Ref shot)

    Slicking back the sides of the wig is possible but in this case, I wanted to leave a bit of side burns on the sides because my hair is natural hair is black and slicking the sides back would risk showing the wig net and my natural hair.

    Therefore, what we can do to compensate is to cut down the sides as short as possible. Again, use the same method to cut and layer the sides down to size. Please don't get carried away cutting and remember to stop and put on the wig so that you don't accidentally cut it too short.

    4. Now that the sides and back are done, we can move on the front. Slicking back the wig. The main point of this whole tutorial. ;)

    What we have to do first, is to examine how the fringe of your wig is structured. To get it to slick back nicely, you need to separate the fringe by it's layers.

    Examine the wig scalp!

    Pointers from the friendly neighbourhood emojis.

    This is where the fine-toothed comb comes in handy.

    Use the sharp tip of the comb to separate the layers. Starting from the layer at the back, comb the layer backwards, and backcomb it a little. Ensure that it is neat.

    Spray the layer (with the comb still holding it back) and turn on the hair dryer. Use the hair dryer to freeze the style in place. Don't turn the heat on too high or you might risk melting the wig fibers.

    Heed Mr Star's advice!

    Repeat this step to the other fringe layers till you get to the one right at the front. Do the same thing to the last layer but don't pull it back too hard. This is to prevent the wig cap from showing.

    5. Style the rest of the wig and slick it back.

    Your end product should look something like this. ;)

    Michael the wighead, rocking out the style pretty well.

    (It looks a little like Ruki's hair from the GazettE here, haha.)

    Enjoy! Don't be afraid to try out this same method on other styles which involve slicking back wigs.


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