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Postby +Kohyoh+ » Thu Jan 29, 2004 4:08 pm

YAY! ^.^ so i can buy from them! thanlk you sama!
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Thu Jan 29, 2004 10:05 pm

Yea, consider how my stepdad feels whenever I give him a bulk order to do for Amphigory? At least you can get bulk order discounts at Witchwigs but I can never wait so long as to actually get that many....I wish I could but then deadlines are always a bummer and I wouldn't be able to finish some in time.

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Postby +Kohyoh+ » Fri Jan 30, 2004 6:50 am

don't you use femme fatale wigs alot? you can get a bulk of them sama
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Postby Phoenix_fire » Fri Jan 30, 2004 12:56 pm

if she did that she would have to consider the colors.

thanks for all the help guys, i feel so loved *tear*
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Postby +Kohyoh+ » Fri Jan 30, 2004 3:04 pm

stupid me... i didn't releize that... darn FINDING NEMO! dumb 'ole finding nemo test >.<
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Sat Jan 31, 2004 12:20 pm

My computer broke down again and then the day before I was so tired I didn't really feel like answering any of the replies.

Anyway, I tend not to bulk order on witchwigs mostly because I don't use that site very often only when I'm looking for something specific. Take for example, both the white wigs on Amphigory and Witchwigs are the same color but the one on witchwigs is bone straight and Amphigory has a tiny little wave in it. Now when I need a completely straight wig and have very little time to do it, I'll order from witchwigs and not Amphigory.

But I do order Femme's a lot because I consider them "All Purpose". A lot of styles are really easy to do using a Femme Fatale wig as a base. Pig-tails are a good example of this too! If you use a too long of a wig, there won't be enough fiber to pull up and it will actually be too thin. Also, there will be too much to work with for a job that you're trying to do. That's why the shorter hair that a Femme allows you to work with doesn't let you feel overwhelmed!

But I order other than Femme Fatale wigs! Lol! All of my Inuyasha wigs are Enchantments and my Shadow Lady wig started out as a Cleo!

But you're welcome, I love answering questions about wigs because I know for a fact that I know all that I'm talking about! With costumes, I have to think and guess a bit more.

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Postby +Kohyoh+ » Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:25 am

i'm planning on getting a labtop this summer...
and you are so helpful with the wigs sama! you saved me from doing all kinds of work! thanks yous agan and again and agian
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:39 pm

*chokes* They aren't worth it, don't get the laptop! I would rather have my clunky old Dell computer that held much more space and didn't crash every other two days compared to this heap of expensive junk! *kicks laptop*

But thank you for the compliment, Kohyoh! You make me blush! :oops: But I never saved you from doing work....if you ever commission me, then I would have saved you from doing work. I'll I've done is make your work somewhat easier.

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Postby +Kohyoh+ » Mon Feb 02, 2004 2:21 pm

gah... if you could see my desktop Y.Y
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all it's good for is saving pics and looking up stuff for school... i can't even see the pics in thier right color! everycolor is 3x as dark as the pic is suppose to be! T.T
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Wed Feb 04, 2004 1:26 pm

Well, get a better computer but unless you're on the move or in college, you really will never need a laptop. Now when you can't see the true colors of things, that's when a change is in order.

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Postby kiarrens » Thu Feb 26, 2004 10:09 am

I've read through this whole thread and I've gotta agree with everyone else - Hemuloki-sama, you're great with wigs. hehe ^_^ I only have one question... I'm going to get the white "enchantment" wig from Amphigory for my Sephiroth costume, but I have to make the parts in the front that stick up. You mentioned using caulk, but you didn't say where to get it. The only caulk I know of I'd have to go to Home Depot to buy, is that the same stuff? I wouldn't think so but I may be wrong.
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Fri Feb 27, 2004 10:12 am

I'm at school right now in a very quiet room but reading this made me blush and chuckle! Everyone's staring!

Thank you for the very nice compliment anyway!

But yes, caulk is bought from Home Depot and you have to get the clear dry brand that will be non-toxic and also dry clear.

BUT...for Sephiroth's bangs, you'll only need hairspray to get the bangs up and to make them keep their shape and not really move about, you use a blowdryer in very small and controlled amounts. But the blowdryer you can only use is one that has a temperature control switch! Don't use ones that just have the on and off button because you will ruin the wig!
However, using the one that has the "High, Off, Low" settings is dangerous too. You can only use controlled amounts by carefully going across the bangs, pretty much with the tip touching the fiber. It'll change the shape of it, effectively hardening it, and create the perfect look. However, if you feel the wig is getting too hot, stop, and let it cool down until it reaches the original temperature. Then try again.

Never keep on going after you feel the wig getting a bit ..hmmm, what's the right word? Hmmmmm, Too hot. That's really it, just don't go on after you feel the wig is about to turn sticky hot.

As a sidenote too, wigs are funny like that and can be molded into the right designs using all kinds of crazy stuff! Besides, Home Depot is a great wig accessory shop! Haha!
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Sat Feb 28, 2004 9:31 pm

I just decided to put this here because for people that don't know where to get caulk can just get it from Katie Bair. She also sells a bunch of other supplies that I find very useful.

http://www.katiebair.com/wigsupplies.html
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Postby kiarrens » Sun Feb 29, 2004 12:05 am

Thanks for the great advice! XD I'll have to post a link to a pic on cosplay.com when I get it done to show you how it comes out. ^_^
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Sun Feb 29, 2004 12:29 am

Yes, I would love to see how that turns out as well. I'll post a pic of my next commission, a Selphie wig. It's immensely funny right now with pencils in it!

The curlers I own are all too small to create those massive three curls that she has so I'm gonna blowdry it while the hair is clipped to pencils!

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Postby John Bono » Fri Apr 23, 2004 6:37 am

Curious: does anyone have any advice for getting hair to grow quicker? I'd like to be able to wear my fighter costume at Acen this year, but at the rate it's growing, it won't be long enough to look right.
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:59 am

I hear that lots of protein based foods will make it grow faster but I'm not 100% sure since my hair grows an inch every other 2 weeks, which is phenomenal speed in my opinion.

Here, try this forum thread at Cosplay.com too. http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=33726
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Postby Cowboy_Bebop_Fanatic » Sat Aug 14, 2004 2:56 pm

i am trying to do ed from coboy bebop this year, she has a red afro, and i have long brown hair, what should i do? :?:
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Sat Aug 14, 2004 5:27 pm

Depending on whether or not you're willing to cut it, you can do an assortment of things.

If you're not willing to cut it, you can get a wig from Amphigory and style it accordingly using hairspray and caulk if you need it. Hairspray should be enough though if you don't want the tufs of hair being too long. Keep in mind that this is the easier version.

If you're willing to cut and dye your hair, then cut it about neck length (If you've seen Hana Kimi, Ashiya's cut) and then using gel you should be able to get that style. Just spray some hairspray and you're good to go.

Honestly, I think you should get the ravished femme fatale from amphigory and trim it to about chin length before separating the pieces for Ed's radical hair. Once you have the pieces all separated, use hairspray and caulk to style the pieces into place. You may have to actually turn the wig to the side to get the piece to stick out just in the right place.
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Postby wingruby » Sat Aug 14, 2004 9:20 pm

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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Sun Aug 15, 2004 10:08 pm

It's been a while since anyone has posted in this thread so it was a wonder to see it with the orange color...

....but why are you guys so cheerful? I just answered ...........*walks slowly away, afraid*
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Postby Cowboy_Bebop_Fanatic » Thu Aug 19, 2004 2:13 pm

:D thanx bunches!
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Postby Nausicaa » Mon Aug 23, 2004 7:30 am

Hi all,
I'm working on my wig for Hikaru from Angelic Layer (here's a pic -http://angelic.hikaru.online.fr/data/galerie/hikaru/05.gif)
and I need to style the bangs a bit. The bangs as they are now are very messy and get in my eyes alot. Does anyone have any good tips on light styling such as getting big bangs to behave or stay in fat little points?

Needless to say, it's a synthetic wig. I know regular gels and all don't work on synthetics and I've looked at quite a few wig tutorials but they all deal with bigger things than styling bangs. What styling products, methods have worked for you?

Thanks!

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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Mon Aug 23, 2004 7:30 pm

Alright, with Hikaru, I would style the wig around the actual headgear for the finer points like the bangs since they are basically working around that. For the bangs though, I would cut it just like the picture does, like that wave flow. Damn, this is hard to explain...

Okay, first you seperate out the sides of the wig that you want to be cut down. I've marked it on this picture and please excuse the crappy paint graphics. This is done pretty quickly afterall.

http://onfinite.three10.com/libraries/42356/24d.jpg

Separate those out and push them out of your way. Now, take your scissors and cut the bangs to the length that you see in the picture.

http://onfinite.three10.com/libraries/42357/9a0.jpg

Mine is obviously flawed but see how they flow from short to long to short again? Well, cut your bangs to flow like that and once you get them to the length that you want, comb them out and take some hairspray. Spray it on the bangs and adjust each one to how you would like them to sit. Now, this should be said but hairspray makes wigs rock hard! So the bangs aren't going anywhere after you're done with it unless you spray it again and re-adjust.

Please make sure you style this on a foam head as their eyes are a really good marker for your own.

As for styling products, caulk and styling glue are what I really use for bigger things. Hairspray for Hikaru's wig should be enough though.

Edit: I recently deleted the Onfinite pictures from my storage file there so they won't show up anymore.
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Postby Nausicaa » Tue Aug 24, 2004 11:43 am

Hemuloki-sama, could it be, are you the Goddess of Wigs? I always knew there was one but I never knew she was no nice! :D

Thank you so much for the illustrated (!) instructions. I will try them out this weekend and let you know how it came out.

Keep up the good work, oh Goddess. Btw, what does your name mean?

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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Tue Aug 24, 2004 6:32 pm

Me?! The Goddess of Wigs?! OH *incredibly flush* OMG, I am so not the wig goddess! That title belongs to Katie Bair...but the compliment is so nice!

Well, I gave you illustrations because after explaining it, I decided that I would have liked some images. If I had a wig that was close to yours, I would have showed you actually using a wig...but my digital camera is dead from no batteries.

But my name is actually a combination for Ragnorak Loki and his evil rival Heimdell. Of course, there's some letter rearranging to Hemuloki and I chose -sama because it's much more respectable than Hemuloki-chan.
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Postby EnaChan » Sat Aug 28, 2004 9:26 pm

I also know for styling...something called Knox gelatin works very well. You can buy it in any grocery store in the baking section and its about $2 CAD for 4 packets. I used it for my Zell hair...and it works wonders. Doesn't smell or losen up in heat, and stays in tack without hairspray and even if people touch it constantly. It's really messy though. (Don't wash out with warm/hot water or it will cook!)

I have a question about bangs. When I bought my wig for my Ddita costume...it came without bangs. I was gonna cut the wig to make them...but I didn't want to ruin the wig...two days before the con. Any suggestions on how to cut bangs on a bangless wig without ruining anything?
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Postby Mei Long » Sun Jan 23, 2005 12:59 am

Oh wow, i've read through this is entire thread and i have come to these conclusions:
im not the only one clueless about hair (thank the skies)
Hemuloki-sama is indeed a goddess (and nice too!!!)
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I would like to cosplay as Cho Hakkai from Saiyuki and have no idea what to do. Would ye, mighty goddess of hair, be able to help the clueless cosplayer that is me? :-) Thankyou!
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Sun Jan 23, 2005 1:11 am

Well, the real problem with this wig is the height of the bangs! O.o

I'm looking at it and I know that a Femme Fatale from Amphigory would be the way to go. Just straighten it out after you pick out your respective color.

See, the question is...how high do you want the bangs to be?

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Postby Mei Long » Sun Jan 23, 2005 1:40 am

really? your not? goddess was the first title that came to my mind, but anyway. ^^;
truthfully, im not quite sure. at least, i don't have it figured out in inches or anything. i don't need it so high that it'd be like sora from kh but... hmmmm... gomen nasai, im no hair expert. perhaps you would have some sort of idea?
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Sun Jan 23, 2005 1:50 am

Lol, thank you!

But with Hakkai, based on various images, it can be really tall or not so much. I would just go for something that's not very tall. But with Hakkai's style, it's like a wave from the tallest spike at the top, to the smallest where his bangs start.

If you cut out the bang that goes over your eye first, then really you're set to go for the rest. Take away the hair that you'd like for the big part and cutting it in the angle you want, cut and then seperate from the rest of the wig. Taking hairspray, you can get those spikes up.
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Postby Mei Long » Sun Jan 23, 2005 1:59 am

oh wow, thankyou, you put this into simple enough terms for me to understand. :-) Hmmm, seeing as im rather new to the use of wigs (and styling them), what kind of hair spray would be suitable?
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Sun Jan 23, 2005 2:27 am

If you have a dollar store, go there and buy that stuff. If you have any hairspray in your house like spritz or something, use that. The cheaper the hairspray is, the better it works on your wig. Just be sure not to coat it on.

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Postby Mei Long » Sun Jan 23, 2005 2:41 am

thankyou, i will! :-)
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Postby LugiaIce » Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:58 pm

I am doing a wig for anime convention and I am going as a character from BeyBlade. I am going as Ray. The problem is I don't know what products to use to make the spikes permantely stay up and not let them fall down while I have the wig on. I just got some spray adhesive for it. (Its like a craft spray glue). Is this glue safe to use for the spikes. I tried using hair spray and the spike kind of stayed up, but the spikes keep falling down. Please tell me what product to use for it. :? :?:

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Postby Tia » Fri Mar 04, 2005 7:27 am

I like clear caulk, but a friend of mine said that there is this stuff called "Stiff Stuff" that you can use on a wig that will stay but you can wash it out. I'm going to have to look into that.
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Fri Mar 04, 2005 1:36 pm

Clear drying caulk like Kwik-Seal is really nice but unfortunately, it is permanent so if you want to use the wig again for anything else, you'll have to just be patient with using hair spray.

But check on that Stiff Stuff, Tia and see if it just works with real hair.

There's also a lil tutorial on my LJ for spiking with caulk...keep in mind that my way is pretty radical. I know that people like Katie Bair don't use caulk the same way I do.
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Postby Tia » Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:30 pm

I suspect it might be some kind of glue for regular hair that she adapted to use on wigs, too. I'm going to ask her at Jacon in April. I had a good reason, but now I can't remember it. 0.o; Hopefully I'll remember before then.
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Ok.

I'm making Carmilla of Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust and I can't figure out the weird hair. I know it has to be a wig so, I'm going to ask the wig experts. The hair sort of looks like a double sided cone with hair draping in the back and in the front. Hmmmmm. I also don't know which color I'm going to use. Should I go for more natural, or the bright red she has?

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Postby AnimeFan05 » Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:57 pm

Where would I get two black wigs?

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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Thu Apr 07, 2005 11:53 am

http://www.amphigory.com

Try there and go to the wigs section.
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Postby Nazomi » Sat May 14, 2005 7:28 pm

Ok, I'm totally new to wigs, so sorry if I sound dumb. ^^' ( though I did read the whole thread and didn't really find anything that helped so I figured it'd be ok to post ). I too have been looking at the wigs at Amphigory.com for sometime, and only up until now was I a bit unsure of their quality. But as it seems that's all anybody seems to like to recommend, why go against it and make life hard? ^^ However, it's just the trouble of choosing WHICH one. I'm looking to make a Yuki (from Fruits Basket, sorry I don't have a picture ) wig, and while it was recommended I purhcase the Femme Fatale wig, I'm a bit nervous when it comes to the whole bangs deal. The Femme Fatale does not have bangs and I don't know if it's possible to style bangs into a ....'non-banged' wig. Just...looking for a little input is all. ^^'

Also, a second question ( sorry for being such a bug ) when I came to reading about all the hair products that are recommended for styling the wig, after you have used them, does that result in the wig turning hard? I mean, is it no longer pretty, it is obvious that it has something icky in it holding it in place? That sort of makes me nervous ( as well as sad that you won't even be able to tell how pretty the wig was to begin with )So yeah, if anyone could help me with those two things, I'd love you forever. ^^

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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Sat May 14, 2005 11:10 pm

Depending on the look you want for your bangs, you can actually choose one of two wigs. One will make life easier while the other will test your cutting and straightening skills.

The short bob already has bangs in it.
http://www.amphigory.com/wigs_z.html
So it would just be a matter of shaping it until you get the exact angle and style of Yuki's. I know a lot of people that also used this wig for its unique parting and just because it looked really nice as a Rei Ayanami wig. But from the picture on Amphigory, it really doesn't help your cause since Yuki has longer hair than Rei. So here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v488/Hemuloki/Wigs/DSCF0604.jpg
The wig makes a manga Yuki though.

Anyway, if you want to test out your skills on a femme, here's what you need to do.
http://www.livejournal.com/users/hemuloki_sama/37758.html
This is a link to my Lj where I have three tutorials posted. The middle one (below the teal wig) is a tutorial on how to cut bangs into your wig.
But yes, it's entirely possible to style bangs into a wig.

Now, for your second question, it's a matter on what you use. Caulk turns the wig hard and it won't wash out. Be sure that when you use caulk, the wig isn't meant for anything other than that character in the future. >.> Cause yea, it's stuck that way.
Hairspray will make it hard but it still bounces around and can be junked around with. But only the caulk above will make it look nasty if you use too much on one specific area. Hairspray though? Have fun.[/list]
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Postby Nazomi » Sun May 15, 2005 6:36 pm

Thank you Hemuloki-sama, I love you! lol, your advice was very helpful as was the site on theat little tutorial. However, I was a bit curious, wig a wig as plain as Yuki's the use of caulk probably won't even be needed, am I right as his hairstyle isn't extreme or anything. But yeah, anyway, thanks so much for the tips on the bangs! They helped a bunch. :)

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Postby Juci » Sun May 15, 2005 8:29 pm

Well since this is on wigs and stuff. Got a question.

How can I make a wig have volume? I try to make a wig of Final Fantasy Advent Children Reno for my sister, but it all came out flat and eekie since the wig had very short bangs where there shouldn't be short bangs. Reno has long bangs. Plus the wig has every little hair to work with. It's a cheap kind of wig that you get at party city.


Image

Many fan based sites have pics of him, but the way they do his hair looks a lot like Kenshin. Nothing like the pic above.
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Sun May 15, 2005 8:54 pm

Nazomi, if you do everything correctly (also depending on which wig you start with) all you'll need is a hair dryer.

Caulk is moreso used with styles like Cloud.

Juci, with hair like Reno, I wouldn't have even started with something long. I would have started with someone mildly short and then gone on with extensions. A halloween store wig will not make Reno's hair look good at all.
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Postby Juci » Sun May 15, 2005 9:23 pm

:( I'm not asking if my wig is not qualify for me to work on. I'm asking if anyone can give me steps on how to do volume and glue extensions for my really bad wig experiment. :cry:


Well this wig is mildy short now. :mrgreen:

It just needs volume and some extensions thats all. There was a wig panel I gone to last years Kunicon and the lady told me I could do volume and some extensions. I'm just asking if anyone can give me a step by step on how to do volume and extensions on any wig thats all. 8) If there is a way for good wigs then there is a way for bad ones. One just needs to be creative with it thats all, but I still need the basics of doing volume and how to glue extensions onto a wig in order to be creative with this really bad wig. I might be able to make it pull off. :D
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Postby Hemuloki-sama » Mon May 16, 2005 10:17 am

*sighs*

http://www.katiebair.com Has a step by step tutorial on how to make extensions while my Lj has a step by step tutorial in it that explains how to sew them in.

Is that better?
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Postby Juci » Mon May 16, 2005 10:21 am

Hemuloki-sama wrote:*sighs*

http://www.katiebair.com Has a step by step tutorial on how to make extensions while my Lj has a step by step tutorial in it that explains how to sew them in.

Is that better?



*nods a lot*

Thank you so much. :D *hugs*
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