The trouble with having a lot of things on the go and a lot of stuff on one’s computer is that things can go astray. They may even wander off into different folders without so much as a fare-thee-well. This apparently happened with my hairpiece styling photos, leading me to believe that I had not even taken them. Somehow they have resurfaced, so here is the story of how I created my ballroom hairpieces. I have no idea how professionals would do this, but by trial and error, this is what I arrived at.
This is from the Headshop Online. I think it is the Breathless Ponytail. It has a claw clip, which would just clip over your own ponytail or bun, some attached hair combs for security and an elastic drawstring system for securing around your bun or ponytail. Ultimately, I took off the claw clip (too bulky) and the combs, just leaving the drawstrings. Opening the drawstrings to flatten out the hairpiece, this is what it looked like on the inside:
When I tried to style it this way, the seams were always visible and the whole thing just looked too big. So, it needed a bit of alteration:
I put this cord in the hairpiece to show how I sewed it. Using some heavy thread and a large needle, I gathered the netting up to make the whole thing more compact. It did look a bit weird!
…or like a lovely brown flower. I am not sure which. Yes, this does make a bit of a point where the gathering is the tightest at the center, but since one of the purposes of the hairpiece for me is to add height, that is ok.
I wanted to keep the elastic drawstrings to tie around my bun, but they just got in the way and it didn’t feel like I was going to be able to get a tight hold with them, so rather than just cutting them off, I trimmed the length and sewed them in.
This is a plastic needle (I think for tapestry maybe?) that was perfect for sewing the elastic into the edge of the hairpiece. Now for equipment! My trusty pressing ham covered in plastic so I don’t get hair product on it. It sits in a nice yogurt container (organic, of course…) with some random fabric to hold it steady. One day I will get a wig stand.
These long pins are called hat pins and were bought at the fabric store . Certainly nowhere near as long or impressive as my grandmother’s hat pins. But along with regular sewing pins, hair pins, bobby pins (small and large), hair clips (small and large) and a few other bits and bobs, they are key to holding the hair in place while styling.
Hairpiece on “wig stand.”
Dividing up the hair. You can see my “scrunchie” hairpiece in the background.
The first loop. I use got2b invincible hair “glue” gel and freeze spray. Using the pins to hold the loop in place allows me to have hands free to use the hair dryer to dry and/or leave it a few hours to dry.
Hair elastics and big clips keep the other hair out of the way.
Second big curl:
Shaping up. Small sewing pins hold the smaller curls just fine. They can be criss-crossed across the hair to keep it from springing up.
The finished product: