Cosplay Step-By-Step | Mercy Wig

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step

This weekend, I spent my entire Saturday documenting styling my Mercy wig. Yikes. I’ve cosplayed 2 characters in the past with ponytail wigs, and after those two horrible experiences I vowed I would never cosplay a character with a ponytail again. And I didn’t – for almost three years! So I found it slightly ironic that I was once again at the mercy (heh) of styling another ponytail. I used an Arda Jeannie in ash blonde.

Since there weren’t a lot of tutorials out there (especially for total wig styling noobs like myself), I figured I’d document my progress and hope that someone might find it useful! I apologize in advance for the poor lighting (and my pajama top, ha!)

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
MAKING THE PONYTAIL 1:
This was honestly the part that took the longest – 5 whole hours. During which I had a breakdown, thinking I’d never be able to do this. But I pushed through! I’m sure I’m an anomaly and this wouldn’t take as long for someone else.

I took out the ponytail that came pre-packaged and brushed the entire thing out. It’s recommended to have a friend help you gather the hair back into a ponytail on your head but I did it myself. It took 4 different tries before settling on the height of the ponytail pictured above. As you can see, it’s still a little “baggy” at the bottom but after 5 hours…yeah, I settled. I secured the ponytail with 5 hair elastics.

I knew I needed some extra volume in the ponytail for the spikes, so I added 6 extra wefts, 4″ wide. I tied them in via elastic, knowing that the elastic and tops of the wefts would be covered later on with a large black fabric band.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
MAKING THE PONYTAIL 2:
Mercy’s back ponytail comes to a point in the back with three little spikes at top. Using small elastics, I sectioned the hair into where the spikes would go.

To make a spike, flatten the section of hair and snip the hair into a point. I used got2b ultra glued gel to gel the hair into a spike and set it by using a hair dryer. I repeated this basic process until all the spikes were made. For the top 3 spikes I added a little drop of tacky glue to keep the points extra sharp.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
BANGS PART 1:
I started out with the side of Mercy’s bangs with the least amount of hair, since her bangs intimidated me ^^ I knew I wanted a bit of hair on the side to cover up where my hairline might show (damn being a thick-haired brunette). To do this, I sewed two wefts to the inside of the wig, right at the hairline. I trimmed them into a point, used the got2be gel, and set with heat.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
BANGS PART 2:
I sectioned most of the bangs over to her right side to use for the larger side of the bangs, and kept a smaller piece to use on the left side. Starting with the “under” layer of the bangs, I started teasing the hair, pretty much with no goal as to how I’d achieve her gravity-defying bangs. I used the hair dryer to coax the roots up and ended up cutting up a paper towel tube to use as a guide for the curl. Then I used hairspray to set the curls, and started to tease some more. And more. Really, I just kept teasing and using heat to get the bangs to lay around the tube.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step
BANGS PART 3:
I repeated the above process with the rest of the hair that I’d sectioned off. I tried really hard here to add even more volume to the back of the ponytail so it would “float” above the front section. Not sure if I achieved it but I did use a lot of hairspray…this section was then trimmed shorter and turned into a spike.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Wig Step-By-Step

And there we have it! I still have some work to do taming flyaways and getting rid of hairspray frizz but the overall shape is there. I’m so proud of it! I keep waffling back and forth between making the black neck cover in the back (since I’m doing a casual cosplay) to cover up my hairs that are showing. Do you have any tips for covering those up? I’m not too sure what to do…

Anyway, I hope this tutorial helps! If you use it, I’d love to know! Let me know :)

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Valentine’s 2017

Happy Valentine’s (and belated Galentine’s) day!

If you’re not following me on Instagram, I’ll let you know that I’ve been swamped in convention hell. PAX East is on March 10 with Anime Boston following closely after on March 31. Between the two cons, I’m making 3 costumes (2 of which have some insane props). So blogging has fallen off my plate a bit, but I’m still trying to post weekly.

I am keeping up with my #arteveryweek, so in honor of today, here’s a little Princess Peach to say happy Valentine’s day. She was drawn over 3 lunch breaks over last week :)

Kyla Is Inspired | Happy Valentine's Day
Kyla Is Inspired | Happy Valentine's Day

Did you do anything fun yesterday for galentine’s? What about today?

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Valentine’s [Nerdy] Style

With February comes that obligatory Valentine’s Day post!

For me, Valentine’s day has never been a big deal, and is just an excuse to eat really good food. These cute gift ideas and cards are a great alternative to your typical chocolate-and-roses route (which honestly, is a classic). I love finding geeky things that are still great for Valentine’s day but will hold up over time:

Kyla Is Inspired | Valentine's [Nerdy] Style

BB Mine Card | Sailor Moon Necklace | Pikachu Pin
One Punch Man Card | 8-bit Heart Magnets | PS I Love You Phone Case

What are you planning on doing for Valentine’s day? Whatever it is, I hope you have a great dat :)

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#ArtEveryWeek

Wow, I can’t believe it’s February already! January seemed to fly by for me. Does it feel like that for anyone else?

I posted one of my goals this year was to create art every week, and I’ve been using #arteveryweek to document. Creating something every day just wasn’t realistic to me. Ever since I started cosplaying my art has fallen to the side, and I’m hoping this goal will be the kick in the butt I need to get other things (like starting an online shop) moving.

Here’s what I created during January:

Emily & Tracer – Overwatch

Art Every Week | Kyla Is Inspired

Mila – Yuri On Ice!!

Art Every Week | Kyla Is Inspired

Original Character – Wedding Reception (drawn while at a friend’s wedding)

Art Every Week | Kyla Is Inspired

Shiro & Keith – Voltron (in honor of season 2)

Art Every Week | Kyla Is Inspired

I challenge you to create something every week, too! It doesn’t need to be a drawing; maybe it’s a scrapbook page or a fun baking recipe. The goal this year is to stay creative, one week at a time :)

Also – if you have any thoughts/recommendations on who I should draw, just let me know!

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Pin It

So I have shamelessly gotten into the “pin game”, or #pingame, or flair or whatever you want to call it, and I’m not looking back. I started seeing flair creep into bloggers and instagrammers I follow and when I looked into it more and started discovering artists, I was hooked.

I tried taking some fun & glittery photos but damn! Shooting gold plated pins on sparkly paper is hard. Here is my [rapidly growing] pin collection so far:

Kyla Is Inspired | #pingame

White DiamondYesterday’s Co | Ice Cream Conesockie | I Am Very BusyBando | TamagotchiFairycakes | Cotton CandyFatally Feminine
Rin & Mt Fuji – souvenirs from Japan!

Are any of my readers Free! fans? Because I definitely squealed when I saw the Rin pin. He’s become a fave and permanent fixture on my favorite blazer.

As I posted in my New Year’s resolution post, one of my goals this year is to open an online shop, and I’m toying with the idea of creating a couple of my own pin designs. I have the ideas, it’s just actually setting out and doing them! ;)

Here’s a few more pins for your flair game:
Kyla Is Inspired | #pingame

1: Thesparklecollective
2: Sugar & Vice
3: Not Magic Shop
4: Really Big Dill Shop
5: RockCakes

Do any of you collect pins or flair? What are some of your favorites? I’m always looking for more fun finds!

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