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How to Cut Simple Bangs by Katsumiyo How to Cut Simple Bangs by Katsumiyo
Another cosplay tutorial! I see a lot of people buying wigs and then just wearing them straight out of the bag with no styling. Wigs were meant to be styled--and it's fun to do, too! Even cosplays of characters like Hatsune Miku, who have that chunk of hair in the middle, should have a little trimming done. Seems like a lot of people are afraid to take scissors to a wig, so I'm here to help with that. :3 These are just some very basic and simple anime bangs that many characters have. If you're going to be cosplaying, especially female characters, trimming bangs is something you're going to have to practice and grow skilled with.
The photos for this one have been sitting in a random folder for months and I just today remembered that I intended to make it! How did I forget all summer? Failboat. But it's done now, just in time for me to find another way to procrastinate on studying...
Hope it can help someone out! :D
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prismaticpearls Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Just bought my first wig and I loooove it but the bangs are crazy out of control on my head lol!
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secret-refuge Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was really helpful! I used it for my Zelda skyward sword version cosplay. I've never cut bangs before, but it worked out great, following your tips! Thanks a lot! :D 
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L0N3--4SS4SS1N Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey :) Strange question :P But is there anyway you can use the hair cut from the wig? X_X ( I have a really long wig - past my waist - and i wanna cut it for another cosplay :P But it feels like throwing away half the wig will be a waste)
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
There is actually a way to make wefts from cut hair! I warn you, it's very messy and time-consuming, but it can be done. Here's the tutorial: www.cosplay.com/photo/1079221/
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CompassRoses Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   General Artist
Hi! I just got a wig from Five wits, and I was planning on cutting some bangs into it. However, I was a bit confused when you talked about using your bottom lid as a reference point. The wig you cut seemed to end up just about at your eyebrows in the length. How would you determine where the bottom of the bangs would end up? Thanks.
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
As I said in the tutorial, I began with my lower eyelid as a point of reference, but my final point was my eyebrows. If you try to cut bangs that long to your final point right away, the weight can mess with the balance of the fibers over the blades of the scissors and you'll end up with choppy and uneven bangs. As for the length of the bangs, just go by the character. Most have bangs to their eyebrows, but some will have bangs above their eyebrows or halfway up their foreheads.
Hope that helps! :)
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CompassRoses Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   General Artist
Oh, I understand now, thank you very much for the help! It's my first real wig so Imm a bit nervous, but I think I can get this right.
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Just make sure it's on your head properly and go nice and slow. :) You'll be fine!
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CompassRoses Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   General Artist
Thanks! I'll let you know how it turns out.
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BrokenWiltedRose Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How would you fix the wigs bangs?
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
I'm sorry, but I suppose I don't understand the question. What is the problem I would be fixing?
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BrokenWiltedRose Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a wig that I cut straight across before I saw this post and I was wondering if there was a way for me to fix it because the wigs is crooked?
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Well, wig hair can't get longer. So if the bangs are too short already, you don't really have options in the way of fixing it. If you just want to even them up, use very small vertical snips to slowly shorten the longer side. Touch up the ends with a razor comb or thinning shears once you're done if you're a novice.
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BrokenWiltedRose Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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riki207 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Just found a 'long-bangs' wig in my house's garage. This will be helpful! :3
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Happy to help! :D
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AgentTexas Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorail it's great for a newbie like me!

Also...you look super familiar with that Horo wig on! I swear I saw you at a con!
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I'm happy to help! :D I don't think I've ever worn that particular wig to a convention before, but there are plenty of Horo cosplayers, so you may be thinking of someone else. ^^;
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AgentTexas Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well it's a great cosplay, I also love your Samus ones, you captured her personality really well!
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Thank you, you're too kind. :love:
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
It helps to tilt your head the tiniest bit while you trim, so the hair goes straight into the sink. It also helps to brush off hair as you go, so it doesn't pile up. I've gotten stuck a couple times, but it's not really *that* bad.
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DisneyHeart96 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Fantastic, thank you!  I noticed from the comments that you prefer Arda Wigs.  Is that where you got this particular one?  What color?  Is it bad that I got a $6 wig from Joann's for a small costume/cosplay?  (Sorry about all the questions, I'm new at this ^^; )
~Sahara
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
This particular wig I got from an eBay store. So few sellers have this perfect tea-brown shade that I needed for Horo. I personally don't use Halloween/party store wigs, but I've seen other people work with them before. I just prefer wigs from sites like Arda and Epic Cosplay because they tend to be fuller and easier to work with.
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DisneyHeart96 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Thanks so much!
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MooMooDCow Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
anyone know how to style hatsune miku bangs
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Cutting the bangs is basically the same on every wig. Just cut them to the desired length, then use hair spray to style them the way you want.
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MooMooDCow Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
kewl
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whocouldknow-me Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
nice job thank you for this
i'm going to be buying a wig soon and it's my first wig so I really don't want to mess it up ^^;
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Of course, glad I could help!
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stingfish101 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A great tutorial to hold onto for a beginner cosplayer like me! Thanks a ton for submitting this! ^^
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
I'm glad it helps! :D
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Shivergal99 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Thank you so much, This really helped me with the basics of styling my wig !! ;;u;; Thank you !!

// I'm styling mine for rei ayanami from neon genesis.
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Of course! :D I hope to see your Rei costume soon!
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Angelyra Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
This is gonna be a big help when my wig comes! Thank you~
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Of course, happy to help!
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sherlymate Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
wow thanks!!!! this will totally help me when i get my grell wig! :D
i dont know the characters you cosplayed (at the bottom of the tutorial) but you look great!
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Silver hair is Olga Gurlukovich, tawny hair is Horo, and black hair is a nurse from Silent Hill 3. Thanks, and glad to help! :D
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Nodokalover101 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Yes!! hitomi :)

hopefully from real bout high school manga
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
I'm afraid not; I was noting my resemblance to Hitomi from Dead or Alive. ^^;
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Nodokalover101 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
oops, so sorry
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Sui31 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the tutorial! It was very helpful with my Heroine wig. Q u Q <33
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Happy to help! Great job on those bangs! :D
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Sui31 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Q u Q
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PirogoethsCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I don't know why I never thought of wearing it and then cutting it! Great job!
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thanks! It's funny how the easy way can slip by us sometimes. :XD:
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very useful
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thanks :D
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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MrsVanguard Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, Thank you, Thank yooouuuuu!
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