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How to Make a Clip-on Ponytail by Katsumiyo How to Make a Clip-on Ponytail by Katsumiyo
Here is my tutorial on how to make a clip-on ponytail. This method looks best for either stubbed wigs or short wigs that end near the natural hairline. If you have any questions or need me to clarify something, post a comment or send me a note and I'll be happy to get back to you.
Here is what the inside of the clip looks like:
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And the top:
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Pretty much exactly like you'll find in stores:
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Here are some helpful tutorials from other people that you may be able to use:
[link] - Katie Bair's Wig Straightening Tutorial
[link] - Kukkii's Loose Wefts Tutorial
[link] - Kukkii's High Ponytail Tutorial
[link] - Katie Bair's Stubbing Tutorial
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momomil Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
It's very necessary for me. Thank you for sharing ! 
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Skymone Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This looks very promising, I'm going to try it out for a project I'm working on! Thank you for sharing!
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Of course, happy to help! :D
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inuyashagem18 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would something like this help with making a wig into a ponytail? I'm making a Megura cosplay from Disney Hercules. And I need to find a way to turn a wig into a ponytail.  
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
This tutorial is really about making a ponytail from spare wefts. I would recommend Kukkii's tutorial on making a wig into a ponytail. www.cosplay.com/photo/1856065/
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catpins Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I buy a long wife and cut it short and make my own wefts? Also, is it possible to add a hairpiece similar to Korra's from The Legend of Korra?
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
You can make your own wefts, but it is very complicated and extremely messy. I don't know what Korra's hair looks like very well. You could use bobby pins or something to pin up the strands to make those loop things, but I do not advise connecting them permanently to the ponytail. Your wig will be almost impossible to store that way.
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Kira-Kat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How well do clip on ponytails actually work? I've never tried to do one, this is the first I've seen of them to be honest. I tried just pulling the wig into a high ponytail and it just does not stay put throughout a whole day and the only other thing I had seen other than this was putting in a fake one over a bit a foam. I'm not too keen on that idea.
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
I guess I'm confused by what you mean by work? The clips are latched into the wefts and tracks on the wig, so unless you make a ponytail so huge that the wig sags, it should stay put all day. It's definitely the easiest method to make a ponytail with, too, since you don't need to alter the base wig to make one.
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Kira-Kat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thats pretty much what I was asking. lol
Thanks
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Miyazawa-Lulu Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this tutorial! Is the most helpful and clear about making clip-on ponytails I've ever read, and it should be very helpful ^^
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Thank you very much! :) Glad it could help!
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Mistress-of-Nochs Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am so thankful for this you have no idea o.o
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Glad to help! :D
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh. Very clever trick.
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Thanks! :D
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MrsVanguard Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank You for this! I've been looking for ideas for a Belldandy wig and I think this will help me the most! You are a life saver
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Glad to hear it helps! :D
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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 :)
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :D
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KillrsRquiet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
amazing!!!!!! but i was curious does it matter what size and shape claw clip you use? like one thats bigger and shorter? or one thats a bit longer and curved? im still a bit new to these ^^;
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
The clips I had were straight-sided rectangles, so nothing special going on there. If you used curved ones, they might hug the wig better, but you would have to accommodate for that when you pattern the front piece of the ear.
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JesterCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just curious. With the glue is it going underneath the felt or sitting on top of the felt (cos that wouldn't stick to anything?). Maybe I just stupid
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I guess I don't understand the question? It's not very specific. The first time you use the glue, you are gluing the top side of the felt (the side with the wefts) to another top side to form the pleat. The second time, you are gluing the underside of the felt (the side where you can't see the wefts) to the clip itself.
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JesterCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ah okay, i meant the second time where were u gluing if it was under the felt. Thank you
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Sableneko Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
This will be so super useful to me. I have a long red wig that is both too long for Komachi Onozuka cosplay and lacking in the necessary twintails.
With your tutorial, I can totally trim the wig to the right length and use the clippings to make pigtail clips!
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Glad to hear it! Just be very careful when you're trimming. It can be rather hard to get the right shape with a regular wig. Use lots of hot water as you go, and you might have to take out a few wefts.
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strawberrysanddog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
excuse me, but do you know the color of the wig you used? im planning a winry rockbell cosplay and i think the color of the wig you used would be perfect :)
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Unfortunately, the wig I used has been discontinued. ^^; But a light blonde or platinum blonde from Arda would probably be fine
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yanda8 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Where do you buy your wefts from?
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
These were from Cosworx, which turned into ShopCosplay. But nowadays, I buy all my wigs from Arda, so you can get a base wig and matching wefts there. :)
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yanda8 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Oh! Alright! Thank you very much!
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KayLingLing Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Excellent!!

If I wanted to use this, but I don;t have pre-sewn wefts, what do I do? I need to make a pony tail out of wig offcuts, but I don't have the ability to sew the wefts myself... Do you think there's another solution? If there isn't, then how do I go about sewing wefts by hand?
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
I know a couple different ways to make wefts from loose fiber. There's the sewing way, and the no-sew way. Here's a photo tutorial for the sewing way:
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And another for the new-sew wefts:
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Depends on how much fiber you have, but I'd probably sew them to avoid extra bulk, or at least use sewn ones closest to the top of the clip.
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DerpyFox110 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Hey weird question but I wanted to make a three layered ponytail in three colours green (top, shortest colour), blue (middle, longer colour) and purple (bottom, slightly longer than blue)

I got the idea from this lovely art (not done by me) below:

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I have a general idea where I'm getting the main wig, I just wondered if you knew how I could modify this tutorial to make what I need.

Thank you veeeeeery much for reading this and putting up this very helpful tutorial! :)
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Hahaha! Heliturtle.
Anyways, all you'd need to do is sew in the wefts in that order! Purple on bottom first, then blue on top, then green above that. It might help to layer the wefts beforehand, so give the green and blue a bit of a trim, because it'll be considerably harder to layer by color after the ponytail's all together. You could also have a few layers of the ponytail mixed, so say, one line across could be half blue and then half green or such. After the episode with the young flyer's competition, Rainbow Dash became one of my favorites, so send me a link when you're done! :D
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DerpyFox110 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Oh awesome! You replied so fast! And that material stuff you're supposed to put as the same colour, should I just put that as black? I was originally planning on doing the wefts and cutting them so the greem is shorter than them all and then the purple and blue and similar length, like the blue is only slightly shorter? And also if the wefts aren't exactly sewn together, how do you sew them together? Because I'd imagine that would be difficult.

And Rainbow Dash is my favourite too (obviously) and I will definitely send you the end result! :D
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I'd go with a dark blue, rather than black, for the felt. Black can be a little harsh if you're not using only dark colors. As for wefts, I myself prefer to buy pre-sewn ones, but if it's too late for that, here's a tutorial on how to sew wefts:
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It's a photo tutorial, so just click the thumbnail beneath and left of the photo you start at.
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DerpyFox110 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Oooooooh, awesome I think I have enough time to get the pre-sewn wefts so yay! and I will get right on that, but first I must order my base wig! THIS COSPLAY IS GONNA BE AWESOME!!!
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I don't know if you're still trying to hunt down a good site to get the wigs from, but Arda has sets of wefts in tons of colors and lots of great wigs to choose from, too. :3
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DerpyFox110 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Ooh, I didn't see those! I saw the rainbow wigs but they weren't quite what I was looking for, but I found the base wig! Now to buy those wefts!!!
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
So glad to help! I can't wait to see! :D
All the McDonald's in my area are out of Rainbow Dash figures...
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Nodokalover101 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
this is soo helpful, thank you! :D
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Happy to help! :D
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static-sidhe Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
YES. I have been meaning to look up a ponytail tut for ages, this is awesome! Your Samus one looks gorgeous :)
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
I'm so glad you like it! :heart: Thank you!
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tutorialhuntress Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] I wanted you to see how my clip in turned out~ the tutorial helped a lot!!
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Looks great from here, nice job! :D
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