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So there ya go.  The costume is one of the better Princess ones we have, I think.  It's corseted in the back so girls of any size can wear it.  The skirt is soooo heavy though that it slides down over my hips and I trip on the tulle.  I'm going to go against dress code and wear heels, oh no!  But really, would you rather have a clumsy Tiana, or a tall Tiana?

This morning I stumbled into the birthday shop to set up for an early party, and saw a mess of a Rapunzel wig staring back at me.  It was tangled (lol, "Tangled"), bobby pins were shoved in all willy nilly and obvious, and the braid was coming undone.  2 seconds later, my phone lets me know I have an email from my boss.  It was like "What up, can you fix the Rapunzel wig before your party at 10:30?  It needs to be done by this afternoon."

I would just like to say that I am not good with hair.  I can't even do my own hair.  BUT, I got the title "Wig Mistress" at my old college because, for some reason, I can figure out wigs.  I can style them to an extent, and I know how to upkeep and maintain one.  I am not specially trained, I just tend to wear wigs a lot and so I've picked up on a few things.  But I repeat, I am NOT trained in wig styling.  Hire me at your own discretion.







I did this at 8:30  in the morning.  Sick, tired, armed with a comb, a brush, and some hairspray.  I only had 40 minutes.  And I'm freaking proud of it, and here's why.  This is a HORRIBLE wig.  HORRIBLE.  The wig top is thin with patches of weft showing through, it's straw-like and gross from tons of hairspray and no washing, and I'm pretty sure someone tried to "fix" the bangs at one point and only made them worse.  Also?  ALSO?  That braid?  Is a ponytail hairpiece!  I had to connect the hairpiece to the hair of the wig (which is only shoulder length AT MOST), and do it in such a way that you couldn't see the giant net cap on the top of the piece or any bobby pins.  The stupid piece is even the wrong color too, uuuugh!

So I directed my boss to Arda Wigs and showed her some good quality wig options.  Because those girls are awesome and I kinda have girl crushes on them and I know they're good at what they do.  I'm going to keep nagging her until she buys the wig I picked out, and then Imma style it and we can burn this horrible, horrible wig monster that the Rapunzel lookalike currently has to deal with.  The end.

I should sleep some more.  Have to work at the cafe and do a fairy tea party tomorrow.

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rex_dart From: rex_dart Date: January 22nd, 2012 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
You look gorgeous and the dress is so cute! Definitely one of my favorite princess costumes. ♥

But omg that wig. I'm so sorry you had to deal with that. T___T You did an admirable job, though. xD
lyrique86 From: lyrique86 Date: January 23rd, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! It's very fun to wear (except for the tripping part xP)

That wig. My boss is hesitating on buying the new one because it says it's a high maintenance wig in the description. And I'm like, "It's not high maintenance if it's in a BRAID the whole time!"
rex_dart From: rex_dart Date: January 23rd, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Delilah isn't easy to work with, but NO wig of that length is easy to work with. And yeah, once it's in the braid it's not high-maintenance anymore. The high-maintenance part is really concerning the loose hair and how often it needs to be brushed.

If you want to show her photos of what people have done with that wig before, we've got a few:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ardawigs/6098200637/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ardawigs/6098744184/in/photostream/

I'm not SURE what this girl did, but it looks like she followed a tutorial that's available online that uses quilting to fill out the braid.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ardawigs/6095230574/in/set-72157626806879068/

This is more what the braid comes out like without the padding.
lyrique86 From: lyrique86 Date: January 28th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
thank you for this. I'm spending pretty much all day with my boss tomorrow, so I'll be able to tell her all of this in person. Maybe convince her to buy some more :P The Belle wig is looking pretty shabby...
valkyrie_chan From: valkyrie_chan Date: January 23rd, 2012 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG you are the best Tiana eveerrrrrr.
lyrique86 From: lyrique86 Date: January 23rd, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol, I doubt it, but thank you kindly anyway!
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