Really long wigs can be difficult to keep in good shape and even more difficult to style. A loose unbraided Rapunzel wig as long as her hair is in the movie wouldn't be practical. Even a long loose wig just long enough to reach my knees would get tangled extremely easily. (Rapunzel gets her hair braided for a reason when she goes into town!) Also, Rapunzel's braided wig with the flowers is just so beautiful, there really was no question on which version of her hair I'd do. Even the braided wig, though, is not for the faint of heart. Working with all the long hair can be very frustrating!
My braided wig is two "New Look" brand Godiva wigs put together plus about 6 packs of blonde colored Black ‘n Gold Braid (which is very fluffy!) If you were able to get extensions in the same color as your wig, a duplicate wig wouldn’t be necessary, but I wanted a duplicate to help blend the color of the base wig into my extension hair (since I couldn’t find the same color and I very specifically wanted a certain color in the base wig…)
For Rapunzels Ariel-esque swoop bangs I used Tristen Citrine’s bang curling technique.
I also did a small braid on each side of the base wig for looks-sake and to work into the large braid down the back.
To make the large braid down the back, I was basically working the remaining hair from the base wig (still attached to the base wig) in with additional hair. The duplicate wig’s hair was cut off and added to the Black n Gold Braid extensions. I separated all this loose hair into three sections and secured each one with a tight hairband. (Or you could turn each section into a weft.) I then attached these three sections to the back-neck area of the base wig. Look for one of the lower wefts (the long horizontal bands where hair is attached) on the base wig so that you are sort of sandwiching the new hair inbetween the existing hair of the base wig to hide the attachment. You can handsew the three sections onto the base wig’s lower wefts. Use a really strong thread and knot repeatedly to make sure it’s secure. Then I worked the base wig hair into the three sections and braided them all. After that I made some smaller braids with excess base wig hair and inserted them where I thought they would be pretty.
Then I made lots of small bouquets of silk flowers. I tied them together using the wire of the flowers themselves, and then attached them to the wig the same way. One of the nice things about Rapunzel’s hair being braided and covered in flowers, is any spot that has an attachment of hair extension, or a spot that looks funny… you can just hide it in the braid or stick a big flower on it.
So to recap, one long wig is the base. Then I had a 3 separate long piles of hair made out of loose hair extensions, gathered together at one end with a hair tie (or you can create 3 wefted extensions out of the 3 piles of hair). I attached the extension hair (by the hair tie) into the base of the neck area of the base wig (at the wig lace). I worked the long, loose hair from the base wig into the 3 piles of attached extension hair and then braided the 3 combined piles together into one long braid. Then I worked some separate extra small braids in for decoration, and added the flowers.
Because I used a lot of the yaki/fluffy type hair extensions, the wig is not as heavy as it would be if it was all silky hair, but it’s still pretty heavy. It’s about 48″ long from the base of the neck.
To wear the wig, I put pincurls at the front of my hairline with a few bobbypins and secure that and the rest of my hair with a wig cap. I then bobbypin the wig into the pincurls and wigcap to keep it secure. I'm able to wear the wig, spin around and enjoy myself for a god long time (2-5 hours or so ) before the wig becomes too uncomfortable.