I am going to be Jem for Halloween this year, and I wanted to make the best dang Jem costume I could manage (within reason and a budget.)
Here is the beginning of that venture: The Rockin' Jem Wig. Enjoy : )
Step 1: Materials
1 Pink wig
1 Pink, purple, or silver Mullet-Style wig
1 Wide tooth WOODEN comb (Plastic combs cause static)
1 Pair of scissors
1 Pack of small hair elastics
And some good ol' patience.
Step 2: Buy Two Wigs
Step 3: Divide and Conquer; Braiding the Pink Wig.
(Also, the smaller the sections, the easier it will be to weave them into the other wig, to distribute the highlights evenly.)
Once divided, braid each section. I worked from the crown down, gradually piling the braided pieces around a stick that I had stuck into the styrofoam head.
Once done, unpile all the braids.
Step 4: Weaving the Wigs Together.
Instead of braiding the hair, you will need to cut a small hole in the netting between each section. It is through this hole that you will pull the braided pink strands through.
Do this all over the cap.
Then stick the pink wig inside of the purple wig, and pull all the aligned braids through its nearest hole.
Step 5: Unbraid. All of It.
Yes, this is a lot of work, but its totally worth it.
Once unbraided, comb all the pink strands with a wide tooth wooden comb.
Then get ready to fluff the hell out of it. The bigger the better.
Fluffing can be done with just your fingers.
Step 6: Trim Into Shape.
I compared the length and shape to pictures of the cartoon character that I had found online.
I also decided to cut the wig while it was on my head.
This is what you will have to do if you do not have a styrofoam head.
(Plus, I think it's much easier to eye ball it once you're wearing it.)
Trim all the sections until you get the desired shape.
Alternatively, if you have a friend who is a hair stylist, ask them for their professional help.
I sure wish I had done that.
And Voila! You have your very own authentic looking JEM wig!
Stay tuned for the costume, shoes, makeup, and accessories.