Jem was the lead singer of an 80's cartoon band called JEM and the Holograms. By day she was Jerrica, but her pseudonym was Jem. Jem's look has evolved over the episodes, but the one I like best is her hot pink wrap dress, shiny asymmetrical belt, and crazy pink layered hair (with highlights).
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
You will need:
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
I bought a long pink wig with bangs at my local "thrift shop" (Value Village) for $6, and then I was lucky enough to stumble upon a purple mullet-style wig, with white shiny tips, at Dollarama for $2. The trick here is to blend the two of them together to achieve a more realistic JEM look, instead of just settling for a plain pink wig.
Step 3: Divide and conquer; braiding the pink wig.
Divide the pink wig into tiny sections according to how the "hair" was sewn onto the hair cap. Comb each section with a wide tooth wooden comb. [Plastic combs on synthetic wigs will cause a LOT of STATIC, which will make everything 10 x harder]
(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.