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How to Make Your Hair Ridiculously Long

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I've always wanted to be Rapunzel. I've been growing my hair out since kindergarten or so. But for the past however-many years, it doesn't really get longer. Is it long? Yes. Does it drag on the floor? No.

EDIT: I tried out being Rapunzel, and it was every bit as wonderful as I had always hoped. See the instructable here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Surprisingly-Easy-Rapunzel-Costume/

So when my friend wanted to do a costume with me which would require my hair to be Rapunzel length, I started researching hair extensions.

Hair extensions are crazy expensive. You can spend hundreds of dollars on that nonsense. So that was out, and I pondered for a time. But then I happened to stop into a wig shop, and they had these $3 bundles of long, braided hair. For three dollars a bunch, I had to give it a try- and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

So here you go. How to get ridiculously long hair, for about $6.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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This is the hair I got. My technique requires a minimum of two bunches of hair (I got more, for longer hair, but I haven't tried it yet).

The darker one is more my color; I got the other one to blend and add highlights, as I'll show you in the next step.
It was also integral to the braiding process, and my friend and I worked it in in such a way that the pure blonde didn't show much.

You will also need a helper. Danger is my middle name did the actual braiding in these pictures.

Hair elastics are necessary as well.
jenevieve5 days ago

Where did you get your hair extensions?

Can you curl it?
Haven't tried it, but I believe this particular brand is meant to be curl-able.
jd11 year ago
beautiful long hair
jd11 year ago
beautiful long hair
What do you mean, ridiculously long hair? My hair IS that long. If I go any longer, I'll trip on it, I already sit on it by accident.
This is a cute idea though, for those with ridiculously short hair. I would suggest blending the extensions in a little at a time over a longer stretch, to prevent bulkiness and ends sticking out. Center extension within segment and elastic it in place (use the tiny elastics, clear works best), then spray with firm-hold hairspray to tame the ends at the join, repeat with each segment, braid a little further and then add more extensions in each segment, following method above, braid some more, REPEAT this process until all extensions are in place, braid to end and bind with larger hair elastic and bow, if desired. Wrapping the braid along its length with criss-crossing ribbon will also help to keep the braid "tamed." Enjoy your lovely long hair.
What she said! ^^^^^^ All though when mine gets that long I donate to Locks of Love :]
agis681 year ago
omg Rapunzel! how many times told you not escape from your cell on highest tower?
WOW! The lighter hair on the ends just looks like older hair that has spent more time in the sun that the newer hair closer to the roots. I love the look! Thanks for sharing!
wabijishi1 year ago
Beautiful and fun! Thx :) Looks so cool!
SHIFT!1 year ago
Great project! And you say you and Danger worked on this? Ha, so many people are now going to be entangled in this.
SenKat SHIFT!1 year ago
Heh - ENTANGLED - Heh... nice.


Loved the 'ible - I have always thought that super-long hair was really sexy, even though my loving wife of 23 years wears her hair short (sigh !) :-) (op) ------->Nice work, really creative !
Auxilium1 year ago
Aw, that's cheating.
I've got mine nearly to that length on my own
So did my significant other. I'm sending her the link to this instructable. That should be rather interesting.
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suayres1 year ago
The way that professionals blend synthetic hair for extensions, is with a device known as a "hackle". It's basically a wire hairbrush, affixed to a smooth board. The hair has the various colors laid one one another, as you described, and then first one end of the bundle, and then the other, is passed, rapidly, but carefully, through the hackle, alternating ends. Within a few passes, the color is nicely blended, and very convincing. When I was in my early 20s (and I'm dating myself, because this was more than 40 years ago), these custom-blended hairpieces were extremely popular, and were sold in mid-level department stores. I saved for about three months in order to be able to buy mine, and when I finally owned it, I was pleased as punch. They really are fun....
In India (Punjab) it is called Parandi that is worn as an accessory.
1inspirit1 year ago
YOU LOOK LOVELY.
For that "Extra Touch" you could have woven or braided into the hairpiece a whole bunch (like 500 to 1000) of the fiber optic light fiber strands that glow different colors when light is applied to the ends of them .
As far as hiding the wiring and the batteries , they could be incorporated into a head piece (be creative) tiara or crown .
You would need some help putting on but it would look so different and be a really cool effect .
http://www.luminence.com/FAQ6.html
or this one,
http://www.bewild.com/glowbys.html

or you can find all kinds of this stuff on Ebay.

sunshiine1 year ago
I loved this instructable so much that  it aroused my curiosity; so I looked to see who had the longest hair. This is what I found: http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/human/the_girl_with_the_longest_hair_Natasha_Moraes_de_Andrade_sets_world_record_112807.html

Hope your weekend is totally awesome!
Sunshiine
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for a while there i was mad about the idea of really long hair because mine grows slowly. the only problem is synthetic is so fake and the idea of real human hair just totally grosses me out :(
never the less, cool 'ible
for a while there i was mad about the idea of really long hair because mine grows slowly. the only problem is synthetic is so fake and the idea of real human hair just totally grosses me out :(
never the less, cool 'ible
sunshiine1 year ago
I absolutely love this! I always wanted really long hair! This is awesome! Thjanks for sharing!
Sunshiine
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