Category: pigtail wigs

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There are multiple pros and cons to using clip-on ponytails, and whether you use them or not depends on what you are comfortable with and the effect you want.

Clip on ponytails:- Easier to deal with for detangling/storage, since they can be removed- Can help keep your wig on your head better if you clip them through the wig and into your hair- Typically cheaper and easier to find- Easier to style, no need to worry about sagging “bag hair” in the back- More versatile, in that the base wig can be nearly anything, you don’t need to worry about head size, etc.- Often fuller ponytails than with built-in ponytails because of the bulk of the clip- Often less realistic than a wig styled into ponytails because of the bulk of the clip/how the clip attaches (hair coming downward instead of out from the head)- Often less realistic than a wig styled into ponytails because the base wig is usually just a short wig and not a wig parted for pigtails (though this can be changed if you get a parted wig or modify your wig to have a part)

Styled ponytails:- Often more realistic because the hair appears to be coming out of the head rather than a separate piece- Typically better with shorter pigtails and thinner pigtails

Personally, I love the look of styled ponytails, since they look far more realistic. However, for a wig as long as Miku’s and with that style of ponytail (a lot of modern moe-type designs are drawn with the ponytails situated downwards rather than sticking out of the head), I would highly recommend clip-ons because you can get the volume you need, help keep the wig maintained easier, and help keep the wig on your head easier. It’ll also be much cheaper than trying to get a wig that is long enough to have styled-in ponytails that are long enough, since it’s much cheaper and easier to manufacture the clips!

What I would do is look into going for the best of both worlds, which is getting a base wig that is parted for twintails and then adding clips on top of that. It might take some styling work (you maybe have to part it, sew in wefts to cover the wig structure, and then stub the hair yourself), but it will have a more realistic look. If you don’t have confidence in your wig styling skills or don’t mind the look of a short wig that isn’t parted, then I would go with the clip-on ponytails. If the video tutorial of a wig being parted and having wefts sewn in for pigtails isn’t clear enough on this point, you can’t just part a regular wig into pigtails because the direction of the rows of hair (the wefts) is incorrect for that style, and it would show where the wefts are sewn to the base if you tried.

Alternatively, here’s a method of parting a wig to my clip-on ponytails look more realistic that doesn’t involve stubbing.

I would also recommend getting net covers for your ponytails, which become nearly invisible in photos but help keep your pigtails nice and neat and prevent tangling. Assist sells them in Miku color for this reason!

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff / Twitter

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I don’t know what your budget is, but you will be unlikely to find a wig with pigtails for under ~$20USD, regardless of length. Here’s a couple of different options, though I haven’t purchased these so I can’t speak to the quality. Always look at reviews when possible!

While I can’t do all of your shopping for you, I can take this as an opportunity for advice on shopping for and wearing this type of wig generally, however.

Shopping:

This wig would likely be best as a clip-in ponytail wig. The shape of the pigtails lends itself well to the shape of a clip, and the clips will help make the wig easier to maintain and to wear. While clips are a bit heavy, you can mitigate the weight by clipping through the wig into your own hair to get a better hold, and you can remove the clips at the con if the wig becomes too heavy to wear and your head needs a break.

I would suggest shopping as early as possible when looking for wigs on a budget, since oftentimes, you will be purchasing from overseas. This can create long shipping times, especially when going with the cheaper or free shipping options. Two months should be okay for you, depending on where you live and how long it usually takes items to arrive from East Asia.

Whether the wig is curly or straight doesn’t matter for something like this as long as you are able to straighten it. If the wig isn’t heat-resistant, test hot water straightening or a flatiron at the lowest setting on a small, inconspicuous piece first – more likely than not, you will still be able to straighten it, just at a lower heat. This can create more options for you. Also, while most curly wigs are measured with the fiber stretched out, some are not, and you may still be able to gain a tiny bit of length by straightening it.

As to length, I would honestly recommend getting a somewhat shorter wig, if possible. Still a long wig, but if you can find one that isn’t ridiculously anime length, you will have a MUCH easier time wearing it. It won’t be as heavy, and detangling won’t be as much of a nightmare.

If you are doing the large ornaments at the bottom of the ponytails, do a bit of comparison shopping – would it be better for you to buy two wigs and harvest the wefts, or buy from a seller that sells matching wefts? You may be able to find some cheaper sellers that will sell you a base wig and the pony clips separately, and buying a base and three clips (one to harvest from) may end up being cheaper than buying two wigs or buying separate wefts.

For styling and wearing:

Pre-treat the wig with something to prevent tangles. I like silicone spray, though I’ve also heard of people using anti-static spray. This won’t stop tangles entirely, but will help you get them out easier once they happen.

For ponytails of this length, I would recommend a net cover for the wig so that they don’t become too tangled or fall out of shape as you are wearing. You can buy them from Assist.

Bring a wide-tooth comb to take care of tangles as they happen, rather than later.

I would make the large ornaments at the ends detachable, if possible, for easier storage and wear. This way, you can take them off if the wig gets too heavy or if they get in the way.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff / Twitter

Hello there!

image

I don’t know what your budget is, but you will be unlikely to find a wig with pigtails for under ~$20USD, regardless of length. Here’s a couple of different options, though I haven’t purchased these so I can’t speak to the quality. Always look at reviews when possible!

While I can’t do all of your shopping for you, I can take this as an opportunity for advice on shopping for and wearing this type of wig generally, however.

Shopping:

This wig would likely be best as a clip-in ponytail wig. The shape of the pigtails lends itself well to the shape of a clip, and the clips will help make the wig easier to maintain and to wear. While clips are a bit heavy, you can mitigate the weight by clipping through the wig into your own hair to get a better hold, and you can remove the clips at the con if the wig becomes too heavy to wear and your head needs a break.

I would suggest shopping as early as possible when looking for wigs on a budget, since oftentimes, you will be purchasing from overseas. This can create long shipping times, especially when going with the cheaper or free shipping options. Two months should be okay for you, depending on where you live and how long it usually takes items to arrive from East Asia.

Whether the wig is curly or straight doesn’t matter for something like this as long as you are able to straighten it. If the wig isn’t heat-resistant, test hot water straightening or a flatiron at the lowest setting on a small, inconspicuous piece first – more likely than not, you will still be able to straighten it, just at a lower heat. This can create more options for you. Also, while most curly wigs are measured with the fiber stretched out, some are not, and you may still be able to gain a tiny bit of length by straightening it.

As to length, I would honestly recommend getting a somewhat shorter wig, if possible. Still a long wig, but if you can find one that isn’t ridiculously anime length, you will have a MUCH easier time wearing it. It won’t be as heavy, and detangling won’t be as much of a nightmare.

If you are doing the large ornaments at the bottom of the ponytails, do a bit of comparison shopping – would it be better for you to buy two wigs and harvest the wefts, or buy from a seller that sells matching wefts? You may be able to find some cheaper sellers that will sell you a base wig and the pony clips separately, and buying a base and three clips (one to harvest from) may end up being cheaper than buying two wigs or buying separate wefts.

For styling and wearing:

Pre-treat the wig with something to prevent tangles. I like silicone spray, though I’ve also heard of people using anti-static spray. This won’t stop tangles entirely, but will help you get them out easier once they happen.

For ponytails of this length, I would recommend a net cover for the wig so that they don’t become too tangled or fall out of shape as you are wearing. You can buy them from Assist.

Bring a wide-tooth comb to take care of tangles as they happen, rather than later.

I would make the large ornaments at the ends detachable, if possible, for easier storage and wear. This way, you can take them off if the wig gets too heavy or if they get in the way.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff / Twitter