Big Drill curl tutorial
When faced with the challenge of making Dlanor’s wig, I decided to do some research online, as well as message Sonteen to get her input! The following information is basically my findings, mostly based on Sonteen’s instructions. I hope it helps!
http://classewig.com/wig/blog/?p=1287 This is Classe’s tutorial on how to do little drills, and I think you might find the pictures helpful!
I don’t have many good pictures for this tutorial because I made the wig and didn’t plan to make a tutorial while I was figuring it out for myself lol!
For my personal wig, this is what I ended up doing:
First, I took wire and curled it into the approximate size I needed for the curls, so I could get an idea of what length I need to cut each wire to. After this, I cut out 5 lengths of that wire, and I took some packing tape and sandwiched the wire in between two layers of tape. The wire should be in the middle, and the tape should have sticky sides facing each other! After covering each wire with tape, cut the tape so that it tapers at the ends. You’ll basically make the taped wires go from rectangles to triangles. This step depends on the width your curls need to be!
After that, you need to glue hair to the underside of each drill (without curling it).
**Now, in preparation to this, you should first decide how you want your drills to go into the wig. If you want to start with a shorter wig, you’ll need to have extensions for this step. It depends on how you want your drills to look and if you want them to be removable**
Personally, what I decided to do was: start with a long wig, leave the top layers of the wig long, and trim the bottom layers short, using that hair to cover the drills. I used Fabri-tac glue to adhere the hair to the back side of the tape drills. I then let it dry, and I would paint over parts of the hair with a mixture of glue and water (elmer’s glue) to keep flyaways in place. Also, spraying with hairspray is a good idea too.
I work very organically, so I don’t really have a set way of how I’d do it. If there were still fly aways I’d go over it with other glue or hair spiking glue… whatever worked that made it look okay.
After all of your drills have hair glued to the backside of them, insert them into the wig. Slide it into one of the open weft holes in the wig, and bend the wire down so that it’s pretty firmly in there. Then bend the wire into the desired curl shape. Make sure it’s at a good height on your wig for what you need. Maybe try the wig on to see where it will be.
After I did this, I sectioned the wig into different parts so I knew what would go to each drill. I then basically used the fabri-tac glue to glue the hair down to the top part of the drill. Take your time!! I would do a little bit at a time, and clip it in place with a hair styling clip, and come back after it was a bit dry. You’ll have to glue the hair all around the spiral, doing your best to hide the tape and making it all look really natural. Sometimes the hair will kind of slip, and it’s okay to cut it, and glue that end down. Don’t try to untangle after you’ve already put glue in it.
Finish off the style with got 2 b hair glue and a strong hairspray!!
Here’s the only photos I took in the process of making my wig, I hope they’re somewhat helpful!