…. Like on a wig, like bangs on a wig, I can hear the jokes now. (Because I laughed and made them while I was writing that title, because I’m twelve at heart instead of nearly thirty and I think that’s funny.)
Honestly, this is going to be a lot like my little primer of wig spiking that I did in the Writeup for my Reno Wig, which is linked right there if you haven’t seen it! I personally find big spikes much easier to make, so I feel like this is going to be a better show of wig spiking.
What you’ll need:
This wig is an Arda Heidi Classic in Bubblegum — it’s a nice wig, thick enough that it didn’t need any additional wefting through the body. (I’ve been wefting a lot of wigs recently, I’m very excited to share the process of combining multiple wigs next month!) I just trimmed it into a proper bob, thinned out the bangs a little bit (by cutting up into them vertically with the scissors, something I’ve covered a little bit in other wig write-ups!).
So, here’s what the bangs looked like once I’d thinned them out —
You don’t want to trim the bangs too much, because the teasing and added volume can make your bangs shorter than they appear when flat! I just wanted to give the bottom a little less volume, so that the spikes would be nicely tapered towards the bottom.
Here, I’ve sectioned all of the hair off into three roughly equal sections — you can see that the side sections are a little longer, to account for the curl I’m going to give the bangs. This is how I generally decide what to thin out, before I start spiking — but remember, you can brush out everything you’ve done at any time if you decide that your wig needs a little more thinning during the process!
First, I’m going to start with the left-most side spike. I only want the bottom half of the hair, so I’m going to take the top half and section it off, then clip it off to the side.
Now we’re going to backcomb the bottom half of this — which means, we’re going to take the teasing brush, and, holding the bottom of the spike section in one hand, run the brush up into the hair, to tangle it intentionally.
Push your brush in as close to the base of the wefts as possible — this will really give your bangs volume.
When you’re done teasing, it’s probably going to look something like this:
Now is the part that, I think, takes some practice — you need to brush out this snarl of hair just enough to get the shape you want, but without taking all of the teasing out inside the shape, which will give the hair the volume you want.
I do this gently, and with the same teasing brush as I do everything else with — I find personally that if I try to use a comb or paddle brush, I just pull most of the teasing out.
Here’s the spike after I’ve done a little bit of brushing out. You can see that the inside of it is still kind of a wild mess — you want that, it will help keep everything the shape you want!
With these spikes I did a couple of different sections of teasing, and then brushed it all together — for wigs with a lot of spikes, I don’t generally do all of these steps, but I was taking my time with Aina since it’s just her bangs.
I took roughly half of the hair from the spike that I had pinned to the side, and teased it too —
Then repeat with this piece of teasing, to add it into the existing spike — this should give you your basic spike shape.
This is generally where I start applying hairspray — sparingly. I give each spike one or two quick sprays from 8-10 inches away.
You don’t want to be much closer than this, you want to give the hairspray room to properly aerosolize and land all over the spike, instead of be a super-concentrated stream.
I gently brush or finger-press wayward hairs in at this point, as well, mostly along the bottom of the spike, to make sure I don’t have a bunch of tiny hairs sticking out too much, but we’re going to do some more refining next so don’t worry about that too much yet.
We still have that last 1/4 of the spike reserved — the last step in the bangs is taking that bit and brushing it across the rest of the spike, to cover any messiness that’s left.
Then hit this with a few sprays of hairspray as well — I then also usually wet my fingertips with hairspray (sprayed directly from the can onto my index, middle finger, and thumb), and gently finger-press any messy hairs sticking out the bottom back into the main shape, as well as sculpt the end of the spike into a point. You can let that dry naturally, but if you gently blow some hot air from the low setting on a hair dryer on the spike, it’ll dry quickly, and you’ll find you have a little more control over the hair.
Then I repeated this process with the middle spike —
First tease the bottom half of the hair and brush it gently into the spike shape.
And from the side:
I like this angle because you can really see the way that adding half of the reserved hair really bumps this bang up:
And with the last quarter of hair brushed into place and gently hairsprayed —
And the last piece, real quick — teased.
Then combed out, finished, and sprayed —
You’ll also notice the ponytail that’s suddenly showed up — For Aina, because her ponytail is almost as long as the whole rest of her wig, I bought a matching short clip-in ponytail. I pulled the hair beneath it into a small ponytail, and tuck the resulting hair behind my ear, then clip the ponytail clip on top of that!
At this point, I generally give another good spray all over the bangs, from a good 10″ away, and then just let that dry, just to be sure!
I look back at some of my older wigs that I did this on — I’m thinking Bowsette, especially) and I’m really pleased with my progress on learning to make wig spikes in the last year or so! 💕
Have you tried making wig spikes? Any specific hangups that you’ve found? Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or need to see anything from the tutorial specifically to help you out!