#askjulie – A whole lot of questions!

“Heyhey,

 1. How do you style the hair of your clients?
2. Which products do you use?
3. Where do you get the inspiration?
4. How do you travel with your wigs without flattening them?
5. How do you apply wigs to the normal hair and (when using multiple wigs) to each other?
6. Do you like to work with natural or crazy colors on normal hair/with wigs?
7. What is your favourite look so far?
8. Do you practice also on yourself or just on a foam head?

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and respond to my questions! I love your work and I would love to work & meet up with you for once because you seem like a really great person!

Greetings,
Keikocosplay ~”

Hey Keikocosplay!

Thanks for emailing me. Those are a loooot of questions 😀 Let me try to answer them as good as I can!

 1. How do you style the hair of your clients? 
This is what my entire carreer is about 🙂 Explaining how I do everything is impossible because I do so many different things. I do give private hairstyling classes, for which you can always book me.
I teach myself new techniques every week, and I never stop trying to get better and better. I can tell you how I learned everything, though.
First I did a basic hairstyling education of half a year. After that, I had another education that specified on hairstyling for film, theater and television. There was a lot of emphasis on historical hairstyling there. From there on, I educated myself by watching other hairstylists on youtube, or even cosplayers. You can never learn enough!

2. Which products do you use?
I answered this question in an older blog, you can find it here! Scroll down to the part titled “Your materials“.

Photo by Dave Groennesby of Collabs Photography

3. Where do you get the inspiration?
A lot of different places. As I mentioned before, I’m not a “classic beautician”. I care much more about art than I care about the latest beauty trends. I get my inspiration from crazy and artsy films, historic paintings, modern art, …
Lately I got a magazine called INFRINGE, which gave me a  HUGE boost as far as inspiration goes. It’s a book full of avant garde hairstyles, where art is mixed with everything hair-related. This is what I love to do, much rather than beauty trends or bridal hair.
I also have a great group of friends and fellow artists around me, who inspire me every day. There’s nothing more fun than getting together and brainstorming on a big project.

4. How do you travel with your wigs without flattening them?
I only recently started making wigs, so it’s still a learning process 🙂 First of all, I try to make the wigs as sturdy as possible, with a lot of support so they don’t “deflate”. Then I try to transport them in a bag that’s as big as possible, so the wig has enough room. Huge bags like you get at IKEA are perfect for that. And, I cuss at all the people on public transport who dare to touch my bag.
They have all arrived safe and sound for now – nothing happened that I couldn’t fix when I took them out of the bag.

5. How do you apply wigs to the normal hair and (when using multiple wigs) to each other?
I have learned at my education how to properly attach a wig, and I’m sure there are a lot of cosplayer tutorials about that on YouTube. I put them on, slide them on the head so they sit right, and secure the base with bobby pins (mostly behind the ears and on the back of the head).
I never use multiple wigs, but I do use a lot of hairpieces and fake hair. This is all attached with regular and U shaped bobby pins, and a lot of hairspray.

Sheridan’s Art – Space GIrls series

6. Do you like to work with natural or crazy colors on normal hair/with wigs?
This totally depends on the concept! When working for Sheridan’s Art’s set “Space Girls”, she wanted a lot of crazy fluorescent colors which was totally out of our comfort zone, but I love how it turned out in the end. For some reason I love working with blonde models. Blonde is a hair color in which you have a lot of shades, and braiding work etc looks so much nicer on lighter colored hair.
I like to start with normal hair and then add lots and lots of fake hair to it until I get what I want. It’s not always necessary though, it all depends on the concept I’m going for.
As for wigs, I don’t like working with them a lot, I’d much rather make my own ones. Then I determine where everything goes and how the wig has to be, instead of starting off with a limp wig cap. If that makes sense.

7. What is your favourite look so far?
THIS IS SO HARD. I don’t know! I’ve done so many looks over the past few months that I completely adore. But this one by Sheridan’s Art, with Lara Aimée as model is definitely one of my favorites. The hair was so simple and easy to do, but it looks fabulous, and the colors match so well. Not to mention Lara was a total sweetheart and her hair did exactly what I wanted it to do.

8. Do you practice also on yourself or just on a foam head?
I started getting interested in hair when I was 14 years old, and of course, I practised a lot on my own hair. I do have an 80s mullet cut now, so there’s not much I can do with it but that typical punk / heavy metal style. At school, I did practise on my own hair with hot rollers to get the technique down.
All the other things I learned either on live models or mannequin heads with real human hair.

Thanks for sending in your questions! I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it. 😉

2 Replies to “#askjulie – A whole lot of questions!”

  1. Hey Julie,
    Thank you very much for answering my questions! It was indeed very interesting & fun to read your answers! 🙂
    One again sorry for all the questions! Once I was writing them down I came up with some more hahaha ;p

    And yes I totally get the feeling of not wanting people to touch your stuff when you travel by public transport! I totally feel the same about that as a cosplayer 😮
    And yeah blonde is a beautiful color to work with! I do prefer red myself 😛
    And yes I agree that look is really beautiful! 🙂

    Once again thanks for answering anything! and I hope to meet you anytime soon!! 🙂

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