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Hetalia Ahoge Tutorial by TheonenamedA Hetalia Ahoge Tutorial by TheonenamedA
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I've been asked a lot on how I did my ahoge for my America from Hetalia: Axis Powers cosplay, and I said I would have a tutorial up on how to do it. Well, here is it. Prepare for tl;dr.

Yes, my explanations are long, and maybe confusing at times, but this is my first time making a tutorial, I'm really not sure how I'm supposed to go about shortening what I have so, please be patient.

In any case, may this tutorial help fellow cosplayers. Later, I may make character specific tutorials if people ask (such as Greece and Turkey's curls).

Questions anyone?



Hetalia: Axis Powers (c) Hidekaz Himaruya
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:iconabby101leigh:
abby101leigh Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
What would be a good strength wire to use for a Taiwan curl? Thanks for uploading this btw :happybounce: 
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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student General Artist
I'd go with 12 or 14 gauge wire, but bend it first to make sure it's fairly stiff and hard to bend.
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Draiadss Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello!! This cosplay is really helpful and if you don't mind i'd like to upload it (with your permission of course) and source it to you, would that be ok??
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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Uhh, sorry but I've already put here on DeviantArt I would rather it not be uploaded again on this site under someone else.  For what reason would you want to upload it again anyway?
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Draiadss Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's fine! I was going to put it on a hetalia cosplay masterpost as a link to your deviation. My apologies for wording it incorrectly, as I wont be reposting it. 
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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Ah, okay that makes more sense. In that case then yes, you may do that. Thank you for asking me!
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emidumplin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Hey I'm doing a Canada cosplay on May 17 for Motor City Comic Con but I'm using my actual hair instead of a wig(i can't afford a wig anyways) and I was just wondering if there would be any way i could use this on my real hair. Like maybe using a clip or barrette to hold it in instead of attaching it to the wig?
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:icontheonenameda:
TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student General Artist
I've never tried to attach ahoges to my real hair, so I can't say much from experience how well that would work.  I'd worry about the clip showing if it's going to be clipped right on your hairline, but if you could find a way to brush your hair so that it covers over the clip it might work.
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ILikeDaBooty Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
would I do this in two parts and then connect them if I want this for Greece?  Greece emote 
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:icontheonenameda:
TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student General Artist
You could, but I would just make it one piece but split the hairs down the middle to curl.
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ILikeDaBooty Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds good, thanks ^-^
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:iconverameanstruth:
verameanstruth Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
how long would you recommend to make each weft? 
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:icontheonenameda:
TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Well I find working with shorter cut wefts is a lot easier to manage, especially if you're working with a glue that dries quickly.  So cutting wefts around 3-4 inches works best for me.
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:iconchildpom:
childpom Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
what exact wire did you use for the america ahoge? I cant seem to find any shops that sell any :((
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saponace Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist
Try looking online - Amazon has almost every gauge of wire you could want!
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:iconchildpom:
childpom Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I HAVE RHE WIRE
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:iconsaponace:
saponace Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist
thank you
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:icontheonenameda:
TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student General Artist
For the tutorial I think I'm using 16 gauge wife, although it's really really weak.  Since making that tutorial I switched to using 14 gauge wire.  Though, sometimes some manufacturers make more pliable wires so your best bet is to try to bend some wire and see how much resistance it has to bending.  I'm not entirely sure what sort of medal the wire I use is but I bought it from a craft store.  You might have some luck finding wire at a a home improvement store too.
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:iconchildpom:
childpom Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much!! my friends recommended a good craft store but i dont think it's local, i'll keep looking though, thanks so much for the reply!!!!!!!!!!
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:icontheonenameda:
TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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WolfWarrior01 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have any idea if hair extensions will work in the place of wig weft? I'm using my natural hair for a Nyo!N. Italy, so I don't have any wig weft. Also - do you know if barber shears are about the same as styling shears? This is my first costume/cosplay, so I'm going into this practically knowledge-less. o3o
Great tutorial!
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:icontheonenameda:
TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Hair extensions should work fine since they're essentially the same thing with the only difference being wefts are extensions that don't have the clip in them.  And barber shears look to be the same as styling shears (I'm not too well versed in hair styling so I'm not 100% sure, but google images of the two they seem the same).  As long as the shears are sharp then you're good.  Good luck!  You might want to practice cutting a bit to get a feel for using the shears first before diving right into making the hair curl.
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WolfWarrior01 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, thanks a bunch!
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:icontheonenameda:
TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome!  If you run into any problems or have any other questions you can always shoot me a message and I'll try to help you as much as possible.
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Antarticat-APH Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I maybe going to hetalia day this year so this helps alot :D
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:iconlowlyworm:
LowlyWorm Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
eheh so i know that you posted this four years ago, but others are still commenting, and I want to ask a question. I am making an Italy curl (a romano one too but its identical and beside the point) and I got 7 feet of 16 gauge wire today. is that too thick? also will it support the weft fibers and glue and gel and stuff or..?? sorry but I want to get this on the first try as I have very limited weft fibers to deal with.. Anyways, sorry if I should've sent you a note instead of a comment but…yea.
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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh, sorry for the late reply!  Well, for my ahoges I usually use 14 gauge wire, I've used 16 before and it was too thin and weak to support anything larger than America's ahoge.  But play around and bend your wire a bit, if you find it's really easy to bend it and it has no resistance then you'll want to opt for a stronger wire.
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LowlyWorm Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! And its ok. This tutorial was REALLY useful btw. I kinda messed around a bit but in the end I to two really good curls, if you wanna see… lowlyworm.deviantart.com/art/M… Thankyou for all of your advice!
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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Ohhh, those look lovely!  I'm glad I could help!
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:iconlowlyworm:
LowlyWorm Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou! :D
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Tarapotamus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
awesome! thank you for taking the time to make this! so helpful!
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:icontheonenameda:
TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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RebornAngel93 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Writer
I was looking for this exact tutorial, especially for Canada's curl, since I have an AU blog for him on Tumblr. So when my wig gets in, all I can say is thank you, because now I'll be able to finish the cosplay
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:icontheonenameda:
TheonenamedA Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Hooray!  Have fun making your ahoge!
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RebornAngel93 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Writer
When my wig comes in, I will ^^
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:iconbzko:
bzko Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your tutorial! It's the best ahoge tutorial I found on the internet!
I had to do this very humongous hair antennas, over 1m each, for Maya Natsume (from Tenjou Tenge - www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/kyri…. I even had to use some reinforced wire just to hold it weight.

The problem now is that I can't find anyway that they stay in place. They are always bending to one or other side, falling! Do you have any tip that could help me?
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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Well the only thing I can think of is using an even stronger wire. What I've found that helps add extra strength to a wire is if you fold the wire in half and twist it together, so that might help make it less likely to bend. Also, if you're having issues with just the ahoge falling over try bending the wire at the base into a circle shape inside of just folding it over like in the tut. That way it would sit on your head between your head and the wig and that would help keep it up.
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bzko Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used a twisted wire, and was having just the trouble of the ahoge falling over, like you said.
Thanks for the tip! I'll try bending it like a circle :3 !!
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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student General Artist
See if that works.  If not, try using a stronger wire   (Also, if you're using a water-soluble glue you can gently soak the ahoge in water to loosen the wefts from the wire.  Then if you peel the wefts gently enough you can remove it from the wire while still keeping it's shape.  Then you can simply stick it onto the new wire and pinch it closed with more glue.) 
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bzko Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried something similar to a circle, like a triangle shape, but it didn't work, I think the ahoge was too heavy, to balance itself, so I tied them together and they stopped dropping. The problem really wasn't the wire strength, because the format of the antenna was stable. I believe point was that with such a big size, it's really difficult to make a removable antenna that keeps still.

Thank anyway! Next time I will try making it once again!
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:icontheonenameda:
TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah okay, well I hope you can find something that'll work for you next time!
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Aya-I Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! I had a question! Do you have an idea how to do south korea's curl? (I don't have a wig, but I could maybe fix it with something on my hear)
Thank you very much I'm lost!
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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Well you'd follow the general guide that's outlined in my tutorial just bending the wire into Korea's shape.  For the face you can draw it onto a piece of clear plastic, attach another piece of the plastic behind it (so the image doesn't smudge), and cut it out and glue it onto the ahoge.  And to clip it into your own hair, maybe you can find a strong hair clip that you can hide underneath your hair and attach the ahoge to that by wrapping the wire around the clip.  That's at least a rough idea of what I'm thinking of, is there anything specific you were wondering?
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Aya-I Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much and sorry for late reply! Yes, you're the tutorial I needed! And yes it was about all the system
With the cute little-korean-spirit-face!!! XDDD I'll see if I do it or not. Anyway, thank you so much for this tutorial! You're helping very much!! And you're the only one who answered my questions! Thanks!
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:icontheonenameda:
TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome ^^
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:iconaya-i:
Aya-I Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*^* and sorry for the late reply! *^*
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:icontheonenameda:
TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student General Artist
It's okay, no worries ^^
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How2HandleHeartbreak Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial!! :D
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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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OtakuAnimeZombie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I really appreicate this. I thought you might like to see my 2p!America wig I used this on.

Thanks again!
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