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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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ILikeDaBooty Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  New member 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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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  New member Hobbyist General Artist
sounds good, thanks ^-^
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verameanstruth Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
how long would you recommend to make each weft? 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome ^^
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Aya-I Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*^* and sorry for the late reply! *^*
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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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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student General Artist
It looks great, I really like the color of the wig you choose too!  If you want (and please don't take this personally, just offering advice) add a few more wefts to it and flatten it out towards the center while bringing the ends to pointed tips to bring out America's ahoge's smoothed out diamond shape (aka thinner tips, thicker center).
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OtakuAnimeZombie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you. I'll give that a try.
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ThatStrangeSomeone Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014

Okay this isn't really an ahoge, but I'm wondering how make New Zealand's curl on a wig, and how to make it look good.

I've been thinking, but I'm not good at these things. And you look like you know what you're doing. Could you maybe do one of these for New Zealand or give tips please?

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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Because of how thick New Zealand's hair curls are, I'd say take some cording and cover that with the wig wefts.  Cording is a rope that comes in different styles, but you'll only need a thick, simple looking one.  If you're in the US, cording can be found at Jo-anns in the interior decorating section.  Now, my idea is to glue the wig wefts so that it covers all the cording and slowly pin and curl the cording into the cinnamon shape as you work your way down the cord.  Take care to smooth out all the wefts before continuing to curl it, because smoothing it out after it's curled will be difficult.  Be sure to pin it securely so that the curl doesn't uncurl itself before it dries.  Once it's all dry, apply extra glue to the parts of the curl where the cording meets.  For extra hold, cut a piece of hard felt and hot glue it to the side of the curl that will lay against your head.  Now you can glue a large clip to the felt and attach it to your wig/hair (if you're using a long clip, cut some slits into the felt so that you can slide the clip under the felt so that it will hold better).  Now, to make it look like it's coming out of your head?  Take some hair from your wig/hair and use some hair spray to stick your hair where the curl begins.  Gel can work too, just don't use too much or it might be too hard to remove from the curl later.

Hmm, at least that's what I have in mind.  I've never made New Zealand's before so this is just an idea.  Essentially, I'm thinking in terms of Princess Leia hair, haha.
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ThatStrangeSomeone Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014

Wow that sounds really complicated O_O

I'm like... 40% sure of what you mean, I'm afraid ^^' I'm really thankful for the help though :)

Thanks ^w^

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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah sorry, I can try to draw a diagram later.  When do you need this by?  I will be out of town for the next couple of days, but when I get back I can try to draw out what I'm thinking.
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ThatStrangeSomeone Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014

Oh really, you could do that? That would be fantastic. Hate to bother you though, really.

There is a convention that I'm 50-50 on if I'm going to be New Zealand on, coming up soon. But IF I'm going to be New Zealand, then you've got five weeks at most. So It's not too much of a hurry.

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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay 5 weeks, got it.  I'll try to work on it once I get back from my convention.
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ThatStrangeSomeone Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014

Thank you so much. Hate being a trouble :(

Thank you for your devotion, though <:)

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TheonenamedA Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
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Here's a messy drawing of what I'm talking about.  Basically follow how I layer my wefts in my ahoge tutorial, only apply it to cording instead of wire.  You'll want to use a glue like Fabric Glue for this, since it dries a little bit quicker than Elmer's glue.  Then roll the bun every time you have a new layer glued down, but do it while the glue is still wet so you can smooth out any bumps in the wefts.

Sorry it's messy!  But I hope the drawing makes it easier to visualize what I'm thinking about.
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Enbi-to-Miruku Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
I need help with an odd ahoge.


It looks pretty simple, I know. Basic, really. Not that much different from Italy's. Though, the thing is not attached to his hair. It floats. It friggin' floats.

Okay, I know that I can just attach the ahoge to the wig anyway, which I will if I don't find a way to satisfy the delusional perfectionnist inside me... But hey, if you have any idea how I can... well, hang the ahoge or may be use some transparent material to hold it and make it look as if it floats, I'd be delighted! Please help me with this :meow:

Thanks in advance!
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