Dirk Strider - Step by Step
1 - The base wig.
2 - I combed the hair to the left side to create a side parting. I pinned down the different sections of the wig, e.g. fringe, side burns. I cut the fringe in a semi-straight line, leaving it slightly shorter than to the nose.
3 - I pinned up the back part of the wig that was going to be the long strands later. I cut the hair below that line layer by layer until it was short and flat against the back of the head of the wig stand.
4 - Time to do the shorter side! It’s always easier because there is less hair to deal with, so best start here. I pinned up what would become the longer strands and cut & sprayed the side burn. I also left a little strand in front, because it looks more natural that way. I then unpinned the side bit and cut it layer by layer. I always combed it back to see how long the strands were. I used gel and spray to give form to the spikes and the side burn.
5 - Front view!
6 - The back was already a quite layered, so I could shorten it casually without pinning up layer by layer. I didn’t use gel for this bit and simply fixed the wild look with hair spray.
7 - Side and fringe! I pinned the fringe part aside and proceeded to work on the side bit. Pinned up layer by layer, shortened it all the way around and then finished the look by casually shortening strands where it seemed necessary. I combed through the wig with my fingers to give it a good look. I then teased the strands from the parting to the side, that made them look wilder and fuller. I fixed the look with hair spray and gel.
I shortened a lot of strands from the top layers of the fringe, combed them across with my fingers, finished the spiked with hair gel and fixed them in place with hair spray.
8 - Finishing up! I used a blow dryer to give the fringe more volume. I also fixed the side burns that way, so that they wouldn’t stick out to the sides later. I cut off all the bits sticking out at odd angles to finish up.
I changed some tidbits that I didn’t like before - gave the whole wig more volume, added additional spikes and such.
So what did it look like afterwards?