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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 3:15 pm    Post subject: Just wondering about cleaning Reply with quote

Greetings to my furry bretheren & sisteren

I wanted to know if anyone had any tips for cleaning wefted natural human hair. I've used it to create my wookiee suit, going sort of rogue, compared to some, but it works for me. I also decided a long time ago to use my own hair/beard as part of the mask. It didn't make sense to cover it up when I had a rather large beard & long hair. Anyhow, I'm trying to figure out what the safest and best way is to clean the suit. I used a medium weight brown denim as the base fabric for the shirt and a pair of old black medical scrubs for the pants. The mask is a work in progress, but I've found that a product called "Bump-its" comes in handy for providing the classic high wookiee brow.
Anyhow, When I created my original suit back in '99, I tried shampooing the suit with bad results - the hair curled up and looked like a giant stuffed squirrel. Since then, I've used a combination of Fabreze, irradiation, and steam cleaning, but I was wondering if anyone else had any ideas.
Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wrote up a thread a while back on cleaning... however in your case with so many different types of hair there is no way to know how this will effect your suit/ mask.

http://www.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=22017

Wish I could be more helpfull. Its probably one of the biggest reasons I would suggest never mixing the different types of hair to a new costumer.


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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to see pics of you in the suit....Sounds interesting. Do you have any you can share with us?

As far as cleaning, I would hand wash with a soft brush and mild soap, like woollite. Wet it with a water bottle and gently go over it with the brush and soap and the repeat to rinse. Then blow dry and comb it out.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blow drying his hair might be a bad thing I fear. I would be very hesitant to use heat on mixed hairs.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When did it curl up during your last wash? Did it happen as it dried? If so, how did you dry it?

What kind of shampoo did you use? Read the label and see what's in it, there might be something in it that caused that to happen.

It might be best to call a high-end salon or a beauty supply shop and ask for advice. Tell them what kind of hair you are using, what shampoo you are using, and how you are washing and dry it and see what they say.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoloYT1300 wrote:
Blow drying his hair might be a bad thing I fear. I would be very hesitant to use heat on mixed hairs.

Blow drying is not a bad idea if it is tested on a small part of the hair first. I dont think he has some strange unique un blow dryable hair. Start wilth cool air and slowing bring in some heat if needed. Testing is the key.....or you can just be a little stinky whatever works.....
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:18 am    Post subject: Pics Reply with quote

Sorry - I've been a little busy the last few days. Thanks for all the replies .
The first time I built the suit, back in '99, I built it with all human hair, that I got wefted on one side, and washed with with regular shampoo, and then slowly let it air dry. As it dried, it curled up on itself. I spoke to a friend of mine recently, and she suggested speaking to someone in a hair salon where they do extensions, since the hair I used is most commonly used for that purpose.

As for pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/piscatawaylibrary/5727280984 That's from a recent library appearance I made. It's probably one of the better pics I have.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:30 am    Post subject: Another pic Reply with quote

http://www.flickr.com/photos/piscatawaylibrary/5727282836/in/photostream/
Another pic from the same event, with a closer view.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting. I like it as a generic wookiee.

Howevre, I don't mean to be cruel, but I am not certain that this will pass the re-evaluation that's going around. Have you considered making changes to meet the new standards?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:30 pm    Post subject: Re-evaluation? Reply with quote

Ryan
I wasn't aware that there was anything going around. Do you have a link to a thread that I can check out?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[urrl=http://www.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=29389&highlight=rejudging]Here it is[/url]
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