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Bad Mane Days by Scaramouche-Fandango Bad Mane Days by Scaramouche-Fandango

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One of the biggest complaints with the new My Little Pony toys is that they have terrible hair. And that is the honest truth. The colours are off, and the way they look freshly unboxed...

But! There is a solution! Lots of people have figured it out on their own, but if you've never done pony hair before, it can be tough to do. So I've created an illustrated style guide for the Mane Six, the Cutie Mark Crusaders, and many of their friends, using my plastic ponies to illustrate how to get the looks you want.

*N.B.: Please stop telling me that you can't see it. It's a pdf. I know those don't work for everybody, but seriously, this would have been a massive, unworkable image. PDF is just the format that makes the most sense, so if you can't see it, hit the download button or refresh a few times. Thanks!

I'm so glad that the people from EQD liked this as much as I hoped they would! If you style your pony's hair using my guide, I'd love to see it. You don't have to share, but it might be fun...

Also, if you're here from reddit, howdy! I'm wrathlet there. I should really learn to just use the same username.
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Kylepus Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Celestia bless you, you wonderful person. I finally managed to get my hands on the Mane Six (plus some extras) and this was one of the first Google results, linked from Equestria Daily. I haven't seen a guide so in-depth outside of the vintage fandom before, and you did a fantastic job. I can't wait to get started.

I've literally never heard of thatching before, even though I've been restoring older ponies for a while now - I'd be lost without you. All my new G4s lack their proper bangs.
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Lalac624 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Do the styles frizz out or get misshapen over time? Do you just need to keep them in a good spot?
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shinigamidani Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Your ponies all have bangs... wow. All of the ponies that I ever got have the same manes. Great tutorial
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Silverbrushpony Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
may i please use some of this information for a video tutorial if i give you credit?
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SkyDiggityDive-art Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Could you perhaps make one for Princess Cadence?
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2PoniesAndReviews Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I know how to make a show accurate mane for cadance. i will make it soon.
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SkyDiggityDive-art Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome!
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ColdGoldLazarus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was quite helpful! I had a bit of trouble with the straw-curler, so my Rarity's top curl is a bit loose, but otherwise things turned out well, and all thanks to this guide. :)
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bennimarru Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"It appears you don't have PDF support in this web browser. Download PDF"

The "Download PDF appeared as a link, but when I clicked it, it redirected back to this page. I saved the link as a PDF and it said the archive is damaged.
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agent90912 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg thank celestia someone made this!! i did twilights hair and it came out flipping gorgeous!!!! once again thank you TuT
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TheAnimeIsis Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING
YOU ARE
AMAZING
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Ready2Fatality Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thanks for the Pinkamena one.
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Ready2Fatality Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
erm...
i tried it on my new Pinkie toy..
and..
erm...
let's not bring it up.
(quickly as fuck) okayiuseditandthenitjustfuckedupicuttooshortofthehairimadeittooshortajdffjdksjdfldjflkdjggf
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ChosenOne41 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
This is... so awesome /)^3^(\ but it reminds me that I still don't have a Rarity figure and then I remember that I'm broke
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OreoTnettenbaSnood Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a little tip, I've found a nice way to brush the mane through is to dampen it, then use an eyelash brush.

I got my first figure today, (Twilight) I'm gonna brush her mane through, then it's time for a trim :P
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jmills6512 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Where in the world did you get them with bangs? Lucky... All ine have the same darned hair, and I didn't go to beauty school. Can you take a picture if where to split twilight s hair to cut it?
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RainbowSprinklz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
wow! now the ponies look like ponies and not.. um.. well hairy ponies? anyway great job on the tutorial!!
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Ongaru Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I'd like to point out something you should probably know about the Crystal Empire ponies.

They have Mylar strands in the hair to make it glisten. I have CE Fluttershy, and the Mylar strands in her hair simply do not respond well to boil-perming at all. They just stay...wild.
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I pluck tose out. I hate tinsel and Mylar in hair anyway.
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Maximvenom Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Trying to figure out how to do Trixie Lulamoon's hair...
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Celestiahonors Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
IT WONT LOAD GRAW
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LisaRageEevee Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Done with mine!
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LisaRageEevee Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Using this on my newly bought Lyra Heartstrings~ I'll post results today or tomorrow
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5x5shadow5x5 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Using this guide i've just doing Rainbow, Trixie and Lyra =]
I have yet to see how they turn out but i'm confident in them. I did a little bit of my own thing for all 3 but also used your guide for rips. thanks for posting this, it really helped ! =]
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Xerriasorsw Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I've just used your guide and finished styling my Rarity. I'll just have to wait a bit for her mane to dry... Then I'll comment the results! BTW I used the better way ::::D
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Xerriasorsw Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]
^ There is my Rarity! Thank you for the guide!!!! I would've been hopeless without!
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MrJibs Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
From this experience I have learned I am probably not meant to be a hairstylest in my life... Ever. Still fun thought! Just finished Lyra, on to Rarity!
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Oslo1945 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
ohhh thank you thank you thank you :)
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amylynleerock1116 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
this is great! i like it. and now time to ''make pony hair'' :)
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is great! I made a custom Sparkler and an OC that has Pinkamina hair and this is exactly what I needed! Now how can I make the pony in my avatar?
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unitoone Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this guide! Here is the result: [link]

:3
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JohnnyNorthrain Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I just purchased Lyra Heartstrings...

....

thank you for this guide. I'll make her hair look like something other then a rats nest.
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Treiale Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of my favourite things ever! I read this over and over several times before I found the time to style my ponies, and then it was ridiculously fun when I did! I still have a handful of ponies to style, but here are the ones I styled using this most wonderful tutorial:
Twilight Sparkle: [link]
Fluttershy: [link]
Applejack: [link]

Thank you very much! :3
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no1wantsthisname Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Wow!! Very creative, amusing, and cool. I love the toys, and they try somewhat to make them look show-accurate, but sometimes it's just not quite there and could be a lot better. You've really done some fun stuff--even beautiful BRAIDS (I LOVE braids, and they look so great on ponies), and background ponies!! And do I spy 80s Cheerilee? YES I DO. *omglomp* 80s Cheerilee so thoroughly delights me. Well, the 80s in general do, as does Cheerilee, soo...xD Anyway, I especially like how Twilight, Fluttershy, and Applejack came out. Winona! :heart: Nice job with Rarity, too. Her mane is like curled ribbon--that's how I always describe it. I imagine it would be a trick to get doll hair to stay that way...but you've cleverly devised ways of getting the toy manes to more closely resemble the way they really look. =) Noice.
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Fukaithefourth Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! That really help me a lot!
My Fluttershy is soooo cute now!
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ZeldaTimer13 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
thank youuu <3
it looks so pretty! I'm gonna buy Rainbow Dash again so I can style it again. Waste of money maybe, but it will be worth it.
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BakaOhki Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's me again. Just finished touching up the hair on my old Pinkie, and doing the hair a bit different for the Canterlot Shine Bright Pinkie Pie that I got on clearance a while back but never did anything with.
[link] for the Shine Bright, and [link] for regular versus shine bright.

Still need to do Lyra, Trixie, Rainbow, Rarity, Twilight, Cheerilee, Sweetie Belle, and Apple Bloom. Pinkie, Pinkie, Derpy, Scootaloo, Fluttershy, and Applejack done, and Zecora is staying as-is.
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MyNameIsN Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Damnit, I did NOT know what I was getting into when I started buying brushables.

Oh well. Lets go =3
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:iconscaramouche-fandango:
Good luck, soldier!
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Nelsonngyn0 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This may be strange, but what would you advise about styling the "Fashion Style" series of ponies?
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:iconscaramouche-fandango:
Pretty much the same thing! However, I would suggest finding larger items to use for the hair curlers. Actual foam rollers from the dollar store or CVS or something work pretty well. They also need more time to dry than the little 'uns.
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Nelsonngyn0 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you,

But what about creating bangs for the ones that require bangs (thatching? If so, how?).
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Scaramouche-Fandango Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
The same way as you would with the little ones. They might have more rows of hair, so it'll take more time, but it should work the same way.
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rainbowmane123 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is helpful! thanks for makeing this
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:iconscaramouche-fandango:
You're welcome!
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NightMareBabe14 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow this was very helpful! I thank you for making this! I used it for Rarity's, Pinkie Pie's and Rainbow Dash's hair c:
Pinkie's and Rainbow's hair came out perfect! Rarity's is still drying but im sure it will look great once its dry!
Thanks again!
I will use this for Flutter Shy, Twilight's and Aj's hair c:
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BakaOhki Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just altered your instructions a bit on Scootaloo; mine's at [link] -- I think my version looks a little more show-like.
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:iconscaramouche-fandango:
I really like what you did with the curl!
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:iconbakaohki:
BakaOhki Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks. With patience, the hair can really be tweaked... right now, though, I have my Shine Bright Pinkie Pie wrapped up super tight in preperation for me to try to outdo my original Pinkie... but that blasted tinsel... bleah.
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BeckyLoves-x Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student
Was v scared to try but they all came out pretty good :3 Pinkie is still in rollers and will be overnight, i think :D Only thing I did wrong was Scootaloo's. Just a bit too short! Never mind. If it really bothers me then i'll just buy another :D
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