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Vay's Cosplay Advice: Wigs

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Vay's Cosplay Advice: Wigs
« on: September 05, 2013, 04:26:48 PM »
Wigs
Where to Buy
Here are some of the websites I use for finding wigs:
I also use eBay and Amazon. Just try adding specific colors and the term "cosplay" and you should get mostly affordable wigs. Some of my wigs haven't broken $20 but they also come from China or Korea and there is nothing wrong with that. They still have pretty good wigs.


Styling
  • Preparation
    -Let your wig breathe for a day. Just take it out of the package and set it on a wig stand. A lot of minor imperfections will fix themselves via the weight of the wig. You can also wash your wig. Do this in a sink and gently wash in a little shampoo and rinse it out.
  • Combing
    -This is probably most controversial but it IS ok to brush a wig. Just when brush pretend it is a little child, you wouldn't go ripping through a kid's hair so don't go ripping through your wigs. Be gentle and start at the bottom and delicately work your way up. If you have to get forceful with your wig, grab a the chunk you need to brush and hold it tight while you brush so as not to pull out too much of the wig.
  • Heat and Styling
    -Read your wig instructions carefully. Some wigs are high heat and some are not. Generally don't dry a wig with a hair dryer unless you have to but this can be useful for styling. The same can be said for curling irons and flat irons.
    -To keep your style you can use the old Aquanet hairspray. For more stiff styles, e.g. Cloud Strife, Ichigo Kurosaki, you can use Elmer's glue. That's right plain old white Elmer's Glue. It will hole whatever shape you make and it will wash right out for storage and restyling.
  • Cutting
    -Much like dyeing later in this post, there is no coming back from cutting the wig. Most of the time you can find wigs in the right length but if not grab a slightly longer wig and begin to trim. Keep in mind cut a little longer than you need and slowly work your way up. You can always take more away than add it back.
Dyeing
You can dye a wig but first things first "Remember there is no going back." This process only works one way, you can dye darker but not lighter.
The best dye method is to buy Acrylic Ink (not India Ink) and mix it with 8oz of Rubbing Alcohol. Keep adding dye until color you want. Get your wig on a stick or a broom and be outside. Wear clothes you don't care about because this is messy. Have your dye mixture in a spray bottle and go at the wig. Once it looks right, rinse off the excess and let it dry.
Here is a good pic from the internet of a before and after. I just dyed my Elizabeth wig darker.


For total step by step I recommend - http://arda-wigs.com/blogs/tutorials/6270626-how-to-dye-wigs-with-fw-ink

Invaluable Tools
First tool:

The wig head! This is how you will style and adjust because you will secure it with T pins.


Next tool is a Wig Head Stand

This will keep your wig from moving while you work. Secret: all the styrofoam heads have holes at the bottom for the wig stand :)
« Last Edit: September 11, 2013, 03:50:39 PM by Vayliya »
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Re: Vay's Cosplay Advice: Wigs
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2013, 03:39:30 PM »
You should add Arda-Wigs.com to this list. They have awesome wigs- I buy almost my wigs from there!

P.S. 50th post!!! :)

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Re: Vay's Cosplay Advice: Wigs
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2013, 03:48:42 PM »
Ok thank you. I will add it now :)
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Re: Vay's Cosplay Advice: Wigs
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2013, 05:11:02 PM »
Curling/straightening a synthetic wig:

A lot of synthetic wigs you can't use high heat on, which means curling/straightening irons and the like are out.  Instead, you'll use near to boiling hot water (I bring it to boiling in a kettle then let it sit 5-10 minutes).

To curl: You'll want to use the cheap foam rollers.  Roll them in the wig tight all the way to the scalp (you may need to wear it to do this well) or you'll end up with weird crimps.  Put the wig in a large bowl or bucket and then pour the hot water over it.  Once the water has cooled to the touch (I'm too impatient so pulled it out after 20-30 minutes and it was fine) pull it out and let it dry on your foam head.  It will take a day or two.  Once both the wig and the curlers are completely dry, you can unroll them and you'll have curls!  Note: I've read that you can just pour the hot water over the rolled wigs and it's fine, but have never tried it that way.

To straighten: Carefully pour the near-to-boiling water over your wig and it will release the curls.  You probably want to do it in small sections to make sure it straightens out the direction and way you want it to.

Edit:

In a pinch, a 2 liter bottle with the neck cut off and upsidedown works decently as a wig stand.

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Re: Vay's Cosplay Advice: Wigs
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2013, 05:20:38 PM »
That's very useful. Thanks for the tips!
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Re: Vay's Cosplay Advice: Wigs
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2013, 04:57:18 PM »
Vay! You just helped me so much. I struggle with what to get my sister for her birthday because she has everything. :P She's been making her boyfriend wear her wigs for styling though. :P Hahaha! She had no idea they made those clamps! She has a ton of heads though!

So I got her some T pins and ordered her a couple clamps! :)

Thanks for the great advice on here!

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Re: Vay's Cosplay Advice: Wigs
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2013, 08:17:26 PM »
I'm glad I can help  :D
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