In a rush to find a costume for Haven 2015, I went through a hundred or so different cosplay ideas that I hoped would work for me. I was going to go in Steam Punk, but then I though I could do a little better than that. So, next I thought I might try my hand at a Gijinka of Haunter, who is my one of my favorite Pokemon. Sadly. nobody knew what the hell a Gijinka was so I had to throw that idea out the window. After all, drunk Yannie isn’t so good at explaining things without resorting to sexual demonstration or violence, and nobody wants to be violated by an inebriated haunter humanoid.
Obviously, I now know I will be cosplaying as Alice from Alice:Madness Returns at Haven 2015 but that doesn’t help the fact I preemptively purchased a purple wig for my Haunter Gijinka. So, I have a bright purple wig lying around the house, much to Phillip’s delight. I had completely forgotten about its existence until Phillip seductively danced his way into the kitchen, singing a song off key and donning my wig. I then decided it would be the perfect thing to blog about, considering many of my readers and friends of this blog are preparing various cosplays as I type this!
Now, you can get wigs from just about anywhere these days, with most costume shops and craft store having a fairly ample collection to choose from. However when you go to so much trouble of designing a costume and creating it from scratch, you want the finer details to be on point. Hair is one of those components of a cosplay that can make or break a cosplay so most people want to go that extra length and source a quality wig to suit their purposes. It all comes down to what the individual cosplayer needs. Do you need the hair to part a certain way to achieve the look? Are you going to have to heat style it? Do you plan on dyeing it after purchase? All these factors must come into play before you buy the wig or you might just be left with a frizzy unusable hairpiece on the day of the big event.
I personally knew of Arda Wigs before I decided to purchase a wig because it’s a pretty popular entity in the Cosplaying world. They are a business that really prides itself on its high quality, highly workable wigs and accessories. All you need to do is spend 5 minutes in their gallery to realize the full extent of their fan base. When you have that kind of presence in such a huge industry, it is obvious that you are doing something right within your business. Being a Chicago based company, means that as an Australian, I have to pay a little more for shipping and wait just that little longer, but you don’t really notice it when the total price comes to around 48 dollars and it takes just under 14 days to arrive at the door.
I was a little dubious as to how the hell this wig was supposed to fit a top my head but a quick trip to the Arda website and I learnt not only how to wear it, but how to care for it and style it accordingly. It’s like owning a really fluffy purple kitten! These wigs come with a really awesome lace skull cap, which is adjustable with these little straps. I choose the ‘Ferrari’ style in Plum, which is a medium length wig restyled to have curls and choppy layers. I really love the color in person – it’s dark and lush but goes really bright in different lighting. It holds it’s style really well without needing any touching up and is so wearable that I could see myself wearing it any day without feeling like an idiot.
I can honestly say that I wouldn’t mind starting a little Arda wig collection just to wear on days I feel like being a little different. There is a plethora of colors and styles and you can even create your own wig with lacefront wigs and single wefts. Don’t ask me how – it looks a little complicated to me but it’s obviously possible from all the awesome gallery pictures on the site. I am still tossing between whether I will dye my hair black or splurge for the ‘Eowyn’ wig in Raven.. I think I might just do it any way – it’s not like I would never use it.
Do you have a favorite place to source your wigs? Any hilarious stories with wig mishaps? Let me know in the comments below!