|Cosplayers: Liz as LSP, Peony as PB|
Part one of the Wig Guide covers why wigs are integral to cosplay, basic wig terminology, choosing wigs, and types of wigs. Today, let’s continue on to wig styling, wearing a wig, and wig storage techniques! After reading both parts of this guide, you should master wig basics!
And don’t forget to browse the Cosplay 101 tag for more cosplay tutorials and discussions.
|Materials to style my Mami Tomoe wig.|
Wig Styling Basics
Cosplay wigs these days are so much more accessible than even 5 years ago. With a wider selection of styles and colors, it’s simpler to find a wig close to your character’s hair. That being said, almost every wig looks better with a little styling rather than wearing it straight out of the bag. Spend the extra 10 minutes to make your wig look better, even if the style seems perfect, and you’ll notice the difference it makes.
- Trim the bangs to fit your face. Most of the time, wig bangs will be a little too long. Trim them to fit your face and they will look so much better! Cutting bangs is one of the easiest techniques to learn – here’s a YouTube tutorial from Arda that explains it well!
- Thin out too-thick wigs. If your wig makes your head look like a mushroom, you may benefit from trimming the bulk. I used this tutorial to get an idea of how to do it.
- Add a little styling product. Depending on your character’s style, you may want to add some hairspray, tease the wig to make it bigger in some places, or add a little product to make the bangs spiky. (I used a little hairspray to keep Ramona’s bangs, below, in the arrangement they are in!)
- Style curls and waves. There are a few methods to curling a wig, and luckily they are all pretty simple! I usually use foam rollers and heat or water, similar to this tutorial.
Wearing a Wig
Some wigs are too heavy and will try to slip off your head – ponytail wigs are especially guilty of this. The remedy is simple – sew a few wig clips at the front of your wig, where the wig meets your forehead. This will keep your wig in one place!
When you are done wearing your wig, make sure you store it properly to keep it in good shape. I’d recommend de-tangling your wig after each time you wear it (although, admittedly, I don’t do it every single time, only when it’s needed).
For straight or wavy wigs, simply use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to comb through the wig from the bottom up. Be very gentle and work out any knots slowly. For longer wigs, keep them braided when not in use so the fibers don’t get tangled within storage. For curly wigs, it’s a little bit different – you’ll have to comb each ringlet separately, then wrap it around your finger to bounce the curl back to its shape. As usual, Arda has a wonderful tutorial showing this process.
Next, most wigs can stay in the plastic zip-lock bag they arrived in. This will keep it out of the way and free from dust. I tend to keep the bags open and keep all my wigs in a big tub. It’s relatively easy to find the one I need since the bags are clear. If your wig is heavily styled, however, it might be better to leave it on a wig head.
- Arda Wigs – My first choice! I love their massive selection and wig quality.
- Epic Cosplay
- Cosplay Wigs USA/Gothic Lolita Wigs
- Ebay – Use caution! Wigs are usually not as high quality on Ebay, but are a lot cheaper.
And there you go! That’s everything you need to know, from choosing the correct wig to keeping it stored properly. I hope this is helpful and serves as a good reference for you. I have plenty of other wiggy topics to delve into later, but I want to know –