As I’ve mentioned previously, I was involved in theater for many years, so I am no stranger to wearing wigs. Purchasing and styling one for cosplay is another matter altogether.
Before committing to a wig for my Riddler cosplay, I needed to find a site that met three main criteria:
1) a larger cap size as my head is, well, not small
2) the right style and color for my cosplay
3) a wig that would photograph well
A number of cosplayers who ordered from both wig makers said that while Epic Cosplay wigs had the benefit of not tangling easily, they tended to photograph with a high amount of shine making them appear fake and detracting from the overall look.
While I plan to form my own opinion by purchasing from Epic Cosplay down the road, I wanted this first wig purchase to be as successful as possible. With that in mind, I selected the Jane style in the shade “Pumpkin”.
My wig came beautifully packaged in a plastic bag stuffed with tissue to help keep its form and covered in a protective hair net.
I made sure to save all packing materials for long term storage and for use when traveling with my wig. It’s important to keep in mind that if wigs are left on wig forms out in the open for long periods, dust will settle into the fibers and this can be difficult to alleviate. For this reason, boxes and bags are an ideal and space-saving choice for wig storage.
I purchased several wig care items from Amazon prior to my wig’s arrival – several wig caps, a wig hair brush, a wig head for use while styling, t-pins to secure my wig onto the wig head, and hair pins for keeping the wig in place on my own head.
I also want to note that my wig arrived virtually tangle-free – I only had to brush out some very minor spots in the bangs.
The wig fit perfectly; it was snug but not uncomfortable. The curls held their shape well, even through a period of shooting test photos while laying on my back.
I’m also very pleased with how it photographs – with a very light dusting of powder, I could possibly get away with this for everyday wear when paired with my blue circle lenses.
The length and color both work perfectly for my cosplay, and the photographs on the website were very true to what I received.
You can see from the photos that the color looks different depending on the light. This is something to keep in mind when selecting a wig of any sort. Will you be wearing the wig in a brightly lit convention hall? At a dark concert? For filming in diffuse light? Your wig color will appear different in each of these situations.
Overall, I am incredibly pleased with my first Arda Wigs experience. I received my wig quickly, it was well packed, and the quality and fit were both superb. I am also impressed with the variety of tutorials and tips available on their site. Have you shopped with Arda Wigs? Do you have suggestions for other wig sources? Let me know in the comments!