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Product Review: Arda Wig

Seller: Arda Wigs  (http://arda-wigs.com)    
Price
:
$35.00 USD + Shipping   
Wig
: Ferrari – Black (064)

Shipping:
Country it was shipped to:
Canada (Ontario)

Length of Shipping Time:
I paid for a faster shipping since I wanted to make sure that it arrived on time, this was my first time buying from Arda and I was not sure how fast their ground shipping would be to Canada. I shipped with USPS Priority Mail Int’l and it arrived in 10 days. (Shipped 8/3/2012 and arrived 8/13/2012).

Product:
This is one of the thickest wigs I have bought, which works well for the character. I found the wig’s cap to be larger than those I have bought from ebay, I could hide all my (chin length) hair under it easily. There were adjustment straps at the back, I have a smallish head and so I adjusted it to fit. The wig tangles somewhat easily (as most longer wigs do) but a quick run through with a comb or wide toothed brush fixed the issue. You can see some of the tangling in this image:

Customer Service:
Didn’t need to contact them about anything. I received an automatic e-mail to let me know when my wig had been shipped, with the date it shipped and a tracking number.

Overall:
I am happy with my wig and will likely buy from them again.

Add comment August 30, 2012

Sharpie Dye Tips and Guide

So I finally had a chance to try out wig dyeing! In an effort to save money I took my old Mintaka wig and colored it purple to be used as my Rarity wig for this upcoming May.


What Didn’t Work

Wanting to avoid unnecessary mess and spending I attempted two other methods before trying the Sharpie & Rubbing alcohol dye mix.

My first attempt was just coloring the wig with Sharpie markers. This was effective but a long process. This would be ideal for creating a streak that is a darker color on a lighter wig. This might also be a good option for a short multicolored wig.

My second attempt was the paint method where you heavily water down acrylic paint and use the pigment to dye the wig. I had the most perfect color of paint for the hair and it would have been cheaper than sharpies, and I used this method previously to dye spandex with success. Unfortunately the wig would not take the color. After drying I rinsed the wig and the color ran right out.

Sharpie Dye – Spray Bottle Method

The method that worked was using Sharpie ink and 70% rubbing alcohol. This is one of the commonly suggested methods for wig dyeing!

Materials

  • 70% Rubbing Alcohol (Approx. $2 at walmart in the medical section)
  • Sharpie Markers (Available individually at craft stores. For a good color I suggest 4-8 markers)
  • Spray Bottle

Steps

You start by opening the Sharpies. I did this with a pair of pliers and wiggled the colored tip out. Don’t cut the grey end of the marker since it will be hard to get out the ink and you might cut the ink cartridge.

Once the Sharpies are opened you can cut the cartridge along the side so it can mix much easier. This is optional but I found it reduced the waiting time!

Pop the ink cartridges into the spray bottle and then fill with the rubbing alcohol. For refrence, I used 3 sharpies with each 250ml (1 cup) of alcohol. I used almost 500ml (2 cups) for the entire wig. Make sure to shake it so it can be mixed well!

Let your mixture sit, and shake it a bit. I let it sit for about an hour before I sprayed it on the wig.

Spray your wig! This stuff stains and gets everywhere very easily, it also drips off the wig. I suggest doing it outdoors if possible. If you must do it indoors make sure to cover your area including any close by walls that might be splattered from the spray. Alcohol evaporates quickly but it still takes a fair bit of time. Go slow and work your way through the wig, you will want to take care to get it to the roots of the wig and to color both sides. I did several applications of color.

Once it looks how you want it to, run it under cold water to wash out excess color. You may need to do another coat or two  to touch up areas you might have missed so repeat as necessary.

Tips
- You can use different colored cartridges in the spray bottle to create different colors, you can also use different colors for each application to create highlights and lowlights. I colored blue streaks on the wig for lowlights before spraying. I also used blue in the second application to darken the purple a little bit.

- If the color moves away from the roots you can touch it up later with a sharpie marker.

- Use light applications to avoid lots of dripping and wasting your solution.

- Rather than using a spraybottle you can create a dye bath and let it sit in it, such as in this tutorial.

2 comments January 20, 2012

FAQ Monday – Do I have to get a wig?

This is one of the most common questions I see being asked around Cosplay forums by those who are new to the hobby. If you look up pictures of cosplayers, particularly if you come across the more passed around photos,you’ll notice that many cosplayers do wear wigs but that some (such as this Aeris costume by Adella) don’t.

Short Answer:
You don’t have to!

Your costume is your creation, your representation of the character, and you can do what you want with the costume including use your real hair. Use your best judgement based on your budget and what is available to you. Not everyone can afford wigs, not everyone can buy wigs, not everyone can wear wigs or even wants to and the majority of cosplayers can respect and understand that.

Long Answer:
In most cases you should probably get a wig. There are quite a few reasons for this:
- Wigs can be easier to style since you can get a 360 degree view, which can’t really be done with your own head. The back can be just as important as the front, and in some cases is even more important.
- Wigs can be taken off, meaning no lasting damage. Extreme hairstyles and colors can have effects on real life, some workplaces and schools have restrictions on what is allowed.
- Wigs are re-usable. You’ll have to re-do your own hair each time you plan to wear the costume!
- Wigs don’t get a greasy unwashed look like hair can, wigs also hide dandruff.
- Wigs can have items hot glued to them, wires poked through them, be stubbed, and have foam pieces added in, real hair does not give you this luxury!
- Wigs are one consitant color (unless you choose otherwise), while your hair might have issues with certain dyes, color can wash out, or the roots might show depending on when the job was done.
- Wigs can be styled way ahead of time, meaning (a bit) less time in the bathroom on a convention morning.

Though that doesn’t mean that you must wear a wig, as mentioned in the short answer it is best to use good judgement based on your budget and what is available to you, real hair can be an option! Real hair works best if you have hair that is similar to the character’s in color and length that is doable with the regular styling products.

So how do you make real hair look it’s best?
- Get it cut, and colored if needed, right before the convention. It will still have the style that was cut into it, and the color looks best early on – before it has time to fade / wash out / grow out.
- Make sure you wash it the day of the convention and each day you pla to wear the costume. This will make sure that it isn’t oily or dirty which can make it look bad!
- Use products to help achieve the style. Spend time to make it look good!
- Avoid spray-in color, which often doesn’t color the hair well and can make the hair stiff and chalky – which often rubs off on clothes

Add comment December 27, 2011


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