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Post By Rolly. 17/09/08, 08:00 am

I reckon someone should put one up, since I've never worn a wig before and think I might need to buy a wig for my next cosplay.
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Things like:

Is it OK/ideal for my long hair to be stuffed underneath a short hair wig?
Would the underside of the wig get dirty easily?
How 'gentle' do you need to be with styling wigs?
What sort of material should I get fr my wig?
Is it comfortable wearing a wig?
How do you wash a wig?/General cleaning care instructions?

Etc etc.....

Those are just some of the questions I have, I'm sure if someone did a little FAQ thingy it'll save a lot of time.

Onegai shimasu~ :batman:
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Post By Duckeh. 17/09/08, 09:33 am

http://forum.cosplay.co.nz/wigs-hair-makeup-f5/wig-faq-t1367.htm
Thurr~ <3
Hope it helps. n.n'
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Post By Pseudonym. 17/09/08, 10:04 am

Hey, I'll try to answer those to the best of my knowledge/experience, I went on a wig buying spree a couple of months ago but I am by far no expert in the matter.

RollEXE wrote:

Is it OK/ideal for my long hair to be stuffed underneath a short hair wig?



Yes, so long as you get a wigcap or a short stocking to hold all your hair up. You may also wish to braid your hair before putting the wigcap on if it is very long or very thick


RollEXE wrote:

Would the underside of the wig get dirty easily?



Not really.. maybe a bit sweaty if your head sweats, and wigs are not hard to clean, see below, your biggest problem will likely be your wig getting tangled /knotty, assuming it is longer than about shoulder length and depending on the fiber


RollEXE wrote:

How 'gentle' do you need to be with styling wigs?



That depends on the fiber the wig is made from, most good quality wigs will take boiling hot water poured on them (for straightening) and can even be straightened (or blow dried) but I would not recommend attempting to straighten your wig unless you have red tutorials and have a good quality straightener and have tested it on a piece of wig you don't mind potentially getting melted off!

If your wig has been custom dyed, be careful about using any alcohol based product in it, also avoid fingering it too much as skin oils can rub the dye out.

Itís hard to put wigs in hair ties, as Iíve found that the wig gets insanely knotty by the time youíve pulled it through the tie a few times, I recommend using a ribbon (not made of silky material) to tie up wig hair.
Also remember that the higher you tie the hair of a wig, the more likely you will see the wig cap, this is just how wigs are constructed sad


RollEXE wrote:

What sort of material should I get fr my wig?



The fiber you get depends on how much you are willing to spend on a wig, I don't know what fibers are used in cheap wigs, but elora and kanekalon are fibers that I have wigs of. I can't really give a personal preference however, as the kanekalon wigs I have are very long and thus I am bias toward my short tangle free elora wigs.
Kankelon seems silkier, but I also think it may be thinner, which means more individual strands for the same bulkiness and thus more to brush (I may be totally wrong about that).


RollEXE wrote:

Is it comfortable wearing a wig?



This depends on several factors:

The quality of the wig
If the inside of the wig is constructed nicely then it will be more comfortable than a cheap wig, also the different fibers may be more or less scratchy than others.

The length of the wig
A very long wig can be heavy and can get caught on things and thus irritate you or pull on your own head (through pins etc holding it or anything else onto the wig)

Whether or not the wig has a fringe
If a wig has a fringe it will probably get in your eyes, this can be scratchy/irritating because wig fiber is essentially plastic, it is not real hair. (unless you have a human hair wig....)

The temperature
This one is a given, the more hair you have piled up under your wig the hotter your head will be, and wearing a wig in and of itself is like wearing a hat.


RollEXE wrote:

How do you wash a wig?/General cleaning care instructions?


Your wig will probably come with care instructions, however I wash my wigs by filling a bucket with warm water and dunking them in, then I rub some shampoo into them and rinse it off, then leave it hanging to dry (e.g. on a wig head positioned so that the hair is hanging straight), with something underneath to catch the drips ^_^, after about 24 hours it should be dry.

Brushing a wig requires a little more care, I have found that rinsing out a wig and leaving it to dry like above can help with brushing out tangles (may depend on wig fiber) I also have a wig brush, and a random thick tooth comb that works well for brushing wigs, remember that unlike your hair, any wig hair that you rip out isn't going to grow back!
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Post By Duckeh. 17/09/08, 10:13 am

I edited the new thread with your answers~ n.n
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Post By Pseudonym. 17/09/08, 10:16 am

oh awesome, you're quick duckeh!
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Post By Duckeh. 17/09/08, 10:17 am

I'm sick, so there's nothing better to doo~
xP <3
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Post By Pseudonym. 17/09/08, 10:19 am

aww sad being sick sucks! hope you get better soon *hands over chicken soup*
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Post By Rolly. 18/09/08, 09:09 am

Sweet as~! Thanks soooo much guys!!!
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