One of the most important parts to a costume, other then the costume itself is a wig. Some character might be all right for you to use your real hair for, but achieving the unnatural colors with your own hair might be a bit more difficult and impractical. Wigs can also help you achieve some of the more impossible styles that might not be possible for real hair. The wig is one of the finishing pieces to a costume, something that will help pull the whole look together.
Here I’m going to be writing about a few different places to buy wigs, places that I have bought for myself that I like and would recommend for others to buy from for cosplay wigs.
One of the cheapest sources for buying wigs is looking for them on ebay. Ebay will bring you a variety of sellers, some for dirt cheep that you can get some basic wigs for. When I first started buying wigs I went here. When it comes to quality that’s going to vary depending on your seller. You might get a seller with some good quality wigs, some who might be based in china, but use ebay to sell to US customers. But you also run the risk of buying something that might not be a good quality. Its fairly common for some of these sellers to steal images of wigs, or even from other cosplayers and use them as their selling picture. I’ve heard stories of people not even getting a wig close to what they ordered. When it comes to ordering from ebay you just have to use caution. Make sure to check into the reviews left for the seller to see if they are trusted. I don’t really have any recommended sellers from ebay since I haven’t purchased a wig from ebay in a long time. While I wouldn’t recommend this option, I wanted to write about it since it is a source that people still use.
Two of the major US sellers for cosplay wigs are Arda Wigs (http://arda-wigs.com/) and Epic Cosplay Wigs (http://www.epiccosplay.com/). I’ve purchased wigs from both of these company’s so I can go into a bit more detail about their wigs. Both of these companies have cosplayers in mind when it comes to their wigs; so some of their wigs were created with popular characters in mind. Arda is based in Chicago while Epic is based in California, so if you’re in the US, shipping can be relatively quick. Both sites are fairly easy to navigate and they’re both using a customer rewards point system when it comes to purchases. Both have a ton of options when it comes to wig colors and styles. They both also seem to be working on tutorials for using their wigs, so if you’re a new cosplayer, surfing through either site’s tutorials are really helpful. Another advantage to these two sellers is that you can buy from either one directly at most major conventions. So if you need a wig the day of the con, they’ll likely have a booth there you can try on and purchase a wig. Another big advantage for these two companies is that their wigs are made with US sizes in mind, so they make their wigs with a larger head size in mind. My own head is fairly small, so most of their wigs tend to run a little large on me, but if you happen to have a larger head size, or a lot of hair, these wigs are perfect.
An example of an Epic Cosplay Wig
An example of an Arda Wig
The biggest differences that I’ve noticed between the two of them is Arda has more options for accessories like different pigtail clips, buns and wefts; while epic’s prices are a little bit cheaper. So between the two, who should you purchase? It really depends on your character you’re cosplaying. Both offer a different selection of wigs, so you’re better picking what suits your needs for your character, either company is good to buy from; though personally I tend to pick Epic over Arda. They’ve just had the right options for what I’ve needed at the time.
One of the final, and pretty much the exclusive place I buy my wigs from is an online store called Lucaille (http://www.lucaille.com/). Lucaille was originally a shop on Taobao, which is basically similar to a Chinese ebay or amazon, but now has its own English website that you can purchase from directly. The biggest advantage to buying from Lucaille is that the prices are super cheep, much cheaper then you can find in any US wig shop, and the quality of their wigs is very good. While shipping is more expensive then the US option, overall it is still cheaper, and you can get more wigs for about the same price as shipping one wig from the US stores. You have different options for shipping, so you can chose the cheapest option, it’ll take much longer to get to you. So if you really want to save money, make sure you are planning ahead of time. Another advantage, or disadvantage depending on how you’re shopping, is that Lucaille’s stock is always rotating. So you might not find something that will work for you now, but if you check back another time they’ll have a whole new rotation of wigs for you to look through.
Examples of Lucaille wigs
A disadvantage is that their wigs are made with an Asian market in mind, so their sizes tend to run a bit smaller. If you have a larger head, or a lot of hair, I probably wouldn’t recommend their wigs, it might not fit you. They also have more character wigs then the US stores, so if you’re looking for a specific character, probably one that’s very popular, they’re a great option. I can’t rave more about how much I like Lucaille, its work checking out.
All of the options listed are viable for purchasing a wig, you just need to pick something that will suit your needs best. Whether is be the cost, location or even the style of wig, any one of the shops listed are good sources for buying cosplay wigs.