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How to care for your cosplay wig

Thanks Erin to Submit this tutorial to us :)

You’ve just received your wig! How exciting, you pull it out of it’s package and its… limp, kinked, all together not very appealing. Although anime’ hairstyles are hard to pull off in real life with a little wig care you’re sure to get winning results.
You should take a picture now, because when you’re finished you’ll want to see how much improvement you’ve made :)  If your wig has clip in extensions do all these steps to each part separately.

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1) Wash

The first thing you want to do is wash your wig,  try to comb it out with your fingers as best you can before and after washing the wig, but don’t get too rough yet. I find the most convenient solution for me is to bulldog clamp it to the top of my shower screen, however a bath, a plastic stand or anything that involves getting the wig wet and not you is good. Remember to have the water WARM not boiling hot.

You don’t always have to shampoo your wig, but if it’s particularly ratty, you can use a grape sized amount of shampoo, you can get special wig shampoo but as long as you thoroughly wash it out I find regular stuff works just as well.

 

2) Comb

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Now your wig is all nice and dry it’s time for the most horrible part, wig combing, I recommend only combing one inch sections at a time, about the thickness of a texta. You can use any brush or comb you like, but try not to get bristles or teeth that are too fine, and always try to brush from the bottom, then move up in sections. Don’t be too stressed if a little fibre falls out or gets stuck in the comb, that’s totally normal.

Separate your first combed piece now ONLY IF YOUR WIG IS HEAT RESISTANT, you can straighten it on the lowest setting with either a hair dryer or hair iron. I personally like this step and think it makes the wig look a whole lot better, but if its not heat resistant don’t even try it or it’ll just melt and go gross. Of course skip this step if your wig is curly although you can re-curl it later. Now if you run into some nasty territory such as the pre curled section of my sailor moon wig here, don’t be afraid to not only trim your wig but to thin it using special thinning scissors that look like this.

(thanks google) you can pick them up very cheap from eBay or your local beauty shop should have them for around $10.

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 Ahhhh nice and combed.

3) Style!
now you’ve painstakingly combed and straightened each section, now put them all together for one last little brush through. Your wig looks better already (well it had better after all that combing you just did!) now styling of course need only be done if you are wearing the wig I won’t get into styles too much during this tut as it’s for basic care but my hot tip is curls react great to curl formers and a garment steamer, that’s how I did the ends of my wig.

Now if any major mishaps have happened during the combing process don’t worry too much, you can make wefts out of extra hair and clever sewing with a curved needle can cover up a lot of bald spots.

So If you want to wear your wig break out the scissors, hair spray and whatever else. But if you’re just setting your wig up for some peaceful storage, the best way of course is to leave it pinned to a foam head with regular combing but we don’t all have the space or understanding friends to have our wigs hanging about all over the place. So for long wigs plait the ends into two to four sections and pin them up to the base, then put it back in a zip lock bag, for short wigs the same minus the plaits. Make sure to place them in a spot where they won’t get to messed around, I like to stack mine on top of each other in a cardboard box up the back of my cupboard.

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And here’s a goofy picture of me I snapped in my hallway.

Good care will greatly extend the life of your wig, not to mention improve its re-sale value and of course make it look better and be much more manageable.

Take care of yourself and your wigs! All the best ^_^

P.S. Pro- Tip- Don’t wear your wig out to the pub or you’ll have to repeat all these steps and your wig will smell like smoke and beer.

Author Bio:Erin Kirkup, a twenty year old, Australian cosplay fanatic.

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Daily Cosplay-Soul Calibur V- Xiba

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Really nice of his tiger outfits ,cool~

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Cosplayer Interviews-CheekerCosplay

Hello,everyone, today will be our new cosplayer interviews day, this time CheekerCosplay will join us and share her cosplay story :)

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  • Introduce you and CheekerCosplay first :)  

    My real name is Megan; I’m 19 years old and currently living just shy of New Orleans, Louisiana. I’ve been cosplaying since 2008 and I’ve made over forty costumes to date. (Not including commissions)

  • How did you get started in with cosplay, what was your first cosplay?

    I was part of the anime club in high school and our teacher was a cosplayer. She introduced me (as well as everyone else in the club) to the hobby. The summer after my freshmen year was the fourth year of Louisiana’s big convention, MechaCon, and I was very much under the impression that I needed to have a cosplay in order to attend. (I’m not quite sure why) After waiting until the week of the convention, I finally decided what character I wanted to be. One of my cousins and I stayed up all night the night before sewing our butts off to complete Kairi’s pink dress from Kingdom Hearts II. Unfortunately, I have no photos of the costume, and it doesn’t exist anymore.

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  • What has been your favourite cosplay?

    Right now my favorite cosplay is a tie between Panty (from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt) and BeastBoy (from Teen Titans). Panty’s personality is so much different than the characters I normally portray, I love it! I also feel like I pull off her character really well. I feel like I actually look the part, which is awesome! My friend and I have won two awards as Panty and Stocking as well, it;s a really awesome feeling. As for BeastBoy, he is just obnoxious and outrageous. It was the second time I had ever crossplayed and I loved it. So many people were convinced I was a male, it was hilarious. I got to be loud and obnoxious and do stupid stuff all around New Orleans Comic-Con, and I got to be green! Haha. I really can’t wait to get to cosplay him again.

  • Describe your creative process for starting a costume through completion!

    I’m really bad about overworking myself and picking way too many characters I want to cosplay at once. Usually, one character will really stand out though, and I will just be dying to get a head-start on them. The first thing I always tend to do is buy a wig. Wigs are my favorite thing to shop online for, you can never have enough! I’ll sit and think about how I want to make the outfit for a few days, or even weeks, before I got and buy fabric. Normally during that time, I’ll order the other things I need, like shoes or contacts. Once I purchase the fabric, I sit down and draw out what I’m making and the pieces I’m going to need. I have a stash of patterns that I tend to use or alter to make most of my things, although I will also draft my own or, honestly, just guess and cut pieces out. (Which works surprisingly well most of the time) Once all the pieces are cut out, they’re pinned and sewn together! (With some procrastination in the middle, of course) Then I go through a series of trying things on and altering them and trying them on again until everything fits right. Then it’s time to put the tiny finishing touches (like the accessories or minor details) and prepare to debut the costume for good! Normally I don’t try on the entire cosplay with make-up and all that good stuff until the day of the con. So it’s always a surprise! (I’m not sure if that is a good or a bad thing, haha

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 Kio as Kid ChiChi

Black Tie Cosplay as Ox King

Photo credit: Dinnerfortwo Photography (GeorgeM)

  • Do you have any favorite Asian films?

    I actually don’t watch a lot of foreign movies aside from anime. But right now, Summer Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I love everything about it, the concept, the art, the characters! The movie was so well put together, I cried when it was over because I was just so overwhelmed by how great is was.

  • What is the biggest learning curve you have learned about the cosplay in the past years?

    Patterns! I used to never use them, EVER. They just made my head hurt and left a mess all over my living room. It took a long time and a lot of convincing, but finally I started using them, and I must say, my costumes started looking a lot better. Although I still won’t use them from time to time, it’s nice to have them for when they’re needed. I’m also terrible at styling wigs and making boot covers, but hopefully I will get the hang of it eventually.

  • Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?

    Cosplay what you want and not what you think other people will like! Also know your limits when it comes to making something. It’s better to wait until you’re skilled enough than to try and end up with something you’re going to wish never existed. And lastly, remember to stay strong, work hard, and remember to have fun!

  • Lastly, what is your con schedule looking like through early 2013?

    As of right now, my plans are for Katsucon, MegaCon, and Anime Matsuri; none of which are in my home state. 2013 is feeling kinda like “go big or go home!”

Thank you Megan share her real cosplay story at Miccostumes.com, I’m seeking a sponsor opportunity for her, so here we go!

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Daily Cosplay-Female Chopper Cosplay

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Cosplayer:infinity-myka

Photo by Warphotojunkie

Amazing costume design and so cute~

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Daily Cosplay-Spock

Cosplay by janashantal , I really like her hairstyle ,impressive!

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Submit Cosplay Tutorials Articles to Miccostumes

Hi, friends, right now we need two basic cosplay tutorials articles to post in our site to help cosplayers, if you can make this quality cosplay articles, please submit the article tome for reviews, if we decide to publish any of your articles in our site/blog, you will earn $20 gift card from miccostumes.com.

  • Title :How to Crossplay Female to Male
  • Title: How to Care Cosplay Wig

Requirement:

1.The article should not been published at other sites, and the articles must be original.

2.There should be as many as photos in the tutorial, and if you can make video for the tutorial,will be prefect.

Submit your articles to me for reviews.

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Daily Cosplay-Sword Art Online – Aiming High

“I will reach the top no matter what it takes!”

Cosplay from Adellexe

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Cosplayer Interviews-Team blase Cosplay

There is a new cosplay interviews from our new friends teamblasecosplay : Gen and Fe .

Fe’s Lucca Cosplay from Chrono Trigger

1. Introduce you and your cosplay group first.

We are Fé and Gen from Canada. We have been cosplaying together for 2 years now, but Fé has been cosplaying for 10 years so that makes Gen the newbie!

2. How did you get started in with cosplay, what was your first cosplay?

Gen: I started cosplaying in 2010 because I wanted to attend an anime convention with my friends. I never cosplayed before that because I didn’t know people I could go to conventions with. I was really into Bleach at the time, so I decided to cosplay as Sunsun. I think it was a good choice because it wasn’t too challenging to make for a begginer without sewing knowledge. Also, I was nervous about getting my picture taken so cosplaying as a character who covers her mouth with one of her long sleeves was perfect for me; I had my photo pose figured out for me already.

Fé: I did the usual Halloween costume cosplay thing in the late 90s. I went to my first convention in 2003 dressed as Yuli from Pop’n Music.

Gen’s Shampoo Cosplay from Ranma 1/2

3. What has been your favourite cosplay?

Gen: My favourite cosplay is Margaret from Persona 4. I’m very proud of how it’s constructed,the fabric choices and how well it’s coordinated with Fé’s Elizabeth costume. We won a hall award for these costumes at Anime North and I was really happy!

Fé: I can’t pick just one! I usually love my latest costume best… until the next one!

4. Describe your creative process for starting a costume through completion!

Fe’s Elizabeth Cosplay from Persona 3

We usually start working on costumes many months ahead of the convention we plan on wearing them to. When you get more experienced at making costumes you can manage to make them in less time, but in the beginning I think it’s good to have plenty of time or if you’re just a bit lazy like us, haha.First we try to find as many reference pictures of the character as we can in order to figure out what clothing pieces or props are necessary to make. The next step is finding similar base patterns to modify among the commercial patterns from Vogue, Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity,etc. We usually don’t draft patterns from scratch unless it’s very easy, like skirts or when the clothing item just doesn’t look much like real clothing, such as Penelo’s top from FFXII:Revenant Wings.Then comes fabric shopping which also takes a considerable amount of time, because we like to pick our fabrics very carefully. We always make an effort to mix different fabric textures in our costumes and try to stay away from popelin and cotton as much as we can since it tends to look too plain.A lot of the sewing is done at our sewing classes, so we get to see each other’s progress along the way. It’s great to work in a pair since we can brainstorm and get awesome ideas that we wouldn’t have thought of by ourselves! Plus, it’s a lot more fun to work on cosplay with friends!When the convention gets closer, we take some time to think about what type of makeup we want for our characters. Sometimes it’s simple and doesn’t require much thought besides picking the right false eyelashes and eyeshadow colour. Other times it’s more elaborated such as with our Elizabeth and Margaret cosplays. We specifically wanted to have pale skin and even though we both have very pale complexions, white wigs made us look more tan than usual. We ended up mixing white foundation with our regular liquid foundation to get the right look. It’s good to practice your makeup once before the convention with the wig so you know what to expect.

5. Do you have any favorite Asian films?

Gen: I honestly don’t watch a lot of movies, but I like to watch Japanese movies sometimes.My favorites are Kamikaze Girls and Nobody Knows. Oh, let’s not forget the Rebuild of Evangelion movies. I can’t wait to watch Evangelion: 3.0.

Fé: I don’t watch movies at all. I prefer to play video games.

6. What is the biggest learning curve you have learned about the hobby?

Gen’s Fuuka Cospaly from Persona 3

Gen: For me, the thing that was the most difficult to learn is working with wigs. I don’t cut my own hair, so cutting a wig for the first time was scary. My first attempts weren’t successful and even now I’m afraid I can’t say that I have mastered this aspect of cosplay. I do some of the styling myself, but I always ask Fé for help for cutting them!

Fé: The most difficult for me is anything that doesn’t involve fabric or synthetic hair. I’m terrible at footwear or props and will do whatever I can to get out of doing them (like styling and cutting Gen’s wigs!).

7. Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?

Gen: Try not to obsess with cosplay “popularity”. With Facebook and all the social cosplay websites, it’s so easy to compare yourself to others and get discouraged. The point of cosplay shouldn’t be to get the most “Likes” on a page or gaining popularity, but to have fun creating (or

wearing) a costume, hanging out with friends and sharing your love of a fandom. I think you’ll enjoy the hobby much more if you focus on that instead of cosplayer rankings and who gets the most pictures taken.

Fé: Choose your cosplay carefully. I think picking the right or wrong character for your first cosplay can make you fall in love with the hobby or hate it! It’s important to love the character,pick an outfit that is not too daunting to make (if you are making it) and that flatters your figure.

8. Lastly, what is your con schedule looking like through early 2013?

In 2013, we will be attending Anime North in Toronto and Otakuthon in Montreal, two of the largest anime conventions in Canada.

Thanks Gen and Fe Join in our this week’s cosplay interviews, and miccostumes will sponsor Uta no Prince-sama Saotome Academy Girls Uniform and Uta no Prince-Sama Haruka Nanami wig for teamblasecosplay,hope we can see their new cosplay photos soon!.

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Daily Cosplay-Trunks No More

“So weak guy….”

Cosplay by ShadowsMask ,Veleven and Erin,photo by deeed

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Easy Cosplay Tutorial – Vocaloid: Hatsune Miku Clips

This is a super fast and easy tutorial for those who purchase the Hatsune Miku Cosplay Costume or those that have lost their hair clips. If you purchase your costume from Miccostumes you would have notice you received hair clips that are not solid like Miku’s but are made from fabric. This tutorial will help those cosplay perfectionists out there looking for a cheap alternative.
What you need:

  • Black foam board
  • Red 1cm width ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Alligator clips
  • Pen knife/ utility knife/stanley Knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Steps

  1. Measure out 8 rectangles with width 2.5cm and length 10cm onto the foam board.
  2. Cut out the rectangles with your knife.
  3. Glue the sides as shown with hotglue.
  4. Roughly position your red ribbon in the center and apply hotglue as you go. Wrap the whole clip and cut off the end.
  5. Using hot glue, glue the clip on the side as shown. This way the hairclip holds to your wig hair rather than the pony tails.
  6. Repeat for the other side and you’re done!

Hatsune Miku Sandplay Singing of the Dragon Wig is sponsored by Miccostumes, cut and styled by me.

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