like-a-fallen-angel-i-suffered asked: hello! Im cosplaying miku but the pigtails sadly got really tangled last time I used it. So i was wondering what I could do to fix it?
Ah, the famous Miku wig. I completely understand your problem, being a Miku cosplayer myself. Detangling wigs is one of the biggest hassles of cosplay maintenance but once you get used to it it really just gets easier from that point on.
To make sure your wig doesn’t get static-y or ruined, you need to make sure you’re in the right environment to brush it and that you have the proper brush or comb. Because Miku wigs are very long, I’d recommend getting a brush; it’ll save you plenty of time.
Wig combs and brushes have steel bristles which are specially designed for wigs so they don’t pick up static like they normally would from a plastic bristle brush. The best place to get a comb/brush like this is eBay. Trust me, there isn’t a place online you can get it cheaper (or maybe there is but I just haven’t found it yet). They go for about $3-6 including shipping so it shouldn’t be too much of an investment. It’s totally worth it in the end and lasts you a lifetime.
Now comes the fun part: the brushing! The best way to brush out long pigtails like Miku is to clip them on a hanger and hang it up somewhere nice and high so you don’t break your back bending over to get to the bottom of the wig. Start brushing at the bottom then work your way up slowly in sections of hair. Do not pull through knots. That will stretch out your wig fibers and make them very wiry and thin and more vulnerable to knots in the future. Do hold sections of the hair you’re brushing tightly so that you don’t tug on the wig and cause fibers to fall out and lose hair.
If you want to make sure your wig isn’t as vulnerable to knots in the future, you should condition is as soon as it is 100% knot free. The cheapest and easiest way to do this is to mix your regular hair conditioner with water in a spray bottle and comb it into the wig so it gets very silky and smooth. What this does is it makes your wig very sleek and not dry and rough so it won’t get into as many knots as before. It’ll also make it a lot more easier to brush it out the next time!
Hope this helped. Happy cosplaying!
Anonymous asked: I'm totally new to sewing, and this is my second cosplay. (which I'm hoping to be much better than my first one!) I need to make an open vest, and looking around google and youtube, I can make the vest just by cutting up a t-shirt. Do you think I should just alter a t-shirt, or use that as a pattern and sew my own vest instead? I'm just afraid that the t-shirt method will fray or I might ruin a t-shirt...
It really depends on what the vest needs to look like. The construction of a vest varies in styles. If the fabric and simplicity of a regular shirt will make your vest look the way you need it to then I say go for it. However, vests usually have a lot more construction than a simple cutout from a shirt. If you want to go farther in quality and construction, I’d cut up the shirt simply for the pattern like you stated before. This will help you in cutting out and putting together your own vest.
There are some super simple vest patterns on Google Images if you’re going for something extremely easy and simple.
Hope this helped!
Anonymous asked: Hello! Um I wanted to ask you if you had any advice for me. Up until now I've only cosplayed characters that have short hair. Like Mikasa, Ciel, Sakura but for my next cosplay I want to cosplay as Asuna from Sword art online but I know that long wigs tend to tangle up so easily. So I was wondering if you had any kind of advice to help me to not get it so tangled up or untangle it without damaging the wig.
Sure thing! Wig care is an important part of cosplay, especially if you’re posing for photos. If you’re wearing a long wig at a convention, it will tangle within a matter of minutes. It’s always good to
These are the biggest things you want to focus on, especially if you want to be the person that always has the long, silky and tangle-free wigs at cons.
If you carry around a bag, have larger pockets, or have a cosplay handler, you’re going to want them to carry around a wig brush or comb for you and help you get rid of tangles in the making during the con so once you change into another cosplay you don’t have a bird’s nest on top of your head.
When you’re brushing long wigs out, you want to make sure you don’t pull on knots. If you do that, that will stretch the fibers out and leave your wig stringy looking and just plain ugly. And it will be a lot more vulnerable to further knotting. Make sure you’re always gently brushing out each knot so you’re not pulling on it and work your way patiently through small sections of the wig. Brush gently from bottom up in small parts of the wig and take on one knot at a time.
As for the conditioning of the wig, I’m sure you heard all about washing and caring for your wig if it gets dirty (if not, I’ll give you a quick version. Lukewarm water mixed with shampoo, hold your wig in the water and with your other hand just gently massage it. Once you’re done, pat dry with a towel so it’s not soaking then air dry). Let me give you the extra step. Spray bottle + water + conditioner. Spray this into your wig as you brush it out. Spray as much as you want! The more silky and smooth you make your wig, the less it will tangle. You be the judge on how much is enough and when to do the process again.
I hope this helps! Good luck with cosplaying long haired characters. I personally mostly cosplay characters with long hair so I have to deal with long wigs allll the time.