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anonymous asked:

Sorry if I sound whiney. But what's so good about using ardaswigs? I've seen you been using them and I recently had an incident where someone said I wasn't a good cosplayer because I didn't use their wigs in a cosplay.

I actually really like my wig i’m using. Its beautiful and really long, I don’t think arda has anything similar to it. If anything I would have to style a wig I would get from there and this wig was already styled since it was made for the cosplay.

Hey there Anon! So sorry you have to deal with someone like this. They are clearly being an elitist for the sake of being an elitist, because they don’t seem to know what they are talking about when it comes to wigs. I’m personally a fan of Arda, and their wigs are good for my uses, but they aren’t the end-all-be-all of cosplay wigs, and are actually bad for many uses.

Going to leave aside a lot of the cosplay positivity “what makes a good cosplay is if you have fun!” stuff for now. Yes, that’s true, but what I’m going to be talking about is quality. This isn’t an objective standard by any means, but there is some degree of objectivity to it, since this is what you can be judged on in contests, etc.

Basically, quality-wise, what makes a good wig is if it works for what you need it for. There are many factors that go into this – 99% of quality wigs will have dense wefts, generally smooth-laying fibers (as opposed to a frizzy Party City type wig), good color (color blends look more natural even for bright colors, neon does not), etc. etc. However, a lot of that is based on subjective standards – does it work for this character? If I need to style it, can it take the styling that I need it to? If It’s a basic style (say, long and straight with bangs), does it come in that style and look good? Does it tangle a lot? etc. etc.

I’ve worked with “good wigs” all the way from $8 Ebay and Taobao wigs left generally unstyled to heavily-styled $80 Arda long lacefronts. While the brand of the wig will determine many properties of the wig, and some wigs are inherently “higher quality” than others (many of the US-based cosplay wig companies, like Arda, Epic Cosplay, The Five Wits, etc., will have better fiber types, denser fiber, better colors, etc. than no-name Chinese Ebay seller #9347395), that doesn’t mean that a cosplay using one of these wigs is inherently better than a cosplay using a wig from another company. Look at my cosplays for example – my Roxy cosplay is gorgeous. That wig probably cost me under $10 on Taobao. It’s not the highest quality wig in the world, and it doesn’t like to keep my styling in place, but the fibers are smooth, the color is nice, no wig tracks show, etc. It’s a good wig. It looks good, and it works in the application I have it in. Would the cosplay be somehow magically better if I had an Arda wig? It might be a marginal improvement, but not really.

I have a feeling that this person thinks this way because Arda is used by a lot of good cosplayers (and their wigs are more expensive than your average Ebay wig), therefore, Arda wigs = good wigs, and the only good wigs. It’s a brand loyalty based not on the strengths and weaknesses of the brand, but based on the name of the brand itself and the false sense of prestige that comes with it. Here’s a pro tip: There’s no prestige with different wig brands. Really. No one worth your time cares. It’s what is done with the wig that matters.

Pre-styled wigs are actually a really great resource. If you’re cosplaying a popular character and companies make the pre-styled wig and you don’t have the time, money, expertise, or desire to make the wig yourself? Go for it. You may have to do a little touch up on the styling once it arrives, but that’s not a huge deal. Sometimes these mass-produced pre-styled wigs can go for the same amount or cheaper than buying the raw materials from a company like Arda, and if you’re happy with the wig, it really doesn’t matter if you styled it yourself or not (barring competition or your own personal satisfaction).

Here’s the reason why this person clearly doesn’t know what they are talking about: besides not caring that a good wig is what makes a good wig for that costume, they clearly don’t know that /Arda isn’t good for everything/. (Or they are purposefully trolling you, in which case, block them and move on with your life. :])
Arda is good for many things. I’ll run through them here. But Arda is also not the best choice in many circumstances. I’ll also run through those reasons.

I’ve been buying a lot from Arda recently, yes. It’s because their wigs work for what I need them for, and because I like their product despite many of their shortcomings, or because there isn’t another option out there that I know I’ll be satisfied with.

The good:

  • Arda wigs are great for styling, especially heavy styling. Their fibers are a bit rougher than those from most companies, so they have more “grip” and do excellently with spiking, updos, and the like. They also make wigs that are specifically meant for heavy styling, such as wigs with the wefts sewn in backwards for spiking straight up, or wigs with the wefts already sewn for pigtails, etc. If you are doing heavy styling, this is the wig company you want. Their wigs are also entirely heat resistant, which is great for styling. They have pretty densely-packed fibers, as well, unlike a lot of cheaper wigs that have a row of short wefts for artificial volume and then a row of longer wefts, since this saves on costs. My last few wigs have had heavy styling – Pearl had that big foamcore point (I got a wig meant for updos so that the wefts on the underside would already be going in the right direction), Juri has those massive curls (and a lacefront), Angela is going to have spiking up top (and I know that the Jareth Long is already cut in the layers I need), etc.
  • Arda has good color blends. Even their unnatural colors are made of fibers of different shades instead of having them all in a single shade, or only having a couple of colors blended together. 
  • Arda has a wide selection of styles and colors. They are set up differently from a lot of China-based wig companies, who will make a few base wigs in many colors and then a lot of specialized wigs for whatever characters are popular. Instead, they have a wide range of base wigs and a wide range of color options, and while every wig doesn’t come in every color, there’s a huge selection. They also have a pretty good selection of lacefronts in various unnatural colors, which is unusual to find, since these are mostly worn for fashion purposes and come in natural colors (typically darker natural colors, since a lot of black women wear them and that’s what’s most popular with that demographic).
  • You can know almost exactly what you are getting with Arda. They have extensive customer galleries, as well as shop-made wig information sheets, so it’s easy to see exactly what features a wig has (skin tops, layers, etc.) and how it looks worn. If you still aren’t sure on a color, you can buy sample fiber for fairly cheap so you can see it in person. Sample fiber is also great if you plan on dyeing a wig (as I often do), since you can buy a whole bunch (they’re 25 cents each so it doesn’t break the bank to buy 10 of them to test on) and test your dyebath or experiment with colors without ruining your actual wig. They also sell wefts and extensions in all of their colors, so you can be sure that you can get wefts that match your wig perfectly.
  • For example: my second Julia wig was from Arda because I knew that I could test the color with samples beforehand. My first wig was from Taobao, and while it was a lovely wig in all other respects, it turns /bright yellow/ in sunlight, which is something you can’t know easily from stock images. So I went to Arda, bought some blonde samples, and tested them in varying lights. This is also why I got my Utena wig from there, since I wanted a very specific type of pink (we’ll see when it gets here!). My second Samus wig is also from there because it was the /only/ wig shop I could find with a long, layered wig in a decent looking shade of green. 
  • Their customer service and community engagement are awesome. Prompt email replies, runs a tumblr blog, has all sorts of tutorials (you don’t need to buy from them to use those though ;]), puts out wig suggestions for currently-popular series, etc.

The neutral:

  • Their wigs are fairly matte. I like it, others don’t, so this is down to personal preference.
  • They have large wig caps. A lot of people with larger heads or a lot of hair swear by Arda for this reason. I have a tiny head and practically no hair, so this is a drawback for me.

  • Some wigs have crimped fiber at the base. Not all. Some. This adds volume, but can make styling harder or make some wigs look frizzier than they actually are. I’ve never had an issue with it, but it’s something I’ve heard others complain about.

The bad:

  • Do you remember the “grippy” fibers good for styling? Great for styling, TERRIBLE for tangling. You have a long wig, Classic fiber, untreated? Those grippy fibers will latch onto each other and create a rat’s nest. It’s not inevitable, but it happens a lot more often than with wigs that have smoother fibers. This is the single largest drawback of Arda. If you need a long wig, unless it’s a very specific color or style, I’d say to stay away just for this. (For the record: I have two medium-length wigs from them that are both fine, since I treated them with silicone, and one long wig, which is also fine, since it’s in highly structured curls that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.)
  • They don’t seem to keep up with color or style trends, especially when it comes to popular moebait type anime. So many characters with hair is varying shades of milk tea, and no such option at Arda. They don’t have a lot of soft-looking pastels in general.

  • Speaking of colors, their wigs in natural colors don’t look as natural as wigs from some other companies. While their color blends are generally great, especially for unnatural colors, a lot of people complain about their lack of natural-looking natural color options (though they still have a wide variety of options), especially in blondes. If you need a natural-colored wig without a lot of styling, there are far better places to go.

  • They are more expensive than many other wigs (though on par with other US-based cosplay-specific wig companies, like Epic Cosplay or The Five Wits). If you don’t need any of the positive properties of an Arda wig, or if the negatives are a dealbreaker, it’s better to either go to another company for the same price or save some money and go elsewhere.

Overall, Arda can be really good, depending on what you need. Since they tend to make wigs for styling, they also tend to not be a good place to go if you are planning on using the wig out of the bag with just a bang trim or other minimal styling. For those wigs, you can get a wig from practically anywhere as long as the fiber is smooth and not overly shiny, and the color is right, and the wig tracks don’t show, which is really the bare minimum you want in any wig. And if you want a wig that you don’t have to touch, pre-styled (or commissioning a stylist if you have the money) is the way to go. If you want a higher-quality wig that won’t tangle as much (smoother fiber) or has a different color or style selection, but doesn’t take as heavy of styling,  Epic Cosplay tends to be the go-to US-based seller there.

But even with all this talk of wig quality, I’ll say it again: a good wig is a wig that works for your needs. Are you happy with how it looks with your costume? Does it feel right on your head (not too tight or itchy)? Can it be styled how you need? Do you like it? If yes, it’s a good wig, regardless of brand or anything else. Don’t listen to the haters.

♦Pre-ORDER OPEN♦ No.3 Adrian head

- Order period -

June 11th (Korean time 05:00 PM) ~ June 12th (Korean time 11:59 PM)

- ‘Adrian’ Head information -

Wig size : 8~9 inch
Eye size : 14~16 mm

Compatible to 63~65cm size boy body

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anonymous asked:

Yo! Your wigwork is really great and very inspiring, so I thought I'd ask: how would you go about making a undercut wig? So far I've considered: 1) really thickly sewn in wefts, 2) wig piece attached to a bald cap, 3) using silicone to create something like a fake skin top but over the sides, 4) using faux fur or something similar instead. So far, 1) seems like the most reasonable option but I'm curious about your thoughts.

Thank you!!  For an undercut style, it really depends on how short you need that hair to be.  For slightly longer hair, both 1 and 4 would work.  I am more inclined to use wig fiber because this is more realistic, so I would look into cutting down Arda’s Rocky style, which is a very short wig with an intense amount of wefts to fill the gaps.  Most of the work will already be done for you here, depending on if you need to swap out the top wefts for something longer.

If you need a wig that essentially looks like a shaved head underneath, you are probably SOL for using anything besides a bald cap.  Silicone is going to be annoying to get into the shape of your head because it drips as it dries, so instead you could start with a cap and carefully build off of that.  One option if you don’t mind a slightly less realistic look is to take a stipple sponge and sponge on your hair color like you would do for a fake beard, giving the impressing of a shaved head (super fine crepe wool cuts would help too).  The more realistic option is to use a flocking gun - pro wigmakers would probably use this to add the tiny cuts of hair to the cap.  I had actually researched  this for Sokka, so check out this very helpful thread for more information.

anonymous asked:

Hi I'm having a really hard time choosing who to cosplay, do you have any advice on how to pick?

Cata: Ask yourself four questions:

What am I interested in?

Is there a show, video game, book, movie, etc. you’re really interested in right now? Is there a character or design you want to cosplay from that source? Alternately, did you see a character or design somewhere and it really grabbed you for some reason?

Whenever we look at our next cosplay, we turn to our interests. I cosplayed as the Kid from Bastion because I love that game and really wanted to make the Brusher’s Pike. I’m working on Lion from Steven Universe because I really love that show. Queadlunn is working on a Tricorder because he loves Star Trek. Look at what you’re interested in and use that as a starting place. It can even be something general like “I feel like making a school uniform.” Great! Look at sources with school uniforms or make your own design!

Am I interested enough to commit to working on this project?

Cosplay takes time, money, and your own personal drive. Is this a project you can commit to working on or are you going to get bored of it? I have plenty of projects I’ve abandoned or put aside because I wasn’t that into it and that’s perfectly fine! You can always come back to it later or find a new project! 

Sometimes having two projects or multiple parts of a project can be a good way of keeping your motivation going. When I was finishing up Kid, I started Lion to keep my momentum going. While working on Lion, I alternated between working on the armor and props to always have something to work on. This is something only you can answer for yourself, but if you look over the cosplay and realize there are things you don’t want to do or would find too boring or frustrating, it’s a good sign to find a different costume.

Is the character within my skill level/budget/do I have enough time/space?

The last part ties into this one. Sometimes you don’t have the skills needed to make a costume. That’s perfectly fine, everyone has to start at some point. But if you’ve never made armor before, choosing a super complex armor build might be more frustrating than its worth. That doesn’t mean you can’t cosplay the character, it might just mean you have to simplify the costume or spend more time. It might also mean you have to choose another character, but that’s a choice only you can make. 

Another question to ask yourself is “how happy will I be with this costume when I finished?” I’m happy with Kid and while there are things I might remake in the future, I’m happy with how he turned out. Gaige is a costume I’m 90% happy with, but I know I can do much better now and plan on remaking her. I would LOVE to cosplay Tali from Mass Effect, but I know if I make the costume now, I’m going to be too stressed out making the costume. I’d rather practice and build up my skills before tackling that costume. 

Money is also a big factor. While cosplay is as expensive as you want it to be, costs can add up. We tend to use sales and coupons as much as possible, but we’ve also made some pretty big investments in tools because we want things that will last over the years. I use a lot of foam and Sinta because its inexpensive, Queadlunn uses a lot of plastic because he already has a good supply. Neither of us use Worbla because its a bit too expensive. I’ve made stuff from scratch, I’ve also gone to Goodwill to buy clothes to modify. Just remember the amount you spend (or don’t spend) does not determine how good of a cosplayer you are. 

Also cosplay is not a priority. Taxes and other living expenses should always come first. Please don’t bankrupt yourself over cosplay.

Time is also a key factor. If you have a con coming up in a month, ask yourself if you have time to finish a costume in a month. Some people can finish a costume in a week. Some people take months or years. Neither is better than the other. It all comes down to your own pace and how much time you have.

Finally, space. You need a place to make the costume and a place to store it. If you aren’t the only person in that living space and they aren’t cosplayers either? This can further limit the space you have to work in. There are a lot of costumes we’d love to make, but simply don’t have the space for so we aren’t worrying about it. 

But this is all for making your own costume. If someone is selling the costume you want to wear or you can commission someone to make it for you? Great! There’s no rule saying you have to make your own costume to be a cosplayer. 

What will I learn from this cosplay?

Every single experience should be a learning experience in some way. Maybe this is your first armor build and you learn you really like (or hate) making armor. Maybe you try wearing a wig for the first time. Maybe you try styling a wig for the first time. Maybe this time you buy clothes to alter instead of making things from scratch. Maybe this time you buy a costume and you learn what its like working with a seller or commissioner. Think about what you want to do or don’t do while working on the costume.

This is also a question you should ask yourself after the costume. You could realize you really like styling wigs and want to work with wigs. You could also realize you hate styling wigs. Both will help inform your next project. 

I realize this is long, but this is actually the process we go through whenever look at new projects.

On a final note, keep a list or a folder with pictures of costumes you’d like to work on. It might not be stuff you work on immediately, some you might never work on, but having something to reference when you need ideas can be good. 

Good luck!


[Adrian Head- 2nd Sale]

- ‘Adrian’ Head information -

Wig size : 8~9 inch
Eye size : 14~16 mm

Compatible to 63~65cm size boy body

Price : $150 + EMS shipping fee
* Shipping fee varies so please let me know your shipping address and I will calculate total for you.

* Face-up is not included and I’m not receiving commission as well.

- Order period - ​

May 20th (07:00PM) ~ May 23th (11:59 PM)
* If prepared quantity is all sold out, the order may get closed before May 23th.

- Order Procedure -

I will only receive the order by e-mail.

E-mail : kanabykana@gmail.com

Please write the title as “Adrian head order”
and include following information in the mail.
You name, Phone number, Shipping address, Postal code, Skin type (Normal or White)

- Payment -

Paypal : mizisu486@gmail.com

Please make the payment within 48 hours after receiving your total.
If the payment is not made within 48 hours, your order will be canceled.

- Preparation time -

I am going to order all the quantity after the order period is over to prevent any yellowing, and it will take around 40 working days to prepare all the heads, it might be longer since holiday.
I will make notice of shipping schedule on my blog again.

***Adrian head is my personal work so it has nothing to do with our company, Rosenlied,
so I am asking other factory for production of Adrian head.
After the order is made, the order can’t be canceled.
If there are some serious reasons for canceling, please contact me,
but I can’t make full refund. Production fee will be deducted from your total.

Please contact me by my e-mail for any more questions.