Hello~ First, I want to start off by saying that I hope you feel better soon. I know getting teeth pulled is a pain! lol Second, I’m attending an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party next month. I don’t have any Alice print dresses, so I’m working on this Queen of Hearts inspired coordinate. Not pictured is also some gold tea parties I’m going to wear. Since the wig is white x red as well, would it look ok or should I stick to a natural color wig? Also for leg wear, I’m thinking either BTSSB’s heart trump OTKs in red x black or these Offbrand white x red tights I have. You think the tights would look ok or should I stick with the OTKs? Thanks for your help!
I think I would like to see your coord with a natural color wig. I feel like the current wig takes attention away from the rest of the coord and a natural color might look more elegant. For legwear, I much prefer the OTKs. I think the coloring and the print of the OTKs works better for the coord than the striped tights do.
http://www.ikuokaya.com/ Sells accurate geisha/maiko kanzashi, uchiwa (summer fans), washi paper namecards, kinchaku (traditional bamboo bags), souvenirs, dance fans, maiko + geisha accessories (though they’re not completely accurate - obidome, obiage, etc), combs for katsura + nihongami and tenugui (dance cloths)
Good range of accessories + kimono, but the descriptions are lacking
at don’t detail stains or blemishes for kimono, and the shipping can
be stupid ***Special thanks to @spaghetti-machete for
this whole traditional Japanese accessory section!***
lot of people don’t know this, but Etsy actually sells everything else
you may need! Wigs, fabric, jewelry findings, you name it! Check out
their craft supply section!Ebay and Amazon, of course! Don’t count them
careful with some of these places when it comes to online payments.
Make sure you’re buying from places that use reputable payment vendors
like PayPal or Google wallet, or at the very least don’t enter your
card number into anything unless the transaction page url starts with
Also everyone please please please do not use your debit card for your first ever purchase from some Romanian cosplay shop that opened three weeks ago.
Use your debit card to buy a Visa gift card at a drug store or ask
your parents if you can use their credit card and give them cash on the
Credit cards give you many more options if the vendor
doesn’t deliver or ships you some busted ass dead possum wig from
Taipei. Not saying the above listed places are necessarily bad, but
these are still good tips for making safe foreign purchases online.
Special thanks to everyone who helped put this list together!
I kept thinking things like “I’ll wait ‘till the New Year to post them” or “I’ll make a video with these photos instead,” but all these thoughts were just deterring me from posting them.
I like to post photos of myself without a wig on my blog at least once a year or so. It’s important to me to make myself visible to others with alopecia that might feel alone, and also important in helping me remember I don’t have to hide it or treat it like a secret. (It’s a little scarier with my rebooted blog because this is a more public blog, and I know that more people I actually know may see it, not just online strangers!)
I don’t ever go out without a wig on, and there are only a handful of people that I feel comfortable to take my wig off in front of. But my goal is to get past that. I miss the carefree feeling of being able to take off my wig to go swimming without thinking about how others might be viewing me. I’m not proud that I’m so afraid to take off my wig to go swimming, even with only my closest friends around.
Having alopecia doesn’t define me. I used to be afraid that opening up about alopecia would cause people to see me as “the girl with alopecia” or “that girl that wears wigs,” but now I know that I am so much more than my appearance. I’m so proud of how far I’ve come in speaking about alopecia, but now it’s time to take the final leap forward– starting to build my confidence without the protection of a wig.
Don’t get me wrong, I love wigs, changing up my wigs, playing with different hairstyles, and I’m so proud that I can finally change wigs regularly without putting myself on the brink of an anxiety attack when people ask me questions about it. Sure, some of that anxiety still comes back now and then, but it’s not debilitating anymore, and it gets easier each time I face it. But sometimes I fear that I use the wig as a crutch. I’m stronger than that. It’ll take time, but I’m constantly working towards improving my confidence, bit by bit. How do I expect to encourage others to be alopecia-body-positive if I’m not even 100% there myself? If I want to have any chance of inspiring others with alopecia to love themselves, I gotta start with myself.
(..I keep getting nervous to post this, thinking, “what if no one even likes it” but then I’m like yo who cares this is something I gotta do for me, the point is not to care how others react, isn’t it? ^-^)
I get a lot of compliments and questions about my hair, i.e. “what products do you use…” “how long did it take to grow out…” “are you completely natural…” “your hair is slayeddddd…” etc. So I thought I’d finally let you guys in on a little secret…
This hair right here…
Its a weave.
This is weave.
I decided to make this post because there are a lot of beautiful natural girls on this website who have inboxed me asking about how I care for and grow out my hair, and to be honest, I don’t like being deceiving. Especially to people who are so giving in their compliments and generally interested in natural hair. I also wanted to help make fellow natural hair girls aware of this company in particular because they are able to customize textures in order to match your own hair. This can come in handy for women (or men) who have just big chopped but are looking to have a protective style that can still match their desired aesthetic. When I decided to go natural, I really wanted to stick to this particular look of big, curly hair while growing out my own. So I did some research on hair, had some other trial and error with different hair companies, and ultimately came across Boho Exotic Studio hair company which I absolutely love and adore.
This hair is 1 ½ bundles of the Jamaican Envy Curl texture in 14 and 16 inches. I purchased it in August of 2014, and here it is over a year later still working its magic and slaying life. It is definitely one of the best investments I’ve made in terms of hair because of the longevity of the hair and the versatility in textures that are offered by this company. I’ve had about 4 different installs with this same hair for 2-3 months time period each install and have yet to have any complaints about it. On top of that, they have a referral program that allows you to make a commission off of family or friends that may purchase from them.
If you are interested in seeing more about where I get this hair from, you can check out their website by clicking here and signing up for an account so you can receive newsletters with discounts and upcoming sales. By signing up through that link you’ll also be helping me out with the referral program, because I am trying to order some more bundles like… tomorrow lol. Feel free to hit up my ask box if you have any questions or want to know more about the hair, or my natural hair journey and I am more than happy to answer.
We’ve gotten a ton of questions
about how I made Cjgren‘s giant Rose Quartz wig, so in this post I’ll be
going over all of my steps in detail! There’s a lot of things I like
about this wig but also a few steps that I’d do differently if I had to make
it again. I’ll try to touch on all of those to help out any future
Rose cosplayers who want to make their own behemoth wigs!
Four 40" long pink wigs
14 or 16 gauge wire
Drill curl material such as heavy fusible interfacing or packing tape
I made a little tutorial on how I pin my wigs on! This is what I use for underwater pictures and for any really heavy wigs. It’s also the method I used at Disney World to keep kids from pulling my wigs off my head.
“Historical wigs always fascinated me, especially the baroque era,” Kozina says. “This is art for art’s sake aesthetics for aesthetics — no practical sense, but they are beautiful. In this case, paper helps to highlight the main form and not to be obsessed with unnecessary details.”