Due to popular request, this Cosplay 101 is about how and where to buy cosplay wigs. I’m not an expert myself and have been learning through trial and error, so keep that in mind. If you’d like to skip to the list of e-bay sellers and online stores go to the end of this tutorial.
Now onto it! (:
Step one on buying your wig should be collecting enough reference images, so you can buy a wig that you can style well and be colour accurate. Decide pretty early if you want to style it or commission someone to do it, buy a basic wig that you can work on or one that is already associated to the character and therefore, initially prepared for it.
Buying wigs is a test of patience, my number one spot to do it is e-bay, I get more options, several different colour variations and lots of different prices.
On you’ve established what kind of wig you want to get, you can start looking for it.
If you choose e-bay, be careful with the sellers. Avoid buying from stores that have less than 97% positive feedback, and always read the reviews before buying. That can make or break it.
Read the description carefully and find out what type of fiber it is made of. There are heat resistant fibers and normal ones that can’t take heat, and even heat-resistant ones are only so up to a point, so be careful. If there’s nothing on the wig description, avoid buying it. It’s also important to check the images they use to advertise/list the wig, if you can see erased watermaks, that usually means iffy business plus, more photos of different angles means a better chance that the wig you see is the one you’re getting. E-bay listings that use photos of cosplayers are also to doubt, but check the description to see if they have photos of the actual wig on a wigstand.
Next would be the prices, don’t buy the first wig you see, have a handful of options and choose the one that fits better with the character and also proportional in terms of price/quality.
Now that you’re all set, the rest depends on your own personal taste. While we can help you with basic precautions and knowledge, it’s up to you what you want to do with the wig and how far you want to take it. If you’re worried about styling wigs, Arda has a great selection of video tutorials that you can watch here. They cover basic styling tools and methods, great for people who are just starting or want to refresh their memory.
Last but not least, if you’re buying from an online store, read reviews on it before buying.
E-bay Sellers & Online Stores:
These are a few sellers and stores where me or my friends have bought from before, we can attest for their quality, but don’t promise that the wigs will be perfect for you. As you may know, sellers change their products and we can’t always keep track of it. Follow the previous steps and you should be fine (:
L-Email @ ebay – Very good wigs, the fibers are somewhat shiny under artificial light but still realistic, react very well to flash, still looking great. They use a blend of colours for the wigs and every photo on their website/e-bay is 100% true to the product. Very, very good prices and excellent costumer service.
Arda Wigs – Though usually more expensive than most e-bay wigs, they have awesome fibers and thick wigs that you can work with beautifully. Many colour choices and styles to choose from.
WigFashion @ ebay – This seller has other stores under different names. With their photos, what you see is what you get and so far I’ve been happy with their products. Some of their wigs react rather aggressively when photographed with flash, so weird shine is a possibility for some of them under those circumstances.
JCPunk @ ebay – I have a friend who loves this store, so far most of her wigs are from here, and they all came exactly as described.
Moemall Cosplay @ ebay – This seller features lucaille wigs on ebay, so far they’ve turned out great, though sometimes a little bit thinner than showed.
PunkShop02 @ ebay – Wonderful wigs associated with many characters. Most styles are very accurate and the quality is great, plus you can commission wigs to this seller based on their colour charts.
Cosplaydna @ ebay – Though sometimes the photos are colour enhanced, they seem to be fixing that. the fibers seem good enough, and you have lots of affordable choices.
Ayanamisatoru @ ebay – Lots of base wigs you can work with in gorgeous colours.
Susan-Kingdom @ ebay – So far all wigs we bought from here have come as described and with very good quality. Fiber count could be higher, but still great.
Ruler Cosplay Wigs @ ebay – Great colours, styles and wonderful quality. No complaints from my part so far.
If you have any other ebay sellers or stores you’ve loved, feel free to comment so we can add them to the list (: