Very, very shiny wig

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#1 Hoshi26 on 2 years ago

Hi all. I'm considering cosplaying Phos from Houseki no Kuni, but I have no idea where to find a wig for the character. It is highly glossy, and is supposed to look crystal like. What wigs might work for Phos? Also, how might I style them into the style Phos has?



#2 Scunosi on 2 years ago

I feel like this is going to be better off as a built wig rather than a styled wig. I wouldn't use a regular "hair" wig, I'd look into clear vinyl that you can color yourself to match. I think that may be the only way to get that look without going full silicone which I've heard would be very costly, heavy, and expensive.

#3 fabrickind on 2 years ago

Glad to see other people in Houseki no Cosplay Hell.

If you want to go with a wig and not something that is built up, I've seen a few ways to appraoch this. Most cosplayers just go with a regular wig, but you want extra shine. I've seen people add highlights to their wigs, whether with glitter or something shimmery or just airbrushed on where highlights would go. I've seen a few examples, can't find any at the moment of someone airbrushing highlights to mimic the anime-style shine, but [URL=""]this Amethyst[/URL] is a good example of what I mean with using shimmer as a highlight. Another option would be doing gradient effects to mimic a shiny look without any actual shine -- [URL=""]this is a Diamond wig[/URL], but it illustrates the principle.

As for styling, I would do chunky, pieced spiking, but directed downward rather than up or out like spikes would be. You can achieve this by sectioning out the hair and using hairspray and a hairdryer to set it. (I'd use a freezing spray)

Though, if you want a screen-accurate look, you'll have to build it out of something other than wig. One crossed my Twitter timeline the other day that was made out of a shiny vinyl or cellophane or similar and it looked pretty good, so I know it's been done.

#4 Hoshi26 on 2 years ago

Thanks for the help! Fabrickind, can you link me that picture you found of the cellophane wig if you can track it down again?

#5 DlGlT on 2 years ago

Looks like cellophane over a wig.