Wig Selection for Jiangshi Mei

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#1 Scunosi on 1 year ago

I'm reviewing wigs for [URL="https://i.pinimg.com/originals/f5/c8/bf/f5c8bf2551f385ab8da6d64cf64bc32b.jpg"]Jiangshi Mei [/URL]and am worried about making the right choice for A) color and B) styling.

For color it's been hard to pin down exactly what shade she's got. In the original Junkenstein promos her hair looks anywhere from a dark brown to a blue-black, and Arda has tons of shades between those to choose from. I'm trying to take [URL="http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/301/613/9bb.jpg"]lighting [/URL]into consideration though and I've taken some screenshots of her in more neutral lighting that I can add once I get home. I personally like the Raven but could also see Dark Purple or one of the Deep Browns being accurate. Given most of her outfit is blue/purple I'm not sure if I should try to have the hair shade match or contrast it.

The second issue I'm worried about is styling. At a glance it doesn't look like it'd be too difficult, but I've heard about extra steps people have to take when doing characters with ponytails. She doesn't have a high ponytail but two low ones. I just want to check if this is a style I'd be safe using almost any wig for, or would I need one specifically meant for ponytail styling? Assuming I can use any wig I've been looking at Arda's Eowyn or Natasha, or the Buttercup depending on color availability. I've even contemplated the Stevie for the initial bulk that would help puff up the ponytails, but I could probably tease that out of the other wigs if need be with less straightening to do afterwards, and the Stevie's available in a lot less colors.

I'm also open to suggestions for Epic Cosplay wigs, I just wasn't finding as many dark shade options with them.

Can I get some opinions on which shade is most accurate or works best, and for styling the wig? Thanks.

#2 DlGlT on 1 year ago

I think you're going to need a pigtail wig for that deep part in the back.

#3 Bombdoll on 1 year ago

Those low ponys might expose typically aligned wefts if made from a standard wig, even a very thick one. If you plan to use a normal wig for this I'd get wefts in the same colour and sew them vertically along where you want to make the part in the back. Or, if the colour you want is available in the [URL="https://www.arda-wigs.com/collections/unique-wigs/products/leia-classic?variant=27836978758"]Leia at arda[/URL] or the [URL="https://www.arda-wigs.com/collections/unique-wigs/products/chibi-classic-small?variant=34317006668"]chibi[/URL] then you needn't worry about the wefts in the back being visible. I don't think the chibi would be long enough though.

I haven't spent any time researching the colour, but I would personally use a dark brown or black colour in a tone that would complement your skin tone.

#4 Scunosi on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Bombdoll;5063621]Those low ponys might expose typically aligned wefts if made from a standard wig, even a very thick one. If you plan to use a normal wig for this I'd get wefts in the same colour and sew them vertically along where you want to make the part in the back. Or, if the colour you want is available in the [URL="https://www.arda-wigs.com/collections/unique-wigs/products/leia-classic?variant=27836978758"]Leia at arda[/URL] or the [URL="https://www.arda-wigs.com/collections/unique-wigs/products/chibi-classic-small?variant=34317006668"]chibi[/URL] then you needn't worry about the wefts in the back being visible. I don't think the chibi would be long enough though.

I haven't spent any time researching the colour, but I would personally use a dark brown or black colour in a tone that would complement your skin tone.[/QUOTE]
The color options are kind of limited on either of those but at least they both have Deep Brown. I'm a bit confused about the Leia though, it says it can be unbraided but can't be taken out of the ponytails. I imagine I'd need to move the ponytails around a bit and maybe re-do them, any idea what they're referring to?

#5 Bombdoll on 1 year ago

I think they mean it cannot be worn without ponytails of some variety, due to the fixed skin part running from a few inches from the front hairline to the nape of the neck. I think it's meant to deter people from thinking it functions like a human scalp. But I can't honestly speak for Arda! You can always get in touch with them if you want clarification. Or else, you could [URL="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjG4bMDTTZI&feature=youtu.be"]make your own centre-part wig[/URL] in the colour of your choosing.

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#6 Alyxiane on 1 year ago

I own the Leia for my genderbend Ren cosplay, and I can confirm they meant that you can't wear it down (aka without twintails) as if it's a regular wig. As Bombdoll said, it's due to the fixed skin that's parted in the middle, but it's also how the wefts are kind of sewn vertically in order for the twintails to be styled without risking the wefts to show.

I styled my Leia to have low twintails, somewhat similar to Jiangshi Mei, so the issue I came across when styling it was that the wefts tend to show rather easily if I'm not careful. At least since I bought the wig in Black, it wasn't much of an issue as if it were a lighter color. So the Leia seems to be best suited for mid twintails first, low twintails second if you're open to sew in the extra wefts in case it does show.

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