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My wig collection has reached... *counts* 13 wigs? Most of them were purchased for under Y2000, and actually decent quality at that, and I'm pretty sure I've worn all but three of them out and about already. (I also have like, five or six pairs of color contact lenses, but let's not talk about those right now.) I like playing dress-up, period -- if it's cosplay as well, all the better :D

I mention this because, on my ever-growing list of cosplays I wish to do someday, a couple characters that have been burning at the back of my mind for quite a while now. I really have to blame [personal profile] luciazephyr and her big damn fanmix, A Chicago Triptych, for my recent desire to cosplay the Leanansidhe (Dresden Files). 

In the more recent descriptions of Lea, her hair is described as fiery gold. What the hell does that look like, I asked. @skysailor99 offered up the following pic as a gorgeous color sample, thanks love.



And with that in mind, Marcia Cross's hair color looks like a good real life reference, if it were styled crazy long and curly/wavy. (Photo ganked from www.hairstyle-blog.com) 



Oh hey more ref pics! XD

cropped from Vivienne Westwood, by Juergen Teller. (yay tumblr.)


 If you have any alternative ideas to Lea's haircolor or style, please let me know! Additional input is always welcome~

Anyway, as soon as I had seen that, I was like, wow, you know, that looks like it could work for Shatterstar's hair, who I've been wanting to cosplay for years.

Shatterstar, yay! 



 

And so, the wig search begins. Below the cut is where I'm stashing wig notes and other related cosplay research on these two characters.

Locally, two shops I know are within my price range, namely Bodyline and that nameless wig shop in Nippori, and possibly Maple as well. Online, well, I'm not terribly certain as to quality of said wigs. There are a lot more hairstyles available in the western shops and more expensive stores in Japan, but the fiber quality is different. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

According to the dresdenwiki, Lea's hair falls to her hips. Good, because this means it'll work well for (albeit somewhat curlier than) Shatterstar's updo. Bad, because crazylong wigs (this will be 1 meter plus, FYI) are significantly more expensive, and very heavy. Factoring in the curls, that's longer than my hair.

Possibilities include:
 
~wig details~
Brand: Maple

Item number: MP6202LF-TF2

Link: http://www.maple-wig.com/shopping/goods_detail.php?gid=3061

Length: front 26cm, back 82cm, sides 60 cm

Color: TF2 (Orange Gold, heatproof)

Price: Y4800

Notes: This is /probably/ measured curled. Thus, the longest ends of this wig would rest at the top of my ass (seriously, is there a less crude way to put that? Hip is so inaccurate...). Clipped up, the ponytail would fall mid-shoulder blade; combed into a ponytail, it would probably reach my waist. A definite possibility.
 Brand: Maple

Item number: MP210SP-F15

Link: http://www.maple-wig.com/shopping/goods_detail.php?gid=535

Length: 120cm

Color: Orange

Price: Y5800

Notes: There's a 100cm version for Y4800 available as well. In this color, 150cm long wefted extensions (45cm) are available for Y1500. Would have to be curled, and I don't believe it's the really heat resistant kind of fiber. The color, though, seems to be closer to the reference pic.
 Brand: Maple

Item number: MP6215L-TF2

Link: http://www.maple-wig.com/shopping/goods_detail.php?gid=3180

Length: back 88cm, sides 85cm

Color: TF2 (heatproof Orange Gold)

Price: Y4800

Notes: Again, would need curling, which would shorten it more than the pre-curled wig above. However, center par + skintop, and at least the fibers will take a curling iron.
 Brand: Cosplay.com (New Look)

Item number: Godiva 951 XL

Link: http://shop.cosplay.com/wigs/categories/long/godiva951xl.html

Length: 44 inches (uh...112 cm?)

Color: Color chart I'm really not sure which would be appropriate. Fire red appears too dark; orange could work, but I'd prefer if it were a blend...

Price: $55

Notes: Would have to be curled, not sure of the colors.
 Brand: Bodyline

Item number: wig015

Link: http://item.rakuten.co.jp/bodyline/wig015/

Length: 80cm

Color: Orange brown

Price: Y1999

Notes: Own this in brown-gold (and a clip-in weft of the orange-brown, cuz it was Y300). Because of the curls, it frizzes quickly (price is low enough that it doesn't bother me though ^^). It's definitely long enough if I relax the curls a bit further (or possibly brush it out -- a bit afraid of it turning into crazymassive 'fro, but hey, that might work). The color is comparable to Maple's TF2, though I believe less vibrant or slightly darker -- I'd have to go in to check.
 Brand: Bodyline

Item number: wig010

Link: http://item.rakuten.co.jp/bodyline/wig010/

Length: 80cm

Color: Orange-brown

Price: Y1999

Notes:   I like the loose curls, but it will probably be too short. (The straight version of this, also 80cm, only reaches just past my waist.)
 Brand: unknown Nippori wig shop (might be related to cos-wig.com, but many more wig colors are available here)

Item number: x

Link: N/A (this store? http://worldyp.mobi/Japan/29509.xhtm)

Length: 100cm (straight)

Color: They have nearly every color ever (I call it the rainbow store), so I'm sure I could match anything.

Price: ~Y3400-4200?

Notes: The meter length wigs weigh over half a kilo, hah. These are completely unstyled wigs -- there's a center coin skinpart, and all the hair runs straight from there (so the "bangs" are the same length as the back). I have a 60cm one for Renji; with a bit of work and lots of anchoring wigclips, you can pull them into a ponytail with no net showing.
 Brand: Cos-wig (Taiwan shop, never tried)

Item number: 

Link: http://www.cos-wig.com/content/Product/Detail.aspx?id=986&cid=46&lang=zh-TW

Length: 90cm straight

Color: Orange (looks more fluorescent/pink-toned)

Price: =$27.52

Notes: Would have to be curled, color may be off, no experience with this shop.
 Brand: Cos-wig

Item number: 

Link: http://www.cos-wig.com/content/Product/Detail.aspx?id=964&cid=20&lang=zh-TW

Length: 82cm curled

Color: 秘魯褐 (Hah, googletranslate calls that "Brown Peru")

Price: =$27.52

Notes: Not orangey enough? (Makes me think of Rangiku's color, though a little less blonde.) Otherwise same cautions as above.
 Brand: cos-wig.com

Item number: FLS504-BN36

Link: http://www.cos-wig.com/content/Product/Detail.aspx?id=910&cid=20&lang=zh-TW

Length: 120cm (curled?)

Color: Same as above

Price: =$44.75

Notes: Same cautions as two above.
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I spend far too much time researching this stuff, lol. I'm partial to the first wig, though it's a little darker than I was hoping, considering current comic canon colors (bright orange) and the photo refs I'm looking at. Actually, the "orange" color from Maple? Looks like it matches the photos best, which is weird, but I can go with that.

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