Hi, everyone! Excel, reporting for duty! I'll be your guide through the wonderful world of cosplay. In this world, you'll find many helpful tips for doing a great cosplay. I'll try to post at least once a week with some advice on topics such as cosplaying on a dime, getting character personalities right, and finding rare cosplay items. I'll also feature my own cosplay from time to time, and maybe even some of yours! If you have any questions or ideas on what you would like to see featured, feel free to PM me.

As always, stay classy, Otakuites!

~~Why draw anime when you can BE anime?~~

Hair: Does It Make The Man?

So, we're all anime and video game fans here, right? Then that means we've all seen those anime and video game characters with the wild and crazy hair. In anime and video games, the rule of "art imitating life" does not apply. Some of the heads of our most beloved characters are crowned with gravity-defying, mind-boggling manes, am I right? Let's face it: NONE OF US are born with such crazy 'dos! So how does one go about obtaining these funky styles? Read on, my friends.

  • If your hair style is close to that of your chosen character, consider using styling gel or hairspray before splurging on a wig. As I've said before, wigs can be quite uncomfortable. For example, if you have slightly shaggy blonde hair, and you're planning a Cloud Strife cosplay, you can find a good gel or hairspray at your local Wal-Mart, Fred's, Target, or K-Mart.
  • Consider a hair cut if your hair is the right color, but too long. Even after the cosplay, the change could be refreshing.
  • What if your hair is curly, but the character's is straight, or vice versa? Most girls own either a straightener or a curling iron. If you don't own one yourself, borrow one from your mom, grandma, or other female guardian.
  • So, your hair is the right length and style, but it's the wrong color. Try a spray-in color or temporary dye. These can be found for a fair price at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Fred's, and Target, especially around Halloween. Hot Topic also sells a great brand of temporary hair dyes in a rainbow of wacky colors. Feeling more bold? Go for a permanent dye! However, before putting ANY hair color in your hair, PLEASE ask your parent or legal guardian for permission!! It is never good to anger those in power.
  • If none of these options work for you, buy a wig. If you've got the money to splurge and you want your costume to look perfect, search for "[Character's Name] Wig". If you're tight on money or you want to save your money for the Dealer's Room or Artist Alley, though, consider searching for the color and style of the wig you want. Attaching the character's name to the wig will often yield only expensive results. I've stumbled across wigs that cost around $100, even!

Now, I realize it sounds like I'm against wigs. This isn't the case, folks! Heck, I own two, as I can't cut my hair short (due to it's frizzyness) and can't dye it (temporary dye hates my hair, probably the frizzyness). In my experience of wearing wigs around all day, I've come to the realization that they are a nuisance. They itch, they can be easily knocked off, and if they're long, they can get tangled and ruined.

As always, remember to take pictures of your cosplay! Document the experience. Learn from what you did. If something worked for you, share it! Or if it didn't work for you, find out why it didn't work and fix the problem. If you would like, I'll also be willing to feature your cosplay on this world. Just send me a couple of pictures (or links to them) and a description of the cosplay.

I'm also open to suggestions for the next guide or feature, as well as any questions. If I can't answer your questions, I can direct you to someone who can.

Stay classy, Otakuites, and happy playing!