The wig is an integral part of cosplay; it is part of the costume, part of the character, and as essential as the props. When identifying characters, we mostly identify them by their wigs, costumes and props, and wigs account for a large part of the restoration process. A good cosplayer must be faithful to the character, and take restoration as the first priority, followed by aesthetics and comfort.
There are many different kinds of wigs, classified by the materials they are made of, including high-temperature resistance fiber, kanekalon, and real hair. Of course, there are many other types, but generally speaking, Cosplay uses high-temperature resistance fiber and kanekalon, and the following introduction also focuses on high-temperature resistance fiber and kanekalon.
Let’s compare the parameters.
|high-temperature resistance fiber||kanekalon||Conclusion|
(can be processed and styled with curling iron or straight clip)
(can only be dried with the low and medium temperature of the hair dryer)
|Size||Smaller||Larger||High-temperature resistance fiber wigs have more hair volume for the same thickness.|
|Can it be dyed?||No||If you want to change the color, it can be done with colored hairspray or spray paint.|
|Reflectance||Same reflectance||The reflectance of the wig is determined by the color.|
|Styling||Only suitable for curling straight hair, straightening curls, and reversing MSN wigs.||Suitable for all but the aforementioned shapes.||High-temperature resistance fiber wigs have a weaker sense of shape.|
From the above parameters, it can be seen that high-temperature resistance fiber and kanekalon are quite different, and their parameters determine their respective advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of high-temperature resistance fiber is that it can be freely ironed straight and rolled, and it is soft to touch, so it is more natural to wear out. The advantage of kanekalon is that it can do some exaggerated, high-supporting shapes.
- Which is more suitable for normal basic short hair?
Conclusion: I personally recommend kanekalon.
The normal basic hair here refers to the MSN class and reverse mushroom head class, not including the backlash class in the basic short hair. For basic short hair, if you don’t want to use it for curling or straightening, there is no need to spend more money on high-temperature resistance fiber.
- Which is more suitable for normal basic long hair?
Conclusion: Below 80cm, there is no difference between high-temperature resistance fiber and kanekalon; above 80cm, high-temperature resistance fiber is recommended.
Whether your hair is straight or curly, if you make the wig extremely frizzy, you won’t be able to maintain it back. high-temperature resistance fiber is recommended for lengths above 80cm, because such wigs are easily deformed, and high-temperature resistance fiber is easier to recover from.
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