A few of you might remember this post
on tumblr from a few months ago, but now that Arda's forums are up and running, I thought I would re-post it here with some new pictures and descriptions.Style:
Blue Steele [link]Color:
107 Light Grey [link]Permanent modifications:
noneAt a glance
True to the site description, the Blue Steele is super-short in the back and long in the front; on my medium-to-large head, the longest parts fall at about chin level. Wefts in the back are dense enough and the hair on them just long enough to ensure that nothing beneath shows through when all the fiber is lying flat. [front] [side] [back] [additional photo]
The color, 107 Light Grey, is a nice light neutral grey. For those of you familiar with the old Cosworx line, it’s slightly lighter than their Silver color. The site lists it as a blend, but it must be a very, very subtle one, because even when I examine it closely I can’t see any differences in color amongst the fibers. A very nice color overall, and a passable substitute for lighter shades like 063 if they look too stark against your skin. My friend has a Hansel in that color, so I might compare those two shades side-by-side when I get the chance. [comparison between Arda 107 Light Grey (left) and Cosworx Silver (right)]Other Construction Notes
If you’re planning on pulling back the long parts of the wig, or styling them up, the hairline
of the Blue Steele is pretty standard; small amounts of crimped fiber, but not excessive amounts of it.
On that note, the longer parts of the wig are in somewhat of a half-circle shape at the top-front. On the sides, they start about 2 1/2 to 3 inches above the bottom of the ear-flaps of the undermesh. Pulling the long parts up and away from the sides
reveals that the parts underneath are also quite short; the bits that fall in front of my ears are just long enough to cover any hair there.
---Quick Styling Notes:
(no product used for photos)Side part
The most basic of styling: a simple side part.Side part, the “I can see!” edition
A single clip greatly improves visibility. Untidy back
Messing up the back of the wig with my fingers proved successful! The wefting is thick enough to take a little styling in the untidy direction. I would not recommend cutting it shorter than it already is, but playing around with it to achieve a more untidy style is doable.Teased and combed to the side
Teasing for top volume, and some creative positioning! I used no product to create this style, but some hair spray would be required to keep it this way during a photoshoot, and especially during a day of running around a convention.Partially pulled back
Pulled back part of the longer section and secured with bobby pins.I’m not quite sure, but it worked
Teased the front and pinned the longer parts to the top of the head.
If you need a wig with an ultra-short back and a long, tame front, the Blue Steele is a good choice. You can add clip-ons for faux pigtails or ponytails, or if you’re good with scissors, trim the front of the wig to match the rest; the Blue Steele is versatile in terms of styling despite it’s length. I did all the styling above without any product, but sprays would be required for some of them to hold their shape.
As for the fate of this particular wig? It’s going to be RIT dyed and styled eventually; I’ll post progress and process pics to the styling section when that happens.
I hope this was useful to someone!
If you have any questions about the wig, feel free to ask them~