In September of 2010, I heard about cosplay and anime conventions from my friend, who had been involved in anime and manga much longer than I had been. She talked about forming a Fullmetal Alchemist cosplay group for Sakura-con 2011. Great idea, right? I was SO PUMPED. Oh man, I got to dress up as my favorite character ever, Mei Chang! This was my DREAM.
I got a friend of my mom's, coincidentally one of the older moms on the sports team I'm on, to help me sew the costume itself (there were a few bumps along the way, but for a first attempt...It was dang good, if I do say so myself.)
The wig, however, was a completely different matter. I bought a 40-inch long wig from Cosplayhouse, (I'm not exactly sure what I was thinking), and it was my first time ordering from China. That's an experience in itself XD I got it and wore it around the house for a good hour, so incredibly excited - I was going to COSPLAY. BEST. THING. EVER.
And, of course, I knew nothing about wig styling. Eventually my sister and mom teamed up to tame the monster a week and a half before Sakura-con. http://s1168.photobucket.com/albums/r494/TinyPlumPrincess/?action=view¤t=MeiCosplay2011.png
Wig's a mess. It actually looks half decent in this picture because it was before the con. I had wefting showing in the back and the longer parts of my bangs kept getting in my eyes. It was a rat's nest T.T Later in the year, in October, I remedied it a bit by adding on new braids with a mix of hot glue and air-dry clay.
It looked...a bit better? I don't have many pictures of it from Aki con in October. I discovered Arda in December, and immediately cut one of my cosplays (China from Hetalia. I don't even like Hetalia that much) to redo my Mei wig. Still in the process of completing it, but it's sure to be better than the wig that eats people's brains out.
Not all wigs are made for updos.
It's okay to add in wefts.
Long wigs tangle like heck.
Air dry clay does not work to make beads for the ends of braids. (Still haven't figured out how to do the beads without them breaking...Any ideas?)
Never buy from anywhere but Arda ever again.
I've also made alterations to the costume itself.
It's better now. I wore it to see FMA: Sacred Star of Milos just because I felt like I needed to go in cosplay.