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You’ve seen those GIFs, right? They flash through about 30 anime characters at an astounding speed, and then, you realize–they’ve all got the same face. In the 2D world, identity is contained in the hair. That why wigs are integral to cosplay.

But wigs are feisty things. They get tangled, burn when you curl them, or look ridiculous when you try to sweep them back. But how a wig acts is predetermined by a number of factors: how thick it is, for example, or if the hair’s sewn onto the base in wefts. We'll show you our top 10 favorites like YOPO's Long Big Wavy Hair Wig, and then we'll share some tips on how you can find one on your own.

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Ginny Di
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  • Last updated: 08-16-2022
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How to Choose a Cosplay Wig – Buying Guide

How do you know you’ve found the perfect cosplay wig? Well, if it successfully changes you into someone else. This time around, we asked Ginny Di–a cosplayer who knows a thing or two about metamorphosis–how she goes about looking for wigs.

Cheap and Convenient, Synthetic Wigs are a Cosplayer’s First Choice

Cheap and Convenient, Synthetic Wigs are a Cosplayer’s First Choice
Wigs can be made out of hair harvested off of a human head, synthetic fibers, or a mix of the two. Human hair is more versatile, durable, and natural. But if you’re cosplaying an animated character–whether it be a Disney villain or anime protag–honestly, the wig doesn’t have to look all that real.
Cosplayers turn to synthetic wigs for a number of reasons. First of all, they’re thicker, which means they can stand on end. (That’s going to come in handy for Super Saiyan cosplays.) They can also come pre-styled. Unless you’re amazing with scissors, it’s going to be difficult to cut out, say, Giorno Giovanna’s hair. But you can get a wig made in his image, donuts and all.
The thick strands are also amazing at retaining style–though this tenacity’s a double-edged sword. The fact synthetic fiber wigs stay put means they can be difficult to restyle. And some aren’t heat resistant. The manufacturer should tell you these things–and if there’s nothing written in the product description, then it’ll probably burn.
Cheap and Convenient, Synthetic Wigs are a Cosplayer’s First Choice
But they’re way cheaper than human hair wigs, so you can amass a collection–one for each of the million and two characters you cosplay–without robbing the piggy bank. Bottom line: most cosplayers go synthetic.
Ginny Di
D&D YouTuber, Cosplayer
Ginny Di

All of my wigs are synthetic. The only human hair product I have is some extensions, which I don’t use for cosplay—just in my life. Synthetic wigs are usually more affordable and easier to find in crazy colors. Also, I know that there are a lot of methods people use to style or color synthetic wigs that are specific to them being synthetics.


For instance, with synthetic wigs, people might color them using acrylic ink. Basically, some of the materials that people have learned to use with synthetics probably aren’t effective with human hair—though I imagine that there are alternatives that you would use.

The Base Under the Hair Determines How You Can Style a Wig

Want to figure out how you can wear your hair? Flip the wig upside down and see if it’s wefted or monofilament.

Your Standard, or Wefted, Wig: Cheap and Customizable

Your Standard, or Wefted, Wig: Cheap and Customizable
A bit of wig terminology: take a strip of fabric, sew a bunch of hair into it, and you’ve got yourself a “weft.” Bring the wefts together, form planes of hair, and, eventually, you’ll end up with a wefted wig.
The bad news first: these wigs look the least natural. They don’t flow like real hair does. You’ve got to be careful when styling it too; if you pull it into an updo, you’ll reveal the base, and then your wig just looks artificial and awkward. But there’s also a big advantage to going for wefts.
Your Standard, or Wefted, Wig: Cheap and Customizable
Some characters have funky hair–streaks of color in odd places, complex spikes, or elaborate curls. Before you give up cosplaying them altogether, try gathering a few wefted wigs, styling them, and piecing them together. You can add in extra strands for braided crowns, for instance, or join two wigs together for length and volume.
Ginny Di
D&D YouTuber, Cosplayer
Ginny Di

Wefts can be really useful for some crafts—like if you’re planning on taking apart a wig and putting it together with another wig. You can easily add wefts to wigs to make them fuller. You might want to do a half-and-half wig that’s white on one side and black on the other, like Cruella De Vil. For that kind of stuff, I think that wefted wigs are much easier to work with, because when you take the wig apart, you have all of these manageable pieces. 


I don't customize my wigs much, but I have a few times. Some characters demand a very specific wig look—and you can do all kinds of crazy stuff with a cheap plastic wig. I know somebody who uses acrylic paint and hot glue to style anime character wigs, and she only feels comfortable doing that because she’s working with $10 wigs from eBay. You have a lot more flexibility.

Monofilament and Lace Front Wigs to Get a Natural Hairline

Monofilament and Lace Front Wigs to Get a Natural Hairline
First things first: monofilament is a see-through mesh that blends into your skin. Strands of hair are attached to it, so the hairline–or anywhere your roots meet your scalp–is very realistic. As long as there’s monofilament underneath, you can pull the hair into any style–a ponytail, lolita pigtails, or those dango buns–and have it look natural. Also, mesh is breathable.

Most “monofilament” wigs, however, are a mix of weft and mesh. How much mesh you need really depends on how you want to style the wig. Just remember: the more lace there is, the more expensive the wig.

Monofilament and Lace Front Wigs to Get a Natural Hairline
The most common type of monofilment is the lace front, where just the hair that lines your forehead is tied into the mesh. See, with wefted wigs, when you sweep the hair back, you expose all the seams along the base. However, with lace fronts, you can’t see the base, and it looks like all the hair in front is sprouting straight from your forehead.
Ginny Di
D&D YouTuber, Cosplayer
Ginny Di

I haven’t ever used a full monofilament wig, but I use quite a few lace front wigs. I use more now than I used to—now that I have the budget for it. 


Generally, if you see the character’s hairline, I want to use a lace front wig for that—like Arya Stark. She wears her hair in the later seasons pulled back into a half-ponytail, so the hairline is really visible. Basically, I only use a wefted wig if the character has bangs. And if they don’t have bangs, I use a lace front.

Unsure about Color? Check Reviews or Buy Lighter Shades

Unsure about Color? Check Reviews or Buy Lighter Shades
The number one pain of online shopping–it’s so hard to check for color. Pictures and lighting always play tricks on your eyes (as the blue-dress, gold-dress conundrum taught us). If you must have an exact shade, you can browse customer reviews. Usually, people will compare the color of a wig to a character’s hair color, and say if it’s too saturated, too pale, or just right.
There’s one more trick cosplayers can use. When in doubt, always go for a lighter color. That’s because it’s relatively easy to darken wigs to the right shade–but it’s notoriously hard to go the other way around.
Ginny Di
D&D YouTuber, Cosplayer
Ginny Di

Lightening a synthetic wig is almost impossible. There are some ways I think that people have figured out, but they are usually really inconsistent and hard to pull off smoothly. 


Darkening a wig is much easier; you can use synthetic fabric dye—like polyester dyes and stuff—on a lot of wigs. You can also use acrylic ink, which you apply with a spray bottle. Some people even use Sharpies; you can actually cut open a Sharpie and take the ink out and use that.

Choose Volume Based on the Nature of Your Character

Choose Volume Based on the Nature of Your Character
For some reason, animated characters have all got thick, gorgeous manes that would never fly in real life. That’s holds true for every Disney princess ever, 90% of Shonen Jump protags, and poppy cartoons–think Panty and Stocking or Adventure Time. To recreate that effect, you want a wig with a lot of volume. That way, you can spike and layer it–and still have strands to spare.
On the other hand, we three-dimensional humans have hair that sits flat against our head. That’s why, when cosplaying live action series–whether it be sci-fi or fantasy–you want a wig that’s a little thinner. They look more natural. How do you tell how thick a wig is? Pictures and the brand.
Choose Volume Based on the Nature of Your Character
Ginny Di
D&D YouTuber, Cosplayer
Ginny Di

In Game of Thrones—even with people who have a lot of hair—their hair looks pretty realistic in terms of how flat it lies on their head. A wig that’s too full and has too much volume on the top doesn’t look like real hair. Sometimes you want that, like for a cosplay from a cartoon. Like when you're trying to make Ariel’s bangs—that’s like a second wig on there. 


For me, whether or not I want a really thick wig changes based on the costume, and I buy from different sources based on what I need. Arda Wigs is a popular cosplay wigs supplier that has very thick wigs. Lots of fiber, so if you need to style it into spikes or big curls or have huge bangs, you can usually do that with Arda. Sometimes I buy from Wig Is Fashion. They have very full wigs, and most of their wigs are super longs—for big glamorous curls. 


When looking for thinner wigs that are more fitted to the head, lately, I’ve been using Pose Wigs, which is a small independent business. They have some very good, very realistic lace fronts that sit flat on the head. I often get asked if that’s my real hair when I’m wearing their wigs.

Learn the Sizing Tendencies of Different Brands

Learn the Sizing Tendencies of Different Brands
First off, 90% of people will fit into any standard wig caps. How do you know if you’re in that lucky majority? Take a tape measure and wrap it around your head, following your hairline–right above your forehead, over your ears, down to the bend in your neck. If the tape reads around 22, 22.5 inches, congratulations! Your head is of a normal size.
If the circumference of your head runs larger or smaller, however, you may not fit into standard wig caps. In that case, you’re going to have to do some research. Some brands offer wigs in large or petite sizes. Or some brands have wigs that simply run large or small. It’s all about a) reading wig cap dimensions carefully and b) sniffing around.
Learn the Sizing Tendencies of Different Brands
Ginny Di
D&D YouTuber, Cosplayer
Ginny Di

I have a pretty small head, and usually it isn’t a big deal because I can always just tighten up a wig—and having a wig cap that’s a little loose is not the end of the world. But, when I have a lace front wig, if the lace doesn’t lie flat on my forehead, then it kind of defeats the purpose of looking realistic


So, for me, I have had to sometimes search to find lace front wigs that are sized smaller, so that they’ll actually lie on my forehead the way they’re supposed to. It's common for cosplayers to know which brands have larger wig caps and which brands have smaller. 


I think that Arda tends to have slightly larger wig caps than average, and so, if I were recommending a wig to someone who had a big head, I’d probably say, “Oh, you should check out Arda wigs.” And if you’re buying wigs online that are produced overseas, like in Asia, they tend to be a little smaller, I found. Stuff like that, you learn over time.

10 Best Wigs for Cosplay

Here are our picks for the 10 great wigs for cosplay available online, rated based on their material, feel, base, and more.

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YOPO Long Big Wavy Hair Cosplay Party Costume Wig 1

YOPO

2
MapofBeauty Lolita Curly Clip on Ponytails Cosplay Wig 1

MapofBeauty

3
Kadiya Short Orange Anime Cosplay Wig 1

Kadiya

4
Alibuy Light Blonde Cosplay Wigs with Pigtails 1

Alibuy

5
DOATS Curly Wave Wig 1

DOATS

6
Cfalaicos Vocaloid Family Cosplay Wig 1

Cfalaicos

7
COSPLAZA Cosplay Wig 1

COSPLAZA

8
RightOn Short Curly Synthetic Wig 1

RightOn

9
Cying Lin Long Curly Beehive Wig 1

Cying Lin

10
K'ryssma Glueless Synthetic Hair Lace Front Wigs 1

K'ryssma

Name

Long Big Wavy Hair Cosplay Party Costume Wig

Lolita Curly Clip on Ponytails Cosplay Wig

Short Orange Anime Cosplay Wig

Light Blonde Cosplay Wigs with Pigtails

Curly Wave Wig

Vocaloid Family Cosplay Wig

Cosplay Wig

Short Curly Synthetic Wig

Long Curly Beehive Wig

Glueless Synthetic Hair Lace Front Wigs

Features

Soft and True to the Many, Many Colors

The Most Versatile: You Can Do Pigtails, a Ponytail, or Let it All Down

The Orange isn’t Blinding and it’s So Easy to Style

Those Curls Stay Tight and Bouncy

For When You Need Volume and More Volume

A Million Shades of Green and Thick (Enough for Big Heads)

Versatile Enough To Transform You into Almost Any Anime Boy

A Soft Wig With Toned-Down Colors

Natural and Unnatural Hues With a Natural Part

A Natural-Looking Color and Hairline in a Lace Front Style

Price$15.99$22.99$18.99$25.99$16.99$29.99$14.99$16.99$17.99$36.99
Length28 in.28 in.Short17.7 in.32 in.Not providedShort14 in.18 in.22 in.
Available colors11212181466252
MaterialHeat-resistant synthetic fibersHeat-resistant synthetic fibersSynthetic fibersHeat-resistant synthetic fibersHeat-resistant synthetic fibersHeat-resistant synthetic fibersHeat-resistant synthetic fibersHeat-resistant synthetic fibersHeat-resistant synthetic fibersHeat-resistant synthetic fibers
BaseAdjustable monofilamentWeftedNot specifiedNot specifiedRose netHooksClassic capCap with adjustable strapsRose netLace front
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1

YOPOLong Big Wavy Hair Cosplay Party Costume Wig

Pink

$15.99

Length28 in.
Available colors11
MaterialHeat-resistant synthetic fibers
BaseAdjustable monofilament
2

MapofBeautyLolita Curly Clip on Ponytails Cosplay Wig

Rouge Pink

$22.99

Length28 in.
Available colors21
MaterialHeat-resistant synthetic fibers
BaseWefted
3

KadiyaShort Orange Anime Cosplay Wig

$18.99

LengthShort
Available colors2
MaterialSynthetic fibers
BaseNot specified
4

AlibuyLight Blonde Cosplay Wigs with Pigtails

$25.99

Length17.7 in.
Available colors1
MaterialHeat-resistant synthetic fibers
BaseNot specified
5

DOATSCurly Wave Wig

Silver White

$16.99

Length32 in.
Available colors8
MaterialHeat-resistant synthetic fibers
BaseRose net
6

CfalaicosVocaloid Family Cosplay Wig

Olive Green

$29.99

LengthNot provided
Available colors14
MaterialHeat-resistant synthetic fibers
BaseHooks
7

COSPLAZACosplay Wig

Black

$14.99

LengthShort
Available colors6
MaterialHeat-resistant synthetic fibers
BaseClassic cap
8

RightOnShort Curly Synthetic Wig

Lovely Pink

$16.99

Length14 in.
Available colors6
MaterialHeat-resistant synthetic fibers
BaseCap with adjustable straps
9

Cying LinLong Curly Beehive Wig

Orange

$17.99

Length18 in.
Available colors25
MaterialHeat-resistant synthetic fibers
BaseRose net
10

K'ryssmaGlueless Synthetic Hair Lace Front Wigs

Pink

$36.99

Length22 in.
Available colors2
MaterialHeat-resistant synthetic fibers
BaseLace front

How to Properly Maintain a Wig

A wig’s not like real hair–once you lose a strand, it’s never coming back again. So learn how to treat yours right.

Wash Your Wig by Soaking it in Water

Wash Your Wig by Soaking it in Water
First things first–do not brush your wig while it’s wet. The fibers will stretch and get all scraggly. Instead, before washing, gently work out the tangles. In the meantime, fill your sink with lukewarm water (or cold water, which’ll help maintain curls). 

Pour in just enough shampoo to get some suds. Gentle, drugstore stuff will work just fine–though you can always get synthetic wig shampoos. Swirl the water around; make sure the shampoo’s evenly distributed.

Dunk your wig in the water. Don’t knead it or scrub it like laundry–synthetic fibers are most vulnerable with wet. Gently swish it around and work your fingers over it. Let it sit for about 3-5 minutes. Then rinse it out. Do the same with conditioner. (Swirl, soak, rinse.) Make sure the conditioner really melts into the water; you’ll hate yourself if any clumps get stuck in the wig.
Wash Your Wig by Soaking it in Water
Next, dunk the wig back in clean water. For 5 minutes, swish it about gently; run your fingers through it; wash out all the product. Then drape it over a wig head, and let it air-dry. Do not wring it!
Ginny Di
D&D YouTuber, Cosplayer
Ginny Di

I don't think it's necessary to wash your wig after every con. What I usually use as my rule of thumb is if I have worn a wig enough that the styling is starting to look messed up—like the curls are starting to come out—that’s when I decide that it needs to be restyled. And for me, a restyle starts with washing the wig. 


I think that, in general, the more time you spend washing a wig, the more careful you’re being. And the more careful you’re being, the more safely your wig gets through it. I find that if you wash a wig quickly—if it doesn’t take you an hour and a half—then you have usually done a little damage to your wig. If you really dedicate your time to cleaning up a wig, then you’re breaking fewer fibers and you’re ending up with a better final product.

Brush from the Bottom Up and Stick into a Ziplock Bag

Brush from the Bottom Up and Stick into a Ziplock Bag
When it’s really, truly dry, you can brush it. Gently work your way up from the bottom, and hold the top so you don’t pluck the wig bald. And make sure you don’t use a fine-toothed comb.
After you’ve worked out the tangles, put the wig away. Wigs are weak to dust and sunlight. If the wig’s styled, then you kind of have to keep it on a stand. But stick everything else in a ziplock bag. If the hair’s long, loosely braid it so it doesn’t tangle.
Ginny Di
D&D YouTuber, Cosplayer
Ginny Di

I have three wig heads, and normally, there is only one or two in use at any given time. I store most of my wigs in a hair net and then in a plastic bag. Generally, I put a wig on a wig head when I’m first styling it, and I will leave it on the wig head until I have worn it for its initial purpose. Like, if I’m styling it for a photoshoot, I’ll leave it on the wig head until the photoshoot. And then afterwards, I’ll store it in the bag. 


My way of thinking is, I don’t know when the next time that I’ll wear the costume is, and if it needs to be touched up a little for the next time, then I’ll figure that out. I mean, I probably own like 50 or 60 wigs, which is just way too many to keep on the wig heads at all times.

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Buying Guide Reviewed by Cosplayer Ginny Di

Ginny Di
D&D YouTuber, Cosplayer
Ginny Di

This expert reviewed the contents of the buying guide for accuracy and provided factual corrections when necessary. They did not participate in the product selection process, nor are they affiliated with any of our choices unless explicitly stated so.

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