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Unread 06-22-2013, 08:50 AM   #16
Aurora Maryte
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I hate having to use wigs, but I've had to for a while. Which sucked, because it seemed like every character my sister was doing she was using her own hair for.
But since we're low on money right now, I said last year that this year was going to be a year without wigs. I was afraid I couldn't afford any new ones, and didn't want to mess up the ones I already have for other costumes in case I want to wear those costumes again.
I was pretty sure I'd figure out like 2 costumes tops for this year.
But instead, (starting last August actually), I managed to do:

-Thor(lolita- for a group, based on fanart that went viral)
-The Pioneer(Assassin's Creed III)
-Deidara(this was actually my 1st costume from a long time ago, but people convinced me to unretire it)

It just felt soooo good to be using my own hair. And then my hair doesn't look disgusting at the end of the day from being stuffed up under a wig, so I can change out of my costume and go to eat or go to a rave, etc. and don't need to be a hermit in the hotel room til the next day, washing my hair and waiting for it to dry.

I really love my hair. It's dark blonde, and really long and thick. I guess everyone deserves to really like and be proud of something about themselves. And I love my hair, and love being able to use it for cosplay and show it off instead of hiding it under an expensive, hot sweaty wig.

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-Katsucon- -Castle Point- -Philly Comic Con- -AnimeNEXT- -Heroes and Villains- -Otakon- -Dragon Con- -NYCC-
2016 Cosplays~ La Cioccolata(Sakizou); Velvet(RWBY); Wonder Girl(Young Justice); Supergirl(TV show); Dr. Princess(Adventure Time); Scarlet Witch(Captain America Civil War)

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Unread 06-22-2013, 10:22 AM   #17
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Using my hair would save a lot of money, but I can't use it since it's so thick and coarse. Not to mention, it gets frizzy when it's humid. (plus my hair isn't styled in the fashioned in the way that most characters are).
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Unread 06-22-2013, 10:30 AM   #18
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I got into cosplaying specifically because I looked like Link from Zelda without any makeup, hair dye, hair gel, or wig.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 04:10 PM   #19
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It's always nice when you decide to do a character and realize you can probably go without a wig. I love it when that happens. The only thing I don't love is when people strictly limit themselves to only ever doing characters with their own hairstyle, and pine longingly at that character they love but "can't" do because of their own personal limitations.

The thing is, using your own hair for a number of costumes actually takes more work and planning than just using wigs. I have to think months if not years ahead to what costumes I plan to bring to what events if I want to have my hair the correct length and style, if I'm using my own hair. I haven't been able to do Hiei in years because I keep my hair somewhere between Shuuhei and Portgas D. Ace these days. It's such a hassle, I MUCH prefer just whipping out wigs and thus deciding what to bring to what con on a pure whim.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 04:30 PM   #20
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I know a lot of people that can pull off using their real hair for cosplay, but I am defiantly not one of them. However, I am planning on using my hair for a Chell cosplay!
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Unread 06-22-2013, 04:42 PM   #21
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No money for wigs! So I just use my own hair ;p luckily it kinda matches, I'll settle for dark brown / black instead of dark blue lol
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Unread 06-22-2013, 07:12 PM   #22
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I used to have longer brown hair which was perfect for Tohru from Fruits Basket, and then I cut it. Once it was short, it started curling exactly like Eiji's hair from Prince of Tennis. But for the most part, my hair doesn't match any of the characters I've cosplayed. I prefer using wigs since my hair is naturally thin and kinda ugly.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 08:30 PM   #23
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I used my own hair for Rogue! My hair is naturally dark brown, and I've had white-blonde bangs for ages, because I just love the hairstyle. That does mean it doesn't work for anyone else though...
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Unread 06-22-2013, 08:45 PM   #24
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I used my own hair when it was red for Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas. My hair is kind of difficult to style and handle at most times, so I prefer to use a wig.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 08:55 PM   #25
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My hair sucks, so it wouldn't work for any cosplay, but I've thought in cosplaying Aang where I just need to shave my head and paint it LOL
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Unread 06-22-2013, 08:58 PM   #26
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I personally feel that not many people can pull off using their natural hair for anime cosplays. Anime hair just sits....unnaturally, and it's very, very difficult to make real hair do that. Not to mention that animated hair usually has a very glossy look to it, which a lot of people do not naturally have.

However, there are certain characters that look fine with natural hair. Most cosplays from live-action television shows or movies look better with natural hair. A lot of western comic book characters (Rogue was mentioned) have natural looking hair and can be pulled off without a wig.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 09:04 PM   #27
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I've used my own hair for all of mine so far! only with Hiyori do i have to constantly refix it cause it's a bit long and tends to droop. I figure if i get a stronger hold spray i won't have that issue, i was just too pressed for time and money.

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Unread 06-22-2013, 09:05 PM   #28
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I love using my real hair for cosplays when I can. I have very thick and curly hair so having it not shoved under a wig cap and wig is always something nice (especially on the last day of a convention).
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Unread 06-22-2013, 10:05 PM   #29
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I can't use my real hair for cosplays very often, so it's kind of a treat when I can. Like with Izaya. I love having the ability to cosplay wig-free if need be, but it's so much more work to have real hair... Gotta check it every five minutes.

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Unread 06-22-2013, 10:12 PM   #30
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I'm not really a fan of it. I used my own hair for my Beast cosplay and looking back on it I really regret it, it doesn't look right at all and I wish I had gotten a wig.
Don't get me wrong, I've seen some great cosplays where people have pulled off using their natural hair (often short styles and live action and western cosplay accounts for 90% of these) but generally it doesn't look right. Your natural hair is likely thinner than the characters and more prone to react to humidity, weather changes, frizzing and other sorts of unfortunate events.
Wigs have far more versatility as far as styling goes and at least as far as anime, game and comic cosplays go, look far closer to the character. Outrageous hairstyles and unnatural colours are something I would abosolutely say to always get a wig for.
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