Arda Wigs is a “by cosplayers for cosplayers” wig company that provides cosplayers/costumers and wig enthusiasts with a vast array of specialty style wigs with back parts and/or high ponytails to use as bases for just about any character or style you could imagine. Besides providing these useful custom styled wigs, another of Arda’s main goals is to provide these and other wigs for those who have larger than average heads and/or very long/thick hair; people who would normally struggle with squeezing a wig over their head comfortably and convincingly.
While a wonderful goal for a wig company, there are those who have average or smaller sized heads (myself included), which basically means that even with the extra combs and the tightening elastics in the backs of the wigs, the Arda Specialty Wigs (Chibi, Jeannie, Leia, etc.), will not comfortably fit on our heads. The ear tabs of the wigs come down past our ears to our cheeks, the back-parts of the pigtailed wigs ripple down the backs of our heads instead of lying smoothly, and the front netting of the wigs under the bangs comes halfway down our foreheads… And even with the elastics on the tightest settings and OVER 9000 extra bobby pins, the wigs slip and slide all over the place within just an hour of being secured onto our heads.
I originally used a Chibi base wig for my Eternal Sailor Moon cosplay, and I was extremely happy with the thickness, color, and overall look of the wig. However, even though I had used a ton of hairspray, wrapped pantyhose around my head to give myself more bulk, and used a couple dozen bobby and U pins, and adjusted the elastic on the wig… I still only managed to wear it for a couple of hours before it started slipping and shifting around on my head. There had to be a better way that didn’t involve me going to such extremes every time I wore an Arda specialty wig.
I played around (unsuccessfully) with a few different ideas I had, and eventually I decided that this was my favorite way to adjust the Arda wigs to make them fit smaller heads. This is by no means the ONLY way to adjust the sizing on an Arda (or any other) wig, but it is my preferred method, and I wanted to share it with anyone who might be having the same problems I was having with the fit of the Arda wigs.
Please enjoy, I hope people find it useful!
DISCLAIMER: Please understand I do not have a ton of free time on the computer, so I will not respond to any questions about this tutorial or re-sizing wigs if the answer is already within the tutorial. I will, however, answer questions to the best of my ability or clarify things you may not have understood during the tutorial when/if I can. Thank you!