Expect Delays

Update time! It's been a crazy few weeks! We're almost finished shipping backorders, and the restock is currently being put away. We are a little behind on current orders, so please be patient with us as we work as fast as we can to ship everything out.

Orders will be shipped out in 5-6 business days instead of the normal 1-3. We will return to normal next week (4/27). If you have any further questions or need any changes made to your order, please email us at orders@arda-wigs.com. Thank you!

Written by Arda Harl — April 21, 2015

April Sale!

April showers bring May flowers, but more importantly, April means warmer weather and (hopefully for us Northerners) NO MORE SNOW!

To celebrate such a wonderful time of year, we are having a flash sale! From midnight April 9th CST to 11:59 CST April 10th, use the code SPRING to get 15% off all wig purchases, INCLUDING discontinued items! (Styling accessories are excluded from this sale.)

As always, a few things to remember:
Preloading carts may result in Shopify overselling items. Preloading is not a guarantee of item get. Orders will be filled first come, first served. 65% of all orders in a sale are received in the first five minutes. Hundreds of orders are received within the first few hours. We are closed on weekends. We're very sorry if your item sells out and it takes us a few days to notify you. We do the very best we can!

Backorders on out of stock items will not be allowed. Due to requests from our international customers, we will contact INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS ONLY to let you know your order is out of stock before we refund or ship. Domestic orders will be immediately refunded for out of stock items and notified by email of their order status afterward. There are only 10 of us here at Arda; we ask your patience and understanding. We simply do not have the manpower to email everybody, and we are VERY sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause. The "Out of Stock" tag is manually added by us and is NOT auto-updated.

Half of our staff will be in attendance at Megacon until April 15th. This may cause a bit of an extension of our 1-3 day shipping time to 3-5 days (or more, if we have a lot of emails to send out). Thanks for your patience!

April restock may not be received in time for this sale, but here's hoping! If it comes in time, we'll let you know.

Sales are crazy, and we love you! Thanks for ordering and understanding.

Written by Arda Harl — March 31, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Sparkle Pipsi

Eternal Sailor Venus
Wig style and color: Le Tigre in Platinum Blonde 081
Photo by cospix.net

This week we interviewed long-time customer, Sparkle Pipsi! See more of her work via her website and facebook

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A:  I had no idea that cosplay was a "thing" until I attended my first convention, which was Anime Expo 2001. My friends and I had dressed up as characters from Sailor Moon for Halloween the year before, so I thought it might be fun to wear my costume to the event. When I got there, I was surprised that so many other people were wearing costumes too, and even more surprised that people wanted to take my picture!! I was immediately hooked. My mom and grandma made my costumes for me at first, but as the outfits I wanted got more complex, I figured I should probably figure out how to do this stuff for myself. A whole heck of a lot of trial and error later, here I am!!

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:  My favorite part is probably the brainstorming process; I love that initial excitement I get when I see a design I love and start pondering how to make it happen in real life. I love hunting for the perfect fabrics and coming up with ideas to embellish a design and make it really special.

There's also this moment that usually occurs about half-way into the crafting process, a sort of "ah-hah!" moment when a costume starts to look like the character I'm going to portray; this usually happens when I complete a special design element that's unique to that character. For example, with my Mami Tomoe costume from Madoka Magica, it was when I put the buckles and trim on my corset... and suddenly "Ahhh!! It's Mami!" I always look forward to this "It looks like a thing!!" moment when I'm crafting!

Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A:  A couple costumes come to mind for this; my Miki Hoshii "Starry" outfit from The iDOLM@STER 2 (http://on.fb.me/1MQR5vF), and Chii from Chobits (http://on.fb.me/1NQAs0i). Starry because... well, the entire thing was covered in 200+ LED lights, all of which were hand-sewn to the costume in a specific arrangement so they would light up with a chasing pattern. It was an arduous, torturous process that still haunts me to this day, but the pain was worth it... I think. Chii is special to me because I took a relatively simple design and put a lot of thought and care into all the details and really made it my own. I spent a gratuitous amount of time searching for really luxurious fabrics and trims, and the overall craftsmanship on the costume is my best work to date.

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A:  I cosplay a LOT of blonde characters, and Arda carries my two very favorite shades of blonde; Light Blonde 013 and Platinum Blonde 081! They're bright, happy blondes that have a nice anime-like yellow hue without being TOO yellow. As a cosplayer from the era of neon yellow blonde wigs, these colors are a god-send!!

As for styles, I'd have to go with the Luthien. It's so thick, especially for a wig so long, and the waves are luxurious and beautiful right out of the bag! I've been using the same Luthien in Light Blonde for all of Miki Hoshii iDOLM@STER costumes for the past 3 years (I have 9 Miki costumes, oops) and it still looks amazing!!

Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:   The internet is an incredibly valuable resource; you can learn so much from your cosplay predecessors by looking up tutorials online. YouTube specifically is great place for self-taught sewers to learn professional-looking techniques. I've learned SO much from watching YouTube, everything from installing an invisible zipper to using conductive thread to sew LED lights into a costume; it's an amazing resource! Don't ever let "I don't know how to do _______" stop you from making something amazing; google it or ask cosplayers with more experience for advice. You CAN do it!!

On the non-crafting side of things, always cosplay what you love and what makes you happy. This may sound obvious, but in my 10+ years of cosplaying I've found that simply aiming to have fun is much more rewarding than seeking internet "fame". Get brave and reach out to fellow cosplayers that love the same things as you do, make friends, make awesome costumes, and have fun!!


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Written by Arda Harl — April 07, 2015

Sale Tomorrow!

Our sale is tomorrow! Please be aware backorder is turned off to prevent out of stock items from being preloaded into carts. 

Also, the sale code will NOT work on our sister-site Arda Canada. Thanks!

Written by Arda Harl — April 08, 2015

Discontinued items sale!

We are discontinuing some of our slower selling items to make way for new stock. Discontinued items may be reordered in the future if the demand reappears. As always, you can email Malinda@arda-wigs.com with questions or requests on discontinued items. For now, once they are gone, they're gone!

Items are priced as marked and are displayed on their respective item page. Prices should alter once the item is selected from the drop down menu. Many items are $5 off and some are even more. View the entire list of items here!

Written by Arda Harl — March 31, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Chibinischan

Wig style and color used in photo: Candy Striper "Candy Corn" and wefts in Maroon 018
Photo by Arulithia

This week we interviewed Iron Wig 2014 winner, Chibinischan! See more of her work here

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A:  I started in 2002 after seeing some cosplayers at my first convention in 2001. Everyone looked so beautiful in their costumes and I simply wanted to belong to those wonderful people. In 2002 I wore my first self-made costume and was easily addicted.

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:  I don't like sewing much, but styling wigs is a lot of fun. It's always fascinating - what you can do with wigs. I mean, even the craziest hairstyle is possible to be made real, isn't that amazing? However, I think for me the part of wearing the costume is the most enjoyable. When you see everything together and can be proud of what you were able to make, that's the best.

Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A:  Oh that's really difficult. I think I'll go with my Zero R2 costume from Code Geass here. I was so proud of the jacket because it's fully lined and fitted so well. I never lined a jacket before. A lot of work went into the shirt and coat as well, not to mention the helmet. I am really bad a crafting, so this was a big achievement. Yes, I think it's my Zero, if I have to choose.

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A:  I really love the Matilda. It's full and soft and it comes with a lace front! My favorite colors are Plum, Midnight Blue, and Crimson. <3

Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:   Have fun and don't let others drag you down. All those cosplayers you may look up to had to start at one point and you can totally reach their level. ^.^ Just have fun cosplaying and don't give up because something didn't work out the way you wanted it at the first attempt. Just give it another try <3


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Written by Arda Harl — March 17, 2015

Arda Wigs is Seeking a Senior Team Lead

Arda is taking applications for a senior team position opening in the summer. Management experience necessary. Website management experience preferred. Graphic design or marketing background a plus. 

For more information, please see our Careers page.


Written by Arda Harl — March 25, 2015

Customer Spotlight: CelticSakura

Jareth and short wefts in Dark Ash Blonde (029)

Photo by Flo Cospic

This week we interviewed wig-savvy customer, CelticSakura! See more of her work here and follow her on Facebook here

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A:  Well, it kind of all began in 2003, when a friend and I decided to be original and make Peach and Daisy’s dresses (out of poplin…) for Halloween at high school. I learned at the time that cosplay existed after doing some research on the Internet. But I consider that I officially started cosplaying in 2006, when I attended my first convention as Aeris. I thought these kind of events only took place in Japan, and I was so excited to hear about one being organized in a nearby city.

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:  Am I too predictable if I say wigs? :) It’s just so crazy what you can do with a handful of fibers and some hairspray! I also really like detailed work, like crafting and finishing accessories.

Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A:  For the moment, definitely Beauty from Ghost Trick. Obviously, the wig was an insane challenge, and I still can’t believe that it all held up haha. It was also my first time having an intensive body makeup. I wanted so much to do the character justice, and the results were far beyond my expectations!

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A:  I’m not even sure I’ve ever used a same style twice, but I’d say I really like the Jareth for its fullness and the ease of spiking. I like the fact that Arda always has the perfect base wig for any project I want to tackle. As for colors, I’m really fond of the purple palette and I have a soft spot for Ultraviolet (AR020), it’s just so vibrant!

Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:   Don’t be afraid to TRY! Try to use a pattern, try some new materials, try the new technique you read about, try to make that wig that seems challenging, try to make that costume even if you’re not sure you have the skills. Sure, you’re gonna make some mistakes at first, but I have been in this hobby for 10 years and I wouldn’t be where I’m at if I hadn’t stepped out of my comfort zone. Just do it! And nobody can tell you what you can or can’t do!


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Written by Arda Harl — March 17, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Hee-Hee

Wig style and color used in photo: Jareth in Powder Blue 065 with a long weft in Baby Pink 163.
Photo by Lane Marie Photography

This week we interviewed wig-savvy customer, Hee-Hee! See more of her work here

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A:  I started cosplay in 2006, I believe! My twin sister and I are from a small town and the internet was still fairly new at our house- when we were finally able to each have our own computers, we began to see these strange kids having Halloween fun all year around on the web! It looked like a blast, and that's how we first started learning about cosplay.

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:  Wigs and facial hair pieces are my current favorite! It's pretty rare that I cosplay characters with simple hairstyles, so it's fun to try and translate these designs into real life!

You also can't beat a good mustache. That's just a fact.

Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A:  This is a tough one, as each of my costumes represents something personal and special to me. So many of them symbolize a milestone; a new technique I've learned, or merely a goal that I've set for myself and been able to finish to the best of my ability.

But I think my cosplay of Simon from Adventure Time may mean the most in regards to that- I try to stay humble in this hobby, but when I put Simon on for the first time in our hotel room, I just felt such pride at the reflection. I went into the project not knowing how to make prosthetics or lay facial hair, yet I was able to push myself and learn to make it happen. Honestly, my confidence had faltered up until the very end, so I was very proud of that.

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A:  I'm a pretty big fan of spiking styles, so I think the Jareth is my favorite. I rarely wear any wig straight out of the bag, and I think Arda has some of the best base wigs FOR heavy styling projects. I haven't been able to use it often (only once, in fact), but Powder Blue is a gloriously pretty and soft shade-- I'm just in love with it.

Grape is also a wonderfully rich color; it makes me thirsty!

Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:   Don't be afraid of mistakes.
Don't be afraid of ridicule.
Don't be afraid of being ridiculous.
Don't be afraid of humor.
Don't be afraid of confidence.
Don't be afraid of being ugly.
Don't let someone else tell you what you think.
Don't let someone else tell you how you feel.
Don't let someone else tell you if you've succeeded.
Cosplay who you love, and who you want.

Be kind. And Cosplay Fearless.


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Written by Arda Harl — February 27, 2015


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