There’s a downside to having short, red hair: it doesn’t work with very many characters.
Up until very recently, I went without a wig when I cosplayed as Poe Dameron, which didn’t really sell the character very well. It looked more like General Hux stole Poe’s clothes. (Maybe he did. I don’t know. Poe’s generous with giving people his clothes.)
I found a wig on Arda Wigs’ website that was definitely a good starting point – the Benny Classic in Natural Black.
Thankfully, Arda Wigs sells wigs that can be heat-styled, so I went to Target and bought some foam rollers and other supplies since I haven’t really had to buy any hairstyling stuff since I was a teenager. I guess that’s what happens when you have short, straight, boring hair.
This is what the wig looked like when I received it:
Definitely more Sherlock than Poe at that point.
The best part of this project was finding reference photos.
Poe DAMNeron, amirite? Ahem. Anyway…
The first thing I did was use a curling iron to kind of straighten out the couple of big curls in the front, since I knew I’d have to curl the hair differently anyway, and it was just easier to start with all of the hair pretty much straightened. Then, I started from the nape of the neck and up, and used the smallest foam rollers to curl the hair. I actually used my Jamberry mini-heater to apply heat to the hair since it’s small, quiet, and doesn’t blow everything around like a hairdryer does.
The wig took really well to the heat, and the foam rollers worked perfectly. It was a long process to curl the hair, but the end result was pretty decent.
When I tried on the wig, though, it looked a little bit like I was an old lady who dyed her hair black. Not quite the look I was going for. I made a few adjustments to the wig by trimming it a little and taming the poofiness in some areas, and ended up with this:
It definitely looked a lot less old lady-ish after that. When I tried it on again, it looked a lot better, but the part was too far over, so I did a little more work to get it just right.
Much better! I did a quick test run with the upper half of my costume just to make sure I looked Poe-ish enough (please disregard my normal cat-eye makeup):
Not bad. Here’s the before and after:
And here it is in action!
Still has a little more volume than it probably should, but I think it looks pretty decent. It’s weird to see myself with dark hair! I kinda like it.