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How to Wash a Onesie Pajamas
Owning a onesie may be easy-peasy but maintaining its vibrant colors is a totally different thing. Yes, it can be a drag sometimes, but if you want to use it for a longer period, you need to know the proper way of washing your onesie.
Onesies are not your typical type of clothes. It is such a relief that almost all onesies are machine washable because most people are not a fan of washing pieces of clothes by hand. Onesies are definitely thicker and heavier than most type of clothes. They require additional effort and intricacies. Your onesies should come with a care label containing detailed instructions and special precautions.
If you're washing your Kigurumi for the first time, we recommend using the gentlest setting on your washing machine using cold water and any laundry detergent. This is to keep the fleece fluffy, protect the detailing on the face, and to prevent any dye from bleeding. For subsequent washes the color should be set and you may use warm water if you wish. Fabric softener is optional.
*NEVER use chlorine bleach on your Kigurumi. Non-chlorine color-safe bleach is okay.
We prefer to hang our Kigurumi to dry, but they take more than a day to dry. If you are feeling lazier (or you just can't wait that long), you can use the gentlest setting (usually air dry/fluff air) on your dryer. What you want is the setting that uses room temperature air as opposed to hot air, which will promote shrinkage. Although not necessary, dryer sheets will help prevent excess static on your Kigurumi (you can also just rub it down with a dryer sheet if you ever find it too staticky). To prevent wrinkles, try to take it out of the dryer as soon as it's done and hang/lay it flat.
*NEVER iron your Kigurumi. It won't be pretty.
Cotton Flannel and Jersey knit – These types of fabric normally shrink after washing. It is important to use cool water during washing. It is also ideal to sort your laundry by colors.
Micro Polar Fleece – This is the ideal fabric for your onesie. Fleece will not shrink and pill under normal care. Like other types of fabric, cool water is ideal for washing your fleece onesie.
How to keep cosplay costumes look new?
Cosplay is more than just an expensive hobby. It is a serious profession which requires a lot of determination, dedication & perseverance. Cosplayers show their admiration to a fiction character by disguising themselves into one from manga, anime, comic or a video game. Preparing costumes from scratch does not only require a lot of sewing skills & artistry but it also costs a hefty amount of money, not everyone can afford. Store bought cosplay costumes are available in varying designs & quality from cheap to posh. Since professional cosplayers would like even the narrowest details of their cosplay costumes perfect, they are very concerned about keeping them in the mint condition.
Handling, Washing & Taking Care of Cosplay Costumes
Sewing cosplay costumes by hand means importing expensive accessories from patches to embellishments, different types of fabrics, armory & costume jewellery. It needs phenomenal effort & great deal of time. A cosplay costume could take months or even a year in construction. Therefore, it is suggested instead of getting cosplay costumes ready on your own, you grab a store bought cosplay costume. Costumes are nothing close to Halloween costumes though. Halloween costumes are made using cheap fabric & dyes that are not meant to last you a single wash. Cosplay costumes on the other hand require gentle handling & care.
Since costumes are expensive but less frequently used, you would either want to store it for future or pass it down to a family member or friend. Here is how you can keep your cosplay costumes look new even after a couple of washes.
Washing Cosplay Costumes
1.Hand washing Cosplay Costumes:
Cosplay costumes having beads, rhinestones, sequins & tulle shall be hand washed only. Turn your costume inside out and submerge it in a tub containing cold water + mild detergent & fabric softener. Knead it gently and rinse it with running water to get the detergent out. Turn it right side up and hang it to air dry.
2.Dry Cleaning Cosplay Costumes:
Costumes made from wool, rayon, velvet etc. are usually dry cleaned. Always look for “washing instructions” from your manufacturer. If the label reads “Dry Clean Only”, you have got no reason to go against the instructions. If you do, you run the risk of shrinking, fading or losing the delicacy of your costume. Find a dry cleaner that specializes in costumes or evening wear.
3.Machine Wash:Costumes made with polyester, nylon and acrylic are safe to be tossed into your washer. Use cold and a gentle cycle. For white outfits, add a little bleach to keep them neat & tidy. Hang to dry because heat from dryer may cause fuzz balls & puckering of the fabric.
Storing Cosplay Costumes:
Store your air dried costumes in a garment bag or a sealed dollar store sealed container where no humidity could make its way. Even a little of the moisture could lead to mold. Additionally put some moth balls to prevent infestation.
Cosplay Wig Care: How to Wash, Store, & Keep Your Wig Damage Free Cosplaying as your favorite anime characters is a special part of otaku culture, and when it comes to putting the finishing touches on your costume, a wig can make or break your look. Once you’ve purchased a cosplay wig, it’s time to learn how to take care of it. To help you understand the ins and outs of cosplay wig care, we’ve put together this guide of essential information that will keep your wig fresh and ready to go for your next event!
How to Wash a Cosplay Wig
Generally, it’s safe to assume that cosplay wigs you buy from Japan can be carefully washed without damaging the fibers. Many cosplayers choose to wash the wig before styling it, and oftentimes a wig requires cleaning after around five uses or a particularly messy outing. The following method is the most common, but do note that it works best for wigs that are not heavily styled.
- Using a comb (preferable over a hairbrush), work any tangles out of your wig, taking care not to comb the lace cap.
- Fill your sink with cold water. Warm or hot water may distort the wig’s natural shape.
- Pour a moderate amount of shampoo into the water according to the length of the wig. Shampoo specially made for synthetic hair is preferred by many cosplayers.
- Mix the shampoo into the water with your hands until soapy.
- Place your wig into the water and begin cleaning it with gentle scrunching motions. Be sure to turn your wig inside out and gently scrub the lace cap as that is where sweat and grime will most likely build up.
- Let your wig soak for five minutes.
- Gently squeeze any extra shampoo out of your wig.
- Drain the dirty water and refill the sink with clean water. Let your wig soak in the clean water for another five minutes.
- Drain the clean water and gently squeeze excess moisture from your wig.
- Lay your wig over a towel on a flat surface to air dry. If your wig doesn’t have any curls or other features that may be undone by gravity, you can also set it on a wire wig form to dry.
Important: Don’t set your wig in direct sunlight to dry, attempt to blow dry it, or comb out its tangles after washing as this can damage the wet, stretched-out fibers.
Alternatively, you can follow video below made by one of Japan’s most popular cosplay wig makers Prisila (in the video you’ll see that they use a brush with stiff metal prongs instead of a comb).
How to Store Cosplay Wigs
If you’re new to cosplaying, you may be wondering how to store your wigs safely. However you choose to store your wigs, be sure to keep them out of direct sunlight and humid environments.
Original Packaging or Ziplock Plastic Bag
If your wig doesn’t feature highly detailed styling, you can easily store it by simply slipping it back into the original bag it was shipped in (or a large plastic ziplock bag if you’ve already thrown away the packaging). This is also a compact way to securely transport your wig when traveling. If your wig is long, you can braid the ends into two to four sections before storing to prevent tangling.
Wig stands have several uses for cosplayers, including storing your wig between events. You can often find affordable Styrofoam stands at craft stores or you can check with local salons to see if they can sell you one. The benefit of using a wig stand over a ziplock bag is that your wig will maintain its shape better. If your wig is long, you can buy specialty wig stands with extended necks.
The down side to using a wig stand is that it requires more storage space than a ziplock bag. You will also want to place a large paper or plastic bag over your wig to keep dust away if you plan to use the wig stand for long-term storage.
Important: Never use a household object as a wig stand. Hanging your wig on a bedpost or hat rack will eventually distort the shape of the lace cap.
Why It’s Important to Wear a Wig Cap
Nylon wig caps are an essential addition to every cosplayer’s kit. Most wigs come with a complementary wig cap, and additional caps can be found at most cosmetic stores. Though they take only seconds to stretch over your head, they can drastically enhance the final comfort and look of your cosplay wig. Among their many benefits, wig caps:
- Prevent the wig from irritating your scalp, especially for cosplayers with sensitive skin.
- Give your head a little space to “breathe.”
- Act as a barrier between the scalp and wig, preventing sweat from absorbing into the lace cap.
- Provide additional grip, preventing the wig from slipping or falling off your head.
- Hide your natural hair and secure all loose strands.
- Flatten your hair, preventing unnatural bumps when wearing your wig.