Crazygirl Wigs for Sexy Shibuya Gyaru
Japanese hair is renowned the world over for being lustrous, silky, and really desirable. Just look at all those people lining up for “Japanese Hair Straightening” treatments at the beauty salon! But sometimes, especially in Tokyo neighborhoods under occupation by young, fashionable females, the odds are that those lovely flowing locks might actually be (for lack of a better word) WIGS!
Crazygirl is a web shop that provides low-priced clothes and accessories to Japanese gyaru of the Shibuya 109 variety. And while much of their apparel comes from brands like Glamorous Rich and Stella, Crazygirl likes to make as much noise as they can about the original all-synthetic wigs they sell.
Along with hosting a “popular wig ranking”, and sponsoring a wig-styling show on USTREAM, Crazygirl’s web store also features elaborate coordination guides that show how customers can dramatically change their hair and appearance for each day of the week (the Sunday Wig, below, is a must for church services).
The fickle finger of fate has chosen lovely Rina Takahashi to be the main spokesmodel for Crazygirl’s wigs. Often found lurking in the pages of monthly gyaru magazine “Happie nuts”, Rina is seen here sporting one of Crazygirl’s unique “2-tone Platinum” wigs. Why settle for being a blonde or brunette when you can be BOTH at the same time? The price for having it all: 5,500 yen (US$68.00)
Here’s Rina again, nearly unrecognizable in a wild “Waffle Long” wig sale-priced at 3980 yen (US$49.00). Purchase this, or another Crazygirl creation, and you get a free wig net and wig stand as part of the deal. Bonus points for creative use of the words “crazy” and “nuts” in this pic as well.
Popteen model Haruna Mori bravely joins the fray in this shot that shows how a somewhat dour-looking girl with flat hair (i.e. before) can be transformed instantly into a textbook fun loving gyaru (i.e. after) with the aid of the “Gorgeous Girl” wig.
Okau, we’ve taken some strange detours in Crazygirl country, but here’s the killer app that everyone seems to want: long, natural looking straight hair. So why plunk down a sack of change at the salon for an expensive treatment when you can have perfect hair forever via a “Long Straight” wig?
So the next time you are in Shibuya or some other part of Japan where the hair just seems way too good to be true, don’t be afraid to tap the nearest gyaru on the shoulder to ask, “Is it real, or is it…CRAZYGIRL?” But don’t be afraid if she goes “nuts” on you…
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Article by Patrick Macias, photos courtesy of CrazyGirl Wigs.
About the author:
Patrick Macias is the owner of media company jaPRESS and the author of “Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook” (Chronicle Books). He has written for a variety of publications in the US and Japan including Wired, Studio Voice, and Weekly ASCII. His blog can be found online at patrickmacias.blogs.com.