So, I have at long last got my hands on a maiko wig!!! It is the wareshinobu style, which is the style that junior maiko wear. (For more info on this and other maiko hairstyles, please see the Immortal Geisha forum topic.) It is very hard to find maiko-style wigs, because real maiko don’t use wigs. Instead, they have their own hair done at the hairdressers about once a week, and sleep on special pillows known as takamakura, which are rolled pillows on top of wooden blocks, so that the hairstyle is not ruined as the maiko sleeps. This particular wig is a dance wig that was washed and restyled:
The kanzashi are obviously not real maiko ones. I plan on selling them and buying real junior maiko wisteria kanzashi in the future. I also have to replace the butterfly pin in the back and tuck the kanoko (the red cloth in the back) in at some places before it can be more accurate. I put up quite the fight for this wig over on YJA, but they are so rare that I decided it was worth it. It is rather small for a wig though….55cm in circumference. My head is exactly that (Yes, I measured lol), so hopefully it will fit!!! Since it was a dance wig previously, hopefully it will have screws that I can use to adjust the wig to a larger size if need be. If all else fails, my dear friend Kat will find herself the victim of a maiko dress-up 😛
My collection is growing! Now to find a haneri, juban, and darari obi!