A lot of people have been asking me about things to do with their hair lately so I thought I would put together a list of hair tutorials! I was going to organize it based on the Lolita style it would go with but that wouldn’t work because some hair styles can go with multiple Lolita styles. Then I was going to organize it based on occasion from most casual to most elaborate, but I didn’t think that would work well either because I have seen more casual hair styles work beautifully with more elaborate coords. So I decided to just split it up between tutorials specifically for real hair (some using extensions but not full wigs) and tutorials specifically for wigs. Some tutorials can be used for both but I based it on what was actually used for the tutorial. Some of these actually aren’t even specifically for Lolita but they are so cute and work really well with Lolita so I had to share them anyway! Enjoy!
Tutorials specifically for real hair:
Curly Ponytails using extensions
Simple pin curls
Overhead Summer plaits
Clipped up pigtails
Another Hime Hair tutorial
Hime Hair for thinner, medium length hair
Vintage hair style for short hair
High pigtails for medium length hair
Tips for perfect bangs
Curly, cute, and easy hair tutorial
General hair tips and tricks
"Cutie and Gothable" pigtails
Hime Gyaru inspired updo
Simple Summer puffball hairstyle
Vintage Victory Rolls
More elaborate hair bow
Making your own hair rollers
Lolita and Aristocrat hair and makeup, best suited for photoshoots
Gothic/Classic hair and makeup
Japanese hair curling tutorial
French Braids Half Up
A few tutorials for Sweet, Classic, and Hime hair
Tutorials specifically for wigs:
How to put on a wig
Make your own split color wig
Wig care and where to buy
Huge fluffy pigtails
How to cut straight bangs
Temporarily shortening a long wig
How to wash a heat resistant wig
How to de-tangle and re-curl a heat resistant wig
Three Easy Ways to Style a Lolita Wig
One of the hardest things about being a larger lolita is knowing where to shop. In a fashion where most major brands only carry one size, and “one size” more often than not does not equal “your size” it can be easy to get discouraged. Don’t fret, though, because while we may not have as many choices as the smaller girls, there are still plenty of options for plus sized lolitas, you just have to know where to shop!
First and foremost, when it comes to shopping for lolita in general, but ESPECIALLY for plus size lolita, it is very important to know your measurements. Knowing you’re a size “XL” or “18” may be useful when it comes to “normal” fashion, but those labels are pretty meaningless in lolita. Bust and Waist are the most important measurements when it comes to lolita fashion. Your bust measurement can be found by measuring the fullest part of your chest (while wearing a bra) and your waist is the smallest part of your torso, right between the ribcage and the belly button. If you’re tall, its useful to know the distance from your waist to your knees, too, so you can make sure to get a skirt of the appropriate length. Learn these measurements in both inches and centimeters!
Once you know your measurements, its time for the fun part- shopping! While its true that most Japanese brands offer only one size, a few of the smaller ones offer clothing for larger girls. Most notably, Maxicimam recently released a plus-size line known as “Lovely Size” (buy them through their Rakuten Global shop or CD Japan). Milky-Ange is another brand which carries larger sizes (and they also do maid dresses, too, if you’re into that sort of thing). They go up to size XL, and unlike what you may be thinking its not a “Japanese XL equals American Medium” type of deal (they’re actually a bit larger than a lot of Western brand’s XL sizing!). Chantilly only offers one size of dress, but most of them are designed to fit and flatter girls of many sizes (buy directly from their webshop or through Harajuku Hearts). The Rakuten store World Import JJ offers both cosplay and lolita items in sizes 3L and 5L, though I believe you may need a shopping service to order from them.
Aside from those, most major Japanese brands try to accommodate customers of all sizes as best as they can. While the majority of dresses may be too small, keep an eye out for fully shirred or fully back shirred items (Tip: don’t like the look of full shirring? A fully shirred bodice can easily be hidden underneath a nice jacket or cardigan for a more elegant look!).
However, for the average plus size lolita, the majority of your purchase are going to be off brand or indie brand. Bodyline carries several items in sizes 2L and 4L (note that just because the letter size is the same doesn’t mean the measurements are necessarily the same! Pay attention to measurements, I’ve seen size 4L items that would be too small for me and size 2L that would fit me just fine! The sizing is really random). Many TaoBao stores can also do custom sizing for a small extra fee (though you must order using a shopping service! I prefer TaoBaoSpree, but there are a number of good shopping services out there). I have a list of which TaoBao stores can provide custom sizing here. Fan Plus Friend is another good shop for larger girls. It is generally recommended that you order directly off the size chart instead of doing custom sized, but I’ve found that if you provide A LOT of measurements (even more than what they ask for! Be very specific!) that I’ve had success. If replicas are what you’re after, take a look at Oo Jia on Facebook (also Dream of lolita and Kidsyoyo, but they’re located in the TaoBao shop list).
Non-Japanese Indie brands also tend to have a lot more options for plus size lolitas. I’ve compiled a list of Etsy stores that sell lolita on my main blog that you should take a look at (not every shop on that list is guaranteed to offer custom/larger sizing, just have a look around and if need be, contact the shop owner).
Here are a few non-Etsy based indie brands that offer options for bigger girls:
Gloomth (gothic and lolita)
Retroscope (mostly Steampunk, but a small selection of lolita and aristo)
Ergi (custom sizing available for certain items)
Cherie Cerise (standard sizing may fit up to the smaller end of plus size, but custom sizing is available)
Goth Loli Closet (Blue Label dresses offer larger sizes)
And luckily, the lolita community is filled with so many talented seamstresses! If you can’t sew yourself, you can always commission someone to make a garment for you. I love to commission seamstresses because not only can I be sure that my dress will fit me perfectly, but I can have a totally unique dress of my own design, too! A lot of Etsy sellers take commissions, but you can also scour Sew_loli for available seamstresses, as well.
And lastly, don’t be afraid to buy second hand! All the usual places like EGL-Comm-Sales, Yahoo Japan, Closet Child, and other consignment shops are worth checking out, but if you want somewhere specifically geared towards plus sizes, head on over to EGL_Plus or the Plus Size Lolita Sales in English group on Facebook! The lolita auction site, Lacemarket also has a tag specifically for plus-size friendly listing.
I hope this has been helpful and informative! And always remember, keep an eye out at “normal” stores for loliable finds, too! You never know what you may find!