Edit: Ok, some fAQs to answer~
Q: Is it made of plastic?
A: Well, if you mean the wig fibers, then yes. I used a synthetic wig, which is technically plastic fibers instead of human hair. It is a styled wig of hair-like fibers though, not something sculpted or made from a mold (though I do feel styling crazy wigs is a lot like creating a sculpture of sorts)
Q: What products did you use?
A: Got2be hairspray and fabric glue.
Q: How did you get it so smooth?
A: I don't load intense amounts of hairspray into wigs. Doing that will clump the fibers together and make everything look really stringy and gross. I put just a tiny bit of fabric glue in the tips of the spikes to help hold them together, and I lightly spray the rest of the spikes with got2be hairspray (and use a blowdryer to help speed the process along). It also helps that I've gotten lots of practice styling wigs over the years. It's one of my favorite parts of costuming and one of my specialties :3
Also, this wig took me a week to style. I was being very particular of how it all looked as I styled it >___<
This wig has caused me so much trouble. XD It also doesn't help that almost every reference was so different!
I intended on having Cadet Cloud (FFVII Crisis Core) done by this weekend, but the wig took me so long that I didn't have time to finish everything else I had left to do. So instead I'm going as causal!Cloud this Friday at Louisianime. It's gunna be awesome; I feel like a backstreet boy.
I would have used a Punky or Jareth base normally, but neither style had the color I was looking for. I got a platinum blonde Magnum from Arda wigs [link]
(color 81), but it wasn't quite thick enough for the style, so I combined a second one into it. This wig took me about a week to style since I was hand-sewing wefts for a few days.
I used my Cloud Play Arts figure as my main reference, though my styling job is not as spot-on as it could be (but that's just me being my own worst critic XD).
Thanks to everyone watching on my cosplay facebook page for the support and feedback during this whole process! Hope you guys enjoyed the progress shots XD
Can't wait to get the whole thing done. Cloud is one of my fav video game characters of all time :3 I guarantee to have the whole cosplay done in time for A-kon.
Final Fantasy VII is (c) Squaresoft/Squeenix