Sunday, May 1, 2011

Presto change-o: wig restyling

I need a tall "Marie Antoinette" style of wig for a shoot in a few days but wanted to use a wig from my stash instead of buying something new. I had a curly "showgirl" type wig I'd pinned up the curls on that I used for my Rita Skeeter costume that I thought would be just perfect.

So how does one turn this.............................................................................................into this?


It's not as hard as you might think!   First I un-pinned all the curls. Then I pinned two large hotdog shaped rats to the crown of the wig, set back 2-3 inches from the hairline, going from ear to ear.  I ratted some of the hair around the rats and pinned the ratted hair over the rats to cover them.  Then I combed the front hair up over the rats to cover them further and curled the back hair by combing it over my fingers and rolling into a curl.  I pinned these curls up, leaving only a few hanging down in the back, then I sprayed the whole thing with hairspray again and again.  And finally I finished it off with multiple coats of white spray on hair color (like you get for Halloween.) I think with a few flowers and plumes it will look just right.

11 comments:

  1. Heck yeah, that looks fantastic!!

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  2. I had one of those wigs once and gave it away. I never thought it could be made into something so perfect.

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  3. Wow, you did an amazing job hairstyling it! I need a wig like that!

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  4. You have done an amazing job!!!!

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  5. I love the way this turned out...which showgirl wig did you use? I'm really wanting to style my own wig, and I'm not sure which one to order.

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  6. Thanks all! The wig I used was a "Sweetheart" brand 'Delihla" model that I got from Tracy Gomez at Costume College.

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  7. That's so great! I still need to get myself a wig.. any recommendations where to buy a base for something like this??

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    1. It's a "Sweetheart" brand 'Delihla" model from Tracy Gomez http://www.thehistoricalhairdresser.com/

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  8. I agree with Sanna ^, I would love to know where to get something to start off with. Was the wig blonde originally? White? Grey? The end result just looks fantastic.

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    1. Thanks! The wig I used was a "Sweetheart" brand 'Delihla" model that I got from Tracy Gomez at Costume College. http://www.thehistoricalhairdresser.com/

      I don't recall the color number for the one I bought but it would "light golden blond."

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