❥ Trying to Avoid Headaches? ❥
If you're a fan of big wigs or you are planning to cosplay one, you know that styling them is one thing, but wearing them can be a whole other story!
Long wigs, elaborately styled wigs, and back-heavy ponytail wigs are all difficult, if not painful, to wear for many cosplayers. This does not have to be the case! Here are a few basic tips for putting on enormous wigs, securing them, and making your time in costume more enjoyable.
Here is a list of tips that I usually hear from our cosplayers!
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➊ Wig Cap ➊
The first item you'll need is a wig cap that fits nicely over your head. It should maintain your natural hair in place and prevent it from riding up. You can also use a fishnet wig hat because it is a simpler way to insert hairpins through the mesh. As you'll see, a good foundation is essential for heavier wigs.
A velcro wig band or silicone wig grip can be worn over or replace the wig cap - this is especially beneficial when wearing a lace-front wig and can't hide the edge of the wig cap under the lace. Many wig users swear that these headbands, add a layer of padding and improve the grip of heavy wigs.
➋ Make a Good Foundation ➋
Your hair should be nicely tucked inside the wig cap to give your hairpins something to grip onto. Ideally, in a series of flat buns or pin curls, or braided close to the scalp. If you're having trouble putting your hair under a wig, start with this tutorial.
Slick back your hair and manage it with hairspray and gel. If you have especially thin and slick hair or short hair that doesn't hold hair clips well, the gel will add much-needed texture.
To keep the wig cap from riding up, you can use weave clips or bobby pins to secure it to my slicked-back hair.
➌ Put On The Wig ➌
When putting on a long or elaborately styled wig, never flip it over. You don't want to ruin your wig before you even leave the room!
To keep long hair out of your way, tie it off with ribbons and place it in a hair net. Put on the wig like a hat: hold it over your head and carefully drop it, beginning at the front hairline.
A back-heavy wig might be difficult to put on since it will slide off your head as you try to fix it with pins.
Ask someone else to keep the wig in place while you insert the first pins. If it's a ponytail wig or an updo, your assistant can safely grab it by the base of the ponytail. Otherwise, simply have them keep the front hairline down.
When you spend an entire day in costume or perform on stage, you need to be certain that your wig will stay in place.
Don't be scared to nod and shake your head to test the fit. If you can already feel the wig slipping, or if you don't feel secure enough, start over! You may believe that if you are cautious, you will be alright at the convention, but a slipping wig cannot be rescued by continually tugging at it. That will just aggravate the situation.
It's best to spend extra time in front of the mirror so you may enjoy the rest of your con day without worrying about your wig.
➍ Choose The Correct Hairclips ➍
You'll need U-shaped hairpins to secure the wig on your head. Their holding ability improves as more hair is held (rather than the opposite as with bobby pins), and they may be used all over the head rather than simply at the hairline.
Heavy-duty 3′′ hairpins are good. These monstrosities may be found at beauty supply and dancewear stores (Ari or Bunheads brand).
You can usually use bobby pins along the hairline (mainly in the back) and up to a dozen hairpins elsewhere. I inserted them where my real hair is positioned beneath the wig.
The idea is to put them vertically through all of the layers (wig, wig cap, own hair), dig in until the points of the pins touch your skin, and then flip the pin like a lever. Insert it completely until the pin is flush against your scalp.
➎ Avoid Pulling And Headaches ➎
People frequently tell me that wearing a wig is difficult and that they are terrified of wearing thick wigs. That is not something to be embarrassed about! However, if you follow these easy tips, you may frequently avoid or postpone the pain of pulling hair.
Pins or clips used to hold your wig should never strain on your hair, especially near the hairline. When placing bobby pins on the wig's border, make sure the pins only grip the wig and the wig cap, not your hair.
Remove and redo any pins that cause discomfort. Even a minor pulling feeling might develop into a severe headache later on.
You should also avoid using skin adhesive or spirit gum to replace hairpins or bobby pins. It is enough for holding a delicate lace front in place, but it is not intended to keep heavier wigs in place. The continual tug on your brow may create skin discomfort.
Allow your U-shaped hairpins to do the work! They're built for the task.
➏ Rest or Take Breaks ➏
Finally, realize that, like with any difficult costume, there is a limit to how long you can wear particular wigs without feeling agony. When you wear heavy wigs, a good way to measure it is to schedule a break after a few hours to remove the wig and relax your head and shoulders. Alternatively, you can change out of your costume or put on a shorter wig that still suits the outfit.
Many cosplayers on huge or long conventions survived long costume contest days (8-10 hours) while wearing heavy wigs, but you will always need a sufficient break!
And that's it! ♡
You are ready to use your thick and cool cosplay wig and have a long happy convention. I hope this helps and see you next Monday!
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Disclaimer: Use your tips at your own risk, we always recommend contacting people that know and are professionals to help you with your wig.