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Theatrical Wigs

Theatrical Wigs

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Theatrical wigs are often used by actors to more accurately depict a character or time period. If your or your child is starring in a school play, or some other show, you may want to look into theatrical wigs. These wigs are incredibly realistic and come in an enormous array of colors and styles. Watch out, though. Good theatrical wigs will often run into the thousands.

If you're more the do-it-yourself type, as many of us are, here's how to make your own theatrical wigs. If you are a little creative and handy with the needle, this should be a really enjoyable project. The finished product is certainly something you can be proud of.

You're going to need:

Either an old wig/wiglet that you can cut strands of hair from or strands of hair that you can purchase at your crafts store

A wig cap or netting Note: it's a good idea to use netting that is a similar color to the wig hair. This way, if any does show through, it will not be noticeable.

Thread the same color as your wig hair

Binding tape

Elastic

Ridgeline boning

"T" pins, hair pins

Wig combs (optional)

Curling iron (optional)

Hair spray

First place a piece of netting loosely on a foam head. Use the head for a basic shape, and sew material down in darts to give it the form of a head cap. Make sure your netting/cap is the correct shape for your wig. If you want bangs, extra long side burns or any other extras, plan that into the design. If you change your mind mid-designing, you can easily add on a piece of netting for these extras (though it comes out better if it's done on the initial piece).

If you want this to be very realistic and personalized, have your model try on the wig, and mark his/her hairline onto the netting. Then trim the cap appropriately. Note: Leave an inch or so for shrinkage.

Next sew on binding tape all along the outer perimeter of the cap, as well as your seam tape, hat wire, and ridgeline boning stays for the forehead, temples, and back corners.

Starting from the bottommost corner (in the back on the bottom), begin sewing strips of the hair into the netting. Work your way up the cap slowly and systematically.

Be conservative with your hair. You can always add more later, but too much hair makes a wig bloated and uncoothe.

Trim and style as necessary.

Sew in cap casing or thread loops to secure the elastic band in place. The elastic band should run from above one ear all along the back of the neck and up to the top of the other ear.

If using one, sew in the comb at the center of the forehead.

Spray liberally to set the style in place.

Enjoy this fantastic new creation, and break a leg!

Here is an excellent site for full costume and wig tutorials.




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