Wig in a Box
"I put on some make-up, turn up the eight-track. I'm pulling the wig down from the shelf. Suddenly I'm this punk rock star of stage and screen. . . "- Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Polyphonic Spree
Just as the song says, the wig in a box lets you be whoever you want to be. Slip it on, and your entire persona changes. He way you feel about yourself, the way you look to other people, and the way others look towards you changes as you change your head gear.
You can get different types of wig in a box.
Raw wigs are something like raw vegetables. Everyone knows when you buy raw vegetables you can't just pull them out of the bag and eat them. They have to be washed and then peeled and prepared to your liking. Well raw wigs are just the same. You pull them out of the box all you see is a big mass of hair. Wearing it in this state is probably worse then wearing no wig at all! You'll need to have your wig cut and styled in order for it to be wearable. If you have a good hair stylist, a good imagination, very specific tastes in hair styles, and time to mess about with your wig a raw wig is probably right for you. Otherwise you may want to explore one of the next options. Both synthetic and human hair wigs come in raw form. All custom and semi custom wigs come in raw form.
Take one step up (or down) from Raw Wigs and you get an Unstyled Wig. Unlike a raw wig, when you put on an unstyled wig you don't look like Cousin It. There is a shape and a bit of a style. But you will probably still need a hair stylist to finish up the look, trim the bangs, and make it fit your face.
Pre-styled wigs are what many of our grandmothers wore. You can pick it up from the local department store, pull it out of the box, put it on your head, run a comb through it and you look beautiful. You don't have to go with the sophisticated gray curls that your mother's mother dons, but if you get the right style for you pre-styled wigs can be a hassle free solution for anybody. They usually come in a box with a hairnet around the wig to keep the style in place. It is not criminal, even here, to bring the wig to a hair stylist and have her give a snip here or there to fit your face better.
Most often it will be synthetics that are pre-styled. Human hair wigs that are pre-styled will probably still need slight finishing touches and will need to be reset once it is washed.
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| February 23, 2019
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