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Wigging Out

Updated on March 13, 2013

Wigs for Halloween and beyond

Let's face it. Most of us don't have spectacular hair. I'm not saying you don't have nice hair, but is it really spectacular? Is it worthy of a superhero or fantasy character? Mine is definitely not. So to compensate for this short coming I wear wigs with my costumes. While I am far from an expert on wearing wigs, I am going to tell you a few tricks that I have come up with. So here's to making your crowning glory a bit more worthy!


I have very fine and long hair so I have found the best thing for me to do is to wet braid my hair into six braids and pin them up on my head. I can put the wig on easily with no wig cap. If you have thicker hair or short hair you may need a wig cap, but rather than buy one you can cut the foot of an old but clean pair of pantyhose.

Sometimes I run out of time and can just pull all my hair up into a ponytail and pin it all up. This method isn't as secure, but can do in a pinch.

The Right Wig

If you find the right wig, it can make all the difference. My green costume, Kelly the Gremlin needed a really fun wig to make the whole outfit work. A very unnatural shade of green and a spiky cut were the perfect touches to make this costume work.

Be creative

Sometimes the solution is combining wigs. For this space girl outfit, I took a long purple braided wig and added two clip on braid pieces of a similar color. I hated the look of any one piece alone, but combining them gave it more height and interest.

Hair pieces

Wearing a wig can be uncomfortably warm. When you factor in all the other accessories, it can add up. One thing that helps is wearing hair pieces instead of a full wig. In this costume, I am wearing two clip on hair pieces that are rows of large red banana curls under my bowler. It gives me the period look that I want and yet the top of my head isn't completely covered in an extra layer.

Wig fail

Sometimes I get a wig that just doesn't look good on it's own. Often if they have bangs, they are badly cut. Luckily I also have a lot of hats, especially for my steampunk costumes. So, I will designate these "hat wigs" and they will always go under a hat. This black one has been around forever and was a Halloween find. The curls seem to have more staying power than my much more expensive wigs.

I have one wig that was long and curly, but it didn't look great. it wasn't really full enough, so I pinned it up and now I use it all the time.

I hope that this has given you a few ideas. Go and peruse the aisles of your local Halloween shop for the perfect look. Let me know if I've helped.

So, do you think you are ready to wig out?

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    • SmBizGuru LM profile image

      SmBizGuru LM 6 years ago

      How much fun to wear wigs any time! I've been so "straight-laced" most of my life that I think I've missed a lot of fun. I think I'll just get "untied" and have some fun :)

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      sans300 6 years ago

      You really have some nice Pics on your lens

    • KaneshiaKelly profile image

      KaneshiaKelly 6 years ago

      I love the wigs, great lens.

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      My good friend with blonde hair bought a dark bob wig for halloween and she literally looks like a different person! Wigs are great.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I WIG out all the time!!

      I wear strictly historical wigs from a company i met thru a old west event. i heard they do any type of fantasy wig too! BUT mine are historical i do Victorian teas and balls/ parties. i am going to sty to do some steam punk events next year!

      The company is (The historical hairdresser)

      They are super helpful and will do special deals!

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Wigs are fun anytime, but are especially wonderful at Halloween.

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      If was going to do steampunk I would definitely wear a wig. I have boring hair. Great lens.