So many Wigs

For some time now I’ve been working on getting a few wigs, to go with all the various styles of costumes that I do. And since I cant afford real and goodness I just got the cheapest ones there is, in order to style them into perfectly historical headwear I will be proud to wear upon my head.IMG_5409

Lets take a look at what I got, and what I plan to do about them.

 “Saloon Girl”IMG_1811Ehm, yeah, right…

I bought this wig for the color, curls and consistent (no, not really).
But I wanted a curly redhead wig to make a awesome “pouf” or “hedgehog” for my 18th century costumes.

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Unfortunately the curls are to heavy, and don’t stay put at all.
At the moment it is better suited for a “Greek” styled Regency do then nothing else. But hey I may need one of those to.IMG_2338Quick Regency up-do

“Renaissance”IMG_1810The go to wig for all redhead maid Marions out there ( oh I hope not)

“This wig will be perfect for almost any era and hairdo”  was what I was thinking buying it.IMG_1816 IMG_1820
“This wig have both a sharp part and an awful bang. There is No Way you are going to turn that into something beautiful – let it be!” Is what I should have thought.

I may just use it for hairpieces and rats…

IMG_1823Color scheme: (left to right) “Saloon girl”, “Mermaid” and “Renaissance”

“Marie Antoinette”151656241_1If you say so…

 My first attempt at taming this wig was about two year ago (result).
I also modified it a few times since then, and it do look better, but I think I will never be totally happy with it.

My second try will be now, and this time in white (oh so white).
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After re-reading “The American Duchess” tutorial on how she transformed this style to a beautiful 18th century “pouf”, I decided I needed to give it another go.

I really hope I can do what she did, because this plastic monster definitely need some work to look presentable.
And what were they thinking when they used a whole glue gun to the locks? IMG_5442“The glue really makes my hair shine…”

“Greek Goddess”IMG_5417This actually look pretty decent.

I bought this wig thinking it could fit both Regency and 1880s hair.
The wig is heavy, and the curls seems to be holding up well. Lets just hope I can do something about the curve at the hairline and the small tendrils they call a bang.
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I mean look at this – plainly false marketingIMG_5423 IMG_5422

“Amy Winehouse”IMG_5424Baboom!

This wig is so cool.

Ok, the styling is awful, and don’t even get me started on the blond piece in the bangs.
But it is shaped like a “bee-hive”, and have lots of long lose hair in the back…
lets say it together – Perfect for “Pouf”!
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And you can even carry stuff in it.IMG_5429

“Ghostly Saloon girl”IMG_5430Who comes up with these names?

It’s gray, it’s styled upwards and have some ringlets hanging down – Therefor it should be perfect for 18th century styles.
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But sadly the polyester ribbon hides a terrible secret – a huge edge, where the top is attached to the bottom of the wig. I’m not sure how I can get round/past that.IMG_5437

“Clown pop wig”IMG_5411 No, I’m not seriously thinking this will work for historical costuming.

I’ve had another event in mind…
(If you’r from Sweden, and like 18th century, but are just a tad annoyed about all the bullshit “historical” costumes out there, I think you know to what I’m referring to. And if you don’t – check it out here: Plastiq fantastiq pique nique)

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I have big planes on turning this baby into some awesome 18th century style, you just wait and see. wait and see…

Do you have any favorite cheap wigs or good tutorial to help me style these monsters?

1880s Evening Hairstyle

The “accessory” for my 1880s evening gown which caused my head to hurt most was the head itself. Who the h-l do you get a lovely opera style hairdo with my short and klingy hair.

This was what I wantedvictorian-hairstyles

I tried a lots of different alternatives. Like faux hair and braids, curling and twisting but nothing got me even close to what I needed to achive. IMG_5244

So I reluctantly pulled out my “new” wig. It is from the same company where I bought a lovely long haired wig for my medieval hairdo, but this one is just horrid.

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And in real life.IMG_5175

IMG_5057It is so plasic looking in both the colour and the shine, it feels realy “costumy”. And besides it is way to big. The only “good” thing about it is the fact that it don’t have bangs. But with two days left to the bal, I needed to give it a try.

So I re-read the chapter on “late victorian hairstyles” in Historical Wigstyling, and got to work, testing the methods on a smal piece of the wig first.

IMG_5198Roling a piece of “hair” to a thread spool (I curently don’t own real hair curlers), then setting it, using steam from my steam-iron.

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The result looked perfect.

Time to move on to the actual wig.

I started by separding and creating some bangs,IMG_5199 which I curled on hairpins and and more spools of thread, and then secured with pins. IMG_5205

Then I covered the rest of the wig with a cotton sheat and steamed the bangs, letting it sett over night.  IMG_5210

Then I just grabed pieces of hair, twisted, pinned and braided until I got a cool looking hairstyle.

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But when I put it on my head it looked ridiculus.IMG_5253Like something from a Tim Burton movie.

No! Lets try again.

Trying to keep the hair a bit more to the back of the head, and not so much upwards proved to be a lot easier. So now I got a nice, elegant hairdo.

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But once again: Nice on the dummy – Stupid on me.

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I feelt like a ginger prostitute in some movie about Sparta. Not good.

Right about now I started to panic.

It was the evening before the bal and I was totaly lost.

Thank good for internet, and lovely helpful people, who told me the hairstyle I was trying to build was not really 1880s (more 1870s) and that this is what I should be trying for instead.hb_jan_16_92So after studing a few more pictures of simular hairstyles, I feelt it would be do-able using my own hair and some false hairpeces.

I also wanted to wear this tiara, since I wouldn’t wear any other juwelery.IMG_5226

So, I grabbed my siccors and cut all the remaining hair of my old (lovey) wig.IMG_5460

Buying some proper haircurlers. IMG_5461

And got to work curling and steaming again.IMG_5459

I then curled my own bangs on smal stripes of fabric, soaked them in wather and sleept on it.IMG_5470

The next morning I removed the curling strips.IMG_5477Then I put a cap on and got on the train to the capital, and the bal.

When arriving at my hotel I emedetly started working.

Begining to make smal tufts, in my own hair, to secure the faux bun onto. Cowering the back of my head with a hair net, to keep all the short flying hairs in place. Then I loosened the faux hair from the curlers and started pinning and winding them into a bun on the back of my head. I then frizzed the bangs some more, and attached the tiara with bobypins. The last step was to attach a few hanging curls on the back of the bun.

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And it still looked pretty hours later.IMG_5566I’m so happy with how it turned out, and even got some nice copliments on it. Maybe next time I don’t have to worry so much.

Medieval hair styling

When figuring out the style of my new medieval costume, I also needed to think about hairstyles and headwear. And since my own cropped hair wouldn’t do for any historical hairstyling what so ever, I needed something to cover it up.

I started to seearch for sutable headwear on the internet, but was constantly drawn back to my original inspirational picture:

medieval4The girl is wearing her hair in tails coild at the ears, and some sort of whimple on the head.

And it looks like this girl is wearing the same hairstyle, but without the headcloth.medieval3I also found this picture in “The Medieval Tailors Assistance”, showing the same hairstyle.

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So my next step was to by a wig.

I wanted a long-haired wig, in a colour that would be axcepted as and look simular to mine.

serpentine-rodbrun-peru-1I found this (extremly sexified) wig on the internet for 150 Sek (15 USD). Exept for the bangs, it looked perfect.

But these cheep wigs have a way of being horrible and ugly in real life, so you never know until you tryed it on.

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IMG_2825Turns out it’s GREAT!

The colour and lenght is perfect, and the pretty curls held their shape really well.IMG_2805

But I knew I could not use it as it where because of the bangs, and the heat stroke I would get by wearing a syntetic wig.

So I cut some of the sections of, and collected them into ponytails using smal rubber band, and then made them into braids.IMG_3033

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Then it was time to do the headcloth.

I cut stripes of fabric and sewed a simple headband – on to which I will pin the braided hair and whimple.IMG_3053

It ties in the back with dubble ribbon.IMG_3046

Then I draped the braids on the headband. IMG_3063And secured them by sewing them to the cloth.

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I then cut and hemmed the cresent shaped whimple, and draped it on top of the braids, securing it by pinning it to the headband behind the ears.

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Now I just need to get it to look this good tomorrow – and hopefuly stay that way all night…