View Full Version : Wiggy Wisdom Wanted
01-30-2006, 11:30 AM
All right, you wig wizards; I'm thinking about getting this:
If any of you have bought this wig, or bought from this seller, do you have advice for me? Warnings? Commendations? It looks a lot like some of the Giant and Wig America wigs available at Wilshire Wigs, but for a few dollars less. I'm pretty jumpy about buying a wig without seeing it or trying it on, so all words o' wisdom will be appreciated!
01-30-2006, 01:38 PM
Coffee Em, I'm not a wig wizard and before the convention I had never worn a wig. My first wig purchase was something similar to what you're considering. It's very difficult to make the hairline look natural on a wig without any bangs. You may have noticed in Fannie's wig article in Opulent Victorian, that even she was using a wig with bangs. I thought I was a brunette when I purchased the wig, but boy is it ALOT darker than my own hair. I'm much happier with the light brown/reddish wig that Miss Tabitha matched for me and with the light auburn Gibson Girl wig with the wispy curls around the hairline that I wore at the convention.
01-30-2006, 02:20 PM
That makes sense. I really don't want heavy bangs, though; I look better with my forehead showing. Sigh. I can't afford more than one wig, and I'd hate to get one and be too disappointed in it to wear it.
01-30-2006, 02:42 PM
Em, if you really want a wig to match and not worry about your hairline and so, i would go with Miss Tabithas wigs.. Send her a snippet of your hair and like Garnet said, she will match it perfectly.... I have one of Miss Tabithas and i have blonde highlights and she matched it perfectly...So if you follow PMS's hints she wears her wig and leaves some of her own hair out and then blends that into the wig, Wella!...the hair line looks natural...
01-30-2006, 06:42 PM
'Em, I buy from Hair Me Now all the time, they have great customer service and great wigs. Actually, all of my long, non-updo wigs have come from her. The nice thing about that wig is that you can always cut some bangs. I don't always wear bangs, and the trick is to make sure your wig cap has your hair back securely and that you secure the wig so it doesn't slide back to show your natural hair line, especially if it is a different color.
See, no bangs:
01-30-2006, 07:12 PM
Aha! Fannie, your response sent me a'huntin', and I found instructions for cutting and curling wigs here (http://www.amphigory.com/wig_how_to_cut_bangs.html) and here (http://www.amphigory.com/wig_how_to_curl.html), respectively. Which would mean I could get the wig and, if it didn't seem quite right, I could work with it a little. I also remember a previous discussion around here about curling synthetic wigs by setting them, dunking them in hot water, and letting them dry.
Clancy, I like the idea of having Miss Tabitha match my hair...but as I said to El Husband, which part should she match? The front of my hairline is dark brown with some silver in it...except for the part that suddenly turns silver with some dark brown in it. Then there's the really silvery part behind the ears---aggghhh! I have three different women's hair! (Not to mention the growing-out color at the ends; I am a kaleidoscope of hair, I am.)
Fannie, should your wig cap match your hair, or your skin color?
01-30-2006, 07:47 PM
'Em, I use a light colored wig cap when I'm wearing a wig that matches my hair color or a blonde or white wig. I will wear a dark wig cap when wearing a dark wig...so if your hair is dark and you are getting a dark wig, go with a dark cap.
01-30-2006, 08:19 PM
Hey em, that wig is nice... my hair is as long as that....
01-30-2006, 08:45 PM
Oooooh, I wish mine weren't such a pain when it's long. I was growing it out, and wearing it pulled back and up...and realized that, for everything except costuming, it was a plaguey nuisance. Not to mention that it wouldn't hold curl if I set it with epoxy. So I'm back to my chin-length bob, which suits me much better on a day-to-day basis.
01-31-2006, 02:01 AM
I am so sorry i was in Vegas since friday (shanghi-d)
I am a licenced hair dresser and Sell wigs Wholesale!! If you can find a wig i can either deal DIRECT WITH THE MANUFACTURER OR find one from my suppliers that is similar! I sell pieces , human hair of many types, wigs, and do custom up dos!! the price of that wig looks good!
i even have a few small pieces to give away....
I can send you one of my swatch rings and you can look at yourself in all lighting to see if you like it ! Most colors are fairly standard (except wild ones)!
01-31-2006, 12:54 PM
Thank you, Fleur! (And I've already seen the photos you posted of your shanghaied self--oh, yeah, you look as if you went kicking and screaming, all right!) :D
01-31-2006, 04:27 PM
Yeah kickin' all right!!
01-31-2006, 05:04 PM
I may need a wig, I am pulling my hair out along with LMB!:kbutt
01-31-2006, 05:08 PM
Here you go Kid...
01-31-2006, 08:10 PM
Yeah kickin' all right!!
Kickin' up your heels, maybe?
01-31-2006, 09:54 PM
01-31-2006, 11:46 PM
Fannie, how do you secure the wig? I wear a wig cap but my wig always moves around on my head! Thanks!
02-04-2006, 01:35 PM
Bumpin' this up, since Miss Ruby's question continues to be of pow'rful interest to many here...
(Ooooh, always wanted to use that smilie!)
02-04-2006, 08:23 PM
Ruby, sorry I didn't see your question earlier. And since the article has already ran in The OV, I hope PMS doesn't mind me posting this now.
02-04-2006, 08:26 PM
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02-05-2006, 05:53 PM
Thanks Fannie, that's great! :ty
06-05-2007, 03:32 AM
Very important post!!!
:gg :bump :go
Madame Olive Yew
06-05-2007, 12:46 PM
I have a question about wigs, (seeing how this one has been re-bumped (thanks Nellie!) I have very thick, semi course hair & alot of it, not to mention a slightly larger than average head. I have been to several wig stores & tried wigs on with professionals, we always have a very difficult time getting the wig on & usually it does not look or feel right. We have tried using various wig caps & positioning my hair in different parts of my head. Does any one out there make a larger wig?? I was thinking some one should. Most men have a larger head then women do, & there are lots of men that dress as women & require wigs, to do that. (I hope that is PC enough..) Of course men can shave their heads, thus reducing head circumfrence a little, where as I can not.
BTW, I bought Tornato Allie's Fire dress wig, & it seems to fit ok.(maybe because it was slightly used & stretched out?? ) But I need to redo the up-do, so I have not had a chance to really wear it out, just around thre house. Are there any differences in size from brand to brand?? I have no idea, what brand Allie's wig is, maybe someone else does?
06-05-2007, 07:07 PM
MOY, that wig of Alli's came from the WigLady on Ebay who supplies wigs for Vegas showgirls and Vegas showmen that dress as showgirls. The WigLady is Susan, and she has done special orders for me. If you email her and discuss this with her, I am sure she will be able to point you in the right direction. Here is a link to her store:
Yes, I believe it does matter the brand of wig...cheap wigs are just that, cheap, and they won't fit well. Also GG may know some of this as she and her mom style wigs for ladies.
Madame Olive Yew
06-05-2007, 07:12 PM
:ty :ty :ty I had a feeling it was that way. I will look into it.
06-05-2007, 07:26 PM
My wigs have elastic adjustment straps that can be removed for a big head. I have a new line of human hair wigs for larger heads too.. Human hair has more life than some synthetics
I have large size clients (and a hubby who has a VERY BIG head... Cap your head /hair and measure.. let mer know the size and i can tall you if you will fit..
06-05-2007, 08:29 PM
yes some companies do offer an average cap and a large sized cap. So far, I think we have been ok with our wigs for everyone. The mesh foundation is pretty standard so there is air flow and stretch, its is all elasticised. Songbird also has a ton of thick hair I know she liked her wig but I think getting her hair all piled and pinned and comfortable is definatly a concern for ladies with these issues (dont I wish) I am intrested to see what she thinks and how it actually fits in person.
I know that Lizzie before she got her cute short hair cut sometimes had issues with her wigs and she does have a large hat size and very thick hair as well...as far as I know she has had not issues with our wigs ( I say that because she has bought more than one over a period of time and I imagine its not just because she likes to spend money) . I might suggest a theatrical adhesive like a spirit gum or such at the front to keep a wig from trying to slide back on a larger head with the weight of the hair and a hat. Practice is also helpful getting used to the feel...its like makeup not everyone will feel comfortable with it or feel it looks natural for them. I have gotten a better grasp on making them work for me. I still dont like a wig for evening on me yet...Day wear with a hat, great! Evening? I dont know...I have a very small hat size and I always feel like I have way too much hair with a wig on! LOL.
I do not however think they are one size fits all...nothing is, but I do think if you go with a wig with an average and a large cap option you might have better luck.
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