Tip of the Week: Braided Wigs!
Clown characters are cute with braids or ponytails! There are not many brands which carry wigs already styled into braids or ponytails. Many clowns want to split the hair into two sections, but don’t want that netting underneath to show. Here are some helpful tips to avoid that problem:
We used the Kelly Wig from Westbay-Sepia-Blush as our model. We like it because there is enough hair to play with but it isn’t too heavy or thick, and it long enough to make nice-looking braids. Un-styled, the length of the hair from the crown to the ends is about 22″. Use a wide-tooth comb to get out any tangles before you start styling. You should pin the wig to a sturdy stryofoam wig head. If you are planing on an elaborate or tight-fitting style, then you should be wearing the wig while someone else styles it for you.
Separate the hair into two equal sections and make an even part down the center. Notice on the left-side of the photo you can see the netting because the hair is pulled tightly into ponytail binders. On the right-side of the photo, we have gently pulled the strands up from the ponytail binders and loosened it a bit. You can no longer see the netting underneath. If you wanted to style the hair into just ponytails, your wig is finished. If you want to braid the hair, keep reading.
On the left-side photo, we have left the ponytail binder at the top then braided the hair and put another ponytail binder at the bottom. This technique pulls the side of the hair away from the face in a very taut line, which might be bad for women who have low hairlines or dark hair on their temples. The right-side photo has the same braid, but we cut off the ponytail binder, which allows some of the side hair to rest lower and cover up your natural hair. Once you have braided it, the length of the hair is about 20″
If you split the hair in your wig into two and can’t avoid showing the netting underneath, you can still disguise it! The first option is to take one of our WHITE skull caps or hoods and dye it to match your wig color. The second option is to hear the right hat. Make sure to wear the hat far back enough to cover the bottom the hairline and securely keep it in place with safety pins. You still get to show off your cute braids and not have to worry about anyone seeing the netting. Hats in photo, clockwise from top left: Floppy Cap, Ladies Fancy Hat, Puff Cap.
Don’t forget to trim the bangs to let your make-up show!
Do you have a wig question? Send your problem to email@example.com. We love to help clowns have fun with their wigs!
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