Aw snap it’s time for another round of Cosplay Basics, or, Stuff You Probably Already Know!
I am not particularly good at wigs. There’s something about them that seems to have a personal vendetta against me. Although I styled almost all of my own wigs in the past few years, I’ve gone back to commissioning simply for ease. There’s no point in getting stressed out over something I don’t like doing, and don’t feel like I have a talent for!
But even if you’re not getting into any major wig styling, there are a few basic things that you should have on hand!
1) The first thing you’ll need is a wig brush, or comb. Everyone has their preferences, my favorite is a wire wig brush like the one pictured. You can actually get this kind in the dog care section. Mine’s lasted years and I have no complaints about it.
Combs are something a lot of people prefer, and I use for small touch ups like fixing bangs.
The only thing you want to avoid are soft plastic or bristled brushes. They create a lot of static, and that’s a major cause of tangles.
2) Not pictured is a foam wig head. These are crucial for detangling as well as styling any parts that you can’t do while wearing the wig. However, they are smaller than the average head, so it’s recommended to not do any tight styling on this.
To hold your wig in place while you work, quilter’s pins are great. They don’t have any edges for the wig to tangle on, they’re long, and they’re colorful so you don’t accidentally leave any in your wig when you take it off the foam head. Not that I have ever… done that… I hear it’s really painful….
3) The third thing is probably the best invention ever. It’s a razor comb! Razor combs are phenomenal for getting a nice edge on your wig, rather than the blunt cut scissors can give unless you know how to use them properly. It’s also almost impossible to hurt yourself while combing. All you have to do is comb, and the razor slices the hair off! They’re great for bangs in particular.
While you can get disposable combs at places like Sally’s Beauty Supply, they’re a tad expensive and go dull fast. However, a razor comb with replaceable blades, like this, only ran me $3 for the comb itself, and $10.00 for 100 blades (4) , on ebay.
5) Use big clips to hold the hair out of the way while you style.
6) And finally, we have a wig stand for foam heads. This fits on the edge of a table or shelf (you screw it in to tighten it.) However, I much prefer to use a free stand—I found that my dressform’s stand works wonderfully. That way, you don’t have to worry about bumping against the table or shelf while you’re working!
So maybe you learned something, maybe you didn’t. Feel free to add any of your own advice in reblogs!