After looking all around for a wig for my Halloween costume I found this Marie Antoinette style wig, but it wasn’t, well, there yet….. So I teased it, yelled at it and it still wasn’t right. After an hour or so of fighting with it. I decided it was too thick. That’s when I broke out the thinning shears! After a can of freezing spray and some more teasing, I finally think I got it to look somewhat 18th century. Something was just off though! It didn’t look powdered. Then I had my light bulb moment!!! Spray Paint!!!! Yes I said spray paint!! Scary huh? Who knew it would work so well on a wig!!!
Here’s what I did: Set and style the wig like you want it. For synthetic wigs it’s best to take them out of the bag when you first get them and shake them out and hang them on a styrofoam form or something similar ( a couple of rolls of toilet paper stacked up will do.) Use a wide tooth comb or pic to fluff them up, using a brush is a no-no, it may cause frizzing.
I worked in the wig industry for many years, so here’s a few tips I’ll share on wig care: If your wig is really bad right out of the bag and it just doesn’t look like you want it to, as some cheap wigs sometimes do, you can wash them in a sink full of cold water with a dime size amount of shampoo. DO NOT USE HOT WATER this will pull out the curl, wave or shape. Swish them around in the water a little and hold at front and gently rinse with cold water. Do the same thing to condition it, if it needs it. (They usually need it if it is and old wig.) Fill a sink full of cold water with a dime sized amount of conditioner, swish and soak awhile if you like. Rinse in cold water. Gently blot with a towel and shake it out and let it dry completely, then comb through it. Combing while it is wet will relax the curl. But, if that is the goal wash & rinse in warm to hot water. ( I would go with warm first, if nothing happens then go a little hotter. Just be aware though, some wigs just wont relax at all and some will relax immediately, some will matte.) Use caution…nothing like messing up your costume at the last minute.
Style the wig as you like. Then I sprayed it pretty well with hairspray (I used “Freeze It” because regular hairspray felt limp and wouldn’t hold, mine was a big style so it needed the super strong stuff.)
Now on to the spray paint!! I used regular old cheap spray paint in White Matte. My wig was really brassy, yellow and see through so this made it nice and opaque. Apply the spray lightly all over, about 10-12 inches away, you don’t want clumps that wont dry on the hair. I did three light coats all over and then some extra concentration on the front and underneath the curls. Let it dry about a half hour between coats. Then I added a couple of bows and that’s it! Instant Powdered Wig!! I came out awesome, even better than the pics show!
Check out my other Halloween Posts for more easy Spooky Crafts!