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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 just didn’t look powdered. It was 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 you do~
Instant Powdered Wig
- Baroque Marie Wig
- White matte spray paint
- Freeze It hairspray
- Wide tooth comb
- Teasing comb w/metal pick
Here’s what I did, first 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 foam head form or something similar (a couple of rolls of toilet paper stacked up will do). Use a wide-tooth comb or pick to fluff them up, using a brush is a no-no, it may cause the wig to frizz.
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 the front edge and gently rinse with cold water.
Do the same thing with conditioner to soften it, if it needs it. Fill a sink full of cold water with a dime sized amount of conditioner, swish and soak awhile if it an old wig. Rinse in cold water. Gently blot and roll it up in a towel, shake it out and let it dry completely, before combing through it. Combing while it is wet will slightly relax the curl.
If the goal is to remove curl from a wig then you wash and rinse in warm to hot water. I would go with warm first. If curl doesn’t relax, then go a little hotter. Just be aware though, some wigs just will not relax at all, some will relax immediately, some will matte up. Use caution…nothing like messing up your costume at the last minute.
Style the wig as you like. When you are finished spray the wig heavily with “Freeze It”hairspray. I used “Freeze It” because regular hairspray felt too limp and would not hold, mine was a big style so it needed the super strong stuff.
Now onto 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. Add a couple of bows and that’s it! Instant Powdered Wig!! It came out awesome, even better than the pics show!
Sorry for the grainy images, this is one of my oldest posts on my blog. I have a much better camera these days!
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