Anyone that is a fan of dressing up for Halloween will agree that when it comes to putting together a great costume, it’s all in the details. Having just the outfit alone isn’t enough. From props to little things, such as makeup and hair these all help an individual to stand out among the other ghouls and gals. If you’ve been thinking of taking your costume skills up a notch by adding a wig, you’ll want to make sure to keep the following tips in mind.
Choose Like It’s the Real Thing
Just as you would take certain factors into consideration when it comes to choosing a new hairstyle for your real hair, the same goes for choosing Halloween wigs. Face shape is perhaps the most important factor when shopping around for wigs. Just because it’s a costume, doesn’t mean you can’t try to get your wig to look like the real thing. Those wanting believable results will want to visit an actual costume shop, a wig store or a retailer that specializes in selling theater products. The fly-by-night Halloween costume shops that only come into town once a year typically only offer their wigs in packages, which they may or may not allow customers to remove in order to inspect it closer.
Additionally, the wigs sold at these types of stores are usually generic and not of good quality. Unless the character you plan on being has a specific, recognizable style, you’ll be free to customize your wig to your liking.
Real or Synthetic?
Hardcore Halloween lovers have no problem spending money on quality real hair wigs if it will give them the final results they want. Of course, synthetic wigs are also ideal for getting the job done. If money isn’t an issue, purchasing real hair wigs will give a realistic appearance as well as flexibility in terms of styling. You can put heated styling tools and hair products on real hair wigs, unlike synthetic versions. Buying a synthetic wig means purchasing the style “as is.” Putting a curling or straightening iron on a fake wig will end up melting the hair.
Add Some Style
Want to really make your wig stand out and add some flair to your costume this Halloween? Instead of choosing a wig that is already styled, opt for a plain one and take it into your local hair salon to get it cut and styled by a professional stylist. This can be done with both synthetic and real hair wigs – just make sure to tell the stylist if it is synthetic so that they won’t apply any heat to it. Adding hair dye is another great way to customize a wig for your Halloween costume.
Don’t Forget the Maintenance
Whether you plan on using your wig in the future or are thinking about storing it until the next time you’ll need it, caring for your wig is essential for maintaining its appearance. When storing your wig, place it in an airtight plastic bag or container to prevent dust and moisture from accumulating.
When it comes to cleaning the wig, place it in a sink of cool water, mixed with regular shampoo. Let the wig soak for five minutes and use your fingers to gently swirl the wig around in the sink. Do not try to lather shampoo like you would on your own hair. Rinse in cool water and place it on a towel and air dry. Only use a wig brush to smooth the hair afterward (however, brushing is not recommended for curly wigs since it will cause it to get frizzy).