Guide - Buying and Working with Wigs

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Article by Angela Hacket (Angelphie) posted Sunday 4th November 2007

by Angela Hacket

Wigs are often useful for costumes. They save you from cutting, dying or styling your own hair, allow you to create insane styles, and you can put one on and be ready to go instantly – it only ever needs styling once! Furthermore, you can sew, glue, and do all sorts of things to wigs which aren’t possible with real hair.

Although low-quality wigs should be avoided, it isn’t difficult to find excellent wigs for decent prices. There may be a lot of information already out there about where to buy quality wigs, but not all of that is relevant if you live in the UK, and I’ve also tried to put as much information as I can in this one place.

  1. Wig Quality and Buying Wigs
    1. Where to Buy Quality Wigs
    2. Brands
  2. Wearing a Wig
  3. Storage and Transportation
  4. Styling and Wig Care
    1. Washing
    2. De-tangling
    3. Cutting
    4. Colouring
    5. Styling
    6. Straightening
    7. Curling
    8. Parting
    9. Buns and Other Shapes
    10. Ponytails
    11. Pigtails
    12. Extensions
    13. Wefts
    14. Spiking or Other Dramatic Styling
  5. Random Advice
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Thankyou Thankyou so much

Thankyou Thankyou so much for this tutorial!
Im new to wearing wigs! and always have problems with tangles and styling! Ive never known who to ask about careing for my wig so this has been a great help!!

by Moonlight_Requiem on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 13:41
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Yay thankyou :D

This was so helpful :D I wanna ask though do you know were abouts I can get wigs that fit bigger heads? That proberly sounds wierd but I have a unaturally big head (lets just say I can never buy hats cos they never fit) plus I have really thick curly hair so when it's all up on my head I can't fit wigs on. The only wigs that fit are the party ones (I think there called smiffys) so yeah do any of the sites meationed have wigs that fit bigger heads?

by Littlegeeky on Monday, 8 September, 2008 - 15:19
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ZOMIGOSH SO AWSOME!

This is so useful i owe you ALOT of my lifespan for this :D

by HyperNightmare on Wednesday, 27 August, 2008 - 17:41

This is fantastic

You have no idea how much this has helped me; I was really fretting over doing the hair of one of my cosplays, but now I'm really geared up for it, I'm almost excited again!! XD

by Axenblade on Saturday, 29 March, 2008 - 13:46
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Angela, you are the BEST.

Angela, you are the BEST. This tutorial has just helped me soo much to figure out how the hell to go about styling my first, and very last minute, wig for Minami :D

High pigtails with crappy wig FTL! ;__;

by RachelMei on Wednesday, 13 February, 2008 - 23:01
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Wow Angie, this is

Wow Angie, this is fantastic! Really helpful guide and so in-depth!
I'll be using this come Minami you can bet on it! :D

~ "Hey little girl on the spending spree! I don't come cheap but the kisses come free" ~

by SherlockHulmes on Wednesday, 7 November, 2007 - 23:58

Thanks for putting this

Thanks for putting this up... It's really really useful!

by Afro Ragazzo on Tuesday, 6 November, 2007 - 19:35