Earlier this week I espied on HalloweenCostumes.com a “Marie Antoinette” wig that looked surprisingly good. My criteria for judging this goodness were the overall shape, color of the hair (it wasn’t WHITE), but most importantly if this wig could form the base upon which to create a really great period styled wig.
Some of you will know that I posted a link to this wig on my Facebook fan page, and it sparked all kinds of discussion about period accuracy, quality versus pricing, “cheaping out,” and if in this particular subject of wiggery, do you really “get what you pay for.” I am one of those who does not believe that you have to pay and arm and a leg to have nice things. I’m also big on the D-I-Y, and I was eager to try out some new tips and tricks I’d picked up since my last adventure in Wig Wrangling.
|Here’s the image from HalloweenCostumes.com website|
Let’s start with the Marie Antoinette Wig fresh out of the bag, then I’ll take you through the “how to” for how I altered it.
As mentioned above, the overall shape of this wig is pretty nice for 1770s pouf styles. The hair comes up and off the face, with no bangs or ringlets framing the forehead, as is the sad case on almost every “costume wig” I’ve found for 18th c. The curls of this wig are actually quite natural, and it’s easy to fluff the hairstyle up and make it look pretty darn cute within a matter of minutes. It is also easy to create more distinct ringlets just by twirling the hair around your fingers.
|Here it is out of the package, a little fluffing, and I’ve removed the pink bows.|
These things aren’t “bad,” they just need altering. The wig comes with pink satin bows on either side of the head. These are glued on but can be pulled off easily and don’t leave a gap or a mark. Also, there are two ringlet curls hanging down by the ears, which to many people screams “18th century!” but they’re not. You can pin them up into the rest of the hair, or do what I did and just cut them off (but keep them for testing later, if you are going to work on this wig in the following tutorial).
Also, the wig only comes in platinum blonde, and I do not recommend the spray technique for taking the wig to a darker color.
The wig is not WHITE, like most 18th century costume wigs, but it is very very platinum blonde, and very very shiny. It’s also a color very hard to match with hair extensions, if you are wanting to add more hair to your wig.
With just small alterations and a quick, light mist with an ivory colored spray paint this wig would look awesome and ready-to-go. In its original state, it is the best option I have seen for anybody who wants to dress up in the 18th century style for a costume ball, Halloween party, masque, etc., who is *not* concerned with total historical accuracy and will wear the wig for fun. It’s cute, easy to wear, and at $22.99, an awesome deal. Here’s a bit about the store:
HalloweenCostumes.com also has a fun collection of Victorian costumes that are perfect for “Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-For-Less” costumers . With worldwide shipping, unique costumes, and a firm commitment to customer service, HalloweenCostumes.com is a perfect source for Halloween costumes and accessories that can be worn throughout the year.
For those on the journey of wig-creation of the historical variety, it’s an excellent base from which to work. But how do you get from THIS to THAT?
How to Make an 18th Century Wig from an Affordable Costume Wig
|Yep, it’s the same wig…|
What You Will Need:
- one “Marie Antoinette” wig from HalloweenCostumes.com
- one package of long hair extensions/weave in the lightest blonde you can find
- one can of off-white, or “blonde” spray paint in a satin or matte finish
- needle and white thread
- powder (opt) – talc, corn starch, flour, or baby powder (if you don’t mind the smell)
|Fluff Me Please! And cut off my ears!|
|The side rolls, in the wig before spraying.|
|Curl the weave BEFORE you sew it on, but when you do sew it on, this is what it looks like…|
|Quite a difference in the color of the two hairs, but that will change soon…|
|After spraying – big difference from the picture above|
|The finished wig from the side, but what I didn’t realize is that as the paint dried, it got yellower and yellower – wish it would have stayed this color!|
|Too yellow, so I’ll re-spray it with a whiter, less yellow, spray paint.|