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WIGS: Questions on display / storage, wig caps, etc. 
4th-Dec-2012 01:42 am
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Long time lolita here, coming out of the woodwork with my first post to the community...

I just bought my first wigs for several Christmas events I have and will attend this month.
Here's a small pic of one of my outfits I took the morning after a friend's LA event, Victorian Gothic Christmas.
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Anyway... I am quite pleased with this particular wig (it's the Rhapsody from GLW if you are curious) and believe I am developing a slight obsession.  So I have a few questions to wig owners:

1)  If you have naturally long hair, how do you secure it all under the wig cap?  Do you tie it first?  I'm trying to combat the lumpy scalp issue.
2)  The wig pictured above pressed on the back of my ears (where my glasses secure).  I kept having to adjust it.  What am I doing wrong that makes the wig fit that way?
3)  I have foam wig heads.  I would like to display my wigs, but they are quite long.  I've seen some examples of displayed wigs in last month's Lolita Rooms theme, but I'm wondering how wig owners display or store their long wigs.  Also, since I am keeping the wigs out, how do you prevent dust?

And anything else you'd like to contribute as advice or suggestions to a fledging wig owner.  Many thanks in advance.
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4th-Dec-2012 10:07 am (UTC)
1) If you have naturally long hair, how do you secure it all under the wig cap? Do you tie it first? I'm trying to combat the lumpy scalp issue.
I tie my hair first, then put on my wig cap. And pin the wigcap with 2 pins in the front.
2) The wig pictured above pressed on the top of my ears. I kept having to adjust it. What am I doing wrong that makes the wig fit that way?
I place my wigcap not over my ears just above it. And place the wig firmly over it.
3) I have foam wig heads. I would like to display my wigs, but they are quite long. I've seen some examples of displayed wigs in last month's Lolita Rooms theme, but I'm wondering how wig owners display or store their long wigs. Also, since I am keeping the wigs out, how do you prevent dust?
I have my wigs on foam wig heads too. Every so often I shake them outside , to get all the dust out.

Edited at 2012-12-04 10:20 am (UTC)
4th-Dec-2012 10:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for your answers. I didn't pin the wigcap, so I will definitely do that next time. I tied my hair in a low ponytail for the wig pictured above, but then I couldn't secure the tie under the wig cap without creating a bump at the base of my neck. Since the wig was long, I just ignored it, but I was worried it would show through at some point during the night.

I reworded #2 because I think I mis-stated the problem. I didn't tuck my ears in the wig cap, since I wear glasses. But the wig plus the glasses created a problem where the wig would push down on my ears, causing them to flare out. Not only did it hurt, but I was worried my ears would stick out from the wig hair. Anyway, it was really annoying and I hope this isn't a problem with all wigs.
4th-Dec-2012 10:36 am (UTC)
Ah, okay.

I also wear glasses. And it is so hard to get you wig on right.

What I do is: first wigcap on and then glasses on, and then put the wig.

Edited at 2012-12-04 10:36 am (UTC)
4th-Dec-2012 10:49 am (UTC)
I have long hair and there is a lot of it and it's very fine. So after much trial and error I have come up with this method that works well for me.</p>

I part my hair and section it off in two top half pig tails flat against my head. I plait those into the remaining hair so they become like 2 braids, however, they are much more flexible (and faster!!). I then flip the plaits over so they run back toward my face and pin down. Light spray. Wig cap. Wig.

It might be strange, but it works for me :)

5th-Dec-2012 02:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm excited to give this method a try and see how it goes.
4th-Dec-2012 10:57 am (UTC)
1.) I have short hair, personally, but I help friends who have long hair put on wigs. One of my friends had waist-length hair, and we would always put her hair into two twin french braids, and then pin it around her head in a spiral-like crown. Then a wig cap over that, and the wig over that (we found using a mesh cap worked better than a nylon one--it doesn't slip as much, and you can bobby-pin a heavier wig straight through and into the braids, which will anchor it).
2.) Is the wig cap adjustable? If so, maybe pull it in a notch or so. You may just be wearing it a little too far forward, as well.
3.) I've seen most people make sure that the hair is over an edge a bit, so it dangles and doesn't bunch up oddly... If a wig is long, it may be heavy, so be sure to weight down your wig head if it's a little wobbly. I'm unsure of how to prevent dust, though I would say that, by and large, you should wash it every so often anyhow (wearing wigs can get hot, heat causes sweat, and sweat does not smell so very loli), and this should take care of the dust problem. Just be sure to look into caring for and washing that particular wig (how to keep the curls, or if you can re-do them with heat if they come undone).
4th-Dec-2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
Seconding the first comment -- I would french braid my hair as tightly as I could and then pin it up as closely as possibly before putting on the wig cap.
5th-Dec-2012 02:12 am (UTC)
I've heard similar suggestions on getting a mesh cap, so I will definitely be doing that. I find that the nylon cap slipped around a lot. French braiding my own hair is a bit of a hassle, but I will see if perhaps a friend would want to assist me in that.

The wig is adjustable, so I try making it a bit smaller and seeing what happens.

I now wish that my wig came with some care instructions. But perhaps I could contact the merchant with a few questions and see what happens. Thanks for all the help.
5th-Dec-2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
Most of GLW wigs are heat-resistant, but I would check on the site just to double check. Lots of times it's listed within the page you order it from. And if you still don't get a satisfying answer from them, you could always ask someone else who has the wig.
4th-Dec-2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
I have just one wig (pink...) and
1) I have very long hair, probably about breast-length (more than over the shoulder...). First I keep my hair dull, without fluff -- that way it fits better and the wig does not look weird.
To have this effect I simply do not dry hair after washing it (just comb and straighten it) to keep it smooth and straight. Then I tie it with hands and place gently under the wig cap.
2) Dunno really sorry ;w;
3) I keep the longer part of the wig in bag
4th-Dec-2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
http://taeliac.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-How-to-put-on-wigcap-45629366
I have long hair and always follow this tutorial - and my wig stays put, without any lumps! It might be tricky at first, but I hope it helps! ^^
5th-Dec-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
Thank you for the link! Will definitely try this method as well.
4th-Dec-2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
I once had very long hair (black) that was quite thick and had to wear a short blond wig over it. I had it in small braids before pinning it tightly. One large braid made it look like a lump was protruding out of my head. I was pressed for time so I actually had about three other people helping me (it was for a performance... and they ended up putting about a hundred bobby pins in my hair). Then I had a wig cap on and pinned before putting the actual wig. As for the back of the ears thing, maybe tighten the back strap so you could wear it a bit back? I'm not really understanding the problem here.

Sorry, not much help here... but that's my story of a difficult wig to put on. I had to make sure none of my real hair showed and it was troublesome trying to pin my hair flat enough so it didn't sit weird. Oh... and nice wig :)
4th-Dec-2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
I have very thick and very long hair so it's rather difficult to hide under wigs. The method I found that works best is to split it up into sections and braid it. I usually do 3 sections. The I take the sections and wrap them around my head and pin them down. I try to even them out as much as possible so it's not lumpy. It's not a perfect method but unless you push into the wig you don't notice any lumps that may be there. I've also had the same problem with wigs pushing on my ears. You just have to try to get the wig to sit further back/up. Try adjusting it around until it is comfortable. I found that when mine did that it was a little crooked, which was making it hit my ear.
4th-Dec-2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
1) If you have naturally long hair, how do you secure it all under the wig cap? Do you tie it first? I'm trying to combat the lumpy scalp issue.
When mine was long (now it is just a TWA) I dampened my hair, divided it into 4 sections, two small on top, two larger at the nape of my neck, and twisted them into little flat buns.

2) The wig pictured above pressed on the back of my ears (where my glasses secure). I kept having to adjust it. What am I doing wrong that makes the wig fit that way? Sounds like it might be too tight. I suggest pinning your wig in place so that you can wear the straps a bit looser so that you aren't adding any extra pressure where your glasses go.

3) I have foam wig heads. I would like to display my wigs, but they are quite long. I've seen some examples of displayed wigs in last month's Lolita Rooms theme, but I'm wondering how wig owners display or store their long wigs. Also, since I am keeping the wigs out, how do you prevent dust?
I actually comb mine out and place them back in their original mesh baggies and keep them in a linen-lined basket. They are too heavy and too many of them to really display on wig heads. I have never had any issues with dust or the volume deflating, even with the big hime wigs, so I cannot really help there ^^;
4th-Dec-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
1) I have hair that is down to my butt. When I wear wigs, how I hide it depends on the wig. Some wigs have a lot of extra room in the wig cap at the base of the head/start of the neck area. If that is the case, and if there is enough wig hair that it will disguise the lump, then I will just make a bun in that area. Otherwise for shorter wigs, I break my hair into many sections and make as many tiny braids as I have the patience for. Then I pin them to my head as flat as possible. Always wear a wig cap over your natural hair to keep it all in place and to make it look less lumpy.

2) When you put the wig over your wig cap, position it exactly how you want it, in a way that is most comfortable to you. Then, bobby pin it securely to your head. If you do it right, it won't move at all and you shouldn't be uncomfortable. That should eliminate your problem.

3) I prefer to keep my wigs in their original packaging and then stored in a box to prevent them from getting dusty. I think that is the recommended way to store them.
5th-Dec-2012 02:25 am (UTC)
Thank you for all these helpful hints. My hair is about as long, but unfortunately very thin, so it doesn't look nearly as nice with large headwear in comparison with a thicker and fuller wig. I did not bobby pin or secure my wig or my wig cap, so I'm sure this was a large factor in all the difficulties I was having. Never doing that again, haha.

I'm considering storing the wigs in bags, as suggested by my husband. But when I tried this method, the wig still tangled and needed a lot of styling before I went out. I thought it was a bit of a hassle. However, having to clean the wig sounds like a pain too. So yes, I'm 50/50 on whether I want to display or store them. Hmmm.
5th-Dec-2012 03:38 am (UTC)
My hair is the same. I find wigs a much quicker and easier alternative to styling my own hair, and I think they balance out large headwear better. Glad you found my tips helpful! They come from quite a bit of experience. :) I can't recommend pinning your wig down enough, it makes it so you don't have to worry about your wig slipping all day!

The trick to storing wigs in the bags is to be very careful when you put them away. Stuff the cap of the wig with the tissue paper it came with (or get some if it didn't) to help it keep its shape. If the wig has curls, I push the curls up against the top part of the wig (so that the curls are flat circles). If the wig is very long with either loose curls or straight then I twist it loosely around and tuck the long hair up inside the wig cap. Then I wrap the wig with the black netting that it came with to prevent stray hairs from getting tangled. And I carefully put the wig back in the bag it came in, or another Ziplock bag. When I take it back out, I just shake it out and comb through it with my fingers. Sometimes it needs a little more brushing (especially the bangs) to get it looking perfect, but it honestly doesn't take very long.

Disclaimer: I am no expert with wigs! These tips are just what works for me. :)
4th-Dec-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWbJFf_6xE0
2. I'm 100% sure as to what you mean by this. Perhaps its too long/thick on the sides, you could try cutting or thinning the sides so it can over lap or go under your glasses better.
3. I store all my wigs and hair pieces in their original packing (or zip lock bags). If you slide them in loosely it keeps its shape well :) Dust will settle on anything, even more so on wigs because they are usually coated in silicon.
5th-Dec-2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for the video. This looks incredibly simple and easy. Definitely going to give this one a go, since I'm a fan of the easy route. :)

My husband bought me two-gallon zip lock bags to store the wigs in, but I tried this one night and still had to brush up some weird tangling on the ends of a wig. Perhaps I put it in wrong?
5th-Dec-2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
Did you wrap the wig up the netting that it came in?
5th-Dec-2012 03:04 am (UTC)
1) I have long hair and i tie them in pig tails that are low on each side then wrap them behind my head to form like a hamic look. Then I pin it in place and put on a wig cap also pinning wig cap to my hair.
2) I wear contacts so I dont have any ideas there, sorry.
3) I keep my wigs in the bags they came in to keep the curls/ waves also to keep dust off abd bugs (i live in the basement and im scared of finding spiders in my wigs )
5th-Dec-2012 03:05 am (UTC)
3.2) my friend had a few wigs that were long and she kept them on her stants pinned to stop them from falling off and had the long ones on the side so the hair can drap off and helps it stay straight and not tangle.
5th-Dec-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
1) I generally do a series of French braids around the top of my head. Otherwise my hair is too long/thick to fit!
2) It sounds like you're wearing it too far forward if that's an issue.
3) I wouldn't recommend keeping them out- there's no way to keep the dust off, and I know my long wigs have tangled if I run a fan or something during the summer. I keep mine in nets, and then put those nets in Ziploc bags.
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