As part of our four assessments we have to dress and apply a wig so In preparation for that in this lesson we covered the basics of wigs, we were shown how to wrap the hair and apply a wig cap ready for a wig, then we were shown how to appropriately dress a wig ready to be applied.
Such skills are useful in many different areas of the make up industry such as film, theatre and television and i found this incredibly informative as its something i knew very little about.
Our tutor started off showing us examples of different kinds of wigs and hairpieces and how they vary in cost and the way they are made depending on wether they are made from real or synthetic hair. She then moved on to a demonstration on how to wrap hair using a student with quite long hair for a model as she explained longer hair can be more difficult to wrap so it would be the best example to show us.
After the demonstration we had to split up into pairs and practice hair wrapping and then apply a wig. my tutor explained that there is no exactly correct way to wrap hair, the aim is to get all the hair as flat and smooth to the head as possible without creating too many lumps and bumps.
My model has medium length hair just going past her shoulders making it long enough for me to properly get to grips with...I started by brushing out her hair then starting from the front of the hair taking small sections at a time, smoothing the section with a comb and hairspray then securing the section in place with a bobby pin and secured the ends in place with a pin curl or by bringing it back round on itself.
I repeated this section by section working around the head, laying one section over another, i found it best to just work with the hairs natural direction and not to force it to go in any particular direction as this helped me get the hair as smooth as possible. Ideally i should've used bobby pins that matched the colour of the models hair but i just had to use what was available to me at the time whilst practising.
Above is the hair all secured in place, to finish off i smoothed down any loose pieces of hair using my comb and some hair spray but avoid using too much product or wetting the hair.
The next step is to apply the wig cap which will flatten all the hair, for this i used a pair of tights, i chopped the legs off and tied the loose ends together. I applied it by getting my model to hold the front section while i pulled the rest of it over the back of the head, once it is in place i used the tail of my comb to tuck in any loose bits of hair sticking out from under it while slowly pulling the cap back and up over the ears and off the forehead as much as possible so it does not cover too much of the models face. I then secured the wig cap in place using U pins all around the edges.
We had a selection of wigs available at the college for us to try out on each other. Wigs are applied in a similar way to the wig cap, the model has to hold the wig at the front while rest of the wig gets pulled down over the rest of the head, it is then adjusted accordingly until it is positioned properly on the models head. it is important not to pull on it too hard when adjusting it as this may cause the wig to come off. Once i had the wig in place and it was covering all of the wig cap i took more U pins and secured it in place.
We all had a lot of fun in this lesson trying out the different wigs and seeing how we would look with different hair colours and styles and i personally feel its opened up a whole new box of possibilities when it comes to creating make up looks allowing me to completely re design the way a person can look.