Sunday, March 23, 2008

Yes, Let's bring the Wig Party back!

Or, at least that what I thought they were talking about. Come to find out they were talking about some old political Whig party from the 1800's, and they didn't even spell it the same way. I mean if is was such good party why did Abraham Lincoln dump it?

Anyway, so I decided to have my own wig party. I've had these same three wigs that seems forever. Two I won't show, because one is a poodle hair blond wig from the early nineties and the other one I'm trying to resurrect, but it maybe too far gone. I didn't take good care of it, and since then, I've learned how (I'll share that latter). It's a Jon Renau brand and when it was new I loved it.

The blond pageboy that you see in my profile is one of the old ones. I really like the style and color, but alas it is getting a little thin on top (much like my own hair underneath). Now granted you may have to stand on a ladder to see this wig's flaws, but none the less, I know it's there. It is a René of Paris wig and I've had real good luck with this brand.

So it was time to buy some new wigs. I looked at a number of places on-line and decided to go with So far so good. Their website is setup nice and they've delivered real fast, usually within five business days. I suggest if you want to shop there, become a member. In this way you will get an instant discount. And on top of that, if you get emails from them, they sometime run specials so you can get even more off.

I feel the wig is the most important item for being a Gender Illusionist. My proof for this argument is: If you want to initially fool someone that they're looking at a girl and not a guy, throw a wig on them and shoot from behind. Check out the Justin Timberlake Pepsi Commercial. Just 18 seconds into the commercial and you have a beautiful blond sitting at a window and she turns around and it's a guy with two days of beard growth. Ha, fooled ya.

Now the wig I wanted to buy and the wigs I bought were two different things. I wanted a René of Paris Amore line. This is the top of the line wig. My problem was that I measured my head (and no it's not fat, thank you very much) and it measured 23 inches. Now according to a number of web sites I should not be buying an average size wig cap, that's for heads up to 22 inches. So I need a large size wig cap because of my big noggin.

Since the Amore line can easily run $200 and up, I did not want to take a chance on spending that kind of money and not having it fit. The problem is, if you wear a wig, even once, you can't return it. You may look at it and inspect it for flaws and for color, but that's about it. Now I don't know if the wig sellers have a way of discovering whether you have tried it on or not. You know, maybe they use an ultra-violet lamp or such. But I was not willing to take a chance. So instead I bought an average cap René of Paris wig from their regular "Hi-Fashion" line and a large cap Revlon wig. The reason why cap sizes matters to me is that there are very few wigs made with a large cap size and are half-way attractive.

So I buy the two wigs and you know what I found? I must be on the cusp of sizes. The average cap size is a little snug and the large cap size seems a bit roomy. Since I'm right on the edge and there are more choices with the average cap size, I'm not going to pay attention to cap size anymore.

I thought I would use the same outfit, but change the wigs. I was going for a more sexy look in these pictures. Well, maybe I should just go back to smiling.

This is my old pageboy wig. Like I said it's a René of Paris.

The wig you see here is called Bailey and the color is a Honey-Blond. This is kind of an update to the pageboy I have. The color is darker than the old one, but actually closer to my own hair color and therefore goes with my skin tone better.

This one's from Revlon and I like the highlights in this one, though the camera might not catch it. Again, it is a large cap wig and one of the few cute ones with this cap size.

Now the long haired wig purchase was not planned. They had a real good price on it and I always wanted to try really long hair. I might be too old for this at least that's what I keep hearing: "Women over 40 should not wear long hair." Ha, got them there, I'm not a women so I can wear it. OK, maybe just at home.

This is a Wig Pro wig, and I was surprised by the quality of this wig. The fibers are really soft and there's even a skin part on top. A lot of times you don't see that until you spend some bucks. This is also a large cap size, but seems to fit just right.

So now that I've gotten these and experimented with them, I seem to like them all. I'm still in love with the old pageboy and if I can find a top of the line replacement for it, I'm going for it. I'm a little more knowledgeable about what works for me and what doesn't. So the only thing left is to take care of them so I don't have to run off and spend more money.

Come to find out, you don't have to wash them as often as you think. The fibers themselves don't hold up well to washing, and certainly not with regular hair shampoo. I use cleaner and conditioner made for fiber wigs. I'm talking fiber wigs here and not human hair wigs, which is a different story. The cap itself is what gets dirty from dirt and oil from your head. So if you wear a wig cap (the nylon ones) all the time, you'll cut down on this problem.

The next thing is, if your wig is not curly, which mine are not, always comb them out with a wig comb before you put them away. I use this comb from Revlon, not the wig brush, the bush is for styling only.

I put them in a hair net, and put them in their own plastic container like this:

I may talk about bottom shaping next and what I'm thinking for that. But I may surprise everyone and talk about something else. Till next time! Love Tracy


Shelly B. said...

Hi Tracy! Thanks for the wig tips among others. I have had trouble finding the right wig, until I saw you in that "page boy". You looked abasolutely stunning. Thanks again, Shelly B.

lizzie said...

Wig should be look like natural, and doen't harm to your hair. Rene of Paris Wigs are the hot trends now a day.

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