Getting Wiggy with it.

The vintage look is a pretty high maintenance look. Unless you have mad hair styling skills and several hours free, it is not easy to get the perfect hairstyle every time.

Even the simplest of victory rolls take curling, backcombing, spraying and moulding into place. You are looking at potentially 30 minutes to an hour of hard work. Wet sets and overnight pin curls require patience, time and product.

But that could all be a thing of the past due to a rising trend in vintage wig styling.

Someone who knows a bit about this trend is Carl Brown who has a salon in Liverpool and has started styling more wigs. He was very kind to talk to me about the rising popularity in wearing a pre-styled wig.

Carl believes that the popularity of shows such as RuPauls Drag Race and have helped wig wearing to be more acceptable. Coupled with the Burlesque scene which is more popular than ever means that people changed their look in a very short space of time by putting a different wig on.

Drag has come such a long way since the days of Danny LaRue, and performers want to look their best, and with a beautiful statement wig that is more possible than ever.

So, where do you start with a wig? I genuinely wouldn’t have a clue, but that is where Carl comes in. He is able to supply the wig prior to styling it in the way you desire, or you can take your own wig and have it styled from as little as £50.

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Rolling the hair is the first process in styling the wig

If a custom wig sounds perfect to you, Bobbie Pinz is one of Carl’s favourites. When I enquired why, he went on to tell me that Bobbie doubles up on the weave so as to give a really thick lush wig to work with.

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Rear View

Styling a wig isn’t easy though. The wig doesn’t react the same as natural hair so takes longer to perfect. For Carl to get the best effect he spends a couple of evenings curling and pinning the weave to get the desired effect. As he has a salon to run from day to day, the wigs are worked on in the evenings as they are time intensive.

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The wave process

New wigs start from around £50 with styling costs on top. This is not a trend that will break the bank, however you can spend hundreds if not thousands if so desired.

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Making sure it is perfect

I asked Carl who he would love to style a wig for and was not surprised to hear him mention Dita Von Teese, however as she already has perfect hair he didn’t believe there would be a call for her to use one.

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Almost finished

This led me to thinking. If I could have a wig made for me, exactly how would I like it to look? Of course there are so many styles that I love, but struggle with curls and waves. A pre-styled wig that I could just put on for special occasions or nights out, no fuss or hassle.

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Stunning colour

Or is that just taking the easy (and lazy) way out? Well I don’t actually think it is!

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Waves for days

Whilst I can do a passable Victory roll, my brush-outs are terrible. I follow the Youtube videos, I have the recommended brushes and products and I still look like a fuzzy mess. I brush until my arm feels like it is going to fall off, and I still don’t achieve the look I desire.

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I would love to have this wig!

I am destined to never attain that perfect, smooth hairdo so why not get the look I am desperate for by having a wig styled just for me.

It sounds like it could be the very answer to all my prayers.

Photos courtesy of Carl Brown Hair – Article originally published in Vintage Life Magazine August 2017

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  • Mummy Times Two

    Oh wow, this I need to definitely consider. I am absolutely rubbish at doing my hair x

  • Super Busy Mum

    Those wigs and styles look UNREAL! I reckon you could rock every single one of those, with ease!!

  • I’ve worn wigs for years. The first one I bought was from the same wig maker Nioami Campbell used to use on Kensington High Street. Since then I’ve worn a few different styles and colours for that matter. I like changing my look, with the seasons and wigs are a quick way to do that. Then when I moved to Canada wigs became even more important to me in the winter because hat and hair were one 🙂

  • HeidiNN

    It is a great idea. You could have it styled professionally..and make sure its done in 2 or more sections. If you have the front made in a way that suits you and is sort of generic. Then try not to mess with the front at all. If then the hair is kind of long in the back section, you can create variations there…roll, curly long..buns etc. If there are a clear divide from the two sections, you can get many different styles by only changing the back 🙂

  • What a fab idea, the wigs looks amazing, I love the styles and colours x

  • I trained as a stylist and used to love doing this, these look incredible your posts are always fab

  • Jennifer Eastwell

    These wigs look so nice! The styles are flawless. I didn’t realise some people wore wigs like this 🙂

  • Louise

    Loved this post so much and the one thing I adore is the side wave Bob. Such a classic look and looking at those curlers I think I can have a go at home myself! Thanks so much for this X

  • Well that’s a fab idea, I’ve always fancied a bit of vintage dress up but the hair is such a struggle! Love the bluey/purple one, such perfect waves 👌🏻👌🏻