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Wigs 101: Prep, Styling and Wearing

Wigs 101: Joh Bailey Tells Us Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Wearing Wigs!

In this week's episode of Australia's Next Top Model, the girls posed in a sexy lingerie shoot and Liz and Izzy busted out some kick-ass moves in Short Stack's “Bang Bang Sexy” music video where they both wore long, dark wigs. Given that it's nearly Halloween and party season, wigs are coming into their busiest time, so we asked the show's lead hair stylist, TRESemmé's Joh Bailey, for his advice on prepping the hair first and making sure the wig stays in place all night long!

Does your hair need to be freshly-washed to wear a wig? It doesn’t matter too much. You wouldn't want to have dirty hair, but it doesn’t have to be freshly washed. Day-old hair is probably best as it has a little more hold and isn't too soft.

More wig advice . . .What’s the best way to secure your hair underneath?
Short: Try just slicking it back and spraying with a bit of
<product target="_blank" href="http://www.tresemme.com.au/Products/Salon-Styling/TRES-Two-Extra-Hold-Hair-Spray/">TRESemmé TRES Two hairspray</product> ($7.99).
Mid-length: A simple pulled-back low bun is easy to hide if the wig hair is a bit longer. This can also help with filling out the wig if it is a little too big.
Long: I would get a skull or swimming cap which will keep it out of the way so you don’t need to worry about it.

How do you ensure wigs stay put? Professional wigs utilise all different types of clips and sticking options, but you can get a great hold by using bobby pins around the wig, hidden underneath the wig hair.

Can you style wigs as you would regular hair? Yes if they are regular hair, which many are these days. Try not to do too much to them though, as depending on the quality of the wig the hair may not be tied in as securely as others and may come out with too much pulling. Be very careful with synthetic party wigs as these can be affected even by a spritz of hairspray.

Image courtesy of FOXTEL

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