Sunday, October 13, 2013

Regency Wig Wrangling 101

 A while ago I styled a cheap modern wig from into a regency hairdo. I promised I would write a little tutorial on it, but it took me a while....
So here it is better late than never!

I started out with this wig from
It's a lace front wig that has a natural looking center part and long bangs .The synthetic hair is heat resistant up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which means you can actually use heated styling tools on it. it's meant for African American ladies and comes in quite a lot of colors but all of them in darker shades. I chose color 4 which is a natural looking dark reddish brown. I paid $25 for it.

It arrived looking like this.

To style the wig I used a tapered curling iron, a heat resistant glove to prevent my fingers form burning, hair elastics, bobby pins, some scissors and a comb.

The fist thing I did was to do a horizontal part from ear to ear separating the bangs and some of the front hair from the rest of the hair.Then I took the hair behind the the part and put it in a high ponytail, leaving some tendrils hanging loose at the nape of the neck.

Then I pulled back the bangs and pinned them in place.

I twisted the ponytail into a bun high on the head, I left some of the hair in the middle of the bun hanging free to be curld later.

I curled the hair coming out if the bun, then I started curling the front hair.

It turns out that curling synthetic hair is not exactly the same as curling human hair. You have to let it cool off to get it to hold its shape. So the way I did it was to warp the strands around the curling iron hold them for about 10 seconds and then to carefully slide the hair off again while holding the curl in shape with my fingers. ( this is where the heat resistant glove is very helpful). Then while still holding the curl I blew on the hair to speed up the cooling process. Once it's cooled let it go and it will hold its shape. If you don't do this the curl will just go limp.
After pinning the side curls into place I trimmed down some of the tendrils I left hanging at the nape of the neck and curled them to make little curly wisps for a more natural look.

The last thing I did was to give the wig a light dusting with hairspray. And that's it. Voila! All in all it was super easy to, only took about an hour or so and the result is quite nice. I've worn the wig twice now and have gotten lots of compliments on it.

Here's some pictures of the finished  wig worn with and without costume.

Sorry for the low quality of the pictures they where all taken with my cellphone...
The last picture was taken by the fabulous Toni Tumbrush at a Regency wedding I went to last weekend. Thanks for letting me steal your picture Toni!
So anyway,the wig is pretty awesome and is great for those times when you do not have the time to do an elaborate period hairstyle with your own hair, or if you simply do not have long enough hair to do one. It's surprisingly comfortable  and not really hot or itchy at all as long as it's worn wih a proper wig cap underneath.
Now go style some wigs people!


  1. Holy, moly, it looks amazingly natural, and really nice.

    Thanks kindly for the tutorial!

    Very best,


  2. Wow, I have no idea that this was a wig, at maggie's wedding. It looks super natural and awesome! I'm definitely going to have to follow your tutorial, starting with your recommendation for the hairpiece itself - lace fronts aren't easy to find for that cheap. Bravo, and thank you!

  3. Thanks Ladies!
    I really lucked out with that wig from amazon, the hair looks so real, it even feels real! I'm tempted to buy more and make more wigs :)

  4. Very impressive! I'm truly fond of your wig-making-magic :)


  5. I love regency events, and I love elaborate drag. This solves some problems for me for both. Thanks!

  6. really lovely- so no hair spray involved?

  7. That turned out fantastic. Very inspiring.

  8. I only used a tiny bit of hairspray Amy. The curls hold their shape without it just fine, and for some reason too much hairspray looks flakey and gray on the synthetic hair, didn't want to give the impression of dandruff ;)

  9. You can use a hot curling iron on a synthetic wig?

  10. Yes you can, but only on one that is designed to be able to withstand the heat. Not all wigs do. Wigs that can be styled with hot tools will be specifically sold as such.

  11. Thank you so much! I have an 1812 event next weekend and have no hair (chemo, boo!) but a wig almost exactly like this one that I bought but don't love as is. So excited to style it and have hair to wear at the event! You saved me from panicking and ordering something last minute ($$$).

  12. You are inspiring! And your outfit is gorgeous, too. I just looked at photos of myself in my first attempt at a regency ensemble, and was horrified by my hair. I have to try this.

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