Costumes on Haight

Thursday, 7 October 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
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Ever since I accepted the makeup artist position at California’s Great America, I’ve been running low on Ben Nye makeup.  Rather than ordering the makeup online, I decided to search for local retailers in San Francisco that might have a good selection.  When I visited Costumes on Haight, I noticed these felt wigs on one of the shelves and thought I should share my discovery!

I’ve never before seen wigs made out of fabric and I was pleasantly surprised by the craftsmanship.  I have found few useful applications for felt when it comes to costume-construction (except as the traditional fabric of choice when making poodle skirts), even though the material is cheap, stiff, heat resistant, and does not fray when cut.  I appreciated the ingenuity and innovation of these wigs.

Although felt wigs offer many benefits, there are also some downsides.  Firstly, felt wigs will not be able to waft in the wind in the same manner as synthetic or natural fibers and, secondly, you must apply multiple layers for fear of the wig appearing limp (which is probably why the manufacturers seem to favor spiky hair styles).  I encourage you to try to make your own fabric wigs at home using a wig cap as a base.  However, if you’d like to purchase one of these wigs for yourself you can order directly from Elope.  As a side note, they also sell a yellow Super Saiyan wig.

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