Getting The Look: Famous Hair Pieces


2The old adage about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery is put to the test when selecting a wig to emulate a celebrity look. A great famous hair piece can be the key to pulling off a celebrity look, while a poor choice takes the flattery right out of imitation.

Some celebrity looks require the person to sport a hairstyle that is pretty much synonymous with their image as a whole. Personality tributes such as Elvis Presley would be unrecognizable without his jet-black slicked back coif and an Amy Winehouse tribute would literally fall flat without her giant bouffant do. Hair is a dominating physical trait for both men and women (celebrity and non-celebrity alike). A female hairstyle often takes centre stage with regard to her appearance, in fact,  44% of men admit to noticing hair first when meeting members of the opposite sex. Given how noticeable a hairstyle is, a tribute to an artist with famous hair would simply not be complete without a high-quality theatrical wig to complete the look.

Where do I find high-quality tribute hair pieces?

The best place to obtain a famous hair piece is from a salon with expertise in providing realistic hair replacement solutions. A custom wig designer is the best source for a theatrical hair piece that will fit you perfectly while accurately channeling your famous muse. We design and style custom wigs for our clients as well as theatrical productions. Created from real hair, our specialists have experience that will make your tribute hair pieces look as realistic as possible – from pompadour to bouffant to beehive.

Alex – our wig master, is renowned in the wig industry for his exceptional tribute pieces. An industry professional who has been making wigs of all shapes and sizes since 1984, his celebrity and theatrical hair pieces have garnered much praise including recognition from a top Elvis tribute artist and notoriety for theatrical productions such as William Shakespeare’s King Lear.

Tips For Obtaining A Top-Notch Celebrity Look

21Once you have found the right place to commission your famous hair piece, it is time to get started on your new wig – but what can you do to help ensure that you get exactly what you are looking for? Here are a few tips to help you become your favourite celebrity doppelganger without fail.

  • A picture really is worth a thousand words when it comes to impersonations. Finding good photos of the look you are trying to obtain is a great way to help your wig maker understand your vision and design the hair piece you want. Pictures of the exact style and colour you require will make it easier for your design team to replicate the look.
  • Remember that some celebrities have adopted different styles throughout their careers so be specific about the style you are seeking. Elvis Presley is a perfect example of a celeb who has more than one recognizable style depending on the era of his career you are impersonating. A tribute hair piece from the famous singer’s early years would look drastically different from the style he sported during the later years of his career. Be very specific about the style you have in mind when working with your designer.
  • Accessorize and add all of the small details you need. Once you have your famous hair piece on lock, it’s time to ensure that you have all of the finer points of your look in order. Don’t be shy about using makeup or accessories to complete your look. A high quality hair piece will definitely help you to look like your idol, but without a costume and the right accessories your tribute will appear incomplete.

Will I Need Styling Tools To Style My Hair Piece At Home?

For some celebrity looks and hair pieces, you will definitely need a few tools in your home tool kit to keep your style looking great, especially if you will be performing while wearing your celebrity hair pieces. Retro styles in particular, may require a few things to get the look right. Hollywood glamour, as well as early 20th century looks from the early days of moving pictures typically will require some extra styling to appear authentic. By the 1930s almost 90% of American women had adopted a bob hairstyle, requiring products – and pins. Here are a few items that you may need to ensure your tribute style remains flawless:

  • Bobby Pins22
  • Round hair brush
  • Rat tail comb
  • Hairspray
  • Hair gel or mousse
  • Elastic bands
  • Curlers, rollers, or a hot iron

Your high quality celebrity hair piece –  if made from real human hair, should be safe to wash and style but an important consideration to factor in is how much washing and styling you will have to do to maintain your look because you will want to take extra precautions to protect your wig from wear and tear to ensure its longevity. An experienced stylist can recommend the products and tools that you will need to pull off your look on your own.

How Can I Protect My Tribute Wig From Damage?

Proper care and gentle handling will help to prolong the life of your wig. The wig manufacturing industry has seen an annual growth rate of 5.6% since 2011, and with so many hair pieces (used for tribute shows or not) purchased annually, the need for dispensing proper wig care advice has become increasingly important for consumers. Ask your stylist for advice, don’t over-wash, and try to prevent shedding by using a product that coats your hair with silicone and strengthens the knots that keep your hair in place. Knot sealer is a must-have product that will help defend your hair against damage. Caring for your celebrity hair piece will prolong the life of your investment and is highly recommended for theatrical wigs well-used on the stage – careful off the stage handling will temper the test of routine performances.

If a tribute hair piece is what you are looking for, look no further than the professional team of experts at 3rd Dimension. Our professional team can design, create and style your theatrical wigs and create custom pieces that will enhance your professional costume design.


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