How to Make a Bald Wig

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How to Make a Bald Wig
Create a bald wig for yourself or someone you know. (plastic head image by Ludovic LAN from

Bald wigs are generally used to give performers the illusion that they are bald or used to shield a person's hair during the process of life-casting. The process of making a bald wig will take practice to perfect; however, with a little time and patience you can be successful in creating your own bald wig cap. Whether you need a bald wig to complete a certain look for you or a performer, here are the steps needed to make your own bald wig.

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Things you need

  • Cling film
  • Clear tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Plastic head
  • China marker or eyebrow pencil
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Latex rubber
  • Rubber sponges
  • Powder and brush

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  1. 1

    Wrap cling wrap tightly around the subject's head. Cover the wrap with clear plastic tape. Use small pieces of tape for easier management. The tape should extend beyond the hairline. The tape is used to create a more rigid and harder shell.

  2. 2

    Outline your subject's hairline with a marker from front to back. When outlining, add about 1/2 inch of space longer than the actual hairline. Lift the cap gently from the head and trim off the excess tape below the outline you drew with scissors.

  3. 3

    Position the shell onto a plastic head. Trace the edge of the shell with the china marker or eyebrow pencil. Remove the shell from the plastic head and put a light layer of petroleum jelly on its surface until it reaches just beyond the hairline.

  4. 4

    Pour latex into a small cup. Stipple --- or blot lightly --- the product onto the plastic head using a rubber sponge. Let this layer dry and repeat the process until you have five thin layers. Let it sit for 24 hours to fully dry.

  5. 5

    Powder the outside and edge of the cap and gently remove it from the plastic head. Make sure to powder the inside as well to prevent the latex from sticking to itself.

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