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Naming Your Wigs…..

It always makes me feel chirpy when I read the names of the wigs that arrive at the Wig Centre. Each of them has their own personal ladies name, chosen by the manufacturer, and I love how the name gives the wig it’s own personality! This week I have been working with the likes of Lilly, Mara and Belinda and having a name, I often find myself chattering away to them in the wig room as I’m styling them!

This is not the first time I have worked with wigs that have names given to them, it is a commonly done thing in the theatre that if an actor has more than one wig to wear during the show, and different characters to play, not only do their different characters have different names, but their wigs do too! Always girls names – I guess because it is mostly girls wearing the wigs in the shows! They are always referred to as she, “ooh she’s looking lovely today” is a common phrase in wig rooms across the west end, or, “she feels a bit tight can we move that pin?!”

One of my good actor friends, Lori Barker, is particularly known for this among the wiggies that she works with. She takes it to new levels, creating personalities and moods for each of her characters, daily, depending on the feel of the wig and really uses them to get into character. The finishing touch to her look during quick changes was always the wigs when we worked together on Legally Blonde, and this final element is what helped her to find her characters quickly, during these super fast changes between scenes, usually in the wings and with barely seconds to spare most of the time!
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She had a long sleek wig that was worn for the scenes where she played one of the Delta New Sorority girls, and she named this one Paris. Classy and cute! She played the judge, during the trial scenes and this wig was a quaffed curly late 80s inspired style, named Judy! There was a crazy purple and black, twisted and spiky style worn when she played receptionist in the Hair Affair Salon, this one was named Shaznay, quirky and fun! Her Harvard Student wig was named Hillary, her character was serious and studious and her convict wig for the ladies prison was called Candice, she was energetic and feisty, for the skipping scene. Every day she would speak to them like they were old friends and she really loved them all and took care of them.
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Naming your wig often gives you a real sense of personal connection to it and hopefully doing this while you are going through hair loss, may give you some comfort in difficult times. We try to bring an uplifting outlook to wearing your wig here at Essex Wig Centre and this is just one of the little things, a little tip for wigs, that always makes me smile. I hope that you can enjoy wearing your wig, for whatever reason you need it and aim to make the whole experience as happy as possible for all of my clients and their individual needs.

Come in and see me soon! I’m always happy to help on the phone for any questions you may have too. Call the centre on 08001223043 or email me on Sam.essexwigcentre@gmail.com

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