There are many reasons why you may find yourself dancing in a wig. In most cases, a wig is a part of a costume or the look of a dance troop. Other times, it’s a style choice for those who would rather try out a different look for the dance. Whatever the reason, learning how to dance while wearing a wig can be tricky, but it’s a valuable skill for dancers.
Secure the Wig Well
Your biggest challenge when it comes to finding tricks to wearing a wig while you’re dancing is securing it to your head. After all, if you’re going to be leaping, spinning, or cartwheeling across the stage, the last thing you need is for your wig to go flying off in the middle of a performance.
When it comes to dancing, you can’t just put the wig on and go. Usually, you’ll need to rely on wigs with a built-in comb that will fix it to your real hair. Even with that, you’ll still need to use bobby pins to keep it down. However, not all wigs have built-in combs. In this case, you may have to wear a wig cap or wig grip. If you’re doing flips or intense movement, you’ll want to add wig tape or glue too.
Be Careful About Storing Your Wig
Whether it’s a theatrical production or a dance recital, we all know the importance of hanging up our costumes afterward and putting all our accessories back in their designated spots. Otherwise, your costume pieces end up lost, ruined, or wrinkled.
The same is true with wigs. Leaving a wig on the ground or balled up in the corner is the quickest way to end up with a horrible-looking wig for your performance. Ask your costumer or director for a wig stand or mannequin head to leave your wig on when you’re not wearing it.
Pro-Tip: Storing Hair Pieces
If you’ve got a hair piece instead of a full wig, a wig stand probably won’t work well for storage. In these cases, see about getting a silk bag that you can put your hairpiece in. This can also potentially work for wig storage if you’re traveling.
Care for Your Real Hair
Just because you’re wearing a wig doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give your real hair some attention while you’re performing. To make sure that the long weeks of dress rehearsals and performances don’t damage your hair, try to remember to:
- Wash your hair regularly
- Don’t put on your wig while your hair is still wet
- Use a breathable wig cap
- Put your hair in a secure style under your wig
Wigs don’t have to damage your hair. In fact, you can even use them as a protective style. All it takes is taking care of your hair and your wig to look great during your performance.