Continuing with my paper wig tutorials, today’s post is all about pinup paper wigs, directing our attention to Bettie Page. This long haired paper wig turned out to be a fun project, so enjoy!
- Styrofoam head bust (optional but highly recommended)
- Black raffia ribbon
- Black duck tape (optional)
- Double-sided tape
- Masking tape
- Pen/Permanent marker
- Plastic grocery bags
- Ribbon (for headband)
- Photo of Bettie Page’s hairstyle
Step 1. Cut plastic grocery bag into a large square.
You may need two and tape them together in order to create a square large enough to cover the circumference of your head. (I taped two pieces together, so that I could make sure my hear wig covers back to the nape of my neck.)
Step 2. Using masking tape, create a headpiece that fits to your head shape and size.
I pulled a long piece of masking tape, and then I placed the plastic bag on top of my head. I wrapped masking tape lengthwise around my forehead. Then I pulled a second long piece of masking tape around the back of my head, making sure it wraps around the bottom/close to the nape of my neck.
Step 3. Create the head shape/hairline to match that of Bettie Page’s photo.
I outlined the shape of the head/hairline using a permanent marker. Then cut the head bodice carefully, making sure to not cut away too much. Remember, it’s always easier to cut little by little then to add to the shape of the wig.
Step 4. Add black duck tape or tape raffia ribbon (unraveled) to wig.
I added black duck tape to cover the plastic grocery bag, which make layering the raffia ribbon easier during the project. If you don’t have black duck tape, you can unravel raffia ribbon and tape the ribbon (using double-sided-tape) to create a base for the hairstyle.
Step 5. Create sides of hair piece.
Working from the edging of the headpiece, cut raffia ribbon to create a pulled back bun shape. I used masking tape under the bodice of the headpiece. Note: Make sure that the natural curve of the raffia ribbon follows the curve around the headpiece.
I created a tiered hairline from the top and sides of the headpiece and wrapped it to the back of the hair, so that it looked more natural. This also saved on raffia ribbon.
Step 6. Add high bangs to the front of hair piece.
Bettie Page’s signature hairstyle requires high bangs in the front. I layered raffia ribbon to make the bangs look more natural.
Step 7. Add long hair to the top, sides, and back.
This was the fun part – making long hair! I started at the bottom of the hair piece and layered my way up to created a tiered long hair look.
Wear your hair piece on tie a lovely ribbon as a headband….
Step 8. Voila! Project complete!
The project felt intimidating at first, but once I got started, I didn’t want to stop.
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