How to Style a Costume Wig

Things You'll Need

  • Costume wig
  • Hair rollers
  • Blow dryer
  • Rubber bands
  • Hair brush or comb
  • Mannequin head or similar
  • Wig styling mousse or spray (optional)

Styling a Costume Wig can give you unlimited styles and costuming abilities, but it takes a little bit of know-how. If done properly, you can style almost any wig to be straight, curly or wavy, but if done wrong you can damage or melt your wig and end up throwing it in the trash. Use this guide to learn how to carefully style your costume wig without damaging it, and give yourself endless costume styles.

Brushing, Combing and Straightening

To comb or brush a costume wig, always be gentle. Start at the bottom as you would a doll or a small child. Work your way up to the roots, being cautious with the fragile hair. Always comb or brush hair before styling.

Straightening a wig is fairly simple. Always place your wig on a mannequin head or something similar so that it is secure enough not to move. This is an important step in any styling process.

Spray the hair with a mousse or styling spray made for wigs and comb the hair while blow-drying on lowest setting until straight. If you do not have spray, you can use small amounts of water.

Curly or Wavy Styles

To make hair curly or wavy, spray the hair and place it in small sections in low heated hair rollers in the same pattern and direction you would on a typical head of hair.

If you have hair rollers that are not heated, use a hair dryer on its lowest setting. Medium or large rollers will make wavy hair. Small rollers will make curly hair.

Allow the hair to cool completely before removing the curlers and comb the curls or waves loosely once removing. If you prefer, you can apply a light coat of hairspray to help hold the style, as long as the hairspray is alcohol free.


  • You can style the entire wig or sections of the wig using the hot rollers. Spray-on conditioners intended for wigs can extend the life of your wigs.


  • Be cautious not to stretch, tear or break the wig's hair--it's fragile. Do not use alcohol products on wigs. Do not use a curling iron on a wig--the heat is too hot.