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Headbands can do Strange Wonders for Wigs

Monday, October 19th, 2009

hairbandI went to a concert a few nights ago and I saw a girl with the most wonderful hair. It was straight and chin length with bangs. Furthermore it was colored orange and yellow, and adorned by a thin black headband, positioned on her head like a crown. I could not help myself from looking in her direction periodically to take it in. When the lights came on, though, I realized she was actually wearing a wig. Not only that, but she was wearing a very cheap wig!

Being a wig connoisseur, I am generally not often fooled by even the most high end wigs. How could I have been, not only unaware, but in awe of this inexpensive costume wig? Simply put, it was the headband. In this case, said headband pushed up the hair coming from the back of the crown of the wig, causing this strange, unintentional and natural look. It proved to me in someone else, something that I was first aware of from experimenting on myself: headbands are an accessory that can enhance a wig very positively.

Even a somewhat poorly designed wig can gain a new life with the right headband. Decent wigs can, at least, gain a new look. Check this out… noheadbandIn this first picture, the wig is worn as purchased. It’s kind of cute. Not a bad wig. Then I added a simple, red, elastic headband, much in the style of the girl at the concert. I tied the hair up in the back of it and achieved the look in the second picture. withheadbandAs you can see, it looks like two completely different wigs. The headband held the hair tightly to my head, allowing for those great, sweeping bangs. All I did was experiment! Though though are no pictures of it here, I later untied the hair in the back and let it cascade down, leaving the headband in place. I then used a wig brush to elevate the hair that sat behind the headband, but in front of my crown. It gave me a very cute, bouffant, southern kind of appearance. So because of a single piece of red elastic, I was able to create three completely different styles with a single wig.

I am particularly fond of the headbands which are tied. The blue one in the picture at the top of this post is an example of that. For one thing, they are wide enough to obscure a part in the top of the wig that may look awkward. Also, though, because you are in charge of the degree of tightness of the band, you can use it for all kinds of practical things. One such thing is the ability to tighten it so that it pulls back on your forehead, lifting your skin for a more feminine facial appearance. You can also take the excess ends of the band (if it has any) and retie it into the wig like a bow, or something funkier.

If you have any pictures documenting what a headband may have done for you, then by all means, email them to me at holly@gendertrade.com. I will share the best ones here.

Eyeliner: The Blessing and Curse

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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Eyeliner is so rewarding in the short term, yet so frustrating in the long term. How many times have you applied it to your eyes to get a dramatic look…that ended up lasting about 24 hours too long? What is a crossdresser to do?

It’s a multifaceted problem, really. The initial problem is simply removing the make up. The broader problem is, after you are unable to remove the make up, going to work or a social function and having to answer to people who ask, “Are you wearing eyeliner?” It’s annoying, awkward and none of their business. Yet it can be expected that at least one person in a handful of peers will pry just the same.

We might as well accept that we will never remove all the eyeliner from our lids in a single night. We can scrub and scrub and rub and rub, but traces are going to remain well into the next day whether we want this or not. So the question is this: What can we do to remove most of the eyeliner?

There are make-up removing products out there, but frankly, we don’t need to shell out the money for these things in nice packaging when we can get the raw materials for much cheaper. See, the main ingredient, if not the only ingredient, in most of these products is an astringent called witch hazel. You can purchase it for roughly the same price as a bottle of rubbing alcohol. Dabbing it on a cotton swab and rubbing it carefully along the edge of the lids does the trick about as well as it can. Apparently, Vaseline has a similar effect and is less irritating if it gets in your eyes. I have yet to test this, though, and witch hazel is thus far unmatched to me.

It can be equally difficult to dealing with the nosy busybodies who ask questions about that eyeliner you didn’t quite remove the whole way. The simplest answer, which is rarely followed up on, is simply, “it’s a bedroom thing…you don’t want to know.” Most people, at that, actually do want to know, but will refuse to cross into the taboo of asking you to elaborate. The most likely case is that they will presume you to be “naughty” and shrug you off in their own embarrassment and sexual longing.

It is also helpful if you play music or are involved in theater. If you are involved in one of these trades, most people automatically assume that eyeliner goes with the territory. A world of answers extend before you in this case. Why are you wearing eyeliner? Because I played a show last night. Of course! What’s up with the raccoon eyes? I had a dress rehearsal. Oh, duh!

Now I’m not condoning that you lie to anyone. However, I sincerely recommend you stretch the terminology of your crossdressing. Maybe you didn’t rock out your guitar on a stage, but the terms “play” and “show” need not necessarily be referring to anything public. Likewise for a dress rehearsal. I have, myself, rehearsed severalĀ dresses in the past just to see if they look okay on me.

There is always the entire truth option, as well. Why are you wearing the eye makeup? Because I got into some crossdressing last night. Say it casually, with a smile, and the other party will likely feel foolish to question you further. “Was he being sarcastic?” they will wonder. And always keep this one thing in mind: Anyone who asks about something as subtle as eyeliner is obviously excited by it in some way. This can be used to your advantage. And you know…if they were not around to see what you were doing with all that eyeliner, what does it really matter what you tell them anyway? Exaggerate and fib to your heart’s content!

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