Possibly Wig Allergy?

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#1 Apocalypticai on 3 years ago

Hi all,

I've been cosplaying for a while and always hated wearing wigs because they make my scalp extremely itchy after a few hours. I thought it was normal since I've used a lot of cheap wigs from Amazon and Ebay, but I was wearing one from Ardawigs to a convention, and it made my forehead so itchy I couldn't keep wearing it. Notably, it was only my forehead, not my scalp.

I've never been allergic to anything before, or had skin issues. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, how do you fix it? And is there a way to test if it really is an allergy? Are there hypoallergenic wigs?

#2 DlGlT on 3 years ago

A rash or dryness forms from a wig rubbing during wearing. It can be really painful and even form blisters if not careful. This often happens when wearing a wig wrong. Are you wearing a wigcap? How are you pinning the wig on? is the wig to tight?

The reason I'm not considering allergy is that its uncommon to be allergic to man-made products like acrylic and synthetic fibers (which also make up the wigcap)

#3 Apocalypticai on 3 years ago

[QUOTE=DlGlT;5059414]A rash or dryness forms from a wig rubbing during wearing. It can be really painful and even form blisters if not careful. This often happens when wearing a wig wrong. Are you wearing a wigcap? How are you pinning the wig on? is the wig to tight?

The reason I'm not considering allergy is that its uncommon to be allergic to man-made products like acrylic and synthetic fibers (which also make up the wigcap)[/QUOTE]

I was using a mesh wigcap and I didn't pin it in place, but even when I've used bobby pins, it didn't seem to make a difference. The wig itself definitely wasn't too tight, but now I'm thinking maybe the wigcap was? Is that common?

#4 DlGlT on 3 years ago

The wigcap can be to tight. But I'm thinking your pinning method/lack there of might also be causing the wig to shift around and rub the area raw.

#5 fabrickind on 3 years ago

I would also guess that it's the wig cap. These can end up being fairly tight, and are sometimes too tight even on my small head.

It could also be made worse by having heat and sweat trapped under there, since moisture can make chafing far worse. I would recommend pinning the wig to minimize friction and using a bit of anti-chafe gel and/or a bit of antiperspirant (you can use a stick like you'd use on your underarms or a face powder that contains it) along the hairline where the itching happens, and see if that takes care of it. Test it at home before wearing it to a con all day, of course.

An allergy or sensitivity to the material is possible, but I think it's more likely that it's just friction.

Here's some more tips on itchy wigs: [url]http://cos-tips.tumblr.com/post/155649422037/my-head-gets-itchy-while-wearing-a-wig-like[/url]

#6 Apocalypticai on 3 years ago

This was at RTX, so there was definitely sweat, but it's also happened when I've been in colder weather. I've never had an allergy to anything before, so I think it's probably that either the wig or wig cap rubbing. I'm going to try using some gel next time, and watch some tutorials on pinning wigs in place. Thank you!

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