How to Make a Kid's Bald Wig

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Create a bald wig and avoid shaving your child's head.
Create a bald wig and avoid shaving your child's head. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Voldemort, Professor X, Uncle Fester and Dr. Evil are all bald -- your child is not. Whether it is a Halloween costume or a character for the school play, sometimes it is necessary for your child to be bald without losing his hair. A bald wig gives the illusion of a smooth scalp without shaving your child’s precious locks.

Things You'll Need

  • Hairbrush
  • Ponytail holder
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Plastic wrap
  • Clear tape
  • Black marker
  • 2 wig forms
  • Utility knife
  • Liquid latex
  • Sponge
  • Baby powder

Wet your child’s hair and slick down with a brush. Flatten the hair to the neck. Tie long hair in a ponytail and secure it flat to the nape of the neck.

Smear petroleum jelly liberally along the hairline, ears and neck, smoothing back any stray baby hairs.

Wrap a piece of plastic wrap around the hairline, covering the ears and neck. Continue wrapping the head until you cover all of the child’s hair.

Cover the plastic wrap with clear tape to create a solid shell.

Trace a half-inch outside of the child’s natural hairline, including around the ears. If you will be hiding long hair, include the entire length of the neck. Hair can be hidden underneath the extended prosthetic and then remained tucked under a shirt collar.

Slide the plastic wrap carefully off the child’s head, and place it immediately onto a hard plastic wig form to preserve its shape. Do not use a foam wig form, you will not be able to remove it from the form later.

Cut along the hairline you traced with a utility knife and remove excess tape and plastic wrap.

Trace around the hairline onto the wig form to create an outline.

Coat the wig form with petroleum jelly covering the line you just traced.

Apply a thin layer of liquid latex with a sponge, keeping the latex inside the hairline.

Allow the latex to dry for the manufacture’s recommended amount of time before applying additional coats. You will need 5 to 10 coats of latex to make a bald wig opaque enough to disguise hair.

Peel the bald wig from the wig form 24 hours after the last coat of latex. Coat the outside of the wig with baby powder before peeling and apply additional powder to the underside of the wig as your peel.

Store the bald wig on a clean wig form until you are ready to use it.

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