Profession wig and hairpiece maker

Wig and hairpiece makers create adapt and maintain hair prostheses for use in live performance. They work from sketches, pictures and artistic visions combined with knowledge of the human body to ensure the wearer maximum range of movement. They work in close cooperation with the designers.  

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Artistic

Skills

  • Decide on wig making process

    Decide on what materials and techniques to use for performance wigs, and document the decision.

  • Maintain workshop space

    Keep your workshop space in working order and clean.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Dye wigs

    Apply dyes to wigs to obtain the desired colour.

  • Maintain wigs

    Organise, maintain and repair wigs and hairpieces.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Maintain theatre equipment

    Check up on, maintain and repair tools and machinery used for onstage purposes, such as lighting equipment, stage sets or scene-change machinery.

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • Translate artistic concepts to technical designs

    Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.

  • Create wigs

    Design and maintain wigs and hairpieces.

  • Prepare personal work environment

    Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Understand artistic concepts

    Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

Optional knowledge and skills

promote yourself plan workshop activity develop professional network support a designer in the developing process design make-up effects keep personal administration organise workshop space manage technical resources stock manage consumables stock