Crepe wool hair is used to create custom hair pieces like moustaches and beards, or use it for special effects makeup like werewolves.
1. Choosing crepe. Mixing colours together will create a more realistic look so choose smaller amounts of 2-3 colours, you can see all the colours available in the Crepe section. If you have never worked with crepe wool before it is a good idea to have some extra so you can do a test run ahead of time.
2. Preparation. Crepe wool come tightly braided, so when you unwind it it will be curly. You can work with it curly if you would like, but most people prefer to straighten it. You may use an iron on a low setting, or soak the crepe in water and let it hang straight to dry overnight. Then, cut the crepe longer than you need it to be and separate the strands by pulling them between your hands. Mix your colours together and continue to separate until you have a good mix.
3. Makeup. Do any makeup before you begin working with crepe. It is very difficult to apply makeup under crepe afterwards.
4. Application. Apply a small amount of adhesive like Spirit Gum (its is not advised to 'tap' the spirit gum like you would with other applications. Crepe is light enough to stick on its own and this will also keep the crepe from getting stuck to your fingers) or Pros-Aide (allow the adhesive to air dry for a few minutes until it becomes clear). Begin with small areas so the glue won't dry too quickly. Carefully apply from the bottom to top, and inside to out until you have covered the desired area.5. Styling. Allow the adhesive a few minutes to dry. Once the crepe is attached trim it to the desired length. You can also gently style it to do Jack Sparrows braided beard, or any other style you like.
6. Removal. Soak a cotton ball in Spirit Gum Remover or Bond Off! and begin to soften the glue and pull the crepe away.
Remember, go slowly and take your time. It is always best to practice beforehand if you can. And, if you have any questions just give us a call.