Since about 1999, wigs have been a defining part of an Irish dancer’s outfit, like a ballerina’s tutu. Bouncing curls have become as almost as much a part of Irish dance as fancy footwork!
There have been countless debates about the pros and cons of wearing wigs. Pro – they even out the wide dresses. Con – they can look ridiculous to the non-Irish dancer. Pro – they’re a lot easier than rollers. Con – Apparently they give you bald spots. And of course the ultimate pro: It’s “the look” that you can’t win without.
However, this growing trend challenges long-held Irish dance fashion rules! At several feiseanna in England and Ireland, dancers have been going wigless. And with straight hair, no less! Check out this picture for an example.
Wanna try it? Here’s what makes this look work:
1. Volume. Sometimes the width of the dance dress can make a dancer’s head seem uneven without the extra wig height. This is a big reason natural looks haven’t caught on in the past. However, adding some extra volume evens out the dress just enough. Add a small pouf on top with a little backteasing – don’t go Snooki on this! Try blowing out your hair and giving the part that’s down as much volume as you can without it getting frizzy.
2. A bit of a curl. Instead of dead straight hair, flip out your ends and add just a bit of a curl. This helps to give hair more bounce and avoids a slicked down look that would look out of place with your dress.
3. Just the top up. Pulling back only the very top leaves enough hair down to, again, balance out your dress. It’s all in the balance!
4. A more elegant dress. Again with the balance! A dress that has deeper colors and a more elegant styling will lend itself better to a natural look.
5. A ton of confidence. This is not a look for the weary! Rock it with a carefree smile and effortless dance. If you’re going to go for a natural look, have the dancing to match. Never let that smile falter.
If you don’t feel quite ready to ditch your wig, try this one from Camelia Rose – their Sinead wig! I absolutely love it. It’s a great combination of a curled wig look and a natural look. I’d almost wear this one out on the town! I love the whole styling in the product photos – nailed it all around.
With qualifiers coming up (and the All-Scots right now!), it will be interesting to see if this look really catches on. It could be like the straight wigs circa 2007 that popped up and then died out. But it could be a dramatic turn in Irish dance fashion! We’ll have to see!
What do you think? Would you go wigless? What about a more natural looking wig? Are wigs a necessary part of an Irish dancer’s ensemble?
Stay Fashionable, Feisers!