This latex bald cap is arguably the best latex bald cap in the business. Great results are easily achieved so long as you follow our simple step-by-step instructions included with the cap.
You won't find better detailed instructions anywhere! That's one of Graftobian's strengths and that ain't no boast--it's true.
This product includes the latex bald cap and instructions only; if you wish to buy a complete kit with makeup and adhesives we have a complete bald cap kit
If you have purchased the Bald Cap separately, you will need to make sure that you have all the necessary supplies
Additional Tools Required:
Sharp Pair of Scissors-Required
Before You Start:
Your make-up should be applied in a clean, well lit area. Give yourself plenty of room, and arrange your materials neatly in front of you. If you are doing the make-up on yourself, make sure you have an amply sized, well lit mirror. Wear old clothes: making up can get messy! Make-up should always be applied to clean skin, so wash your hands and face and you are ready to begin.
This will require 1 hour or so to complete. Application of additional hair, etc., will require more time.
Applying the Bald Cap:
Graftobian Theatrical offers bald caps in latex rubber or professional plastic styles. These caps can be used for baldness, clowning, masquerade uses (such as skulls etc.) as well as special effects and monster makeups. Follow the step-by-step figures and text when using either type of cap (special instructions for plastic caps are noted as we go along). For best results read through all instructions thoroughly before you begin.
|Figure 1: What a good looking young man! Wonder what he'll look like in 40 years?|
|Figure 2: Short hair works best when wearing a bald cap. Comb the hair as flat as possible away from the forehead. If water isn't enough, use a little styling gel. Sideburns should be short. For very long hair, pull back and bind in a low ponytail that will exit the bottom of the back of the cap and will have to be finally hidden with your costume.|
|Figure 3:Position the untrimmed cap evenly on the head. If the thin edge lies cleanly across the middle of the forehead, it may not need further trimming. If it must be trimmed, first lightly mark it with a Lining Pencil. Draw a light line on the cap across the forehead in line with a natural forehead wrinkle.
Note: If your bald cap has any creasing or wrinkling due to its time in a package, use a hair dryer to soften the cap and relax the crease.
|Figure 4: Slowly, with a small sharp pair of scissors, trim the front of the cap. As noted above, it will look more realistic if the front edge follows a natural forehead wrinkle, however, try not to trim away too much of the thin front edge of the cap. Next, mark a line from just below the top of the ear and continue it downward toward the earlobe. These slits must be carefully cut to check the position and fit of the cap before further trimming.|
|Figure 5: Trim the cap along the marked lines, and around the ears. If necessary, trim a little at the sides and back of the neck. Be sure to leave enough cap material to attach it securely to the skin. The cap edge should always be at least one-half inch away from the hairline.|
|Figure 6: Carefully roll the front edge of the cap upward. Apply Spirit Gum to the skin where the edge of the bald cap will attach (approximately 1/2 - 3/4 inch strip). When the gum is tacky, carefully roll the cap edge back down into position and press with a damp, lint free towel. Allow the adhesive to dry thoroughly. Any loose edges should now be sealed down with additional Spirit Gum.
Note: For an even stronger bond, if required, use our Pro Adhesive (not included).
Figure 7: When gluing the back and sides of the neck, tilt the head slightly upward. This will help to minimize wrinkles in your cap. Don't stretch the cap too much while gluing, or it may loosen.
For Plastic Caps Only: The edge of the cap can be carefully melted into the skin by lightly brushing acetone over the edge until it starts to dissolve. This must be done very slowly, a little at a time.
Figure 8: Using a piece of sponge, stipple two or three layers of Liquid Latex over all the edges. This helps to minimize the seam line. A Red Rubber Sponge may be used for this purpose and will yield a lightly textured surface, a White Sponge Wedge will yield a smoother surface. Allow all layers to dry thoroughly.
For Plastic Caps Only: Stipple three or four layers of Liquid Latex over the entire cap and force-dry it with a hair dryer on a low setting. This "skin" can be peeled away after use, allowing for easier reuse of the cap.
|Figure 9: Powder all freshly dried latex with Translucent Face Powder and Puff. Otherwise, these areas will stick together permanently if allowed to come into contact with one another. Gently brush away any excess powder with a large, soft brush.|
|Figure 10: For best results, use Rubber Mask Grease on the bald cap. This product is specially formulated for total compatibility with all latex rubber bald caps and prosthetics, and will not dry out during application (this can occur with regular foundations or other creme make-ups).
Using the appropriate character colors (or, you can match the subject's skin tone by blending the Rubber Mask Grease colors) apply the Rubber Mask Grease with a White Sponge Wedge using a stippling motion over the entire bald cap and nearby skin.
|Figure 11: The bald cap is applied and fully made up. Ideally, use Rubber Mask Grease on the bald cap and creme foundations on the skin. Highlights and shading colors were very lightly added, then the entire face and head was powdered with Translucent Face Powder.|
|Figure 12: Voila!|
Any false hair applied onto the bald cap and attached to the skin should be removed with Spirit Gum Remover. Gently moisten a cotton ball or a make-up brush with the remover. Use this same technique to loosen the edges of the bald cap. Remember: If you used Spirit Gum to adhere your Latex Bald Cap, you should use Spirit Gum Remover for cleanup. If you used Pro Adhesive to attach a Plastic Bald Cap, you must use our Pro Adhesive Remover for safe and efficient removal. Work the cotton or brush under the edge of the cap to soak the gummed areas with the Remover. Once the gum or adhesive is dissolved, the cap will easily separate from the skin and the residual glue can be gently wiped away. Important: Don't just pull the cap off the skin! You can cause a serious irritation if you hurry through the removal process. The remaining Rubber Mask Grease and creme make-up is easily removed with make-up remover or Cold Cream Makeup Remover (not included). Once all make-up is carefully removed, gently wash with soap and water.