Many people wonder why Irish Dancers wear curly wigs? Curly hair is based in an old Irish tradition where women would put curlers in their hair on Saturday night to prepare for going to Church on Sunday Morning. Church was followed by ceili dancing and thus the tradition of Irish Dancers having curly hair was born!
For many many years, Irish dancers in modern day would also go to bed with a head full of rollers the night before a feis, and this proved to be a time consuming and uncomfortable process! Eventually people started to use wigs to avoid the hassle of having to curl their own hair, which is why dancers today all wear wigs!
Does my child need a wig?
If your child is at the beginner level and is going to attend their first feis, we encourage you to curl their own a hair if you can. While they are still wearing their PKA Feis/Recital uniform, curling their own hair is perfectly acceptable.
If your child wears the PKA “baby pink dress” then they should wear a bun wig
for competition. The bun wig is neat and tidy and is also great for small
children in the beginner’s black jumper if they wish to wear one. The standard
bun wig that our students wear can be found at this link:
As children get older, become more competitive, or move into the PKA full
school costume or a solo dress, they then need to purchase a full wig. The
standard wig that we recommend is called the “Anna Long” wig, which can be found
at this link:
For many dancers the Anna Long wig will be too long, but they can be trimmed with a scissors. This is a better option than ordering the smaller wig and having it be too short.
If your child is very small for their age or is age 11 or younger, they would be better off ordering the “Anna Regular” wig. This wig can be found at this link: http://theirishwiglady.com/caroanre.html
If you are not sure which length you should order, the best option is to order 1 of each and return the other one after deciding which one is right. The lady that sell’s the wigs lives in Stamford and will let you return your unused wig without a problem.