Forums > Hair, Makeup & Styling > How To Keep a Tiara On?

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 35354

Los Angeles, California, US

I assume a comb or clip of some kind should be attached, but what is the most unobtrusive way to keep a tiara on a model's head?

http://www.internetstones.com/image-files/the-1913-version-of-the-cambridge-lovers-knot-tiara-with-the-spikes-removed.jpg

The tiara doesn't exist yet, but lets say it's this one

Nov 02 12 10:05 am Link

Photographer

Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Gaffer tape.

Nov 02 12 10:17 am Link

Photographer

NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 35354

Los Angeles, California, US

Drew Smith Photography wrote:
Gaffer tape.

Ok, gaffer tape, it is! I'm off to the shoot! Thanks for the quick response. You're a life saver!

Nov 02 12 10:27 am Link

Photographer

Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

LOL.

Good egg.

Have a good shoot.

Nov 02 12 10:31 am Link

Model

Roro Fitria Amanda

Posts: 21

Adamsville, Alabama, US

Wew....

Nov 02 12 10:35 am Link

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Blue Ash Film Group

Posts: 9819

Cincinnati, Ohio, US

Drew Smith Photography wrote:
Gaffer tape.

Yes, this is the way I've seen it done.

Nov 02 12 10:53 am Link

Makeup Artist

Makeup Hair by Dani B

Posts: 790

Los Angeles, California, US

Um....ow.

I work for a ballet company and I affix tiaras with small combs that I sew onto the tiara for easy removal later. They are about an inch or two long, a couple of inches wide. I get them from Frend's. Then, depending on the weight and size of the tiara, I use bobby pins for additional support since they have to stay on while the wearer dances.

Nov 02 12 11:41 am Link

Photographer

NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 35354

Los Angeles, California, US

Makeup by Dani B wrote:
I get them from Frend's.

Awesome. I can swing on over.

I love LA.

Nov 02 12 11:45 am Link

Makeup Artist

Lauren Reynolds Makeup

Posts: 282

London, England, United Kingdom

If the model's hair is backcombed it can be sewn in using a weave needle (cheap from Sally's etc).

Nov 02 12 05:07 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Aeni

Posts: 1969

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Your model will LOVE that you're putting tape in her hair! /sarcasm

Combs, bobby pins, and hair pins are the way to go.

Nov 02 12 05:28 pm Link

Photographer

NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 35354

Los Angeles, California, US

Aeni wrote:
Your model will LOVE that you're putting tape in her hair! /sarcasm

Combs, bobby pins, and hair pins are the way to go.

What about hot glue?

Nov 02 12 08:59 pm Link

Photographer

NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 35354

Los Angeles, California, US

Makeup by Dani B wrote:
I get them from Frend's.

NothingIsRealButTheGirl wrote:
Awesome. I can swing on over.

I love LA.

So I DID swing over and they had combs too wide and too curved but I bought them anyway. Figured I could cut one.

I ALSO bought a nice $12 comb with a handle, which somehow ended up on my receipt but not in my bag.

neutral

Then later I was grocery shopping at Albertson's and I found more suitable items than Frend's had.

Nov 02 12 09:01 pm Link

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Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

So you didn't go with the gaffer tape? I thought your hot glue solution was a winner.

What did you end up using from the grocery store - I'm most intrigued?

Nov 03 12 02:13 am Link

Model

_Rei_

Posts: 124

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

NothingIsRealButTheGirl wrote:

What about hot glue?

Two words - Staple. Gun.

That's how the Disney Princesses do it, according to my research.

Nov 03 12 02:16 am Link

Photographer

Bethany Souza

Posts: 1464

Pensacola, Florida, US

Take several small locks of hair and wrap it around the unseen base of the tiara (where the hair will cover anyway) Along with a couple of bobby pins.
Tried it, worked like a charm.

Nov 03 12 04:40 am Link

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Jeff Fiore

Posts: 9224

Brooklyn, New York, US

_Rei_ wrote:

Two words - Staple. Gun.

That's how the Disney Princesses do it, according to my research.

Personally, I would use a nail gun smile

Nov 03 12 04:51 am Link

Photographer

Camerosity

Posts: 5366

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

Most of the tiaras I've seen have longer "tails" where there's nothing that's really decorative. These slip under the model's hair on the sides, toward the back of her head. That and a few hairpins do the trick.

Nov 03 12 05:30 am Link

Makeup Artist

Wigs and Makeup Allison

Posts: 238

Austin, Texas, US

I am a big fan of horsehair braid.  (The plastic kind you sometimes use for stiffening the hems of skirts.)  Sewing either a strip or a loop of horsehair to the tiara gives you a great anchor position for pins.  Most theatrical headpieces or hats that I have to pin on use horsehair.  It comes in black and white, but can be tinted to match hair color.
http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Horsehair-Braid/

Nov 03 12 08:59 pm Link