When I began working on my automaton costume (Victorian era robot) I realized that my hair shouldn’t show since it doesn’t look the least bit mechanical. My first solution was to use a flight helmet and cover my hair for the most part. This worked fairly well, but I decided I wanted to use a hat so the lightning goggles would be more obvious.
I looked for a wig but the only metallic ones I found were all tinsel and looked tacky. I investigated a product called tubular crinoline or cyberlox. It’s a long hollow tube and it comes in tons of colors and to my delight metallic shades. I have seen women wear cyberlox, mostly as pony falls, but the look is too modern for me. It works great for futuristic science fiction looks, but I wanted something less “cyber” and more steampunk. I decided that they look enough like banana curls that if I put them in right, they might work. They come in a long 5 yard or 10 yard tubes and you cut them to your desired length. They are very light so they cut quite easily. Once cut though, they can fray a bit, so have scissors on hand. I cut a bunch to the same length, put my hair in a bun and then just pinned them into my hair and placed a bowler on top.
I really liked the effect, so I began wearing it with other outfits as well. My first several times I used just copper and it was a bit too pale for my complexion, so I added in a darker brown color. I am using just the larger ones so far as they always seem to be out of the smaller size when I place an order.
I think the effect is wonderful and people are simply fascinated with my “mechanical” hair. I have found several places online that sell them, but I have only ordered from Doctored Locks. I have always gotten good service so I recommend them.
I should warn you though, whenever I wear my “mechanical” hair, people are just too fascinated by it to notice anything else.