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The 14th Quarterly Challenge is over, so it is time to start thinking about the next one!

Challenge #15 is the “UPDO” Wig Challenge!

Updo wig Challenge 15

This is for all you crafty wig wranglers! Anime, historical, anything goes.  Enter your amazing wig transformation here!

The submission deadline is ****October 2nd, 2017**** at midnight CST.

The Rules

1. The submissions window opens on July 1st, 2017 and closes ****October 2nd, 2017**** at midnight CST. Any wig/hairpiece finished within the last year qualifies. When you began your piece doesn’t matter as long as it was FINISHED within the time period of 7/1/2016 – 10/2/2017.

2. This challenge encompasses all sorts of genres– fantasy, cosplay, vintage, historical, etc. Creative materials are welcome! Wigs with attached accessories will be considered, but this is not a hat or headpiece challenge. The focus is on the wig: styling, materials, and character portrayal/research (if applicable). Recreate a look from your favorite TV series or historical portrait, or design a completely unique piece of your own!

3. 75% of the piece must be made or modified by you. 25% of your entry can be unaltered/purchased items. We want to see your creativity and hard work on display, not someone else’s! Recreations of fashion plates, paintings, digital artwork, etc. are perfectly fine, but if you do reinterpret or take inspiration from someone else’s previous design, please give proper credit to them in your submission description. If you recreate a character’s hairstyle from a show/artwork, please include the character’s name and the title of the show/book/artwork in which they appear!

— You are not required to enter a challenge to join the Facebook Group, but it is encouraged!—

How to Submit Your Challenge Entry

Challenge entries must be submitted to:

before midnight CST on ****October 2nd, 2017.****

Submissions must include Your name, a TITLE for your entry, Up to 5 PICTURES, and a DESCRIPTION.

PHOTOS: Photos are VERY IMPORTANT and can make or break an entry! Wigs can be displayed on forms, mannequins, wig stands, or modeled by a person. Make sure you have at least one straight-on front shot so all the details can be seen! Include close-ups of specific details you are proud of like embellishment, process photos, texture, how it looks with the whole outfit, etc.

Special note for this challenge: You may include a copy of your inspiration image without counting it towards your five photos. For example, if you created a wig for Jessie from Team Rocket, you may include a picture of her + your five photos. Please include the source of your photo, such as the artist’s name or a link if you got it from the internet.

DESCRIPTION: Along with your photos, include a description of your piece. Tell us about what makes your entry special! Did you try any new techniques? Is it made for particular person/persona? Have you worn it to any events? If you ran into any problems you had to tackle, tell us how you solved them. Judges greatly appreciate construction details!

See sample submission here.

Be sure to give credit to any artists if you chose to reinterpret their artwork!

If you can, please include a photo of the artwork and/or a link to the original source.

HAVE FUN! This is not something we want you to agonize over. This is to be a fun and inspiring challenge for you as a costumer to help you grow and express yourself. And if the entire thing doesn’t get finished? Oh well! Share or submit what you have!

Limit of two (2) entries per person per challenge.


Costumes posted in Facebook comment sections will not be counted as part of the challenge—they must be submitted via email ( to qualify. Contestants can share the progress of their outfits on their blogs or on the Shear Madness Facebook page. However, please do not post entries in their final state on the Facebook page until after judging is complete.

Judging and Awards

The judges will review the entries and the winners will be announced during the first week of October 2017. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners, as well as honorable mentions as chosen by the judges. Winners will be given a Shear Madness logo with their winning placement for display on their blog/website and will have their creations featured in the header on the Facebook group page from October 2017 to January 2018. All submissions will have a photo featured on the Challenge’s final blog post!

Group administrators and moderators have the final say on any rules for challenges and may update them as needed.

NOTICE: Due to a widespread Charter Spectrum internet service outage affecting a large portion of the Southeastern US, Texas, California and many others across the country on October 1st, the deadline for this challenge has been changed from October 1st to October 2nd to allow everyone in the affected an opportunity to enter!


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