September 29, 2021

Best Joker Wigs

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This article is about the best Joker Wigs available in 2023.

The Clown Prince of Crime, Mister J, The Joker. 

An iconic supervillain in the DC universe known for his smeared clown makeup, purple suits, coming up with schemes to derail Batman, and a soft spot for his Queen, Harley Quinn.

And his green, green hair.

From the uncomfortably goofy version of Caesar Romero in the 60s to the most recent, joyless offering proffered by Joaquin Phoenix, and encompassing arguably the greatest portrayal by Heath Ledger, the Joker has spanned generations and decades.

Hello, Joker fans! My name is Bianca, and I’m a wig-styling theater girl from London, and I like to dress myself up almost as much as I like dressing other people up! I relish accuracy and authenticity when dressing up in characters, so allow me to bring my attention to detail and passion for accuracy to serve you!

I may be biased in my research, but the Heath Ledger version of The Joker is my favorite, and I *just so happened* to pick The Joker Wig for this character as my Best Overall choice!
But, in all honesty, this is a pretty darn good wig. 

It’s a Halloween wig, so you will need to add a product or two to get Heath’s stringy effect, but the base and cap size are good and so is the starting color.

However, should you want to portray Jared Leto’s version or Joaquin Phoenix’s stark Joker, I have a wig for you that will simply make you… stranger.

So read on, Joker Fans, read on.

Quick Summary

The Best Joker Wigs Reviewed

In this section, I will go over my top picks for the best Joker Wigs, together with a detailed review for each option.

The Joker Wig

  • Key features: Heat resistant, synthetic fiber hair
  • Best for: Overall

This is the BEST Joker wig if you want to play the Heath Ledger Joker! I say this, hands down, categorically and with full confidence.

The base color is a good match, the wig cap is sturdy and adjustable from 54 – 61 cm. The netting beneath the wig is breathable and is made from chrysanthemum netting. 

The hair is well styled and is made from high-temperature fibers, so once you heat style it into the position you want it, it will retain that style well and through many washes.

So let’s be real here. These are all very affordable wigs, that have been created with Halloween in mind. Every single one of them requires you to put a little effort in to get them to where you want to be. And in fact, 99% of any wig you buy will require you to do some styling on them.

And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 

A little styling can go a long way and really finish your outfit off beautifully. So this wig will need some styling and a lot of product to get that stringy effect that Heath Ledger’s hair has in his version of The Joker. 

I suggest a mix of wet-look hair gel and hair mousse to get make sure it looks suitably unkempt.

Green Modern Joker Wig

  • Key features: Heat resistant, synthetic fiber hair
  • Best for: Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is divisive in that it is joyless and stark, but beautifully portrayed. As such, I predict he will be a key feature at Comic-Cons and Halloween parties across the globe this year.

If this is The Joker you wish to be, then this is a great wig for you. The darker green color is more in keeping with the modern Joker, and there is enough hair there to style into the perfect, green do.

The wig base is firm with two adjustable straps that take the circumference range to between 54 – 61 cm. The wig base is made out of 100% breathable chrysanthemum netting and is comfortable to wear, even for long periods. If you have little to no hair, I would suggest a wig cap, as it can be a bit itchy.

This wig out of all the wigs on this list requires the most taming. It comes out of the box pretty big and wild. However, with a little taming and styling, you can get that perfect Joaquin Phoenix look without having to go on hunger strike to do it!

Have a look at my article on How To Tame A Halloween Wig for some tips and tricks to help you out.

Green Joker Wig

  • Key features: Heat resistant, synthetic fiber hair
  • Best for: Most Jokers

This bright green, swept-back wig can be styled to fit a host of Jokers, including Jared Leto’s, Jack Nicholson’s, and the ever-goofy Caesar Romero’s. The color is a verdant green and will help you stand out. 

The high-temperature synthetic hair will hold its swept-back look for as long as you wear it, and the capsize is the largest on here, adjusting up to 62 cm in circumference.

Out of all these wigs, this is the one that needs the least styling or tweaking and is pretty much good to go straight out of the box. I would suggest adding a little light-hold hairspray to the top to reinforce the shape throughout your event. And don’t forget the green-colored hairspray, so you can color your sideburns!

This wig has a softer cap than the others, making it quite comfortable to wear, however, because of the shape, it can be a little itchy on the forehead where the hair curls up. Putting it high up on your forehead and pinning it in place should alleviate the friction, though.

Guide to Buying Joker Wigs

Here are a few things to take into consideration when looking for the perfect Joker wig.

Which Clown Prince Are You?

So, it sounds obvious, but the first thing you need to decide is which version of The Joker you want to be. As the hair and makeup are key to portraying this very complex character. And not only which version, but which state of which version.

In Heath Ledger’s movie, for instance, we have The Joker wreaking havoc throughout the city, where the hair is wilder. Then in the same movie, we have him blowing up a hospital, dressed as a nurse, first with a red wig on and then followed by his green hair flung backward.

Then another iconic scene is where he is in jail. His hair is neater here, and he is only wearing the waistcoat with his hands cuffed.

All of these scenes are iconic and instantly recognizable, so it’s up to you to decide which one you will be and style your wig according to that scene. And it is the same regardless of which Joker you decide is right for you. 

They all go through a journey in each movie, and putting some thought behind it will take your version from ok to WOW!

This will also guide your decisions when choosing the length, the most appropriate color of green, and how the wig best affixes to your head.

Styling The Joker Wig

Following on from the above, it is important to style your Joker wig just like your preferred Joker. 

The Joker is an iconic character and to make your outfit perfect and truly believable it is important to get every detail right. Watch the scene in the movie a few times and try to get still shots and print them out. That way when it comes to styling your joker wig for your joker costume you’ll be able to mimic your preferred joker look. 

Remember when washing synthetic wigs they are not like human hair. It is important to use products appropriate for synthetic fibres such as fabric shampoo and conditioner. This will help make the wigs more manageable. 

Always allow the wig to air dry, or blowdry on the lowest heat setting. And don’t be afraid of using products from the kitchen like cooking oil, to get a really greasy look, if that’s the Joker you are playing. 

Remember – it isn’t human hair. They are synthetic wigs so use household goods that are appropriate for synthetic materials to achieve the style you want.

My Verdict

The Joker Wig has a brilliantly firm cap to hold your wig in place and regardless of whether you want it back or totally wild, a little styling will get you there without too much hassle.

You can also check out some of my other Halloween wigs reviews and buying guides:

So which Joker and which wig will you wear? Let us know in the comments below!


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