For those who are interested in doing the big hair for your giant head eating hat. I bring the Gibson Girl hairstyle by AWS: Avonlea Hairstyle, or more accurately how to fake a Gibson Girl hairstyle.
A piece of stocking
Crepe wool (Which can be purchased at costume shops or theatrical supply companies)
Needle and thread, pins
Step 1. Cut the stocking to the needed length.
Step 2. Unravel crepe wool, bunching it into need shape.
Step 3. Place along the center of your stocking, leaving ends empty.
Step 4. Fold the stocking around the wool in a sausage shape.
Step 5. Stich the fold and ends.
A tail comb
Step 1: Comb the front section up from your head (so that it is stretched) and hold tightly between 2 fingers.
Step 2: Starting behind the hair at the roots, combing in little strokes, with the teeth pointing forward, work up towards the ends. This should force some of the hair back down.
If done right, that section of hair will stand up on its own.
Step 3: Put that section forward and take another one behind it.
Step 4: Repeat until reached the back.
Step 5: Do sides of your head, starting at your ears.
Step 6: Lightly brush top hair into your desired shape.
To Brush Backcombing Out:
Hold your roots flat against your head with your other hand. This prevents pulling your hair.
Create the Hair Do
2 rats (Slightly shorter than the distance between your ears, back and front)
a comb and tail brush
Short and long hairpins, bobby pins
One covered elastic band
You may wish to backcomb all your hair before you begin.
Step 1: Brush the front section over your face and clip out of your way.
Step 2: Brush the rest of your hair down, pinning a rat across it in a curved shape, using bobby pins at the ends, placing them behind your ears.
Step 3: Loosen the hair in front of your face, making sure it is smooth.
Step 4: Pin another rat across the top of your head, the same as before, so that it is a mirror image to the first one.
Step 5: Check yourself in a mirror and make sure that niether is too far forward or back.
Step 6: In one hand, gather all the hair and smooth it over the rats, catching the end with an elastic band.
Alternatively, if your have shorter hair you may wish to do the two sections seperately. Use the hairspray on the first one, then do the second.
If your hair is pulled to tightly, it may squish the rats. If this happens, you can loosen it with the tail of your comb.
Step 7: Shape the ends of your hair and pin. Use hairspray to secure the entire do.
Sources used by the website:
"Hair & Wigs for the Stage: Step-by-Step", by Rosemarie Swinfield
"Hair ~ A book of Braiding and Styles", by Anne Akers Johnson
A video tut on backcombing
Pictoral tut using a modern hair rat as requested by jaborwhalky . Link fixed.