Hair-raising: Coy Covington, star of ‘The Tribute Artist’ is a go-to wig creator – Dallas News

But the show is Covington’s, and The Tribute Artist is a tribute to his fans’ admiration for his skill at getting into “geish,” a variation on the word geisha, that he uses to refer to the process of dressing as a woman. The journey started with a wig he donned to play a man in his first Dallas show: Evita for the now defunct Dallas Repertory Theater, which presented the show at NorthPark Center in 1985.

He opted for a wig in that show because he didn’t want to dye his blonde hair black to play a soldier in the chorus. He learned that you can make wig hair look more natural if you soak it in a solution of water and soda to coarsen the hair and make it less shiny. He blow-dries the wig and uses a paint scraper to rough the hair more. Then he teases and combs for hours. 

As he moved into female impersonation roles, he discovered that rollers, used with setting lotion, give lift. You can never have too much hair spray, preferably Aqua Net, he advises. Just make sure it’s unscented. And don’t fret, he says.

“I do my best and tape up the rest.”