This book is in the same series as The Prop Building Guidebook (see review link below) and again takes the form of a work-book rather than a reference, by which I mean that it is a book you will most definitely have beside you when working!
The book covers the period from ancient Egypt to the 1830s and each style/period is provided with a context in the form of some social/historical background and a range of relevant picture references. A comprehensive introductory section covers the basics of wig work; tools, techniques, decoration and tips on using an actor's actual hair and how to break down a new style into its basic sections and techniques.
Throughout, each technique and style is extensively and meticulously detailed with photos and instructions.
This is an essential guide to those individuals and companies who find themselves regularly involved in wig work and a useful reference to others involved in costume work.