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How to Make a Wig
Over the years, wigs have gradually become very popular and widely used because of their magical way of instantly changing the appearance of females around the world. Their wide acceptance is also due to their style versatility, allowing people put on various hairstyles, whether wavy or curly, fast and easy. These days, wigs come in various cap forms like the glue-less, full lace and semi-full.
However, with human hair now common in the market, there has been an explosion of different wig styles.
One common style is wigs with human hair weaves with frontals. Although frontals are beautiful, they take a while to put on and they have become too common. People now want something different and trendier, and so now, hair weaves with closures are gaining ground. This has slowly instigated the rise in the need for closure wigs. So, the question on everyone’s mind now is “How do I make the wig?” It’s simple. Within an hour or two you can get your closure wig done. To find out how it’s done, keep reading!
Supplies You’ll Need:
- Styrofoam mannequin head
- Sewing kit(needle, scissors, tweezers and weaving thread)
- A pin
- An elastic wig band (optional)
- A hair comb
- A dome wig cap
- A hair care product
- 3 or 4 bundles of hair bundles and a closure is recommended; We recommend you can buy Luvs Hair quality human hair bundles and lace closures.
- Measuring tape
How to Make a Wig
Make sure you take your time to follow this process if this is your first time attempting to make a wig. Choose the best hair products and hair weaves and make sure they’re not too pricey. To make your wig, follow these five simple steps:
Step 1: Measure the mannequin head
Before doing anything, make sure your mannequin head is the same size as your head so that the wig will fit perfectly.
With your dome cap placed on the mannequin head, first of all measure with your tape from the back to the neck then you can add an extra inch for safety.
Next, measure your head perimeter. Make sure you know where the front and the back parts of your wig are.
Step 2: Prepare your hair weaves
In preparing your hair weaves, first you have to pick the hair closures one by one and bleach the lace/net.
You will need a quality hair bleach, color corrector dropper and a developer. Mix the three together in bits and make the mixture a bit thick. Now, apply the bleach on the surface of the lace gently so it doesn’t get to the hair closure and make sure the bleach is spread evenly. When this is done, wait for about 20 minutes and then wash with a quality shampoo.
The essence of this process it to make the lace appear more skin-like and not too orange. Finally, measure the length of the hair and use this chance to determine how many tracks you are going to need for the wig.
Step 3: Sew the hair
Begin by securing your lace closure in the front and center part of the dome cap using pearl headed pins.
Then the sewing begins!
The technique used for sewing is the top and full method which entails passing the thread through the closure and the cap in a loop-like form continuously, until the closure is perfectly flat and secured.
Once that is done, a U-shaped pattern should be used to sew down the remaining hair unto the cap in a perfect manner, instead of a back and forth manner which gives room for errors. It will be sewed from one end of the lace closure to the other, along the bottom edge of the cap.
Once there is little or no track left, secure it with a knot and cut off excess track. Also, once you have sewn all tracks secure it with a knot and cut off excess tracks.
Always make sure your pattern is in a perfect U shape and is not just straight, because this allows the track lay smoothly. For this process, it is advisable to mark out the pattern with an eyebrow or eyelash pencil beforehand to determine where the closure would go and make things easier.
Step 4: Finishing touches
At this point, your wig is almost done, but you still have to add some finishing touches to make it look natural and also professional.
Firstly, you need to pluck the lace closure. Since you already bleached the lace closure, it is going to be easier to pluck the hair. With your wig still placed on the mannequin head, pluck the lace closure hair backwards. This will make it look faded and appear like a natural hair line.
Secondly, remove the wig from the wig head and cut the excess piece under the lace closure so the wig appears natural. Make sure you don’t cut into your stitches and don’t cut too close to your stitches to reduce the risk of them coming off.
Lastly if you are a fan of elastic bands, turn the wig inside out and sew with the needle and thread your wig band at the edge of the dome cap. This will help keep the wig firmly on your head in extreme situations.
Step 5: Style the wig
Styling your wig is optional but you can use some hair products on the hair to make it look more presentable. But then, if you are looking for something more glamorous, you can style the wig the way you like it. And that’s it. Your wig is done!
The beauty of any wig comes out best when it looks natural and appears like your real hair. So, to get the best look out of your wig, cut a few strands of hair short, close to the lace closure to give that natural and realistic feel. Also, you could use a toothbrush to gel these short strands of hair to make it even more realistic.
Closure wigs require low maintenance and are easy to use. They have become the rave of this century therefore creating a social “wig train” that people have hopped unto. Before reading this article, you were probably scared of making wigs, and you have probably been trying to find a way to get unto this “wig train” so it doesn’t pass you by. But now with these simple steps, you can make a beautiful wig and probably save yourself some time and money. Now it’s time to look glamorous, and add to your beauty.
Video Tutorial: How to Make a Wig
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