A long time ago, I gave up on wearing weaves. But because I like the ease of extensions and I am hooked on protective styling, wigs have my heart. As wigs are essentially “weaves” (wefted hair) sewn or glued on to a cap, you don’t have to wait to find a store bought wig that catches your eye. You can turn any wefted hair that you love into a wig all on your own. The following are lessons that I have learnt that will help your DIY wig making go easier and produce a brilliant end result.
DO use a prickable mannequin head
Be it made with packing foam or cloth, your mannequin head should be able to double as a pin cushion. I find that this allows for easy sewing, especially when sewing further from the perimeter of the cap and towards the middle. If you are gluing the hair on the cap, then this will not matter.
DO hold down your wig cap before sewing
This is very important for your sewing to go smoothly. I took this for granted and learnt the hard way why this step is necessary. Talk about solid foundations. You can hold the wig down to the mannequin head by using push pins around the perimeter. The idea is to stretch out the cap on the head and use the push pin on at least 4 points of the cap’s perimeter (front, back, left, and right).
DO sew single tracks close together
When installing a weave, I have the habit (and preference) of doubling the tracks before sewing on to the hair. With wigs, however, this technique leaves too much space between each sewed down track. With already full hair textures, this is not an issue but I have found that straighter, finer, hair textures work better when single tracks are sewn to the cap with little space between each track. Granted, it takes longer, but hey, wigs are forever innit!
DO make guide lines on the cap
Especially at the front of the cap. Guide lines are just what they are – lines that you draw on the cap to guide where you sew tracks on. This is especially helpful for the front, depending on what style you are going for? Are you using a closure? If yes, then you want to mark lines for where the closure will be sewn. If not a lace closure, what pattern is being used to close up the wig? If it is a U-part wig, mark lines to help you sew consistent with the shape of the U-part.
DO try it on before you complete the wig
This helps to make sure you are on track, with or without the lines. Making a wig for yourself, gives you the extra advantage to tweak while in the process. You can see what the progress looks like and if the style you have in mind, is turning out as planned in reality.
DO use double knots
The strength and durability of your wig is dependent on how strong the sewing is. Remember, a wig cap is not as sturdy as cornrows. This means that you may not be able to get away with only strengthening the knots that are close to the perimeter. Each time thread goes through the wig cap, be ready to make a knot… twice.
Below is a video of a wig I made using Hergivenhair‘s kinky straight wefted hair. You will see that I probably broke all the dos that I have given in this post. Clear case of do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do. I promise you that if I followed my own advice, this wig would have turned out even more bombt than it did.
So, tell me, have you tried to make a wig? What was that experience like for you?