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How To Make Your First Wig: You Can Do It!

Beginners Guide to Wig Making

Wigs have become a lasting staple in the hair business.

With many hair trends arising sometimes, it can be so hard to keep up, yet wigs have been around ever since the ancient days of Pharoah.

In our modern world, they were once seen by the millennial generation as something worn by the elder or balding. Now don’t get me wrong wigs have always been a go-to item for Halloween costumes but they were not seen by the young as suitable for everyday hair wear.

Growing up seeing many older women wearing wigs I would never have thought that I would start wearing wigs as well, especially in my twenties.

I never thought about wearing them, especially on a daily basis due to fear that it would fall off my head. Then I decided I really wanted to learn how to make a wig.

My Experience with Wigs

Over the years I began wearing wigs for convenience due to a hectic schedule.

By learning more about hair a lot of the myths that I held in my mind about wigs were debunked.

Nowadays even young teens and high school students are wearing wigs.

They have become the most efficient way to consistently switch up your hair without having to cut or color it. In comparison to weaves, wigs tend to need minimal styling and don’t require a long time to install and uninstall.

I can honestly say that wigs maybe one of the most convenient hair methods ever known to man.

Wigs give you easy access to your scalp allowing you to condition, treat, and even wash your hair. What makes wigs even more convenient is that you can make one from the convenience of your own home.

In this blog post, we’re going to go through the process of making a wig.

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wearing a wig

Types of Wigs

To first understand how to make wigs one must learn about the various types of wigs and their differences as well as pros.

There are five main types of wigs are lace frontal, 360 lace frontal, closure, partial/half and full regular.

Let us go into detail about each:

Lace Frontal Wigs

The popularity of “Lace Frontals” has grown significantly in the past year. This goes the same for using them in creating wigs.

Lace frontal wigs give the appearance of a natural hairline. Ladies, this hair can blow in the wind!

There are usually more options with the way you can part your hair as well.

lace frontal wig

360 Lace Frontal Wigs

A 360 lace frontal wig is very similar to a lace front in that they both have lace yet a 360 lace frontal has lace all over the perimeter (360 degrees) and sometimes even the center.

This creates a natural hairline look all around the perimeter of your head allowing you to be able to wear your hair in a ponytail.

Closure based Wigs

This is a wig made with a closure.

A closure is a small piece of hair with a part that is lace or silk-based making it very smooth allowing the wig to lay flat on your hair.

Partial/Half/Front Lace Wigs

A partial or half wig allows you to leave some of your hair out.

lace front wig

Full Lace Wigs

This is the most standard type of wig. This wig is one of the easiest to find and wear. It also comes in the most variety of styles and colors.

By knowing the differences amongst these types of wigs, you can get a better idea of how to make a wig which is best for you.

Another important factor to take into consideration when making one is the type of hair extensions to use. Depending on the kind of hair you chose the price of making your wig will significantly vary.

Synthetic hair is the cheapest type of hair and comes in potent colors. The downside about synthetic hair is that it usually lasts for a few months.

Human hair is the next expensive, and it is more durable than synthetic hair.

Virgin hair is the most durable of all hair. Unlike synthetic hair and human hair, both heat and color can be applied with no damage. Virgin hair can also be reused for years making it more expensive due to the quality.

I highly recommend virgin if you want to achieve an everlasting wig.

body wave hair extensions for wig

How to Make a Wig

You can do this! Remember, your first wig is probably going to be a learning process that everyone goes through. Not even the best stylists didn’t learn how to make a wig on their first try and create something that is going to go viral. It’s a process so let’s get started.

Wig Making Supplies

Now that you know the types of wigs and types of hair let us talk about the tools you will need to make a full regular wig. This is the most standard wig, and the construction methods of this type of wig serve as the primary method for most.

You will need the following:

  • Wig head (mannequin head)
  • Hair (Sew-in Extensions)
  • Wig Stand or Tape
  • Needle & Thread, Hair Glue & Blow Dryer or Hot Glue gun & Sticks
  • Adjustable Dome Wig Cap
  • Wig Combs
  • Wig band
  • Scissors
  • Lace Frontal glue (optional)

You can purchase many of these tools at your local beauty supply store. Depending on the type of wig you chose to make you may need to buy lace frontal glue to secure the hairline of your wig down.

wig supplies

Let’s Create a Wig!

Step 1 – Wig Head

Mount your wig head on a wig stand or set it down on a chair or table with tape.

Tip: You want your wig head to be stable while you are making your wig for easier construction.

Step 2 – Prepare Hair Extensions

Measure and cut your extensions to fit the circumference of the wig cap while securing them down from back to front.

As you get mid way through your cap, start laying the tracks down in a more U-shape pattern.

You can secure your hair extensions down by using needle & thread, hair glue & blow dryer or hot glue gun & glue sticks.

Tip: Needle and thread is the most secure method yet takes the longest to install. Hair glue and hot glue are both fast, yet hot glue is a bit more durable yet must be done with caution because the glue is hot.

sewing wig

Step 3 – Closure or Frontal?

If you are creating a wig with a closure or a frontal you should lay that piece down first and then add the remaining extensions. This will help you see how much hair you need and allow you to chose where you want the closure or frontal to lay on your head.

Step 4 – Track

Cover the hair cap with track extensions while being cognisant of the way you would like your frontal part to lay.

Step 5 – Wig Band

Add a wig band and wig combs to the inside of your wig to add security to your wig when wearing it.

Tip: Remove any lace if you are creating a frontal wig.

Step 6 – Style

Once your full wig is done, you can choose to cut the front of your wig into blunt bangs, a side part, middle part or if you select curly hair you can rock it as a fro.

Tip: If you would like to color your hair I highly recommend doing that before constructing your wig.

styling wig

Now although wigs seem like they can be intimidating we just showed you that they are not that hard to make at all.

How to Sell Your Custom Made Wigs

Once you become an expert at making custom wigs you can then make extra money by putting them up for sale on a site like Wig Market.

It is free to sign up and list your wigs. You only pay a small commission once a customer has made a purchase.

Wig Market

It Just Takes Practice!

The first wig you create is probably going to be your worst. That’s OK!

It still might turn out great.

The key is to understand this and continue to improve your wig making skills. It takes time to be a pro like The Hair Diagram or other stylists that have been doing this for years.

Comment below if you have any wig making questions. We would be happy to help!

About Fennella Miller

Fennella Like Whoa is a Sierra Leonean model, blogger and creative entrepreneur residing in Atlanta Georgia. During her undergrad journey at Spelman College, Fennella started a fashion and media organization called Echelon Twelve in order to help creatives at historically Black colleges and universities fine-tune their creative and leadership skills. In the future Like Whoa plans to pursue creative entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors internationally throughout the African diaspora.

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One thought on “How To Make Your First Wig: You Can Do It!

  1. Candace Davis says:

    I really enjoyed this article. IT Took me back to when I made my first wig it came out horrible. If fit like a bucket on my head 😂. But after enough trials and tribulations, I finally got the hang of it. One piece of advice when making your first wig is to start off with cheap hair and use the hot glue gun method until you get the hang of it. Track placement and utilizing the correct wig cap for your head shape are key components to making the perfect wig.

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