making a wig vs having one made the pros and cons

Making A Wig Vs. Having One Made: The Pros And Cons

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The Pros and Cons Of Each Aspect

Wigs are the hottest thing on the block right now! Wigs have become the most popular protective style out there. They are versatile, fun, and long-lasting. Wigs are also super easy to take care of, and with the right products, you can have a unit that replicates the look of your real hair. You have the choice of making a wig or having one made for you.

Wigs come in all types of textures, colors, lengths and  styles, and it’s essential that you know what you want when thinking about acquiring one.

In the past, people didn’t know how to make their own wigs, but that has changed as we’ve progressed in the hair world. Now everyone is crazy about wigs and many hair stylists are learning how to make them. Salons are offering new services  that specifically cater to wig wearers to keep their clients wigs looking as realistic as possible.

These days, people also have no issue with making a wig for themselves. Making a wig has become easy due to the number of detailed tutorials out there. However, having a wig made is still a popular option for most people. So, what makes either option better? It all depends on individual ability, budget, and the style you want to achieve.

Like with any choice, it’s vital to take everything into account when choosing between making a wig or having one made for you. There are pros and cons for each aspect, and we’ll go through each one.

Let’s touch on making a wig and all the advantages and disadvantages.

wig stand

Do You Want To Make A Wig?

There are pros and cons for doing just about anything in life and the same goes for the world of making wigs. Making a wig can be a lengthy trial and error process but it’s also entertaining! At first, it seems intimidating, stressful and exhausting but after a few tries, you should be able to get the hang of it.

In the world of wig making practice truly does make perfect.

Before you decide on making a wig for yourself, you’ll need to think about whether it’s really what you want to do. For me, I know that I don’t have the time to sit down and make a wig from beginning to end.

However, for others, it’s much easier to make time for making a wig. If you know that you have time, then making a wig may be the best option for you. The good things about wigs is that if you get quality hair and the wig is made well it should last long even years so the time that you invest won’t go to waste after all.

Let’s get into all the advantages of making your wig!

ash blonde wig

Advantage Of Making A Wig

The most significant advantage that I notice when it comes to making a wig is that it saves people money. Most of the time, when people want to have wigs made, it costs a lot of money. There are a ton of reasons why it requires a lot of money to build a wig, but the most prominent reason is the labor.

Wig stylists need to be paid for their job, and if they have beautiful work, they will charge a hefty fee. Some wig makers are highly sought after and have celebrity clients so they are able to charge high prices and make a full time living off of wig making.

The main advantage of  making your own wig is that it will save you the money you would’ve paid the stylist. Another advantage is that you have full creative control when it comes to making a wig for yourself. You will also be able to learn a new skill and if you perfect it you can even start making wigs for others and start a profitable business of your own.

More Advantages of Making A Wig

If you’re a perfectionist you don’t have to worry about anyone potentially messing up the vision you have. Also, because you’ll be making your wig, you’ll be able to choose precisely what bundles, colors, and style you want. Through the process you will learn so much! Making a wig is a great way to learn how to do hair. You can even play around with different colors and learn how to color hair like the pros.

Since you’ll be making the wig on your own, you’ll be able to determine what techniques work for you, and how to utilize them best. Don’t be afraid of error, think of it as an opportunity to learn and grow and most conveniently, save money.

Making a wig can be effortless if you’re willing to put in the work. There are so many video tutorials to help you make almost any type, style and color of wig. So go ahead and live your wildest hair dreams and create the wig of your dreams.

wig with closure

The Cons Of Wig Making

Initially, I couldn’t think of many cons to making your wig, but I tried it out myself, I quickly learned my lesson. Not everyone will be fantastic at making wigs.

It’s not the most straightforward process, and it requires a great deal of time and progressive skill. If you are someone that doesn’t have time or effort, making a wig isn’t the best option. Also, even though making a wig is cheaper than buying one, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can lose out on the money.

Quality hair bundles can be very expensive. If you ruin the wig, you may ruin the bundles and have to start over, and you don’t want that. On top of that, if you mess up the first time, you’ll need to buy new supplies. Wig making supplies, such as wig combs, hair, and wig caps, can be expensive.

The extensions that you use will be the most costly part. It’s vital that you’re careful about how you make the wig to avoid making mistakes.

Wig Cap Example

The Pros Of Having A Wig Made

Having a wig made is the option I go for when I’m not feeling adventurous. There are plenty of pros to getting a wig made. One of them is that, depending on who you choose, you can expect it to look amazing!

A wig stylist is a professional, and in most cases, the work doesn’t disappoint. When you get a wig made, you can look forward to not having to do any labor while also getting a great wig to wear for some time to come. Another advantage is that you can work closely with the person making your wig to ensure that it’s precisely what you want.

When making your own wigs it may be hard to achieve the exact look you want if you don’t already have the skill. A professional wig maker may be able to do a few more tricks with your wig when it comes to color and cutting techniques.

Your wig stylist should be someone that you trust to take care of you. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the stylist that you choose won’t charge a lot to get your wig made if it is a simple style.

Also, if you want color, it is better to get your wig made so that the color is done correctly. Hair coloring techniques such as ombre, unicorn, baylage, highlights, lightening may turn out best if done by a professional.

Be sure to look into this before choosing someone to make a wig for you! Every wig maker has their different specialities when it comes to styling and you want to make sure the person can get the job done right.

blonde wig with wig cap

The Disadvantages Of Buying A Wig

When you get your wig, you’ll have to pay. Depending on who it is, you’ll have a hefty price. In my opinion, the cost of getting a wig made is the most expensive part and the most significant disadvantage.

Another disadvantage is that not every wig stylist makes high-quality wigs. Due to this fact, it’s essential that you don’t get caught in a situation where you don’t love the unit after it’s complete.

If you don’t use someone that you trust, then you risk not having creative control over the look of your unit. When getting your wig made, you risk not loving the final product after paying a high price to get it complete.

Be careful of who you choose to take care of the visual you have in mind. Also make sure to ask if they are able to do revisions if you are not completely satisfied with the unit. Check and see if you can pay a down payment on the wig and the remaining balance once the wig is finished.

One sign that a wig make is not a pro is if they don’t ask for your head measurements when making you a custom wig. This is something that every pro knows to do as everyone’s head measurements can very and a slight miscount or neglect of a wig measurement can result in a wig not fitting properly. Who wants to go through all of that hard work and investment of money if their unit doesn’t even fit in the end?

girl with money

Remember This!

Making a wig and having one made are two completely different journeys when it comes to having the perfect unit. You want to be mindful of the advantages and disadvantages of each one and carefully decide what you want to do in order to achieve a wig that is just right for you.

Making a wig isn’t as difficult as it seems, and it can be less expensive than having one made. Having a wig made for you will be costly, but it’ll save you the labor of having to do it yourself.

It’s all about choosing what works best for you! Let us know in the comments which option you will go with when it comes to getting your own wig made.

About Simi Muhumuza

Simi is an undergraduate student at GSU. She is studying psychology, and is an avid black mental health advocate. She is also a poet, and is working on a book that will be released next year. She DJ’s on her spare time, and can be reached on all social outlets as @simimoonlight.

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12 thoughts on “Making A Wig Vs. Having One Made: The Pros And Cons

  1. Tiffany Halll says:

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    Well the biggest pro with making a wig yourself is the price difference, it’s cheaper the second one is customization to your liking without extra charge, the cons are the labor of how long it takes but it’s worth it. Cons for having someone else make you a wig the biggest one is price, 2 not knowing If you will like it and if it will fit correctly. Pro would have it custom made without the labor!

  2. Erika Davies says:

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    Custom anything will be pricey, so you shouldn’t expect anything different with a wig. You have to factor in the labor, as it can be VERY time to consume as well as the materials used to construct it. The convenience of having one made is a benefit, I think with having one made, as with anything else that’s custom you are taking a chance on if you will like it or not. Also, you run a higher risk of determining if it was worth it or not. Being that it would be very seldom if you could return It, I think I would just take the chance of making my own. I would be learning something new as well as creating better opportunities for my business. Who knows I might enjoy making them, and I could eventually add them to my site to be sold. The opportunities are endless.

  3. Mecca says:

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    I haven’t made my own wig, I have however made my own clip ins and they weren’t perfect but they were pretty good. Since I have made those I would try my hand at making my own wig. The supply cost is the thing as was mentioned in the article. I would be afraid to make a mistake and have lost money. But at the same time, small mistakes could be fixed. I am a and I love to have my hands on instead of hoping a wig would be full enough or fits right.

  4. krystinaelizabeth says:

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    Making a wig yourself is cheaper yes but it does take time and I made my first wig a few weeks ago and omg it took a good 7 hours because I did it after work and for 2 nights up until 2 am. The thing about having a wig made is you have to consider how much bundles you need if it will be customed for you and having a wig made or buying one is a few hundred dollars. You could make yourself for under $300 but depends on what hair you will get, like raw hair or virgin hair and that is a big cost difference. I do plan on trying to do better at making wigs so I can sell them too, but it’s definitely preference and what would be cost effective to the customer or seller.

  5. Nathalie W. says:

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    Well, you guys are right on the nose with this one…. so I have been thinking about if I should continue paying to get my wigs made or should I just go right in & try my own wig making. But by the looks of this blog I’m going have to do both & see which one really works for me. Practice makes perfect, right? It’s looking like a 50/50 chance, to be honest. Hopefully, I can master making it myself too so I can have both options and you use what is more convenient for me at whatever point in time. Thanks for breaking down the pros & cons for it.

  6. Shonte Perry says:

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    I have tried to make wigs several times and I realized that it is not for me. The first time I tried as mentioned in the article you must have the correct head measurements. So, my first wig was gorgeous after completion but it was too small for my head. The mistake I made was sewing the hair too tightly on the cap. Waste of money, yes I know. But, I tried to take the hair extensions off the cap because I just couldn’t believe, I made it too small. That was a mistake as well. Ruined both the extensions and wig cap. The second time, I wised up and bought the little tape measure that you buy to measure fabric. I used it to measure my head. When I measure it stated 22.5, ok so my real intelligent self purchased a 23 size mannequin head to use to for the wig. Okay, purchased more hair and attempted the wig again. Once Again, EPIC FAIL!! It was way too big. Now, the third time I used a regular foam head from the beauty supply store and attempted again. This time it was going great until I ran out of hair. After that, I just gave up and stated to myself, I will buy custom wigs from professional wig makers. I see girls that can make wigs with no frets, not me, haven’t perfected the craft YET! So, I will leave it to the professionals for now and maybe in the future I will try again!

  7. Valerie Page says:

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    Learning to make wigs and master the art will be extremely beneficial to your brand. One it will dave money from not having to outsource to a wig maker. Secondly, if you aren’t selling enough bundles but have wig requests, you can simply purchase the hair from your own brand to make the wig if your customer has not purchased hair already!

    Of course, as entrepreneurs, you have to know when to let go of certain tasks. So once your clientele increases you will have to adjust your schedule accordingly or hire and delegate tasks to a trusted wig maker.

  8. Valerie Page says:

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    Awesome read! Learning how to make wigs will be very beneficial to your business in the beginning. This will eliminate the need to outsource and pay a professional wig maker. Secondly, if you’re having a difficult time selling hair but have customers that want wigs; you can simply use the bundles from your brand to make the wig. Of course, this is only an option if the customer has not purchased their own hair already.

    Another important fact is some customers may have health insurance coverage that pays for cranial prosthesis…better known as a wig. Insurance companies will cover up to $500 a year for one wig. Most state laws do not require companies to be a durable medical supply company. This will differ from plan to plan and CMS Local and National Coverage Determinations. Approval is based on medical necessity determined by provider diagnoses. Some approved conditions are Alopecia, Burn, hair loss due to chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

  9. Rayvynne Rebelle says:

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    I suggest if it’s your first time making a wig, try it on less expensive hair. So you can practice color, cut, styling, etc. If you mess up it won’t hurt your pockets too much.

    Getting a wig made can be an exciting progress! As see the hair come to life! As you get your head measured for optimum fit. And you talk to your stylist about your vision.

  10. Sherray Lin says:

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    I have never had a custom wig made for myself, but I will start soon. I’m very excited. My goal is to make 4 wigs for myself. Eventually, I would like to sell them. I know it can be time-consuming. I may find a class to attend as well. But the pros are definitely I think it’s cheaper to make them yourself.

  11. Diamonique Powell says:

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    I really Like this blog also because I don’t know whether to make a wig or buy a wig. I think making your own wig is better than buying a wig you can Experience stuff on your own and be able to make a wig when you wanna stop buying wigs.

  12. Cameasha Muhammad says:

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    Me and my sister have been discussing this for the last couple of weeks. We have been watching videos on the different techniques and wigs with closures, frontals, and none. The biggest disadvantage we saw was the price of someone making it for us. If we tried and were successful it could be another lucrative stream of revenue. Right now we don’t know because we haven’t tried but what’s the problem with trying we will never know if we don’t try. Put a little time aside try it and see if we like it or not. Great pointers in this post.

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