The Wig Game Is Booming
Wigs or units have taken the hair game by force. And with the rise of wigs, has come the increase of wig-making classes. With all the things marketed to us on Instagram, it can be hard to decide where to turn for wig classes when we want to try our hand at being a fabulous unit maker.
I have some tips on how to choose an excellent wig making class.
Is it for Business or Personal?
Whether you take the course for business or personal enjoyment, all your classes should have most of the same elements. Take courses for personal gain less often; one can learn via Youtube.
If you are making wigs for personal use; there’s more room for trial and error. Business classes are more expensive and essential. Take a course from a person that is established in the wig business or as a hairstylist.
Whether taking a wig-making class for business or personal reasoning, shop around before you pay for a class. Do not rely on the follower count of those you wish to take a course from; look into reviews and buy other products from this person before entrusting them with giving valuable teaching and advice to you for hundreds of dollars.
Investing In Your Craft
Now, I love a good bargain. So I will not say that the higher the class, the higher the quality. The price of the course does not translate to the skill and abilities of the teacher. However, you must be willing to invest in your craft to learn. Classes typically range from $200 to $600 based on the level of the course, the tools provided and how in demand the class organizer is.
The important part is that you are willing to seek out help with learning to rise to the next level of your career. Seek out designs that will push your business forward, go to classes that will teach things that you haven’t learned or see as a struggle.
Pay attention to where you are lacking and find ways to improve. Investment is not merely about money; it is about investing time and energy into building your business and elevating your skillset.
What To Look For In A Wig Making Class
1. Host Has Good Communication and Business Practices
Would you want to be taking a class from someone who lacks patience, and has no desire to communicate with their consumers or someone who is willing and ready to explain and showcase their skills?
The key to any good class or a successful business, especially a wig-making business is communication! Hosts ideally are willing to answer questions leading up to the event, either information regarding the class or wigs. However, do not try to solicit too much advice and get upset when redirected, people need pay for their expertise.
If hosts are unresponsive before the event, it may be worse when you show up. What if you have questions about which size and thickness of needle to use or need reassurance with your weft placement?
You need a teacher that is excited about their craft and excited for you to learn. Try to find someone that is passionate about making wigs and teaching others the trade.
Additionally, whenever you pay for a class, get a receipt for your records and read the flyer thoroughly for contact information, class details and reviews.
It’s a bonus if your wig host will provide vendor information for loose hair, in case you will be making wigs and providing the hair yourself; it is also nice if your host gives tips for marketing and strategies they used to build their wig business.
2. The Class Provides Tools
A ‘wig kit’ is provided in quality wig classes. Wig kits include a styrofoam head, a wig stand, dome or mesh caps, black or brown thread, and curved needles. A measuring tape should be included in the kit as well.
Additional items in a package may also have T-pins to adhere the cap to the styrofoam head, and claw clips to hold extra hair out of the way. Instructors will include the bundles if they have an extension line and even a keepsake bag.
Classes always provide wig kits to their clients. If your course does not offer a basic package, find another class!
*Bundles are not mandatory for wig classes. Most require students to bring their bundles.*
3. The Class Has A Decent Timeframe
Most wig making classes, whether by hand or sewing machine, extend toward three hours. For the instructor to impart knowledge for one to fully grasp the correct way to bleach, sew and pluck for a perfect wig, the class should be well over one hour.
Any class under an hour or two is likely rushed and will be of lesser quality. A sew-in usually takes an hour (for the actual sewing), even by experienced hairstylists. Therefore, sewing a wig for the first time or working a sewing machine it is essential that the class has enough time for all the activities.
The course should allow ample time for lateness, questions, explanations, or starting over.
4. Classes Offer Varying Levels
Having various class levels offered for wig classes are not mandatory to be a good wig class. However, this will help you decide what level you are on beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Beginner classes are for those who are beginning to make wigs. On this level the class usually offers a kit, the instructor teaches the proper way to sew wefts, the correct caps to use and how to make wigs flat.
Intermediate Classes teach how to make wigs faster, and flatter. Intermediates learn the same as basics, but more times spent on producing units more quickly, making the wefts lay flatter, and helping the units to look more natural and fit clients heads more snugly.
Advanced Classes briefly review the basics and all the other parts that go into making wigs such as correct placement of wefts, the fold over method, cutting, and trimming the hair. This advanced class teaches making closures and frontals look more natural with plucking and bleaching.
Advanced courses may also include vendor information, marketing tips and I’ve even seen some companies include promotion of those who have taken their class.
All classes should teach weft placement, useful caps, proper sewing and taking head measurements.
Different Types Of Wig Making Classes
Sewing Wigs By Hand
If you are a beginner, this is the type of class you should take for sure. Sewing by hand is more natural and gives you more control over the direction of the wefts, and aids the flip over method. This kind of class focuses on sewing stitches tighter and neater as well as straight stitches.
The only downside to sewing by hand is that this class may take longer due to threading, and sewing each weft one at a time, but don’t worry practice; you’ll eventually become more efficient!
Learning Wig-Making on A Sewing Machine
Machine made wigs are quicker to make and are sturdier. If you are an intermediate or advanced wig-maker, taking a sewing machine class will take your business to the next level. A sewing machine class is more difficult than a hand sewing class. It is fine if you provide the machine or your host provides the device; otherwise, the course should have the classic ‘wig kit’ included.
Contact your teacher ahead of time and ask what kind of machine used; practice on the device and become familiar with it ahead of time. I attended a sewing machine wig class, and it was hard to pick up on because of my lack of knowledge regarding sewing machines and measurements.
Do yourself a favor and take a sewing machine class at Michael’s Craft Store or Joann’s (don’t worry it’s free!) to understand the basic mechanics of the machine.
Though I loved the speed at which I could make wigs, positioning the bundles at the perfect angle to sew onto the wig cap takes more than a few tries if you aren’t a quick hands-on learner. With this class, I also enjoyed that I was able to double weft the tracks in the back of the wig to make it fuller.
As a customer, I liked machine made wigs better because the wefts were sewn tighter and the stitches and threading on the inside of the dome cap were neater and placed closer together, rarely coming out compared to hand-sewn units.
Typically group training can be anywhere from five to fifteen eager wig makers ready to learn the tricks of the trade. Group training is positive because you can feel at home with so many others who are interested in the same things. Within the group, you will be able to ask others questions and see wig making more than once.
Additionally, you can network with others that are going or furthering their hair/ wig business. Not to mention with group training there is usually some snacks!
However, with group training, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle and feel like the class is less personal.
One on One Learning
One on one classes means that only you and the instructor will be together. This method of teaching ensures that you get individualized attention; you are free to stop, take breaks and ask questions without the rest of the group being slowed down or going on without you.
Furthermore, one on one learning helps you to make a real connection with your instructor and possibly gain a future business partner.
Look And Learn
‘Look and Learn’ classes are more about the customization of the wig. In these classes, you are taught the steps of dying bundles, bleaching and plucking frontals and how to make closures flatter. This class is not hands-on and often no ‘wig kits’ are given.
A look and learn should be used as a refresher or introductory course.
Tips for You to Have Successful Wig Class
Before The Wig Class
Do your part to ensure you will have a prosperous wig class. It’s not all about what your instructor has to offer you, and it’s about what you have to provide yourself and the class.
Before going to the class, as a beginner or advanced course taker, practice beforehand. The best and most organized class will not be able to help you perfect everything you know in a few hours. It takes training and preparation.
I once attended a three-hour class that taught one how to make wigs using a sewing machine. The course was one on one, and I ended up running over my time due to being unfamiliar with the device and the thicker cap provided by the instructor.
Leading up to your class practice your sewing skills and bleaching and tinting skills. Practicing beforehand will allow the class to run smoother and you will be able to focus on other aspects of the course.
Another good tip for getting prepared for your class is to come up with a list of things that are difficult for you; this way you will be prepared to ask questions about your weaker skills and get hands-on help for the parts of the wig-making process that is difficult for you.
After The Wig Class
After the class, do not stop working at your craft. Practice makes perfect. It doesn’t matter if you use cheaper hair or thinner wig caps, method laying the wefts and neatness of your stitches to improve units.
Trust me; there is nothing worse than acquiring a skill and allowing yourself to be mediocre because you have failed to practice your craft. Do not invest and rest, invest and work!
After you attended the class, it may be helpful to go to another course at a higher level a few months following your session. This way, you will be able to directly see your progress and follow up on the skills you’ve learned while pushing yourself ahead.
Slay Those Wigs!
There is a class out there for everybody, the beginner, the hairstylist, and the sewing machine fanatic. Choosing a course can be difficult, you want to make sure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
Find a class with a business-minded host, a great set up and a reasonable price. Slaying your units will become second nature with practice, dedication, and a good wig class.