How to Make a Wig at Home

Hello gorgeous! If you’ve been trying to make a wig for yourself, then this is the article for you.

My name is Tee, and I love trying out new ideas with my wigs. I’m also a stylist, and from my years of experience, I’ll show you how to make a wig at home. In no time, you’ll be able to make stunning wigs for yourself.

Wigs come in various forms, and sometimes it’s difficult to find the wig that best suits your style. If you’re someone that loves switching up looks regularly, then you will appreciate a homemade wig because of its flexibility and cost-effectiveness. 

Let’s get down to it. Come along!

Materials Needed

Below are the necessary materials you need to make a wig.

Hair Bundles: This is the basic material needed for your wig. Hair bundles (or weft), is a collection of hair strands that will be made into a wig. The texture, volume, and length of the hair often determine the outcome of your wig. You can sew the bundles together either by hand or with the aid of a sewing machine.

T-pins: You need this to secure your lace frontal or closure while you’re making the wig.

Marker: This is needed to trace out the lines or pathway to sew your weft accurately, and also to avoid interlocking and clumsiness.

Wig Cap: This is what you’ll sew the hair bundles on. The size you’ll use depends on your head circumference. You must ensure that you use an accurate size so your wig can fit perfectly.

Needle and Thread: You should use the C-shape needle. It makes the sewing path easy to follow. Also, make sure that your thread blends with the color of your weft.

Mannequin Head: The mannequin provides a natural position for you to make your wig. 

Wig Stand: The wig stand will ease the side-to-side movement of your mannequin while you sew your hair bundles to the wig cap. 

Scissors: A pair of scissors is required to cut off the excess thread and also to trim the edges of your wig to fit your style. 

Pro Tips:

  • Ensure you get a canvass head for your mannequin. It makes the sewing process quick and seamless.
  • A mesh wig cap is more suitable for making a wig than a nylon wig cap. 
  • A polyester thread should be used for sewing. It is durable, and it glides through easily.
  • You can make your wig with a frontal or closure. If you want something extremely natural, you should go for a frontal. However, keep in mind that a frontal is more expensive than a closure.

How to Make a Wig at Home (2 Best Methods)

Making a wig with a frontal gives you the feel and look of a natural hairline. It can also be styled like natural hair.

Method 1: Use Frontal to Make a Wig at Home

Step 1:Set your mannequin head, and wear a wig cap on it. Ensure it is well smoothened out, and the edge of the wig cap aligns with the circumference of the mannequin.

Step 2: Now place your lace frontal on the wig cap, and leave an excess of 0.5 – 1 inch below the edge of the wig cap at the front of the mannequin head. Then gently rotate your canvas head to make sure the frontal is well-aligned on both sides of the head.

Now use your T-pins to secure your frontal in place. Put one in the middle, and one each at the sides of the frontal, on either side of the mannequin head.

Step 3: After securing the frontal, you can proceed to sew.

Fix an arm’s length of thread on the curved needle. Start sewing from the middle of your frontal where you applied a T-pin to the right side of the frontal. When you get to the end, knot your thread and cut off the excess.

Repeat the procedure from the middle of your frontal to the left side.

Step 4: With your frontal in place as a benchmark on either side, you can start sewing your bundles. Use the marker to trace the tracks you want to sew your bundles onto. Use an interval of half or 1 inch between each track.

Start sewing from the back, and as the sewing progresses, ensure there are no lumps. Use your hand to adjust and smoothen the wefts as you continue sewing.

Repeat this procedure by sewing your weft from side to side until you get to the edge of your frontal. Then use your needle and thread to stitch the open space between your weft and frontal.

Afterward, cut off the portion of the cap underneath the frontal.

Step 5: Brush your wig to remove any minor tangles, and apply some hair serum to avoid split ends. Put on some heat protectant and straighten or curl your wig as desired.

Method 2: Use Closure to Make a Wig at Home

A closure often gives a side or middle parting look. Just like when you part your natural hair.

Step 1: Place the wig cap on your mannequin head and use two T-pins to pin the nape of the cap, so that it properly aligns with the hairline of your nape.

Start by putting your closure on the wig cap (at the section for it) with about an inch of the closure extended beyond the wig cap at the front. 

Step 2: Secure your closure by using pins to hold it down at the center and on both sides. Sew the closure by tracing it out on the wig cap. All you have to do is follow the outline of the closure. Sew from in to out.

Step 3: Starting from the nape of the wig cap, use your marker to draw straight lines from one end of the canvas head to the other. This is to ensure your weft is neatly positioned.

Step 4: Starting from the nape of the wig cap, align the weft with the lines drawn on the wig cap. Create a knot at the start of your sewing for efficiency, and then sew through from one end of the line to the other till you get to the closure.

Style as described earlier.

FAQs

These are questions that may cross your mind if you are trying to make a wig at home.

Is it Cheaper to Make my Wig?

Yes. Making your wig saves you money and also provides you room to try out several styles. Once you can make a wig yourself, you can always try out something new. You won’t be restricted to a single style.

Can I Make a Wig from my Hair?

To make your custom wig, you can also use your natural hair instead of buying hair bundles. According to experts, you need a minimum of 8 ounces of hair for a custom wig.

However, processing your natural hair or converting it into wefts can be tedious. You may want to consider getting bundles instead.

Should I Sew or Glue my Wig?

It depends on how quick you need your wig. For a quick fix, gluing is the best option because it is not time-consuming. However, for the long-term use of your wig, it is ideal you sew it.

Wrapping Up

It’s a wrap! Now you should be able to make your wig and come out with seamless results. Let us know how it goes in the comment section below.

Happy wigging!

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