How to Make a Wig Cap

Hello readers! A wig cap can be overpriced sometimes, especially if you’re the kind of person that values absolute convenience when wearing your wig.

My name is Tee, and I like wigs a lot. Aside from that, I’m always curious to learn the stuff they are made up of. In this article, I’ll show you how to make a wig cap without any hassles.

Wig caps usually serve as a protective layer for your scalp, and your wig is also fixed on it. People with total hair loss also find wig caps extremely useful because it protects their scalp from irritations. In general, wig caps offer great comfort.

Here are some of the methods to help you create a wig cap in the comfort of your home. Take a ride with me!

Materials Required

Here are the necessary materials to make a wig cap.

Mannequin Head with a Stand

This plastic head form is needed to aid your accuracy when making the wig cap. It holds and gives your wig cap the right shape to make your wig cap fit naturally.

A Black Wefted Cap

This is the basic foundation you build your wig cap on. It helps you secure your closure or frontal during and after sewing. The texture and size of the cap you use are very important in the overall outcome of your wig cap.

Needle and Thread

These two go hand in hand, and they are used to sew your closure or frontal to your wig cap. The curved or tapestry needle is best suited for carrying out this procedure. Also, for the best results, ensure you make use of a thread that has a similar colour to your cap.

Lace

It’s best to get a swiss lace for a premium wig cap with high durability. Although, other materials like underskirt nets can be used as a substitute for your lace.

Scissors

A pair of scissors is needed to trim and cut off the excess lace and also to cut the thread. 

Pins

The pins are needed to secure your cap to the mannequin and make it fit by avoiding any lumps. 

Types of Wig Caps

  • Wig cap with a frontal
  • Wig cap with a closure

Step-by-Step Procedures to Make a Wig Cap with a frontal 

Here’s how to make a frontal wig cap;

Step 1: Prepping

Get your mannequin head ready and fit it on the stand to ease the overall process of making your wig cap and to prevent jerking while carrying out other functions. Wear your cap on the mannequin and carefully adjust it until there’s no slack or lumps.

Step 2: Lace-Up

Now, place your lace on the cap and align the lace with the front edges of your black cap, leaving about 3 to 6 inches extension of the lace at the front — this depends on the length of the lace you want in front of your wig. 

Step 3: Applying your pins

After placing your lace accordingly, get your pins and pin down the lace at the center and front part of the mannequin, while you use your other hand to secure the cap and the lace on either side of the mannequin. Afterward, apply the pins to both sides of the cap. 

Pin down from the back of one ear to the other, cut through the center of the mannequin, and align with the initial pin at the center. While applying the pins on the cap, gently use your hand to smoothen the lace. This is to avoid any lumps. 

Immediately when you’re done with this, use your scissors to cut off the excess lace at the back, and use your pins as a guide.

Step 4: Sew 

Now, get your needle and thread, and begin to sew the lace firmly to the cap. Closely sew along the line formed by the pins. As you progress, remove the pins once you’re done sewing a particular edge. This will help you avoid rough edges. 

For the perfect outcome, stop your sewing from one side of the ear to the middle of the mannequin, then start from the other ear to the middle. This will make both threads meet at the center, where you can easily tie both threads at the middle, and secure your cap in place. 

Step 5: Snip

After sewing the lace to the cap, pull the cap from your mannequin and use your hand to upturn the part of the cap with the lace. This will give you more room to cut off the part of the cap underneath the lace. 

Now, your frontal wig cap is ready for use. 

Step-by-Step Procedures to Make a Wig Cap with Closure 

If you’re not a fan of a wig cap with a frontal, here’s an option you can try your hands on. 

Step 1: Prep

Set up your mannequin on its stand, and wear your cap on the mannequin to fit. 

Step 2: Pin up

Just like in step 4 of the previous procedure, hold the cap down with your pins to ease sewing and to avoid lumps. 

Step 3: Attach your Closure

Get your closure and trim off any excess lace you might have at the edges, so you can get the actual shape. Then place the closure at the front of your cap, and use about 4 to 6 pins to secure it in position. 

Thereafter, you can sew the closure along the earlier pinned points and gently remove the pins as you sew past it. 

Step 4: Snip

You can now remove your cap with the closure already attached. After doing this, cut the part of the cap underneath the closure. This is necessary because the color of the cap can be visible through the wig. 

FAQs

Here are answers to some of the questions that are often asked while trying to make a wig cap. 

What is the Best Wig Cap Construction?

The monofilament cap construction is a great choice for a seamless and natural look. It is also a preferred choice for those with sensitive scalps because it allows proper ventilation and comfort as well.

Which Wig Cap is Better — Closure or Frontal?

The closure wig caps are more durable than the frontal wig when properly maintained. The frontal wig cap has more tendency to tear easily if the lace material is not of the highest quality. 

What is an Open Wig Cap?

This is a wefted cap that allows you to fix your wig seamlessly in rows. It gives room for ventilation in between the rows and makes the wearer more comfortable.

Final Thoughts  

There you go. Follow the steps explained in this article, and you’re well on your way to make your own wig caps!

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