Getting Wiggy With It (Pt. 2)
Should I Customise My Bundles Into A Wig?
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! Your extensions have arrived in the post and you want to do something different with your style. But wait...now what? Let’s say you’ve exhausted the sew-ins, and glue-ins aren’t even an option, what else can you do with your bundles? Well...how about make a wig?
Wigs are as versatile as your own hair, and depending on the type used they can be dyed, cut, bleached, and changed up whenever you want.
Be a D.I.Y wig maker and customise your wig from scratch, although it may entail watching countless YouTube tutorials, and educating yourself on the ins and outs of wig making, its all part of the fun.
Preparation is Key
Knowing exactly what you need will save so much time. You’ll need:
✓ Hair bundles
✓ A frontal or closure
✓ Curved needles, thread (preferably nylon)
✓ Bleach (made into a thick consistency for the lace)
✓ A (dome) wig cap
✓ A styrofoam or canvas block mannequin head
Having the right tools will take you a long way, so make sure your wig cap and mannequin are appropriate for your head size. Lastly, if you’re going for a leave out, get the U-part weave cap.
Know How Many Bundles You’ll Need
Knowing how many bundles to use will depend on the look you’re going for. Long voluminous hair with a closure will likely require 4 bundles, or 3 bundles with a frontal. For shorter hair consider 2-3 bundles. A good general rule of thumb is, the shorter the hair the less bundles you’ll need, and vice versa.
Do a Trial Run
You may want to consider doing a trial run on cheap synthetic hair to explore different sewing techniques. Find a method that works for you and continue it throughout the process, ensuring you pay special attention to the edges of the wig where it may need a little more security. This way, if anything goes wrong it saves you from making too many mistakes on your virgin remy hair.
Don’t sew bundles onto the wig cap too tightly, be gentle and find a rhythm. Try as much as possible not to cut your wefts, however, if you absolutely cannot work the track back onto another row, then you can cut it - with caution.
Practice, Patience, and Timing
If it is your first time doing this, it will take time and a lot of patience and your wig may not turn out how you imagined, but don’t sweat it. After all, every wig making YouTuber had to practice until they were good enough to film and put out to the world.
Timing is everything, don’t attempt to make a wig on the same day you plan to wear it. Allow time for contingencies and fix ups, we’ve heard way too many disaster stories of wigs coming out too small because they’ve been sewn on too tightly, threads knotting up slowing down the process, bleach coming out wrong…the list goes on. Don’t let this be you!
Enjoy the Process
Ladies, after all is said and done enjoy the process! Yes, your first…second…or even third try may not come out how you expect, just remember you’re learning a new skill, so just go with it, do the best you can and enjoy the outcome. You’ve worked on it, it’s your masterpiece, so you better slay girl!
If you haven’t already read our insightful article Getting Wiggy With It (Part 1): Why Are Wigs so Popular All of a Sudden? We suggest you do.