Sometimes you cannot afford to buy an expensive wig or there are no wigs that meet all your needs, this is when a few very basic skills can help you create perfect wigs for a very reasonable price.
You can use cheap party wigs or reasonable priced hair fall for this as they are all sewn onto a net base of some sort which makes them easy to adapt.
These techniques can be used on more expensive wigs as well, and there will be another tutorial that covers this as well.
Tools and Materials:
4x wigs of the same style and colour
Hand sewing needles
Foam head form
Thread that matches the wig or wig net colour, can be plain sewing or fuzzy overlocker/serger thread
Start by unpicking all the wefts from the wigs carefully.
Decide on the kind of parting you want. For a centre part please see the Leia wig tutorial, here I have chosen no part and all the hair swept back from the face.
The stitches used in sewing the wefts are whip stitch for the most part with a few back stitches for a little elasticity. When you sew over the elastic sides of a wig stretch the elastic slightly further than it will sit when worn to allow the wig to be pulled over the head but to also allow not too much nor too little hair in the elastic sections.
Take one of the wig caps you have removed the wefts from and set it on a foam head form inside out. It is important to disguise the edge of the wig cap so a row or two or wefts all around the inside of the edge of the cap will help this greatly.
Then take the wig off and turn it right side out and sew another row or two of wefts around the top side of the edge of the wig. Get as close to the edge as possible.
In both these cases sew the wefts so the hair lays all around the wig.
As all the hair in this wig is supposed to lay towards the back I sewed horizontal rows of wefts from the back layering each until I reached the front of the wig.
For the last few rows near the front of the wig I sewed the wefts facing forward.)
Adding wefts around the inside edge of the front will help blend the wig to your hair line.
Once the wefts are in place it is a good idea to set them to face the right direction. You can do this by using a hair dryer at the front of the wig and directing the flow of air to the back. The fibres will soften and then once cool will stay facing that direction. It is also possible to pour hot water (boil a kettle and pour the still hot water over the wig) and smooth the hair in the right direction (with a wide toothed comb). Either leave it to cool and dry naturally or quickly pour cool water over it to set immediately.
I then chose to dread this wig. I took small sections and twisted them to keep all the sections separated. Once this was done I untwisted one section at a time and matted and twisted by hand. These dreads are however quite soft and tame and I would like to eventually make them more pronounced.
This is also worn as a 3/4 wig where my own hair is plaited under the wig save for 2″ at the front hair line. This is then brushed and styled with the wig to disguise the wig line.