Wigs 101 by Kukkii-san

Wigs 101 by Kukkii-san

Wigs 101 by Kukkii-san

10 years in the past, I revealed my first wefting and wig-making tutorial on ggstore.web! It’s nonetheless certainly one of my hottest tutorials that you need to use for a lot of completely different sorts of initiatives.

wefts and color rings
Retailer-bought wefts and colour rings

Most wigs and hairpieces are fabricated from wefts. Wefts are rows of hair or artificial fiber that has been woven or sewn collectively, to type what seems like a fringe or hula skirt fabricated from hair.

Study: How one can make a hair weft by hand

  • Your wig will not be thick sufficient for the fashion you need to obtain? Simply sew in additional wefts so as to add quantity!
  • Your wig seems too plain, so that you need to spice it up with highlights or coloured suggestions? Sew in wefts in a distinct colour!
  • You need to fashion an enormous beehive, meter lengthy braids, hairbuns the scale of a soccer? It could all be completed with additional fiber, e.g. within the type of wefts!

You should buy ready-made wefts or harvest them from a spare wig. Nonetheless, you may as effectively sew wefts your self! That manner you’ll be free to decide on colours and size of wefts, plus it’s often cheaper.

Wig with matching weft (Arda Wigs USA)

What You Want

  • artificial hair (unfastened extensions, braiding hair, bulk hair), ideally „Silky Straight Kanekalon“ high quality
  • tons (!) of yarn (common stitching thread) in an identical or darker colour
  • tulle in an identical colour (minimize to strips, ca. 5-7cm x 40cm – that’s 2-3″ x 16″)
  • stitching machine and spare needles
  • scissors, stitching pins, comb, non-compulsory: blow dryer, wig conditioner
  • ribbons (e.g. sateen), elastic hairties, hairclips
  • massive sheets of paper (to cowl your work space)

Purchase unfastened extensions on-line e.g. at Doctored Locks (USA) or at an ethnic magnificence provide retailer. Cautious: some outlets will solely promote „Jumbo Braid“ fiber that has a tough, kinked texture (good for ethnic hairstyles). Don’t use Jumbo or Yaki for wefting, it doesn’t match the silky texture of most wigs!

Jumbo Braid vs. Silky Straight
Jumbo Braid vs. Silky Straight

Step One: Preparations

Lay out massive sheets of paper (e.g. outdated newsprint) to type a easy floor on the ground or a second desk, proper subsequent to your stitching machine. Defend your work space from air draft, pets, and different disturbances.

Packaged extension hair often measures 120cm (48″). On this tutorial, I’ll be stitching shorter wefts, so I minimize the fiber in half. Unprocessed, it’s 60cm (24″) lengthy, however will probably be folded in half throughout wefting – yielding 30cm (12″) brief wefts. Seize the fiber bundle by the center and depart it hanging (like „U“ turned the wrong way up). Rigorously part off a strand. Right here’s my recommendation on working with extension hair.

Place every strand of hair on the work space, forming a „U“. Have it pointing at you want a loop so it’ll be simple to choose up. Fill the work space with as many strands of hair as you possibly can. Should you’re going for multi-colored (streaked) wefts, place the colours on high of one another. You’ll be able to combine as many colours as you need, simply ensure that to make use of small quantities of hair and place the fibers parallel to one another, ends even.

Loose extension hair

With a purpose to sew wefts utilizing your stitching machine, you’re going to wish a supporting materials to maintain the hair from being sucked into the machine and messing all of it up in a matter of seconds! Tulle is the material of selection: it’s extraordinarily light-weight, see-through, and the perimeters don’t fray. Lower strips of tulle ca. 5-7cm (2-3″) huge and iron them flat (on low warmth). The tulle strips ought to be round 40cm (16″) lengthy. That’s sufficient to wrap the weft across the again of your head, forming one row in a wig.

Step Two: Stitching Hair to Tulle

Set your stitching machine to a straight sew and a really small sew size (between „1“ and „0“, just a bit above the buttonhole setting.)

sewing wefts

Place the tulle beneath the presser foot of your stitching machine, able to go. Take a strand of hair and unfold it out on the tulle, putting the center of the strand the place the needle is. Begin stitching slowly (no have to lock the seam) and information the hair utilizing each palms.

Extra: How To Make A Skirt Smaller

Essential discover: Unfold the hair out skinny and even throughout the tulle. Attempt to keep away from bald spots, however extra importantly, don’t permit the hair to clump collectively. Should you sew on an excessive amount of hair directly, it won’t be fastened correctly!

Shortly earlier than you run out of hair to stitch, take the following strand and feed it into the machine with out leaving a spot. Repeat till you attain the top of the tulle strip. Cease stitching an inch or so earlier than the sting, ensuring you would not have any hair left over. Once more, no have to lock the seam, the stitches are so small they won’t unravel.

Sewing wefts
Hold feeding hair into the stitching machine

You might have now efficiently fastened the hair on the tulle strip, however at this stage, it’s nonetheless very fragile. Keep away from pulling on the hair or brushing it! Rigorously pull the piece from the stitching machine, then place a second seam proper subsequent to the primary, 5-10mm (ca. 3/16-3/8″) aside. Make the seam straight and parallel to the primary seam.

sewing wefts
Sew a parallel line, 5-10mm from the primary

Notice: For a clear consequence, it’s obligatory that you simply preserve the hair laid out straight and parallel, at a 90° angle from the stitching line. I like to recommend guiding the hair together with your left hand and utilizing a comb in your proper hand to maintain it straight (don’t pull on it, solely information it gently!)

sewing wefts
Use a comb to maintain the fiber neat and straight

If you’re completed with the second seam, take the piece from the stitching machine.

Self-made weft

Step Three: Fold the Weft and Sew It Collectively

Now we’ll flip this not-quite-sealed hair right into a sturdy weft. Flip it tulle facet up and fold the tulle in half lengthwise. Use the middle between the 2 seams as a folding line and repair it with a number of pins (perpendicular to the seamlines).

Attempt to preserve the hair from crisscrossing or exposing bald spots when doing this!

Folding self-made weft
Fold your weft…
Folding self-made weft
…and pin it collectively

This step requires some persistence and finesse. Should you handle to fold the fiber evenly, you’ll be rewarded with a clean-looking weft later.

Folded and pinned weft
sewing wefts
Sew the folded weft collectively

Take the folded weft again to the stitching machine and sew one other line to stitch the layers collectively. Sew alongside 3-4 mm (1/8-3/16″) from the fold (i.e. the sting of your weft), both proper on high of the present seams or a little bit bit left of them. Take away the pins as you go! Stitching proper over a pin will lead to a little bit hole within the hair.

Your weft is nearly as good as completed now! To verify it’s sturdy and may be brushed later, I like to recommend that you simply sew one other line or two simply to be secure. Place the stitching line near the sting.

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Pull on the hair to verify if it’s correctly fastened. Should you can nonetheless pull out a hair, sew one other line between the seen seams. In complete, you need to have fastened the hair with 4 to 5 rows of stitches.

sewing wefts

Step 4: Ending Touches

Trimming tulle
Trim the surplus tulle

You don’t want the surplus tulle anymore. Lower off the ends with the thread ends, brushing the hair to the facet so that you don’t minimize into it. Trim the tulle on each side of the weft, as near the seam as doable. I’m utilizing material scissors with a rounded tip that slides simply between the layers with out slicing into the hair.

Lengthy wefts will should be detangled earlier than use. Hold them on a laundry line or pin them to a styrofoam head (the pinnacle should be fastened on a wig stand or tripod to maintain it from tipping). Detangle the fiber with a wide-tooth comb or detangling brush. Broken and kinky fibers may be straightened with sizzling water or a blow dryer.

detangling a weft

I’ve an in-depth wig detangling tutorial in my e book, Wigs 101!

Brief wefts are simple to detangle by brushing them together with your fingers as soon as. Uneven ends may be trimmed with scissors. To retailer the weft, fold it on the seam and tie it off with ribbons or cut-open elastic hairties to maintain them from tangling. Roll them up and put them in a ziploc plastic bag.

Folded weft
Hold your weft tied off with ribbons

After stitching wefts, you need to undoubtedly clear your stitching machine to take away thread mud and doable hair residue from the bobbin compartment. With the machine working at full velocity, it would have collected numerous muck, and plastic wig fiber has completely no enterprise clogging up the works.

Variant: Lengthy Wefts

On this tutorial, I’ve folded hair in half to stitch a 30cm (12″) brief weft. After all you’re free to stitch longer wefts than that! Double up 120cm lengthy extensions and also you’ll get a superbly thick, 60cm lengthy weft.

And there’s no have to at all times fold the hair precisely in half. You’ll be able to transfer the fold in direction of one finish if you wish to sew even longer wefts. Simply guarantee that the hair extends over the sting of the tulle by 5-10cm (2-4″) on the shorter finish so that you’ll nonetheless be capable to fold and stitch it correctly. If you sew the weft into your wig or hairpiece later, the shorter ends ought to lie flat towards the pinnacle (going through the wig undermesh) in order that they don’t stick out of the hairdo. If you take a better take a look at wefts in a store-bought wig, you’ll see that they typically have shorter child hair on the underside as effectively.

Store-bought weft with baby hair
Shorter „child hair“ on a store-bought weft

When you’ve mastered the wefting method, your inventive choices are limitless! You’re free to create wefts in any colour and size you need. With a little bit observe, you’ll be capable to sew neat, even wefts with a slim seam. With these wefts, you possibly can thicken up a wig that’s too skinny, create hair extensions or boost your wig with colourful highlights and suggestions.

Discover extra styling suggestions in my e book, „Wigs² – Degree Up!“

And ensure to learn my fast information on wefts and extensions:

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