How Do They Make Human Hair Wigs?

by Jennifer Van Leigh

If you're new to the world of wigs and are considering making an investment in a human hair piece, the variety can be overwhelming. Learning about hair quality and cap construction will help you refine your search in finding a human hair wig that best fits your needs.

Virgin Human Hair

Virgin hair is harvested from several different regions.The most common hair types used in human hair wigs are known as Asian, Indian and European hair. Different hair types may be blended or kept as a single source.

Wefted Wig Caps

Wefted wig caps are created from hair that has been woven together with nylon thread to create strips of hair, known as wefts. The wefts are stitched together, by hand or in an automated process, to form a crosshatch that is visible when turned inside out.

Hand-Tied Wigs

Hand-tied human hair wigs feature a thin mesh as a base for the cap. Single strands of hair are applied and knotted one by one to the waffle pattern of the mesh using precision tools. A hand tied wig can take up to a month to be completed.

Monofilament

Monofilament is a hand-tied mesh piece that is sewn into the front of wefted wigs to offer flexible, natural-looking parts at the hairline.

Thin Skin Inserts

Thin skin is a silicone insert used in the front portion of many wefted wigs Hairs are inserted into the silicone in a natural pattern to create the appearance of a natural scalp.

Processing and Styling

Once wigs are constructed, the human hair is processed for color, texture and wave pattern, and is then cut into a style. Styles may be a distinct look, or a long length for further customization.

About the Author

Jennifer Van Leigh began writing short pieces in 2007. With over five years in the hair industry, Van Leigh has contributed articles at Atlanta Salon & Spa and is certified as an extensions stylist. She studied scriptwriting and creative nonfiction in Gallery 37, a Chicago youth arts program.