How to Highlight Wigs

by Christina Sloane ; Updated September 28, 2017

Sew hair extensions into your wig for realistic highlights.

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Though serious wigs are often made with human hair, attempting to dye, bleach or highlight a wig can damage it or shorten its lifespan. Many wigs come with highlights, but some people prefer a more conservative, monochrome hairstyle most of the time. If you’d like to experiment with highlights without damaging your wig or buying a new one, you can sew light-colored hair extensions into your hairpiece.

Items you will need

  • Wig form
  • Hair extensions
  • Wide toothed comb
  • Hair clip
  • Sharp scissors
  • Curved needle and thread
Step 1

Place the wig on a wig form. Never sew highlights while the wig is on a person’s head.

Step 2

Choose a hair extension track with lighter hair than your wig, but with a similar length and texture.

Step 3

Section off a portion of the wig where you want the first extension to go, using a wide-toothed comb.

Step 4

Lift the wig hair up and fold it over to expose the wig’s framework. Hold the piece of hair in place with a hair clip.

Step 5

Stretch the top of the hair extension across the exposed wig section, directly under the piece of hair you folded up. Cut off any excess track, using sharp scissors.

Step 6

Thread a curved upholstery or wigmakers needle. Choose sturdy thread that matches the color of the wig hair.

Step 7

Hand stitch the weave track to individual exposed vertical crosspieces of the wig, skipping the horizontal sections. Tie a knot and cut the thread after stitching the track to each vertical. Hold the track taut as you stitch to prevent waves and lumps.

Step 8

Repeat the entire process for each section of the wig you want to add highlights to.

Step 9

Comb the wig with a wide-toothed comb to expose and blend in the highlights.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.