The best part about making a wig is the wide range of texture and color options, but the challenge is finishing it with a natural-looking front that won't give your secret away. The solution is a U-part wig. A U-part wig allows you to pull a small section of your own hair through a semi-circular U-part opening in the top of the wig cap. The hair you use to make the wig should closely match your own. Blend the hair that you pulled through the U-part into the wig hair for a flawless finish.
Items you will need
- Wig mannequin
- Deluxe weave cap
- Dressmaker's pins
- Two packets of weft weave hair
- Fray check
- Curved needle
- Heavy duty thread
- Hair pins
- Flat iron or curling iron (optional)
Pin a deluxe wig cap to the mannequin. Measure the weft track hair across the base of the cap from ear to ear and then cut the measured amount. Dab a little fray check on the cut end of the weft to prevent unraveling. Sew the weft from ear to ear.
Cut and measure the hair in rows from 1/2 to 1 inch apart. Sew the hair to the weave cap in horizontal rows from the base of the cap to the crown area. When you reach the crown of the hair, begin sewing the track hair in semicircles around the U-shaped piece in the front center hair line. Lay tracks 1/2 to 1/4 inch apart in the top so that the tracks won't show when you wear the wig.
Stitch measured hair track of hair about 1/4 inch behind the U-shaped semicircle at the top of the cap. Cut away the U-shaped section carefully, using the manufacturer's stitches on the top of the cap as your guide.
Remove the cap from the mannequin and place it on on your head just behind your hairline. Secure the wig on your head using hair pins. Pull your hair through the U-shaped opening. Style your hair with a flat or curling iron to match the wig hair. Use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to blend your hair in with the wig hair.
Deluxe weave caps come with U-shaped top-stitching in the top. If you use a different type of mesh cap, you can mark the U-shape yourself with a white marking pencil.
- "Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre & Film"; Martha Ruskai, Allison Lowery; 2010
- "The World of Wigs, Weaves, and Extensions"; Toni Love; 2002
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