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Koumori
02-25-2003, 10:14 AM
I'd like to add some extra fullness to a wig. I gather that this is done by somehow adding in extra hair - but I don't want to attach falls or buns or other hairpieces to it, I want to actually add "loose" hair. What's the best way of going about this? Should I just take the extensions, make little bunches out of them, and sew them to the wig base? It seems logical but it worries me.

Oshidori
02-25-2003, 10:36 AM
I've sewn on extensions and it didn't pose any problems during wear, i just made sure i sewed it in several times to keep it put. Occasionally a few hairs fell out, but it happened maybe once or twice during the day.

If you have the time, and patience for that matter, you can pinch braid a few strands in at a time following the tracks already sewn in, or even crochet them in, either way both would need one of those teeny crochet needles. But i don't know how much you need to do and that might take forever 0_o

marsie
02-25-2003, 10:46 AM
I would ask a wig shop about that. I am sure that if you look in the phonebook you'll see one.

That or practice on a wig that you don't care if it is ruined.

Koumori
02-25-2003, 10:49 AM
Originally posted by Oshidori
I've sewn on extensions and it didn't pose any problems during wear, i just made sure i sewed it in several times to keep it put. Occasionally a few hairs fell out, but it happened maybe once or twice during the day.


How did you do it - fold them in half and sew from the middle, or make little bunches (maybe braided at the top) and sew them in that way?

Hikaruchan
02-25-2003, 12:08 PM
I have been wondering about this too. I have some 4 foot extensions of loose bundled hair I wanted to add to back of wig for fullness but didn't know the best way to do it. Haven't found a good faq online about this, been looking.

Miaka No Baka
02-25-2003, 12:37 PM
I've heard you take little bunches like 20 strands at a time and you sew them to the wig cap following the same way the wig is already done. It takes a LONG time from what I hear but it will work. I think most people hand sew it when they do that. It looks like you fold the 10 or 20 strands in half then sew the middle where it folds to the wig. A wig I have looks like it's machine sewed on which you could always try and do ^_^; it looks like they did several stitchings on it too, like the first one stitched it down the 2nd one make sure it stayed and a 3rd was just for added security. The first one looks machine done and the other two look like they loop around the hair coming from both sides and are tacked down to the wig cap.


Miaka no Baka

HuongStar
02-25-2003, 12:49 PM
Ack....if you are able to find pre-made wefts of hair, I'd suggest going with that option rather than trying to make your own. Those are much easier to sew into existing wigs and if they don't have the color you need, the human hair wefts can be easily dyed to match. I haven't found a cost or time-effective method of making my own wefts yet. -_-

Koumori
02-25-2003, 01:14 PM
Thanks, guys - this all confirms pretty much what I'd already suspected (ain't no easy way). Wefts are great, but I haven't found any long enough for my needs at this point. I'll let you know how it works out once I get up the momentum to actually try it.

sbjudy
02-25-2003, 08:20 PM
Actually, you can make your own wefts pretty easily. Take the loose hair (usually around 50 or sixty inches long), and lay it perpendicularly across a piece of open bias tape running though the middle (under the hair). Use approximately 1/6 the package of hair per, say each 2 feet of tape. With the sewing machine, set at a small stitch length, sew the hair to the bias tape. then, fold the bias tape over (so the 60 inches of hair is now doubledů. thirty inches of hair coming out of the bias tape), and stitch down the tape again. You can then sew the bias tape to the wig! Remember if you are pulling the hair up into a ponytail or bun, sew the weft in upside down. This is an easy way to add a lot of fullness or length to a wig.

However, you want to add small amounts of hair, or a more natural look around a hair line, the hair must be "ventilated" or hand tied into the wig. Which is laborious and requires several diagrams and tools. But, if you want to know, email me and I can describe it.

Koumori
02-25-2003, 09:44 PM
Thanks to all for your help! I think I'm going to try the "sew in little bits" method first, since I'd like to add volume throughout. Will let you know my experience as I try to work it out.

Hikaruchan
02-25-2003, 11:01 PM
sbjudy,

Thanks for the hint - think I will try it. I have been hand tying some hair in and its tedious especially since not sure it will hold.

Jinx
02-25-2003, 11:11 PM
Can't you burn or melt the hair for it the stay together? Never tried this, but take say, twenty or so strands, burn them at the ends (or in the middle, how ever you are doing it) for it to stay put, and then sew them in, or burn/melt them to existing hair? I know the last is dangerous because the whole wig may catch flames. o.o;;

Hikaruchan
02-26-2003, 01:21 AM
I thought about hotglueing the ends - but figured wig probably get too heavy doing that. Might just do it at the very back where I want to use the majority of the loose hair length if possible

Koumori
02-26-2003, 07:36 AM
Originally posted by Jinx
Can't you burn or melt the hair for it the stay together? Never tried this, but take say, twenty or so strands, burn them at the ends (or in the middle, how ever you are doing it) for it to stay put, and then sew them in, or burn/melt them to existing hair? I know the last is dangerous because the whole wig may catch flames. o.o;;

It seems to me that that might end up with a whole lot of little plastic hunks throughout the wig that would interfere with the look and feel of it, but maybe if I have time someday and a wig I don't care about, I'll try that too and see what happens.