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  • How are Wigs Manufactured?

    Posted on June 25th, 2009 admin No comments
    Clint Jhonson asked:


    Most of the things around us, the things that we use on a daily basis, have a manufacturing process that you are not aware of.  Most people do not think about how products are made as long as the product serves its purpose.  Some people are more curious and want to know more about the manufacturing process.

    The purpose of this article is to provide those people interested in the manufacturing of wigs more information about the process. Wigs are generally used to provide a change in appearance. 

    There are two main processes that can be used in order to produce wigs.  We live in a world that is driven by machines and technology.  This allows for mass production of any type.  Accurate machines guided by computer programs used together lead to the manufacture of interesting head-pieces.

    The process of producing wigs by machines is not as attractive as it is describing the art of hand-manufactured wigs. Yes, there are some people that still create custom ordered head-pieces that are to be worn by celebrities and others in order to improve or change their looks.

    There are many reasons as to why people choose to wear wigs. Men go bald and they want to hide this fact by hiding what they lack with additional hair. Others may suffer from cancer.  The treatment for cancer will cause severe hair loss and wearing a wig is also beneficial for the recovery process while the hair grows back. Other diseases may cause permanent hair loss which can be hidden with a nice wig.

    However, we are here to talk about how short and long wigs are manufactured. You may have noticed that I called the manufacturing of custom head-pieces art. This is because it takes a lot of time and skill to create something that looks great on someone else’s head.

    The first part of the wigs manufacturing process is measuring the head of the person who will wear it. If there is any hair present on the head, the hair will be secured against the head and various measurements will be taken. Sometimes plastic caps can be placed over the head and a copy of the head shape can be created.

    Short and long wigs have a framework that the hairs are attached to. This cap serves as a base for the wig and it consists of lace or netting. They are made from synthetic or natural fibers, sewn into the desired shape and used for structural support at the center and for blending into the skin at the edges.

    Another important part of the manufacturing process of short and long wigs is the preparation for the attachment of hair. A device called the hackle is used to straighten the hair previously separated according to source, color and length. This is also used to find any weak strands in order to use the best hair possible for the wig.

    Tying the required strands onto the short or long wigs is called ventilation. This is done with a special hook that facilitates tying a knot so the strands won’t get separated from the wig. The wig producer knows how much hair to insert and where. After all the hair is attached and inserted the wig is styled according to the requests of the client. Once the styling is finished,  the final product can be provided to the customer to enjoy.