I made a wig!
It all started with this post from one of my favourite lifestyle bloggers which led me to this other post and a ton of YouTube video DIY crotchet wig tutorials. It took me all of four hours in which time I kept busy watching movies while crotcheting
What I used;
Dummy also called a bald mannequin head or alternatively a Styrofoam head;
|I really wanted an afrocentric one but couldn't find any:(|
Weaving caps/nets; I used two, tip I got from a Youtuber who incidentally was using the same brand of weaving caps that I had purchased #great minds hehehe! Anyway I used two to make it sturdier and avoid any parts snapping while crocheting.
Hair; I used curly silky braiding hair which is what I had around just for practice. Rough hair read Afro kinky/Marley braids/hot water use kanekalon braids and co hold much better than silky hair for crocheting. This one was so slippery but I made it work all the same.
Crotchet; I used a regular crocheting needle with a big hook and it worked just as good as a crotchet latch hook. There is a technique to using a needle as opposed to a latch hook though. Once you pass the crotchet needle through and hook the hair, pass it back through with the hook facing down the latched hair holds on better to the needle with the hook facing down in my experience as opposed to up.
|The hook is much bigger than it looks here|
Needle and black weaving thread to secure the edges of the two weaving caps together
Hair Shears/Scissors for styling any other cutting activities
A styling mouse/moisturizer or leave in conditioner to run through the hair and make it easier to separate them pre crocheting. Pick whatever works for you even petroleum jelly would do just fine
I watched several videos on crocheting wigs and picked up different tips from all the videos I watched to aid in my first attempt at wig making. Here is one of the videos below for instructional purposes.
|Like I mentioned earlier, I used two weaving caps for a secure hold; I stitched the ends together first using a needle and thread|
|Ignore the thick band at the front I had a wig cap underneath the wig to see how much of the front still needed to be filled in|
Not too bad for a first attempt. I plan on making another one this week using kinky hair or something along the same family. I think I may even delve into sew in wigs as well. It’s looking like wig making is my current obsession and I am not complaining. I showed it to a few friends and family and some have shown interest in having me make wigs for them at a fee so I guess we are in business:)