Combining Two Wigs Into One

Thursday, 7 July 2011, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
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All wigs have a netted or elastic foundation onto which wefts (or strips) of hair are sewn.  It is quite easy – though tedious – to remove these rows of hair and transfer them onto another wig, effectively doubling the thickness of your original wig.  Although this technique of wefting makes ponytails look horrendously patchy,  having the additional hair may allow you to style your hair more easily.

What You Will Need: 

  • Wig Comb
  • Scissors
  • Hair Clips
  • Seam Ripper
  • Thread and Needle
For your benefit, I have flipped my wig inside out so that you can see how the wig’s foundation is constructed.
On closer inspection, you can see the vertical elastic bands onto which the wefts are attached.
To set up your workspace, pin both of your wigs (right-side-out) onto separate styrofoam mannequin heads and then situate your mannequin heads on their own wig stand. You may want to mark which wig is the “original” and which is the “duplicate”.
Starting with the duplicate wig, be sure to clip all excess hair on top of the wig so you can see what you’re doing.
Now you can begin methodically removing the rows of hair using a seam ripper.
This picture shows what the weft will look like once it is removed.
Although it seemed as though most of the wefts were the same length, you may want to keep track of the order in which the hair was removed.
Whenever you are comfortable, move over to the original wig and begin hand-sewing the removed wefts in-between the built-in wefts. I tended to use a combination of the backstitch and the whip stitch. Continue this process until you are satisfied with the thickness of your original wig.
You certainly don’t have to use all of the hair from your duplicate wig, but you should at least hold onto any excess just in case. Here is how my duplicate wig looked once I was finished.
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