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How To Make A Braid Wig

June 5, 2024
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Introduction

Nowadays, the trend of making a braid wig is becoming popular among women who want to have a lovely and long-braided hairstyle. It is because of easy convenience and is adaptable with either long or short hair.

Today, the idea of making braided wigs is to provide a quick way to feel comfortable with different braided hairstyles. It helps women to save time without sitting for long hours to get their hair braided. It also helps protect their natural hair and is beneficial for those women who change their hairstyle frequently and occasionally.

In this blog, we will provide a complete guide for making a braided wig at home simply. We will start with preparing the wig cap, attaching the braided hair using different braiding techniques and patterns, and finishing with securing and styling the hair.

What is a Braid Wig?

A braid wig comprises several braids that are not straight, but wavy or curly. Braided wigs are commonly seen in women as compared to men. Sometimes, they look so real and unique from every point that it is difficult to differentiate them from an artificial wig.

These braided wigs look so attractive that a person’s hair with a braid wig never looks dull. There are several types of braided wigs. Some braids can last for more than 2 years, which requires deficient maintenance like tightening and braiding repeatedly, but the most common problem with these wigs is shedding. 

Tools Required for Making a Braided Wig

Some tools are needed for making a braided wig at home. These tools are as follows:

  • Wig cap: Select a wig cap that perfectly matches both the head size and skin tone to look natural and be comfortable.
  • Lace: To look genuine, a piece of lace is required, sewn into the wig cap and the hairline.
  • Braiding hair extensions or attachments: Choose braiding hair, which is available in different colors and lengths. One may also require multiple packs, depending on the preferred length and thickness of the braids.
  • Sewing needles: Needles are used for attaching the braided hair to the wig cap.
  • Scissors: A pair of scissors is needed for cutting and trimming, according to the desired length and thickness of braided hair.
  • Wig Stand: It is required for securing a wig cap when not using it.
  • T-pins or clips: While braiding hair, T-pins are used for securing the wig cap to the wig stand and when wearing the wig.

To have a stunning and graceful look for a braided wig, one can use these tools. Thus, these tools help make a braided wig at home easily.

A Quick Guide on How to Make a Braid Wig at Home

Here, we will explain the steps to be followed sequentially while making a braided wig. These steps are as follows:

Step 1: Prepare the Wig Cap

Before starting the hair braiding task, the first step is to properly prepare the wig cap in order to have a secure and comfortable fit. 

a) Selecting the Size of the Wig Cap

  • Measure the size of the head using a measuring tape.
  • Select the size of the wig cap that matches the measurements. Wig caps are available in small, medium, and large sizes.
  • A person can choose a slightly larger wig cap if he or she is not sure about his or her size which will help him/her to adjust it laterally.
  • Make sure the color of the wig cap suits with skin tone for a perfect and authentic look.

b) Attaching it with Lace

  • Sew a piece of lace with the wig cap along with the hairline.
  • Use T-pins or hair clips to secure the lace with the wig cap to make sure it is flat and tight.
  • Take a matching thread and sew the lace to the wig cap on the edge.
  • Securely attach the lace to a wig cap, trim the extra lace by leaving a small margin around the edge.
  • By using scissors, trim in such a way that a small margin is left on the inner layer to prevent it from fraying.

c) Securing it with a Wig Stand

  •  It is essential to place the wig cap on a wig stand to maintain the fixed balance between them.
  • Adjust the stand with the wig cap in such a way that it should be fixed and tightened with no wrinkles.
  • During the process of hair braiding, make sure the T-pins or hair clips remain fixed in their place that are used for securing the edges of the wig cap with the wig stand.
  • Also, make sure that the wig cap is set to a normal height so that it is easily accessible to work on all sides for braiding.

Step 2: Prepare the Braiding Hair 

After preparing the wig cap, the next step is to prepare the braiding hair for the wig. One should also know the different types of braids choose the braiding style, and prepare them for a hand-tied lace wig.

a) Different Types of Hair Braiding

  • Synthetic Braiding
  • Expression Braiding
  • Human Hair Braiding Extensions or Attachments
  • Pre-stretched Braiding Hair

b) Selecting the Right Braiding Hair

  • Depends on the length, thickness, and texture of the hair braids.
  • Choose a color that corresponds with your natural hair or style.
  • Choose a high-quality hair braiding style for a hand-tied lace wig.

c) Preparing it for a Hand-Tied Lace Wig

  • Divide the braided hair into small segments.
  • For having a beautiful and well-designed hand-tied braided wig, it is significant to prepare both the wig cap and braiding hair properly to make it more smooth and comfortable.

Step 3: Attach the Braiding Hair

After preparing both the wig cap and braiding hair, the next step is to attach the braiding hair with a needle. This step includes:

a) Divide the Wig Cap

  • Break it into small possible segments by using chalk.
  • For a balanced braiding process, start from the back of the hair and move to the front.

b) Attach the Braiding Hair with a Needle

  • Take a small segment of hair braiding and fold it in parts.
  • Insert a needle under a part of the wig cap from where the braiding process started.
  • Hook the folded end of the braiding hair with a needle and pull it through a wig cap by creating a small hole.
  • Thread the loose ends of the braiding hair through the loop and pull it tight in such a way as to secure the wig cap.
  • Repeat this complete process to make the hair look natural.

Step 4: Different Braiding Techniques and Patterns

Different braiding techniques and patterns should be followed. These braiding techniques and patterns are as follows:

  • Twists
  • Cornrows
  • Box Braids
  • Knot-less Braids

Step 5: Styling and Completing

After completing the process of hair braiding, the last step is to style the braided wig to look original and to maintain its durability.

  • To have a unique and different style of braids, one can use either a wig brush or a wide-tooth comb.
  • Apply styling gel in a small quantity on all edges of the wig to have a gleaming look.
  • One can try other styling preferences, like ponytails, updos, or side-swept styles to have a different look.

Conclusion

To get stunning and long-lasting braided hairstyles, one can follow the above-mentioned steps that will help create the process of braided wig. Thus, a braided wig helps protect frizzy hair and avoid damage to their natural tresses

One can create a unique and personalized wig at home that suits his or her style and preferences. Expresses personal style, and adds beauty to one’s lifestyle.

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