Last of New York’s Master Wigmakers

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Last of New York’s Master Wigmakers

Autor By Annie Correal  Credit Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times

If you would like to understand what goes into making a couture wig, please read this amazing article written by Annie Correal for the NY Times.

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What makes one wig couture and another not?

  1. Hair Quality - long, "remy" European is the most valuable because of its fine texture, which resembles caucasian hair.

    • Remy means the cuticle goes in the same downard direction. The hair goes from root (top) to end (tip/bottom), which is more valuable because remy hair tangles less with little inversion. Remy hair is tied and cut from at the top of the head various non remy hair which is collected from multiple sources & can not guarantee that the cuticle is running in the same direction

  2. Intricate hairlines that blend into the skin. The #1 reason wigs look wiggy is the hairline because its what frames your face. When people look at you, they 1st look at your eyes and then they look straight up to your hairline. The hairline is a visible reflection on your health, youth & vitality.

    • ​​​​​​​Lace front wigs blend into your skin but it's important to understand two factors:

      1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Quality of lace:

        • Welded lace is the most durable but the least comfortable. I found it itching me like crazy after about 2 to 3 hours of wearing

        • French lace is still pretty durable but more comfortable than welded lace

        • Swiss lace is very delicate so you have to know how to put and take off your wig so the lace does not tear or rip but it is extremely comfortable.

      2. ​​​​​​​Color of the lace​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

        • The color of the lace must match the your skin tone color, otherwise, you will see the lace which defeats the whole purpose of a lace front.

  3. Hand Tied, which requires weaving hair, a few strands at a time, to a lace mesh cap with a small needle, a process known as ventilating. Ventilating a lace wig, which may have as many as 150,000 knots at its roots, takes about 40 hours.  

    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Regardless of where a wig is manufactured/need the work remains painstaking: selecting short and splintered hair from bundles, baking curls, stirring hair in vats of bleach for processing, hand-knotting wigs.

    • Cap material is also important because some mesh caps are more comfortable than others. For example, Follea wig cap material comes from the same factory as La Perla

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