Lately I’ve been looking for a way to combine two wigs in order to create a personal gradient for one of them. One of the characters I cosplay has red hair that gets gradually orange and blond at the bottom. Naturally, my first instinct was to find a wig that is this color and also long enough. Unfortunately finding a cheap synthetic wig that still looks nice and has this gradient is near impossible. Instead, I decided to take matters into my own hands which means that I have to do the next best thing; weft sewing.
I bought three wigs, a red one to serve as my main gradient, an orange wig and a yellow/blond wig. The orange and yellow wigs will be taken apart and sewn onto the red wig to provide fullness and that gradient color I need. I have heard of people doing things and since I am relatively new to wig manipulation I decided to look up tutorials. However, most tutorials I found were really confusing. Instead, I digested a lot of information from different sources on the internet and just from observation and threw it together in this extremely simple and basic tutorial that teaches you to combine wigs for any of your needs. Whether you need to combine wigs of the same color for fullness or those of different colors for gradients, I hope this shortens your struggle.
For this tutorial you will need at least two wigs, a sewing needle and cotton thread to match the wig color and a pair of scissors.
The first thing you want to do is decide where you will need the extra wig hair and pin the rest of the wig down so that only the areas you plan to change are visible on the wig scalp. Then take the second wig and locate a weft with easy access. A weft is a line of hair that is sewn onto a wig scalp.
This is what the weft should look like. Next, cut out the weft with fabric scissors, that part of the wig scalp will come out also or else the hair would fall out. Don’t cut the wig seams on this weft. When you are done it should look like the picture below.
Brush the weft out if you’d like, being careful of the seams. Then, place the weft on the scalp area of the first wig where you would like it to be. You can begin sewing the scalp of the weft to the scalp of the first wig or if you’d prefer a faster way out you can hot-glue the weft to your wig. Remember to make sure you have pinned other parts of the wig down so that you can see the scalp when you’re gluing the weft.
You can continue to do this for as many wefts as will fit on your re-modeled wig. Just keep in mind that more wefts equal a heavier wig. When you are done adding wefts, simply brush your wig and try it on for size. Make alterations as needed. However, if you’re looking for a more detailed tutorial check out windofthestars’s tutorial.
Hope this helps those of you, who like me, cannot stand watching 10-minute tutorial videos.