Our experts start by choosing a cap style for the wig. This choice is made in consideration of the expected final product.
Standard/Wefted Capped Wigs are relatively inexpensive because they incorporate wefts of hair into a framework of lace or a similar material. Some of these are erroneously called capless because they use a thinner framework than the capped versions.
Mono Top/Hand Tied Wigs are wigs that employ a monofilament process of attaching hair on the crown of the wig (mono top) or the entire wig (hand tied). Other wig makers may use different terms to describe these wigs, yet they are all references to a soft mesh material with sewn in hairs. This cap offers an advantage in quality because it looks natural, can be easily styled, and is more breathable.
Multi-Directional Wigs offer a slight variation on the classic monofilament structure. We use a silk cap and sew the hair onto it. However, unlike many monofilament wigs where the hair is sewn to the top of the material, our multi-directional wigs use a technique of slipping the hair through the silk and knotting it underneath. Thus, the hair has no return and it can be more easily styled flat or with height, as opposed to standard mono wigs with short returns, which tend to resist flattened styles.
The hair is then attached to the wig slowly and painstakingly to ensure every one of our real human hair wigs exceeds the expectations of our loyal fan base.
Once the various varieties of raw hair have been appropriately sorted based on texture, color, and length, the actual creation of our real human hair wigs begins. Any description of this stage in the crafting process requires the use of certain technical terms that may baffle anyone not directly involved in the sheitels industry.
The Cap: Essentially the backbone of the wig, the cap is a piece of material that serves as the base of the wig and gives it a specific shape. The hair is attached to the cap, directly or indirectly. The underside of the cap may contain one or more of several fastening aids to ensure the wig clings to the wearer’s hair or scalp.
The Weft: This is an optional part of a wig. In some cases, the hair is not attached directly to the cap. Instead, many hairs are glued to a thin strip of ribbon to form a curtain of hair. These wefts, in turn, are attached to the cap.
Monofilament (Mono) Top: These cap types feature a soft mesh material to which individual hairs are sewn.
Multi-Directional: This term describes a wig construction that allows for considerable flexibility in creating varied types of hair parts.
Next time, we will use these terms to describe the complex process we use to construct our internationally recognized human hair wigs for women.
The texture of raw human hair is a significant factor for makers of real human hair wigs, yet disagreements regarding the meaning of the word still abound. According to some experts, texture is a reference to the thickness of the hair follicles, while hair type describes whether it is straight, curly, wavy, and so on. Others disagree and define texture as the style, with each style being divided into three thickness levels (fine, medium, and thick/coarse).
For simplicity’s sake, let us assume that texture describes the style and includes four basic levels, straight, wavy, curly, and kinky. At each level, the raw hair can be further subdivided by its thickness.
It is essential for our experts to separate the hair by its texture as the texture of the raw hair determines the final look of our high quality sheitels. If the hair is curly, it will be hard to style the wig straight and vice versa. Kinky hair has a certain quality which can make elaborate styling difficult.
At Freeda Wigs, we strive to offer our customers products that will complement their own hairstyles and fit with their styling needs. This approach begins at this point in the crafting process when our experts ensure that the raw hair is properly sorted by texture, length, and color.
The most recent step in the wig making process was combing the raw hair to remove dirt and tangles and help separate varying lengths of hair. At this point, our experts would be ready to begin turning the combed raw hair into our trademark real human hair wigs. However, to ensure the high quality of our products, we must first separate all the hair into bundles of similar hair.
The raw hair is typically bundled together by the broker into bundles of similar looking hair However, the features a broker considers in identifying closely related hair may differ from the factors that must be considered to make the final product. Our wig-making experts painstakingly sort through the hair to separate strands on the basis of three factors: color, texture, and length.
Hair color typically includes six basic varieties: black, brown, red, blonde, white, and grey. However, such a limited range fails to take into account subtle differences between shades, such as the difference between soft black and blue-black. Additionally, it fails to acknowledge crossover colors such as strawberry blonde, a mixture of blonde and red hair. Length is the simplest of the three factors, and we previously discussed how an expert can separate various lengths of hair through a combination of hackling and finger combing techniques.
Next time we will discuss the texture,¬†the third and most complicated factor in separating raw hair for use in creating our sheitels.