How to cut wefts from a wig

Back in June, I was searching frantically for some blond wefts that would match my base wig for my Tyrigosa costume. All I found were human hair wefts, wefts that were ridiculously expensive, and loose hair that may not dye right and that I’d have to make into wefts myself.

Then it dawned on me that I could simply buy a second wig (at $25 for a fantastic quality wig that dyes well, it isn’t bad) and cut the wefts from it. Easy peasy. Then I could dye them, and sew them onto my existing wig. Thus starts my series of posts on how to deal with wigs. Hooray!

Today we’ll start with cutting the wefts. I started with this gorgeous wig here:

Ferrari wig in ash blond, from http://www.arda-wigs.com

This is the same type and brand wig that I’m using as my base wig. I’m doing this because, since I am adding wefts that are also going to be dyed to the wig, I want all the colors to be perfectly matching.

Next, you want to turn your wig inside out:

See the lines made by the elastic going down? We’re going to cut those as we cut the wefts from the wig.

As you can see in the photo, I’ve started cutting just one weft at a time. We don’t want them getting tangled up or knotted! Continue in this fashion until you have all the wefts you need. I didn’t cut up the wefts at the very top of the wig because it’s kind of a circle of hair sewn to make it look natural at the top of the head. So! You end up with this:

I didn’t realize how bad the shadow was from my back yard, but it’s the only place I had to put the wefts. Anyway, this is what they will look like all laid out, and ready to be dyed! Stay tuned for my next post on how to dye using the FW ink method!

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4 thoughts on “How to cut wefts from a wig

  1. Pingback: Tyrigosa wig styling tutorial | Arms, Armor and Awesome

  2. Great tutorial! It will be very useful for my upcoming cosplay. I had just one question though. I’m trying to make a widow’s peak for my wig. I have some extra hair near the back of the wig and I was wondering if I could still cut out some wefts like you did without ruining the wig. Would I be messing up the wig if I did that? Thanks!

    • I’ve never cut a weft from the back of a wig so honestly I’m not sure how it would turn out. I suggest first taking the weft and pushing it though the inside of the wig, so that it’s on the other side of the wig, if that makes sense. That way you can see how the wig looks with the missing weft(s), and if you think it’s not lacking for volume or anything, then you could go ahead and carefully cut them out.

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