When I started to learn lace wig making, I had no idea where could I get the supplies for a good price. After 2 years I know that I wasted a lot of money, but what happened happened. I could be jealous and keep the “secrets” for myself, but I’m not that kind, and I also know that those who have the affinity to learn wig making and create their own wigs, they wouldn’t purchase a custom unit from me, so I won’t lose potential customers with this entry, but I will help for those who just start it now.
What a newbie definitely needs is a canvas block in the right size, needles to ventilation, one needle holder at least, lace ( or something lace-like to practice), hair and a bunch of ball head pins. There are also many other stuff what a wigmaker needs, but for learning, these things are enough. With these you can decide rather or not you want to learn the whole process.
The next main thing what you will need is a drawing pad/mat/card. This tool helps to keep the loose hair together while you just pick out a few strands.
For cap building you will need clear nylon thread, a sewing needle and if you want you can use gallons (tightly woven ribbon) for seaming the edges of the cap.
For blending different colors of hair or to get out the short waste hairs of a bundle, you will need a hackle. It’s a tool with very sharp spikes. It’s quite expensive.
For comfortable work, you can use a wig block holder tripod or table block holder, but some wig maker (like me) prefer to hold the block in its lap or on a pillow.
For basic wig making, these tools are enough. There are other things for professionals to make the wig better, but i don’t want to make this entry too long. I also want to explain the terms, tools and techniques in an other post.
Ok. So buying tools and materials is the cheapest from China.
The cheapest one I know is Amazing hair store. They have synthetic swiss lace at the lowest price in different colors, the cheapest drawing card, good holders, needles, siccors, canvas head(only medium size), block holders in many type and even monofilament for mono tops which is rare on the market. I didn’t tried their bulk hair but the other stuff they sell are all good quality, so maybe the hair too. The only problem with them that the shipping takes a lot of time, but they don’t charge a lot for regular airmail, only the express shipping is expensive. If you’re on a budget, you need this seller. (anyway, they are up on eBay, but the fleshtone lace only available in the online store, and a US seller sell their lace for double price and the size is half, so beware)
Hugo Royers store is a UK located online shop for mostly theatrical wig makers, but a lot of stuff is useable for everyday wigs. They have blocks in every size (wooden and canvas), good asian needles, regular tools for regular price. They have a lot of materials for cap building. Be careful with the laces. Film lace is too soft and fragile for everyday wearing. 2905 or 2906 stage laces are strong and durable but they are fraying as well, so if you want to cut the excess lace, you should choose something else. Don’t buy german needles from them because their german needle is so thick that it can’t be pushed through the small holes.
They have 2 shipping options. Cheap airmail or courier shipping. Unfortunately EU customers has to pay 19% selling tax. You CAN’T pay via paypal
Banbury Postiche sell the same things at same price, but the shipping more expensive because they only offer first class mail for domestic delivery. They have the 19% VAT as well I bought canvas head from the once. It’s asymmetrical but useable.
Atelier Bassi is ridiculously expensive, but they sell german quality supplies. Once I bought lace from them and it was tulle what’s fraying so I couldn’t use it for everyday wigs. It’s mostly for swiss theatrical wigmakers, no one else.
His and Her hair is one of the best suppliers in US. They are not cheap, but trusted. Shipping is expensive for international buyers. They have very good laces, canvas heads, wig bases, hairs, tools, starter kits and DVD-s for learning. I won’t buy from them because EU sellers better for me, but for US wig makers, they are ok.
Fx supply is an american supplier for fx makeup but they have some good lace and some tools.
MHRW International has a few tools for wig making but everything is very expensive
Amid Beauty is an american company. They sell many type of laces but that’s bad quality as I heard. Once I ordered a few things from them. After a few weeks they sent back my money and said that they can’t send me the stuff. I won’t order from them.
Alcone company is quite expensive, but surprisingly the lace and canvas heads are relatively cheap so maybe I will order from them. Also the shipping price is not that insane as other US seller’s
Wig and hairpiece supply: cheap canvas heads, and other stuff for wig making. They are based in the US
Stylish Lace Wigs sells some good lace for a good price. Located in UK, the shipping is fast worldwide and you can pay with paypal. Everything else they offer is avarage for me.
Fisbach + Miller is a high quality German wig making supplier (they have stretch lace), but they only sells for professionals. You can contact them through the website in e-mail and they decide that you worth to answer or not. Many wigmaker said that they didn’t get respond. I contacted them, they didn’t respond, but 4 days later I got their catalog and pricelist in the mail, so I know ther item codes and prices so I can order but I don’t plan it now cause they are too expensive for me. Anyway, they have high quality laces. Lili Seymour showed in her video them and she said one of them is her best lace and she use it. She didn’t tell the name of the company, just “german company” but there is the name on the box she showed. If you interested in something’s price, let me know and I tell you.
I almost forgot Amarie’s store from Amarie full lace wigs. She’s a custom wigmaker in Minnesota who also sells laces, canvas heads (good price), starter kit and DVD to learn. I only tried her swiss lace and to be honest, it’ not the best i’ve ever had. It’s not as stiff as I like and only invisible if it’s glued down with liquid adhesive (what I don’t do), so it’s not for everyone. But it’s not fraying, very durable and dyeable.
Canvas heads are available at these sites:
Some supplier from Germany. I don’t know them. Somebody from Spain showed me them. It seems they are reselling Fischback + Miller’s stuff but I’m not sure.