Another wig, another failure. I probably overreact as usual but I write a post about it for sure.
Somebody who found me through the blog, sent me 2 bundles of hair to make a full lace wig of it. 210 grams of natural wavy chinese remy hair. The customer’s request was a 16″ long unit, so I told her that I will need 18″ long hair at least, but I received the 16″ bundles. I have nothing to do with that, but it probably won’t be as long as she imagined.
The lace I wanted to use is stylish lace wig’s transparent swiss lace, but to be honest, I think making full lace wigs of front laces is a bad idea. It looses its shape, rips easier, too fragile etc. Just like on the recent wig (32″ long) I used a welded cap for the base, stretch on the back, and swiss lace all around the perimeter. The welded cap is a nylon mesh fabric molded with ultrasound, so no darts needed to fit on a head. It’s more transparent than any other lace and more durable as well, cause it’s not a bobbinet fabric. Anyways, it’s also known as “hard lace”. This is the lace what’s used on commecial units. Some people complain that it’s itchy on skin, and uncomfortable. I didn’t undedrstand it because the welded cap is soft and smooth itself. But after the wig was ready and I checked the parting with my hand underneath it, I literally felt the knots. Tiny little bumps inside of the cap. Probably this is what irritates the skin if the wig is not glued down and it moves on the front hairline. Unfortunately, the customer has hairloss and she wrote that she has no hair, so I’m a little bit afraid that it wont be as comfortable for her. Now I can’t change it, so this is what she will get. The previous customer is happy with her unit. She didn’t mind that the hair is thick and has some fillers in the unit and she also likes the welded cap cause she don’t have to be that much carefurl while she maintains the wig. I still like the welded caps for a base, but I won’t use them for bald customers.
Another thing what bothers me is the knotting. The hair is very soft (acid bathed) chinese hair but the hair still has that strength what chinese hairs do. I wetted the hair loop while I wentilated because it makes the work easier, and it did its job, but after all I realized that the single knots did loose after they dried. They were thight when I made them but now I can see a little loop on them. It’s not noticeable just from close, but they are not completely thight. This is a thing what only happens with chinese hair. I never experienced it with synthetic, european or indian hair. This is another thing what I can’t do nothing with. I only used siingle knots on the very edge, so there’s no that many spider knot (not exactly spider knots. Spider knots are worse). A knot bleaching would solve the problem, but maybe the the customer didn’t want bleach knots. The look of these knots says that I’m an amature, and to be honest, after multiple fails, sometimes I feel like so.
After all I sealed the knots as I always do. I use clear acrylic spray for it. It’s originally made for car wheels and it resist for even petron so shampoo can’t remove it. It’s really good for sealing knots because it doesn’t plug the holes on the lace, it’s invisible. But it makes the lace harder for a couple washes, so it also made the welded cap harder, so now it feels even more stiff than it did before. It will gone with time.
I also accidentaly scratched the excess lace, which is totally irrelevant cause it will be cutted, but it also makes my work look like low quality.
It all sounds bad, but anyway, it’s not a bad wig. Maybe I’m too judgemental with myself. I also felt that the synthetic “Lady Gaga inspired grey lace wig” is bad. Someone bought it for 280$ which is way too much for that unit. I thought the buyer will return it after he (a drag queen) will realize how the wig is, but he wrote me a message on eBay that he’s in love with it, this is the best wigh he ever had and he would like to purchase another wig from me.
I ordered 40d stage lace from Hugo Royer. It’s a bit thicker than stylish lace wig’s lace or amazinghairstore’s. I will write about it. I just feel that these delicate front laces are not useable for full units. I made a lot of full lace wigs of them and compared to the korean lace what chinese manufactures use, they are way too fragile. This is why I’m looking for a stronger one.