Hard Fronts? Installations? Weft? Closures? Lace-Fronts? Ghost Frontals? Oh my!
Wig shops and wig makers use a huge range of terminology and it’s all a little confusing, isn’t it?
Every hair-loss client experiences hair loss differently and a full-size wig may not be the only solution.
Some hair-loss solutions only require a half piece at the top or front of the head or maybe even just a little section at the back to add extra volume.
Campbell Wigs aim to incorporate your own natural hair where possible to help achieve realistic results and minimise the overall cost to you.
We like to see what we’re working with up close and personal during our Initial Consultation process before offering you a quote.
Understandably, one of the first things a client often asks is ‘how much will it cost me?’…
The most honest answer is – you get what you pay for.
The price you are quoted will depend on the size, thickness, hair length, style and time frame of completion for your wig.
To help break the process down here are a couple of the options available for you.
Creating a fully handmade wig – that’s a wig with a bespoke, made to measure lace foundation with all of the hair hand knotted, or “ventilated” for all you Americans – is not a cheap process, but if you’re willing to spend a little more, the results are amazing.
Campbell Wigs specialises in creating wigs of equal realism as a wig made for a lead actor in a Hollywood film and we are proud to bring this service to all of our private clients.
To make a handmade camera/life ready wig we adhere to the following crucial checklist when making a fully handmade lace wig –
- A made to measure foundation – This means no stretchy backs or stretchy lace. The wig foundation is made of super-fine and lightweight Swiss lace, each designed to fit every individual client perfectly.
- No weft – Every strand of the hair is added to the foundation by hand and in varying densities depending on the area of the wig. We do not use sewing machines and everything is knotted in by professional wig knotters here in the UK. We have a busy team of wig knotters on hand with literally decades of experience of making wigs and facial for TV, Hollywood, the West End & Broadway. We love them, they’re fabulous and if you bribe them with enough tea and cake they always have the best showbiz stories to tell!
- Specifically designed to optimise styling versatility – This means we add carefully knotted sections to the wig where possible, to enable you to vary the way the wig can be styled. So if you fancy switching the parting a little or dressing the hair up for a change the result remains natural & flawless.
- Quality, unbleached & clean human hair – Using human hair means that the wig can be coloured, cut, and styled with heated tools in the same way as human hair. We focus on only using the best quality hair for our fully handmade wigs, this means the hair has come directly from one source and is of excellent quality. We can source hair of any colour and texture.
- Double knotted backs and edges – Certain sections of a wig can take the brunt of styling over time so we make sure these sections are knotted into the lace twice. This minimises shedding and keeps the wig looking fuller for longer. We keep a bundle of the hair used on your wig on file, ready for any future refurbishments. Wig refurbishments (think of these as a wig MOT) are time agreed by you at a rate of £50 p/h.
- Single knotted fronts and hairlines – This means the area where the lace meets the skin on the forehead is knotted one hair at a time, every hole, creating a flawless and natural finish.
- The wig roots are removed – This traditional and effective technique gives the wig volume and realistic movement. It involves removing the turn back (the end of the hair that remains once hair is knotted into the lace). If you’re intrigued to know how this is done? We can show you at one of our Wig Making Workshops.
Our fully handmade wigs start from £2000 (depending on the length and colour) and if looked after correctly will last you a lifetime. We recommend our fully handmade wigs to our clients who would like to wear a natural, wearable finish without it disrupting their day to day lives. Taking roughly 4-6 weeks to complete from the date of the Initial Consultation we will guide you how to look after your wig, and with a little practice, wearing a fully handmade wig will fit seamlessly into your day.
We appreciate that a fully handmade wig may be a little out of budget for some so if you only have a certain amount to spend, let us know and we can help you find a solution.
We offer an economical service of refronting a factory made wig. This process involves assisting you to source a good quality factory made “one size fits all” human hair wig. We then remove the original factory made front hairline (these are often made using thick lace with low-quality knotting) before adding a new more realistic front, tailor-made to your specific measurements. A good quality factory made human hair wig can cost anything upwards from £300+ and this option, teamed with a selective styling routine and a few additional tricks can achieve a high-quality result suitable for daily wear.
If you’re looking for an “occasion wig” suitable for stage/drag/performance you have the option of choosing a good quality factory made acrylic wig, before planning to have it altered to your measurements by us. Acrylic wigs – sometimes referred to as fibre – are popular way of creating wigs that are brightly coloured, low-priced, long lasting and sturdy. A good quality factory made acrylic/fibre hair wig can cost anything upwards from £150+ and can even be heated on a warm setting but always double check before trying out your straightening irons on them!
Whether choosing to alter a human hair wig or an acrylic/fibre factory made wig you will need to factor in the cost of the additional hair for the bespoke refront and cost of the time worked on it at £50 p/h.
To begin with an Initial Consultation appointment will be required to ensure we have all the correct measurements and information on hand before providing a full no obligation quote for the completed wig.
Don’t forget, if you have any questions you can email us here or call 07989743914.
Double trouble – how to double knot hair without the struggle
Ahh, those pesky but addictive, little double knots.
Double knots are a great technique to help your wigs last longer with minimal shedding but they can be tricky to master.
A couple of little tips to help the process.
- Is the base of your hook nestled snugly in the palm of your knotting hand? Try NOT to hold your hook like a pen. Holding your knotting hook correctly will help minimise unnecessary wrist movement, enabling you to knot for longer and minimise the chance of RSI.
- Are you pulling your hair holding hand away too much? The hand holding the hair loop should remain as still as possible with any necessary movement coming from the fingers alone. Remember not to grasp the hair too tightly, a secure but relaxed grip will help speed you up and stop your fingers aching.
- If hair is persistently misbehaving try dipping the hair loop in a little hair conditioner water mix. This will help keep the knots tidy and flat.
- Is your wig block at the correct angle? Try moving it around a bit so you feel comfortable and relaxed.
- Are your shoulders up by your ears? Stop that! Take a few deep breaths or maybe it’s time to take a little break.
Sometimes it’s a little combination of everything and can be very frustrating.
Try not to knot over very long blocks of time, it’s nice when you’re “in the zone” but tiredness can cause mistakes.
Take a tea break, do a little dance, walk the dog, jump up and down or do something else for a bit, the wig will still be there when you come back.
Looking for some simple exercise to ward off any pain?
Check out the brilliant video below from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Levi Harrison who specialises in stretches and exercises to help combat RSI.
Although this video is mainly targeted at Gamers it features great advice for anyone doing repetitive work with their hands and it may even speed up your work, check it out!