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TUTORIAL: Adding Wefts to Wigs by Stealthos-Aurion TUTORIAL: Adding Wefts to Wigs by Stealthos-Aurion
So, how many of you have either bought wefts or made them, whether by sewing or using silicone caulk, then wondered what to do next?

Adding wefts to a wig is quite easy but no one seems to describe the process in their own wig tutorials. So, in my tutorial I have broken down the process for you.

It is more like a set of guidelines, there is plenty of room for your own twists. I prefer to sew my wefts in, but heck, if you wanted to you could hot glue them into place (if you do not ever plan to remove the wefts). This tutorial visually shows how to add wefts inbetween pre-existing wefts. There are many more things you can do with wefts such as adding them to the edges of the wig for up-dos etc. The possibilities are endless.

Anyway, I hope this tutorial is helpful to someone. Let me know if something is not clear. Feedback is great.
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SinnocentCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello! Great tutorial, but where did you get the wefts from?
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
The ones in this tutorial were from another wig. However, you can buy packs of premade wefts from places like Arda and Epic Cosplay. You could also buy bulk hair and make your own wefts by sewing them, weaving them, or using clear silicone caulk. Hope this helps, if not, feel free to ask more questions!
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SinnocentCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, thanks but I've already checked those places, they don't have what I need, I was hoping you knew of some secret corner of the internet that had like anything you could dream of XDD But thanks for the response!
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
May I ask what you are trying to add wefts to/link to a ref pic?
If you want to make wefts, I can certainly name some places I shop to buy supplies.
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SinnocentCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh I'm not trying to add wefts to a wig, I'm wanting to start making my own wigs from scratch. I did find a couple of tutorials on making wefts, but not only does that seem like more hassle than it's worth, but I can't even find extensions/loose hair that will work for any of the wigs I'm wanting to make =/
Feel free to link me to those places you shop though, maybe they have something I can use =3
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
I see. You probably already have checked places like iKickShins and Doctored locks, but have you browsed Amazon, eBay, or visited a local "ethnic" beauty shop (if applicable)? You can get loose hair or the premade wefts by looking for "weaving hair". If the color is the issue, weaving hair can be "dyed" just like wigs and comes in a variety of textures. Dyeing a whole wig's worth of wefts would be time-consuming, but if what you want doesn't exist and you want it to be precise, gotta make it exist LOL. That or you can always create custom color-blends with the hair if you don't feel like messing with dyes/inks. 
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SinnocentCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I did not check iKickShins, but I will thanks! I did check Doctored locks, Amazon, and Ebay, but haven't had a chance to check my local stores yet. I didn't think about dying it though, I could get a pale blonde and should be able to make it any color ... I can't believe I didn't think about that XD Thanks!
But I really think that making my own wefts won't be worth it for me, so I'll keep looking for wefts!
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions and help me out so much ^_^ It's greatly appreciated!
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bluehentrooper Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
This is very helpful. Thanks for posting!
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XxMiincalunaxX Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014   Artist
well im cosplaying as hikaru in magic knight rayearth and its very hard to find a wig of her hairstyle. i have the wig that is her color but i dont have her braided pony tail. which im thinking to do this... do you think this would help?
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
It would work for that hairstyle and be pretty easy to accomplish. Especially as she has a lot of short layers on top, then a low braided ponytail. It should be very easy to do. I would advise getting and adding wig clips to the front of the wig for added stability as the braid is low and rather thick. You do not want to to cause your wig to slide backward off your head. 
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XxMiincalunaxX Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   Artist
ok thank you that really helps!
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NodokaChan1 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Can you add wefts to a lace front wig like Arewn (?) from arda?
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Depends on where you're adding them and what you want them to do but yea, you can add wefts to any wig for the most part.
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NodokaChan1 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It should be fine then. I looking to do a bouffant wig for my next round and I have never worked with lace front. Thanks! 
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RedlaFlizan01 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I think such kind of hair wigs is baeatutiful. And I am also interested in the hair wigs and as I like to change my look sometimes with a new hair style, but having the hair cut is really a trouble, but each time I just buy cheap hair wigs online and told the seller the style I want and then soon I can find the one satify me. So I have never met the problem as you. Not long ago I get a BOB wigs for myself at www.hairwigsall.com/ and it bring me a new style as before.
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RedlaFlizan01 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I think such kind of hair wigs  is baeatutiful. And I am also interested in the hair wigs and as I like to change my look sometimes with a new hair style, but having the hair cut is really a trouble, but each time I just buy cheap hair wigs online and told the seller the style I want and then soon I can find the one satify me. So I have never met the problem as you. Not long ago I get a BOB wigs for myself and it bring me a new style as before.
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NodokaChan1 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I added wefts to my most recent cosplay wig to add volume and length. It looks pretty good (I added 6 layers and it had a clip in pony tail), but it still only blends in questionably. Should I add in more wefts (I can, but it's heavy as heck and the top needs to remain short) or give in and just cut it... or option 3?
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
If the wefts don't blend well, trim them carefully to blend with the rest of the wig. After you do that, see where you stand before adding more.
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Peanutbutterwizard Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
can the same method be used to make your wig longer
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Yep you can just leave the longer wefts alone and not cut them. This also works when you want to add a different color weft in as well.
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masquerade24 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
This...this is what I needed. I've been struggling with trying to get the damn wigs to look less sparse for ages, and now I can buy wefts and not sit there like an idiot. Thank you so much for this, it's been one of the most helpful and simple ways to help any cosplayer!
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Thank you for commenting. I am glad you found this tutorial helpful and may it serve you well.
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AspiringAmbition Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
OMG 0.0 you have just opened my eyes to something new and exciting to do with my images. thank you so much for making this!!! :glomp: :heart:
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
You're welcome. Glad the tutorial is of use to you!
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PaleRedPanic Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this;;;;
I learned that I'll have to do wefting for an Urara cosplay from tsuritama earlier today, and finding this tutorial has helped me calm myself down, and be excited to try it out. \owo/
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QuinnTheSpazz Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh thank the cosplay gods, you may have just saved my Lin Xiao Li wig since I ended up with Wefts and no idea how the heck to use them. :hug:
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PinkTracy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
hello, at last I find smething close to what i'm trying to do, I am making disney's Ariel costume, though for the wig I didn't want a ridiculous intense Red colour becuase it looks silly in reall life on people, so I found one in this beautiful Red/Brown colour, from the photos it looked like it had enough on the fringe to play with, but when I received it, the fringe was a little shorter. A girl on cosplay directed me here as she used it to add to her wig but can't really describe to me how she did it.
I have added hair to the bottom of a wig for my Rapunzel, which was dead easy. But this time I have this little fringe and need to find a way to compleltey cut the whole fringe off and add layers, I've just bought another wig, so waiting on that to come. The fringe on it looks about the same length as in your wig here above. I did do Ariel's pink dress ast year and bought this long copper/Red wig, but really was more copper than any Red, but it did have a long fringe. The toruble I have also is even though I sprayed it with hair spray, is getting the fringe to stay up like a big poof in the air, it keeps flopping down, I put 2 hairs grips in it in the hair to hold it up, but it kind of ruins it when you can see hair grips in place.
This wig i've got now I spent hours getting the fringe to part on the side, but have now finaly done that part.
If I had your e-mail address maybe I could send you some photos of it and you could point me in the direction of adding hair from another wig to it so that I could have a very long thick fringe to play with, at the moment I only this little poof.

Please get back to me soon
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
You could upload the photos somewhere like photobucket or flickr and send the links in a note.

I cannot exactly tell what you mean in your post above but have you tried using a teasing comb to give the hair more volume?
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Twinling Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
very helpful. <3
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Rirukuo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi~ This tutorial is great! But there is one thing I'm wondering about; where do you buy your wefts/hair? I'm really new to styling wigs, so I'm sorry if my question is stupid xD
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
It depends on your wig color and your location. For natural (usually darker varieties) you may be able to go to chain or local "ethnic" beauty shops for packages of hair for wefting. Some places even sell pre-sewn wefts. Most stores with fashion wigs will also carry hair for wefts/braids/dreads etc.

As most of my projects have required blonde shades or crazy colors so I have to buy them online at places like Doctored Locks or IKickShins.net. Either place is great to buy from. I am not sure what viable equivalents there are for shoppers outside of N. America though. You can also take wefts off other wigs and add them to the wig you are working on as well.

As to how to create wefts, most people use either of the below methods:
- Creating caulked wefts is somewhat simpler but can be messy and does require more time.
- Machine sewing wefts is more difficult but you don't have to wait as long because there is nothing to dry.

Tutorials
Caulk/No-sew: [link]
Sewn: [link]

Hope this helps a little!
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Rirukuo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, wow, I wasn't expecting you to write this much, but I really, really appreciate it!! Thanks :D
I've been to a few stores in town, but I live in norway, so the prices are sky high! So I'm really happy that you gave me those websites! And thank's for those tutorials! :D It helps a lot!!
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Not a problem. Best of luck on your wig-related endeavors!
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Rirukuo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, thank you! I actually styled my wig today, and it ended up great! So thanks a lot for your help! :D
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GatsbyInATree Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Very helpful! Favouriting because I know I'm going to need it in the near future. :)
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Zarai13 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Would this method of sewing wefts in help to cover the mesh if I need to make parts for pigtails? This looks a lot easier than another tutorial I was thinking about using.
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Actually, I have not tried using this method for parts. It may work depending on how thick the wefts are and how you go about it. I know of the tutorial here [link] that involves weaving hair through the wig mesh which is probably the same tutorial you have found.
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Zarai13 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Thanks for the reply. That is the tutorial I was thinking of. Luckily I found another one here on DA. I am going to use both that one and yours on my project.
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camposbb Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Is there any way to add the wefts on to the top of a wig without it looking obvious? I want to achieve the look of a multi-colored wig. Would hand-dying and layering a wig on be a better idea?
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Well, it will depend on how the wig is sewn at the top. You may be able to add some wefts in the colors you want without it looking weird. I would suggest pinning one into place to see if the rest of the fibers will lay flat and obscure the top of the weft. Every wig is different, but it can be done.

Dyeing chunks of hair already part of the wig can be messy and imprecise so if you decide to go this route, be sure to block off any other parts you do not want dyed.
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camposbb Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
I'll defenitely try it out then! Thanks for the advice.
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Awai-chan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks! This will definitely help me when I work on my new Aqua wig :heart:
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Thanks for checking out my tutorial! Feel free to link pics when you finish your wig. I enjoy seeing other people's work. :D
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Awai-chan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Will do~
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FuriePhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks to you uploading this, I managed to add wefts to my new Ariel wig!! This was nice and easy to follow and was a greta help!
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Glad to hear that it was easy to follow and that your project went without a hitch. Thanks for sharing your feedback!
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FuriePhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem! ^_^ I credited you in my recent deviation for the use of your tutorial XD
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Thank you, that wasn't necessary but I definitely appreciate it. By the way, your wig looks great. The bangs look spot on!
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FuriePhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank very much!! I always look at it and think it could be better but that's just me i think lol.
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KoryXIII Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
So useful! ^^
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