Once your specific requirements have been discussed and agreed, the wig designer will create a mould or template of the either the whole head or the specific area that the wig or hair piece is to fit. This procedure includes recreating a natural hair line pattern and a very precise fit. From this mould, your wig foundation will be created. On the foundation additions such as a lace front, as ‘skin’ parting and crown may be applied. Once this is completed, Gary will explain to you the choices of hair available and make recommendations on the best type of hair to use.
Template design & foundation
The choice of hair type to be used varies according to your specific requirements and ethnicity. Our suppliers will provide samples of different shades and curl patterns to be approved by you before the hand knotting of the piece begins, this ensures that the colour and curl match are perfect before your bespoke piece is made.
We use only the finest quality, ethically sourced hair. This includes high quality Remy hair and beautiful silky European hair, we create custom made wigs and hairpieces in blends of human and synthetic hair. Or, in the design of grey wigs and hairpieces pure resistant synthetics are recommended. Heat resistant synthetic hair can be blow dried and heat styled with appliances with a temperature up to 120° degrees only.
The completed template and agreed design will then be sent to the manufacturer. The makers construct a monofilament or lace cap and start hand knotting the hair into this base. A hand made wig can take 3-4 months to complete.
Fitting and attachment
According to the type of hair loss a variety of methods of fixing or attaching the wig or hair piece may be chosen. For clients with Alopecia Totalis we would recommend a bespoke ultra-secure wig foundation which grips to the skin and may be used with double sided wig tape. For clients who have some hair such clients with female pattern hair loss, or Alopecia Areata, clips or combs may be added to secure the wig to the existing hair. All of our hair pieces, toppers and hair enhancers are fixed with snap lock clips. Front hair line replacement systems, for clients with Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia, are taped at the front hairline and the back of the hair piece is clipped to the clients existing hair .
Hard moulds are laser cut from the original template and the wig or hairpiece foundation is constructed directly onto this. This ensures a secure and comfortable fit in the completed item.
When the foundation is completed it is then sent to be ventilated, this is the process where thousands of individual strands of hair are knotted by hand into the transparent net of the foundation. The average amount of hairs knotted this way are approximately 150,000, in a higher density piece many more. The hand knotting of a bespoke piece is very labour intensive and can take 3 to 4 months to complete.
Final wig fitting
At the final fitting you will be shown how to apply your wig or hair piece and it will then be cut and styled as required
The three most common questions related to wigs
I deal directly with clients on a daily basis who are about to undergo chemotherapy. This article is based on answering the three questions that I’m asked most often.
Don’t synthetic wigs look artificial?
Advances in the technology have transformed the way in which synthetic wigs look. The new designs have virtually invisible lace fronts which create a realistic hairline, most also have a monofilament top which is transparent and breathable. The density and amount of hair has also been reduced to create a very natural shape. Unlike older designs they are cool and comfortable to wear. Synthetic wigs also come in a vast array of colours, from the natural and grey shades and others with balayage and dark rooted tones.
Is a real hair wig the best choice?
A real hair wig can be restyled, blow dried and curled, and generally lasts much longer than a synthetic one. Synthetic wigs are very low maintenance but on average will need replacing after 6 months. Real human hair wigs have a reputation for being hard to look after and style. However, this is only true when working with poor quality, or over processed hair.
At Gary Price Wigs I have chosen collections that have hand knotted caps and the best quality hair available. This ensures the wigs are comfortable and the hair is easy to manage.
Aren’t good quality wigs very expensive?
When I source new products for clients who are facing the prospect of hair loss due to chemotherapy I always take into consideration a wide variety of price points. Some clients think that they will have to pay a lot for the right wig. If common misconception that that wigs will be prohibitively expensive, but Gary ensures that all clients are given as many options within their budget as possible. We also provide VAT exemption (20%) on any wig that is required for medical reasons