Wig Making

Human hair wigs
Q: I am currently attending hairdressing school and am highly interested in getting into the wig manufacturing field. I have of yet been unable to find out where people have been trained in this field and received their experience.
I was wondering if you might be able to tell me how or where to learn wig making, because nobody else seems to know. If you would be able to inform me of how you got into the field – or of any nearby schools in British Columbia – that would be amazing. This information would be greatly appreciated, and I thank you so much for your time.

A: Well, after a period of searching, I found a listing for the Mohair Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia that offers courses in hair extensions and in wig and hairpiece making. I found other schools that offer similar courses elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, but those were in places like Chicago, New York and Ontario.
From what I see of the course listing for Mohair, the course is primarily an introductory course, although it does seem comprehensive. The course covers creating lace-front wigs, as well as making facial hair prosthetics for cosmetic and theatrical use for men.
Aside from this, most of the master level training seems to come from working with other wigmakers or through personal practice. As with many other aspects of cosmetology, experience seems to be the best instructor.
My advice to you is to look into this course and take it if you feel it is right for you, then look into various salons in your area and ask if they have anyone on staff experienced in wig making that you could talk with and possibly work with at least periodically. This will get you your basic instruction and allow you to start practicing to hone your skills.
If you do manage to make some connections with other wig designers, you can build a network for support and advice that will serve you well throughout your burgeoning career.
I wish you all the best.
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See also:
Hairdressing schools
Wigs and hairpieces