Today's tutorial is about one of the most basic skill in wig styling: cutting your wig. This can be tricky business, and a nice cut requires patience and a little bit of know-how.
Today I'll be going over the three techniques that require one of the most basic of tools: a sharp pair of scissors.
|These are all you really need.|
The scissors I have found everywhere, from beauty supply stores, big box stores, craft stores and dollar stores. Little scissors with sharp points are the ones to look for, with a blade of 2-4 inches.
|A small part of my collection.|
An assortment of clips to hold wig hair out of the way of you working section.
And a trash receptacle! It is far, far, far easier to get the hair off the floor is you throw most of it in the trash first. Medium to large paper bags are my favorite: get them free, fill 'em up and pitch the whole thing in the trash.
To demonstrate, I'm am using a lovely set of no-sew wefts (from Katie Bair's fabulous tutorial section) pinned to a poster board for visualization.
The first thing you need to know is what NOT to do to your wig.Perhaps your first instinct upon facing your wig is to simply start cutting it.
Choppy and uneven, and difficult to get an even line. Gross! Not what you want on your precious new wig. (This weft got this way when I cut it in half. Don't go all out it you just need length, but you can tidy the ends with the following technique.)
The simple technique I learned in wig panel years ago from Katie Bair, and I've used it on wig hair and my own hair ever since. It's called the "Scoop".
Step 1: Take a small bit of hair and hold it so that it has a little bit of tension. The tension is required in most techniques to make a clean cut, form wig craft to ribbons to paper.
Step 3: Begin your scooping!
By scoop I mean the motion that you'll be making with the scissors as you cut. In exaggeration:
In essence, making a "scooping" motion as you cut. By cutting a fraction of the fiber in this scooping motion, you get a lovely layered line instead of an uneven blunt cut. With each cut, make a "U" shape with your scissors, and cutting only as much hair as could fit into this "U" here on the screen.
Step 5: COMB. Your fibers will have gone up and down and every which way as you cut. comb it out before it becomes a snarl, and comb it out so you can gauge where you need to start cutting the next piece of fiber.
Step 6: Repeat steps 1-5 as necessary.
In the end, you have this:
But, I promised you three techniques, so here's one I pick up by watching my hairdresser in the mirror. I have decided to call it the "V" cut. I mostly use it to add layers to a wig, or to shape the fiber before I style it into a spike, I also use a variation called the "Sideways V" to add face-framing layers to the front of a wig.
Step 3: I begin cutting a small fraction of hair, moving my scissors down the length of the fiber. Because
Viola! Easy layers! The results should look like a series of stair-steps up the length of the fiber. Not as nice as carefully deliberate layers, but a good technique to use.
Here, see for yourself:
|Sideways cut on the left, layered cut on the right.|
The last technique I call the "Feather" because that's the result you get: wispy feathered ends. Whaat you need to do is:
Step 2: Point your scissors up into the fiber.
That's it! Pretty simple huh?
My desired effect turned out like this:
And now you you know to never again do this to a wig:
Or you'll end up with this:
Here, compare that cut to the rest of the ones I've demonstrated.
Alright, that's all to see here. Go forth and practice! Just remember its easier to take away wig hair than it is to put it back, so start gently okay?