How To Make Hair Extensions From A Wig

Recently I needed to make my hair longer for a show. My hair was red enough to play Fiona in Shrek the Musical, but it wasn’t long enough. The wigs available didn’t look natural and were quite uncomfortable, so I decided to take matters into my own hands by making my own extensions out of an old wig I had from a previous costume. Making hair extensions from a wig is actually really easy, and this can save you a lot of money.

Using an old wig for temporary extensions is fast, easy, and a money saver. But if you are wanting good quality extensions that will save you money but last a long time, then you can make your own extensions from the good quality hair available at the beauty supply store. They have real hair available that you can cut, curl, and do all kinds of stuff to. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars at the salon for custom extensions, you can use those to make your own and spend significantly less.

But for my purposes I only needed something temporary, and a cheap wig was just the fix. Granted, this one would not stand up to the heat from a curling iron, but it was perfect for what I needed.  Here’s how to make your own hair extensions from a wig. Watch the video below, or you can read the step-by-step process.

Step One: Separate two hair sections so that you can see the fabric in between them. Cut along the fabric row in between the hair sections of your wig, and do not cut through the hair. Make sure you cut all the way through to the other end until you have one long strip of hair.

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Step Two: Repeat step one to make as many rows as you want. If you want a realistic thicker body, 2-3 rows should do the trick.

Step Three: Sew your hair sections together. The video above shows you the sewing process that I used.

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Step Four: Add your hair clips by sewing them into the fabric part. Be sure to test the hair clip direction, to make sure you’ll be able to stick them in your hair once they are sewn in. Go through each hole in the clip three times. As with any sewing, be sure to end with three stitches to make sure your work is secure.

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Step Five: Depending on the length of your hair strip, you may use anywhere form 3-4 clips. Sew on all your clips. These clips can be picked up inexpensively from the beauty supply store, or you can order some from Amazon here.

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Step Six: Now you have a finished project that is ready to clip into your hair. Lift up a section of your hair, and clip the hair extension underneath. Secure with bobby pins if necessary.

As you can see, I fit in really well as Fiona with my cast members.

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If you try this out, let me know what you think! It worked really well for me during a three-night show, and I am so glad I saved so much money by doing this myself.

Be sure to pin this for later so you can find it when you’re ready to make your own:

how to make your own hair extensions from a wig

By |2014-06-30T12:56:56-04:00June 30th, 2014|Frugal Living|2 Comments

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  1. Cassie October 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Super simple tutorial! Thank you SO MUCH!!! I figured this sort of thing was possible, but I wasn’t sure how to execute the process, so thanks again!

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