Wig making is a hobby that has turned into a profitable business for me. From purchasing my first unit so I can deconstruct it and piece it back together, to learning how to ventilate- I’ve learned a lot. Being so focused on this hobby almost made me forget an interesting fact; I am a continuation of an art form that apparently is dying.
This frustrates me.
An Appreciation Post for New York’s Wig Masters
The New York Times recently published an article celebrating and appreciating the hard work that New York’s wig masters have done in the past couple of decades. The post acknowledges the contributions of Nicholas Piazza, a master wig maker who lives in Staten Island. He’s the mastermind behind many hair pieces and wigs on many great heads – we’re talking about Jacqueline Kennedy, Brooke Astor, and other socialites.
But now the heyday of wig making has somewhat died down, unfortunately. This is due to hair wigs being mass-produced, competition from globalization stemming from Chinese hair vendors, and sophistication in stock units that sometimes rival hand-tied wigs. Now Piazza does maintenance on current clients wearing his units.
Piazza worked hard throughout his life to create these wigs, as one unit can take up to 40 hours of continuous. He deserves to rest and enjoy the fruits of his labor, for he has inspired a whole generation of wig makers like me.
Claire Grunwald, The Dame Of The Sheitel
Claire Grunwald of Claire Accuhair is the mastermind behind many of their wigs donned on Jewish heads in Brooklyn. Learning wig making by German wig maker in a camp after being displaced in World War II, Grunwald is a master at creating wigs approved by the local Jewish community. These wigs and hairpieces are typically made from yak hair, which I find particularly difficult to ventilate when compared to human hair. Kudos to Grunwald.
Everyone can learn how to make a wig, but it takes many hours, different types of needles to find the one you’re comfortable with, all while ventilating in the right form to avoid carpel tunnel. But as these talented folks have proven, perseverance goes a long way. Hopefully, following web sites like DIYLaceWigs can help inspire a generation of prospective wig makers. I don’t want you to learn how to create a full wig from scratch, but if I can teach you how to fill in that bald spot, then I did my job.
Other Wig Makers to Follow
Other wig makers have filled the education gap, with me doing my part with the help of this website. I’ve learned how to mix hair colors with MakingWigs.blogspot.com and HairSay is continuously pushing the envelope, like how he learned how to shape a wig cap with the help of a heat gun.
Please, if you have any questions about wig making, lace wig maintenance, or other inquiries, email me. If you’re a small business who wants me to review your product, email me as well.