Wig Maker

Lay out, sew, and fasten together materials and hair strands to make wigs.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Wig Makers do?

Lays out, sews, and fastens together materials and hair strands to make wigs and transformations: Draws or pins wig pattern on model of customer’s head. Places sections of gauze, lace, net, ribbon, and springs over pattern and sews sections together to form wig foundation [FOUNDATION MAKER]. Hooks strands of hair into foundation holes, using ventilating needle, blends shades of hair to give natural appearance, and ties ends of strands to foundation [VENTILATOR]. Weaves hair to form speciality hairpieces, such as braids, switches, and chignons. Arranges woven hair in specified position and sews hair together to form hairpiece. May repair wigs. May supervise or train other workers.

Should I be a Wig Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Doll Wig Hackler, Weft Maker

    How to become a Wig Maker

    Wig Makers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Wig Maker-related education!
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