What Makes a Wig Good for Ponytails?
Posted on 21 June 2012
The question pops up more times than we could ever count: “Are Arda Wigs thick enough to put up in a ponytail?”
Here’s the rub: Yes, all of Arda’s wigs are pretty thick, so you can make a pretty thick ponytail out of any of them.
That’s not the problem. The problem is not showing the lace from the cap underneath and making the hair lay flat and nice.
Here’s an example of what a wig that isn’t very thick looks like pulled up in a ponytail. It’s the only non-Arda Wig I have for an example, if you’re wondering why it’s ratty.
Although a wig with more hair can greatly help the lace from showing overall, easily hiding lace doesn’t depend on the amount of hair in the wig. It’s about the way the wefts are sewn into the wig, which dictates how flat, messy or neat it lays.
Wig-makers typically place hair into wig caps in rows — or wefts — and then sew them in lines, like this:
This is a wig turned inside out so you can clearly see the wefts. :3
Because our own hair isn’t sewn into rows of wefts, our hair can go any direction it wants to. When hair is sewn into a weft, it will lay in the direction of the weft at the base. Thus: if all the hair is sewn in a downward position, it won’t naturally fall into a ponytail when you try to pull it up, because you’re pulling the wefts in the opposite direction of where they lay.
These fibers were sewn onto the wig facing down, like most wigs
This is what happens when you try to make downward-facing fibers go up.
And because you’re pulling your wig fibers in the opposite direction of the way they were sewn/originally meant to go, the base of the wig will show.
You can see the edge of the wig cap, here:
At Arda, we make the “updo” wig with these features in mind. Some of the wefts have been sewn so that they point upward, so that the hair looks more flat and natural. We also sew wefts at the base of the wig and pull them over the sides to mask the bottom of the wig from view.
Here are the wefts that go over the edge of the back of a Jeannie
(Our Chibi, Jasmine, and Malinda all look like this on the edges)
This is the way the back of a Jeannie lays (Our Chibi & Jasmine lay this way. Our Malinda is made to go straight up, so it can lay this way, but its made for more than just being in a ponytail):
But with a little time, patience and maybe a few wefts, you can make any wig an updo wig. We suggest one of two things:
1.) Take some wefts from the middle of the wig where the ponytail will be (because this area won’t have to be as thick since the ponytail will sit there) or buy extra wefts.
This way you can mask the edge of the wig cap in the back with hair, via sewing it under wig and pulling it over the edge.
Here’s a quick example — I pinned the hair under the wig and then pulled the hair up over the side:
Here’s what it looks like with more layers of wefts. It could still use a few layers
2.) You can also seam rip the wefts pointing down in the back and sew them back in pointing up.
There are other methods to adding wefts in, we personally like doing it that way.
This helps the wig lay flatter and look more realistic.
Here’s the same wig as above, but finished [:D]
Here’s another wig, with some added fringe on the bottom to make it look more realistic.
This was originally a Ferrari in Pumpkin 1002F
Because Arda Wigs are already pretty thick you can get away with putting any Medium or Long wig into a loose ponytail (that is if you don’t mind the wig cap showing a bit on the edges).
This is a Ferrari in Olive:
Hope you found this tutorial helpful.