Be a Wig Maker
By Eric Hammer
Ever thought about being a wig maker? Wig making is a specialized
form of cosmetology. While there are a number of courses that
purport to teach you everything you'll need to know in half an
hour, the reality is that, like cosmetology school, you need
to take a number of courses to get really good at this business.
Wig makers work with a wide variety of people. Some specialize
in working with cancer patients, in which case you need to be
extremely sensitive to women and girls who are losing their hair.
You'll be part therapist and part wig maker when working with
Other wig makers specialize in working with ultra Orthodox
Jewish women. Ultra Orthodox married Jewish women believe it
is forbidden for anyone to see their own hair except for their
husbands. Therefore, they often purchase wigs to cover their
natural hair (a tiny subset of this group even shaves their hair
and replaces it with a wig, though this is extremely rare - most
just cover it).
Still others may work with costume designers or on crafting
men's toupees rather than women's wigs.
How Much Can You Make?
According to Salary Expert, the average salary for a wig maker
ranges from as little as $28,622 to as much as $43,918. Of course,
you can often expect to get tips as well so your salary can go
up a bit beyond the base salary.
Ways to Make More | Related Opportunities
If you do a search for "how to become a wig maker"
on the Internet, you'll find lots of people offering videos or
simple courses that claim to teach you how to become a master
wig maker in just a few minutes. What these people will actually
teach you for your money is how to glue on hair extensions. While
this can be valuable information in and of itself, you should
attend a cosmetology school if you want to be a professional
wig maker. Explain to the school that you are interested in a
career as a wig maker and ask them if they have a track that
Consider also working as a hair dresser in the interim. The
same skills you'll need in order to be a wig maker will serve
you well as a hair dresser. The only additional feature you'll
need to make wigs is how to weave the hairs onto a pattern and
how to attach the wig effectively.
Qualifications / Requirements
While no formal requirements exist for wig makers, you should
take a course in a cosmetology school and ideally become a certified
beautician as part of your training. As previously noted, the
half hour courses being offered online are not really useful
except to get you started.
This is where those short courses (you can often find some
material on YouTube) can be helpful. Watch them and find out
how wigs and hair extensions are done. Once you feel comfortable,
you can experiment on friends or family (make sure they're comfortable
with having you experiment on them). Then, contact your local
cosmetology school and ask about becoming a professional wig
Check out these helpful resources to find out more about becoming
a wig maker:
World - A website which focuses on the business of wig making
and offers all the supplies you'll need.
Hair Finder: Wig Making - A short, but important
article that discusses schools that offer to teach you the art
of wig making.