Custom Wigs and How They’re Made

If you’re serious about wigs, you’ll want to invest in a custom wig rather than a pre-made model. While pre-made wigs are less expensive, custom wigs are higher in quality, often use real human hair, and provide a more natural look. At Jasmine Nicole, we offer limited edition seasonal lines of perucas made to order (custom wigs) and wigs designed completely by you (bespoke perucas).

Why People Wear Custom Wigs

Custom wigs are an investment, and there are two primary reasons why people might wear one.

A natural-looking way to change your appearance

Custom wigs have a more natural hairline, texture, and color because of the way they’re made (more on that later). The modern multidimensional woman deserves a quality custom-made peruca so she can express her confidence and personality through her hair color and style, and a custom wig is the best way to do that.

A way to cope with medical hair loss

Medical wigs, also known as cranial prostheses, are often used by patients receiving chemotherapy or other medical treatments that cause hair loss, or by patients suffering from alopecia or other conditions resulting in hair loss. Custom wigs can boost self-esteem by providing patients with a sense of normalcy during a difficult time. They can also protect privacy by preventing people from asking uncomfortable questions about patients’ appearance or diagnosis.

Many insurance companies cover part or all of the cost of the wig if your doctor writes a prescription for a cranial prosthesis, although you may have to pay for the wig up front and file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement.

 Types of Wigs

The best custom wigs are made from real human hair rather than synthetic fibers. And the best real human hair is virgin remy hair.

Lace-front wigs

Lace-front wigs are comprised of a basic wig cap with a couple of inches of lace sewn to the front of the wig cap and a closure—that is, a hair piece that looks like natural scalp. The lace front mimics the look of natural hair growth at the front of the hairline. Jasmine Nicole perucas are lace-front, and they are made using virgin remy hair.

Full-lace wigs

Full-lace wigs are usually made with human hair and constructed completely from a lace cap. Because the hair is tied on to the lace cap one strand at a time, you can part your hair in any direction without revealing that you’re wearing a wig.

A full-lace wig installation begins by braiding the natural hair in cornrows and applying adhesive glue around the hair’s perimeter. The wig is then put on and held in place by a bond to the glue and secured with wig clips.

Typical wigs vs. custom wigs vs. bespoke perucas

Typical wigs

Non-custom wigs are pre-made and simply waiting to be sent out to customers, like clothing or handbags. When purchasing a non-custom wig online, a customer visits the retailer’s website, chooses from one of the pre-made designs, selects a size, and waits for shipment.

Custom wigs

Jasmine Nicole offers seasonal collection lines, which are limited edition releases of specific peruca prototypes that we replicate when you order. We do not make perucas until they have been ordered by a customer, which allows us to customize the sizing and lace to fit properly. Just select the peruca you want, pick your size, choose your lace color, and then we make it just for you—a custom wig made to order!

Custom wigs are created specifically for you based on one of our prototypes. While this does not allow complete customization of the peruca’s style or design, one of our master constructionists will create a base fitted to your head size, with a lace color you select. Our professional stylists and colorists complete the look, and your peruca will be ready to go in 21 day and shipped directly to you.

Bespoke perucas

Jasmine Nicole also offers fully customizable bespoke perucas. Bespoke perucas are not in our collection because they are completely custom-made to your specifications. You take control of every aspect of your peruca—you build your own design, from length to style to color. We share every step of the peruca-making process with you and get your approval along the way to ensure you get the product you desire.

While our typical peruca-making process takes 21 days, bespoke perucas may take longer, as we will wait for approval at each stage of the process before continuing with the construction.

What to Look for in a Custom Wig

Custom wigs represent a significant investment, so make sure you know what to look for when you’re shopping for a one. We know just how overwhelming of a process it can be, so we’ve outlined some areas you’ll want to consider before making your final decision.

Where did the hair come from?

All hair is not equal, so it’s important to ask questions about the source of the hair used in your wig before you invest in one. You’ll want to know if the wig is composed of “barbershop hair” or actual wefts of hair from the same head, with aligned cuticles. You should also ask if synthetic hair was used to create the wig.

Generally, four kinds of natural hair are used in wigs: Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and European. Each of these hair types has different textures and allows different options for styling. At Jasmine Nicole, we use virgin remy hair sourced from India, Cambodia, and Eastern Europe to provide a more natural look and flexibility in styling options.

How was the hair processed?

The processing techniques used on hair have a strong effect on the hair’s quality. Most chemicals used to sanitize and strip away the original color are very strong and can affect the integrity of the hair. The best wigs are created from virgin remy hair, which retains its original texture and cuticle alignment, resulting in a longer-lasting wig.

How was the wig crafted?

Ready-made wigs are made by machines, which makes them less expensive but less natural-looking. With machine-made wigs, wefts of hair are sewn together in a straight line, cut into strips, and assembled into a wig.

The best custom wigs are made by master constructionists who hand-tie each weft of hair to a cap. Jasmine Nicole custom wigs are made from luxury wefts of virgin remy hair, which our constructionists hand-crochet onto a breathable, state-of-the-art cap.

Maintenance Tips for Custom Wigs

With proper care and storage, a custom wig can last a lifetime. You should care for your custom wig as you would your own hair.

If your wig is removable, store it on a mannequin head when you are not wearing it to avoid tangling. Most companies provide Styrofoam heads for this purpose but using these leaves your valuable investment out to collect dust. At Jasmine Nicole, we have elevated the preservation of wigs to be in line with how the ancient Egyptians preserved their wigs. While the ancient Egyptians used wooden boxes and wooden mannequin heads, for the modern woman, we use an acrylic box and a faceless black fiberglass head with our signature logo.

If your wig is sewn along your hairline, we recommend that you wear a silk bonnet or scarf at night to protect the hair.

When it comes to washing, wash your wig with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Wigs don’t have a natural source of moisture like your own hair does, so products that contain harsh detergents can damage them.

Wash your wig regularly, but not too frequently. If you wear your wig every day, washing it twice a month will ensure that it remains fresh-looking for as long as possible. Never wash your wig more than that or you could damage the wig and shorten its lifespan.

Finally, don’t use heavy oils or styling creams on your wig. These will weigh the hair down and may make it look greasy or leave a residue that could be difficult to wash out.

What Makes Jasmine Nicole Custom Wigs Unique?

Let’s start with the hair we use. The hair used in Jasmine Nicole custom wigs is virgin remy hair sourced from India, Cambodia, and Eastern Europe. There is no “barbershop hair” or synthetic hair in any of our products. Our proprietary construction techniques and exquisite craftsmanship produce wigs that last for years. Finally, we make all our perucas to order, ensuring a perfect fit every time.

Individual consultations and private fittings for bespoke perucas

To ensure you get what you’re looking for in your custom wig or bespoke peruca, we offer private online consultations that allow you to tell a peruca specialist what you’re looking for.

With the purchase of your peruca, whether it be bespoke or custom, you will receive a one-time complimentary basic maintenance package that includes retightening of wefts, a rewash, and restyle. This maintenance package should be redeemed within the first year of purchase.

Custom Wigs Are a Worthwhile Investment

Whether you want to be able to quickly change your hairstyle without spending hours in the salon or manage your appearance in the face of medical hair loss, a custom wig offers you the most natural-looking and easy-to-wear hairpiece. Your custom wig will fit your head and be breathable, making it exceptionally comfortable to wear. With proper care, your Jasmine Nicole luxury peruca will last for the foreseeable future.

Contact us today for your private consultation, and feel confident that your custom wig will be a true expression of who you are, made to the highest standards of quality.