Fashion starts from the crown of our heads and ends at the soles of our feet – literally. From the headgear or wigs we put on to the footwear we wear, fashion entrepreneurs show us what they’ve got consistently. This is why we love them and what drives us to find out what goes on in their minds as they create beautiful items for us.
Previously, we interviewed Oluwapelumi Adedolapo Adesina on the creative process behind her Chocolatey Goodness makeup look and gele style. This week, we spoke with Abisola Imotola on the creative process behind her bouncy curly wig.
Abisola Imotola is both a customer service representative for a real estate company and the Creative Director of Hairccentrix. Hairccentrix is a luxury hair brand that specialises in creating the best quality luxury wigs for the modern woman.
A graduate of Mass Communication from Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Abisola set out to learn the art of hair making after her secondary school education. With this knowledge, she was able to make some extra cash while in school. Seeing as everyone found her exceptionally good at what she did and being the businesswoman that she is, she established Hairccentrix officially after her university education.
What was the Process of Making the Bouncy Curly Wig Like?
For this wig, I wanted something different from the usual for my client. She is an old friend from school that trusts my judgement on wigs and hair. The wig was to be used for her birthday shoot, so I suggested that she get a different wig from the usual straight and bohemian hair she buys from me.
I sent her photos of different types of hair and she asked that I do any style I wanted for her. I then decided to do a C-side part for her because I had never seen her on any wig like that before. Since it was for her birthday, the choice of hair for the wig had to be very nice, thus why I went for a super double drawn hair. She liked the outcome.
The process for creating any wig is the same and is usually a straightforward one, it is just the finished product that differs. In wig making, some people import their hair and some buy theirs from others that have imported the hair. I do a bit of both.
For creating this wig, the first step I did was get my tools; wig cap, needle and thread, dummy head, and closure or frontals. The next thing was to arrange and sew the hair unto the wig cap. Depending on preferences, some people machine sew their wigs and others hand sew theirs. I hand sewed mine.
To arrive at the curly finish for this wig, I used a curling thong to curl the ends of the hair once I was done sewing it. If I wanted a straight wig, I would have used a hair straightener to straighten the hair when I was done with it.
What Inspires the Styles for Each of Your Wigs?
Generally, this depends on what the client wants. I usually stock up on different wigs – straight, curly, bohemian, and so on. When a client comes to me, I show them what I have and let them pick their choice.
I also let them know the different grades of hair there are based on quality. There’s single drawn hair and double drawn hair. They are not in the same category of quality. So, from what I have, my client picks the hair they desire and I make it into a wig for them.
What Factors do you Consider when Making Wigs for a Clients?
When someone contacts me for a wig, the first question I ask is, “What is your budget?” A client’s budget goes a long way in determining the type of hair I will use for their wig.
The next question I ask is, “Do you like straight, curly, bohemian or wavy hair?” Not everyone likes straight wigs and not everyone likes curly wigs. A client’s preference in the type of hair they like helps me determine what to do for them. I wouldn’t want to for something for my client that she would not appreciate.
3. Client’s Features
Sometimes, I look at the shape of a client’s face and try to determine what style will suit them most. I then ask what type of look they are going for. From this information, we can settle on a look that will fit them.