How to convert your old wig to a braided wig

Do you have an old frontal or closure wig that you feel is no longer useful? Then read this post to learn how to convert your old wig to a braided wig and make it useful again.

Here on Elistatus, we believe in recycling and utilization of one’s resources. This article will teach you a step-by-step process on how to convert any old wig into a braided wig.

The beauty of it all is that you can choose to keep the wig or even sell it off to make a profit, so everybody wins.

Please note that though there is a featured video to show you the process, it is best to read the steps in this article first of all because some of the steps in the video were done off-camera.

items needed

  • Old wig
  • Tail Comb
  • Clips to hold the hair in place
  • Hair gel
  • Styrofoam Manikin head
  • Needle and thread
  • Braiding hair/ Kanekalon hair
  • Pins to hold the wig in place.


Before you start working on your old wig, ensure it is washed, conditioned, and moisturized.

Also, make sure you get the right amount of Braiding hair/ Kanekalon hair needed to braid the whole wig depending on how full the wig is, how you can manage your hair extensions, and how long you want the braids to be.  We recommend about 2 – 5 packs of Xpression or Darling Yankee Braiding hair/ Kanekalon hair. If you are getting the Braiding hair/ Kanekalon hair that comes in smaller sizes, then we recommend getting 5 -8 packs.

  • Place the wig on the Styrofoam Manikin head and pin it into place with the hairpins.
  • Part the hair in sections using your tail comb and braid each section one after the other.
  • Ensure that you use the clips to hold the hair in place as you do so. This will prevent hairs from getting into your neatly cut-out sections.
  • When you get to the top of the wig, use your tail comb to section out some baby hairs in front, if the wig is a frontal wig. Bringing out the baby hairs will give the wig a natural look.
  • Once you’re done braiding the entire hair, use your scissors to trim out the hairs sticking out of the braids to make them neat.
  • Boil water and dip the tip of the hair in hot water, be very careful in this process and make use of a thick towel to squeeze out the excess water.  The hot water will make the tip of the braids look neater.
  • Your braided wig is ready!

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