THE HAIR VENTILATING NEEDLE
The hair ventilating needle (also known as a “knotting hook”) is the #1 tool used by professional wigmakers to design beautiful wigs. The two needles are great to have as part of your wig making tools. They perform the same function of adding individual strands of hair into mesh foundation or net, but can be easily used with different techniques.
SIZE AND NEEDLE TYPE
Each hair knotting needle will come in a variety of sizes. Asian needles will range from 1-5 and German needles will range from1-13. The sizes describe how many strands of hair the needle will hold at one time. For example, needle size 1-2 will only pull 1-2 strands of hair at a time.
Recently, the N-EXF German needle was added to the collection of sizes. The EXF (Extra Fine) needle is used to create super fine baby hair. (Only experienced wig makers should purchase this needle).
Please note that many vendors do not carry all sizes.
Two types of needles may be chosen in addition to the size. An “S” needle is for ventilation into skin or PU materials (Ex. Skin Cap, Poly Sheet or Tape Skin Pad). An “N” needle is designed for ventilation through mesh or lace net foundations.
When selecting your needle, you must choose the size and type. For example, an S1-2 needle is described as a wig-making needle that will ventilate 1-2 strands of hair into skin or PU material.
THE NEEDLE HOLDER
A hair ventilating needle cannot be used alone. You must purchase a needle holder. Most professionals tend to use the brass hair ventilation needle holders with an adjustable tip, but the holders can also come with plastic or wooden handles. The holders with plastic or wooden handles are normally the more inexpensive selections provided by overseas vendors.
The German hair ventilating needle is approximately 1 – 1.5 inches in length. Most are constructed of quality blue steel. This needle is great for hair ventilation using the French Method or creating double knots. It is necessary to clip the base with a small pair of wire cutters in order to insert the tool into your adjustable needle holder.
AVAILABILITY OF THE GERMAN VENTILATING NEEDLE
Did you know that many vendors are in the process of discontinuing the long ventilating needles? Why? It is because this needle is very costly and harder to produce and many factories have decreased their staff, so they do not have the manpower to produce the needles.
At this time, the N1-2 and N4-5 sizes are in short supply. Many factories have discontinued this size. We currently offer the sizes for a limited time.
ASIAN (KOREAN) NEEDLE
The Asian ventilating needle is approximately an inch in length and is most commonly used with the standard hair ventilation techniques. Most overseas suppliers will only support this type of needle because it easy to produce at a cheaper cost.
Standard techniques include single knots, double knots and split knots. Creating double knots is possible, but tend to be easier when using the German needle.
Asian needles can also be used to apply baby hair to wigs.
This needle can also be purchased as a set – permanently attached to the plastic wig holder.
WHICH WIG MAKING TOOL IS BEST?
It depends on your skill level and the type of knots you plan to create when making your wig or hairpiece. Always work with the tool that you are most comfortable using, but eventually work to become familiar with other wig making tools as well.
WIG NEEDLE MAINTENANCE
Hair ventilating needles should last for an extended amount of time, however, to receive the very best ventilating experience, it is best to use a new needle for every 3-4 wigs. This will ensure that your needle tip remains very sharp and you will experience less snagging.
For more information on a variety of wig making tools and supplies, visit Amid Beauty.
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