There are so many options available when it comes to making and customizing wigs, but two of the most popular are ventilating and plucking.
I have an entire video about this topic. You can watch it below.
What is plucking? Plucking is a method of removing hair from a lace wig with tweezers. The hair usually needs to be wet, and you tweeze the hairline or areas of the part that needs to be thinned out.
I don't know who came up with the brilliant idea of plucking, but if you think about it, it's brilliant. Plucking can be a great way to customize a wig in a pinch quickly.
The problem with plucking is that if you're inexperienced or rushing through a project, you can easily pluck huge holes in your lace. These huge holes can often happen to brand-new wigs, closures, and frontals.
Another thing that can also happen with plucking is that you can overpluck and remove too much hair from the piece you're working on.
If either of those two things happens, ventilating can be used to save the day! All areas that have holes or have been overplucked can be fixed with ventilating.
Now with ventilating (the art of knotting the hair onto the lace), you can avoid plucking altogether if you start ventilating from scratch. When you make a piece from scratch, you have total and complete control of how each strand of hair is ventilated and where the hair is placed to achieve the desired look.
Doing this will eliminate having to use tweezers to pluck hair out.
As I stated above, you can also use ventilating to add more hair to areas that have been thinned out from overplucking. You can offer these services to people. It's quick and simple, and it saves the client from having to throw a perfectly good wig in the trash.
Lastly, ventilating can be used along with whip stitching to repair any holes put in the lace as long as they aren't visible to the naked eye. Those types of repairs would need to be done on a case-by-case basis.
So, to answer the question of which one is better ventilating or plucking? The answer is that they both work! One is not more superior to the other; they can both be used to suit the needs of whatever situation you're in.
If you're struggling to learn how to ventilate, come to my next 2-Day Lace Wig Bootcamp here in Las Vegas, October 2-3, 2022. It's two full days of hands-on instruction in an intimate setting. There are only a few seats left, so be sure to submit your application below, so you don't miss out.
This will be the last hands-on training for the year, so I hope to see you here in Vegas!