Hackle (wig making)

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A hackle or heckle

A hackle is a metal plate with rows of pointed needles used to blend or straighten hair (or flax, for which see heckling comb).[1]

This tool is used as a preliminary step in the process of custom wig making. It is typically clamped firmly to a table before use.

The pointed needles are very sharp. This is paramount, because the hackle is used for three main purposes: mixing or blending hairs in special blends of colours, untangling wigs or hair extensions, and preparing the hair in a single or double draw. For single drawn, we get rid of the shortest hairs in the bundle at the root area. For double drawn, what we do with the hackle is to draw one bundle in it, with each different lengths that is, separating their different lengths. Any double drawn (DD) hair tends to be far more expensive than any other hairs because for four ounces of DD we may have used over a kilogram of single drawn, especially long lengths. In DD, all hairs have the same length, typical wigs with DD hairs are Sheitels.

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  1. ^ "hackle, n.2." OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2016. Web. 26 September 2016.