After a few weeks with my Chameleon Topper, I decided that I wanted to trim down the bang length just a tad. The added volume and length is great, but I was eager to try something a little blunter—short, edgy, face-framing bangs.  Instead of schlepping it over to a seasoned stylist, I thought it might be fun to operate on my new blonde do with my own scissors (actually, they’re my mom’s).  I didn’t have a fancy stand, professional shears, or a good eye for bangs, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and risk disaster. Was it a hairy mess or a polished set of well-trimmed bangs, you ask?  Read on to find out.

 

Armed with my mom’s shears and some nervous creativity, I first examined the topper and noticed how the long bangs fell a little more to one side.  My aim was to even them out, and to do that, I needed to be careful to not cut too much from one side.  My goal was even bangs that rested slightly on and above my eyebrows. So I started by lightly dusting, aka trimming,  the ends and bringing the length up little by little.

 

After a snail’s pace of cropping, I placed the topper on my head to eyeball where I was at.  To my surprise, I hadn’t yet butchered it!  While it was on, I trimmed a few of the longer ends, being EXTREMELY careful not to slice my own locks.

 

 

After a few more cuts with the topper on my head, I took it off and dusted the ends once more to trim the length just a bit more.

 

Viola!  The longer bangs rose higher on my face and gave me the frame I had been looking for (ever since my stylist told me that she wouldn’t give me bangs due to damage and volume loss).  I’m giddy with the results of the cleaned-up bangs, and pretty excited to find that it was relatively easy to not decimate my lovely topper!

 


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Chameleon Topper by Raquel Welch

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Let it gooooo!!! Let it GOOOOOOO…..

Okay, okay we all know the songs and the lyrics, but it’s time to really take this advice. Ever find yourself worrying about the “detectability” of your wig? Are you worried that the guy working the checkout line at the grocery might notice something is just a tad “off” about your hair (that you know is a wig)? Worried that the wind might blow and someone might catch a glimpse of one of those wefts? Have you ever caught yourself purchasing wig after wig in search of something that provides ultimate realism and undetectability? Do you not want ANYONE to know you are wearing a wig? Does this add any amount of stress to your day? I have been there, I get it, but it’s time to let those worries fly away so you can just be happy!

We all have 99 other problems in life, but don’t let your wig be one of them. Seriously, this might save you your sanity. It sure did add plenty of stress to my day after I started wearing wigs. I hated the feeling of being constantly worried about covering up the fact that I was wearing a wig. I just like to feel like I am being authentic and myself all the time, so feeling like I had to “hide” some part of me was extremely uncomfortable. It was bad enough to deal with the stress of my hair falling completely out, so I needed to drop this stresser in my life.

So what did I do? I stopped caring so much about what other people thought. I thought to myself, “What is the worst thing that could happen to me if someone realized I was wearing a wig?”. (PS- this is a great question to ask yourself!). If someone were ever ugly or made fun of me due to the fact that I wear a wig (which seriously, is extremely unlikely to happen and hasn’t happened to me) then that person is not worth having in my life. Here is my thought. Someone who really knows me pretty much knows that I struggled with Alopecia. They also know that is the reason why I wear wigs. If someone who doesn’t know me spots that I am wearing a wig, they can make all the assumptions they want. But the only thing that person has done is figured out that I am wearing a wig. Life will go on, and they won’t be dwelling on the fact they saw someone wearing a wig.

It’s so much easier to write this down on paper than to actually implement it. I would like to say “it’s as simple as that”, but I know that it’s difficult to stop caring so much, so take this day by day if you can. Maybe have a small piece of paper that you keep in your pocket or your purse that says something along the lines “you is smart, you is kind, you is not going to give a care about what people think about your hair, because it doesn’t matter what THEY think in the long run.”

When you really understand that no one cares as much as you do about the fact that you are wearing a wig, the sooner you can move on and NOT worry about the detectability of your wig. When people compliment my hair, now I just say “Thanks, it’s a super fun wig! You should see some of my other ones!”. I have never had a poor response from anyone up unto this point. Also, not worrying so much about the detectability of your wig helps you calm down a little while searching for wigs to purchase. I have worn TONS of wigs at this point, and not even one of them is absolutely perfect when it comes to undetectability. Get the wig that has no lace front, purchase the wig that doesn’t have a mono part, you might actually just enjoy the style of the wig if you drop the worries about other people detecting it.

“In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now”

Rachel is wearing Jon Renau Kristen in 12FS8


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Kristen by Jon Renau

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From a client email:

Where I live it can get windy and while I don’t go for long walks or anything outside in the wind, I’m worried they’ll tangle excessively walking to/from stores, etc. What do most girls wearing these wigs do about this? Is there a way to best prevent it or will they untangle quite easily? I searched online but it seems most info is about the wig not blowing off in the wind, versus being a tangled mess.

 

 

That’s an amazing question!

I generally recommend protecting your wig from the wind by applying a scarf, cap, or even a hoodie over the hair when in those situations. If you let the hair fly around loose, each strand bangs into another. This causes static build-up. Static is the enemy of your wig, regardless of what it’s made of.

Static causes the hair to stick together, which speeds up tangling. We do not recommend driving in the car with the window down, riding a bike, sitting in front of a fan on high, or any other activity that will blow the hair around violently for this reason. In these situations — and any other like it — you will want to gently restrain or cover the hair to prevent it from blowing around as much as possible. 

Another thing we recommend is the liberal application of a silicone-based product such as our Simply Stylin’ serum to help act as a buffer and anti-static measure.

 

This is an excerpt from our CysterWigs Knowledge Base. Check it out on our private site to see over 500 articles all about our store, wigs, and how to wear the hair!

 

By CysterWigs’ Contributor

Wear wigs and don’t think you need a wig steamer? Think again.

For the serious wig lover, a wig steamer is a must-have. Why is that you ask? Well, it all comes down to preservation and convenience. That’s right. A wig steamer is the tool you need to preserve the quality of your wigs without the help of a professional.

You might be thinking, “Why not just use a standard clothing or furniture steamer to steam my wig to perfection?” The answer is because you’d be making a huge mistake. When it comes down to it, household steamers will pretty much ruin your human hair or synthetic wigs. They have been created to get really hot in order to rapidly steam out set-in wrinkles from heavy duty fabrics and upholstery – not hair. This is why you’ll want to invest in a steamer designed specifically for the gentle nature of wigs.

While a handheld wig steamer is the thing you need to smooth out wig crimps and kinks, it can also be used to style your favorite wigs. That’s right! A wig steamer doubles as wig care accessory and wig styling tool. Wig steamers are especially helpful when styling synthetic wigs that retain shape or offer “style” memory. They can quickly and easily straighten and smooth fibers from tight coils, curls or waves. But they can also be used to hold those curls or coils in place. Furthermore, wig steamers lock in moisture to revitalize hair that is dried out and help eliminate frizzy flyaways to keep your wigs in tiptop shape. Just make sure your wigs are heat-friendly before styling or caring for them with a wig steamer.

So there you go. If you’ve been on the fence about buying a wig steamer, we’ve just given you a few good reasons to pick one up!



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Jon Renau Wig Steamer

Yep, you heard it. To some, it might seem like wig wearing, but to me it’s deciding how I want to feel and come across to other people that day. That is seriously how I decide which wig I will wear for the day (or hey…for even just that next part of the day…..because I change my wigs more than once a day sometimes!)

When I first started wig-wearing due to Alopecia Areata, I bought wigs that were as similar as possible to what my bio hair looked like.  Honestly, this was probably a really great thing to help me adjust to wearing wigs. However, I didn’t continue to only purchase wigs that looked like my bio hair.

After discovering Cysterwigs and realizing how many AWESOME wig designers, styles, and colors that were available to put on my head, I finally bit the bullet and purchased a wig that was a completely different color and length. This was definitely outside of my comfort zone! This is what changed everything about wig wearing for me.

When I put that wig on I felt like I could pull of completely different outfits, have a different attitude, and really just ENJOY wig wearing! What did I do next? Well, now that I had no limitations on which styles & colors I could purchase (other than my wig budget!!) I started collecting other wigs that had completely different looks, or as I like to call them, attitudes!

Now I can wear whatever attitude I want. I can be sassy, sexy, colorful, relaxed, fun, goddess-like…..really, whatever I want to feel like, I can wear that attitude. I seriously pick out my hair before I pick out my clothes.

What do my friends and other people I meet say? They say that it is totally AWESOME that I have the ability to do this. If they don’t like it, who cares?!, it’s not for them anyways! It is all about how I want to feel, and that is really stinking empowering.

Happy wig wearing y’all!

Rachel rocking the hell out of Ellen Wille Girl Mono in Auburn Rooted


Product Listing:
Girl Mono by Ellen Wille

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