30 Days with Sarah: An Experiment in Hair Monogamy

You are in for a real treat today! Please welcome Kerry, our Social Media Manager, as a first time blogger with us here at CysterWigs!


I shaved my head recently – all the way down, with no guard on the clippers.  I know this is not a big deal to many of you (or maybe any of you), my fellow wig wearers, but it was a kind of an act of defiance for me.  Wearing all that hair every day – it was my way of taking my independence back.  Independence is not typically a word associated with wearing a wig, but it was one of several revelations I had while wearing Sarah by Jon Renau in 12FS8: Shaded Praline for 30 days straight.  But first things first – let’s talk about the nitty gritty and get that out of the way, then we can get to the fun stuff.

When I first saw Sarah a few months ago, staring at those model pictures and memorizing the details: hand-tied cap, lace front, mono top, 12.5” nape…I was in awe.  That is amazing hair!  That is a piece of art it took someone a full work week to make!  I wanted to be that pretty – to have that hair.  And thank you very much, Jon Renau and Cysterwigs – I could have it!

So I ordered it.  And then I saw someone remark on the Cysterwigs blog of one reviewer wearing Sarah that “yeah, it’s beautiful – but how is this hair going to look after a month of wear?” Good question!  And that is how this experiment was born.  I would wear this hair for 30 days and report back.

What I did:

  • I wore Sarah for 30 days straight – even weekends, for at least 8 hours a day, sometimes up to 17 hours. I did NOT wear this hair to the gym – I have a “gym wig” for that.
  • I took a selfie everyday ?

 

  • I washed her 3x in that 30 days using fabric softener. I used Simply Stylin’ spray detangler and serum on the ends.
  • I only combed the hair at most 3x a day, most days only 2x using a Jon Renau comb.
  • I wore a nude wig cap (my biohair is almost black) to not only disguise my biohair, but also to protect the hand-knotted interior and a tan Velvet Wig Grip – no adhesives.
  • I wore it loose, in a headband, a low pony, and a low bun.
  • I wore this hair in all kinds of weather – literally snow, rain, hail, wind, and heat. I live in Colorado and we get a mix of everything, especially in the Spring!
  • I wore this hair with winter coats, cardigans, and t-shirts. I wore this hair while sick with a cold, even!

How the hair held up:

After all was said and done, the most wear was found at the ends – on the inside (shown below).  I was kind of surprised thinking it would be at the nape, but this was not the case.  In retrospect, this makes sense.  My hair was swinging back and forth, being rubbed in between me and my chair or car seat, or being whipped around by the wind and the ends rubbing against my clothes took the worst of it.  Knowing what I know now, I would tend to flip my hair over my shoulder to the front when driving or sitting at my desk to help prevent this.

What I learned:

  • Yes, you can wear this hair every day and I think it would hold up well enough for 3 months of wear, maybe longer depending on how well you take care of it.
  • It is harder to scratch your head with a hand-tied piece, as nice as they are. There’s no sticking a finger between the wefts!
  • I usually wear short, dark hair and have only recently started to experiment with color. Typically, it only takes a few hours to get used to seeing yourself in something new, but this change was so radical I felt very fake those first few days.
  • If I really loved just this hair and wanted to wear it every day, I would invest in a human hair wig. I worried a lot about damaging it most of the time.
  • You can’t steam out the damage on this hair without losing the curl pattern, which seems impossible to duplicate.
  • Long, curly or wavy hair is going to lose body over time. Just as stated above, it would difficult to recreate these wave patterns and is just a fact of wearing a synthetic wig.

While yes, I think Sarah held up extremely well, I would not recommend this as a piece for daily wear, unless you have the budget to buy several and switch them out.  And really, what fun is that?  I love wearing wigs and a big reason why is because I get to change my style to suit my mood, my outfit, whatever.  And that is something I would never want to change!


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7 Comments

  1. July 25, 2017 / 10:23 am

    What an experiment…you are so brave..btw..so adorable with your head shaved( you never really know your head shape until then but yours is lovely 😉 not just wearing a long wig like this..but the extreme color change..I know I would get bored wearing the same wig everyday..heck I change mine during the day sometmes..lol Great tips though..I bought my first super long wavy hair( Estetica’s Eden) and your tips will help me keep her looking gorgeous as long as possible. Thank you..great post! 🙂

    • July 25, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      I agree with you Kathleen! Kerry looks amazing and I love how naturally beautiful she looks even without all the smoke and mirrors! I know rocking the buzzed down bio hair isn’t for everyone but I think Kerry looks great! She’s such a strong and brave woman! I love it!

  2. July 25, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    This is a great post, Kerry! Your selfies are adorable. I also agree with your assessment. This is a gorgeous wig, but you’d need some sort of back up strategy to ensure you could switch it out with something else or have a second for when this starts to get snarly. It still looks pretty on you on day 31, though. The color is also great on you!

  3. Heather E
    July 25, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    I like the buzzed look myself. However, since I don’t like wig caps my wig just slides around so I keep my bio hair at least a couple inches long. Thanks for the tips to help with the damage. The color looks so great on you!

  4. Katherine
    July 26, 2017 / 12:30 am

    Kerry, we all knew you were beautiful, but you really do look amazing sans wig! I’d love to see a blog post if you choose to go out and about because you can definitely pull it off!

    I think you were exceptionally brave to do this; to shave your head, to bare your “soul,” so to speak, but to me, more than anything, to wear the same wig for a whole month! (And you remembered to take selfies every day! Which are all super-cute, btw!)

    Quite frankly, I’m surprised Sarah held up as well as she did (especially the nape!), but I completely agree that you would need to switch it out if it was your plan to be your main wig on a daily basis (and this really seems like more of a special occasion wig). Still, you look absolutely stunning in it and I really appreciate you taking one for the team FOR SCIENCE!

    Thank you so much for doing this, and I will definitely start flipping my long wigs over my shoulder when sitting at a desk or driving in the car in the future! Great advice!

  5. July 27, 2017 / 1:49 am

    Whoa! I didn’t know you were on WP. Hey neighbor! I love the experiment. Personally, I think the wig looks better on day 31 than the first day. I’ve always liked my bio hair better dirty, it “behaved” better. These days I don’t even bother blowing it out because I pin it up and plop my wig on. Back to your experiment. I’m intrigued because you said you washed it three times. How long did it take to dry? I wash mine and condish in fabric softener too but they take a good day to dry.

  6. Amber
    July 28, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I shaved my head for the first time in my early 20’s. I found it very liberating. Defiance indeed. Thank you for this great post!

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