Can I turn a full wig into a topper?

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From a customer e-mail:

If I could trouble you for your professional opinion…..I saw a Heidi JR in shaded peach locally and fell in love. My ideal situation would be to have this wig trimmed down into a half wig or large topper and have my bio hair free underneath. My bio hair is a level 4-6 brunette like the rooted shade of Heidi.

Would this look completely bizarre?? I see women all the time that have heavily highlighted top layers with undyed natural colour underneath….but Heidi doesn’t have any low lights so that makes me hesitate.

This question is a two-parter.

For the first question:

I actually think Heidi would be a great wig to turn into a topper – and it’s a very easy thing to do, too! 🙂

Before I tell you how, I have one question: does your biohair have a similar texture? That is my only reservation here. You will want it to blend in . . . though it may look kind of cool if you got the back of your hair cut really short and tapered like an angled bob, thus negating the need for the textures to match. The integration is the tricky part with toppers. The texture is more of a dead giveaway than a color match because if your hair is slightly darker, like you mentioned in your example, then the topper could just look like it’s adding highlights / lowlights. Texture is much harder to pass off like that.

If your texture matches, then the rest is easy-peasy! All you would have to do is cut the monofilament top free from the rest of the wig – which should be easy to accomplish due the obvious seams – and then sew in some Jon Renau pressure-sensitive clips into the back and sides of the mono parts.

You may also want some lace tape for the lace front, and Lace Let Go to protect these delicate features (and your skin!) while removing the topper at night.

For the second question:

It will NOT look bizarre at all, provided the textures match or you have another strategy like the stacked-bob solution I mentioned above. Your dark hair color will look very pretty with this kind of highlight added to it, and will look like a traditional “stacked” color, which is typically darker at the nape, anyway.

Here’s a video tutorial on this:

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  1. Daisy
    August 24, 2018 / 5:02 am

    I’ve been making toppers out of wigs for several years now. I’ve had great luck with Amore wigs due to their non-lace front and thick hair line. I’ve also tried a couple Jon Renau and TressAllure wigs but they didn’t work well because the hairline was too sparse. Have you found certain brands/models to work better than others for topper conversions? My personal favorites are Brandi, Samantha, and Codi by Amore.

    • Gina
      August 24, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      Hi Daisy! Thank you for commenting and sharing your insight on topper conversions. (Love your wording!) 🙂

      I personally think it’s more the monofilament feature than the brand that works for making a topper. I think mono-part wigs will also work, but not as well a full monofilament top. The way I see it, too much fullness at the top will make the style more elongated since the sides are missing the other wig pieces.

      I totally agree that Amore wigs will work really well for this!

  2. Maggie
    May 22, 2019 / 9:03 pm

    Have you ever made a topper from a synthetic wig that was closed. I guess that’s the term. The one i have I love but i can’t handle a full wig and it doesn’t have the lace like in your video

    • Gina
      May 27, 2019 / 6:52 pm

      Hi there Maggie,

      I personally have never made a topper from a closed or standard cap wig. I do think it is possible with wigs as long as the wig has some exposed wefts. I’m honestly not very handy with sewing so I think I would destroy a wig with wefts that are 100% covered. As with experimenting with your wigs, please try with a wig that you are ready to retire. Good luck!

      Please contact us in the CCHD for any further questions. 🙂

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