Miranda by Jon Renau
Heather’s video review of Miranda by Jon Renau
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Ciara by Jon Renau
I always have anxiety that a good stiff wind or other unseen elements would embarrass me if I didn’t have the wig totally secured to my head and with some wigs, I noticed bubbling along the lace front. I’m sure many have also experienced this problem. I watched several You Tube videos where glue and double sided tape were used. Having to peel off the tape or rub the glue off my skin was taking the fun out of wearing a wig. Sewing in security clips did not help either and it only pulled my hair out. I thought there must be an easier way.
Upon further searches, I came upon some other videos where an elastic strap was used. I decided to test this method to see if it worked for me. They weren’t kidding, this REALLY DOES WORK. The bubbling laid flat against my scalp and the wig felt more securely to my head. It didn’t feel uncomfortable and there was no slipping. As a demonstration, I used a styrofoam head to show how the band strap is applied and fitted.
From a fabric store, I purchased a package of heavy stretch knit elastic (1” to 1.5” in width). I bought a dark brown to match the roots of my wig. At the top portion of one ear (where the ear tabs lay), I measured from ear to ear across the back of head. My measurements were 12.” I deducted 2” and cut 10” of elastic. I then sewed the ends of each strap to the bottom portion of the ear tabs. If you need a more secured fit, just cut off another ½” or less until it feels more secured. It’s a trial and error process, so you may want to use safety pins before sewing the bands onto the ear tabs. As I placed the wig on, I adjusted the elastic band onto the back of my head. I then took the back of the wig and pulled it down over the elastic band and just styled as I normally do. The band really helps the wig and front lace to lay flat.
Heather from CysterWigs.com also has a blog “Easy way to tighten lace front wigs” to help prevent lace front bubbling. Have a safe week everyone!
While going through my chemo treatments, my hair gradually showed signs of thinning, especially at the temples, the sides and hairline. No matter how hard I tried to hide it, it was apparent I was losing a battle to save my tresses and I was officially deemed “follically challenged.”
To hide these problem areas, my first “starter” wig was a topper. I purchased a Raquel Welch True2Life Top Billing. It has a monofilament memory cap that is pliant and flexible as well as a very sheer, soft lace front. It’s synthetic, light weight, heat friendly and I can part it in any direction. This color is RL6/30 (Copper Mahogany)- a medium chestnut brown with a slightly lighter deep red blend.
An important lesson I learned when shopping for a topper was they were not all “standard” or “one size fits all.” Each hairpiece is designed a little differently. When choosing a topper, it is best to consider the size, style, the type of hair (synthetic, human, heat friendly, etc.), the length and color that would match and blend well against your own bio hair.
Depending on the amount of hair loss, you may just want to opt for a full wig. However, toppers are very light weight, with little or no fuss, are easy to manage and add volume to flat lackluster hair. Unlike a full wig, you don’t have to worry about it slipping, sliding, pulling, straightening or constantly readjusting.
To apply the topper, open the pressure clips and place it along the top of your hairline. If you already have a defined strong front hairline, place the topper a little further back (as far as 1″-2″). Once the topper is in position, close the pressure clips down until you hear it snap. Comb and style your hair as you would normally.
Check out Heather’s CysterWigs video blog, “All about Toppers.” She gives a great insight regarding the texture of toppers and matching it to your bio hair, how to take measurements, how to properly put it on and take it off. Have a great week everyone!
Thank you Kendra! This is such a great post and it’s wonderful to see more about Top Billing!
Top Billing by Raquel Welch
Hello again, I’m Kenny and lately I have been totally wiggin’ out on wigs!
I have been searching for a second wig as a back up to my Belle Tress Sugar Rush. So many brands, so many styles, so many colors and it’s so hard to pick a favorite. A few months ago I purchased the Raquel Welch Spotlight Elite in the color RL 4/6-Black Coffee (deep warm espresso brown). This is a really sweeeeet wig 😉 It has dark brown roots surrounded and evenly blended with subtle reddish warm tones. The color seems to change in various indoor lighting.
Now, there are some pros and cons to the Spotlight Elite.
Pros: The Spotlight Elite is synthetic, with a monofilament top, a full hand tied cap with a nice lace front. In general, the lace fronts are comfortable and the knots on these Raquel Welch wigs are very impressive 🙂 This lace front is about 4″ long. Spotlight Elite has long soft and silky layers. It’s lightweight, heat friendly and I can part my hair from any direction. The RL 4/6 blends well with my skin tone and the side tabs fit nicely.
Since my bio hair has thinned out from the chemotherapy, I did have this wig thinned down about 30% and just added a few wispy bangs (as shown in these pictures).
Cons: Heather from Cysterwigs mentioned in her videos the Raquel Welch wigs tend to run a little small/snug. I noticed this as well. My head circumference is 21.5.” Spotlight Elite is listed as an average size. The cap is a little stretchy, but not by much. After a while, the cap starts to pull back and I have to secure it with bobby pins. I think someone with a smaller sized head should have no problem with the Raquel Welch wigs. Because this wig has such long layers, it tends to get snarled and tangled easily so it’s best to keep a comb handy.
I’ve tried on and tested several styles and colors of Raquel Welch wigs and they are awesome! They’re cool and comfortable, very realistic, the lace front is not scratchy, the hair fiber is not overly shiny, it’s light weight, the colors are so natural looking and can blend well against your own bio hair. Have a great week everyone!