Heather’s favorite kinds of cap construction & fiber

I wear a wide range of wigs in my real life wig wear. Part of this is because I own a store and review a lot of different stuff. I tend to fall in love with wigs of all kinds of fibers, cap constructions, lengths, and colors.

My preference is to wear traditional modacrylic synthetic wigs. I don’t like styling my hair at all. That rules out most human hair styles, which need to be styled in order to be wearable. Traditional synthetics look great, come in a wide range of colors, and are relatively inexpensive compared to fussier alternatives.

I wear mostly mid-length wigs, though I do enjoy edgy pixie cuts and longer glamazon styles when the mood strikes me. 😉

I have two favorite kinds of cap construction that I come back to again and again:

My favorite cap construction for ease of wear is OPEN CAP (wefted) with a LACE FRONT. These are very easy to wear. I keep my biohair very short all year round, which allows me to get away with these wigs without wearing a wig cap or liner underneath. Stylistically, I love that these wigs tend to have very nice built-in volume, which is great for rounder faces like mine. The prices on these tend to be very wallet-friendly compared to fancier cap constructions. They’re super easy to wear, too: I can throw one on, make sure the lace front is flat, run my fingers through it a little, and be off on my merry way! I enjoy saving money just as much as the next person — so it should come as no surprise to know that most of my personal wigs are this cap construction!

My favorite cap construction for comfort is 100% HAND-TIED, with or without a lace front. Hand-tied wigs are generally very light weight, have nice, stretchy caps (except in the Raquel Welch line – be sure to size up if you suspect you have a large cap size!), and exquisitely natural movement. The hair pivots naturally at the base where it is tied, so the effect is glorious. These DO require a liner or wig cap underneath for the optimal effect. However, these tend to be very comfy, especially after they’ve been on for 10 – 20 minutes and have warmed to the temperature of your skin. I travel a lot and these are my go-to wigs when I am in windy areas. The cap construction on these will NEVER leave you with exposed wefts when the wind blows…because there are no wefts to expose! 🙂

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This is a hate-free zone :)

I want to let it be known that this is a place where we should all come together to be supportive of one another in our respective hair journeys, whether or not we support (or understand) each others’ life paths. This could be a fabulous opportunity to learn from one another, provided we maintain respect for each other’s boundaries.

That goes both ways, y’all. No preachy stuff, but in exchange, give folks space if it seems like they need it; they’ll come around in their own time or they won’t – that’s their right

I’ve always been under the impression that the best way to foster compassion is to show people just how loving and caring you are instead of just focusing on all the things you disagree about. You have hopes, dreams, and people in your life you care very deeply about. You’re a complete package, and by sharing these parts of yourself in casual encounters, the commonalities between you and those you think you have so little in common with become much more difficult to ignore!

I feel like we can love each other and suspend judgement . . . and make this about helping each other feel our best during the times in our lives when we may physically and emotionally feel our worst. We can lift each other up to help each other feel our most beautiful. How cool is that? 🙂

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How do you determine if a wig is ultra-short, short, mid-length, etc.?

I (Heather) tried them on! 🙂

These distinctions have more to do with aesthetics than the measurements (see below).

Ultra-Short =

never needs to be combed, the shortest wigs on the market, top usually cannot be tucked behind the ears, extremely short nape (< 3”)

Short =

may occasionally need to be combed, top can be tucked behind the ears, short nape (no measurement cutoff here)

Mid-Length =

Falls anywhere on most people from right below the jaw to up to 2” below the shoulders

Long =

Wig falls below the shoulders (so, longer than mid-length, though some in this category could be considered longer mid-length) to around the mid-back on most women

Ultra-Long =

FRONT of the wig (which is usually shorter due to layering) is very long and extends past the breasts of most women, BACK of wig extends beyond the waist on most women

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How I wash my synthetic wigs

By Heather Hershey

What you’ll need:

1 capful liquid fabric softener — your choice of brand / scent (doesn’t matter)

optional: wig shampoo

a clean sink


a towel

a plastic wig stand

a wide-toothed comb

silicone serum

optional: protectant / sealer / glosser

1. Fill the sink with lukewarm water

2. Add a capful of liquid fabric softener and (optional) a little wig shampoo to the water. Swish to mix.

3. Use wide-toothed comb to gently detangle wig, starting at the bottom of the hair and working your way up to the top.

4. Once detangled, add the wig to the water and gently swish around. Be careful not to scrub, wring, or otherwise be rough with the hair, as this promotes static buildup and tangling.

5. You may allow the hair to soak for up to 20 minutes if the water only has fabric softener in it. If shampoo was added, you may want to skip the soak.

6. Remove the wig from the water and place it on a towel.

7. Empty the sink and refill with clean water.

8. Submerge the wig again and gently swish to rinse.

9. Repeat steps 6, 7, & 8 until the water comes out clean. Empty the sink.

10. With the wig rinsed thoroughly in still water (as described above), remove it from the water, and place it on the towel, then place the plastic wig stand in the sink and position the wig on it. Allow wig to dry for about an hour.

11. While wig is damp, spray lightly with the silicone serum on the top and work from the top to the bottom of the strands with your fingers. Continue to let the wig dry on the stand until the rest of the way dry.

12. Optional: Once wig is dry, spray the ends very lightly with the sealer spray and comb through with the wide-toothed comb.

13: Lightly comb with wide-toothed comb when wig is dry, and that’s it! 🙂

Most wigs will only need to be washed about twice a month. We recommend using dry shampoo in between washings to keep your hair smelling awesome and feeling fresh.

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Is there a way to decrease the amount of permatease in a wig?

From a YouTube comment:

Hi Heather, I have a Reese by Noriko but can’t wear it because of the perma-tease. It looks like I’m wearing a football helmet, lol. Anything I can do to decrease this perma-tease?

Well, in all seriousness, the best way to do this is to avoid buying permateased wigs. Now, I know that sounds like a gigantic cop-out, but it really isn’t. Here’s why:

Decreasing the permatease in this wig will cause it to lie flat. In a style like Reese, that will completely change the entire style of the wig. That wig is supposed to be a voluminous, layered shag.

If you were able to remove the permatease completely, such as by steaming it straight or by – YIKES! – pulling it out (which I have heard people have done!), you would find the wig completely unwearable. It would be destroyed, because the permatease not only gives the wig body, but it hides the wefts on the top of the cap. Without it, those tracks can easily become exposed, which is a common problem with wigs with lighter amounts of permatease.

Some companies that make wigs with smaller amounts of permatease in the cap (like Jon Renau, for instance) strongly advise against moving the part in the hair from where it is when you get your wig, because that is usually the only part of the wig with enough permatease to cover the tracks on the top of the cap well enough so that the wefts don’t show through. They don’t do this to be cheap or chintzy, mind you. They do this because so many customers demand wigs with minimal amounts of permatease, and they are simply responding to that demand the best way they can.
Remember: Permatease is a key structural component of any wig where you find it, just like the monofilament is in a mono wig.

So while you can steam it to flatten it out, or apply a bunch of styling product to the top of your wigs to keep flyaways under control, you’ll want to accept these for what they are.

In this specific example, Noriko wigs are ALWAYS kind of voluminous and rounded. That and layering are what that brand is known for, honestly. (Though at one time, they were also known as pioneers in rooted coloring on synthetic hair . . . but now everyone does it!) The Amore line is a much better bet if you want to stay within that color palette and away from the permatease poof. Just remember, there’s no way to get the kind of volume you’ll find in a wig like Reese WITHOUT that permatease, so all of the Amore wigs (which are mono top) will be a little flatter and conservative by comparison. 😉

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Reese by Noriko