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.
Is there a shelf life for wigs? I would like to buy a few with your great sales, but I don’t know if the wigs break down after a while.
I actually have synthetic wigs in my collection that I bought clear back in 1999 . . . and they’re costume wigs, to boot!
The suggested expiration dates on our site (which you can see here) are to tell you how long you can expect to wear them if you wear them every single day, like to work and stuff. However, if you only wear them once in a while, they can last a very, very, VERY long time. That’s why I always keep a little collection and rotate them out. That way, no one wig in my personal stock ever gets worn out too quickly.
Everyone handles this differently, though. 🙂
The gist is this:
Synthetic wigs will keep indefinitely if not worn. I definitely suggest taking wigs out of storage every couple of months to wear them or place them on a mannequin head. If you leave them in the box indefinitely, they can become misshapen.
Human hair wigs will need to be moisturized periodically, even if you aren’t using them. Just like leather, if you let them go too long without some moisture, they will become dry and brittle and begin to break down. As long as you keep this in mind, though, you can store them for many years without any problems.
Hi folks Kathleen here with two firsts for me. This was my first Julianne by Jon Renau and the first time trying Jon Renau’s new color Laguna Blonde. When I viewed Heather’s (CEO & founder of CysterWigs) Color Spotlight I was sold immediately on this color. It was warm but not that brassy yellow blonde I avoid. It has a lot of dimension to the color and the root was a 12 so a nice light warm brown. This post will explore my journey from taking a look at Julianne right out of the box and thinking ugh another long wig that doesn’t look “right” on me to the final styling that made me totally fall in love with her. This is definitely going to be my date hair this summer. 😉
So in image 1 I plopped Julianne on my head right out of the box without doing anything to her. Now granted no one is ever going to do this. I wanted to show you how a longer curly/wave wig like Julianne comes to you. A tad scary huh? No need to panic. A little finger styling and clipped back on one side and she looks very different.
At this point I was exploring this wig and these waves. I loved the color. I didn’t feel Julianne flattered my face though. Was it my age?(59)…or my face shape?(long but full 😜) Or was it just simply because I never had long hair it was just too weird seeing myself in longer styles. Again my stubborn nature stepped in and I was determined to find a way to style her so she worked for me. Below in image 3 I fluffed her up a lot. Separating and retwirling many of the curls. Hmmm Julianne is making me feel a little younger, perhaps and I’m starting to feel better about this longer style.
Before I go any farther lets take a look at how Julianne arrives. I was so excited to get this hair mail. Hairnet on and turned inside out to preserve the integrity of the style/curl pattern and bobby pinned securely into place. Very classy.
Julianne is 100% hand tied with a mono top and a lace front. She has a closed soft extended nape and soft closed ear tabs. All the bells and whistles. Fits wonderfully and is soooooooo comfy. The cap even looks comfy doesn’t it?
Below image 6 illustrates how beautiful this color is. The very light blonde highlighting and the warm light brown root really gives a sophistication to this blonde.
Below image 7 showcases the gorgeous Laguna Blonde. This photo was taken with natural light from the windows in my kitchen. Very evenly dispersed light here. Such a pretty soft warm very light blonde. This root color is very close to my bio hair so for me looks very realistic. Julianne is slightly longer in the front than the back.
A couple of colors came to mind when I saw this new Laguna Blonde. One was Belle Madame’s Swedish blonde Root. Even in bright light (image 8) Laguna Blonde is softer than SBR. As pretty as Swedish Blonde Root is she was just a little too lemon yellowy for my taste.
Another color that came to mind was Ellen Wille’s Light Honey Rooted. What I wasn’t thrilled about was the overall darker gold (not enough pale blonde highlights) of LHR and the root was very dark so not a pleasing overall color on me. On the other hand Laguna starts out with a softer more natural warm blonde base then adds all the very light blonde highlights and the lighter rooting and bingo its a gorgeous color that works with my peachy skin color (fyi…My skin tone is neutral).
I have talked about my “magic light” from my covered deck before. The curtains act as a diffuser and softens the appearance of my wrinkles and bags 😂. Here is a photo (image 10) my husband(secretly) took from inside our home looking through the window. It came out surprisingly good! My hubby is so cute. This is the covered deck I take most of my photos from with my iPad Pro. I was testing out a simple updo for this relatively short style. I just used a small claw to keep the hair altogether. Cute and easy.
Julianne is short in the back but you can still clip her up so the hair is off your neck.
Image 12 illustrates another easy style. Take a section of hair on each side and twist and clip them back or perhaps use a pair of decorative combs. These curls/ waves are so romantic.
Below (image 13) illustrates the dimension of Laguna Blonde. The lightest blonde is used throughout this color to soften the warm gold base shade.
I love how the lightest blonde is carried through to the tips. This is exactly how your hair would change over time if you had it dyed like this.
You know I strive to get accurate color photos. Actually it borders on obsession..lol 😜 How else are you going to make your mind up about a color? Well this root was a struggle to capture but I finally got it. A beautiful warm light brown root. Image 15 illustrates how all the blondes are blended into the number 12 root so the transition is gradual. Beautifully done.
Ahhhh image 16 illustrates my Julianne finally styled for me. I changed the part to be roughly in the middle. I usually can’t wear a middle part because it makes my face look even longer. I like volume on top and sides to give the illusion of the ideal oval face shape (balances my face). Well Julianne does that. I also used a little Jon Renau Piece Out Fiber Crème along the part and to help lift the front area next to the part and for some fly aways. Isn’t she gorgeous?
Images 16-20 showcases Julianne in natural indirect bright sunlight. No filters used here. Also you can see how well the root was done in image 16.
Below image 18 illustrates how Julianne is slightly longer in front than the back. Not extreme though. I am loving this style more and more.
Below (image 21) illustrates this color Laguna Blonde (FS24/102S12) in full direct bright Georgia midday sunlight. You can see the almost strawberry blonde hue it takes on. Since I’m a red lover I couldn’t be happier. Basically I love this color in all lighting conditions.
So here I am (image 22) after I styled Julianne some more. I separated the curls even more with just my fingers (I haven’t even used a wide tooth comb on her yet). I also worked on getting a lift on top and in front. Of course there isn’t permatease but there are these baby hairs that are sewn in that allow you to work with the curl to get some lift and movement. I think Julianne looks best this way. You could certainly comb her down to be sleeker…not me! This lady needs the volume. 😂The fibers are so super fine that they behave like real hair…feathery is a good word to describe them. You’ll get fly aways (especially if you fluff her up to get more volume). There are many ways to tame those..the heat of your hand, a spritz of hairspray or conditioner. Water even helps. Lately I have been using the JR Piece Out Crème..a little goes a long way but it works beautifully. This photo is on my covered deck facing the bright sun but its diffused by the curtains you saw in the behind the scenes photo my hubby took. I might just try another beachy wave wig this time one that’s a little longer. I prefer a mono top so I can have a middle part. Ooh I love this wig & color combo. To me it screams Summer. 👙🕶☀️💃🏼
I feel like going to the beach! 🏖😊 The take away here is if you want total realism and comfort and a beachy wave style in the quintessential California Blonde summer color than Julianne in Laguna Blonde is a gorgeous choice for you. ENJOY!
Here is a little video to enjoy as well…I am thoroughly melted (it was a very hot Georgia day) and the color is a little off but I wanted to show you the movement and realism of Julianne. Fyi…I did add some silicone tape to the underside of the part area..this just helps with realism if you have bio.
You know you have an amazing Boss Lady when she sends you surprise happy hair mail to review. Woot! Thank you Heather!
Hey y’all! Today I am reviewing the new Lace Front Mono Topper 6″ by BelleTress in the color Cappuccino with Cherry.
Before we get started, I want to show you how much biohair I’m working with. I use think that I really didn’t have much hair (like almost bald). I think my mind exaggerated the hair loss to an extreme because I had hair so thick it would break hair ties in my early teens. Yes, I know my biohair is thin but now 2 1/2 years into wearing hair, I’m ok with rockin’ the biohair most of the time. I began to realize that most people weren’t looking at my hair when they would look at me. But since I’ve worked for a wig company during this time, my eyes were opened and I could see how many woman also had thin hair or sometimes who else was wearing a wig.
I have to be honest though, my lifestyle is pretty laid back as an extreme-part time blogger and stay-at-home-mom. I now wear my hair when I’m out of my comfort zone aka when I’m not wearing yoga pants.
With biohair this long, toppers are my preference since wigs really do fit better and more securely with little to no biohair. My first BelleTress toppers were ordered in May 2017 and they were AMAZING. Everything we love about BelleTress were also featured in the toppers. The hair had natural volume and the colors were beautiful. The lengths available were all long so I bought them while my hair was still short from having buzzed my hair.
But now BelleTress has come out with the 6″ topper!! I really wish I had this back then!
This 6″ topper has listed measurements of bangs at 5″, sides at 5″, and the back at 6″.
The base was closer to 6.5″ side-to-side and 6″ from front-to-back.
The color Heather selected for me was the Cappuccino with Cherry described as “Warm dark brown with medium and dark auburn blended highlights”. I really love these blended highlights because they are subtle in a not-in-your-face natural look.
If my biohair were a few inches shorter, the Cappuccino with Cherry would blend in so well. But look at how awesome the natural volume this topper has!
Keep in mind that this topper is a heat friendly piece. That means you could style it with a curler or wear it while cooking with guests without fear of frying the hair. But all that goodness means that the hair requires a little bit of product hair care TLC.
This topper has a lace front so there is not a front clip. I can start the day with the topper feeling secure and looking natural with the lace front. As the day goes on, it will slowly slide back because my biohair gets pretty oily. Ugh… The blue tape really helps and the Lace Let Go is used when it is time to remove it since you don’t want to pull to hard on the lace front or pull on your biohair.
I hope this helps and that you would consider this or any of the BelleTress toppers if you are in the market for one. This particular 6″ length would look gorgeous on someone with biohair that’s chin length or shorter. BelleTress toppers and wigs are very natural looking with realistic volume and well done lace front hair line.
With hair loss, there are many things that are out of your control. But the one thing that can help bring back a sense of normalcy is purchasing a wig. With the wide variety of wigs on the market today, you can choose a style or two–or ten without breaking the bank. However, many people worry about how realistic they look–especially with the synthetic varieties. So here are a few tips to help you take that distinctive shine out of your new wig.
1. Try before you buy.
When selecting your wig, try on a few styles at a quality wig store. Start with a style that is similar to your hair before you started losing it. Also, step outside and take pictures in natural light so you can really see how the wig looks. The lighting in stores can be harsh so you want to make sure you’re looking at your wig in a more realistic setting.
2. If you buy cheap, you’ll buy twice.
Although expensive isn’t always better, you will get what you pay for. Wigs vary drastically in price. Human hair wigs look more realistic and give you more styling options, but they are a huge investment. Synthetic wigs are a more affordable, and a good option if you’re looking to wear a variety of styles regularly. Price-wise, they can range from $80 to a few hundred dollars. When buying synthetic wigs, make sure the texture feels real and not too plastic or rough–so that means if it’s not Halloween, costume shop wigs are definitely out!
3. Give it a wash and style.
With this step, if you’re nervous about styling your wig, take it to a salon that specializes in wig styling to have it washed and styled. Not only will this help “break in” the wig, but your stylist can customize your wig more so it suits you perfectly. Also, let your stylist know up front if your wig can be heat styled. This will prevent any damage from curling irons, blow dryers, etc.
4. Oh (dryer) sheet!
While many people swear by dry shampoo, it can actually leave a lot of build up on the hair which can make your wig look worse in the long run. Placing a dryer sheet on a paddle brush, then gently brushing the hair can help remove that noticeable shine most wigs have. It will also reduce static and help smooth the strands of hair.
5. Use quality products.
If you have a synthetic wig, avoid using anything oily or greasy since the hair cannot absorb anything. Instead, use a basic shampoo and conditioner and take your time when detangling. Allow it to air dry flat in between a towel.
6. Soak out the shine.
If you’ve tried the prior steps and your wig still looks a little too shiny for your liking, soak it for up to 10 mins in an apple cider vinegar (ACV) and warm water solution. Fill your sink or a large bowl with warm water and add a few capfuls of ACV (use an unfiltered brand with the ‘mother’ like Braggs). The ratio should be about one part ACV to four parts warm water. Let the wig soak in the solution for two minutes and then rinse with cool water. Repeat this process until the wig loses its shine. Allow the wig to air dry and then style it.
We hope you find these tips useful. We love hearing from you, so leave your feedback in the comments or share some of your tips to help a Cyster out!