How can I tell how long a wig is?

The measurements are taken by the suppliers themselves and these are the specs they provide to us. Nape measurements are generally taken from the hair at the physical nape at the interior back of the wig down to the bottom of the hair.

The nape is a much better measurement for determining overall length than the crown measurement. Many styles are layered, meaning that they will have short crown measurements due to the cut even if they are long styles. Stick with the nape as your primary guide to avoid confusion.


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Is the Gisele by Jon Renau somehow smaller than other long wigs from this line?

From a customer email:

I have purchased Jon Renau wigs before, Victoria and Gisele, which I love!! The Victoria fits perfectly but I find the Gisele cap small, not sure if this is due to the weight of the hair, but it doesn’t sit comfortably and I wouldn’t feel comfortable to wear it out fearing it would slip off! Please can you advise me on which Zara would be best and the difference between the large cap and regular cap please?

The cap on Zara (average) is not nearly as small as the one on the Gisele. I have had the same issues with Gisele myself. I love that wig — but it definitely rides up in the back like whoa. I think it is a little smaller than some of the other long monotop Smartlace offerings, honestly. The ones I’ve owned, as well as some of the client feedback I’ve received, all support this, at least anecdotally.

I think if you have good luck with the regular Victoria, then the regular Zara should be ok. I have a suspicion the cap on Zara Large might be too big because it is REALLY big, especially in the back!


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Reducing Wig Shine – by Kathleen

Hi Kathleen here with another easy peasy wig trick. This time to reduce your wigs shine. I will say on the whole I’m not adverse to some shine on my wigs. To me it looks like healthy hair. I’m reminded of all the shampoo commercials and ads I’ve seen over the years and I was always so envious of the models shiny hair 😉. There are times though when the shine is so much even I feel the need to reduce it. Above in image one is my Tony of Beverly Isla. One of my favorites and even in the very even indirect light the image on the left has quite a bit of shine. After applying some good old face powder the image on the right has virtually no shine in the same lighting situation.

I know everyone uses dry shampoo so why do I use face powder you ask? Two reasons I’ve tried dry shampoo and for me it just turned into a big mess. Too much came out (I had a hard time regulating the amount and ended up washing my wig) the smell was too strong for me and I didn’t like the feel of the wig afterwards. I wanted something easy and quick. Perusing youtube I came across this trick. Its super easy. You cannot apply too much and if you wear makeup most folks already have some laying around…Did I mention I was lazy? Lol

In the little video above I demonstrate how easy it is to apply translucent face powder….this time on my High Impact by Gabor. Afterwards I work it in with my hands and a quick light comb through with a wide tooth comb and I’m all set.

Here is High Impact in strong natural light coming from my kitchen windows and there is no shine. 😉

There is a time you want your wig to be especially shine free and that is when photos are going to be taken. A wedding for instance. The one thing you want to avoid are any flash photos. Most professional photographers don’t use a flash in the traditional sense they use a light meter so the photos they take are balanced. The ones guests etc might take using a flash you just want to avoid. Even natural bio hair will come out shiny in that instance. 🤪

Above image 6 illustrates Isla in natural indirect light after I have applied the powder. This is a photo taken from my ipad with the flash off. Absolutely no shine. Experiment with your camera. Take a few photos in different lighting conditions with and without a flash. You can always apply more powder if you aren’t happy with the results. If I know photos might be taken of me I use more powder than I normally would to thoroughly coat those wig fibers. I love the fact the powder gives my wigs more body and that my powder doesn’t smell like alot of dry shampoos do.

Above image 7 illustrates the Isla again in the same lighting conditions but this time I used my flash on my IPad. You can see the shadows on my face are minimized or flattened. You can also see the hair on Isla is still shine free. I’m impressed.

The last test is taking your “powdered” wig outside in strong direct natural sunlight. Image 8 shows Isla in very bright Georgia light (I couldn’t look up and could barely open my eyes the sun was so bright..lol) is there shine? Yes but in this instance it looks like truly healthy hair. It does not look like a wig..at least in my humble opinion it doesn’t. She still has less shine than the first before photo in image one. So the take away here if you’re in a rush or in a pinch and want to reduce your wigs shine go ahead and try your translucent face powder it’s easy peasy. Enjoy!


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How do you tell a potential partner that you wear wigs? Part Two

Part one of this article is available here.

PART TWO: My personal rules for handling this

NOTE: These are my strategies. I definitely advise you to experiment a little to come up with a solution that you are comfortable with. Everyone’s different and what works for me may not be a comfortable solution for you. 🙂

    1. Come up with a game plan in ADVANCE. This involves asking yourself some pretty tough personal questions about where your boundaries are in terms of how far you are willing to discuss things and how much curiosity you are willing to indulge. You will also have to determine what kind of negative reactions you are willing to accept, if any. I, personally, will not date anyone who is judgmental of wig wear in any negative way whatsoever. It’s just too big of a part of my life! I will literally drop a $20 bill on the table (or however much pays for my meal + tip) and GTFO because as a very wise woman once said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”
    2. Because of my strong stance, I tell potential partners right away. For a lot of people – especially heterosexual men – profound hair loss can be an absolute deal breaker. (Again, go back to my point above about cognitive dissonance. I wish this weren’t the case, but it absolutely is.) By putting it out there right away, you can weed out all the people who would make a big deal out of this right away before you would end up in a situation where you would have to tell them face-to-face. If on an online dating site, you can post this right in your profile. This can be done relatively discretely by posting pictures of yourself in various wigs and waiting for people to ask you directly about why your hair changes so much. This can also be done overtly by putting a statement about it directly in the text of the picture captions or body of your profile.
    3. If you make this public knowledge up-front on your dating profiles, be aware that you DO NOT have to pay attention to every question people ask you about your hair. You can (and probably should) ignore people who want to reduce you to a sideshow attraction. Those trolls can just as easily google wigs, so let them and save your energy. (Hell, send them a link to my blog or this article and maybe that’ll sort them out! LOL)
    4. When on dates, try asking fun questions to the other person about their opinions about hair. This can be about specific hair cuts, colors, social views about hair, women who change their hair a lot, etc. All of these can make fun topical segues to help you break the ice about your wig wear.
    5. Frame the situation as something that plays to their advantage. (Appeal to their fantasies.) I have historically always framed it as the opportunity to “look however I want, whenever I want.” Your partner wants to date a blonde for a day? PRESTO! You’ve got the hair for that. How about a redhead? No worries, you can accommodate that too! Make them a part of the process. It becomes much more fun for both of you that way and then they are much more likely to embrace your wig wear . . . and they may even become part of the purchasing process! (We have husbands buy wigs for their wives in this store all the time, for example.)
    6. If someone makes a rude comment, try your best not to take it personally. It’s difficult. I know that. However, you’re better off knowing they’re a knuckle-dragging troglodyte sooner rather than later. Internally thank them for saving you the guess work and cut your losses. 😉
    7. Do NOT try to convince someone to change their mind if they are opposed to dating someone with hair loss. People have extremely specific and individualized notions of what they consider attractive. Honestly, I don’t get down with the PC police. I think that telling people they’re wrong for liking what they like is misguided. Instead, we should focus on not barking up the wrong tree to begin with to avoid the headache. (IMHO)
    8. Likewise, do NOT feel obligated to “educate” someone who is rude or overly curious about it if you are not comfortable talking about it. You get to dictate the boundaries about your own hair loss and how you talk about it. (Remember, you’re She-Ra: YOU have the power.) You don’t OWE it to anyone – particularly a total stranger in the beginning of the dating process – to disclose more or less information than you are comfortable discussing. Once you establish your boundaries in step #1, stick to them!

Hopefully this article is helpful to some of you! 🙂

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