I’m back again, Cysters! Morgan here with some delicious topper revelations.
Quickie background in case you haven’t spotted my previous posts…I’m in my late twenties, and I have broken, sun-damaged hair. I wanted bangs, but my beautician crushed my dreams by achingly informing me that my hair is too damaged and doesn’t have enough volume. Instead, I made a quick turn to the bang store (aka CysterWigs) and voila—I have the hair I’ve always dreamed of.
In my last post, I took my Chameleon Topper/Bang Filler to the shore and relaxed in sandy heaven, soaking up the sun’s rays and escaping an always-sunburned scalp, while enjoying added volume and boisterous bangs. This time, I decided to take my topper (and my boyfriend) out for a night out on the town— for the standard, yet always-charming, wine-and-ice-cream date—can you say YUM?
Putting on the topper is always a lively experience—watching the immediate transformation from lifeless hair to a BOOM of bangs is akin to putting on a Wonder Woman outfit. After a quick clip, a few brushes and some minor styling, me and my topper were ready for a hearty cab and some sweet treats.
As I savored gulps of wine, fought off brain freeze from too-large bites of ice cream and a lack of self-control, and indulged in great conversation with even better company, I was completely at ease in my topper and exceptionally comfortable wearing it on a normal night out. Actually, I knew that I looked absolutely stunning! The versatile Chameleon Topper feels light and airy, but it’s quite robust and volumizing. It piled on layers of hair that I wish I could grow naturally (but unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with those thick, shimmery hair genes.) The topper always feels a little foreign when I first put it on, but it quickly blends in only with the look of your hair, but also the feel of it.
The Chameleon Topper has been a godsend, and working it into an average, run-of-the-mill date night sprinkled in some spice and appealing looks with fun, unique locks!
I’ve worn my topper on a few special occasions and events now, but still feel a bit under the hair weather when I don’t have it on. I’m doing my damndest to get my hair back to the point where it’s manageable and healthy, but in the interim, the topper makes me feel more like myself! I know my real hair is under there somewhere, but the topper has been a great middle ground until I can get my hair back to where I want it to be. I’ve finally realized that there’s no reason to fear wigs. Wearing a topper is no different than getting your nails done, wearing a new pair of shoes, or sporting a different hairstyle! Self-expression exists in every facet of our lives—our cars and outfits are one factor, but our hair especially is an extension of our exciting personalities.
In the future, maybe it’s on to more colors and different variations—maybe even some longer locks and curly boosters. For now though, I’m beyond happy with my Chameleon topper from Cysterwigs!
Hi folks Kathleen here with how I customized my Kelsey to better flatter my face shape. Above (image 1) is the final product. I loved Kelsey before but for wearability I had to bring her volume down a bit (she has less permatease than Sonoma by René of Paris but still quite a bit) and trim and thin her to flatter my face and make her easier to wear in real life…not just for photos..😉
Below (image 2) shows everything I used. Not much at all. One of these days I’ll invest in a proper set of shears for trimming my wigs. The blue handled shears I actually pick up at my food store. 🤣The thinning shears I did purchase from CysterWigs and love them. So no excuses you don’t need fancy supplies to customize your wigs.
I love this color Lighter Red by Envy. I would describe it as a fashion Irish red. Because it’s really not a natural color. The base is much redder than a true Irish red would be. I love it though its very vibrant and surprisedly flattering for most people.
Above (image 3) I combed out (very gingerly with a Jon Renau wide tooth comb) my Kelsey and sectioned the area I want to trim bangs into. I should back up a bit here and say this was my second pass at customizing Kelsey. I encourage anyone who wants to make their wigs their own to only do a little at a time. Live with your wig and then determine if you’re happy or you need to do some more work on her. I had trimmed the length of side curls and thinned the front already. I wore her to my daughter’s Birthday dinner and realized after seeing photos she was still too much for me.
I determined I needed to trim a bang into her and work the curls better to help obscure the permatease. Above in (image 4) I twist the hair I want to cut for bangs. This give her a slight curve to the bangs vs straight across. I have figured out on “test” wigs..😉that on a wavy or curly wig five inches is a good length for a bang. It’ll spring up after its trimmed. Usually this is a good length (I did this on my Sweet Talk).
Above is a video demonstrating how I simply use my tap measure as a guide to trim the bang at five inches. I also use clips etc to help me keep together what I am trimming. Kelsey’s curls look pretty straight and sad looking here. No worries she’s a synthetic and those curls will come back after a cold dunk in water and some scrunching.
I then put Kelsey on my head and play around with the bangs to see if they will work for me or if I need to trim them some more. I decided they need more trimming. I use the bottom of my nose as a guide to trim more off. (above video) It works great! It might look funny but it works. PS. this is the real me..no makeup no filters no magic light..scary! 🤣
Above in image 7 I show you how I “chip” the ends of my bangs. I might decide to thin them but at this point I want a pretty blunt cut. This just gives them a softer look and not as perfect looking. The video below demonstrates how I do this.
Now I have my Kelsey all trimmed thinned and I’m ready to get her curls back. I first fill my bathroom sink with cold water and place her in it and make sure she gets completely wet. I then place her on a towel and pat her dry. Before I hang her upside down to dry I shake her over my tub. This helps separate the fibers and she isn’t so dripping wet when I hang her upside down to dry. The video above demonstrates what I do with my curly/textured wigs to revitalize the curls. As she’s drying I periodically go and scrunch her up. You would be surprised how much this helps the curl/texture come alive.
The curls are back but there is frizz at the base of the curls mainly from the permatease that I don’t like. I tap tap tap the permatease all over my head with my fingers this actually settles the permatease down so I can take the curls and re-twirl them without incorporating the permatease into the curls. I love permatease but I don’t want to see it. That is one reason I decided to trim bangs into my Kelsey. Bangs would obscure the permatease in front and the fact that Kelsey doesn’t have a lace front. In my humble opinion Kelsey would be a much nicer wig if she had a lace front and mono part..eh hem! Attention Envy wigs…hint hint.
Now for a bit of my secret weapon when it comes to giving some definition to curls on a wig like Kelsey. As I re-twirl the curls I add just a tad of Jon Renau’s Piece Out Crème to help define and keep the frizz and fly aways down. I put a tad on the tips of my fingers and apply to the base of each curl I am going to re-twirl. Work it into the curl and when I re-twirl it’ll be defined but not stiff or greasy and will stay like this until I wash the wig. I did this to the entire wig. Since I didn’t take any video when I was doing this I demonstrate my technique on a couple of small sections in the above video for you. Imagine doing the same thing on bigger sections of curls.
I then take a little more of Jon Renau’s Piece Out Crème and put a bit on the ends of curls that I think look a bit frizzy. It’s that finishing touch that makes a world of difference.
So here is the finished Kelsey (image 12) I really loved Kelsey before I did anything to her but I love her more now. I kept her style I just trimmed thinned and put in a bang to make her wearable for everyday life. She balances out my face now much better as well.
Look at this wig! I have to say I Love her length so much better now. She passes the I can eat without hair getting in my mouth test with flying colors. The bangs are soft looking and obscure the fact she has no lace front. She looks more realistic in my book.
Look at these curls..big barrel and loose corkscrew curls. The fly aways are kept down to a minimum by using the Piece Out Crème. Still soft because I barely used any. When I re-twirled the curls I made sure to get some of those curls on top on the wig. Two reasons…1) to obscure permatease and so it doesn’t look like it should have a part. And 2) to balance the style for my face. I have a flat head especially in the front and this way it “fills”in where I’m missing some head..lol 😂
Still a romantic style but not as wild as the original Kelsey.
Image 19 shows how I placed curls on top of my head instead of having a part (like it shows in product photos) and obscures any permatease. The only thing I miss from the original was the really light ginger tips on the front curls. By trimming those front curls I removed the light ginger blonde tips. Oh well that was the trade off to a style that fits me better.
As you can see in image 20 I am super pleased with the out come.😉
I found an image of Kelsey before I customized her image 21. (above you can see she’s much longer and bulkier along the sides of my face) Trimming and lifting the weight of the curls so they are higher on my face balances out my face better. I look at my eyes in the after photo vs my cheeks( and the fattest part of my face 😜) in the before photo. My face measures from the top of my forehead to the bottom of my chin at 7.25” If my face was bigger or longer I wouldn’t need to customize her. That’s the take away here. Wigs don’t look the same on everybody. What might look amazing on a wig cyster might look horrible on you. Learn your face..measure and decide if you love the overall style but just need to customize her to your face and then go for it! Nothing I did to my Kelsey here was Earth shatteringly hard to do. I went from loving Kelsey to loving and more importantly wearing Kelsey.
In the video (below) of my finished customized Kelsey take note of the movement of her hair. There was only a slight breeze out when I videotaped this but the hair still moves around. Any Piece Out Crème I used didn’t make her stiff or like I’m wearing a helmet. Enjoy! ☺️
Hey Cysters! Morgan here with some topper updates.
It’s been over a month now since I got my charming little Chameleon topper/bang filler from the fine folks at Cysterwigs. I’m in my late twenties and I’m flaunting terribly damaged hair from way too much salt and sun exposure. I’m currently working on trying to get my hair healthier, happier and stronger. Till then, this topper business is freaking money, and I’ve been reveling in the diversity it’s given my never-styled, do-nothing ‘do!
When my stylist told me, “Nope, no bangs for you ‘til you get some more volume back,” my drive to undermine authority was like, “Whelp—I guess I’m buying myself some freaking bangs then.” After nervously and a bit hesitantly receiving my topper, my wig fears proved to be very misguided. Instead, the topper has been such a useful tool in diversifying my look. The bangs were initially a bit long for my taste( you can see that in my previous post where I dusted them down to fit my face a bit better).
So how has the topper worked for me in real, out-of-the-house life? Instead of sharing updates with me walking around my messy abode, I decided to don my Chameleon topper at my second, equally-messy home—the beach. Apart from my desk job, I’m a sand and sea enthusiast (hence the sun damage), and I spend a small part of each day by the shoreline doing a bit of recharging and rejuvenation. I’ve been a bit hesitant to wear the topper here, and haven’t yet been brave enough to wear it in the water—but I decided a little shoreline reading and relaxation was the perfect way to ease my topper into my sunny, salty residence.
When I received the Chameleon topper, the strands were a bit light for my hair initially, but after some more sun exposure over the last month, my own hair has lightened up a bit to match the topper better. I was a bit afraid of a windy day convoluting my hairdo into a confusing mess. But during my stroll down to the Pacific, the air was calm and serene. To my surprise (and relief) everything held firm.
There was a really, really great plus to bringing my volumizing little buddy with me to the beach. Sunscreen is my ultimate bff since I’m frolicking outside so dang much, but I don’t think anyone’s invented sunscreen for your hair or head yet (unless you’re sporting a hat.) My hair boringly falls into the same part every day, and there’s no changing it—it’s like a wrinkle beyond repair of the strongest Botox. Every time I’m at the beach without a hat I end up with a red, horribly sunburned scalp that eventually flakes off into dandruff desperation.
The awesome thing about wearing my topper to the beach beside being able to sport luscious, lovely bangs? No sunburned scalp!
The Chameleon topper has been a great companion for any day outdoors. I haven’t encountered a windy day yet (anyone have any advice for that?), but I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be wearing my topper during my reading trips to the ocean.
Hi folks Kathleen here to review Arden by Tony of Beverly. I have been intrigued with Arden forever it seems. She only weighs 1.9oz. A simple chic style with no lace front or part but does have a mono crown for realism. The two colors I chose are on loan from CysterWigs to review. One is a new color for Tony of Beverly Bronze and the other color is Rouge.
Tony of Beverly’s packaging is exqusite and always gets me excited to see what’s in the box..😉
I was blown away with the packaging of these sweet little pixies. I have received a gazillion wigs over the past two years and I have never seen this kind of protective packaging before as illustrated in images 4 & 5. Beautifully packaged…the anticipation builds..lol
My first look at the new color Bronze in image 5..ooh pretty and the color Honey Mix Root from Belle Madame comes immediately to mind.
Image 6 shows me wearing Arden in Rouge. My first impressions are…gorgeous color and extremely low density. The style is your classic pixie with lots of razored and mixed textures on the front fringe continuing along the sides and transitioning into the sideburns….very delicate and chic. Not at all a dense bluntly cut bang and front.
So lets be fair here Arden does not flatter me at all. 😜 This is an example of a wig that I think is so chic and pretty and perfect! For someone else. 😉 Arden is really made for a petite or small framed woman. Someone with fine delicate features. Who perhaps always has had thin hair and just wants what she once had. She doesn’t want crazy volume but also doesn’t want or can’t tolerate a lace front. Arden looks and feels like she has no permatease. In fact there is just enough to cover the wefts on top as this is predominately an open cap wig. You do not see the permatease at all. There is a small mono crown so the hair will look like it is growing out of your head. What you see in the photos of me wearing Arden is the actual shape of my head. 😂 I have a small head, long “full”face and big features and I’m a big gal…basically the opposite type that would look good in this pixie. But dang she’s so cute!
Above image 8 really demonstrates how chic and low density Arden is. So cute. This color Rouge is a favorite of mine. A dark blushy auburn with blushy blonde highlights on top. I think this sophisticated color really shows off this style. I can hear you know…you’re wondering about the fit. Many of Tony of Beverly wigs are fairly big on me. They fit true to average. I do take in the adjusters and I’m usually fine. Arden fits me like a glove. I would definitely say she fits on the small side of average maybe even petite. I had no bagginess and no bunching even over my ears. The fit is a dream for small headed folks. Another plus in my book.
With the low density of Arden its such a great idea to have a 100% hand tied mono crown. The way the hair lies on top is so natural and looks very realistic. This style hugs the shape of your head and is very chic.
Above is Arden in Bronze. A pretty very dynamic and heavily but evenly highlighted warm light brown. Overall you could argue she’s a dark blonde because of how heavily highlighted she is. Although Bronze isn’t a rooted color she appears rooted because the base shade is so much darker than the highlights and the depth that creates gives the illusion of a root. I like this, it looks more natural me.
Look at all the delicate wispy pieces around the face (image 12). The nape really hugs the neck. She doesn’t look or feel like a wig.
The bangs are long enough to cover your forehead but are not heavy at all.
Remember I said the Bronze color reminded me of my BM Coco Mono SF (not available for purchase at this time) color Honey Mix Root? Bronze is warmer but has that same feel. Now take notice. This Belle Madame wig is 100% hand tied so no bulk and low density. I would argue that Arden has even lower density and she’s predominately a basic open cap design. A petite pixie lovers dream.
Here’s another color comparison between Jon Renau’s Mariska Petite (another 100% hand tied wig) and Arden. Arden is much sleeker and has much lower density than Mariska. The color Rouge is similar to JR’s 32BF. If you took the colors that make up 32 BF and more evenly blend them you would get the color Rouge. Both of these are gorgeous highlighted dark red auburns. Rouge overall has a more consistent red auburn color.
The side by side of these two Ardens. By the way I have two styles of wig heads one life size and these smaller than life size ones. Since the cap is small on Arden I was afraid I might stretch them out if I displayed them on my other wig heads. These are on loan and I didn’t want to take any chances. 😉
Both gorgeous colors especially coming into the Fall season.
Here’s my take away on Arden. I love her and wish she looked better on me. I love true pixies and she’s so realistic. If I had seen her when I first started wearing wigs I would have loved her. She has thin hair just like my own. So if your bio hair is thin and you have a smaller head you will absolutely love Arden. Truly a low density lovers dream pixie. Enjoy!