Monofilament wigs can be flatter than their permateased sister styles, but there are some things you can do.
There is a pretty easy way to get a little more volume without resorting to permanently altering the style with steam, though!
You can always try washing it and drying it upside down. That will usually put some temporary lift in. Some synthetic safe styling spray might also help, especially if you store the wig upside-down (like in your closet) and spray it while it’s off your head.
One product I recommend is the Wigmate Dry & Style. It is GREAT for this! Use it with Jon Renau’s Wig Styling Spray and you should be able to get some more body out of your monofilament top without damaging it. 🙂
Macie Is the best of both worlds. Almost 100% hand tied with just enough wefts and yes permatease to give her body. This beauty will not go flat on you. Even with a mono top she has plenty of oomph.
Image 3 illustrates the side view of Macie. Starting at the top you have a contoured lace front and then the mono top. This is all hand tied…individual hairs are hand knotted through out the lace front and mono top. The sides are also hand knotted with more than one hair at a time. This is called cluster knotting. The back has machine made wefts that are covered with the same material as the rest of the cap. All beautifully executed.
I always keep the hairnet and use it when I store my wigs in their boxes.
Image 5 illustrates what to expect your Macie to look like if you just plopped her on your head and did nothing else to her. If you are a wig newbie you might panic if this is what you saw in the mirror right? It’s ok this is normal. 😉
I hold the nape of my wig and give her a few shakes…who knows how long your wig has been in a box. Her fibers are compressed and shaking helps decompress them.
You remembered how flat and lifeless Macie looked right out of the box? Give her a little shake and ….Voilà! Big hair! 😜
So if you are wondering if Macie is a flat style the answer is no. To subdue the volume I just tap it down with my fingers. This has a hand tied monotop and sides so she doesn’t have traditional permatease. It was hard to see but it appears the hair at the base of the wig has some crinkle to it for lack of a better word. Nothing you can see it just supports the ability to get some volume if you want. My Celebrity by Raquel Welch has the same thing. You have the realism of hand tied wig but the oomph support 😉 of this crinkled texture at the base of individual hairs. Quite ingenious if you ask me.
So first impression after I removed the zig zag part that she came with and gave her a few shakes was ahh love. I did expect her to be longer from watching Heathers review but I wasn’t disappointed at all in the length. The description says she has bouncy curls. I am a bit of a curl snob and I wouldn’t call this a curly wig. She has a deconstructed barely there curl pattern. Really more of a wave and I love it.
Tony of Beverly lace fronts are some of the best in the industry. The one on Macie is superb.
Image 10 illustrates two things. What a casual everyday style Macie can be and how beautiful this color is. Since my skin has neutral/leaning towards warm undertones color will reflect onto my skin. Sunset Red enhances my peachy skin color so I can enjoy this beautiful Irish Red without putting on make up. Yippee. 😉
In the video above I have applied soft silicone medical tape (to the inside cap along the part to hide my bio hair and obscure that pesky seam between the lace front and mono top.) This makes the part look very realistic and doesn’t harm your monofilament features.
Macie can be casual or formal. Here’s another look at this beautiful lace front and parting area. Since Macie has a mono top you can part her on the right or in middle without any trouble. In Heathers video review she parts hers on the right with ease.
The night before I took these photos I took my Macie and soaked her in cold water. I patted the majority of the water off with a towel and hung her upside down to dry…scrunching her every so often as she dried. I also sprayed some Simply Stylin silicone spray on her ends. She looks even better now.
Look at those waves just beautiful.
To minimize camera distortion I took this photo from a distance. (My face is fuller but my nose is smaller…it’s a trade off 😂) This way you can see the true scale and density of Macie. A beautifully balanced style. Btw I had no trouble keeping the hair out of my face. Her waves/texture makes it easy to sweep off to the side and stay put.
I love the shape of Macie…oval. Macie is little longer in the back than the front. It’s a very flattering shape. Isn’t this texture divine?..Tony of Beverly has a winner here.
There is a little bit of Permatease at the nape to support the style.
Sunset Red a beautiful Irish Red. Very similar to Raquel Welch’s Glazed Fire that is so hard to find and is not offered in her newer styles. If you are looking for a doppelgänger to GF Sunset Red is the closet color dupe you’ll find.
The take away here is if you want a luxury cap with all the bells and whistles that is on the short side of mid length with natural density & beautiful feminine waves that is offered in 32 colors including grays then you’ll love Macie. Enjoy!
Hi folks Kathleen here with a inspection checklist to use when you receive a new wig. I’ll be honest. I don’t really send wigs back. Having said that if I had a checklist in front of me I might have. What happens is I get excited..throw the wig on and I’m off to the races. By the time I notice “issues” I’ve fallen in love with my new wig and most likely have voided my ability to return her. That plus I am a Taurus…..need I say more. I’m very stubborn and creative so I just figure I’ll find a way to “fix” the issues/issues.
The first thing to do is take photos. Take photos of the shipping box if it’s damaged. Take photos of the condition of the wig. You think you’ll remember how it came to you packed but trust me you won’t. Take close up photos. This is one thing I always do. 😉
I have received many wigs that were not attached to the box with bobby pins and/or missing hairnets etc. It happens and doesn’t necessarily mean your wig is damaged.
The box in image 5 arrived quite damaged. The wig itself wasn’t damaged.
Ahh my Kona in Creamy Bronde. Don’t let emotion run you. Take a look at the wig in the box before you even take her out. If you don’t like the color or just think it won’t work for you save yourself time and aggravation and leave her in the box for return. You think you’re saving on restocking fees if you keep her? Not if you never wear your wig and end up rehoming/selling her (you will loose more than your restocking fees trust me 😉)
Check the lace fronts/and or mono parts and tops. Image 8 illustrates an unacceptable lace front to me. Huge dark pluggy knots. If you plan on styling your wig off your face even a little bit it’s something to keep in mind. In my case this is Heather by René of Paris. A darling short pixie with a sweeping bang. I had no intentions of styling her off my face so this lace front didn’t bother me. With a lace front even one this coarsely done the bangs will still lay nicer and that’s a plus. Another thing to consider is the quality of the lace. This lace is very stiff and scratchy so remember not all lace fronts are created equal.
Image 9 is a lace front that is sparsely knotted at the temples. Other than that the lace front is quite beautiful. For me the pros outweighed the cons on this one. This is Zoey by Envy. I have reviewed her once already and I am working on a follow up wear test review for you. 😉
Image 10 illustrates an exceptional lace front and in this case mono part on my Carlotta SF in Vanilla Root. The lace is super fine. The knots are very tiny and well spaced. No complaints.
Pippa by Tony of Beverly is an example of how not all lace fronts are created equal. This one is gorgeous.
Something I have been bad about is inspecting the nape adjusters. Check to see they are well made. This one was unthreaded and its near impossible to rethread it. Really annoying. I have also had those little buckles come to me cracked and broken. Now I check the nape adjusters.😜
Check the overall construction of the cap. Image 13 illustrates the inside of my Anatolia by BelleTress. Where to start with her.🤪 First of all let me say I have quite a few BT wigs and this is an anomaly. I didn’t check the wefts and construction of this wig when I first received her. I assumed it was of high quality like my other BT wigs. Don’t assume…learn from my mistakes…take the time to check your wig over thoroughly.
Does your wig fit? Sounds simple doesn’t it? In my case most wigs are big on me to some degree. Usually taking in the nape adjusters are enough. You have to make your own judgement call. Most wigs aren’t going to fit perfectly. When they do its dreamy. Image 14 showcases my Larissa SF by CysterWigs in the beautiful cool brunette color Cold Chocolate. She fits me so beautifully. 👏🏻 I have removed wefts etc. on a couple of my wigs when they have been super baggy on me. Honestly I wouldn’t do that again because it’s just too much work and I am lazy. 😂 If I received a wig that was way too big today I’d simply return her. I just don’t have that kind of patience anymore. (Fyi I am working on a simple and quick way to make your wig cap smaller -coming soon)
I love low density wigs but if those wefts show with out much effort I would consider returning her. In my case I kept her (my Anatolia) because I love her and know how to compensate for its low density.
Image 16 lists a few things not to do if you know you are returning a wig. Your wig should be unworn and in the same brand new condition as when it arrived to your door. It must be in the same packaging with all the original tissue, box, tags, hairnet, and other materials. It must not be combed, brushed, washed, cut, dyed, or altered in any way and must not have an detectable odors. Visit our website for a full list of requirements for returning or exchanging a wig and as always our Client Care Help Desk is here to answer any questions you might have.
Ok so after you have inspected your wig thoroughly you have decided to keep her. You’re in love…now what? In the case of Arya in image 17 all I had to do was wake up the permatease. Something I couldn’t do until I was sure I was keeping her.
What a difference between image 17 & image 18 huh? Arya doesn’t have much permatease so it took some time to get those fibers loosened up from the cap. I made little circular motions with my fingers to really wake up the permatease. Arya has some serious oomph now. The take away here is take the extra time to inspect your wig so you are really sure you love her and if you don’t simply return her. You’ll be happier in the long run. I know I am…enjoy! 🙋