From a customer email:

About the permanent fabric marker. I bought one to Michael’s and I would like to know if you think it is ok if I go over a few strands to give my wig more dimension in my bang area. I don’t want to damage the fiber in any way.

This is Tina from the CCHD Solutions Specialist Desk and I would be more than happy to assist you!

I have used fabric markers on most of my synthetic wigs and have not had an issue at all with it damaging the hair fibers. However, when you do apply the marker, this will not wash out so please make sure that this is the route you want to take when personalizing your wigs. Always practice first in a very hidden area, like the nape, to see if this is the look you are trying to achieve.

I have used spray in root concealer that I have purchased from the local beauty supple stores and these work great and they wash out too…they work well if you are trying to add an overall depth look or adding roots.

What I would highly suggest, if you have an older wig that you no longer wear and can practice on when adding dimension, I would do so prior to making such a permanent mark on your current wig. If you don’t have a wig to practice on, you can also go to the local beauty supply store and purchase a very inexpensive hair extension and practice on that as well. These usually cost around $9-$14.

I know this might sound like a lot of work, I have also used eye brow shades to add dimension to my wigs, as I am not personally very creative, and like the idea that I can wash or brush the color out.

I do hope this helps!

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By Susan

As if wearing wigs wasn’t challenging enough. Add a pair of coke bottle glasses from the eighties to the ear tabs of your newly bought tresses and you won’t have enough hands to tend to the daily chore of adjusting behind your ears while not sabotaging your ear coverage, hairline and the precisely glued nape so she doesn’t slide back off of your head.

Well, maybe not coke bottle glasses. Remember those? Lenses so thick that a crumb quickly morphed into a whole three layer cake right before your eyes.

Today’s lenses are thinner, but there hasn’t been much of a change in the size of the temples, the parts of the glasses that go behind your ears. These are the tiny little problem makers that can frustrate the most poised wig wearer.

First of all, you want to know your ear-tabs. Every wig is different in this category. There are closed ear-tabs, open ear-tabs, wonderful coverage ear-tabs, and those that can hardly be presented as ear-tabs. A wig that is too large will come too far forward over the ear, hindering the way your glasses sit against your head. If the ear-tabs are too small, you face the pain of the temples pushing against the edges.

I’m not expecting you to buy different glasses to match each wig’s ear-tabs. I wouldn’t want to get that credit card bill in the mail. Just understand that it’s going to feel a little different, and takes getting used to.

You can cut off the ear-tabs so the edges of the cap sit just above your wig. But then you’re left with a really strange looking hairline. You can glue some of the hair under the wig to your temples(yours, not the glasses)but most of us like to throw on a wig and boogie. No time for all of that extra stuff.

A lot depends on the style of glasses. The rigid plastic frames are going to be the most difficult. You can use heat to mold and bend the frames to fit the extra cushion that basic caps have. This is best left to your optical team.

Lace front wigs and hand tied wigs will give you more of a “normal” fit due to the lack of permatease or padding at the sides. Long straight wigs will be thinner at the sides than curly styles. Short pixie style wigs will have less hair at the ear-tabs.

Those who wear contacts and use “helper glasses” to read up close don’t really have the choices that regular prescription glasses give wig wearers. The frames are usually cheaply made and you just get what you get. There are some flexible reading glasses, but most I’ve had experience with are rigid plastic.

Which brings me to what I think is your best option: Flexible frames. The ones that flip back into place if you’re hit with your child’s football. Your nose may take a beating but your peeper shields will prevail. These will be the most flexible around your ears, giving your head the comfort it deserves.

Honestly wearing glasses with wigs simply is trial and error. Frames today are practical, and the styles are endless. (I prefer a little bling on mine.) When you’re not wearing them, slide them on top of your head. Nothing makes a wig look more realistic than a pair of glasses, or sunglasses for that matter, poised atop your helper hair. Who would put sunglasses on a wig, right?

At the end of the day what we care about is comfort. We already have a tight band of hair on our head like a tourniquet. Find that jazzy but practical pair of frames that doesn’t squeeze the intelligence out of our heads. We need that. At least I do!

By Eseandre

While we appreciate synthetic wigs, sometimes we know that hair needs a little something extra. I mean, just because it comes out of the box looking a certain way doesn’t mean that we have to wear a wig the same way every single time. Think about it. You probably didn’t wear your bio hair in the same style everyday. You curled it, added a braid, pinned it up or maybe pulled it back into a ponytail every now and then. You liked to switch things up. So why not do the same with your wigs!

Synthetic wigs can almost be styled like regular hair in the sense that you can add a simple braid, ponytail or updo if you’re feeling creative and adventurous. And if you think your wig falls a little flat in the volume department, there are even some things you can do to remedy that. Here are a few suggestions.

Backcombing: Not only is this technique easy, but it’s also effective. But be careful because if you’re too rough, you can damage the wig. Start by taking about a 2-inch thick section of your wig. Hold the strands up so that the ends are above the roots of the wig. Next, take a comb and pull it from the ends of the wig back towards the root. The denser the comb, the more volume you’ll get. Whatever you do, don’t backcomb from the very ends of the wig. You’ll just make things worse.

Dry shampoo: Dry shampoo can help add volume to the hair by giving it a “dirty-feel.” It can also help take down some of the shine that comes with a new synthetic wig, as well as help refresh your wig in between washings. You can add some to your daily styling routine, just don’t go overboard or you’ll weigh the hair down.

Get a stylist’s help: If you don’t know where to begin with backcombing or dry shampoo, ask a professional. They’ll know how to do the basics, or they can add layers or texturize the ends of the wig. They can even heat style the wig if you’ve bought a heat-resistant style. Keep in mind this could cost more, but if you have a good stylist who knows wigs inside out, it’s worth it.

Spray it: It is almost impossible to achieve a voluminous style without hairspray. Hairspray gives each strand of hair a full feeling, they help the hair look new and prevent it from going flat. You can use hairspray to hold the hair after backcombing. Just be sure to use hairsprays that are specifically made for synthetic hair. Hairsprays made for human hair have alcohol and other ingredients in them that can ruin synthetic hair so you’ll need to avoid them.

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By CysterWigs’ Contributer

So you’ve finally gotten your hands on your first human hair wig!

Having a wig can certainly be exciting. With the different lengths, colors and textures available today, you can choose something that looks just like your natural hair texture or go for something that’s far different if you feel like being adventurous. However, having the wig is only half the battle. The next half is up to you, and will determine just how beautiful and healthy your wig continues to look as time goes by.

When it comes to human hair wig care, here’s the rundown on what you need to know when it comes to washing, styling and general maintenance.

The Wash Process

Detangling should be at the forefront of any good wash routine. Use a wide-tooth comb or a special wig comb/brush until you’re sure that all of the tangles have disappeared. Now, you’re ready to wash!

Shampoo can be a bit too drying for your wig. Instead, opt for your favorite moisturizing conditioner to get the job done and keep your wig soft and smooth at the same time . Soak the wig in conditioner and warm water for about thirty minutes, then rinse with cool water to seal those cuticles. You can then apply a light oil or wig shine to the hair to keep it looking lush and healthy.

It’s advised that you leave the hair to air dry. Blow drying can damage the hair strands if you’re doing it too often or at excessively high heats. If you’re in a hurry and have no other choice, be sure to use a silicone-based heat protectant and blow dry on a low heat.

Safe Styling

You’re probably itching to try out a ton of styles on your human hair wig, and that’s perfectly understandable! Wearing your wig should be a fun experience, and it’s only right that you style it safely.

For heat styling, whether it be straightening or curling, remember – heat protectant is your best friend! It helps to prevent your wig strands from becoming frizzy, dry and fried, or in the case of curlier textures, from losing their gorgeous curl pattern.

Similarly, avoid high temperatures and too many passes with your flat iron or curling iron. You should be able to get perfect results with a moderate heat setting and the proper moisturizing products.

General Maintenance

Now that we’ve got washing and styling covered, here are a few other useful tips that can make or break your wig.

If you prefer to sleep with your wig on, loosely braid the hair before getting into bed, or place it in a low bun to prevent it from becoming a tangled mess overnight.

Detangling from root to tip can cause your wig to shed much more! Start from the ends and work your way up from there.

Too many products can cause your wig to fall flat. Instead, try using just one moisturizing product on your wig at a time. You don’t need a lot, either – just a dime-sized amount can be enough for your entire head, depending on the length, hair pattern and density of the wig.

Caring for your wig doesn’t have to be difficult! With these simple tips, you’ll find it super easy to keep your wig looking like new for much longer. You’ll not onl

Are you in love with lace fronts but having trouble adjusting to the scratchiness?

We recommend checking out these products to help you out!

1. Scalpicin. This stuff will slightly numb your scalp and reduce the itch. It is runny, though, so we recommend applying it with a cotton swab and allowing it to dry prior to applying your wig.

2. Monistat Soothing Care Skin Protection Powder Gel. This is commonly used for “chub rub” by reducing friction when your thighs rubs together as you walk. This stuff will likewise form a protective layer between your forehead and your wig! Apply and allow to dry before applying your wig. (Allow the product to dry completely so you can minimize residue deposits on your lace front.)

3. Orajel. We are referring to any of the dye-free varieties of this product. These are the ones you should try as a nuclear option if all else fails. Orajel will temporarily numb the area where it is applied. Like the other options here, we recommend applying well before applying your wig — about 10 minutes prior should be sufficient. Unlike the other products, though, we recommend wiping off the excess after this time has passed and then applying your wig to avoid depositing a lot of goo onto your lace front.

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