I have the average circumference (21 1/2) but only 12 1/5 front to back. (ear to ear is about 13 inches). I love my current human hair wig but it is “saggy” where a normal skull would be rounded, not flat. What advice might you give me for selecting a wig online based on my head measurement?
Most of the lines I carry have human hair and synthetic wigs. I think that the best thing would be to experiment with some of the lower-cost synthetics from various manufacturers until you find one that really fits your head well.
Amore (average) and any petite wig that spring to mind that you may want to try right off the bat.
Why petite? Because the circumference can be adjusted easily on most wigs by just letting the wig in or out in the back at the adjuster tabs. The other parts of the cap are harder to adjust, as you’ve noticed. 😉
I also think a great human hair line for you to think about are the Evolution line from Jon Renau. Their fit is petite-average and they are made to sit very close on the head. You may still have a little extra space in the back, but it won’t be nearly as bad as most wigs. Plus, the built-in polyurethane all throughout the cap will help it grip your head better and stay in place — and give you a great location to apply adhesive if you need additional security.
Before buying one of these, though, I definitely recommend trying some of their less expensive synthetic styles — especially petite-sized — to see how they fit you first. It’s way less stressful to tie up $150 in an experiment compared to a couple of grand!
We normally do not recommend cutting the extended nape off of a wig because it was made specifically for the style, but that’s not saying you can’t do so. We have had clients write in stating that they have cut the nape felt off completely with enough space for the adjusters and they said the wig fit much better in the back.
I have not heard or seen a demonstration of cutting the actual nape, but there may be some YouTube video tutorials out there that I may have overlooked. My recommendation is to try this on some of your old wigs that do not have this feature first before you try it on a wig you like and intend to keep.
Hi folks Kathleen here with how I customized my Anatolia. Image 1 shows Anatolia by BelleTress after I trimmed the long hair off the sides and texturized the ends. I was surprised how easy it was to trim this one up and make her work better for me. I really love the center part and choppy razored ends of Anatolia. My challenge was to keep that look and feel when I trimmed the longer front pieces off.
Image 2 illustrates the sort of thing I do before I trim a wig. I take photos and do various mock ups to help me visualize the end result.
I am not a hair stylist but what I have is “Yankee Ingenuity”. 😉 I figure out ways to get what I want done accomplished. One way to get a nice clean straight cut is to raise up my wig and use the base of the wig head as my guide. Image 3 illustrates where I will make my initial cut on Anatolia. Tip: Cut a little at a time…wig hair doesn’t grow back 😉 Tip: Try your wig on between cuts…it helps to stop you before you
cut too much off.
The very low hair density made it easy to trim Anatolia and get nice clean straight cuts. After this trim I put her back on my head and reassessed her. Just this little trim might have been enough. Alas it wasn’t. Next step – cut the long pieces off completely.
In the video above I put Anatolia back on me for the big cuts. Why you ask?…wouldn’t it be easier to trim her on a wig head? Probably but I’m not a professional hair stylist sooo it helps me to see where the hair falls on me before I take that big cut. I was happy both sides were relatively even after I trimmed the long pieces of hair off. I knew more would be trimmed off when I textured the ends and made them choppy.
I took my thinning shears and cut up into the ends to texturize them. I didn’t worry about making everything look perfect. That was the beauty of this style. No precision cuts here. The choppier the ends the better it looked. During this process I would cut up into the ends with my thinning shears in a vertical position (straight up and down) and at an angle (to cut more off). Each time I cut/thinned a little I tried it on before cutting more. I also alternated between each side.
When I was pretty happy both sides looked balanced I combed through her to remove the trimmed hair and to see her movement. I felt she needed a little more texturizing so I took my regular cutting shears and did the same procedure I used with my thinning shears. I cut straight up into the ends with the shears in a vertical position and also at slight angles . This made the the ends choppier.
In the before photo (image 8) you can see how thin and stringy Anatolia looks. I felt her hair density was too thin to pull this length off.
The after photo…a much more cohesive design..at least in my opinion..lol
Just like with thin bio hair a nice trim can make your hair look thicker.
I did put in some subtle layers (thinned/ texturized) into those long side bangs. One side was denser than the other with no layers/texture so basically I tried to balanced them out so they looked similar.
Image 14 illustrates the choppy textured ends that I love about Anatolia. I used the back as my reference when I texturize the ends. This might look hard to do but was easier (the cuts more forgiving) than if I wanted a blunt straight precision trim on Anatolia.
Image 15 illustrates the big difference a little trim can do. I kept the look and feel of Anatolia I just neatened her up a bit.
The style suits me well now. ☺️
I loved the middle part and color of Anatolia and now I love the style. I am no professional and the take away here is that shouldn’t stop you from making your wigs your own. What I try and do is figure out an easy peasy way to achieve the look I want. This was the easiest change I have made to date on a wig of mine with the biggest impact. Enjoy your wigs. I treat them like I would my own hair. I can’t tell you how many times I came back from getting my bio hair cut and would go and make a few snips myself because it wasn’t quite right….So relax….and enjoy!
“I have Eve by Jon Renau right now but I can’t wear it because the front falls in my face.”
Since you’re having an issue with Eve falling in your face, which can be a problem with styles like these sometimes, I do have some suggestion which might be helpful for you. Basically the wig needs to be trained to stay out of your face and one way of doing so is putting it in cold water, placing it on a head form/wig stand, and clipping the hair using hair clips where you desire. Often the drying helps speed up the training process.
Another thing you can try is a hair cream or holding spray. The contour creme is really ideal for styling and sculpting the hair and keeping pieces out of your face.
Another way to train is to use a streamer. You can use a wig approved round brush and then apply a little steam. Allow it to cool some and that will help redirect the hair. One tip, if you use a round brush, be careful not to get the bangs tangled and stuck.
Last of all (and the most extreme) you can trim the bangs which changes the look, but does keep the bangs in place. If you do go this route we highly recommend have a professional stylist with experience trimming wigs do this for you.
I hope this information proves helpful for you in keeping Eve out of your face.
Hi folks Kathleen here. Some wigs are perfect right out of the box and some require some styling. My first Pippa in Sunset Red was perfect. This Pippa (which has now become my favorite 😉) needed a little love.
I always do the simplest things first to help a wig look its best. Remember I am lazy..lol. Pippa had some serious box hair (odd bumps) and was very flat (the fibers and permatease were compressed).
TIP #1)- I soaked my Pippa in a sink of cold water. I then patted her dry with a towel, shook her over my tub & hung her upside down to dry.
This really helped loosen up the hair so it wasn’t so flat against my head. The weird bump along the part was better but needed more attention.
I use the warmth of my hands to help tame bumps caused by box hair. TIP #2)- I also use ordinary pressure clips to help train my wig. I wet the hair a little first and in this case I used a clip along the part, a couple to train the front off my face and one to straighten out one side that curled too much on the bottom.
(If I got impatient I would use my steamer but I realize not everybody has a steamer. It might take longer (a few days) but you will get results this way 😉)
TIP #3)- When ever I have a mono part (or in this case a mono top) I add some soft silicone medical tape to the underside of my wig.
It will look like the hair is coming from your head. I have thin light/medium brown bio hair that I want to hide and I don’t wear a wig cap. It also works great to hide that seam between a lace front and a mono top.
TIP #4)- I selectively plucked (very carefully unknotted and removed individual dark hairs) along the part.
This works great on unrooted heavily highlighted wigs. You can get that striped look that continues into the part and by removing a few dark hairs along the part you break up that “stripe” that really adds to the realism of your wig.
Permatease is your friend. Seriously…it hides wefts and supports the style of your wig.
TIP #5)- Wake up your permatease. I use my fingers to lift and fluff the permatease to get it away from the cap.
Even if I later go in and style my hair in a sleeker fashion the shape looks better after waking up the permatease.
TIP #6)- Trim the extra lace off the front hairline
Image 8 shows you what the extra lace looked like before I trimmed it. Not bad really…and I only trimmed 3/8th of an inch off but what a difference it makes. Especially important because I wanted to showcase the lace front on Pippa. I used to think the extra lace helped keep my wig on….fyi…it doesn’t. 😜
TIP #7)- I used my lightly scented Lily Of The Valley powder to eliminate that blonde wiggy shine.
Wow this worked sooo well. Fyi I can only tolerate two fragrances Lilly Of The Valley and Lemon Verbena..lol 😂The scent of this powder went away almost immediately and didn’t leave any white residue at all. It worked way better than my lightly tinted translucent powder that I love using. Hmmm I need to try this on a darker wig! I love my Maui Gold Pippa now. Honestly maybe even more than my Sunset Red one which is saying a lot and It only took some easy peasy tips to make this Pippa a five ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ wig. 👏🏻
Image 10 illustrates all the colors I will compare Maui Gold to. This photo was taken in indirect even natural light. Hmm at first glance they look all similar don’t they?
Maui Gold is a beautiful dynamic fashion Bronde. It looks very natural on me for a reason…we share a common color as illustrated in image 11. The darker colors basically match my eyebrows as well. This color looks good with or without makeup. Overall it’s a comfortable balanced medium/ dark blonde.
The first color I compare to Tony of Beverly’s Maui Gold is Blonde Brownie (22F16) by Jon Renau on my first ever wig Evan. BB is lighter & cooler than MG. BB is a light neutral to cool highlighted blonde. Outside she’ll look neutral inside she tends to look greenish or grayish (cool) on me. CWAP is neutral as well but has enough warm highlights to never look cool. Even inside she’ll always have a pleasant natural blonde appearance…no green or gray. 😉
Next I compare Glazed Sand (R1621S+) by Raquel Welch on Voltage. GS is cooler than Maui Gold. Overall GS is a beige blonde vs Maui Gold which is a deconstructed medium sandy blonde..or bronde..lol.
Now we are comparing a warmer color Golden Wheat (R14/88H) by Raquel Welch on Brave The Wave to Maui Gold. They share a soft warm blonde between them. GW is lighter and doesn’t have the depth of color Maui Gold has with all her lowlights.
Ahhh next I compare my two favorite blondes. CWAP by BelleTress on my Vienna Roast is a softly rooted overall light neutral/warm blonde. Maui Gold shares many of the same colors but they are distributed differently. CWAP has a warmer root color than the lowlights on Maui Gold and a lot more lighter blonde in the color mixture. Maui Gold almost looks like CWAP grown out. If you like one color you’ll like the other.
SS Buttered Biscuit by Gabor on Sheer Elegance is in my opinion a “cousin” color to Maui Gold by Tony of Beverly. Out of all the colors I compared these two are the closest to each other. They are close in overall value (meaning how light or dark the overall color is). They share similar base colors. SS Buttered Biscuit has a more blended base color than Maui Gold. But overall the base shades are similar and both have blonde highlights. Granted Maui Golds highlights are more dramatic. The main difference is their highlight color. Its a neutral/cool blonde on SS Buttered Biscuit and on Maui Gold its a soft natural neutral/warm blonde. Both pretty colors. If you like SS Buttered Biscuit by Gabor but wish she had warmer highlights (like me lol) you’ll love Maui Gold by Tony of Beverly.
The last color comparison is with Shaded Pralines & Cream (14/16S10) by Jon Renau on Ruby. Maui Gold has some beautiful almost strawberry blonde notes in her mix but the color overall doesn’t read strawberry blond. Compare these “strawberry blonde notes” on Maui Gold to Shaded Pralines & Cream a true dark strawberry blonde with a warmer root than Maui Golds base colors.
I hope you enjoyed my simple styling tips and color comparisons to Pippa by Tony of Beverly in Maui Gold. Below is a little video of Pippa after I styled her. In my opinion you can’t find a more beautiful balanced bob than Pippa. If you are looking for a natural looking blonde that isn’t rooted but has a lot of dimension non the less than you’ll love Maui Gold. Enjoy!