How do I measure my perimeter if I don’t have any hair or a natural front hairline?

The four finger rule applies here.

Take your hand (excluding your thumb) with your fingers together and press them up against where your eyebrows are / should be.

Wherever the top of your hand is, that is generally where you should guide the measuring tape.


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Styling Habits That Ruin a Wig

By Julia

Have you ever looked at one of your wigs and wondered, “What the hell did I do to this thing?” Did it look frizzy, dull, dusty, dry and just fried? If your wigs look like this regularly, you can’t attribute the damage to age or wear and tear. Most likely, the culprit is how you’re styling or caring for your wigs.

The hair on a wig doesn’t grow out of your head, but that doesn’t mean that you can be rough with it or do whatever you want to it. With your bio hair, you know you can’t fry it with heat styling tools, brush it roughly, weigh it down with styling products or use products with damaging ingredients. The same goes for wigs. There are specific things that you should avoid when it comes to styling your wigs. It’s imperative to keep these things in mind so that you can enjoy your wigs for as long as you possibly can.

Here are some bad habits to avoid.

Brushing your wig from the roots

Despite what you may have heard — or have been doing your whole life — you should never brush your wig from the roots to the ends. This method can knot the wig and cause easy breakage. When brushing, carefully start from the ends, working your way up, as this avoids any unwanted knotting that leads to damage. This is one of the most straightforward tips around. Be sure to stick with it to see results.

Using Abrasive Hair Ties

You want to avoid super-tight holders as these will pull your hair and the tension can and will break the hair. It’s preferable to aim for hair ties that will be extra gentle on your delicate strands. These are freaking cute and don’t tug like most traditional hair ties tend to. You can even use a headband or a satin scarf to pull your hair back. Just make sure you avoid headbands with plastic teeth or if you opt for a scarf, don’t tie it too tight.

Brushing Your Wig When It’s Wet

If your hair mistakenly gets wet, brushing it might seem like the normal course of action. But doing so can cause significant damage if you’re not careful. Your wig is in its most fragile state when it’s wet. If you want to straighten things out, use a wide tooth comb to help detangle knots. Also, make sure to spritz on a detangling spray beforehand to help make the process easier.

Excessive Use Of Heat Styling Tools

Tools like flat irons, blow-dryers, and curling wands are undoubtedly good at what they do—but excessive heat styling your heat-friendly wigs can lead to damage. You don’t have to ditch your favorite heat tools altogether. Give them a rest from time to time.

Tying Hair Up Tightly

Sweeping your wig off your neck and into a tight updo may be convenient for sleeping or working out, but it can also cause stress on your mane. You can give your hair a break by opting for low ponytails and swapping out elastics for soft fabric hair ties. Be careful with hairpins, too. They can damage the wig cap if forced into the hair.

Using the Wrong Products on Your Wig

We’ve stressed this a number of times over the years. Don’t use your old styling products that you used on your bio hair on synthetic wigs. Use products that have been specifically formulated for synthetic hair. Products made for real hair may contain ingredients that are way too harsh for synthetic hair. So use shampoos, serums, conditioner and hair sprays that were made for synthetic hair or for human hair if you have human hair wigs.

IN CONCLUSION

When you know better, you do better. Now that you know what bad habits should be avoided, you can start on the path to preserving your wigs better. With extra care and a little prevention, you can protect your wig and make it last from the first hair toss to the very last.


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I’ve tried your suggestions but my wig is still slipping :(

Question: Do you condition your existing biohair (if applicable)?

Slick, freshly conditioned biohair is the enemy of wig grippiness.

Your wigs will stay on much better if you refrain from excessive conditioning, particularly at the perimeter of your hair line. Most conditioners have waxes or silicates in them to make the hair feel slick to the touch. This may help you get a comb through it more easily – but it will also cause anything you put on that hair to slip and slide around more than usual.

For the record, I only wash my biohair about 2x a week and only apply conditioner to the tips. Not only is this way healthier for your scalp, but it helps the wigs stay in place better.

Along those same lines, applying a little stiff hair gel to the front and nape of your biohair and allowing it to dry before applying your wig will also help it stay in place better.

If you do not have any biohair – like if you have alopecia universalis or something like that – then you may need to use adhesive tape on some of the monofilament features in lieu of a grip to keep the wig in place. The red tape from Jon Reanu is made for mono tops, the blue tape is for lace fronts. You’ll also want to pick up some Lace Let Go to remove the adhesive without damaging these delicate cap features.


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Refresh Your Look With A New Wig

By Julia

Our hair is our crowning glory–the epicenter of our natural beauty. But what do you do when your hair is looking less glorious than usual? It might be time to change things up. The perfect wig can not only help to cover hair loss, but it can also make you look and feel amazing. There’s no doubt that a fantastic hairstyle will improve your overall appearance from head to toe.

Why You Should Try A New Wig Style

Whether you realize it or not, you probably have the tendency to wear the same style or styles that are similar to it. You can’t help it. We’re creatures of habit. Try opening yourself up to new possibilities. You’ll never know what else could be completely flattering or fun if you don’t try. Don’t cheat yourself out of experiencing something delightfully different.

Kindle Creativity

If you ask any highly creative person how they continue to innovate and express themselves in new ways, they’ll tell you the key to their success is a commitment to trying new things. This inspires creativity, which eventually rubs off in other areas of your life.

Makes You More Marketable

Remember this- you’re the most important person in this equation. Your desire to try a new hairstyle can make you more marketable. Your colleagues will begin to see a new you, and your new look can bolster your confidence. And when you feel more confident, you’re up for taking on anything whether it be in your personal or professional life.

Overcome Fear

In most cases, fear remains the only thing that keeps us from trying new hairstyles. We’re afraid of the worst-case scenarios. “What if I don’t like it?” “What if others don’t like it?” Those are probably thoughts that creep in. Block all of that out and just give it a try. If you talk yourself out of it, you’ll never know how the style will work for you. Don’t let a minor mental speed bump stand between you and your new look.

How To Try Different Wig Styles

There are ways to refresh your hairstyle without going to extreme measures.

Subtle Color:

    When you try a wig with highlights or lowlights, you can instantly change your look without making a drastic color change.

Hair Pieces or Toppers:

    You can add instant length to your look with hair pieces if you feel comfortable doing so. You can play around and experiment with updo styles, or other long hair looks, too.

Accessories:

    With the right hair accessories, you can jazz up any style. Headbands, hair pins, clips, claws, barrettes, and more can be used with casual or formal styles to add sparkle, and color to your wig.

In Conclusion

Our hairstyles are a large part of our identity. When we change our hairstyle and color, we mentally take on a different persona not only to people who know us but, happily enough, we feel a change within ourselves. Today’s wigs are beautifully made, comfortable and natural-looking. With all of the wonderful options available at CysterWigs and WigCloseouts, you can refresh your look whenever you feel like it. Don’t be afraid to play around with different lengths, textures, colors and brands. Who knows what other sides of you are waiting to come out thanks to a new wig.


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