Luckily, there are a few things you can do that will fix that ear tab issue for you.
One solution would be to sew some fabric on the ear tab where the metal is poking out of. You would need to push the metal back into the ear tab and then sew the fabric over the hole.
You could also use medical tape in place of sewing on fabric. Just push the metal back in and use the medical tape over the hole to keep the metal from popping out again.
Another thing you could do is pull the metal out of the ear tab, but we do advise caution on this. A few of our clients have tried this and, while this did fix their issues, the shape of the ear tab was altered, so just be careful if you do use this approach.
Hi folks Kathleen here with an easy tutorial and my thoughts on the much debated pros and cons of the various nape adjusters on wigs. What is the best? What is your favorite?
There are three main types of nape adjusters on wigs. Image two illustrates them all in a side by side comparison. Upper left (my Logan by TOB in Sangria) illustrates the velcro type. Upper right (my Aubrey in Tangelo by TOB) illustrates the hook type adjusters and then lastly on the bottom (My Anatolia in CWAP by BelleTress) illustrates the bra type buckle adjusters. Nape adjusters all do the same job. They make a wigs circumference smaller where need be. Some do the job better than others.
Velcro are my favorite adjusters. Why? You can get an exact fit and it doesn’t come undone or loosen up the entire time you are wearing your wig. If you are new to wigs there is one thing to be mindful of with velcro adjusters. TIP: Once you make your adjustments leave the velcro where it is. Do not undo and redo the velcro every time you wear your wig. The soft felt on the nape will get fuzzy and the “teeth” on the velcro won’t work as well. Even when you wash your wig leave the adjusters where they are.
My next favorite are the hook type adjusters. My complaint is the fit isn’t as precise as velcro and in my experience the hooks can unhook from the loops just from normal everyday wear. There is an easy remedy to that though. Once you have made the adjustment and you are happy with the fit take a stitch or two with a needle & thread so the hook can’t pop out of the loop.
My least favorite are the bra type adjusters because they loosen up during wear. The ends also have to be tucked away so they don’t show. Now you can take a stitch once you have your fit perfect just like with the hook type adjusters but to me it’s not worth it. Another problem I have encountered are the buckles used are often cheap plastic that crack and break and then are useless.
Image 3 illustrates my Anatolia by BelleTress after I removed the plastic buckles used in BelleTress’s bra type adjusters and before I replaced them with velcro. Anatolia came to me with cracked adjusters already. Not really shocking since they are flimsy plastic to begin but still very annoying.
I used my old dull kitchen scissors to cut off the remaining plastic buckle. This was very easy and didn’t take any strength on my part to achieve. Just be careful not to cut the elastic adjuster band.
After searching the web for thin velcro to use I came across this velcro (image 5). It’s for making doll clothes. I wasn’t quite sure what color to get so I got a brown and a beige. Its double sided. In my case I only needed one piece (the hook side) for each side of the nape for the elastic bands because the soft felt nape acts as (the loop side).
All you need is a spool of all purpose thread a needle scissors the velcro of course and the most important item a thimble. I “added” one to my photo in image 6. I couldn’t find mine to save my life so I used the side of my scissors which was not ideal. 😜 I cut two pieces of velcro about 3/4” long. I didn’t need to pin these pieces in place. All I did was hold the velcro in place with my fingers while I sewed. These pieces are so little it wasn’t cumbersome at all. I sewed it on the top (the end) and two sides. This velcro is very thin and soft and if I had a thimble the time to sew it on would have been cut considerable. TIP: Use a thimble. 😉😂
Image 7 illustrates the after. It actually was easier to sew on than I thought (especially if a thimble is used 😜). I’m no seamstress but I think it came out looking pretty professional.
While I was at it I removed the tags as well. The take away here is if you haven’t purchased a wig because it doesn’t have velcro adjusters now you can. Just replace the nape adjusters with velcro. Its easy peasy!
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!