holding spray (if your wig is synthetic, make sure it’s synthetic safe!)
a styrofoam head
sectioning clips or bobby pins
a small pair of sharp scissors
1. Use T-pins to pin the wig right-side-in (so the hair is facing you, not the inside of the cap) on the styrofoam head. I generally put t-pins at the nape, forehead, ear tabs, and crown. Make sure wig is nice and secure before moving on to step 2.
2. Use the wide-toothed comb to gently brush the hair back, directly off the face, to best expose any wefts on the top of the head and / or crown that you want to fluff up.
3. Use sectioning clips or bobby pins to separate the individual wefts.
4. Look on the underside of the weft, near the bottom, where it is sewn into the cap. This is where the permatease lives! Moving in small horizontal strokes, take the virgin toothbrush and “saw” back and forth with gentle pressure. This will help fluff up the permatease again.
5. Continue throughout the areas of the cap that you want to fluff up.
NOTE: It’s okay if it seems like you are fluffing things too much. You can always tame things back down at the end. “More is better” is generally the way to go when you do this.
6. Flip the wig upside-down and spritz with the hair spray. Allow to dry.
7. Remove from styrohead. Now that everything is nice and fluffy, use your fingers to style the wig as you want it to look.
8. Trim any obnoxious fly-aways with the scissors. (Carefully.)
This technique works particularly well with Rene of Paris and Noriko wigs. I use it on my Amal and Cameron wigs to squeak a few more months out of them, since (for example) the biggest issues with ROP wigs tend to be permatease failure issues and not the fibers getting frizzy. Give this a whirl and see if it helps you too! 🙂
Hi Kathleen here with another easy peasy wig trick. This time to reduce your wigs shine. I will say on the whole I’m not adverse to some shine on my wigs. To me it looks like healthy hair. I’m reminded of all the shampoo commercials and ads I’ve seen over the years and I was always so envious of the models shiny hair 😉. There are times though when the shine is so much even I feel the need to reduce it. Above in image one is my Tony of Beverly Isla. One of my favorites and even in the very even indirect light the image on the left has quite a bit of shine. After applying some good old face powder the image on the right has virtually no shine in the same lighting situation.
I know everyone uses dry shampoo so why do I use face powder you ask? Two reasons I’ve tried dry shampoo and for me it just turned into a big mess. Too much came out (I had a hard time regulating the amount and ended up washing my wig) the smell was too strong for me and I didn’t like the feel of the wig afterwards. I wanted something easy and quick. Perusing youtube I came across this trick. Its super easy. You cannot apply too much and if you wear makeup most folks already have some laying around…Did I mention I was lazy? Lol
In the little video above I demonstrate how easy it is to apply translucent face powder….this time on my High Impact by Gabor. Afterwards I work it in with my hands and a quick light comb through with a wide tooth comb and I’m all set.
Here is High Impact in strong natural light coming from my kitchen windows and there is no shine. 😉
There is a time you want your wig to be especially shine free and that is when photos are going to be taken. A wedding for instance. The one thing you want to avoid are any flash photos. Most professional photographers don’t use a flash in the traditional sense they use a light meter so the photos they take are balanced. The ones guests etc might take using a flash you just want to avoid. Even natural bio hair will come out shiny in that instance. 🤪
Above image 6 illustrates Isla in natural indirect light after I have applied the powder. This is a photo taken from my ipad with the flash off. Absolutely no shine. Experiment with your camera. Take a few photos in different lighting conditions with and without a flash. You can always apply more powder if you aren’t happy with the results. If I know photos might be taken of me I use more powder than I normally would to thoroughly coat those wig fibers. I love the fact the powder gives my wigs more body and that my powder doesn’t smell like alot of dry shampoos do.
Above image 7 illustrates the Isla again in the same lighting conditions but this time I used my flash on my IPad. You can see the shadows on my face are minimized or flattened. You can also see the hair on Isla is still shine free. I’m impressed.
The last test is taking your “powdered” wig outside in strong direct natural sunlight. Image 8 shows Isla in very bright Georgia light (I couldn’t look up and could barely open my eyes the sun was so bright..lol) is there shine? Yes but in this instance it looks like truly healthy hair. It does not look like a wig..at least in my humble opinion it doesn’t. She still has less shine than the first before photo in image one. So the take away here if you’re in a rush or in a pinch and want to reduce your wigs shine go ahead and try your translucent face powder it’s easy peasy. Enjoy!
Hi folks Kathleen here with a couple of tricks and tips on making your wig look more realistic. Image one illustrates one of my wigs after I have applied soft silicone medical tape and removed a few strategic dark hairs along the part.
Image 2 illustrates what I use. Soft Silicone Tape. You can get this at your local drugstore (I get mine at my CVS) or online. Its very soft and I can use the tape over and over again. I just take it off when I wash a wig and replace it when its dry. In a pinch I’ve even used tape from wig to wig when I’ve run out of it. It leaves no residue on your monofilament features so doesn’t damage it at all.
Image 3 illustrates where to place the tape. This is the simplest way I have found to make your part look realistic. The color mimics the color of your scalp so it will look like your wigs hair fibers are growing right out of you head. You’ll want to fiddle with the placement of the tape. Cut a piece the length you’ll need and place on the inside of your wig. Try your wig on and adjust the tape placement if you need to. Usually if I place the tape a little back from the edge of the lace front the effect will look natural. In other words the transition from your skin to the tape won’t be noticeable. I have used makeup on that transition but I have found if I just tweak where I place the tape you won’t notice the transition. I would rather not use make up if I can avoid it. It’s not great for your monofilament features.
So you might be thinking why all the fuss Kathleen? Well image 4 will hopefully answer that question. 😉 In image 4 you can easily see the grid pattern of the lace the dreaded seam between the lace front and mono part and my dark hair peeking through the lace. Still not bad but why leave well enough alone I always say. 😂
Image 5 looks a lot better right? Its really fun to do too.
Remember I said why leave well enough alone? Wellllll..I started putting more tape on my wig because I could see the monofilament if I looked close…several pieces of tape later..lol. Seriously the transition between the part and the rest of the mono top (I used my mono topped Pippa by TOB but this technique works just as well with a mono part wig) and the parted area looks even better now. Tip: ScarAway could also be used.
I took my tweezers and with my granny glasses (magnifying/craft mirror would be even better) and under very strong task light I very carefully removed a few dark knotted hairs along the part. It didn’t need many removed. Just the ones you could really see from a few feet away. I picked the knots a couple of times with my tweezers to loosen them and then they could easily be unknotted and removed with my tweezers. Be very careful not to pull the lace.
Image 8 illustrates how natural the part looks now even just laying on a table. You can also see how far back I place the tape from the front of the lace. Basically when the knots start getting denser that’s where I place the tape.
The take away here is soft silicone tape is a foolproof/easy/anyone can do it way to make the part on your wig look more realistic. Try it it’s fun…Enjoy!
I have heard over and over again…oh I can’t wear long hair or oh I look awful in short hair. Oh I wish I could wear this or that. One of the biggest reasons we feel we can’t wear a certain length wig is our idea of what looks good on us. Most often its because we never had anything but the length we feel comfortable in. In my case I have super baby fine bio hair. BW (before wigs 😉) I wore pixies most of the time. Mainly because my hair didn’t look good in longer styles. Notice I said my hair didn’t look good not me.
I have experimented on lengths and colors for the last two or so years that I have been wearing wigs and have come to the conclusion that you can wear any length within reason..lol) What you need to know and understand is your face shape. Then you can choose lengths and styles that balance your face shape. Below (images 2 & 3 ) is CysterWigs easy way to measure and determine your face shape.
Its fun and easy to determine your face shape and you might be surprised with the results.
Its not only fun to find celebrities who have your face shape it helps you verify yours.
Wearing Mia by TressAllure in Sunset Glow
Now I have an oblong face shape. Basically an oblong face is an elongated oval face shape. Oval is the ideal shape. My face doesn’t scream out oblong at first glance. She isn’t super long and you might be thinking but aren’t oblong faces thin? Not necessarily. Your face shape has nothing to do with your weight or how fat your face is. A little fyi…you don’t see this straight on view (image 5) from me very often. I prefer a three quarter view…why you ask? Again its a balance thing and a three quarter view makes my face appear more oval. Measurements are important. As I remeasured the length of my face for this blog I realized its 4.5” not 4.25” like I always thought. So take your time to get accurate measurements.
It helps to know all your head measurements. One that I know I had been taking the wrong way for quite awhile until I saw Heather’s video was my ear to ear measurement. I think I had originally measured barely 11” which is really really small. After viewing Heathers video I measured and my ear to ear is 12.5” which is between a child and petite size. Soooo yeah I know my head is fairly flat up front. (insert intelligence joke here 😂) So in my finding wigs that look good on me balancing this out is also important.
Above in image 6 are some stills from Heathers video. Its pretty self explanatory how not to measure. Lol Fyi… I originally measured over top like the photo of Heather in the upper left of image 6.
In image 7 Heather demonstrates the right way to take your ear to ear measurement. Measure about 7” from your hairline to your crown. Now take the tape rotate it and keeping the tape at your crown measure from the bottom of your sideburn (this would be the bottom of the ear tabs on a wig) to your other sideburn.
I have found to balance my oblong face I need volume on the sides. This breaks up the straight line I have by softening or obscuring this line. A side sweeping bang is also something I look for as a way of visually shortening my face. The same goes for needing volume on top to balance my head shape. In all the wig lengths I want to wear I always keep this in mind. Now the fun part. Lets take a look at some of my wigs and why they work for me.
Lia works because she has side fringe and enough volume on top to give me the illusion of an oval face. The bangs on one side gives my face visual width right where I need it..mid face. Fringe/bangs especially a sweeping side fringe will break up the straight line and visual length of my forehead. This is especially important when I want to wear a longer wig.
Ahh my beloved Kahlua. She does the same thing as Lia but even more effortlessly because of the curls. Again visual width on the sides gives the illusion of an oval face. The height on top (mainly from the curls, not permatease) balances out my head to give me an ideal shape. The curly side fringe breaks up the visual space of my forehead and visually shortens the appearance of my face.
Dylan has enough hair and overall volume to work for me. I do play with the layering on the sides to get some volume along mid face. Even though she has an impeccable mono top there is plenty of hair to get some lift. The bangs look best when I let them sweep to the side (to visually shorten my face) as in image 10. Overall this style is the most universally flattering one I have.
Simmer works for me which I’ll admit came as a bit of a surprise. Normally straight longer styles accentuate my straight oblong face. Simmer has volume at the crown that visually helps balance out my head. And there is a beautifully sweeping side fringe and wave to simmer that does two things. The wave pattern gives me just enough width mid face to balance out the length of this style. The sweeping side fringe/bang has a little lift right at the part that gives me just enough volume to again balance her length that would have otherwise drawn the eye downward and would have made my face look longer and droopier.
Finn works on many levels..the volume on top and on the sides (especially mid face) is perfection for me. Finn is long but the visual weight is not at the bottom. The layers get thinner towards the bottom so the visual weight even with a wig of this length and texture is mid face. Again you have a sweeping side bang that visually shortens my face.
Last but not least you have the beautiful Sloane by Tony of Beverly. First of all she doesn’t have a lot of permatease so not a lot of volume on top right out of the box. I really had to work with her. The layering and hair fibers are so light though that I was able to get enough volume on top and still have her look very natural and believable. Her big loose curls/wave pattern also gives some width visually to my face. Notice I have her swept to one side in image 13. This gives me visual width mid face just where I need it. The take away here is that anyone can wear short to long wigs you just have to know your face shape and in my case head shape so you can look for wigs that balance out your unique face shape. These tips are for my face but the concept goes for everyone. Its certainly more fun shopping for wigs when you know what to look for. Enjoy!
Hi folks Kathleen here with my thoughts and what I did to my new Curl Up by Gabor so I would like it. Have you ever received a wig and thought ugh this is not what I expected but perhaps you see the potential? I’m going to talked about that and what I did in this case. Perhaps it’ll help you with that wig you just never seem to wear.
Image 2 illustrates Curl Up right out of the box and after I thinned the bangs conditioned her re-twirled the curls trimmed the extra lace off the lace front and all around gave her a make over. I thought I would enjoy another mid length wavy/curly wig. I was curious how she compared to Finn by Estetica and Mia by TressAllure. Unlike Finn and Mia however she was not wearable right out of the box as you can plainly see. I loved the color though and the root was beautiful and the length was very flattering. But boy the wave pattern was all over the place. The fibers were very dry and already in a tangled mess. I couldn’t even run my fingers through her without tangles. I almost returned her but thought she would be a good experiment for me or challenge..lol. How could I use what I’ve learned through trial and error to transform this ugly duckling into a swan. Was it even possible? I had my doubts. 😜
Some things I did before I decided to do this blog. The bang area on Curl Up was very dense and in my opinion quite wiggy. I did thin and texturize the bangs. I didn’t trim the length of the bangs though. I also used a lot of Jon Renau’s HD Detangler on her and used a wide tooth comb to gently comb her out and re twirl the entire wig and then sprayed water on her and scrunched up her curls.
Now I’ve have a few Gabor wigs and all of the lace fronts were beautiful. This one was awful. The knots looked very pluggy. They were large and loosely knotted. I thought I might just thin and trim the length on the bangs and not worry about the lace front. Instead I decided to trim the extra lace off and a few of the knots at the same time that were especially pluggy looking. I could always trim the bangs at a later date.
I have a variety of scissors I use to trim my lace fronts. From small to large. It depends on how much lace I want to trim off. In this case I used a larger scissors. As I cut the extra lace off you can see I also trimmed some of the knots right off. 😉
I have an observation about lace fronts. A contoured lace front looks more realistic because it looks more like our own hairline. I will say most lace is contoured but what I find in many instances the knotting isn’t. In other words the knotting goes straight across and doesn’t follow the lines of the lace. So I just trim as close to the knots as I can (obviously in this case I trimmed even closer to remove some knots I didn’t like) and not worry about following the contour of the lace too much.
After I trimmed the lace I sprayed some more Jon Renau HD Smooth Detangler and gently combed through. It looks rough but I’m just combing the very outer layer of hair.
I continue to comb through gently to get tangles out and to help remove hair that I had thinned and any hair from the bang area.
I comb through with my fingers and remove the rest of the loose hair from thinning her and where I trimmed a few of the knots off the lace front.
So this still isn’t my favorite lace front but much nicer trimmed. I still might cut the bangs shorter to hide the lace a little but I really like the side sweeping bang.
In the above video I spray and scrunched with Jon Renau’s HD Smooth Detangler. I also want to pont out that this is a wonderful casual no makeup wig. Sure you can get all glammed up and look equally pretty but I love a wig that looks good dressed up or down.
I continue to use my HD Detangler and scrunch technique. If you are wondering why I’m not using water I could and do all the time. I have a spray bottle I keep filled with water and use to revitalize curl/texture on a wig without have to wet the whole wig. In the case of Curl Up her hair fibers are so dry she could use as much conditioners etc as I can give her.
Image 12 is one of the reasons I kept curl Up. The color is a very pretty
Blonde and the root color is beautiful. Soft pleasant warm but not garish.
Finn and Curl up have similar textures but Curl Up is quite a bit shorter in the front. Both of my wigs Finn and Mia touch my shoulders and Curl Up doesn’t.
Curl Up looks a lot better now..very fluffy with a lot of its visual bulk around the middle and back. I like her but still wish the lace front was better and will probably trim in some very textured bangs. Light bangs will obscure the lace front enough to see it’s there but not it’s detail. 😉
This is one reason why I kept her…this wave/curl pattern is gorgeous.
I love when the back is a little longer than the front and comes to a soft V. Very flattering cut.
The take away here is sometimes you get a wig and you aren’t in love with it but you see its potential. Be it a clearance wig you can’t return or perhaps you’ve “played” with a new wig too much to return it…I’’m soooo guilty of that.😂 Don’t give up. There are so many little things you can do to your wig that added up take it from so so to wow! 😉 Enjoy and be fearless…🙋