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…🙋
Here’s Taz’s review of Curl Up for additional reference!