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!