Hi folks Kathleen here with how I customized my Kelsey to better flatter my face shape. Above (image 1) is the final product. I loved Kelsey before but for wearability I had to bring her volume down a bit (she has less permatease than Sonoma by René of Paris but still quite a bit) and trim and thin her to flatter my face and make her easier to wear in real life…not just for photos..😉
Below (image 2) shows everything I used. Not much at all. One of these days I’ll invest in a proper set of shears for trimming my wigs. The blue handled shears I actually pick up at my food store. 🤣The thinning shears I did purchase from CysterWigs and love them. So no excuses you don’t need fancy supplies to customize your wigs.
I love this color Lighter Red by Envy. I would describe it as a fashion Irish red. Because it’s really not a natural color. The base is much redder than a true Irish red would be. I love it though its very vibrant and surprisedly flattering for most people.
Above (image 3) I combed out (very gingerly with a Jon Renau wide tooth comb) my Kelsey and sectioned the area I want to trim bangs into. I should back up a bit here and say this was my second pass at customizing Kelsey. I encourage anyone who wants to make their wigs their own to only do a little at a time. Live with your wig and then determine if you’re happy or you need to do some more work on her. I had trimmed the length of side curls and thinned the front already. I wore her to my daughter’s Birthday dinner and realized after seeing photos she was still too much for me.
I determined I needed to trim a bang into her and work the curls better to help obscure the permatease. Above in (image 4) I twist the hair I want to cut for bangs. This give her a slight curve to the bangs vs straight across. I have figured out on “test” wigs..😉that on a wavy or curly wig five inches is a good length for a bang. It’ll spring up after its trimmed. Usually this is a good length (I did this on my Sweet Talk).
Above is a video demonstrating how I simply use my tap measure as a guide to trim the bang at five inches. I also use clips etc to help me keep together what I am trimming. Kelsey’s curls look pretty straight and sad looking here. No worries she’s a synthetic and those curls will come back after a cold dunk in water and some scrunching.
I then put Kelsey on my head and play around with the bangs to see if they will work for me or if I need to trim them some more. I decided they need more trimming. I use the bottom of my nose as a guide to trim more off. (above video) It works great! It might look funny but it works. PS. this is the real me..no makeup no filters no magic light..scary! 🤣
Above in image 7 I show you how I “chip” the ends of my bangs. I might decide to thin them but at this point I want a pretty blunt cut. This just gives them a softer look and not as perfect looking. The video below demonstrates how I do this.
Now I have my Kelsey all trimmed thinned and I’m ready to get her curls back. I first fill my bathroom sink with cold water and place her in it and make sure she gets completely wet. I then place her on a towel and pat her dry. Before I hang her upside down to dry I shake her over my tub. This helps separate the fibers and she isn’t so dripping wet when I hang her upside down to dry. The video above demonstrates what I do with my curly/textured wigs to revitalize the curls. As she’s drying I periodically go and scrunch her up. You would be surprised how much this helps the curl/texture come alive.
The curls are back but there is frizz at the base of the curls mainly from the permatease that I don’t like. I tap tap tap the permatease all over my head with my fingers this actually settles the permatease down so I can take the curls and re-twirl them without incorporating the permatease into the curls. I love permatease but I don’t want to see it. That is one reason I decided to trim bangs into my Kelsey. Bangs would obscure the permatease in front and the fact that Kelsey doesn’t have a lace front. In my humble opinion Kelsey would be a much nicer wig if she had a lace front and mono part..eh hem! Attention Envy wigs…hint hint.
Now for a bit of my secret weapon when it comes to giving some definition to curls on a wig like Kelsey. As I re-twirl the curls I add just a tad of Jon Renau’s Piece Out Crème to help define and keep the frizz and fly aways down. I put a tad on the tips of my fingers and apply to the base of each curl I am going to re-twirl. Work it into the curl and when I re-twirl it’ll be defined but not stiff or greasy and will stay like this until I wash the wig. I did this to the entire wig. Since I didn’t take any video when I was doing this I demonstrate my technique on a couple of small sections in the above video for you. Imagine doing the same thing on bigger sections of curls.
I then take a little more of Jon Renau’s Piece Out Crème and put a bit on the ends of curls that I think look a bit frizzy. It’s that finishing touch that makes a world of difference.
So here is the finished Kelsey (image 12) I really loved Kelsey before I did anything to her but I love her more now. I kept her style I just trimmed thinned and put in a bang to make her wearable for everyday life. She balances out my face now much better as well.
Look at this wig! I have to say I Love her length so much better now. She passes the I can eat without hair getting in my mouth test with flying colors. The bangs are soft looking and obscure the fact she has no lace front. She looks more realistic in my book.
Look at these curls..big barrel and loose corkscrew curls. The fly aways are kept down to a minimum by using the Piece Out Crème. Still soft because I barely used any. When I re-twirled the curls I made sure to get some of those curls on top on the wig. Two reasons…1) to obscure permatease and so it doesn’t look like it should have a part. And 2) to balance the style for my face. I have a flat head especially in the front and this way it “fills”in where I’m missing some head..lol 😂
Still a romantic style but not as wild as the original Kelsey.
Image 19 shows how I placed curls on top of my head instead of having a part (like it shows in product photos) and obscures any permatease. The only thing I miss from the original was the really light ginger tips on the front curls. By trimming those front curls I removed the light ginger blonde tips. Oh well that was the trade off to a style that fits me better.
As you can see in image 20 I am super pleased with the out come.😉
I found an image of Kelsey before I customized her image 21. (above you can see she’s much longer and bulkier along the sides of my face) Trimming and lifting the weight of the curls so they are higher on my face balances out my face better. I look at my eyes in the after photo vs my cheeks( and the fattest part of my face 😜) in the before photo. My face measures from the top of my forehead to the bottom of my chin at 7.25” If my face was bigger or longer I wouldn’t need to customize her. That’s the take away here. Wigs don’t look the same on everybody. What might look amazing on a wig cyster might look horrible on you. Learn your face..measure and decide if you love the overall style but just need to customize her to your face and then go for it! Nothing I did to my Kelsey here was Earth shatteringly hard to do. I went from loving Kelsey to loving and more importantly wearing Kelsey.
In the video (below) of my finished customized Kelsey take note of the movement of her hair. There was only a slight breeze out when I videotaped this but the hair still moves around. Any Piece Out Crème I used didn’t make her stiff or like I’m wearing a helmet. Enjoy! ☺️