Help Me, Heather #1: How to get more body from a heat-friendly topper

 

Today I received this excellent question from Jennifer who wanted to know how to bring some body back to her Heat-Friendly topper:

 

Can someone advise me? I have used heat on my Easipart HD and it has removed the body from the hair. How can I add the body back (not curl)? I want it to have the same body it’s always had. Thanks.

Items you will need for this solution:

Table Clamp

Canvas Blockhead

Jon Renau Synthetic-Safe Holding Spray

T-Pins

Beautimark Shaping Cream

A good blow dryer with a concentrator attachment (Heather uses this one)

A good wig comb (we recommend this one)

 

 

Step 1: Secure topper to the blockhead with T-pins, being careful not to damage any lace features. If you have no choice other than to attach the topper to lace, be sure you avoid pulling on the unit as you style it. (This will help you avoid tears.)

Step 2: Gently comb the topper into the general part and position you want it.

Step 3: Apply a nickel-sized amount of shaping cream to the hair near the base at the front, but avoiding the knots. Manipulate with hands to get it into your preferred position.

Step 4: Working in small, 1” – 1.5” sections, spray with a small amount of synthetic safe hair spray at the base of the hair and “zap” it with small, short, concentrated blasts of high heat from the blow dryer. Use the comb to hold the hair in place as you zap it. The heat + the holding spray will work together to give you the lift you crave. Do this all over the topper or until you have the look you are going for.

Step 5: Spray lightly with the synthetic safe hairspray all over and allow to dry as a finishing touch.

PRO TIP: Hang your monofilament toppers upside down at night to store them. This will help preserve the body and bounce so you don’t have to style it as frequently!

 

About the “Help Me, Heather” series: Heather is the owner, founder, and web designer for CysterWigs.com. Periodically, Heather will select tickets submitted to our CysterWigs Client Care Help Desk for this column. Email us if you have a question for the team at CysterWigs. Who knows – maybe your question will be selected for the next edition!

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2 Comments

  1. Jennifer
    January 7, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    Thanks, Heather! I’m excited to try your tips!

    Will this need to be done after each wash?

    I’ve noticed more static since applying heat. Is this normal?

    • January 7, 2018 / 6:14 pm

      Static control is a problem that is very prevalent in the maintenance of heat-friendly synthetic fiber. This type of fiber is highly elastic and does not discharge static well, so it collects static and clumps easily as a result. It’s a constant issue with HD fibers, unfortunately.

      Winters can be rough because we don’t use moist heat (radiators) much in the USA. So, our climate control can really add to the static issues this time of year! The reason winter days are more shock-prone than the lazy days of summer has to do with the level of moisture in the air. In the winter, more static electricity builds up in our homes because the heaters are on, which sucks moisture out of the air. In the summer, water in the air can help dissipate the electrons that we pick up as we move around, but when the air is drier, the charge collects and clings to us, building up until… zap!

      Extend that principle to heat styling your hair, and you can see why applying heat creates more static. It is totally normal. (But it is also totally a pain to deal with sometimes!)

      As for how often you’ll have to do this, that is up to you. I think your best bet is to play it by ear. HD fibers are pretty good at holding their style after you apply heat — even after repeated washing. The key is that you have to hold the hair in place somehow as it cools* for that shape to hold. My “recipe” here lets the styling products do this holding for you. You can also try it without, but you may have to manually hold each section until it cools to achieve your desired effect, and it may not last as long.

      I hope that helps!

      *edited because words matter! 😀

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