Hi folks Kathleen here with something a little different than my usual wig review. We get a wig and we LOVE it. But over time we realize even though its gorgeous its just not for you. That was my dilemma with Eden. Definitely a 5 star wig..stunning color R133/24H gorgeous waves… lace front and mono top. But the length was too much for me. I never had long gorgeous hair and I felt it didn’t look right on me. I tried styling it in an updo…again not handy with this sort of hair style lol. I did think about finding a new home for her but in the end decided to Re-Imagine her.
When I tried Eden on I loved her layers that skimmed my shoulders…that would be a great length on me. I also wanted her to have a light wispy look and feel to her. So now that I have a vision in my head I can go ahead and have some fun. A little info on me…I have no idea how to do this..no training lol but as an artist I’m a visual person and look at this almost as a sculpture. I get my tools together..my canvas block head and clamp..hair shears from my local food store( only the best 😂)a sharp little fine sewing scissors…my thinning shears from CysterWigs….hair pins and hair clips.
I placed Eden on the canvas wig head and secured her well with hair pins through the ear tabs and at the nape. You want to be careful with monofilament features so I don’t pin through them. I loosely gathered Eden into a pony tail so all her layers were out ( I would be using these as my guide for the overall length I wanted Eden to end up). As illustrated in image 4) I simply cut straight across at the top of the first rubber band(I placed another rubber band a couple of inches above the first for stability and as a stopping point) I knew I could go nuts and trim her too short..😜..Snip! There’s no going back now…lol
At this point I tried Eden back on to see how she looks and realized quickly I would need to texturize the ends to give her the look and feel I was going for. So back on the head she went. I point cut into the ends I had just trimmed off. I do this by taking a small section of hair and placing it between my fingers I cut almost vertically into the trimmed edge. This softens that blunt cut of the initial trim. Btw I devour youtube looking for tutorials on hair cutting and hacks all the time and I suggest you do too if you want the freedom to customize your own wigs. So after taking my time and point cutting the ends of Eden I tried her on again to see if that would be enough to achieve the look I was after. Better….but she was still looking and feeling heavy. I decided to thin her. To do this I use my thinning shears and I take small sections of hair and at a angle take a snip close to the top of Eden ( where the hair meets the cap) and again about half way down take another snip from the opposite side (so these two snips would make a V if you did them side by side). I did this all the way around Eden staying clear of the top layer of hair. After I did that I went back and texturized the ends..I do this by taking small sections of hair and twisting them. Then starting at about 2” from the trimmed end and at an angle I take small close together little snips and stop just before I reach the end of that section of hair. I do this all around the entire wig. This gives a very wispy end which is what I was going for. I didn’t want any blunt cut ends visible.
I tried her on again and was pleased. The amount of hair I removed from Eden was a little scary I’ll admit but she looked and felt light and airy..just the feel I was going for. More importantly I could see myself wearing her out on a date with my hubby and flipping my hair..lol 😉Something I have never been able to do.
Honestly! …look at the mono features of Eden in image 7) Since she has a lace front and mono top I can part her wherever I want. Just amazing. My bio hair is a light brown so I add soft silicone tape to the areas of the mono top I would be exposing… this adds realism( I place this tape inside the cap) I have to say this wig with her lace-front and parted to expose her mono top and after my trimming and thinning her would fool anyone into thinking you have a gorgeous mane of red hair…I tell you there is no better feeling than the confidence in that knowledge. I sometimes stare in the mirror in amazement. How lucky are we to have these choices.
Through this experience I have found the length I feel is most flattering on me and where I feel most comfortable. I got a kick out of comparing Eden to my Tony Of Beverly’s Hunter. They look like sister wigs..straight Hunter by day..her slightly curled sister Eden by night..😊
The take away here is you have to listen to yourself…you know what looks best on you and learning to customize your own wigs is one more option or tool for achieving that goal and in the process the confidence you gain is in valuable…ENJOY!
Eden by Estetica