Kathleen’s Review: Part 2: Making Mimosa Mine

Hi folks Kathleen here with Part 2 of my review of Mimosa by Belle Tress in Champagne with Apple Pie. I love this color and so many things about this wig..Did I even mention that since she’s a HD wig there is none of that wiggy shine you often see on wigs especially in blonde ones. Above in image 1) is Mimosa customized to better fit my face. I love this wig and have been wearing it everyday (which seldom happens..I’ve been known to change my wig out a few times a day 😉)

So for the customizing portion of this review I originally thought I would cut the nape of this wig a lot more and overall give her more of a haircut. The first thing I did was wear her for a day or two..really play with her style. I came to the realization that I liked her wispy shaggy style. This sort of style is flattering on my face. She just was too heavy on top and the nape was a little too long. I needed to balance out this cut a little more. Below in image 3) is a side view of my customized Mimosa. The bangs sweep to the side much better since I took some of the heaviness away.

Before I started doing any trimming or thinning of Mimosa I put her on a styrofoam wig head. I normally put her on my canvas head clamped to the kitchen counter..or wear her..lol but I wanted the ability to move her around easier so you could see what I was doing. Above in the first video you can see how all I do is take a small section of hair twist it and at an angle take my thinning shears and take little snips…towards the end of the section of hair I’ll take little close together snips. I do this so the ends are really wispy..I like this look. This is also how I trim her. In this case I wanted the length cut too not just texturized. If I wanted the section of hair thinned and texturized but not cut shorter I wouldn’t do this last step. I continued taking little sections of hair on the top and on the bangs and used this technique until the desired look was achieved.

As I am taking these sections of hair and texturizing them I continually run my fingers through the hair..its the best way to feel where she is thicker/heavier. I do go by feel not just visually looking at her to see where she needs thinning.

Image 7) illustrates all you need to customized your wig like I did with Mimosa. The most expensive item here are the thinning shears bought from CysterWigs for about $50. That’s all the hair I removed..not much really. This style needed a tweak vs a major overhaul.

My goal was to reshape the top so the style gave me the illusion of an oval face….always my goal I have a long face( be it “full”). The technique of twirling sections of hair and taking snips at an angle was the only thing I did to this wig.

In the video below you can see I didn’t want to shorten the length of this section of hair so I stopped taken snips before I reached the end of the section of hair. When I comb the section to release the cut hair you can see how little I am actually removing. I continually fluffed the hair as I texturize her. I can always go back and trim/thin her some more. I also try her on very often to see how she looks on my head.

In the next video below you can see how I take small quick close snips towards the end of the section of hair. This “trimmed” the length without cutting along the edge. I do this when I want a really wispy look. And its easy to do especially on a heavily layered style like Mimosa.

In the video below you can see how I didn’t take little snips all the way to the end of the sections of hair. I wanted to thin/texturize the middle area but not shorten the length. You can also see how I continually fluff as a go along so I know where I need to thin/texturize etc next.

Above in image 17 you can see how the after still has the wispy look and feel that attracted me to this style…just not the long flips.

In the video below you see me comb out the strand I just texturized to release the cut hair. And you might be thinking “I thought you were never supposed to use a regular comb on wigs?” You are quite right. I use a JR wide tooth comb normally. In this case the hair I was cutting was so short and I was removing so little at a time that a wide tooth comb wouldn’t have removed the loose hair I just thinned. There was no tugging or tangling of the hair as you can see. I have a pick that’s wide but not as wide as JR’s wide tooth comb that works well for longer hair. You never want to force a comb through what you just texturized. If you get resistance use a wider tooth comb.

Image 19) illustrates how beautiful this color and root are. This is a very accurate color photo. I’m in love ❤️ It also shows the more refined style I achieved by just doing this simple texturizing technique..nothing else. And as you can tell I’m no professional..lol… I just have experimented to find the easiest way I know to customize my wigs so I go from liking them to loving them.

The take away here is learning to customize your wigs isn’t about being a professional hair stylist its about experimenting watching how to videos and using your creativity..and not being afraid!..😉 I love my new Mimosa now that she fits my vision of what I wanted her to look like. She’s my summer hair….ENJOY!


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You can see all of Kathleen’s posts here as well seeing her talent as an amazing artist at KathleenRyanArt.com.

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6 Comments

  1. Sherry
    May 10, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Kathleen – I’ve been too scared to use thinning shears on any of my wigs, though I really should try it because I have a relatively small head and long face, so many wigs overpower me. THIS video is so very helpful. I think it’s time to order those shears! Thanks for putting together this tutorial; it must have taken a good deal of time to photograph and video everything you did. Much appreciated!

    • Kathleen Ryan
      May 26, 2018 / 10:28 am

      Hi Sherry..I’m so glad you enjoyed this post..I really tried to simlify what I do when I customize a wig..it was a blast to do..thank you for the lovely comments..and yes time to buy those thinning shears..;-) -Kathleen

  2. May 17, 2018 / 11:27 am

    Holy moly, Kathleen! This is beyond awesome!!! The attention to detail and close up images really make this accessible. Thank you for making this!!!

    • Kathleen Ryan
      May 26, 2018 / 10:33 am

      Thanks Heather I really appreciate your feedback…I will be doing more posts like this one..lots of fun I must say..;-) best xxox-Kathleen

  3. Sandy
    May 29, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    You look stunning in that wig, and the color is one of your best too! This videos are fabulous and so very helpful. Keep up the good work; it is much appreciated! Blessings my Dear . . .

    • Kathleen Ryan
      May 30, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      Awe I am so glad these posts are helpful. Thank you for the kind words. Enjoy your day..best -Kathleen

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