Making Your Part Look Realistic by Kathleen

Hi folks Kathleen here with a couple of tricks and tips on making your wig look more realistic. Image one illustrates one of my wigs after I have applied soft silicone medical tape and removed a few strategic dark hairs along the part.

Image 2 illustrates what I use. Soft Silicone Tape. You can get this at your local drugstore (I get mine at my CVS) or online. Its very soft and I can use the tape over and over again. I just take it off when I wash a wig and replace it when its dry. In a pinch I’ve even used tape from wig to wig when I’ve run out of it. It leaves no residue on your monofilament features so doesn’t damage it at all.

Image 3 illustrates where to place the tape. This is the simplest way I have found to make your part look realistic. The color mimics the color of your scalp so it will look like your wigs hair fibers are growing right out of you head. You’ll want to fiddle with the placement of the tape. Cut a piece the length you’ll need and place on the inside of your wig. Try your wig on and adjust the tape placement if you need to. Usually if I place the tape a little back from the edge of the lace front the effect will look natural. In other words the transition from your skin to the tape won’t be noticeable. I have used makeup on that transition but I have found if I just tweak where I place the tape you won’t notice the transition. I would rather not use make up if I can avoid it. It’s not great for your monofilament features.

So you might be thinking why all the fuss Kathleen? Well image 4 will hopefully answer that question. 😉 In image 4 you can easily see the grid pattern of the lace the dreaded seam between the lace front and mono part and my dark hair peeking through the lace. Still not bad but why leave well enough alone I always say. 😂

Image 5 looks a lot better right? Its really fun to do too.

Remember I said why leave well enough alone? Wellllll..I started putting more tape on my wig because I could see the monofilament if I looked close…several pieces of tape later..lol. Seriously the transition between the part and the rest of the mono top (I used my mono topped Pippa by TOB but this technique works just as well with a mono part wig) and the parted area looks even better now.
Tip: ScarAway could also be used.

I took my tweezers and with my granny glasses (magnifying/craft mirror would be even better) and under very strong task light I very carefully removed a few dark knotted hairs along the part. It didn’t need many removed. Just the ones you could really see from a few feet away. I picked the knots a couple of times with my tweezers to loosen them and then they could easily be unknotted and removed with my tweezers. Be very careful not to pull the lace.

Image 8 illustrates how natural the part looks now even just laying on a table. You can also see how far back I place the tape from the front of the lace. Basically when the knots start getting denser that’s where I place the tape.

The take away here is soft silicone tape is a foolproof/easy/anyone can do it way to make the part on your wig look more realistic. Try it it’s fun…Enjoy!


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

13 Comments

  1. Catherine
    December 27, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    I am running out to go purchase this tape! Thanks for the awesome tip!!

    • Kathleen Ryan
      December 30, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      You’re most welcome Cathe! Have fun and thanks for your comments..:-)

  2. Penny Carlson
    December 27, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    Kathleen, thanks so much for this very useful advice! I wear dark brown wigs and the issue is even worse in that coloration. I’ll be grabbing some of this tape today!

    • Kathleen
      December 30, 2018 / 1:44 pm

      Good luck Penny..let me know how you make out.:-)

      • Penny Carlson
        January 4, 2019 / 9:30 pm

        They had it at the THIRD CS I went to! Anyway, I love the stuff. Easy to use and what a nice difference it makes. Well worth the cost, which was just over $1 per foot at my store.

  3. Laura
    December 27, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Ok I loved this tip with the tape- my wig hair colors are off/black darkest brown so when I did that it just made the knots more obvious. Im gonna try plucking it but I’m a little scared! 😂 This is an awesome idea tho!!!!

    • Kathleen Ryan
      January 4, 2019 / 6:17 pm

      Thanks Laura..good luck..remember less is more on plucking..don’t pull the hairs that might damage or rip the monofilament lace. Its the overall effect so pluck a few hairs put it on and look at yourself a few feet away in the mirror..if it looks good stop there..;-) Thanks for your feedback..:-) best Kathleen CW

  4. Gail
    December 27, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    Thank you, thank you thank you!
    This is the solution I have been searching for. ❣

    • Kathleen
      December 30, 2018 / 1:39 pm

      Awe…thank you for commenting Gail…good luck!

  5. Marie Weltzheimer
    December 28, 2018 / 3:43 am

    Kathleen, your blogs are always so helpful. Have thought about trying this. I wear a grip cap and even though it’s light on color, it’s not the same as scalp color. After seeing your before and after pictures, I’m convinced I need to do this!

    • Kathleen
      December 30, 2018 / 1:38 pm

      Hi Marie..this trick will work beautifully with your situation..good luck let me know how you make out..:-)

  6. Linda Nordstrom
    December 28, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    Thanks for remembering my request! I will definitely be doing it. I guess this will only work on a mono part?
    Otherwise when dealing with permatease, the makeup trick is the only option? Thanks again, your posts are terrific!

    • Kathleen
      December 30, 2018 / 1:36 pm

      Hi Linda…yes you’re correct this is trick is for wigs with either mono oarts or mono tops…good luck and thanks for your feedback 🙂

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