Hi folks Kathleen here. Some wigs are perfect right out of the box and some require some styling. My first Pippa in Sunset Red was perfect. This Pippa (which has now become my favorite 😉) needed a little love.
I always do the simplest things first to help a wig look its best. Remember I am lazy..lol. Pippa had some serious box hair (odd bumps) and was very flat (the fibers and permatease were compressed).
TIP #1)- I soaked my Pippa in a sink of cold water. I then patted her dry with a towel, shook her over my tub & hung her upside down to dry.
This really helped loosen up the hair so it wasn’t so flat against my head. The weird bump along the part was better but needed more attention.
I use the warmth of my hands to help tame bumps caused by box hair.
TIP #2)- I also use ordinary pressure clips to help train my wig. I wet the hair a little first and in this case I used a clip along the part, a couple to train the front off my face and one to straighten out one side that curled too much on the bottom.
(If I got impatient I would use my steamer but I realize not everybody has a steamer. It might take longer (a few days) but you will get results this way 😉)
TIP #3)- When ever I have a mono part (or in this case a mono top) I add some soft silicone medical tape to the underside of my wig.
It will look like the hair is coming from your head. I have thin light/medium brown bio hair that I want to hide and I don’t wear a wig cap. It also works great to hide that seam between a lace front and a mono top.
TIP #4)- I selectively plucked (very carefully unknotted and removed individual dark hairs) along the part.
This works great on unrooted heavily highlighted wigs. You can get that striped look that continues into the part and by removing a few dark hairs along the part you break up that “stripe” that really adds to the realism of your wig.
Permatease is your friend. Seriously…it hides wefts and supports the style of your wig.
TIP #5)- Wake up your permatease. I use my fingers to lift and fluff the permatease to get it away from the cap.
Even if I later go in and style my hair in a sleeker fashion the shape looks better after waking up the permatease.
TIP #6)- Trim the extra lace off the front hairline
Image 8 shows you what the extra lace looked like before I trimmed it. Not bad really…and I only trimmed 3/8th of an inch off but what a difference it makes. Especially important because I wanted to showcase the lace front on Pippa. I used to think the extra lace helped keep my wig on….fyi…it doesn’t. 😜
TIP #7)- I used my lightly scented Lily Of The Valley powder to eliminate that blonde wiggy shine.
Wow this worked sooo well. Fyi I can only tolerate two fragrances Lilly Of The Valley and Lemon Verbena..lol 😂The scent of this powder went away almost immediately and didn’t leave any white residue at all. It worked way better than my lightly tinted translucent powder that I love using. Hmmm I need to try this on a darker wig! I love my Maui Gold Pippa now. Honestly maybe even more than my Sunset Red one which is saying a lot and It only took some easy peasy tips to make this Pippa a five ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ wig. 👏🏻
Image 10 illustrates all the colors I will compare Maui Gold to. This photo was taken in indirect even natural light. Hmm at first glance they look all similar don’t they?
Maui Gold is a beautiful dynamic fashion Bronde. It looks very natural on me for a reason…we share a common color as illustrated in image 11. The darker colors basically match my eyebrows as well. This color looks good with or without makeup. Overall it’s a comfortable balanced medium/ dark blonde.
The first color I compare to Tony of Beverly’s Maui Gold is Blonde Brownie (22F16) by Jon Renau on my first ever wig Evan. BB is lighter & cooler than MG. BB is a light neutral to cool highlighted blonde. Outside she’ll look neutral inside she tends to look greenish or grayish (cool) on me. CWAP is neutral as well but has enough warm highlights to never look cool. Even inside she’ll always have a pleasant natural blonde appearance…no green or gray. 😉
Next I compare Glazed Sand (R1621S+) by Raquel Welch on Voltage. GS is cooler than Maui Gold. Overall GS is a beige blonde vs Maui Gold which is a deconstructed medium sandy blonde..or bronde..lol.
Now we are comparing a warmer color Golden Wheat (R14/88H) by Raquel Welch on Brave The Wave to Maui Gold. They share a soft warm blonde between them. GW is lighter and doesn’t have the depth of color Maui Gold has with all her lowlights.
Ahhh next I compare my two favorite blondes. CWAP by BelleTress on my Vienna Roast is a softly rooted overall light neutral/warm blonde. Maui Gold shares many of the same colors but they are distributed differently. CWAP has a warmer root color than the lowlights on Maui Gold and a lot more lighter blonde in the color mixture. Maui Gold almost looks like CWAP grown out. If you like one color you’ll like the other.
SS Buttered Biscuit by Gabor on Sheer Elegance is in my opinion a “cousin” color to Maui Gold by Tony of Beverly. Out of all the colors I compared these two are the closest to each other. They are close in overall value (meaning how light or dark the overall color is). They share similar base colors. SS Buttered Biscuit has a more blended base color than Maui Gold. But overall the base shades are similar and both have blonde highlights. Granted Maui Golds highlights are more dramatic. The main difference is their highlight color. Its a neutral/cool blonde on SS Buttered Biscuit and on Maui Gold its a soft natural neutral/warm blonde. Both pretty colors. If you like SS Buttered Biscuit by Gabor but wish she had warmer highlights (like me lol) you’ll love Maui Gold by Tony of Beverly.
The last color comparison is with Shaded Pralines & Cream (14/16S10) by Jon Renau on Ruby. Maui Gold has some beautiful almost strawberry blonde notes in her mix but the color overall doesn’t read strawberry blond. Compare these “strawberry blonde notes” on Maui Gold to Shaded Pralines & Cream a true dark strawberry blonde with a warmer root than Maui Golds base colors.
I hope you enjoyed my simple styling tips and color comparisons to Pippa by Tony of Beverly in Maui Gold. Below is a little video of Pippa after I styled her. In my opinion you can’t find a more beautiful balanced bob than Pippa. If you are looking for a natural looking blonde that isn’t rooted but has a lot of dimension non the less than you’ll love Maui Gold. Enjoy!