Replace Your Nape Adjusters With Velcro by Kathleen

 
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Hi folks Kathleen here with an easy tutorial and my thoughts on the much debated pros and cons of the various nape adjusters on wigs. What is the best? What is your favorite?

There are three main types of nape adjusters on wigs. Image two illustrates them all in a side by side comparison. Upper left (my Logan by TOB in Sangria) illustrates the velcro type. Upper right (my Aubrey in Tangelo by TOB) illustrates the hook type adjusters and then lastly on the bottom (My Anatolia in CWAP by BelleTress) illustrates the bra type buckle adjusters. Nape adjusters all do the same job. They make a wigs circumference smaller where need be. Some do the job better than others.

Velcro are my favorite adjusters. Why? You can get an exact fit and it doesn’t come undone or loosen up the entire time you are wearing your wig. If you are new to wigs there is one thing to be mindful of with velcro adjusters.
TIP: Once you make your adjustments leave the velcro where it is. Do not undo and redo the velcro every time you wear your wig. The soft felt on the nape will get fuzzy and the “teeth” on the velcro won’t work as well. Even when you wash your wig leave the adjusters where they are.

My next favorite are the hook type adjusters. My complaint is the fit isn’t as precise as velcro and in my experience the hooks can unhook from the loops just from normal everyday wear. There is an easy remedy to that though. Once you have made the adjustment and you are happy with the fit take a stitch or two with a needle & thread so the hook can’t pop out of the loop.

My least favorite are the bra type adjusters because they loosen up during wear. The ends also have to be tucked away so they don’t show. Now you can take a stitch once you have your fit perfect just like with the hook type adjusters but to me it’s not worth it. Another problem I have encountered are the buckles used are often cheap plastic that crack and break and then are useless.

Image 3 illustrates my Anatolia by BelleTress after I removed the plastic buckles used in BelleTress’s bra type adjusters and before I replaced them with velcro. Anatolia came to me with cracked adjusters already. Not really shocking since they are flimsy plastic to begin but still very annoying.

I used my old dull kitchen scissors to cut off the remaining plastic buckle. This was very easy and didn’t take any strength on my part to achieve. Just be careful not to cut the elastic adjuster band.

After searching the web for thin velcro to use I came across this velcro (image 5). It’s for making doll clothes. I wasn’t quite sure what color to get so I got a brown and a beige. Its double sided. In my case I only needed one piece (the hook side) for each side of the nape for the elastic bands because the soft felt nape acts as (the loop side).

All you need is a spool of all purpose thread a needle scissors the velcro of course and the most important item a thimble. I “added” one to my photo in image 6. I couldn’t find mine to save my life so I used the side of my scissors which was not ideal. 😜 I cut two pieces of velcro about 3/4” long. I didn’t need to pin these pieces in place. All I did was hold the velcro in place with my fingers while I sewed. These pieces are so little it wasn’t cumbersome at all. I sewed it on the top (the end) and two sides. This velcro is very thin and soft and if I had a thimble the time to sew it on would have been cut considerable.
TIP: Use a thimble. 😉😂

Image 7 illustrates the after. It actually was easier to sew on than I thought (especially if a thimble is used 😜). I’m no seamstress but I think it came out looking pretty professional.

While I was at it I removed the tags as well. The take away here is if you haven’t purchased a wig because it doesn’t have velcro adjusters now you can. Just replace the nape adjusters with velcro. Its easy peasy!


Product Listing:
Logan by Tony of Beverly

Aubrey by Tony of Beverly

Anatolia by BelleTress

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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Can I Dye My Human Hair Wig?

 
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People do. We don’t recommend it unless you (or a stylist) really know what you’re doing.

Keep in mind that in most cases this hair has already been HEAVILY color processed. Unless the hair is labeled “virgin”, you can guarantee that it has been treated in any number of ways to approximate a certain texture, color, or style. Non-Virgin WILL NOT react to hair dye the way that unprocessed hair might.

It’s your hair. Customize it however you like. Just know that there is risk involved and you could damage your wig…so be super careful and do your homework before dying ANYTHING.


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Hey y’all! It’s Gina. 🙂 So I’ve actually dyed a human hair topper, and I was quite pleased with the results. However, it should be noted that I was dyeing the hair darker. As much as I tried to keep the monofilament untouched, the dye was transferred to that too.

Before dyeing topper

 

After dyeing topper

Wanna hear more on how I customized my human hair topper? Leave a comment and I’ll make up a post next week!

Should I cut a long synthetic wig to make a short one?

 
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From a customer e-mail:

At this point I am considering maybe the Zara Large and cutting it to just above my shoulders? If I did get a Zara, where do I have it cut? It seems like the wig shops around here will only cut it if they sell it to you. Is it safe to have a regular hair stylist cut a synthetic wig?

A lot of you can probably tell already that this e-mail was from someone very new to wigs because most of us learn this lesson the hard (and expensive) way:

Please do not buy any synthetic wig with the intention of cutting it, unless it’s just a very simple bang trim. Otherwise, you risk completely ruining your wig!

Here’s why: synthetic hair does not cut, lie, wear, or behave like human hair.

Synthetic hair is perfectly cylindrical and smooth if you look at it under a microscope. It’s made from petroleum! Human hair has a different shape depending on its texture and your ethnicity, and it’s covered in scales. It’s made from proteins and bio-organic compounds! This makes cutting synthetic hair a completely different sort of skill than cutting human hair!

You cannot take a synthetic wig to a hairstylist to have them cut it. Unless that person is a specialist with extensive experience working with this specific kind of hair, a cosmetology license in this situation basically means diddly-squat. They will butcher your wig . . . and because of this, most salons prohibit their stylists from even trying to touch your wigs for liability reasons! They couldn’t even work on them if they wanted to!

We definitely do not recommend letting a friend, your mom, or any other novice give it a whirl, either.

Heartbreaking true story time: I sold a Heidi by Jon Renau at an amazingly good price (as in, I could not duplicate it again kind of price) to a 17-year-old girl with Stage IIB breast cancer so she could wear it to a school dance. I sent it with a free care package so she would have everything she could ever need to wear and care for it on her special day. Then, she let her mom “trim” it . . . and the wefting in the back began to fall out. Long story short, she absolutely ruined this wig one week before her dance because she let someone alter it for her!

I see this happen all the time – PLEASE DON’T LET IT BE YOU!!!!

Synthetic wigs are prestyled and designed to be worn as-is, more or less, right out of the box. Jon Renau, for example, frowns upon changing the parts on their wigs because it can potentially mess up their styles (this is actually true!) . . .

. . . so you’re definitely not supposed to cut them!!!

Wig newbies come up with these crazy pie-in-the-sky schemes because they don’t really know that much about these kinds of things yet and they assume:

“Hey! I’ll just buy the longest possible heat-resistant wig I can afford! Because surely, they must be just like human hair even though they are so much less expensive, and then I will just turn it into a mid-length, and then a bob, and then a pixie before I throw it away!”

To which I reply in my imaginary dialog:

“No so fast, Vidal Sassoon! This is literally the #1 most cliché newbie wig assumption looming disaster known to womankind, so let me unburden you of it. First of all, heat-friendly synthetics are almost always purchased by people new to wigs but require so much extra care and attention that they are really only suited for people who are experienced wearers. And for the record, they are absolutely NOTHING like human hair in terms of how they hold up, style, feel, or wear. Secondly, when did you learn how to cut all these hair styles? Seriously, because I’ve owned a wig store for a few years, now, and I’m still turrrrrrible at it.”

Cutting synthetic hair is a specialized thing, and they don’t teach people how to do it at most beauty schools. There are hundreds of wigs on our site and thousands on the market over all. You SHOULD be able to find something out there without having to resort to DIY chop projects. While we cannot stop you from doing whatever you want to do with your wigs, we definitely wanted to let you know that we advise against it BIG TIME!


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