My First Year in Wigs: What I have learned – Part Two by Rachel

Part 2. Believe me! Don’t use that brush on synthetic hair!

Well I just finished up my very first full year of wearing wigs! It has been QUITE a journey and I have learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work for me. Here’s another thing that I’ve learned during my year of wearing wigs.

After I got past the whole issue of purchasing a long heat friendly synthetic as my first wig, I learned another valuable lesson in wig wearing. Even though you are going to be tempted to use that detangling wet brush on your synthetic wig, DON’T DO IT!

My next two wigs I purchased on my journey were Miranda by Jon Renau and Rachel by Jon Renau. Both of these styles were actually pretty curly out of the box. When you get a curly wig, the curls tend to be VERY defined right out of the box because they were just styled at the manufacturer. Now the styling is in your hands. Many of us wig wearers don’t like to wear those well-defined curls right out of the box. We like to separate them a little bit so they’ll look a little more natural and “self-styled” before we wear them out in public. So what did I do with those luscious curls right out of the box? I took a Wet Brush and brushed straight through the curls to separate them. Well, that TOTALLY backfired. *facepalm*

When you brush through a wig (even with a great detangling brush like Wet Brush) it over-separates the beautiful curls on the wigs. So instead of having natural-looking curly wigs, I ended up with poofy afro-like wigs. It was a total bummer and took a lot of work to even make them wearable in public. Especially the Rachel style by Jon Renau. It took a lot of wetting, combing, and silicone spray to get it in wearable shape.

So what are you really supposed to do to separate those curls? Use your fingers! I honestly wouldn’t even recommend a wig comb for this. I have a couple curly wigs that have NEVER had a comb touch them. I only use my fingers for Mila and Girl Mono. Longer wavy or very loosely curled wigs like Blaze will definitely require a light combing (with an actual wig comb) after wearing it, but don’t over do it! If you just take it easy, you can avoid a frizzy mess!

So again, I leave you with this advice. Avoid using brushes on your wigs, folks! They will make you sad!


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You can see all of Rachel’s posts here. Part one of the series is located here and part three is here.

The Hottest (but really coolest) Wigs of Summer – Part 2

Yesterday, I shared five wigs that our staffers love to wear in the summer. Hey, they know their stuff! So why wouldn’t I want to pass their nuggets of wiggy goodness on to you? Anyway, we all hope you enjoyed part one. Now, on to part two!

This time, we’re kicking things off with our Customer Care Help Desk Solution Specialist and CysterWigs blog Boss Babe, Gina (Gina, please don’t kill me for saying that!). When it starts to get hot and sticky outside, Gina likes to roll with the Top Notch by EasiHair.

Top Notch by EasiHair

“The Top Notch topper is my favorite synthetic topper. Wigs are hot and yeah, some are more bearable to wear than others in the summer, but nothing beats being able to let your own hair down. If I am going to have sweaty hair sticking to the back of my neck, I would personally prefer it being my own bio hair.” That’s so badass, Gina. The Top Notch by EasiHair is a mid-length, synthetic top piece with a 100% hand-tied double monofilament base. The extra layer of monofilament makes it smooth, soft, and comfortable on the scalp. It’s very lightweight as well.

Gina also likes Sleek and Chic by Hairdo.

Sleek and Chic by HairDo

 

She said, “The price point for the Sleek and Chic really allows you to be a little bit more laid back on the care and handle of it. To me, that is essentially what summer is about.” Sleek and Chic has a velvet front rim to prevent friction, open ear tabs, an extended nape for added lightness. Its Tru2Life® heat-friendly synthetic hair allows for added styling options. Plus, it is ready-to-wear with a firm shake and just a bit of finger styling right out of the box. Gina was right. This wig offers effortless style — and that’s what summer is about. Easy, breezy and out the door.

Kathleen, our High Priestess of Instagram and resident blogger had another summer wig crush. It’s Jett by Estetica.

Jett by Estetica

“Officially, Jett by Estetica is my go to pixie/summer hair…love it! She’s lightweight (2.17 oz.) and she has a lace front so I can clip it back with little claws or hair combs to keep the hair off my face. So, I can be even cooler. And she’s soooo cute!” Jett by Estetica is an edgy, asymmetrical pixie with a lace front and longer front bangs. Her lace front and open cap make her a good warm-weather option.

Our fabulous vlogger, Taz, also likes Jon Renau Ignite in Shaded Praline for the warmer months. It’s a classic, chin-length bob with endless styling possibilities.

Ignite by Jon Renau

Taz said, “This style is HOME to me…my first love. I love it all year round, but especially in the summer.  It gives me a nice cool neck, but leaves some longer layers around the face to play with. I love adding messy curls, too, because it’s heat friendly!” Ignite’s lace front gives the appearance of a natural hairline while the open cap construction allows the wig to breathe and stay comfortable all day long. Those two things alone make it easy to see why Ignite is one of Taz’s top summer picks.

If you’re looking for something that’s short, chic and really no fuss, Nancy, our Forum Moderator and pixie pro, recommends Tab by Ellen Wille.

Tab by Ellen Wille

She said, “If you can go super short, this one is your jam.” Enough said! Tab is a sleek, ultra-short, unisex style with a 100% hand-tied lace front and monofilament crown. It’s easy to wear, easy to style, and if you want to make sure you stay cool up front, the lace front makes it possible for you to clip or style the hair back to keep it off of your forehead.

So there you have it. Five more wigs to consider for summer or warmer weather in general. Stay tuned for our final five picks, wig lovers.

Smooches and snaps,

devon the social media fairy

The Hottest (and also coolest) Wigs of Summer…According to Us

Part One

Summer has finally arrived! Either you’re loving it…or you’re dreading it. But regardless if you’re a sun worshipper or an air conditioner aficionado, the CysterWigs staff has you covered. We’re sharing our top 15 wigs of summer, and while these picks are hot style wise, they’re definitely cool and comfortable to wear in the heat. So here are our first five wigs for your consideration.

“My list changes constantly, but what I can’t tolerate are long or dense heavy wigs. Mono features don’t seem to bother me, but hair on my neck does,” said Kathleen, one of our talented bloggers and the high priestess of our Instagram account. So when things get steamy, Kathleen tends to gravitate towards shorter lengths and airy curls. One of her faves is Voltage Elite by Raquel Welch.

Voltage Elite by Raquel Welch
This wig happens to be one of Raquel Welch’s best sellers! This stunner features an 100% hand-tied, temple-to-temple lace front, monofilament top and cap for the ultimate in light, cool comfort. It’s also available in 39 colors.

Kelly, our Client Care Help Desk Manager definitely knows how to rock a good style. If you don’t believe me, check out our Instagram account! Anyway, Kelly is a fan of Robin by Noriko in Champagne R.

Robin By Noriko

 

“The hair is super fine and light-weight and the color looks as if you have been spending your days on the beach. This one is perfect for braiding and updos and is light enough to handle the summer heat!” Robin is made with lightweight, silky synthetic fibers. This style features a breathable cap construction for all day comfortable wear. It’s also ideal if you’re a fan of long, straight hair even in the summer.

If you’ve watched our videos, you know that Rachel has a way with wigs. She’s pretty much like a sassy, stylish chameleon–she can pull any look off! When the temperature rises, Rachel beats the heat with  Girl Mono by Ellen Wille.

Girl Mono by Ellen Wille
“So far my one fave for summer is Girl Mono by Ellen Wille. I love that it’s off the shoulders, and the curly volume keeps all hair off my face and skin. So no sticky synthetic hair on my skin when it’s hot outside. I should also add that the combination of open curls and open wefts really allow good airflow to my scalp!” Girl Mono features a 100% hand-tied monofilament part, a temple-to-temple lace front and wefting on the sides and back. And the density of its ready-to-wear synthetic hair mimics the look and feel of biological hair.

Nancy, our Forum Moderator and resident pixie queen, loves a good open cap wig in the summer. She finds that hand-tied caps tend to retain heat more. What does she do to stay cool? “My number one tip to keeping cool is buzzing your biohair.  It eliminates the need for a wig cap and sometimes, even for a grip. I know it’s not for everyone but truly, every woman at some point has thought about it!” Nancy’s warm weather pick…well, one of them at least… Annette by Jon Renau.

 

Annette by Jon Renau

 

“It’s a totally wind and weather proof style. The lace front and mono top add to a natural appearance if you get caught in the wind,” Nancy said. Annette by Jon Renau features SmartLace technology, which offers the most natural hairline available, and a monofilament top for an ultra natural look. Additional features include an open cap, velvet ear tabs, and adjustable tabs for optimum comfort and fit.

And finally, this last person needs no introduction. She’s our vlogger extraordinaire, the one and only Taz. Her favorite summer wig so far is Deena by Estetica in RH26/613RT8.

Deena by Estetica

Taz said, “The style and color hit the spot for me so far this year. Work, backyard BBQs…you name it!  Deena is perfect for the occasion. Deena has lace front and open cap. Light textured layering makes it cool and comfy. It’s beveled back is off the neck, but there is some fringe to frame the face. RH26/613RT8 is blonde heaven. It’s a rooted sun-bleached beachy blonde. A+++++ !!” She pretty much summed it all up.

 

So here are our first five staff picks for the summer. Stay tuned for part two, wig lovers!

Smooches and snaps,

devon the social media person 😉

 

 

 

Heather@CysterWigs: What I wore for Summer 2016

Above, I am wearing one of my favorite limited edition summer styles: Carlotta SF by Belle Madame in Copper Mix Root!

 

I am a fairly active member of some of the “secret” online wig communities on Facebook and elsewhere. I think these are a great resource not in terms of marketing or anything diabolical like that, but because people really tell you the truth about what they think of the products in these groups. I find that to be immensely helpful when I am trying to help steer folks towards the products that I think would best suit their needs. We aren’t used car salespeople here at CysterWigs. I am just as happy to sell folks a $100 wig as I am a $1000 wig. It all boils down to how much my clients enjoy wearing their products.

As I say time and again in my videos, “A wig is only as good as your willingness to wear it.” So, if you throw $1000 at a wig and never wear it, you might has well have lit that money on fire.

This is why our #1 goal is to help you find the best wig to suit your needs to first time around, whenever possible. It establishes trust and makes you more inclined to come back another day. So, buy that $75 wig if you want it. As long as you love it and it makes you feel good when you wear it, then I will consider that a gold star A+ job well done! 🙂

This is why when I saw someone of the Book o’ Faces asking about which wigs they should choose for summer, I chimed in with this little novel below. I detailed all of the wigs I have been wearing over the summer of 2016. It should not be surprising that I personally own WAY too many wigs…because this is just my summer collection!

Without further ado, here is my list of all of the wigs I have worn this summer so far, the colors I wear them in, and why I like them for hot weather. It’s 92 degrees today in Georgia, so the timing for this article is pretty great, if I do say so myself! 😀

I have been wearing Soft & Subtle (AL – but it does come in AP) by Gabor in Chocolate Caramel. It is a little less hot under the cap than Scarlett by Jon Renau, IMO. This has become my every day throw on and go wig lately because I’m not really afraid to mess it up. I mean, it’s a Gabor, so it’s not super duper high end. I appreciate that in a summer wig because they tend to take a beating during outdoor activities.

http://cysterwigs.com/…/soft-subtle-average-large-by-gabor

For fancier stuff – like going to work, for instance – I have been wearing Julianne by Jon Renau (I currently wear it in both Toffee Truffle and Midnight Cocoa) and Brittaney by Envy. I like them both for different reasons. No mistake – Julianne is the more comfortable of the two because the cap is very light weight and breathes well. However, I really love the front on the Brittaney. It’s very old Hollywood to me, which is something I really like. That’s a purely subjective thing, though.

I own FIVE Brittaneys because it is one of my all-time favorites and definitely my favorite wig from the Envy line. It is way different than any of the other wavy mid-lengths on the market because the curls are really curls. It’s very pretty. The colors I own are Dark Red, Creamed Coffee, Golden Nutmeg, Chocolate Cherry, and Toasted Sesame.

http://cysterwigs.com/…/products/julianne-by-jon-renau

http://cysterwigs.com/…/brittaney-by-envy-alan-eaton

If you want a graduated, stacked bob like Jolie but want something a little lighter and more comfortable, I REALLY love the Ignite by Jon Renau. My goodness is this wig ever great for hot weather! It is nice and short, and unlike Jolie, it doesn’t have longer hair at the nape. It’s really nice for super hot days. The one I wear is in Chocolate Cherry.

http://cysterwigs.com/…/ignite-heat-defiant-by-jon-renau

Another one that might be very nice is Opulence by Gabor. Mine is in Sangria. 🙂

http://cysterwigs.com/…/wigs…/products/opulence-by-gabor

I wear the living daylights out of my Carlotta SF. I have really been feeling all these short and mid-length wavy styles lately. This one is very light. The best part in my mind, though, is that the lace they use for the front hair line is ULTRA fine. It is very pliable and not as scratchy as the ones on most other brands. (To their credit, Ellen WIlle also has very nice lace fronts. Belle Madame’s are softer, though!) Mine is in Copper MIx Rooted.

http://cysterwigs.com/…/pro…/carlotta-sf-by-belle-madame

If that is too expensive, I can highly recommend Amal by ROP. It’s a little warm to wear due to the closed standard cap on top, but I love the length and ease of wear…and, of course, the price. 😉 I own three of these and wear them as throw-on-and-go styles! I wear Ginger Brown, Crimson-LR (my fave!), and Macadamia-LR.

http://cysterwigs.com/…/amal-by-rene-of-paris-hi-fashion

Echo by Ellen WIlle is just awesome. I love the way that the front is cut. It looks surprisingly like the product pics with minimal fussing. Mine is in Safran Red Rooted because I love my reds!

http://cysterwigs.com/…/products/echo-by-ellen-wille

And the last pick I’ve been wearing for summer is Premium by Gabor. It’s a great length, the density is very natural, and it’s comfortable on. This is one of my newer wigs, but I really like it. Mine is in Rusty Auburn.

http://cysterwigs.com/…/wigs-all/products/premium-by-gabor