My First Year in Wigs: What I’ve Learned – Part One By Rachel

 
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Part 1. Don’t let your first wig be a long heat friendly synthetic. You will be sad. Very sad.

Well, I just finished up my very first full year of wearing wigs! It has been QUITE a journey and I’ve learned a lot about wig wearing and what works for me. Here is one of the many things that I have learned over the last year.

My very first wig purchase was VERY impulsive and full of so many emotions. Almost anyone could have lead me down the wrong track or got me to spend a million dollars and I probably would have done it. I just wanted to feel confident about my hair again.

I had lost a ton of hair from Alopecia Areata and went to my high school reunion. I felt so unhappy with myself over my hair. I hardly had any confidence with the tiny amount of hair I had left. After the reunion was over and I got home, I went straight to a local salon that sold wigs. I knew absolutely nothing about wigs so I wanted someone to educate me for a couple of hours so I could come out with a bachelor’s in wig wearing. Well, instead I left that salon with a $400 long heat friendly synthetic wig and some supplies to take care of it. I was told if I was used to curling and heat styling my hair everyday (which I was) then I would need a heat friendly wig I could style with heat tools. WRONG.

Within one week the wig was a tangled frizzy mess and I cried (and cried some more) because not only had I lost almost all my hair, but I had a new opinion that wigs ABSOLUTELY SUCKED since they cost way too much money and only could last about a week. I wondered how in the world anyone ever got away with wearing wigs on a regular basis.

Well, luckily, I quickly found Heather’s videos for CysterWigs on YouTube. I even found a video of her reviewing the exact wig I had purchased at the salon which she recommended to NOT use as an everyday wig. *facepalm*. I wished those folks at the wig salon had been as honest with me as Heather is in her videos! I should also mention that the $400 wig I purchased in the salon is only $240 at CysterWigs. This was a HUGE lesson learned for me.

I learned that heat-friendly synthetic fibers are totally different from the fibers on regular synthetic wigs. The heat friendly fibers are much more likely to tangle and snag on clothing from friction and they are more difficult to untangle than regular synthetic fibers.

So what did I do next? I watched about a MILLION (okay seriously…maybe 100?) videos that Heather made on YouTube to help me decide which wigs I needed next. The attention to detail, explanations and honest opinions that she provided about the wigs she sells helped me make very informed decisions when buying my next few wigs. I also started saving a TON of money by purchasing from CysterWigs instead of purchasing at the local salon. I received better information and better pricing just by becoming an online CysterWigs shopper!

As for long heat-friendly synthetic wigs? I still believe they do have a time and a place for wear. They are, personally, not my first choice. For a weekend wig or a wig that you want to heat style every once in awhile, they’re great! Short heat-friendly synthetic wigs are a totally different animal. I actually love them and am not at all afraid to wear them on a daily basis if they don’t hit my clothing or shoulders because that means they are much less likely to tangle. Short heat- friendly synthetic wigs are fun to heat style! Here is a video about styling a short heat-friendly synthetic wigs:

If you are about to make your first wig purchase I highly recommend not buying a long heat-friendly synthetic wig right out the gate. There are a lot of options for regular synthetic wigs out there and the wonderful people at the CysterWigs help desk can help you find an easy to wear style that works for you. Also be sure to check out the CysterWigs YouTube channel for informative wig reviews, color spotlights and more.

Help desk: support@cysterwigs.zendesk.com


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

Do colors look the same in heat-friendly synthetics, regular synthetics, and human hair wigs?

 
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While the same textile dyes may be used for most human hair, synthetic, and heat-friendly synthetic wig colors (regardless of the material), the way that these colors show on the wig can vary significantly based upon the material used.

This is because these fibers all have radically different chemical compositions and take to the color differently.

A great example can be seen below . . .

The above is Jon Reanu’s luscious Salted Caramel color (a rooted version of their popular Caramel Syrup FS26/31). As you can see when the two color swatches are held next to each other, there is a slight variation. This will ALWAYS be the case when you compare wig colors in one material versus another.

Some (general) rules of thumb:

  1. Traditional synthetic fibers generally take the textile dyes used for wigs the best. The color in these is the truest and the most consistent.
  2. Heat-Defiant / Heat-Friendly / True2Life / Futura and all other heat-resistant synthetic fibers usually make the colors LIGHTER and BRIGHTER than conventional synthetics. So, for example, shades with a little auburn in them – like the Salted Caramel above – will appear to have a slightly more pronounced copper tinge than their traditional synthetic counter parts. (PS: The color can also dull if you style it aggressively, so be careful about that.)
  3. Most mass-produced, batch-processed human hair wigs (though not all) are also dyed with the same textile dyes used for synthetic wigs. Human hair almost universally takes to this kind of dye in a way that presents SLIGHTLY LIGHTER than traditional synthetic hair. (PS: The color on most human hair wigs will fade with washing and regular wear, so we recommend adding a tinted protein filler to your normal conditioning routine to help keep the color bright in between washings.)

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