Reducing Wig Shine – by Kathleen

 
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Hi Kathleen here with another easy peasy wig trick. This time to reduce your wigs shine. I will say on the whole I’m not adverse to some shine on my wigs. To me it looks like healthy hair. I’m reminded of all the shampoo commercials and ads I’ve seen over the years and I was always so envious of the models shiny hair 😉. There are times though when the shine is so much even I feel the need to reduce it. Above in image one is my Tony of Beverly Isla. One of my favorites and even in the very even indirect light the image on the left has quite a bit of shine. After applying some good old face powder the image on the right has virtually no shine in the same lighting situation.

I know everyone uses dry shampoo so why do I use face powder you ask? Two reasons I’ve tried dry shampoo and for me it just turned into a big mess. Too much came out (I had a hard time regulating the amount and ended up washing my wig) the smell was too strong for me and I didn’t like the feel of the wig afterwards. I wanted something easy and quick. Perusing youtube I came across this trick. Its super easy. You cannot apply too much and if you wear makeup most folks already have some laying around…Did I mention I was lazy? Lol

In the little video above I demonstrate how easy it is to apply translucent face powder….this time on my High Impact by Gabor. Afterwards I work it in with my hands and a quick light comb through with a wide tooth comb and I’m all set.

Here is High Impact in strong natural light coming from my kitchen windows and there is no shine. 😉

There is a time you want your wig to be especially shine free and that is when photos are going to be taken. A wedding for instance. The one thing you want to avoid are any flash photos. Most professional photographers don’t use a flash in the traditional sense they use a light meter so the photos they take are balanced. The ones guests etc might take using a flash you just want to avoid. Even natural bio hair will come out shiny in that instance. 🤪

Above image 6 illustrates Isla in natural indirect light after I have applied the powder. This is a photo taken from my ipad with the flash off. Absolutely no shine. Experiment with your camera. Take a few photos in different lighting conditions with and without a flash. You can always apply more powder if you aren’t happy with the results. If I know photos might be taken of me I use more powder than I normally would to thoroughly coat those wig fibers. I love the fact the powder gives my wigs more body and that my powder doesn’t smell like alot of dry shampoos do.

Above image 7 illustrates the Isla again in the same lighting conditions but this time I used my flash on my IPad. You can see the shadows on my face are minimized or flattened. You can also see the hair on Isla is still shine free. I’m impressed.

The last test is taking your “powdered” wig outside in strong direct natural sunlight. Image 8 shows Isla in very bright Georgia light (I couldn’t look up and could barely open my eyes the sun was so bright..lol) is there shine? Yes but in this instance it looks like truly healthy hair. It does not look like a wig..at least in my humble opinion it doesn’t. She still has less shine than the first before photo in image one. So the take away here if you’re in a rush or in a pinch and want to reduce your wigs shine go ahead and try your translucent face powder it’s easy peasy. Enjoy!


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