Afraid of Getting Your First Topper? Read This.

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by Morgan

Alright, it’s time to go. Let’s see…I’ve got my chic purse, fancy watch, dangly earrings and… wig topper?

Okay, so wigs and toppers might not be a typical first pick that ladies turn to when piling on the accessories. But for women who are dealing with thinning hair or hair loss altogether, wigs and toppers might be at the top of their lists. These pieces offer stylistic creativity and an endless range of ever-evolving hairdo opportunities for who have lost their hair or for women who are looking to just change things up every now and then.

Have you been wanting to cross over into the world of toppers, but you’re afraid that you’ll get “found out.” Don’t be. If you’ve been super nervous about trying a topper, allow me to share my experience:

Hashtag fake hair, don’t care. Like getting a haircut or a streak of color in your ‘do, the way that you wear your hair naturally becomes a part of you—and those around you won’t care whether your strands are your own or if you’re showing off a new style. People color their hair and switch up their styles every day. If you’re worried about a stark contrast from your daily style, start small with a topper and build up from there.

But what about color matching? A big concern with gals is that a topper will be discernible from your own hair. The right color blends beautifully with your hair tone, and even you won’t be able to tell the difference. There might be a few tries in getting the perfect color, but if you ask a specialist, odds are they’ll be able to pick the perfect color to match your hair.

Your topper is not going to fall off. That thing is freaking sturdy, and it’s not going anywhere! Well-placed clips bind to your own hair effortlessly and stay in place all day. You can do anything with a topper, even go swimming! Haven’t quite tried this one yet, but apparently, it’s totally a thing.

Just do you. In my case, my stylist refused my bang request because my hair was too damaged. I was so nervous to get my first topper, but I made the plunge and I’m SO glad I did. Ultimately, your hair is another creative outlet to express yourself, and if you want to mix up your styles or wear your hair a certain way, DO IT!

It can be a little scary wondering what other people may think if you’re sporting hair that isn’t yours. But everything we don is an outlet for our own expression, and wigs and toppers are no different. If you’re on the fence, give it a go just once. You’ve got to feel it to believe it… there’s no better way to show yourself off than through a new hairstyle!

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Can I turn a full wig into a topper?

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From a customer e-mail:

If I could trouble you for your professional opinion…..I saw a Heidi JR in shaded peach locally and fell in love. My ideal situation would be to have this wig trimmed down into a half wig or large topper and have my bio hair free underneath. My bio hair is a level 4-6 brunette like the rooted shade of Heidi.

Would this look completely bizarre?? I see women all the time that have heavily highlighted top layers with undyed natural colour underneath….but Heidi doesn’t have any low lights so that makes me hesitate.

This question is a two-parter.

For the first question:

I actually think Heidi would be a great wig to turn into a topper – and it’s a very easy thing to do, too! 🙂

Before I tell you how, I have one question: does your biohair have a similar texture? That is my only reservation here. You will want it to blend in . . . though it may look kind of cool if you got the back of your hair cut really short and tapered like an angled bob, thus negating the need for the textures to match. The integration is the tricky part with toppers. The texture is more of a dead giveaway than a color match because if your hair is slightly darker, like you mentioned in your example, then the topper could just look like it’s adding highlights / lowlights. Texture is much harder to pass off like that.

If your texture matches, then the rest is easy-peasy! All you would have to do is cut the monofilament top free from the rest of the wig – which should be easy to accomplish due the obvious seams – and then sew in some Jon Renau pressure-sensitive clips into the back and sides of the mono parts.

You may also want some lace tape for the lace front, and Lace Let Go to protect these delicate features (and your skin!) while removing the topper at night.

For the second question:

It will NOT look bizarre at all, provided the textures match or you have another strategy like the stacked-bob solution I mentioned above. Your dark hair color will look very pretty with this kind of highlight added to it, and will look like a traditional “stacked” color, which is typically darker at the nape, anyway.

Here’s a video tutorial on this:

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