Making Your Part Look Realistic by Kathleen

Hi folks Kathleen here with a couple of tricks and tips on making your wig look more realistic. Image one illustrates one of my wigs after I have applied soft silicone medical tape and removed a few strategic dark hairs along the part.

Image 2 illustrates what I use. Soft Silicone Tape. You can get this at your local drugstore (I get mine at my CVS) or online. Its very soft and I can use the tape over and over again. I just take it off when I wash a wig and replace it when its dry. In a pinch I’ve even used tape from wig to wig when I’ve run out of it. It leaves no residue on your monofilament features so doesn’t damage it at all.

Image 3 illustrates where to place the tape. This is the simplest way I have found to make your part look realistic. The color mimics the color of your scalp so it will look like your wigs hair fibers are growing right out of you head. You’ll want to fiddle with the placement of the tape. Cut a piece the length you’ll need and place on the inside of your wig. Try your wig on and adjust the tape placement if you need to. Usually if I place the tape a little back from the edge of the lace front the effect will look natural. In other words the transition from your skin to the tape won’t be noticeable. I have used makeup on that transition but I have found if I just tweak where I place the tape you won’t notice the transition. I would rather not use make up if I can avoid it. It’s not great for your monofilament features.

So you might be thinking why all the fuss Kathleen? Well image 4 will hopefully answer that question. 😉 In image 4 you can easily see the grid pattern of the lace the dreaded seam between the lace front and mono part and my dark hair peeking through the lace. Still not bad but why leave well enough alone I always say. 😂

Image 5 looks a lot better right? Its really fun to do too.

Remember I said why leave well enough alone? Wellllll..I started putting more tape on my wig because I could see the monofilament if I looked close…several pieces of tape later..lol. Seriously the transition between the part and the rest of the mono top (I used my mono topped Pippa by TOB but this technique works just as well with a mono part wig) and the parted area looks even better now.
Tip: ScarAway could also be used.

I took my tweezers and with my granny glasses (magnifying/craft mirror would be even better) and under very strong task light I very carefully removed a few dark knotted hairs along the part. It didn’t need many removed. Just the ones you could really see from a few feet away. I picked the knots a couple of times with my tweezers to loosen them and then they could easily be unknotted and removed with my tweezers. Be very careful not to pull the lace.

Image 8 illustrates how natural the part looks now even just laying on a table. You can also see how far back I place the tape from the front of the lace. Basically when the knots start getting denser that’s where I place the tape.

The take away here is soft silicone tape is a foolproof/easy/anyone can do it way to make the part on your wig look more realistic. Try it it’s fun…Enjoy!


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Proper Use of a permanent fabric marker

From a customer email:

About the permanent fabric marker. I bought one to Michael’s and I would like to know if you think it is ok if I go over a few strands to give my wig more dimension in my bang area. I don’t want to damage the fiber in any way.

This is Tina from the CCHD Solutions Specialist Desk and I would be more than happy to assist you!

I have used fabric markers on most of my synthetic wigs and have not had an issue at all with it damaging the hair fibers. However, when you do apply the marker, this will not wash out so please make sure that this is the route you want to take when personalizing your wigs. Always practice first in a very hidden area, like the nape, to see if this is the look you are trying to achieve.

I have used spray in root concealer that I have purchased from the local beauty supple stores and these work great and they wash out too…they work well if you are trying to add an overall depth look or adding roots.

What I would highly suggest, if you have an older wig that you no longer wear and can practice on when adding dimension, I would do so prior to making such a permanent mark on your current wig. If you don’t have a wig to practice on, you can also go to the local beauty supply store and purchase a very inexpensive hair extension and practice on that as well. These usually cost around $9-$14.

I know this might sound like a lot of work, I have also used eye brow shades to add dimension to my wigs, as I am not personally very creative, and like the idea that I can wash or brush the color out.

I do hope this helps!


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How To Add Volume/Body To A Wig

By Eseandre

While we appreciate synthetic wigs, sometimes we know that hair needs a little something extra. I mean, just because it comes out of the box looking a certain way doesn’t mean that we have to wear a wig the same way every single time. Think about it. You probably didn’t wear your bio hair in the same style everyday. You curled it, added a braid, pinned it up or maybe pulled it back into a ponytail every now and then. You liked to switch things up. So why not do the same with your wigs!

Synthetic wigs can almost be styled like regular hair in the sense that you can add a simple braid, ponytail or updo if you’re feeling creative and adventurous. And if you think your wig falls a little flat in the volume department, there are even some things you can do to remedy that. Here are a few suggestions.

Backcombing: Not only is this technique easy, but it’s also effective. But be careful because if you’re too rough, you can damage the wig. Start by taking about a 2-inch thick section of your wig. Hold the strands up so that the ends are above the roots of the wig. Next, take a comb and pull it from the ends of the wig back towards the root. The denser the comb, the more volume you’ll get. Whatever you do, don’t backcomb from the very ends of the wig. You’ll just make things worse.

Dry shampoo: Dry shampoo can help add volume to the hair by giving it a “dirty-feel.” It can also help take down some of the shine that comes with a new synthetic wig, as well as help refresh your wig in between washings. You can add some to your daily styling routine, just don’t go overboard or you’ll weigh the hair down.

Get a stylist’s help: If you don’t know where to begin with backcombing or dry shampoo, ask a professional. They’ll know how to do the basics, or they can add layers or texturize the ends of the wig. They can even heat style the wig if you’ve bought a heat-resistant style. Keep in mind this could cost more, but if you have a good stylist who knows wigs inside out, it’s worth it.

Spray it: It is almost impossible to achieve a voluminous style without hairspray. Hairspray gives each strand of hair a full feeling, they help the hair look new and prevent it from going flat. You can use hairspray to hold the hair after backcombing. Just be sure to use hairsprays that are specifically made for synthetic hair. Hairsprays made for human hair have alcohol and other ingredients in them that can ruin synthetic hair so you’ll need to avoid them.


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Our official stance on Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Apple cider vinegar, or more correctly, vinegar (acetic acid) in most forms, has been used for thousands of years for all sorts of things from treating high blood sugar (and evidence shows this may actually work for mild insulin resistance) to dandruff (which is where a lot of the home wig remedies probably originate).

Some useful applications for apple cider vinegar (ACV):

– Mix a little in with your shampoo to prevent dandruff. My grandpa used to skip the shampoo entirely and used just ACV to wash his hair and scalp. You will smell faintly like vinegar from close up if you do this, though!

– Use a tablespoon or two of ACV with a sinkful of water as a brief clarifying soak for any wig that has product build up or too much shine. You may have to rinse many times, though, to remove the smell. We recommend the kind that has a little honey mixed in. The smell seems to be a little less pungent and the honey is marvelous for human hair. Caution: do not soak for long. We recommend 20 minutes, tops, for synthetic hair and about 5 – 10 minutes for human hair. Make sure you dilute this A LOT. If the water is too acidic, you can actually damage your hair!

– You can achieve similar, less-smelly results by just adding a couple spoonfuls of ACV to a basin of water during your regular shampooing (if you use the CysterWigs recommended wash technique).

– A shot of ACV taken 20 minutes before a meal can reduce the glucose spike that may result from that meal. This benefit is most pronounced in people who are pre-diabetic and insulin resistant, according the most recent scientific studies. There is some very sound science supporting this.

– It makes awesome salad dressing. 🙂

What ACV will not do:

– It will not magically restore a jacked up wig to brand new condition. Usually the results are subtle. You’ll see the greatest benefit in human hair wigs or wigs with a lot of product buildup. You can actually make a wig frizzier if you don’t dilute the ACV enough!

– It will not prevent your hair from falling out or create new regrowth. Homeopaths have been saying that for ages and there is absolutely no evidence for it. What it will do, instead, is fluff up your existing hair (because it’s acidic) and make the hair look a little thicker. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing!


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Dress Up Your Do by Eseandre

Wigs will never go out of style because we wear them for so many different purposes. Whether it’s to replace the hair we lost, to take a break from styling or to give ourselves a new look, wigs are in demand because of their versatility and customizability. What does that mean? It means that you’re not limited to wearing a wig in its original style. You can make your wigs your own by styling them and dressing them up with accessories. Not sure where to start? Here are a few things you can play around with.

Metallic and stylish bobby pins:

You’ve probably seen pictures of people rocking a straight style with a center part and a little stylish twist…bobby pins arranged in a unique pattern. People are no longer using bobby pins to hold their hair back. They’re using them in creative new ways. To nail this look, you can create some fun simple geometric patterns with the pins and leave people wondering, “Is that a clip in or what”

Head scarves:

This one is huge and probably everywhere but a scarf is anything but plain. Scarves come in a plethora of patterns and designs, making them fun to shop for. It’s like you love one then the next one just steals your heart away. There are even head scarf-inspired headbands now and they are just gorgeous. Get adventurous and look online for hairstyles that incorporate scarves.

Head chains:

Head chains are so chic and sophisticated. They’re also very versatile because they can go from chic to total badass depending on how you wear them. Opt for chunky metals to get an edgier look, or go for slimmer chains for a more toned-down, effortless look.

Fashion hair clips:

If your put your hair into a bun or neat up-do, take your style a step further by adding a beautiful hair clip. Hair clips come in a variety of styles–from minimalist to flowery and ornate. They’re a simple and effortless solution for elevating any style.

At the end of the day, styling wigs are fun and believe it or not, they can take on more than natural hair. So don’t be afraid to get a little wild or bold. Give these suggestions a try and dress up your do!


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