The way the shape, size, and placement of a curl can change the body of your wig

Curls come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and configurations. Each of these attributes will have a significant impact on how much VOLUME you can expect your wig to have.

Curly wigs ALWAYS appear to have more hair than straight wigs. This is because the texture encourages volume and body with minimal amount of styling and will not lie flat unless you straighten it.

Shape: round curls – such as barrel curls or those that look as though they’ve been styled with a big, round brush – will give you more volume (i.e. bigger hair) than narrower curls or waves.

Size: bigger curls will give you bigger hair!

Configuration: The higher up on the hair shaft and the closer to the “scalp” of the wig the curls begin, the more voluminous your hair will be!

We’re going to use some examples to show you how this works!

This is Jamila Hi by Ellen Wille.

Shape: The curls here are corkscrews.

Size: In terms of tight corkscrew curls, these are fairly large.

Configuration: The curls start about 2” away from the base of the hair.

The Result: Jamila Hi is a wig with a LOT of volume all over!

This is Charlotte by TressAllure.

Shape: The curls here are blown-out barrels, similar to what you would achieve with a round brush.

Size: Very, very large and loose

Configuration: The curls start about 3” – 4” away from the base of the hair and are ONLY in the back of the wig.

The Result: Charlotte is a wig that is sleek and fits close to the face in the front, and “blooms” with volume in the back. The volume in the back is substantial and has lots of built-in lift, courtesy of the permatease in the cap and the hair texture.

This is Ashley by Envy.

Shape: The curls here are classic round barrels.

Size: Large

Configuration: The curls start about 5.5” away from the base of the hair, or around the mid-face on most women.

The Result: Ashley is a monotop, lace front wig so she has relatively low volume on the top (and has a LOT of hair up there to compensate for the lack of permatease). The curls hit right at the mid-face, which means that the volume “blooms” in that location. This is a great style for folks with narrow or square faces who want to soften their angles or add volume in those places . . . but it will make the lower part of the face look bigger due to the volume, so it’s not a great shape for round faces.

This is Jessica by Jon Reneau.

Shape: The curls here are loose round barrels with some variation in direction.

Size: Medium

Configuration: The curls start about 3” (in the front) and 5.5” (on the sides) away from the base of the hair.

The Result: Jessica is a permateased wig so she has built-in volume on the top. The curls hit right at the mid-face, which means that the volume “blooms” in that location, though there is ample volume all over due to the cap construction. Variations in the directions of the curls make this a more natural looking curl pattern AND adds some volume. Like the Ashley above, this is a great style for folks with narrow or square faces who want to soften their angles or add volume in those places.

This is Socialite by Gabor.

Shape: The curls here are loose round barrels with some variation in direction.

Size: Very large

Configuration: The curls start about 5” (in the front) and 8” (on the sides) away from the base of the hair, or around the jawline on most women.

The Result: Socialite is a partial mono wig, so she has a cap with a very light amount of permatease, particularly at the crown. The curls are large and open, giving this wig a very soft and relaxed amount of volume below the jaw, and loose, open curls in the layering around the face as well. The volume is relatively sleek above the jaw, since so much of the top of the wig is straight.

This is Scarlett by Jon Renau.

Shape: Open, wind-blown (read that as “intentionally sloppy,” “shabby chic,” or “Boho”) corkscrews

Size: Large, at least by corkscrew standards

Configuration: The waves hug the face in the front and the bulk of the rest of the waves start about 4” – 5” down from the base of the hair.

The Result: Scarlett has built-in volume in the cap due to the permatease, so there is plenty of volume all over the wig. The curls are intentionally unruly, so while it “blooms” slightly above the mid-face, it will have volume in a casually elegant and uneven fashion all throughout the wig, particularly in the front.

This is Amber by Jon Renau.

Shape: VERY loose, barely defined barrels

Size: Extremely large and open

Configuration: The curls are extremely soft and open. They start below the jawline, with most being below the shoulders. There are some soft curls added to the layers near the face.

The Result: Amber isn’t really a curly wig. There may be some texture, but it is VERY loose and soft and doesn’t really add much in terms of body or volume; it is concentrated too low on the hair shaft and is too loose to give you “big hair” with this wig. The monofilament top and lace front further encourage this wig to have a more natural amount of volume than the product photos might indicate, especially after it’s been washed. The texture merely softens the wig and makes it a bit more feminine.

Shape: Long, well-defined corkscrews

Size: Large

Configuration: The curls are clearly defined and “bloom” at the bottom of the face area, approximately 8” from the base of the hair in the back of the wig with some soft curled layers near the front of the face.

The Result: Brianna, unlike Amber above, IS a curly wig. The uniform corkscrew pattern gives this wig a very classic and pretty amount of volume towards the bottom of the wig. The monofilament top on this wig makes Brianna relatively flat on the top and very voluminous as you go down the length of the hair.

Now that you’ve seen this concept in action, you should be able to apply it to hair while you’re shopping to give you a really good way to determine what the volume will be like on your potential new hair!

You and I both know the product images can be a little less than perfect at times. This kind of knowledge will make it much easier to beat the marketing! Have fun! 🙂

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Product Listing:
Jamila Hi has been re-released as Jamila Plus by Ellen Wille
Charlotte by TressAllure
Jessica by Jon Renau
Socialite by Gabor
Scarlett by Jon Renau
Amber by Jon Renau (also available in large)
Brianna by Envy

1 Comment

  1. PennyC
    August 17, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    Kathleen, you look so beautiful in this one! I’m not a pixie fan, so I might be a little prejudiced, but this is exquisite on you. Soft and feminine and perfect for you in every way! I love your analyses and comparisons, and I’ve actually learned a lot from your “research.”

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