What do you mean when you say in your videos that a wig has a “natural amount of volume”?

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From a client e-mail:

I watch TV and pay attention to people while shopping. Its is rare to see anyone with hair as thin as the majority of wigs easier on the budget. They may be called “stylish“” but they’re a dead give-away that its a wig, not to mention how very unflattering they are to a “real-woman” face.

I have to throw my two cents into the equation and not necessarily to try to sell you on something. I do have A LOT of clients with narrow faces and / or petite features who find wigs with a lot of hair to be just as “wiggy” as the thinner wigs you’re describing! They will actually thin their own wigs when they get them home to make them more realistic. This is completely normal – and I encourage it!

These thinner wigs also tend to appeal to folks (like me) who have gradual profound hair loss over a long period of time. My hair started falling out in clumps when I was 17. Because of this, I used to feel very self-conscious when I began wearing wigs for the first time, because I went from virtually no hair to – BOOM – lots of hair. It felt hot, heavy, and unnatural . . . but over time, I began to realize that, because of my size, these more voluminous styles actually looked the best on me.

I just wanted to mention this because perspective is a massive part of this process.

A lot of these wigs are thinner because that’s honestly what a lot of women (especially those new to wigs) want. I tend to refer to these in my videos as wigs having a “natural amount of volume.” As in, they don’t look like they’ve been styled much, and they don’t have that freshly-teased-in-the-salon look to them. They just look like normal, everyday hair, because that’s what these ladies want. They just want to feel normal.

That being said, there is a large proportion of the wig community who wears wigs specifically so they can have fabulously styled hair without all the work. You seem like one of these glamorous kind of gals. If that is indeed the case, you will want to steer clear of anything I define as a “natural amount of volume,” and most hand-tied wigs. Your best bet is probably something with a bump of permatease behind the crown to provide lift and effortless volume day after day.

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  1. Gloria McDaniel
    April 1, 2019 / 5:49 pm

    I thought I would prefer wigs that had voluminous amounts of hair…but in my case it really depends on the wig and the style. I guess that is why I like to study up on my wigs and watch the YouTube videos before I purchase.

    Great question and response. I can never learn to much.

    • Gina
      April 2, 2019 / 3:36 pm

      Oh gosh Gloria, you are absolutely right! Some styles like Jackson by Noriko and it’s permatease just looks so amazing with lots of hair and permatease. You couldn’t achieve the look with out it! 🙂

  2. Siobhan
    April 1, 2019 / 6:08 pm

    What I wouldn’t give for a nice medium density wig. It really seems that the choices are two extremes.

    I tend to go for the heavier density wigs myself. I figure I can always remove hair but I can’t really add any without a whole lot of messing about and dubious outcome.

    • Gina
      April 2, 2019 / 3:40 pm

      Hey there Siobhan! I’m sitting here thinking…”well Belletress is definitely on the lighter density, Noriko on the heavier, and then there’s Jon Renau and Raquel Welch with the mixed”. Those manufacturers sure don’t make is easy on us. Like Gloria said, we all pretty much have to do a lot of research before buying anything. Thank goodness for Heather’s videos, lol!

      • Siobhan
        April 2, 2019 / 5:06 pm

        Most definitely. And for blogs like this one.
        You guys make the research parts of wig wearing easier, for sure.

  3. Nita L. Helgeson
    April 6, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    I just came upon this blog and I’m so glad that I did. I need all the help I can get! My hair has been falling out steadily for a few years and I just can’t go out without something on my head. I have purchased 5 wigs so far, from different online wig shops. Of the 5, I generally wear only 2. Such a waste of money, but generally my own fault. This blog has the best information about wigs that I have found. I just want to thank everyone involved!

    • Gina
      April 8, 2019 / 3:45 pm

      Awww, thank you Nita! We are so thrilled that this community has grown so we can all be a resource to help others in wearing hair.

      Thank you for choosing CysterWigs, and have a lovely hair day!

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