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Not much comes close to the feeling of walking into a room radiating confidence, knowing you look your best. For some people, that might seem unachievable, and they feel like the eyes on them are able to see right through the wig on their head. The whole point of wearing a wig is to feel as lovely and bold as you did when you had a full head of natural hair. It’s hard to carry out that courage when you are worried about your wig not looking natural.

Whether you are new to the wig world, or you are a true veteran, it seems like there is always more to learn in this fabulous faux hair life. I’ve compiled a list of simple, yet impactful tips to help your wig wearing experience go smoother, and allow your wig to blend perfectly into you.

 

This first tip may be obvious, but still important! Finding a piece that is close to your original hair can be a life saver, especially for people that are new to wigs. It helps the transition into the wig world feel all that much safer. It gives people no reason to do a double take. The wig that I decided on is Ellen Wille Affair in Chocolate Mix. The color is personally a little dark for me, but this winter season, my hair hasn’t been brightened by the sun, so the step down in color still works! The cut is also different form my natural hair, but overall, I was confident in it, and she felt like my own. Even my husband had to look closer to realize it wasn’t my natural hair! So even if the wig is not an identical match, it can still provide a natural look for you.

 

 

 

Lace fronts and monofilament tops add that extra flare that leave people with no doubt that is your real hair. Monofilament, often abbreviated to “Mono”, is a fine mesh material that each hair fiber is individually pulled through and tied. This gives the appearance of a real scalp, as each hair looks like it is growing individually. The hand tied strands also allow for more versatility; with you being able to part the hair anywhere. A lace front is the same concept, but it outlines the hairline. So, even if your piece doesn’t have a mono top, the lace front will still allow you to push your hair out of your face, and a beautiful, natural hairline shows. There are different variations of the Monofilament technique, but here are a few that are more popular:

 

 

 

It is a natural process for your biological hair to grow lighter, or have color variations. These dimensions and color gradients is what makes a hair color unique.  A wig with only one color tends to look flat, and fake. With rooted colors, the wig follows the natural gradient that your bio hair would have. For reference, this is a photo of me with my bio hair, not dyed or highlighted, and I singled out the colors to show the variation:

 

Not only do rooted colors help the wig mimic natural hair gradient, it also helps make changing hair colors look authentic. Since I am a natural brunette, if I wanted to try a blonde piece, the change might be drastic, and unrealistic, giving away it is a wig. But with rooted colors, it helps maintain the realism. In these photos I am wearing Envy Megan in Sparkling Champagne, and Belle Tress Straight Press 23” in Cayenne with Ginger Root, and the rooting helps make the red and blonde look native for me.

 

 

If you are lucky enough to have some natural hair, it could be a great resource to add to the wig’s realism.  You can easily personalize your wig by pulling your bio hair forward from you wig liner. Your natural hair blended with the wig fibers makes the hairline look flawless. Here are some pictures to show this relationship:

The more you interact with your hair, the more it looks realistic. For example, if your wig hair is pulled back in a ponytail, or pushed behind your ear, it mimics how people naturally interact with their bio hair. Alternatively, if the wig just sits on your head, then people might be keener to sense something is off. That is why I suggest putting your hair into fun up-dos to create a more natural look!

Lastly, accessories! Adding an accessory to your already fabulous look can do wonders! When you add your favorite ball cap to the mix, it helps bring your past and personality to this possibly foreign-feeling fiber on your head. Not only does it bring your own flare to the look, but a hat or headband can add additional security. In the more practical way, it can help secure the wig to your head throughout the day, especially if you are doing more physical activities. It can also offer personal security if you are not confident in the hairline looking realistic, or the color really matching you. A hat could cover the hairline and roots right up, and make the wig look very natural.

Also, don't be afraid to add both the styled hair and the accessory! 

I hope this was enough to spark some ideas for expanding your wig tricks! Don't be afraid to experiment and find something that works for you. Let us know in the comments if you have a special trick you love to use to help make your wig look natural! 


Sincerely,

 

 


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  • JB on

    To June Else,
    You can style your wigs with products made for synthetic hair. Jon Renau has a great line of hair spray, shampoo, wrangler and piecing paste. Have Fun!!

  • Alana on

    A couple things:

    1) Bobby pin the hair at the sides to keep the volume looking not too huge. A good risk-free alternative to thinning a wig!

    2) Super fun trick if you have some bio hair at the nape and/or sideburn area and want to mimic an undercut. I’ve buzzcut my bio hair at the back and sides and love to bobby pin a jaw-length wig so that it reveals my buzzed bio hair on one side and diagonally across the nape. Kind of hard to explain but this is now my standard way of Rae by Rene of Paris, and I’ve had lots of compliments. If the colour of the wig is at all similar to your bio hair, no one will believe it’s not an undercut!

  • Marie Niemeyer on

    While I understand rooting, it doesn’t work well for this 58 year old. My natural root would be gray, so a dark root looks unnatural. I wish more rooted styles/colors offered a non-rooted version. I am missing out on some cute styles/colors because rooting won’t work for me

  • JUne WIse on

    I have always used hairspray on my bangs and the front fringe of my bio hair. I can’t stand hair in my face and eyes, but love the look of face framing styles. I’ve never worn wigs, but I’ve placed my first order for your wigs. I’ve heard you can’t use regular hairspray on synthetic hair. If that’s true then I guess I’ll ruin a few wigs because I have to have control. Wish me luck.

  • CJ Morgan on

    More tips; 1.Don’t be afraid to have your hairdresser trim some. Lots of wigs are too full for your features. Look critically and honestly when you are trying it on. Sometimes a light trim of bangs can make a world of difference. 2. If a wig is too shiny it won’t look natural; Try spraying it with dry shampoo or some people use a fine powder like baby powder. Brush it through until it loses a bit of the shininess. 3. A major mistake of novice wig-wearers is wearing them too far down on the forehead…Check the fit and give an ever-so-slight slight tug back. This will often alleviate the problem even if it feels like it’s too far back. It should be just at your hairline or where your hairline would be if you are missing hair. 4. Wigs of the past were ‘perfect hair helmets.’ Every hair was in place and they didn’t move – but – that was more the style then. Today, we like our natural hair to have some movement and have a more ‘touseled’ look than do’s in the past. Don’t aim for ‘perfection’ in styling.


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