Work It Out! (your baby hair, that is)
I recently read a comment on a local group chat where one girl said her sheitel macher taught her how to “work out” the baby hair installed in her hair line to make it look the most natural. She was told to rub her finger back and forth across the hair line to bring out the short hairs that would obscure the front edge of the wig, making it look more natural. While this technique would indeed work, it would also cause a lot of wear and tear on the stitches that holds these hairs in place, causing cracking and breaking, and eventually excessive hair loss. (Disclaimer: All wigs do lose hair over time and should need hair added to maximize the life expectancy of the wig, but if you do things correctly, you can make the most of it and get more time out of each repair you invest in your wig! )
Instead of using friction to create your natural hair line, use the following technique to get natural results and minimum damage (It may take some practice, but a few extra seconds each day can save you several hundred dollars each year):
Wet the finger tips of one hand and keep the other hand dry. Using the dry hand, hold back the long hairs in the front edge of your wig. Run the other hand with wet fingers against those hairs gently back toward the face, extracting the short hairs and making them a little “fuzzy”. (The level of “frizz/fuzz” you get out of it will depend on the natural texture of the baby hairs installed, so your results will vary.) Repeat this until you get the desired effect, (assuming you have enough hair and the right texture,) but do not brush, touch or smooth it out until it dries. Then you can smooth any stray hairs that might be sticking up or tickling your face.
FOR YOUR HAIR:
Question: What can I use for my daughters thin, straight hair? I currently use suave shampoo & conditioner and it gets tangled quickly.
OK, right there is a mistake, however unintentional. 2 in 1 shampoos are intended to not rinse completely clean, so as to leave behind a conditioner, therefore they do not clean thoroughly. If you’ve ever read anything in my blog (which is about wigs, not hair) I’m all about not leaving behind residue. It leaves the surface of the hair sticky, collects dirt more easily, and builds up to cause the knotting.
Switch to separate shampoo and conditioner. Make sure to get the shampoo all the way in, but also make sure to get it all the way out. Same with conditioner, all the way in and all the way out. If you may use a leave in or spray in conditioner, water it down, it’ll be Just as effective and not leave behind any residue.
You can stick to Cheaper shampoos, they are higher water content, therefore rinse cleaner. Nothing fancy necessary smile emoticon
Work never stops…. this is bits and pieces of a conversation I had with someone on Facebook about knotting. She said her wig used to be fine and had recently started acting up. I mentioned the cuticle on the hair and there’s no guarantee against knotting unless the cuticle is stripped. Below is some of the explanation…. I just felt there was too much information here for me not to share…
If the wig was fine and still holding up from wash to wash, chances are you’re just suffering from the extreme dryness off this awful winter! Brush, brush, brush, because hair left in knots will crack and break, and then the damaged hair will cause more knotting. A good deep condition or hot oil should help moisturize the hair to get you through the rest of this winter, and then you may just go back to normal!
You don’t want to strip the cuticle intentionally, and I don’t think it’s something you can do once the hair is in the wig anyway. It’s something that’s done in large vats of acid when mass-processing hair from ethnic sources so that they can then color and change the texture.y But the cuticle protects the hair and it’s color, so it’s not a BAD part of the hair. It just can get knotty, because it’s a microscopic texture on the surface. So it just has to be brushed, moisturized, and cared for properly….
Also, the wash could definitely cause knotting, in addition to the weather and dryness. If there’s any residue left behind (shampoo or conditioner not rinsed completely, or excessive products) they can act like magnets for dirt, and make the hair sticky, causing the knitting…. if it just came back from washing, ask the girl who washed it if she did anything different. Otherwise sitting for another wash and ask about a deep condition or Argan oil (Moroccan oil or any other brand) to help keep it soft without adding weight or sticky residue
I replied to this question on a post in one of those community bulletin board type pages about where to buy a lace front…
Question: Can one of u tell me how the wigs that have lace front should be washed, because my lace front start is starting to stretch out?
Answer: The safest way to wash a lace front is carefully pinned on to a head, but if it’s not pinned carefully, this could rip it too, and it can be washed off the head, but also carefully.
In my opinion, you need to do your research before giving your lace front wig to anyone. Ask around and check with other people if their lace front is being properly cared for: ask about not stretching, if it’s sitting flat vs rolling up or rolling under, if it’s coming completely clean and things like accumulated make up are coming out, if it’s getting excessively knotty at the lace, Or losing hair…. all of these things can be an indication that the person carrying for your wig does not know how to work with a lace front.
It’s raining, it’s pouring. … It’s HORRIBLE sheitel weather! Try these essential rules and let us know if you have any others to add;
#1 Cover up! Use oversized hoods, umbrellas and even those plastic rain bonnets whenever possible.
#2 Don’t brush! Until it’s dry, that is. Even the straightest hair can look frizzy when brushed while half wet. Wait till it dries, then smooth it it as much as possible
#3 hang it up! If you lay it on your dresser folded in half it willtake on that shape, so smooth it out on a head to air dry add much as possible
question by S.G.O.
I have a wig with a side part and bangs. if I want to move the part to the center and get the bangs to split and go out to each side, how do I style it so the bangs stay off my forehead and out of my eyes?
In order to wear a wig that was cut to be worn to the side, we first recommend you consult with a stylist or better yet, the one that cut it, to discuss if it will look even and sit properly. Also make sure your wig has a multidirectional top and the part can in fact be moved. This includes the thin layer of hair sewn in underneath the front edge of the wig, which may be sewn straight down and therefore moved to either side, or it may be sewn in one direction or another and cause you problems if you try to move it in a direction other than the one it is sewn. you also need to make sure the location where you want to part is not too thin along the top by the front edge because this will make the edge of the fabric very visible and not natural looking at all.
Once you’ve determined these answers, it can be pretty simple to move:
1. keep in mind that a multi directional top has to be wet and air dried or blown into place in order to stay
2. Use a tail comb or other pointed object to draw a line where you want the part: we recommend a subtle curve or parting just slightly off the center for the most natural results.
3. allow the wig to air dry combed slightly exaggeratedly back away from the face. This will allow it to dry with some height and a little more natural lift. If you are handy with a brush and blowdryer, use a small round brush parallel to the part to blow a little bit of height at the roots, then turn the tips of the bang section away from the face for a natural sweep away from the face.
There are many different fabrics that can be used to finish the front edge of a wig, and each texture and fabric may affect the way the hair lays and behaves when styled. Thicker fabrics may make the front edge of your hairline look more natural or less natural: Your definition of natural is also going to vary depending on if you prefer a thinner, flatter edge or a thicker, frizzier edge, and usually stems from what type of hair you grew up with. The front edge of a wig is also affected by how the hair is sewn into the edge, so there are a lot of variables that can affect the front of your wig.
There is a popular movement to use lace in the front edge of a wig. This super fine fabric, usually in a skin tone color, can either be folded for a finished edge or left open and unfolded to sit flush against the skin. When folded it creates a thin, flat surface for the hair to be sewn into, so its really natural, but when this lace is left unfolded and unfinished along the edge, the fabric sits flat and almost invisible on the surface of the forehead, giving the illusion that the first few stitches of hair are sewn directly into the skin, or “coming out of your head”.
Not everyone can wear a lace front. Firstly they are prone to wear and tear and usually have to be removed and replaced every few years. This is an expensive proposition: usually about $300-500 every three years. The lace also needs to be sitting flush against skin, so it depends on a perfect fit. Finally, if you have too much baby hair along your hairline, the lace fabric will show again that hair, as opposed to blending into the skin. Nothing makes a wig more visible and unnatural than seeing an unfinished edge of fabric along the front hairline.
The next most natural way is to add baby hair along the edge of the hairline. On a person baby hair refers to those tiny little hairs that never quite grow to full length. on a wig, it refers to the hairs sewn in to the underneath surface of the front edge of the wig. (Some people also use the term “baby hairs” to refer to adding in some short curly hairs to the top surface of the wig to add height or a fuzzy effect along the edge.) These hairs are forced by the construction of the wig to sit flat against your skin, simulating your own baby hairs. Needless to say, this effect is totally lost if the wig is not a perfect fit and lined up exactly with your hairline, so make sure to consult with a stylist who can check your fit before bothering to add these hairs in.
The other best way to cover the front edge of your hairline is to cut bangs. This is the beginning of a whole conversation about why the front of a multi-directional wig is always so heavy and why they only look natural when cut into bangs. We will iy”h go into a discussion in our next post about how multi-directional tops are sewn, why they always fall forward, and what to do about it….