Recently I received a couple of emails asking me about wigs. Questions along the lines of how do I pick a wig? What styles to look for? What do I like?
So, I figured that today, I would hone in on a couple of my favorite wigs and a few others.
Before we look at the wigs, here’s a look at my natural hair.
I gotta say, my natural hair has aged in not the greatest way. It has become dry and brittle and much has to do with all the years I’ve colored it. Not to mention the pulling either! I’m also too lazy to mousse it so that the curls will be more defined. Add to that, the bald spots are just too big these days to chance it by going out with my “natural” hair down. It’s easier to wear a wig.
After washing and conditioning my hair, I sprinkled Toppik on the now larger than ever bald spots. Toppik still manages to work like a charm. However, the one issue I have is that presently, my fingernails are bare. While I’m not working, I thought I would give my nails a break from the gels and acrylics and let them grow on their own. Toppik’s fibers tend to get all over the place and that means in my nails. This makes my natural nails look filthy. Just sayin’.
Back to the wigs.
I’ll start off by saying that Storm, by Model Model is my all-time, go-to, favorite wig. There’s a reason for this. I’ve mentioned this in past wig posts. I’m not a fan of an overdone hairstyle. I think those looks are great for special occasions and parties and holidays but for the everyday style, I like a low-maintenance understated look. Storm fits the bill.
Storm, by Model Model Hair. There is not one con about this wig. I LOVE this head of hair and it is as though it was made just for me and only for me. (But it wasn’t). The length. The density. The texture. The style. The best! I’ve been wearing this unit since June–almost 4 months and she is still in fine shape!
I’ve taken this baby on vacation to the South of France this past summer and wore the unit almost every day. Storm remained comfortable even in the hottest temperatures. Walking and touring all day and out to dinner in the evening—this unit never disappointed. And, managed to stay in pristine condition. I finally washed the unit after three straight weeks of wear and she cleaned up well.
Here I am on the terrace in Theoule-sur-Mer. OMG. Look how fake tanned I am–perfect with my fake hair. Right Storm?
In fact, the first Storm unit I purchased was way back in February and after a few washings and a ton of wear and tear, I disposed of it. Believe me, the $32.99 (sistawigs.com) that I spent was well worth it. When I had more hair, I would spend over $40.00 a week on a wash and blow dry. Need I say any more?
My current Storm is the one I took to France and is still aging very well. I’ve ever-so-slightly trimmed a few ends after washing and she is in no way ready for retirement.
As you can see, I’ve got backups in both 1, which is Jet Black and 1B, a lighter, more natural off-black.
Hmmmm. Perhaps I should pick up another Storm! Whatya think?
Now—the thing about this wig is the parting space. Within the realm of four inches apart, it can be parted either to the right, or to the middle, or to the left. Most wigs have a right-side part. I’ve always worn my natural hair with a left-side part.
And even though this wig is advertised as being middle-and left-side part friendly, she still needs a bit of training to get her to the left.
One of my new Storms. Before I cut the lace off. I’m training this one to have a left side part.
I cut the lace and am holding the part to the left with a bobby pin. After taking her off, placing her in the net and putting her back in the box, the bobby pin should work fine to help train the parting space.
Lace cut off and bobby pin in place, I haven’t’ even tweezed the part yet. But she’ll go back in the box with the bobby pin in.
Three more views of this beauty. (The wig–not me). I realize that I haven’t tweezed the part nor added powder but without any manipulation, the wig is so natural looking. The price ranges from the low thirties online up to $40.00 at a local beauty supply store. If there is one wig that you purchase–consider this!
Next favorite is Konis. Konis is by It’s A Wig. I think I have more wigs by this company than any other company. I think the brand’s wigs are very well constructed, they are comfortable as all get out and they fit well. The quality is superior.
Konis. From It’s A Wig. The color TT99J/550 a delightful melange of burgundy. It’s like a fine wine!!!
Konis is also a favorite because of the “unstyled” style!
I have this unit in two colors. In TT99J/550 which is an auburn/brown/burgundy and in 1B/30. 1B/30 is an off-black base with strands (and sometimes chunks) of light brown and golden brown interspersed throughout. It’s really become a favorite with me because as I am older, I’m finding that a bit of a lighter color is attractive and flattering.
Konis at left in 1B/30 my new favorite hair color. I love the off-black with the light brown/dark golden highlights. Konis at right. TT99J/530. Maybe Bonaparte doesn’t care for this color because since it resembles a great burgundy, he can’t drink it!
Another look at Konis in 1B/30. Konis is a bit longer than Storm and isn’t as dense but is nonetheless a beautiful wig. The beauty of an unstyled style wig is versatility is key. This can be worn from day-into-night. From errands and to a luncheon with the girls. From work to after work.
Bonaparte isn’t a fan of TT99J but I love it. I think it’s a fun color that, when the light hits it a certain way, really looks very burgundy. And as someone who is conservative with hair colors, this is a momentous change! But a good one!
Next up is a bob. Juno. Another unit by It’s a Wig. I ordered this in TT99J/530 and the same wig in black. HairSoFly was having a sale back in May and the wigs were $9.99 each! A deal I simply could not pass up.
Juno. I love this bobbed style from It’s A Wig. It is an angled bob and shorter in the back–and that’s where the bobs get a bit high maintenance. They need to be combed back into shape a lot during the day. I’m lazy. And I have a nerve to say that because when I think of all the time and effort I put into wearing my natural hair in a bob–rollers, then drying the sections, then back into rollers then taking the rollers out then if I went outside and it was humid or raining…….
Now—here’s the thing with bobs. I love the style. I always have. My bio hair was styled in a bob for years. And having wavy/curly/frizzy/coarse hair, the struggle I had with the upkeep of this style was a challenge. The bobbed “do” only behaved during the coldest, driest days of the winter.
You would think a bobbed wig would prove to be the greatest solution for someone who loves a bobbed style but the natural hair doesn’t lend itself well to doing so. Well…yes. And no!
Yes, because it’s a thrill to finally be able to wear a bob and not have to worry about the humidity turning it either into a pyramid shape or just a mass of frizz. But, I personally find that with any bobbed wig I have worn, I am constantly combing it or fussing with it to get it to lay “just so”. It is a bit of a high-maintenance wig for me.
This is “Millie” by Bobbi Boss. I love the color–again 1B/30. I lucked out with this particular unit because the way it lays on my head is perfect. My other Millie doesn’t lay this nicely. This isn’t as angled as Juno but overall, I really like this one. This is a great “I’m running errands and will be out and about” wig!
And the other thing is that sometimes, no two wigs of the same style will lay the same way. Case in point with Bobbi Boss “Millie” wig. The unit I have in black just never seems to lay right on my head, but this unit in 1B/30 fits like a charm and looks like a charm.
Another view of Millie. I really like this one!
Bonaparte has been “hinting” to me that he would like to see me in more wavy/curly styles and a bit shorter in length. I love a straight wig—and he likes them a bit on the curly side.
This one is for Bonaparte. Texana by Freetress Equal. Big and bouncy. I love this for date night but it is too glamorous for everyday use. I’m training this one to veer off to a left-side part!
Another wig that I’m “training” for a left-side part is “Texana” by Freetress Equal. This unit that I’m training is my second Texana. My original unit is a right-side part and I love this wig for a date night. It is full and lush and very pretty. There’s a lot of hair on this baby. As an everyday wig, it’s a bit too glamorous for my taste but as a night out wig—it’s perfect.
Another view of Texana. I wore this on our recent date night to Spring Mill Cafe!
“Claudia” by Bobbi Boss is a wig that I’ve ordered at a good sale price but haven’t had the opportunity to wear yet. It’s a medium/long wig and is more on the silky side in texture. This’ll be a nice winter wig!
This is Claudia by Bobbi Boss. As you can see, I haven’t tweezed the part, and literally plopped her on my head for this post. This is where looking at video reviews helps. I saw this online and liked it. After watching TheHeartsandcake90 review on YouTube, I made the purchase and was happy I did. This will be a winter wig for me!
On a whim and on a sale price, I ordered this unit. “Feather Flip 4” from Isis Collection Red Carpet wigs. This is very va-va-voom. Should the occasion arise that Bonaparte and I are invited to any Holiday parties, I will be wearing this unit. It’s a bit long and I’m thinking of going to a salon to have it trimmed because I do like it a lot. But after butchering one of my wigs, I’m not going to take the chance on butchering another one! My hair cutting skills aren’t!
Feather Flip 4 from Isis Collection. Bonaparte likes this one. Actually, he loves it but suggested cutting a couple of inches off. I won’t attempt that one! This is way too va-va-voom for me. I’ll wear this at Christmas and if we go to any Holiday Parties!
Here’s another view. It’s very late 1970’s Charlie’s Angel’s looking! Nuthin’ wrong with that!
When you are looking for a wig remember to keep a few things in mind.
- Try to stick with what is in your comfort zone. Don’t go for any offbeat styles or any colors that you are unsure of. As you become more and more familiar with wearing fake hair, then you can experiment with style and color. But at the beginning stages, I would suggest being more comfortable.
- Stick with a style or “un” style that you like. Remember—if you start wearing wigs to work, you do not want a wig that is high maintenance. You want a wig that you can put on your head and forget about. That’s why I am all about the underdone look in wigs.
- Study the types of textures. Take a good look at your natural hair. Is it coarse or silky? If you have coarse or wiry hair, I’m telling you African-American wigs are your best bet. European-American wig companies, in my opinion, have more silky-Barbie doll-like textures and are overly shiny. In addition, the pricing is far more expensive.
Doesn’t matter though what your preference is because it comes down to what makes you comfortable.
(as an added treat, if you go to the Wigs.com site and search for the Brie wig by Vivica Fox, you can go to the reviews and weed through them. I wrote a review back in 2015 when I was a complete newbie to the world of wigs. I got a kick out of the review because I’ve learned so much since then!)
Hey. Did you ever wake up and realize that you aren’t having a good “looking good” day? Let me tell you something. I woke up with allergy-ridden puffy eyes. It didn’t help that I ate a ton of hidden salt over the weekend in the form of Kalamata olives either.
Anyway, the weather affects my face. Call me crazy, but it does. Does it affect your face?
That said, I was thrilled to open a nice box of goodies that my friends at Skin Actives. I was sent some products that I haven’t yet used and I will be using and reviewing.
I’m excited to try these products that my friends at Skin Actives sent me to review!
As you all know, when I review a skincare product, I give it a good two to three-week window of time to see if the product will work its magic.
I’ll be reviewing this Bright-I Cream.…..
Dream Cream, Desert Salt Scrub, Skin Brightening Cream (which I can’t wait to put on my age spots), and the Desert Salt Scrub (there is a caveat that the Desert Salt Scrub isn’t made for the face–but I used it on my face last night and my face felt sooooooo good!)
The Lip Care Kit is another one that I’m looking extremely forward to using because my lips are so dry…
A very unflattering photo of my mouth–but see how dry my mouth is? I can’t wait for the Lip Kit to work magic!
Hmmmmm.hmmmmm. This will be but to good use!
The Sun Set is another set that I’m going to take very seriously. Just because summer is about to end doesn’t mean we stop protecting our faces from the sun. Nuh uh!!!
I would think this is also great for protection against the extremes in weather during Winter sports activities!
Skin Actives is one of the two skin care companies I’ve worked with in the past. And I’m happy to be working with this company again because if I didn’t like the products, I wouldn’t be writing about them. And one of my HG products is the Skin Actives Collagen Serum. I’m almost down to the bottom of yet, another bottle!
I purchased this bottle of Collagen Serum a while ago and am almost finished. I apply this every day and I love it. Since using it on a regular basis over a year ago, there is an absolute improvement.
So, stay tuned because a review will be in the not-so-distant future.
Hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was relaxing and I’ll be attending a website class tomorrow. I’m excited and will let you know how it went!