Did you know that you can make a topper smaller?
So many of you have written in to tell me that you love the Milan that I wear, but it’s simply too much hair for you. Or, the base is too big for your level of hair loss.
Ladies, don’t let ANYthing stop you when it comes to getting the hair you want. There is virtually a trick or hack for everything out there.
If you love the Milan as much as I do but have been hesitating due to her size or density, now’s the time to rethink how you look at toppers.
For me, I wanted to make her a bit smaller so that I could do a ponytail/updo easier. What better way to make use of an older piece?
Get a pair of scissors, some thread, and an upholstery needle or Superglue and you’re good to go!
Make a Topper Smaller: Before Pic
Here’s my trusty ol’ Milan (color: Almond Rocka-R) at her full-size. She’s a larger piece at about 8″ by 9″, with a length of 12″.
She completely covers my worst areas and the clips hit me in places that “make sense” for me (although if I don’t rotate them the clips can cause bald spots).
How to Make a Topper Smaller: The Process
Since the hair beyond the mono top is wefted, it’s easy to cut away excess hair as it’s all attached in rows. Simply snip right outside where the first clip is. You’ll need to cut out the front two clips (but save them as we’ll be reattaching!). In this photo, I’ve cut only the outside knot so that I could start cutting down the piece—I cut the front clips out later.
Now, cut a little further.
Keep cutting all the way around the piece. I follow the weft all the way around and it gets a bit wider than what the initial cut starts at, but not by much.
Here’s the finished result. You can see she’s considerably smaller!
This shows you exactly what I cut off. It definitely makes a difference when it comes to density. One thing to note: you are essentially removing the bottom-most layer of the piece, which means, the longest part. The Milan is 12″ and removing this part of the topper makes the overall piece about 10″ when all is said and done.
This is fine for me as I’m just using it to wear my hair up. My own hair is probably around 16-17″ now so there would be way too much of a difference for me to wear this altered piece down.
Make a Topper Smaller: End Result
And here’s me with my brand-new (kind of) topper in my desired updo.
No bulk! Perfect density!
I did resew the front-right clip, but then I got lazy and Superglued the remaining clips straight on the piece. A bit lazy on my part and I’ll probably have to re-glue them at some point, but I’m ok with that.
I’ve got kids. Nap time is only so long, ya know?
So if you’ve been holding out on Ms. Milan because she’s too large, now you have one fewer excuse!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this method! Any topper wearers out there going to give this method a try?
P.S. I know I owe a few of you emails. It has been a CRAZY two weeks. I quit my job, packed up my entire house and moved, and started a new job all within like two seconds. I’m exhausted, but more importantly, I was without Wifi for a period of time (rant: we waited at the house to get cable/Wifi installed last Saturday, and our window to wait was from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. 15 ridiculous hours! And the guy never showed up—can you believe it?!). But, I’m back, and will be replying to emails like normal over the next few days. Thanks for being patient!
P.P.S. I’m rethinking how I handle my Super Secret Page. Since I usually put all the good info and pictures into my main post, I usually don’t have much to put on that page. I’ll still keep it up, of course, but I’m deciding whether or not I want to add to it. Just a head’s up between friends.