(H)air Travel: Fake Hair and the TSA

My Texas move is officially in motion! Please bear with me over the next few weeks as I freak out about everything in life (i.e. I’ll be posting less frequently)…I promise as soon as the dust settles I’ll be back to it.

So, what happens when you are interviewing for work out of state? A lot of air travel. With security checks and walk-thru thingies that inevitably will beep and point everyone to a flashing, neon sign that reads, “Fake hair, fake hair!”…right?

That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but to be honest, I wasn’t quite so sure what would happen. I had a feeling that my metal topper clips might just betray me.

wearing a topper through airport security

You may recall I posted awhile back about wearing microlink extensions on my super-thin hair, back before I started wearing toppers. These I wore through airport security and since my head was covered in 40 metal beads, I did get flagged when I walked through on one of my legs of my trip.

It was one of those machines where you enter and you put your arms up and you get scanned. It showed the person of an outline and where the “problem” was, which was all around my head.

Honestly, it was not a big deal. A TSA agent (who was wearing hair herself), came over and patted my head, and I told her, “I have hair extensions in” and she said, “Girl, I know that’s right” and I went on my merry way.

But those were extensions. ANYone can wear extensions. What I wear now is a solution to women’s hair loss. My cure for it. Slightly more…taboo. Or, maybe “taboo” isn’t the best word for it, but a topper is something so few people know about.

I thought about ways I could avoid having the metal topper clips set off the detector. For example, I considered wearing a wig on the plane – no clips, no metal, nothing to raise attention. But, I’m not 100% comfortable in wigs right now.

I could wear a big, stretchy headband and my hair in a ponytail. Eh, my ponytail is pathetic, so that option was out.

Concealers were a God-send at one point in time, but that ship has sailed.

I finally just said “screw it”, decided to wear my topper, metal clips and all, and hope for the best.

Would you believe not one alarm went off?!

I had to go through both a regular, walk-thru scanner as well and the full-on circular body-thing (does it have a name?? I’m struggling with that, here) and no so much as a blip occurred.

Now if it HAD, I already had my story in place: I would’ve just said I had extensions in, just like last time. They would have patted my head (maybe) and that would’ve been it.

But, that’s me.

If you are super-nervous about this and it comes down to an inspection, you could ask for a private screening, but in my opinion, that’s making a mountain out of a molehill.

There is one thing to note–on this trip, I was just traveling with my husband, who obviously knows there’s a chance the sensor might go off. And he’ll know why (no other random passengers will, though).

My next trip might be more interesting. I’m traveling with my parents to settle into our Texas life…they’ve been gracious enough to offer their services in watching my boys while my husband and I unpack and get the house ready. Two weeks from today, I’ll be at the airport with them.

And they don’t know I wear hair.

So, if that alarm goes off, I’ll sweetly tell the TSA that I have hair extensions in, and hope and pray that my parents are so busy tending to the boys (or putting their shoes back on, or zippering laptops back into carryons) that they don’t notice.

I can’t imagine they will…but, I guess you never know.

Actually, what I *might* do is wear my hair in a style that I’ve been meaning to show you guys for awhile now. I have a cute way to pin my hair back so it looks like a half-up, half-down style. It only takes a few minutes to do, but it uses a few metal bobby pins–so those might be my little cover-up story.

See how cute it is?

hair topper worn half up

Wish me luck on my move! There’s SO much going on right now and I’m on the brink of a panic attack almost every day. In a few weeks I’ll be back with my goal of twice-a-week updates, but I might be a little hit or miss until then. Do feel free to reach out via email, though!

How to Remove Shine From a Wig (My Secret Weapon)

Looking to remove shine from a wig? Sometimes synthetic wigs and toppers come with an unnatural shine…shine that looks a little, well, too shiny and fake. Not all wigs come shiny–Ellen Wille hair fibers are incredibly realistic right from the start as are a few Raquel Welch colors I’ve seen.

If your wig or topper is too shiny and you want to remove some of the shine, then you MUST invest in dry shampoo. But not just any dry shampoo–I’ve tested a few of them and I’ll let you in on my “dry shampoo” secret. Not all of them are created equal!

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From left to right, we have Bumble & Bumble Dry Shampoo (which you’ve mostly heard me talk about as a scalp concealer for bald spots, Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, Pantene Pro-V Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo, Batiste Dry Shampoo, and Klorane Dry Shampoo (with Oat Milk).

Quite the roundup, eh?

Battle of the Dry Shampoos: Remove Shine from a Wig

The first one I tried to lessen the shine from my wigs and toppers was the Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo. I could immediately see how this product might help to decrease the shine in synthetic wigs and toppers…just a quick spritz and it was dulled. However, the product itself is white (almost like you are spraying baby powder). This might not be bad if I had blond hair, however, it looked chalky on my medium brown pieces. Even after brushing through, the color of my hair was changed too much for my liking. It does wash right out, however.

I will note that this product had a really nice scent to it, though. It may be overpowering to sensitive noses, but it died down over the course of the day.

I knew I was on to something with these dry shampoos; I just had to find the right one. So, one by one I went, testing away, until I found two that worked for me.

First, let me show you the difference between a piece that is right out of the box, versus one that has been sprayed with my dry shampoo “winner” to help reduce the shine.

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Both toppers in the above pic are Milan by Noriko. Can you guess which one has been treated with the dry shampoo to help remove the shine?

If you guessed the hair on the right, you’d be correct.

Here’s another:

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Same two pieces, just a slightly different angle. Again, the topper on the right has been sprayed with dry shampoo to help remove the shine.

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In the photo above, I’m now standing on the other side of the hair, so the one that has had the shine removed is pictured on the left. I’ve tried to take these a few different ways with the sun shining on alternate areas so you can see the difference.

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This last photo is similar to the very first one I showed you, but again, a slightly different perspective. The piece that has had shine removed is on the bottom.

So, what do you think? Do you see a difference?

And now, the dry shampoo(s) that works best for me:

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I love, love, love these two dry shampoos for removing shine from wigs and toppers, for two different reasons.

The Klorane Dry Shampoo is a bit on the pricey side, but I consider this to be the Cadillac of dry shampoos. Its spritz is SO fine that it doesn’t leave a white, powdery residue like some of the other, less expensive brands do. It sprays nice and evenly and doesn’t leave my hair with a “coated” feeling.

It also smells SO good. I’m not sure if it’s the oat milk in it, or what, but it just smells…normal. Less artificial. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but some of the other options I tried smelled very perfume-y. I just want my hair to smell like hair, and not like I dipped my head in a dang field full of sunflowers.

The other option I like is Batiste Dry Shampoo. The pricing of this is at drugstore levels, which is nice, and the smell isn’t too overpowering (but it’s definitely there).

This is a tinted dry shampoo – it’s similar to my Bumble & Bumble (which is what I used to use to cover my bald spots prior to wearing fake hair) in that it sprays out with a color. In my case, it’s a brown color, however it does come in blond and maybe even black.

My “problem” with this is that UNLIKE using it to cover bald spots and thinning hair (which you CAN do), you want to spray this much more diffusely throughout your synthetic hair. Meaning, when you are focusing on covering, you are looking to spray a specific area. If you are looking to remove shine from a wig or topper, you want to kind of spray it all over. This make this product a wee bit messy. As in, my counters were covered in a fine, brown film (and I should’ve taken a photo!).

Much like anything in life, nothing is 100% perfect, and both of these dry shampoos are good…they just have trade-offs.

If you want something that is very fine, smells nice, doesn’t leave a mess, but is a bit pricier? Go with the Klorane Dry Shampoo.

If you want something that is very budget-friendly but you can live with constant clean up? Consider Batiste Dry Shampoo. Note: I did not experience any color run-off onto my clothes with this, even though it was messy in my bathroom!

In all of my photos above, I’ve actually used BOTH of these products. I like using the Batiste first as a light base coat. Then the Klorane on top of it to finish the job – the more-natural smell of the Klorane stands out then (the scent of the Batiste isn’t bad, I just much prefer the Klorane), and I use less of the more-expensive Klorane that way.

Want to know more about the dry shampoos I tested to remove shine from wigs and toppers? Especially interested in the option that I won’t recommend EVER (and found to be a huge waste of money)?

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{Giveaway!} My New Favorite Hair Accessory

You all know how much I LOVE putting my toppers up–isn’t that the beauty of wearing a topper over a wig, after all (you know, you CAN wear a wig up, too…but that’s for another post!)? I’ve talked about this so many times–in the hot South, nothing is better than putting my topper up into an updo.

I was speaking to one of my readers (and blogger friend – she blogs over at Prairie Dust Trail), Dawnita, and she suggested trying out a Lilla Rose Flexi Hair Clip. I was telling her that nothing is worse than when you are wearing your hair up, and you feel the clips pulling.

The last thing you want to do is cause additional loss, right?

Dawnita was kind enough to send me a gorgeous hair clip to try (similar to the one you see directly below), in a size Small. Lilla Rose hair clips come in a few different sizes to accommodate the thinnest, slipperiest of hair (hello, old bio hair!) to the thickest, most enviable hair. Based on my bio hair and topper hair, she felt the Small would be the perfect size for me, and she was right! I love it so much that I wanted to tell you all about it…and, best of all, I have one for you, too.

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It’s a pretty nifty little all-in-one hair clip. See the “stick part”? It’s actually attached to the clip on the side. You open it up, slide your hair in, then secure it on the other side. It has just the tiniest bit of give to keep your pony secure. Easy peasy.

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You guys…this clip is SO comfortable. Way more comfortable than a normal elastic pony. No pulling whatsoever!

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How pretty is it, too?!

(You’ll actually note that the stick should be pushed in, further. It still holds just fine, which is why I didn’t notice. My husband took the pictures and this is something his male brain would never pick up on.)

I got not one, but TWO compliments while I was out grocery shopping. One was actually from a man. This was kind of odd, I’ll admit.

While I love the look of a traditional pony tail, my all-time favorite look is when I wear it in a messy up-do.

topper-in-ponytail

My claw clips are great. They really are. But I love how this Lilla Rose hair clip looks a bit more polished. More put together. More oh la la.

There is one thing that I absolutely *adore* about this hair clip, and I bet it’s something you might not think about.

Can you tell what it is, from the pic below?

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When I wear my claw clips, inevitably, the darn things slip throughout the day. I am constantly readjusting them. That just comes with the territory since the claw clips are almost TOO flexible, and I’ve accepted that. What I hate, though, is that the bottom part of my hair (closest to my nape) eventually droops down and starts to look SO messy.

Do you guys know what I am talking about?

That bottom hair stays securely UP into my little updo here…all day. ALL DAY. This is huge, people.

Want a Lilla Rose Flexi Clip for yourself? Dawnita was awesome enough to send along a size XS clip for me to giveaway! Check out this little gem:

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An XS would work for me if I was wearing one of my less-dense toppers (think Jon Renau long topper or my first topper, the Amore) or if I was doing a half-pony.

Be sure to check out all the different Lilla Rose “hair pretties” Dawnita has. I’m thinking a Flexi-Oh! might be in my very near future.

Enter to win your very own Lilla Rose Flexi Hair Clip (size XS, U.S. residents, only) below! Winner will be chosen on February 4th and contacted by me through email.

I know many bloggers typically announce the winner right in the form, below. I value your anonymity given the nature of my blog, so I will not be announcing the winner here as it would display the winner’s first and last initial. I’m cool like that. :) Winner will be contacted via a private email from me.

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