9 Seconds to Remove Shine From Helper Hair [Video]

Since I posted about how I remove shine from my synthetic wigs and toppers, I’ve gotten a few emails asking exactly how I use the dry shampoo to do this.

I promise, it’s really simple.

If it’s a brand-new piece and it needs some major de-shining, I recommend taking it outside so that you can spray the dry shampoo without worrying about it getting all over the place.

I remember the first time I used a tinted dry shampoo to do this—its got ALL over. There was a thin, brown film all over my countertops, all over the floor, on my bathroom door handle…I could go on and on.

I spent 30 minutes cleaning all of that up, so trust me, head outside if you plan on spraying the entire wig or topper.

If you only need to touch up some excess shine, you’re probably ok to just do it in the bathroom. Just remember, it’s a very fine film and it can quickly take flight.

I definitely have some favorites when it comes to dry shampoo, and I talked about them in my original post. In this demo, I’ll show you one of my favorite cheapie options. I got it online since I do most of my shopping virtually (such a time saver), but you can find Batiste Dry Shampoo at drugstores, too.

Bonus: When used on your bio hair at the root, it helps to give it some volume!

So, yeah, while most people use their backyards to grill, or hang out, I use it as my personal beauty parlor.

Such is life, right?

Leave me a comment and let me know–have you tried this method to remove that pesky shine? What tips and tricks do you have?

Curling Synthetic Hair (How I Do It)

As much as I love my Milan toppers, they are a straight style and sometimes a girl wants a little curl.

It’s been a long time since I finagled a curling iron, and I’ve been itching to give my Milan a little style. Yes, my *synthetic* Milan, people! You know, the hair you’re not supposed to use heat on?

I know you’re not technically supposed to, but what fun is that? Sometimes you just gotta live on the edge.

I posted about the fabulous hot air brush that I use to make my synthetic hair soft and swishy…my pieces have been fine with that tool, so why not turn up the heat a bit?

Pun intended.

One of my hair-friends has been using a curling iron on her synthetic hair and it looks fabulous, so I decided to give it a whirl!

While you could curl it on your head, I recommend using a canvas head to pin to. Why? It does take a little while for this process and it’s far easier to have a seat to curl your hair.

Ok, let’s get started.

I used the Conair Instant Heat curling iron on my synthetic hair—this iron heats up instantly and has a zillion heat settings. For these curls, I used the level 2 setting.

Simply take a section of your hair and wind it around the curling iron’s barrel. Don’t take too large of a section, as you want the heat to spread evenly throughout the synthetic fiber.

curl a synthetic wig

I let the hair heat up for about 20 seconds or so. Gently work the clamp to loosen the hair from the curling iron. Remove the curling iron from the synthetic hair and keep the hair in place with your hand while the hair cools.

I hope that makes sense! The cooling part is really what sets the curl and is 100% necessary to get this to work. It should only take 10 seconds or so.

how to curl synthetic hair

I found it easier to pin up the top layer of my hair and curl the bottom sections first. Then, unclip and do the top layers. Here it is partially done:

curl synthetic hair

The whole process took about 45 minutes but here is the finished result.

curled synthetic hair

Kinda pretty, right? I don’t own a waving wand but I think I’ll give one of those a whirl next time. The ringlets are stunning but moreso something I would use for a night out rather than an everyday look. I do love this curling iron though (and loved it when I used to curl my bio hair).

My bio hair is about 16″ or so right now, and the Milan is 12″ long. The curls brought up the length far too much to wear in contrast with my bio hair, so, there’s no “on me” pic. Sorry ladies!

Once the curls are in place, try your very best not to touch them. You can carefully rake your fingers through them, but any sort of brushing will result in a bush-whacked look.

I’ll have to update my Super Secret Page over the next few days to show you what I’m talking about! Stay tuned.

P.S. Thank you to everyone that responded to the email I sent earlier this week. If you’re on my list, you know what I’m talking about. I’m totally amazed at the level of interest there! I’ll be in touch with the two ladies shortly.

Who Says You Can’t Wear a Wig in a Ponytail?

What does a girl do when she feels like going blond but it’s hotter than heck outside?

She does the one thing that people say you CAN’T do in a wig: she puts her wig in a ponytail.

Yes, ladies. You absolutely can wear your hair up with a wig.

To make it a believable look, you just need to adhere to a few “rules”. Through experimentation, I’ve found that these tips will help ensure a flawless look:

Rule 1: The density of the wig ideally shouldn’t be too thick.

Rule 2: The cap should be well-fitting (not too bulky!).

Rule 3: You must own a Wigrip. You must. What’s a Wigrip? More on this gem below!

Rule 4: You still need to have some bio hair to pull out on the sides and back.

Let’s talk about each of these, yes?

Wearing a Wig in a Ponytail: Wig Density

While you can certainly wear varying densities in a ponytail as long as you have a hairband or some sort of closure big enough to hold it, I recommend using a lighter-weight density wig when wearing your hair up. Using this method, you WILL be using your bio hair as well as the wig hair…and those strands can add up.

Too much hair won’t look as real, mainly because it might look bulky when pulled back.

A Great-fitting Cap Works Best for Wig Ponytails!

It does take some trial and error to figure out what brands look and feel best for you. Once you find one that fits like a glove, you’ll know. There will be no excess bulk or poof or weight—it’ll just feel like it was made for you.

When the wig cap fits well, a ponytail or updo is much easier because you’ll be able to wear the hair more flush against your head.

The Wigrip is Your Best Friend

The Wigrip is an amazing tool to help keep your wig in place—this is especially crucial when putting your wig up in a ponytail, since it will have more of a tendency to slide back.

The Wigrip is a velvety headband that is worn under the wig; the material it’s made of creates friction with the underside of your wig, causing your wig to stay in place. It’s definitely a must-have for me when I wear my wigs up, since the wig can quite easily slide back if you don’t take precautions. I have two of these! One Wigrip is beige and the other is brown.

Why two?

All of my wigs have mono tops, which means you can create a realistic part with them. If you line up the wig’s part to your own part, you’ll see down to your scalp (at least mostly).

Because instead of my own scalp you can see the Wigrip underneath, I like to keep the Wigrip close to the wig color to help blend.

I know what you’re thinking: But if your scalp is light, wouldn’t it make sense to ALWAYS use the lightest color Wigrip avilable?

I don’t know why it doesn’t work that way, but I’ve found it best to use my brown Wigrip when wearing my brown wigs, and the lighter Wigrip when wearing blond. It just works and I don’t question it.

Seriously though, the Wigrip is one of the best investments ever.

Bio Hair and Wig Updos

When wearing my wig in a ponytail or a twist, I like to use my bio hair to help give the wig a very natural look.

Whatcha talkin’ about Willis?”

Let me see if I can explain.

You take your Wigrip and put it on OVER your bio hair.

Treat it like you would a stretchy headband, but instead of wearing it underneath you bio hair, you’ll fasten it on top of your bio hair.

Then, take a comb and use it to wiggle out the sides of your bio hair. You’ll look a mess, but stay with me here.

Put your wig on. At this point you’ll see your bio hair peeking out the sides, underneath your wig. You’ll also have your bio hair hanging out underneath your wig. The sides and underneath-section are going to basically cover up the edges of the wig for a seamless look.

Here’s the finished result. I think you’ll understand after looking at the pictures.

See how my bio hair is at the sides and underneath?

wig in ponytail

This is Code Mono, by Ellen Wille, in Sandy Blonde. You might recall me posting about my experiment with blond hair.

Usually, when I play with that wig, I wear it down. It was fun to be able to pull this one back into a ponytail!

The Code Mono wig has realistic rooting, and because of this I almost think I can get away with my dark undersides!

Here’s a pic from behind:

blond wig in ponytail

One from the front, striking a pose:

ellen-wille-wig

And a random one of me playing with my dog (hey, it shows the ponytail off well!):

ellen wille wig

Do you see how seamless it looks when you use your bio hair to wear a wig in a ponytail? I LOVE this look, and it’s so necessary here with our hot Texas summers.

The one thing that I was struggling with while taking these pictures is that it was so windy out. The wind kept messing with my bangs and I wasn’t able to wear them in as deep of a side part as I typically like. You can see how I like to wear them in my original post about this blond Ellen Wille wig.

(For anyone wondering, I like to wear my bangs this way because it hides more of the lace front.)

So, don’t let anyone tell you there are a ton of limitations when it comes to wig-wearing. Trust me, there is a workaround for just about everything!

What do you think? Can I pull off the dark underside with a rooted blond wig?