Yes! You CAN Wear a Topper or Wig on Vacation

A while back I posted that I was going on my first vacation wearing helper hair – it was funny to see the hair all laid out and ready to be put into the suitcase. With me, I brought me Noriko Milan as well as the Jon Renau Long Mono Topper – I actually brought two of these. One was a newer one to wear in the evenings, and one was the older one to wear in the pool.

We took a cruise and vacationed in Mexico and Key West and I know what you are wondering: How HOT was it?! Honestly…this is a tough one to answer. I live in the South where it’s 80 degrees or higher nine months out of the year, so I got used to wearing my topper in extreme heat VERY quickly. I do remember the first few times I wore my hair out in public, around this time last year. I did feel a temperature shift, but I don’t recall if it was because I was super-aware of it on my head or if because it actually made me hotter. I’m thinking it’s probably a little of both. Now, though, I don’t feel the heat from it AT ALL – my bio hair has actually not seen (felt?) the light of day since last October so I’m sure it would feel completely different if I didn’t wear hair one day. But, eh, that’s not happening.

During the day, I wore my hair up most of the time. We spent alot of time at the pool and on the beach so I wore my older Jon Renau topper (Long Mono in color 8H14) most of the time. It really didn’t get wet (maybe splashed a little) but in case that it did I wanted to make sure not to ruin my new one.

(If it had gotten wet/sandy/etc. I probably would’ve just been sure to rinse it as quickly as I could when I got back to the room. I’m sure it would’ve fared pretty well as it IS just plastic. Another option would be to bring a spray bottle filled with water [or douse yourself with some from a water bottle] if the hair would’ve gotten sea-salty. Kind of cumbersome, I know, but at least there are options.)

Jon Renau 8h14

Pretty easy-peasy up do! Just twist it up along with your bio hair and clip it with a butterfly clip. Worked beautifully!

Some nights I wanted to wear my hair down, and I thought bringing my Noriko Milan in Marble Brown was a good option for that. I wasn’t wearing this piece “in real life” so I was happy to give her some good use! I re-fell in love with the gorgeous fiber and density on the piece (but more on that later. See some pics of my Noriko Milan here). This old gal actually stayed on quite well, even on the windy cruise ship.

Topper in wind Noriko Milan Marble Brown

Speaking of staying on, all of my pieces did really well in terms of staying in place while being active. There was one day when we were in Key West where the wind was nothing short of brutal. I did experience a bit of discomfort with the front area pulling as we were walking face-first into the wind. A quick readjustment of both the front clip(s) as well as my hair clip probably would’ve solved the issue, but my son was being needy while wanting to be held, I had bags and I was sunburned…so I just let it go.

One thing my husband and I did do was parasail – it’s not the most high-impact watersport by any means, but my toppers survived taking off and landing, as well as a quick dip in the ocean (granted, my hair wasn’t dipped, it was only to my waist!).

So, ladies, don’t be afraid to take your hair on vacation! In fact, no one knows you, so trying hair on vacation (be it for the first time or a different style) is actually the perfect time to wear toppers or wigs!

Pony Bun: Add-on Bun for Thin Hair (Review)

A few days ago I posted about the great sale at VogueWigs.com – and it’s still going on for a few more days (through May 26th). They are running a Buy 1, Get 1 50% off deal, and I purchased both the Elegance Monofilament Hairpiece by easihair (Pony Bun) as well as a mystery item. ;) The deal was made even sweeter because I went to ebates.com first, searched for Voguewigs.com through there, and clicked through. Bam! Another 8.5% off! Buying hair is kind of addicting, so I try to save money wherever I can.

I got my order in three days! That’s amazing! I get to give you a sneak peek at the pony bun, which will give you a chance to decide if it’s something you want, too, since the sale is going on for a few more days.

I thought the pony bun would be great for the pool. I could put my own bio hair up in a high bun, and conceal the front of my head (where my hairloss is the worst) with a wide, stretchy headband.

Here is my bio hair just up. It looks a bit of a mess because I took my topper off and just combed it straight into a ponytail. If it was freshly washed it would look a little better…but let’s be honest, not by much. :) My face here says it all: these tiny baby hairs coming back in (I’m recovering from my post-partum shed) are simply ridiculous.

Bio Hair in Bun

Enter the pony bun. I got it in color 8, Cocoa Bean.

Pony Bun

Nope, you didn’t miss something. That’s actually not a hamster, it IS the pony bun. Here is the inside of it:

Pony Bun Birdsnest

It so much so looked like a bird’s nest that I couldn’t resist. Ok, let’s scrap the birds:

Pony Bun Inside

I think that pic is a bit fuzzy – sorry! I wasted all my time adding birds to the first photo of the inside, so now I have no time to re-take it; the kiddo only naps for so long. :) But, I’m sure you can see that there is a drawstring at the base to help tighten it once it’s around your own bio-bun. There are also two combs in this piece, so you place it over your bio-bun, then wiggle the combs into your bio hair at the top and bottom.

I love the look of this! Here is a side-shot – trust me when I say that pony in the back is ALL pony bun.

Pony Bun Side

And, the top view.

Pony Bun Top

Finally, the finished result with the Elegance Monofilament Hairpiece by easihair. I LOVE it. I especially love it since it was only $17 (and then even less if you factor in my ebates discount!) It feels surprisingly secure, but you could always add a bobby pin or two to help keep it firmly in place. I think this will be a great option for the pool and beach this summer. Even though this was the first time trying a piece like this, it literally took me about 3 minutes to put my bio hair up, attach the pony bun, and throw on a headband. That’s how summer should be, nice and easy.

What do you think?

Pony Bun Final by Easihair

Must Share! Good Deal at VogueWigs.com through May 26!

Just a quick note to say I got a great deal at Voguewigs.com on two pieces. They are running a Buy 1, Get 1 50% off deal through May 26…they run alot of free shipping deals, but I’ve never seen any sort of BOGO deal. The deal was made even sweeter by going to Ebates.com first, then searching for Voguewigs.com there. I saved another 8.5% by using Ebates – yes!

And yes, that is my Ebates referral link – if you’re new to Ebates and sign up (it’s free) I get a few bucks for sending you. You get something, too, I believe. :) I couldn’t NOT put in my link since I’m talking about it anyways! Plus, I have hair to buy…!

I purchased this pony bun, from Easihair, in color 8. I wore my toppers on my recent vacation but have heard from many friends that using a bun and a stretchy headband in the way to go. I technically can get away with using my bio hair for this method, but the pieces that are clipped up just look SO thin. I’m not sure if this is going to be a perfect color match, but I’m hoping it will be close-enough. I almost went with color 6-33, but I remember that was the color that I tried once with the Easipart, and it was much too red for me.

Wouldn’t we all love to have a bun this thick? I’m totally jealous! I’m also thinking I would wear it higher on my head.

Image courtesy of VogueWigs.

elegance-monofilament-hairpiece-by-easihair-7

The other item I purchased is a surprise…and I’ll blog about it soon! I’ll be sure to take pics of both, as always!

Voguewigs.com has almost every brand imaginable, and alot of great starter toppers, too. The sale is a good one if you’re looking to try something for the first time. Be sure to navigate there through Ebates.com to save another 8.5%, too!

Crazy Hair Regrowth (Post-Pregnancy)

I just can’t decide if I’m happy with the way that my hair is growing in, or if I’m annoyed. Well, let me rephrase…yes, I am happy that my post-partum shed has slowed a bit and my hair is starting to grow back. But, man, sometimes it looks really funny under my toppers. At least, with my first child (and no toppers), the loss was horrible but when it started to grow back I had the short and spiky pieces all over. This time, they are all sprouting out underneath my “perfect-looking” toppers and it’s just an odd look sometimes!

Check out my hair growing back. The majority of it is the temple area and just beyond it. I do have some hair right at the front hairline, as well.

(And don’t ask where I am looking. I simply don’t know. Haha.)

Post Partum Hair Regrowth

When I wear my topper, however, sometimes it creeps out underneath it unless I have the topper laying perfectly flat on my head (which is sometimes difficult because, due to the post-partum loss, it’s hard to find hair in these areas to clip to!). See the little hairs laying just under the rim of the hair piece?

Hair Under Topper Hair Regrowing

I’ve been trying to apply some hairspray prior to putting on my topper in the morning in an effort to keep those little hairs off to the side. They are still short, so sometimes this doesn’t work very well. If all else fails, a little water helps to move them over.

I don’t have a good picture to show of it, but having these little “baby hairs” actually helps to make the area where the part of the topper meets my forehead to look more natural. In fact, many stylists will cut baby hairs into wigs and toppers for this very reason.

My hair also seems to be filling in a little towards the back — it’s hard to tell in this area, though, since my loss isn’t so prominent there and I have more bio hair to cover those tiny hairs. We’ll have to see what I look like in a few more months!

All in all, my post-partum shed lasted, at full-force, about three months. For women that already experience hair loss, that’s enough really to devastate your look. Luckily, I anticipated this and started my hair-wearing journey awhile ago. I just don’t know what I would’ve done without my helper hair!!

This is my Jon Renau topper, in color 8H14, my current topper that I’ve written about before.

Helper Hair Post Partum Regrowth

Wearing Hair on a Vacation

Long time no post! And Sam and Jessica, I know I owe you an email, too. Just a quick note to say I’m off for a short vacation – and look what I have to pack! All of my hair-loss friends cautioned me that you must always leave home with a backup. So, here’s you’ll see the topper piece I normally wear (right), pool/beach/who gives a crap hair (left), and my old Milan (my first topper). I never wear Ms. Milan as she’s a bit too short and golden, but she lays so nicely that I thought I’d give her a whirl since I’m amongst strangers. That’s what vacation is for, right? I almost wish I had some topper that was completely out of the norm to play with while I’m gone!

For the pool topper, I plan to wear it up with a big, stretchy hair band. It might get a little wet, but that’s ok. The nice thing about all this hair trial-and-error is that you always have back up pieces for situations like these.

Catch you all in a few days!

P.S. If you happen to notice the Batman undies in the top left corner…um, those aren’t mine. Just so you know.

Taking Hair on Vacation

How I Added Roots to My Synthetic Topper (or Wig!)

One of the things I love about alot of the synthetic topper and wigs options these days is that many colors come rooted. While this is most important for blondes (don’t blondes always naturally have some sort of roots showing?), it also lends realism to us brunettes, too.

I’ve seen a few tutorials online on how to add roots to synthetic toppers and wigs; most of them involve using a sort of craft/pen marker that you can get at places like Michael’s or Joann’s. I always wanted to try this method, but I was nervous to do so for a few reasons. One, I wasn’t sure what color to try and I got nervous thinking I’d be faced with a few dozen options to choose from. One tutorial suggested bringing my topper into the store and testing a few strands.

Um, no.

I also was nervous that if I picked the wrong color, it could very well be permanent. The goal for most people rooting a synthetic wig or topper is to have it be permanent, I’m sure, but what if I screwed up?

So, I turned to one product I use every day, that I already had on hand. Enter my liquid eyeliner! I use L’Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Eyeliner, and I’ve tried it in both Carbon Black and Black Mica. Both of these options have a wet look when applied to your eyelid; it doesn’t look matte but rather has a sheen. I thought this would be fitting for hair since hair naturally has shine to it.

Here is what my synthetic topper looked like before I added roots:
Before Rooting Synthetic Topper

I like this topper without the roots, I really do. But I feel adding just a small root really makes a synthetic topper look more real.

(And yes, I know, the lighting is different here. It always is. I suck at photography. I’d like to say I’ll get better, but I know I won’t. Besides, this is in my bathroom at work.)

How to Add Roots to Synthetic Wigs

See the subtle roots?

Here, I’ve altered the pic a bit so you can see exactly where they are.

Add Roots to Synthetic Topper

What do you think? Kind of cool, right? You can’t tell too much on the parts that were already brunette, but you can see the difference when you look closely at the blond highlights.

Here’s another look:

Rooting a Synthetic Topper

How to Add Roots to a Synthetic Topper or Wig

Step 1: Use the side of the eyeliner brush (I used L’Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Eyeliner, rather than the tip, to paint roots on either side of your part. It doesn’t have to be perfect — real roots never are. This step took me about two minutes.

Step 2: After you have the roots applied with the side of the brush, use the tip to gently draw over your new roots. Do it messily; the point of this step is to use the tip to extend the roots a bit in a few different places. Unless your hair is super-thick, roots are never in a perfectly straight line since they grow out at different rates. Use the tip to help make your rooting look imprecise.

Step 3: Take a step back and admire your work. :) If you need to add any additional rooting, do so after taking in the big picture.

That’s all there is to it! I never thought adding roots to a synthetic topper would be so easy, but it took me literally three minutes. It’s definitely a subtle change. That works for me since I don’t want people to think my hair grew out a few inches overnight. It’s just one of those things that if anyone were to ever wonder about my helper hair, they’d think, “nah, that can’t be fake hair, she’s got roots”. I consider it insurance, ha!

So, if you’re feeling like doing a little DIY work, try adding some roots to your pieces. It was fun to make my already-real-looking-piece look even more so.

I’ll update this post after I wash my topper. I’m presuming that most of it is going to wash out (no biggie since it took no time at all), but we’ll see!

UPDATE: If they washed out, it was only slightly. Still there! :)

Roots front view

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