Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Them? Blondes, That Is.

I’ve been on the lookout for awhile – lace front wigs with bangs have always intrigued me. I love that the lace front helps to give the bangs a bit of volume and lift, which differs from how I currently wear the front of my hair.

I knew after Thanksgiving would be a great time to find a lace front wig with bangs due to all the promotions that happen. certainly delivered with 30% off their entire site. I’ve blogged about the Ellen Wille line of wigs before…I LOVE this brand! The hair fiber is so realistic and so silky. It’s some of the best synthetic fiber I’ve ever felt. I’m not 100% sure if Ellen Wille only makes lace front wigs, but I think that may be the case. I knew I could start my search with this brand.

Turns out not only does Ellen Wille make some beautiful lace front wigs but she also makes beautiful lace front wigs with bangs. The kind of bangs I’ve always wished I could have, but couldn’t (because my hair was flat and lifeless and blah).

Enter the Code Mono wig.

I loved it the second I saw it. But–dang!–it wasn’t available in my color. So I got a hair-brained idea to try something radical.

Yep, this happened:


That’s right, this die-hard brunette decided she’d embark on her own Blond Ambition tour. I decided to get the color Sandy Blonde Rooted.

Check out the bangs on this lace front wig! They are just what I never thought I could have.

Ellen Wille Code Mono Wig

Let’s see a close up of the cap, shall we? It’s a little different than the Mega Mono I wrote about. Whereas that one was a mono top, this one is a mono part.

What’s the difference?

The entire top of a mono top is made of a mesh/lace material which allows the hair to be parted any way you want and still see “scalp”. A mono part can be adjusted slightly, but you’ll only see “scalp” in the area right around the part.

This was kind of a bummer for me, since I normally wear my hair parted on the right. But, I’ll make do.

Inside Cap Code Mono Wig

You can definitely see my bio hair peeking out from the back of the wig. This is mainly happening because the tag is still hanging down (see the glittery string?).

(Note: I do wear my hair out when I wear wigs. I think it helps them to integrate better.)

Back Code Mono Wig

Side Shot:

Code Mono Wig Side View

You can really see that this lace front wig with bangs has SUCH a nice low density!

The real beauty of lace front wigs is that you can wear your hair off the face (presuming, of course, you like the way the lace front looks). This lace front looks pretty good right out of the box. I’d probably trim the lace back just a tad, but you can see that it looks pretty natural, even with a bit of my bio hair stuck in it (oops).

Lace Front Wig Bangs Pulled Back

I love the roots on this wig! Having a darker appearance on top allows me to wear my bio hair out underneath the wig, too.

This Ellen Wille Code Mono wig review wouldn’t be complete without a photo in natural light.

Ellen Wille Code Mono Wig Outdoors

It looks a little more beigy-neutral outside and a bit warmer inside my house.

So am I going full-on blonde?

Let’s not go crazy. This was really just for fun and to let my husband enjoy the wig-wearing experience, too. He loved it.


For now, I’m enjoying wearing this wig around the house at night when I want to give my head a break from my topper’s clips.

Who knows, though, maybe someday I’ll go blonde. I really wish I was “out” with hair-wearing so that I could switch up my look every day. It would be fun to try a new look whenever I’d like to.

What do you think? Let me know what you think of this lighter color!

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I Have Never Seen a More Gorgeous Color Than This…

A few months ago, I was on the (never-ending) hunt trying to find the best mid-brown shade. I was wearing my Noriko Milan in Marble Brown, but such as with most things in life, we always think the grass could be greener, right?

You may recall my somewhat massive collection of brown hair pieces. I myself wonder why I just can’t get past this brown thing.

I reached out to Kathy at Gallery of Wigs to see if she had any suggestions based on my natural hair color – she said that Marble Brown was probably my closest match, BUT, if I found any other Noriko colors I liked I could get the Milan custom-made into that color.

I had a “what’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” moment as I thought about what she was saying. And then I got excited. I wasn’t limited to 15 or 16 colors…I could have my choice of a few dozen!


I immediately zeroed in on the color Almond Rocka-R (the “R” stands for Rooted) in the Kenzie by Noriko. It’s funny I was drawn to this color, since the color swatch I saw online contains a bit of reddish tones. Any images I could find on the web, however, featured the most *gorgeous* brown color I had ever seen in my life. Even though I have a huge disdain for red, I ordered it.

And it came.

And I fell in love. LOVE, people.

kenzie wig by noriko

It is THE perfect medium brown shade, with both hints of red and ash-blond highlights. I think the ashy blond color really offsets the red, making this color super-wearable on me. Typically, anything red makes me look incredibly pale, but this color WORKS. It looks like a normal color from afar, but when you get close you realize how complex of a color palette it is. It’s so unique yet completely believable.

One note: I had to adjust the part a bit when it came, so the top is a bit poofy (wetting it down would cure that).

Let’s see this color up close, shall we?

kenzie wig almond rocka


You guys, normally I’d do a wig review for you, too, but I was so enamored with the color that I threw Kenzie back in the box so I could return her and apply the money to my custom Milan topper. So, I’m sad to say that I don’t have much to say about the Noriko Kenzie wig, other than she was extremely comfortable and the style was really fun. She was a bit short on me, or else I might have kept her.

(It’s funny, looking at this piece, now, I kind of want her again…this Noriko Kenzie wig may be in my future, after all.)

I contacted Kathy immediately and she looked into what we could do about a custom order. I learned that the manufacturer would absolutely do it, but the charge was slightly higher (maybe $30ish or so more) and I had to order a minimum of three pieces.

Done. Ordered.

It took 10 weeks for me to get them, which was slightly ahead of schedule. Kathy mentioned it could take roughly 12 weeks. And…I am wearing one as we speak.

More to come on this new piece o’ mine. But, hey, yay for more hair options than we thought!

What do you guys think of this color? Is anyone else as in love with it as I am?

More Realistic Hair in 3 Minutes Flat

To make a synthetic hair topper look realistic (synthetic wigs, too), I think it’s important to have some roots showing. This isn’t as much of an issue with all-one-color hair, in my opinion, but for some reason highlighted colors tend to look better when you add roots into them…at least, for me. So, I took the bull by the horns and learned how to add roots to synthetic hair.

I must say, I LOVE the result.

I posted awhile back about how I like to add dark roots to helper hair, and today, I’m going to show you a video I made about it.

I’m camera challenged, so I took the dang video the wrong way — look past that, eh?

I use Physician Formula Eye Definer Felt Tip Eye Marker in Black; I think it was $7 or $8 at the drugstore. I like this one because the tip is multi-use. You can use the very end of it for a fine line, or, you can hold it on its side to get a wider line.

When adding dark roots to synthetic wigs or toppers, the trick is to be super-imprecise. Why? Because that’s how your own roots grow (rarely do you get a rigid dark line growing out of your scalp a few weeks after you get your hair done. Rather, the hair grows at slightly different rates resulting in natural unevenness).

Another tip is to draw the roots slightly longer towards the back of synthetic hair. I read that tip somewhere once before, and I don’t know why it works, but it does!

Once you do a quick sweep like I did in the video, you can use the point of the marker to get as close to the scalp as possible. Be sure to look at the rooting area from all angles; whereas the “finished result” looked pretty good to me, watching it back in the video, I can see a few areas where I could’ve gotten the color a bit closer to the scalp.

I hope that helps show you how to add roots to synthetic hair. It’s so easy to do, and you can even practice by doing the side that you don’t part on first (or, underneath the top layers).

This technique is definitely one that I use on all of my highlighted brown synthetic toppers. I think it helps to add a bit more realism to them, which makes me feel more confident.

And that’s a win.