At long last, here is part two of my overview on the first synthetic topper I tried, the Noriko Milan. I purchased this online at Gallery of Wigs; it’s been really fun to experiment with and was pretty cheap at less than $150, including shipping.
I wanted to delve deeper into this topper so you understand more about it. First, the base (toppers have bases, whereas wigs have caps). This topper is considered a 3/4 piece, in that it has a bit more coverage than most toppers. The base of this is probably a bit larger than I actually need but I heard such great things about the color choices and hair quality of this piece that I still chose it for my first topper for hair loss. The base measures 8.5″ (side to side) by 9″ (front to back) so the coverage is very generous. It has five pressure-sensitive clips that you just flip with your fingers to get them to shut; very easy! Some has reported that they prefer a clip right in the center of the piece, however, I’ve been ok with the front clips flanking the temple area, as shown.
Check out those awesome highlights you see, even on the underside. Pretty, huh? The Noriko Milan as some of the most realistic highlights and lowlights, I think.
It always take a little (ok, a lot) of practice to get topper pieces to blend with the front of your hair; lots of ladies wear the Milan right at their hairline but I like to pull out a tiny bit of my own bio hair to help it blend. You can see my bio hair here as it’s a bit darker/ashier than the topper. The base of the topper actually blends pretty well into my own hair. If you need to blend the top into your hair or if you think the rim is too apparent, you can use some dark-colored eyeshadow–depending on your hair color, of course–or some Toppik to help it blend.
If you DO have a bit of front bio hair to use, you can twist it back to help blend the hair together. This works for me to help blend the color a bit better, too! I probably could’ve used a bit of my Toppik or another hair fiber to fill in the front part of my own hair a little, but I think it looks ok. 🙂 Here you also get a glimpse of the part. It’s a monofilament top, so the scalp of this resembles lace so it does look like your own hair is growing out of the scalp. It’s not going to as realistic as a silk-top topper (more on that to come), but it’s really not too bad. I was paranoid about it at first, but I’ve now been wearing hair full-time for six weeks and no one has ever noticed a thing. With a monofilament top, the part area has to be worn over your natural part so that your own scalp shows through the topper. Obviously, this isn’t a problem if you have severe hair loss on top. Some have reported success by using a light-colored fabric underneath the part if you can’t get it to quite match up to your own, natural part. Folding up some pantyhose, for example, seems to work. For me, it’s easy enough to match it up to my existing part. Since I’m not wearing concealers under my toppers, my part is extra-wide, which makes is easy. 🙂
And here she is worn down, which feels most natural to me. As you can see, it’s a pretty natural look, don’t you think? Well, it’s one thing to jump from thin (thinning!) hair to this so it’s not natural to me, but on any other “normal” person it would be perfectly fine. I do like the style of the Noriko Milan, I just wish the color more closely matched my own. I know you guys probably think I sound crazy because the color is beautiful, but, I’m trying to seamlessly start wearing hair, so I can’t have my friends & family knowing something is different!
Side note: I also adore the lovely bathroom lights in this picture. Whenever I take photos for posts it’s always a dance around the bathroom to try to figure out the best lighting, etc. Someday I’ll get better at it so I don’t have glaring bulbs behind my head.
There you have it. I’ll leave you with a lovely before and after shot of me in my topper. As you can probably guess, I’m not ever going back to not wearing hair. It just enhances my look and mood so much! Finding and wearing helper hair is such a roller coaster as it’s so hard to find the perfect piece. Even so, I’ve never been happier with my overall look. This was my first topper – I’ll have a few more to talk about, soon!
Be sure to see my first post reviewing the Noriko Milan – there are photos in outdoor light of this topper.
All of the photos on this post are pre-wash…check out what the Noriko Milan looks like after a wash!