Why did I decide to check out the Noriko Milan? (Note, this post has been updated from the original, which was a few years old.)
I’m pregnant and knew that the post-partum shed was in my future, which would devastate my hair (even further!).
So, I decided to be proactive and research my topper options sooner rather than later. My plan is to go back to work after my maternity leave with fabulous new hair (and I’m hoping since I will have taken a few months off no one will notice!).
Synthetic or Human Hair Topper: Which is Best?
I’m not at the point where I can truly answer that (update: I did a post on this, check out my comparison on synthetic vs. human hair), but here is my thinking: I wanted something relatively inexpensive so that I could test out the whole thing. I needed to know if this solution would work for me. What if I hated it? What if I couldn’t find a decent color to match my hair?
These and tons of other questions were floating through my mind.
We all know what human hair is, but synthetic hair is also incredibly realistic-looking these days. It won’t feel the same, however…it’s generally coarser/thicker (depending on the human hair you are comparing it to, of course) and doesn’t necessarily “act” like human hair. It has memory, which means that even in humid/rainy/gross weather, you can have a good hair day! Even in the good ol’ days, my hair always flopped in any type of humidity, so that was a perk for me.
The major advantage to trying this Noriko Milan synthetic piece first is that they are relatively inexpensive. The Noriko Milan piece I chose (color: Marble Brown) was super-affordable. This would allow me the freedom to try the topper without making a huge commitment.
Enter the Noriko Milan, my Synthetic Topper
So, what do you think of the Milan topper (or at least, what do you think of it on me)?
It’s kind of just plopped on my head with no fiddling with it so it’s not the best picture. You can see some updated photos of her all around my blog, though – even off to the left you can see her in all her glory. See my blue blouse? Yes, that’s her!
Woah, Nelly, that’s a close-up (and do you like my bra strap hanging out? Classy). Yikes. But it’s good for you all to see the piece. The Noriko Milan (color: Marble Brown) was an obvious choice to me for a few reasons:
1) It’s inexpensive
2) The Noriko Milan comes in a ton of awesome colors. REALISTIC colors. Colors with highlights and lowlights!
3) It just about matched my own hair length (14″), so I wouldn’t have to worry about getting it cut (although many women get their pieces cut at salons, or even do it themselves!).
4) It has a monofilament top. I know, a what? Basically, it has a realistic part-line and it can be parted in any direction…right, left, center, whatever!
This synthetic topper clips right onto the top of you head; I think it has five clips. Two at the temple area and three along the back. Many women say they sewed/glued in an extra clip (you can get cheap clips on eBay or other places online…probably Sally’s, too) at the very front to help keep the piece secure. I found that this stays pretty secure without the extra clip, but the more clips at the top, the flatter it will lay on your head.
Update: I finally did a video review of Milan. It’s about time, right? Check it out here:
How Do You Wear The Noriko Milan (or Any Topper?
This can take some practice. I know several ladies who wear this topper, and alot of them will put it right at their natural hairline, covering all of their hair.
What I prefer to do is keep a tiny bit of my own frontal hair out and blend that back into the topper. You can see these front pieces in the picture, but hopefully it’s not that noticeable because of the highlights/lowlights this topper has. My own hair is a bit darker, but I think it blends well since the color on this topper is very realistic.
Maybe someday I will post a video (update: my “how I integrate my bio hair with my topper” video is now up!), but what I do to put it on is basically flip it onto my own hair, and then press it down while I secure the clips. The topper clips are just pressure-clips that you flip up or down to secure the topper to your head. It’s pretty easy. If you clip it too far down or over or whatever, you simply re-clip it. If for some reason it shifts a bit during wear, it’s very easy to re-clip.
The Noriko Milan is a very wearable style that closely matches how I typically wear my hair (but, ya know, better)…and because it’s synthetic you don’t need any hair products to keep it in place. I sometimes spritz a bit of hairspray right where I’ve integrated my own hair to help keep it where I want it, but it’s not necessary.
Some More Noriko Milan Pics
Here it is from the side:
And also from the back:
At the time this photo was taken (fresh out of the box, no alternations), the topper was about one to two inches longer than my own length; you can see my own shorter bits underneath. I don’t think it’s noticeable, though, do you?
That’s it for now! I’ll have more to blog about this topper and other toppers I’ve been looking at soon, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek at what I think is a great synthetic option for those thinking about toppers.
Would love to hear your thoughts!
Check out my other post about the Noriko Milan in the color Almond Rocka-R, complete with before and after pics!
Another good post option would be about this same topper (different color, though) after she’s been washed and messed with – so natural looking!