More Realistic Hair in 3 Minutes Flat

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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.

9 thoughts on “More Realistic Hair in 3 Minutes Flat”

  1. On the Jon Renau 10h16 (my favorite color) which color copic marker do you use? Also, on the top style do you pluck the part?? I wear the top style too 😃. Thank you for all of your awesome posts.

  2. Have you ever tried adding roots with a root touch up/ cover up spray? I read that somewhere, did that and i think it went quite well (also synthetic piece). Not tried your method so far. Do you think using eyeliner looks more realistic or lasts longer?

    • Sorry I missed this comment! No, haven’t tried with a spray – the spray can’t be directed very easily so I find it easiest to control with eyeliner or a marker. I actually think the eyeliner lasts longer.


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