It’s so true.
Even though I’ve been wearing hair for years, I STILL dread the very first day with a new piece.
I’ve had one ready to go for about three weeks now (my Top Secret replacement, but of course!). But I’ve been putting it off, instead opting to wear my “updo” piece every day (which is Top Secret, but of course! Ha.).
I generally don’t do much to pieces right out of the box. With my Top Secret, I actually do next to nothing.
Wet down the front and re-part.
For me, it makes the most sense to wear the piece for a few days so I can determine what, if anything, needs to be done with it.
So that means a few days where a piece might be a little too thick in some areas and a little flippy on the bottom.
Here’s what my new hair topper looks like today, on Day 1:
To be fair, I must point out that I do curl my bio hair–I think it helps it to blend with my shorter topper.
I usually curl the hair, then spray the hair to the high heavens with hair spray and leave it to “set” until I get to work.
Then, I use my Tangle Teezer or a pik to brush through my hair. This softens the curl to a slight wave and helps to integrate my bio hair and the hair topper all together.
This particular shot above is pre-brushing, so the curl is more of a true curl, BUT, I do think you can easily see the flippy ends that the piece currently has.
Those will tame in just a few days (and a quick shot with the hair dryer on low will take care of them even faster), but for now they are kind of all over the place.
Here’s a pic of the hair post-brushing. You can see it looks a lot better, especially on the ends. Also, this is horrible office lighting, which I believe everyone should see because I know you may deal with bad office lighting, too!
What I’m going to do to this piece is slightly thin the hair on the right side of my face. Right now, it hangs just a bit heavy (I feel that on me, the three inches at the hairline around the temple on my right side is where the realism game is 100% won), but a few snips with the thinning shears will take care of it.
I’ll also tamp down a little of the poofiness at the crown on my left side. I’ll flip the top layer of hair over and aim a hair dryer (on low) at the hair underneath to help smooth everything out and lessen the effects of the permatease.
And then, she’ll be perfect for a good long time.
As she starts to break down (so sad!), I’ll have another piece on standby (I always do!) and the dread will creep back in.
But I know it’ll be ok–I’ll have to refer to this post to remind myself of that.
Luckily, she should last me at least 7-8 months before I demote her to “updo” status. 🙂
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What about you? How do you feel about wearing your topper/wig/hair on its first day?