Make a Topper Smaller (Yes, Do It!)

Did you know that you can make a topper smaller?

So many of you have written in to tell me that you love the Milan that I wear, but it’s simply too much hair for you. Or, the base is too big for your level of hair loss.

Ladies, don’t let ANYthing stop you when it comes to getting the hair you want. There is virtually a trick or hack for everything out there.

If you love the Milan as much as I do but have been hesitating due to her size or density, now’s the time to rethink how you look at toppers.

For me, I wanted to make her a bit smaller so that I could do a ponytail/updo easier. What better way to make use of an older piece?

Get a pair of scissors, some thread, and an upholstery needle or Superglue and you’re good to go!

Make a Topper Smaller: Before Pic

Here’s my trusty ol’ Milan (color: Almond Rocka-R) at her full-size. She’s a larger piece at about 8″ by 9″, with a length of 12″.

She completely covers my worst areas and the clips hit me in places that “make sense” for me (although if I don’t rotate them the clips can cause bald spots).

noriko milan base

How to Make a Topper Smaller: The Process

Since the hair beyond the mono top is wefted, it’s easy to cut away excess hair as it’s all attached in rows. Simply snip right outside where the first clip is. You’ll need to cut out the front two clips (but save them as we’ll be reattaching!). In this photo, I’ve cut only the outside knot so that I could start cutting down the piece—I cut the front clips out later.

cutting off wefts

Now, cut a little further.

separating topper wefts

Keep cutting all the way around the piece. I follow the weft all the way around and it gets a bit wider than what the initial cut starts at, but not by much.

making a topper smaller

Here’s the finished result. You can see she’s considerably smaller!

smaller noriko milan

This shows you exactly what I cut off. It definitely makes a difference when it comes to density. One thing to note: you are essentially removing the bottom-most layer of the piece, which means, the longest part. The Milan is 12″ and removing this part of the topper makes the overall piece about 10″ when all is said and done.

This is fine for me as I’m just using it to wear my hair up. My own hair is probably around 16-17″ now so there would be way too much of a difference for me to wear this altered piece down.

wefts removed from topper

Make a Topper Smaller: End Result

And here’s me with my brand-new (kind of) topper in my desired updo.

No bulk! Perfect density!

noriko milan updo

I did resew the front-right clip, but then I got lazy and Superglued the remaining clips straight on the piece. A bit lazy on my part and I’ll probably have to re-glue them at some point, but I’m ok with that.

I’ve got kids. Nap time is only so long, ya know?

So if you’ve been holding out on Ms. Milan because she’s too large, now you have one fewer excuse!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this method! Any topper wearers out there going to give this method a try?

P.S. I know I owe a few of you emails. It has been a CRAZY two weeks. I quit my job, packed up my entire house and moved, and started a new job all within like two seconds. I’m exhausted, but more importantly, I was without Wifi for a period of time (rant: we waited at the house to get cable/Wifi installed last Saturday, and our window to wait was from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. 15 ridiculous hours! And the guy never showed up—can you believe it?!). But, I’m back, and will be replying to emails like normal over the next few days. Thanks for being patient!

30 thoughts on “Make a Topper Smaller (Yes, Do It!)”

  1. I have a wig I’d like to cut into a topper. I’m not making it too short, but don’t know how to cut round the ear tabs. Any advice?

  2. Just did one of my old toppers and I love it!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial, it gave me that little extra reassurance I was needing with the step by steps. Feel like the weight of the world is off my head ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I did it!! I received the topper in the mail yesterday and I could not wait to try it on. However, since I am totally new to wearing hair, it was way too much hair for me to handle. So, I pulled up your website and read the tutorial on how to trim a topper and it worked! I must admit, it was a bit of a nail biting experience since I was reluctant to cut and possibly permanently damage the piece. But, I followed your directions carefully and was very pleased with the end result! The Milan is beautiful, I love it! Yay!! Thank you, Lauren!
    ~Laurie

  4. I have been following your page for a while and bought this exact topper after reading your posts about it – I feel like you read my mind with this post!! The topper is gorgeous but it’s so much hair for me! I don’t want to lose any of the length, though.. Do you think it would work to thin the piece out with thinning shears? I am afraid to try because I don’t want to wreck a brand new piece! Thanks so much for all of your awesome and informative posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. You have my mind racing…I may just take a worn out wig and make a mini topper out of it to wear my hair up or into a pony tail. I just bought a new HH topper and I don’t want to damage it by wearing my hair up and a synthetic piece would be the way for me to go. What a great way to reprise those old pieces ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for the tip!#

  6. I’m so glad to see this! I’ve been so busy I haven’t visited for a while. I have some wigs I’ve been planning to make into toppers. This is so encouraging. I suppose I should take some before & after pics. The children are always worried when I take scissors to my hair pieces. We just never know what will happen for sure.. LOL Now that I’ve seen this though, I’m excited to try again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Lauren, thank you so much for taking the time out of your very busy life to do this! You are amazing! I’m about to purchase my first topper ever and based upon your blog and other reviews, I’ve decided on the Milan. There is a very good possibility that it might be too large for me as I’m only thinning on the very top at the crown and I still have hair. But my hair sucks, so maybe I’ll leave the topper as is! ๐Ÿ™‚ But it’s good to know that it can be trimmed and the tutorial with pics is so helpful! I am so grateful to your website and this blog, it has brought me much peace of mind knowing that I am not alone in this. 0:)

  8. Been meaning to share that I found an awesome stylist who works only with thinning hair and tried on several other toppers (and even got to test a wig!), but the most amazing thing is he thought the Milan was too long for me (I agreed) and he spent an hour cutting it so now it sits just above my shoulders and I love it! I had no idea it was possible to alter peices this much! Everyone should try it ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I follow your posts because I am sure one day I will be to the point of needing helper hair….not to the point quite yet….but I am blown away at how beautiful and completely natural your hair looks! You are taking the fear away for me and many others! And by the way…understand the frustration with cable companies! Oh….could tell stories!

  10. Thank you so much for your great website. Any ideas how to reduce bulk in a topper that has a monofilament top, no wefting? Thanks again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Wow what a crazy couple weeks! Are you stil in TX?
    I have the milan and i find it too thick to put up in a clip. It pulls and hurts, so this would be a great idea to be able to wear it up! I might give it a try when it’s time to buy a new one!

  12. You amaze me!! Super great idea! I have other toppers where the cap is a smaller size – one is like a mini-Mohawk, so they’re working for me now when I just use the banana clip for a casual up-do. You are brave and creative! Love all your helpful info for those of us who aren’t quite as courageous to experiment until we see you do it! LOL. Thanks, as always!

  13. I did this with a set of bangs that were super heavy and thick – I cut two layers out and they were perfect! (Then I realized that bangs are a terrible look for me, oops.)

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