My Favorite Post This Year + Your Holiday Hair Care Must-Haves

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I always like to look back on the past year at my posts to see how much has changed. Of course, no year was more different than 2013 when I started to wear hair, but each year usually brings some changes.

This year, my hair changed color and grew six inches.

Not too much different than one might expect with their bio hair, right?

Earlier this year, I was wearing Noriko Milan in Almond Rocka-R, so one of my favorite posts is the one in which I talk all about my current synthetic obsession, Top Secret. You’ve heard me talk about this piece to the point where I’m sure you are all rolling your eyes, so I’ll just leave you with a few thoughts since I still get lots of questions via email about her. Maybe this will help if you’re on the fence.

Top Secret in Three Thoughts

1) She’s probably not for hair newbies as she has a LOT of hair (but people have different preferences)

2) She comes in the most gorgeous, believable colors I’ve seen. I’ve seen lots of different ladies wearing her in the Community, and I can’t think of one color that looks like something you wouldn’t find in nature. Or crafted in the salon. 🙂

3) Even though she has a large base and a lot of hair, she’s still able to be worn up. I love her for this with all of my heart, and this reason alone puts her well ahead of Milan, in my opinion.

I do have to say…as much as I love my Top Secret, I’ve been wearing my newest Tressmerize topper a bit, too. I recently posted about her and did a fun giveaway to one lucky gal (yeah Elizabeth!), and have been giving her a proper whirl on the weekends where I wash my everyday piece.

I have to say, I’m finding myself loving this piece more and more. She washes up extremely well, has the most gorgeous beachy waves when air-dried, and is REALLY. DAMN. AFFORDABLE. At less than $300, she’s cheaper than some synthetic wigs.

My only qualm about her is the piece I currently have as quite a bit shorter than my bio hair, but Tressemerize is coming out with an 18″ version soon (I think it’s currently available in 18″ in select colors), so I’m pretty psyched!

Until then, I’ll mainly use this piece for updos, which is fine with me! Check out my latest post on Tressmerize and be sure to take advantage of the CH&M discount.

So, hmm, that was two posts that I just talked about. Meant to keep it at one but I kind of rambled. 🙂

One other thing I wanted to talk about when you are doing your holiday shopping: it’s truly worth it to invest in your hair care. None of the products I use are wildly expensive, but they do cost a few bucks a year.

My current piece is going on 8 months and is still going pretty strong. I had my doubts, but I do feel I can make it to a year with her – not bad for a $180 piece, right?

If you had to buy just three products/tools to help extend the life of your synthetic hair, here’s what I would get:

My Top Three Products for Synthetic Hair

1) Silicon Bambu Mix – I wrote a post about this hair hydrating product earlier this year. It’s truly a miracle product that has helped SO MANY ladies! It’s right around $12, and is great for both synthetic AND human hair.

2) Helen of Troy Hot Air Brush – this is just over $20, but you buy it once and that’s it! I use the 1.5″ barrel but it comes in several sizes. Barrel size is important when you are using it to create a curl, but in terms of keeping synthetic hair soft and frizz-free (that’s my post about this tool), you’re just using it like a comb or brush and not a curling iron. So, any barrel size will be ok, because the point is to direct low-level heat on your hair while combing through.

3) Hair U Wear Leave-in (the purple-labeled bottle). I’ve only gotten this on Amazon, but it’s very hit or miss when they carry it. My local wig shop, which is 30 minutes away, also carries it. Voguewigs.com carries it for around $16, so next time I make a purchase from there I’ll have to add a bottle or two.

Aside from the hot air brush, you really can have great-looking synthetic hair for about $55 a year in hair care products (2 tubs of Silicon Bambu + 2 bottles of leave-in) – totally worth it!

These are especially awesome this time of year, when many of us have their hair going from a heated car to frigid temps, and have added friction from wearing hats and heavy sweaters (which can cause you hair to frizz). All of these products help to combat these less-than-desired, seasonal annoyances.

So, amidst the crazy holiday spending that most of us (right or wrong) partake in, invest a bit in your hair. The better your hair looks, the more confident you’ll feel.

I hope you all have a relaxing and happy holiday season spent with friends & family…or spent however the heck you want. I’ve enjoyed this past year with you, and look forward to our hair adventures ahead!

8 thoughts on “My Favorite Post This Year + Your Holiday Hair Care Must-Haves”

  1. Thanks for this! Do you use the Jon Renau shampoo/conditioner/detangler for regular washing or something else that you like?

    I bought the JR products because I’m so new to this and didn’t want to damage the piece. But any tips?

    Happy New Year!

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    • I use any old shampoo for washing, and apple cider vinegar rinse to soften, then Silicon Bambu for a deep conditioner. Then I follow up with Hair U Wear leave-in. 🙂 You can’t really damage it, promise!

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  2. Thank you Lauren! You have changed my life! The day I found your blog was the day I gained my confidence back and bought my firsttopper.! My go to peace is top notch by John Renau. I now own 3! Thank you for all you do to help us out. Oh, and by the way, I bought myself the heated hairbrush for Christmas Merry Christmas to you and your entire family. Here’s to new fun hair in the new year!

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  3. Lauren, I just have to say thank YOU for all your words of wisdom you have passed on and for caring enough about the community of hair distressed people looking for answers. You truly have a heart of kindness and generosity to share about the issues you have faced and the products that have been helpful for you. My wish for you is that major blessings of your greatest needs/wishes flow your way this season and in to 2017. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

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  4. HI I ENJOY YOUR POST , DO U KNOW WHERE I CAN GET A TOPPER THAT IS LONG THEN 18 INCH ? MY OWN HAIR IS 26 INCH LONG BUT THIN ON TOP. I WILL NOT CUT IT OFF FOR A TOPPER. SEEM LIKE THERE ALL 18 INCH OR SHORTER. I HATE WIGS AND SUMMER ITS SO HOT. THERE ALSO HARD TO MAKE THEM LOOK REAL, UNLESS U PAY AND ARM AND LEG . THEN THEY DO NOT LAST VERY LONG AT ALL, OR KEEP A CURL MOST ARE STRAIGHT. ANY INFO SURE WOULD HELP. OH I LIVE IN A VERY SMALL TOWN AND HAVE NOT FOUND ANY WHERE TO TRY ON ANY WIGS. LOL

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    • Tin, you’ll need to go custom for that length. Most will go up to 18″ and some to 20″ but it’s worth a call just to ask any of them how much each additional inch will be. Most can accommodate, it’s just not advertised.

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