Sassy Short Wig: Noriko Reese (Love!)

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I know there are plenty of women here who are interested in short wigs. Short wigs are often so swingy and sassy, but I haven’t tried any, myself.

What’s a girl to do when she wants to show you a short wig but doesn’t own it? Ask her friend to guest post, of course. My friend, Marisa, is rocking one of the cutest short wigs around: Noriko Reese in Chestnut.


Today’s post comes to you from Marisa of

Hi, Lauren’s Readers!

I’ve tried many different solutions for my hair issues. And even though I’m sure I’ll continue to do so, I’m not sure anything is as fun and easy as the “I-just-pulled-my-latest-style-out-of-a-box-and-I-want-to-go-out-now” kind of feeling you get when you order just the right hair-mail in the right color. That’s the kind of fabulous feeling you get when the Reese comes in the mail. (Not to mention the fabulous bang-for-your-buck!)

I got so many compliments and comments wearing Reese. You know how you always wonder if people are starting at the back of your head, wondering if your hair is real or not?

Some of the most surprising comments I got while wearing Reese were:

“Who cut your hair?”

“I’m so sick of my hair. I’d like to try your style.”

And my favorite:

“How long does your hair take you to style every morning?”

I was unprepared for the last question, so I said, “Um….not too long!” And I hoped I didn’t look as caught in the headlights as I felt.

Maybe I’ll try an expensive creme-de-la-creme hand-tied monofilament kind of wig next. I’d like to see how that feels and wears. But seriously, for under $100 (which is what I paid), you can’t beat this look.

I’m not sure how this would feel in the summer, but I’m loving wearing it in the winter. The only time I didn’t love it was when I was really sick and visiting family for the holidays at the same time. Lying down to rest brings questions to mind like, “Do you take a nap with or without the extra hair?”

“What if I’m lying on the couch, and it moves?” (I don’t really remember feeling that way about my other wigs. I slept in them sometimes, so I don’t know if this is just exceptionally bulky or if it was the combination of circumstances.)

“What if a family member walks into my room and sees me wig-less?”

Another interesting time was when my niece was playing with my hair. She’s only ten, and I don’t know what she thought but she didn’t say anything. I think I even felt her adjust the edge of the cap near my neck. Unusually tactful? Just thought it was an invisible headband? We’ll never know.

But aside from feeling sick (who wants to be around people while sick, anyway?), I find wearing it a really pleasant experience.


Here are some pros and cons:

Pros of Noriko Reese:

Price: you can’t get lower, can you?
Color selection: a lot of beautiful highlights in the color selection on Noriko.
Built-in-style: it’s a gorgeous short wig.
Length of fibers leads to longer wear and durability (shorts wigs don’t rub on your shoulders/back as often as longer wigs, meaning the fibers stay nicer, longer).

Cons of Noriko Reese:

Weight: with all the height and perma-tease—is this wig heavier than others or is it my imagination? A hair-wearing friend of mine called it a “tank.”
Lack of monofilament or mono-part top. This might not be a con for everyone. It just means that you don’t get the “human part” scalp see-through that some are looking for. But when this wig is teased the way it’s supposed to be and the way it is when new, you can’t really see the part anyway. I didn’t find this to be a big issue.

…Lauren, here. What do you guys think of Noriko Reese? I just love it, and Marisa can totally pull off this short style. I really wish I could cut bangs like this into my pieces. Hmmm…maybe a project for another day!

What do you guys think of Reese? Leave us a comment below and tell us all about it.

Before you do, check out the video Marisa made about this short wig—it shows off Reese beautifully! It almost makes me want to try short wigs, sometime!

marisaporterMarisa Porter is the gal behind In her own words:

“Nothing picks me up like pretty hair, a new eye shadow from Inglot, or just the right foundation. This is the other side of my life—where I balance out living in a geeky world of coding with pretty girly things.”

Be sure to check out her blog—she talks about alopecia/hair, too!

18 thoughts on “Sassy Short Wig: Noriko Reese (Love!)”

    • Hi Wanda! Not sure if she’s still monitoring comments so I don’t know if she’ll chime in (she has a new baby, too). You’d be able to wear this tucked behind your ears, but will probably find it most natural to keep a few pieces in front of the ear to help disguise the cap.

  1. It’s so comforting to see other young women wearing wigs and toppers. It just lets me know that I’m not alone in the world of hairloss. As a woman in my 30’s with extreme thinning hair, I finally started wearing a wig (Noriko by Berlin) about 6 weeks ago. Let me tell you, I have been rocking that thing like there is no tormorrow! (It needed a little adjusting to make it my own style and not grandma looking.)The confidence that I have now is great! It inspires me to get dressed up more, put on make up, wear earrings, and….gasp….paint my nails! I’m waiting for my new wig to arrive (Regan by Amore) and I can’t wait to see it. I really want something with a mono top so I don’t have to wear a headband to cover the permatease on Berlin. And I’ve already got my eye on Natasha by Noriko. Geez…I have a feeling I’m going to have a closet full of wigs soon! LOL!

  2. Very cute! Although I’ve been doomed to having short hair for the latter half of my life due to it being so thin. When it would get passed my shoulders it would look awful and scraggly. So I’m ready to rock some long hair! I don’t know if this style would be for me but It’s fun to see what’s out there. Sometimes I think I would like a longer angled bob. I’m one of those people that plan to mix it up with my hairpieces 🙂

  3. Wow, that wig looks so natural! I wish I could pull off hair that short but I think you need certain facial features for that which I just don’t have. :/ Maybe I’ll give it a shot when I’m older though, it’s very sophisticated.

  4. It looks wonderful! I love it! I really want a topper but I have very curly hair and it’s difficult to find something that matches what I have left. Sigh….I am so happy to read that many of you have found successes with them, though!

      • I love the short wig and Marisa did a great job of describing the wig and how to wear it. I would like to comment about the human hair wig. When my hair loss first became noticeable I decided to go to a place similar to Hair Club, in Denver. He suggested a human hair topper only it was long. For one thing it cost me over a thousand dollars and of course I wanted it to look as natural as possible and it did. But it got really dry no matter how well I took care of it. So, the in the long run human hair does not last as long as synthetic and there is a lot of upkeep to it, in my opinion.

        I also have a question:
        Has anyone ever tried Keranique and had any luck with this product?


        • Wow, do you still have it? I know of some products that are SWORN BY to reduce dryness. Let me know if you are interesting and I’ll track the product names down.


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