Gulp! The “W” Word

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I know I won’t be in my toppers forever so I figured it was time I started getting used to the “W” word. You know it, right? A W-I-G. That’s right, a wig.

What do you think? Scary?

I decided to try a synthetic lace front wig for a few reasons. First, as you know, I love the convenience of synthetic hair. I like that I don’t have to style it, and I LOVE that it doesn’t fall flat in the humid weather that plagues 90% of the year where I live. Secondly, so many people I know recommend synthetic lace front wigs over non lace-fronts for their natural appearance. I’ve seen some incredible synthetic lace front wigs, particularly on blondes.

Why blondes, you ask?

Synthetic lace front wigs (as well as human hair) have just that in the front – a band of lace-like material that extends over your forehead to give the look that hair is growing out of your scalp. It’s ideal for off-the-forehead looks, in particular. It’s also really a must-have for those with extremely weak hairlines (check!) or those with total alopecia. The problem with some lace fronts, however, is that the hair is knotted (to secure it) just underneath that lace. In human hair wigs, that knot can be bleached so that you can’t see it underneath the lace. Synthetic hair, however, cannot be bleached…therefore the knot can be evident and look like a dot. This isn’t a problem, typically, with lighter hair (hence my comment about blondes) but it can be an issue with brown-and-darker hair colors. I was fairly concerned about this as I obviously want my hair pieces to be undetectable.

During my web travels, I fell in love with the Tobacco-Rooted color by Ellen Wille. EW is a European brand sold here in the States by Wigs.com. As soon as I found this color, I knew I had to have it. As luck would have it, the Mega Mono wig came in this color. I was sold.

Check out this gorgeous color!

Tobacco Rooted Ellen Wille Mega Mono Wig

Ok, great, so the color is to die for. But, how does it look on? I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how non-wiggy lace front synthetic wigs can look!

Synthetic Lace Front Wigs Ellen Wille

I’ll be blogging more about wig-specifics in the near future, but I’ll give you some of my initial thoughts about wearing a wig.

Synthetic Lace Front Wigs – My (Limited) Experience:

The first thing I notice while wearing it is that I am beyond hyper-sensitive to the fact that I am, well, wearing a wig. When I first started wearing my toppers, I remember being really aware of them on my head. I guess what I feel about wigs now is similar to what I felt back then and the feeling of “wearing something” will lessen with time. It really only took a few days to forget about my toppers, so maybe the same thing will happen when it comes to wigs. But, I’m not wearing wigs full-time, only experimenting. Until the day comes that I’m 100% committed to them, I’m probably always going to feel a bit out of sorts.

The other thing that takes getting us to is the fit of the wig. Some synthetic lace front wigs (all wigs, really) can be bought in smaller or larger cap sizes; mine only came in a standard size. I think it fits me fine (?) but it feels somewhat restricting to have something feel secure at both the forehead and the nape. That’s actually one of the nice things about having a lace front – it does feel nice and secure since the lace is a somewhat stretchy material. I don’t feel like it’s going to slip back (there are products to help with this that I’ll blog about soon, promise!) The nape area also has velcro fasteners that you can adjust for a more snug fit. I feel if they aren’t very tight the wig feels strange, and if I loosen them it feels strange as well. I’ll show you pics of this in my next blog post.

I can’t stress enough that I KNOW it’s because I am not used to wigs that it feels weird, and it’s discouraging to feel like that again (it’s been soooo long since I felt this way!). I know I have to keep practicing and playing until I feel more comfortable in wigs.

Regarding the lace front–my next post will be a detailed write-up about this wig in particular, so stay tuned. I’m not sure what I feel about lace fronts quite just yet. I can certainly see how lace fronts make for a more natural look, but there’s actually quite a learning curve when wearing them, in my opinion. The lace itself is about 3/4″ long, and definitely needs to be trimmed back for the most natural look. Don’t worry–they are meant to be cut back! But, if you cut too far back it can fray. If you get makeup on it, it can be more noticeable. If you pull on it too much, it can stretch. There are just lots of little nuances with lace that make it somewhat difficult to work with when you are first starting out. BUT, as with anything else when it comes to this hair-wearing journey, it will take time to figure out if lace front synthetic wigs work for me and in what capacity. Practice makes perfect!

I’ve only worn it a few times while running errands with my family. I’m always watching people’s eyes during interactions. I’m watching to see where they look–are they looking at my hairline? Are they looking at my hair just a little too closely? It’s kind of funny since these are the same questions I always wondered to myself before I started wearing toppers. I distinctly remember wondering, “are they look at my (weak) hairline?” Or, “are they looking at my scalp just a little too closely?”. It’s funny how it all comes full-circle, I guess.

I’ve never noticed anyone acting out of the ordinary, so I feel pretty comfortable that this synthetic lace front wig is just another hair piece I can add to my arsenal that is undetectable. I actually never expected a W-I-G to look this good. I have enough “hair knowledge” to know that wigs these days probably don’t look as wiggy as what the stigma dictates, but it was good to see that with my own two eyes.

So, what do you think? Does it look pretty natural?

I think I’ll definitely be trying other synthetic lace front wigs in the future as I need all the practice I can get.

23 thoughts on “Gulp! The “W” Word”

  1. I started wearing toppers a few years ago and was worried about the clips damaging my hair. They did cause some additional loss but my hair was getting thinner anyway. I just decided that what ever hair I have, it’s not good hair!! I think toppers are a good way to transition to wearing wigs. Then I got a lighter weight synthetic wig to wear at home to get used to it. The winter season is a good time to do this. You can go out with a hat over the wig or ear warmers, or a headband. I must stress that this process of accepting and getting used to wearing hair takes a long time-at least for me it did. I went through many up and down days, and periods of greiving again for my hair. I love how I look and feel with supplemental hair but have a hard time at night or when I get out of the shower. Sometimes the topper clips hurt and sometimes the wig is hot and feels tight even though it is the correct size. I know that I will get used to it eventually! This web site and others are so supportive and helpful! Actually, I’m kind of starting to enjoy doing wig research and wig shopping but it’s taken a long, long time. Hang in there everyone.

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  2. I think it looks great! I honestly can’t tell the difference between the pictures of your toppers vs this wig. You look gorgeous. If possible, I’d love to see some close-ups so I can get a better idea of how the lace integrates with the hairline! (Totally get it if you don’t want to focus on that, though.)

    I have thinning hair (PCOS/high androgens; started losing gobs of hair in the shower about five years ago), but not so thin that I *have* to mask my scalp yet. I do use dry shampoo to fake volume and thickness, plus my hair is so thin and fine that even a hint of heat or humidity basically drowns it in flat, limp dampness. (The thinning was more bearable when I still lived in a desert instead of a tropical rainforest.) Does adding a topper speed up hair loss, do you think? I’m just curious whether you’ve noticed the clips aggravating the hair it’s clipped to. I’d love to be able to feel like I have pretty hair again for the first time in five years, but not at the expense of speeding up hair loss and making it impossible to go without a topper. : )

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    • The weight lifted off your shoulders definitely negates any additional loss clips might provoke! Yes, the clips can cause some additional damage…I’ll have to do a post about it soon. But, one thing that I didn’t do that I should have – I should have sewn in extra clips around the perimeter so that I could either rotate the clips that I use so that one spot doesn’t get tugged on too much. OR, I should’ve worn all the additional clips to help spread the tension more evenly around my head. I don’t feel my topper at all when it’s on my head, but yes, there is some additional damage from the clips.

      And as for close-ups, those are coming. Stay tuned! 🙂

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  3. Wow, it looks so similar to your topper! The hairline is exactly in the same place 🙂

    I think a wig like that doesn’t pull your hair like a topper with clips. So why didn’t you start with those? Do you see advantage in topper over wig?

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  4. I think it looks great, very natural! Beautiful color. How do you think this brand runs, size wise? For synthetic wigs in general, Rene of Paris/Noriko run a little snug compared to other brands.

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    • I haven’t tried too many wigs yet, but I did try a Noriko for a brief, fleeting moment. As this one fits my head better, I’m assuming it could be due to the fit being every-so-slightly larger (the Noriko caused a bit of a bump in the back, perhaps by riding up?). This wig, as with all others, does have adjustable straps, as well.

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  5. I can only reiterate what the women before me have said… You look great!! This is definitely something that I’ve started thinking will become my reality soon enough. Super thankful that I have somebody that can show me the way. 🙂

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  6. You look fantastic! I would never know this was a wig from just looking at you if you did not tell us. I am so grateful that I found you and your website. It’s a blessing to have someone paving the way for me when I am struggling. Your posts seem to make everything seem less scary. Thank you for all that you do!

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  7. Such a timely post I was thinking about these just recently. Would love to see close up photos of the hairline and part. I have tan skin and dark hair and the ones I’ve tried on make me feel very self-conscious. You’re right, it may be just a matter of getting used to it, but would love to see the tips/tricks you come up with.

    Thanks!

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  8. Hi Lauren,

    it looks a great. I cannot see much different to the topper. It is really funny. I was also thinking to go for a wig when you added this post. So I have some questions. Are you wearing a wig cap under and how secure do you find it as I believe this wig does not get glued on?

    Thanks for your help.

    Kat

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    • You’re right, the wig doesn’t get glued on (can you imagine?). I don’t wear a wig cap, but rather put my hair either in a low pony or just leave it down in back (usually pony or a pin up pigtails – more on this later). I do have some tips/trick for making it feel more secure. Oh, if I only had more time in the day to write about them all–they are coming though, I promise. Stay tuned.

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