I’m pregnant (and hot, and bloated, and…) and knew that the post-partum shed was in my future, which would devastate my hair (even further!).
So, I decided to be proactive and research my topper options sooner rather than later. My plan is to go back to work after my maternity leave with fabulous new hair (and I’m hoping since I will have taken a few months off no one will notice!).
Synthetic or Human Hair Topper: Which is Best?
I’m not at the point where I can truly answer that (update: I did a post on this, check out my comparison on synthetic vs. human hair), but here is my thinking: I wanted something relatively inexpensive so that I could test out the whole thing. I needed to know if this hair topper solution would work for me.
What if I hated it?
What if I couldn’t find a decent color to match my hair?
These and tons of other questions were floating through my mind.
It has memory, which means that even in humid/rainy/gross weather, you can have a good hair day! Even in the good ol’ days, my hair always flopped in any type of humidity, so that was a perk for me.
This would allow me the freedom to try the topper without making a huge commitment.
Enter the Noriko Milan, my Synthetic Topper
So, what do you think of the Milan topper (or at least, what do you think of it on me)?
It’s kind of just plopped on my head with no fiddling with it so it’s not the best picture.
(Reader “Bumblebee” agrees with this. Even though I made clear that it’s right out of the box. I always enjoy coming back to those comments below. Haha!)
Also, important question: Do you like my bra strap hanging out? #classfordays
The Noriko Milan was an obvious choice to me for a few reasons:
The Noriko Milan comes in a ton of awesome colors. REALISTIC colors. Colors with highlights and lowlights!
It just about matched my own hair length (14″ – it actually was a bit longer), so I wouldn’t have to worry about getting it cut.
It has a monofilament top, meaning, it has a realistic scalp and it can be parted in any direction…right, left, center, whatever!
This synthetic topper clips right onto the top of you head with five clips. Two at the temple area and three along the sides and back.
Many women say they sewed/glued in an extra clip at the very front to help keep the piece secure (Update: I actually took to using a heavy-duty hair gel to “glue” the piece to my head).
I found that this stays pretty secure without the extra clip, but the more clips at the top, the flatter it will lay on your head.
Note: I finally did a video review of Milan.
It’s about time, right? Check it out here (this lighting was amazing and I can never replicate it, grr…):
How Do You Wear The Noriko Milan (or Any Topper?)
This can take some practice. I know several ladies who wear this topper, and many of them will put it right at their natural hairline, covering all of their hair.
What I prefer to do is keep a tiny bit of my own frontal hair out and blend that back into the topper. You can see this in the video.
My own hair is a bit darker, but I think it blends well since the color on this topper is very realistic.
Maybe someday I will post a video (update: my “how I integrate my bio hair with my topper” video is now up!), but what I do to put it on is basically flip it onto my own hair, and then press it down while I secure the clips.
The Noriko Milan is a very wearable style that closely matches how I typically wear my hair (but, ya know, better)…and because it’s synthetic you don’t need any hair products to keep it in place.
I sometimes spritz a bit of hairspray right where I’ve integrated my own hair to help keep it where I want it, but it’s not necessary.
Some More Noriko Milan Pics
Check out these photos to get a good idea of what the color Marble Brown looks like in natural light. Remember, this is right out of the box. Here it is from the side:
And also from the back:
At the time this photo was taken (fresh out of the box, no alterations), the topper was about one to two inches longer than my own length; you can see my own shorter bits underneath.
Would love to hear your thoughts!
Here’s a sneak peek from that post:
Is Milan not gorgeous?!
P.S. Want to check out Noriko Milan, live and in-person? Corner of Hope & Mane private Community members can try-on hair toppers at home. Read more about this and see what pieces are available on the Try Hair page.