• HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    I hear you sister! (and love the answer, as it does belong to you, after all! ) Now you’ve got me really curious bc - in my quest for the ‘perfect’ colour - Ive been thinking about adding lowlights, too. Also, strawberry blonde is one colour I’ve never tried but would love to (hence wanting to buy inexpensive wigs just to try out colours) Guess I could do that in a shop but rather do it at home in private, as the longer I wear a wig, the more often I come to like it (if that makes sense?) Oh, I’d love to see some pics (even if it’s just a wig on a mannequin—or even in a private message..) You see, my very first wig was my only real extravagance...a Follea in Chai Latté. It’s gorgeous and will last forever—but I find myself really wanting a much thinner hairline than that. As well, now I see that blonde shade is just too warm for me. The roots are a longer dark smudge - which is nice - but I’d really like to ash it out somehow. The next HH wigs (not Follea!) are light ash blondes that still have nice contrasting roots...but they’re the ones I’d like to add some more lowlights to. I’m thinking if these few changes are made, then I’d be far more likely to wear them daily. Instead, I find myself going out more often in a wide boho headband or a tied scarf w/bio hair peeking out and maybe some hoop earrings..easy...but my husband asks why I don’t wear my hair pieces more, since I went to so much trouble to get them! Guess it’s like buying a house—you really have to live in it a while before deciding what you really like or need, huh? Anyways, the thermal heating bag is called a “Therm Pouch” and there’s another one out there that might be higher end (but always sold out!) The biggest problem I’m now finding is my very hard Florida water! I’m even avoiding washing my pieces much bc of it—and so would appreciate ANY suggestions on how to avoid mineral build-up (eg) looking for a good faucet filter to use only on my faux hair...not sure if I can trust different company claims, tho??
  • HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    I really do appreciate learning new tips like this—all great ideas! This is a repeat but with my longer HH wigs I lay them out on a silk-like fabric (all combed and dry) then fold the wig cap from ear to ear and roll all the hair up to carefully tuck it inside the cap (along w/a hunk of tissue paper also inside to help keep the cap shape) — et voilà!! - I, too, end up w/lovely soft curls that seem to last and last (esp if I leave it all in a heavy duty freezer bag for storage) Altho, now I really look forward to trying your method for wigs that I plan to use again soon (altho I have to get really creative about keeping the cats from thinking any hairpiece is something to be stalked...and then killed!!:scream: :)) (ps) do you ever use a thermal heating bag to condition your HH wigs? It seems like a wonderful and easy way to deep conditioning a piece (while just making sure not to let conditioner get too near the knots, right?) Regarding synthetic wigs, the complaints I sometimes hear about fibres is concerning—so it was really nice to hear about yours. Do you have to ever use a steamer to restore them, then? (like id even know what to do w/it, tho..Hah!!)
  • So excited to be a new member!
    Hello Larry! Firstly, please forgive me for such a late reply to your very warm welcome. It does mean a great deal, tho, as my husband has recently faced a cascade of medical challenges. These have resulted in a roller coaster of emotions that—depending on any given day (or even moment!) either find me embracing new experiences (incl this lovely forum) enthusiastically—or feeling rather impotent and at the mercy of Providence. Of course, as long as faith remains strong, “Providence” can actually be a wonderful source of mercy, as well! :))
  • HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    (Ps: I’m still trying to figure out how to “like” or is it “heart” a person’s post??)
  • HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    I’d certainly love to run one by you once I finally choose. In fact, I’m also thinking of looking thru that sister site of wigs.com to get some really inexpensive ones - just to check out the best colours for my particular complexion. Kind of like a colour swatch—that you can actually try on! :)) Hubby liked the darker brown wig in my pics but I‘m beginning to think ash blonde may be more realistic for me at this point (even tho I haven’t been blonde since I was around 6 or 7 yrs old!) Hmm...the Jackson wig, huh? Very very pretty, indeed! I just wish more ppl would post some pics as I hear company stock photos can sometimes do the wigs a real injustice (maybe post on the private site?) Anyways, I‘m thinking your predictions about HH will ultimately be correct—and I do love your idea about using a drawer to dry your wig, while retaining curl! I’ll also try to find a couple of old videos that show great and easy ways to dry HH wigs w/either a resulting root lift (and w/beach waves or not), or how to naturally dry them w/a slick part and straight flat hair. Very simple techniques. Oh, do I ever love playing w/faux hair and I so understand your attitude, as well...so off I go to look up some more!!
  • HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    Finally have an opportunity to respond—but hoping my exhaustion doesn’t just sound:confused: Firstly, I’m sorry you lost your artistic hair friend, as she surely had a talent for enhancing one’s self-confidence, as well! Altho I’m still determined to give synthetic pieces a chance (for all the advantages I’ve heard about) I have also had the very same positive experience w/HH as you (eg) my HH pieces don’t ever tangle, mat nor frizz. I believe we’ve been fortunate enough to purchase Rémy hair that apparently possessed intact cuticles, all flowing in the same direction:love: I‘m supposing it was either harvested or cut from the same donor (unless there are other high tech ways to ensure this same result) Please note : wherever possible, I also enquire about hair being sourced ethically, as I’ve heard dreadful stories about some disreputable vendors:angry: As well, I at least attempt to find hair that is either virgin or minimally processed. Of course - now that I‘m leaning towards the lighter ash colours - it would be prohibitively expensive to source all naturally blonde hair, so I accept that these much lighter colours are not expected to last as long as the darker ones. However, w/proper care, they still easily last for years and - if necessary - can also be restored to theor original colour w/purple shampoos, etc. Properly sourced HH lends itself very well to recolouring or even perming. Unfortunately, disreputable vendors that push overly processed and siliconed hair, only contribute to the notion of HH not holding its style—or even looking a total mess after just one or two washings...grrrrr...simply not true w/a reputable piece. **This also does not have to be costly, either—just requires a bit of vetting first... In fact, I’m sure the moderators of this very site are more than willing to answer any questions about their own Rémy hair pieces (that may very well be on sale, too!!) Btw, Sunset, I, too, own a set of decades old (wavy) clip-in hair extensions in just a magnificent chocolate brown colour — that both look and behave as tho they’re absolutely new — so thanks ever so much for your vote of confidence (even tho I still remain “synthetic curious”:wink:)
  • Extra Large Wigs for Women
    Hello Faye! A quick look round shows how challenging it might be to find a 25” lrg cap wig—esp, then, to enjoy much choice. However, that would just make me more determined...and inquiring on hair loss forums is a great idea! Another thought, tho, might be Etsy. I spent a while searching there myself initially and found there seemed to be several popular wig makers. Perhaps you could find one you like and then scroll thru their reviews (hopefully one of the more favored ones) then contact them w/your own particular needs. If good, they’ll want very detailed measurements and also be upfront about price. Many offer either HH or synthetic choices (some even a combo thereof) and I’ve seen prices run the gamut from very affordable to more pricey, as well. I actually ordered a custom piece once—but the woman encountered a personal family tragedy before completion. As a result she offered several options to make things right for me. Unfortunately, I wasn’t in a position to wait—but will never forget how professionally she handled the situation. Hopefully, this helps in some small way and I certainly wish you the very best of luck in your search!
  • HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    @Sunset Oh, thanks so much for your detailed response! I’m presently working on my own for you—while (lovingly) tending to my newly discharged husband. Btw, also wishing to post an aside to all the amazing nurses and doctors on this forum, as they have the distinctly awesome responsibility of keeping multiple patients healthy and happy at the same time...esp during this very difficult time!:hearts:
  • So excited to be a new member!
    @animallover : You cannot imagine how much your prayers are appreciated at this time, as he has somehow developed another devastating post-op complication :(( However, also has finally begun responding to aggressive treatment—and so we’re all very hopeful he can overcome resulting deficits. Once more, this lovely forum has added a much needed diversion, so I thank you all right back! Btw, if anyone wondered why I posted silly pics of the kitties in response to that other thread, it was just my way of stayIng as positive as possible—since I’m a huge believer in the healing power of laughter! (wishing I could learn to post hearts and curved arrows for you lovely ppl, too)
  • Nervous about wearing my first wig
    @baldie93 Please listen to @Tav, as if ppl are actually known to walk across parking lots to compliment her on her hair, then she’s doing something really right!! In fact, I now don’t even care if my hair loss resolves or not—as I’m having waaaay too much fun w/my new wigs...
  • Nervous about wearing my first wig
    @baldie93 What a great choice...very cool indeed! Methinks your husband may have to start worrying about competition w/you in that new hair! Honestly, tho, doesn’t it feel great to have a supportive spouse—esp when it comes to something this personally consequential? Re: work : I’ve noticed there are some physicians on this site that have dealt w/the same issue..successfully :) I’ll bet they’ll chime in and help soon. However, having read back over posts regarding ‘first time’ nerves, here are some quotes I personally noted...@Happy to ve Retired “If someone looks good - either with or without a wig - I say you look good!...A wig actually does make you look better...Everyone is more obsessed with themselves than my hair..” @Larry “Those who love you aren’t going to care and new people will feel more comfortable around you when they see you are comfortable wearing your wig” (here!here!) I realise it’s much easier said than done but what Larry said is so true. You’re right. It’s going to be a dramatic change—but if you can possibly think of your new hair as an accessory (also noted by @Lostfrog) then you may even give others the courage to make the move to fun faux hair themselves!:heart:
  • So excited to be a new member!
    @btrflygal7! It’s just such a pleasure to meet you—and here’s hoping you post more often, too, as I’d love to hear from everyone more!
  • So excited to be a new member!
    @animallover : Oh, I just love your name!! First, tho, please forgive me for missing this message initially, as I'm new to forums in general and also quite discombobulated (is this even a word??) over my husband's recent hospital stay...Oh my goodness, tho. So much information to digest! I really need to keep an eye out for the sales, as I fear my choice may rival your "bad toupee from 1920" :)) Isn't it amazing about your favourite piece being the cheapest one, too? You know, while scanning through previous posts, I happened to see someone else loving on a Hairdo wig...and when I looked it up, I fell in love, too! (can't seem to recall the style, tho will look back to check) I also admire the way you're so willing to change things up each day. I'm in the process of attempting to do so myself--but have to first get my newest wigs ready for the big "debut" (or as much of a "debut" as one can muster in the midst of a scary worldwide pandemic..) I posted some pics of them on the private forum but must have the lace cut properly first on my "thinnest hairline" pieces. Wow. That is a scary endeavour, as these very thin ones have to be cut v-e-r-y carefully around the ears--and I have zero experience doing this! However, I did study some great tutorials on YouTube by an amazing AA gal. Hopefully, I can do this myself, then bc it's not easy these days to get anyone to cut hair--esp "wig" hair! As well, I need to shorten the other - much longer - thin piece since I don't feel at all comfortable going any longer than 14" at my age. Ugh. Again, tho, thanks so very much for your warm welcome! I've been absolutely overwhelmed by everyone's kindness:heart:
  • HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    Ps) I’m going to attempt posting pics on the private forum, in order to illustrate the difference between my first HH wig and subsequent “thinnest hairline” ones. Therefore, I’m hoping you guys could educate me on which synthetic brands might offer a similar (or better!) realism?!?
  • HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    @linda @Diana : Oh my! You lovely ladies have absolutely made my day...nay...my year!! You see, my ‘husband’ (after so many years, it seems rather ludicrous to call him a boyfriend) has just returned from hospital (yea!)—and so that is why it took me a while to respond. As well, your kind words have bolstered me exactly when needed most! In fact, this sort of uplifting fellowship has proven exactly the thing to divert attention from any daily concerns...mundane or not. I’m very grateful to have found you all:heart:
  • HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    Ps) I’m still not familiar w/all the mechanics of the forum—for instance, how to post a heart (plus the significance..) As well, I may wish to post pics at times and wonder if I should only do so on the private forum? Thanks in advance!
  • HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    @Diana Oh, I’m so relieved, then! It’s just that - in text - it’s sometimes difficult to decipher intent, correct? Altho, I suppose that’s why emojis were created in the first place :) Btw - I’m curious - out of the 3 versions of this forum, is there one that is more active than another? I only ask bc I posted a rather light-hearted version of an actual ‘secret’ on the ‘private’ side, that would still be very difficult for me to share w/anyone other than an extremely close friend—or someone (like you!) who could actually relate. I find it remarkable, Diana, how quickly those of us w/hair loss can become as supportive as a long term friend might be...and that is very comforting, indeed.
  • HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    @Diana DISCLAIMER : Since I’ve been up all night waiting to hear back from the hospital, I was able to review my answer and I’m just hoping you didn’t think my comment re:Raquel Welch Wigs was disparaging in any way (as it could’ve been interpreted so) What I meant was, I haven’t yet had the pleasure of seeing and/or feeling a beautiful Raquel Welch wig!
  • HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    @Lori1959 I am sorry, Lori 1959! After all that, I actually forgot to mention anything about how I store my HH wigs. Of course, I’m certainly no expert but after investing in my first HH wig, you can be sure I listened very carefully to their experts! Here’s the advice, in detail (1) First, make absolutely certain the wig is completely dry! (2) Next, carefully comb out the wig—making sure to grab hold of the ends first, to safely comb w/o tugging the length to the scalp...and then working your way up from there (3) Now lay it out, w/the wig front facing you - and at this time - you can place a wad of tissue paper inside the cap to help keep its shape.**Please note : placing the wig on a piece of silky fabric avoids messing it back up, again! (4) At this time, you can place a wad of tissue paper inside the crown, to help keep its shape (5) Note : If your wig is longer, you can gently twist the length until it no longer twists easily - and then roll the twisted length back up into the cap (6) Now, you can fold the entire wig from ear to ear and (7) once this is done, I use my other hand to smooth back the front hairline—and then quickly place a hairnet over the entire wig (going backwards to prevent the front hair from getting back out of place) The hairnet also helps keep the wig length from unrolling back out of the cap—and, as a final extra step, I place yet another hair net over the wig, in the opposite direction—prob not necessary but just to keep it all nice and secure (8) Finally, it’s ready to be placed back into either the original bag—or any gallon freezer bag w/a secure zip will do! **Please note: Now, you can either place the bag back into it’s original box—or any shoe box will do, as well—as a box will also help keep moisture and direct sunlight from your investment (animals or prying little hands, too!) I am aware this all sounds complicated, but I actually do it in just a matter of minutes. **If you wear a piece daily, tho, of course it can be styled and left on a mannequin head—all ready for the next day! Otherwise, I’m told they can actually remain safely in a freezer bag for years... However, the company I purchased my most valuable wig from advised me to never leave my wig on a mannequin head any larger than my own. In fact, they recommend that it be a tiny bit smaller, to avoid eventual stretching of the cap. As well, they advise “blocking” my HH wig onto a silicone-type head, and washing it while attached, to avoid any further stretching, as well. Phew. Once again, I’ve over-typed—but I’d always rather hear too much detail when learning a new technique! Ttyl, friend :)
  • HH wearer—but SC (synthetic curious)! :)
    @Lori1959@Diana I’m so happy to see more activity here—and certainly to hear from you both! I’m very keen on trying synthetics but first need to do more research to avoid the kind of problems Lori encountered. Of course, encouraging stories like Diana’s only make me even more ‘synthetic curious’! According to what I’ve read thus far, the shininess can be resolved thru washing or using some dry shampoo, is that right? The prob w/heat actually melting the fibres, tho, seems much more problematic—and difficult to avoid, as well. As far as the cost, I’d like to ask if you gals actually pay what I see posted on ads for some synthetic wigs I would love to try—or are you more likely to wait for a sale (and then are your choices at all limited during that time) I ask, bc the last 2 HH Wigs I purchased (on sale) were very comparably priced to certain synthetic retail prices—yet I expect them to last a couple of years (with good care) Its so true that my first wig was/is prohibitively expensive...and I’m very very grateful to have been able to purchase it. Having said that, the company also offers a maintenance program (for a price..but only as needed) and they can colour, cut, add hair, adjust the size or even re-lace the piece altogether! Therefore, I’ve seen ppl wearing them for five, six or more years—and even saying they just get more natural looking over time. Might it possibly make financial sense, then, to have just one favourite wig that lasts for several years—rather than constantly buying synthetics every couple of months(?) Of course, there’s no getting away from the fact that the initial outlay is outrageous - but I have seen companies offering interest-free payment plans, so that may help solve that problem? I also must admit that - if one wants variety - it seems synthetic is DEF the way to go (and I hear you, Lori, about variety being the spice of life—esp in the boudoir!) As you can see, I’m kinda bipolar on this topic! What you report as far as realism, Diana, was also a big plus in my book, as my most expensive wig tends to have a somewhat severe looking side hairline (but I am extremely fussy!) which forces me to do some creative styling In that area. All in all, tho, it’s the most luxurious hair I’ve ever seen or felt—either growing out of a human scalp or ventilated onto a cap ) However, I’ve yet to see or feel a gorgeous Raquel Welch piece, either, so there’s that...Ah, well. It’s a long story but circumstances have given me a night free from responsibilities and so I composed a virtual novel in the private section...Oh, who’s kidding? Once I start typing it’s darn hard to stop!! (sorry..)
  • So excited to be a new member!
    I’m very happy that you may engage more often, then, Misty! I certainly know how life can get in the way, tho (perhaps you’ve already seen the ‘tome’ I just posted!) Once my guy returns home from hospital, I’ll doubtless have less time but still hope to continue making sympathetic new friends and exchanging great tips, as well :) Hmmm. It seems as though we’re in the same boat—yet on opposite ends—as I’m happy w/my HH wigs, while open to wearing synthetics, too! I haven’t yet had any trouble w/my lace, although I was strongly warned to avoid tugging on that area and to instead use the much stronger ear tab area to adjust the piece. Perhaps, too, the actual type of lace is important? I’ve also heard that Swiss, French, invisible or even HD lace all have their place...depending on your particular needs, right? Yikes. It seems there’s so much to learn—yet I’m finding the process rather fun! In the case of my first HH wig, the company I purchased it from has a maintenance programme in case we wish to cut, colour, add hair or even redo the lace altogether. In fact, I’ve seen women sporting the same wig five, six or even many more years later—and they report that it simply becomes more natural looking! However, I don’t expect my newest and already thinnest pieces to last nearly as long as that...but, then again, they were a fraction of the cost of my first (and - during Covid - I managed to snag a couple of beauties at an even better bargain, yet..) Hopefully, you’ll be able to advise me on my first synthetic purchase, tho! Oops. I’d better stop typing—before I write another tome..
  • So excited to be a new member!
    @Tav@Diana@Misty First of all, hope I just mentioned you guys properly. Secondly, you have no idea how happy I was to see your kind notifications, as I worried this forum was on the decline (compared to what it was while reading thru the last years’ posts..) In any case, I’m hoping it picks up a bit—but no matter, bc I just made 3 new lovely friends!
  • Small Head Cap?
    I’m new but if you want synthetic wigs, I’ve heard the ladies saying consistently that Ellen Wille wigs run very small. I understand they also sell human hair if that’s what you prefer. You could also ask this site’s moderator, as Wigs.com can likely get what you want? Good luck...Btw, how lovely to go wig shopping together w/your granddaughter!
  • presentation and sale of synthetic wigs(?)
    I’m new here, so not sure—but I’ve heard of Facebook or EBay sites that specifically allow you to do so...perhaps someone else knows more?
  • presentation and sale of synthetic wigs(?)
    Sorry, Miriam but - so far at least - I’ve only purchased HH pieces. I was tempted to get a few synthetic ones but remembered I’d have to buy all new shampoos and conditioners, etc. However, I’ve no doubt that’ll eventually happen, too! Do any other members wear HH? It seems ppl assume they’re too much trouble to style but considering mine are all kind of longer lengths, all I have to do is to twist and roll up the length into the cap...fold the piece from ear to ear...and then just shove it back into a plastic bag! This way, the hair curls itself into loose waves that are ready for me to just pop back on my head. (easier than my bio hair—even when it used to be full!) :)
  • Carrie Ann on DWTS
    Hello! Forgive me for jumping right in on this conversation but a quick google search indicated Carrie Ann has both Sjögren’s and Lupus (prob not news to anyone but me, huh?) I wonder if she wears faux hair for this reason—or for effortless beauty
  • So excited to be a new member!
    Thanks Tav! I feel kinda silly for posting my introduction twice but Gracie Mas explained the delay was an attempt to weed out spammers. That is certainly reassuring...and I look forward to joining this group!