• HairLove
    23
    As stated, I find my longer HH pieces easy to style bc all I have to do, is twist the length and roll it into the cap before folding it from ear to ear and storing in a plastic bag—all ready to pop back on my head, w/instant loose and lovely curls! However, the idea of trying out different synthetic styles is attractive, too, as it seems like great fun to be able to switch up esp the shorter styles and colours—w/o necessarily breaking the bank! Does anyone wear both?
  • Lori1959
    5
    I wear HH and have collected several styles and lengths of synthetic - mostly, I thought, to experiment, wear around the house, "saving" my more expensive HH ones. I tried the higher end lace front ones, the cheaper ones, short styles and longer. I bought tape and roll on glue, powder puffs, steamer... blah blah. I'm most interested in how you said you roll and store your hair... please tell me more! I usually put mine on a mannequin. I even built a cupboard for them.
    So, I enjoy seeing myself in the different styles, but inevitably I find the hair is shiny and not as natural looking. It's nice on a hot day to put on a short wig though, yet do I want to answer the door in it? That's just me... it's fun with hubby though! The lace front ones itch and give me a rash after awhile, the cheaper mono ones are uncomfortable, itchy - so I bought caps which help a bit. I cook - lots, and can't open the oven or go near the fireplace with these things on and I've ruined new ones in a day because of it... hence the steamer.
    I always. always, go back to my HH ones, for comfort, for realism, for quality.
  • Diana
    16
    Hi HairLove...
    Unfortunately a lot of wig wearers can not afford the expensive price of HH. Yes the are nice and are just like wearing your former real hair plus a 1,000 other reasons, but as a Surgeon, I can afford HH but I prefer synthetic just because to me they are realistic Looking (I prefer Raquel Welch) and really easy to take care of. Also in surgery (I also wear a wig grip) because I wear a surgical cap, I just have a nurse help twist my hair and put it under my cap. The synthetic wigs are more versatile and quick to put on and take off on very short notice. Give synthetic a try! No one has ever known I wear a wig unless I choose to tell them.
  • HairLove
    23
    @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..)
  • HairLove
    23
    @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 :)
  • HairLove
    23
    @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!
  • Diana
    16
    Hi Loti 1959...
    I do not know if you have done it to your synthetic wigs or not but the first thing out of the box they are very shiny. But if you take dry shampoo and spray the heck out of the wig, it will take every bit of that shine away. I wait about an hour or two..then shampoo the wig. No more shine. It works very well. There are different pros & cons about HH vs synthetic. I believe it is just a preference each of us have.
  • Diana
    16
    HairLove...absolutely not!! On this forum we can say what is on our mind and the wonderful wig wearers on here can give advice as to what they have gone through. I have followed a lot of advice on here and it has worked wonderful. Good luck and please do not think any offense was taken ❤️
  • HairLove
    23
    @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.
  • HairLove
    23
    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!
  • linda
    68
    HairLove, welcome to the Forum.
    You are a delight to read and Im sure a true joy to know.
    I did read your story and it brought a smile to my face. Projection personified:)

    I dont have an answer about the "mechanics" of this forum, but I am positive someone will share their expert knowledge...seriously.
    My limited experience with this blog is that Kindness rules. And you seem to have that in abundance.
    I look forward to hearing more from you.
    Linda
  • Diana
    16
    HairLove. I agree with Linda. Welcome to the forum. There definitely is kindness on here. I too am looking forward to hearing from you. Sometimes I am away for a quick minute but will eventually get back to everyone.
  • HairLove
    23
    @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:
  • HairLove
    23
    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?!?
  • Sunset
    467
    I personally prefer HH wigs. I've had many synthetics that get tangled easily. I've walked on the beach with my favorite HH wig & it still doesn't tangle. A synthetic wig wouldn't be able to endure that. Although HH is initially more expensive it's well worth it, not only because they last so much longer, but replacing synthetic wigs every three or four months within a year's time would cost as much as one nice HH wig. I do have some synthetics I sometimes wear, but I'm always glad to return back to my HH. The ones I have do not ever itch, they're more comfortable to wear & are also cooler to wear. I have read before that some women have bought a HH wig & they haven't lasted. They had to have really bad HH hair. I've also read that some HH wigs frizz up when they are washed, but the main HH wig I wear has never frizzed up & dries straight. I then can add curls or wearing it straight looks good. I have a HH hair fall I bought 30 yrs. ago. I've worn it a lot, but obviously not every day. It actually still looks good, and I've put hot curling irons on it, scrunched it up & thrown it into my purse, and yet it still looks good amazingly. I really can't now wear it because I haven't got much hair on top to cover it anymore, so perhaps it can put into another wig somehow. I wouldn't know how to do it, and the lady who used to help me with my wigs & hairpieces has passed away now. She could do anything, she was a true artist.
  • HairLove
    23
    @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:
  • HairLove
    23
    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:)
  • Sunset
    467
    I can certainly understand why you would be curious about synthetic wigs. I just ordered the Jackson wig last week & am anxiously waiting for it, and it's a synthetic wig. I need another wig like I need a hole in my head, but I'm addicted to them. In fact I've got on one of my very favorite HH wigs right now. And....I'm not even going anywhere!! (LOL) Sometimes I just like to play around & put on one of my wigs because it makes me feel better. Instantly I'm feeling better. I do have hair, but it's very, very baby fine & there is no way my bio hair could look like this wig. This wig is layered & has wave that I love. I love the way it's highlighted. So I would advise you to pick out a synthetic wig you like, but I bet you'll see after a while you will prefer your HH wigs for the reason I mentioned. Synthetic wigs tangle, at least most of them do that are longer. Shorter ones are fine because they aren't rubbing against your clothes to tangle & frizz, but I prefer to wear longer wigs. I've taken a lot of pictures of myself with different lengths of wigs & I look younger & better with longer. I usually wear them at least about 14 to 16" long. It is nice how synthetics stay curled, that doesn't happen with HH, although the wig I have on now does stay curled & has been this way since I bought it. I guess it's because of the layers, or it just really holds a good curl. My bio hair doesn't hold a curl worth a darn. I washed my other HH wig earlier & it dries straight, but I can scrunch it up & have it dry with beach waves. It also curls well. I lay it in a drawer & curl the ends with my hand & lay it against the side of the drawer so it makes it automatically curl under. Let me know what synthetic wig you choose. There are so many to choose from & a lot of really cute styles. We are lucky to live in the day & age we are, because wigs sure look a lot better than what they used to. I've been around people wearing my wigs, even some of my synthetics & people don't even know I'm wearing a wig or a topper. They just say my hair looks nice. I say thank you. I never got compliments like this with my bio hair. Obviously the wigs & hairpieces make me look better, and why would I not want to look better.
  • HairLove
    23
    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!!
  • HairLove
    23
    (Ps: I’m still trying to figure out how to “like” or is it “heart” a person’s post??)
  • Sunset
    467
    I don't lay my HH wigs in the drawer wet. I lay them on a towel to dry. I put them in the drawer dry & wrap in a circle on the ends pushed up against the side of the drawer to have them curl under. One of my HH wigs that is layered & wavy I keep on a wig stand. I love playing with faux hair also. I cut my own bio hair that's so easy to do. I wish I'd started this years ago because it's saving me money & time. I use the money saved to buy faux hair. I do wear the top billing synthetic topper sometimes by Raquel Welch & I love it. It blends in with my own hair perfectly. For some reason the fibers on these haven't gone bad like the fiber did on the spotlight wig I bought that's also Raquel Welch. The top billing topper isn't very expensive either.
  • HairLove
    23
    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!!)
  • Sunset
    467
    I never heard of the thermal heating bag, that sounds interesting. Where do you get those? I do have a steamer I've used on heat friendly synthetics, but I don't wear these very often because there's nothing like the real thing of human hair. You can also use a curling iron or flat iron on low setting to help smooth them out. I ordered the Jackson wig mainly because of the color. This one is not heat friendly & doesn't have all the bells & whistles like a lace front or mono top. It's still a popular wig, but I worry about taming down the perma tease. I like to try different colors on me. I'm beginning to see I look good as a redhead. I have strawberry blonde bio hair. One of my hh is strawberry blonde & the other is light brown with blonde highlights. The 3rd HH wig is a light blonde & it's very pretty, but I may take it to the place I bought it at & ask them to put some low lights into it so it's a bit darker. One thing I have noticed with the heat friendly synthetics is the colors are more vibrant & the hair is really soft when you first get it and not shiny. They don't really curl much like they claim they will, but the top billing topper curls under & inward & I like that. My bio hair blends really well underneath it and people have no idea I"m wearing a topper unless I decide to tell them. I don't always tell, when I get compliments on wigs or hairpieces I just say thank you. It is my hair now because I bought it. (LOL)
  • HairLove
    23
    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??
  • Misty
    400
    Just finding some time to try and catch up on posts. At this time in my life I only wear synthetic lace front long wigs, so I cannot comment on HH wigs. In the summer months, where I live, it is high humidity, and the face fronts "crinkle" stretch, for want of a better word.I think if I had paid the more expensive price for HH, I would still have the issue with the lace front humidity, and that has stopped me a number of times from purchasing HH. Oh, and to "like" or "heart" a persons response, simply hold your mouse curser over the heart that is shown on the bottom right hand corner of the comment, then left click with your mouse, that will "like" the comment :smile:
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