• Sonoma by Rene of Paris
    What color did you order? That's a really dramatic style!
  • Back With Another Rookie Question!

    Regarding faking a part -- I saw a Taz video where she used makeup to fake one. I tried that, with light face powder, and it really did look better. I think you can also do some plucking of the hairs but that I have not tried.
    My newest wig is actually a non-part one with a lace front, and I'm actually OK with it. Sometimes you just have to compromise to get what you want.
  • Are the wigs suppose to be tight?
    Let me recommend Estetica to you. In general, their wigs are quite roomy and comfortable. I think Tony of Beverly wigs are also pretty roomy. my head is just slightly larger than average and I'm also the kind of person who's annoyed by everything (LOL), so I need a comfy wig!
  • I took a chance on a little-heard-of wig

    Cathe, this one might be a good match for you! It's actually a little piecier than the way it looks in my photo. Very "Rachel"!
  • Color representation on
    You can Google the color you're interested in, and that will give you still photos, videos, even reviews. I do this before ordering any color or even any wig.
  • Dull synthetic topper
    I've used both Simply Stylin' Light Silk Spray and Envy Renu And Repair. Both are great for smoothing, detangling, and shining.
  • Dull synthetic topper
    Synthetic or human?
    Silicone sprays can help, and I have a gloss product from Jon Renau. If it's frizzy, you could try a hot-air brush.
  • Finn by Estetica
    Some Esteticas are great, and some not so great. I've had a few. My most recent Jamison has surprised me with its comfort and ease of wearing. But the brand seems to fall down once you get into the curlies -- my Aspen is a tangled mess and my Brooklyn is so dense I can't wear it.
    i actually tried on a Finn in a store and while very cute, I am sure it would also tangle like crazy. You're disappointed now, but you are most likely better off for not keeping it.
  • Estetica Jones
    Me three. I was enchanted when I first saw pics of it, but there's way too much drama involved. Just to mention, Samantha, that you'd be fine with Estetica -- they're adjustable, of course. I was just thrilled that the brand worked for me. In fact, I just got the classic fave Jamison. Really like it but I'm attempting to straighten out the turn-under with my hot-air brush...a tad too "Mom" for me as it is.
  • Estetica Jones
    I have extensive experience with Estetica. the main thing to know is that they make a roomy wig LOL! My first wig, during chemo, was Estetica, and I, with zero knowledge, was not able to ruin it...I think it stands up well and the fibers are very nice.
    Taz's review is out on YouTube, so take a look!
  • Large head stocking?
    Jnc, I totally understand. It does make a snug wig tighter! I've actually gone in and enlarged a few of my wigs (not hard if you have a few sewing skills) because a tight wig is agony. This allows me to fasten the grip looser. It still holds the wig in place. But I know quite a few people hate it.
  • how often do you wash your wig??
    COLD WATER only! I've seen it advised not to go over twenty minutes. Full sink to a capful or less.. And do rinse in clean water afterward.
    I also use a very diluted mix of so9ftener with water in a spray bottle for daily smoothing.
    I strongly recommend the use of a hot air brush for frizzies, though. I have the good ol' Helen of Troy. It's just warm enough to work on non-heat-friendly wigs.
  • Large head stocking?
    I have a largish head with a flat occipital area, and my wigs always felt as though they were riding up in back. The WigGrip has worked really well for me. It doesn't move on my head, and the wig adheres to it perfectly. My short wig is fully an inch longer in the back with the Grip on!
  • The Graytful Head! A Look at My Favorite Wig--Jamison in ChromeRT1B!
    I'm pretty happy with it! I love the color, one shade lighter than my usual R4/8.

    Just wanted to add that this Jamison is THE most comfortable and natural looking wig I've had so far! It's a bit on the conservative side for me, but I "fun it up" by messing with the part. This'll be my new travel wig -- a real step up from Rene of Paris' Cameron.
  • The Graytful Head! A Look at My Favorite Wig--Jamison in ChromeRT1B!
    You convinced me! I just ordered my first Jamison (in R6/10). I hope it looks half as nice on me as it does on you!
  • Estetica Jones
    I don't have a color rec for you (I tend to darkish browns) but I think Jones is adorable! Been considering it for myself since I first saw the preview.
  • What do you wear if in hospital or overnight?
    When I wear a wig, I am constantly aware of it. Like shoes and bra, it comes off when I get home. The last thing I'd want to wear during or after surgery! I know I don't look "pretty" without hair, but I want to be as comfortable as possible at those times. I have breast reconstruction surgery coming up, and I'll bring a scarf or headwrap with me, but nurses have seen a lot worse than bald spots on a woman's head.
  • Tape under lace/monofilament
    You stick it to your wig right under the mono part. It makes the part more obvious and helps to hide whatever's underneath. And it's only for that, not anything to do with sticking the wig to your head. It's moderately sticky (easy to remove).
  • What do you wear if in hospital or overnight?
    I've done a bunch of tests, and since none of them involved my head, I wore wigs. Can't advise you on the other -- I'm "out" with everyone I know, and I don't worry about someone seeing my pitiful head.
  • Tape under lace/monofilament
    Yes! It's a CVS product and only sold there. Mepitac Soft Silicone Tape. Can be reused multiple times, even switched from one wig to another.
    I like it very much.
  • Jon Renau Mila vs Estetica Designs Brooklyn
    I've never tried Mila, but I do have a Brooklyn that I'll never wear. it's a huge amount of hair! My personal choice, after trying the Brooklyn and Dakota by Envy, is Tony of Beverly Norah. Just the right amount of hair and perfect in every way. It can be smoothed out or it can be made a little curlier with foam rods. I love her! I wore her to my new doctor's appointment yesterday and she was shocked when I told her I need to wear wigs.
  • Nancy ---- wig???????
    Well, at least Rachel Maddow is wearing her own hair!
    I do crack up when I see how much makeup they put on her -- it's more than I would wear for a formal event. Based on this, I think at least part of how dolled-up these "TV journalists" look is how the network wants them to look.
  • The Graytful Head! A Look at My Favorite Wig--Jamison in ChromeRT1B!
    Well, you're definitely right about darker colors! I've been a midnight brown-ie my whole life. When i started wearing helper hair I went for that color. But I realized rather quickly that a lighter shade would look better (softer), and now I'm into the medium browns. Don't think I could ever go lighter than that until I try gray, but you never know.
    I do have to laugh when I remember the time I saw some early photos of my grandmother. I had always known her as a blonde and I was astonished to learn that she was a natural brunette!
  • Estetica Heather
    I wasn't thrilled with it when I first opened the box...but I really wanted it to work for me. Taz's and Heather's videos are very helpful.
    HD hair does feel great when you first get it, but it's so delicate that I am trying to avoid it from now on (although I adore my BelleTress Peppermint).
  • The Graytful Head! A Look at My Favorite Wig--Jamison in ChromeRT1B!
    Cathe, this is gawgeous! I feel that as a Long islander, I can say that LOL! You're lucky to have such nice coloring that so much looks so good on you!
    I don't have the nerve to go gray quite yet. It's a big leap from midnight brown, but I'm slowly going lighter with my wigs. I plan to get to medium brown this year.
  • Nancy ---- wig???????
    I actually looked closely at Nancy's hairline yesterday and it looked pretty natural. You could see baby hairs and the part also looked fairly real. So it is either her real hair or a pretty high-end wig. It must be so difficult for women in the public eye...everything has to look perfect so much of the time.
    I think that many of the TV ladies have extensions, which can serve as thickeners if you don't have a sparse spot to cover up on top. That's a more expensive option than most of us have.
  • Estetica Heather
    Thanks so much! I went to drop off a prescription and the druggist (a man my age) said "You changed your hair -- it looks nice!" Husband also approves lol.
    I may trim the bangs just a tad. It's funny to have the luxury of evaluating just what looks best on you, rather than trying to make what Nature gave you do what you want. I'm learning now that some fullness is not all bad. You can use it to balance things out (saggy neck/chin cough cough).
  • Estetica Heather
    i have no shame -- here you go. I did fluff it up a bit, so keep that in mind.
    Heather wig (137K)
  • Estetica Heather
    Well. The Heather is just...okay. Oh, the fit is great, the hair is smooth and nice, and I love the color (my beloved F4/8). But it's a lot more layered than I expected, and it looks thin at the ends.
    I'm still keeping it, though, and I'm going to work the permatease to get a bit more fullness.
  • Nancy ---- wig???????
    Interesting! I've definitely noticed when she has changed her styles, going from a shorter bob to a longer look, but I haven't looked that closely. Sounds like we'll have plenty of opportunity to be doing that in the days to come!