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Lace Wigs Sideburns: Ventilating Sideburns

Posted on August 23, 2017 No comments

I actually made lace wig sideburns to help a friend. My dear friend noticed that his full cap was just too small, with the ear tabs being too short. When the wig was glued down, it looked unnatural since he had a shortened sideburn section. Not only that, but the way that he bleached the knots made the knots even more noticeable, since they were bleached until they were a stark white color. I knew that ventilating sideburns will not only cover these unsightly knots, but will elongate the sideburn section and make the whole unit look more natural.

Benefits of Lace Wigs Sideburns

Detached sideburns look more natural. As a DIY wig ventilator, I know that the sideburn section of a wig can make or break a system. For men's full cap units, I can tell a well-constructed wig from one that is mass-produced just by examining the sideburns. The unit should be well ventilated, and the sideburns section should have a lower density and even have a wispy effect to it. On a natural head, the sideburn section is piecey, and will show a lot of skin.

Lace wig sideburns can make a small wig look bigger. This was one of the main reasons why I ventilated sideburns for my friend's unit – originally this wig was too small for their head.

I use film lace – your favorite manufacturer does not. Film lace is very fragile, and most producers and lace wig suppliers would rather ventilate on more dense and durable lace. I actually take the time to ventilate on denier 30 lace.

Before and After: Lace Wig Sideburns

Maintenance of Dyed Blonde Front

Posted on August 15, 2017 No comments
As I mentioned in my review, I bought an ultra thin skin unit with a blonde front so I could dye it myself. My knots will be blonde, the integrity of the hair unit will stay intact, and there will be minimal shedding since there aren't bleached knots. However, some people have been asking me about the maintenance of a colored unit. This is how I ensure that I do not have to continuously dye the blonde front, as well as what I do to make sure that the hair stays soft and moisturized.

Permanent Hair Color

I am well-versed when it comes to lace wig units. However, I'm not very educated when it comes to color theory and hair. Nevertheless, I know that permanent hair color isn't exactly permanent. Of course, it will stay on the hair for longer than other types of formulations. But I find myself recoloring the hair every couple of months, regardless of which shampoo I use or how I shampoo it. To ensure the best longevity, make sure to use permanent hair color on the blonde front.

Sulfate Free Shampoos For Wigs

The benefits of sulfate free shampoo for wigs. Sulfate free shampoos are just that – they are formulated without sulfates. Sulfates have their place; it's a surfactant that cleanses and deodorizes. While it will clean the hair, it will also remove any kind of pigment in the hair strands. This will cause you to dye your hair more frequently. Switch out your traditional bottle shampoo with one that is free of sulfates.

Blue Shampoo And Lace Wigs

Alternate with a blue shampoo. Brassiness is a problem when it comes to dyed blonde hair. It may actually have a uniform color, but there may be an underlying tone to it that can be obvious, especially if you're only using a partial unit or a toupee system that only covers your crown and not the sides and back of your head. This is where blue shampoo comes into play. As the color fades, sometimes brassy tones tend to pop out, making the unit look unnatural or sometimes even have an orange tint. Blue shampoo will tone that down. The majority of the time I'm using a sulfate free shampoo. However, I like to use blue shampoos immediately after the coloring the blonde front to tone down the brassiness.

Sun And Color-Treated Hair

The sun is not your friend. The sun will also dry out hair, exposing your hair's cuticle and allowing the hair color to bleed out much faster. If you're going to spend time in the sun, to make sure to cover up with a hat. Slather on the hair conditioner if you're going to swim at the beach or at the pool. You want your hair's cuticles to be too busy with the conditioner for it to absorb the drying chorine in the pool or salt in the seawater. Once you're done with the water activities, rinse out the conditioner with cool water.

Take note that the steps are made to extend the hair color – it will eventually fade, and you will need to recolor the blonde units. However, following the steps has extended the time between treatments. I used to use a color hair dye on the blonde front every couple of weeks. But now that I have taken these precautions, I am coloring the hair only about once every 2 to 3 months.

An Appreciation Post For New York's Wig Masters

Posted on July 8, 2017 No comments
Wig making is a hobby that has turned into a profitable business for me. From purchasing my first unit so I can deconstruct it and piece it back together, to learning how to ventilate- I've learned a lot. Being so focused on this hobby almost made me forget an interesting fact; I am a continuation of an art form that apparently is dying.

This frustrates me.

An Appreciation Post for New York's Wig Masters

The New York Times recently published an article celebrating and appreciating the hard work that New York's wig masters have done in the past couple of decades. The post acknowledges the contributions of Nicholas Piazza, a master wig maker who lives in Staten Island. He's the mastermind behind many hair pieces and wigs on many great heads – we're talking about Jacqueline Kennedy, Brooke Astor, and other socialites.

But now the heyday of wig making has somewhat died down, unfortunately. This is due to hair wigs being mass-produced, competition from globalization stemming from Chinese hair vendors, and sophistication in stock units that sometimes rival hand-tied wigs. Now Piazza does maintenance on current clients wearing his units.

Piazza worked hard throughout his life to create these wigs, as one unit can take up to 40 hours of continuous. He deserves to rest and enjoy the fruits of his labor, for he has inspired a whole generation of wig makers like me.

Claire Grunwald, The Dame Of The Sheitel

Claire Grunwald of Claire Accuhair is the mastermind behind many of their wigs donned on Jewish heads in Brooklyn. Learning wig making by German wig maker in a camp after being displaced in World War II, Grunwald is a master at creating wigs approved by the local Jewish community. These wigs and hairpieces are typically made from yak hair, which I find particularly difficult to ventilate when compared to human hair. Kudos to Grunwald.

Everyone can learn how to make a wig, but it takes many hours, different types of needles to find the one you're comfortable with, all while ventilating in the right form to avoid carpel tunnel. But as these talented folks have proven, perseverance goes a long way. Hopefully, following web sites like DIYLaceWigs can help inspire a generation of prospective wig makers. I don't want you to learn how to create a full wig from scratch, but if I can teach you how to fill in that bald spot, then I did my job.

Other Wig Makers to Follow

Other wig makers have filled the education gap, with me doing my part with the help of this website. I've learned how to mix hair colors with and HairSay is continuously pushing the envelope, like how he learned how to shape a wig cap with the help of a heat gun.

Please, if you have any questions about wig making, lace wig maintenance, or other inquiries, email me. If you're a small business who wants me to review your product, email me as well.

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