How to make the synthetic wig look more realistic
Are you ready to trick your coworkers with your new look? If so, stay tuned to the end where we talk about our five simple things that you can do today to make a synthetic wig look completely natural.
I have been wearing alternative hair for years, whether it be extensions or toppers or wigs, I’ve been doing it for a long time. As I battled my own struggle with hair loss and premature gray. This topic came to me because when I first decided that I was going to venture out into the world, wearing my alternative hair wig, I was very nervous about people who were very close to me, how they might perceive such a drastic change. Many people who knew me knew that I had my hair thinning or that I had really large gray streaks that were very difficult to color. So this is how I took my synthetic wig and I made it look so natural that people at work couldn’t even tell the difference.
How to make the synthetic wig look more realistic – concealer
- Poor positioning
- No scalp showing in part
- Poofy “pageant hair”
- Too much hair around face
- Super shiny plastic
What do you think is the biggest pitfall of a synthetic wig? What is it that you think just like gives it away that this is not your natural hair?
Tip 1 – you need to think about when you’re trying to make a synthetic wig look more natural is the wig itself – How to make the synthetic wig look more realistic
It is the very first thing that I know that that sounds completely silly, but if you’re looking for something that is going to be natural, obviously you’re going to want something that has a lot of features that will give you a natural look. So for example, a rooted style is going to look more natural than a completely flat style that goes all the way to the root with the color.
And the reason for that is because nobody’s hair color just grows out of their head consistently the whole way, unless you just stepped out of the salon or you’ve chosen a color that is identical to your natural bio hair. You’re always going to have some kind of a root. Because I’m clearly not a natural blonde, I wanted to go with a rooted shade so that folks would think that I had dyed my hair. And maybe given a little bit of time for some of that natural hair growth that you would find if that had really been my bio hair.
You can choose a natural color at the hairline and add a root to any wig using drugstor root touch up spray.
Tip 2 make sure that you have the right wig position– How to make the synthetic wig look more realistic
The position can totally make or break it. And that’s not just right when you put it on, but it’s throughout the day. Me, I’m very expressive. I like to talk a lot with my forehead. And so for me, I need something like this wig grip band, this wig grip band is lined with velvet and you can buy them on Amazon or any good wig shop. You can get some that have lace in the front, or you can get some that have lace down the middle for if you have a mono part. But just a simple wig grip band is better than no wig grip band. If you want your wigs positioning to remain intact all day or all night. So now I’m going to put on my keys and show you how I position it on my head to look as realistic as possible.
You always start with the wig sort of around your forehead. So you don’t want to put it straight onto your head. You find the ear tabs and you line up the ear tabs with your ears, and then you want to move the wig back via the ear tabs into position. So there’s my natural hairline underneath, and I’m going to put the wig just at the hairline. If you don’t have your own natural hairline, then you’d want to use your fingers as a guide.
Usually your fingers at from the brow up to where your hairline is, is a good place to start with where to position your wig and a side park to the wig grip band is that in order to keep the wig in place, you’ve got to tighten it on your head pretty good, and then pull it back. And I love that that creates a little bit of a Botox effect because it kind of stretches and pulls your forehead back. And I’ve lost just about all of my fine lines and wrinkles in my forehead, just by wearing a really good wig grip.
TIP 3- Get the part – How to make the synthetic wig look more realistic
When it comes to that part. Normally when a wig comes out of the box, the part kind of looks like this. It will have this, almost machine generated zigzag pattern. That is just not natural. So what I’m going to do is I am going to kind of, and I kind of already did that earlier is mess up the part and I don’t want it to look too perfect. So I’m going to take some pieces that were on one side and I’m going to put it on the other side and I’m going to just try to make it look like what it would normally look like if this was bio hair.
To create the scalp effect, I’m going to take the wig with the part that we just created and put it on a foam mannequin head. And then I’m going to apply a thin layer of concealer at the part. And what I’m going to do is I’m going to use a very thin brush. So I have a lot of control and a really thick concealer, and I’m going to just apply a very, very thin strip of concealer down that part line, getting it as close to the base as possible and avoiding the strands as much as I can. You want to go up the strands, just the tiniest tiniest bit and not creating a lot of links with the concealer.
Creat the look of bleached knots, Which means we don’t want to see where the wig was tied. We’re going to do that by applying a thin layer of concealer to the back of the wig. This step is only going to work if you have a monofilament part.
If you have a wig that has a basic cap with a lot of permatease, this step won’t be as visible. Now, I’m going to go back in with my wig, flipped upside down over the mannequin head, and I’m going to apply that same concealer, but in wider strokes. So now I’m going to go just beyond the part line, and I’m going to apply a lot of product and really push it down. Because what I want to do is wider than the part, I want to get those strands just at the bottom, covered with concealer to kind of cover up those knots.
Now we’re going to do a little bit of styling to set the part and deal with that infamous pageant Poof. We want to apply a thick layer of styling cream along the part, and we’re going to really push it into the hair. So we want to try and attain any of the permatease, flyaways, and also set that. Part by doing this and applying some pressure,
We are going to create a flatter more natural hairline. I’m also going to use the styling cream along the face framing layers to try and push a few more of them towards the back end and detain them, so that they don’t look so poofy and over styled.
I wanted to flate some of that pageant poof, and I really want this part to stay. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to take a scarf and I’m going to wrap it around the entire mannequin head and pull it tight. That’s going to apply pressure at the crown and give me a more natural flat hairline that I’m looking for.
Once I have this set, I’m going to hit it with a blow dryer for just a few seconds. You don’t want to harm the hair because this is not a heat friendly synthetic wig, but I want to loosen up the permatease and the fibers so that when they cool, they’re going to stay in this flattened position.
Okay, So I let that sit for about an hour and the styling cream is now dry. And you can see now that this part looks way more natural than it did the first time. Again, because of that concealer, I have kind of mimicked what my scalp would look like underneath. And then that styling cream really set that part exactly where I wanted. And it teams a lot of the flyaways.
Tip 4 – making your synthetic wig look completely natural is dealing with the shine – How to make the synthetic wig look more realistic
A very common complaint with a synthetic blonde wig, especially is that it looks very shiny and that’s because it’s plastic, it’s not natural hair. And as part of the manufacturing process, it does come out looking a little bit plastic. But there’s a very simple solution for that. And that is dry shampoo.
It is very simple. I’ll keep it side by side. You can see how shiny these pieces are. It’s shining all the way from the root down to the tip. And normally bio hair wouldn’t be like that. It would kind of be shining at the top, but then the strands themselves would be a little bit more dull.
I take my dry shampoo and spray it all over every strand and get the back too, because I want to, I don’t want that to be shiny and to have my face looking natural and then the back be like a light.
Here’s some tips for working with dry shampoo. You want to use a product that’s designed for a matte look because not all dry shampoos have this goal in mind. I did put a link in the description for a very inexpensive dry shampoo that works really, really well for this purpose.
So I’m going to cut to a freeze frame here, so that you can see this is after I sprayed it. And you can see a pretty big difference. Well, there’s still some shine up here at the top. You’ll notice that the roots are a little bit shiner than the ends, which is exactly what we’re going for. This side, which is, kind of not where the light would normally hit it is a lot milder of a shine. And I just feel like it doesn’t have quite as much of that plastic manufactured look.
Tip 5 – wear your synthetic wig with confidence – How to make the synthetic wig look more realistic
The last and arguably most important step is to wear your synthetic wig with confidence.
There’s nothing unnatural about this hair, it’s yours because you bought it.In the beginning, I was very nervous about being spotted. Now today, if people ask me,did you do something to your hair? Or they comment that my hair looks really nice. I always will say, thank you.
It’s a wig, isn’t it fun? Because for me, my wig journey has completely changed my thinking about beauty and self-confidence and, hair as part of an accessory for my fashion. And I just really genuinely am appreciative to the lifestyle that wigs have given to me. It’s not always the most talked about topic, but for me, I like to give wigs credit for the self-confidence and kind of the change in my attitude over the last few years.
CONCLUSTION – How to make the synthetic wig look more realistic
Thanks for your reading the article – How to make the synthetic wig look more realistic, I hope I hope you enjoyed these tips and I hope that they work for you as well as they work for me. Leave me a note in the comments. So let me know how it turns out, thanks you very much! Besides the areticle of How to make the synthetic wig look more realistic, you also check this article How to wash and style a human hair lace closure wig for more elementary knowledge about wigs