Good wigs are expensive, and many women who buy a wig to cover up their hair loss during and after chemotherapy find that they don’t wear their wigs as much as they originally thought they would.
So if you’d rather start with a less expensive wig—or if you bought an expensive wig but it’s got some unexpected issues—you can dress it up to look a little more natural. Then you can choose to buy a more expensive wig later, when you know it’s something you’re going to be wearing regularly.
With the tips and tricks in the video below, you may even find you don’t need an expensive wig after all.
In the video, Elise shows off the wig she’s bought online, which doesn’t quite look the way it should when it arrives. Its shape has changed after sitting in a box for so long, leaving it a bit kinked, and the lace front does not match Elise’s skin tone.
NOTE: Synthetic wigs and wigs made of real hair respond differently to different treatments and alterations. Read any instructions that come with your wig before trying any of the tips mentioned here. All wigs are different just like people are, so feel free to play around with yours as long as you aren’t using products that will damage it.
One good tip for any wig with a little too much fake shine is to add some baby powder to remove some of the sheen. Check out the video to see more ways you can customize your wig if it isn’t exactly what you wanted.
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?