Kathleen's Review: WIG TOO BIG? ALTER IT!

January 20, 2020 12 Comments

Kathleen's Review: WIG TOO BIG? ALTER IT!


Update : Tony of Beverly is no longer available at CysterWigs but this technique will work for any wig 😉🙋

Hi, folks Kathleen here. It happens to all of us...we receive a wig fall in love with it and then realize its crazy huge on us. You've worn it cut the tags off and fussed with it...no returning it now! ?I LOVE my Aubrey by Tony Of Beverly.( The color Tangelo is downright magical in my eyes. A light ginger red with subtle highlights...so pretty. About the happiest color, I've ever worn. Aubrey is such an adorable long pixie but big!... I could bring it down over my eyes but then I couldn't see to take the above photo..lol Ok so I decided to alter the cap. She's a basic cap so no monofilament features to complicate the alteration. This is where the internet and youtube are invaluable...I scoured both looking for easy ways to make this cap smaller. One thing I tried that didn't require cutting my wig(I was afraid I would destroy it ?) was pinching a few wefts together and then with a needle and thread sewing them together. That worked pretty well..I could wear it but it was still fairly loose on me and the bunching up of the wefts could be felt when I ran my hand over my wig which I didn't like. So I ripped that all out and decided I had to remove some wefts to make this cap smaller. I put Aubrey on pinched the bulky cap..still pinching the access cap I took her off and counted how many wefts I need to remove. The photo below shows that was about 2" from the crown down. With sharp small scissors I cut and removed the extra wefts. You can see I did that in a V fashion so when I reattached the wefts to the cap it would still conform to your head. This step was actually fun. ? Find the center of the crown and your wefts...center the wefts on the crown and take a stitch. I had some gray thread that I used but you would want to use a color that matches your cap. I made sure I took stitches at all the vulnerable points and through the wefts themselves. My handiwork might not be pretty but it's not going to ravel out and it feels very smooth once it's on my head. Very forgiving in other words. I was surprised actually. I even had my husband inspect Aubrey when I was wearing her to see if he saw anything amiss..? Mission accomplished. She fit completely smooth against my head. The photo below really illustrates the difference altering Aubrey made. You could see the extra bulk in the back of the cap in the first photo. That's when I knew I had to alter her. I don't mind a cap being a little big I just don't want to see its too big. ? After I altered the cap I decided to trim the bangs and put some textured layers into her. One of my favorite wigs now. The take away here is..don't be afraid to make a mistake. Would I do things differently next time? Of course !..you learn as you go. I am going to alter a few of my other wigs now. Just so they fit better around the ears. Why not? We are all not the same size and until the wig manufacturers give us more size options ( don't even get me started ) we have to take matters into our own hands right? Go ahead try it and ENJOY!?




12 Responses

Kathleen Ryan
Kathleen Ryan

February 04, 2020

Hi Penny I’m glad you found this tutorial helpful. Good luck altering your wig. 👏🏻 Thank you for your feedback..🙋-Kathleen CW

Penny
Penny

February 04, 2020

Thank you! I bought a JR Angelique in large and it’s REALLY large. I’ll be using your tips to make it fit better.

Kathleen Ryan
Kathleen Ryan

February 02, 2020

Hi Gaye I’m so glad you enjoy when I customize my wigs…Its fun for me as well..thank you for such wonderful feedback 🙋- best Kathleen CW

Gaye
Gaye

February 02, 2020

Hi Kathleen, I love to see your wigs that you have styled. They are beautiful. You are so talented. Hugs

Kathleen Ryan
Kathleen Ryan

January 25, 2020

Hi Michelle you’re most welcome! Nothing is more frustrating than a wig you love that doesn’t fit. I’m glad my article helped you. ☺️ Best – Kathleen CW

Michelle
Michelle

January 25, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful tip!! Yes, I have had wigs that were too big, and I despaired over them They were the perfect color, and length, and look – but too big, and uncomfortable. THANK YOU!!!!

Kathleen Ryan
Kathleen Ryan

January 24, 2020

Hi Kathleen! Ahh love your name and that you go by Kathleen vs Kathy..lol Thank you for such lovely feedback. I would think modifying a wig larger wouldn’t show even in a sleek style. Have you tried Jamison by Estetica? All the folks who have a larger head love it Heathers circ is 23.5” and she finds it very comfy. In general Estetica’s caps have great stretch. i would encourage you to reach out to our CCHD they would love to help you out. 🙋best-Kathleen
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Kathleen Ayres
Kathleen Ayres

January 24, 2020

Hi, lovely Kathleen! I always love your reviews and SO envy you your head size! I’m the opposite—I need Large caps, and only in very age-appropriate, conservative styles. I used to love Gabor’s Sheer Style, but now Cysterwigs no longer offers it. I’m down to the very expensive Cameron Large cap. Other large caps like Noroko just don’t work for me. I’ve seen videos of people enlarging wigs, but in fact, I wonder what the finished product would look like. No on ever shows THAT! And on a very smooth pageboy style, wouldn’t the enlargement show gaps or worse? Just wondering. Love your pictures and reviews. Thanks, from one Kathleen to another!

Kathleen Ryan
Kathleen Ryan

January 23, 2020

Hi Pamela glad you enjoyed my tutorial. I hear you on bangs…I use thinning shears. I twist sections of hair and snip at an angle which thins them and gives them texture. CysterWigs has a new facebook group called MoonKitty Mixup. I would love for you to join us.( it’s a closed group for privacy ..when you ask to join there will be a few questions to answer 😉) We are a fun group and share lots of tips on wigs. best- Kathleen CW https://www.facebook.com/groups/moonkittymixup/?ref=share

Pamela Avery
Pamela Avery

January 23, 2020

Hi there! Thanks for such a helpful hint! I am wondering if you could do a blog or video on how you layered those bangs for texture. I have 2 RW Go For It wigs that I love but the whole bangs are just so thick and bulky looking. Any tips appreciated as I have no stylist to help me out!

Kathleen Ryan
Kathleen Ryan

January 21, 2020

Hi Terri…thanks for your feedback…I learn something new everyday it seems. 😉 Glad you found this article informative. 🙋- Kathleen CW

Terri
Terri

January 21, 2020

Wow! Didn’t even realize this was an option. I would have never dreamed about cutting into the construction of the cap. I am learning lots here:)

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