Hi everyone! So this past Tuesday, I purchased the Aero-2 glueless lace front wig from Follea. My longer “Lifestyle” wig is on order, I’m not sure when it will be here and I was seriously chomping at the bit to be in possession of a long wig. I mean seriously, if I’m going to be wearing a wig full time, as I am now, I need to have OPTIONS and I can’t even remember when the last time was I really got to “enjoy” long hair. Also, in addition I’ve been dying to get my hands on a glueless lace front. Everyone is always talking about lace fronts, I’m frequently asked about them and I wanted to see how I could get this type of a wig to work for myself. Lace front wigs are generally meant to go at or slightly in front of your hairline, it’s meant to replace your hairline with a very natural look. However, I have a wonky hairline, it’s kind of hard to explain it, but I really need to place the wigs slightly behind my hairline in order for them to blend and work perfectly. This is not the easiest task with a lace front, it took me 4 days to get it to work for me. I don’t attribute this to be a fault of the wig, rather more of a result of how I’m choosing to wear it, my head etc.
The Aero-2 lace front is a less expensive wig than my Natalia, as such there are some key differences. The back is a machine wefted closed cap. It has a lace top, lace front and a hand-tied top. Natalia is ALL hand-tied. Both are comfortable, but I think the hand-tied wig feels a tiny bit better. The hair is also European hair, but has been processed, so it isn’t virgin hair. And no, virgin hair doesn’t mean that the the girl who grew out the hair was a virgin (haha) it means it has had no chemical processing, like hair coloring, perms etc. It is hair in it’s most natural and luscious state. The hair quality of the Aero is still amazing though. Can you feel the difference if you put both wigs together and touch each? Yes, you can. One is uber yummy silky sweetness, and one is OMG WTF, this is insane, spank me crazy and call me Santa Claus, I think I’ve died and done to heaven. How’s that for painting a picture? Where this wig shines in my view, is that is lays pretty flat (in a good way) on top of your head, and that makes it look extremely real and natural. That is a result of the lace top, with the lace there is less space between the hair of the wig and your head, less material (?) I don’t know what the technical way is to represent that in words.
A lace front has.. wait for it… lace. I found this to be a tricky situation for myself when I was working to put it behind my hairline because it is sitting on top of my hair and it seemed to lift the lace up from my scalp at the very front of the wig hairline in one spot, ever so microscopically. I also had suspicions that the WiGrip was creating an extra “lift” to the lace that wouldn’t be present if you didn’t use the WiGrip on this type of wig, but since I can only wear a wig with a WiGrip the point was a bit moot to try and make it work without it. To me this “lift” I was seeing made that section of the wig noticeable. If it was on direct scalp I would imagine this issue wouldn’t be present. This was an issue I was having when trying to style it with a parted hairline straight down, it wasn’t an issue to clip the hair up in the style you’ll see at the end of the video below. So on Wednesday I got frustrated with the lace wig and made her sit in the corner facing the wall on her styrofoam head. Bad girl! Natalia was waiting for me, like the trusted bestie she is, I thew her on and went on with my day.
I returned to visit the Aero wig the next day, she looked at me and I looked at her and believe there was that wild west music from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly movie playing in my head, you know the dueling music…. “How is this going to go down little missy?“ Uh, not good. Same thing as the day prior. I felt that yet again I could see a tiny bit of the lace lifting as a result of it being on top of my hair behind my hairline and being used with the WiGrip. Also, to the girl who asked me if you can see the WiGrip though a lace wig, the answer is yes… it isn’t really bad, but you can see it though. I have no problem with how it looks, it sort of looks like you got a bit of hair dye in that area of your scalp. As someone who used to religiously dye my hair red in college, I can attest to the fact that sometimes dye gets on your scalp and does give your scalp a bit of color, it’s not a big deal. But yes you CAN see it.
Thursday rolls around and I’m beginning to think this girl likes sitting in the darn corner, I try yet again, only to leave the bathroom wearing the smug girl who watched this whole thing go down… yes, Natalia.
I decide to leave Friday alone, I passed her by in the bathroom and said “not today,” with my hand stretched out in the gesture of “talk to the hand.” Now we come to Saturday, yes Saturday night, the day of the week where everyone unwinds, lets their hair down (ah hem) and goes out and has a great time. Saturday night should be long hair night right? I had to see HER. I walked into the bathroom ever so cautiously wondering if I would leave disappointed again, will this ever work? WiGrip on, check. Thin hair needing covering… check… I brush the wig, she looks gorgeous. I slide her on my head, brush the hair again and Holy Wigatoli, Zip Zam, this B*tch finally decided to show up and represent. Finally. FINALLY. I’m not sure what was different, maybe I just needed time, maybe she needed time. Who cares. I think sometimes you have to just STEP AWAY FROM THE WIG, give yourself time to adjust, give her time to adjust and try again. This is an example that things don’t always work right away, sometimes you have to be patient. I think the whole process of wearing wigs requires patience in general, but with time it gets easier and better.
I wore this long haired beauty out with pride last night. She looked amazing, I have the photos to prove it I went to a bar I frequent with my fiancé, we saw the same bartender we always do, I was wearing a different wig than I normally do, and he didn’t notice a thing. Nothing. Not a mention that my hair miraculously grew 4 inches in a week. Really? Seriously? I was tweeting from the bar as I made note of the fact that as it turns out yet again, nobody notices anything.. apparently ever.
Same bar, same bartender, different wig.. He doesn’t notice my hair grew 4 inches in a week? LOL
— WHLP (@whlpnetwork) July 22, 2012
So here we are, it’s Sunday, the girl who had to sit in the corner all week, is getting some much deserved “ME” time. I’m wearing her today and loving every inch of this beauty.
The video below that I’m sharing was taken the day I got her. The photos of myself at the end of the video (with my hair pulled up in a clip) where taken shortly after the lace was trimmed, so those images are literally “out of the bag” shots. I washed her the night I got home to get a better picture of how she was going to look. I’ve come to find out that with human hair wigs you really need to give them a wash before you can get a better idea of what the final end product is going to be like. I cannot speak to how other wigs react after a wash, whether they are better or worse, but with the Follea wigs I can say with much certainty that they definitely get even more gorgeous after they’ve had a shampoo. The photos at the end of the video with the checkered shirt where from last night.
So without further ado, I now introduce you to… Mila.