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How to Make a Cheap Amazon Wig Look Expensive

If you saw my post yesterday about my Halloween cocktail, you know I’ve recently acquired a pink wig from Amazon. I’ve always been fascinated with wigs, I just love the idea of changing up my hair style as often as I change my shoes.

Despite my fascination, I’ve always been too intimidated to delve into the wig world. That is, until now! I recently spent an embarrassing amount of hours watching wig videos on YouTube, and I finally took the plunge and ordered my first wig, this little pink number you see here. 

Amazon Wig

I saw this wig in one of the videos I watched, and I immediately loved the subtle pink color and thought it looked remarkably real despite being synthetic and under $50. I figured the best way to dip my toes into the proverbial wig pond was to order a cheap wig and see if I was as into it as I thought I would be. Suffice to say, I’m into it!

One of the most important things I learned from my hours of YouTubing is that almost any wig is going to need a little bit of doctoring in order to make it your own. While this is harder to do for synthetic and inexpensive wigs, it is by no means impossible. True story, once I was finished primping up my pink wig, I sent a picture to my mom and sister and they genuinely thought I had cut and dyed my hair! Keep reading to find out how!

Amazon Wig

I’ve compiled the top tips I learned from all the videos I watched for reference below! Let me just say that I am by no means an expert on wigs, I’m about as beginner as they come. These were the tips I found most helpful and easy, and which I employed to make my pink wig look more realistic. 

  1. Purchase a wig stand, hair razor, and WET brush. These tools are all essential to restyling a wig to suit your needs!
  2. Always choose a lace-front wig, as this will give the most natural looking hairline possible. 
  3. If you want to change the part of your synthetic wig, as I did for the one I’m wearing, secure the wig to your wig stand and use a round brush and a blowdryer (warm or medium heat only) to train the hair to your desired part. The low heat will relax the current style without melting the synthetic material. Once you have it in place, allow it to cool and set. I found THIS VIDEO most helpful when learning how to change up the part with a blow dryer. Specifically watch starting at minute 2:11, 7:40, and 9:10.
  4. Using the hair razor, create face-framing tendrils for a more natural look. If you’ve never used a hair razor before, don’t fret, it’s so easy! THIS VIDEO (starting around minute 6:50) was a great reference for me when deciding where to start with the razor and how to guide it down the hair shaft for a natural effect. 
  5. If your wig is super bulky at the bottom, use the razor or scissors to thin it out for a more layered, natural look. The video above is also a great reference for this. For my particular wig, I did not do as much thinning as the video shows, but that’s just a personal preference!
  6. Synthetic wigs tend to have a shine to them, which often is a clear indication that it’s fake. My wig definitely had this issue, but a little (okay a lot) bit of dry shampoo easily removed the shine and made it look more texturized and mattified.

As I said earlier, I have exactly zero experience with wigs or cutting hair but after I followed the tips above I genuinely did not want to take my little $40 wig off! I am so happy with how it turned out, and I’m so excited to continue to try out more wigs and share new tips with you guys!

If you’re into the wig content and want to see more (or if you have some hot tips for me!) give me a shout in the comments! You can also find my exact wig and tools below.

Amazon Wig

Amazon Wig

As always, thank you for reading and sharing! XOXO 

By Paces West

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