How to use a topper with a halo wire

What is a halo wire, you ask? If you find topper clips uncomfortable or want added security, a topper with a halo wire could be the answer. It is a small thin piece of wire that sits on your head under the topper (a bit like a halo hair extension) and helps to keep the topper secure. Some ladies like to use this instead of clips or only attach some of the clips. I personally don’t find it that secure without the clips done up as well.

Watch this video to see how I use mine!

All the info on the topper I’m wearing in this video:
Uniwigs 6.5″x6.5″ Claire Mono Top Remy Human Hair Topper with a halo wire
Length: 14″
Color: G-2 Dark Coffee Brown
SKU: PM1902
Shop: https://bit.ly/2Uy3j4C

How to turn a wefted wig into a topper

Have you found the perfect wig, but prefer wearing toppers? If you have a wefted wig – rather than a hand-tied, closed cap wig – then you can quite easily turn it into a large-base topper. Check out my video below to see my first attempt to make a 10×10 inch base topper. I used a cheap Amazon wig to practice on.

My Best Friend’s Hair topper consultation service is now live!

Are you new to alternative hair and don’t know where to start? Let me help you! I have been wearing toppers full time for the past 4 years and have tried numerous different brands and types of topper – both synthetic and human hair.

My new service, called My Best Friend’s Hair, starts with me finding out a bit more about you and your hair loss. Once you have filled out a Topper Consultation Form and sent over some photographs of your bio hair, as well as some hair inspiration pics, we will arrange a Zoom consultation.

During the one-hour Zoom consultation, we will chat about your hair loss and which type of topper might be right for you. I will help you to measure your head to work out what base size you need and talk you through some of the different options out there. I can also offer advice on hair care products, wig stands, and other items you might need to look after your topper.

After our chat, I will do some research and email you with three toppers that might work for you. Because I am not selling you the alternative hair, I can be completely independent and suggest brands that I have tried myself or have heard good things about.

I charge a one-off fee of £25 for this service.

At the moment, I am only offering this service for toppers. If you think you might want a wig, Francesca from Peluka Salon offers free Zoom consultations, as well as in-person ones (from 12th April) in her salon in Essex. She has Alopecia Universalis and is much more knowledgable than me on all things wigs. 

For more information on the My Best Friend’s Hair service or to request a Topper Consultation Form, please email: georgina@herhairmyhead.co.uk

5 lessons I’ve learned about buying wigs and toppers online

I’ve been wearing alternative hair full-time for the past 3.5 years. I’ve bought a lot of pieces – both human hair and synthetic – and I’ve made a few mistakes along the way. Buying hair can be tricky, so here are a few tips and pitfalls to avoid.

1. Just because it looks good on someone else on Instagram, doesn’t mean it will work for you

I have bought a few pieces based on how they looked on someone else and I’ve always been disappointed. For starters, people have different complexions and face shapes, so certain pieces will suit them better. For example, I definitely cannot pull off a centre parting. Also, lots of people filter their photographs, so it is not always a proper representation of what the piece looks like.

If you find a brand or specific piece you like, do your research. Check out lots of different people’s YouTube reviews and find photographs of the piece in different lights. While I have not yet bought a piece from this company, Simply Wigs has a 360-view video of many of its pieces shown on a foam head. This is useful to see how long the piece is and how it looks from all angles.

2. More hair doesn’t equal better… for me

I have learned that too much hair freaks me out. I like pieces that sit flat to my head and give me ‘normal’ looking hair. I’ve never had big and bouncy hair, and I don’t know what to do with it! You probably won’t know how much hair you want/need until you have worn a piece for a while. I am also quite a sweaty person, so having less weight and bulk on my head helps me to feel cool. The pieces that I have bought and then gone on to sell have always been because they are too much hair and have too much volume on top.

3. You get what you pay for

If you buy a £15 headband wig from Amazon, don’t expect it to be amazing quality. I made this mistake: not only did the hair look very fake and shiny, you could see the wefts at the back and it was so tight it gave me a headache. Find a brand you like and once you have researched the piece, look out for discount codes and sales. Don’t impulse buy a piece without finding out as much as you can. I am part of a few hair loss groups on Facebook and I find it useful to ask other wig sisters their views on a piece and for pics of them wearing it. We all have our own budgets and what we view as cheap or expensive is different. However, in my view, if the price seems too good to be true then it probably is. And if you are going to invest in a piece that costs more than a couple of hundred pounds, make sure it is right for you. The most expensive piece I have bought so far was a human hair topper that cost me £500. This was a lot of money for me, but the piece has lasted for a couple of years with daily wear.

4. Don’t be too trusting

There are some bargains to be had when buying wigs or toppers online and you can pick up some great preloved pieces. This year I have bought two preloved toppers from wig sisters in Australia and the UK – I am thrilled with both, which are still in excellent condition and I managed to save a few hundred pounds. However, not everyone is honest. I have heard horror stories of pieces turning up that are in awful condition or not at all what was advertised. If you are transferring money through PayPal, do not use Friends & Family as you will not have any way of getting your money back. If you are buying a piece from an online retailer, check them out first. Are their prices too good to be true? Do they have lots of real reviews of their pieces? Do they have proper contact details and a physical office address? Ask other people if they have bought from a company before and what their customer service is like. Do they charge a high restocking fee if you change your mind and what is their returns policy?

5. Find a hairdresser with wig cutting experience

Once you have got your piece, it is likely that it will need to be modified to make it just right for you (I would say this is more important with toppers than wigs, as they often need to be blended with your bio hair). I tend to have a fringe cut into most of my pieces because I do not have much bio hair at the front to blend in with a topper. Make sure you trust the person who cuts your wig and be clear about what you want. The hair won’t grow back if they cut off too much! I spoke to one lady who took her topper to be trimmed and the stylist cut about 3 inches off the topper so that it matched the length of her bio hair. She was mortified as she wanted to grow out her hair, but had not made this clear to the hairdresser.