Email from a customer about thinning their new Bobbi by Envy:
"I'm finding that my most recent purchase, Bobbi, is not wearable right out of the box, like other women have mentioned. The hair seems very heavy in the front and falls in my face. I don't want to return this one, and am, therefore, looking for guidance on how to train the hair...and possibly thin it out a little. I'm just about out of time to return it...so I'm looking for some quick guidance. I have watched several videos...but I'm afraid to do it myself...and have been searching for a stylist in the Columbus area. I have contacted a couple of salons and left messages; however, no one is calling me back. Can you recommend someone...or if you can't....do you have any suggestions for me? I'm running out of time.....your help is appreciated."
I completely understand the frustration of trying to style a new wig, especially when you see it looking so beautiful on someone in a picture or video and you keep thinking "what am I doing wrong?" Believe me, we have all been there and have had to learn different ways for styling our new do's.
First and foremost, I would definitely recommend having a stylist thin out your wig if this is what you choose to do. They should have more experience doing this so we recommend that they do it, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing it yourself though.
There are also videos on YouTube you can check out that show you how to thin a wig if it has too much hair for you. But, I'm sure you've checked these out already since you stated you've already watched some videos on thinning a wig. If you do decide to take on this task yourself make sure you have thinning shears and a wide tooth comb handy before you start.
I do suggest using some form of wet heat, either a steamer (garment or wig steamer) or warm water, to help to style and tame Bobbi. Here are a few pro tips when using steam (via a garment or wig steamer) or boiling water on a wig:
- If applying warm water, make sure you take safety precautions so you don't get burned!
- Be careful to avoid pulling or twisting the hair while it is hot! This is a petroleum-based product, and you can distort it permanently by being too rough with it while it is warm. (The same goes if you heat-style with dry heat, by the way!)
- Apply it with care – you don’t want to pour the water over the part of the wig stand where that little ring on the top is. If you just dump boiling water all over the top of the wig, you will end up with a line where that ring is underneath the wig. You want to aim the water just below that ring on the wig stand, so you can avoid that! (The same principle applies for steam applications – watch what you’re doing!)
- Once you heat-style your wig, that’s all she wrote. You will have to use heat to style your wig again for it to return to its original texture. So if you like the way it is, don’t mess with it unless you know how to make it look like that again!
- A little steam is a wonderful thing! It can add months of life to a bushy, frizzed-out synthetic wig.
Heather has a great video tutorial on how to use a wig steamer for styling wigs. You can check out that video HERE when you have a chance.
I hope you find this information helpful!