How I Fooled Everyone Into Thinking My Synthetic Wig Was My Natural Hair

It was time to move on from my beloved twists for a temporary new look before moving on to my next protective hairstyle. (I change my hair A LOT, y'all).
Publish date:
January 6, 2014
How-To, DIY, foundations, tweezers, wigs, synthetic hair

After I took out my Marley twists, my natural hair needed some TLC.
I didn’t want to jump right into my next protective style (that I was dying to
do since I was about to go on vacation in a few weeks), but then again, I didn’t want to
spend hundreds on a human-hair wig for such a short period of time while I was
waiting for my voyage.

My next option was to go the synthetic route. I
wasn’t about to commit to a new weave for just two weeks; I needed something
quick and cute.

Not only did this wig get me through the waiting period before
my trip, but it also gave my natural hair a break, it wasn’t time consuming
as extensions, and it was very inexpensive.

Pre-Wig Prep

When I took out the twists, I noticed how much my hair
grew (yes!) but I also noticed how dry my hair was (boo). I always take care of my natural hair; no matter how laid my weave is, how fly
my wigs are, or how many compliments I get on my extensions, if my real hair is
not healthy or taken care of, none of that matters at the end.

After using hair mayonnaise and a protein pack, it was time to cornrow my hair. I did six big rows,
leaving the edges out: hair at my temples and hair at the front of my head. I
did a twist out on the hair I left out, sealing with Jamaican castor oil. I let
it set while working on the synthetic wig.

The Wig

The wig I chose to wear is by Comfy Lace in the style "Daria" and the color FT4/30, a mixture of light and dark brown synthetic strands. Most
synthetic wigs tend to look unrealistic, plastic and shiny so I preferred to
wear a curly pattern as opposed to straight hair because it looks more natural
on me and it would be harder for people to detect that it's fake.

She cost about $40 at my local beauty supply store in Brooklyn, but you can get it online for $33.

There are many different kinds of wigs out there. While a full lace human hair wig can be parted any which way, synthetic
wigs don’t work that way. Most synthetic wigs don’t come with a part, making it
look fake and detectible. But this wig has a “deep part,” which I was down for.

The “deep part” is a part the
manufacture adds to a synthetic wig unit to give it a more natural look. There
really is nothing else to do with the wig though--what you see is what you get.
In other words, you will not be able to have a middle part one day or a part on the left
for the weekend. But since this wig already had a pre-made part, I was able to
manipulate the manufacturer's version of natural-looking into my version natural-looking.

With about 30 minutes and a little creativity, I was able to
make it look like it was growing out of my head!

How to Pull This Off

Items needed:

• Scissors

• Tweezers

• Foundation

• Hair-sewing thread and needle

The wig should have mesh lining around the perimeter. I carefully
took scissors to cut this off right at the wig’s hairline.

I then used tweezers to carefully pluck out random pieces of
hair at the pre-made part.

Two rules to follow when tweezing a new part:

• Don’t take out too much hair because it will look like
the Red Sea and you will look like you are balding.

• Don’t make a completely straight part because that will make it look too perfect and unnatural.

Once the part was tweezed to my liking, I wanted the color
of the part to match the color of the skin at my scalp. This new part was visibly white! There was
no way I could wear it as is and not have someone wonder why there
was a white line at the left side of my head.

How was I going to get the color
right? Makeup! This is really easy to do.

First, I tried using my own almond-colored foundation, but it still came out white since my foundation is pretty
light. I thought, instead, I had to use a darker foundation that will overpower
the white on this synthetic unit. Since my own foundation did not make a difference
in how the color appeared, I opted to use my mother’s foundation since she is a
fewer shades darker than me.

Simply take a few drops of the color you wish to use. You may need to play around with different
colors to find the best match for you.

Next, using your fingers or a makeup brush, evenly blend
the foundation onto the new part that you made. My mother’s dark
foundation was perfect to mix with the white on the unit.

Now my new part was a
nice brown color (like me!) The mesh part that's still underneath the wig that gives the illusion of it being natural is really hard and textured, so I
had to do this twice for the color to take.

Lastly, I did not like the original curl pattern of this wig
because it was too perfect and just laid there. There was no shape to it and it
needed some LIFE. I needed BIG. I needed DIVA. I needed DIANA.

To accomplish the big curls, all I needed were my hands--I
separated the curls with my fingers.

The more I played around with it, it
became shorter in length but it had a lot more volume and body. I also cut a
few pieces of hair at the right side to create a side sweep bang.


This wig has three combs in the unit, as well as an adjustable
strap, which I found to be very helpful because I was able to tighten and
secure it to my liking.

But to further make sure that this wig wasn’t going to embarrass me, I used a needle and hair thread to secure it instead of what most girls use,
bobby pins.

To achieve this, I sewed the unit onto my cornrowed hair at the
nape of my neck, the right and left sides of my head, near the part, and the
middle of the back of my head. I didn’t take the time and sew it like a
traditional weave, but on about five sections of my head was just enough that if I,
or that nosy someone (or that freaky someone) were to tug on it, it
wouldn’t move.

My number-one trick that had strangers on the street and members
of my own family asking me if this was my real hair: I placed the wig behind my
natural hairline.

Earlier, I noted that when I was cornrowing my
hair, I left some out at the edges. With that, I did a twist
out then sealed it with Jamaican castor oil (my fave!). Now that the wig
was on my head and secured behind my hairline, I simply unraveled those pieces
I had set. Since my natural hair is a
kinky texture (and not curly like this unit), the twist-out left a nice curl
pattern, allowing me to blend my own hair with the fake hair flawlessly.

By doing
this, I could pull my hair back without any part of the wig showing and better
yet, if/when there was a gust of wind, all anyone would see was my natural
hairline and my wig blowing like I was Beyoncé in

Keep in Mind...

When I wear a synthetic wig, I usually do not like to sleep
with it because the fibers of the wig can easily lose its shape. I want it to
last longer. So before I go to bed, I take it off and do a twist out as so I
can have some fresh curls in my hair the next day, and when I put on the unit, I
sew it on at the same exact places mentioned above.

She wasn’t expensive, but
she was mine, and I would like to use her as long as she’ll have me. So off she
goes when it comes time to go night-night so the curly pattern can stay in tact. But
if you don’t feel like doing this because it is too much work, or too much
stress, or you’re with your boo thang, at the end of the day it’s your unit,
your head, your life.

I can tell
you that it will be worth it, because now instead of just having her last me two
weeks, I can have further use for her in the future and in between
protective styles as my natural hair continues to grow.

The Finished Result!

This unit did its thang for me! Werk diva!