Headband wigs are all the craze right now, and rightfully so! They’re cute, convenient, easy to install, and are half the price of a full lace wig.
However, not everyone is a fan of the headband.
Truth be told, a headband is cute for casual wear like a trip to the grocery store or gym, but if we’re dropping $100 on a wig, we need a little bit more versatility than that.
Lucky for us, a headband wig is nothing but a half wig, meaning there are a few tricks we can use to make it more natural and versatile.
Here are 3 tips for rocking a headband wig without the headband.
Section off the front of your hair.
Sectioning off the front of your hair is perhaps the most important step in the whole process because you’ll be using your own hair to conceal the headband on the wig, so you must pull out enough hair to completely cover the band.
This method does require your real hair to match the texture of the wig, so for kinky, coily, and curly textures, you’ll get the most seamless blend by using products that adequately define your natural hair.
Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Curl Enhancing Mousse is great for Type 3 hair because not only does it define your curls, but it reduces frizz and adds a gorgeous luster to your hair.
For Type 4 kinks and coils, Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Milk Souffle provides deep moisture and hydration that eliminates frizz and softens and smooths your hair.
Similarly, you’ll also need a good heat protectant and moisturizer if you’re working with a straight style
A quick blow dry using products from the Agave & Lavender Blow-Dry & Silk Press Collection will help with blending your hair with blowout-like or silky straight textures.
Braid or twist back your hair.
Like full lace and lace front wigs, half wigs also require you to do some prep work on your hair before installing the wig.
Because your wig will be placed further back on your head instead of at your hairline, it’s important that you have a solid base to work on so that the clips and combs have something sturdy to attach themselves to.
A good base will also keep your wig from looking bulky or lumpy—so braiding or twisting your hair up is your best bet.
Design Essentials Twist & Set Setting Lotion is an ideal option because it hydrates, moisturizes, and protects your hair while in braids.
Additionally, the twist and set lotion is great if you want to take your wig off and immediately (and easily!) transition into a twist or braid out.
Choose your style wisely.
Buns, ponytails, and half up/half down are the most natural looks you can do with a half wig.
If your hair is long enough or blends exceptionally well, you can of course further secure your wig with thread or bobby pins and wear your hair down.
To finish off your look, give your hair a healthy, natural luster by spritzing with Design Essentials DIAMOND Oil Sheen Hair Spray.
Then, grab your handy dandy toothbrush and slick and style your edges with the Coconut & Monoi Moisturizing Edge Control Glaze.
Need a visual? In the first part of this video, the YouTuber styles her half wig using her own hair that is left out. Even though her half wig does not have a headband, the concept is the same!
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