Since purchasing my first box braid wig, I've been on a task to produce a natural-looking style that enhances rather than obscures my characteristics. I've created a few tips and tactics for making a box braid wig look as seamless and flawless as possible through trial and error. Here are the keys to my recent success.
Choose the Right Wig
When it comes to choosing the right wig for naturalness, wigs for black women need to be specifically designed to match their hair type and texture. Choosing a high-quality wig that closely resembles the thickness, texture, and color of their natural hair is essential for achieving a seamless and invisible look. For example, if you have thick, coarse hair, it's best to choose wigs with a dense, voluminous fiber that offers body and fullness. On the other hand, if you have fine hair, it's best to choose wigs with a lighter fiber and volume that still has natural movement without appearing too thick.
Make certain that any wig you pick is as similar to your real hair color as possible. Because your hair color is one of the most identifying traits, wearing a wig that is definitely not your natural hue will be evident as a wig. Rather than an unnatural-looking shade, consider one that is slightly darker or lighter than your natural tone. Natural-looking highlights and lowlights can also aid in the concealment of minor color variances.
The reputation that lace front wigs have for having a hairline that seems natural is well-deserved. The woven lace front hairline blends effortlessly into your sides and back and appears and feels like natural hair growth from the hairline. This offers immediate covering without a noticeable wig line. To integrate and shape lace front wigs for a natural look, nevertheless, takes more expertise. You'll quickly perfect invisible hairlines with a little practice.
Other features like monofilament or milky lace help provide natural hair-like movement and lightweight feel. 360 lace and high hairline lace front wigs also provide wider coverage and blend for a more seamless overall look. Micro rings or magnets between the wig and your natural hairline can provide just enough grip to prevent slippage while still allowing natural movement.
Prepare Your Hair
You must prepare your hair before wearing your box braid wig. Starting with little cornrows or flat twists, braid your hair. Your wig will sit on a level surface created by doing this, which will hide any lumps or bumps. Long hair can also be wrapped into a low bun and fastened with bobby pins if you choose.
Put on Your Wig
The time has come to put your wig on after prepping your hair. To begin, put the wig on your head and make the straps comfortable. Use a wig cap to hold your hair in place and secure it. Use glue or adhesive to attach your lace front wig to your hairline for a more natural appearance if you have one.
Color your hairline
Precision and close attention to detail are essential for achieving an imperceptible wig hairline. For a look that deceives even the closest viewer, make sure the colored wig hairline melds seamlessly into your natural hair.
The first step is to choose a coloring product that closely matches the color of your natural hair. The most natural-looking outcome can be achieved using an eyebrow pencil, eyebrow tint, or hair color that closely matches your natural hair color. However, hair and brow treatments are made expressly for coloring hair and increase the likelihood of an undetected mix. Eyeshadow can also be used in a pinch.
Carefully section the wig hairline and your natural hairline to color them separately. This allows you to focus on precisely coloring the wig hairline edges before blending the two together. Hold the hair taut using clips or a wig cap and apply color using light, even strokes. Build up color gradually rather than trying to get coverage in one swipe.
It's time to begin mixing the colored sections of the sectioned hairlines together. Make use of small angled brushes and a color-correcting product that is one shade lighter or darker than your base color to gradually lessen the color line between your natural hair and the hairline of the wig. Triangle blending, choppy layering, and swooping edge styling can be be used to hide wig hairlines.
With practice, you'll get better at determining how far up the wig hairline needs to be colored for your desired look. For some, coloring just the lace edges is enough while others prefer to color a few inches up towards the crown. Use natural-looking, dimensional styling to further help blend the wig into your look.
With undetectable hairlines, undetectable wigs can be created. The secret to achieving this goal is accurate application and seamless color blending. Remember, we're going for subtlety and naturalness here to create a style that is obviously not evident in its wigginess. You may master the skill of color-blending wig hairlines for an incomparable natural look with practice and persistence. Perfectionism comes with experience. Keep practicing, and you'll soon be able to conceal your wig hairline coloring abilities.
To achieve a natural-looking knotless braids wig or other braided styles like small knotless braids hairstyles or large knotless braids hairstyles, styling is key. Mimicking the texture, movement, and proportions of your natural hair is essential for creating a seamless look.
To add volume and natural movement to your wig, you can use a flat iron or curling wand to create waves or curls. A diffuser attachment can then be used to blend the wig's hairline and any noticeable wig points for a graded, dimensional look. Adding baby hairs or brow hairs around the wig hairline can also help soften the edges and make the box braid wig or other braided styles, like butterfly braids hairstyles or criss cross braids hairstyles, look like a natural extension of hair growth. Matching the baby hair shade to your natural hair color can further enhance the undetectability of your wig.
Other tips for enhancing the natural look include:
Mist spray bottle with water to dampen hair and create softer texture/movement.
Texturizing cream or serum rubbed between fingers to lift roots and add grit.
Loose braids, updos or beachy waves which make wig feel more natural.
Matching headbands, hair clips, hair ties and hair forks to your natural hair
You must carefully maintain your box braid wig if you want it to seem beautiful and natural. When not being worn, keep your wig on a mannequin head or wig stand. To detangle your wig and get rid of any knots, use a wide-tooth comb or wig brush. For further cleanliness and freshness, you can wash your wig with a mild shampoo and conditioner.
Making your box braid wig look natural and flawless is all about choosing the right wig, prepping your hair, putting on your wig, coloring your hairline, styling your wig, and proper maintenance. With time and effort, you may create a wig that complements you rather than stands out as an accessory. I love wearing my wigs since they enable me to create any protective style and edgy look. At FANCIVIVI, we strive to offer stunning, premium wigs that complement any individual style or special occasion. Whether you envision bold, edgy trends, glitzy statement pieces, or protective looks that offer coverage and shine, FANCIVIVI has you covered. If you're interested in us, visit our official website and order your ideal wig! We think every woman deserves to feel beautiful, confident, and appreciated in the cosmetics she selects.