After watching this video by Buttaripple countless times, and contacting the wonderfully helpful Ebony over at Longing4Length, I jumped on the discount code like a tramp on chips in order to snap up my first glue-less full lace unit from OWigs!
I have a feeling this is going to be a rather lengthy review because I really want to show you all the steps I went through to make this unit my own. At the moment I don't post YouTube videos so I want to provide as much information on this unit as I can.
So, make yourself nice and comfy – or just skip to the pictures if you don’t want to read about me going on and on about a wig!
Hair Type: 100% Human Hair
Hair Length: 14 inches
Cap Construction: Glue-less Lace Unit
Cap Colour: Medium Brown
Cap Size: 2
Price: £155 inclusive of shipping
Ordering Process, Shipping & Customer Service
I found the OWigs website very easy to navigate. After selecting the unit I wanted to purchase and specifications I required, I hit the ‘pay now’ button then sat back and worried about whether my unit would ever arrive! I wondered if I would become one of those wig purchasing horror stories we've probably all heard about....
I needn’t have worried, within minutes I had received an email from OWigs confirming my order, which I then double checked to make sure all was as expected. The following day, I received an email from OWigs querying the colour of the unit I had ordered. Prior to ordering the unit I had sent OWigs an email on their website and had mentioned wanting a colour 1B. Although they hadn’t responded to my email prior to me placing the order, they were on the ball enough to;
a) notice that I was the same person
b) take the time to contact me to ensure that I had picked the right colour on my order.
I was impressed by their diligence and emailed them back requesting the unit in a colour #1. When requesting the colour of the unit I also asked the OWigs representative to be mindful of the lace and try not to get any colour on the lace. They assured me that due care and attention would be taken to avoid this.
[My reason for choosing a colour #1 is that my previous experience with lace wigs is that the colour lightened progressively with each wash. As I plan to have this PS010-s as my everyday unit, I figured that it would be getting washed quite alot therefore, starting off with the hair as dark as possible would be the best course of action.]
Everything went well with my order and I am very pleased with the unit I received.
|Here she is. These images show the PS010-s unit straight out of the packaging with the netting removed. No brushing or fluffing has taken place and the lace has not been cut at this stage.|
It took a few days to process my order, I think this was due to it being a weekend and the colour I requested. However, shipping was fast and my unit arrived within 10 days which I was very happy with.
From my personal experience, I think OWigs have very good Customer Service. I experienced no issues whatsoever and had encountered no difficulties due to a language barrier purchasing from a Chinese vendor. The whole process worked seamlessly.
The only difficulty I had during the whole ordering process was in connection with how to apply the Black Friday discount code. I discovered that this is done after logging into Paypal. Unfortunately the unit I purchased was not included in the Black Friday discount promotion so I didn’t make a saving on this occasion, but there is always next time!
My Thoughts On The Unit – PS0110-s
The cap is very nicely made. There are three combs in the cap to keep it securely in place, one at the top (crown) and two at the sides (temples). There is not a comb in the back, but there are adjustable straps at the nape which ensures that the unit has a snug fit.
The hairline has realistic dips and curves to mimic a natural hairline. However, as my hairline is a little low and irregular, not to mention quite unruly at the moment [I am currently 23 weeks post relaxer] I have found it difficult to get the two to play extra nicely together as I don't tend to use brushes or edge taming products.
|This is what the cap looks like with the lace still attached.|
After measuring my head I opted for size 2 cap. I think this might be a little large so my next unit will most likely be a custom unit so I can specifiy the cap size to fit me perfectly.
I chose the silky option for the hair texture which comes as standard on this stock wig. I am impressed by the way the hair looks and feels. To me, this hair on this unit feels and looks similar to virgin Indian / Malaysian hair. The hair flows beautifully and is an absolute breeze to comb or brush using a wig brush. There is a sheen to the hair but my experience with shiny units is that over time they lose some of their luster.
Most of my pictures were taken with flash so the unit appears shinier than it does in real life. I have added a couple of images to show the hair in natural light.
|These pictures show me preparing to cut the lace off the unit. With my human hair units I always clip the hair back so as to avoid cutting the baby hairs by mistake when removing the excess lace.|
|I wet the hair with a little warm water and then repositioned the parting before tying down the unit with this head wrap and covered with a scarf for 45 minutes.|
|It didn't take long for the hair to air dry. This is what it looked like after removing the scarf and brushing with a wig brush. I then lightly layered the sides to frame my face using my hair cutting scissors.|
This hair holds a curl well, however wearing the hair curly at this length is not really my personal style so I am happy to just flat iron it and bump the fringe a little sometimes. I'll save the curling for my longer units.
I picked the silky textured hair as opposed to the more realistic yaki texture, as I wanted a unit which is;
a) easy to maintain on a daily basis,
b) doesn’t require flat-ironing before curling
c) can possibly get away with not being flat-ironed at all!
I got exactly what I wanted with the silky texture, which actually dries bone straight (quickly!) with no frizz or kinks. A light pass with the flat iron after air drying is all that is needed to style this unit, remembering to spritz the hair with heat protectant first to prolong the health of the hair.
|This is what the OWigs PS010-s unit looked after I gave it a quick going over with the flat iron to style it. I was very pleased that this process got rid of that awful looking hump! This cluster of pictures were taken with no flash to show the luster of the hair more accurately.|
|For these pictures I removed the hair grips from the temples. This made the unit lift slightly from my hairline. I have since done away with the grips and converted this unit to using the elastic band method which I much prefer to using hair grips.|
I think the knots may have been slightly bleached on this unit, although I am not sure. There does however, appear to be a demarcation line at the base of the unit along the lace at the front which is lighter than the length and ends of the hair. This could either be from bleaching the knots or not dying the hair close enough to the lace. I plan to remedy this with some Clairol Root Touch Up in the future. I have changed the location of the parting to the opposite side which looks much better so this isn’t really an issue. All of these pictures for this first impressions review were taken when the parting was on the original side so as you can see, the demarcation line that I mentioned is not really noticeable. I do love that there are zero visible grey hairs in this unit, I always find it a little off-putting to purchase hair which ends up having more grey hairs than I do.....!
This unit is very lightweight and can be parted anywhere on the cap. The density of the hair in this unit is perfect for me. My own hair is not thick nor is it full so when I am wearing this I do not feel self-conscious about the amount of hair I have on my head. The density and styling of the wig make it a very comfortable and believable unit to wear. I will probably end up cutting this hair at some point into a long bob as worn in the YouTube video which prompted me to purchase this unit, but that probably won't happen until 6 months to a years time.
|A quick shot to show the full length of the unit which is 14 inches long.|
After wearing this unit every day for a week, I am pleased to say that have noticed zero shedding and no tangling. She is very wearable both with and without hair left out. My preference at this point in time is not to leave out any hair whatsoever!
I do have to tame a few flyaways at the crown of the unit but this is easily done using a quick squirt of hairspray onto the hands and then smoothing the area which I want to lay flat.
Washing & Customising The Unit
The hair didn’t smell badly when I opened the packaging therefore, I had no reservations about trying her on straight away. It might be worth noting that after wearing her for a day or so I did notice a slight chemical smell which I am guessing was the dye.
I’m pleased to say that I was easily able to get rid of this by shampooing and conditioning the unit a week later using a mild shampoo solution and following up with Tresemé Naturals conditioner. I then air dried her on a mannequin head and I am pleased to say that the feint smell dissipated and the unit still looks great! She washed incredibly well with no tangles and only slight shedding. I noticed some colour run off during the washing process but the unit still looks a gorgeous shade of natural black and the lace has not been darkened by the dye.
The glue-less cap means that this unit can be worn without the application of glue around the perimeter. Using the combs in the unit helps to keep her securely in place. As my hair is either twisted or braided underneath and I always wear a wig cap, using the combs is pretty much impossible. As I mentioned above on one of the above photos, I was using hair grips at the temples of the unit to keep the ear tabs down and the top flat but I didn’t like doing this since it's easy to forget to add them! I have since opted to customize the unit using the elastic band method. This works perfectly as it keeps the front of the unit flat and the sides down. This means I do not need to wear (or forget to wear) hair grips which personally I think saves my edges from excess manipulation and tension.
I am very happy with this unit so far. Obviously I have only worn the unit for a week, the real test will be in a few months time as this unit is going to be worked hard seeing as it will be my go-to style for the coming months. I will be back with an update on how well the wig is wearing in relation to both the hair and the cap construction.
This unit was purchased with my own money and has not been provided for review.
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