Sunday, 20 April 2014

Annabelles Wigs hairpiece challenge

You may have heard me mention before that I used to have really long.  It varied between around boob length and waist length for over 10 years until I had it all chopped off just over three years ago.  I don't think I could have long hair again, as it starts to annoy me when it gets even a little past shoulder length, but I do sometimes miss long hair.  When I spotted that Annabelles Wigs were looking for bloggers to take part in their hairpiece challenge I thought it would be a great opportunity to get my long hair back, but with the convenience of not having to grow it and being able to whip it out again whenever I want.  

I sent a photo over to Annabelles Wigs so they could check my hair colour and I was sent the Simone 3/4 wig in darkest brown*.  The colour is a pretty good match, maybe just slightly darker than my hair at the moment but obviously as my hair is dyed my colour fades between root top ups.  The 3/4 wigs are built onto a lightweight netting cap that has two combs that you use to secure the wig to your own hair, one at the crown and one at the nape of your neck.  The Simone wig is made from synthetic kanekalon hair which is layered with waves and on me comes down to around boob length.  It would probably be several inches longer on most people as I am very tall.  

I've had to wear several different full wigs in the past for dancing shows, with the bright purple bob and short bright red Annie type curls ones being the most interesting.!  Unfortunately I don't think a 3/4 wig is the best type of wig to work with my hair.  One reason is that my hair doesn't really feel strong enough, or maybe isn't thick enough to support the hairpiece and gradually it starts to slip back through my hair.  Also my scalp is super pale and my hair is dyed a dark brown/almost black shade.  When the comb on the hairpiece pulls my hair back you can see my scalp and I had problems trying to conceal the join between my hair and the hairpiece.  As my hair didn't secure the hairpiece very well I decided to keep my styling simple so I wasn't pulling on it too much.

As I was a little restricted with styling the actual wig I decided to style three complete looks.  So here's how I styled my Simone hairpiece.


Dress: Apricot
Cardigan: Red Herring at Debenhams
Hair clip: Accessorize (similar available here)

The first look I went for was one that you could wear to a spring wedding.  After attaching the hairpiece I swept the hair to one side and secured loosely with a band.  I secured the hair at the back of my head with a few grips to keep it in place and then just clipped a small flower hair accessory just above the hair band.  Unfortunately in this look you can see where the hairpiece starts as I couldn't get my own hair to hide the join.

The dress I'm wearing is from Apricot and my mum treated me to this last year as I had a couple of weddings to go to and needed something new but had a lack of funds.  So far I've worn this to three real weddings and one fake wedding (don't worry it was for a pilot episode to be pitched to Channel 4!  The show was commissioned and hopefully they'll use the pilot episode).  I added the white cardigan because even if a wedding is in the spring or summer that doesn't guarantee you'll have nice weather in the UK.  


T shirt: ASOS
Kimono: River Island
Jeans: New Look (here

For my next look I wanted to go for something that you could wear on a date, for going out for a meal or going to the cinema.  Styling wise regarding the hairpiece this was pretty simple, I left the hair down for some romantic waves and just tied a scarf round my head to hide the join between the hairpiece and my own hair.  

I went for a dark wash pair of skinny jeans (that aren't that skinny on me because I have a problem with sizing due to my funny body shape) and a simple black T shirt but dressed it up slightly with an oriental print kimono.  Again my mum bought this for me (isn't she good!) for my birthday last year and I love, I always get compliments on it when I wear it.  I wore it to the pub quiz once and the male bartender said to my boyfriend 'Is that your girlfriend? I love her top thing'!  I think the scarf came from New Look but I've had this for years so I'm not sure.

 Dress: Oasis

For my last look I decided to have some fun with it and went for what I decided to call a goth prom look!  This time when I put the hairpiece in I tired to leave as much of my own hair out at the front on the top of my head as I could.  Once the hairpiece was in I gathered my hair and brushed it back over the hairpiece and took some of the top layer of hair from the hairpiece as well.  I held the hair towards the back of my head and twisted my hair and the hairpiece hair round together before pushing it forwards towards the front of my head to make a mini beehive.  I then just gripped the hair in place and this actually helped keep the hairpiece in a bit better because it was gripped to my own hair.

I kept my makeup very simple for the first two looks but for this look I whipped out the black eyeliner (which you can't really see as the camera is a bit far away and I'd screwed my eyes up) and my YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick* which is a dark plum/brown shade.  The (fake) leather dress I picked up in the Oasis sale a few months back.  It was originally around £60 and I think I got it for something like £15.  Looking at it now I'm not sure the high waist and flared out skirt does me any favours with my mahoosive hips but I love the lace and leather at the top.  

So those are my three looks.  The Simone 3/4 wig is £29.99 and is available on the Annabelles Wigs website.  I'd love to know what you think of my first fashion based post? (please be kind!)

*PR sample


10 comments:

  1. Great post. I like the third look especially - the dress looks great on you x

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    1. Thanks hun. I'm glad to hear you like the dress and the post :) x

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  2. Great post!! That's an amazing price for such a large hair piece. I love your hair best on the second picture but the third outfit is my fave :) You're gorgeous!! x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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  3. I love this post, I love the third look!
    clarabellerose.blogspot.com
    xx

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    1. Thank you. The third one is proving popular :) x

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  4. Oooh! Not related to the hair piece, but I love your black dress in the last picture! Looks great! Danielle xx

    missdanielle.com

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    1. The black dress is proving quite popular so it was obviously £15 well spent :) x

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  5. The last picture is gorgeous, I echo the words of previous posters when I say that I love the dress :-)! The wig looks great too, I've never worn a wig before but I'd definitely have problems styling it - I'm so rubbish with hair! xo Polka Dot Lemon

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    1. Thank you hun :) I'm not great with hair either. Although I had it long for years I didn't really do a lot with! x

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