Sensationnel Synthetic Lace Front Wig "Tiara" Review
I’m relatively new to the haircare world. Since the first grade, my hair care routine consisted of relaxers every six to eight weeks, a weekly wash and condition, and heat styling. Sometimes, my mom would throw in a nice hot oil treatment. Nothing too intensive. I’ve decided at this point in my life, I’m tired of having severely damaged, short, broken hair. But I’m also not ready to shave my head off and start my natural hair journey (something I’ve given considerable thought to over the past few months). I decided I’d try growing out my hair and getting it healthier through protective styling first before I resort to the big chop. Thus, I purchased some wigs, and now I’m an addict. I love the versatility of them – I can become a new girl every day. My boyfriend even has names for all the new “girlfriends” he has.
The first wig I’ll be reviewing is the Sensationnel Synthetic Lace Front Wig Empress Edge Natural Center Part “Tiara.” This was $26.99 on the SamsBeauty website when I purchased it, but I have seen it for cheaper (as low as $22) during their two-day weekend sales and holiday sales. This wig is a middle part, “blunt cut” style wig, which is honestly all the rage right now. I’ve seen gals either wearing these blunt cut wigs or short, wavy ones for the summer, and I can see why – this style is pretty universal. It can be worn casually, but it’s also sleek and stylish enough to be professional. I don’t typically love a middle part on me, but this one doesn’t accentuate the “hump” I feel like I have in the crown of my head. I unfortunately customized the unit before I decided I wanted to do wig reviews, but I didn’t have to do much to the parting space other than pluck a few hairs and add concealer and powder to the part; I did pluck a little too hard and broke the lace, so you have to be careful. The one thing I didn’t like about this style was how bumped the ends were. The pictures on the website and the care card definitely looked less bumped than what the wig was out of the box. This was a quick fix, though; I just ran my straightener over it on 350 degrees to get it straight.
I purchased the color “2” which is a dark brown. It’s honestly quite dark; in the sunlight, it definitely looks more brown than black, but in artificial lighting and compared to my natural hair color (which I’ve always thought was dark brown) it looks almost like a “1B” or off-black instead of dark brown. Then again, the wig that I did purchase in a “1B” looks rather dark to me as well, almost jet black. I’ll eventually have to get a wig in “1” to compare. There’s a myriad of color options for this wig though, from all the “normal” hair colors to an ombre-teal and ombre-rose gold, both of which are on my wish list.
The texture of this wig is very silky, but unfortunately, that causes it to get tangled a lot. I have to brush it out thoroughly every time I wear it, so it’s not necessarily a wig I can throw on and go in a hurry. I do like how silky it looks though, and it feels so nice to run my hands through. It gets tangled the most at the nape of the neck, so at least the tangling isn’t incredibly noticeable. Out of the box, it was very shiny, but a quick fix was spraying some dry shampoo on it and brushing the dry shampoo out. The texture of the wig didn’t change when I used the dry shampoo, which was great! I’ve experienced no frizziness with this wig, but I do experience a little shedding every time I brush it to detangle it. This unit also came with a few shorter pieces of hair in the front to be styled into baby hairs, but since I don’t really have baby hairs naturally (and quite frankly, I feel as though the intense baby hairs are quite odd), I don’t utilize that feature. It’s nice to have, though, if you’re interested in that style.
As I said before, I straightened it to achieve the blunt cut “lob” look in the pictures below. I used my straightener on 350 degrees, and the wig didn’t burn or melt. I have yet to try curling it, since I don’t have a curling iron, but I will update here if I ever do try curling.
Cap construction is pretty typical: one comb at the nape of the neck, and two combs in the front of the head on either side of the part. The combs are sturdy, but I don’t use them because I feel like combs in general are too rough on my weak edges. There’s an adjustable strap in the back as well. From front to back and ear to ear is 14’’, and around the head is 23’’. I would say this is big head friendly; I do wear the adjustable strap on the loosest setting and it fits my head without squeezing it and giving me a headache. Around my head is about 23’’, so it was almost literally made for my head.
The hair density is nice, especially for summer. It’s not super thick, but also not thin and stringy. I like how, once it’s straightened, the ends aren’t all of an even length or density – it adds some realness to the wig without looking choppy.
As I said before, this wig tangles easily, but I’ve still been wearing it every day with minimal issues. I don’t know how long this unit will last with every day wear, but it’s my favorite out of the ones I’ve purchased thus far, and I’ve been wearing it every single day.
I hope this review was helpful, and I hope to have many more wig reviews coming your way in the future! This is just the beginning to my journey…
Write you little lovelies later,
XO Ky M.