Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My First Sheitel: Milano 20 inch Review

Posted by Ask Chavi at 1:52 PM
When I was but a kallah maidel... I had to shop for my first sheitel. Although it is the "done" thing in Brooklyn for the chatan's family to buy the sheitel for the kallah not every bride is so fortunate. After all:

1. Some women don't cover their hair
2. Some women don't wear sheitels
3. Some families cannot afford to buy a sheitel after paying for a wedding
4. Some MILs and DILs do not get along!

For any of the reasons above and more you might have been a kallah without in-laws or parents buying you two $3000-4000 sheitels for your wedding. Not all of us have that kind of money when we are first getting married either. I certainly did not have that kind of money and I didn't know what I was doing! I had to buy my own sheitel. So what did I do???

Top of Milano SheitelWell, I decided to go with a Milano. LL14 was the model in a 16/10 color. It means 20 inches in Milano language. It was $1100. One of the reasons I got it was because Milano has a payment plan option... $1100 was affordable, whereas it would have been hard for me to come up with $3000 CASH for a Shevy.


I wanted:

- A sheitel that looked like my hair
- Long length
- "European hair"
- Comfortable
- Skin top

I made a few mistakes... I bought 16/10 knowing it was too dark because I thought it would fade... BIG MISTAKE. Also the tone was much redder than my natural hair, which always bothered me. Also at one of my sheva brochot I noticed that the bottom of the sheitel was really knotty behind the neck. I called the sheitel macher and she was like "oh you need to brush it"... (I later found out that Milano has a 6 month warranty on their defective pieces which mine clearly was)

IT WAS MORE THAN JUST NEEDING TO BE BRUSHED!! The hair texture was wavy, and different waves!! Meaning, the hair strands were tangling with one another instead of all lying in the same direction. Secondly, I wanted to wear the sheitel straight, but it always seemed to get frizzy instead of that sleek straight look.

HINT: When the sheitel is wet is the hair straight or curly?? This is how you can tell what kind of hair it is. When wet, my sheitel became instantly knotty!! So much hair fell out when trying to untangle it... it was frightening. The sheitel started out REALLY thick, the perk of that is that its been cut two times and still does not appear too thin.

So how much did I wear it?? Every workday and Shabbos for an entire year, before it started "dying". One shabbos a friend pointed out that she could see my hair clip through the sheitel!!!

Let's see how it held up after a year of heavy use and another year of very occasional use (rainy day shabbos sheitel). I do not think that Milano sheitels are all sub par, I just think they are hit/miss and for lighter brown and blond customers there is a higher chance that the wigs contain dyed hair, meaning it could be more processed feeling.


-Skin Top.  Side bangs help it from looking like a sheitel. Note frizzy hair...





-SMALL multi directional skin top area compared to other sheitel brands



-Open weft construction.
Pros: allows air to circulate, can stretch out, VERY light and comfortable

Cons: can stretch out too much to the point where it is too big or a hairclip shows through!


Edge of skin top looks like a BALD spot, i.e. this sheitel cannot handle an extreme side part!



RATING:
Weight/comfort: A-
Hair Quality: C (I am convinced it is dyed human hair not virgin EHH)
Skin top: C+
Durability: B-
Appearance: B
Cap Construction: B- (it stretched out A LOT)

Overall: B-

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is remy hair?

Anonymous said...

Remy hair means the cuticle of the hair is intact, and it should all be going in the same direction, which keeps it from tangling.

The difference between Remy hair and virgin hair is that although both have their cuticles, virgin hair is not colored or processed in any way. If you buy a wig that is not remy or virgin hair, it means the cuticle was removed by a process usually involving a chemical bath.
Hope this helps :-)

Shahbaz on November 8, 2010 at 4:57 AM said...

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Jamie on January 3, 2011 at 1:13 PM said...

What a Godsend! I was literally looking at this exact sheitel today! http://www.mcwigs.com/WigDetail3.aspx?wigid=3301

I am also buying my very first sheitel and I also have longer blonde hair. I can't afford a shevy right now and I was also attracted to this Milano because of the payment plan.

How can you make sure when your buying that it is indeed virgin? What do you recommend I look for or ask about, as a first time blonde sheitel buyer this week?!Thanks

Chavi on January 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM said...
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Chavi on January 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM said...

Jamie - I am 90% certain that Blonde Milano wigs are made of processed hair. You get what you pay for. If you are going to buy a Milano at least be very clear about the warranty policy.

Keep in mind that there are many more wigs available that are not displayed on the internet. I would call wig sellers in your area and try on the piece in person before buying.

Anonymous said...

Chavi, do you think that for someone with a dark color hair ( almost #1), a Milano would be a good choice? I am looking for a sheitel that is comfortable and I can wear it every day for at least a year or two, but can't afford a 1500-2000$ sheitel. Do you think Milano is a good choice ( I am looking at what they call "Reese" and their "pony". Also is it not a good choice for everyday sheitel, if the hair is processed?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, that is exactly my questions as well, I'd love to hear the answer to that Chavi. I just bought a Reese #2 today but am weary about the fact that it's processed. Right now it's nice and silky but I wonder if it'll become knotty and gross after a few washer, or if it'll fade on me. Thanks for all your help.

Chavi on June 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM said...

well I think because you got a #2 Reese you will be okay! The darker hair tends to be better quality and processed less since it wasn't dyed. The good news is that Milano has a 6 month warranty! So if your wig ends up looking strange in the next month or so you can call them up and exchange it or they will fix the defective hair! Best of luck!

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AnickH on March 20, 2012 at 3:02 AM said...

i ordered a milano blonde wig and it was very goldeny. their wigs obviously are not meant for people who need ash toned sheitels

Sherelle said...

I personally think Milano are very hit and miss I bought a dark brown curly fall from them as my first sheitle and it was clearly defective as lots of the hair came out when it was brushed and it became knotty very easily and yes it wasn't $2000 - $3000 it was £600 (about $1000?) still quite a bit of money for me and when I called my sheitle macher she said it only has a 6 month warranty and because I bought the wig 3 months before my wedding, by the time I recognised the problem (As wasn't familiar with how wigs should be - as never worn one before) I was out of my warranty so the sheitle macher said she couldn't see any problems with it and I could pay $100 for more hair to be put in which I did. This didn't help the problem that the wig was faulty so a year after buying the wig- I had people telling me how thin my wig was and that they could see my hair through it, needless to say it is now on a wig head not being worn....

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