product review: freetress equal synthetic lace front wig – amerie

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I am a huge fan of wigs because with wigs you can achieve styles that look like they took hours to create but with very little effort and in most cases very little money.  (Check out our Wig 101 for everything you need to know about wigs). One of the staples in my rotation is the Freetress Equal Synthetic Lace Front Wig in Amerie, a basic straight long wig.  I usually wear it when I want to create simple unassuming looks.  The bone straightness can add drama, especially when worn with black lipstick as I did here and the length can add a little bit of youth to your look.

verdict

This is a very good wig for the price. You can use it to create an easy everyday look or a dramatic sleek look. It can last up to five months with proper care. The main gripe I read about it is there isn’t a lot of parting space in the front. This doesn’t bother me because I don’t do much to the hair when I wear it. Another gripe is that after about a week it starts to lose its sheen. Depending on your preferences, this might not be a downside. I actually prefer the hair in its older state because it takes on a more natural texture. Net-net, I’m definitely keeping this in my rotation because (1) I like the look and (2) since it’s so affordable I don’t have to put too much effort into caring for it. I usually just buy another one instead of wash it (but I’m extremely lazy ;).

FreeTress Equal Lace Front Wig - Amerie
FreeTress Equal Lace Front Wig – Amerie

about this wig

  • An “official” length for this wig isn’t provided on the packaging but around the web some say it’s about 20 – 28″ long. On most people, it seems to be about “boob length.”
  • Amerie comes in a variety of colors, both mono and mixed.
  • It has very soft layers already cut into the front of the wig, but of course you can always add to them if you like.
  • It has an adjustable strap, a netted cap with three combs–two at the temple and one at the back.
  • You can wear this wig right out of the packet after removing the excess lace on the wig line.
  • It’s curling iron safe, up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Vlogger EricaWithLove tried out her flat iron on it and it appears to give it a soft curl.  Check out the video below (at around the 3 minute mark).
  • It can cost anywhere from $29.99 – 39.99, depending on where you get it. Some have gotten this on sale for $20. It’s currently available on Amazon for about $39 and shipping is apparently pretty fast.

pros and cons

  • Tangles over time: When it’s first unboxed, Amerie is silky and shiny. Over time that sheen and silk fades and it gets tangly and slightly coarse.  I actually prefer the wig at this point because it has more volume and the texture feels and looks more natural. (See the first picture above).
  • Decent longevity: This wig can last for a solid month without good care and probably much much longer with good care. I am super lazy when it comes to wigs (and my hair in general) so I don’t take care of my wigs at all, especially if they’re cheap and easily replaceable. However, Vlogger Kayvona Branson rocked hers for about 5 months and it looked like it was in good shape at the time of her video. I stretched out the life of the wig once by cutting it into a bob when the ends got a little too matted. (See picture below).
  • Some styling limitations: Many people around the Web complained that the wig offers very little parting space. So your limited in terms of how the hair line is styled. There is also no lace in the back so you can’t put this wig up in a high pony tail unless your wear a headband around your head. Depending on how you want to use this wig, this may or may not be a problem.
Amerie chopped into a bob.
Amerie chopped into a bob.

what the web says

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I love bone straight hair and this was perfect for me. It does tangle a little but, but I just carry a brush with me. It looks very natural and i received many compliments on it.

Long and Black

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I received amerie about two days ago and I absolutely think she is PRETTY! I love her length, and I love her in the jet black color (1). I like that she isnt too thick, but not too thin. That gives her a more natural appearance in my opinion. She is layered nicely as well. The only negative I have about her is that she doesn’t lie flat on my head. She puckers a little bit and I am finding it difficult to get the lace to lie flat at my hairline. Perhaps my head is small. Other than that, I like her alot. I love to wear her pulled back in a pompadour…kinda like snookie. She is pretty! I will definitely get another one.

– Yngmommy0f2w/aHUBBY!!!

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I put the wig on and used my flat iron on it at 350 degrees, it already comes with slight layers in it, so no need to cut it. The hair is 20 inches long and I love it. The package says you can curl it up to 400 degrees, but I didn’t use that much heat. It fits my head snug, and I have received many complements on it.

SugarTai

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what vloggers say

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care & washing instructions

(From the manufacturer)

  • If you use an adhesive to apply your wig, use lace adhesive remover to thoroughly remove the adhesive and oils from the lace.
  • Store your lace front wig on a wig stand or mannequin head or stuff with paper or towel to maintain its shape.
  • Refrain from the ue of heavy oils or pomades.
  • To freshen up the wig, mist with water and shake out the curls.

Since this wig is designed using synthetic fibers, care must be taken to avoid tangling or ruining the curl pattern. Follow these instructions for best results:

  • Do not totally immerse your wig into water. Mist the hair with a spray bottle to dampen the hairs.
  • Apply your shampoo to your hands first then run your fingers through the wig using a veritical motion pulling the shampoo out through the ends of the hair.
  • Rinse the shampoo using a spray bottle or spray hose.
  • Use a towel to blot out the excess water.
  • Shake out the curls.
  • Allow the wig to air dry on a wig stand or mannequin head.
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Antonia
Antonia

An entrepreneur at heart, I founded Unruly in 2013 after spending six great years in advertising. I’m über lazy when it comes to doing my hair so I’m always looking for easy and quick ways to care and style my hair.

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