Riva Short Blog

Riva Short Blog




The Riva Short has been part of the Freeda Collection for over 3 decades. We constantly make small changes as we craft our wigs to increase the lifespan of the wig and make it more durable.




Much like the Riva Long, the Riva Short is a very versatile wig. At about 14 inches long the Riva Short has mid-length hair that reaches below the shoulder.  It is a perfect wig for the classic, timeless “lob” longer bob styles. The Riva Short has straight hair with body that is perfect for straight sleek styles or for a style with beachy waves.  The hair is full of body and will hold the curls beautifully as well.





The Riva Short has slight layering at the bottom of the wig making it versatile for all different mid-length styles. It can be worn with or without bangs, with additional layering or without. The minimal layering allows the wig to be worn in an updo or ponytail. It can be worn off the face with the addition of baby hair to the hairline (a complimentary service on new purchases).





The Riva Short boasts our multidirectional crown, perfectly crafted to give you the most natural looking, skin-like part and a natural looking hairline. You can view the Riva and all our styles at Freeda.com.




Here are some of our favorite examples of how the Riva Short can be styled:












Congratulations! You just got a new wig. Its beautiful texture compliments your features perfectly but your hairstylist recommends adding a little color to the wig.

Adding a root to your wig makes your wig look very natural. A root is a darker color that starts at the base of the hair. For those who like a conservative look we recommend a shadow root (a root that is a ¼”) to mimic the natural progression that hair takes after it has been colored. This isn’t a wild look; it works well even for the most conservation styles. Roots can be as long as chin length- but that a more trendy look.



But what about adding highlights? Highlights add dimension and emphasis a beautiful cut, even going up or down half a level will give the wig a component that a mono color won’t give. We love the mono-color looks too; there are those that look beautiful in mono colored wigs as well.



So what happens if you ask for honey blonde, golden blonde, caramel highlights or sun kissed color?



There are so many times a day were we describe something one way while someone else refers to the same thing in a different way.  For example, a shirt can be described as a blouse or a top. A cookie can be referred to as a treat or snack. There are many things that one person says that to another might be mean something completely different.



When communicating a style or a color to your hairstylist asking for “honey blond highlights” or “golden highlights” are not an effective method to getting the right results. Your interpretation and a stylist’s interpretation can be completely different. Using the term “streaky” or “highlights that pop” mean different things to different people, and you may be setting yourself up for disappointment.




Follow these guidelines for clear communication between you and your colorist.




Bring Pictures

If you are flexible about the results one photo may be enough to help the colorist understand the overall look you are trying to achieve.  If you are particular you’ll want a few photos to help the colorist understand exactly what you’re looking for.



Bring a Color Swatch

A color swatch will be so much more effective than a picture.  A picture will show the style you are looking for but a color swatch will leave no guesswork.  Even better, bring a wig sample with the exact colors and look you want.



Final Touchups

After the color is finished don’t be scared if it’s not yet perfect. Like tailoring a garment you may need a final fitting. It’s similar with color; you may need some final touchups. This will give the wig a perfect finished look.



As you wear the wig for years to come (yes, your Freeda will be with you for years!), color trends will change. Your Freeda wig, made of virgin European hair, will have no problem taking color and you can have fun changing the look as the fads change.











We get a fair amount of calls asking if Freeda wigs have lace fronts.  While we can add a lace front to any wig purchase, our wigs are not created with a lace hairline. Freeda wigs have a durable, natural looking hairline that doesn’t require additional care without compromising that “growing out of your head” hairline.




A lace front will require a lot of attention and maintenance. You will constantly need to get it replaced after the duration of 6 months or less. Our wigs are made to last far longer, so for this reason we do not craft our hairline with a lace front. Our hairline is natural, comfortable and the upkeep of a Freeda wig is minimal.


After many questions about this a lace hairline, I decided to do research to see if this lace front was a good option for a hairline. To answer my questions I took my pondering to the web.



First I searched “What is a lace front wig?” The answer provided was “A lace wig or a lace front wig is a special type of hairpiece or wig in which human hair or synthetic hair is tied by hand to a sheer lace base which goes over the scalp.” That sounded good to me.


My search continued.  It seemed that all the lace front wigs that kept coming up where in the $60-$200 range. Hmm… definitely not Virgin European quality wigs that Freeda proudly constructs.




I wondered about lace fronts on good quality wigs but I wasn’t finding what I was looking for.  I decided to order a lace front custom made with Freeda’s virgin European hair.


The lace arrived. It had a clear mesh fabric with hair sewn in a backward direction.

Here is what it looked like.


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This is the close up of the lace front:


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At first glance I noticed the knots where the hair was sewn, but the lace looked like it would blend into the skin nicely. Our experiment was ready to begin.



A friend agreed to be my guinea pig. We attached the lace to her Freeda wig. This is how the lace looked on her hairline:





Her first comment was that she didn’t like the visible knots but once the wig was on the lace blended nicely and the knots weren’t obvious. She liked the ease of the off the face direction that the lace front afforded.

We followed up with her three weeks later. The lace front looked great and natural. She mentioned that she had to be very conscious about being gentle with the front, and needed additional time to blend the lace with the wig, but she was happy with her hairline.

The next time we did a follow up was three weeks later. The lace still gave the front a natural look. We didn’t see any big differences from week 3 to week 6.


We did the next follow up on week 9. The lace was somewhat curling up and more noticeably so.  With a little adhesive it was flat and looked beautiful. She mentioned that the hair on the lace was considerably thinner than the wig and that some of the hair where twisting to the wrong direction; not going back the way it was suppose to. We took the wig to our alterations department added a few strands to the lace, replaced the twisted hair and she was happy with the results.



By week 12 the lace no long sat as flat on her head, the ends had started to curl up. She said the lace had changed more after she washed and set her wig. She felt uncomfortable that it may be obvious up close that she was wearing a wig. She said some hair was still twisting forward and needed coaxing to sit properly. Overall the lace was in good shape and she agreed to continue our experiment.



By week 16 she asked us to remove the lace. She was spending more time then she wanted fussing with the hairline. She had to be cautious about treating it delicately while washing or brushing the wig. The wig wasn’t as easy to wear as the lace was now curling up more. She also felt with the lace front the wig had to be worn in the same direction and wasn’t as versatile as the multi directional was.



Even though there was life left to the lace we decided to remove it. While she enjoyed it at first it took too much energy and time to keep it in good condition. She missed the carefree wig that it once was. She commented that if she added a lace to a wig again it would be better on her second, less worn wig and that she had enjoyed the lace when the maintenance was low.



Here is the photo of the lace a few weeks later.


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To conclude:

A lace front was originally created to make an inexpensive wig look more natural. It is perfect for a wig that will have a 3-6 month lifespan. On a Freeda wig the lace front would work well for someone who is willing to put in the maintenance it requires.  We would encourage those to try our hairline which is very natural and




If you’d like a lace front or any other type of hairline, a Freeda custom wig would be perfect for you. We assist our clients in giving you a wig that you will love and one that fits your lifestyle.

Our Freeda hairlines are made on multidirectional crowns. We add short wavy baby hair to give the hairline a very natural look. The hairline will have the same lifespan of your wig with no additional maintenance. The hair will be able to be parted in any direction you want.

See our beautiful and natural hairlines:


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Below is a photo of a popular celebrity wearing a wig with a lace front. While the wig looks very natural on her, there is a very obvious lace bordering the entire hairline. For this reason we recommend trying out the hairline your Freeda wig offers, meticulously crafted with the highest quality hair.






Wigs made of 100% Virgin European Hair, why?

 Wigs made of 100% Virgin European Hair, why? 

At Freeda Wigs we only sell wigs made of 100% virgin European hair, the top quality hair on the market.

Other types of human hair wigs are available on the market, with a cheaper price tag but also with an inferior quality of hair. Our wigs are meant to be worn daily and meant to last you many years.  Here is why Freeda only uses 100% virgin European hair.


1) European hair has no shelf life. If treated properly the hair will last years.



Here is a great example:  Meet Toby, when this photo was taken her wig was 17 years old. She still wears it and enjoys it. Our repair department sees wigs that have been worn and enjoyed for 30+ years, that need some sprucing up to continue being worn and enjoyed.


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2) European hair has its cuticles intact; therefore it can handle being styled with curling irons and blow-dryers.


This is our Riva wig, a straight wig, that been styled curly. The curls won’t droop down after a few hours because the hair is unprocessed. The maintenance of a European wig is simpler because the style lasts for weeks before it needs to be styled again.













3) A European wig can take processes, such as perms and highlights, beautifully. Other human hair wigs can have the cuticles stripped and won’t accept color properly or even at all.



Here are examples of a highlighted Freeda wig and a permed Freeda wig. Both look beautiful and haven’t compromised the quality of the hair.














A wig made of 100% virgin European hair can last for many years. The wig will be easier to maintain and can be styled in endless ways to suit your needs. Purchasing a Freeda wig is a good investment for years to come.




Freeda Wigs : Comfort and Durability


o some beauty and comfort don’t always go hand in hand, think 5 inch heels or that dress that’s hard to breathe in.  At Freeda Wigs we take a lot of time to consider the comfort of our wearer.  Through lots of research we have found fabrics that are the perfect balance of comfort and durability. The hair is sewn to look most natural while keeping in mind the wearers pressure points and sensitive spots.

One customer emailed us and said “I couldn’t believe how comfortable my wig was. Usually I rip my wig off the moment I get home, but with my Freeda it was a couple hours later when I realized I still had my wig on.”












For a long time the only options of securing your wig where either clips or combs, or with glue and tape. They each had their benefits, but clips and combs can be uncomfortable. Glue and tape was sticky and hard to apply. A more comfortable option became available a few years ago that afforded wearers to forgo all clips and combs, sticky glues and tape. An accessory called the Freeda Band is placed under the wig, against the wearer head. The soft fabric is comfortable and holds the wig in place.








Certain wearers and more sensitive and need additional options for comfort. One method that works well is to soak the wig in a solution of fabric softner and water.  The solution softens the fabric for those who have sensitive skin. At Freeda we can also line the wig with silks and other soft fabrics, for those who need additional options.






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Our wigs are designed for those who will be wearing them 12 hours or longer and at Freeda Wigs we never compromise comfort or durability for beauty. Some clients sleep, swim or exercise in their wigs, so we take your comfort very seriously.  When you purchase a beautiful Freeda wig you can be sure to feel comfortable  and secure all day long.



Wigs pictured listed from top to bottom: Mimi 30/8/6, Atara Extra-long 16/8, Pearl  33/6 , Pearl 12/8 Available for purchase at Freeda.com. See our Freeda band here .



Did you know?







Today we are sharing some interesting wig details. A lot goes in to making each Freeda wig; the information here will make you appreciate your beautiful masterpiece even more.













1)Your Freeda Wig is made out of the hair from approximately 10 people’s heads.




There is a lengthy process that occurs from the cutting of the hair until it is sewn into your wig.

First, the hair is examined and only the most superior grade hair is selected. It is than washed with gentle shampoos and conditioners, than air-dried to reveal the hair’s natural texture.


Last the hair is gently combed and all damaged hair or hair with split ends is removed to assure that your wig is made of the highest quality hair available.


It takes almost ten bundles of hair to gather enough to make a Freeda wig.