Proper Care for Human Hair Wigs

Proper maintenance is key in order to keep your natural hair wig in its best condition and ensure the longest life possible for your wig. But just because your wig is made of human hair doesn’t mean it should be treated like human hair! Maintaining your wig properly starts from day one, and knowing some best practices will prevent any mishaps down the road.

 

Before You Get Started

Remember that although natural hair wigs are made from real human hair, they go through extensive chemical processing to achieve the desired texture. These chemicals can be absorbed through the scalp, so washing your wig before wearing is an absolute must! Another thing to keep in mind is that human hair wigs do not come pre-styled like their synthetic counterparts. You will need to take your wig to a professional stylist who has experience styling natural hair wigs before it is ready to wear.

 

Washing Your Wig

Knowing the proper way to wash and condition your wig is crucial to keeping it in tip-top shape. Washing a wig is very different than washing hair that grows from the scalp. Before beginning, gently brush your wig to get any snags out. Fill your sink with cool, clean water and add a small amount of shampoo to the water. It is important to note here that you should only use wig-safe shampoos that are free of parabens and sulfates. After swirling the shampoo into the water, submerge your wig and swish it around gently in the water. Let soak for five minutes. Empty the sink and fill again with cool, clean water and swish your wig to rinse. Do this process twice to make sure all shampoo is rinsed out.

 

Conditioning Your Wig

Conditioning your wig is the single most important step in maintaining your wig. Remember that natural hair oils are not distributed by brushing your wig like they would be on biological hair. Again, choose a wig-safe formula that is paraben- and sulfate-free. Apply conditioner liberally, avoiding the roots. Leave the conditioner on for at least two minutes before rinsing. For more intense conditioning, leave on overnight. Rinse your wig the same way you did when rinsing the shampoo out. After rinsing, wrap your wig in a towel. DO NOT SQUEEZE OR WRING THE HAIR! Instead, gently pat the wig dry with the towel. Spray your wig with a high-quality leave-in conditioner, place on a wig stand, and allow to air-dry. Once dry, gently comb the wig to remove any tangles. If you feel it needs more moisture, you can add more leave-in conditioner.

 

Following these tips will help you keep your wig in its best possible condition and will allow you to wear it for as long as possible. So be sure to protect your investment and keep it clean and pristine!

Human Hair or Synthetic: Which Wig is Right for YOU?

Shopping for a wig (whether as a fashion choice or a medical necessity) can be a daunting task for many women. At first glance, the options can seem overwhelming. Let’s explore the first choice most women need to make when wig shopping: the material of the wig.

 

Human Hair Wigs

Many women consider natural hair wigs to be the crème de la crème of hairpieces. However, this doesn’t mean that a human hair is ideal for all your uses.

 

Some things to consider:

  • Since a natural hair wig is made of real human hair, certain conditions can affect the look and feel of the wig. Humid weather can cause hair to frizz, or cause voluminous styles to fall flat. Similarly, dryer air means dryer hair.
  • Natural hair wigs require extensive maintenance – just like your real hair would – and so benefit from a stylist experienced in dealing with natural hair. This also means, of course, that these hairpieces are just as versatile as your own hair and can be cut, coloured, and permed.
  • Human hair wigs will last a long time with proper care and can last a year or longer even with daily use.
  • Since human hair wigs are made of hair from several different people, the colours of the strands may vary slightly from wig to wig, meaning purchasing a backup in the same colour may result in two slightly different wigs.
  • Human hair wigs tend to be heavier than their synthetic counterparts of the same length and style.
  • Natural hair wigs are generally more expensive than wigs made of synthetic materials.

 

Synthetic Wigs

When it comes to synthetic fibre wigs, customers can opt for traditional synthetic or heat-resistant synthetic materials. Both have their pros and cons depending on your lifestyle and personality.

 

Some things to consider:

  • Unlike human hair wigs, synthetic wigs of any kind cannot be coloured.
  • Traditional synthetic wigs tend to be better suited for wearers who prefer a “wash and go” style. The wig will return to its styled shape after drying. Heat-resistant wigs also have style memory and will return to their last heat-styled look.
  • Synthetic wigs of any type generally do not last as long as natural hair wigs. Traditional synthetics last about 4-6 months while heat-resistant synthetics have an even shorter lifespan.
  • Both traditional and heat-resistant synthetic wigs tend to be less expensive than human hair wigs.
  • Neither type of synthetic wig will react to weather. Perfect for wearers in humid or very dry climates!
  • Traditional synthetics can be unnaturally shiny. Heat-resistant synthetics do not tend to have this problem.
  • Synthetic wigs must be washed and conditioned with products made specifically for synthetic hair.

 

Primepower by Ellen Wille Wigs

This blend of synthetic fibres and natural hair is exclusive to Ellen Wille Wigs.

 

Some things to consider:

  • Prime Hair wigs combine the best of both worlds, with “pre-set” styles that can also be styled with heat tools.
  • Prime Hair combines the look and feel of natural hair with the easier maintenance of synthetic fiber.
  • These Ellen Wille WIgs (see the Primepower collection here) can be cut and styled by a stylist experienced in working with human hair wigs.
  • Prime Hair wigs can be maintained with products designed for human hair wigs.

 

Knowing the best and worst attributes of the different types of wigs can mean the difference between choosing your perfect wig or a hairpiece nightmare. Weigh your options, consult with a stylist, and get ready to rock your fabulous new look!

Choosing the Perfect Wig for YOUR Face Shape

When choosing a wig, it is important to know what styles will flatter your face and help you achieve your desired look. Determining your face shape is the best way to decide this, and it’s easier than you might think.

 

Finding Your Shape

To find your face shape, stand in front of a mirror, looking straight ahead, and pull your hair back. Use a bar of soap, lipstick, or a dry erase marker to trace the shape of your face’s reflection in the mirror. Alternately, you can take a photo of yourself (again, looking straight ahead with your hair pulled back) and trace your face shape on the photograph. This can be done using the edit tool on most smartphones.

 

Round

Round faces have fewer angles than other face shapes. Ladies with round faces should stick with linear styles to balance the fullness of the cheeks. Short, rounded bobs are a definite no! Angles, layers, and side parts are all excellent ways to counter facial curves and add definition to an otherwise circular profile. Try “Bridgette” from Revlon Wigs.

 

Rectangle

Like the name implies, rectangle faces are longer than they are wide and have squared off angles, with the forehead and chin being of similar width. Bangs are the best way to take some length from your visage, while fuller sides with waves help to create the illusion of more balance. Try “Janelle” from Noriko Wigs.

 

Square

Square faces have the angles of a rectangle face with the length-to-width ratio of a round face. Go with a longer length to stretch the face and add shorter layers to cut down on the appearance of width. Try “Nightlife Lace” from Gisela Mayer Wigs.

 

Diamond

Diamond shapes are wider at the cheekbones and narrower at the forehead and chin. Bangs can balance the narrow forehead, while bob styles can add fullness to the chin. Just be sure to avoid too much volume on the sides. Try “Jolie” by Noriko Wigs.

 

Heart

Heart-shaped faces are wider at the forehead and more narrow at the chin with full cheeks. Long pageboy styles create width at the chin without adding fullness around the cheekbones. Avoid shorter styles that draw attention to the width of your face. Bangs can help cover a wide forehead. Try “Petite Portia” by Revlon Wigs.

 

Oval

Oval shapes are the hourglass figures of face shapes. Well-balanced and proportioned, ovals can pull off pretty much any style. Long, short, straight, or curly, the sky’s the limit! Try “Illusion” from Ellen Wille Wigs’ Primepower collection.

 

The beauty of wigs is that they can be changed as often as your personality and budget allow. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and try new styles that suit the ever-changing you!

What Causes Female Hair Loss?

For most women their hair is one of the defining outward signs of their femininity and losing it can be a crushing blow. They can feel unattractive and different although, according to The Daily Telegraph, more than a fifth of the women surveyed aged over 25 in the UK say they suffer from the condition. Around half of sufferers are aged between 45 and 64 and it is probable that up to 50% of women over 65 have some sort of female pattern baldness. But it can also occur in much younger women and children.

 

Women lose their hair from a variety of causes. However as many of the conditions are treatable, once the alopecia (the general term for hair loss) is noticed, the first step is to consult a GP who will investigate why this is happening and whether there are any clinical ways of treating the hair loss. At Joseph’s Wigs, our Amore Wigs and Ellen Wille Wigs boost confidence to help you continue feeling attractive while your hair regrows.

 

Alopecia, comes in many forms and appears to be triggered by such diverse factors as stress, hormones, hair dye, over-styling, depression and diet. It can also be hereditary, Alopecia areata, which causes patchy hair loss is one of the more common forms and is thought to be an auto immune condition. If you are genetically predisposed to it, a trigger, such as stress, can make your body recognise hair follicles as foreign and attack them. Scottish TV presenter Gail Porter had an advanced form of this, alopecia totalis, which resulted in her losing all the hair on her scalp and she campaigned fiercely for awareness of the condition. Her hair has now grown back but there is always a chance she could lose it again.

 

Androgenetic alopecia, the most common type of progressive hair loss is also known as male or female pattern baldness and is a general thinning of the hair. It is more prevalent after the menopause, when oestrogen levels fall. This is still a taboo subject for most women although with celebrities like Cheryl Baker and Maureen Nolan discussing their menopausal hair loss on TV, barriers are being broken down.

 

A common cause of hair loss in younger women is traction alopecia caused by excessive pulling or tension on hair shafts which can result from tight hairstyles or the overuse of weaves. Celebrities, who are constantly changing their hairstyles or Afro Caribbean women who have had their hair tightly braided for a long time may be particularly prone to this.

There are many other causes of hair loss in women, not least that caused by chemotherapy drugs to treat cancer. The important thing to remember is that in very many cases the hair will grow back. And meanwhile – well, you always have that stylish wig to fall back on.

Tips For Women Buying A Wig For The First Time

Our hair is our crowning glory – quite literally! For a woman, her hair is an integral part, perhaps one of the most important parts, of how she presents herself to the world. When her hair looks good, she feels good. After all, we all know what a ‘bad hair’ day feels like. Our appearance and body image are intricately tied up with how we feel on the inside.

 

However, for a number of reasons our hair doesn’t always look good. Time issues, scalp sensitivity, hair loss through medical conditions like alopecia or from medical treatments, or a desire to protect our natural hair from damage through over styling can all make buying a wig a sensible option. And sometimes we just feel the need for a temporary change, short hair to long, blonde to brunette, depending on our mood. A wig is the ideal solution.

 

But what are the sensible steps to take before buying a wig for the first time? Whether you buy from a shop or online you will need to know the circumference of your head to ensure a snug, comfortable fit. Take a tape measure and starting in the middle of your forehead, wrap it around your head, going down above the ears, to the base of the skull where the wig will end, and then bringing it back up again to meet the start of the tape on the forehead.

 

Next think about what you will be doing when wearing your wig. An elaborately styled fashion accessory is great for an evening out but if your wig is to be worn daily to cover hair loss or baldness, something that needs minimal styling might suit an active, busy lifestyle better. You must decide whether you want the wig to be made of synthetic fibres such as the stylish, double monofilament examples at Amore Wigs, from real human hair, or a combination of the two, all available at Ellen Wille Wigs.

 

Consider the shape of your face and make sure you choose something that suits you. A style that looks good on Meryl Streep will not necessarily do as much for Emma Stone. If you want the hair to look more natural, take into account your skin tones when choosing colour. Warm skin tones look better with honey blonde, chestnut brown, ebony brown-black or coppery red shades whereas platinum blonde, ash brown, auburn or inky, raven black tend to suit cool skin tones.

 

Of course, on that big night out, with clever use of makeup, anything goes. Push the boat out, be outrageous, feel sexy and most of all wear your wig with confidence.

Never Let Alopecia Stop You

Team GB returned home with a record number of gold medals from the Rio Olympics this year, and among the winners there were some new records set. Both the men and women’s cycling team won gold in the team pursuit final, and both teams broke the world record.

 

Athletes achieve extraordinary feats to compete in the Olympics and their stories can inspire us to pursue our ambitions and overcome obstacles. One of these remarkable athletes is Joanna Rowsell Shand: she’s a gold medalist on the women’s cycling team. In the team pursuit she won gold at both the London 2012 Olympics and again this year in Rio, helping her teammates set a new record finish time.

 

Joanna suffers from alopecia areata, an auto immune disease that causes lumps of hair to sporadically fall out, some of which never grows back. Although she sports a human hair wig most of the time, Joanna proudly showed her bald head during both Olympic medal ceremonies, just as she did back in 2012.

 

Our sporting hero doesn’t worry too much about her alopecia: “Everyone does their hair in the morning. I put a wig on. That’s just what I do. It’s not something that enters my day-to-day thoughts. The more I get asked about it, the more I think maybe I should be worried about it, maybe I look awful.”

 

In fact, the 27-year-old has some advantages over her teammates. Laura Trott and Lizzie Armitstead have to shave their legs regularly, and fitting a head of hair under those relatively small aero helmets can be time consuming. Joanna slips her helmet on over her bald head and she’s ready to go.

 

Most importantly, Joanna keeps her focus on what matters most to her: her cycling. She won gold at the 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2014 World Championships and can now add two more Olympic golds to her trophy cabinet collection. About alopecia she says:

 

“I don’t want it to define me, but some people do. Like putting on their Twitter profile: ‘Alopecia sufferer.’ I would never say that. I would never put: ‘I’m an asthma sufferer,’ or ‘I’ve currently got flu.”

 

A natural-looking hairpiece like a Noriko wig can offer a carefree solution for anyone looking to regain confidence out on the field.

 

Joanna Rowsell Shand, Olympic gold medalist suffers from Alopecia areata.

               Never Let Alopecia Stop You

Amazing Wig Facts You’re About to Know

Wigs. The reasons for wearing them aren’t quite as mysterious as the facts that surround them. Hairpieces, like Amore wigs can add volume to thinning hair or give us a stylish solution to hair loss. Wigs haven’t only been worn to cover up baldness though; Mozart, Queen Elizabeth and Louis the 14th loved wigs for their high (literally tall) style.

 

Beloved actors like Nicolas Cage wear wigs, and not just for roles, but to hide those unsightly bald patches – have you seen photos of him recently? And have you ever seen Rihanna’s real hair? Who knows, have you?

 

Wigs were first worn by the Egyptians thousands of years ago, while Europeans later used wigs to cover open soars and baldness caused by a syphilis outbreak during the renaissance. Here are some amazing facts about wigs that will blow the talcum powder right off your head.

 

Mummy wore a wig

Where better a place for the birth of head covers than a desert where the sun beats down relentlessly? The first hairpieces were worn by ancient Egyptians for ritual purposes, although the nobility shaved their head, and slaves were forbidden from wearing them. Because wigs were worn during ceremonies they were often elaborately decorated with ribbons, beads, and gold. The wigs were made of human or horse hair. The fashion of the early Kingdom dictated either long straight-haired wigs or short curly locks.

 

Charles II wore his mistresses like he wore wigs

Charles loved having mistresses, and everyone knew it, even the other (jealous) mistresses. He had fourteen illegitimate children and over fifteen lovers. Rumour even has it that he had the pubic hair of his favourite mistresses made into wigs. That’s a nice way to remember the people you love.

 

The Sun King protected his head from the sun

Louis XIV ruled over everything from empire to fashion. He didn’t care much for hairpieces until, like most men his age, male pattern baldness nudged him towards wigs. He loved the new look and began commissioning an impressive collection of 1000 wigs made by an army of 40 wigmakers.

 

Quickies

  • Queen Elizabeth had her own sizeable collection of over 150 wigs.
  • Wigs were originally called perukes, then periwigs, then wigs for short.
  • The most expensive wig of all time was auctioned for $10,800, it belonged to Andy Warhol.

 

Wigs have been with us for a long time, and they’ve only got better with time. We no longer need to powder our hairpieces to participate in the latest fashions, and far from the tall monstrosities that rested on the heads of 18th century aristocracy, human hair wigs such as Amore wigs look more like real hair than ever.

Why Going Bald Isn’t Bad

Studies have shown that we’re very quick to notice other people’s shoes, even before we see their face. This happens in a gazillionth of a second, which is of course the scientific way of putting it. The next thing we notice are eyes and hair.

 

We’re all self-conscience about one or more of our physical traits; some people feel they have an unsightly nose, while others worry obsessively over the length and thickness of their eyebrows. There are a number of ways in which we express ourselves outwardly, and since hair compliments our face shape, it’s natural that a great deal of attention goes into styling it. Most of us won’t be seen in public until our hair is positioned just right, from shoulder length curls to bangs where every hair is pulled ever so slightly to the right.

 

All the time and attention we give to appearance means it can be pretty traumatising if an immune disorder or medical treatment causes us to lose our hair. There’s definitely a fear that if we look different, people might not see us for who we are. If an instant confidence boost is what’s needed to get through the worst of it, an Amore wig offers you a stylish option, otherwise – here are a few reasons why going bald isn’t bad.

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Erika wig | Amore

All your best features featured

Although we use hair to highlight our favourite features, we also have a tendency to hide too many elements. The amount of hair loss caused by chemotherapy or alopecia depends on the immune system and can range from losing lumps of hair (alopecia areata), to losing all the hair on the body (universal alopecia – much rarer). In the case of the latter, there isn’t much choice but to embrace hair loss with a new style; a new you, as it were.

 

Ears are often hidden from view, even the most perfect oval specimens, and if you thought your hair brought out the best in your eyes, everyone will be drawn to their fantastic colour, now that there’s no hair to distract.

 

Bald looks spectacular with jewellery. A pair of large oval earrings, a multi-tiered necklace, everything just stands out so much better.

 

Less hassle

It might seem like a minor point, but never having to wash and condition your hair saves a lot of time. Every minute of sleep is surely cherished in those morning hours before the sun makes an appearance. If you want to cover you head, a turban or a headscarf still carry over the grace of those classic Hollywood stars. A wig only needs a wash every 5 to 7 days.

 

A new look everyday

Come to work bald one day, and with a fabulous head of human hair the next; no one else can enjoy these extremely different styles interchangeably. Nowadays there are a huge number of human hair wigs, like the offering from Ellen Wille wigs that look so natural your stylist will be fooled. Choose from a range of looks you’ve always wanted to try, because bald you has all the freedom – look however you want, for a month, for a day, or just during that office party.

 

Being bald isn’t bad, in fact it’s great. It’s a chance to try new things and express the you you want people to see that day. Who knows, maybe tomorrow they’ll see a whole other side of you. But you can decide that in the morning, with time to spare.

You Can Lose Your Hair, But Not Your Positivity

The first time I saw a laughing group meet up in the park I was sceptical. People gathered in a circle and began forcing themselves to laugh. They certainly looked ridiculous doing it, but I figured there must be some value to it if they were willing to make these seemingly embarrassing howls.

 

And yet, after a couple of minutes, and to the general irritation of other park goers seeking peace and quiet, the group of laughers kept laughing, but by now there was something natural about it. There was nothing I could see that they were laughing about. No one told a joke, and there was nothing funny going on. Yet some of the members were in tears. I even picked up on a couple of knee slaps.

 

After 30 minutes of straight up laughter, my curiosity finally got the better of me, and though I didn’t dare interrupt this outburst of joy, I gently tapped the shoulders of an older man who was kneeled over from all the laughing.

 

I asked what they were laughing about. And to my surprise, ‘absolutely nothing’ came back as the teary-eyed reply. Another lady chimed in, ‘We just force ourselves to laugh until we’re actually laughing.’

 

Laughter is contagious, so are colds of course, but laughing is good for us. When we let ourselves be caught up in stress and negativity, the culmination takes a heavy toll on our body. Prolonged unhappiness, or stress, or a combination of the two can lead to heart conditions, illness and even hair loss. If you’re wondering about the science behind this, let me get a little more technical.

 

An example of how a negative external factor can affect our health comes in the form of a destructive oxygen molecule produced by our internal systems. This highly reactive type of oxygen is a called a free radical. Free radicals break down other molecules into unstable atoms with an uneven number of electrons. When an atom has an uneven number of electrons it will take its deficit from other (healthy) molecules. The more we allow ourselves to be exposed to harmful environmental factors, the more free radicals our body produces.

 

Our hair is kept healthy by the immune system. Even if hereditary or medical factors play a role in derailing our systems, staying positive is one way of keeping things on track. Of course in an article it’s easy to say that – but joining that laughing group is very good for your hair. If you need to cover your head, Amore wigs and other great human hair wigs from our selection offer you a natural-looking stylish alternative that will keep you feeling confident.

 

Happiness is social; don’t go it alone. Do yoga, find a meditation group and share your woes with people – anyone, even the guy who’s eating his lunch on the bench beside you. Staying positive is a process that takes constant work. With time, you will be rewarded with knee-slapping laughter, so just keep at it.

Laughter Yoga

And if all else fails, there’s always a stunning Amore wig to help make you look as good as you feel.

What to Know About Wig Caps

A stunning wig is only as good as the beautiful head beneath it, and the wig cap which fits somewhere in between. Few of us know much about the different types of cap that help give wigs their shape, so to help you make the best wig choice, we’ve compiled a list of the most common wig cap constructions and a few of the advantages each cap has to offer, whether you’re looking at a stunning Noriko wig or a beautiful Mantra Scarf by Christine headwear.

Monofilament

Wigs constructed onto a monofilament cap are some of the most natural-looking hairpieces around. Hairs are hand tied to a sheer base for styling versatility. The sheer base can be sewn to the top of the wig cap at the crown, or along the sides depending on the wig construction.

Monofilament

Double Monofilament

Double monofilament caps share the same construction as their monofilament counterparts, but employ a second sheer base for people with sensitive scalps, or anyone seeking an extra level of comfort. These wig caps are especially advised for anyone undergoing chemotherapy.

 

Lace Front

This cap is named so because of the lace mesh construction at the front of the wig, to which hairs are individually hand tied for the most natural-looking hairline possible. Many lace front wigs can be worn right off the shelf, but if you prefer a snug fit the lace mesh can be cut to size. This type of wig cap offers wearers unparalleled styling versatility, as hair can be pulled back or worn in an up do and still look real.

 

Net Foundation

If you haven’t quite found the wig for you, you might want to ask a wig stylist about constructing a hairpiece to your specifications. The best wig cap for making custom wigs is a simple net foundation. Hairs are fitted and then styled onto a net base.

 

Basic Caps

The most common type of cap construction. Hairs are directly sewn onto the cap, and a closed layer of lace covers the top. A “capless wig” simply refers to another common type of cap where lace strips, rather than a closed lace layer, are used. The latter helps the wig ‘breathe’ on warmer days.

 

Wigs are a flexible solution for anyone suffering from hair loss. Choose the wig construction you’re most comfortable with – whether a Noriko wig, Ellen Wille wig or Amore wig – your next decision will be a choice between synthetic hair wigs and human hair wigs.

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