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  • Posted on May 23, 2016 by Wig Expert

    Wigs have come a long way since your grandmother’s day! The new advancements in alternative hair technology come together to deliver the most contemporary styles making it impossible to tell the difference between a wig and natural hair.  

    But, before you consider style and color, it’s important to find the best cap to suit your needs so you can fully enjoy your wig.

    The Base

    The wig cap or base, is the material the wig hairs are attached to. Newer caps are lighter and more durable to give you a more comfortable fit and a look that’s completely natural. There are four basic types of cap features you should be familiar with next time you’re looking for a wig. Each one has its particular advantages, and unique technique by which hair is attached.

    4 Types of Cap Features

    100% Hand-tied

    Also known as 100% hand-knotted, these comfortable and lightweight caps are among the very best available. Each hair is individually hand-tied to the cap to create the most natural movement. This allows the hairs to move freely, and you get the added bonus of styling versatility which allows you to comb the hair in any direction. It has the softest and smoothest base which contours to the scalp, giving a near custom fit; ideal for sensitive scalps or hair loss.

    Monofilament

    There are two types of monofilament tops:

    •  A full mono top allows for parting and styling versatility.
    •  A double mono top gives an extra layer of soft material for added comfort (perfect for sensitive skin or scalps).

    This is a wonderful option that offers very natural hair growth from the scalp where the hair is parted. The monofilament can be found just at the crown, along a pre-defined part or across the full top of the wig. Similar to the 100% hand-tied caps, each hair is individually hand-tied to a sheer base (but not the entire cap).

    Lace front

    These caps are more popular than ever! Once very expensive and found only on Hollywood productions, they are now much more accessible. Made of delicate materials that should be handled with care, the lace goes from temple-to-temple, or are extended from ear-to-ear and designed to blend in with a variety of skin tones. Each hair is individually tied to the cap, but like monofilament wigs (not to the entire cap).  This allows for styling the hair away from the face while maintaining the illusion of a natural front hair line. Most are ready-to-wear and don’t require tape or adhesive for attachment.

    Basic cap

    These are the most durable and affordable wig caps. They include both cap-less and traditional constructions, identified by the open wefting in the cap for better air ventilation. A weft is a curtain of hair sewn onto the cap. The hair on these caps are pre-teased at the root to mask the cap beneath, which often gives the hair natural volume at the crown.

    You may find that some styles incorporate more than one cap feature, some even vary by brand. Knowing about these cap features will help you choose wigs that are more comfortable and better suited for your needs.

    Learn more about our wig cap features, and shop by cap construction. Don’t forget to watch our product videos for individual style details. We love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and let us know which wig caps work best for your needs.

     


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  • Posted on May 16, 2016 by Wig Expert

    Top pieces are a great solution for localized hair loss. The best top piece covers the affected area while delivering exceptional comfort. Identifying the nature and extent of your hair loss is the key to determining the right solution for your needs.

    Stages of Hair Loss: The first step in determining what kind of coverage you need is to identify your stage of hair loss.

    Stage I: Hair loss is in a diffused pattern on top of the head. Hair loss at this stage is noticeable, but minimal.
    Stage II: Hair loss is more noticeable, and more of the scalp may be visible.
    Stage III: At this stage hair loss is very noticeable, and the scalp is clearly visible.

    Area of Hair Loss: The second step is to identify the location of hair loss.

    Front/Fringe: Hair loss is localized at or near the front hair line.
    Part: Hair loss is localized within the top of the scalp near the part or crown.
    Top: Light to moderate hair loss localized at the top of the scalp near the part or the crown.
    Crown: Hair loss is localized at or near the back of the scalp.
    Diffused: Hair loss is localized at the top of the scalp and is spread through much of the area.
    Total/Complete: Complete loss of hair.

    The Best Solution: The third step is to select the best type of coverage for your need.

    Clip-in bangs/fringe are the perfect solution for thinning hair at the front hairline or temples.

     

    Clip-in, volumizing hairpieces and extensions help you fill in thinning areas or fine hair. This is the ideal solution for hair loss localized within a smaller area of the head.

     

     

     

    Clip-in top pieces with smaller bases work best for light to moderate hair loss at the top of the head near the part or crown.

     

    Clip-in top pieces with larger bases are the solution for extensive hair loss at the top, crown, or more diffused stages of hair loss.

     

    100% Hand-Tied & Double Monofilament Wigs are the ideal solution for complete hair loss and the preferred wigs by women with hair loss because of the smoother surface and comfortable caps which eliminate irritation and friction against the scalp.

     

    We're here to help you find a solution to regain your confidence. For more assistance, we developed our Hair Matchmaker tool to help you easily classify your particular type and degree of hair loss matched up with the best solution.

    Write to us below and share solutions you’ve found for managing hair loss. Check out our One Woman's Story video series where we feature amazing women sharing their journey through wearable hair to inspire you. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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  • Posted on May 9, 2016 by Wig Expert

    Great hair deserves great care and one of the secrets to making your wigs, hairpieces and hair extensions look great longer, is proper care.

    If you’re new to wearing alternative hair, consider a kit that will outfit you with all you need to maintain your investment.

    Wigs.com loves the BeautiMark collection because its formulated specifically for wearable hair and free of parabens.

    5 of Your Biggest Alternative Hair Care Questions Answered

    Why can’t I just use regular shampoos and conditioners?

    Using products that are not formulated for your hair can damage the fiber causing it to look dull and feel brittle. Using products specially formulated for your hair type returns it to its natural sheen, prolonging that supple movement that’s so crucial to a natural look.

    Can I use Woolite to wash my hair?

    While there was a practice of simply throwing your wig or hairpiece in with the dirty laundry, newer synthetic fibers can be more sensitive to products which are not specifically formulated for your particular hair type.

    I have wigs made of human hair and synthetic fiber, can I use the same product on both?

    Synthetic hair and human hair each have special needs in order to maintain their optimal look and feel. But to maintain its beautiful condition, you must use specially formulated hair care products designed for your type of hair.

    Should I wash my wig and hairpieces every day to keep it clean?

    There’s no need to clean your wearable hair daily. But we do recommend a regular cleaning every 6-8 wears.

    What should I do to keep my hair looking its best between washings?

    Natural hair is kept hydrated with oils from the scalp.This, of course, does not happen with wigs or hair add-ons. While we don’t recommend washing your wearable hair every day, it is critical that you hydrate daily with leave-in conditioner. These products will also protect hair prior to any heat styling.

    Synthetic

    The Leave-In Conditioner for synthetic hair comes in an 8-ounce spray bottle and is made of a lightweight formula that conditions and detangles.

    Human Hair

    The Hydra Conditioner is specially formulated for human hair and comes in an 8-ounce tube and PH balanced to create healthy hair that is smooth and soft.

    Hair Care Systems by Beautimark

    The Beautimark care systems were first perfected for synthetic hair.

    Synthetic

    The great thing about synthetic hair is that it requires very little care and maintenance. The 10-piece Wig Essentials Kit for Synthetic Hair includes all the products and tools you need for cleaning and styling.

    One of our Beautifmark clients, Marge, had this to say about our shampoo and conditioner for synthetic hair: "I love how my wigs look after they are freshly washed with this shampoo. Plus they smell great! I use the Leave-In conditioner also and think the two work well together. Out of the different shampoos I've used on my wigs this is by far the best."

    Human Hair

    Human Hair wigs can last a lot longer than synthetics, but that’s only If you take proper care of them. After much success with our care products for synthetic hair, we extended our line to include Beautimark products specially formulated for human hair.

    The 5pc PURE CARE System cleans, conditions, protects, revitalizes and adds shine to chemically processed hair. It includes, everything you need to care for your human hair wigs, extensions and hairpieces. The formula is so good; you can even use it on your own hair!

    Lisa loves it so much she said: I have fallen in love with this product. My hair is so hydrated but unlike most hydrating products it doesn't weigh my hair down. I tried the recovery mask in the 5 piece set and I can honestly say I have never seen such a great conditioning treatment ...ever! It is a must have for sure.”

    Checkout our tips to help you care for your wearable hair. As a bonus, you can also watch our video on how to properly wash any wig like an expert. Don’t forget to leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.


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  • Posted on May 5, 2016 by Wig Expert

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    1 in 4 women in the United States have some form of hair loss. Hair loss comes in many forms, from thin, fine hair at the front hairline to advanced diffused hair loss throughout. Not every woman is ready for a full system or wig; Jon Renau toppers are great for everything ranging from fashion to the mid-progressive stages of hair loss.

    How to properly measure for a topper:
    Follow these steps to determine the size of the area that needs coverage.

    1. Determine the area of hair loss
    2. Using a fabric measuring tape, measure area from front to back and record results
    3. Measure area from side to side and record results

    Be sure to factor in clip attachments on base. There must be a sufficient amount of hair to attach clip to.

    How to choose the right base:
    Use the chart below to determine which topper is best for you. Be sure to check the “BASE DIMENSIONS” column for the proper base size, based on your measurements. Remember, the clips must attach in an area with a sufficient amount of hair.

    How to apply a topper:
    Follow these steps to properly apply the topper you have chosen.

    1. Place over area of hair loss and check in the mirror for balance and style
    2. Apply front of topper about 1”-2” (2.5 - 5 cm) back from the natural hair line. Incorporate natural hairline (if available) for most natural look
    3. Secure front clip. Place hand on top of base to support as you secure the back clip(s), keeping base flat and taught against head. Do not pull when applying
    4. Secure side clips, keeping base flat and taught against head
    5. Blend topper with hair and style as desired

    TIP:
    If there is no hair present at the clip attachment site, you can remove the clip and apply using adhesive (on polyurethane areas only)


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  • Posted on March 21, 2016 by Wig Expert

     

    Spring is finally here and what better time to consider a COLOR change? This year’s go-to hair color emphasizes the natural with cooler hues of blonde, brunette, and red to fit your complexion and undertones. We’ve put together the best hair color ideas as well as useful examples to help you take advantage of this season’s most beautiful trend for wig lovers.

    Blondes

    This spring’s golden locks are featured with darker roots and darker shades for a more natural appearance. Bronde is a fusion of blonde and brunette. It’s a way for blondes to get into the cool color trend without going too dark. For this look, find a dark blonde or light brown shade that works for you with just the right amount of golden highlights for a natural-looking honeyed color.

     

    Play It Straight by Raquel Welch | Color: R29S+                               

    Angelica by Noriko | Color: Macadamia LR

    Disc by Ellen Wille | Color Dark-Sand-Rooted

     

    Brunettes

    Brunette hair is wonderfully versatile and its popularity lies in the fact that it complements every skin tone. This season’s trend features woodsey hues ranging from caramel to chocolate with just the right amount of subtle blonde highlights to create movement. This spring consider the right mix of warm and cool browns to give your hair a velvety appearance.

     

    Julianne by Jon Renau | Color: FS6/30/27-Toffee Truffle

    Blake by Jon Renau|Color: 6F27

    Risk by Ellen Wille | Color: Hot Chocolate Mix

     

     

    Red

    This spring brings with it a powerful color trend for ginger fans that’s gaining traction. Ronze is a mixture of copper-red and bronze which delivers a tone that is coppery and autumnal for a natural effect. It’s a perfect color for fair complexions with contrast that warms the skin, yet it has the versatility to complement all complexions with shades that range from light to dark.

     

    Infatuation by Jon Renau | Color R3329S

    Angie by Jon Renau | Color: 6F27 

    Autograph by Raquel Welch | Color: RL32/31

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    No matter what color you choose this season, the trick is making it look like yours by keeping hues looking like what you were born with.

    Share your favorite color trends this spring by leaving a comment below.

     


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  • Posted on March 7, 2016 by Wig Expert

     

    Wavy hair goes with warm weather like surfboards and picnic baskets. Low maintenance yet stylish, this summertime go-to is popular and looks great in any season. But how do you get that effortlessly tousled look? It’s fast and easier than you think. Check out our tutorial and easy step-by-step guide for getting the Perfect Loose Wave with Spirit by Ellen Wille!

     

    We’ll be demonstrating on Spirit, which is part of the new Prime Power collection by Ellen Wille. Due to it’s unique blend of human hair enhanced with premium synthetic fiber, Prime hair can be heat styled up to 350 degrees. You’ll also need a 1 inch curling iron. We used the 1” Professional Ceramic Spring Iron by Gold N Hot. (Want to watch as we style? Check out our video on How To Style Prime Hair.)

    Step 1: Set your curling iron to a maximum temperature of 350 degrees. Any higher will melt the fibers.

     

     

    Step 2: The secret to perfecting this style is leaving the ends straight. Start by taking a 1 inch width piece of hair from the part and wrap it around the barrel of the curling iron leaving about 2 inches uncurled. *Note-We are using a standard barrel curling iron. You can achieve the same look by using a curling wand which won’t clip the hair.)

     

     

    Step 3: Twist the curling iron away from your face to create an outward curl.

     

     

    Step 4: Hold for about 5-10 seconds.

     

     

    Step 5: Pull the barrel lower on the curl and hold for another 2-3 seconds.

     

     

    Step 6: Gently pull the curl as you remove the curling iron from the hair.

     

     

    Step 7: Repeat this process working your way around your head until you arrive at the other side of the part.

     

     

    Step 8: Run your fingers through your hair a few times to soften the curls.

     

     

    Step 9: Now you have the perfect loose wave!

     

     

    Let us know what you think in the comments!


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