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  • Posted on March 16, 2012 by Wig Expert

    A significant number of men and women are afraid of wearing wigs because of the ‘wiggy’ factor. You know, the one in which you feel like you are wearing a flashing sign announcing to everyone: “I’m wearing a wig! I’m wearing a wig!”

    Obviously no one wants their hair to look like a wig. Unless you’re wearing a huge colorful wig à la Nicki Minaj, you’re probably trying to pass your wig for natural hair. The good news is wig technology has come a long way – just ask Sarah-Catherine, our contest winner. She’s been wearing wigs for many years and has seen the progress wigs have made over time (make sure to check out her interview). The fiber used for quality synthetic wigs is now so realistic, it is a great substitute for human hair. If this isn’t reason enough to convince you of how natural wigs can look, let’s chat about monofilament tops.

    Monofilament Wigs

    Examples of Monofilament Diagrams for Raquel Welch and Jon Renau Wigs

    Examples of Monofilament Diagrams

     

    What’s a monofilament top, you ask? It's simply a term used to describe the materials from which a wig’s cap construction is made. The material mono tops (short for monofilament wigs) are made from consists of a thin, mesh, nylon fabric. This thin material is ideal because it allows plenty of ventilation, which in turn makes the wig cap cool and comfortable. If you’re wearing wigs due to hair loss and you have a sensitive scalp, then this is definitely the best wig cap for you. The filament-like material is ideal for a tender scalp.

    Another advantage to this material is the sheer, skin-like appearance it gives off. The sheer color helps the cap blend in with the color of your skin. This not only disguises the wig’s cap, but also gives the illusion of natural hair growth at the scalp. A double monofilament top has an extra layer of fabric for extra comfort.

    Usually monofilament constructions are hand-tied, but can also be machine-sewn. Because the hair is tied directly onto the mono top, it can be parted in any given direction allowing the movement of the hair to begin at the scalp. Imagine being able to change the style around without the fear of revealing your wig!

    The main difference between hand-tied and machine-sewn is the way the hair or fiber is sewn onto the monofilament mesh material. When a mono top is hand-tied, each hair is individually sewn; a machine-sewn mono top, ties groups of hair together. The advantage of each individual fiber being hand-tied is the natural flowy movement; by contrast when groups of fibers are sewn together the movement is not as free. Think about it, each strand of our hair grows out from the scalp individually, so a hand-tied monofilament mimics the natural hair growth – it’s just as real. Although more expensive, the added bonus for hand-tying each hair is in the way each hair is tightly secured, totally reducing the amount of shedding – making your wig last longer. You get what you pay for, but either technique will give you a super realistic look!

    As you can see there’s truly a wig for every person. You just have to know what you want. Wig constructions will continue to evolve and improve. And we can’t wait to see what comes next!

    Monofilament Wig Examples

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    This post was posted in Monofilament and was tagged with monofilament, monofilament wig, monofilament wigs, Wig, Wigs.com

  • Posted on March 9, 2012 by Wig Expert

    Sarah-Catherine is like a breath of fresh air. It’s been a couple of weeks since we announced our contest winner and we had the amazing opportunity to interview her. We conducted our interview via Skype and learned so many wonderful, inspiring things from Sarah-Catherine (or SC for short), we just had to share! We covered everything from her passions in life, to the struggles of growing up with Alopecia. We urge you to read on… and dare you not to love her.
    Interview with Sarah-Catherine
    Wigs.com: Hi Sarah-Catherine! We’d love to get to know you a little bit better, so can you tell us a little bit more about yourself? How would you describe yourself?
    SC: Oh wow, sure! I’m adventuresome, I’m spiritual. I love life and I try to go after it. I’m happily married as of October [2011]. I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas and that’s where I live. It’s part of my identity as well, even though I’ve traveled a lot and gone to school elsewhere, I’m a Little Rock girl.
    Wigs.com: Oh that’s great! Now getting more into the role that wigs play in your life we have a few questions. As a woman when you’re getting dressed and dolled up, what does your routine consist of, involving your wig? Is it easier or does it present a challenge?
    SC: Oh, it’s much easier! I’ve worn wigs for a long time. I don’t remember, probably as a kid I had to do my hair but I’ve seen friends and my mom spend a long time on their hair and that’s a foreign concept to me. My hair has grown back at one point but if it were to grow back again, which is entirely possible, I think I would probably just shave my head and continue to wear wigs. I couldn’t imagine having to blow-dry my hair or curl it. I would never want to add that extra time to my day on a daily basis.
    Wigs.com: You said you’ve needed a wig since you were a kid, do you feel comfortable sharing with us what your hair loss is a result to and why you started wearing wigs?
    SC: In the fourth grade it fell out due to unknown causes, it is referred to as Alopecia. I lost all of my hair and it was really traumatic to me as a kid. The wigs at that time were really cumbersome, they were heavy and they were hot. They had too much hair in them as well. I wore the synthetic hair and at that time the hair would easily fray and become stiff. I can’t say enough bad things about the wigs when I was young (she laughs)! That combined with obviously not having a good wig that would stay on. There were a couple of really terrible moments in my life when they fell off in front of people. But you know they have evolved so nicely [since then] now they are light and I don’t worry about them coming off. I have a way that I secure them, so they will not come off. They look so much more natural and I don’t feel like I have this large presence on my head. They feel pretty normal now. I still have the same disease and the hair kind of comes and goes but doesn’t really grow in all the way. So I keep it shaved and wear a wig.
    Wigs.com: What motivated you to join our contest?
    SC: Well interestingly enough, I was very compelled to do it. You know… I hadn’t ever kept it a secret that I wear wigs, but I never broadcast it. When I wear a wig like this, people are always asking me where I get my haircut. If someone asks me once, I kind of skirt it, but if they insist then I tell them I wear a wig. When I saw this contest I had to make a decision, “Is this my moment where I’m basically broadcasting it?” And thought, yes it is time. Most of the people that start wearing wigs are wearing them because something much worse than hair falling out has happened. And hair falling out is just kind of adding another level of hardship, because our hair is interwoven with our egos. That’s just traditionally the way it is. To lose something like that, at a moment when you are already going through something so terrible like having a major illness, is kind of a double whammy. For me, I’m now used to wearing wigs and I enjoy wearing them. So I had the ability to say to somebody like that on a large scale that this is NOT going to be a hardship, this is actually going to be a fun experience, if you allow it to be and not worry about it; you’ll have a good time with it. To me it was a great opportunity to maybe be a little bit of a service in that way. It was a really gutsy thing to do because you don’t necessarily want everyone thinking of you when you are walking down the street, “Oh, she’s wearing a wig!” But I think that the benefits definitely are there and outweigh the potential negative.
    Wigs.com: When were you able to overcome your fears with wearing wigs? When did you reach that confident point?
    SC: That’s a great question. I think in college is when I had a little bit more acceptance of it. That’s when I found a great wig. Around my sophomore year my aunt had taken me to this designer wig studio and it just opened up all the possibilities. And I think having a really good wig is how I was able to finally come to some kind of peace with what had happened and knowing it [hair] wasn’t going to grow back. It was great, because you don’t want to put your life on hold for something to happen, that may never happen. So in [...]


    This post was posted in Interviews and was tagged with alopecia, contest, Sarah Catherine, Wig, Wigs.com

  • Posted on February 17, 2012 by Wig Expert

    What's your face got to do with it?

    As much as you covet Michelle Williams' perfect pixie or Rose Byrne's blunt bangs and bob combo, for one reason or another you hesitate. Something inside tells you that not only do both of those styles imply drastic changes, but you know they simply don't go with you. "I can't pull it off," you might think. And honestly, you probably can't. The culprit is your face shape. Therefore while some hairstyles are perfect, others… not so cute. Hey, we can't have it all!

    That's why today we're giving you the scoop on what hairstyles to avoid and which ones to rock for your face shape:

    Round Face

    Round face shape

     

     

     

     

     

    If you fear the roundness of your face will make you appear bigger than what you really are, don't fret! The key is to elongate and cut the width of your face.

    Avoid:

    • Chin-length bobs, exaggerate the roundness
    • Short curly hairstyles create a round shape around your face
    • One-length cuts, accentuate the roundness of your face, especially when parted down the middle

    Do:

    • Layers help soften wide cheeks
    • Side-swept bangs add length to a round face shape
    • Height at the crown lengthens the face

    We recommend these wig styles:

    Infatuation by Raquel Welch Jennifer by Jon Renau Bobbi by Envy

    Any hairstyle that increases the height of your face is favorable.

    Heart-Shaped Face

    heart-shaped-face

    Your face has such a unique (and loveable) shape that will work with most hairstyles. However, having a wider forehead and pointy chin, you'll want to divert the attention from both.

    Avoid:

    • Blunt bangs, draw attention to a pointy chin
    • Short full styles that emphasize the upper face
    • Height at the crown, draws the focus to a wide forehead

    Do:

    • Rounded bobs fill out the chin by creating width to the jaw bone
    • Cheek-level layers/bangs soften a harsh pointy chin
    • Layered and wavy curls add fullness to the chin and help round out the face.

    We recommend these wig styles:

    Carrie by Jon Renau Upstage by Raquel Welch Roll With It by Forever Young

    Don't forget your goal is to find a hairstyle that offers balance to the face.

    Oval Face

    oval-face-shape

    Your face shape is among the most common and the most versatile. Aren't you a lucky gal?

    Avoid:

    • Short layers can make face appear long
    • Curly blunt cuts, these create a pyramid effect
    • Voluminous hair hides your proportioned features

    Do:

    • Short bobs give the illusion of a square face shape
    • Layers or waves to accentuate cheekbones
    • Updos and hair pulled back, show off our face

    We recommend these wig styles:

    Scorpio by Revlon Christina by Wig Pro Caressa by Forever Young

    Your features are balanced and proportionate – don't be afraid to try different hairstyles!

    Square Face

    square-face-shape

    Worried your face is too harsh and may appear masculine? It's all good. Haven't you heard? It's hip to be square!

    Avoid:

    • Chin-length bobs, will make your face appear boxy
    • Pixie cuts emphasize the squareness of your flat chin
    • Straight heavy bangs will only accentuate your jaw line, making it appear heavier

    Do:

    • Textured hair (curls, choppy ends, soft & flowy) soften hard angles
    • 'Lobs' with side-swept, layered eye-grazing bangs give a diagonal illusion and keep the focus away from the squareness
    • Center parts make your square brow appear more narrow

    We recommend these wig styles:

    Destiny by Henry Margu Nicole by Jon Renau Limelight by Raquel Welch

    Some of the most beautiful women have square shape faces. You're in good company! Just remember to soften the sharp angles and minimize attention to your squared-off brow.

     

    All images provided by WireImage.com


    This post was posted in Tips & Tricks and was tagged with face shape, hair, hairstyles, style, Wig, wigs, Wigs.com

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