Coping with hair loss

How do I get the most natural + realistic looking wig?

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How do you get the most realistic supplemental hair?  Please keep reading below for our take on how to accomplish that goal. 

We are all about giving it to you straight without any sugar coating--though if you want to meet us for coffee and beignets we're up for that kind of sugar coating.  We'll enjoy a sweet treat while having straight talk about supplemental hair. ;-) 

The reality is that wearing supplemental hair comes with pros/cons as well as trade offs. Not so different than life, right?  You choose a path that works for you based on where you are and where you want to be in your life journey. Same goes for wearing hair.

Below is our take on how to get the most natural and realistic hair replacement wig~topper~3/4 wig~hair extensions.  You are uniquely you so these broad generalizations may not directly apply to you. The best way to figure out what is right for you is to set up a time to speak with us. We will be your supplemental hair tour guide and help you choose the right destination for YOU! 

Here it is:

1. If it seems too good to be true it probably is! We all know that old adage, right? You have probably seen on Instagram Ads wig companies selling gorgeous wigs for $20-30. These are typically companies that steal videos and photos from legitimate wig makers, trying to fool you into thinking that you’ll get the wig in their video or photo for a ridiculously low price. The fact is that the shipping costs more (the companies that do this type of false advertising are often located overseas) than what they claim the wig costs. Think about it…do you really believe you can get a high end human hair wig for less than $50!? Absolutely impossible. It is unlikely that you can even get a nice synthetic for that price. Buyer beware…you do get what you pay for!

2. Find out what type of wig looks best on you. This can be really challenging since that means you need to visit a local wig salon or store which aren’t available everywhere. Our advice (if it is at all possible) is an in person visit to a local wig salon or stylist. A wig salon or stylist can not only show you a variety of wigs to determine what looks best on you, they can also let you try them on. You can get a good idea color, style, length, density, type of hair and type of wig that you like best. For example, you might find that a partial wig looks and works best in your situation or that you prefer synthetics to human hair. If you can’t find a wig salon in your area you might be able to locate a local stylist who can help you. Often times a wig(or other supplemental hair product) doesn’t look natural simply due to it not being the right product for your unique situation. Finding out what looks best on you is crucial. Are you in our area or want to meet us? We can help you select the wig or other supplemental hair product that is right for you. Let us help you get new hair that is natural, undetectable and realistic.

3. Start with high quality materials.  That means not only the hair but the base materials. Quality matters tremendously when the goal is the most natural and realistic supplemental hair product. You can’t expect to use inferior quality materials and expect your new supplemental hair product to look/perform well. It might look good initially but after a few washes it will be a dry tangled rats nest. Not the look most of you are going for, am I right?

4. Have your product custom made to your exact specifications by a wig maker, not a factory worker.  The difference is tremendous. One is an art + a skill, the other just a skill.  A wig maker is able to visualize the overall aesthetic to create an individual work of art.  That is not a skill that can be taught, is is an intuitive understanding. It is kind of like seeing an original work of art by Monet (which we saw at our favorite museum, Musee d'Orsay.  Monet is our all time favorite artist and we never imagined we'd be so privileged to see his original art in person! We were brought to tears by seeing his original works of art.  We also nearly got arrested because we had a hard time not reaching out to touch the pieces! Just kidding but we were sooo tempted to touch!) and seeing a paint by numbers copy someone did.  They are the same but not, right? 

5. Individually select the hair from premium and the best quality hair available, Slavic European hair.  You can't skimp on the quality of the hair and expect a good result.  Again quality matters tremendously. Quality is also a very significant factor for longevity.

6.  Select low density. We put this portion in bold because we cannot stress strongly enough how significant density is in relation to realism. If the supplemental product has too much density it will look wiggy and unnatural. 

7. Select an all hand tied product.  All hand tied products are thinner and less bulky which results in a more natural looking finished product. They are also much cooler and more comfortable.

8. Once your supplemental product is completed, work with a local stylist in your area to customize + personalize it for you. ALL products need to be cut, tweaked, and personalized to make them your own and to make them look the most natural. They need to be customized to your unique look and style. No supplemental hair, no matter how spectacular, looks perfect without customization. (please remember that "perfect" is highly subjective!) 

What are the trade offs?  Well it all depends on what you consider a trade off and what your deal breakers are.  Here are some trade offs from our perspective that you must be willing to make:

1.  Longevity.  When you select low density, hand tied, and thin base materials it can impact longevity.  These products will not be as durable as heavier styles and will require appropriate daily care and maintenance.  

2.  Maintenance.  Your new supplemental hair product will require (read NOT OPTIONAL!) appropriate daily care as well as regular maintenance. These are not wash and go rough and tumble products. You should make sure you are well versed in how to properly care for them and prepared to do this on a daily basis. You MUST care for your product properly to get best and longest result and to avoid irreparably damaging it.  You also need the assistance of an expert supplemental hair stylist in your area to help you with the maintenance of your new supplemental hair product. 

3. Price:   Quality comes at a cost. As with the Monet analogy,  just like you won't get an original Monet for a bargain basement price (extreme example--don't worry our wigs aren't as expensive as an original work of art by a master!) you also won't get a custom made wig for a bargain price. We now offer a variety of wigs at a variety of price points that meet most budgets.

Want a a low price on a new wig? Check our our Clearance Section for great bargains!

We are also now offering Budget Friendly stock wigs Made with Eastern European Select hair

Our custom couture wigs are comprised of the top, best quality materials and are individually hand made in Europe by highly skilled artisan wig makers. Only the best of the best hair goes into these wigs and not all hair we harvest will make it into these exceptional wigs. These criteria = higher price. Our custom wigs are an investment but they are well worth it.  We offer a warranty on our custom couture wigs, how amazing is that?!

5. NEW!! We are now offering gorgeous budget friendly stock wigs compromised of Eastern European Select Hair. We offer a wide array of stock wigs in a variety of colors, lengths, prices and styles. These fabulous wigs are a great bargain for very beautiful wigs.

Our goal is to provide you with an exceptional quality product that will last you for years to come no matter what your budget. A supplemental hair product that is undetectable and indistinguishable from your own naturally growing hair. Will you need to make some compromises depending on your budget? Yes. Does that mean you can’t get an amazing wig that you love and works well for you? No!

Ready to order your new wig~topper~3/4 wig~hair extensions? 

Contact us today! 

 

Compromises, expectations, trade offs, adjustments, Oh My!!

 Wearing supplemental hair is not an easy nor a straightforward process.  It is a winding journey that can lead you to places you never expected--or wanted to end up. It can be filled with trial and error which = $$$$ spent and even worse--lost.  As if it weren't enough to deal with hair loss it can seem like adding insult to injury when trying to find a reasonable solution to replacing your hair. If it isn't one thing it is another, right?

  We are here for you!  We are going to give you the unvarnished, unfiltered truth so you can make a well informed purchase.  We have tips to help you avoid costly mistakes and help you choose the right product for YOU. 

As always (we may have to put this in a disclaimer at the top of each blog entry!) these are broad generalizations that may or may not apply to your unique situation. The best way to determine what the best options are for you is to contact us for a complimentary evaluation of your unique situation. We also offer in salon consultations with our expert supplemental hair stylist.  Our focus is on custom made individually produced supplemental hair products.  That is our focus for one reason--you are uniquely individual.  Your ideal supplemental hair product might be another persons total nightmare(okay not a nightmare but you get the idea! )  We offer guidance, support, and referrals to get you the right product for you. Referrals?  Yes!  If we can't get you what you need or if we believe we are not the right fit for your unique situation, we have a number of other wig makers we will refer you to. We want to make sure you get the right product for you, even if it isn't ours. :-)

So here's the straight talk non sugar coated 411 on supplemental hair(you might want to eat a cookie while reading it! ) :

1.  Perfection:

  As much as we wish we could promise you perfection, the reality is that it doesn't exist. Does that mean we are suggesting that you have to resign yourself to accept a wig that isn't right for you?  Absolutely not! What we are asking you to consider is that perfection is highly subjective.  What is perfection to you may not be to someone else.  As with everything in life getting what you want will quite often require a series of compromises, trade offs, adjustments, and realistic expectations.  Supplemental hair products are no different. Take it from us--we have chased that unicorn "perfection" for years! We are so grateful to our stylist who gives us regular reality checks. We say" We need to tweak this, change that, correct something else" She says "What are you talking about the wig is gorgeous and it perfect just the way it is!" 

2.  Clearly identify what you want: 

Sounds easy, right?  It often is difficult to articulate exactly what it is that you are looking for. That's where we come in!  We can set up a time to talk on the phone and we also offer in salon consultations with our expert hair replacement stylist.  We can help you identify what your options are based on your budget, lifestyle, longevity, and ease of use expectations.  Once you identify what you want are we can help you design the custom supplemental hair product that is best suited for you. 

3. Be willing to make trade offs, compromises, and adjustments:

  What those entail are uniquely individual to you.  As an example, another primary focus of ours is lightweight, very natural, realistic, and undetectable wigs. To accomplish that requires very light density, superior quality delicate base materials, be all hand tied, and compromised of exceptional quality individually selected hair. The trade offs/compromises/adjustments you must be willing to make if you want this type of wig is to realize it comes at a cost, both literally and figuratively. It is significantly more expensive.  This type of wig is more delicate and requires appropriate daily care as well regular skilled maintenance from an expert wig stylist. Due to it's delicate nature,  it will most likely not have the longevity of other styles of wigs. This is not wig you can neglect or be rough with, nor is it a good workhorse wig for all of your life's activities.  Only you can decide if you want to make the compromises necessary to select this type of wig.  If you don't feel like you can make those compromises/trade offs/adjustments listed in the example then it is not going to be the right wig for you.  When making your selection of the right supplemental hair for your unique situation you need to consider all the variables before making a final decision. 

4.  Expectations: 

The old adage "You get what you pay for" is particularly true when it comes to supplemental hair products.  Quality comes at a cost. You can't get a luxury high end custom wig for a cheap price.  Are we suggesting that the only way to get a wig that is right for you is to buy an expensive wig?  No!  The fabulous thing about wigs is that there is something for everyone--from Cosplay to super premium and everything in between.  The problem comes in when you expect a bargain wig to be the same quality as a custom made high end luxury wig. There is nothing wrong with a bargain priced wig (or anything else for that matter, who doesn't love a bargain?)  but expecting it to be the same quality as a a luxury wig is not realistic.  Dear reader, please be aware that having realistic expectations is a significant factor in being happy with the supplemental hair you choose. There are pros/cons to any wig or supplemental hair you decide to purchase.  Knowing what those are will help you make the right choice.  It also means that expecting one wig to meet every single solitary criteria is not realistic--which is why many wig wearers have a wig wardrobe rather than one single wig. 

Want to know more?  Need support, guidance, or have questions?  Contact us today! 

You can also join our Closed Facebook Group, Wig Friends,  to interact with others about all things hair loss and supplemental hair related. We are still small but we love to add new Wig Friends to our little group! :-) 

 

 

5 Tips for coping with hair loss

Hair loss packs an emotional punch and coping with the myriad of feelings that you may experience as a result can be very challenging.  Well meaning friends and family might say "It's only hair" "Thank goodness it's not something worse" or "What's important is what's on the inside".  While those sentiments are well meaning they are not particularly helpful. The most important thing to remember is that it is your experience and there is no right or wrong way to feel.  

Here are some tips to help you cope: 

1.  Get a medical evaluation: If you notice any type of hair loss, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. A dermatologist can (generally) make a diagnosis on the type of hair loss you are experiencing and what your treatment options are, if any. A frustrating aspect of hair loss is that there may not be an explanation for your hair loss or treatment options that work for you.  

2. Get Support! It is important to have support with any challenging issue you face in life, including hair loss.  There are some great online resources like Alopecia World that provide support, resources, and information.  It is very helpful to have a supportive community that understands your struggles. 

3.  Feel your feelings:  Whatever your feelings are about your hair loss please know there are no right or wrong feelings.  Whatever you are feeling, it is totally normal. Losing hair can be traumatic and you may experience feelings of grief over the loss. You are unique as are your feelings about hair loss. Feel them, express them, share them.  Talk with supportive friends, family members, or interact with an online hair loss community.  

4.  Arm yourself with information:  Educate yourself about all things hair loss. It is important to keep in mind that the source of the information is important and that all information is not accurate. There is a ton of information online about hair loss some of which is legitimate and other information that is totally bogus.  Beware of snake oil salesmen promising you that their "miracle' product will "cure" your hair loss.  If something seems too good to be true it likely is.  

5. Get professional help:  Don't suffer in silence.  If you have tried a variety of coping skills and find you are still struggling to cope with your hair loss, please seek help from a licensed mental health professional.  Psychology Today has a large database of licensed mental health professionals in the US and Canada.  If you are outside the US or Canada, your primary care physician or health insurance provider can assist you with finding a licensed mental health provider in your area. 

While dealing with hair loss can be challenging, it does get easier with time.  You can find a way not only to cope with your hair loss but to learn how to accept it. It doesn't have to rule or ruin your life.  There are so many options available to manage hair loss, you'll find the one that is right for you.  It does get better! :-) 

 

 

 

New! Introducing our new wig lines in more detail

We are happy to announce that we are now offering three different wig lines!  We felt it was important to offer a variety of options to align with our mission of offering a truly personalized wig buying experience.  

We are now offering three lines of wigs: Platinum Elite Luxury Wig Line, 22K Gold Elite Wig Line, and White Gold Select.  Below is more specific information on each line of wigs to help you determine which one might be right for you.  The information is very general so information about your unique needs contact us today for a complimentary phone consultation. 

PLATINUM ELITE LUXURY CUSTOM LINE~~OUR SIGNATURE LINE OF WIGS

Our signature wig line is our Platinum Elite Luxury Line of wigs.  These wigs are all comprised with our highest quality individually selected unprocessed Slavic European hair.  Not all hair that we source makes it into this line of wigs, only the best of the best. Hair that doesn't meet our criteria for inclusion in our luxury line may be used in our two other lines of wigs.  We have very specific criteria that can best be described as hair that each individual strand (denier) is fine, soft, silky, thin, and lightweight. Using this hair results in the most comfortable, natural looking wig that moves and flows like your own naturally growing hair.  Given the proper care and regular maintenance,  wigs made with our elite line of hair great longevity and ease of wear. This hair doesn't require a lot of styling products to look good, it looks good naturally!  We offer fully custom, semi-custom, and Jaselle's Jewels stock wigs in this line of wigs.

  22K GOLD ELITE WIGS--OUR NEWEST LINE OF WIGS

 These wigs are made from individually chosen Eastern European Select hair that is unprocessed at time of harvest. It is double drawn and the cuticles are intact and aligned. Eastern European select hair is not as fine/thin as our elite Slavic European hair.  After harvest the hair may be gently processed in small individual batches to attain a variety of colors. Slavic European hair that does not meet our criteria for inclusion in our Platinum Elite Line due to texture reasons may also be included in this line.  The slightly thicker individual strand texture of this type of hair has the benefit of being able(generally) to sustain chemical processes with less damaging effects. The hair in this line is also individually selected and any chemical process occurs before the hair is tied onto the wig. 

WHITE GOLD SELECT--OUR MOST BUDGET FRIENDLY LINE OF WIGS

This is our most budget friendly line of wigs. Looking for a great deal? Love bargains? This line of wigs might be right for you. We have two types of wigs in this line: Discount Darlings and Clearance Cuties.

Discount Darlings and Clearance Cuties are final sales and have no warranty. Discount Darlings and Clearance Cuties have flaws/defects and may come from any of our wig lines. The discount will depend on the issue with the individual wig. 

 

Want to know more?  Curious about what wig is right for you? Contact us today! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How long will my wig last?

How many stars are there in the sky?  There is no one right answer to this question, just like there is no one right answer to "how long will my wig last?". (okay -- we don't think there is one right answer to the star question! we could be wrong ) There are two elements that are significant in determining how long your wig will last: the quality of the wig materials/hair, and how you wear/care for/maintain your wig on a daily basis.  Our superior quality wigs are made with the best quality unprocessed double drawn Slavic European hair and are expertly constructed which are the foundations for a long lasting wig.  

A good analogy as an example is your favorite dress. Imagine three scenarios with the same dress: In the first scenario, you wear the dress 24/7. It is gorgeous after all and you look fabulous in it. So you decide to never take it off. Can you imagine what this gorgeous dress would look like after wearing it for months and months or even years 24/7? Eeek, not pretty!! In the second scenario, you wear the dress regularly but not exclusively. You wear it to work daily but you can't wait to put on your favorite sweats when you get home. You might wear it sometimes on the weekend but have other dresses that you wear too. You treat it well, dry clean it, and notice when it needs a trip to the seamstress.  In the last scenario, you wear the dress a couple of times a month or on special occasions. It's your super fancy dress up dress that you only bring out for a really special event.   Both dresses and wigs will last depending on how you wear them. If you wear your wig everyday for all of your life's activities, or if you don't remove your wig daily,  your wig will have less of a lifespan than a wig that you wear regularly or only occasionally. We have seen some wig wearers get many years from a wig while others only get a few. Your mileage will vary depending on the unique way you wear your wig. 

Here are some tips we recommend to get the longest lifespan possible from your new wig:

Care, Use, and Maintenance:  We strongly recommend that you have an experienced wig stylist assist you with caring for and maintaining your wig. Regular care and maintenance is a important component for the longevity of your wig.  All wigs will require regular care and maintenance and this is particularly true as the wig ages. 

Washing: We recommend washing your wig no more than 1x/month. Yuk, sound gross? Not at all! If your scalp and biological hair are clean then your wig  cap will be clean too. You can keep the wig hair clean by limiting the use of styling products and avoid wearing it for activities where you perspire a lot. We strongly recommend having your wig professionally washed. If you elect to wash it yourself, wash it carefully with high quality sulfate free products. Hard water can leave build up on the wig so washing with filtered/distilled water is a way to avoid this.  Make sure to avoid hand tied areas, don't apply shampoo/conditioner directly to the wig, and rinse thoroughly. Don't brush the hair when wet which can break it. Use a large toothed comb and gently comb from ends to top.  We recommend air drying on a wig stand.  If you elect to wash it yourself please make sure you are doing it properly to avoid irreparably damaging your wig. 

Heat Styling: Use heat tools sparingly and on the lowest setting.  Take care not to place a blow dryer directly on the hair and use the diffuser attachment. High heats will burn the hair and using heat regularly will cause split, damaged ends.  Please be extremely careful when using heat tools on the hair. 

Styling Products: Our wigs are naturally beautiful and need very little styling products. If you do want to use styling products, use them sparingly.  Use high quality alcohol and sulfate free products.  If you use styling products daily they will build up on the wig requiring more frequent washing and they can also cause the knots to loosen and the hair to shed from your wig. 

Swimming and exercise: Do not swim in your wig.  We strongly suggest if you exercise regularly and you perspire a lot that you wear another wig while exercising.  Perspiration will build up in the wig which will require more frequent washing.  Many wig wearers have a separate wig for exercising and swimming. 

Storage and environmental elements: We recommend storing your wig in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight. Sunlight can and does cause fading/lightening of the hair in your wig, just like it does for naturally growing hair. We suggest covering your wig when storing it to prevent dust buildup. If you have a job where you work outdoors and are exposed to the elements this will cause more fading and oxidation of the wig. It will also absorb more odors. Anytime you perspire a lot it will require more frequent washing of the wig which reduces longevity as will exposure to outdoor elements. 

Extended wear:  We don't recommend sleeping in your wig or semi-permanent attachments as these significantly reduce the lifespan of your wigs. 

Need more details on how to get the best, longest life out of your new wig? We can help! Contact us for more information.  

What, no refunds, exchanges, or returns?!?

We know, we get it. It's scary to  purchase a wig that you can't return or get your money back if the wig isn't right for you.  While we don't offer any refunds, exchanges, or returns, we do offer the following: 

All of our custom orders come with a 90 day warranty that covers manufacturing defects. Please make sure to review our warranty policy for all the important details.  If your wig has an issue that is not covered or is outside our warranty don't worry!  If there is ever an issue you need fixed we can have it it addressed for a reasonable cost, plus shipping fees.  No need to worry about being alone while navigating the hair wearing journey, we are always here for you. 

One of the qualities that sets us apart from other wig makers is that we offer fully customized wigs that are individually made specifically for you. We don't have a one size fits all wig making process nor do we mass produce any of our wigs.  We get you the wig you want exactly the way you want it. It is an artistic creation that is made especially for you. The flip side of that is since it is made especially for you it will have zero to limited appeal to another wig wearer.  We make a significant investment of time and money in your custom order so offering refunds/returns/exchanges simply isn't feasible. 

We are always available to answer as many questions as you have either by email or phone consultations without any pressure to buy. Never, ever.  We'll answer all your questions directly and honestly. We want you to make a well informed purchase and get the wig that is right for you, even if it isn't ours.  

Have more questions?  We're here to help!  Contact us today.