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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! 

 

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! :-) 

 

 

 

How do I select the wig that is right for me?

It can be very challenging to find the wig that is right for you with the multitude of options that are available.  How do you filter through all the noise and figure out what the best choice for you?  We can help!  Below we detail some general information that can help you as you navigate your wig wearing journey.  Need more help?  Contact us for a free consultation

Some important questions to ask yourself when you are deciding what wig to purchase are:  What is your lifestyle?  What is your commitment to maintenance?  How skilled are you with styling? How open are you about your hair wearing?  What is your budget? Are you looking to fly under the wig wearing radar or are you okay if others know you are wearing hair?  Do you have access to a local stylist who can help you with your supplemental hair? What are your longevity and ease of use expectations? 

The first step is to answer the questions above to point you in the direction of what supplemental hair product might be right for you. Once you have done that then here are some options you might want to consider:

Synthetic wigs:

These are not your grandmothers synthetics!  Synthetic hair wigs have improved dramatically in recent years, resulting in some amazingly gorgeous synthetic wigs.   Pros: Synthetics work well if you want a plop and go style since the style is baked in. You can get a variety of fun colors and styles. They can generally be worn right out of the box, though some will require minor tweaking/personalizing. Some of the more expensive synthetic wigs are all hand tied so they are very lightweight and the often come with a natural parting area. They can range in price from as low as about $30 for lower end brands all the way to $500/up for designer brands.  Cons:  Some synthetics can be overly shiny making them unnatural looking. They can have limited longevity of one to a few months.  There is fairly steep  learning curve regarding caring for them.  Some synthetics are stiff, bulky, and unnatural looking. Synthetic fibers often don't feel as nice as human hair.  Some synthetic wigs are very unnatural in appearance and are obviously a wig. 

Human hair wigs: 

There are an infinite number of possibilities and options available in human hair wigs.  it isn't possible to address them all so here is a general summary:

Human hair wigs vary tremendously in their quality.  This quality impacts longevity, ease of use, natural appearance, and comfort.  If you are open about your wig wearing, change your wigs often, have more than one wig, are comfortable with styling/managing hair and have realistic longevity expectations then the quality of the hair and base materials won't matter much.  You have a tremendous variety of choices and options available to you.

If you are wearing hair to address thinning/hair loss and are not open about your wig wearing then the quality of the hair, the type of cap, and the quality of the construction of the wig will be significantly important to you.  You will likely want to invest in a the best quality hair and have a full customized  wig made for you by a highly skilled, expert wig maker. This type of wig will provide you with the most undetectable look, ease of use, great longevity (with proper care and maintenance) and a gorgeous natural looking head of hair.  These wigs are an investment but well worth it based on the excellent return you'll get on that investment. 

Want to know more?  Contact us today for a complimentary consultation! 

 

 

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.