Friday, 27 January 2017
I'm sure you can imagine what it's like working day in, day out with so many wonderful wig styles when you're a wearer yourself.
I have to be pretty strict with myself NOT to purchase every style for myself!
One style that just kept catching my eye was the Sentoo Premium Plus style 502A.
She was literally calling to me. Whispering .... " go on, you know you want to!"
So I caved and I ordered one in for myself. I ordered one in 'just to try'.
Who was I kidding!
502A has fast become one of the most beautiful synthetic wigs I have ever owned (no Trendco are not paying me for this review all opinions are my own).
Here's my honest review of the Sentoo Premium Plus 502A style.
I was really excited waiting for the delivery of my Sentoo Premium Plus 502A. A bit like a kid waiting to open a Birthday present really!
When she arrived I opened up the box and the first thing I noticed was how incredibly soft the hair fibre was. Not just soft and fresh feeling like a new synthetic or heat resistant fibre wig but super duper soft.
Not only is the heat resistant fibre on my 502A wig super soft but It's also very lightweight too! The hair sways and moves like healthy human hair and that classic shine you can get with brand new synthetic wigs was not one bit present on my Sentoo 502A.
I loved the colour I had chosen - Colour 136 light Chestnut red. I find that if i ever want to wear darker hair colours then I definitely need some red tones in there to warm up my super pale skin tone!
After spending around ten minutes stroking the hair I thought it was time to check out the cap and was so happy to see a mostly had tied cap with silicone at the ear tabs and across the top of the head, a nice true transparent lace front and a full single layer mono top. The circumference size can be adjusted using the Velcro straps at the nape - easy enough!.
A word on sizing .... Although advertised as a medium average I'd have to say that this wig fits much more like a small. I have a 20.5 inch head circumference and the 502A fits me really well. It's nice and snug and grips against my scalp thanks to the silicone areas.
So there I was, super soft hair, fab cap and a good fit! The one and only thing that bugged the hell out of me was how bouncy the fringe was. It literally drove me crackers so I blow dried in a parting (I used a low heat setting) and quickly ran my low heat hair straighteners through the fringe so it would sit flatter. That is all I have done to her so far.
My absolute most fave thing about this style is that due to the hair being so light weight and the cap having silicone areas that grip to a bare scalp you can easy wear a high ponytail with no worry of the weight of the hair pulling the cap out of position <3
I really love the waves in the 502A and have no intention of making her straight. I've heard that if she is completely straightened out it can be hard to get the wave / curl back into her but as she ages and friction occurs I will use my straighteners to re-fresh her and then use my low heat rollers to add a wave back to her. (I'll blog about how that goes when I do it!)
All in all I can say with some confidence that my love for this style is not going to fade.
I hope that the company that manufactures the Sentoo premium plus collection adds to the style range to include some blond shades that are rooted in colour. I'd definitely be adding one of those to my collection!
I'd love to hear what you think of this style. Have you worn it before? Let me know!
Saturday, 14 January 2017
How are those New Years resolutions going?
I'm going to be totally honest here when I tell you that I gave up making New Years resolutions about 5 years ago! I never stuck to them and it always ended up making me feel down in the dumps when I either fell off the diet wagon or broke one of my resolutions.
No one needs that amount of extra pressure placed on their shoulders right!? I mean, life can be hard enough without placing even more expectations on ourselves.
I converted my 'resolutions' into tiny teeny mini goals instead (what I like to call my baby steps!) and I only set myself 2 main goals for the year. One main goal in my personal life and one main goal for my business. Anything else I want to do or achieve goes on my 100 things to do list for the year.
OK - So why am i even sharing this with you you say!?
Well, over the past 7 years since I started Aspire I've noticed a pattern with the lovely ladies I see and I was just the same when I was in my dark place immediately following losing my hair. One day (when I'm brave enough) I'll share my whole story but right now I'm not that brave. We all have something that scares us would you agree?
Back to this pattern I noticed ..... Women come and see us and one of the first things they say is "I've been putting this off for so long, I'm so scared and nervous I feel so weak!".
And then the tears start rolling and do you know what the next thing the lovely lady sat across from me says? She says "I'm sorry".
It breaks my heart a little more every time I hear such wonderful women say that to me because you don't have anything to be sorry for. You're not weak because you cry. You're not a failure because you've 'allowed' yourself to feel sad due to your hair loss. YOU'RE HUMAN. YOU'RE A WOMEN. Our hair is kind of a big deal to us and that's OK. It's not 'just hair' it is a HUGE part of who we are an how we see ourselves. It's our crowning glory.
It's OK to cry and feel sad because it's changing, going or gone. It's more than OK. It's necessary.
You might wonder and think to yourself 'I bet Emma's business goal this year is to make X amount of money but actually I've never been much of a money orientated kinda girl. It doesn't really have any impact on my happiness and I know there will be people out there who can totally relate with me on that! It took me a while to figure it out but I realised that what makes me happy is when I make other people feel happy.
Such a simple thing, who knew! :D
My business goal this year is to make sure that I do my absolute best to help every single person that I cross paths with this year due to Aspire Hair walk away from me feeling more positive and more confident (even if just a little!).
I think it's the best goal I've ever set myself <3
My big personal goal this year involves eating healthier food more often but I'm not gonna hold my breath on this one. I'm a foodie and I'm curvy .... maybe I should just make my peace with that and wear the bloody body-con dress anyway!!
I genuinely want to hear your experiences and I know that other readers will take great comfort from hearing them too.
PS - You'll notice the blog theme being updated over the next few weeks. Don't panic, It's just one of the things on my 100 things to do list ;)
Sunday, 30 October 2016
When you are experiencing hair loss your world can feel like it's been turned upside down and inside out.
It's not a 'One size fit's all' type of experience though as many sufferers know all too well.
For starters, there are so many different reasons as to why a person would be experiencing hair loss in the first place.
- Cancer treatments
- Burns sufferers
- Anxiety reasons such as hair pulling/twisting
- Trans gender
- Occasional dressers
- Models, actresses, singers etc.
A necessary learning curve for sure.
I knew very early on that our consultations needed to be different to the ones I had attended myself over the years as a wig wearer. I had always loathed being rushed when it came to trying on wigs and I never felt that I could ask questions in case I came across as being a bit of a pain in the bottom.
It's ridiculous really because what else is a consultation for if not to ask questions, try on alternative hair, chat and get some support.
My own personal experiences over the years put me in the perfect mind set for how I wanted my company to care for our clients and I'm pretty sure that this is exactly why we get such amazingly positive feedback and reviews from clients when it comes to our consultations.
And what's the most emailed / texts comment the day before a customers consultation?
" I'm going to apologize in advance if I cry tomorrow!"
No need to apologize. Coming along to a consultation can be like bearing your soul to a stranger although I can promise you we won't be strangers for very long :)
So today's blog post is just a little reminder to you that you are always welcome, we are always here and you are not the only one who has that 'first consultation anxiety'.
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Here's to the start of what I am sure will be a wonderful week for you lovely lady :)
I have to say I really am enjoying getting back into the swing of things "Aspire style"!
This week on the blog I wanted to share with you the new Jon Renau Fall 2016 collection. As you may already know (or perhaps you will have guessed!) Jon Renau are one of my absolute most fave brands and I love, not only their wonderful products, but also their attitude in business and their wonderful customer service.
Jon Renau listen to what us wearers are saying and they never fail to deliver when it comes to beautiful styles, colours and cap constructions.
So, let's jump right in and take a little look at Jon Renau's latest collection ...
This is my absolute most fave style from this collection. Super long and glam the Ciara comes on a lace front / Mono top / Wefted back base and comes ready to wear right out of the box. I personally like to take a wide tooth comb and fluff out the curls on Ciara a little and shape it around my face.
I've popped a picture of myself wearing Ciara at the end of this blog post to show you how she looked on me.
This is a great, easy to wear everyday style that comes on a open cap base with a Smartlace front for the most natural look. Kaley comes in at a great price too for those of us who are on a tighter budget! It's easy to wear this style sleek and straight or with a bit of volume to create a more rounded look.
All of Jon Renau's wigs can be adjusted in the circumference size using the Velcro straps at the nape of the neck. This ensures that you get the most snug and comfortable fit possible and that you feel nice and secure throughout the day :)
My second favourite style has to be this one. The Miranda has a Smartlace front, Mono parting that's placed on the left hand side as you wear her and an open wefted back and sides. This type of cap really helps keep costs down without compromising on quality. The lovely waves can be brushed out for a more relaxed look or scrunch the hair for a tighter almost curled look. Perfect!
Velvet lined ear tabs and a velvet lined nape area made all of the Jon Renau Smartlace wigs more comfortable to wear.
I LOVE a good hand tied cap and the Sandra is just that! 100% hand-tied and enclosed with a little stretch that will accommodate a slighter larger than average head size. Style wise think Rachel from friends with all those fantastic layers and volume.
Selecting the right alternative hair for you can be tricky, especially when you;re trying to do so over the Internet!
If you need any help or advise at all then please give us a shout :)
Top Wave is available in 2 lengths. 12" and 18" and attaches easily into your existing hair. The Top wave is great for women who are at the beginning stages of androgenetic alopecia as it offers you coverage right where it's needed at the top of the head and the crown.
The Top wave is available in the Aspire shop and also via our website. If you need help or advise on colour choices and base sizing etc just give us a shout and we'd be more than happy to help!
Of course as always I can never resist a good old try on of some of the styles :D
Sunday, 16 October 2016
This year has flown by so far.
I always seem to say that but this year has flown by faster than ever before and I know that the main reason for that (for me at least!) is due to the fact I found out we were expecting baby Jones mid way through January of this year.
It was a MASSIVE shock for us! The word shock has now been substituted for "Surprise" as baby Alfie Jones is now almost 2 months old and in typical mummy fashion I really can't remember what life was like before he arrived :)
I had my plan in place regarding work / Aspire Hair ....
- Carry on working through the morning sickness (I was so lucky that I never got sick!)
- Carry on working up until the "bitter end" - IE, until my waters break or my contractions become so painful Mr Gary Jones and my staff are required to carry me out of the shop as I can no longer work.
- Have the baby and get right back to work after a week or at a push two
- Be super women / mummy
Oh gosh how unrealistic I was!
I blame that on not being pregnant / giving birth for 8 years and I had totally forgot (blocked out??) what going through labour and birth is REALLY like.
I believe it's definitely one of the most, if not the most, difficult things a women will ever do in her life! It's physically, emotionally and mentally hard.
So here I am, almost 7 weeks after giving birth and I am finally starting to feel like a human being again. Not 100% but I'm getting there.
I have been blessed with what I can only describe as the most relaxed, chilled and easy baby I have ever known. I didn't even think babies like Alfie could exist! He hardly ever cries and he sleeps through the night most nights already. Maybe he took one look at me after he was born and thought 'OK, so maybe I should cut mum a little slack. She looks a big old mess!'.
I can't believe how much has changed in the baby world in the 8 years since I had my Daughter, Mya. The amount of products and devices you can buy that make life that little bit easier is crazy and I will be forever grateful to my Tommee Tippee perfect prep machine. Money VERY well spent there I'd say :D
OK - so I'm babbling on now with my baby talk and steering away from the main purpose of this post which is that I am returning to work running consultations part time from November 1st. Our lovely Georgia will still be running her consultations along side me and the shop will be open full time as usual.
I'm looking forward to getting back into a work routine as I had a niggling worry that I maybe wouldn't have the time or energy to give it 110% like I did before Alfie was born but I needn't have worried.
Aspire Hair is not a fad or faze to me. It's a big part of who I am. We go hand in hand now.