Saturday, 8 January 2011

Confidence tricks for hair loss sufferers

Hair loss can be hard no matter what your age, sex, religion, faith or race. Weather you suffer from alopecia, cancer, hair pulling disorders etc.... it can be hard. I lost all my hair at the age of 12 years old. a difficult time for anyone at that age what with puberty and all! I took it very badly to say the very least, suffering from depression, an eating disorder and a few years later developing a disorder called Bdd (body dismorphic disorder). I left school at the age of 14 years old with no qualifications at all, not a single GCSE, i didnt even take them. The question i found myself asking a few years ago was "Do i blame the problems i am now left with on my alopecia" the answer...... no.

Now, i cant really remember my life before the age of 6 years old, thats when my 2 twin bothers were born, which many people find rather strange in itself but there you go, but what i do remember from being that age is always feeling un happy with my appearence, mainly my weight. I have an 8 year old son now, and when i look at him i think to myself how severe it would be for him to feel the same way as i did at his age and younger. conclusion........ My alopecia did not cause my eating disorder.

When i was around 10 years old, i begin to hate my nose and my teeth, now i dont mean i just disliked them i mean i loathed them, to the point where if i smiled or laughed my hand would always be covering my mouth to hide my teeth. I still feel this way about my nose and teeth to this very day, the hand always covers my mouth if i smile or laugh. Conclusion...... My alopecia did not cause my Bdd.

Like i said earlier, when i was 12 years old i lost all my hair, eyebrows, eyelashes and body hair. Alopecia universalis was the diagnoisis. I had great support from my dad, who i never ever saw as being upset about my alopecia, he always advised me to do a few things when i was feeling down or scared. Tactics he called them, but i was so upset at that age i took no notie of his "tactics" untill i was around 17 years old. At 17 years old for some reason i felt i was strong enough to try and come to terms with my alopecia so my dads "tactics" started being used. I have listed below the things he told me to do, and they do help you gain back your confidence and come to terms with hair loss. I hope they can help other people reading this blog too

  • You are who you are - Not the best quote when your in a deep and dark place about your hair loss, but non the less a very important fact that you should never lose sight of.
  • Your still you - Although you are losing your hair (or have lost your hair) you are still the same person inside. Hair does not make an individual kinder, richer, smarter or more compasionate.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - I used to hate it when my dad said this! Its true though.... its very easy to hide yourself away because you believe that no one will ever love you because you have no hair, this is simply not true. People fall in love with the person, not the hair do, i fact i have proved to myself over the years due to the fact that i never had any trouble finding a fella!
  • Pretend your not bothered - Its a sad fact but unfourtantly there are a few individuals out there that are not very nice people. You know the kind, the work place bully, the idiot relative, or the jelous so called friend that you suddenly realise is not a freind at all. These type of people look for the weaknesses in every person they meet, and once they know it they target that weakness. Now, the trick with handling people like this is to simply pretend your not bothered, when they make a comment about your hair loss, wig or headscarf just look them straight in the eye and tell them it does not upset you in the slightest, its only hair. They wont taget you anymore. You will also meet people throughout your life that are the kindest of people but are just genuinly interested in your hair loss, they may ask youlots of question and they will always say "you dont mind me asking do you?" Use the same tactic on them, this wont stop them asking question but it will build your confidence on how to handle the situation.
  • Get some new hair - If you want to that is. Just because you have lost your hair does not automatically mean you need a wig. Bandanas, headscarfs and hats can look equally as beautiful and flattering. If you do want a nice wig, do your research and go for whatever you feel most comfortable with.
  • See yourself hairless - For years i wore wigs when i was younger and refused to look at my self in any mirror without my wig on, this is not good and will make you feel worse in the end, its not constructive behaivour at all. Take off your hat and put a full face of make up on, powder your face with sunshine and look in that mirror! Your gorgeous! Do this at least once a week, i promise you will soon start seeing that beautiful person that everyone is already telling you you are.
  • Dont hide alopecia from your kids - I have always been open and honest about my alopecia with my 2 children, 3 step kids and 2 extended step kids (its complicated lol) and every single one of them has a good understanding of alopecia and peoples feelings towards hairloss. Even my 2 year old daughter uderstands that mummy had poorly hair that fell out and i can take my new hair off every night for bed, she also understands that her hair will not come off for bed! My 8 year old son has adhd and autism and he understands too. The result.... no sneaking around the kinds and kids that will grow up with a good understanding of alopecia and peoples feelings.
I think out of all the tips and tactics above the 2 most important would be to pretend you dont care about your hair loss, that it does not upset you, if you have that attitude and practice the "it does not upset me approach" thrn one day you will find yourself talking to someone about your hair loss and suddenly realise that your not pretending anymore, you are not upset about it, which equalls a mile stone for anyone...... acceptence.

I hope this Blog will help anyone that reads it, i just want to point out that i am not a counceller or anything like that, just a sufferer myself and this worked for me so hopefully it will help you a little too. All i have to do now is have a little more confidence in my nose and teeth! I might give my dad a call and see what he recommends!

Emma xxx
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Amber wig by Trendco re styled

Hello all!,

I hope you are having a great weekend and hopefully enjoying some dryer weather.

I thought i would do a little Blog today about my new hair do. I am still wearing the Amber wig by Trendco but i thought it was about time a had a bit of a re style, so i asked my friend and stylist Annette to come up and give me her input on what would look nice, suit my face shape and be a little bit different to what everyone else is having their hair like at the moment.

Between us we decided on an aysemetrical bob. i think she has done a really nice job! Take a look at the pics below,

It just goes to show that even if you do have to wear a wig because of medical hairloss, hair thinning etc..... you can still have a trendy cut

Friday, 7 January 2011

Not more snow :-(

Hi everyone,

Well i cant bloody believe it!

I was happily walking my little girl to nursery thismorning and it started snowing! My nearly 3 year old daughter was very excited to say the least but i am devestated because it just delays every aspect of my wig addiction and wig business. God i sound like an old fuddy duddy dont i!

The thing is patience is a virtue, but unfortuantly, patience wears very thin very quickly when you are waiting for your new hair to arrive through the post, i know how impatient i get when i am waiting for my new hair to arrive, even the usual next day for delivery feels like a lifetime. I am the kind of person that likes to please everyone all the time, which is just impossible i know, but still you cant change who you are can you, and to be quite honest, i dont think i would want to change who i am, i am a nice person even if i do say so myself! Unfourtantly though, not all customers see things this way, not that i am moaning, like i said i am also quite an impatient person when it comes to my wigs, but if you are a customer reading this or are thinking of becoming a customer of mine then please do bear in mind that when the weather is very bad and mister postman or mister courier service can not delivery, it is not personally my fault!

By all means please do feel free to give me an email or a call to complain about the weather but please have a heart and dont hold me persoanlly responsible! Now if your within walking distance in sheffield and i have your wig with me than i am more than happy to meet you half way, or even walk right to your door if your close enough, but if you live anywhere else i am powerless to the forces of nature, i will be cursing the weather right along with you!

Anyway, just a little gruble, not about my customers because i love and appreciate you all! a grumble about the weather, and a little Blog post to reassure you that if i can get your order to you i will,

Take care in this snow and if you dont need to travel dont bother, my car is currently stuck at the bottom of our road, and i now face a slippery walk to nursery to collect an excited nearly 3 year old...... wish me luck!

Emma xxx
Advanced Wigs Uk

Monday, 3 January 2011

The New Sentoo Wig Collection

As promised i am going to have a write about the new Sentoo Collection of wigs,

Ill start by quoting a few sentences from the new brochure,

"This collection aims at enabling wearers of any age to feel comfortable all day long. It is designed for those wishing for a natural look with unknown comfort and is especially suited to twoman with sensative scalps.

Each Sentoo Collection wig feels like it has been custom made, which is not suprising as these wigs are unsurpassed in their design and construction. More over, they allow for maximum movement and possess a totally natural appearence.

The Sentoo Collection stands out by some unique characteristics

  • as light as a feather
  • hand tied
  • monofiliment construction
  • invisible lace front
  • a soft velvety feel
  • natural colours
Ok, now its back to me! Me personally , the first thing i always want to know about any wig is what kind of cap costruction does it have. Personally i like a lace front, preferably one that does not require glues or tapes to attach (i dont mind tape so much, but glue bugs me a bit!) Then i want to know is the hair synthetic or human hair, then i want to know what colours i can have and ofcourse the price!

So lets start with the cap construction of a Sentoo Wig, every cap construction in this range is the same, no matter what style you chose.

Fine Lace Front - Sentoo wigs have a fine lace front that extends from temple to temple and rigid ear tabs (flakes) that give the wig the strecgth it needs to be secure on your head even though it is a glueless application.

Soft Monofiliment Top - The monofiliment top has been specially designed to be comfortable and ultra soft against your scalp, monofiliment also gives the appearence of natural hair growth and a natural part no matter what your skin tone.

Hand Tied crown area - The crown area of a Sentoo wig is hand tied and made from stretch lace, meaning that it will hug your head for extra security and be non irritant.

Elastic lace weft - the very back section of a Sentoo Wig is open wefted and held together with soft elastic lace that adds more security and a comfortable cool natural wear.

Nape - the nape area has adjustable straps so you can get the perfect fit, simply move the adjusters to your preference.

The Sentoo Collection features 15 synthetic fibre wigs and 2 human hair wigs. All the wigs in the Sentoo range are pree cut and styled and ready to wear, they look stunning! Take a look below at a few of my fave styles, notice how the synthetic fibre is a natural, semi matt appearence, not shiny or stiff looking, you can tell its high quality fibre.

From left to right (top row) - Myu / Aya / Natsu (synthetic fibre)
From left to right (bottom row) - Sumire / Mori (100% human hair)

As you can see the colour choices available look really natural, which is what many of us are after, naturalness. The full Sentoo Collection is now on the website but we are not legally able to display the prices for each wig on the website. The Sentoo wigs are on a POA basis (price on application) which basically means just give us a call, text or email and we will be able to tell you the price of your chosen Sentoo wig.

One thing i will say though is that for how they are made and the exceptional quality they are, the Sentoo wigs are very reasonably priced.

As always, i will at some point be sampling one or two of these wigs lol. I already have my eye on the Mori human hair wig and the Myu synthetic fibre wig from this collection. I usually wear human hair so i think my first 'purely to test and review' purchase will be Myu as she is synthetic, i want to see if they really are as good as i belive them to be!

Emma xxx
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The Big Sale!

Hey all!

Just a quick Blog to spread the word that we have a sale on the website currently that offers 15% off any wig on the website. There are some good savings to be good savings to be had so take advantage!

The discount code is NEW YEAR, just type this at checkout and your 15% discount will be deducted from your total, You can also call us to place your order and quote the discount code and we will sort that out for you. Telephone orders can be paid for using your debit or credit card, please see our terms and conditions for further details.

The sale is currently set to run untill the end of January but who knows, if we get enough customers treating themselves to new hair we may even extend it that little bit longer!

Just visit Advanced Wigs to start browsing and get saving!

Check back on this Blog tonight for a new post i am going to be doing about the new Sentoo Wig Collection, just to add further confusion this collection is also amazing and features a glueless lace front cap design! yep, its all kicking off here, 2011 is going to be a good year for the self confessed wig addict, so many wigs..... so little time!

Emma xxx
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