Saturday, 5 March 2011

Semi-Permanent Makeup

Hello from a very sniffly and snuffly wig addict here in drizzly old Sheffield,

As some of you may know, i had my eyebrows tatooed on nearly 3 years ago now as i have no natural eyebrows or eyelashes beacause i have alopecia universalis. After 3 years my eyebrows are still there, but are now starting to fade quite badly. Also the lady that did my eyebrows before was quite cheap and although they looked ok, they were not the kind that looked like individual hairs on the brow more like i had just penciled them in myself.

I was having a browse through the Alopecia Uk website and i literally stumbled across a lady that offers semi-permanent make up right here in sheffield. Not only is she based in Sheffield, but she is also based about 2 minutes away from me, nearly at the bottom of my road infact! So i straight away decided to email her and ask for her prices etc. She got back to me that evening and fingers crossed, in a few weeks i will be having my eyebrows corrected / re done by her. I am also considering having my eyeliner done aswell and maybe my lips but first things first..... i need to get my eyebrows sorted out!

The lady is called Donna and feel free to check out her website at
As always i will keep you updated and take plenty of pics of before and after my treatment.

Although i have had alopecia universalis for a long long time now, i must admit that i really do miss my eyelashes and hate the hassle of having to apply false eyelashes every morning. Donna also mentioned to me that she is experimenting with a new glue that can attach a strip of very natural looking and very light false eyelashes for extended periods, so if this is available when i go for my treatment i will be giving this a go for sure.

Take care everyone and have a great weekend!

Emma xxx
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Friday, 4 March 2011

SmartLace Winner


I am sorry for my delay in announcing the SmartLace winner to you all but i had to contact my lady first to make sure she was comfortable with her name being published on the blog before i could announce. She has contacted me today to confirm that this will be fine and i am happy to announce that the lucky winner is....

Donna Wingate! Congratulations to you Donna :-)

Donna has decided that she would like to try the Zara synthetic Jon Renau SmartLace wig. Donna has also kindly agreed to send across some pics of her wearing her new hair when she recieves Zara through the post. I will Blog about this later in the week hopefully and post Donnas pictures for you all to see (i know we all love our pictures!)

So, just a very quick Blog tonight as i am a poorly little bunny right now, i have a cold :-( My nose is all red (i look like rudolf) my eyes are all puffy and my voice is not my own at the moment. Ofcourse..... i am no way near as poorly as Gary (hubby) who does not just have a cold..... oh no no no..... Gary has full blown man flu. I swear if i tell him i have back ache, HE HAS WORSE BACK ACHE. And if i have a chest infection, HE HAS PNEUMONIA. Men eh?

So i am off to bed now for another night of coughing, sneezing and nose blowing, not the best way to spend a friday night really is it!

Emma xxx
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The Follea Gripper Wig - Review

Hey all!

I hope everyone is doing ok and looking forward to the weekend its fast approaching!

Tonight, as promised i am going to write a little review on the Follea Gripper wig. I searched the Internet before the Follea Gripper wig arrived with me and i really struggled to get any info about them in the UK at all. Most of the info i found on the Follea Gripper wig was in the United States (which makes sense as it is an American product lol). I could not find any pics of people wearing the Follea Gripper wig, or of actual pics of the cap construction etc.... which, as i wearer myself, i know this kind of stuff is what we all want to see!

Anyway lets get on with this review :-)

Who is the Follea Gripper Wig For?

The Follea Gripper wig has been designed with the alopecia sufferer in mind. It is aimed mainly at wearers who suffer from total or near total scalp hair loss.

The Actual Follea Gripper Wig I Reviewed

I was lucky enough to kindly recieve one of the Follea Gripper wigs to try on and give some feedback on. Needless to say i was more than a little excited about getting my little mits on the Follea Gripper wig. The model i received was the Follea Gripper cool / Size XS (extra small / head circumference approx 20.5 inches) in the colour 10030 (light blond) 

When i took the Gripper Cool out of its bag i was really eager to check out the cap construction, if you know me or know of me, you will know that i am forever trying to create and design different wig types, i have sample designs made all the time and my main goal is to design a totally glue less wig, that is cool light natural yet secure. It seems Follea have beaten me to this lol.

As eager as i was to check out the cap construction as i was getting the gripper cool out of the bag my attention was immediately drawn elsewhere, and i found myself feeling the hair quality instead. The hair used to make the Follea wigs is European Remy (exclusively i believe) and i have to say that it feels so soft and moves in a very natural way. Indian Remy is nice, European Remy is nicer! and more expensive, but i will get to that in a bit.

So eager to try it on and get a proper feel for it i headed off up stairs and tried it on. First impressions? It was too small! Damn me and my strangely shaped head! You see i am an in between size, in between 20.5 inches and 21 inches so for me i think a size S (SMALL) would have fit perfect. The fit was perfect around the circumference of my head, but the front hairline was too small and the ear to ear over the top of my head was too small. This was not a problem with the gripper cool, it was simply a sizing issue, i really do think a size S (SMALL) would have fit perfect. Never mind, i;m a professional wig wearer, i can still get a pretty good feel for this lol.

Although the gripper cool was not tight on my circumference i could feel it was very secure it seems like the longer its on your head, the more secure it becomes as the silicon areas warm up and grip to your scalp. Has anyone seen the Peggy Knight vid of the lady swishing her head around in the gripper wig? You know me i couldn't resist. Back and forth, left and right, head flicking etc and still this wig is on my head, not only is it still on my head.... but it has not even slid into a different position! ha ha result!

I was so impressed with the security that off i went down stairs and called in my hubby and my 18 year old step son ("18 year old stepson?" i hear you say) yes i am only 10 years older than him , whats even better is my eldest stepson is 25, and I'm only 28! (my partner is 42 BTW) Anyway, i start swishing my head about and really going for it and when i stop to get their reaction i realise that both their faces are wincing and they are almost holding their breath! I think they expected the wig to fly off, it didn't of course, in fact just like before i didn't budge.

So, i can safely say that this wig is secure, very secure!

What i also fell in love with about this wig is how the hair bounces when you move about and walk around. The movement is so natural and even after my head swishing etc...... i could still run my fingers through the hair and their was no tangles or lugs. Beautiful.

The cap construction of the Follea Gripper Cool Wig is comfortable to wear and provides the wearer with a natural look. The cap has a hand-tied lace top open wefted back (with a stretch lightweight material over it so it feels enclosed) and silicon at the nape, ear tabs and across the front of the head. It also has a welded lace front from temple to temple for a natural hair line look (you will see all this on the pics below :-)

Pricing - The follea

Final thoughts - I would certainly have one of these wigs without a second thought after trying it on and getting to know it over the last few days. The cost is an issue for many people (me included) but it is something i will be saving for as to be totally honest i would really like one for myself in a different size though lol. I think if you have alopecia then your wig / new hair is an investment and at the end of the day if you feel beautiful, secure and confident in your new hair then that's whats important. Confidence changes everything. I was thinking that maybe the Follea Gripper cool could be made less expensive by using Indian Remy hair instead of European Remy hair, but then that just takes away a big part of the beauty about this wig. Its one of the best, if not the best i have seen in a long time as regards the more expensive wigs available today.

PS - another great thing is that it comes in kids sizes too! if my daughter was to ever suffer from alopecia, like i do and wanted hair she could wear, i would have this wig for her. Its secure enough to let kids just get on with being kids and its natural looking too.

Enjoy the pics below of how the Follea Gripper Cool looks on, and also some pics of the cap construction, i know lots of you are dying to see the cap construction! just bare in mind that the lace front would need trimming back, which of course i have not done as i don't own this wig! also please excuse the tired face it was late at night when the pics were taken, and although my eyes look like i have had one too many archers and lemonades, i can assure you that it was actually the camera flash that was blinding me that made me look gormy and drunk :-)

As always i love your feedback so leave me a comment or email me!
Emma xxx
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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

A peek at the Kate Human Hair SmartLace wig by Jon Renau

Hi everyone,

It seems like ages since i last posted! Anyway, i am here now so lets get going on having a little peek at the Kate human hair smartlace wig by Jon Renau.

Kate is a medium to long length style that comes straight out of the box with a really pretty curl built in. If you love the length and layers but are not too sure about the curls then fear not! Just take your hair straighteners and change the look, that's the great thing about human hair anything is possible.

The Kate wig is made from  Indian Remy human hair. I have had a lot of wigs that are Indian Remy and the Kate wig is one of softest i have felt. The density is medium which is very natural and not too bulky looking. The cap construction is exactly the same as the Jennifer wig that i posted about a bit a go. 100% hand tied with no open wefts, a large monofilament top and the clever smartlace front for a flawless look. You can wear your hair off your face if you want to and it still looks natural. Harsh and obvious wig perimeters are a thing of the past thanks to clever lace front!

All the wigs in the SmartLace collection require no glue or tape to attach which is great for daily wear and easy night time take off.

The cap size of the Kate wig is a medium / average size. It will fit from a 21 inch to around a 22.5 inch head circumference.

Another thing i love about the Kate wig is how soft the cap construction is! The velvet ear tabs and nape feel super soft to the touch........ i feel like i am repeating myself here after the Jennifer wig lol.

Well i know how you all love to see pics real pics taken by a real person, no air brushing, just rock solid and rubbish photography (you know i am no photographer!)

Take a look at the pics and if you like leave me some comments.

Check back tomorrow when i will be talking in detail about the new Follea Gripper wig. (pics included)

Emma xxx
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