Friday, 21 October 2011

Another one of my gorgeous customer!

I always like to blog about my customers and their new hair (with their permission of course!) and today i thought i would share with you all some photos that a customer had emailed me.

If you are a fan of my Facebook page then you will have already seen these photos ... if your not a fan of my Facebook page then why not! Get yourself onto Facebook and like mt page :o)

I have talked a lot about the Jon Renau SmartLace range over the past few months, and the range is still proving to be very popular amongst my ladies with alopecia and also with ladies who just simply want a natural looking wig to give their own hair a break from colouring / processing etc ....

I think pictures of 'real' women wearing the different wigs and system available today are really useful and give you a good understanding at how versatile a wig can be as well as how natural they can look.

The pictures below show Amy wearing her new Human Hair Kate SmartLace wig by Jon Renau. The colour Amy went for was the 14/26.

Just a very short Blog today, but i hope that the pictures are useful to anyone who is considering getting their very own HH smartlace wig.

As always i welcome comments and feedback :o) What do you think of Amy's new hair? I think it looks fab!

Emma xxx
Aspire Hair

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Days away from Follea

I am now mere days away from receiving my very own Follea Gripper and after initially making the decision to go with a light blond colour i have done a complete u turn and decided to go back dark! Its so strange how i am good at helping people make decisions for them self if they need me to, yet when it comes to me and my own hair ..... I'm rubbish!

The new (and final decision) colour am going for is a gorgeous rich, plum colour. Whilst on my mission to decide on a colour for my Gripper, i pulled my father in law into the living room and asked his opinion (i was stuck between 3 colours!) He summed up the plum colour very well and called it ' A rich, dark colour that has a beautiful shimmer to it when the sun light hits it!' He also commented on the Follea wigs themselves and couldn't believe the difference between the hair quality of the Supplex i am currently wearing and the Follea hair. He then proceeded to walk in on my whilst i was putting my Supplex on in our downstairs loo! This resulted in me in fits of giggles and my father in law looking very flustered and having to walk outside!

I think he thought that i would be upset .... maybe even offended that he had seen me, which of course i was not at all. Bless him, he is such a lovely man and always worries that he may have upset someone , awww :o)

I have popped a few pics below of the Plum colour that i have decided on. The length i am having is still the shorter length, i think it will be an easy length to manage and seems to suit my face shape better than longer hair.

I apologise if the pictures are a poor quality, this was not a planned blog just a quick one as i wanted to let you guys know how excited i am :o) The pictures were taken on my Blackberry.

I cant wait to receive my new hair and will no doubt be blogging about the first wash, first style, first wear etc ....

Emma xxx
Aspire Hair

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The Checklist

I meet with ladies, men and children with alopecia / hair loss almost daily in my line of work. Many of them come to me for new hair, ultimately, but also they come to me for my advice.

A few days ago, a lovely lady came to me for a consultation. I had spoken with her on the telephone and via email for quite a while previous to our appointment being arranged, and she was pretty certain that she knew exactly what she wanted, and what she said she wanted was a bonded lace system. Now .... when i first started my business and began offering my clients consultations, I used to take it for granted that every client was 'experienced' as a hair wearer and that they fully 'understood' what they were actually asking for. It became obvious though very quickly that, although all the information was out there about different wigs and systems (online) that many people still get very confused by the whole world of new hair! And to be honest ..... when i sat back and looked at it all i was not surprised at how people were getting their head in a spin over everything!

The amount of choice we have available to us is immense! Which, in one way is a good thing, but in another way, extremely confusing.

We have the choice of lace systems, synthetic wigs, human hair wigs, welded lace wigs. Then throw into the beg the generous amounts of materials that we have on offer .... monofilament, poly, silicone, Hollywood lace, Swiss lace , french lace, silk ...... No wonder peoples head are spinning!

But whats my point? The point i am trying to make is that although all this choice is great, it can also make the process of buying your new hair feel like its impossible. I really do believe that this is where i come into it. I meet with new clients all the time that have come to me, from a different company and they are really struggling with their choice of hair. Some have spent thousands of pounds trying to find a wig / system that they will be happy with and keep failing to find that 'perfect' new hair.

The most IMPORTANT part of my job (and the part i enjoy the most :o) Is meeting with clients and going through all the options available to them. The very first thing i do once we get sat down with a cup of tea/coffee is get my pad and a pen and go through a checklist of things,

Questions i ask ........

  • How long have you had alopecia / hair loss?
  • What have you tried before?
  • Do you sleep in your current wig / system?
  • Do you like to change the style of your hair often?
  • What kind of job do you do?
  • Do you play sports often / go to the gym?
  • What is the first thing you like to do when you get home from work / school run?

These questions may seem a little silly to some people, and i just want to point out that i dont ask them in a 'checklist' style (IE ... bombard clients with question after question!) I work the very important checklist into our conversation ..... most people dont even realise i am even asking them questions that are relevant to their hair loss or situation!

Why do i ask these questions? Explanations are below ...

  • How long have you had alopecia / hair loss? How my client answers this question gives me a good indication of how they are coping with their hair loss. I have met with people who are truely devastated by their alopecia, and when we are upset and grieving for our hair we struggle to take in information about wigs / systems. It almost feels like we are in shock. If this is the case, i know to take things very slowly and to go over things more than once. A 2 hour consultation is not UN heard of in a situation like this.

  • What have you tried before? This tells me what you have tried in the past and what has not worked for you as you would have hoped.

  • Do you sleep in your current wig / system? Some wigs / systems are designed for extended / sleeping wear, others are not. Again, your answer to this questions helps me understand what is going to work the best for you.

  • Do you like to change the style of your hair often? This gives me a good indication of what will best suit your needs, human hair or synthetic.

  • What kind of job do you do? Do you work in a bakery? does your hair need to be tried back? Your new hair solution needs to fit into your lifestyle and that includes your job.

  • Do you play sports often / go to the gym? If yes, you need to feel extra secure,

  • What is the first thing you like to do when you get home from work / school run? What we do when we walk through the door after work / school run is a big part of our routine ... for example, as soon as i walk in from the school run, i like to put some comfy trousers on and a vest top, along with my favourite pair of slippers or bed socks! I feel comfortable running around after my kids this way :o) If a client says to me that when they walk in from work the first thing they do is take their hair off and put on a bandanna ...... then this lets me know straight away that a bonded system will not be the best option for you!

You can see that by using my checklist, i am able to gain valuable information about the individual client i have sat across from me. Because that's another important thing as well, we are all individuals. What suits one person will probably not suit another person quite so well.

The most important question out of my checklist in my opinion is ... What is the first thing you like to do when you walk through the door from work / the school run. This is my comfort question, we have to feel comfortable !

Emma xxx
Aspire Hair

Monday, 17 October 2011

My Follea Gripper :o)

Hello my fellow hair wearing buddies! :o)

After having my Supplex for quite some time now i have finally decided to order my very own Follea Gripper. To say that i am just a little excited is a major understatement ! I am so excited that it is all i have been able to think about these past few days, and (much to Gary's annoyance) all i have been able to talk about to everyone i come into contact with!

I have such a high expectation from Follea, based on the feedback i get from ladies that wear them and my own experience with offering them to my customers, and i cant wait to share my experience with you guys right here on my blog. From the first wash to the initial styling (and more!).

In true 'Emma' style .... i have decided to go for the total opposite in terms of colour to my Supplex that i am wearing at present. I ordered my Supplex in a colour 3#, and after a few months i got bored with its faded colour so decided i would dye it vibrant red! The process when smoothly and i loved the new colour so all was good! Now though, for my very first Follea Gripper, i have decided that i would like to go back to light blond. My neighbours and my kids school / nursery will be very confused but it will just give me the chance to talk a little more about Follea so all is good LOL!

OK, so below is what i am wearing right now .... My Supplex in my custom created colour of vibrant red! (the camera does not pick up the colour too well sorry, also excuse the strange expression on my face! I was not drunk, the sun was shining in my eyes!!

Me and my Supplex :o)

......... and below is the colour my Supplex was originally ......

Supplex in a colour 3# :o)

So you can see from the pictures above that i have been wearing dark coloured hair. Below is the colour and length i have chosen for my new Follea Gripper. It is totally different to what i have been wearing but the way i see it is i am going to be wearing my new Follea Gripper day in, day out for quite a while so i might as well get the colour i really want (and everyone agrees that with my skin tone / eye colour light hair suits me a little better than darker hair :o)

The pictures above are a little flat, but it shows the colour and length well i think.

I will keep everyone updates on when my new Follea Gripper arrives and how everything goes :o)

I am sooooooooo excited!

Emma xxx
Aspire Hair