Monday, 28 April 2014

Emma Top Tips For Happy Alternative Hair Wearing!

Wearing hair is not something that everyone finds easy. If your new to the weird and wonderful world of alternative hair then no doubt your heads spinning with all the fancy terminology.

Lace, silk, mono, PU, silicone! I could go on and on. What many clients don't reuse is it's not their job to know all the ins and outs it's a job for their alternative hair specialist. Let us bear the burden if all the technical stuff and you relax and concentrate in the following ...

Does it feel right?  
Comfort is important. You can have yourself the most beautiful wig in the world but if it is too small, too large or leaves your head feeling tender and sore at the end of the day then adjustments need to be made. Your alternative hair specialist should ALWAYS check the fit of your wig before you leave the store. I call it 'tickling the ears'. It's important for me as a specialist to feel for myself how the wig is fitting my client. 

Do I feel sassy? 
 
It would be unrealistic to expect a hair wearer to feel an instant transformation in their confidence as soon as a wig is fitted. It's a scary time! Even if a client has been wearing hair for years even trying a new colour or cap type is daunting. What I look for in my clients is that small twinkle in their eye that tells me they are a little excited by the possibility the style I've suggested to them gives. The fear of something different will more than likely always be there deep down in most ..... but it's that split second when i observe one of my clients and I know that they quite like the idea of this colour, style or cap. So ask yourself. Do i feel sassy? 

Is my forehead the correct size?

When I first lost my hair and I started wearing hair I fell into the terribly unfortunate habit of wearing my hair a good inch (or more some days!) lower than nature actually intended. I felt it gave me more security which is not surprising  as the wig store i went to back in the day couldn't have cared less about a good fit for me. So i walked about day after day looking like .... well, looking like i was wearing a wig. So ask yourself this right now. Stop reading my blog (just for a few seconds, don't forget to come back!) and go find a mirror. Ask yourself this "How big is my forehead???) It should be around 3-4 fingers width from where your eyebrows are or should be if you don't have them any more. If your forehead is the correct size congrats! If not, then you need to be moving your hair back a little. If you move your hair back (giving you the correct forehead size) and find that your alternative hair is no longer secure then you need to be seriously considering if your wig is the right fit. Did your alternative hair specialist 'tickle your ears' and position your hair correctly for you in the first place? They should have! 

Is the 'Repunzal' look really the best look for me? 

It's so tempting after losing our hair to want super long super thick tresses! But in day to day life this isn't always the best look. Not only is it not the best look but also super long alternative hair tends to be something you have to work hard on to maintain.If it's synthetic fibre it will succumb to the awful fate of friction damage faster, if its super long and if its human hair you'll find yourself spending a good hour or two washing, blow drying and styling your hair. If your up to the challenge with longer length human hair wigs then good on you! I actually enjoy washing my 14" Follea wig but not everyone feels the same way. We offer a wash and blow dry service to our clients for their human hair wigs which is becoming very popular. 
The point I'm trying to make is your everyday alternative hair should be manageable. 

So there are my top 4 tips on alternative hair. 

Fit - Do i feel sassy - positioning - Is it manageable for everyday. 

We can go through all this and more for you at one of our Consultations so if you'd like to learn more then give me a call on 01246 432 145 to book in. 

Happy hair wearing everyone! 

Emma xxx