Thursday, 9 October 2014

In the spotlight! | The Elite wig by Jon Renau

For the final post in this Spotlight series I'm introducing you to the Elite wig :)

I've always been a massive fan of longer styles and up until starting Aspire I never had any interest in shorter length wigs. Aspire was a massive eye opener for me! I suddenly became obsessed. Not just obsessed with the long hair look but also shorter styles, medium length styles .... everything really!!

I wanted to create a business that would work for hair wearers everywhere. Any budget, any colour and any style.

So let's get on with it and take a more in depth look at the Elite wig!

First here's the blurb from Jon Renau on Elite ...

"The elegantly tapered silhouette of this chic short style feels as great as it looks, with cooling open cap construction and effortless wear ability."

The Elite by Jon Renau is a short style that can be worn smoothed out or slightly flicked out using a little water or styling spray.

Shorter length - less friction! This is one of the main things I love about shorter length styles like this. They do tend to last longer than longer length synthetic hair.

Elite is made from high quality synthetic fibre but she's not heat resistant so remember to be careful when you open that oven door!

Colour wise, Elite is available in an impressive selection of colours from a 1B natural black right through to a light ash blonde. She's also available in a natural salt / pepper colour (56F51) and a beautiful natural light grey / white for more mature ladies (60)

Check out the profile look that you're going to get from Elite!

Perfect for all ages thanks to the modern cut but not too modern. I think It's a really nice balance between a short sassy look and a more mature look. I think I'm going to love Elite just as much as I love the Natalie wig by Jon Renau!

The cap construction on Elite is light weight and easy to wear. An open cap allows ample ventilation to avoid over heating. This type of cap construction also makes the Elite extremely light! It only weighs 2oz!!! How cool is that ... :) 

Have you tried the Elite yet? Let me know what you think!! 

Am I going to be getting Elite in at the salon? Oh yes!!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

In the spotlight! | The Gwyneth wig by Jon Renau

Jon Renau have brought us one Human hair wig in their new 2014 Fall collection. 

Please welcome the gorgeous Gwyneth!

 Gwyneth is made using 100% Remy human hair which means you can curl her, straighten her, blow dry her out and even colour her if you'd like to.

Most of the styles that Jon Renau offer in human hair come Pre-Styled and ready to wear after just a little styling. Gwyneth is more of a blank canvas on which you can create any look.

Can you wear her exactly as she comes? Of course! The thing I like about Gwyneth though is that a few layers here and there and you can totally change her look making her 100% 'yours'.

Shown opposite worn slightly waved and in a different shade, Gwyneth gives you a great profile look.

A great little extra in this seasons collection is that two new blonde shades have been added in the Gwyneth! The 613/10S8 and the 22/16S8. Both of these shades are rooted colours which is a new addition.

Shown opposite in the colour 12FS8.

Gwyneth's cap construction is ultra luxurious :)

Featuring the famous Smart Lace front from temple to temple and a full Monofilament top, Gwyneth can be worn with the hair away from the face (no fringe / bangs needed!) The clever Mono top allows you to part the hair in any directions helping to further customise your look and create a natural look.

The fully hand-tied stretch cap is soft and comfortable with velvet ear tabs and an adjustable velvet lined nape area. I really like this cap style! It's very light weight and breathes well keeping you as cool as possible :-)

Remember what I said about that Smart Lace front? How you can pin your hair back away from your face? Well to the right you'll find a picture of myself wearing a Smart Lace wig and it's a genuine iPhone #Selfie! No airbrushing (I wouldn't even have a clue how to do that!!!).

Pretty impressive don't ya think!?

Have you seen the Gwyneth wig yet? I'd love to get your feedback on her :-)

Gwyneth is now available at Aspire as are all of the Jon Renau wigs.

Tomorrow is the last day in this series on the new 2014 Fall collection by Jon Renau and I'm going to be wrapping it up with the new Elite wig! 

See you tomorrow <3

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

In the spotlight! | Top Level by Jon Renau

I'm going to be brutally honest here.

Toppers never interested me all that much in the past. 

I know that this is down to the fact that I don't personally require a topper. I'm 100% hair free on my scalp and most of my body (those pesky under arm and chin hairs just annoy me!) so for me, a topper is useless. 

As Aspire has grown though I started to see many women coming to me for help who have thinning hair or androgenetic alopecia. For these women a topper would be welcome! 

I started researching toppers around two years ago and sadly there wasn't really much out there. A couple of human hair toppers here and there ...... a hand full of synthetic toppers etc. I found a couple of problems whilst trying to source the 'perfect' topper for my clients ... 

1 - The base size. Most ready made toppers came in just the one base size which was often too small for my clients needs.

2 - The hair length. Mostly shorter hair lengths meant that unless my client specifically wanted a heavily layered look then the ready made toppers were not going to be suitable. 

Being the perfectionist I am (and I say this through gritted teeth as often being a perfectionist is a royal pain in the butt!!!) I can never 'settle' for something. This trait transfers heavily into my working life as well as my personal life. Everything has to be the best I can possibly make it .... for my clients and also for my own peace of mind. If I don't feel I've tried my very best at something I just end up spending the following days / weeks worrying. 

With all this in mind you can imagine my delight when I spotted the new Top Level topper in Jon Renau's 2014 Fall collection! 

Jon Renau brought us the gorgeous Top Form in two lengths back in April 2014 and also the Top Notch. The addition of the Top Level leaves me feeling tickled pink :D

Top Level is a longer length topper with a lovely wave to the hair. Made using Jon Renau's high quality, fine texture synthetic fibre this piece is going to be a very versatile addition to your hair wardrobe!

Perfect not only for ladies who are experiencing thinning but also for women who simply want more volume and glamour.

My niece is always using toppers and extensions on nights out and I think this will be a piece that she's going to love along with my clients who are looking at toppers to wear on a daily basis.

The picture you will see to your right shows the position in which the Top Level should be worn. This is the ideal positioning that will give you an even hair length all the way around the piece.

What a lot of women I see do is they position their toppers by using the parting on the piece as a guide. DON'T DO THIS!
What you'll end up with is a 'wonky' look which (lets be honest) Isn't going to do your confidence any good and as I'm in the business of building confidence you can see why I'm adverse to you using this method of placement. If, when you've positioned Top Level on your head you find the parting is not in the ideal place for you simply set a new parting!! The Mono top is there for that purpose and the purpose of creating a more natural parting look.
So, moving right along to the base construction lets take a look at what were gonna get from the Top Level.

The top section of this piece is made using a material called Monofilament (Mono). Mono is a fab-tastic material that breathes well and helps give you the appearance of a natural parting.

One of the very best things about Mono (from a visual point of view) is that it gives you a very definite (if wanted) and natural look to your parting.

Mono is a semi transparent material usually so it's going to take on the appearance of what's underneath it. If Mono is on top of your scalp then you'll get your skin tone coming through and if it's on top of, for example, black hair, then the parting mono will bring that colour through also.

What are your thoughts on the new Top Level by Jon Renau? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, 6 October 2014

In the spotlight | The Elsa wig by Jon Renau

No collection could ever be complete without a shorter style :) 

The Elsa isn't the shortest style in the new 2014 Fall collection by Jon Renau but never the less she's a great length and style that has a few added extras thrown in their for good measure ...

Let's get a little from Jon Renau ..... 

"Polished combination of comfort and versatility, this graceful lace front style features HD fibre that can be straightened, curled or crimped with heat" 

Elsa can be worn smooth and sleek or with more volume by using your fingers to tease in volume. Thanks to the HD fibre you can also change up the style by popping in some heated rollers to create even more volume and a wave or curl should you choose to do so.

If we take a look at Elsa from the side, you can see what a beautiful cut this is. Longer layers on the top and nice, neat and tidy into the nape make Elsa look stylish and sophisticated.

Brush the hair back to create the look shown in the photo opposite or brush the hair downward and feathered around the face (always using the Jon Renau HD comb of course!) to create a more rounded short length bob look. 

As mentioned above, the HD fibre really add tons of versatility to the Elsa wig. I like HD fibre wigs so long as they are not super long or all one length but I have to say that i LOVE shorter length HD wigs :-)

Elsa features an open cap with the famous Smart Lace front. Smart Lace is made from a material called welded lace that is more rigid than, say, French or Swiss lace. French / Swiss lace would require bonding or taping into place in order to sit flat and provide security whilst wearing. Welded lace on the other hand is much more durable and sits nice and flat without having to use glue or tape. 

Velvet ear tabs on the Elsa make the experience of wearing hair much more comfortable than it used to be and adjustable straps at the nape area allow you to bring the cap size in smaller for more security. 

Double sided tape doesn't work so well on velvet I've found but small sections of PU could always be added to the ear tabs if you're set on wearing Elsa with tape. 

 All in all Elsa is another great style from Jon Renau. I'd just like to point out as well that although we do offer ALL of the Jon Renau wigs at Aspire, I am not sponsored by this company or any company for that matter! 

All reviews, posts and ramblings are my own and my own opinion on each brand or product. 

Have you seen / tried / worn the Elsa yet?

Are you a massive JR fan like me and my clients are!? 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on Elsa in the comments below :-)