Friday, 16 January 2015

The Blake Smartlace Wig BY Jon Renau - Youtube Video!

I'm on a roll with my Youtube videos ladies! 

After years of being TERRIFIED of getting in front of the camera I have finally built up enough courage to ...... speak on video!! 

OK, so It's not exactly me jumping up and down in front of the camera being all extrovert and such but it's a step in the right direction. 

A baby step if you will! 

And I'm a massive fan of baby steps so all's good.

Anyway I'm rambling .... I've popped my latest Youtube video below for you to take a look at. This week the focus is on the Blake wig by Jon Renau. 

You may also find it helpful to check out a Blog I did on the Blake wig just recently. You can find that post right here.

Let me know what you think of the video and please 'LIKE' and subscribe to my channel <3

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

8 Things you're gonna love about the Blake wig

When I first lost my hair all those years ago all I wanted was to have long hair again. ANY hair again would have been fab! 

Unfortunately back then human hair wigs were pretty naff. They had to be sent away to be chemical and steam cleaned and they were bulky and unforgiving. 

It's pretty awesome how things have changed for the better over the years when it comes to human hair wigs! 

With the above in mind I wanted to share with you today what I think are going to be the 8 things you're going to LOVE about the Blake wig ...

1: She's Loooooooong! - Blake is super long and gorgeous but not too long that she looks ridiculous. It's so tempting after you lose your hair to all of a sudden want lots of it when it comes to a wig. The Blake is a great option for ladies who want length but still want it to pass as natural.

2: She's a great density - Density is so IMPORTANT. Repeat after me ladies "density is important". Again the temptation may be there to have lots of luscious thickness and volume but let's be realistic here ..... no one wants to look like they have a massive head! The density on Blake is a medium density to ensure a natural look. 

3: She has a lace front - Blake has Jon Renau's famous SmartLace front that we've all come to know and love. If you don't know and love this front then consider booking in to come see me for a consultation or lets arrange a skype meeting so I can show you. I'm not suggesting that a welded lace front is for absolutely everyone but most of my clients (and myself included) love a good old SmartLace front. 

4: She's hand tied - Hand-tied basically means hand made. Blake's cap has been made by hand with each hair being hand knotted into the base leaving a cap construction that's totally enclosed and snug. 

5: She arrives ready to wear - Oh yes you heard me right! Have you ever ordered in a wig from an online retailer and it comes and looks NOTHING like the stock photo on their website? Then felt that disgustingly awful churn in your stomach when you realise that you have to now go in search of a hairdresser who 

a) you can trust to cut in your gorgeous new wig and 
b) is going to be sympathetic to your situation ? 

I've gone through this before in the past and let me tell you it's not what I consider to be fun! You don't have to worry about this happening with Blake. What you see is what you get and she is 100% wearing right out of the box.

6: She comes in lots of Renau Natural and exclusive colours - Blake comes an a good selection of colours that are natural. Jon Renau's natural and exclusive colours feature multi tonal colours, rooted colours, hi light colours ..... Basically some of the most beautiful colours available. 

7: She's 100% human hair! - Remy human hair in fact that washes well and will last you well so long as you take good care of it. Human hair gives us wearers the versatility we crave when it comes to our alternative hair. Curl it, straighten it, crimp it or blow dry! Do what ever takes you fancy style wise. Remember to use a spritz of heat protection spray to ensure your Blake lasts as long as possible. 

8: She's going to raise your confidence through the roof - Now, I'm not saying this length and style is for everyone but for those of you / us who WANT a longer length style then the Blake is going to get you really excited about the who long hair business! I've witnessed my clients try on a Blake and something remarkable happens right away. 

They stand up out of my styling chair

They begin walking around the consultation room, hand held mirror in hand and flicking layers to the side

They venture OUTSIDE the consultation room to get walk across the shop front towards the window (mirror still in hand) as they begin to check out the look and colour of the Blake in a more natural light setting. 

Some ladies even ask if they can venture outside the front door to see her in absolute daylight! 

Have you caught on yet to what may be happening here? 

Their confidence begins to increase and, for me, that's the best part. I love to witness it and see how good it makes them feel. It's incredibly rewarding for someone in my line of work who has felt all the same emotions that they are feeling right at that very moment. Every cell of who am as a human being relates. It's powerful stuff! 

I hope this post has been helpful to you and, as always, I want to hear what YOU think? Let me know in the comments below. 

PS: Treat yourself to me FREE wig workshop guide. I've included a 'just for fun' quiz at the end of it for you too! 

Monday, 12 January 2015

Key first steps to acceptance (and ultimately happiness) ...

 I'm not perfect.

I don't claim to be. After all, No one is ever gonna be perfect and who would want to be anyway? Part of the ride of life is making mistakes, getting things wrong and learning from our past actions and mistakes.

Accepting something does NOT equal perfection it's just a sign that you've learnt how to carry on and live your life regardless of the tests that have been sent your way.

For example. I lost my hair aged 12 to alopecia which was (obviously) devastating. It took me the longest time to come to terms with this. 10 years or so to be precise. But when I did accept it my life started to change for the better.

I remember having a conversation with a lady on Facebook a few years ago now. She told me that I was weak in having accepted my alopecia. That I basically should have been ashamed of myself for 'giving up' and 'letting' alopecia rule me. As I tried to explain to her that I hadn't given up and I certainly wasn't weak she became more and more aggressive and irritated by me. I'll be totally honest here it really pissed me off at the time and I was angry and felt insulted by her.

The more i sat and thought about it though i began to realise that she herself was struggling with her own alopecia and this was just her way of dealing with things. I couldn't be mad at her! That would have been cruel and unfair. We all deal with things differently and this was her way to deal with it. Who was i to judge even though she was (kind of) judging me?

The lady in question has since found the path to her peace of mind and acceptance through her own work in the medical side of alopecia and auto immune disease. It's nice to see her doing such great work and moving forward with her life.

The first key steps to acceptance below might not be for everyone but this is how it happened for me. If by sharing them it helps just one other sufferer out there then I happy ....

STEP 1: Realise it's not your fault

This is a hard one. We wonder what we did wrong and this can start to escalate on so many levels ...

  • Did i over colour my hair?
  • Did i eat the wrong types of foods?
  • Was i bad in a past life!?
No, no and no. You didn't do anything wrong. It's not your fault you lost your hair.

STEP 2:  Understand you can't (as yet) control it

Maybe in the future you will be able to. Maybe in 10-20 years from now scientists will have found a pill or therapy that allows us to grow our hair back and keep it on our heads but right now it's just not an option.

Don't spend each day waiting to live. Now's the time for living!! Don't but your life on hold and please, PLEASE for the love of God don't tell yourself you can't do something because of your alopecia because your kidding yourself and probably cutting yourself and your gifts / abilities extremely short. You deserve much more than that. You were put on this earth for a reason after all ...

A friend and good client of mine chats with me often about strategies for coping with anxiety. I love her visits to my shop as she is a wealth of knowledge and i love learning about ways to cope with anxiety, stress and depression. Not because i think it will help my hair grow back but because I'm all set for helping my clients and if i can help them manage their own stress then i see that as a major positive. Here's what she says is paramount ...

Right here, right now, at this very moment in time - what is happening that you are anxious or worried about? (Hint: 9/10 times you can't answer) Because right at that moment, right in THE moment you have nothing to worry about.

All our worries are either in the past or in the near future. Stop and think about the here and now because lets face it, you can't change whats already happened in the past and events in the future can be handled and dealt with as they happen. 

Worrying just STEALS YOUR JOY.

I'm not a massive fan of joy stealing ...

STEP 3: Believe in the fact that only you can make you happy.

It's so simple yet so incredibly true. When you realise that you don't need a man, shed loads of money, a brand new car, the latest designer hand bag etc to make you happy things all of a sudden start to click into place.

So, to re-cap

Next time you're having a shitty day review the above three facts/ steps. If they don't convince you then create your own three steps! There's no right or wrong it's what works for you. 

PS: You can get a FREE copy of my e-guide by clicking on the image below :-)