Saturday, 7 March 2015

The Follea F Monde Wig - WARNING: Mermaid video rambling also included :D

I've been waiting since September 2014 for my F Monde to arrive. 

A short delay made me question my decision to go with the 16" layered style which then resulted in me actually changing my mind and going for the 18" layered style! 

I'm so glad I went for the longest length because now she's actually here with me I LOVE the extra length. 

I feel very much like a mermaid :) 

A quick run down on the F monde collection

I wrote a post a while back that went into detail about this collection so if you interested you can check that out right here.

For those of you that don't have 20 minutes to spare ( I went into some detail in that post!) I'll highlight a few things about this collection below for you :-)

  • Made using Follea's world preferred human hair
  • Naturally wavy hair texture (not permed!) 
  • Available on the Aero2, Gripper2 cool and Gripper2 sports base
  • 6" - 8" - 12" - 14" - 16" and 18" hair lengths available
  • Available in a election of darker colours but only the one blonde shade for now (the C6020 which is the one I'm wearing in the video)
If you're a Gripper2 or Aero2 wearer that LOVES the collection but have always longed for a little more length then you are really going to love the F Monde wigs :)

Please feel free to contact me if you'd like more info and I'll be happy to help.

I'd love to hear what YOU think of this collection. Let me know in the comments below.

Please feel free to share any of my Blog posts just so long as you link back to my blog <3

Friday, 6 March 2015

The Affair Wig by Ellen Wille (and a video for you too gorgeous ones!)

If you're not already a subscriber to my Youtube channel than I recommend you check it out asap here! I'd be super duper grateful if you could subscribe to the channel :) #WigAddictsUnite 

I recently had the Affair wig by Ellen Wille arrive at the Aspire shop and I'm so excited to share this style with you today. 

The Affair wig is part of Ellen Wille's Hair Society collection and boasts a good selection of styles and colours on beautiful hand made bases that are light weight and comfortable to wear. 

Most importantly these styles look and feel so natural that no one would ever guess you're wearing hair. 

Here I am wearing the Affair wig. This is the Affair straight out of the box and already you can see that she's very wearable. 
The density has been kept nice and light for a natural look and an extended lace front, mono top and hand made back make this wig light weight and comfortable to wear. 
This wig does not have any PU areas to use with double sided tape but if this is something you wanted I could adapt this for you :) 
Silicone could also be added to the ear tabs and nape for extra security, again, all you have to do is ask! 

I've also created A short video for you on popped it onto my Youtube channel. I'd love to hear what you think of this style. 

Have you worn the Affair wig before? 


Let me know what you think to this style and I'll be back again soon with another blog post :)

Thursday, 5 March 2015

My wall of inspiration ......

I recently signed myself up to a business course. It only took me 5 years!

I started Aspire way back in 2009 / 2010 and basically built on it by doing a couple of things

1: I read a LOT of books! I mean tons and tons of books. Marketing, website building, graphic design .... you name it I had it on my bookshelf.

2: I followed my gut. My whole intention with Aspire (and this blog) was to get information out there and in front of lovely ladies such as yourself. So you could learn facts about the different alternative hair available and make choices with as much ease as possible.

3: I had fire in my belly! I still have that fire to this day. It's what keeps me going day after day as a small business.

The business course I joined in January has been so helpful to me and I immediately wondered why I hadn't signed up sooner! No matter what stage you're at there is always more to learn and (as luck would have it) I love to learn :)

One of the first tasks my business coach set out for me and the ladies in the business group was to create a business vision.

What gets us up in the morning, what motivates us, what are we aiming for in our businesses, what gives you that fire in your belly that NO-ONE would ever be able to tame??

I spent ages on this concept during the whole month of January thinking that my business vision would be be some kind of complex plan or idea and I just couldn't quite 'get it'.

Then it clicked and I realised that my 'vision' is actually incredibly simple.

My business vision = my clients.

My business vision = the lovely ladies to come to see me.

Today I wanted to share with you my 'Wall of inspiration'. Not only do I have this wall pasted into my workbook I also am in the process of creating in in the Aspire shop. I have the perfect space that needs filling and what better way to give inspiration to all the new clients that walk through my door than to show them my lovely clients!

So there you go. My wall of inspiration. I think all my clients are very inspiring women and whenever I need a kick up the bum, motivation or inspiration on where I'm going to take Aspire next all I have to do is look at my vision and I know what to do for the best <3

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

12 Reasons You're Talking Youreslf Out Of A Human Hair Wig (and reasons why you perhaps shouldn't!) ...

Blogging twice in one week!
It's unusual for me right??
Well, here's the reason why ....
Yesterday morning I woke up feeling fine. Don't get me wrong I was tired and felt like I hadn't slept all that much but that's the norm for me as I have M.E. 
I didn't realise I had a problem until i went to the toilet to tinkle and then glanced in the mirror ready to brush my teeth. 
All the left side of my mouth and nose was swollen! My eye was starting to swell too. Imagine waking up to that?? It certainly got my attention that's for sure. 
I had a feel around and found a lump just below my jaw. A gland no doubt. 
Anyway, to cut a long story short I headed out to see my Doctor who told me to rest up and return if the swelling didn't go down / if I got worse. 
So this is me 'resting up'. I'm not the kinda girl who can just STOP doing everything (I have a business to run and two kids, two cats, three goldfish and a fiance to organise!). 
What I've decided to do instead is to keep consultations a little lighter this week and spend more time writing and blogging. That's taking it easy and resting right? 

Anyway! Back to today's blog post :-) 

Yesterday I blogged about how a lot of women that come and see me see seem to have talked themselves out of a human hair wig LONG before we even meet. I listed 12 reasons I've heard from my clients on why they do this. 

Today I want to go back over this list of reasons / concerns and worries and add my thoughts to it. 

Sometimes the things we worry about are not really that worrying when you look at it from a different perspective. 

1: Too expensive 
Human hair wigs are more expensive yes, there's no denying this. But the way I look at it from a business AND a personal wearers point of view is this ...

The amount of money you could spend on a really good quality synthetic wig easily (and quickly) adds up over the year. Often what myself and my clients find is that you end up spending more on synthetic wigs over time than you would on one good quality human hair wig.
2: It's gross (yes seriously!) 
It's not uncommon for ladies to feel a certain ickiness when it comes to wearing someone Else's human hair) 
I actually don't have an answer to this one as it simply is what it is! If the thought of human hair puts you about then I doubt there is anything that can change that (other than possibly hypnotherapy or cbt!) 

Please be reassured that the hair used to create human hair wigs comes from LIVING donors and yes I have been asked if the hair used is from people who have died.

3: I'm terrible at styling 
I used to be terrible at styling too! but you know what? we can always learn new skills and often times things that seem IMPOSSIBLE are actually pretty straight forward when someone actually shows you how it's done. 
I'm working on bringing you an online workshop that's going to help you in this area :) Keep your eyes open for it around Summer time this year. 

4: I don't know how to care for it
You can learn! I'll show you how to care for it :) Again my online workshop course is going to help you understand how to do these things easily and effortlessly (and confidently!)

5: I never wear my wig in the house anyway
SNAP!! I take my hair off as soon as I get home too. Not because I'm uncomfortable or anything it's just that I don't feel the need to wear my hair when at home. Just FYI I also take off my work clothes and get my pj's on too :D

6: They have to be sent off and specially cleaned 
Perhaps donkeys years ago they did need to go off and be steam / chemical cleaned but modern day human hair wigs don't need this anymore. You can wash your alternative hair at home in your own time when you're ready :) 

7: They look un-natural 
 Not true. Please see exhibit A and B below ... These days human hair wigs (all wigs in fact!) tend to come on amazing bases that use soft materials like lace, silk and monofilament. If I suddenly started speaking a foreign language to you then check out my free wig workshop guide right here for more info.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

8: They're bulky 
OK - I'm not going to lie to you some are bulky and not so good. But the majority of human hair wigs and certainly the ones that I work with at Aspire are not bulky. Often times the hair has to be styled and thinned out but to be honest manufacturers are cottoning on to what we (the wearers) actually want and they're listening to us. 
9: They tangle and Matt 
Non Remy wigs will tangle and Matt I agree. Also, long hair needs regular brushing to keep it lug free but that's to be expected right!? If you find yourself wearing a human hair wig that seems to tangle whilst your brushing it then I'd say there is a very strong possibility that it's not a genuine Remy human hair wig. 
10: They go all frizzy
Human hair can frizz sometimes yes. It's particularly annoying when you spend 30 minutes sectioning and straightening your human hair wig for a night out then you step out the door and the heavens open! If you leave her to dry naturally then yes she MAY frizz a little. But that's just human hair being all .... well, human hair ish. 

11: They never look natural once cut 
Cutting wigs is so different from cutting natural growing hair. The same goes for human hair extensions too. my stylist described it perfectly to me once ....
"You can't and don't follow a pattern so much when cutting human hair wigs. Lines show up easily and you have to go with how the hair falls naturally as much as possible" 
Basically what she was telling me was that it takes someone who is experienced in cutting human hair wigs to get a really nice cut in it. 

12: It's my first wig , I don't want to invest

I totally get this! And I'd never push anyone to make a purchase they don't feel comfortable with. In this case if a client of mine is anxious then I go with my clients and spend extra time taking about how to care for a synthetic wig to get the longest life out of it :) 

Something else I feel i should speak about is the fact that not everyone can afford to throw hundreds and sometimes even thousands of pounds at new hair! It's a reality that not a lot of us like to talk about but it's very real. 

I remember finding myself in this situation back in 2008 just after my daughter Mya was born. Gary was working full time to make ends meet and I was at home with the kids and new hair time rolled by. 

We just couldn't afford it! We had no savings and I started to become really low about walking about with an old Supplex on my head that was starting to resemble a dead rat!

I asked my family to lend me money and they couldn't help. I was devastated :( 

One day my Mr Gary Jones sat me down and told me he was going to make everything better and all credit to him because he did! 

He sold his beautiful electronic drum kit (he's a painter decorator / wig expert by day and drummer / vocalist by night!) for a few hundred LESS than the going rate and bought me my hair. I don't think I've ever cried so much as I did that day! 

What do you think about today's Blog post you lovely lady you? 
Can you relate? 

Monday, 2 March 2015

12 Reasons You're Talking Yourself Out Of A Human Hair Wig ....

Ah the joys and frustrations of this crazy old world of wigs. 

The mono, lace, silicone, wefts and hair types ...... It can be a nightmare right? 

It's no wonder that women feel safer purchasing synthetic wigs at a lower price as the risk of getting it wrong seems to not be as big as with a more expensive human hair wig! 

This is where the importance of the consultation process kicks in. Don't worry - I'm not going to ramble on about how important this is as I did that a few days ago already ..... You can read that post right here 

Let's jump straight into it today ladies. Here are the most frequent reasons members of the aspire facebook community give me when it comes to them NOT wanting a human hair wig ... 

1: Too expensive 

2: It's gross (yes seriously! It's not uncommon for ladies to feel a certain ickiness when it comes to wearing someone else's human hair) 

3: I'm terrible at styling 

4: I don't know how to care for it

5: I never wear my wig in the house anyway

6: They have to be sent off and specially cleaned 

7: They look un-natural 

8: They're bulky 

9: They tangle and Matt 

10: They go all frizzy

11: They never look natural once cut 

12: It's my first wig , I don't want to invest 

How does this list look to you gorgeous one? Can you relate to some of these points? 

These are the things that I hear from my clients.

What always amazes them at my consultations is the fact that not all human hair wigs are created equal. 

Oh yes! There IS a reason why one human hair wig costs you a few hundred and another human hair wig costs you a thousand pounds or more.

I'd love to get feedback on the above list from you all. 

Check back tomorrow when I'll be adding answers and suggestions to each point for you! 

Until tomorrow ......