<![CDATA[Platinum Wigs: Latest News]]> http://platinumwigs.com Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:11:42 +0000 <![CDATA[Wig Styles for the Workplace]]> http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/wig-styles-for-the-workplace/ Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/wig-styles-for-the-workplace/ We all like to keep our looks switched up either with clothes, makeup or withour hair. Changes to your hair can be sometimes be the most noticable and really get that group around the water cooler at work talking. So what if you just want to look amazing minus all the chatter? What if you want to continue to wear the same wig or try something different and still keep some measure of consistancy? Keep reading for a few ways to get the style versatility your're looking for without all the talk! 

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#1 Keep your color (relatively) the same!

This tip is the easiest of them all! If you decide to wear your wig straight, wavy, curly, or opt for a kinky, fro'd out look- doesn't matter! Keep the hair color the same and you keep your look consistant!

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#2 Go long

So as we all know there is no magic button to make our wig hair reset back to long if we have accidentally over snip but if you opt for hair that is a little longer than your comfort zone, you can cut layers into the hair or gradually make it shorter as the years go by keeping an old unit looking new!

b2ap3_thumbnail_cut-long-hair.jpg

#3 Extend Yourself

Okay so you can somewhat disregard #2 because though it isn't magic, you CAN add hair to a unit that is shorter than you'd like just by sewing in or clipping in extensions onto your wig. This is also a chic way to add touches of color without committing to a wig that is already dyed or trying to dye a wig with questionable results!

b2ap3_thumbnail_chic-wavy-hairstyle-by-clip-on-brown-ombre-color-cheap-hair-extensions.jpg

#4 Seek a Pro

Sometimes it's not about changing the style of your wig as much as it's about bringing it back to life. A tired wig is NO ONE'S friend. It could be time that you see a seasoned pro to breath new life into your unit. Find a stylist that is used to working with wigs and get a deep condition treatment or possibly new color or extensions to make your unit like new again!

b2ap3_thumbnail_celebrity-hairstylist-kiyah-wright.jpg

Did you love our suggestions? Hate them? Did we miss something? Tell us all about it in the comments section below and then be sure to check our latest promo so you can order your new unit today!

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We all like to keep our looks switched up either with clothes, makeup or withour hair. Changes to your hair can be sometimes be the most noticable and really get that group around the water cooler at work talking. So what if you just want to look amazing minus all the chatter? What if you want to continue to wear the same wig or try something different and still keep some measure of consistancy? Keep reading for a few ways to get the style versatility your're looking for without all the talk! 

b2ap3_thumbnail_style-changes-for-lace-wigs.jpg

#1 Keep your color (relatively) the same!

This tip is the easiest of them all! If you decide to wear your wig straight, wavy, curly, or opt for a kinky, fro'd out look- doesn't matter! Keep the hair color the same and you keep your look consistant!

b2ap3_thumbnail_naomi-campbell-curly.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_naomi-campbell-straight.jpg

#2 Go long

So as we all know there is no magic button to make our wig hair reset back to long if we have accidentally over snip but if you opt for hair that is a little longer than your comfort zone, you can cut layers into the hair or gradually make it shorter as the years go by keeping an old unit looking new!

b2ap3_thumbnail_cut-long-hair.jpg

#3 Extend Yourself

Okay so you can somewhat disregard #2 because though it isn't magic, you CAN add hair to a unit that is shorter than you'd like just by sewing in or clipping in extensions onto your wig. This is also a chic way to add touches of color without committing to a wig that is already dyed or trying to dye a wig with questionable results!

b2ap3_thumbnail_chic-wavy-hairstyle-by-clip-on-brown-ombre-color-cheap-hair-extensions.jpg

#4 Seek a Pro

Sometimes it's not about changing the style of your wig as much as it's about bringing it back to life. A tired wig is NO ONE'S friend. It could be time that you see a seasoned pro to breath new life into your unit. Find a stylist that is used to working with wigs and get a deep condition treatment or possibly new color or extensions to make your unit like new again!

b2ap3_thumbnail_celebrity-hairstylist-kiyah-wright.jpg

Did you love our suggestions? Hate them? Did we miss something? Tell us all about it in the comments section below and then be sure to check our latest promo so you can order your new unit today!

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<![CDATA[The No Chop Transition]]> http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/the-no-chop-transition/ Wed, 21 May 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/the-no-chop-transition/ So you’ve decided to return to your natural texture and that by itself is a major (and awesome) decision. For many, the decision to return to your natural hair can be intimidating because you may not remember what you’re in for. The last time you saw your hair in its totally natural state was likely tens of years ago when you were 4 feet tall and still rocking hair beads. To help you avoid any "shock" keep in mind that returning to natural hair is not about trying to look like anyone else. It’s all about embracing who you are without all the additives and influence of pop culture. Coily, kinky, curly, 3b, 4c – release the tendency to find the “box” you fit in and enjoy rediscovering who you are within. But before we get too off track, today we’re talking about taking the plunge without going for the BIG chop. Not to worry, there are many affordable and cute style options you can chose from.

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#1 Wet it, twist it, knot it...

Bantu knots and flat twist (as pictured below) are great for relaxed or natural hair. These two options are super stylish, ideal for transitioning hair and are super easy to do. You can find picture directions and all the products you’ll need here.

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#2 Braided Beauty

There are SO many braiding styles there's no way you can't find one to suit you or your workplace! Styles may change, but braids never really go out of style. PLUS your braided hair can last for up to 6 weeks. 6 weeks of not thinking about your hair every morning?? Yes, please!

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#3 Wigs and Extensions

If you want to insert protective styling, you can keep your hair twisted or braided and wear a wig over it or have extensions put it. Most wigs come with combs and an adjustable strap so you can secure your unit without adhesives if that is your preference. If you choose to go with extensions, be sure to use a trusted AND tested professional. The objective is to maintain healthy hair through this transition process.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Jill-afro-curl-indian-remy-human-hair-lace-front-wig-front.png

#4 Big Chop v Baby Chop

So maybe you can't get excited about cutting most of your hair off but perhaps you could consider something a little less drastic. If your hair is passed your shoulders a bob could be a fab way to switch up your look and get you that much closer to your all natural path. It is true that dealing with two different textures, while not impossible, can be challenging. You can simplify your journey with every inch closer you are to prunning out the relaxed hair.

b2ap3_thumbnail_hair-trim_20140522-185917_1.jpg

Whichever path you decide on, congratulations on taking your first big step in the process. That big step is doing your research! If you've already made the big decision to cut out your relaxer or if you're taking it slowly please share what is and isn't working for you in the comments section. Also be sure to check out our natural hair care products for all your styling and care needs!

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So you’ve decided to return to your natural texture and that by itself is a major (and awesome) decision. For many, the decision to return to your natural hair can be intimidating because you may not remember what you’re in for. The last time you saw your hair in its totally natural state was likely tens of years ago when you were 4 feet tall and still rocking hair beads. To help you avoid any "shock" keep in mind that returning to natural hair is not about trying to look like anyone else. It’s all about embracing who you are without all the additives and influence of pop culture. Coily, kinky, curly, 3b, 4c – release the tendency to find the “box” you fit in and enjoy rediscovering who you are within. But before we get too off track, today we’re talking about taking the plunge without going for the BIG chop. Not to worry, there are many affordable and cute style options you can chose from.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Long_Hairstyle_For_Black_Women_relaxed-hair.jpg

#1 Wet it, twist it, knot it...

Bantu knots and flat twist (as pictured below) are great for relaxed or natural hair. These two options are super stylish, ideal for transitioning hair and are super easy to do. You can find picture directions and all the products you’ll need here.

b2ap3_thumbnail_flat-twist-before-after.jpg

#2 Braided Beauty

There are SO many braiding styles there's no way you can't find one to suit you or your workplace! Styles may change, but braids never really go out of style. PLUS your braided hair can last for up to 6 weeks. 6 weeks of not thinking about your hair every morning?? Yes, please!

b2ap3_thumbnail_AngelaSimmonsMain-braid-hair-black-hair.jpg

#3 Wigs and Extensions

If you want to insert protective styling, you can keep your hair twisted or braided and wear a wig over it or have extensions put it. Most wigs come with combs and an adjustable strap so you can secure your unit without adhesives if that is your preference. If you choose to go with extensions, be sure to use a trusted AND tested professional. The objective is to maintain healthy hair through this transition process.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Jill-afro-curl-indian-remy-human-hair-lace-front-wig-front.png

#4 Big Chop v Baby Chop

So maybe you can't get excited about cutting most of your hair off but perhaps you could consider something a little less drastic. If your hair is passed your shoulders a bob could be a fab way to switch up your look and get you that much closer to your all natural path. It is true that dealing with two different textures, while not impossible, can be challenging. You can simplify your journey with every inch closer you are to prunning out the relaxed hair.

b2ap3_thumbnail_hair-trim_20140522-185917_1.jpg

Whichever path you decide on, congratulations on taking your first big step in the process. That big step is doing your research! If you've already made the big decision to cut out your relaxer or if you're taking it slowly please share what is and isn't working for you in the comments section. Also be sure to check out our natural hair care products for all your styling and care needs!

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<![CDATA[Blonde Ambition: The Women Who Get It Right]]> http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/blonde-ambition-the-women-who-get-it-right/ Mon, 19 May 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/blonde-ambition-the-women-who-get-it-right/ When the weather changes we all start getting that itch...to change our hair! If you're considering a switch to blonde OR looking for style ideas we've picked our favorite celebs for amazing inspiration!

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Queen Bey is serving 100% confidence. The bob is a classic but paired with the ombre color trend it really pops! If you're looking to try a blonde asymmetrical but without the drama of permanent color, check this out!

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When does Ri Ri ever get hair wrong? If you said never, we agree! She takes risks like with this blonde mohawk which looks so perfect for summer.

b2ap3_thumbnail_EvaPigfordplatinumblondeplatinumwigslacefront.jpg

ANTM alum Eva has been rocking this short signature look for years not but we especially love how beautiful she is as a platinum blonde!

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We loved this look so much we decided to bring you a new unit inspired by Ciara! A little bit of waviness and bold color go a long way!

b2ap3_thumbnail_eve-blonde-wavy-hair-short-platinum-wigs.jpg

Just because you've chosen a bold hair color doesn't mean you have to be shy with your makeup and Eve is proof of that! Take this asymetrical bob and add a few rod curls on low heat to duplicate this stunning style.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Tyra-Banks-blonde-hair-platinum-wigs-lace-wig.jpg

Successfully rocking blonde haircolor is all about finding just the right shade of blonde for you. This color is blended with highlights of blonde and honey brown over dark brown hair and Ms. Tyra looks gorgeous!

b2ap3_thumbnail_mariah-carey-beach-waves-blonde-hair-platinum-wigs-lace-front.jpg

We <3 old school Mariah! Perhaps one of the first to truly bring us blonde and in such gorgeous beach waves, our hearts stop.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Mary_J_Blige_Blonde_Hair.jpg

Mary J has rocked blonde with short and long hair and she kills it everytime. We love this overall look because the layers soften her face and the honey blonde is a look we think would be flattering on nearly everyone. Get the look here!

b2ap3_thumbnail_nicki-minaj-blonde-platinum-wigs-lace-front.jpg

Eva isn't the only one who can serve platinum locks and getting it right. Though the look is super bright, can't everything Nikki Minja does be categorized that way?

b2ap3_thumbnail_tamar-braxton-blonde-hair-platinum-wigs.png

Last but certainly not least, Tamar Braxton! One thing is for SURE dark roots and blonde hair belong together. Especially if you have black or dark brown eyebrows and don't want to lighten them up too much. As pictured, Tamar's brows are only slightly lighter than their natural color and that makes the whole look work!

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When the weather changes we all start getting that itch...to change our hair! If you're considering a switch to blonde OR looking for style ideas we've picked our favorite celebs for amazing inspiration!

b2ap3_thumbnail_Beyonce.jpg

b2ap3_thumbnail_beyonce-straight-bob.jpg

Queen Bey is serving 100% confidence. The bob is a classic but paired with the ombre color trend it really pops! If you're looking to try a blonde asymmetrical but without the drama of permanent color, check this out!

b2ap3_thumbnail_rihanna-blonde-mohawk-platinum-wigs.jpg

When does Ri Ri ever get hair wrong? If you said never, we agree! She takes risks like with this blonde mohawk which looks so perfect for summer.

b2ap3_thumbnail_EvaPigfordplatinumblondeplatinumwigslacefront.jpg

ANTM alum Eva has been rocking this short signature look for years not but we especially love how beautiful she is as a platinum blonde!

b2ap3_thumbnail_ciara-shoulder-length-platinum-wigs-lace-front-blonde.jpg

We loved this look so much we decided to bring you a new unit inspired by Ciara! A little bit of waviness and bold color go a long way!

b2ap3_thumbnail_eve-blonde-wavy-hair-short-platinum-wigs.jpg

Just because you've chosen a bold hair color doesn't mean you have to be shy with your makeup and Eve is proof of that! Take this asymetrical bob and add a few rod curls on low heat to duplicate this stunning style.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Tyra-Banks-blonde-hair-platinum-wigs-lace-wig.jpg

Successfully rocking blonde haircolor is all about finding just the right shade of blonde for you. This color is blended with highlights of blonde and honey brown over dark brown hair and Ms. Tyra looks gorgeous!

b2ap3_thumbnail_mariah-carey-beach-waves-blonde-hair-platinum-wigs-lace-front.jpg

We <3 old school Mariah! Perhaps one of the first to truly bring us blonde and in such gorgeous beach waves, our hearts stop.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Mary_J_Blige_Blonde_Hair.jpg

Mary J has rocked blonde with short and long hair and she kills it everytime. We love this overall look because the layers soften her face and the honey blonde is a look we think would be flattering on nearly everyone. Get the look here!

b2ap3_thumbnail_nicki-minaj-blonde-platinum-wigs-lace-front.jpg

Eva isn't the only one who can serve platinum locks and getting it right. Though the look is super bright, can't everything Nikki Minja does be categorized that way?

b2ap3_thumbnail_tamar-braxton-blonde-hair-platinum-wigs.png

Last but certainly not least, Tamar Braxton! One thing is for SURE dark roots and blonde hair belong together. Especially if you have black or dark brown eyebrows and don't want to lighten them up too much. As pictured, Tamar's brows are only slightly lighter than their natural color and that makes the whole look work!

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<![CDATA[Good Health From the Inside Out]]> http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/good-health-from-the-inside-out/ Wed, 14 May 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/good-health-from-the-inside-out/ Are you wondering why your hair lacks luster or seems a little dull and lifeless? Are you frustrated that your nails break at the drop of a dime? And what about your skin? Can’t seem to attain that balanced glow of radiance that you really want? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be closer to a solution than you think.

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Yes, you have likely heard it a thousand times: You are what you eat. But you’re also what you drink and even how you sleep!Although it might sound a bit cliché it really is true and believe it or not, it is the best “non-secret” to healthy hair, skin, and nails.Simply put, it all comes down to being kind and loving to your own body. Now for the busy, modern diva, walking this out may require some pre-planning before hitting the aisles of the grocery store and even shifting of your normal routine, but ultimately it will be worth it. Though changes may not happen overnight, your body soon will reward you with healthy, glowing skin and hair and strong nails. The key is just getting started, and we have a few easy tips to help you begin:

#1 Sleep more

Ample rest really is the foundation of overall health, ensuring your body will have the time and energy needed to replenish itself. Did you know that skin is constantly renewing itself? According to goodskinhealth.org skin renews itself from the bottom up and takes 52 – 77 days to shed cells. Yep. Sounds like a reason to sleep to me!

#2Eat a balanced diet

A lack of nutrients inside your body sooner or later will show up in your skin. According to WebMD, experts agree that a healthy diet with the right mix of protein, iron, and other nutrients can help improve the health, look, and feel of your hair. Hair and nails are composed of mostly protein, which means they need protein to grow. Make sure your diet includes hearty portions of protein-rich foods like salmon, spinach, eggs and Greek yogurt. Yummy!

#3 Squeeze in a little exercise

Besides improving your overall mental and physical health, finding time to work-out can also yield benefits for your tresses and skin. According to livestrong.com, exercise can be especially helpful in mitigating conditions that hormone imbalances contribute to, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, in which women suffer unwanted hair, as well as in improving conditions such as diabetes, which can lead to hair loss. Additionally, sweating opens your pores and allows for release of toxins. And while you are at it, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, which will yield additional benefits.

So, though it may be shocking that the hair, skin, and nail fabulousness you seek isn’t in the latest bottled supplement craze, an over-priced salon service, or even a medical procedure, this news can actually be a relief to your pocket. Instead, think of adding these elements as the icing on the cake and keep it simple by first looking good from the inside out.

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Are you wondering why your hair lacks luster or seems a little dull and lifeless? Are you frustrated that your nails break at the drop of a dime? And what about your skin? Can’t seem to attain that balanced glow of radiance that you really want? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be closer to a solution than you think.

b2ap3_thumbnail_how-to-get-flawless-skin.jpg

Yes, you have likely heard it a thousand times: You are what you eat. But you’re also what you drink and even how you sleep!Although it might sound a bit cliché it really is true and believe it or not, it is the best “non-secret” to healthy hair, skin, and nails.Simply put, it all comes down to being kind and loving to your own body. Now for the busy, modern diva, walking this out may require some pre-planning before hitting the aisles of the grocery store and even shifting of your normal routine, but ultimately it will be worth it. Though changes may not happen overnight, your body soon will reward you with healthy, glowing skin and hair and strong nails. The key is just getting started, and we have a few easy tips to help you begin:

#1 Sleep more

Ample rest really is the foundation of overall health, ensuring your body will have the time and energy needed to replenish itself. Did you know that skin is constantly renewing itself? According to goodskinhealth.org skin renews itself from the bottom up and takes 52 – 77 days to shed cells. Yep. Sounds like a reason to sleep to me!

#2Eat a balanced diet

A lack of nutrients inside your body sooner or later will show up in your skin. According to WebMD, experts agree that a healthy diet with the right mix of protein, iron, and other nutrients can help improve the health, look, and feel of your hair. Hair and nails are composed of mostly protein, which means they need protein to grow. Make sure your diet includes hearty portions of protein-rich foods like salmon, spinach, eggs and Greek yogurt. Yummy!

#3 Squeeze in a little exercise

Besides improving your overall mental and physical health, finding time to work-out can also yield benefits for your tresses and skin. According to livestrong.com, exercise can be especially helpful in mitigating conditions that hormone imbalances contribute to, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, in which women suffer unwanted hair, as well as in improving conditions such as diabetes, which can lead to hair loss. Additionally, sweating opens your pores and allows for release of toxins. And while you are at it, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, which will yield additional benefits.

So, though it may be shocking that the hair, skin, and nail fabulousness you seek isn’t in the latest bottled supplement craze, an over-priced salon service, or even a medical procedure, this news can actually be a relief to your pocket. Instead, think of adding these elements as the icing on the cake and keep it simple by first looking good from the inside out.

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<![CDATA[Must Have Tools: Versatile Wig Styling]]> http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/must-have-tools-versatile-wig-styling/ Wed, 07 May 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/must-have-tools-versatile-wig-styling/ If you’ve recently purchased a wig or even if you have one sitting in the closet that needs the dust shaken off of it, keep reading to find out what must have tools you need to keep your styling options limitless! We all get excited when a new unit arrives but over time, change can keep us from getting bored with it. Before you run out and buy a whole new unit, consider switching up the hair style and see if that breathes new life into your hair!

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Barrel Curling Iron

If you’re looking to create fabulous curls – big or small – then a barrel curling iron is a must. Most come with multiple size wands so you can switch up your curl size easily. You may also want to invest in a curling iron glove to prevent heat damage to your hand while wrapping your hair around the wand. Paired with a great hair spray, you can create curls or waves that will literally last for days!

Flat Iron

The magic of the flat iron is pretty widely known by now and it is still an essential tool to switching up your look. If you have a wavy or straight unit, running it through a flat iron will give your hair that added polish and silky straight finish.

Steam Rollers

If you have a kinky texture wig, you may want to reconsider significantly altering that texture by using a flat iron. You’ll also have quite a task on your hands with trying to use a barrel curling iron. However, steam rollers can be a great way to switch from the afro or kinky curl or even kinky straight look to a soft wave pattern.

Extensions

I know, I know! You’re probably thinking, why would I need extensions if I have a wig? Well, extensions can be your wigs best friend! You can clip them or sew them in to add more density or to add color. Extensions (or weft hair) are great for changing your wig from an everyday look to red-carpet-hit-the-stage-full-on-Beyonce-night-time-glamour! And if your objective is just to add a few accents of color you can do so without buying a whole new wig because human hair extensions can be treated just like your human hair wig. If you want to curl or straighten them, you can!

Scissors (Various types and lengths)

Yes, scissors! Sometimes, after your wig has reached a place where you think all its best days are far behind and the curls are dull and the waves are gone because you’ve over-straightened it you can still turn it back into something that looks new. Whether you want to wield the scissors yourself or take it to a stylist, you can turn what is old into something exciting with a little snip. Go for a bob or just change the length from mid-back to shoulder length. You’d be surprised how much better the hair will look overall and how excited you’ll be to wear your old wig again. If you need help finding the right scissor type get help here!

We know you can never get enough ideas on how to improve your wig and we have even more tips if our wig is need of serious repair right here! If you’re excited to try some of these suggestions above let us know below because we love hearing from you!

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If you’ve recently purchased a wig or even if you have one sitting in the closet that needs the dust shaken off of it, keep reading to find out what must have tools you need to keep your styling options limitless! We all get excited when a new unit arrives but over time, change can keep us from getting bored with it. Before you run out and buy a whole new unit, consider switching up the hair style and see if that breathes new life into your hair!

b2ap3_thumbnail_hot-rollers-steam-rollers-hair-tools.jpg

Barrel Curling Iron

If you’re looking to create fabulous curls – big or small – then a barrel curling iron is a must. Most come with multiple size wands so you can switch up your curl size easily. You may also want to invest in a curling iron glove to prevent heat damage to your hand while wrapping your hair around the wand. Paired with a great hair spray, you can create curls or waves that will literally last for days!

Flat Iron

The magic of the flat iron is pretty widely known by now and it is still an essential tool to switching up your look. If you have a wavy or straight unit, running it through a flat iron will give your hair that added polish and silky straight finish.

Steam Rollers

If you have a kinky texture wig, you may want to reconsider significantly altering that texture by using a flat iron. You’ll also have quite a task on your hands with trying to use a barrel curling iron. However, steam rollers can be a great way to switch from the afro or kinky curl or even kinky straight look to a soft wave pattern.

Extensions

I know, I know! You’re probably thinking, why would I need extensions if I have a wig? Well, extensions can be your wigs best friend! You can clip them or sew them in to add more density or to add color. Extensions (or weft hair) are great for changing your wig from an everyday look to red-carpet-hit-the-stage-full-on-Beyonce-night-time-glamour! And if your objective is just to add a few accents of color you can do so without buying a whole new wig because human hair extensions can be treated just like your human hair wig. If you want to curl or straighten them, you can!

Scissors (Various types and lengths)

Yes, scissors! Sometimes, after your wig has reached a place where you think all its best days are far behind and the curls are dull and the waves are gone because you’ve over-straightened it you can still turn it back into something that looks new. Whether you want to wield the scissors yourself or take it to a stylist, you can turn what is old into something exciting with a little snip. Go for a bob or just change the length from mid-back to shoulder length. You’d be surprised how much better the hair will look overall and how excited you’ll be to wear your old wig again. If you need help finding the right scissor type get help here!

We know you can never get enough ideas on how to improve your wig and we have even more tips if our wig is need of serious repair right here! If you’re excited to try some of these suggestions above let us know below because we love hearing from you!

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<![CDATA[Extensions or Wigs: Which is the Better Choice?]]> http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/extensions-or-wigs-which-is-the-better-choice/ Mon, 05 May 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/extensions-or-wigs-which-is-the-better-choice/ Depending on the look you’re trying to achieve, wigs and/or extensions can be a great addition to your hair styling arsenal. So if you’re new to wigs and weft hair or if you’re just thinking of branching out of your comfort zone, we have 4 areas to consider when deciding which to pick: What are the benefits, proper application, concerns and the cost? 

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EXTENSIONS/WEFT HAIR

Benefits:

  1. Love your hair but wish it had higher density? Extensions can give you instant volumecreating a look that is fuller.
  2. If length is what you’re after, extensions give you long locks just like you’ve been dreaming about.
  3. Human hair extensions can be styled and colored just like your own hair. You can also add extensions to give your hair highlights without committing to permanent color.

Application:

  1. Hair extensions can be sewn-in which will involve having your own hair braided
  2. Extensions can be glued-in which takes a little less time than a sew-in.
  3. For the easiest installation and removal, extensions can be attached by a comb or clip.

Cautions:

  1. Seek a professional who is well trained in the installation, maintenance and removal of extensions.
  2. Choose quality human hair that will last.
  3. Be VERY serious about your maintenance plan and be sure you understand how to care for your hair and extensions BEFORE having them installed. Hair that is too tight or mistreated will result in damages that you don’t want.

Cost:

Depending on the look you’re going for, you may need 2-3 bundles of hair and each bundle can cost anywhere from $75 or more. The cost to have the hair installed can also cost upwards of $200.

WIGS

Benefits:

  1. Style versatility is one of the biggest benefits of wearing a wig. For example, with soft yaki hair, you can wear it straight, curly or wavy.
  2. Wigs come with so many cap variations! Glueless, full lace, lace front, semi-full, u-part: Whichever look you’re trying to achieve you can find a cap designed to easily give you a natural appearance.
  3. While you can have your wig sewn-in or glued on for extended wear that is an option and not a requirement. One big benefit of wigs is that you can remove it whenever you want and maintain daily care of your own natural hair.

Application:

  1. You can secure your wig using the combs or clips along with an adjustable straptypically found in most lace wigs.
  2. For additional security, your wig can be secured using glue or tape.
  3. Wigs can also be sewn-in for long term wear.

Cautions:

  1. Some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to select wig glue. If you feel even the slightest discomfort from an adhesive, remove it immediately.
  2. Improper adhesive removal is behind many concerns regarding hair loss around the hairline. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you use a product meant specifically for wig glue removal BEFORE you remove your wig and wash your hair. Adding water to glue will cause the glue to expand and become incredibly difficult to remove. Removing glue doesn’t have to be difficult. It just takes understanding how to do it and a little patience.
  3. Regular hair maintenance will allow you to keep your wig for a long time. If you find a product isn’t helping you achieve the desired softness or manageability you’re looking for – stop using it! Continuing to use a product or adhere to a care method that’s not working will only ruin your unit.

Cost:

The cost for a wig is determined by the cap type, hair type and density and length, with prices ranging from $175 on into the thousands! Virgin hair is more expensive than remy human hair and a 12 inch wig is definitely going to cost less than a 24 inch wig.

Ultimately it’s a matter of individual preference whether you chose a wig or extensions. One option really isn’t better than the other. They both offer significant convenience with a fair amount of caution and can be within the same price range. Have you found one experience to be better than the other? Tell us about it below. Also be sure to check out what NOT to do if you decide on a full lace wig!

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Depending on the look you’re trying to achieve, wigs and/or extensions can be a great addition to your hair styling arsenal. So if you’re new to wigs and weft hair or if you’re just thinking of branching out of your comfort zone, we have 4 areas to consider when deciding which to pick: What are the benefits, proper application, concerns and the cost? 

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EXTENSIONS/WEFT HAIR

Benefits:

  1. Love your hair but wish it had higher density? Extensions can give you instant volumecreating a look that is fuller.
  2. If length is what you’re after, extensions give you long locks just like you’ve been dreaming about.
  3. Human hair extensions can be styled and colored just like your own hair. You can also add extensions to give your hair highlights without committing to permanent color.

Application:

  1. Hair extensions can be sewn-in which will involve having your own hair braided
  2. Extensions can be glued-in which takes a little less time than a sew-in.
  3. For the easiest installation and removal, extensions can be attached by a comb or clip.

Cautions:

  1. Seek a professional who is well trained in the installation, maintenance and removal of extensions.
  2. Choose quality human hair that will last.
  3. Be VERY serious about your maintenance plan and be sure you understand how to care for your hair and extensions BEFORE having them installed. Hair that is too tight or mistreated will result in damages that you don’t want.

Cost:

Depending on the look you’re going for, you may need 2-3 bundles of hair and each bundle can cost anywhere from $75 or more. The cost to have the hair installed can also cost upwards of $200.

WIGS

Benefits:

  1. Style versatility is one of the biggest benefits of wearing a wig. For example, with soft yaki hair, you can wear it straight, curly or wavy.
  2. Wigs come with so many cap variations! Glueless, full lace, lace front, semi-full, u-part: Whichever look you’re trying to achieve you can find a cap designed to easily give you a natural appearance.
  3. While you can have your wig sewn-in or glued on for extended wear that is an option and not a requirement. One big benefit of wigs is that you can remove it whenever you want and maintain daily care of your own natural hair.

Application:

  1. You can secure your wig using the combs or clips along with an adjustable straptypically found in most lace wigs.
  2. For additional security, your wig can be secured using glue or tape.
  3. Wigs can also be sewn-in for long term wear.

Cautions:

  1. Some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to select wig glue. If you feel even the slightest discomfort from an adhesive, remove it immediately.
  2. Improper adhesive removal is behind many concerns regarding hair loss around the hairline. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you use a product meant specifically for wig glue removal BEFORE you remove your wig and wash your hair. Adding water to glue will cause the glue to expand and become incredibly difficult to remove. Removing glue doesn’t have to be difficult. It just takes understanding how to do it and a little patience.
  3. Regular hair maintenance will allow you to keep your wig for a long time. If you find a product isn’t helping you achieve the desired softness or manageability you’re looking for – stop using it! Continuing to use a product or adhere to a care method that’s not working will only ruin your unit.

Cost:

The cost for a wig is determined by the cap type, hair type and density and length, with prices ranging from $175 on into the thousands! Virgin hair is more expensive than remy human hair and a 12 inch wig is definitely going to cost less than a 24 inch wig.

Ultimately it’s a matter of individual preference whether you chose a wig or extensions. One option really isn’t better than the other. They both offer significant convenience with a fair amount of caution and can be within the same price range. Have you found one experience to be better than the other? Tell us about it below. Also be sure to check out what NOT to do if you decide on a full lace wig!

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<![CDATA[Sealing Hair With Oil: Good or Bad?]]> http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/sealing-hair-with-oil-good-or-bad/ Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/sealing-hair-with-oil-good-or-bad/ If you’ve been reading the hot new debate on “sealing” your hair with oil, join the party! As someone who likes to keep the morning routine sweet and short, I was overwhelmed when I read on all the natural hair blogs that I should adhere to a 4 step hair styling process: Wet, apply oil and moisturizer, followed by my styling product(s) and then “seal” it all in with oil again. With that many steps I wondered how much sleep time (and money) would I have to sacrifice to do right by my hair each day??? But, I did it. I want healthy, shiny, fabulous hair and I thought well, this must be the way to do it since everyone swears by it. However, this new debate caused me to rethink my position and switch up my routine yet again and in my case, it’s been the best decision!

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Sealing, Lubricating or Suffocating?

The debate over the use of oil as a sealant seemed to begin over the use of the word “seal”. Most of us accepted the logic of sealing moisture into our hair by applying oil as a coating. It seems like more of an argument of semantics, because the oil is creating a barrier that prevents outside moisture from getting in and a coating that prevents applied moisture from getting out. The latter point proves that in some ways, it isn’t entirely inaccurate to say the hair is being suffocated. The question most pressing on my mind was, do I skip adding oil or not? Ultimately the answer is an individual decision.

I found all the added oil was weighing my hair down and making it feel and appear greasy. I don’t believe the zealous application of oil was helping my hair to grow or help my scalp feel moisturized. Judging from my hairs reaction to these new steps, my scalp was caked up with too much “stuff” causing it to actually itch more and my hair still seemed dull by the end of each day.

Junkie products v Product junkies

The not so new idea sparked from this debate is to reevaluate your product choices, which I did! Oils can be a great addition to your hair routine - food grade organic coconut oil is great for moisturizing your hair and argan is great for smoothing fly-aways and combatting split ends. But instead of slathering any oil all over my hair, I found it was better to find these oils in the moisturizer and styling products I used. Don’t get me wrong, I still use oil in my hair, but I do so in moderation now and only applied directly to my scalp. The reason my hair still looked dull after doing everything that the YouTube and hair blog gurus told me to do was because I was using products that were just junk and expecting the final step of sealing with oil to swoop in and save the day! NOT SO!

Depending on which chart you look at, my hair grade is between a 3a and 3b. Removing the idea that oil is the villain and instead placing the blame on my heavy-handed application (and the fact that my hair needed a trim) I then started looking what else could be wrong? The leave in conditioner I was using was actually drying my hair and making it feel sticky. I don’t want to point fingers but I also started using a gel-like styling product for curlies only and while it did a great job of defining my curls it too was drying. I have since brought my morning hair routine back down to 2 products (aside from the once weekly addition of massaging coconut or castor oil into my scalp). I have a fantastic leave in styling cream followed by a styling gel that doesn’t dry my hair or cause flakes and definitely keeps my curls defined. And that’s it folks! Narrowing down the right products, regardless of your hair type, can be an equal challenge and I am happy to have found what works for me. Ultimately, listen to your hair and not me or anyone else touting the latest and greatest of anything. Let your hair tell you what it needs! Sticky, oily or dry hair? Itchy scalp? Those are problems and accept that trial and error are your only friends in determining what will work best for you! If you, like me, have found what works best for you please tell us about it in the comments section. If you’re still searching for your best hair routine, consider more tips for healthy hair growth!

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If you’ve been reading the hot new debate on “sealing” your hair with oil, join the party! As someone who likes to keep the morning routine sweet and short, I was overwhelmed when I read on all the natural hair blogs that I should adhere to a 4 step hair styling process: Wet, apply oil and moisturizer, followed by my styling product(s) and then “seal” it all in with oil again. With that many steps I wondered how much sleep time (and money) would I have to sacrifice to do right by my hair each day??? But, I did it. I want healthy, shiny, fabulous hair and I thought well, this must be the way to do it since everyone swears by it. However, this new debate caused me to rethink my position and switch up my routine yet again and in my case, it’s been the best decision!

natural-hair-oil

Sealing, Lubricating or Suffocating?

The debate over the use of oil as a sealant seemed to begin over the use of the word “seal”. Most of us accepted the logic of sealing moisture into our hair by applying oil as a coating. It seems like more of an argument of semantics, because the oil is creating a barrier that prevents outside moisture from getting in and a coating that prevents applied moisture from getting out. The latter point proves that in some ways, it isn’t entirely inaccurate to say the hair is being suffocated. The question most pressing on my mind was, do I skip adding oil or not? Ultimately the answer is an individual decision.

I found all the added oil was weighing my hair down and making it feel and appear greasy. I don’t believe the zealous application of oil was helping my hair to grow or help my scalp feel moisturized. Judging from my hairs reaction to these new steps, my scalp was caked up with too much “stuff” causing it to actually itch more and my hair still seemed dull by the end of each day.

Junkie products v Product junkies

The not so new idea sparked from this debate is to reevaluate your product choices, which I did! Oils can be a great addition to your hair routine - food grade organic coconut oil is great for moisturizing your hair and argan is great for smoothing fly-aways and combatting split ends. But instead of slathering any oil all over my hair, I found it was better to find these oils in the moisturizer and styling products I used. Don’t get me wrong, I still use oil in my hair, but I do so in moderation now and only applied directly to my scalp. The reason my hair still looked dull after doing everything that the YouTube and hair blog gurus told me to do was because I was using products that were just junk and expecting the final step of sealing with oil to swoop in and save the day! NOT SO!

Depending on which chart you look at, my hair grade is between a 3a and 3b. Removing the idea that oil is the villain and instead placing the blame on my heavy-handed application (and the fact that my hair needed a trim) I then started looking what else could be wrong? The leave in conditioner I was using was actually drying my hair and making it feel sticky. I don’t want to point fingers but I also started using a gel-like styling product for curlies only and while it did a great job of defining my curls it too was drying. I have since brought my morning hair routine back down to 2 products (aside from the once weekly addition of massaging coconut or castor oil into my scalp). I have a fantastic leave in styling cream followed by a styling gel that doesn’t dry my hair or cause flakes and definitely keeps my curls defined. And that’s it folks! Narrowing down the right products, regardless of your hair type, can be an equal challenge and I am happy to have found what works for me. Ultimately, listen to your hair and not me or anyone else touting the latest and greatest of anything. Let your hair tell you what it needs! Sticky, oily or dry hair? Itchy scalp? Those are problems and accept that trial and error are your only friends in determining what will work best for you! If you, like me, have found what works best for you please tell us about it in the comments section. If you’re still searching for your best hair routine, consider more tips for healthy hair growth!

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<![CDATA[How Harmful is Your Makeup?]]> http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/how-harmful-is-your-makeup/ Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/how-harmful-is-your-makeup/ Most of us are familiar with the phrase “Put your best face forward,” and we are willing to sacrifice much time and effort trying to do so. We conceal this, base this, and powder that, and then add the icing-- eye shadow, blush and mascara. For most girls, this routine follows suit anywhere from 5-7 days a week. But have you ever considered if your beauty routine is causing more harm than it’s worth? Have you ever stopped to wonder is that banging gloss or perfectly-matched power really safe? Find out here!

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Think about it like this-- when you go shopping for bread or milk, what’s the first thing you look at on the package? You guessed it. The expiration date, and if your food needs one, so do your beauty products. But what most of us don’t consider is that the only way to avoid or extend the life is to add chemicals, which is where the concern arises. With complex names that even sound scary, these chemicals are used to preserve, color, and add smell and effectiveness to products, but the long-term effects of such chemicals are often debated.

You might automatically assume that products labeled natural or organic would put us in the safe zone, but the accuracy of these terms is not policed and can be misleading. Since most products are mass produced with a profit in mind, those that really are more natural in content will most often be more expensive and harder to access. For the budget conscious, make-up likely isn’t the place to spend any extra funds, so it makes sense instead to be aware of what not to buy in the meantime. Below is a list of five common chemicals to steer clear of according to rodalenews.com.

1. Fragrance

If a cosmetic product's ingredients info lists "fragrance" or "parfum" as an ingredient, you might want to put it right back on the store shelf. These terms are catchall phrases that can indicate any of thousands of different chemicals, including some linked to asthma, allergies, hormone disruption, and even infertility.

2. Parabens

Parabens, preservative chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer, can be found in 70 to 90 percent of cosmetics, according to The David Suzuki Foundation, an organization that focuses on sustainability and health. Parabens are readily absorbed by the skin, and may even interfere with a man's reproductive system. Avoid any ingredient with "paraben" in the word, including methylparaben.

3. Triclosan

Triclosan is an antimicrobial chemical linked to thyroid damage and partially blamed for the rise in hard-to-kill superbugs like MRSA. It's a common ingredient in antimicrobial soaps, but some cosmetic companies sneak it into lipstick and other products, too. Look for triclosan on ingredient labels, and particularly on labels making claims of being antimicrobial or germ free.

4. Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives

Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen, something you definitely don't want to be applying to your body. The problem is, many common preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products mix with other ingredients and start releasing formaldehyde. Ingredients like DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate should be avoided; doing so will protect you from formaldehyde exposure.

5. Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Other PEG Compounds

Sodium laureth sulfate is a foaming agent used in shampoos and facial scrubs and to help your skin absorb lotions and other cosmetics. It's commonly contaminated with potential and proven cancer causers like 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, and products listed as PEG or polyethylene glycol often face carcinogenic contamination problems. Used in many cream-based cosmetics and as moisture carriers, other PEG ingredients should be avoided whenever possible.

This list may seem intimidating but it’s all about educating yourself and understanding where you can begin to make small changes to make your overall health your number one priority. For more simple and inexpensive ideas on leading a healthier lifestyle start here and let us know in the comments below where you’ve made lifestyle changes to improve your health and or beauty routine.

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Most of us are familiar with the phrase “Put your best face forward,” and we are willing to sacrifice much time and effort trying to do so. We conceal this, base this, and powder that, and then add the icing-- eye shadow, blush and mascara. For most girls, this routine follows suit anywhere from 5-7 days a week. But have you ever considered if your beauty routine is causing more harm than it’s worth? Have you ever stopped to wonder is that banging gloss or perfectly-matched power really safe? Find out here!

red-lips-toxic-makeup

Think about it like this-- when you go shopping for bread or milk, what’s the first thing you look at on the package? You guessed it. The expiration date, and if your food needs one, so do your beauty products. But what most of us don’t consider is that the only way to avoid or extend the life is to add chemicals, which is where the concern arises. With complex names that even sound scary, these chemicals are used to preserve, color, and add smell and effectiveness to products, but the long-term effects of such chemicals are often debated.

You might automatically assume that products labeled natural or organic would put us in the safe zone, but the accuracy of these terms is not policed and can be misleading. Since most products are mass produced with a profit in mind, those that really are more natural in content will most often be more expensive and harder to access. For the budget conscious, make-up likely isn’t the place to spend any extra funds, so it makes sense instead to be aware of what not to buy in the meantime. Below is a list of five common chemicals to steer clear of according to rodalenews.com.

1. Fragrance

If a cosmetic product's ingredients info lists "fragrance" or "parfum" as an ingredient, you might want to put it right back on the store shelf. These terms are catchall phrases that can indicate any of thousands of different chemicals, including some linked to asthma, allergies, hormone disruption, and even infertility.

2. Parabens

Parabens, preservative chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer, can be found in 70 to 90 percent of cosmetics, according to The David Suzuki Foundation, an organization that focuses on sustainability and health. Parabens are readily absorbed by the skin, and may even interfere with a man's reproductive system. Avoid any ingredient with "paraben" in the word, including methylparaben.

3. Triclosan

Triclosan is an antimicrobial chemical linked to thyroid damage and partially blamed for the rise in hard-to-kill superbugs like MRSA. It's a common ingredient in antimicrobial soaps, but some cosmetic companies sneak it into lipstick and other products, too. Look for triclosan on ingredient labels, and particularly on labels making claims of being antimicrobial or germ free.

4. Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives

Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen, something you definitely don't want to be applying to your body. The problem is, many common preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products mix with other ingredients and start releasing formaldehyde. Ingredients like DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate should be avoided; doing so will protect you from formaldehyde exposure.

5. Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Other PEG Compounds

Sodium laureth sulfate is a foaming agent used in shampoos and facial scrubs and to help your skin absorb lotions and other cosmetics. It's commonly contaminated with potential and proven cancer causers like 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, and products listed as PEG or polyethylene glycol often face carcinogenic contamination problems. Used in many cream-based cosmetics and as moisture carriers, other PEG ingredients should be avoided whenever possible.

This list may seem intimidating but it’s all about educating yourself and understanding where you can begin to make small changes to make your overall health your number one priority. For more simple and inexpensive ideas on leading a healthier lifestyle start here and let us know in the comments below where you’ve made lifestyle changes to improve your health and or beauty routine.

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<![CDATA[How to Repair Your Lace Wig]]> http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/how-to-repair-your-lace-wig/ Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/how-to-repair-your-lace-wig/ Sometimes you have to balance looking great on a tight budget. As much as you may want to purchase a new wig, if the funds aren’t there, it’s not going to happen. You should never have to sacrifice presenting your best self just because funds are limited. So what happens when you’re faithful go-to wig has a hole in the lace or a track has become loose? We’re here to help you tackle the 3 biggest problems that may leave you thinking your wigs best days are over. Follow this guide and have your unit back in shape in no time!

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How to Add Hair to a Thin Wig

Were you a bit rough when brushing or combing your wig? Did you receive a unit that was a bit thin to begin with? Or would you just like to add volume to your hair for the weekend and/or special occasions? Regardless of why you want to add more hair, here are 4 easy steps to make that happen.

Tools:

Brush

Wide tooth comb

Scissors

Hair clips

Weaving thread

Weaving needle

Weft hair that matches your wig

Step 1: Measure 2 wefts to ensure they are the same length as the track on your wig. Cut if necessary.

Step 2: Using your weaving thread and weaving needle which you can purchase at any local beauty supply store, sew the ends of the two wefts together.

Step 3: Sew your hair clips along the two tracks you’ve stitched together. Make sure the needle goes through both wefts when sewing on the clips.

Step 4: Clip the hair onto your lace wig tracks for added volume. Finger comb, brush or use a wide tooth comb to ensure the hair blended in nicely.

How to Add Moisture to a Dry Wig

Because human hair on wigs is no longer attached at the root to a scalp, over time, the hair will come to desperately need moisture and lubricating oil. Most wigs have a silicon coating but after the wig has been styled, worn and washed a number of times – that coating will come off and you may notice that the feel of the hair was changed. Treat your hair to monthly hot oil and conditioning treatments to preserve the overall feel of the hair.

Tools:

Argan or jojoba oil

Deep conditioner

Plastic hair cap

Towel

Wide tooth comb

Step 1: Treat your hair to a hot oil treatment. Wet the hair and heat a cup of water and place your small bottle of oil inside. Pour the oil on the hair, beginning at the ends and comb the oil throughout with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. Once the hair is saturated, cover it with a plastic hair cap and wrap it in a towel.

Step 2: Allow the hair to soak up the oil for at least 30 minutes or longer if time permits.

Step 3: Rinse and apply conditioner the same way you applied the oil. Allow the conditioner to set on the hair for at least 10 minutes.

Step 4: Rinse the conditioner out with cool or cold water and air dry.

How to Repair an Unraveling Cap

If the stitching inside your wig cap has come apart leaving a track hanging or the thread unraveling this can be a simple fix.

Tools:

Sewing needle

Thread that matches the color of your wig

Clear wig adhesive

Step 1: If you aren’t handy with a needle and thread, you can apply a wig adhesive to any areas that have come undone. Apply a thin layer of glue and press the track, lace or any area that has come apart for 10 seconds. The glue will need to thoroughly dry before you style or wear the hair.

Step 2: If you are not afraid of light sewing, stitch any tracks or unraveling lace and thread back together. It doesn’t have to be a perfectly sewn line; you can create a stitch in sections after you thread the needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread.

In total, if you need to apply all 3 of these fixes, you’re looking at a couple of hours of your time that you could reserve on a lazy Sunday. Afterwards, you can try some of these simple yet gorgeous styling options in preparation for the upcoming week. Let us know if the comments below what you thought of this week’s blog!

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Sometimes you have to balance looking great on a tight budget. As much as you may want to purchase a new wig, if the funds aren’t there, it’s not going to happen. You should never have to sacrifice presenting your best self just because funds are limited. So what happens when you’re faithful go-to wig has a hole in the lace or a track has become loose? We’re here to help you tackle the 3 biggest problems that may leave you thinking your wigs best days are over. Follow this guide and have your unit back in shape in no time!

b2ap3_thumbnail_repair-human-hair-lace-wig.jpg

How to Add Hair to a Thin Wig

Were you a bit rough when brushing or combing your wig? Did you receive a unit that was a bit thin to begin with? Or would you just like to add volume to your hair for the weekend and/or special occasions? Regardless of why you want to add more hair, here are 4 easy steps to make that happen.

Tools:

Brush

Wide tooth comb

Scissors

Hair clips

Weaving thread

Weaving needle

Weft hair that matches your wig

Step 1: Measure 2 wefts to ensure they are the same length as the track on your wig. Cut if necessary.

Step 2: Using your weaving thread and weaving needle which you can purchase at any local beauty supply store, sew the ends of the two wefts together.

Step 3: Sew your hair clips along the two tracks you’ve stitched together. Make sure the needle goes through both wefts when sewing on the clips.

Step 4: Clip the hair onto your lace wig tracks for added volume. Finger comb, brush or use a wide tooth comb to ensure the hair blended in nicely.

How to Add Moisture to a Dry Wig

Because human hair on wigs is no longer attached at the root to a scalp, over time, the hair will come to desperately need moisture and lubricating oil. Most wigs have a silicon coating but after the wig has been styled, worn and washed a number of times – that coating will come off and you may notice that the feel of the hair was changed. Treat your hair to monthly hot oil and conditioning treatments to preserve the overall feel of the hair.

Tools:

Argan or jojoba oil

Deep conditioner

Plastic hair cap

Towel

Wide tooth comb

Step 1: Treat your hair to a hot oil treatment. Wet the hair and heat a cup of water and place your small bottle of oil inside. Pour the oil on the hair, beginning at the ends and comb the oil throughout with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. Once the hair is saturated, cover it with a plastic hair cap and wrap it in a towel.

Step 2: Allow the hair to soak up the oil for at least 30 minutes or longer if time permits.

Step 3: Rinse and apply conditioner the same way you applied the oil. Allow the conditioner to set on the hair for at least 10 minutes.

Step 4: Rinse the conditioner out with cool or cold water and air dry.

How to Repair an Unraveling Cap

If the stitching inside your wig cap has come apart leaving a track hanging or the thread unraveling this can be a simple fix.

Tools:

Sewing needle

Thread that matches the color of your wig

Clear wig adhesive

Step 1: If you aren’t handy with a needle and thread, you can apply a wig adhesive to any areas that have come undone. Apply a thin layer of glue and press the track, lace or any area that has come apart for 10 seconds. The glue will need to thoroughly dry before you style or wear the hair.

Step 2: If you are not afraid of light sewing, stitch any tracks or unraveling lace and thread back together. It doesn’t have to be a perfectly sewn line; you can create a stitch in sections after you thread the needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread.

In total, if you need to apply all 3 of these fixes, you’re looking at a couple of hours of your time that you could reserve on a lazy Sunday. Afterwards, you can try some of these simple yet gorgeous styling options in preparation for the upcoming week. Let us know if the comments below what you thought of this week’s blog!

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<![CDATA[Jumpstart Healthy Hair Growth]]> http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/jumpstart-healthy-hair-growth/ Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:26:29 +0000 http://whf.org/?wigs=blog/jumpstart-healthy-hair-growth/ Each of us wants to have healthy beautiful hair. Sometimes we meet a block in the road on our journey to healthy hair or perhaps you’re so discouraged by your hair dilemma’s that you’ve given up trying to solve them. Hopefully we can restore your faith and provide a few tools to help you see the change you long for. We’re addressing the most common hair struggles with 10 tips on how to eliminate or control the issues that keep you from celebrating your hair as you should!

  1. You’ve likely read this many times and IT IS STILL TRUE! Drink water and eat healthy. Your skin, scalp, hair – everything is getting nutrients from what your body ingests. Choose whole fruit over fruit in a can, fresh ingredients over processed food from a box and drink PLENTY of water. Foods like wild salmon and trout have a ton of omega-3 fatty acids that provide moisture to your scalp and can prevent dry or brittle hair.
  2. Buy products specifically for your hair type. If your hair is thin, use a shampoo and conditioner that specifically address thinning hair. Use products that offer a “volumizing” effect. If you are testing various products be sure to use a clarifying shampoo between products so you completely remove all residue.
  3. Massage your scalp when using your shampoo and conditioner. Take advantage of all the ingredients at work to help your hair and massage them in!
  4. *BONUS* Also massage your scalp with products like Castor oil and/or biotin oil. These oils have great properties to help with hair growth.
  5. Get your ends trimmed! You may be surprised how your hair will instantly look better once you cut off thinning, split or otherwise damaged ends. I recently got my hair trimmed and it looked better IMMEDIATELY and I didn’t even think I needed it that bad. A great way to judge if you should get a trim is – has it been 4-6 weeks since your last trim? Are you using a lot more product to get your hair to behave? You probably need to go ahead and make that appointment!
  6. Be nice to your hair. Comb it gently with a wide tooth comb and start from the ends and work your way up. Don’t rip through your hair with a brush (I cringe at how I did that for years) and get rid of any comb or brush that is damaged and rips at your hair or has metal tips.
  7. Hair growth supplements can be a great tool in getting your hair where you want it to be if you have a vitamin deficiency. Do your research, consult with your doctor, but if it sounds too good to be true, you already know it probably is.
  8. Speaking of doctors, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR! You’re hair loss, lack of hair growth, scalp issues or dryness may be due to some unforeseen issue that truly needs medical intervention. Don’t delay having beautiful skin and hair by putting off a visit with a dermatologist.
  9. Rinsing your hair with cold water after a shampoo and conditioning treatment can help seal the cuticle and reduce frizz
  10. Limit how often you wash your hair. Washing daily will strip your hair of its natural oils and can lead to unnecessary dryness. If you have dry hair, condition your hair before AND after you wash it for added moisture.

Perhaps the two best tips to dramatic change are 1. Be patient and 2. Get some rest! Dramatic change takes time and a lack of quality sleep can take a surprising toll on your entire body! If you have question about the tips above, let us know in the comments and find more helpful tips on jump starting your healthy journey here!

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Each of us wants to have healthy beautiful hair. Sometimes we meet a block in the road on our journey to healthy hair or perhaps you’re so discouraged by your hair dilemma’s that you’ve given up trying to solve them. Hopefully we can restore your faith and provide a few tools to help you see the change you long for. We’re addressing the most common hair struggles with 10 tips on how to eliminate or control the issues that keep you from celebrating your hair as you should!

  1. You’ve likely read this many times and IT IS STILL TRUE! Drink water and eat healthy. Your skin, scalp, hair – everything is getting nutrients from what your body ingests. Choose whole fruit over fruit in a can, fresh ingredients over processed food from a box and drink PLENTY of water. Foods like wild salmon and trout have a ton of omega-3 fatty acids that provide moisture to your scalp and can prevent dry or brittle hair.
  2. Buy products specifically for your hair type. If your hair is thin, use a shampoo and conditioner that specifically address thinning hair. Use products that offer a “volumizing” effect. If you are testing various products be sure to use a clarifying shampoo between products so you completely remove all residue.
  3. Massage your scalp when using your shampoo and conditioner. Take advantage of all the ingredients at work to help your hair and massage them in!
  4. *BONUS* Also massage your scalp with products like Castor oil and/or biotin oil. These oils have great properties to help with hair growth.
  5. Get your ends trimmed! You may be surprised how your hair will instantly look better once you cut off thinning, split or otherwise damaged ends. I recently got my hair trimmed and it looked better IMMEDIATELY and I didn’t even think I needed it that bad. A great way to judge if you should get a trim is – has it been 4-6 weeks since your last trim? Are you using a lot more product to get your hair to behave? You probably need to go ahead and make that appointment!
  6. Be nice to your hair. Comb it gently with a wide tooth comb and start from the ends and work your way up. Don’t rip through your hair with a brush (I cringe at how I did that for years) and get rid of any comb or brush that is damaged and rips at your hair or has metal tips.
  7. Hair growth supplements can be a great tool in getting your hair where you want it to be if you have a vitamin deficiency. Do your research, consult with your doctor, but if it sounds too good to be true, you already know it probably is.
  8. Speaking of doctors, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR! You’re hair loss, lack of hair growth, scalp issues or dryness may be due to some unforeseen issue that truly needs medical intervention. Don’t delay having beautiful skin and hair by putting off a visit with a dermatologist.
  9. Rinsing your hair with cold water after a shampoo and conditioning treatment can help seal the cuticle and reduce frizz
  10. Limit how often you wash your hair. Washing daily will strip your hair of its natural oils and can lead to unnecessary dryness. If you have dry hair, condition your hair before AND after you wash it for added moisture.

Perhaps the two best tips to dramatic change are 1. Be patient and 2. Get some rest! Dramatic change takes time and a lack of quality sleep can take a surprising toll on your entire body! If you have question about the tips above, let us know in the comments and find more helpful tips on jump starting your healthy journey here!

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