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When you know something is handmade, you have a few expectations for it. You’re expecting a high-quality product, and you’re likely willing to pay more for that handcrafted work. This arises from the idea that someone is painstakingly putting together this product and keeping an eye out for any discrepancies that a machine can pass over. “Handmade” typically refers to craftier pursuits, like fashion. Believe it or not, wigs can also be placed in the “handmade” category! You won’t find a wig being marketed as handmade, though. Instead, this wig will be listed as hand-tied. Specifically, this means that someone is tying individual strands of hair into a wig cap. Other wigs are put together by machines. What makes the hand-tying so special? Namely, it has to do with wefts. A weft is just a line of hair created by a machine. Wefts are small curtains of hair (picture extensions), and machines attach them to a wig cap. Again - what’s the big deal? These wefts are usually disguised with what’s called a permease or a permit. This method isn’t inherently bad - it creates volume, for instance. Still, it can create the obvious “wiggy” look that most try to avoid. Meanwhile, when someone is carefully hand-tying each strand of hair, the result is very natural. It gives the illusion of natural hair growth and provides parting and styling versatility. Hand-tied is generally considered one of those most comfortable types of wigs as well. These types of caps tend to be soft and lightweight. As always, there are downsides. As mentioned initially, you can expect to pay a premium for hand-tied wigs versus machine-made ones. Handmade means quality, remember? Likewise, handmade items are delicate. Wigs are no exception. You will have to be incredibly gentle when washing a hand-tied wig. You’ll also need the right tools. To summarize it all, here’s a quick list of the pros and cons. PROS: - Can be synthetic or human hair - Gives you the most natural look - Mimics the hair growing out of your scalp - Comfortable fit - Lightweight - Styling/Parting Versatility - Less density CONS: - Price is higher - Delicate - Less Breathable (because there’s no open wefts) - Runs slightly smaller
Dealing with hair thinning and loss can take a toll on you. Losing hair doesn't only cause a difference in physical appearance, often making you self-conscious; it can leave you with a sense of emptiness and loss. So, if you're feeling sad, anxious, or generally unhappy because of hair loss, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States suffer from hair loss. If it’s a friend or loved one going through a battle with hair loss, this will give you a broader picture of what they're going through, and you may be able to help them. These are just 7 of the ways hair loss affects millions of Americans. 1. Feeling Unattractive Hair has long been a great indicator of beauty. Some women have never lived a day without hair because their parents started braiding or styling it at a young age. From childhood, some women are used to having thick, long, and healthy hair that could be styled with ease. Because of that, sudden hair loss may feel like the world is ending. In addition, it can bring on a sense of unattractiveness that can lead to mental and emotional implications. 2. A Different Appearance Selfies and videos are a massive part of life in the 21st century. Social media has changed the way we present ourselves to the world. Many women use filters for their Instagram photos and TikTok videos to enhance their looks. The bar has been set unrealistically high for what is defined as beautiful, and long thick hair has always been part of that. Therefore, seeing their new appearance on camera after experiencing hair loss can be shocking for many women. As a result, most of them will stop posting on social media to fear how their followers may perceive them. 3. Discrimination in the Work Environment Although it is considered unethical and illegal, physical appearance often plays a role in hiring. Therefore, loss of hair, and a change in one’s physical appearance, may hinder your chances at a job or, even worse, lead to job loss or discrimination. This can significantly affect one's self-esteem and confidence. 4. They Feel Socially Unacceptable Although men also undergo psychological and physical changes when they experience hair loss, society seems more accepting. Seeing a man with a balding head of hair isn't exactly news. But seeing a woman with a balding head is less common and, therefore, something that can cause unwanted attention in the form of stares and whispers. For a woman who has always been complimented for her long hair, hair loss can significantly affect their self-esteem. As a result, some women will avoid social setups altogether. 5. Feeling Less Feminine For some women, hair and makeup boost their feminine energy and appeal. But unfortunately, society has placed a heavy burden on physical appearance, equating it with one's self-worth. Therefore, thinning hair or full-head hair loss can feel like a loss of their entire identity. Feeling less feminine will have psychological and social implications, likely affecting one’s confidence and dating life. Without beauty, they may feel like they no longer have anything to offer. For those in relationships, self-esteem issues rooted in hair loss can cause insecurities. 6. Comparison President Teddy Roosevelt once said, "Comparison is the thief of all joy." While it may be a cliché, it happens to be somewhat true. Social media shows people what they think they are missing out on or don’t have. It can even bring a sense of insecurity and unworthiness. You bump into cute couples when you're lonely in the same way you'll experience seeing people with hair you long for after hair loss. The feeling of comparison doesn’t go away no matter how hard you try to forget it. 7. Anxiety and Depression Finally, hair loss may cause anxiety and depression. For example, most women lose their hair after pregnancy. While they may be happy to welcome a new baby into their family, the emotional and physical changes, including hair loss, can be overwhelming. While pregnant women don’t experience much hair loss after they give birth due to hormone changes, there is a lot of hair shedding. In addition, the fear of other bodily changes and whether or not things will ever go back to normal can cause anxiety or lead to postpartum depression. So, What Next? Hair loss can be hard to deal with – there are so many options for regrowing hair, but there is no magical serum to fix the emotional distress it causes. Here are a few things I recommend you do to deal with it: Invest in a good wig or hair topper. Thanks to modern updates, getting a wig with the same color and texture as your natural hair is possible. And some, like lace front wigs, mimic your natural hair perfectly. Bringing a human hair wig will make the healing journey easier by avoiding unnecessary questions and comments regarding your hair loss. Seek professional help. If the pressure to look beautiful or fit into a mold society and social media have created too much for you, you may need to seek advice from a licensed therapist or counselor. They can talk you through steps to regain confidence and feel good about your appearance. Has your self-esteem or confidence been affected by a change in your physical appearance at any point in your life?
With the amount of time saved from wearing wigs, as well as the number of options available for wig wearers, it’s no wonder they’ve become so popular. Forget spending hours at the hair salon for dying, cutting, and styling or all the hair-pulling and tugging that comes with braiding. Wigs provide ease, comfort, and style. But even though you’re saving time, money, and potential hair damage by wearing wigs, you may wonder, can wigs damage your hair, too? Below we share our tips for wearing wigs and how to ensure they are not damaging your hair. 7 Tips for Wearing Wigs Can wigs damage your hair? Well, that depends on your hair. Whether or not wigs will damage your hair depends on a number of factors that play a part in your hair’s health including diet and daily maintenance. Here are some ways to protect your hair when wearing wigs. 1. Have a Regular Hair Care Routine Isn’t the whole point of wearing a wig to not worry about your hair? Well, no. Even when wearing a wig, your hair still needs to be properly shampooed and conditioned. However, the kind of care that your hair needs will solely depend on your hair type. Wearing a wig can make you very hot. If you have very oily hair, adding more moisture will only cause extra dampness, which is unhealthy for your scalp. Scrub your scalp with a gentle shampoo and follow up with a moisturizing hair conditioner. Before drying use a light moisturizing and heat-protecting hair spray if needed. On the other hand, if your hair is dry, use a weekly conditioning mask to lock in the moisture or use a hydrating hair product to avoid dryness. Regardless of what your hair type is, it’s essential to wash your hair regularly when wearing a wig. Use a sulfate or paraben-free shampoo to ensure your scalp is free from harmful chemicals, which cause hair breakage. 2. Increase the Gap Between Your Hair and Your Wig The bigger the gap between your scalp and your wig, the better. More space between your scalp and your wig will encourage hair growth by preventing bacteria build-up. Here are two ways to increase the gap. Wear a cap. A cap is a great protective layer between your hair and your wig. It also helps conceal your natural hair, making your wigs appear more natural. Protective braids or head wraps. This is another way to create a gap between your hair and your wig. Just make sure your wrap isn’t too bulky, otherwise, your wig will look unnatural. Besides protecting your hair from sweat build-up, wearing a wig cap also protects your hair from any friction between your hair and the wig, which can cause discomfort. 3. Ensure Your Wig is Clean We always recommend not washing wigs for longevity, but some seasons demand you do. During summer in warmer weather, it can get very hot under your wig, especially if you’re wearing a human hair wig. When sweat accumulates it can even feel like you’re carrying around extra weight on your head. Therefore, when wearing a wig during hot weather, ensure you keep it clean. If you want a proper wash you can ask your hairdresser in order to avoid washing it incorrectly and damaging your wig. Or, if you have a synthetic wig, be sure to use products formulated specifically for synthetic hair. 4. Choose the Correct Wig Size Believe it or not, wigs come in three sizes: petite, average, and large. If you wear your wig and it moves when you move your head, then it’s too big. And if it’s too tight to the point of feeling uncomfortable, then it’s too small. If your wig is too tight, it will not only make your experience terrible, but it may pull on your hair, which can cause hair thinning and balding. To be on the safe side, ask your hairdresser to measure your head before buying a wig or email the vendor you’re buying from for a measuring guide if one is not available. 5. Avoid Creating Tension on Your Scalp In an effort to keep your natural hair healthy and to have a seamless look for your wig, you may decide to braid it. However, if your braids are too tight it can cause a problem. Tight braids pull your hairline, which causes unnecessary tension on your scalp. This could not only lead to hair breakage and loss but an absolutely terrible wig-wearing experience. 6. Choose the Right Wig Cap Construction For Your Hair Type It’s important to know that the type of wig cap construction you choose doesn’t affect your hair directly but how well it works with your hair type does. For example, if your hair gets really hot, it would be best to choose a capless wig. This is because the scratching that comes with the extra heat can lead to long-term irritation on your scalp. 7. Give Your Hair a Break I know wearing wigs for many people is a lifestyle, and why wouldn’t it be? They’re fun, come in a variety of cuts, colors and styles, and are so much easier to maintain compared to many natural hairstyles. Besides, sometimes hair loss doesn’t leave us much of a choice. It is still essential to give your hair a break to breathe every chance you get. If you really don’t want to sacrifice a day without a wig, at least don’t sleep with it on. In fact, sleeping with your wig on is not recommended as it can pull your hair and lead to hair breakage. When possible try out other options like hats or head wraps. Or, try out Hat Magic by Jon Renau, a hairpiece that is open on top so you can let your scalp breathe with a hair wrap or a cap, rather than wearing a full wig. Final Thoughts When wearing wigs you’ll never have to worry about trying to achieve the perfect hairstyle; it’s already done for you. Wearing wigs is one of the best things to happen to the hair industry as it has opened the door for creativity in all different aspects of the hair world. Plus it’s given women a boost of confidence when needed. With these tips, you can wear your wig every day as long as you take care of it properly. Show it the love that it shows you!
A wig, hair topper, or any alternative hairpiece is a considerable investment. It requires proper care and maintenance in terms of shampooing, conditioning, moisturizing, and air drying, but it also requires proper storage. Storing your wigs in the right way can make a huge difference in their longevity. A sound storage system will guarantee a new wig for the next time you want to wear it. After all, with months or weeks between wears, no one wants to reach for a wig that’s tangled, dry, or lacking its luster. First, we Clean! Before you store your wig, you need to put some love into it. We always recommend you detangle and wash your wig regularly, around every 7-10 uses, and give yourself enough time to air dry it. This is especially true for pre-storage washes since your wig needs ample time to air dry. If your wig has any moisture before it's stored, it may grow mold or mildew. A quick tip: human hair wigs can be dried with a blow dryer and sulfate-free heat protectant for faster drying, but synthetic wigs should always be air-dried to prevent damage. Ways to Store Your Wig Once your wig is clean and dry, you need to find a cool, dry place to store it far from the harsh direct sunlight. Here are some great ways to keep your wigs! 1. A Wig Head If you have enough space in your home to dedicate to mannequin heads, they are a great storage option for your wigs. Wig heads are built similar to your head, so they are best for maintaining the shape and style of your wig. Plus, it’s fun to see your collection up close. Wig stands come in different types, including plastic, canvas, styrofoam, and cork. 2. A Wig Stand Like a mannequin head, a wig stand is an excellent option for storage and doesn’t take up as much space as a mannequin head. It will help maintain style between uses and is ideal for storing wigs short-term or long-term. Wig stands and heads are also perfect for longer wigs that may crease in a box. The BeautiMark wig stand is foldable and collapsible, making it portable for travel! Another option is this mobile acrylic wig stand that is made with a non-slip grip for extra security. 3. A Silk or Satin Bag Silk or satin wig storage bags are great for keeping the fibers of your wig intact, meaning safe from the elements in your home that may cause it to frizz or even tangle. Plus, when stored in a bag, your wig will not retain any moisture and stay soft and silky. Many wigs are already sold with satin bags that prevent static in the long run, but we also recommend the ResQ bag by Amy Gibson, which also doubles as a great option for wig travel. Note: short wigs should be folded inside out and in half for storage. Long wigs should also be folded inside and in half, but the longer fibers should wrap around your cap. 4. A Storage Box or Original Packaging Box This may seem counterintuitive considering all the advice we’ve given, but when done right, there is no reason why you can’t store your wigs long-term in the box they came in. However, any clear box or round felt box would do if you threw that box away. Just make sure you lay the wig flat in the box to retain its style, avoid creasing, and store it in a cool, dry place. 5. Wig Hangers: Wig hangers are a great storage option for anyone with less space and multiple wigs. They can either be hung on hooks mounted to a wall or special hangers made exclusively for wigs. Like shampooing and conditioning, wig storage is essential for wig maintenance. Storing your wigs allows you to change them out seasonally, and proper storage increases the lifespan of your wig allowing it to stay in the best condition for as long as possible!
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