Monthly Archives: August 2014

Feeling creative……

Hey gang,

I’ve got a quiet day in the centre today, I’m here and free to take calls and questions all day. Anything I can help with don’t hesitate to get in touch.

My email is Sam.essexwigcentre@gmail.com

our phone number is 01702330707

while I have some time I think I’m going to get creative with some of the stock wigs and see if I can create something spectacular perhaps for use in drag acts or theatre or performance of some sort! Any ideas or requests, please post to our Facebook or Twitter page and il see what I can do!

Sam x

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Wig Parties and Creative Styles

Here at Essex wig centre, we pride ourselves on being able to provide a wig for any occasion. Our usual customers come to us mainly through hair loss and chemotherapy, but we can also create you a wig for an event or a fancy dress party, hair pieces for nights out and weddings and period styling or creative up dos on your own hair too.

We recently took on a fun party of ladies going to an event where they needed to be styled in the style of the40s, 50’s and 60’s. As they all needed to be ready at the same time, Tammy, Tash and myself looked after one each and all worked on very different styles. Tammy created a Kylie style big and soft 1950’s roller set, while Tash worked on a full and bouncy 1940’s style blow dry and I used heated rollers and tongs to create a 60’s flick and mini beehive. It was a lovely afternoon of work and we do hope the ladies had fun at their event!
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This weekend, a family party of mine was themed as a wig party. Each person wore a wig, any wig, so I thought I better make an effort! I styled an old wig of mine into a 1940’s inspired do, with victory rolls and a pageboy back, and another for my husband into a big back combed 80’s rocker style! For my 9month old, I crocheted her a hat and turned it into a cabbage patch wig as I didn’t want her to be left out! Other styles that turned up to the party included Elsa from frozen, Amy Winehouse, Cher and Cruella Deville!

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At Essex Wig centre we have the resources to source wigs from many different avenues and whatever your personal requirements we can find what you need. Creative styling and up dos, crazy colours for serious wearing, as shown in my last blog, to fancy dress and realistic lace front every day wear. Come in and see us to discuss your options! We are always happy to help.

Sam

Positively Pink…..

I was set an interesting challenge last week, to find three different wigs for one client, in pink and purple. She is looking for crazy colours in wearable styles.

A regular customer to the salon has recently began chemotherapy and has often worn her hair in wild colours. At the tender age of 79, she has decided that while wearing wigs through chemo, she wants to go back to her youth and have these colours again! She has a great, positive attitude towards the treatment and has a goal, which is to put on a banquet for all of her friends, for her 80th birthday next year, and to be well enough to cook all of the food herself. We have requested our invite already 😉

Our usual supplier doesn’t stock anything too out of this world so the challenge was set to find something in these colours, good enough quality to be able to work with and wear. So often wigs in the rainbow colours are very poor quality and fancy dress/joke shop looking. I managed to find a supplier who used a basic wig base, but they did look promising.

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On arrival the wigs weren’t quite up to the standard I was expecting! The actual make up of them is ok, strong foundations and solid wefts, but they weren’t styled at all and had no shape or wearability to them at all.

 

 

 

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I have worked very hard, cutting, setting, styling to turn them into three very different, but wearable styles and I think I’ve been successful. Vera definitely wanted a bob, and this one was the biggest challenge! In order to get a good enough quality wig, I needed to buy a very long style and cut it down. This was a team effort with Tash cutting in the main shape of the desired cut while I wore the wig, so we could see how it sat around shoulders, and me doing the setting and personalising service to get the right density and style. It’s paid off because the wig now looks great and although pink, it doesn’t look out of this world!

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The other two styles were simpler to cut, but the sets were quite a challenge aiming to create wearable every day styles from wigs that are designed to be worn for Japanese Anime cosplay! However, they now look very demure and I’m very pleased with them. I’m really looking forward to seeing them on the lovely Vera.

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Unfortunately she’s feeling very poorly this week, so not up to coming in to get her lovely wigs, but hopefully she will be feeling strong enough soon to come in and try them all on. We wish you better Vera and look forward to seeing you very soon.

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Sam xx

Times this week…..

Hi guys, just letting you all know we still have a few appointments free this afternoon, Thursday and some Friday morning. Call us on 0800 1223043 to book your hair loss consultation!

Sam x

Hair Angel From Above…..

Today was a very busy day in the Essex Wig Centre, back to back clients all day. Consultations, cut, set and redress services, wig sales and personalising cuts for numerous clients. I’ve met some lovely new clients and spent time with some of our wonderful regulars.

One of our regular customers to the salon, has been having her hair done with Pierre for over thirty years, has just recently found herself in need of a wig and has had a bespoke, custom made wig made for her by us. It has been sitting in our stock room since Christmas and tried on weekly while she’s been building her confidence to wear it. When I began working here, my first project given to me by Pierre, was to take the wig and do what I could and what was needed to get our lovely lady to a happy state where she is ready to wear the wig and take it home. I have spent a lot of time on it, getting it to a suitable density, getting the styling right and working on the shape to create a look that is comfortable to wear and realistic looking for the client. I am happy to say that today was the day she was ready to take it home! It is important to me to work with each individual and take care of individual needs in order to get the service just right. I will constantly strive to make sure each client goes away completely happy and want each one of you to feel fantastic in your wig. I am very happy that today was one of those days and after months of nerves, I have given someone the confidence to wear her wig with pride. We also talked through some further options that might work should she still not feel 100% confident with her wig going forward. We looked at the integration systems which would work very well for this individual and formed a back up plan for the future. She was so happy with the outcome today and all of the information she had to take away that she described me as her “Hair angel from above!” One of the nicest things anyone has ever said about my work and I felt so proud I just needed to share 🙂

Hoping to start up a proper reviews page soon to get some more detailed feedback from the clients I see, and hopefully there will be more lovely comments like I’ve had today. Thank you Mrs E.

Hope to be making more people happy with their hair next week!

Sam x

Cheaper Options…..

Along side our usual collection of wigs, we have been looking into ideas for cheaper options which we hope to use within our charity work and to benefit those on a really tight budget. It is obvious that cheaper wigs are going to suffer in quality in some ways but I have been spending time today trying to improve what we have here to make them wearable!

The hair quality is often very shiny and plastic looking and the weft lines are often very visible. To counteract this I have cut and styled a few of our cheap options and used some of the bamboo products sold in the main salon to improve the look of the wigs. I’m very happy with the results and have posted some pictures here for you to see what I’ve done!

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I wanted to show what I can do and what’s possible with cheaper wigs in the hope of giving those on a budget a bit of confidence that you can still look your best and your wig doesn’t have to stay looking ‘wiggy’. If you have been given an NHS wig that is not top quality, you want something for a one off event, or are on a tight budget, with a bit of imagination, you can leave here looking great and feeling very happy.

I have a very large bag of wigs of this quality to get through and style to bring them up to a reputable standard, but I am confident that I can make each one ready to wear! I look forward to posting more photos for you to see how I’m getting on with them. Here at Essex Wig Centre we aim to provide services for all budgets and needs and am very happy to be able to show you successful work in the lower end of the budget spectrum.

More to follow in the next few days!

Sam x

Fun in the wig room…..

Hi all,

We have had a fun day in the wig room today. The team and I have worked together to shoot some of our stock pieces for they allergy which is soon to go live on our fabulous new website which will be up and running very soon.

Lisa, stylist in the main salon, was our model for the day and Tash, stylist, wig assistant and makeup artist, did the makeup for the shoot while I styled the wigs and took the photos. We took shots of 20 of our stock wigs and styled a few of them in different ways hoping to show a good range of what we have here, the excellent quality of the wigs and the versatility possible in styling your wig.

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Bare in mind that these wigs show just some of what we can do. Each style is available in a wide variety of colours, hair qualities and with different bases. We can take each element of different wigs that you try to create a completely bespoke order too so you really can get the exact wig that you want. Obviously you can choose one that we have here too if we have something that you like! But the possibilities are endless in the one off design that we can create for you during our consultation process.

I have added a few snaps of some of our work from today, have a good look at the quality of the lace fronts that we have in stock and how realistic the fronts of the wigs can look. The long blonde is human hair, also showing the different hair types that we stock and showing you the difference in quality.

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We have had a great day and it’s been lovely to see the wigs on and see how good they actually look! Hope you you like them as much as us!

Sam x