Category Archives: Bespoke

It’s been a while…..

Hi everyone,

Its been a while since ive written a blog, the social media bubble has taken over and I’ve been concentrating a lot on the Instagram and setting up a new Facebook page, more focused on what’s going on on a daily basis with us and Total Cover Plus, lots of client photos and information about how things are working. The previous page we had was a bit messy and I felt I needed to clean it up and get it more focused on what’s actually relevant. So if you are an old follower of the page, and haven’t yet seen the new one, our new page address is; http://www.facebook.com/essexwig

the instagram account which is working really well, is now available to follow @essexwigcentre and the Twitter account is the same as always @info_essexwig

Just a reminder to all potential clients that all our consultations are FREE and no obligation, come in for a friendly chat about your hair loss needs and requirements and see if I can help you, or point you in the right direction of the right solution for you.

Glad to be back blogging! If there’s any topic anyone would particularly like me to cover in my next post, please comment below and I will do my best!

Sam

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Wedding of the Year

Hey guys, So this week has been another very different project for the wig centre… Those of you who have read about me on the website, or worked with me before, will know that a lot of my background is in makeup, and creative hair, mainly in Theatre and weddings, and this week, I worked on a beautiful wedding in Warwick of two good friends of mine, providing hair and makeup for the bride, mother of the bride and two of the six bridesmaids – of which I was one! The bride was after luscious, long locks and though she has quite long hair of her own, we used one of the Biya hair pieces available from the Essex Wig Centre to give extra volume and length and a really creative style. The wedding was on Monday and on the Friday before, I coloured Sarah’s hair to match and blend with her piece. The wedding had a dark plumb colour scheme and her hair colour blended with this perfectly! I was then able to style the hairpiece before the event too, putting in a sculpted beehive and preparing braids to be wound through the style, and curling the loose hair into a medium wave, for the long flowing style at the back.

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Sarah was keen to have quite a heavy makeup as she didn’t want to just feel how she feels on a night out, she wanted extra special and rightly so! I use mainly Bare Minerals products, some MAC and some Dior, but the Bare Minerals foundation especially gives such a flawless finish, and with the addition of the mineral veil, it lasts all day. Perfect for bridal makeup that needs to stay flawless all day.

In the morning before we left for the venue, I set Sarah’s hair in heated rollers at the front, ready for the waved style we had in mind for the front, and pin curled the rest, ready to attach her 3/4 wig piece. I pinned the piece in securely, then styled the front hair into the piece and finished off by entwining the braids into the style.

For the evening reception, sarah had got quite warn during the day and wanted to have her hair up. So I quickly styled the hair into a chignon at the back and pinned it up. I then wove in some diamanté pins to match in with the bridesmaids.

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I styled my own hair by setting the whole lot in blow dry rollers in the morning, to create height and volume, then used a hair piece that I made for myself, wound into a curly chignon, and pinned this in on the side, for a simple but pretty up do. Again I was wearing Bare Minerals foundation and eye colours, with MAC and Dior products in there too.

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Mother of the bride and the other bridesmaid, were completely wearing Bare Minerals.

It was a beautiful day, we had such fun. And I got to exercise my makeup and creative styling skills which was very enjoyable. Professional photos by Roxpix Photography.

Congratulations Sarah and Rob! Thank you for letting me be part of your big day!

For quotes for occasion hair and makeup, and a look at some of my portfolio email Sam.essexwigcentre@gmail.com

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

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

Hey gang,

Thought it would be good to let you all know a bit more about the consultation process here at Essex Wig Centre, so it is clear what kind of service you can expect when you come in to see us.

Firstly you will be bought into our state of the art private room, a fully equipped salon space housing everything we need for our consultation with the added bonus of being able to close the door and relax knowing that the general public will be out of view and your hair loss problems kept between you and I. We talk about your specific hair loss issue and discuss the best option for you, wigs, hair integration systems or total cover plus, an honest and professional opinion will be given regarding your choices, but ultimately the decision lies with you with which way to go.

If we are choosing you a wig, our stock allows us to find a shape and style that you like, and we have a vast range of styles to try to figure out the right colour for you too. We will talk you through how to prepare your hair and scalp to wear underneath your wig to ensure you are comfortable and we will try on as many as you need to to find the right one for you. We will then make a list of up to five wigs to order for you, with variations on colour and style to ensure we find the right one for you and your order will be placed. We will book you back in for a further appointment a week later to come and try on your personalised order.

When you choose your wig, we provide a personalising service where we can trim and style the wig to suit you specifically, giving you a bespoke look made just for you.

If you opt for a completely bespoke made wig, we will work out and take down the requirements of your order which will then take 12 weeks to process. You will come back after this time for your personalising service.

If you opt for a hair integration system, we will professionally choose the correct base and hair for you and place this order during your consultation. You will also be shown in depth the piece and the method used to make these work. Depending on your specific requirements, these can take only 10 days to process. More specific bespoke pieces can, again, take 12 weeks to arrive. Once again you will come in after this time for your fitting and personalising service. The first fitting will take up to 2 hours, then once a month we recommend a service and refit of the piece which will differ in time depending on what needs to be done.

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Hopefully this gives you a clear idea on what to expect at the Essex Wig Centre and we are very proud of the services we provide. I hope to have filled you with confidence to pop in and see us soon! The attached photo shows our private room and a very small portion of our lovely wig collection.

Hope to see you soon!

Sam xx