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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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Naming Your Wigs…..

It always makes me feel chirpy when I read the names of the wigs that arrive at the Wig Centre. Each of them has their own personal ladies name, chosen by the manufacturer, and I love how the name gives the wig it’s own personality! This week I have been working with the likes of Lilly, Mara and Belinda and having a name, I often find myself chattering away to them in the wig room as I’m styling them!

This is not the first time I have worked with wigs that have names given to them, it is a commonly done thing in the theatre that if an actor has more than one wig to wear during the show, and different characters to play, not only do their different characters have different names, but their wigs do too! Always girls names – I guess because it is mostly girls wearing the wigs in the shows! They are always referred to as she, “ooh she’s looking lovely today” is a common phrase in wig rooms across the west end, or, “she feels a bit tight can we move that pin?!”

One of my good actor friends, Lori Barker, is particularly known for this among the wiggies that she works with. She takes it to new levels, creating personalities and moods for each of her characters, daily, depending on the feel of the wig and really uses them to get into character. The finishing touch to her look during quick changes was always the wigs when we worked together on Legally Blonde, and this final element is what helped her to find her characters quickly, during these super fast changes between scenes, usually in the wings and with barely seconds to spare most of the time!
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She had a long sleek wig that was worn for the scenes where she played one of the Delta New Sorority girls, and she named this one Paris. Classy and cute! She played the judge, during the trial scenes and this wig was a quaffed curly late 80s inspired style, named Judy! There was a crazy purple and black, twisted and spiky style worn when she played receptionist in the Hair Affair Salon, this one was named Shaznay, quirky and fun! Her Harvard Student wig was named Hillary, her character was serious and studious and her convict wig for the ladies prison was called Candice, she was energetic and feisty, for the skipping scene. Every day she would speak to them like they were old friends and she really loved them all and took care of them.
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Naming your wig often gives you a real sense of personal connection to it and hopefully doing this while you are going through hair loss, may give you some comfort in difficult times. We try to bring an uplifting outlook to wearing your wig here at Essex Wig Centre and this is just one of the little things, a little tip for wigs, that always makes me smile. I hope that you can enjoy wearing your wig, for whatever reason you need it and aim to make the whole experience as happy as possible for all of my clients and their individual needs.

Come in and see me soon! I’m always happy to help on the phone for any questions you may have too. Call the centre on 08001223043 or email me on Sam.essexwigcentre@gmail.com

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

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