Young Clients

This week at the essex wig centre, we had our youngest ever Tigal Cover Plus client in to visit us for his first ever system. He was 16 years of age and had started losing his hair at the age of 10. For him it has made such a huge difference to his confidence as a young man at school, and proves that this is not just a product for use by older people. It is something that is suitable for almost everyone, and we can usually find the right solution for you whatever your age and whatever your hair loss situation might be.

Visit http://www.totalcoverplus.co.uk for more information on the fantastic products that we use, supplied by them.

Sam x

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Feeling the heat…..

It’s been a very busy few months at the essex wig centre. We have been inundated with new clients and enjoying weekly visits from our regulars.

The weather is getting warmer and some of you may be feeling the heat under your wigs in this weather. So in preparation for the summer ahead and to get you through tis heat wave, I’ve got some tips for you on how to keep cool.

Choose a Cool Wig Base
Wearing a wig in hot weather can be uncomfortable, but with the right wig base, or wig cap, you can look great and feel comfortable. Nobody will see your wig base – but it affects your wig’s appearance and comfort. Wig bases come in a variety of materials and styles, and most can be adjusted to fit your head snugly. A mono-top or monofilament wig base creates a very natural appearance, but can be very warm on your scalp because it is not ventilated. Try a capless or lace front wig base for a cooler wig. If you’re concerned about scalp irritation from a lace or open network wig base, try a comfort cap wig that is lightweight.

Types of Wig Hair
Wigs are available in synthetic and human hair types. Both types come in many colors, and can be cut and styled to suit you. With synthetic hair, If you get sweaty or someone splashes water on you. It won’t fade, or change appearance but depending on the quality level of the synthetic hair that you choose, it may melt if you’re near a stove or oven. A lightweight synthetic wig with a capless base can stay relatively cool on your scalp because of its open construction. Human hair wigs can be styled and must be restyled after each shampoo. These are often heavy and hot in warm weather, but will look and drape just like your natural hair.

Keeping Cool in Your Wig
If you are not going to flaunt your buzz cut, bare scalp, or early crop of chemo curls, you may be looking for ways to keep cool while wearing your wig. Here are some ideas to try:
Gel band: this is a head-hugging headband that lifts your wig slightly off your scalp, allowing sweat to evaporate, and air to cool your skin. A big plus of the gel band is that it prevents your wig from slipping out of place.
Wig liner cap: a stretchy cotton skullcap can help absorb sweat and prevent skin irritation. Cotton skullcaps are easy to hand wash and will dry overnight.
Wig liner fishnet cap: the fishnet cap is naturally ventilated and lifts your wig base away from your head. These caps stretch to fit any head and will help keep your wig in place.
Cornstarch-based baby powder: use a sprinkle of baby powder on your scalp before you put your wig on for the day. The cornstarch will soak up perspiration and keep you feeling fresh, but won’t irritate you nor cause dry skin.
Skip Your Wig
If the weather is so hot that a wig just doesn’t make sense, skip it! Wear a straw hat with a cotton liner, to which you can add bangs, a ponytail, or a halo wig. Choose a natural fabric scarf or turban. A knitted cotton cap or a sleep cap might feel good on a hot day. Or boldly go without any headcovering, but don’t get sunburned!

Remember to call us with good notice for your appointment to avoid disappointment, our diary is very full at the moment! And any advice you might need on any of the topics covered in my blog, feel free to contact me on sam.essexwigcentre@gmail.com

The Faulty Towers Experience

I have had an interesting job to do in the Wig Centre this week, Suzanna Hughes from the Faulty Towers Dining Experience team came to visit me with her rather battered Sybil Fawlty wig for a thorough re vamp! This company have teams working in various sites around the globe, including New York, Singapore, all over Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, and a London West End residency at the Amba Hotel in Charing Cross.

It is a site specific theatre performance, always within a fully functional restaurant, where the diners are immersed in the performance by removing the boundaries normally associated with theatre. It’s a two hour performance, where the audience are the diners and will enjoy a three course lunch or dinner at the same time.

I spent hours getting the hair in the wig to a good enough state to start again and recreate the iconic style of Sybil. I started by brushing out all of the original styling, washing the waist length hair thoroughly, then steaming it all weft by weft to straighten the hair out before setting it in rollers and steaming it again to ensure it takes the style. It then went under a hood dryer to set the style in with a gentle heat, before building it section by section into the intricate style. image image imageimage image image image image image image image image image image image image

This particular wig is now winging its way, with Suzanna, to Australia for the next ten week leg of the tour where they are visiting lots of areas of the Far East as well as many cities in Australia. I have armed her with tips and skills to help her keep the wig in its style for as long as possible while they are away and in the mean time I am going to be working on her second wig which has been left behind with me, and one of her colleagues wigs too before she goes off to Cananda!

It’s lovely to be doing something as over the top and creative as the Sybil style and to still have a connection with the entertainment industry through the Faulty Towers Experience. I can’t wait for Suzanna to return so I can check them out for myself in London! The Amba hotel has its own team there at the moment and it’s an on going run, so please visit http://www.faultytowers.net for your tickets for this unique dining and theatre experience!

Sam

Keep Your Wig On!

Where we are based in Southend-on-Sea, the weather has recently taken a turn for the super windy! Anyone who wears a wig will know that the blustery weather can make you feel very vulnerable and often very nervous to go outside for fear of losing your hair in an embarrassing encounter with a strong gust! I thought that it might be helpful to share a few tips for helping your wig to stay on in such situations. Most of these techniques I learned working in the West End and Touring Theatre, having to get wigs to stay on throughout vigorous dance routines and rough quick changes and would be strong enough to withstand this strong weather!

Firstly.. Wear your stocking cap. There are many uses and benefits to wearing a stocking cap, and in this instance, extra grip is one of them that you will be grateful for. If you have some of your own hair remaining under your wig, twist it into pin curls if you can and use grips to hold it in place, then use grips or pins to grip over the base of the wig, the stocking cap and into your pin curls to grip the wig on tight. If you have no hair at all, the stocking cap is then the main base for your grips to hold on to. Slide them around the base of the wig and on to the stocking and you should feel secure. If you feel a regular stocking cap is too slippery, you could use a length of cohesive bandage around your head first, then the stocking cap over that, the grip all the way around going through the bandage too. This is a very secure way of keeping a wig on and is used in Theatres all over to make wigs secure for men, and women with short hair under their show wigs. You can go even further with this if you need to and get a net stocking cap. The velvety texture of the fish net fabric gives even more grip to a very bald scalp and you can twist and pin them to get them as tight as possible before you pin the wig to the base.

If you have adjustable straps in the back of your wig, put your wig on and get it in to a good position, then lift the back very slightly and tighten an extra little bit on each side. Be sure to do this on your head to make sure you are only adding a slight bit of extra grip under the base of your skull rather than making it to small that it pops off!

Use tape. If you don’t already, use some toupee tape, extra strong if you want it to last a few days, on the front of the wig and at the temples. This works best if the scalp is bare, and the skin is clean of any oil, it will stick the wig nice andsecurely down in the vulnerable, flappy areas, and make sure you avoid any mishaps with big gusts of wind blowing the wig backwards!

these are all good tips for every day wig wearing, not just in the windy weather. Try them in stages to find a comfortable level of security for you

sam xx

Busy Busy

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a good Christmas and new year. The Essex Wig Centre has been very busy over Christmas and January is looking to be just the same. Hair integration systems, men’s total cover plus systems and various wig services, including home visits, our days are filled back to back with both new and regular clients and we are enjoying the hustle and bustle in the salon! As we are so busy, I just wanted to write this post to urge you to book your appointment early should you want to come in and see us. We don’t like to disappoint anyone and know how important our services can be to you, if you need maintenance on your piece or are due to start treatment soon, or have an event coming up that requires a special style, we know it is important for you to be on top of your hair issues! Contact us on 08001233043, 01702330707 or email me at Sam.essexwigcentre@gmail.com to book your slot and avoid disappointment. Hope to see some of you soon 🙂 Sam xx

Home Visits

Home Visits

At the Essex Wig Centre, we are well aware of the effects of chemotherapy treatment, and know that sometimes, it means that plans have to change due to ill health. It is often not possible for someone going through treatment to get back in to the salon after their initial consultation to choose their wig and have it styled. However, this does not mean that you have to go without your wig. We are more than happy to visit you at home, with your personalised order of wigs, and continue your experience with us in the comfort of your own home. Should you be unable to make it in to us, we can bring the wigs to you, help you choose the right one for you, and cut and style it for you at home, just as we would in the salon. Removing the pressure of feeling that you have to keep an appointment if you are feeling unwell. Just one of the ways in which we try to help make the process of dealing with cancer easier for our clients, knowing that you can still have your hair, even if you can’t get here. If this service would be of any help to anyone you know going through treatment, please get in touch! 08001223043

Sam x

Hair loss solutions for women – It doesn’t have to be a wig

As many of you already know, here at the Essex Wig Centre, we are a proud franchise and representative for Total Cover Plus, a leading non surgical hair replacement company, developing exciting and pioneering technology in this field. We are now proud to announce the launch of the women’s hair integration system, a revolutionary hair system designed with women in mind, which uses the existing hair and seamlessly blends in to give you the full head of hair you have been dreaming of, without being intrusive, or disregarding the hair that you do have, like hair extensions, bonded systems or wigs can be.

Our hair is so much more important to us than many people could imagine. However it is often only when we are losing it that then we truly become aware of just how incredibly important it is in how we define ourselves. And of course it is accepted that women particularly feel that their hair is part of their femininity and that without their hair they lose their distinctive personality and female ‘look’. It is an uncomfortable clinical fact that more women than men suffer from hair loss and that there are many different types of feminine hair loss. Therefore there isn’t a simple one size fits all solution for such a complex issue.image
However Total Cover Plus now has a range of solutions for many of these female hair loss issues problems. With their extensive knowledge of hair loss and years of experience and as one of the market leaders in non-surgical hair replacement Total Cover Plus has developed a range of systems to overcome most female hair loss issues. Whether women suffer from thinning hair, full or partial hair loss or simply fine hair and scalp visibility issues that could do with more volume the new Total Cover Plus Hair Integration System is the solution.
In a uniquely revolutionary way Total Cover Plus integrates more hair into your existing hair no matter how thin. There is no heavy weave/clip extensions (which are often very harmful and painful) and no surgery or drugs of any kind are involved. And if your hair loss is so severe it does not suit the super lightweight Hair integration we can custom make a super thin skin based skin system to replace complete and partial hair loss issues.
So you can now achieve the hair style you have always wanted and better still you can re-style it, sleep, shower, engage in sport activities and live in it as if it was your normal hair.
Total Cover Plus – Recreating Nature Through technology.