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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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I’m happy to say that we finally managed to see Vera this week, our client after the bright coloured pink and purple wigs that I was working on a few weeks ago. Unfortunately her health had taken a turn for the worst following the beginning of her treatment, which had delayed her return to collect her wigs. While having a moment of relief from it, she was able to get in to see us and we were wowed by the results! The styles suited her really well and the cuts, tho in crazy colours, are going to be wearable which was the whole aim of this project. The vibrant pinks and purples fit wonderfully with Vera’s personality and wardrobe! Complimenting her famous rainbow gilet, setting her apart from the rest and helping her truly stand out from the crowd.

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At the grand age of 79, I love her attitude and outlook on the whole experience and find her truly inspiring. When faced with hair loss of any sort, it is very easy to forever be worrying about what other people think and how other people see you, but with Vera’s attitude of, I shall wear what I want to wear and look how I want to look and the celebration of colour and style that she has chosen to go with, she shows us that actually this should not be about anyone else at all. Is is about you. The individual and how you feel about yourself. Anything that helps you to get through these times and make you feel better, grab on to it and do it for you. If you want to look how you always have, that is totally possible with our range of natural styles that we can tailor to you, if you want to embrace a change, then go for it! Anything is possible, have the hair you have always wanted. And if you want to have fun and go wild with it, then pinks and purples and any colour of the rainbow are also available to create your own individual style.

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We are always happy to help at Essex Wig Centre, and anything we can do to achieve your ideal hair, we will strive to find the right solution for you. Vera left a lovely comment in our comments book, which I’m very proud to share….

Delighted with the result, Sam entered into the spirit, the fun and the joy of this enterprise. She worked extremely hard to achieve this outcome and I very much appreciate this. Vera x

Thank you Vera, we are very happy to have helped!

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

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

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