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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

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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┬ábe 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!

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