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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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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

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

Welcome Sam to Essex Wig Centre……….

The Essex Wig Centre in Southend on Sea is proud to announce the arrival of Sam Battams to head our hair loss clinic and Wig centre.

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Sam has moved from London where she spent 10 years working in wig departments for many of the top west end shows including the likes such as “Les Miserables”, “Legally Blonde” Head of Department for “Beauty and The Beast UK Tour”, “Cabaret” and “Spamalot UK Tour” and many more……..
Sam’s pedigree is unquestionable, becoming one of the most experienced wig technicians in the hair loss industry today.

Essex Wig Centre are delighted to be able to offer our clients Sam’s skills, knowledge and services regarding the advice and fitting of our Wigs and Hairpieces.

Sam is also a specialist in the incredible hair integration system for women were severe hair loss and pattern baldness can be resolved with a new semi permanent technique to resolve the issue of hair loss resulting with a new natural self-confident look.

Essex Wig Centre has a comprehensive and beautiful selection of wigs for Sam to show and recommended, she offers a professional bespoke service in comfortable relaxed surroundings.

Contact us now on 0800 122 3043 freephone or email Sam direct on sam.essexwigcentre@gmail.com to arrange a no-charge strictly confidential consultation.

Sam looks forward to meeting you.