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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

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!

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

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

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