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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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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

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.

A Few of My a Favourite Bobs…..

The new stock here at Essex Wig Centre is all so lovely, I need to share some of my faves.. Today I’ve been loving the bobs. I think this is mainly because my own hair is in a bob at the moment and I’m looking at the wigs wishing my hair looked that good!

The first one is Catwalk. The stock colour is a warm brown with some subtle red tone lowlights running through. It’s made from a really nice, glossy fibre that looks and feels so realistic and is made up of a monofilament top with weft back. This means that the hair has been knotted individually into a fine material which mimics the scalp on top, so where it parts, it looks just like natural growth. Weft back means that the hair is sewn to a stretchy base in strips of hair called weft. This works perfectly well for the back of a structured style like this bob as you would have no need to part or change it at the back at all, just as it would be if your own hair was this short, the back would most likely be worn the same all of the time. It can also keep the cost down. If that’s something that is important for you, look for wigs with weft backs. This one and many of our other new wigs, have the bonus of the natural top, with the cost-effective back. I love the modern, graduated back on this wig and the sweeping fringe. The fringes are left particularly long when we get them in so we are able to cut and personalise the front to suit the individual who will be wearing it. I think having this option is so lovely, as it means that just because you are wearing a wig, doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the salon experience, all from the comfort of our private room.

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I think Catwalk is a beautifully modern cut and comes in a really good range of colours. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this one on!

Come back tomorrow for part two of my favourite bobs where il be showing you a gorgeous human hair option!

Sam x