Caring for Human Hair Wigs

Here’s the 101 for looking after your human hair wig.

Oil 

Although caring for your human hair wig is essentially following the same processes as anyone would do with hair, it’s important to remember a wig doesn’t get the same natural oils that are expelled from the scalp. These oils nourish and soften the hair, prevent breakage, and moisturise it. So it’s important that a natural oil is used.

I use ORS coconut oil for hair and scalp. I use it in two ways; first after washing when the hair is still wet I will run a couple of drops through the hair. Second, I filled an old spritz bottle with water and some of the oil and every other day I will shake the solution up and spritz the hair to replicate the idea that usually hair would be exposed to natural oils everyday. I use the mixture of water and oil to dilute the oil so it’s not too heavy on the hair.

ORS Coconut Oil and a water and oil solution for spritzing

 Shampoo & Condition 

I shampoo and condition my human hair week about once a week. I try not to wash it too often but I find after wearing it everyday there is product build up and it needs it. I use Herbal Essences ‘hello hydration’ shampoo and conditioner for the moisture benefits. As I mentioned earlier it’s important to be putting in the moisture and oils to your wig that it would usually get from your scalp but doesn’t for obvious reasons!

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner

 Moisture mask and treatments
I recently purchased John Frieda’s ‘miracle recovery’ deep conditioner, which I use after washing. It really softens the hair and makes it feel much smoother and healthier!

John Frieda’s Extra Strength 6 effects serum, the Forever Smooth anti-frizz primer and the Miraculous Recovery deep conditioning mask

 Once deep conditioning is done I use the drop of coconut oil I mentioned earlier. Then I use John Frieda’s ‘Forever Smooth’ anti-frizz primer followed by the ‘extra strength 6 effects’ by John Frieda. I notice a big difference in the fly always and frizz in my hair as it is naturally very wavy. I only use one pump of each product to avoid over doing it, which can be very easy to do – less is more!

Styling 

I try to avoid using heat and styling products frequently in my hair. I usually let it dry naturally and leave it as it is because it has a beautiful wave to it. Styling products also usually contain alcohol in them, which is a big ingredient to try to avoid as it is not good for your human hair. Having said this, it is very difficult to find products without alcohol in them (I am still searching!).

L’oreal’s volume heat styling spray and Elnett Satin hair spray with argan oil and VO5 smoothly does it heat serum

If I do decide to style the hair, I first use VO5’s ‘smoothly does it’ for shine, heat protection and to tame hair. I also really like L’Oreal Elnett’s ‘volume’ heat styling protectant spray – does what it says on the tin and it ideal for when I want big voluminous hair that I love. Finally, if I need to use hair spray, again I try to avoid it generally, L’Oreal’s Elnett Satin Hairspray with argan oil is my favourite. I always use a light hand when using these products and I’ve found them effective without weighing the hair down.

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Styling Big Waves Human Hair Wig

I love styling my lace front wig with big wavy curls but I don’t want to apply heat with curling irons or straighteners resulting in damage to the hair. So I have found some effective non heat alternatives!

Step 1 – Wet your hair. I use an old spray bottle and spritz the hair all over so its damp, this is so the wave your creating will take to the hair. I also add a little coconut oil to the spray bottle for added treatment to the hair.

Step 2 – Section the hair into two parts down the middle of your head. then section those two parts into two again. So you should have 4 equal parts.

Step 3 – Twist each section, twirling away from the face then wrap your twirled hair into little twisted up buns. Like this…

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Step 4 – Leave your buns in over night. If you are in a rush, use the hair dryer on a cool setting to set your buns!

Step 5 – Unwrap your buns and you should get something like this…

TIP: For added volume on top like my hair I positioned and wrapped my two top buns high up on my head.

Eyelash Extensions for Alopecia

I am very excited to share this post about trying out eyelash extensions! It is something I have wanted to try for a long time. Due to my alopecia I have gone through periods when I have had no or very few lashes and losing them along with eyebrows is one the biggest challenges with alopecia.

For the last couple of years my lashes have stayed with me, they are quite sparse and fine but I love them anyway. However, I have always wanted naturally long, full lashes and wanted an easier alternative to strip eyelashes so I decided to try eyelash extensions.

I was a little apprehensive at first that the added weight of lash extensions would cause my own precious and fragile lashes to fall out. But I soon thought, a) this is unlikely as the extensions are feather light and made not to do that, and b) a new cycle of my eyelashes will grow through anyway in a few weeks so it was worth a try.

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Natural eyelashes before extensions

My eyelashes were applied by Lauren, a qualified beauty technician with her own home salon. I felt like I was in good hands with Lauren as she is a professional who really knows what she was doing.

So, what are eyelash extensions? Each individual false eyelash is placed on your own lashes with glue. Lauren used thinner and therefore lighter extensions on my lashes to not weigh them down as much. They also give a more natural result, which is what I wanted. There are different types of lashes that can be used, they vary in; material, length, curl and thickness.

I have had my lashes on for a few days now and haven’t noticed any shedding yet. They can last between 2 and 6 weeks as they fall out as your own natural lashes would so the time they last depends on your own lash regrowth cycle and also how much you look after your lashes. Infills are usually recommended every 2-3 weeks to keep the eyelashes looking full and thick all the time!

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Eyelash extensions complete

The price of eyelash extensions varies from £60 – £120 depending on how many lashes you have put on and the type of lashes used. The procedure usually takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours, but again this depends on how many eyelashes are used as you have a half-set or full-set.

Here’s a look at my before and after pictures, I am over the moon with my lashes and I finally have the long and voluminous eyelashes I have always dreamed of! I think I am already addicted!

Tips for eyelash extensions

Check the credentials of your beautician

Have a patch test for the glue prior to the procedure

Don’t get your lashes wet for 24 hours after application

Don’t use mascara or oil based products near the eye

Use a cotton bud to remove eyeliner near the lashes

Brush your lashes everyday, especially after the shower

Don’t pick at your new eyelashes

Be gentle with them, avoid touching, pulling etc

 

Wig Review – Etsy ‘PremierBeauty’

Finding wigs online is no easy task. It’s hard to filter out the poor quality wigs and find yourself something that is worth your money. I have often found the images and descriptions shown on a wig for sale are not true to what actually arrives in the post.  Having said this, there are also some hidden gems out there that are available and I think I may have found one on Etsy.

I wanted a new human hair wig. And I wanted it super long with tousled waves. As much as I like my synthetic wigs, for me, theres nothing quite like having real hair to give back what you have lost. My search led my to the selling community ‘Etsy‘. I was drawn in by the impressive low prices for human hair and the range available that is usually much harder to find on generic wig websites that I tend to avoid.

So, after a lengthy process of whittling down numerous wigs that took to my liking I found a human hair, lace front wig made from 100% unprocessed Brazilian hair. The seller was ‘PremierBeauty‘ and I liked that the wig could be custom made to my needs. I determined all the specifications I wanted and paid around £175 ($244), which felt too good to be true for a 24″ human hair wig.

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Copyright to PremierBeauty

 

Shipping was very fast, I received my custom wig in just over a week and it had come all the way from China to my doorstep in the UK AND there was no postage fee. I couldn’t believe how quickly the wig had come and I was only more pleased when I opened my parcel and saw the quality of this wig.

I can honestly say I don’t think I will buy my wigs from anywhere else, this wig is beautiful and just what I wanted for a very affordable price. The hair is thick, healthy and matches the image and description on the website.

I was also happy that the cap size is actually small, as so often I have ordered a wig to be petit and it is still huge on my head so I had to cut out wefts myself. This cap is the perfect fit for my head.

The wig has baby hair and bleached knots around the lace front. The hair has been distributed and tied around the hairline to create a very realistic look. It is the most natural looking hairline I have had on a wig and I don’t feel I need to work it much to get it looking right. It also sits naturally around the temples and in front of the ears, which is always a big tell tale sign of wig and for me determines how natural it looks (often wigs sit too far back, which is fine for wig wearers that have hair and want to expose their natural hairline but for someone without hair it needs to come to where the hairline would naturally start).

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Custom ‘PremierBeauty’ lace front human hair wig straight out the box

The waves are perfect, the lace is good quality, I could go on but the wig is very, very impressive for the price I paid and I don’t think I would find another wig that matches its quality, at least without paying the same price and a hefty shipping rate on top (which what I have often found as human hair wigs often come from the US or China, which is the other side of the world!).

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After washing the wig has more a natural curl to it

However, I would mention although Etsy is great for buying beautiful wigs, I will say be prepared to do some cutting and styling of the wig either yourself or at the hairdressers. Even if it just adding in a few layers to shape your face. I always like to do this with any of my wigs to make the wig right for me and get the exact look I want. Next time I may also invest in a full lace wig for an even more natural finish.

If you would like a wig just like mine, my custom specs were:

Small capsize

24 inch

Natural dark brown

150% density

Light brown lace

Wavy hair texture

False Lashes for Alopecia

Alopecia can affect different parts of the body and in some cases eyelashes and eyebrows can be affected. For false lashes I have a few favourites and often choose different types for certain occasions. Here is my top five false lashes, I will be exploring everything lash related in future posts too!

I always use Duo eyelash glue as I find this much easier to work with. Duo lash glue makes applying the lash easier as the end don’t flick up and it also lasts much longer than most glues.

  1. My ultimate favourites are the demi-wispies Ardell lashes. These fluttery lashes give a natural and pretty look but amplify your lashes.  Applied with Duo lash glue they will last all day.demiwispies
  2. For a more subtle look the Eylure 070’s are light and delicate but still provide lash definition. These lashes are great if you don’t really have many lashes of your own and find lots of false lashes are too heavy and don’t sit well because there is no natural lash to hold them up.070.jpg
  3. Kiss ‘Shy’ lashes are the most natural looking lengthy lashes I have found. The tips of the individual lashes are narrower so look even more natural.kiss lashes.jpg
  4. For evenings 118 lashes from the Girl’s Aloud collection give a very beautiful finish, The lashes are thicker and longer on the outer corners, which not only make the eyes look more cat eye, they also look very natural.118
  5. For nights out, if I don’t have any wispies I nearly always opt for the Eylure 143’s, these are great it you want big, intense lashes. They are thick, volumous and look for a dramatic.143.jpg

In the next lash installment, I plan to try eyelash extensions!

Selena Gomez – Hair Envy of the Month

Selena’s new music video shows her new hair style, which is absolutely beaut. Her blunt bangs complement her black hair and creates a very daring look.

Get the look here from Etsy.com! This is a Malaysian remy virgin hair unit with the straight cut bangs just like seller’s. You can also choose your own desired length.

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Selena’s new hair in ‘Can’t keep my hands to myself’ music video

 

For a synthetic, cheaper option try eBay, this is long black synthetic wig in Selena’s style that is heat resistant too.

NYX Eyebrow Gel Review

Ever since discovering the Anastasia dip brow pomade I never thought I would change up my eyebrow makeup routine ever again. However, as my pomade is drying up and running out, I decided to hunt for something more affordable that still had the same results.

I stumbled across the NYX brow gel when researching the Makeup Forever Aqua brow which has had good reviews for creating individual hair strokes. The NYX gel is meant to be an affordable dupe for the Aqua brow and so I decided to test it out. I chose the colour ‘Brunette’ and purchased it for £11.99 from Ebay.

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Eyebrows done using NYX Eyebrow gel in Brunette

The NYX Brunette colour is a really good colour match for my old medium brown pomade. I was surprised at how much product you get in the tube and I’m hoping it doesn’t dry out over time as it looks as though it will last a life time.

I squeezed a tiny amount of the gel onto the back of my hand first and then applied the gel with my Anastasia angled brush no.12 just as I would with my pomade, and I am able to create the same individual hair strokes.

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NYX Eyebrow gel in Brunette for alopecia eyebrows

There is a slight difference in the texture; the pomade is a softer and lighter consistency, where as the NYX is very much a gel and feels thicker in consistency. This means the pomade is perhaps ever so slightly easier to work with than the NYX gel because it goes on smoother, where as the NYX gel drys quicker so you have to work with it quicker.

The NYX gel goes on less heavy than the pomade, which is useful as it is easy to apply to much with these kinds of products.

It lasts all day and does not budge!

 

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NYX Eyebrow gel in Brunette

Current Alopecia Makeup Look

This is my current makeup look. It varies slightly week by week but I generally focus on defining my lash line and smoking it out (A combination of the Rimmel scandal eyes shadow stick and the Maybelline The Nudes palette is my favourite combination at the moment)! When there is a lack of lashes, eyes can sometimes look puffy so I use my bronzer just above the crease to create depth.

Finally, I add in a flick starting from half way across the eye with the L’Oreal Superliner. Focusing the eye liner/shadow on the outside of the eye not only elongates the shape of the eye, it also look more natural in creating the look of full lashes.

 

Full list of products used:

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation with Comfort Serum in Soft Beige

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Warm Beige

Inglot Sculpting Powder in 505

Soap & Glory Solar Powder

L’Oreal Le Blush in Rosewood

Soap & Glory Peach Party Blush

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown

Rimmel Wonderfull Mascara

Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Palette

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Stick in Blackmail

L’Oreal SuperStar Super Liner

L’Oreal Color Riche Collection Privee JLo’s Nude Lipstick

Curling a Heat-Resistant Synthetic Wig

Here is a quick overview of how I curl my heat resistant synthetic wig. I used the Babyliss  Elegance Pro 235 flat iron so achieve my loose waves. Prior to curling, I used the Synovation fibre oil to protect the fibres. I spritzed the hair, then allowed the product to dry on the hair for a few minutes before starting to curl.

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Heat Resistant wig curled with flat iron

The flat iron was set to 180 degrees celsuis, which is the lowest setting. Applying heat higher than 180 can damage heat resistant wigs because they are not made to withstand these kinds of temperatures. It is also a good idea before you begin to test a strip of hair at the nape of the wig just to make sure it would not melt/frizz the fibres!

Start by brushing through the hair then clip the hair in sections and start curling from the bottom working your way up, varying the amount of hair you curl each time can give a more natural look. Alternating which way you wrap the hair around the iron will also give a natural finish.

To finish I applied more of my Synovation fibre oil and ran my fingers gently though the hair. Some drugstore hairspray can be used very lightly over the curls to keep them in place.

After two days wear the curls have dropped into a more natural wave.

How to: Make a Wig Look Less Like a Wig

Having worn wigs for many, many years now I am always trying to experiment and learn how to make the wig look as natural looking as possible, especially on a budget.

Human hair lace wigs can look amazing with no work required however, if you are buying on a budget there are some tips and tricks you can try to achieve a more natural looking wig.

First and foremost, wear your wig with how you feel most comfortable and if you like the look of it, that’s what matters. There is no right or wrong way to wear a wig , these are just some quick tips that I like to do to achieve the look I want with my budget-style wigs.

Position

Position your wig where your natural hairline would be, you can do this by raising your eyebrows and seeing where the wrinkles stop! Alternatively, a face is generally in three proportions; chin to bottom of your nose, bottom of your nose to eyebrows and eyebrows to top of your forward, so you can measure where your hairline suits with regards to facial proportions. I always find my wig doesn’t look quite right if it is a fraction too forward or too far back, it also makes a difference to my face shape regardless.

Hairline

The hairline of a wig can often be a tell tale sign for a wig, however, there are easy ways around it;

Bangs/Fringe – You don’t have to have a full fringe but having some kind of sweeping bangs conceals the hairline or most of it. I tend to favour wigs that already have some kind of bangs but you can easy pop into a hairdressers or if you are confident at cutting your own hair cut your own.

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Wig with bangs

‘Wispy Bits’ – I swear by having lots of little wispy bits of hair around my face and in front of my ears as naturally hair does this. Kind of like baby hair, again wigs often don’t have this so I lightly slice down on the hair either side of my face. If you are not sure about cutting some in your self head to the hairdressers as once you’ve cut your wig it doesn’t grow back ;-D

Shine

Sometimes synthetic wigs in particular can have an overly shiny look when they are new, although it will dull over time, apply some dry shampoo or talc and rub it in to make it look more natural when you first pop it on.

Care

Look after your wig by keeping it tangle free and it will obviously look more natural. Every time you have worn your unit brush it gently from the bottom up and place on a head stand to keep it safe. Washing depends on how frequently you wear it but once a week or every 10 days for daily use is usually suitable. It is also worth investing in a fibre oil or morrocan oil (depending on whether your wig is synthetic or fibre) will also keep the hair looking healthy and real.

Thin it out

Often wigs can look bulky and thick around the crown and sides when they are new, if so it is recommended that it is thinned out before use either done yourself or at the hairdressers. Sometimes, if I have been on a real budget and haven’t thinned my wig out I like to style out a bulky wig but clipping back the bulky sides and the top section.

Up Dos

Wearing your wig in an up do can sometimes show an unnatural hairline at the front and back. I tend to avoid high pony tails and tight up dos as I don’t like how the hairline looks. Instead, I like to opt for loose up do, such as a slouchy messy bun or a side plait. I also make sure a leave my ‘wispy bits’ around my face down and sometimes leave a few behind the ear and at the back too. Or if you are doing a bun, let pieces of fall down to help conceal the hairline. It may take practice and few attempts to get it right but it can provide a  relaxed and pretty style.

Parting and Crown

A lot of budget style wigs don’t have a proper parting or crown, I try to avoid these wigs as they are often poorer quality in general. However, one effective way to it to clip the top section up and create a kind of quiff style do. Avoid a middle parting as well if your wig doesn’t have a good skin top/lace, and opt of a side parting as it’s generally less visible.

Take Pictures

And finally, just like with drawing on your brows take pictures and look back on them and you will see what doesn’t look quite right. Also show your friends and family, ask what they think!

 

BeBald – Alopecia Blogger