Baby hair blog

Baby hair blog

 

 

What is baby hair?

 

 

Baby hair is the hair that lines the edge of the hairline. It can be added from temple to temple, ear to ear, or a portion of the hairline.

Baby hair can be put in endless ways.

Some the most common reasons we add baby hair are:

 

 

1)  To soften a hairline- this is typically softer wavy short hair that adds a natural look to the edge of the hair.

2)  To cover a widow’s peak- this can be done with a curlier hair, it masks the area where the hairline might protrude.

3)  To give the wig lift- we add a courser hair that helps the hair stand away from the face

 

 

There are many other sorts of baby hair; anything you can imagine can likely be added to your hairline. Baby hair can be short or long, curly, wavy or straight. Some people send us their own hair to add to their wigs. Adding your own hair to the hairline is especially comforting for cancer wigs. Baby hair is a customization, so your wig won’t have the hair added until you request it.

 

 

Baby hair will help the wig look more natural look like it’s coming from the scalp. When you order a wig and you’d like baby hair added, call us or email us for assistance on customizing your wig.

 

 

 

 

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Freeda Wigs and Guinness Book of World Records

 

Freeda Wigs and Guinness Book of World Records

 

 

 

Wigs that break world records? It’s an interesting topic.

 

 

We get lots of requests for thick full wigs, but there was a wig so thick that was so jaw dropping, we almost didn’t believe it. The wig was more than seven ft wide! Seven feet!  That’s wider than some cars, and taller than most basket ball players! This record happened here in New York, by a wig worn by an actor, who broke the record in 2017 on the Today Show.

 

 

We don’t carry wigs that thick here at Freeda Wigs, but we do custom order wigs, if that is a style that might interest you. While our wigs take about 8 weeks to order, you may need to allow some extra time for a request this big.

 

 

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This wig measured 5 ft 3 in high and took four people to put the wig on her head.  Just look at it! Can you imagine how long it would take to brush and style a wig like that?

 

 

 

The record for the tallest wig made of hair was made in Italy. It was 46 ft 11” (!) and was erected in the main square of the city. Can you imagine washing that wig?  That’s taller than a four story building! The record for most people wearing wigs is 31,304 people! This record was broken at a baseball game in California.

 

 

 

I’m certain Freeda would win the record of “wig with the longest lifespan”. We have customers who are happily wearing their Freeda wigs that are 30 years old or older! What world record could Freeda break next? Send your ideas in; we love to hear from you.

Holiday Hair Blog

Holiday Hair Blog

 

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It feels like 2017 flew by. The New Year is rapidly creeping up on us. The frosty weather is settles in.  We bundle up thinking about ice skating, cozy sweaters and warm tea. Spending time with family and friends is also the highlight of the winter months, with the holidays and celebrations.

 

 

 

Holiday time is always a good excuse to add a little sparkle to our do. If you’ve been waiting to try highlights with some shimmer or a little more drama than you are used to, the holidays are a good time to try a more.

 

 

 

Accessories are also a nice way to add shimmer to your wig. A thin headband or small clip is great way to add versatility to your look while adding some glamour for a holiday. How do you dress up your wig for the holidays? What are some of your favorite festive looks? We love to see your creative ways of wearing your wig. Please show us! Send your photos to info@freeda.com.

Holiday Hair Blog

Holiday Hair Blog

 

 

 

 

It feels like 2017 flew by. The New Year is rapidly creeping up on us. The frosty weather is settles in.  We bundle up thinking about ice skating, cozy sweaters and warm tea. Spending time with family and friends is also the highlight of the winter months, with the holidays and celebrations.

 

 

 

Holiday time is always a good excuse to add a little sparkle to our do. If you’ve been waiting to try highlights with some shimmer or a little more drama than you are used to, the holidays are a good time to try a more.

 

 

Accessories are also a nice way to add shimmer to your wig. A thin headband or small clip is great way to add versatility to your look while adding some glamour for a holiday. How do you dress up your wig for the holidays? What are some of your favorite festive looks? We love to see your creative ways of wearing your wig. Please show us! Send your photos to info@freeda.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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All About Our Multi-Directional Crown

 

All About Our Multi-Directional Crown

 

 

 

When wigs were first produced they weren’t quite the wigs we wear today. The wigs of the past didn’t have the ability to be to be parted in any which way, they weren’t flat on the head, they also didn’t have a skin-like part, and rather they were sewn on top and knotted with the short return. The short return required the wig to be styled with some height so that the short hairs wouldn’t stick out.

 

 

 

Freeda came up with a novel idea. She was the first in the business to introduce the multi-directional cap.  For the first time the wig could be parted in any direction, there were no short returns, and the wig could be worn super flat.
The “multi”, as it is referred to, is the most delicate part of the wig. Each hair is meticulously sewn one at a time. It must be pulled through slowly as not to stretch or compromise the hair in any way.  It takes hour and hours to complete a multi-directional crown.

 

 

 

It’s important to treat your multi-directional wig with extra care; it is costly and is sometimes unable to be repaired. Here are tips to increase the longevity of your crown.

 

 

 

1)      When you wash your wig always dry your wig on a wig head. We see shrunken multis that ripple and bump when they aren’t dried properly.

 

2)      Never stick pins in the multi when securing the wig to the head. Pin the wig by the ears and the back. The pins leave little holes in the multi that cause the delicate material to slowly break down

 

3)      When using oils or sprays while styling your wig try and be sure to avoid spraying on the multi. Oils in the spray loosen the knots and cause the hair to fall out.

 

4)      Never ever store your wig on a lamp. The wig could catch on fire even when it’s off.

 

5)       Always dye the wig with a professional. We’ve seen too many multis where the hair has slipped in creating a pillow.

 

 

 

Keeping your multi –directional in good shape is the key to enjoying your wig from many years to come. People have enjoyed our wigs for 10 years or longer. Your wig will come along that journey with you, as long as your wig is treated delicately with care. We welcome all questions regarding your wig’s care.

 

 

 

 

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Being Thankful

Giving Thanks

 

 

 

Today we practice being thankful for our friends and family. We don’t always think about the little things that we assume we’ll always have, the things we don’t think about until we are face to face with something we never quite realized we took for granted.

 

 

I never thought I’d look in the mirror and see my hair shedding. I never thought I’d see bald spots that got bigger every single day. I dreaded waking up to see hair on my pillow or in the bottom of the shower. I felt desperate and angry. I didn’t know what life would be like without hair.

 

 

Today I am grateful for my wig. I’m grateful to look beautiful every time I put it on. I’m grateful that it took away the despair I felt when losing my hair. I’m grateful when people compliment me on the street about my thick gorgeous hair. I’m grateful for Freeda wigs and the angels that helped me, held my hand, and made sure my wig was perfect. I’m grateful to smile again when I look at in the mirror. My wig has changed my life and I’m grateful for it.

 

 

Today think of something small that you are grateful for. Do something kind for someone who has less than you. Be thankful for your friends and family. Count your blessings and realize how lucky we are.
Thank you again Freeda, you’ve made today and everyday brighter for me.

 

*Today’s post is by an anonymous guest blogger
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The Dorothy and the Dorothy Long

 

 

 

The Dorothy is one of our most popular wigs. In fact we have customers who have been buying and wearing this chin length hairdo for years.  The Dorothy was created more than thirty years ago, originally manufactured as a synthetic wig, a market Freeda was in before she established her brand of high end human hair wigs. About ten years later the wigs were made with human hair under Freeda’s tutelage in her new factory in Ukraine.

 

 

Her daughter in law called the wig the Dorothy as the style reminded her of the skater Dorothy Hammil. She’s been loyal to that style; wearing it for years. That is the beauty of the Dorothy wig. It is a classic style that works for many ages, and lifestyles without looking dated.

 

 

One of my favorite things about the Dorothy is the way it is perfectly crafted in the back. While many wigs that are chin length look beautiful in the front, it is hard to craft the back in a way where it hugs the neck.  The Dorothy’s construction is unique where the nape hugs the neck and doesn’t stand away like so many other short wigs do.

 

 

Recently we’ve unveiled a new wig called the Dorothy Long. The Dorothy Long had all the same features as the Dorothy but appeals to the clients looking for a shoulder length bob.

 

 

The Dorothy Long features straight hair that measures about 12” long. It has slight layering on the bottom of the wig.  It is a fuller wig complete with a multi-directional crown for flexibility to part the wig in any direction you want to. It’s perfect as a blunt bob or any shoulder grazing style.

 

See our Dorothy and all our other wigs at Freeda.com

 

 

 

 

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HOW TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR COLORIST

HOW TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR COLORIST

 

 

 

Congratulations! You just got a new wig. Its beautiful texture compliments your features perfectly but your hairstylist recommends adding a little color to the wig.

Adding a root to your wig makes your wig look very natural. A root is a darker color that starts at the base of the hair. For those who like a conservative look we recommend a shadow root (a root that is a ¼”) to mimic the natural progression that hair takes after it has been colored. This isn’t a wild look; it works well even for the most conservation styles. Roots can be as long as chin length- but that a more trendy look.

 

 

But what about adding highlights? Highlights add dimension and emphasis a beautiful cut, even going up or down half a level will give the wig a component that a mono color won’t give. We love the mono-color looks too; there are those that look beautiful in mono colored wigs as well.

 

 

So what happens if you ask for honey blonde, golden blonde, caramel highlights or sun kissed color?

 

 

There are so many times a day were we describe something one way while someone else refers to the same thing in a different way.  For example, a shirt can be described as a blouse or a top. A cookie can be referred to as a treat or snack. There are many things that one person says that to another might be mean something completely different.

 

 

When communicating a style or a color to your hairstylist asking for “honey blond highlights” or “golden highlights” are not an effective method to getting the right results. Your interpretation and a stylist’s interpretation can be completely different. Using the term “streaky” or “highlights that pop” mean different things to different people, and you may be setting yourself up for disappointment.

 

 

 

Follow these guidelines for clear communication between you and your colorist.

 

 

 

Bring Pictures

If you are flexible about the results one photo may be enough to help the colorist understand the overall look you are trying to achieve.  If you are particular you’ll want a few photos to help the colorist understand exactly what you’re looking for.

 

 

Bring a Color Swatch

A color swatch will be so much more effective than a picture.  A picture will show the style you are looking for but a color swatch will leave no guesswork.  Even better, bring a wig sample with the exact colors and look you want.

 

 

Final Touchups

After the color is finished don’t be scared if it’s not yet perfect. Like tailoring a garment you may need a final fitting. It’s similar with color; you may need some final touchups. This will give the wig a perfect finished look.

 

 

As you wear the wig for years to come (yes, your Freeda will be with you for years!), color trends will change. Your Freeda wig, made of virgin European hair, will have no problem taking color and you can have fun changing the look as the fads change.

 

 

 

 

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The Ponytail is a Math Equation!!

The Ponytail is a Math Equation!!

 

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I was completely in shock when researching the history of the ponytail when I found that there was an equation formulated for the ponytail.

 

 

 

Yes, it’s true; scientists have created a mathematical formula that predicts the shape of the ponytail! It takes into account the stiffness of hairs, the effects of gravity and the frequency of random curls or waves in the hair. It also explains why a ponytail moves from side to side based on mathematics. How wild!

 

 

 

The Rapunzel number is a quotient used to calculate the effects of gravity on hair comparative to its length. This number will determine whether a ponytail looks like a fan or if it will arc and become nearly vertical at the bottom. The shorter a ponytail of springy hair with a low Rapunzel number, will fan outward. A long ponytail with a high Rapunzel number, hangs downward, as the pull of gravity overwhelms the springiness. This research actually won the Ig Nobel for Physics in 2012.

 

 

 

The formula, which is quite complicated, is summarized on the graph below.

 

 

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The full details of their research can be viewed here. How amazingly interesting is hair? Come practice your math and physics skills when viewing our pony wig here.

 

HELP! My wig is knotting up

 

 HELP! My wig knots up!

 

 

 

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It’s a common thing we hear from wig wearers across the board. Wigs in general knot up. Why and what can I do about it?

Here’s why.

 

 

When you purchase a high-end wig you presume that the wig won’t experience knotting. Actually the exact opposite is true. Why is that? A good quality wig is made of 100% virgin European hair. Since virgin hair has its cuticles intact the cuticles will interact with each other and cause knotting. Usually you will see this at the nape where there is more friction. In the winter more knotting is more common because of the scarves and sweaters that rub against the hair on the neck.

 

 

Here are tips to try when your wig is knotting:

 

 

If you are more careful about the friction by your neck the knotting will be easier to manage. There are other tips to make the wig even more manageable.

 

 

1)  Use a silicon based product on the nape hair. A spray will work best. The silicon gives the hair a silkiness which helps the hair glide more easily which gets rid of friction.

 

2)  If you blow-dry the hair at the nape with extra attention the heat will realign the cuticles in a downward direction to reduce further friction, you can also flat iron the hair if your wig is styled straight.

 

3) Make sure to brush out the knotted hair every single night.

 

4) Be careful when wearing sweaters and scarves

 

5) Speak to the company if you are experiencing these issues. Often there is a simple treatment or solution that can help these issues.

 

Many find that as they wear the wig, the knotting at the nape reduced. As Freeda used to say “the hair learned to live with each other”.

 

With time and some technique your wig will be knot free and you will wear it with pleasure.  Our salon is a good resource for issues like this and we welcome all calls and questions.