Thinning out a Wig

 

 

 

 

While some love the instant volume and fullness that a wig offers, others feel more comfortable with a thinner wig especially when their hair wasn’t very full to begin with.

 

 

You may dismiss a wig solely because the wig feels and looks too thick, but if you love everything about it, there’s an easy fix to get that wig perfect for you.

 

 

Thinning out a wig won’t damage your wig, the hair or the life span of your wig. While a hair dresser might scissor thin a wig to remove some of the bulk, it often leaves behind little short hairs that spike up on the crown needing lots of attention to stay flat.

 

 

 

If you’d like to thin out a wig the process is very simple. All you need to do is ponytail the areas that are too thick for you. Our stylists will gently remove individual hairs in a systematic pattern leaving behind no bald spots or short spiky hairs. We also will send back any wefts we remove so you can have them in case you ever want to add the hair back.

 

 

 

Send your wig to our full service alterations department for thinning and stay tuned for blogs about other services we offer that will enhance your wig so you can love it even more than you already do.

Tangled Blog – Why Does My Wig Tangle and What Can I Do About It?

Why Does My Wig Tangle

 

 

 

 

So you’ve found the wig of your dreams and like any new relationship, you are getting to know each other.  You love the luscious hair, the skin like part, everything- then, after a few hours of wear you feel some tangling at the nape of the wig. Why is your high end wig tangling and what can you do about it?

 

 

 

It would seem that one of the reasons to invest in a high end wig is that there would be no knotting, but in fact the opposite is true. A good quality wig is more likely to experience some knotting (only at the nape). With a few tricks and a little know-how you’ll have it all under control.

 

 

First, let’s address the why. Why does a wig tangle?

 

 

 

 

 The scalp produces natural oils that keep hair from drying out and getting tangled, which explains why your wig knots and your hair may not. Another reason the wig will tangle wig is because a Freeda Wig is made of 100% Virgin European hair, which will have cuticles. Activity with the cuticles, humidity, and body heat can cause slight knotting. With care the cuticles lie flat and in the proper direction.

 

 

 

 Any activity that causes the cuticles to ruffle will increase the chance that the wig could tangle. Lots of friction from body heat, sweaters, collars, and scarves occur in the area of the neck, you’ll find that the nape area is where tangles most commonly occur.

 

 

 

Where do we start?

 

 

 

Step one would be a proper shampoo and conditioning on the hair. On one’s hair a scrubbing motion might be used but a wig needs different care, which is why we recommend that the wig be maintained by a professional if possible. Shampooing and conditioning on a wig should be more like a gentle combing through the hair followed by a gentle rinse.  Glide a comb or your fingers down the hair gently; this will cause the cuticles to be smooth preventing excess knotting. You’ll also want to use a quality shampoo and conditioner.

 

 

 

When the wig is damp you’ll want to do a complete comb through the hair to assure that the wig dries with no knots. At the end of the day you’ll want to remove all knots and tangles before you store the wig.

 

 

 

When using a blow dryer point it downward to smooth the cuticles in one direction. With time the cuticles eventually start to fit together and the knotting at the nape will subside. You can flat iron the nape to smooth the cuticles further.

 

 

 

Do you have any tricks to help reduce tangling or knotting in your wig? Reach out and share them with us, we love to hear from you.

Dos and Don’ts While Wearing your Freeda Wig

Dos and Don’ts While Wearing your Freeda Wig

 

 

All the time customers ask us how long their wig will last. At the same time we have customers who come in with wigs that are 10 years old or older for routine maintenance.  The care of your wig will determine its shelf life; here are some dos and don’ts to assist a long lasting wig that you’ll be happy to wear.

 

 

 

DO

  • Have a professional maintain your wig if possible; washing the wig incorrectly lends itself to lots of wear and tear on the wig
  • Protect  your wig from the sun
  • Use a wig stand for storage to keep the wig’s shape
  • Brush the knots out daily, but be careful not to damage or pull out the hair
  • Experiment with different methods of securing your wig , don’t wear a wigs that is uncomfortable
  • Use sprays and serums that will condition the hair but don’t let the conditioner get on the material of the wig, as the oils will loosen the knots

 

 

 

Don’t

  • Use tools that are too hot on your wig, but do feel comfortable to style your wig with a curling iron or blow drier just as you would style hair
  • Wear an ill-fitting wig, speak to your stylist if the cap feels too small or too big, a minor adjustment is an easy fix
  • Don’t wear your wig with wet hair underneath, it will loosen the knots and cause the hair to shed sooner
  • Don’t be scared to have the bangs and face framing layers, an unfinished cut will look very wiggy
  • Don’t wash your wig too often, think of it like a hat- you can wash it as little as once every 8 weeks or so

 

 

 

 

Follow this advice and you will enjoy your 100% Virgin European Wig for many years to come.
Questions about maintaining your wig? Please email us at info@freeda.com

 

 

 

 

Humidity and your Freeda Wig

Humidity and your Freeda Wig

 

 

 

We’ve discussed swimming in your Freeda wig  and how to stay cool in the summer, but what about dealing with the effect the humidity and heat that your human hair wig might react to.  Over and over you’ll hear about Virgin European wigs being the best quality hair – and it is, but just like hair it will react to the humidity.

 

 

 

 

Prepare Your Wig

Before going outside, you can prepare the hair in anticipation for the weather. Have your stylist use a stronger conditioner and shine sprays meant to fight frizz. You may find no issue with the weather and your wig.

 

 

 

 

Dealing with Humidity after the Fact

If your wig has lots of texture (which is great for a style with lots of body), you may find the hair gets flyaway hairs or some frizz when you’re spending time outdoors. Using a serum with silicon or Moroccan oil will help tame the hair.

Tip: If you get stuck in the middle of the day with no products take a little moisturizer and rub it into your hands. Glide your hands over the wig for an instant solution.

 

 

 

 

Pull it into a Braid

Braiding the hair will help the wig avoid the effects of the humidity. You can pull out the braid when you get indoors.

 

 

 

A Relaxer

Silky hair reacts less to the humidity than hair with body. Often we will have customers that will ask for a deep conditioning treatment or a Keratin treatment right before the summer.

 

 

 

 

Chlorine and Salt

Summer and swimming go hand in hand. Chlorine and salt aren’t great for the hair and can add dryness , but a little exposure isn’t a problem. You can swim in the wig as long as you’re careful to rinse the wig out well as soon as you are done.

 

 

 

 

A Second Wig

It’s always a good idea to have two wigs and it can be especially helpful in the summer.  If your wig’s style has drooped and needs a pick me up you’ll have your second wig to fall back on.

 

 

 

What are your tips for dealing with humidity?  You’re welcome to contact us with any questions or assistance by emailing info@freeda.com

 

 

 

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Keeping cool – Some old tricks and new tricks

Keeping cool – Some old tricks and new tricks

 

 

 

 

It’s hot out! Wearing a wig when it’s hot out can make you feel even hotter. What’s a wig wearer to do when it just seems too hot for extra layers?

 

 

 

Synthetic wigs are bad news for wig wearers.  Synthetic materials cause excessive sweating and heat. You’ll appreciate your virgin European Freeda wig, which is more breathable. You may want to consider an open wefted cap with hair that is low in density.

 

 

 

Wearing a wig that is short is always a quick solution. A wig that exposes the neck will be cooler during the hot months.  A pony tail wig is always a good choice as well. If you like shade you can always get a hat fall and wear a baseball cap with the hair in a pony or a bun.

 

 

 

 

Some new tricks:

 

 

A good trick we tell our customers is to keep a small 4 ounce spray bottle in their purse. Spray your neck and face when you start feeling overheated.

 

Another trick we love it to place a wig cap in the freezer and put it underneath your wig, it will really cool you down. If you’ll be out all day you can use the freezer packs that keeps food cold ; midday when you are feeling the heat you can place your wig cap under your wig for a refreshing cool down. If that feels uncomfortable to you try a 100% cotton wig cap under the wig, it absorbs the sweat and customers report that it felt better to them in the heat than without.

 

 

 

What trick do you use for staying cool?

 

 

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Hair Loss Wigs

 

Hair Loss Wigs

 

 

 

 

Buying a wig is a practical way of dealing with hair loss. There are so many different colors and endless styles to choose from. Your wig canbe comfortable to wear daily and as natural looking as your hair.

 

 

 

Before Chemotherapy  

 

 

 

Choosing a wig before your hair falls out is hard to do.It can be emotional when the expected hair loss starts feeling real for the first time. It’s important to find a wig before this happens so you can get used to wearing it. It also means it will be easier to find a wig that matches your current style and color. In case your hair falls out sooner than you expect, you’ll be ready.   There are many benefits of wearing a wig. Wearing a wig allows you to be in control of whether you want to share the details of your hair loss or if you want to keep it private. A good quality human hair wig won’t need much styling. You can also prestyle your wig days in advance, and be ready with picture perfect hair at a moment’s notice. High quality human hair wigs can also be dyed and highlighted just like your own hair.

 

 

Some things to be aware of while shopping for a wig  

 

 

 

  • If you are purchasing your wig before your hair falls out the size may change slightly. At Freeda we have a professional fitter on staff that will customize the fit if the sizing changes after the hair falls out.  Our wigs also have adjustable tabs in the back.

  • At Freeda’s we will also add some of your own hair to the hairline of the wig, so hold on to a lock of hair. It is comforting to be able to have your own hair on your wig.

  • Remember to get a prescription for a cranial prosthesis to submit to your insurance. Most insurance companies make reimbursements for medically necessary wigs.

  • Your wig will often qualify for a tax deduction as well.

 

 

 

Our knowledgeable staff can help you during this emotional journey. We welcome your questions about hair loss wigs.

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My Wig Set Me Free

My Wig Set Me Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our customer C.M., who suffers from androgenic alopecia, is a guest blogger sharing her experience about her first wig.

 

 

 

 

After nearly four years of trying to cover my progressive hair loss, I finally got to a point where I had enough. I spent hours in the mirror rearranging my part, blowing hair forward to cover my sparse temples and blow-drying and spraying my hair to create any kind of volume to hide my thinning hair.

 

 

 

I had been to doctors and tried all types of treatments each time with the crushing blow when my hair showed no improvement. I finally realized I was a slave to my hair and didn’t want to be. I was tired of wearing hats all the time. I decided to bite the bullet over something I had been fighting against; I decided to buy a wig. I didn’t like the idea of people knowing I was wearing a wig, but I wanted hair more.

 

 

 

I searched the web endlessly for information about wigs. I found there where so many options. I made a list of what was important to me.

 

 

 

I wanted a wig:

  • That looked like hair and moved like hair

  • A natural looking part

  • Comfortable to wear all day long

 

 

Through the hair loss forums I heard about the company Freeda. I browsed their website and started feeling a little less glum about the whole wig thing. I could have straight hair, curly, thin or thick. The possibility of new pretty hair excited me.

 

 

 

I ended up with a shoulder length silky straight wig. I love the feeling of the hair swinging as I move. (My hair sure didn’t do that with the hairspray.) I felt self conscious when I first starting wearing my wig but today it’s just part of me. I had a coworker tell me that my hair looked different and I answered that I had styled it. Mostly no one else noticed, just comments about how nice my hair looks!

 

 

Today I feel free of my hair loss. I don’t spend hours in the mirror examining the balding areas and working to cover them. I don’t stress about the damage I am doing to my hair with the constant blow drying. I am ready to leave the house with perfect hair in under 3 minutes.  This wig has changed my life.

 

 

 

 

Breaking Down the Cap Construction

Breaking Down the Cap Construction

 

Freeda Wigs, known for their excellent workmanship continues to fine tune the crafting of our wigs. Often it’s hard to know if one is wearing a wig or not.  How do all these parts come together? Here is the breakdown of the different parts of the cap that make up the wig.

 

 

The Base

 

The wig cap or base is the material the hair is attached to. Freeda’s caps are durable and made to last. We create our wigs to be worn for many hours a day.  The most common cap we make is a closed cap. Closed caps are made out of soft and comfortable, yet resilient material. It has stretch for optimum snugness and comfort. The closed material prevents the hair from coming inside the cap.

 

 

Wefts

Wefts are the rows of hair sewn on the cap. Our wefts are expertly placed so that the hair falls just as it was growing from your scalp. We also ensure that when the wind blows no bald spots will show. As you move the wig will move with you.

 

 

 

Adjustable Elastics

 

Two adjustable elastic tabs are located under the ears toward the nape. These are good for when you want a snugger fit or as the size fluctuates such as when you cut your hair or as it grows.

 

 

Ear Tabs

 

The ear tabs are small slightly oval shaped tabs that rest in front of the ear. Many choose to remove the ear tabs and the wig can be worn just fine without them

 

The Crown

 

Our crown boasts a multi-directional top, with a natural looking skin part. You can part your wig in any direction just like you would your own hair.

 

 

Will insurance pay for my wig?

Will insurance pay for my wig?

 

 

Recently a customer came in to buy a wig. Alopecia had caused her hair to thin to a point where she wasn’t comfortable anymore.  As she was leaving I mentioned that she should find out if her insurance might contribute toward the cost of the wig. She called me today, ecstatic, to let me know that her insurance pays for 80% of the cost of the wig!

 

 

 

If you ask your insurance company if they cover the cost of wigs the answer will likely be no.  However, if you asked about cranial prostheses the answer can be positive. A wig is considered cranial prostheses.

 

 

 

How it’s done?

You’ll need a prescription with the diagnoses code from your doctor.  After you’ve chosen your wig you receive a receipt for a cranial prosthesis to submit with your insurance claim. It’s as simple as that. You may be surprised at how much of the cost is covered.

 

If you’ve purchased a wig from Freeda and believe your insurance will cover it, you can email info@freeda.com and request a cranial prosthesis receipt.

 

 

 

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Can I Sleep in My Wig?

Can I Sleep in My Wig?

 

 

 

While you may want to sleep in your wig, it’s not always the best idea. Sleeping in your wig will considerably reduce the lifespan of your wig. As you sleep the wig brushes against the pillow and will cause friction. This friction can cause split ends, matting and tangling of the hair. You’ll also need to style and wash the wig more often which will cause more wear and tear on the wig.

 

It’s understandable to want to wear your beautiful wig at night. If you still want to sleep in your wig these tips will help reduce the damage that sleeping in your wig will cause.

 

 

 

Your Pillow

 

 

Use a pillow with a silk or silk like pillow case. This will help the hair glide and cause less friction with the hair against the pillow. This will reduce matting, tangling and other friction related issues.

 

 

 

Prep Your Wig

 

Before you go to sleep in your wig you should prepare it. A long wig should be braided or put in a ponytail to reduce friction. A short wig will be less of an issue but if you can clip it or hold it in place with bobby pins it will be better for your wig.

 

 

The Next Day

 

When you wake up you’ll want to gently remove all knots by brushing the wig carefully. Never leave the knots and sleep in the wig, it’ll cause further damage and the knots will be very difficult to remove.

 

 

 

A Second Wig

 

If you are sleeping in your wig you may also want to swim and exercise in your wig. We recommend getting a second wig that you designate for such activities. You won’t need to worry about the wig not looking right in the morning. Even if you just alternate sleeping in the two wigs you’ll do less damage than if you wear just one.