Alopecia Wigs

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Alopecia Wigs

 

 

Androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss in females. It’s a genetic condition in which the new hair growth gets gradually thinner. There will be a noticeable reduction in volume and many find the most significant thinning on the crown. This condition most commonly happens during and after menopause due to the hormone changes, but it can occur any time after puberty.

 

If you are experiencing hair loss due to alopecia you are not alone. There are 90,000 women worldwide who experience hair loss. While 50% is due to genetics, there are age and medical related hair loss as well.  This experience can cause anxiety and concern.

 

Many identify themselves with their hair and feel such emotional grief when the hair starts to shed.  We are happy to be in a position to walk those through this process and make them feel at ease and beautiful.

 

Dealing with Hair Loss

 

Treatments

 

Your doctor will walk you through various treatments and medications to consider. There are options that have been proven to increase the hair growth in some capacity. Together you can find the right treatment plan for you.

 

 

Making Thin Hair Look Fuller

 

Here are some of the best tricks for making thin hair appear fuller.

 

A haircut- Hair that is longer than shoulder length can appear wispy as the hair starts to shed. Cutting the hair above shoulder length helps the hair look fuller. Blunt ends also give an illusion of fullness.

 

Play with the Part- Changing the part to cover up bald spots is a no brainer. If the hair is thinning out with no specific bald areas a simple zig zag middle part can create an illusion of fuller hair.

 

Dye- Your hair should match as close as possible to your skin color. Dark hair against pale skin will have more obvious bald spots than paler hair against pale skin and vice versa.  If you have gray roots keeping up with the coverage will make the hair appear fuller.

 

Makeup- A trick we love is to use an eyebrow pencil to fill in sparse areas on scalp. Experiment with different types of makeup to find a coverage that’s right for you.

 

 

 

Alopecia Wigs

 

 

Buying a wig can be a fun, convenient way to deal with hair loss. There are many benefits to finding a great wig. Our clients love how easy it is to get ready and how they can finally have the hair they wanted all their lives.

There is a lot of misinformation out there about buying a wig. Here is a simple guide to follow when shopping for a wig.

 

 

Before the Appointment

 

Write down a list of questions that you have about the wig, maintenance and anything else on your mind. Come with photos of styles you like. Be prepared to spend about an hour and half at your first wig appointment.

 

 

Durability and Comfort

These are both extremely important when finding a wig. There are recommendations that those with alopecia should buy thin lightweight wigs as they are more comfortable. In reality many of those types of wigs are flimsy and have a short lifespan. Those wig caps are also prone to tears and shredding materials.  In reality, the more durable caps can be just as comfortable as the lightweight caps; they last a lot longer and can withstand more.

 

 

Wigs Made to Last

Look for wigs with a year warranty. Those wigs are made to be worn full time; for many hours a day and for many years.  Look for wigs that are made with 100% Virgin European Hair. Virgin European hair is the top quality hair on the market and doesn’t have a shelf life. The hair will remain beautiful as long as it’s treated well.

 

 

Natural Looking Wigs

 

The wig you end up purchasing can look better than your hair. Have fun with it. Its your opportunity to have lush, thick hair, straight hair, wavy hair. In fact, a nice amount of our clients choose to wear the wigs even if their hair does grow back. The convenience of throwing on a perfectly styled wig and being able to walk out the door is another perk you can enjoy while wearing a wig.

 

To give yourself true serenity, find a company that will walk you through the entire process of finding the wig. They will have a stylist that will walk you through choosing the wig, alterations if needed, and cutting and styling. They will give you all the tricks and tips for keeping your wig natural looking and will always be able to answer any questions you have once you’ve started wearing the wig.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY COLOR, THE WHOLE STORY

DIY COLOR, THE WHOLE STORY

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If you’ve learned how to wash your wig and have been taking care of your wig successfully you may start thinking about other hair care services that you’d normally send to a professional.

 

 

 

After working at Freeda and watching the stylists work their magic I’ve come to learn enough tricks to wash and set my wigs on my own. I’ve always taken my wigs to be colored by a professional but after trying unsuccessfully to make an appointment to color my wig I decided to make the plunge on my own.

 

 

 

I was looking to add roots to my wig. I wanted to go from a shadow root to a long root. I was going to add about 3 inches of darker hair to the top of the wig.

 

 

I did my research.

 

 

I watched countless YouTube videos.

I watched the colorist work.

I asked tons of questions.

I felt confident to take on the task.

 

 

 

I purchased a dark ash brown color from the drug store. I read the instructions. I wanted the roots to slowly fade rather than a straight line. I added a step and teased the hair the way I had seen and been instructed by our colorist.

 

 

It was not as simple as it looked. Dye got EVERYWHERE, and the hair wasn’t dividing into the neat sections I had seen others do. It was a mess.  I kept going, following the directions the best I could. Finally, when I had finished with all the hair, I waited 15 minutes, washed out the wig and let it air-dry.

 

 

When it was ready I was pleasantly surprised with the results. The color was close enough to what I wanted and I also got the red out which was what I was concerned with the most.

 

 

Win. Big time.

Later on I went through the wig more carefully. I had missed spots and there was places were color didn’t catch the way it should. It wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough.

 

Next I wanted to brighten up the highlights. I figured the second time would so smoothly because I had practice and planned to be much more precise and careful.  The second time around I watched more YouTube videos , asked more questions, and tried to find out anything possible that might make this task more successful.

 

Round two was just as messy as round one, but all I cared about were the results.  I followed the steps, I waited, I washed out the dye, air dried and….

 

 

Viola…

 

Nothing had changed. NOTHING! It was like I hadn’t done anything at all. Oh yes- the huge mess and staining from the dye, but that was it.

It was time to give up.

I spoke to a colorist who attempted to explain what had gone wrong.  I couldn’t really understand what she was saying. How could I possibly learn in a conversation what took her hours of studying and practice?

 

All in all, the verdict is this; don’t do it.

 

You may be able get by without bringing your color to a professional, but I don’t recommend it.  I ended up having a professional fix my mistakes anyway. I wasted time and money, and now my wig was going to go through yet another color process- something you really want to avoid.

 

 

Another reason to go to a professional is to get a tailored service just right for you. A box dye is a “one size fits all” option rather than a professional who mixes the colors perfectly for your wig, taking into consideration the color of your wig, the color you want to achieve, and the type of hair your wig has. Box dye can’t do that. Box dye also can’t recommend the length of time needed to change the color properly.

 

We’ve also seen some really awful wig disasters happen when people try dying their own wigs, sometimes irreversible.

 

 

  1.     -We’ve seen pillowing in the multi
  2.     -Wigs that have changed texture
  3.     -Hair that is fried or damaged
  4.     -Wigs that have changed to undesirable colors
  5.     -Wefts that have unraveled
  6.     -Bald spots

 

Don’t let this happen to your wig.  Send your wig to a professional who specifically works with wigs. If you can’t find a colorist in your neighborhood, send it to our Freeda Salon where a Freeda specialist will give your wig the treatment it deserves.

 

Keep that Freeda wig beautiful!

See our beautiful highlighted wigs- none of which I did.

 

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Healthy Hair Help for Your Wig

Healthy Hair Help for Your Wig

 

Our Love for Leave-in Conditioner

 

 

 

Freeda uses leave-in conditioner as part of maintaining the bounce and shine of your wig. If you’re not currently using a leave-in conditioner, we have the number one reason Freeda encourages this habit. It’s simpler to keep the hair looking nice and healthy rather than repair damage once it’s done. Leave-in conditioner will get the job done. By regularly treating your wig with extra moisture the strands don’t have a chance to split, get dried out, or become ragged. It’s essential to find the right formula or all you will achieve is weighing down the hair. The right leave-in conditioner help keep the wig moisturized and healthy.

 

 

 

Wigs with texture will do well with a conditioner that has natural oils like coconut or olive oil in its formula. If you have highlighted, dyed, or done any kind of chemical processing to your wig you should look for a leave-in conditioner that has added sunscreen to shield hair from UVA and UVB rays. Curly wigs do very well with conditioners that have added apricot and avocado oils. Jojoba and safflower oil-infused leave-in conditioner work nicely as well. For thin or fine hair always looks for a conditioner that advertises it as lightweight or weightless.

 

 

 

It’s a good idea to spray additional conditioner before using hot irons or heat on your wig. The benefits of leave-in conditioner are vast and help the hair with shine, protection from heat, added moisture and so much more. Always leave the top inch of the hair out and spray the hair from that point until the ends, the oils in the conditioners breakdown the threads and cause unraveling of the wefts which is something we don’t want.

 

 

Treat your wig kindly for years of wear and enjoyment.

 

 

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Chemotherapy and Hair Loss: Finding the Right Wig for You

Chemotherapy and Hair Loss: Finding the Right Wig for You

 

There are no right words to describe the devastating effects a person experiences when finding out about a cancer diagnosis. It’s complicated, unfair, scary and turns your life upside down. If treatment involves chemotherapy, aside from all else the experience of losing your hair is frightening.

 

The complex process of dealing with this new world often involves purchasing a wig with very little time to do so. We’ve walked many people through this difficult process and compiled a list of their feedback. These tips helped them and we hope they make your experience better too.

 

 

 

Start sooner rather than later

Start the process of looking for a wig before you lose your hair. The wig will take getting used to and may need tweaking. It’s best to have as much time as possible so that you can feel completely comfortable with the cut, color and thickness of the wig. There may be little things you’ll want to tweak that will make big differences in your comfort and you’ll want to have the time to get that done.

 

 

 

Buy from a full service showroom

Buying a wig from a salon where it can be dyed, cut and altered all in one place will give you a more peaceful shopping experience.  Many times you’ll buy the wig in one place, cut it elsewhere and then back to tweak or alter. That kind of bad and forth can be unnecessarily stressful, it also means that there won’t be one person who will oversee the process from start to finish.  Purchase from a showroom that can guide you from the entire process from start to finish.

 

 

Buy from a company that has experience with cancer patients

People wear wigs for all kinds of reasons. Some wear them for accessories, for theater, for religious reasons and so many others. People purchasing wigs for medical reasons have their own experiences and challenges that will need different support than other wig wearers. Find a distributer who can assist with all aspects of the experience.

 

 

 

Understand the care involved

You’ll want to leave with a basic understanding on how to care for your wig, as well as some basics techniques in case you get caught in the rain, or want to swim or exercise in your wig. Work with someone who is patient and helpful.

 

 

Come prepared to your appointment

Write down a list of questions and preferences before your appointment. Bring pictures that show styles you like. Discuss your lifestyle to make sure you are getting a wig that will facilitate the transition.

 

 

 

Work with a company with generous policies

A company that works with cancer patients understands that they may need to come back for alterations or modifications after wearing the wig for a while. They will understand that you might need to come back for a fitting once you lose your hair.

 

 

 

A company that offers strong support will make this difficult situation more bearable.  Your new wig should be beautiful and natural looking and make you feel confident.  We’ve found that many continue wearing their wig even after the treatments are over.

If you no longer need the wig donating it to someone in need is a beautiful way to represent leaving the treatments behind and looking forward to the future.

 

 

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How You Part Your Hair- Game Changer?

 

 

How You Part Your Hair- Game Changer?

 

 

 

It may seem minimal, but changing your part can your transform your look and give your style a lift. There are some who have worn the same part for years without changing it. We want to encourage you to try something new and super simple, but with significant upgrade.

 

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Freeda was the first company to introduce a flat natural crown called a multidirectional. It’s fine, delicate workmanship also allowed the crown to have no visible knots or short returns. Best of all, there wasn’t a set direction that the hair was sewn in. For the first time women had the options of left side parts, right side parts, middle parts all with the same wig!

 
Your hair will always have a natural way of splitting- a place where the hair will naturally fall and part. You can always change the part, but cowlicks and stubborn hair directions can sometimes make this task difficult. With a wig you don’t have to worry about hair that willfully won’t stay in place. A multidirectional wig can be parted in any direction you’d like.
Best of all, this new look can be done frequently. You can change your part every time you get your wig washed, set, and styled.

 

 

 

 

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How to change your part:
 Wash and condition wig
 Comb out the hair in a backward direction
 Split the part as desired
 Seal new direction with by blow-drying
 Style as preferred

 

Voila!