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.