I Don’t Fit in the Standard Size Cap – What Can I Do?

I Don’t Fit in the Standard Size Cap –

What Can I Do?

 

 

 

The size and fit of your wig is a really important part of wearing a wig that looks natural. Our wigs are crafted in three sizes; small, medium and large, and generally fit majority of people. What happens if you’re a combination size or a different size completely?

 

 

 

There are solutions for sizing concerns.

 

 

 

 

  1. You might want to consider a custom made wig. Freeda can create a wig for you made with your exact measurements for a perfect fit.
  2. Freeda has a professional fit specialist on staff. If your wig needs to be taken out or made smaller we can get your wig to a perfect fit.
  3. Adjustable elastic tabs are sewn into every wig, for minor adjustments you simply tighten or loosen the elastics for the correct fit.

 

 

 

 

If you’ve ordered from our website and don’t live locally, simply send us your wig with your measurements and we will craft your wig to its perfect fit.  Freeda is proud of our excellent craftsmanship and will never remedy the size using pinch or tuck sewing methods. Your wig will be recreated with the perfect, individualized fit just for you.

 

 

 

See our fitting chart here.

Preparing Your Wig For Fall Weather

Preparing your wig for the Fall weather

 

 

 

 

Fall is finally here and the weather is changing. It’s important to know how to take care of your wig in the different types of weather. When the weather is windy the hair on the wig blows and can ruin a fresh set or even cause the hair to tangle, but don’t worry- it’s simple to take care of.

 

 

 

Next, you may have concerns that your wig will fly off your head with a gust of wind. If your wig is well fitted and secured properly the odds of that occurring are small.

 

 

 

Avoiding Tangles

 

 

Wearing a scarf or a hood are simple fixes for both these concerns. If you don’t often wear coats with a hood a scarf can be folded up and take little space in your pocket or your purse.

 

 

A baseball cap with the hair tied back is also an option that will provide security and keep the hair protected from tangles. You don’t need to wear the baseball cap, simply tying the hair back will offer the hair protection. You can use a looser hair tie if you are concerned about the ponytail holder leaving marks or indents on the wig.

 

 

 Does the Wig Fit Well?

 

 

Be sure the wig fits you well, before you address the type of clips, combs or adhesives you might use to keep the wig secure. At Freeda we do customized fittings or we can add adjustable elastics to tighten or loosen the wig. This is especially helpful if you prefer a looser fit but want more security when outside in the wind.

 

 

Securing Your Wig
We’ve talked at length about the different methods for securing your wig. Clips and combs may be best for those with hair underneath the wig, those without might use wig glue or tape. We are big fans of the Freeda Band that provide security without any clips, combs, glue or tape.

 

There is a solution for all weather related concerns you may have. We welcome your questions and feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

 

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A half pony or bun is also a good option on less windy days. Our satisfied customer is wearing an Atara wig in this photo.

Advice for First Time Wig Wearers

Advice for First Time Wig Wearers

 

 

It’s hard to know how to know the ins and outs of wig wearing when you first get started. Lots of the knowledge comes from wearing the wig and figuring out the little tips and tricks as you go along.  If you feel like something just isn’t right you might want to see if our tips below help you get your wig looking in tip top shape.

 

 

 

 

The Fit

 

Does the wig fit properly from ear to ear?

Your wig might fit properly in the circumference and from forehead to nape, but the temple to temple fit is also important.   The perfect fit is when the temples, ear tabs and nape of the wig all sit in the right spots. Even a ¼ inch off can make a difference. If the wig doesn’t fit the way it should it can slide around, causing the hairline to sit in the wrong place. Make sure the wig fits well and sits in the right spot, if it doesn’t just contact us; it’s an easy fix with big results.

 

 

 

 

 

Securing the Wig

 

Next- if the fit is perfect but you are securing it incorrectly the hairline will be off. To get the wig in the right spot just grab the two ear tabs and make sure they are even before you secure the wig on your head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tying the Hair Underneath

 

When you wear the wig, the way you tie the hair underneath will make a lot of difference on how natural the wig looks. A ponytail or bun in the wrong place adds a bump to the shape of the wig. Depending on how much hair you have you’ll need to experiment on what works best. Some like to make a low braid or pony and use a flat clip to secure the hair around the side of the head. Some make a flat bun at the nape of the neck. Some like to have an opening at the nape of the neck and pull the hair through the bottom of the wig.

 

 

 

 

 

Last, don’t be afraid to come visit us at Freeda Wigs if you need a little assistance when you first purchase your wig or anytime at all. We always love to hear from you.

 

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Appealing a Denied Insurance Claim

Appealing a Denied Insurance Claim

 

 

 

 

 

It can be pretty aggravating when you submit a claim for reimbursement for your medically necessary wig just to find they’ve denied your claim.

 

Their decision may not be final and you have a right to appeal. These are the steps you should take if you find yourself in that situation. Medically necessary wigs should be reimbursed!

 

 

 

 

The Steps:

 

 

 

  • Educate yourself with your insurances coverage policy. Read the contract and be familiar with it.
  • Understand the wording that might make your wig qualify or not qualify. A claim for a wig likely won’t qualify, a cranial prosthesis likely will. Perhaps there is other terminology (some use the term prosthesis device or other wording) that you should or shouldn’t use. Read the contract carefully and thoroughly.
  • Send your original claim to the Medical Review Board and ask that they review the decision.
  • Educate yourself on the medical codes and diagnosis codes; ask your doctors for help with this to ensure the correct codes were used.  Be certain that your doctor included very specific details of the medical condition that has caused your hair loss.
  • Find out the name of the head of the Claim’s Department, send your appeal directly to them and request a response.
  • Include a personal note on why the cranial prosthesis is necessary. Include before and after photos to show the wig is not for cosmetic purposes. Talk about how the hair loss has affected you, whether it is social, financial, or emotional reasons.
  • Keep copies of all documents, receipts, and such. Keep a record of any calls you’ve made, who you spoke to and the basics of the conversation.

 

 

 

 

If the appeal is denied your other option would be to look into financial assistance. There are organizations that help the uninsured, underinsured and those with financial difficulty. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation the American Cancer Society or your county’s Department of Social Services may offer financial assistance.

 

 

 

 

Last, your medically necessary wig will qualify as a tax deduction. Contact us at Freeda Wigs to obtain any necessary documents or assistance you might need. We have been helping women feel beautiful for over 50 years and make it our mission to do what we can so that everyone, no matter their circumstances, should feel beautiful in their Freeda wig.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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.