6 Tips to Making Your Blowout Last

6 Tips to Making Your Blowout Last

 

 

 

Making your set last is the holy grail of wig wearer. It’s really quite simple, as your wig doesn’t require lots of washing often. If you take care of your wig and store it on a wig head when you aren’t wearing it the set can last a long time. We share some tips the will further help the set maintain itself.

 

 

 

Ask for extra volume

Don’t be scared to ask for additional volume for your set, the wig will settle and you’ll be happy with how long the volume lasts.

 

 

 

Avoid moisture

 Humidity and water is the biggest enemy of a set wig. Keep your wig away from shower steam, while opening a hot oven or any other activity that might affect the hair.

 

 

 

Dry shampoo

 We speak about dry shampoo a lot in our blogs and we are big fans. Use dry shampoo to absorb extra oils or odors, you should also use it to extend the time until you need a new wash and set

 

 

 

Avoid pony holders

 Don’t put your hair up in a ponytail if you want to keep the set lasting. A pony tail holder will flatten your set and will add a crease to the hair

 

 

 

Don’t touch your hair

Keep your hands off! A freshly set wig feels silky and you’ll want to run your fingers through it. Don’t do it. Leave your wig with the style set and don’t mess with it! Touching it too much will make your blow dry fall flat and will add additional oils to the hair.

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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.

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.

 

 

How to File an Insurance Claim for Your Freeda Wig

How to File an Insurance Claim for Your Freeda Wig

 

We’ve discussed how it may be likely that your insurance might pay for or contribute towards the price of your medically necessary wig.  Women and men who qualify for a wig, due to cancer or alopecia, often are surprised at the amount their insurance will cover.

 

 

 

 

In this blog we discuss how an insurance company may deny a claim for a wig reimbursement but the very same claim submitted for a cranial prosthesis is accepted, as is it considered medically essential.  We urge everyone to submit a claim to their insurance, even if you think it won’t be accepted, as the pressure on the insurance companies can perhaps help those in the future who need medical wigs.

 

 

 

Here’s a check list of the steps you should do when submitting receipts for insurance.

 

 

 

 

  • Get the prescription from your doctor for a cranial prosthesis along with a diagnosis code.
  • Use the procedure coding (usually A9282, S8095 or 99199)
  • Add the providers NPI number to the claim. The NPI number will be a 10 digit number that identifies your health care provider
  • Submit your receipt for your cranial prosthesis from the establishment where you purchased your wig. It is a special receipt that won’t include the word wig and will have our tax ID number on it
  • Have your doctor sign the insurance claim

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve purchased your wig through Freeda we can coach you through this process. We will provide you with the documents you need. If you’ve just read this and decided now to submit an insurance claim we can email you all necessary documents.

 

 

 

 

Call us or email us for any assistance you might need to for your insurance.  At Freeda’s we know how important it is for people going through hair loss to look and feel beautiful. We are dedicated to do what we can do help individuals get the beautiful wig they deserve.

 

Thinning out a Wig

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.

 

 

 

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  • 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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