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Benefits of Silk Base Wigs and Why Alopecia, Chemotherapy & Hair Loss Condition Customers Should Use These Types of Wigs by Diane Shawe

For over 25 years we have been assisting clients and training students to work with clients around the world who have found that health issues have contributed to their Hair Loss Challenges. Before I delve into my article, we can offer expert advice and guidance to Alopecia, Chemotherapy & Hair Loss condition customers. We pride ourselves on our exceptional Customer Services Team and we are all dedicated to help you find the right wig, hairpiece or head wear to match your requirements.

Call us if you are overwhelmed by the world of wigs and hair pieces along with the countless accessories. If you would prefer to speak to a member of our team, we can be reached on 0121 318 2880. We also provide a private consultation and treatment room and can supply bespoke or quality systems to help make your daily presentation to the public as natural as possible.

What is the difference between Silk Base Wigs and Regular Lace Wigs?

Lets talk about silk first of all and why it is such a good base for certain wigs and hair frontal pieces.

Benefits of silk base wigs and why Alopecia, Chemotherapy & Hair Loss condition customers should use these types of wigs.

1.     Silk is renowned for keeping you cool on hot days and through warm nights. Silk regulates body temperature and preserves your body heat in the cold. Silk has impressive moisture wicking properties, keeping you dry and comfortable in any climate, year-round. Silk naturally repels mould & mildew

2.     Silk is free of any chemicals and contains only natural substances. Silk fibre is like human hair. It is 97% protein, 3% fat and wax, it has 18 amino acids, which have a positive effect on a person’s skin.

3.     Silk is very strong natural fibre despite its delicate appearance. The strength of a silk thread is equal to the strength of a steel wire of the same diameter. So the fabric is really durable and retains its beauty for years.

4.     Silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. It doesn’t attract dust mites and resist dust, fungus, mould and some other allergens

5.     Silk helps decrease skin’s loss of moisture and because of this promotes rejuvenation of the skin, prevents to some degree effects of aging and relieves dry, flaky skin conditions by locking moisture in and ensuring it stays on your skin.

6.     Silk keeps you cool on hot days and preserves your body heat in the cold. It perfectly adjusts to the body temperature and provides thermal balance.

7.     Silk is highly absorbent and dries fast. It absorbs moisture up to 30% of its own weight and remains dry to the touch. At the same time silk thread simply increases in size, and good air circulation promotes rapid evaporation of excessive moisture. So, silk fabric absorbs perspiration while letting the skin breathe.

8.     Silk bedding helps keep hair moisturized and free of tangles, on silk pillowcase hair will not bunch and knot but will glide over the surface instead.

9.     Silk fabric is prized for its shimmering appearance and doesn’t lose its natural sheen with time.

10.  Silk doesn’t create static electricity easily, so it doesn’t cling to your body and an iron when you press it.

11.  Silk fibre is naturally elastic and can stretch up to 20% without breaking.

12.  Most of silk fabrics are easy to work with in sewing and surprisingly easy to care for (except silk chiffon, georgette and charmeuse)

Silk Top Lace Wigs are the most realistic lace wig caps on the market today.

What is a Silk Top Wig?

Silk Top Wigs also known as Silk Base Wigs are when knots are hidden by a layer of lace, and silk fabric on the top front of the cap. When the hair is knotted, the knots are below the silk concealed between the layers, the hair is then injected through the silk material making the knots 100% invisible, giving the illusion that the hair is actually growing out of your scalp.

There is no other ventilation technique that creates a more flawless appearance than hidden knots on a silk top, you don’t need to bleach the knots, you don’t  need to worry about any other techniques to make the knots invisible or less visible.

Silk Based Frontals

These are made in a different way. The net used is made of silk thread and the hair is knotted directly through the silk lace. The look is not as flawless but the advantage of this is that it allows the hair or skin to breath especially if the clients scalp is very sensitive.

Knotting

What are Knots? Knots are when strands of hair are tied to the lace base using a knot. Knots are usually dark large and visible giving an unnatural appearance. Some manufacturers bleaches these knots around the perimeter to make the knots appear smaller, lighter and less visible. What is a monofilament Top Wig

The second most common type of wig cap construction is the “Monofilament-Top.”

This is a wefted wig that features an inset of transparent micro-mesh sewn in at the crown, with the individual strands of synthetic fibre or human hair hand-tied into the mesh. Mono-top wigs are generally more natural-looking, as the hair appears to be growing out of a real scalp. This type of cap was first developed for women who had experienced significant hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia, or other medical reasons, as the transparent mesh allowed the bare scalp to show through. You may sometimes see mono-top wigs referred to as “medical wigs” for this reason. However, many women with full heads of hair prefer the mono-top wigs for their superior natural appearance. With a mono-top wig, the hair can be more sharply parted on either side of the head than with a conventional wefted cap wig. Generally, mono-top wigs are recognised as a higher quality wig product, and are more expensive than standard wefted cap wigs. A slightly less expensive alternative is a wig featuring a monofilament part, rather than a full monofilament top. “Monofilament wigs provide one of the most durable natural looks” These are wigs that have a thin strip of monofilament mesh sewn in just at the left, right, or centre part line. In these cases, the location of the part cannot be changed.

However some of the monofilament wigs can contribute to the head sweating and even itching if ones scalp is very sensitive to some of the nylons used the weft the rest of the wig.

Monofilament wigs are specially designed for those with severe or total hair loss. Most of their advantages are in comfort, but there are some advantages to their natural styling ease as well. All of the comfort advantages are brought back to square one, if you have a full or average head of hair. You will have to decide if the styling advantages are worth the additional cost of a mono wig.

Synthetic vs Human Hair: Which One is Better and what has changed?

The Naked Truth

It goes without saying, human hair are generally more expensive than synthetic fibre. But a lot has changed since the era of the fun synthetic wigs and I will present both senerios for you to decide.

It is often quoted that “you get what you pay for”… this doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive option is always what is best for you or your pocket. All products and services have there pros and cons.  It boils down to the customer choice, how well the marketing has been done and finally your purse strings.   So let’s take a look at the facts about human hair first:  

Human Hair

Advantages of Human Hair

Well we all have hair on our head or someone else’s head were we can see and feel quality hair.  Not everyone’s hair looks and feels the same this is why people spend thousands of pounds enhancing what they have either chemically, shampoos and conditions or hair extensions and wigs.

Just like some people we meet with thick luscious flowing hair, we can also see people with thin lack lustra hair.  Within the real hair manufacturing we can also see some of these sensoria’s being played out in the time and effort utilised to produce hair that is either cuticle correct or not.

Remy human hair is considered a premium option because all the cuticles are kept in the same direction on production which generally makes the hair easier to style and tangles much less. Human hair is remarkably soft with a sheen and movement not easily replicated in the past until now.

Disadvantages of Human Hair

So as we all know, human hair wigs and extensions are more expensive especially if your purchase premium quality stock!  But is it also takes much more time to style and care for.  Since it is natural hair, you have to keep it hydrated because central heating, air conditioning and electric lighting dries it out which speeds up matting and sometime static.

You have to style it each time you wear it just like you would your own natural hair.  The style doesn’t really hold like a synthetic wig would. If you have a busy lifestyle or a tight budget, this may not be the choice for you. And just like natural hair, human hair will react to weather conditions and will go flat or frizz as the weather dictates.

Synthetic Hair

Advantages of Synthetic Hair

Synthetic hair has come a long way in the past 10 years.  Because of the high demand around the world for fashion wigs, the focus has been on perfecting synthetic hair fibre to look and behave just like human hair. And the results have been amazing.  They have been created from a High Temperature Heat Resistant fibre which can be curled or straightened. The look is pretty indistinguishable from human hair wigs and the feel is pretty darn close!

The fact that most synthetic wigs can be worn right out of the box with minimal or no styling requirements makes it a more attractive choice. And, unlike human hair, synthetic hair will hold its style regardless of the climate. The curl pattern or style is basically baked right in to the wig and will not change no matter how terrible the weather is.  The other advantage is that they done dehydrate and you done have to spend lots of money on moisturing and holding style products.  Some of these wigs are now being produced on lace frontals so as to give hair lines and parting a more realistic look.

Disadvantages of Synthetic Hair

The only disadvantage we can come up with is if you want to change the style of the wig, you really need to know what you are doing. If you get it wrong, your wig could end up looking clumpy and heavy.

You also have to be careful to read the maximum temperature you can use on this product because if you get it too hot you could lose the look of the wigs style completely.

Tip: Use heated rollers and leave them in to go cold so the style holds in.  If straightening, use a hair dryer and brush to blow hair out instead of straightener

10 Costly Hair Extensions Mistakes by Diane Shawe

Celebrities on Red carpets and magazines have normalised hair extensions. Hair Extensions have been a trending topic among many women on YouTube. It is arguable that the main reason for the popularity of hair extensions is that one can get instant gratification. That extension adds to the thickness and fullness of hair in a shorter period of time than waiting for hair to grow.

As a woman, confidence is in constant flux, I know we all have those days that we just feel great. Our skin is glowing, our eyeliner went on just right, and our hair is lying the right way. And then we have those weeks where we just feel like our look has passed its expiration date.

Diane Shawe Author of ‘Getting Started in the Hair Extension Business’ and ‘How Hair Extensions are Sourced, Graded and Treated’ introduces the top 10 costly mistakes new and experienced clients make with their hair extensions.

1. Buying advertised premium Hair Extensions Cheaply

There is nothing wrong with cheap hair extensions but, when someone is marketing grade AAA virgin Brazilian double drawn human hair 18inches for £15 or £23 a bundle what sounds to Good to be true is often untrue.

If you do decide to buy this type of hair my advice is that they are only meant to be worn for fun or a couple of times.

Often cheap hair extensions are produced from mixed fibers and can look very glossy and healthy. If Worn excessively or worn to bed they will frizz and become matted.

All the other issues mentioned below would also be related.

So if you want your hair tho look like your favourite celebrity remember they are paying the going rates for the best.

2. Using Hair spray

Most hair extensions are processed abroad. In line with exporting regulations they have to be sprayed and sealed with an insect repellent so that insects cannot cross borders or the hair become infested by lice. Some hair extensions could be in packaging several months or a couple of years!

They are also subjected tho high pressure treatments such as colouring, perming and straightening. They then have tho be rehydrated and often gloss sealed to look enriching so you will buy and war them.

Hairspray from a can destroys all this. If you want to use a spray use pump action instead.

3. Leaving hair loose in bed

I advise all my clients to tie up their hair extensions at need time. Why?

To keep them from getting dried out from moisture from constantly being rubbed against the pillows.

To stop them becoming matted which would result in stressful brushing which causes premature loosening.

4. Wrong Brush

If your new tho hair extensions the brutish you choose to use will determine how your hair extensions look and are maintained.

The roots of your hair and the top of your hair extensions needed to be kept free from tangles short that the hair moves freely and naturally

You need to be able to brush your hair through so as to keep it tangle free workout tugging or causing pre mature loosening

The right brush will also help to make your hair look healtier and shiny.

5. Washing everyday

Hair Extensions do not produce their own oils, you have yup supplement and hydrate them yourself.

Washing them everyday will result in pre mature loosening as the water weighs them down and the oils in the shampoo makes them slide down with the weight of the water.

I know the objective is to probably wash your own greasy hair but it is best you separate the top of your own hair and wash that each day or use a reputable dry shampoo.

It is best to only wash your semi permanent hair extensions once a week to get the longest wear out of them.

6. Dehydration

Hair extensions will become dry and brittle and matt even more when they are dehydrated.

Central heating, air conditioned and being under electric lighting everyday and point 5 contributes to the drying out of hair extensions.

I recommend using a none oil based daily leave in conditioner. Spray from the roots through to the end every morning and before going to bed.

On the topic of Itchy scalp

People with normal to dry scalps will experience itching when wearing hair extensions because the hair extensions are absorbing what little moisture you have on your scalp so its making your scalp even more dry. Its important to spray the leave in conditioner onto your scalp.

With regards to clipins read my article about clipin.

7. Changing hair Extensions colour

In my professional opinion there should be no need to colour hair extensions because most of the popular colours are in distribution.

However as 90% of hair extensions come from Asia were all natural hair colour is black the only hair I will personally work with is 100% natural virgin hair.

If you are not experienced in knowing the difference between blended hair, human hair and virgin hair don’t attempt to re-colour it could be an expensive mistake.

8. Not preparing for holiday

OMG the amount of disaster stories I have heard with regards to this subject matter. Customers spend hundreds on lovely hair prior to flying out on that dream holiday only to end up with a partner or friend cutting it out. This is a big subject and the best I can do is recommend you download my care brochure by clicking here.

9. Oil based products

When you pour oil into water it floats, oil coats things, only the ingredient it is carrying penetrates. So when you put too much oil on your hair extensions it weighs them down, it sticks to your hair and attract the invisible particles to stick to your hair (the bits you see under a purple ultralight)

Try to use none oil based products, try not to commit murder by serums on your hair extensions.

10. Going to bed with wet hair

Why would you want to go to bed with your hair wet? Why would you be washing your hair that late anyway, why not in the morning? It makes no sense! Rant over… Just don’t do it! Matting, Tugging, Loss of hair so extensions look thinner, pre mature loosening I think you get the message.

Other articles you might find interesting

10 Signs You Need a Hair Makeover
https://www.all-about-hair-extensions.com/single-post/2017/12/19/10-Signs-You-Need-a-Hair-Makeover

Checkout our Face Shape Blog it might help https://academyexpresscourses.com/2017/08/04/matching-your-face-shape-to-a-hair-extension-hairstyle/

More info on Clipin hair Extensions

https://academyexpresscourses.com/2015/07/08/clip-in-hair-extensions-can-cause-traction-alopecia-if-worn-for-over-5-hours-a-day/

How your face Shape affects the hair Extension style you chose

Getting right hair extension style for face shape

Hair styles, hair extensions, hairpieces and wigs should compliment the shape of your face. If you not sure about which style will be most flattering on you, use the following suggestions as a guide to find a style that works with your face shape.

At need a Hair Makeover we discuss seven different face shapes during your free consultation, diamond, heart, oblong, oval, pear, round, and square, and what styles are most appropriate for those face shapes.

To determine your face shape, look into a mirror and pull your hair back. Compare your face shape to our illustrations.

Diamond

The Diamond shaped face has wider cheekbones with a narrow chin and forehead. A diamond-shaped face allows for lots of hairstyle options.

Diamond shaped faces need a hairstyle or wig styled with fullness or width in the forehead hairline and the lower cheekbones of the face near the chin.

Hair should be styled close to the head at the upper cheekbones where the face is broadest. Bands or a layered fringe will disguise a narrower forehead.

The fullness at the jawbone with a style such as a bob or a shoulder length cut with jaunty layering to add some movement will give the illusion of a more oval shaped face. hairstyle or wig styles that tuck in behind the ears also will work well, in addition to showing off your wonderful cheek bone structure.

Heart

Heart Face shape

The Heart shaped face has a large and wider forehead, high cheek bones, with sometimes a widow’s peak hairline, and a narrow v-shaped chin.

To soften the forehead width, look for a hairstyle or wigs that allows you to bring some hair across it. Keep the hairstyle closer to the head near the eyes and fuller around the jaw, as well as below and in front of the earlobes where additional width is desired.

A chin length bob is great for this type of face shape as it makes the jaw area appear wider and more balanced with the rest of your face. Longer, layered hairstyles also work well.

Oblong

Oblong Face shape for hair extension

The Oblong shaped face has an elongated rectangular shape featuring a long straight cheekline.

The hairstyle or wig style you choose should add width to help minimize the vertical length of your face.

Look for hairstyle or wig styles that are short to medium in length with longer top layers such as wedges and graduated bob cuts. Chin and shoulder length looks that turn under or flutter out also work very well to add width. Straight across bangs, feathered bangs, or half bangs with side parts soften the forehead.

Layered styles in medium and longer lengths with wavy and curly textures will flatter the face and neck while obscuring the straight long lines of an oblong face.

Oval

Oval Face shape for hair extensions

The Oval shaped face has no one area the is more dominant than another.

An oval face is well proportioned, with the length of the face longer than the width. The oval face allows for the most versatility in hairstyle or wig choices.

Most hairstyle or wig styles whether short or long, straight or wavy are suitable. Therefore, consider your best features such as eyes, checks, or mouth and then accentuate them with your hairstyle or wig style.

Pear

Pear Face shape for hair extensions

The Pear shaped face features a distinctly narrow forehead. The cheekbones and jaw line essentially broaden to showcase a wider look, while the chin adopts a rounded shape.

With a pear shaped face it is best to look for hairstyle or wigs that will add volume above the jaw line. Layers create fullness on the upper half of the face.

Don’t be afraid to show your forehead which draws attention upward and away from a full jaw line. If you have bangs, angle them slightly and tuck them behind the ears to frame the jaw line and draw attention upward.

Hair on the sides of your head and at the nape are best set and combed in a pattern close to the head since any style too voluminous will add weight to the bottom of the face.

Round

Round Face shape for hair extensions

The Round shaped face has a round chin and hairline with the widest part of the face through the cheekbones. Wig styles with a fullness and height at the crown, but not at the ears, are a good choice.

Off center parts help reduce the roundness. hairstyle or wig with short hair styles with a swept-back direction or with hair styles that are longer than chin length should be considered. hairstyle or wig which have layering at the top to achieve fullness while keeping the rest of the cut relatively close to the face, will help make your round face shape appear longer and narrower.

Square

Square Face shape for hair extensions

The Square shaped face usually has a strong square jawline with an equally square hairline. Look for hairstyle or wig that add height to the top and narrowness at the sides.

Height at the crown will elongate the symmetrical square shape. Short-to-medium length hairstyle or wig, especially with waves or roundness around the face or wispy bangs to soften the angular shape are also good choices. Off-center parts with height at the crown look great on square shaped faces.

Wearing a hairstyle or wig with layers and wispy looks around the face is another way to soften the shape of your face.

Conclusion

So the next time your considering changing your hair, just don’t focus on what’s trending but tale into consideration your face shape.

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Seven Superfoods to help Stimulate your Hair to Grow

 

Lately I have been writing about cocunut oil and its extensive benefits. Having great hair does not begin and end with expensive external treatments, shampoos and conditioners. You may lather and rinse as much as you like, but the key to great looking hair is actually in some superfluous in your kitchen! (or at least in the supermarkets) As your hair grows one-fourth to half an inch every month, it is the product of the nutrients that you have consumed in that month. By having the diet that promotes hair growth, you can expect to stimulate lost hair to grow back. 

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You can only help your hair to grow healthier by introducing the right nutrients in your diet.

Here are seven suggestions:

Dark green vegetables
Vitamins A and C are needed to make sebum in your body, the natural hair conditioner. It is secreted by your hair follicles. Spinach, broccoli and swiss chard are excellent sources of these nutrients. Besides, you also get iron and calcium from green vegetables.

Nuts
For keeping your scalp healthy, you need selenium. It is an important mineral for the health of your scalp. Brazil nuts are rich in selenium. Walnuts condition your hair with alpha-linolenic acid and omega-3 fatty acids. You also need to have the right intake of zinc in your diet as it prevents hair loss. So, nuts rich in zinc such as almonds, cashews and pecans should be regular in your diet.

Beans
Your hair care diet must include legumes such as kidney beans and lentils. They not only provide much needed protein for your hair growth, but also plenty of zinc, iron and biotin. Biotin deficiencies can make your hair brittle and consequently, break from the scalp.

Carrots
Excellent source of vitamin A, carrots promote healthy scalp along with good eyesight. Include carrots in your snacks or salad toppings to condition your hair for a shiny head.

Whole grains
Zinc, iron and vitamin B can be had from whole wheat bread and fortified whole grain cereals. Include these in your evening snack before having dinner.

Low-fat dairy
Skimmed milk and yoghurt are the best source of calcium, and also contain protein in the form of whey and casein. Again, you can take cottage cheese and yoghurt with you to work to have as evening snack. A good way to supplement the hair growth nutrient quality of low fat dairy is to include ground walnuts and flaxseeds as they contain omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.

Coconut Oil

Over the last decade, coconut oil has garnered lot of attention in the western countries, and for good reason. The benefits of coconut oil for hair care is now supported by scientific studies. According to one study, coconut oil when applied to the hair pre-wash reduced protein loss for both damaged and undamaged hair. Coconut oil was compared with mineral oil and sunflower oil, and it proved to be far more beneficial than latter two.

How to Take Coconut Oil

I use coconut oil for all of my cooking and baking, and I will often put a tablespoon of it in my morning smoothie. You can also apply it directly to your skin or as a carrier for essential oils or blends.

*WARNING – refined or processed coconut oil can be bleached, over-heated, and chemically processed to increase its shelf-life. Processing the oil changes the chemical makeup and the fats are no longer good for you!

SO INSTEAD – buy extra virgin coconut oil for the greatest health benefits. Here is the brand I personally use and recommend to my patients:

Tropical Traditions Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil

As you can see, coconut oil benefits are immense! But they don’t stop with these 20, if you want the ultimate guide check out Dr Axe top article on 77 Coconut Oil Uses and Cures.

Why you should switch to Raw Cocoa

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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW CACAO

Magnesium

Raw cacao is one of the best food sources of magnesium – a mineral that many of us don’t get enough of in our diets. Magnesium is essential for energy production, for a healthy brain and nervous system, for our muscles and for strong bones and teeth. Magnesium may also support a healthy blood pressure.

Iron

Cacao is also a source of iron, which builds the blood and helps to transport oxygen around our body, as well as potassium, copper, zinc, manganese and selenium.

Flavonoids

Cacao can also be high in flavonoids, which have antioxidant activity. Cacao and flavonoid-rich chocolate have been linked with heart health benefits including increasing the good form of cholesterol (HDL) in our blood, lowering blood pressure and even improving vascular function in patients with congestive heart failure. These effects are thought to be primarily due to the antioxidants contained in the cacao.

PEA

In addition, cacao contains a compound called phenylethylamine (PEA for short!). PEA is thought to elevate mood and support energy, and is said to be one of the reasons that many people love chocolate!

Raw cacao is also very low in sugar, and of course does not contain any milk, so is suitable for those who are milk-sensitive or following a low-sugar diet.

THE PROBLEM WITH CHOCOLATE

The cacao – or cocoa – part of a chocolate bar is not ‘unhealthy’ as such. The main factor that makes it less healthy is the sugar that’s added to it to create a standard chocolate bar. Also, when cacao is roasted to make a standard chocolate bar, you do lose some of the antioxidant flavonoids, beneficial enzymes and other nutrients – which of course doesn’t happen with raw cacao or raw chocolate.

So what about painfully dark chocolate, you know the 99% cocoa solids stuff? Cocoa solids are what’s left after the cacao butter (the oil in the cacao bean) has been separated from the ground up raw cacao beans. Cacao solids are used to make cacao powder. ‘Raw cacao’ can refer to the whole beans, opl

the solids, or the powder, as long as it is not heated during processing. It is this heating process that robs some of the nutrients.

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