From a client email:

Where I live it can get windy and while I don’t go for long walks or anything outside in the wind, I’m worried they’ll tangle excessively walking to/from stores, etc. What do most girls wearing these wigs do about this? Is there a way to best prevent it or will they untangle quite easily? I searched online but it seems most info is about the wig not blowing off in the wind, versus being a tangled mess.

 

 

That’s an amazing question!

I generally recommend protecting your wig from the wind by applying a scarf, cap, or even a hoodie over the hair when in those situations. If you let the hair fly around loose, each strand bangs into another. This causes static build-up. Static is the enemy of your wig, regardless of what it’s made of.

Static causes the hair to stick together, which speeds up tangling. We do not recommend driving in the car with the window down, riding a bike, sitting in front of a fan on high, or any other activity that will blow the hair around violently for this reason. In these situations — and any other like it — you will want to gently restrain or cover the hair to prevent it from blowing around as much as possible. 

Another thing we recommend is the liberal application of a silicone-based product such as our Simply Stylin’ serum to help act as a buffer and anti-static measure.

 

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Medication is designed to treat a variety of health conditions, but sometimes they can have unwanted side effects – including changes to your hair. Certain medicines can contribute to excess hair growth, changes in hair color or texture, or even hair loss.

 

Medication-induced hair loss, like any other type of hair loss, can have a real effect on your self-esteem. The good news is that in most cases, it’s reversible once you stop taking the medication.

How do drugs cause hair loss?

Medicines cause hair loss by interfering with the normal cycle of hair growth. This growth cycle has three phases:

  • During the anagen phase, which lasts for around three to four years, the hair grows.
  • During the catagen (transitional) phase, which lasts two to three weeks, the hair prepares for the telogen phase.
  • During the telogen phase, which lasts about three months, the hair rests and older hairs are shed and replaced by newer hairs.

Medications can lead to two types of hair loss:

Telogen effluvium is the most common form of medication-induced hair loss. It usually appears within two to four months after taking the medication. This condition causes the hair follicles to go into their resting phase (telogen) and fall out too early. People with telogen effluvium usually shed between 100 and 150 hairs a day.

Anagen effluvium is hair loss that occurs during the anagen phase of the hair cycle when the hairs are actively growing. It prevents the matrix cells, which produce new hairs, from dividing normally. This type of hair loss usually occurs within a few days to weeks after taking the medication. It’s most common in people who are taking chemotherapy medications and is often severe, causing people to lose most or all of the hair on their head, as well as their eyebrows, eyelashes and other body hairs.

The severity of medication-induced hair loss depends on the type of medication and dosage, as well as your sensitivity to that medicine.

What types of medications cause hair loss?

Many different types of medicines are thought to cause hair loss, including some of the following types of medications:

  • Acne medications
  • Antibiotics and antifungal medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Blood thinners (anticoagulants)
  • Cholesterol-lowering medications
  • Immunosuppressant medications
  • Chemotherapy medications
  • Epilepsy medications (anticonvulsants)
  • High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives)
  • Hormone replacement therapy – estrogen or progesterone for women, androgens and testosterone for men
  • Interferons
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications ( NSAIDs)
  • Parkinson’s disease medications
  • Steroids
  • Thyroid medications

Chemotherapy medications often lead to the anagen effluvium type of hair loss. As these kill cancer cells throughout the body, they can also damage healthy cells, including hair matrix cells. The hair typically starts to fall out after the second cycle of chemotherapy. Hair loss is more common and severe in patients taking combinations of chemotherapy medications than in those who take just one medication.

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Last week, I shared ten of the CysterWigs team’s favorite summer wigs. Now it’s time to reveal the final five picks. You probably know everyone by now, so I’ll spare you the clever intros. Let’s just get to the meat…or meat substitute of this post.

We’ll kick things off with Taz’s pick, Bellissima by BelleTress.

Taz likes this style in the color Champagne with Apple Pie. She said, “This is a new style AND color this season!  I instantly became smitten with this gorgeous blonde! I also love its practical length, face-framing layers and lace and mono features. (It’s) no fuss, no muss for the on-the-go summer lifestyle!” Bellissima by BelleTress is an sophisticated, straight bob with a 100% hand tied monofilament part and lace front for the best of both worlds. This wig is also made with heat-friendly synthetic fibers, so you can get creative and add curls or loose waves.

 

Kathleen had Isla by Tony of Beverly  on her list of summer picks. I can see why. This look is smoooooking hot and not for the shy…or maybe it is if you’re looking to bust out of your shell!

 

 

Isla by Tony of Beverly is a chic bob with amazing layering, a ready-to-wear, 100% hand-tied lace front and a unique cap design. Not only is this a sultry, modern look, but it’s also comfortable to wear. Another reason why it’s a must — it features lighter and more stretchable elastic around the entire cap for a more custom fit. That means the cap will mold to the shape of your head. And the best part is that Isla is available in 44 shades. So go ahead and try one in a summery color like Sangria, Malibu, Seashell or Sunset Red.

 

Nancy had Winner by Raquel Welch on her short list of short styles. This wig happens to be a best seller for the brand. This ready-to-wear style is a textured cut that’s easy to style and comfortable to wear.

This wig is probably a best seller because it’s known to be flattering on almost every face shape. It also comes in a wide variety of colors. Nancy said she comes back to this one year after year. It’s totally understandable because Winner is a light wig that looks beautiful and breathes well. It’s also ready to wear and requires virtually no maintenance or styling whatsoever! It’s the perfect choice for parties, weddings or even just sitting on your patio and relaxing. No matter what summer brings, you’ll always look like a winner in this wig.

So for these last two picks, I’m going to toss my own suggestions into the ring.

My first pick is Sarah by Jon Renau. Why this one? While I haven’t tried it personally, I saw it on our fearless leader, Heather, in a recent color spotlight video. Heather does this mermaid/pinup girl hair flip in the video, and the hair just looked so natural and beachy. The curls sprung back into place effortlessly and the color was beautiful. I figured I’d toss this one out there for those of you who love longer hair even in warmer weather.

Sarah features high-end, 100% hand-tied monofilament cap that is stretchy, comfortable and lightweight and an 100% hand-tied SmartLace front. This wig is also available in Jon Renau’s new California Blonde Collection colors. To me, this is flower crown hair. I can see a flower crown or a pretty jeweled headband on this one. Or if you want to keep things simple, you can switch up the part or even pin it back.

Now my second pick is one that I’ve actually tried out and liked — a lot. It’s Rae by Rene of ParisI’m not trying to act like an expert or anything. I’m still a noob (newbie) to the wild and wonderful world of wigs. But I got my hands on this one in Pastel Blue-R and I had fun wearing it.

Rae  is a saucy girl. If you’re not afraid of pastels or vibrant colors, give this one a whirl. Rae is an A-line cut with a tapered nape and loose wavy layers that frame the face to the chin. She features a 100% hand-tied lace front and monofilament part that makes styling easy. Now to be completely up front, I wore this in the comfort of AC and my sports bra. Just keeping it real! I always run hot year-round, so I was surprised that this one didn’t make me feel itchy or sweaty after two seconds. I loved the color and shine of the hair, too. As for styling, I just shook it out, put it on and scrunched it up with my hands. As I played with it, the style took shape and I could even picture other looks for the wig — pinned back, tied back with a shorter scarf or accented with some small braids around the face. I plan to wear her out soon really to prove to myself that I can be sultry and daring anytime.

There you have it. Five more wigs to consider for the summer. I hope the team’s picks have been helpful or have inspired you to find a new look for the warmer months. And if you’re feeling a little meh about our picks, no biggie. Feel free to share what has worked for you when the temperatures start to rise. Anyway, have a great summer and no matter what you decide to wear, just make sure you wear it proudly.

Hugs and high fives.

Snaps and wig caps,

devon the social media fairy

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, I shared five wigs that our staffers love to wear in the summer. Hey, they know their stuff! So why wouldn’t I want to pass their nuggets of wiggy goodness on to you? Anyway, we all hope you enjoyed part one. Now, on to part two!

This time, we’re kicking things off with our Customer Care Help Desk Solution Specialist and CysterWigs blog Boss Babe, Gina (Gina, please don’t kill me for saying that!). When it starts to get hot and sticky outside, Gina likes to roll with the Top Notch by EasiHair.

Top Notch by EasiHair

“The Top Notch topper is my favorite synthetic topper. Wigs are hot and yeah, some are more bearable to wear than others in the summer, but nothing beats being able to let your own hair down. If I am going to have sweaty hair sticking to the back of my neck, I would personally prefer it being my own bio hair.” That’s so badass, Gina. The Top Notch by EasiHair is a mid-length, synthetic top piece with a 100% hand-tied double monofilament base. The extra layer of monofilament makes it smooth, soft, and comfortable on the scalp. It’s very lightweight as well.

Gina also likes Sleek and Chic by Hairdo.

Sleek and Chic by HairDo

 

She said, “The price point for the Sleek and Chic really allows you to be a little bit more laid back on the care and handle of it. To me, that is essentially what summer is about.” Sleek and Chic has a velvet front rim to prevent friction, open ear tabs, an extended nape for added lightness. Its Tru2Life® heat-friendly synthetic hair allows for added styling options. Plus, it is ready-to-wear with a firm shake and just a bit of finger styling right out of the box. Gina was right. This wig offers effortless style — and that’s what summer is about. Easy, breezy and out the door.

Kathleen, our High Priestess of Instagram and resident blogger had another summer wig crush. It’s Jett by Estetica.

Jett by Estetica

“Officially, Jett by Estetica is my go to pixie/summer hair…love it! She’s lightweight (2.17 oz.) and she has a lace front so I can clip it back with little claws or hair combs to keep the hair off my face. So, I can be even cooler. And she’s soooo cute!” Jett by Estetica is an edgy, asymmetrical pixie with a lace front and longer front bangs. Her lace front and open cap make her a good warm-weather option.

Our fabulous vlogger, Taz, also likes Jon Renau Ignite in Shaded Praline for the warmer months. It’s a classic, chin-length bob with endless styling possibilities.

Ignite by Jon Renau

Taz said, “This style is HOME to me…my first love. I love it all year round, but especially in the summer.  It gives me a nice cool neck, but leaves some longer layers around the face to play with. I love adding messy curls, too, because it’s heat friendly!” Ignite’s lace front gives the appearance of a natural hairline while the open cap construction allows the wig to breathe and stay comfortable all day long. Those two things alone make it easy to see why Ignite is one of Taz’s top summer picks.

If you’re looking for something that’s short, chic and really no fuss, Nancy, our Forum Moderator and pixie pro, recommends Tab by Ellen Wille.

Tab by Ellen Wille

She said, “If you can go super short, this one is your jam.” Enough said! Tab is a sleek, ultra-short, unisex style with a 100% hand-tied lace front and monofilament crown. It’s easy to wear, easy to style, and if you want to make sure you stay cool up front, the lace front makes it possible for you to clip or style the hair back to keep it off of your forehead.

So there you have it. Five more wigs to consider for summer or warmer weather in general. Stay tuned for our final five picks, wig lovers.

Smooches and snaps,

devon the social media fairy

Part One

Summer has finally arrived! Either you’re loving it…or you’re dreading it. But regardless if you’re a sun worshipper or an air conditioner aficionado, the CysterWigs staff has you covered. We’re sharing our top 15 wigs of summer, and while these picks are hot style wise, they’re definitely cool and comfortable to wear in the heat. So here are our first five wigs for your consideration.

“My list changes constantly, but what I can’t tolerate are long or dense heavy wigs. Mono features don’t seem to bother me, but hair on my neck does,” said Kathleen, one of our talented bloggers and the high priestess of our Instagram account. So when things get steamy, Kathleen tends to gravitate towards shorter lengths and airy curls. One of her faves is Voltage Elite by Raquel Welch.

Voltage Elite by Raquel Welch
This wig happens to be one of Raquel Welch’s best sellers! This stunner features an 100% hand-tied, temple-to-temple lace front, monofilament top and cap for the ultimate in light, cool comfort. It’s also available in 39 colors.

Kelly, our Client Care Help Desk Manager definitely knows how to rock a good style. If you don’t believe me, check out our Instagram account! Anyway, Kelly is a fan of Robin by Noriko in Champagne R.

Robin By Noriko

 

“The hair is super fine and light-weight and the color looks as if you have been spending your days on the beach. This one is perfect for braiding and updos and is light enough to handle the summer heat!” Robin is made with lightweight, silky synthetic fibers. This style features a breathable cap construction for all day comfortable wear. It’s also ideal if you’re a fan of long, straight hair even in the summer.

If you’ve watched our videos, you know that Rachel has a way with wigs. She’s pretty much like a sassy, stylish chameleon–she can pull any look off! When the temperature rises, Rachel beats the heat with  Girl Mono by Ellen Wille.

Girl Mono by Ellen Wille
“So far my one fave for summer is Girl Mono by Ellen Wille. I love that it’s off the shoulders, and the curly volume keeps all hair off my face and skin. So no sticky synthetic hair on my skin when it’s hot outside. I should also add that the combination of open curls and open wefts really allow good airflow to my scalp!” Girl Mono features a 100% hand-tied monofilament part, a temple-to-temple lace front and wefting on the sides and back. And the density of its ready-to-wear synthetic hair mimics the look and feel of biological hair.

Nancy, our Forum Moderator and resident pixie queen, loves a good open cap wig in the summer. She finds that hand-tied caps tend to retain heat more. What does she do to stay cool? “My number one tip to keeping cool is buzzing your biohair.  It eliminates the need for a wig cap and sometimes, even for a grip. I know it’s not for everyone but truly, every woman at some point has thought about it!” Nancy’s warm weather pick…well, one of them at least… Annette by Jon Renau.

 

Annette by Jon Renau

 

“It’s a totally wind and weather proof style. The lace front and mono top add to a natural appearance if you get caught in the wind,” Nancy said. Annette by Jon Renau features SmartLace technology, which offers the most natural hairline available, and a monofilament top for an ultra natural look. Additional features include an open cap, velvet ear tabs, and adjustable tabs for optimum comfort and fit.

And finally, this last person needs no introduction. She’s our vlogger extraordinaire, the one and only Taz. Her favorite summer wig so far is Deena by Estetica in RH26/613RT8.

Deena by Estetica

Taz said, “The style and color hit the spot for me so far this year. Work, backyard BBQs…you name it!  Deena is perfect for the occasion. Deena has lace front and open cap. Light textured layering makes it cool and comfy. It’s beveled back is off the neck, but there is some fringe to frame the face. RH26/613RT8 is blonde heaven. It’s a rooted sun-bleached beachy blonde. A+++++ !!” She pretty much summed it all up.

 

So here are our first five staff picks for the summer. Stay tuned for part two, wig lovers!

Smooches and snaps,

devon the social media person 😉