From a customer e-mail:

I was wondering about the fact that you use plastic, most other shops only sell metal brushes and combs for wigs, is there a reason you use plastic? I never knew that using plastic was okay, I was always told use metal brushes and combs to prevent static.

I’ve heard this before. I think it’s one of those “common knowledge” sorts of things that isn’t really true.

The thing is, most of the static actually just comes from wearing the wig. The strands rub up and bump up against each other and that is what makes the tangles happen. The composition of the comb makes little, if any, impact on the static build up.

It’s actually much more important, in my opinion, to focus on the teeth of the comb and how wide and thick they are. The instruments we use to style the wigs can do a lot of damage – not due to static, but due to PULLING. This pulling causes human hair to break and synthetic hair to snap back and kink into place until the ends of the wig feel like an old dish sponge. Using a comb with teeth that are very thick and wide apart minimizes how much of the hair can get caught in the teeth and minimizes pulling via extension. 😉

This, by the way, is why combs are preferable to brushes. If you need to use a brush, though, go for one that is loop-ended or made specifically for wigs and use it as infrequently as you can possibly get away with. Brushing is WAY harder on your wigs than combing with a good, thick, wide-toothed comb! Besides, people who are telling you to use metal brushes . . . are trying to get you to buy their metal brushes. 😉

PS – One more thing about the Jon Reanu comb: I just really like that comb 🙂

The comb from Jon Renau is super-lightweight (so easy to carry in a purse or pocket), gentle as a lamb on your wigs, has an ergonomic handle, and nice wide teeth. It’s my favorite wig comb from any of our brands, which it is why it’s the only one I’ll carry.

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by Julia

Most women think hair loss is a medical problem that affects only men. The truth is, women make up about forty (40) percent of hair loss patients. When thinning begins to happen, many women are utterly baffled about what might be causing it. Most of the time, female pattern baldness – or androgenic alopecia – is to blame. This condition is incredibly common among women, and it is the main culprit behind female hair loss.

What is DHT?

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the hormone that is known to be the leading cause of hair loss in both men and women. Mostly, it is believed that a large amount of DHT can block hair follicles from regular growth patterns and cause them to die. A normal amount of DHT in the body should not cause hair loss, but an excess amount can make a significant difference in hair growth.

How Does DHT Cause Hair Loss?

DHT inhibits and reduces the proper growth of hair in the follicles in a process called miniaturization. Miniaturization affects genetically susceptible hair follicles resulting in lighter, finer hairs. DHT attaches itself to receptor cells of the part of these follicles called dermal papilla (the root), preventing the necessary nourishment for the hair getting through for proper growth. DHT causes the hair follicles to shrink.

Furthermore, DHT tends to create a wax-like substance around the hair roots, and it is this accumulation of DHT in the hair follicles and roots that give rise to male and female pattern hair loss. The growing “anagen” stage of the hair is shortened, and the resting “telogen” stage is extended. Eventually, these hairs stop growing. There is a unique treatment that blocks the synthesis of DHT at the molecular level to cure both male pattern and female pattern hair loss. This is done by using one of the many natural DHT blockers and drugs that are used for medical hair restoration.

Female pattern baldness

Female pattern baldness is also referred to as androgenetic alopecia. It’s related to male pattern baldness but the difference is, women tend to lose their hair in more diverse patterns than men. Hair loss in women is a normal occurrence, especially as you age. Research has also shown that up to two-thirds of women experience hair loss after menopause.

With female pattern baldness, some excess loss of hair occurs, but ongoing thinning is what usually causes a woman to seek medical attention. Normal hair shedding is nearly 100-150 hairs per day. In female pattern balding, when the affected hair is shed, the root grows one in its place that is shorter. Eventually, it becomes invisible.

Hair loss can come from either one of the parent’s side genetically. Furthermore, female pattern baldness may begin as early as puberty. In this situation, if there are signs of hormone imbalance, such as excess facial or body hair, a hormone evaluation should be administered.

How the condition differs from that in men:

  • The progression is slower – possibly due to a level of follicular protection afforded by estrogen.
  • When women have female pattern balding, the pattern of the shedding is entirely different. It affects the vertex more diffusely, while it is still located around the top of the head, as opposed to being confined to defined areas. While thinning can indeed be significant, the chances of it forming noticeable bald regions are much less likely than with men. Instead, hair tends to look less voluminous than it once did.
  • Hair loss is more diffused and does not conform to the traditional patterns of loss in males.
  • Hair loss may worsen following menopause with the development of baldness, especially at the vertex.
  • In men, the condition is due to genetic predisposition and is usually age-related.
  • In women, the condition can present at any time associated with underlying medical conditions. These conditions include: polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid disorders, anemia, chronic illness, or the use of certain medications.
  • The critical distinction between male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss is that men may develop complete baldness when the damaged follicles can no longer function. Hair growth stops, and the skin takes on a smooth, shiny appearance. This is rare in women. Female hair loss may become advanced, but true baldness – as men experience it – is highly unlikely.

The bottom line

Female pattern baldness cannot be reversed. Appropriate treatment can stop the hair loss and possibly help regrow some of the hair you’ve already lost.

At Cysterwigs, we understand both the causes and effects of hair loss, and we’re here to help you find a solution to regain your confidence. If you’re in need of extra coverage, Cysterwigs offers a wide variety of wigs that allow you to show off your style and personality while being the same energetic person you were before. We’re here for you so shop away!

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This article is going to concentrate mostly on the second form of wig anxiety, since the first form is the one most familiar to everyone and the one most likely to fix itself with time and patience. This is not a real clinical diagnosis.

Wig anxiety is a real thing and it can manifest in a couple of different ways.

    1. A very common manifestation of wig anxiety that is particularly common among new wig wearers is the concern that everyone knows you’re wearing a wig. This is not true. This anxiety usually fades over time as you begin to realize that most people have no clue you’re wearing a wig. (And if anyone does notice, they tend to be fellow wig wearers, which is actually kind of a cool way to meet friends and share styling tips.)
    2. A less talked about, but just as common, form of wig anxiety is the concern that there is a “perfect” wig out there somewhere but you just haven’t found it yet and this PERFECT wig is the magical solution to all of your problems. Since this wig most likely doesn’t exist, it can (quite understandably) cause distress to individuals actively in pursuit of it.

I have seen this happen countless times. The women with this type of anxiety always have the same background:

  • medical hair loss and / or chemotherapy-related hair loss
  • a history of buying dozens of wigs from stores all over the web and in person (usually in a relatively short period of time), but ultimately keeping very few – if any – of them
  • there is a frantic, highly anxious, and amped-up pace to their purchases and e-mail correspondence
  • an undertone of sincere dread permeates a lot of the correspondence
    they usually send a wide array of questions about every aspect of dozens of wigs in the store, usually without any purchase resulting from the correspondence
  • this last bit doesn’t offend me at all – but it gives me a lot of insight about the fact that these women spend HOURS researching hair and that they don’t enjoy any of it. So they are obsessively doing something they kind of hate doing! This lack of joy is a big part of the problem!

Here’s what I’m getting at: picking the wrong wig is not an earth-shattering decision and should not be a terrifying thing, especially if you can exchange it!

I want to have a genuine conversation about this with you that may seem counter- intuitive coming from someone who is trying to sell you stuff. However, I do not want to take advantage of people who are in pain. (I like being able to sleep at night.) So, please hear me out on this.

You should not buy ANYTHING until you are at peace with this and the anxiety about this is no longer part of the equation. I say this because as long as you are anxious about it, you will not be happy with anything you buy, even if it looks perfect on you.

Please do yourself a favor and do not invest money in hair until you take a step away from this and investigate why you feel so anxious. (Remember: I’m talking to type #2 anxiety people, which are tougher cookies to crumble; type #1 people are generally anxious for fairly straightforward reasons.)

I would hate for you to continue to spin your wheels – or worse, throw a lot of money at the issue – and come away dissatisfied.

I see women do this all the time and they waste hundreds of dollars on hair when the issue was that their expectations just didn’t match reality. Oftentimes, women don’t even know exactly what it is that they don’t like about a certain wig. They just know it isn’t THE ONE.

I am absolutely of the mind set that to be happy with any emotional purchase (including hair) you have to be calm when you buy it. To reach that state of mind, you should try to think about answering these things (for yourself, not to me):

What are you looking for?

What are you expecting this hair to do for you?

Why are you placing so much importance upon this?

Is there anything that is preventing you from just having fun with this?

What makes the wrong wig “wrong” – specifically and NOT emotionally?

And why would buying the “wrong” wig be such a catastrophic event, especially if all the things you’re looking at are similar in terms of color and cut?

I think it’s cool if collecting wigs is fun for you and a hobby. I collect wigs too and I don’t see anything wrong with that at all! Where things get wonky from my perspective is when it seems to become a chore or something very high stakes. Shopping for hair should be a fun thing, a way to play dress up and enhance your look, even if it IS for medical reasons. (Heck, it’s ESPECIALLY true if you need it for medical reasons! That’s when the mood boost really counts!) This should not be a sudden-death, winner-takes-all wig face-off, like the Highlander for hair where “there can be only one.” Unless you’re extremely poor (which, just keeping it real, most of the clients shopping here are not), then this should be an adventure! Embrace it with open arms!

How to determine if this is you: This should be FUN. If you find yourself OBSESSING over wigs and you are tormented over the decision as if it’s life or death, then you probably have this form of anxiety. Another dead giveaway for most forms of anxiety are physiological symptoms: sweaty palms, tightness in the chest, shallow breathing, frequent urination that is inconsistent with other disorders or conditions, sleeplessness, teeth-grinding and tightness in the jaw, and restlessness are all fairly common.

What to do about it: The moment it ceases to be fun is when you should take a pause and reflect to see what’s up. DO NOT BUY ANYTHING when in this state!

Some suggestions:

Go for a brisk walk! Exercise is fabulous for anxiety.

If you have mobility limitations, then another great idea is to unplug from the internet, TV, and all forms of social media for at least 24 hours to unclutter your mind and collect your thoughts. Social media has been heavily linked to increased depression and stress levels in many different independent studies over the past ten years. UNPLUG if you feel stressed like this. I swear you will feel a difference in 24 hours and it will be amazing. The key is to tune out the media – especially social media and the news – for a full day. It’s really difficult to do, but once you do this, even once, it is a very eye-opening experience!

If these short-term, inexpensive solutions do not work, then you may want to consider consulting with a trained professional or counselor. (Honestly, you may want to do this anyway in combination with the above!) There’s absolutely no shame in this! Sometimes it’s nice to talk to an impartial person about the things that worry you so they can help put things into perspective for you.

The benefit: You will be much more clear-headed when you go into making this purchase, you will spend less money over time, and you’ll end up feeling much better, ultimately, about yourself and what you buy. 🙂

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