By CysterWigs’ Contributor

If self-care isn’t a regular part of your routine, it should be. What is it? It’s the act of simply taking care of yourself. It could involve a grand gesture like spending a day at the spa, or it could be as simple as taking 10 minutes out of your day to meditate in a quiet space. Self-care time allows us to temporarily set aside our worries, stressors and attachments so we can put ourselves first.

Sometimes, it might feel like we’re way too busy to step away from our jobs or home situations. And some people might even feel guilty or feel like they’re being selfish if they took some time out for themselves. If you’re in that camp, please leave it right now. Believe it or not, the world will not fall apart because you’ve taken a moment or a whole day to tend to yourself. So don’t feel guilty about trying to preserve your mental, physical and emotional well-being.

Self-care helps ensure that we stay fulfilled, refreshed and recharged. It helps combat the effects of stress. Stress can leave you feeling run down and helpless. And if you continue to keep running on that hamster wheel of anxiety, tension or aggravation, it’ll eventually take a toll on your health overall. Acts of self-care can help offset this. So if it helps, put some time on the calendar to do something that relaxes you or improves the quality of your life.

When you’re on the job, you can do the same thing. Set a time during the day for you to leave your desk. You can go for a walk, take a quiet break in your car or go to lunch with a friend. Simple acts like these can help head off complete burnout on the job.

And don’t forget that along with nurturing your mind and spirit, you’ll need to nourish your body as well. This involves eating right and enjoying the foods that love your body right back. No one is saying to deny yourself those special treats. Do what makes you happy. But when you feed your body right, you’ll feel better and probably have more energy.

Never feel bad about putting yourself first. There’s only one you, and you have the right to live your best life. So if you’ve been leaving yourself on the back burner while taking care of everyone else, it’s time to make a change. If you go through life exhausted, stressed and overwhelmed, you won’t be helping anyone–especially yourself.

By Eseandre

Hair loss is real, and it’s enough to dampen even the most confident woman’s spirit. Thinning hair, alopecia and baldness are common problems that women suffer from. The conditions are caused by a variety of factors such as hormone drugs, birth control pills, prescription medications, stress, anxiety and improper use of hair care products. And in severe cases, it can be a sign of depression. However, there are a number of solutions to help those coping with hair loss regain a sense of normalcy and to look and feel their very best. One of those solutions is a topper.

What is a topper? Well, it’s not sprinkles or the cherry on a sundae. It’s a little clip-in wig that can be attached to a portion of your head where the hair is thinning out. They are also known as hair enhancers, wiglets, and hair toppers. They are not just excellent in covering thin hair strands but they can also give your hair a natural, voluminous boost and add length. They are miniature wigs that are perfect for solving your hair problem without any hassle.

Hair Toppers buying guide

Before you decide to buy a topper, there are certain factors to consider and they are:

Determine your Hair Loss Region

Since hair toppers are smaller and lighter version of a wig, they’ve been designed to cover up specific areas of the head. So you’ll have to determine which portion of your head needs it the most. If you’re in the early stages of hair loss, or thinning at the crown and in parting areas of the head, a top piece wiglets is the best to cover and blend into your natural hair. It can create an even color and texture for you as well.

If you’re dealing with hair loss at the temple or front of the head, clip-in fringe is a great option. It adds volume, and it’s easy to fix or remove. It’s also can work with any length of hair.

For women in the late/advanced stages of hair loss, a full head wiglet is available and it the only option to cover up your hair loss with feeling heavy or bulky. But keep in mind that if you have very fine, brittle or delicate hair, this is probably not a good option for you because you have to clip these pieces in. You might want to consider a wig at this point or an option that uses an adhesive.

Topper hair type options

They are two main categories to choose from –synthetic and human hair wiglets.
Synthetic wiglets are already styled and come in different colors to enhance your style with stress. These wiglets are easy to style allowing you to carry on with your daily activity without any worry.

Human hair toppers give you a softer natural look, but they require some effort in taking care of the hair. They are affected by weather changes, needs shampooing, conditioning, and have to be styled, but they have a more natural finish than synthetic toppers. Note: they are more expensive but worth the investment.

Hair length

Whatever your style is, toppers come in different lengths to make your hair fantasies come true. The length of the wiglet represents your style. You can choose from the long and sleek look, medium length toppers, and the short and flighty toppers.

The hair color

Hair toppers won’t match your exact hair color, but you can get one that closely resembles and blends well. They also come in a wide range of colors and with highlights, too. If you opt for human hair, it might be possible to have a stylish dye the piece if you want an exact match. Don’t try to do this yourself—unless you just happen to be a professional stylist.

The topper base

There are two types of bases – monofilament and the weft base. A monofilament base has individual hair strands sewn on a soft mesh giving the illusion of the hair growth from the scalp. This type of base is helpful to women experiencing advanced and extensive hair loss.

The weft base has the hair strand arranged in a row which allows you to integrate your natural hair through the mesh creating a natural look. The weft base is breathable and very lightweight.

Conclusion

The hair topper should settle comfortably on your hair and allow you to style it as you please. However, if you are still have questions and are not sure about the direction in which you should go, ask us!


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From a customer email:

About the permanent fabric marker. I bought one to Michael’s and I would like to know if you think it is ok if I go over a few strands to give my wig more dimension in my bang area. I don’t want to damage the fiber in any way.

This is Tina from the CCHD Solutions Specialist Desk and I would be more than happy to assist you!

I have used fabric markers on most of my synthetic wigs and have not had an issue at all with it damaging the hair fibers. However, when you do apply the marker, this will not wash out so please make sure that this is the route you want to take when personalizing your wigs. Always practice first in a very hidden area, like the nape, to see if this is the look you are trying to achieve.

I have used spray in root concealer that I have purchased from the local beauty supple stores and these work great and they wash out too…they work well if you are trying to add an overall depth look or adding roots.

What I would highly suggest, if you have an older wig that you no longer wear and can practice on when adding dimension, I would do so prior to making such a permanent mark on your current wig. If you don’t have a wig to practice on, you can also go to the local beauty supply store and purchase a very inexpensive hair extension and practice on that as well. These usually cost around $9-$14.

I know this might sound like a lot of work, I have also used eye brow shades to add dimension to my wigs, as I am not personally very creative, and like the idea that I can wash or brush the color out.

I do hope this helps!


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By Julia

Sometimes, you just have those days when you wake up and you know things are going to be rough. You feel sluggish, irritable, overwhelmed or like you just want to pull the covers over your head and start over tomorrow. You might feel like that even more when the seasons change. The easy, breezy days of summer are replaced by falling leaves, chillier temperatures and less sunlight. And even though we know it’s coming, we’re still never quite ready for it.

But there’s good news. Regardless of what’s bringing you down, there’s something you can do to boost your mood. You can eat! “Well duh.” you’re probably thinking. But I don’t mean raiding the fridge and binging on cookie dough or anything you can find. I mean eating quality foods that can help improve hormone levels and make us feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Sure, they’re not cookie dough or pizza, but fruits and veggies can be filling and delicious. They’re also rich in vitamins and minerals that help strengthen our bodies.

Stock up on fruit that’s rich in Vitamin C such as lemons, oranges, kiwis and raspberries. These are important because Vitamin C helps fight physical apathy and fatigue. It is also a good ally to protect against temperature changes and quite possibly the flu.

Another fruit that I highly recommended for this time of the year is pomegranate because it has citric acid. You can either eat the seeds or drink the juice. Regardless of how you like it, pomegranate is rich in citric acid, which is good for boosting the immune system. Furthermore, citric acid can help strengthen hair follicles, prevent their loss and also improve circulation in the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth. So if you notice more hair loss during the transition from summer to fall, you might want to add pomegranate to your diet.

Grapes are also ideal for this time of year because they contain potent antioxidants just like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Also, grapes have detoxifying and depurative qualities, which will help us to cleanse all of the excess of summer.

On the veggie side, mushrooms can help you feel better. They’re rich in micronutrients such as iodine, phosphorus, copper, iron, and precursors of vitamin D and vitamin B. they also help in immunity enhancing effects. If you’re not a fan of chomping on them raw, try them sautéed or in soup.

FATTY FISH FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Fatty fish, such as mackerel, salmon or tuna, is fantastic for the brain because it is rich in all the important Omega 3 fatty acids. These are vital for the brain (which is composed of 60 percent fat) primarily to support the production of neurotransmitters that control our emotions, memory and concentration.

These fats also help reduce inflammation, which, according to some research, may be present to a greater extent in some people with depression. Mackerel is the best option, according to specialists, because it also contains less mercury than other oily fish, which can benefit the brain in the long term.

EGGS

In addition to protein, eggs also provide calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorus and vitamins A, D, E and K (in only 80 calories). The egg is one of the most nutrient-dense foods that exist and is a crucial part of the “happiness diet.”

NUTS

Research suggests that walnuts could have properties that influence mood because they’re rich in vitamin B, protein, and selenium. Selenium is a mineral that can positively influence mood, and studies suggest that diets rich in this mineral promote a clearer mind, greater self-confidence, less anxiety and less confusion.

PINEAPPLE

Pineapple is a very versatile exotic fruit, which can be added to salads and pizzas. It seems to help with the production of serotonin, which helps improve mood and regulate sleep.

OATMEAL

Oatmeal is a cereal rich in proteins that contain many antioxidants and vitamins and, thanks to this, has many benefits for both physical and emotional health. Regarding the latter, it provides vitality, that is, and helps combat tiredness and low levels of energy. In this sense, it also improves the mood.

These are just a few of the foods that can help chase away the blues and put you in a better mood. If you’re not crazy about the ones on the list, let us know what your favorite natural mood-boosting food is.


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