By Eseandre

Just about everyone loves music. From classical to country, jazz to blues and hip hop to rock, there’s a genre out there for all of us. Think about the times when you listen to music. You listen in your car to get you through traffic or to make a long ride more fun. You listen to it at the gym or during a walk/run to pump you up and help you reach your goals. You listen to it as you’re trying to relax after a long day, or you might listen to it to remember those special times with loved ones.

Music can definitely boost our moods and soothe our souls. Music can also affect your brain. For example, in a study from a few years ago, researchers observed patients who were about to undergo surgery. Participants were randomly assigned to either listen to music or take anti-anxiety drugs. Scientists tracked patient’s ratings of their own anxiety, as well as the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The results were pretty impressive. They showed that patients who listened to music had less anxiety and lower cortisol than people who were given medicine. Now the researchers pointed out that this is only one study, and that more research was necessary to confirm the results. But the study can still serve as a powerful testament to how music can positively affect the brain.

There’s always that song, album or playlist that instantly brightens your day or helps you chillax. Just listening to our favorite musicians can relieve stress and promote overall happiness. It’s no wonder that the music industry seems to flourish, all over the world.

What is Music Therapy?

There seems to be a lot of fuss around music therapy and its gains. Music therapy according to experts is the clinical and evidence-based use of musical interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved musical therapy program.

Benefits of Music Therapy

This field of medical practice that is music therapy, is gaining momentum daily, as we now see that some surgeons are making use of music to make their patients more relaxed in the operating room. Music therapy as a health profession has proved very effective in addressing the physical, emotional, cognitive and special needs of individuals.

A music therapist can have a wide knowledge of songs and genres, so after assessing the needs of a client, a music therapist will provide the appropriate indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through this process, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. The overall effect is a more positive outcome from their health challenges.
Music therapy creates a more personal and individual experience for every client. This approach requires that the therapist understand the specific needs of each client and is able to administer directly to such needs. This approach tends to be more effective than the generalised approach that is evidently in use by other fields of medicine.

Provides Avenue For Communication

Music therapy provides an avenue for the much needed communication that is vital for a patient and doctor relationship. For clients that are unable to communicate through words, the music gives them a voice, and through it they can relate their true feelings and needs.

Improve The Mood of Clients

As a trend, music lovers have tended to rely on music to boost their moods. Music therapy can help children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.

While listening to music at home is not on the same level as clinical music therapy, the benefits can be universal. My explanation of music therapy just helps to show how music is a powerful tool when it comes to rehabilitation.

How Music Can Help You

As discussed earlier, music can be a huge mood booster or stress reliever on a more personal level. So if you’re not in need of music therapy, try adding more tunes to your day when you can. Make playlists of your favorite songs of the season or songs that take you back to your high school or college years. If that’s too much work, subscribe to playlists through your favorite music streaming service. CysterWigs even offers playlists from time to time.

If you get a rush from being in a crowd and hearing live music, head to a concert. It can be a local band at a bar, an arena tour or even a symphony. There’s no doubt that hearing music played live will definitely make you smile or make you forget about the day’s events.

And if you prefer a more hands-on approach, create your own music. Write songs and perform them if you’re open to sharing your work with others. If you’re a little shy about being in the spotlight, let someone else sing or play your songs. It can be rewarding to hear a piece that you wrote and to see it being enjoyed by others. Now, that’s a total ego boost!

No matter how hectic or rough things get, always try to carry a happy tune in your heart. After all, it’s the little things that keep us going when we think we don’t have the strength to carry on.


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By Eseandre

What’s your brow situation like? Do you have thick caterpillar-like brows or are yours a little more on the earthworm side? Or are your brows on the non-existent side altogether? Well, this article was intended to help folks at all levels because even those of us with substantial brows get a little tweezer happy sometimes. So if you need a little help with your brows, I’m going to fill you in–well, help you fill them in.

You’ll just need a few simple tools and cosmetics like:

● a spoolie brush
● a concealer brush
● a brow pencil
● eyebrow gel or pomade
● concealer

Gather everything together and follow the steps below to correctly fill your brows.

Step One: Wash your face and dry it thoroughly along with your eyebrows.

Step Two: Place an eyebrow brush along the side of your nose, straight up to your brows to find out where to ideally start filling from.

Step Three: Take the same brush and this time angle it from the side of your nose to the outer corner of your eye to determine where your brow filling should end.

Step Four: Take your spoolie brush and brush your brows upwards. This helps you see the thin spots in your brows.

Step Five: Take out an eye pencil and with short, light strokes, fill in the gaps in your eyebrow. It’s advisable that you choose an eye pencil the color of your hair for a more natural look.

Step Six: Take out an angled brush and apply a color pressed powder to better define the shape of your brows. Remember that the goal is to fill your brows and make them less uneven, but try not to overfill them. This would make your brows too thick and quite unpleasant.

Step Seven: Make use of your spoolie brush to brush through your eyebrows. This blends the pencil, powder and the brows together nicely and softens any thick lines.

Step Eight: Ensure your brows stay in place by combing it through with a colored gel or pomade.

Step Nine: After filling in your brows, to make the lines neater take out your concealer and concealer brush. Put some concealer on the brush and carefully run it through your brow edges. Clean off every lingering pencil line which disrupts the outlook of your brow.

When you are finished, your brows should have a natural, but well-organized look. Note that step nine is not necessary if you are opting for a very natural brow look. Practice this a couple of times, and you’ll be a pro at filling in your eyebrows in no time!


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By Eseandre

When it comes to beauty tips and things, we love to ask our friends and family members for advice. It’s easy to do when you see someone with a hairstyle or lip color that you love. But how many times have you experienced this dilemma? You visit a beauty store and buy a lipstick, blush or eyeshadow color that a friend recommended. You get home, try it on and find out that it totally doesn’t match your skin tone. But how is this possible?

The person you saw wearing the product you bought had the same coloring as you — or so you thought. But what you might not have taken into consideration is that person’s undertone might have been completely different from yours.

An undertone is simply the color underneath the surface of your skin. While the color of your skin falls into a universally recognized category (dark, light, tan, brown, fair, etc), what really matches your choice clothing or makeup is your undertone.

There are three undertone types: warm, cool and neutral (a mix of warm and cool). In order to determine which colors work for you, there are a few simple things that you can do to figure it out.

Look at your natural colors

As in your natural skin and eye colors. They can help you determine your undertone. Basically, if you have blue, green or gray eyes, you belong to the cool class. How many people have told you that you were cool? This could be why. Coupled with these eye colors, if your hair is blond, black or brown, you definitely are a member of the cool clan! On the other hand, those with warm undertones will usually have red, black or brown hair with beautiful hazel, brown or amber eyes.

If you have a neutral undertone, your undertone is about the same color as your skin tone.

Strip down

You can also try a little test: Go to your bathroom and strip your face of makeup. Then, get shirts in different color shades and hold them up against your face. Do the blue and green colors match your face well? Your skin is cool toned. Is it the red and yellow colors that seem to look better? Then congratulations, your skin is warm toned!

Play the vein game

Another simple thing you can do is use your vein colors as a guide. So flip your wrists over and let your veins speak to you. If your veins look greenish, your undertone is probably on the warm side. However, if you are cool toned, then your veins will appear blue or purple. If you have neutral undertones, then your veins may appear colorless or match the color of your skin.

Bling it on

Think about the jewelry you wear often. Do you gravitate towards gold tones, or do you prefer to keep it simple with silver? The color of the metals can actually help you figure out your undertone. Warm and olive undertones look good in traditional gold. Silver, platinum and rose gold looks good on those with cool undertones. If you can wear it all with no kind of clashing, you have a neutral undertone.

Once you have determined your undertone, it should make selecting wig colors a little easier.

For those with warm undertones, try tilting towards gold and brown wig shades. You can even pull off deep brown wigs with with red or golden highlights. Conversely for cool undertones, your skin might be better with honey blonde, black or brown wigs with grey or wheat highlights.

If you’re neutral, you can pull off almost everything, so don’t be afraid to play with colors.

So if you’re still worried about picking the right wig color, you can make things easier for yourself by buying a wig that’s close to your natural hair color. That will help take any apprehension out of shopping. Besides, wig shopping should be fun after all! Then when you’re ready, you can get a little bolder with your color choices.

Please know that regardless of the direction you go in, we’re here to help you find the styles that are right for you. If you need help, contact us.


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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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By Eseandre

While we appreciate synthetic wigs, sometimes we know that hair needs a little something extra. I mean, just because it comes out of the box looking a certain way doesn’t mean that we have to wear a wig the same way every single time. Think about it. You probably didn’t wear your bio hair in the same style everyday. You curled it, added a braid, pinned it up or maybe pulled it back into a ponytail every now and then. You liked to switch things up. So why not do the same with your wigs!

Synthetic wigs can almost be styled like regular hair in the sense that you can add a simple braid, ponytail or updo if you’re feeling creative and adventurous. And if you think your wig falls a little flat in the volume department, there are even some things you can do to remedy that. Here are a few suggestions.

Backcombing: Not only is this technique easy, but it’s also effective. But be careful because if you’re too rough, you can damage the wig. Start by taking about a 2-inch thick section of your wig. Hold the strands up so that the ends are above the roots of the wig. Next, take a comb and pull it from the ends of the wig back towards the root. The denser the comb, the more volume you’ll get. Whatever you do, don’t backcomb from the very ends of the wig. You’ll just make things worse.

Dry shampoo: Dry shampoo can help add volume to the hair by giving it a “dirty-feel.” It can also help take down some of the shine that comes with a new synthetic wig, as well as help refresh your wig in between washings. You can add some to your daily styling routine, just don’t go overboard or you’ll weigh the hair down.

Get a stylist’s help: If you don’t know where to begin with backcombing or dry shampoo, ask a professional. They’ll know how to do the basics, or they can add layers or texturize the ends of the wig. They can even heat style the wig if you’ve bought a heat-resistant style. Keep in mind this could cost more, but if you have a good stylist who knows wigs inside out, it’s worth it.

Spray it: It is almost impossible to achieve a voluminous style without hairspray. Hairspray gives each strand of hair a full feeling, they help the hair look new and prevent it from going flat. You can use hairspray to hold the hair after backcombing. Just be sure to use hairsprays that are specifically made for synthetic hair. Hairsprays made for human hair have alcohol and other ingredients in them that can ruin synthetic hair so you’ll need to avoid them.


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