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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By Eseandre

Finding makeup that matches your skin tone can be tricky especially when you have no clue about what your undertone is. Finding out your skin’s undertone is one very important detail you must know if you want to achieve an effortless glow while wearing makeup. Now don’t get me wrong. You are beautiful in your own skin. No one is disputing that. But should you choose to wear makeup to enhance your natural beauty and you don’t know where to start, I just want to help you select the shades that work for you.

Skin Tone And Undertone

The very color of your skin is your skin tone. Various factors can lead to different variety of skin tones. Your genes, melanin pigmentation, age, exposure to sun, or even the geography of where you stay are all factors that influence your skin tones and skin types. Understanding that your skin tone can be different from other people’s is important, especially if you’ve realized that what works for your friends doesn’t always work for you. Now we have established that, let’s talk about undertones.

Wearing the wrong tone of makeup can make you look muddy or totally give away the fact that you might be a little clueless when it comes to picking out shades. So, let’s get into undertones. Your undertone is that shade of skin that is not exposed to the usual harshness that the rest of the skin faces. It is that underlying skin color that affects your overall tint.

Undertones usually fall under three shades:
● Cool
● Warm
● Neutral

You have probably come across foundations named “cool linen”, “warm bisque” or just “neutral.” These names aren’t just creative ways to address the makeup shades, but they also indicate the undertone that the makeup will complement.

You can determine your undertone by looking at the veins on your wrist or the inside part of your arm. If you have a cool tone you will notice either blue or purple looking veins on your wrist. A warm skin tone is synonymous with green veins and a neutral skin tone doesn’t have an obvious vein color but more of a distinctive skin color.

Cool Tone

If you have a cool tone, I must first acknowledge your beautiful eyes. Cool tones go hand in hand with grey, light blue, amber, hazel or deep brown eyes. As for your luscious hair, people with blonde, jet black and also dark brown hair usually have cool undertones. Sadly, most people with cool undertones usually burn easily in the sun. The foundation you will wear will be different from the next person’s and I mean once you know what works best for you, the possibilities are infinite. Sometimes using the foundations with their respective tones may not always work for you. Some leave you looking too pinkish or yellowish. The tip here is to select foundations that give a little hint of pink on the bottle. For cool undertones, you will look rather radiant with a cherry red lip, deep purple, grey and jewel toned eyeshadows, and a rosy pink blush for that natural skin flush. Feel free to step it up a notch by trying bolder colors. You will love the results.

Warm Tones

Warm bodies get in here. People with warm skin undertones have green wrist veins and tend to tan easily. It is important to note that your undertone is not a reflection of how fair or dark you are. Someone with a warm undertone can be really fair. If you have a warm undertone, you will want to go for warm colors. Honey, golden, warm beige, yellow, red, peach, coral and also orange. These colors will highlight your facial features and beauty. When you are foundation shopping go for the bottle with a ‘W’ label, it has a slight yellow hint to it. For your hair, honey blonde and golden brown will make you look absolutely gorgeous. You will notice that a coral red lip and colors of the coral family as blush will flatter you the most. For your eyes think colors of the earth, copper, bronze, gold will make your eyes pop. Eyeshadows look best when they contrast in comparison to your eye color.

Neutral Tones

Congratulations! If you have a neutral skin tone, you can pretty much get away with any color. I mean, any color in the right proportion. Feel free, honey. You are basically a chameleon. Deep purples, golden and orange shadows, blue, grey, pink you can rock it all with minimal chance of looking muddy. Go for foundations made for neutral undertones. If you have a neutral tone you can wear both cool and warm blush shades and contour colors. Go get it, girl!

Conclusion

Irrespective of what your skin tone, skin color or undertone reflects, remember that you need to wear what you are most comfortable in. Comfort is key. Also keep in mind that these are only guidelines and not rules. Good luck and have fun!


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By Eseandre

Hello, lovelies! Fall is here once again and designers and artists are just killing it with the makeup trends this year. From bold cheeks to two-toned lips, fall is going to be sizzling hot, and we have all the trends to make you the center of it all. Summer’s metallic eyes and graphic eyeliners are moving out to make room for Fall’s distinctive looks. Here are some makeup trends for the season.

Glossy Lips

Glossy lips are in again! If you didn’t master the matte look, no biggie. You’re now free to use a good lip gloss…or two…or ten. Glossy lips were popular on the runways this year. Totally understandable since it’s a comfortable, sleek and it is sexy look. It’s also easy to pull off. The good thing about this trend is that glosses are no longer as gooey as they were in past seasons and they also come in just about every color of the rainbow. So go ahead and gloss it up, girl!

Mauve Finish

Mauve represents the best shade when transitioning from warm to cool seasons. It makes you look amazing and also like you are not trying too hard. The best part is that you can rock this shade on your lips, eyes, and cheeks without committing any fashion infractions as it is very flattering on a wide range of skin tones. I especially love how actress Elizabeth Olsen makes this look work for her. Mix things up this fall and be mauve suave.

Sunset Eyes

Sometimes orange can be a tough color to pull off. But this fall, we’re not just following trends–we’re setting them. On the plus side, orange on the lids works for many skin tones. If you want to balance it and not look too loud, try its ombre version and you might just get mistaken for a supermodel. This daring trend is one that I absolutely cannot wait to try.

Feathered Lashes

False lashes in my opinion, are amazing. If you can master the look, they won’t look tacky. This season, don’t go for basic. Add some drama and softness at the same time with a pair of feathery lashes. These lashes will draw attention to your soulful eyes and make someone want to drown in them. Just keep the rest of your make up toned down with this look, and you are good to go.

Two-toned Lips

This look is one that captured the world by storm. Models, artists, and celebrities have all indulged in this look either on the runway or at shows. I love adding more color to my lower lip and using a lighter shade for the upper. Ladies, this is one trend that is not going anywhere anytime soon. Depending on the shades you use, it gives you that subtle worn for a while kind of finish which looks really good.

Subtly Highlighted Skin

Contoured skin is gradually fading from the radar. But guess what’s in? Highlighting. Lightly highlighting your face accentuates the areas where the light directly hits. Your cheekbones and brow arches have never looked good until you try this hack. Out with the contour, in with the highlight.

Dramatic Winged Eyeliner

For a more daring and fierce look, this is the trend to use. Winged eyeliners have a way of making its subject look not only beautiful but also really interesting. It gives that dramatic finish and lets everyone know you have arrived. This is perfect when trying to stand out from the crowd, I highly recommend it.

Conclusion

Makeup is definitely a must-have and when applied correctly, it just enhances your natural beauty. These trends are only ideas based on popular demand. They are not rules. So do what works best for you. When you look good and feel good, you’ll slay the season no matter what.


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By Eseandre

Human hair wigs have become more in demand over the years for a number of reasons. People seem to like human hair because it’s comfortable, it doesn’t tend to irritate hair and skin conditions, or they just like how it looks. Human hair wigs tend to be more versatile. They’re also soft, full and come in a unique range of styles.

If you’ve been on the fence about human wigs, I want to give you some things to consider before you totally rule them out.

Human hair wigs give you a more realistic texture.

Human hair wigs are just that–wigs made from human hair. So the hair you get will look and feel like you grew it yourself. With human hair wigs, you can find styles made with hair that’s the same texture of your bio hair, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can play with totally different textures. The direction you go in is up to you. And look at it this way, if you weren’t crazy about your original curl pattern, color or length, you can just buy your perfect head of real hair!

You’ll get more customizable styling options.

One of the best things about human hair wigs? You can be a different person every day! Human hair wigs can be styled differently, with or without heat whenever. However, too much heat will do a lot of damage so be careful. Think of it this way. You wouldn’t fry your bio hair, would you? A human hair wig is no different.

They’re fit to be dyed.

Human hair wigs can be dyed if you’re not super crazy about the color you get. Now that doesn’t mean you can opt for a drugstore dye job. You still have to be very careful because low-quality dyes can damage the wig and throw the style off. If you’re going to go the dye route, let a professional handle the job.

Human hair wigs can hold up.

A human hair wig can withstand a year of wear or longer if you stay on top of the care routine. Remember, you have to wash and condition human hair wigs regularly and keep them moisturized. If not, you’ll end up with a dry, brittle mess — and a lost investment.

The drawbacks of human hair wigs.

They cost more than synthetic wigs obviously.

The price of a good human hair wig can range from $700- $3000. The heftier prices are usually one of the reasons why a lot of people opt for synthetic hair wigs. However, if you think about how durable human hair wigs and you’re willing to put time into maintaining them, you’ll protect your investment.

They’ll react to the weather.

Human hair wigs literally act like your natural hair. If it’s extremely hot out, they can dry out. If it’s rainy, the can frizz up. This is why human hair wigs require adequate care and styling.

You can’t just use any styling products.

Just like bio hair, human hair wigs require specific hair care products for proper maintenance. If you don’t use the right products, the shelf life of a human hair wig can be cut extremely short. If you’re not willing to invest in products specifically made for human hair wigs, then you might want to skip this option.

And now for synthetic wigs.

Synthetic wigs may be a little cheaper in price compared to human hair wigs, but don’t think their quality is questionable. Synthetic wigs can last a long time with proper maintenance and care. They also are available in a variety of styles and textures. Synthetic wigs can be poker straight or crazy curly and full of volume. Plus, they can be worn right out of the box. But keep in mind that synthetic wigs are easily affected by heat and they need to be washed, dried and styled carefully.

Here are some additional things to consider about synthetic wigs.

They’re a little easier to maintain.

This is arguably one of the best aspects of opting for a synthetic wig. They’re ready to go out of the package, but you can give them a little more life with some scrunching or gentle combing with a wide-tooth wig comb. Or if you go with a heat-safe wig, you can add more curls or straighten the wig out. Don’t get me wrong. You still have to wash them on a regular basis and use styling products to help them keep their lustre. But they’re much easier than human hair wigs, especially if you’ve never were a fan of styling your bio hair.

They come with budget-friendly price tags.

If you’re looking to start wearing wigs on a regular basis or just want to switch things up every now and then, synthetic wigs make it possible to do so without making your bank account cry. You can get synthetic wigs for as low as $40. But keep in mind that wigs come in different weights, lengths, style and colors. So as the wig’s features get fancier, the price will get a little higher.

They’ll retain their color.

If you take good care of them, synthetic wigs should not lose their color. Now that doesn’t mean that you can leave them in direct sunlight and subject them to other crazy things. You still have to store them properly and use the right products so they won’t look fried or dusty.

Synthetic wigs have great style memory.

The fibers used in synthetic wigs construction have memory for wave, curls, and volume. This technology allows the hair to bounce back into place without any effort. To keep synthetic styles looking their best, you have to be sure to store your wigs correctly and use the right styling products.

The drawbacks of synthetic wigs.

You can’t style them like human hair.

You can’t use products made for human hair on synthetic wigs. Some of those products have alcohol in them and they can wreck your styles. You also cannot use dry heat or heat styling tools on synthetic wigs that aren’t heat safe. If you do, you might as well go to the ATM, pull out the money you’d use to buy a wig and light it on fire.

You should also be prepared to face tangles. If you don’t stay on top of detangling your wigs, things can get out of control quickly and you can destroy your wigs. When you get a tangle, try combing through it gently with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. Don’t brush them out or rake through them with a fine tooth comb.

The color you get is the color you get.

Synthetic wigs cannot be dyed. The fibers will not retain color even if you tried. So if you’re not sure about colors, you can either invest in a color ring or see if you can try on similar colors at a local wig store. You can even watch our helpful color spotlight videos!

They might not be as cool as human hair.

When selecting a synthetic wig, you might want to consider the fineness of the fibers. Thicker fibers might be a little uncomfortable for some because they can be heavier. If you don’t like a lot of hair because you know you’ll be hot, look for wigs that are light in density and made with finer fibers. If you love a lot of hair, look for wigs with open caps or open wefts so your scalp can breathe and you can stay cool year-round.

The good thing about wigs is that ultimately, there’s something for everyone. One thing is certain though. Regardless of what type of hair you choose, without adequate care, your wigs won’t last. So do your homework and check out our blog, Knowledge Base or YouTube channel for helpful wig advice.


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