The Differences Between Prosthesis Wigs and Fashion Wigs.

 
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By Julia

Most people think wigs are for people who lose their hair as a result of cancer medical conditions or other treatments. However, many people who haven’t lost their hair wear wigs to change up their hairstyles.

When it comes to selecting a wig after chemotherapy treatment, there’s a reason why prosthesis wigs are recommended over fashion wigs. Fashion wigs are just that–wigs that you can make a statement in. They’re merely designed to allow you to change up your look. While these wigs are stylish and cute, some aren’t necessarily suited for everyday wear. That’s not to say that you can’t wear them. Some people do. Just know that some of these styles aren’t always built to go the distance.

Prosthesis wigs are made to fit better and many have natural-looking hairlines. They’re precisely tailored to meet the needs of sensitive skin, as with chemotherapy patients. Many cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy find that their scalps are very tender. The inside of prosthesis wigs are lined to provide further comfort.

There are some minor differences in the hair quality and construction of prosthesis wigs and fashion wigs. Fashion wigs were created to change your look as well as the fashion of your hair. They’re made with different materials, and the insides may not be comfortable for women whose hair loss is due to medical conditions.

Prosthesis wigs have a soft lining to protect the sensitive scalp. The linings are usually breathable. For people with hair who wear fashion wigs, their hair acts kind of like a cushion to prevent irritation and to make wear more comfortable. With prosthesis wigs, additional protection might come in the form of velvet or other soft fabric edgings. This provides the best breathability.

Furthermore, prosthesis wigs are made in a variety of sizes. With most fashion wigs, there are clips and hooks with elastic straps for size adjustment. For people with a sensitive scalp, these may irritate as they stick out from the cap and can poke into the skin. In many prosthesis wigs, there is a velcro-based soft fabric lined adjustable strap that allows for precise and comfortable adjustment.

In Conclusion

Prosthesis wigs are created with the highest quality materials to give patients the most natural look without negatively impacting the ease of use. Again, while fashion wigs can be trendy and stylish, they’re not always the best when it comes to everyday options. But should you go that route, look for wigs that are lightweight, breathable and made with materials that won’t irritate your scalp. Ultimately, it’s about the style you want and how comfortable you are in it.


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HOW STRESS AFFECTS THE SKIN

 
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Stress is present in our daily lives. The pressure at work, family problems, difficulties in studies, etc. are some stressors that can adversely affect your appearance and body as a whole. Stress negatively affects us everyday thanks to the frenetic pace of life and the high levels of self-imposed activities to which we are subjected. Thus, in times of increased workload, our skin might be dull, lifeless, have enlarged pores or even be quite red. Also, one of the worst consequences of stressed skin is the decrease of its protective barrier, so it becomes fragile and more sensitive to external aggressions.

How stress affects the skin

Stress can trigger a chemical reaction in the body to become more sensitive and reactive. Have you observed that when you’re stressed, you get more pimples? This is because the skin produces more cortisol and other hormones in your body, which tells the sebaceous glands to produce more fat, which causes acne and other conditions. Stress can worsen existing skin problems such as:

Psoriasis – a condition that occurs when cells grow too fast causing irritation
Rosacea – a condition that produces permanent redness, swelling, pimples, and visible veins
Eczema – a condition that causes redness, swelling, and itching. It is common for people with skin conditions to feel insecure and thereby experience more stress, making the problem worse.

Stress can also trigger an adverse effect on the barrier function of the skin, thereby causing water loss and reducing the skin’s ability to heal itself especially after an injury has occurred. This can be evident in people with pre-existing skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, as it slows the entire healing process down. It also dries out the skin. Depending on your body’s reaction to the increased production of cortisol, your skin can end up becoming too dry. Cortisol can hinder the elasticity of the skin and water retention, thus dehydrating your dermis.

Remedies

Relax your mind. Many stressed people forget that they can embody a way of life that limits stress altogether. It is essential you take time every day to meditate or relax. Even taking a few deep breaths can help ease stress.

Nourish your body. Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains and whole fruits and vegetables. Fish containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and herring is especially suitable for your skin.

Exercise. Physical activity boosts circulation, which battles the effects that adrenaline can have on the skin. In other words, physical activity helps your complexion. When there is more blood flow to the skin, there are also fewer toxins, less cellulite and more healthy, radiant-looking skin.

Sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in limiting cortisol. During sleep, our skin repairs what has been damaged during the day. Make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep for healthy stress-free skin.

To Sum Things Up…

The correct way to minimize stress is to live healthily: sleep well, hydrate and have a fixed work routine that is pleasant as possible. Say goodbye to stress and give way to healthy skin full of life — hydrated and perfectly renewed!


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WHAT CAUSES YOUR HAIR TO GO GRAY

 
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By Julia

Some of us have been there. We’ve stood in the mirror and tugged at those “invaders”. Those strands of hair that have betrayed our original color. We pluck them or cover them in denial. But no matter what we do, they’re just going to keep coming back.

The appearance of gray hair is a natural and biological process of our body. It symbolizes the passage of time. it is a sign of aging and a sign that our bodies experience vital changes. While many people accept it—gray hair symbolizes experience, wisdom, and respectability— others fight it.

But why does the hair turn gray over time? To understand why those “dreaded” gray hairs appear, you must first understand where the color comes from.

Every hair on our head consists of two parts:
– A stem – the region provided with a color that we see growing on our heads
– A root – the lower part of the hair strand, which anchors the hair to the scalp

The root is surrounded by a small tube of tissue under the skin called the hair follicle. Each follicle contains a certain amount of pigmented cells. These cells constantly produce a chemical called melanin, which gives each strand of hair its color, be it brown, blond, reddish or any other intermediate shade.

Melanin is also the substance that gives color to our skin, making it lighter or darker. It also helps determine if the person burns or tans when exposed to the sun. The clarity or darkness of a person’s hair color depends on the amount of melanin in their hair.

As we get older, the pigmented cells in our hair follicles die progressively. When there is a smaller amount of pigmented cells inside a hair follicle, the hair shaft loses the amount of melanin that it contained and acquires a transparent tone (be it gray, silver or white). As people get older, they will have fewer pigmented cells to produce melanin and, eventually, their hair will become completely gray.

People can get gray hair at any age. The age at which you get your first gray hair depends upon several things. One significant influence is genetics. If your parents’ hair turned gray at an early age, yours probably will too. Some people get gray hair very early, like during their teenage or college years. Others get them in their 30s, 40s or later.

Another thing that can cause your hair to turn gray early is your diet. If you eat a proper diet, it might be possible for you to stall the appearance of gray hair. The cells in your hair follicles that produce melanin need the proper nutrients to stay healthy and produce the required melanin for dark hair coloring. This includes nutrients like iron and Vitamin B. Therefore, if your diet is filled with low nutrient foods like junk foods, you may go gray much earlier than you need to.

So those are the basics about gray hair. Since it’s not going away, try to find a way to accept it and know that it doesn’t mean your life is over. Again, people can go gray at any age. As long as you’re healthy and happy, the color of your hair shouldn’t hold you back.


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Why gray is always on trend.

 
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The negative association with gray hair is starting to become a thing of the past. Celebrities and people who are nowhere near the silver years are dyeing their gray or wearing gray wigs and extensions. Young women who are going gray prematurely are embracing the color and are even working to change society’s perception of it. And according to Allure Magazine, gray hair was predicted to be one of the biggest hair trends of 2018.

It’s a color that signifies wisdom. Some also believe it signifies an inability to commit. But if you ask me, it takes a pretty confident and committed person to pull off gray hair.

Have you been thinking about going gray? Get ready to turn heads. Lucky for you, you don’t have even have to bleach your hair to achieve that ideal gray. Thanks to CysterWigs, you can either ease into gray naturally or take the trend head on with styles and colors that are right for you.

Different tones of gray, interspersed subtly, offer new possibilities for wearing your hair. You can go for a platinum tone that teeters on blonde, you can go for black with hints of gray, you can try a brown peppered with gray or you can go for an ethereal white. And don’t forget about the alternative grays. If you prefer a funkier gray, try one with a fun mix of blue, silver and lilac tones.

There’s a gray out there that fits every mood or attitude. Don’t be afraid to have fun and play around with the different shades and tones. And experiment with different lengths, too. A silvery gray bob is a chic look for day or night. Or if you’re feeling wild and bold, go for a full mane of smoky locks. Whatever direction you go in, wear it with pride. Again, if you can pull this look off, you can pull just about anything off—and that opens the door to even more possibilities!


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Styling Habits That Ruin a Wig

 
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By Julia

Have you ever looked at one of your wigs and wondered, “What the hell did I do to this thing?” Did it look frizzy, dull, dusty, dry and just fried? If your wigs look like this regularly, you can’t attribute the damage to age or wear and tear. Most likely, the culprit is how you’re styling or caring for your wigs.

The hair on a wig doesn’t grow out of your head, but that doesn’t mean that you can be rough with it or do whatever you want to it. With your bio hair, you know you can’t fry it with heat styling tools, brush it roughly, weigh it down with styling products or use products with damaging ingredients. The same goes for wigs. There are specific things that you should avoid when it comes to styling your wigs. It’s imperative to keep these things in mind so that you can enjoy your wigs for as long as you possibly can.

Here are some bad habits to avoid.

Brushing your wig from the roots

Despite what you may have heard — or have been doing your whole life — you should never brush your wig from the roots to the ends. This method can knot the wig and cause easy breakage. When brushing, carefully start from the ends, working your way up, as this avoids any unwanted knotting that leads to damage. This is one of the most straightforward tips around. Be sure to stick with it to see results.

Using Abrasive Hair Ties

You want to avoid super-tight holders as these will pull your hair and the tension can and will break the hair. It’s preferable to aim for hair ties that will be extra gentle on your delicate strands. These are freaking cute and don’t tug like most traditional hair ties tend to. You can even use a headband or a satin scarf to pull your hair back. Just make sure you avoid headbands with plastic teeth or if you opt for a scarf, don’t tie it too tight.

Brushing Your Wig When It’s Wet

If your hair mistakenly gets wet, brushing it might seem like the normal course of action. But doing so can cause significant damage if you’re not careful. Your wig is in its most fragile state when it’s wet. If you want to straighten things out, use a wide tooth comb to help detangle knots. Also, make sure to spritz on a detangling spray beforehand to help make the process easier.

Excessive Use Of Heat Styling Tools

Tools like flat irons, blow-dryers, and curling wands are undoubtedly good at what they do—but excessive heat styling your heat-friendly wigs can lead to damage. You don’t have to ditch your favorite heat tools altogether. Give them a rest from time to time.

Tying Hair Up Tightly

Sweeping your wig off your neck and into a tight updo may be convenient for sleeping or working out, but it can also cause stress on your mane. You can give your hair a break by opting for low ponytails and swapping out elastics for soft fabric hair ties. Be careful with hairpins, too. They can damage the wig cap if forced into the hair.

Using the Wrong Products on Your Wig

We’ve stressed this a number of times over the years. Don’t use your old styling products that you used on your bio hair on synthetic wigs. Use products that have been specifically formulated for synthetic hair. Products made for real hair may contain ingredients that are way too harsh for synthetic hair. So use shampoos, serums, conditioner and hair sprays that were made for synthetic hair or for human hair if you have human hair wigs.

IN CONCLUSION

When you know better, you do better. Now that you know what bad habits should be avoided, you can start on the path to preserving your wigs better. With extra care and a little prevention, you can protect your wig and make it last from the first hair toss to the very last.


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