With hair loss, there are many things that are out of your control. But the one thing that can help bring back a sense of normalcy is purchasing a wig. With the wide variety of wigs on the market today, you can choose a style or two–or ten without breaking the bank. However, many people worry about how realistic they look–especially with the synthetic varieties. So here are a few tips to help you take that distinctive shine out of your new wig.

1. Try before you buy.

When selecting your wig, try on a few styles at a quality wig store. Start with a style that is similar to your hair before you started losing it. Also, step outside and take pictures in natural light so you can really see how the wig looks. The lighting in stores can be harsh so you want to make sure you’re looking at your wig in a more realistic setting.

2. If you buy cheap, you’ll buy twice.

Although expensive isn’t always better, you will get what you pay for. Wigs vary drastically in price. Human hair wigs look more realistic and give you more styling options, but they are a huge investment. Synthetic wigs are a more affordable, and a good option if you’re looking to wear a variety of styles regularly. Price-wise, they can range from $80 to a few hundred dollars. When buying synthetic wigs, make sure the texture feels real and not too plastic or rough–so that means if it’s not Halloween, costume shop wigs are definitely out!

3. Give it a wash and style.

With this step, if you’re nervous about styling your wig, take it to a salon that specializes in wig styling to have it washed and styled. Not only will this help “break in” the wig, but your stylist can customize your wig more so it suits you perfectly. Also, let your stylist know up front if your wig can be heat styled. This will prevent any damage from curling irons, blow dryers, etc.

4. Oh (dryer) sheet!

While many people swear by dry shampoo, it can actually leave a lot of build up on the hair which can make your wig look worse in the long run. Placing a dryer sheet on a paddle brush, then gently brushing the hair can help remove that noticeable shine most wigs have. It will also reduce static and help smooth the strands of hair.

5. Use quality products.

If you have a synthetic wig, avoid using anything oily or greasy since the hair cannot absorb anything. Instead, use a basic shampoo and conditioner and take your time when detangling. Allow it to air dry flat in between a towel.

6. Soak out the shine.

If you’ve tried the prior steps and your wig still looks a little too shiny for your liking, soak it for up to 10 mins in an apple cider vinegar (ACV) and warm water solution. Fill your sink or a large bowl with warm water and add a few capfuls of ACV (use an unfiltered brand with the ‘mother’ like Braggs). The ratio should be about one part ACV to four parts warm water. Let the wig soak in the solution for two minutes and then rinse with cool water. Repeat this process until the wig loses its shine. Allow the wig to air dry and then style it.

We hope you find these tips useful. We love hearing from you, so leave your feedback in the comments or share some of your tips to help a Cyster out!

Medication is designed to treat a variety of health conditions, but sometimes they can have unwanted side effects – including changes to your hair. Certain medicines can contribute to excess hair growth, changes in hair color or texture, or even hair loss.

 

Medication-induced hair loss, like any other type of hair loss, can have a real effect on your self-esteem. The good news is that in most cases, it’s reversible once you stop taking the medication.

How do drugs cause hair loss?

Medicines cause hair loss by interfering with the normal cycle of hair growth. This growth cycle has three phases:

  • During the anagen phase, which lasts for around three to four years, the hair grows.
  • During the catagen (transitional) phase, which lasts two to three weeks, the hair prepares for the telogen phase.
  • During the telogen phase, which lasts about three months, the hair rests and older hairs are shed and replaced by newer hairs.

Medications can lead to two types of hair loss:

Telogen effluvium is the most common form of medication-induced hair loss. It usually appears within two to four months after taking the medication. This condition causes the hair follicles to go into their resting phase (telogen) and fall out too early. People with telogen effluvium usually shed between 100 and 150 hairs a day.

Anagen effluvium is hair loss that occurs during the anagen phase of the hair cycle when the hairs are actively growing. It prevents the matrix cells, which produce new hairs, from dividing normally. This type of hair loss usually occurs within a few days to weeks after taking the medication. It’s most common in people who are taking chemotherapy medications and is often severe, causing people to lose most or all of the hair on their head, as well as their eyebrows, eyelashes and other body hairs.

The severity of medication-induced hair loss depends on the type of medication and dosage, as well as your sensitivity to that medicine.

What types of medications cause hair loss?

Many different types of medicines are thought to cause hair loss, including some of the following types of medications:

  • Acne medications
  • Antibiotics and antifungal medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Blood thinners (anticoagulants)
  • Cholesterol-lowering medications
  • Immunosuppressant medications
  • Chemotherapy medications
  • Epilepsy medications (anticonvulsants)
  • High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives)
  • Hormone replacement therapy – estrogen or progesterone for women, androgens and testosterone for men
  • Interferons
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications ( NSAIDs)
  • Parkinson’s disease medications
  • Steroids
  • Thyroid medications

Chemotherapy medications often lead to the anagen effluvium type of hair loss. As these kill cancer cells throughout the body, they can also damage healthy cells, including hair matrix cells. The hair typically starts to fall out after the second cycle of chemotherapy. Hair loss is more common and severe in patients taking combinations of chemotherapy medications than in those who take just one medication.

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Wigs can undoubtedly be one of a lady’s best friends. They sit pretty, they come in different styles, cuts and colors, they can be easily accessorized and they just make you look beautiful regardless of what’s going on with your biohair.

To this day, I still remember one of my favorite wig purchases from some time back. My, my. It was love at first sight. Its deep brown color, it’s curls, its gorgeous length and the way it sat pretty on my head without shifting while accentuating my face just made me fall in love with it. What was even better was that my friends couldn’t even tell it was a wig! I had a swell time leading them on for a while at least. However, my darling wig had one problem. When the weather started getting warmer, I felt the heat. Whew, so much for trying to look good! So I began to look into ways to stay cool while wearing wigs in warmer weather. Here are a few things that helped me along the way.

1) Style It Up With Shorter Wigs:
Shorter wigs are great for the summer and warmer temperatures. Long wigs are undoubtedly charming but when it gets warm, the look and feel of wet hair on your back and neck is not so flattering. So feel free and pick out a short wig style that tickles your fancy, or you might want to have a stylist who specializes in wigs work some magic by transforming some of your longer, bulkier wigs into chic, shorter styles. This is just one thing you can do to look good and cool down by a few degrees.

2) Braid Long Wigs:
If shortening your wigs seems slightly intimidating to you, try adding a braid or two to your longer wigs. Staying cool with wigs largely depends on how easily and willing you are to switch things up. Try a french braid down the back or low braided pigtails. Just grab some wig-friendly hairpins, try some braids, or pack it up into a ponytail. Whatever you decide, just remember it’s all about style and comfort.

3) Give Open Cap Wigs A Go:
Some wig caps offer poor ventilation. So during the warmer months, wearing a wig cap under your wigs can be torture. Open cap wigs are a great alternative. They offer better ventilation and they keep you cool and comfortable regardless of the weather. Open cap wigs are also good if you want to wear styles that require hair pins.

4) Protect Your Hair from the Sun:
If you’re looking to get a tan, the summer sun can effortlessly grant you your heart’s desires. But the sun is not exactly a good friend to your wigs. That goes to say that you need to protect them from the sun. Now you may wonder how to go about doing this, especially if you love to bask in the sun. This is where wearing a scarf or hat comes in. You can shield your hair pieces with a nicely crafted hat that provides for ventilation or a colorful scarf. Furthermore, choose wigs with caps that are light weighted that can also wick moisture away. This is sure to help you stay cool.

Also, don’t pack your wigs in places that they would be exposed to extreme levels of sun such as in your car or close to a window.

We can’t avoid warm weather. Hopefully, these helpful tips will make it possible for you to rock your wigs in style and stay cool at the same time.