By CysterWigs’ Contributor

Ask anyone who has ever experienced an anxiety attack; they’d say their symptoms feel more physical than emotional. Often times, anxiety and depression send both the brain and body into survival mode. When feelings of stress or trauma are present from being brought on by a stressful life event, anxiety tends to manifests itself into symptoms immediately or even years after the event has occurred. This can often result in a variety of physical symptoms including panic attacks, headaches, pounding heart, breathing problem, high blood pressure, upset stomach, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue.

Chronic long-term anxiety and depression can eventually produce serious strain or even damage on the body if gone untreated. So, it’s essential to identify and treat emotional stress immediately.

How can you decrease feelings of anxiety? Here are some simple solutions.

Make a playlist of songs that make you feel strong or peaceful.

Music is often used as a common coping mechanism to put listeners into a calmer state of mind. Nothing seems to work better than taking deep breaths and focusing on the positive lyrics of the right songs.

Work it out.

Take yoga classes or start walking/jogging. Cardio exercise will allow you to temporarily separate yourself from the thoughts that are making you anxious. During times of physical activity, you’ll get the opportunity to clear your mind, release tension, and think of healthier solutions for what may be bothering you.

Practice self care.

Whether it’s as simple as taking a nap, soaking in a bubble bath, or going out with a group of friends—take the extra time for yourself. Indulge in the activities that make you genuinely happy. And when things get hectic, step away, shut off your phone, and go somewhere peaceful and quiet to relax and recharge.

Write it down.

When your mind feels as if it’s running a marathon, the best way to organize your thoughts is to write them down. Writing out your frustrations and fears will allow you to self-reflect and meditate. You’ll also be able to monitor your moods and stay in tune with any possible triggers so you can take the appropriate steps to heal.

Do some cleaning.

Getting rid of any clutter in your living spaces can eliminate the negative, chaotic atmosphere you may have around you. Throwing away old clothing, cleaning out a medicine cabinet, or doing a deep clean of any surface in your home, can help relieve anxiety. You can even blast an upbeat playlist while you’re working to make your cleaning session more manageable!

These are just a few simple things you can do to help alleviate anxiety. If you feel like your anxiety is consuming you, it’s okay to seek out the help of a professional. Don’t struggle alone. Anxiety affects nearly 40 million adults in the United States. The good news is, when you seek help, most anxiety disorders are treatable. So reach out and get the help you need so you can get better.

The first time wearing a wig may be an uncomfortable experience, it can be a little bit itchy or just feel like you’re wearing a hat if you’re not used to the added extra weight. Plus, if you decided to shave your bio hair beforehand, you might be a little bit nervous about your wig slipping. Relax. Many advances have been made in the areas of wig fibers and construction. So you can find stylish and comfortable solutions that won’t slide off your head.

Wearing wigs is not a set it and forget it kind of deal. Once you find the right wigs, you still have to take good care of your scalp and bio hair to prevent irritation and other issues. Here are a few tips to make your wig wearing experience a little more comfortable, and to help ensure that your hair and scalp stay as healthy as possible.

Keep them clean

A clean scalp is the basis of any good regime. Even though you may have less hair, you still need to make an effort to keep it clean. Shampoo your hair at least once a week with a sulphate-free shampoo to remove any dirt, sweat, product or build up. You can also wash your wigs, caps and tools at this time as well.

If you find that your hair gets extra dirty or your scalp feels sore or itchy, then use an aloe vera leaf to soothe it. Cut the leaf open, massage the content on your scalp, let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse off before conditioning. Not only will it help heal the scalp, but its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties can help keep the scalp clean and healthy.

Keep them moisturized

The scalp produces its own oil called sebum, which helps to lubricate the hair strands. Because this can be reduced during hair loss, you may need to add in extra oils. Try using argan or jojoba oil a few times a week as they are light and mild.

Let it all breathe

It can be tempting to wear your wig all the time, but the truth is your hair and scalp need a little rest. They can also use fresh air on a regular basis. When you’re in the comfort of your own home, car or your favorite place, take off your wig for at least a few hours and especially when you are sleeping. You scalp and bio hair will thank you for the break.

While the same textile dyes may be used for most human hair, synthetic, and heat-friendly synthetic wig colors (regardless of the material), the way that these colors show on the wig can vary significantly based upon the material used.

This is because these fibers all have radically different chemical compositions and take to the color differently.

A great example can be seen below . . .

The above is Jon Reanu’s luscious Salted Caramel color (a rooted version of their popular Caramel Syrup FS26/31). As you can see when the two color swatches are held next to each other, there is a slight variation. This will ALWAYS be the case when you compare wig colors in one material versus another.

Some (general) rules of thumb:

  1. Traditional synthetic fibers generally take the textile dyes used for wigs the best. The color in these is the truest and the most consistent.
  2. Heat-Defiant / Heat-Friendly / True2Life / Futura and all other heat-resistant synthetic fibers usually make the colors LIGHTER and BRIGHTER than conventional synthetics. So, for example, shades with a little auburn in them – like the Salted Caramel above – will appear to have a slightly more pronounced copper tinge than their traditional synthetic counter parts. (PS: The color can also dull if you style it aggressively, so be careful about that.)
  3. Most mass-produced, batch-processed human hair wigs (though not all) are also dyed with the same textile dyes used for synthetic wigs. Human hair almost universally takes to this kind of dye in a way that presents SLIGHTLY LIGHTER than traditional synthetic hair. (PS: The color on most human hair wigs will fade with washing and regular wear, so we recommend adding a tinted protein filler to your normal conditioning routine to help keep the color bright in between washings.)

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I wear a wide range of wigs in my real life wig wear. Part of this is because I own a store and review a lot of different stuff. I tend to fall in love with wigs of all kinds of fibers, cap constructions, lengths, and colors.

My preference is to wear traditional modacrylic synthetic wigs. I don’t like styling my hair at all. That rules out most human hair styles, which need to be styled in order to be wearable. Traditional synthetics look great, come in a wide range of colors, and are relatively inexpensive compared to fussier alternatives.

I wear mostly mid-length wigs, though I do enjoy edgy pixie cuts and longer glamazon styles when the mood strikes me. 😉

I have two favorite kinds of cap construction that I come back to again and again:

My favorite cap construction for ease of wear is OPEN CAP (wefted) with a LACE FRONT. These are very easy to wear. I keep my biohair very short all year round, which allows me to get away with these wigs without wearing a wig cap or liner underneath. Stylistically, I love that these wigs tend to have very nice built-in volume, which is great for rounder faces like mine. The prices on these tend to be very wallet-friendly compared to fancier cap constructions. They’re super easy to wear, too: I can throw one on, make sure the lace front is flat, run my fingers through it a little, and be off on my merry way! I enjoy saving money just as much as the next person — so it should come as no surprise to know that most of my personal wigs are this cap construction!

My favorite cap construction for comfort is 100% HAND-TIED, with or without a lace front. Hand-tied wigs are generally very light weight, have nice, stretchy caps (except in the Raquel Welch line – be sure to size up if you suspect you have a large cap size!), and exquisitely natural movement. The hair pivots naturally at the base where it is tied, so the effect is glorious. These DO require a liner or wig cap underneath for the optimal effect. However, these tend to be very comfy, especially after they’ve been on for 10 – 20 minutes and have warmed to the temperature of your skin. I travel a lot and these are my go-to wigs when I am in windy areas. The cap construction on these will NEVER leave you with exposed wefts when the wind blows…because there are no wefts to expose! 🙂

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