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Is the Gisele by Jon Renau somehow smaller than other long wigs from this line?

From a customer email:

I have purchased Jon Renau wigs before, Victoria and Gisele, which I love!! The Victoria fits perfectly but I find the Gisele cap small, not sure if this is due to the weight of the hair, but it doesn’t sit comfortably and I wouldn’t feel comfortable to wear it out fearing it would slip off! Please can you advise me on which Zara would be best and the difference between the large cap and regular cap please?

The cap on Zara (average) is not nearly as small as the one on the Gisele. I have had the same issues with Gisele myself. I love that wig — but it definitely rides up in the back like whoa. I think it is a little smaller than some of the other long monotop Smartlace offerings, honestly. The ones I’ve owned, as well as some of the client feedback I’ve received, all support this, at least anecdotally.

I think if you have good luck with the regular Victoria, then the regular Zara should be ok. I have a suspicion the cap on Zara Large might be too big because it is REALLY big, especially in the back!


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Reducing Wig Shine – by Kathleen

Hi Kathleen here with another easy peasy wig trick. This time to reduce your wigs shine. I will say on the whole I’m not adverse to some shine on my wigs. To me it looks like healthy hair. I’m reminded of all the shampoo commercials and ads I’ve seen over the years and I was always so envious of the models shiny hair 😉. There are times though when the shine is so much even I feel the need to reduce it. Above in image one is my Tony of Beverly Isla. One of my favorites and even in the very even indirect light the image on the left has quite a bit of shine. After applying some good old face powder the image on the right has virtually no shine in the same lighting situation.

I know everyone uses dry shampoo so why do I use face powder you ask? Two reasons I’ve tried dry shampoo and for me it just turned into a big mess. Too much came out (I had a hard time regulating the amount and ended up washing my wig) the smell was too strong for me and I didn’t like the feel of the wig afterwards. I wanted something easy and quick. Perusing youtube I came across this trick. Its super easy. You cannot apply too much and if you wear makeup most folks already have some laying around…Did I mention I was lazy? Lol

In the little video above I demonstrate how easy it is to apply translucent face powder….this time on my High Impact by Gabor. Afterwards I work it in with my hands and a quick light comb through with a wide tooth comb and I’m all set.

Here is High Impact in strong natural light coming from my kitchen windows and there is no shine. 😉

There is a time you want your wig to be especially shine free and that is when photos are going to be taken. A wedding for instance. The one thing you want to avoid are any flash photos. Most professional photographers don’t use a flash in the traditional sense they use a light meter so the photos they take are balanced. The ones guests etc might take using a flash you just want to avoid. Even natural bio hair will come out shiny in that instance. 🤪

Above image 6 illustrates Isla in natural indirect light after I have applied the powder. This is a photo taken from my ipad with the flash off. Absolutely no shine. Experiment with your camera. Take a few photos in different lighting conditions with and without a flash. You can always apply more powder if you aren’t happy with the results. If I know photos might be taken of me I use more powder than I normally would to thoroughly coat those wig fibers. I love the fact the powder gives my wigs more body and that my powder doesn’t smell like alot of dry shampoos do.

Above image 7 illustrates the Isla again in the same lighting conditions but this time I used my flash on my IPad. You can see the shadows on my face are minimized or flattened. You can also see the hair on Isla is still shine free. I’m impressed.

The last test is taking your “powdered” wig outside in strong direct natural sunlight. Image 8 shows Isla in very bright Georgia light (I couldn’t look up and could barely open my eyes the sun was so bright..lol) is there shine? Yes but in this instance it looks like truly healthy hair. It does not look like a wig..at least in my humble opinion it doesn’t. She still has less shine than the first before photo in image one. So the take away here if you’re in a rush or in a pinch and want to reduce your wigs shine go ahead and try your translucent face powder it’s easy peasy. Enjoy!


You can see all of Kathleen’s posts here as well seeing her talent as an amazing artist at KathleenRyanArt.com.

Seven Ways To Create A Calm, Peaceful and Happy Home

By CysterWigs Contributor

Home is a place to relax and unwind with friends, family or maybe all by yourself. And when you’re there, it should be more like your refuge from life’s chaos–not a source of even more stress and madness. If your home is anything but relaxing, it might be time for a major makeover.

Organizing your home the right way can make it even more serene. If you’re ready to take your home from turbulent to tranquil, here are a few simple ways to create a peaceful environment.

1. Maximize natural lighting

A great way to re-energize your home, and of course yourself, is to allow natural light inside your rooms. It will not only brighten up your home, but it can also fill it with positive energy. So, open the blinds and pull those curtains back during the day to allow natural light to come in.

2. Put calm colors on your walls

While bright and bold colors wall are fun, dramatic and exciting, keep in mind that they might not promote a sense of calm in your bedroom or any other area that you might want to use for relaxation. If you want to add tranquility to a room, try painting it with a soft, pastel shade that’s light and soothing. Warm shades aren’t necessarily out. They can actually help brighten up your room and impart a relaxing effect on your mind.

3. Add some greenery

Plants are one of the most soothing elements that you can add to your home. Adding a little bit of green to your rooms can actually help you breathe easier since indoor plants help purify the air. Reap the benefits while accessorizing your rooms in a unique way with plants such as aloe vera, Chinese evergreen and snake plants.

4. Get rid of clutter

Houses that have a lot of clutter may not be the perfect place to relax. That’s why it’s absolutely important to organize your things. Get rid of everything that you no longer need. Give away things that unnecessarily occupy space. This will create room for more important things. Once you get organized, always have a dedicated space for everything in your home. And try keeping items in their place so they’re easy to locate when you need them.

5. Diffuse a soothing aroma

Aromatherapy is a great way to promote a peaceful and calming environment in your home. Place scented candles in your rooms, especially during bedtime. Or simply add your favorite essential oil to a diffuser to add a subtle fragrance to your rooms. Your favorite scents can be comforting after a stressful day. So, breathe them in and let the stress melt away.

6. Play with the lighting

Lighting plays an important role in setting the mood. If a room’s lighting is too bright, it will make it hard for you to relax. When you’re selecting the lighting for a room, try a combination of dim lights and bright ones so you can switch between them depending on your mood. As for your bedroom, dim the lights closer to bedtime to help you fall asleep faster.

7. Keep cozy objects around

Having cozy objects in the rooms that are designated for relaxation can promote a sense of comfort. Incorporating throw pillows and comfy blankets in a room’s decor can help create a soothing effect. Place these objects near window seating or on the couch so you can feel calm and at ease anytime you want. Get comfortable with these items while sipping your coffee or encourage your friends to use them in order to make hangout times more peaceful and serene.

Style Resolutions For The New Year

By Eseandre

Welcome to the new year! You’ve probably been trying hard to stick to those resolutions. Or, you might still be trying to figure out what you want to accomplish this year and that’s totally fine. It’s tough when you’re trying to make career choices, change behavioral patterns or accomplish a major health goal.

Now while all of these resolutions are significant, you might not realize that there’s room for one more substantial one if you haven’t made it already. If you’re in a fashion rut or just want to take your look to the next level, make a resolution to get in touch with your inner fashionista.

If you need help getting started, here are some suggestions to help you sharpen your sense of style in the new year.

Get to know your body shape.

While it is awesome to get clothes that look great on the hanger or are in line with the trends, you want to make sure they’ll look just as good on your body. Knowing your body shape can help guide your shopping habits and help you make informed decisions so you’ll always look good in whatever you wear. In addition to knowing your body, learn about how your favorite brands are cut. Some labels run small, while others tend to run big. Make sure you’re trying things on instead of just following a size chart or going off of what size you might wear in another brand. And if you’re ordering from a retailer that doesn’t have a brick and mortar store, be sure to read the reviews!

Avoid clothes that hide your figure.

Bruno Mars said it before, and I’m saying it again–you’re amazing just the way you are. So start embracing yourself. Ditch the clothes that are way too big for you and embrace styles that accentuate your figure. If you think this will be hard for you to do, start by wearing one shape-hugging garment. Maybe it’s a bodysuit with a skirt or a pair of leggings with your tunic top. Start with one piece until you feel more comfortable with wearing a whole outfit that “caresses” your body.

Don’t obsess about the “perfect size.”

Nobody really has the perfect figure/shape/body. So ditch your fascination with the “perfect body”. If you’ve decided to start working out, make sure you’re doing it for you and not to fit into society’s mold for the perfect size. This way, the results will be more gratifying and you will be happier for it.

Revisit your wardrobe.

When you revisit or edit your wardrobe, you have two jobs. One, declutter it. Gather up those pieces that have been lying around for years. Pieces that you’ve outgrown and/or pieces that are beyond saving because they’re so well worn. Now say “bye” to the old so you can say “hello” to the new.

Two, fetch those amazing pieces that you’ve bought and just stored away because you haven’t found the perfect time or the perfect place to wear them. Guess what? Now’s the perfect time to wear them. Don’t let your money go to waste. Try incorporating the pieces with a work outfit or for a night out with friends. And don’t worry what folks think. That wasn’t on your mind when you bought that sequin top or those riding boots. So don’t get in your head and start worrying about what others have to say.

Step out of your comfort zone.

If you’ve found solace in a particular type of clothing or style, it’s time to break up and make new friends. Try out that dress! Try on those heels! Step out of your comfort zone and strut into a new style this year one piece at a time.

Stop disregarding your comfort.

Sure, those stilettos are cute. But if you know that you’re always soaking your feet as soon as you take a pair of heels off, stop buying heels. Don’t buy into the “beauty is pain” mentality. If you can barely breathe in that pair of leather leggings or you’re burning up in that super-chunky sweater in the dressing room, make a hard pass. Being uncomfortable never looks cute.

Shop smartly.

Just because an item is up for grabs at a cheap price doesn’t mean you should buy it. Making such uninformed and/or impulsive decision could lead to you buying clothes that you might never wear. Instead, shop only for fashion pieces you absolutely want.

Invest in a good tailor and dry cleaner.

While doing this might initially seem expensive, the benefits accrued from taking proper care of your clothes are many. A tailor can ensure that your pieces fit well and flatter your figure. And having your clothes dry cleaned can help preserve their appearance. Also, if you hate the iron, the dry cleaner will make life easier for you.

Don’t take yourself or your wardrobe too seriously.

A burst of color here. Checks over stripes there. Some unconventional statement jewelry somewhere else. These things can add freshness to your style. When it comes to personal style, throw the rules out the window. Wear brown shoes with black clothes. Wear white after Labor Day. Mix your gold and silver accessories. Wear stripes with polka dots. If it makes you happy, that’s all that matters.

Seek inspiration in multiple places.

Watching movies or browsing through style magazines can help inspire you if you feel like your style could use a little help. Or you could look to nature for color coordination ideas. Inspiration is everywhere–even in places where you’d least expect it. So keep your eyes peeled. You’ll never know what might inspire you next!

Add some or all of these to your resolutions list and give more credence to your style.
And here’s to a very happy and stylish New Year!


You can see all of Eseandre’s posts here.

WHAT CAUSES YOUR HAIR TO GO GRAY

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.


You can see all of Julia’s posts here.