Refresh Your Look With A New Wig

By Julia

Our hair is our crowning glory–the epicenter of our natural beauty. But what do you do when your hair is looking less glorious than usual? It might be time to change things up. The perfect wig can not only help to cover hair loss, but it can also make you look and feel amazing. There’s no doubt that a fantastic hairstyle will improve your overall appearance from head to toe.

Why You Should Try A New Wig Style

Whether you realize it or not, you probably have the tendency to wear the same style or styles that are similar to it. You can’t help it. We’re creatures of habit. Try opening yourself up to new possibilities. You’ll never know what else could be completely flattering or fun if you don’t try. Don’t cheat yourself out of experiencing something delightfully different.

Kindle Creativity

If you ask any highly creative person how they continue to innovate and express themselves in new ways, they’ll tell you the key to their success is a commitment to trying new things. This inspires creativity, which eventually rubs off in other areas of your life.

Makes You More Marketable

Remember this- you’re the most important person in this equation. Your desire to try a new hairstyle can make you more marketable. Your colleagues will begin to see a new you, and your new look can bolster your confidence. And when you feel more confident, you’re up for taking on anything whether it be in your personal or professional life.

Overcome Fear

In most cases, fear remains the only thing that keeps us from trying new hairstyles. We’re afraid of the worst-case scenarios. “What if I don’t like it?” “What if others don’t like it?” Those are probably thoughts that creep in. Block all of that out and just give it a try. If you talk yourself out of it, you’ll never know how the style will work for you. Don’t let a minor mental speed bump stand between you and your new look.

How To Try Different Wig Styles

There are ways to refresh your hairstyle without going to extreme measures.

Subtle Color:

    When you try a wig with highlights or lowlights, you can instantly change your look without making a drastic color change.

Hair Pieces or Toppers:

    You can add instant length to your look with hair pieces if you feel comfortable doing so. You can play around and experiment with updo styles, or other long hair looks, too.

Accessories:

    With the right hair accessories, you can jazz up any style. Headbands, hair pins, clips, claws, barrettes, and more can be used with casual or formal styles to add sparkle, and color to your wig.

In Conclusion

Our hairstyles are a large part of our identity. When we change our hairstyle and color, we mentally take on a different persona not only to people who know us but, happily enough, we feel a change within ourselves. Today’s wigs are beautifully made, comfortable and natural-looking. With all of the wonderful options available at CysterWigs and WigCloseouts, you can refresh your look whenever you feel like it. Don’t be afraid to play around with different lengths, textures, colors and brands. Who knows what other sides of you are waiting to come out thanks to a new wig.


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How To Add Volume/Body To A Wig

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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Our official stance on Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Apple cider vinegar, or more correctly, vinegar (acetic acid) in most forms, has been used for thousands of years for all sorts of things from treating high blood sugar (and evidence shows this may actually work for mild insulin resistance) to dandruff (which is where a lot of the home wig remedies probably originate).

Some useful applications for apple cider vinegar (ACV):

– Mix a little in with your shampoo to prevent dandruff. My grandpa used to skip the shampoo entirely and used just ACV to wash his hair and scalp. You will smell faintly like vinegar from close up if you do this, though!

– Use a tablespoon or two of ACV with a sinkful of water as a brief clarifying soak for any wig that has product build up or too much shine. You may have to rinse many times, though, to remove the smell. We recommend the kind that has a little honey mixed in. The smell seems to be a little less pungent and the honey is marvelous for human hair. Caution: do not soak for long. We recommend 20 minutes, tops, for synthetic hair and about 5 – 10 minutes for human hair. Make sure you dilute this A LOT. If the water is too acidic, you can actually damage your hair!

– You can achieve similar, less-smelly results by just adding a couple spoonfuls of ACV to a basin of water during your regular shampooing (if you use the CysterWigs recommended wash technique).

– A shot of ACV taken 20 minutes before a meal can reduce the glucose spike that may result from that meal. This benefit is most pronounced in people who are pre-diabetic and insulin resistant, according the most recent scientific studies. There is some very sound science supporting this.

– It makes awesome salad dressing. 🙂

What ACV will not do:

– It will not magically restore a jacked up wig to brand new condition. Usually the results are subtle. You’ll see the greatest benefit in human hair wigs or wigs with a lot of product buildup. You can actually make a wig frizzier if you don’t dilute the ACV enough!

– It will not prevent your hair from falling out or create new regrowth. Homeopaths have been saying that for ages and there is absolutely no evidence for it. What it will do, instead, is fluff up your existing hair (because it’s acidic) and make the hair look a little thicker. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing!


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An Introduction to Choosing Make Up Colors by Kathleen

Hi folks Kathleen here with simple ways to determine what make up colors you should wear warm neutral or cool. This will be a basic introduction to the wonderful world of makeup. Above is a chart Heather (CEO & founder of CysterWigs) created. It makes determining your skins undertone easy. Once you know your skins undertone everything else falls into place. For instance my veins are a blue/green in natural light but can vary depending on the lighting conditions. I’ve always worn white & yellow gold..lol. Clearly I have neutral undertones but I do lean towards warm. That’s not uncommon. If you aren’t sure most likely you have neutral undertones. 😉

Lets make this simple the surface color of your skin is not the same as your undertone. Your undertone is what determines what foundation…warm neutral or cool you should get. Above is a graphic using a portrait I painted that demonstrates how your surface skin color doesn’t determine your undertone. Even though my clients both have warm surface skin colors Bishop Hodges has cool skin undertones whereas his wife has warm undertones.

Another hallmark of neutral undertones is my surface skin color and undertone are basically the same. Peachy…and my skin color will change depending on the lighting conditions or for example what color wig I wear. If I wear a vibrant red wig my skin will look warmer. Image 3 shows how some brands make it easy for you. The cool foundation isn’t mine but the other three are. Can you see how the cool foundation has a pink cast to it? The middle two the neutral shades have a peach tint and the warm foundation on the right has a yellow tint to it? No? No problem if you cant see the nuanced color changes between these. That’s why many brands mark C for cool, N for neutral and W for warm right on the foundation themselves. This takes the guess work out for you. I would suggest finding a foundation that clearly tells you what undertone the foundation is. It makes it so much easier. TIP: When choosing your foundation color look at your neck vs your face to find a good color match.

Now when I’m in a hurry and I just want to look put together …healthier I use my BB Cream above in image 4.

Now that you have determined what undertone your skin is cool neutral or warm and you’ve found a good foundation by matching the skin on your neck. You are ready to pick out a blush. This is easy too. For blush you should go with colors that are opposite of your skins undertone. Think of it this way. If you have a cool undertone and you pick a cool pink blush you will only look redder…if you choose a soft warm peachy/apricot colored blush it’ll give you a healthy more natural glow.

Image 6 is a simplified reference guide for blush colors. In general if you have warm undertones choose a blush that is on the cool side. On the other hand if you have cool undertones choose warmer blush colors. If you aren’t sure but think you are neutral you most likely will look fine in any color you choose. TIP: If you try a warm blush and it looks too matchy matchy try a cool blush and visa versa.

Image 7 illustrates the blushes I am currently using. One is cool and one is warm. I am neutral so I can use either one but most often I combine the two.

Layering your blush gives depth to the colors vs using one color. You will have a more natural healthier glow than using one color alone.

Image 8 illustrates what I do when applying blush. I apply where I naturally blush because I am going for a healthy glow. I don’t contour etc. Why not you ask? Well the short answer is because I’m lazy..lol I go for the least amount of work with the biggest payoff. Especially as we age we lose color in our cheeks and even our lips. So I brush the cool blush (remember cool blushes are for warm undertones) across the apple of my cheeks and up a bit. Then I use the coral highlighter (remember warm highlighters and blushes are for cool undertones) on the top edges of my cheeks. Since I have neutral undertones these two colors mixed together achieve that. I prefer a subtle color on a highlight. To me this reads healthy vs oooh look at that highlight!… 😉At my age there aren’t too many areas on my face that are wrinkle free and I really don’t want to bring atention to those 😂.

Above image 9 illustrates simply what is a cool warm or neutral color. For this example I am using pink. The cool pink has blue added to it. The warm pink has yellow added to it and the neutral pink has both these colors added to it which also brings down the intensity of the pink. If you see a color and you can’t tell if its cool or warm it most likely is a neutral version.

Here is one last color choice to look at. Lipstick…If you have warm undertones choose warmer colors and if you have cool undertones choose cooler colors. In my case since I have neutral undertones I chose a neutral pink. Its easy and will look good no matter what hair color I am wearing or what clothes I have on. Its my go to color. TIP: When choosing a lip color look at your natural lip color as your guide.

The take away here is makeup can be fun. For a quick heathy look a little foundation blush and lip color and you’re out the door. You don’t have to wear everything to look put together and healthy. ….but it is fun…lol..next eyes! Enjoy..🙋


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The way the shape, size, and placement of a curl can change the body of your wig

Curls come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and configurations. Each of these attributes will have a significant impact on how much VOLUME you can expect your wig to have.

Curly wigs ALWAYS appear to have more hair than straight wigs. This is because the texture encourages volume and body with minimal amount of styling and will not lie flat unless you straighten it.

Shape: round curls – such as barrel curls or those that look as though they’ve been styled with a big, round brush – will give you more volume (i.e. bigger hair) than narrower curls or waves.

Size: bigger curls will give you bigger hair!

Configuration: The higher up on the hair shaft and the closer to the “scalp” of the wig the curls begin, the more voluminous your hair will be!

We’re going to use some examples to show you how this works!

Curl Appeal by Gabor

 

Shape: The curls here are corkscrews.

Size: In terms of tight corkscrew curls, these are fairly large.

Configuration: The curls start about 2” away from the base of the hair.

The Result: Jamila Hi is a wig with a LOT of volume all over!

This is Charlotte by TressAllure.

Shape: The curls here are blown-out barrels, similar to what you would achieve with a round brush.

Size: Very, very large and loose

Configuration: The curls start about 3” – 4” away from the base of the hair and are ONLY in the back of the wig.

The Result: Charlotte is a wig that is sleek and fits close to the face in the front, and “blooms” with volume in the back. The volume in the back is substantial and has lots of built-in lift, courtesy of the permatease in the cap and the hair texture.

This is Ashley by Envy.

Shape: The curls here are classic round barrels.

Size: Large

Configuration: The curls start about 5.5” away from the base of the hair, or around the mid-face on most women.

The Result: Ashley is a monotop, lace front wig so she has relatively low volume on the top (and has a LOT of hair up there to compensate for the lack of permatease). The curls hit right at the mid-face, which means that the volume “blooms” in that location. This is a great style for folks with narrow or square faces who want to soften their angles or add volume in those places . . . but it will make the lower part of the face look bigger due to the volume, so it’s not a great shape for round faces.

This is Jessica by Jon Reneau.

Shape: The curls here are loose round barrels with some variation in direction.

Size: Medium

Configuration: The curls start about 3” (in the front) and 5.5” (on the sides) away from the base of the hair.

The Result: Jessica is a permateased wig so she has built-in volume on the top. The curls hit right at the mid-face, which means that the volume “blooms” in that location, though there is ample volume all over due to the cap construction. Variations in the directions of the curls make this a more natural looking curl pattern AND adds some volume. Like the Ashley above, this is a great style for folks with narrow or square faces who want to soften their angles or add volume in those places.

This is Socialite by Gabor.

Shape: The curls here are loose round barrels with some variation in direction.

Size: Very large

Configuration: The curls start about 5” (in the front) and 8” (on the sides) away from the base of the hair, or around the jawline on most women.

The Result: Socialite is a partial mono wig, so she has a cap with a very light amount of permatease, particularly at the crown. The curls are large and open, giving this wig a very soft and relaxed amount of volume below the jaw, and loose, open curls in the layering around the face as well. The volume is relatively sleek above the jaw, since so much of the top of the wig is straight.

This is Scarlett by Jon Renau.

Shape: Open, wind-blown (read that as “intentionally sloppy,” “shabby chic,” or “Boho”) corkscrews

Size: Large, at least by corkscrew standards

Configuration: The waves hug the face in the front and the bulk of the rest of the waves start about 4” – 5” down from the base of the hair.

The Result: Scarlett has built-in volume in the cap due to the permatease, so there is plenty of volume all over the wig. The curls are intentionally unruly, so while it “blooms” slightly above the mid-face, it will have volume in a casually elegant and uneven fashion all throughout the wig, particularly in the front.

This is Amber by Jon Renau.

Shape: VERY loose, barely defined barrels

Size: Extremely large and open

Configuration: The curls are extremely soft and open. They start below the jawline, with most being below the shoulders. There are some soft curls added to the layers near the face.

The Result: Amber isn’t really a curly wig. There may be some texture, but it is VERY loose and soft and doesn’t really add much in terms of body or volume; it is concentrated too low on the hair shaft and is too loose to give you “big hair” with this wig. The monofilament top and lace front further encourage this wig to have a more natural amount of volume than the product photos might indicate, especially after it’s been washed. The texture merely softens the wig and makes it a bit more feminine.

Shape: Long, well-defined corkscrews

Size: Large

Configuration: The curls are clearly defined and “bloom” at the bottom of the face area, approximately 8” from the base of the hair in the back of the wig with some soft curled layers near the front of the face.

The Result: Brianna, unlike Amber above, IS a curly wig. The uniform corkscrew pattern gives this wig a very classic and pretty amount of volume towards the bottom of the wig. The monofilament top on this wig makes Brianna relatively flat on the top and very voluminous as you go down the length of the hair.

Now that you’ve seen this concept in action, you should be able to apply it to hair while you’re shopping to give you a really good way to determine what the volume will be like on your potential new hair!

You and I both know the product images can be a little less than perfect at times. This kind of knowledge will make it much easier to beat the marketing! Have fun! 🙂

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