Wig Warriors Wisdom & Wit: Topper Tips and Troubles by Janel

 
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Refresh Your Look With A New Wig

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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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