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WIG ADVICE

LIST OF CONTENTS

HEAD SIZES FOR WIGS
REASONS FOR CHOOSING A WIG
FACE SHAPE
PUTTING ON A CLIP-ON HAIRPIECE
PUTTING ON A 3/4 COMB OR FALL
PUTTING ON MAGIC HAIR ENHANCERS
COLOR EFFECTS WITH MAGIC HAIR ENHANCERS
COLOR DECISIONS FOR THE FASHION WIG BUYER
MAILING IN YOUR HAIR COLOR SAMPLE
HOW DO I STYLE MY WIG
HOW DO I CLEAN MY WIG

HEAD SIZES FOR WIGS

 To own wigs you need to know something about your head size. Fortunately almost 19 out of 20 women can wear average head size wigs. That means your head size when measured is between 21" and 22 you can wear average size wigs, which is most of the market anyway. If you are not sure that you have an average size head by looking, measure your head with a tape measure going around the forehead at the hairline, under the hair, behind the ears and around the nape of the neck. If this is too difficult to do by yourself, have someone help you. Also keep in mind that most wigs have a Velcro adjustment tab, that can give you some room increase or decrease size.


Average Fits 21.5" - 22.5"

Petite Fits 2O" - 21"

Large Fits 22.5" - 24"



REASONS FOR CHOOSING A WIG

There are two basic reasons to consider:
If you are thinking about a wig for fun fashion style changes, the sky is the limit! You can go from short to long, from straight to curly, blond to redhead, and the only real rule will be "does it look good?" For the fun fashion customer these guidelines are great tools. They cue you into some basic cosmetic knowledge that takes years of experience to become one's second nature.

For the hair replacement wig, selecting a wig close to your own natural style is usually the most comfortable decision. Still you might want to think of your style as a general guide.
Remember, wigs do not come in excessively thinned styles. That is because fullness is one of the main reasons that people buy wigs. Fullness, body and shine in hair are universally symbolic of health and beauty. In fact the three attributes that convey beauty in a woman across all civilizations and spanning the generations are: And healthy hair is ranked first!

FACE SHAPE

The face shape advice herein is just a real good guideline, and not a hard-fastened rule. There are plenty of exceptions to these suggestions, but if you have not stumbled upon your perfect alter ego style you might want to try to apply these guidelines and see what they can do for you. Anyway, it's good to know if you don't already, just what is your face shape, professionally speaking.
So stand in front of a mirror, look straight ahead and ask yourself, which of these face shapes most closely approximates my own? Pay careful attention to the chin and cheekbones and after you have made your best decision click on the face shape, which will take you to a page of suggested wig styles. Then come back here.

           

        

PUTTING ON A CLIP-ON HAIRPIECE


Clip-on hairpieces are by far the easiest and quickest way to go, if you have enough hair to attach the combs. Below are two diagrams showing the easy ways to form a ponytail secured with a coated ponytail holder elastic band. The higher ponytail usually looks best, sweeping up as much neck hair as possible, and the sideburns also usually look best when just swept into the ponytail. Some can get away with leaving out some wispy sideburns. The idea is to create the illusion that your hair was swept up into the combs, which will probably show a bit, and then fell out the other side, creating the "fall".

Not shown is one alternate method of putting up the ponytail which we developed. We call it the pigtail method. If your hair is not long enough to put into a ponytail, but can be put into two tiny pigtails, you can use the pigtails as anchor points to attach the combs. The combs will not come together in this method, but they will simply get stuck in the pigtails and become very secure. You'll have to experiment to see what method of application you like best for yourself. Sometimes you can just switch around from one way to the other.
Clip-ons are very secure. Once properly in place, they don't fall off even during active head-bobbing modern dance.

PUTTING ON A 3/4 COMB OR FALL


Most of these pieces come with excellent instructions in the box with the piece. Falls do not have combs to attach themselves to your hair, but instead have teeth that sink into your existing hair to secure themselves. The trick is to position the fall perfectly. This does take some experimentation, but the accepted best way for most people is to start the piece in the front lined up with an imaginary line drawn from the front of one ear to the front of the other and over the top of the head of course.

So first, brush all the hair that would lay in front of this imaginary line to the front as bangs! Then, if you can, create a small ponytail as an anchor, but this should be low near the neck. Then sink the teeth of the fall into part line that you have created in the front, and stretch the rest of the piece over the anchor near the neck. If you have lined things up right, there should be just a bit of tension, not too tight, but certainly not too loose either.

Then brush up or lift with your fingers, your bang hair in the front, and sort of integrate your hair with the hairpiece. With a fall you should select a color that matches or is slightly darker than your own hair, because you are going to layer your hair on top, and hair looks more natural when it is darker underneath, at the roots.

You can use a wig spray, bobby pins, or a fancy clip to attach your bang hair to the top of the hairpiece as a final touch. With a fall you can wear the hair back, or move it semi-forward, even in front of the shoulders if it a long enough fall. The effect is a fullness without an obvious ponytail or combs. They are a little more work to do up than a clip-on, but they offer a versatility that a clip-on can not duplicate.

PUTTING ON MAGIC HAIR ENHANCERS


Revlon's Magic hair enhancers are truly a revolutionary new product. They look like wigs, but they are full of holes. They are light as a feather, and are called "hair enhancers" because they are made to do just that: enhance the hair you already have. They are especially effective for hair that is pretty much there, but thinning and lacking volume. Hair enhancers come with complete instructions, but we have largely copied those instructions here for your advance information.
Once you've practiced a few times, the entire job should take no longer than 5-10 minutes. As with anything new, it just takes a little patience and practice.

COLOR EFFECTS WITH MAGIC HAIR ENHANCERS

You do not have to match your own hair color with hair enhancers. You can create tone-on-tone effects, highlights or even a great frosted effect without chemicals! If you've chosen a color similar to your own you will get a tone-on-tone effect with slight color variations that look natural. If you've chosen a color slightly lighter or darker than your own hair, the finished look will have a beautiful highlighted effect. And if you've chosen a color opposite to your own hair, you will achieve a dramatic frosted effect. If you have brown hair, try it in blond; if you have blond hair, try it in brown, etc. Try it in a variety of shades to give yourself a different look each day.


COLOR DECISIONS FOR THE FASHION WIG BUYER


Again we differentiate between the fashion buyer and the hair replacement wig. Fashion buyers are usually open to hair color changes in wigs. And then sometimes what we are born with,  just gives you your best color to begin with. It's a very personal decision to change color, and if you are thinking of dyeing your hair, a wig is a great way to find out what the other color will bring you, without damaging your own natural hair.

Often eye color helps us select a wig color. We know that red is opposite to green and blue and as such, sets up a beautiful contrast. Blue eyes are a standout when framed with a red wig. Once we decide to go to red, we look at complexion to select the proper red, with fair complexions favoring the light reds, such as Irish Red, and dark complexions favoring the auburns.

Complexion is also a very important guide in selecting hair color. A strong contrast such as a pale complexion with jet black hair, is great for making people notice your face, but you'd better have a Snow White clear complexion as well. Strong contrast causes the eye to see complexions very clearly, and if that is a good feature for you, you should consider toning down the contrast a bit. You can go too far when toning down contrast. With no contrast at all, your face gets lost completely, like a painting without a frame. We often see this at our salon very often. It can be an interesting effect, but it's not one you normally would want to live with day in and day out.
Dark Complexions and eye colors can still benefit from some contrast with hair color. Often a dark brown complexion will be set off with light chocolate hair, or #1 jet black. Then light brown complexions get contrast with dark brown hair. It's a vice-versa sort of thing, with the big idea being to get some contrast. The amount of contrast is up to you, remembering that strong contrast causes the eye to focus and pay attention. After the eye is done paying attention, the brain makes decision as to whether or not it likes what it has seen, based on myriads of reasons which include believability. But even the unbelievable can be beautiful.  That's one of the great things about wigs. They allow you to change, without really changing. Sometimes a wig just jumps at you, but if you are not sure of a color selection feel free to e-mail us.

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