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Hair Systems Design Evolution

Why have wigs, hair systems, and hair pieces changed in design?    The answer is evolution.  What does that mean?  Hair additions (wigs, hair systems, hairpieces and hair extensions) have evolved in how the hair is processed as well as how natural the hair addition is perceived.

Hair processing has changed in the last 40 years.  Different hair types are available.    Indian, Indonesian, Burmese, European, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Remy are all descriptions of hair type and processing.  Remy simply refers to leaving cuticle on the hair so it is more natural and less processed.  The other names or “places” are where the hair originated from.  We did not have several choices of where the hair originated and the factory did not disclose this information.  Hair was simply hair.

Most hair was original sewn into weft, a line of hair commonly used in less expensive wigs or extensions.  Now hair is hand sewn into net, silk, urethane, or another type of base material so it looks more natural and is more versatile in application.  Hair systems, hair pieces, mono top wigs and handmade wigs use a more natural base material so the appearance of the hair “addition” looks more realistic.  Lace fronts, skin units and other types of handmade materials were not readily available years ago so the systems were heavy and thick in appearance and not as natural looking.  In the 1980s the hair market actually had a shortage of human hair, thus giving rise to mass production of synthetic fiber for use in hand made hair goods.

Synthetic fiber was a suitable replacement for human hair until……..clients realized it could not tolerate heat, friction and could not be colored.  Furthermore long synthetic fiber when worn over clothing will get frizzy over time.  So we went back to human hair and found alternate sources of supply.  Today human hair is still used extensively BUT many wigs and hair systems are so lightweight and realistic looking that their life span has become reduced, thus giving the birth to program hair or disposable hair.  That is topic for another time!

Pay Attention to Your Hairline

hairlinePay Attention to Your Hairline

The front hairline is crucial to making a hair system look real.  If it is too high your forehead may look disproportional to your face.  If it is too low, your hairline may scream “HAIRPIECE!” Women, make sure your hair color is slightly lighter around your face – it may soften your facial features.

If you wear your hair with the hairline exposed, make sure you:

#1: Secure the front edge properly.

#2: Make sure density along the hairline is appropriate.

#3: Double-check your hair color is consistent with your temples.

#4: Don’t wear a hairstyle that commands too much attention.

#5: Examine your front hairline haircut – it is less forgiving than the sides, top, or back of the head. It will show density inconsistencies, as well as a poor cut line.

The idea is to have as natural looking a hair system as possible.  Ask a close friend or relative their honest opinion. You want the best results for your personal image investment!

The Next Step

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Make it a great week,

Marty Greenblatt

How to Deal with Matted & Tangled Hair

mattedtangledHow to Deal with Matted & Tangled Hair

Hair systems can have problems with matting and tangling. The hair can actually bind to itself as if it was working itself into the base. It can also get an elastic feel like a rubber band that is stretched out. Processed hair needs products to make it more manageable. This applies to “live” growing human hair as well as hair in wigs, hair pieces, and hair systems.

A good leave in conditioner will help untangle some of the knotting. Using a conditioner in the shower for about 2 to 3 minutes will help loosen the tangling so it can be brushed out. Using a leave-in conditioner after showering (while the hair is still damp) will also help. Don’t use force when brushing as that will cause hair breakage and fallout. Easy, smooth stokes of a brush, with patience, will alleviate the problem.

Hair styles when wet, not dry so it is helpful to have some water in the hair to help it move and disperse the pray in product better. Hair does not move well when it is dry so make sure you spray water at least 12 inches from your head. The mist will also water down the conditioner, allowing it to “move.” You can use a hair spray to hold the style at that point or even use gel or mouse. You can achieve a wet or dry look depending on what product you use and how much moisture is in your hair.

The Next Step

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Make it a great week,

Marty Greenblatt

Tape or Glue? Choose the Right Adhesive.

Tape or Glue? Choose the Right Adhesive.Tape or Glue? Choose the Right Adhesive.

Some people attach their hair systems with tape or adhesive. I am often asked what method to use. Personally I like tape. Tape is essentially “adhesive” deposited on some type of backing. I like it because it is easy to remove. There are a number of tapes available – red tape, blue tape, clear tape, hurricane tape, no messy residue tape, lace tape, brown liner tape, yellow liner tape…the list can go on and on.

So, what about glues or adhesives? There are lots of options: silicone adhesive, acrylic adhesive, latex adhesive, daily wear adhesive, clear adhesive, white adhesive, yellow colored adhesive, thick adhesive, and thin adhesive. So many options can leave you scratching your head and wondering, “What should I use?”

Find the Right Solution for You

Everyone has their own opinion on what adhesive or tape to use. Your skin type can sometimes determine what is best for you. Your choice to be bonded, the amount of hair you have, skin type, manual dexterity, and lifestyle choice will also determine whether you want to use tape or adhesive.

My best recommendation is to consult your hair replacement center professional. They will know what works for you and should be able to give you the knowledge necessary to answer your questions. It all boils down to your hair attachment method being the right fit for your personal lifestyle.

The Next Step

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Make it a great week,

Marty Greenblatt

How to Choose a Flattering Hairstyle

how to choose a flattering hair color and style

How to Choose a Flattering Hairstyle

Whether you are a man or a woman, when wearing a hair system it is important to choose an easy, flattering and low maintenance hair style.

1. Consider Styling Time

Do you spend little time styling your hair? Are you a very busy person with no time to waste? Obviously you need a “wash-and-go” hair style. Are you a man of leisure?  A gentleman farmer with time to kill? Than you can pick a hairstyle that will take a bit of time to get perfect, and hopefully have the wallet to maintain it!

2. Pick an Appropriate Style

Seriously, when choosing a style, be real with yourself.  If you are conservative, it may not be consistent to pick that aging rock star look. If you are a model, maybe longer hair with some “electric” highlights are in order. Most importantly, think about who you are, how much time you spend grooming your hair, and what image you want to convey to your colleagues, customers and friends. 

3. Choose the Right Color + Texture

The same goes for hair color and wave pattern. If you are a mortician, it is unlikely you are going to get fire engine red hair.  If you are 60 years old, that Elvis pompadour may not be appropriate or believable. Finger waves went out in the sixties. You don’t see many Jheri Curls in public. If you are greying, please don’t use too dark a hair color on your hair! Look at your skin tone and if you are very fair in skin tone, blonde may not be the right answer.

Conclusion

The whole key is to have a hair style that compliments your features.  Accentuate your eyes, jawline, lips, and nose.  Hair shapes the face, like the frame of a fine painting!

I want to leave you with a question:

What tips do you have for picking the right hairstyle and color?

Make it a great week,

Marty Greenblatt

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