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The Pros and Cons of Custom Hair Systems vs. Stock Hairpieces

When seeking hair replacement solutions, one of the first decisions many people come across is what type of piece to purchase. They wonder if they should invest in a custom hairpiece or if instead they should purchase a ready-to-wear stock wig that’s quick and, in some cases, less expensive.

There are pros and cons to each of these options. You may be asking yourself, “What’s the care and maintenance like for these hairpieces?” or “How much flexibility will I have in styling?” Everyone’s situations will be different, and it will depend on your lifestyle, budget, and severity of your hair loss.

Here, we run down a short list of some of the positives and potential negatives of each. Keep in mind that both solutions could use either natural human hair or synthetic hair.

Ready-to-Wear Wigs and Pieces

Sometimes referred to as stock pieces, this removable hair system is what people generally think of when researching hair replacement options. They come pre-made in a variety of different styles and features, and offer little flexibility in terms of changes and fit. This category includes wigs, hair extensions, top-of-head systems like toupees, partial caps, and more.

Pros:

  • Readily available at brick-and-mortar and online retailers and salons
  • Elastic caps fit just about any head size and shape
  • Easy to put on and remove at a moment’s notice
  • The low price point allows room in your budget for multiple wigs and pieces for variety
  • Great for patients experiencing temporary hair loss, like cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

Cons:

  • Out-of-the-box fit often isn’t comfortable for many people
  • Pieces tend to look artificial, not blending well with someone’s natural look
  • Elastic band may limit your physical activities, like dancing
  • Requires additional time for care and maintenance
  • Lifespan of a removable hairpiece is short, and it needs to be switched out often

While there are a variety of different stock hair pieces on the market, it can be a chore to find the one that’s fit and right for you. If you’re looking for something that’s low maintenance and yet gives you a natural, beautiful look, then custom hairpieces may be the way to go.

Custom Hair Systems

Thanks to the advancement of science and technology, there are now many solutions available for hair replacement. From Omnigraft – a non-surgical hair grafting procedure, to Aurora Hair Integration system – a procedure using existing hair to add volume, there is sure to be a hair system that’s fit for your needs.

Pros:

  • Great for people experiencing hair loss in patches or partial areas
  • Can sometimes use existing hair to fulfill the needs of a client
  • Advanced bonding techniques for hair pieces to scalp allow for superior fit
  • New pieces can be blended and fitted to look natural and unapparent
  • Higher quality means lower maintenance and longer lifespans for hairpieces
  • Variety of available procedures ranges largely in cost, so custom hair systems can actually be cost-effective and inexpensive for many patients

Cons:

  • Custom pieces require time and are not instant like stock wigs and hairpieces
  • Every patient responds to the bonding techniques differently

If a custom hair system is what you’re looking for, but you’re not sure if your budget allows for it, one of our experienced hair loss experts will be able to explore the many options available to you. There is something for everyone!

Book a free consultation today online or call us at 800-966-9505 for either of our Los Angeles or Woodland Hills locations.

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How to Travel with Your Detachable Wigs?

Summer is around the corner, which means you’re probably thinking about flying away to the beach, or you’re planning your next getaway to a place other than home.

And we can’t blame you! It’s probably been a stressful year for you, and as we’ve already discussed before, stress can cause hair loss. A vacation may be just what the doctor ordered.

If you haven’t traveled with your wigs before, have no fear: it’s easier than many might think. It just takes some initial planning, a few bags, and you’ll be ready to look stylish no matter where you’re jetsetting to.

Everyone’s process will be different, but here are our suggestions for traveling with your detachable wigs and hairpieces:

  • Know which wig you’ll wear on the plane. Many people like to wear their wigs while traveling because for one, you don’t have to pack it, and two, you still want to look your best at the airport. Most TSA scanners will not sound off from typical wigs and clips, and the agents are generally aware of these situations too.

  • Decide whether you want wig travel cases or plastic bags to store your wigs: If you have wigs with delicate crowns or wigs with elaborate hairstyles or big curls, it may be worth your investment to get a hard-walled case for your wigs. You’ll insert the wig crown-first into the case, gently maneuver the hair into the crown, and close your case. For more storage, double up your wigs by stacking the crowns on each other, inserting them together, and maneuvering the hair in at the same time.

  • If plastic bags are what you’ll be using: You can maneuver the inside of the crown in with the hair, so that when the wig is laying inside the bag (and then your suitcase), the crown won’t get too crushed. Some people even add newspaper or tissue stuffing into the crown to prevent a crushed wig. Then, cover the hair with a net and place into a bag. You can even turn the crown inside out, maneuver the hair in, and then cover that with a hair-net for added protection of the hair.

  • Know ahead of time if you’ll place them in a carry-on or checked baggage: If you want to protect your investment, then we suggest placing your wigs in a carry-on bag. Checked luggage runs the risk of being lost or delayed, and may at times be rummaged through by TSA agents if something suspicious was found inside your bag through a scanner. Of course, with a wig case, it may be difficult to store that in your carry-on if there is not enough room.

  • Once you land, remove your wigs immediately: One of the first things you should unpack once you get to your destination are your wigs, since you don’t want them to be packed for any longer than they should. This helps prevent moisture build-up and the chances for the wig crown to become more crushed.

When packing, don’t forget to also pack all your necessary hair products that you use on your wigs – detachable or not. A comb is a definite necessity, and if you can, bring your wig stands so you can prop them up wherever you’re staying if you’re bringing detachable wigs or hairpieces.

It may help to also do an online search for local wig and hairstyles in the area where you’ll be staying in case you need help with styling.

If you’re coming to one of the beautiful Los Angeles beaches like Venice or Malibu for your vacation, or any water-dense resort or location, be sure to check out our post on swimming with hairpieces.

Have a question for one of our stylists? Reach out to us here, or book a free appointment today using our online scheduler. You can also give us a call at 800-966-9505 to book at either of our locations in Los Angeles or Woodland Hills.

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Can You Swim with a Removable Wig or Hairpiece?

Generally, the answer to this question is no, it is not recommended that you enter a pool or ocean with your removable wig or hairpiece. However, there are exceptions and varying scenarios where you can protect your hair from the potential damage your removable wig or hairpiece might suffer when you’re swimming.

Summer is near, so we know you’re thinking about this. Whether you’re at a gorgeous ocean beach, or you’re at your local pool, there are many reasons why you wouldn’t want to remove your wig before your take a dip in the waters. Maybe it’s not convenient for you to take it off and put it back on again later. Or maybe you’re dealing with alopecia or hair loss, and you just simply want to look your best with a full head of hair.

The thing is, it isn’t the water that’s harmful to your removable hairpiece – it’s what’s in the water! The good news is that there are ways you can protect your removable hairpiece from the damaging effects of salt water and chlorine.

Is there a difference between synthetic and human hair removable wigs in water?

Chemicals like chlorine can be detrimental to your hair in general, whether it’s natural or synthetic. The chlorine is great for killing bacteria that can make you sick, but it can also damage the hair if exposed too long.

If you swim often and you’re trying to decide between a synthetic removable wig and a human hair removable wig, then we suggest investing in a one that will primarily be worn when you do go swimming, or a “swimming wig.” If you’re not concerned about the wig’s shape or style over time, then this would be a great way to both look your best out in the water, and look your best with another wig for other occasions.

Removable human hair wigs are expensive, and tend to look more natural because of their ability to retain moisture. However, because chlorine can be damaging to regular hair, you likely wouldn’t want any damage done to a big investment like a natural human hair removable wig.

Likewise, if you’re thinking of swimming in the ocean, salt can dry out your hair. It will pull the much-needed moisture from your natural hair removable wigs and pieces! Even using products that add moisture back into your hair won’t bring your human hair removable wigs back to their original state. And don’t forget that the sun, too, can damage human hair! It’s recommended that you take the risk with a synthetic removable wig instead.

Other methods to protect your hairpieces

If switching out for a different removable hairpiece is not possible, try out these methods for keeping your removable hair piece protected!

  • Wear a swim cap. You can look like an Olympian AND protect your hair piece all at the same time. Swim caps are inexpensive, and they’re a great investment for just about anyone who wants the convenience and the protection.
  • Invest in hair products formulated for swimming. There are many brands on the market with products targeted specifically to swimmers and to those who enjoy swimming. There are serums you can apply before your hair gets wet to protect it from chemicals and sun damage. There are also products that you can apply after to remove the salt and chlorine, and to add moisture back to your hair.
  • Get water-resistant wig glue. One of the other issues with hair pieces in water is the chance that it may slip off while you’re swimming. To help avoid this problem, look for water-resistant adhesives that are better at keeping your wig and hair pieces in place while you’re active.
  • Wear a headband designed for swimming. There are some special bands on the market that are used for when people want to reinforce their wigs while they’re swimming. They press down on your hairline, protecting your wig from the water and also assisting with the grip on your hair piece.

If you're looking for the type of hair piece that you can wear in the water without worrying about any of these issues, then contact us about our Virtual Reality hair pieces and custom wigs that can be worn just like any hair! Click here to schedule an appointment today or by call our team of hair restoration experts today at 800-966-9505.

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How to Manage Your Wigs and Hairpieces When It’s Humid?

Humidity is no fun when you want to have a nice, fun hairstyle to go out in. The moisture in the air causes real hair to frizz if it’s too dry, or to go limp, which makes all that time you put into styling your hair go to waste!

Fortunately for people who wear wigs or hairpieces, synthetic hair is a great option. Unlike natural hair wigs, the hair strands of a synthetic piece won’t react to the increased moisture in the air as easily. Because of this reason, it’s not uncommon for people to own both natural hair and synthetic hair wigs. Switching between different hair pieces helps to extend the life of your pieces – and it adds some variety to your hairstyle choices, too!

If switching hair pieces is not for you, here are some options to manage your hair during humid weather. Luckily, it’s not too different from what stylists would normally use on every day human hair as well.

Use only hair products that contain no alcohol

Hair products that use natural oils are gaining popularity, and for good reason. Alcohol strips the hair dry, which makes it easier to frizz during humidity. You also shouldn’t wash your hair pieces too often, due to this reason as well.

Choose a humidity-friendly hair style

Opt to style your hair up in a ponytail, braid, or bun your hair while it’s wet to minimize the frizziness. (Remember not to pull too much on your scalp when creating this style to avoid damaging the hair or risk making your hair loss worse.) Also, try not to go for styles that use a blow dryer, curling iron, or flat iron – the added heat will clean the moisture out of your hair making it more susceptible to the effects of humidity.

Use hydrating shampoo, and shampoo infrequently

Washing your hair too often can do more harm than good, so it’s best to space out your shampooing so that you can have clean hair but not dried up hair. There are shampoos and conditioners on the market especially formulated to fight frizziness, and which add hydration back into your hair.

Apply anti-frizz hair serum after washing

Using a serum is a great way to add moisture back into your hair and help reduce frizzing. Some products may contain silicone, and that’s okay, but just be mindful that it can weigh your hair down (which may be okay if the style you want calls for it).

There are many serums on the market. It’s always good to pick several that fit in your budget and try out each for at least a week and see which ones do well for you and your lifestyle. Serums also work great on synthetic hairs, if you’re looking for that added climate protection.

Get layers added to your hair

If your wig is long and straight with only one length, then consider taking your wig to a stylist to add layers. This won’t necessarily aid in the fight against humidity, but it will add interest and volume to your hair without additional styling, decreasing your need to add more product or heat to your hair.

Need more information on choosing the best wigs and hairpieces for you, or looking to get more product recommendations? You can book a consultation online here or call us at 800-966-9505.

Additionally, you can learn about our latest specials and promotions by clicking here!

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Men: How to Add More Volume to Your Hair and Hairpieces?

If you’ve checked out the top hair trends for men in 2018, then you’ll notice that voluminous hair is in. Not only that, but hair that has volume looks healthier and gives you more options for styling.

It is important to note that the process for adding volume is different for men who wear hairpieces, but it doesn’t mean it’s harder! If your piece or wig is made of synthetic hair, then the most important difference is that you shouldn’t use heating tools like a blow dryer or flat iron, as they could damage your hair. Of course, even on real human hair, heating tools are often damaging to your hair if it isn’t protected by some kind of serum.

After you’ve used one of the methods below to create volume, it’s critical that you use some kind of styling product that doesn’t weigh down your hair. We’ll provide some suggestions at the end.

Using a blow dryer

Using this tool is probably the most popular way to add volume to your hair. Again, if you’re wearing synthetic hair, it is highly suggested you skip this and go for the next method.

Before you expose your hair to potentially damaging heat, you should apply some kind of heat protectant product to your hair or hairpieces. They come either as a serum, cream, or spray.

After applying your protectant, take a comb and grab a small chunk of hair, and point the dryer in the opposite direction of where your hair naturally lays. So if your hair lays to the front, you should point the dryer so that the wind goes back behind you. This will help your hair stand up, giving you the volume you’re looking for.

Using dry volumizing powder

This is likely the best option for men who wear wigs or hairpieces with synthetic hair. But even if you don’t have synthetic hair, this is still a great product to try.

Also called texture powder, this looks and feels a little like baby powder. You apply it directly to the roots of your hair, massaging it into your scalp and the roots of your hair, then move up the hair strands to add lift to them. After the powder sets in, you can then style your hair with volumizing hairspray to give it the shape you’re looking for.

Using volumizing hairspray

Using hairspray is generally advised to be applied after the previous two methods, but oftentimes when you’re busy and need a quick fix, this alone could work! On its own, this method may not hold your style for as long as it could when used alongside a blow dryer or texture powder, but it’s great for when you’re preparing for a quick meeting and need to get out the door fast.

Using your comb, bring small pieces of your hair up and spray from the roots up along the strands. After applying to the places where you want volume, you can use the comb to shape your hair to the style you want.

Keep in mind that using fingers to style your hair may weigh down the style later in the day. The oils from your fingers may transfer to your hair, which can make style up-keep more difficult later on.

If you have stubborn or synthetic hair, you might want to try applying a serum or hair lotion before using hairspray. There’s also volumizing shampoo and conditioner products that you could use in the mornings to help build more body to your hair.

Find what works for you

No matter your hair type, the hairpiece you use, or the time you have, you’ll have plenty of options! The key is to try different methods to see what works for you. Some men even apply their product before bed so that it has overnight to set.

Even if the style you’re looking to achieve doesn’t necessarily need a lot of volume, these options can give lift to your hair and add some life and movement to it.

Need help getting the look you want? Book a free consultation online or call our team of hair experts today at 800-966-9505.

What’s more, you can learn about our latest specials and promotions by clicking here!

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