5 Tips to Take Care of Your Wig

Have you recently purchased one of our wigs? Then these 5 tips will come in handy.

1) Make sure you have a wig brush, wig comb, wig shampoo and conditioner, wig stand, wig hair spray and other styling accessories on hand.

2) Before putting on your wig, make sure your own hair is clean and dry. If you wish to keep your wig cleaner longer, you can wear a wig cap.

3) Do not cut or color your wig by yourself. Visit a professional stylist.

4) If you are doing activities such as cooking or barbecuing, please do not stand too close to the heat source as the heat can damage your wig.

5) Use cool water for washing your wigs – never hot.

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Lupita Nyong’o WOWs at 2014 MTV Movie Awards

This past Sunday, Conan O’Brien hosted the MTV Movie Awards which featured performances by Rihanna and Eminem as well as life-time achievement generation award recipient Mark Wahlberg.

Winners of the night included…

Movie of the Year: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Best Villain: Mila Kunis
Top Shirtless Scene: Zac Efron

However, we think the biggest winner of the night was the stunning Lupita Nyong’o on the red carpet!

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Swift Style at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards

Taylor Swift, nominee for the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Entertainer of the Year award, may have been beat out by George Straight but she definitely won big on the red carpet!

Swift opted for some sultry separates that bared a bit of skin. Her cut out crop top and long skirt with a daring split had everyone buzzing.

And her hair?! We adore the shorter, layered look!

EY: Channel Taylor’s layered waves with the Tasha Wig by Wendy Williams™ Hair World™.

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Not sure about your wig size?

Before beginning, flatten your hair. Use a cloth tape measure or string to ensure accuracy.

Starting at your natural hairline in front, follow your hairline to just above your ear. Measure around the back to the bend in your neck, just above your other ear, then around front to where you began.

Measure from your natural hairline in front, back over the crown to where your head meets the top of your neck.

Starting in front of one ear where your hairline ends, bring your tape measure or string up and over the crown to the front of your other ear.

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Spring Trend – Bangs!

Katie Holmes, 35, actress and mom to daughter Suri recently visited Walt Disney World Resort with a very fresh new haircut… BANGS!

Not sure if bangs would be the best look for you? Shop our hair pieces department and try the look before making it permanent.

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Secrets of a First-Time Wig Wearer

For Kate – a first-time wig wearer – her initial wig experience wasn’t quite what she had expected. But with a little bit of patience and some investigating, she soon discovered some fantastic tips that every first-time wig wearer should know. Check out her guest blog today and get in the know!

Secrets of a First-Time Wig Wearer

By Kate Aldrich

The day my wigs arrived — one long, one short — I couldn’t wait to try them on. I was perfectly happy with my natural hair, but the thought of being able to change up my hairstyle in an instant sounded like so much fun. I’d seen how dramatically wigs could transform a look. And the quality of wigs available nowadays meant I could wear one in public without anyone being the wiser. I was ready to give this whole wig thing a try!

My new-wig excitement lasted about 10 minutes.

I tried the short, blonde wig first. I couldn’t get it situated just right, my long natural hair was all bunched up in the back and I looked, well, weird. I poked my head out of the bathroom and my 11-year old son stopped dead in his tracks. “What are you DOING?” Then he ran downstairs shouting, “Dad, come see Mom. You have to come see Mom!”

Okay, maybe the long, brunette wig would work out better. But first, I needed some how-to advice. I know lots of people wear wigs, yet I don’t notice a lot of people wearing wigs. So I was obviously doing something wrong. I turned to the Especially Yours website and voila! A how-to video.

It only took a few seconds for me to spot my first mistake. I needed a wig cap. My second mistake was choosing a wig that was completely different in style and color than my natural hair. The woman in the video had a wig that was same color as her natural hair, and that seemed like a smart choice for a first time wig wearer like me. Finally, I wasn’t holding the front and back of the wig when I pulled it on, which was causing it to pull up.

Take two. The next day, I was completely ready. Wig cap? Check. Wig that’s a similar color to my natural hair? Got it. Proper application technique? Done.

This time when I put the wig on, I could immediately see the difference. It easily went right on over the wig cap and stayed in place. I shook my head a bit and checked in the mirror. Unlike my regular hairstyle, the wig had bangs and you know what? I looked pretty good with them. Who knew?!

I stepped out of the bathroom again, ready to take juvenile ridicule from my son. He looked at me, saw the wig, started to say something, then stopped. I asked him what was up. “That actually looks pretty good.” High praise indeed!

Next, the real test – going out in public. I was worried I would feel like EVERYONE KNOWS. But I was going shopping with a friend and thought it would be the perfect, pressure-free time to debut my new look. I spent extra time getting my wig just right. The better I looked, the better I would feel about venturing out.

When my friend arrived, she knew right away it was a wig. I asked her how she knew. “Kate,” she said, “your hair is long, straight, red and you don’t have bangs. The wig is like, the opposite of your regular hair.” Okay, point taken (she should have seen the short, blonde wig!). So I asked her how it looked. “Well, if I didn’t know you I wouldn’t think anything of it. It just looks like … hair.” More high praise.

To make a long story short (I know, I know!), we went shopping and about an hour into it, I basically forgot that I had the wig on. It felt comfortable, no one pointed and laughed and I decided that next time I got my hair cut I was going to get bangs. I was also dying to try the short, blonde wig on again. You know, now that I was a pro and could handle the difference in styles!

Don’t let being a wig novice hold you back from trying one. They’re fun, easy to use (once you get the hang of it) and are a great way to kick your style up a notch when you go out. Just remember:

–       For your first wig, try one that’s not a drastic change from your natural hairstyle if you’re nervous about what look to choose. You’re changing your style in an instant, so it’s okay to start with smaller changes.

–       Watch the how-to video on EspeciallyYours.com. It’s less than two minutes and is a great overview.

–       Practice, practice, practice. It took me a while to get all my hair evenly under the wig cap at first. Once I mastered that, the rest was easy.

–       Use bobby pins if it makes you feel more secure. I ended up using a couple, just for peace of mind.

Now that I’ve worn a wig a few times, I won’t hesitate to do it again and to try even more dramatic styles. And I can’t wait for girls’ night out so I can try that blonde wig!

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Spotlight on the Oscars: Vintage Hollywood

Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Actress Viola Davis rocked the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards in a strapless green gown paired with a sassy finger-wave hairstyle.

Channel that Hollywood glamour with the Circee Wig by Especially Yours

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Find out the ‘it’ hair color for 2014!

Many of us love to read blog posts and magazine articles for the latest in beauty style trends. I am definitely one of those women!

So when I stumbled upon an article on stylelist.com entitled “The ‘it’ hair color for 2014” I just HAD to check it out.

You may be wondering, what IS the ‘it’ hair color for 2014? Well it’s “platinum with a capital blonde,” according to Mariah Carey’s colorist, Kyle White.

Check out the entire article here and then get the new ‘it’ color for yourself at especiallyyours.com!

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Valentine’s Day Looks To Fall in Love With…

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So whether you’re going to a special dinner with your sweetheart or hanging with your girlfriends, we thought we’d give you some great fashion ideas to make this February 14th a memorable one!

Top 5 Valentine’s Day Hairstyles:

1. Sexy and sophisticated

Ricki Wig by Wendy Williams™ Hair World™ combines a sophisticated, business-savvy look with a sleek, sultry cut for the best of both worlds.

2. Beautiful, beachy waves

Reese Wig by Especially Yours is the eye-catching long wig you’ve been looking for (and he’ll adore!)

3. Full-out glam

The Isla Wig by Especially Yours offers cascading curls that will turn heads and melt hearts!

4. Cupid-worthy coif

Our Heart-Shaped Dome is the perfect bun hairpiece for the die-hard romantic.

5. Red-hot color

Human Hair Debut Wig by Especially Yours in Fiery Red or any other wig style that comes in red hues!

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How I lost my hair but kept my identity

Dealing with cancer is extremely difficult, and when you add hair loss into the mix it’s like adding salt to your wounds. In this guest blog post, Elizabeth shares how she tackled her hair loss head on (pun intended) and regained a newfound love for her internal beauty.

How I lost my hair but kept my identity
By Elizabeth T. Schoch

Many cancer survivors have to deal with hair loss from chemotherapy. To me, this is truly a case of adding insult to injury!

In 2013, I was told that I had advanced endometrial cancer. Just a few weeks after diagnosis, I had major surgery. One month later, I had minor surgery. And then about 2 weeks after that, I had to start chemo. Before the chemotherapy began, my doctor told me that my hair would definitely fall out from the chemo drugs. Good grief. First cancer, then two surgeries, and now I was facing 3-1/2 months of chemo, during which time I’d lose my beautiful hair. Quite frankly, it didn’t seem fair.

At first, I thought that the whole hair-loss issue was pure vanity. I came to understand that it was about how I looked, but it was about so much more than that. Everyone’s hair is part of their identity. You stand out because you’re a redhead or because you’ve got awesome dreadlocks or because you’ve got the cutest pixie cut around. In my case, my hair had always been a source of pride for me. It was thick and wavy, and even when I was a little girl, people remarked on it. Hair stylists love me. Just in the couple of weeks leading up to the start of chemo, complete strangers complimented me on my hair, which at the time was just above my shoulders. I hadn’t had it cut in several months, and it was kind of a wild mess, but it was still great hair. And now, here I was, about to lose all of it.

I knew I had to develop some sort of head-covering strategy, because I had no intention of walking around bald. I considered hats, scarves, wigs, and more. What I finally decided upon was a combination of a little knit turban that I got from the American Cancer website, coupled with a colorful scarf that I tied around it. Luckily, I owned a collection of vintage scarves, and I must say it was fun to have a use for them since they’d been languishing on a closet shelf for years. I purchased turbans in 3 basic colors that would coordinate with my clothes, and I was ready to wrap ‘n roll.

I got my hair cut short before it started falling out so it wouldn’t be so hard to deal with. It was still difficult. My hair was brown with silver streaks, and I began finding dark and light hairs all over my apartment. I felt like a cat that was shedding.

Once a good portion of my hair was gone, I began wearing my turban-and-scarf combo. I got a lot of stares, and I realized that losing my hair marked me as a cancer patient. All I wanted to be was anonymous – but that was impossible now.

Another thing I realized: You really find out how much you love your face when your hair is gone. And as my eye lashes and eye brows began to disappear, this became even truer. One step I took to feel better about myself was to wear bigger, bolder earrings and more make-up. This helped me feel more feminine and – dare I say it – pretty.

I got a lot of compliments on my scarves. Were they pity compliments? Perhaps some were, but I think in most cases, my printed scarves caught people’s eyes and made them smile. I had a look of my own. As I said to my friend, it wasn’t a look I had chosen. But it was a look. And it was mine.

I was fortunate because the chemo treatments worked for me, and today I am in remission. My hair has recently grown back, and I had what I call “the big reveal” on Thanksgiving, when I showed up at my cousin’s house with no head-covering. My hair is extremely short, wavy, and is now completely gray. It is sort of odd to go gray more or less overnight, but I am just so thrilled to have hair! It was tough being without hair for 6 months, but I got through it – just like all the other cancer survivors out there who are strong enough to handle cancer, surgery, chemo, radiation, and yes, even the loss of their hair. They find out what I did: Even if you are bald, you are the same person inside. Cancer can’t take that away from you.

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