Would a wig put an end to your bad hair days

Blow-drys, back-combing and up-dos: the party season can leave hair frazzled within an inch of its life.

Add in the problem of thinning locks, which affect almost half of women over 50, and by New Year your crowning glory can look seriously limp and lacklustre.

My hair is a case in point — the ends are straggly and it feels brittle and dry.

Perhaps that’s why wigs are becoming increasingly popular with older women: sales have risen by 20 per cent in a year.

There used to be a time when no one would admit to wearing a wig but now celebrities such as Joan Collins and Raquel Welch have brought out lines.

Meanwhile, singer Adele and Strictly winner Abbey Clancy have gushed about them.

Real human hair or high-tech synthetic material has replaced shiny plastic strands, while helmet-shapes have been ditched in favour of glossy layers and realistic volume.

However, they do come at a cost: while a synthetic wig costs from £80 to £200, a human-hair wig costs between £250 and £1,000.

So is a wig the secret to effortless style and can they really look as natural as your own hair?

 

SHORT – BUT SO SWEET

'One of my neighbours admired my highlights and asked where I'd had them done,' said Kim‘One of my neighbours admired my highlights and asked where I’d had them done,’ said Kim

 

Bravo, £562.50, hothair.co.uk

An expensive wig, but again it’s made of top-quality human hair.

I can’t help but feel this is a bit of a dated style (though you can take it to your hairdresser for a trim and colour to make it look better) but I was pleasantly surprised by how the colour flattered my skin rather than washing me out.

The highlights had plenty of depth with warm caramel tones similar to my own.

I wore this to the supermarket to stock up on canapes for a party I was throwing.

Despite a gale-force wind, my wig felt secure and I arrived intact.

I ran into a couple of people I know who all noticed the new style, but no one guessed it wasn’t my own hair.

In fact, one of my neighbours admired my highlights and asked where I’d had them done. Result!

It also felt soft and healthy with no frizz in sight — exactly what I was aiming for. If I’d had time for my hairdresser to customise the cut and make it a little more modern, it could have worked even better.

It also went down a storm at the party and I forgot I was wearing a wig because it was so comfortable.

 

MUTTON DRESSED LIKE BARBIE

‘At 54, I’m simply too old for a style like this – and from behind I resembled a mannequin,’ said Kim

When I first saw this curled style, I thought it would look very Old Hollywood when on. Sadly, I looked more like Barbie.

At 54, I’m simply too old for a style like this — and from behind I resembled a mannequin thanks to the slightly-too-shiny synthetic material.

Worse, the huge fringe had a life of its own forcing me to grab the scissors and tone it down a bit before heading out to dinner with girlfriends — who roared with laughter when they saw me.

It also felt very tight and heavy, and after an hour of gossip and a glass of wine, I was hot and flushed — the last thing a menopausal woman needs.

The colour looked very flat and unnatural, too, and I was glad to take it off.

I definitely couldn’t get away with this because it looks mildly realistic only from certain angles.

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Wear Bob Hairstyles

Trying out a long bob is a fun way to try something new and exciting (without committing to a super short ‘do that you just may not be ready for!).

There’s just something so sweet and sassy about a long bob (aka the lob). Perhaps it’s the in-between length or simply the fact that it’s the perfect go-to hairstyle for women who can’t seem to (or don’t want to!) make up their mind!

Check out below for 5 ways to wear a long bob!

Lob

This particular lob is all about simplicity and finding a great hairstyle that’s perfect for the everyday and stylish enough for special events.

To achieve this look, ask your hairstylist to give you long layers that fall just above shoulder length. This is a great choice if you’re into sporting no bangs because the long layers that fall ever so gently below your chin create such beautiful movement and texture, you’ll find that you don’t need ‘em!

Long Bob

This long bob with bangs is an ultra flattering look for just about anyone out there as it’s a bold choice (with enough subtle features to allow you to feel comfortable in your own skin) that works with any face shape.

This long bob is all about creating layers along the bottom that really help to show off the cut’s intricate angles. Adding in a side swept fringe brings this look full circle and also works to show off your eyes too!

Check out our hairstyle photo galleries!  Each gallery has 10-20 new hairstyle ideas for you!

Long Bob with Bangs

This long bob hairstyle with layered bangs and long layers is a great choice for thick hair as it helps to lighten things up and create movement. By adding bangs to this shorter layered hairstyle, it really allows for an extra mod feel (which oozes with sophistication and sex appeal!).

Long Bob

This long bob with bangs is an ultra flattering look for just about anyone out there as it’s a bold choice (with enough subtle features to allow you to feel comfortable in your own skin) that works with any face shape.

This long bob is all about creating layers along the bottom that really help to show off the cut’s intricate angles. Adding in a side swept fringe brings this look full circle and also works to show off your eyes too!

After you finish your usual hair-drying routine, spritz in a little TIGI Rockaholic Groupie Texturizing Spray Pomade for a more textured and piecey look that’s a little more undone, but still polished enough to wear into work.

Shoulder Length Bob

The classic bob is a signature look for many women because it’s simple yet stylish and works for all hair types. The special thing about the long bob though is that you get all the characteristics of a regular bob with a little extra oomph.

This particular hairstyle is all about creating the perfect angles that starts with shorter layers in the back while gradually working towards longer layers in the front. This creates a look that’s super textured and fun to style.

Choppy Long Bob

A great medium length hairstyle allows you to keep things looking healthy and fresh always (as it’s an absolute must to keep up with regular trims to maintain this length).

If you do not want to lose your hair , you can go buy bob wigs, to achieve your bob hairstyles.

Celebrity Haircuts and Bangs

Michelle Obama’s new haircut was the bang heard around the world. We love the way her fringe falls at eyelash level and extends past her cheekbones for a modern yet polished effect. Plus, the rounded sides open up her face and flatter her gorge smile.

The ladies of Destiny’s Child (fingers crossed a reunion will happen!) have come a long way with their beauty looks, and we can’t help but stop and stare at Kelly Rowland’s mile-long locks. Add instant oomph to Rapunzel-like hair with thick fringe that stops right before your cheekbones. “A style like this looks great on those with oblong faces, as it covers a lot of the length of the face to balance it out.

For a sexy cut like Helena Christensen’s, ask for bangs that hit just above the brows, leaving the heaviest pieces at the sides to round out a square face shape. “Bangs that start a little bit shorter like this one give clients an extra week or so before having to trim them again.

Whether you already have a natural wave to your hair or you want to style it like Kimberly Caldwell’s, side-swept bangs look fun and edgy with lots of layers and cool piece-iness. It’s also a great “in-between” look when you’re transitioning between cuts. “To accessorize your look between trims, try hair barrettes and colored bobby pins to accent your bangs, pull them to one side, or part hair down the middle.

How to care about your hair in winter

It’s Christmas Season already! An extremely exciting season! While you are enjoying the happiness of preparing for the Christmas and expecting amazing Christmas presents, never have your dry hair spoil your mood.

With days go shorter and nights going longer, air and weather becomes dry so that everyone suffers from dry hair in winter due to hash winds and the loss of water. You have to face the fact that your hair becomes tangling and frizzing which was depleted from being shinny and lustrous and that dandruff increased because central heating removes the natural oils out of your scalp and wearing hats on the other hand causes the scalp to sweat more which makes hair flat extraordinarily and lank.

Are you also among those people who tends to wash your hair more frequently when you suffers more damaged of your hair thinking that this may make it look better? Get rid of this myth immediately! It will make matters even worse because this will remove moisture from your hair. On the contrary, you should give your hair more TLC (tender loving care), such as using moisturizing products when shampooing your hair.

Keeping the habit to treat your hair with an intensive conditioner every every other week just you will do a face mask several times a week; this will infuse each strand your hair with moisture and leave it looking shiny and healthy.

If wearing hats all day is harmful, then how to protect hair without expose your hair in the sun and in the winds? Yes! Get a breathing wig to look more beautiful and protect your scalp at the same time.

Why not look at UniWigs high-quality human hair wigs for great comfort and protection?

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Learn more about synthetic hair

With technological advances, synthetic hair has come a long way in recent years. In some cases it is difficult to tell the difference — the denier and texture are such that they feel almost like human hair. As a matter of fact, with some of the higher quality synthetic pieces, you would never know they were not natural human hair if you didn’t have the human hair right next to it to compare!

The most appealing aspect to synthetic hair is it can often be worn right out of the box with little or no styling. The fiber used has “memory” for wave, curl and volume which lets hair bounce back into place with minimal effort — the curl pattern is permanently set. It can even hold up in bad weather and can guarantee no drooping or frizzing.

However, what synthetic hair offers in ease, it lacks in versatility. It cannot be styled to look many different ways like its human hair counterparts. Only special Heat Friendly synthetic hair is heat styleable to change the curl pattern. Keep in mind, even the heat friendly fiber can be difficult to style as synthetic fiber is more resistant to change. Synthetic hair is also less durable than human hair. With proper care you can expect synthetic hair wigs and hairpieces to last about 4-6 months – heat friendly synthetic hair 2- 3 months. It is important to follow our care recommendations in order to get the optimal life span from your hair!

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Vacuum-fit wigs

Vacuum-fit or suction full scalp wigs are made from a plaster mould taken of the client’s head to ensure accuracy of fit. The client must have NO hair or must be willing to keep their scalp shaved in order to achieve a near perfect fit and also to maintain a good seal. A good mould cannot be achieved over hair or by putting a plastic wrap over existing hair.

While wearing a vacuum-fit prosthesis, one can swim or ride in a convertible or engage in most outdoor activities without fear that the wind or activity will dislodge the vacuum. However, the wearer can take the vacuum off at any time by breaking the seal with their fingers at the nape of the neck.

There are “hard” vacuums and “soft” vacuums on the market. The hard vacuums are made from either an inert hard plastic or fiberglass. These can be useful for those who have suffered burns or an industrial accident to their scalp as well as persons who might want to wear them during sports like rugby or soccer. They have a “helmet-type” feel to them. The “soft” vacuums are generally considered more comfortable as they are flexible and usually made of a medical grade silicone and feel like a real scalp.
The vacuum typically lasts two to four years with periodic maintenance which must be done at the factory. The client can care for the vacuum in the same way as they would care for their own hair, by washing it once a week with a good salon shampoo and using a good conditioner. It can be permed or highlighted as the hair has not been pre-processed and is strong and healthy to start. It can be blow-dried and styled as usual. You should not sleep in a vacuum as turning your head back and forth on the pillow will eventually break the hair off at the root. Costs for vacuum type wigs are usually in the range of £3,000 depending on the length of hair desired.