Putting together a cosplay costume involves time and effort, so taking care of every part of it, including the wig, means you get to show off your hard work for a long time to come. Maintaining a curly wig calls for some special supplies. However, unless your wig is made of 100 percent human hair, do not use heat-styling tools on it or you may melt the fibers. Instead, use the right techniques on your curly wig to keep it looking great for the next con.
Wear a wig cap under your wig to help keep your natural scalp oils from soiling the wig.
Use products designed specifically for synthetic wigs, such as liquid wig mousse, to take down frizz. Do not use regular hair products, which can degrade your wig. To use the wig mousse, apply a small amount to your hands and work it into the wig, starting at the ends.
Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle the wig. Do not use a brush, which would ruin the curls. You may shake the wig to keep the curls bouncy.
Store the wig after each use on a wig stand or in a wig storage net. Make sure you store it styled and not folded. Keep it in a cool, dry location.
Wash your cosplay wig only every 12 to 20 wears because each wash shortens the life of your wig and relaxes the curls. Infrequent cosplayers need to wash their wigs only rarely. Check to see if the wig is greasy or has an odor. If so, give your wig a wash.
Fill a sink with a few inches of cool water. Do not use hot water which will relax the curls. Add a tablespoon of synthetic wig shampoo to the water and submerge the wig. Let it soak for a few minutes before gently swirling it around in the water. Soak the wig for a few more minutes in the soapy water.
Rinse the shampoo out with clean cool water.
Lay the wig out on a towel and gently blot it. Do not rub or wring it out. Use your fingers to arrange the curls so they set nicely as they dry. If the curls are tangled, spray a little leave-on wig conditioner over the wig. Work out the knots with your fingers, starting at the ends and working up to the roots. Arrange the curls and let it air dry on a towel.
Tighten up loose curls by wrapping the locks smoothly around sponge curlers. Be careful not to fold any strands of hair or they will set that way.
With durability and versatility, human hair wigs increasingly gain the attention of people all over the world. You can curl and style them just as you?would your own hair, and there are so many varieties of human hair wigs on the market. If you want a high quality human hair wig, a full lace wig is ideal because they are known for the looking very natural and therefore are least likely to be detected as a wig.
One feature of a full lace wig is the realistic appearance it has, allowing the hair to appear as if it’s your own natural hair. With a natural hairline, full lace wigs are also a good choice for people who are suffering from hair loss or hoping to change a hair style without damaging their own hair .
The human hair full lace wigs are wigs made with 100% human hair and hand sewn to a lace base. Lace is the most lightweight and undetectable material for wigs. The lace material gives the appearance of natural skin or scalp when attached to the head and once applied, the wig will have a natural and invisible hairline. A full lace wig is capable of being parted anywhere on the scalp and can also be worn in high ponytails.
The most common type of hair loss seen in women is androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern alopecia or baldness. This is seen as hair thinning predominantly over the top and sides of the head. It affects approximately one-third of all susceptible women, but is most commonly seen after menopause, although it may begin as early as puberty. Normal hair fall is approximately 100-125 hairs per day. Fortunately, these hairs are replaced. True hair loss occurs when lost hairs are not regrown or when the daily hair shed exceeds 125 hairs. Genetically, hair loss can come from either parents side of the family.
There are two different types of hair loss, medically known as anagen effluvium and Telogen effluvium. Anagen effluvium is generally due to internally administered medications, such as chemotherapy agents, that poison the growing hair follicle. Telogen effluvium, is due to an increased number of hair follicles entering the resting stage. The most common causes of Telogen Effluvium are:
Physical stress: surgery, illness, anemia, rapid weight change.
Emotional stress: mental illness, death of a family member.
Medications: High doses of Vitamin A, Blood pressure and Gout medications.
Hormonal causes: pregnancy, birth control pills, menopause.
When the above causes of telogen effluvium are reversed or altered you should see the return of normal hair growth.
Hair loss may also occur due to dieting. Franchised diet programs which are designed or administered under the direction of a physician with prescribed meals, dietary supplements and vitamin ingestion have become popular. Sometimes the client is told that vitamins are a necessary part of the program to prevent hair loss associated with dieting. From a dermatologists’s standpoint, however, the vitamins cannot prevent hair loss associated with rapid, significant weight loss. Furthermore, many of these supplements are high in vitamin A which can magnify the hair loss.
Physical and Emotional Stress
Surgeries, severe illnesses and emotional stress can cause hair loss. The body simply shuts down production of hair during periods of stress since it is not necessary for survival and instead devotes its energies toward repairing vital body structures. In many cases there is a three month delay between the actual event and the onset of hair loss. Furthermore, there may be another three month delay prior to the return of noticeable hair regrowth. This then means that the total hair loss and regrowth cycle can last 6 months or possibly longer when induced by physical or emotional stress. There are some health conditions which may go undetected that can contribute to hair loss. These include anemia or low blood count and thyroid abnormalities. Both of these conditions can be detected by a simple, inexpensive blood test.
Hormonal changes are a common cause of female hair loss. Many women do not realize that hair loss can occur after pregnancy or following discontinuation of birth control pills. It is important to remember that the hair loss may be delayed by three months following the hormonal change and another three months will be required for new growth to be fully achieved.
Myths Related to Hair Loss
Frequent shampooing contributes to hair loss.
Hats and wigs cause hair loss.
100 strokes of the hair brush daily will create healthier hair.
Permanent hair loss is caused by perms, colors and other cosmetic treatments.
Women are expected to develop significant hair loss if they are healthy.
Shaving one’s head will cause the hair to grow back thicker.
Standing on one’s head will cause increased circulation and thereby stimulate hair growth!
Dandruff causes permanent hair loss.
There are cosmetic products that will cause the hair to grow thicker and faster.
Stress causes permanent hair loss.
Hair loss does not occur in the late teens or early twenties.
Hair loss affects only intellectuals.
There is a cure for Androgenetic Alopecia.
These are only a few of the common myths heard by physicians and other hair loss specialists on a daily basis. The American Hair Loss Council suggests that you first have your hair loss diagnosed by a competent dermatologist who sees hair loss patients on a regular basis. Once you know the diagnosis you will have a better understanding of exactly which treatment option may be best for you.
Treatment Options for Female Pattern Hair Loss
1.Accepting and learning to live with hair loss. Professional counseling may be of help.
2.Perms, color and other cosmetic options to give a fuller appearance to hair.
3.Medical therapy– Rogaine (topical minoxidil). Rogaine is the only FDA approved medication currently available for female pattern hair loss.
4.Hair Replacement Surgery. Modern surgical techniques have made transplantation for females a viable treatment option providing they are qualified candidates and have realistic expectations.
5.Hair Additions. Modern forms of hair additions have also made recent improvements in simulating a natural appearance. A consultation with a skilled specialist to discuss your options is advised.