It is almost June again, and time to think about maximising your tax deductions. This can be a tedious process! However, we at Transitions want to help out a little by letting you know how you can save money on your medical hair loss solution, in addition to any help you may be receiving from your health insurance provider. Did you know that your wig may be considered as a medical expense for the purposes of your tax claims? Under this definition, you may be able to save 20% of the cost of your hair replacement system. Check out the details below.
According to the Taxation Ruling TR93/34 you should be able to add the cost of your wig to your medical claims. Below are some quotes from the ATO website relating to the Income Tax: Medical Expense Rebate (Taxation Ruling TR93/34):
Net medical expenses includes: payments for a 'medical or surgical appliance' prescribed by a legally qualified medical practitioner. A 'medical or surgical appliance' for the purposes of paragraph (f) of the definition of 'medical expenses' in subsection 159P (4) is an instrument, apparatus or device which is:
a) Manufactured as; or b) Distributed as; or c) Generally recognised to be an aid to the function or capacity of a person with a disability or illness. Examples of a 'medical or surgical appliance' include:
(m) Medical or surgical wigs for use by a person which is necessitated by loss of hair through sickness or disease (other than naturally occurring baldness) or the effects of the treatment of sickness or disease
If you buy your new hair before June 30th 2013, you will increase the amount you are able to claim and save more. Due to a $2060.00 threshold (minimum spending requirement) before the tax saving kicks in, it make sense update your hair prior to June 30th 2013. This way you maximise the amount you can claim. Essentially, the more you spend this financial year, the more you can claim and the more you save. If you wait till after June 30th, the amount you can claim will be diluted and you will have to wait a whole year until you can claim the benefit. Call us today to get your next order started Ph: 02- 9212 4950.
Please check with your tax advisor to make sure you are getting the most current information on medical claims in Australia. There are also government subsidies available for medical wigs which differ from state to state. For example, in NSW the government department to speak to is the Program of Appliances for Disabled People (PADP). It is worth doing your homework to make sure that you are getting all the help available to you to pay for your new wig, topette, or hair replacement system.
Wigs are much more common than you may realise, and are often worn for reasons other than hair loss. One reason women wear wigs is due to their religion and culture. For example, some Orthodox Jewish women choose to wear a wig called the sheitel.
A sheitel is a wig worn by women to conform to the Jewish Law instructing married women to keep their head covered in the sight of men other than their husband. This is part of the modesty-related dress standards of the tzniut – a spiritual path of modesty and humility. Many women who wear sheitels love that they can allow a woman to save her true appearance for the privacy of her family life, but also to look attractive in public.
Traditional sheitels used to be thick and often uncomfortable, with heavy fringes to hide the hairline. However, as modern wigs have developed, women have a lot more choice and can find natural-looking, comfortable sheitels.
Transitions Hair is proud to provide a huge range of beautiful human hair wigs that fit the needs of sheitel wearers perfectly. To meet with one of our consultants and find the perfect sheitel for you, call us on 1300 427 778 or book your consultation here.
Take a look at some of the high-quality wigs available through Transitions, and the amazing, natural looks that can be achieved...
Follea produces beautiful wigs and topettes made from superior quality human hair. Transitions is proud to be the exclusive Australian atelier of Follea’s great products. You can now purchase all of Follea’s range from us online. Email us or call us today for more information.
How do I order Follea Hair goods online?
Send us an email (or call us, a bit old school, but we love talking to our guests) requesting your Hair Ordering Kit – contains wig cap bases in 5 different sizes and colour swatches (requires a fully refundable $300 deposit when returned) – everything you need to choose the size and hair colour for you.
Once you’ve made your choice, send us an email, return your Hair ordering Kit and we will send your new wig straight to your home or preferred address.
How do you get your new wig styled?
We offer a styling service in both our Sydney and Adelaide offices and we have recommended stylists in other states. Or if you send us a photo and hair lengths we can cut your Follea wig for you!
Check out some of the amazing looks that can be achieved with Follea:
The best way to order Follea Hair:
We would love for you to come in for a free consultation and try out Follea products with the help of our professional consultants (book in for an appointment here). However, this isn’t your only option. Transitions can provide you with everything you need to find the perfect Follea wig, all from the comfort of your own home.
OK! Magazine has featured Follea wigs and topettes as great ways to boost your natural hair and get gorgeous celebrity hairstyles. Here are some of their tips:
Kerry Washington - Style: Sleek long layers with a blunt bang
To get Kerry Washington's smooth style, a Follea wig was used. It’s an easy, no-fuss option that won’t hurt your hair, but will completely change your look! What really makes this look is the blunt fringe. You want to make sure you are getting the bangs cut right below the brow line, since that is usually where they lay the most flattering. The nice thing about cutting the bangs on added hair is that they don't require much maintenance. Your bangs won’t grow out every couple of weeks, and you don't have to style them constantly. Once the bangs are cut, drying them with a blow dryer will add a little bit of body without too much volume. Finish the look by adding a little shine spray. Create a dramatically different style using a Follea wig.
Kim Kardashian - Style: Long layered blowout with a soft bang
To achieve Kim's look, another Follea wig was used. The beauty of this is that you are easily able to go from a short dark style to a long-layered light-bang look. The bang is what differentiates this look. We keep seeing very blunt bangs on celebrities, but this is more of a softer, wispier look. This style is cut with a razor and blow-dried with a round brush. It is an easier look to maintain than the blunt bangs. The beauty of using a wig is you do not have to go through the growing-out period, and you can have bangs whenever you want to.
Anne Hathaway - Style: Tousled pixie hairstyle with a side bang
To achieve Anne Hathaway's sophisticated pixie, start by styling the hair straight and cutting it to the desired length. Ask for longer layers on top so that there is enough length to clip in the added hair. Then all you have to do is clip in a Follea Topette® Crown Extension right to the top of your head. Use a 1"-1.5" curling iron on the ends to give it a little wispiness. The Follea Topette® Crown Extensions will provide instant volume and fullness; which is what makes everyone want Anne Hathaway’s new look. Make sure to finish the hairstyle with a little bit of hair spray and you’re ready to go!
Lena Dunham - Style: Cascading waves with a sleek top
We’ve seen a lot of Lena Dunham’s quirky style lately. Her hair has a slightly ‘60s retro curly feel but with the modern touch of front sleekness. To achieve this look with added hair we simply added some Follea extensions to the back and the sides to add some length. Once those are in, use a 1" curling iron to curl the ends. Make sure that you are just doing the ends and not taking the curling iron all the way to the top. Brush the hair down and use some smoothing spray to smooth down hair close to the roots. Pin back a little bit of the hair on both sides and complete the look with a finishing spray.
How to transform your hairstyle from day to night, using added hair
Added hair is not just about adding length and volume. It can be used to achieve an infinite number of hairstyles. When using added hair, stylists often use extensions, but that is just one out of many options. In addition to extensions, there are wigs, topettes, and fringes. With Follea, you can easily go from a short pixie to a long sleek night look in just a couple minutes; or go from a professional brunette during the day to a flirtatious blonde without any type of damage or permanence.
How to select the best added hair colour and type of hair that will look the most natural
The best way to select the colour for your added hair is by considering your skin tone. Warm skin tones tend to look best with cooler colours/tones, while cool skin tones tend to go best with warm colours. In addition, you want to make sure you are choosing a colour that makes your eye colour stand out. If you are not sure what’s best for you, sometimes looking back at childhood pictures is the best way to go. Looking at what your natural colour was growing up is a big indicator of which tone goes the best with your skin.
Get help finding the perfect colour for you. Come in for a free consultation with a Transitions consultant. Book here, or call 1300 427 778.
When selecting your added hair, you always want to go with a texture that matches your own hair. There are many different types of hair available, but the most commonly known hair types are Chinese, Indian, and European. European hair is the finest type of hair, which means it has more movement than other hair types and is usually the best hair to use.
Added hair is not only for those suffering from hair loss. Wigs, topettes and extentions can all be used as an easy way to enhance your natural hair or create a dramatically different look. Best of all, in an instant you can have your old look back again!
To discover Follea products and a variety of added hair options, call Transitions on 1300 427 778. Come in for a free consultation in locations around Australia, with no obligation to purchase. Why not experiment with the amazing styling options of added hair?
To see the full article from OK! Magazine, check out the link below:
"Can I compete in a mud run with my new Follea Gripper Wig?"
This is not one of the frequently asked questions we get when people ask us about the Follea Gripper Wig. Typical frequently asked questions are:
Can I exercise with my wig on?
Can I still go the gym?
Can I go swimming?
Is it secure in strong wind? Will it come off?
The Follea Gripper wig was designed with the amateur athlete in mind - but not mud runs. But this is what one lady from the wider Follea family decided to do and put the Follea Gripper wig to the test! These pictures tell the story! But make sure you read on for the full story:
Dear Michael and Follea,
On August 18, 2012 I participated in Charity event for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. This event was called, “Dirty Donkey 5K Mud Run”. I love a Challenge and have always wanted to try something like this. This event intrigued me! I had no idea what to expect, except “MUD”!! Was I up for this challenge? Physically yes, hair wise, well I wasn’t sure. “What would I do about my hair?” My biggest fear! Would I lose it jumping over hurdles, crawling or sliding in the mud? One can only imagine the embarrassment should that happen, and I was worried. Would everyone point and laugh? “Would my “Gripper Sport” grip as promised? Maybe I should just forget the event? Or maybe I could wear my old hair, a bathing cap, a scarf, or a helmet? How could I look cool and keep my hair on my head? Not one to give up, off I went.
Gripper in place, heart pounding in trepidation and a worried little voice in my head saying, ”Keep a look out of what’s ahead (pun) and take an alternate route if necessary!” “Hey, I can do this!” MUD Obstacle #1, climb over the bales, run through knee--‐deep mud. No problem! Hurdles, easy! 1KM easy. MUD Obstacle #2, hands and knees under a low--‐slung net in the creek! “Hmm….what if the clip holding my hair up gets stuck in the net???” GET LOWER, CRAWL ON YOUR BELLY! Phew…I was sure glad that one went well. Gripper was still gripping! MUD Obstacle #3, run up the ramp, grab the ropes and make it to the other side or fall in the mud! “ARGH…..down into the mud I went! Is my hair good? Do I still look cool?” MUD Obstacle #4 Water slide with a fire hose on your back! What a hoot!! Screaming and laughing all the way down! I could feel the water and warm air on my head! Gripper on? Yippeee!
Mud Obstacle #5 and #6 were safe ones, just the wind in my hair! BUT the last obstacle was a MUD BATH! Crawl under the wire, in the pit of mud, in order to exit the course! No way out of this one without jeers from the spectators and my family!! OH MY GOODNESS! Standing ahead of me was a very big, muddy guy with a 5--‐gallon bucket full of MUD aimed for me! MY HAIR!!!! Turning my head to avoid a faceful of mud, he dumped the whole bucket on TOP of my Head! Not just one bucket, but 3 buckets by the time I was out of the pit!!!!!! I could feel every little pebble.
All that water and mud on my head, my skin..…. my Gripper! Oh man….what will my hair look like when I exit the course? Will my Gripper have gripped? How will I ever get ALL that mud out of my hair? To the cheers of my family, I exited the course, mud dripping down my face and caked in my hair. Mud covering every single part of my body. I was elated! Smile a mile wide! Mission complete!
GRIPPER STILL GRIPPING!! And I looked Cool!! In the end I did have to wash my hair 6 times in a row to get that silky feel and glorious shine back, but I would do the “Dirty Donkey MS MUD run” with my Follea Gripper wig again!
Tonight I found a great video about Follea Gripper wigs - a wig designed for people with Alopecia (Alopecia Totalis and Universalis especially, or advanced forms of Alopecia Areata).
The video is an interview between a young lady, Maykayla, and Michael Leigh, the President of Follea. Maykayla shares her experience with her Follea Gripper Wig. She has been using it for a couple of years and loves it so much she has become somewhat of an ambassador both for Follea Gripper wigs and also for raising awareness about Alopecia. It's not often that people are happy share their experience of Alopecia so publicly, we applaud Makela for her braveness and openess. It helps everyone.
At Transitions, we have been using the Gripper Wigs for a number of years and we are extremely happy with them. We love the hair quality (gorgeous European/ Russian Hair) and how long they last for. Our clients also love them! Many have have switched to the Gripper wigs because they especially love how it requires no glue, tape or any other kind of adhesive - it is extremely secure (watch the video to the end and you will understand what I mean!) and would never come off your head when fitted appropriately. Also, they are very light, cool, and breathable (especially compared to the Suction or Vacuum wigs). In a hot climate coolness, lightness and breathability are extremely important. They also enjoy being able to feel the wind and rain on their scalp again!
Highlights in the video:
1. There are a number of close up photos of her hair (it looks so natural, as all of the Gripper wigs do).
2. The "Swish Test" - this is where Makela swishes her hair around like Beyonce in a music video.
3. The quality of the hair - she loves it and we are sure you will too!
For more information, call us on 1300 427 778
After using the Follea Gripper wigs for over a year, listening to my clients responses and their experiences, I felt it was time to write a review.
The Follea Gripper wig has been designed for those who suffer with Alopecia – especially Alopecia Totalis or Universalis – or those who choose to shave their head completely. If you still have plenty of hair and you wish to continue using it, this wig is not for you. However, those who are Alopecians (this is the name Alopecia community use for themselves) this innovative wig technology will be warmly welcomed.
The Criteria for a Successful Wig
The biggest concerns for wig users can be categorized in two ways: functionality and believability. Firstly, a wig must ‘function’, it needs to be comfortable, cool, breathable, fit correctl, be secure (so it won’t blow off in the wind) and have minimal maintenance – the less you have to fuss with your hair, the better. Secondly, ‘believability’, it must look natural and undetectable, it needs to be as close to your own growing hair as possible. The Follea Gripper wig excels in both of these areas.
Innovative Technology: What makes the ‘Gripper’ so good?
The Gripper wig is an innovation in wig technology. The secret to its success lies in a special proprietary silicone that ‘grips’ to the scalp. It is a very tactile substance that does not slide against the skin……. it grips. This silicone is placed around the perimeter and throughout the interior of the wig (on the ‘Sport’ model), when fitted correctly it becomes complete secure.
It has ‘Swish’ success! This means you can ‘swish’ your hair about, like Beyonce on the dance floor, and it won’t come off.
The concept of using a proprietary silicone to grip to the scalp is not new for us at Transitions, we have a similar wig in our Transitions Hair Premium Custom Collection called the ‘Totalis.’ It incorporates a similar ‘gripper’ technology and we have had many years of success with it. Follea has achieved a superior ‘grip’ to the scalp, as soon as you touch the silicone you become immediately aware that it will do what it claims – to grip to your scalp with total security. When fitted correctly it is extremely secure, removing the need for tapes or glue. Even after styling one of these wigs, pulling the hair in all directions with some tension whilst cutting and blow drying, it simply does not move! It’s brilliant! If it can endure this kind of treatment, it can endure any kind of activity.
Gripper Wig Overview
Available in five different sizes – XXS, XS, S, M & L. The XXS is small enough to fit even the most petite head, usually.
Available in 11 beautiful colours
Genuine European Hair, delicately refined.
Lace front on all Models to create a natural hairline.
Available in three models – Gripper Cool, Gripper Sport, Gripper Luxe.
Gripper Cool – the original, most popular and best value (i.e. least expensive).
Gripper Sport – for those desiring extra ‘grip’ and security delivered through extra gripper silicone strips through the interior of the wig. Designed for the professional and amateur athlete, gym junkie and generally active person who may perspire more than average.
Gripper Luxe – all hand tied, custom order
What I like about the Follea Gripper Wig:
The Hair – Follea is famous for it’s high quality European Hair, I call it the ‘Prada’ of the hair addition world. Follea uses genuine European hair on the Gripper, it is delicately hand processed, it comes standard with ‘straight with body’ hair. This means the hair has ‘movement’, it creates texture, flow and natural body. It’s easy to style and looks beautiful! I particularly love the way the hair behaves so naturally in the wind.
Security – The Gripper wig technology is creates a very secure fit, it won’t come off under normal and most abnormal circumstances. Just be aware that it must be a snug fit.
Comfort – the silicone gripper technology is soft, pliable and comfortable. It should not cause any skin irritation.
“Breathability” – my clients report how cool it is, it allows your scalp to breathe and perspiration to evaporate, creating a cooling effect. You will love being able to feel the wind and even the rain on your scalp.
‘Lightness’ i.e. is doesn’t weigh very much. Compared to other wigs, you will almost forget you have it on. If you currently have a suction wig you will find that it is at least 50% lighter.
Natural Hairline – the Gripper uses a Hollywood style lace front, individual hairs are implanted on the front edge to create a natural hair line. You don’t need to use any tapes or glue on the front due to the superior fit. The lace will lay flat on your scalp without them. This makes it hassle free and improves the life of the hairline. Excellent!
Durability – the base or membrane of the Gripper wig is made from silicone, which by nature is long lasting. You can expect this base to last you a good couple of years, even longer. The greatest point of weakness is the lace front, but since you don’t need to use adhesives on it you can expect to have a superior life span.
No Hair Loss – after using the Gripper for over one year, I have not seen any hair loss. This is not say that there won’t be some as it ages. What it does mean is that you should expect to have a very long life from a Gripper Wig.
“Correct Hair Density” – some wigs can be too thick especially around the sides and back and it doesn’t look natural. Not so with the Gripper. They have intentionally directed the hair flat (sides and back) so the hair will always sit the way you want it to. If you ‘swish’ your hair, it will easily go back into position, just like your own hair used to.
“Passes the blow dry test” - even in the windiest conditions you cannot see through to the wefting. Many Hybrid wigs lack this quality. In true Follea style and commitment to quality, they have added an extra 50% hair wefts to achieve this objective. It allows the wearer to feel supremely confident.
Weft support - Follea have overlaid and sewn supporting stretch material onto the hair wefts. This allows the wig to retain its shape and structure for much longer. The wefts will not go out of position, buckle or accidentally ‘stick out’. Most other hybrid wigs do not have this and after a short while the wefts can stretch out and start ‘bunching’ up. Overall, it adds to the life and durability of the wig.
What you may not like:
The shape of the hairline around the sides, over the ears and nape – The gripper is designed to sit on the ‘bone’ of the scalp, not the soft tissue. (i.e. the ‘fleshy’ part of the scalp where you can feel the fat tissue, muscle or anywhere that the skin may move when the head rotates). This means the ‘temple’ hairline tends to sit a little further back than your own natural hairline and a little higher over the ears and where your ‘sideburns’ would usually be. The hairline around the nape is also a little higher in order that it doesn’t rest on the muscles just below the occipital bone. In saying that, I have not had a problem with styling the hair. It always looks natural.
Feel of the Silicone – some have found when they first put it on that the Gripper feels unusual due to the new silicone that they have not tried before. Silicone is a unique substance and it is different from other materials used on wigs. This sensation usually soon passes, and it’s an overall enjoyable experience. The many other benefits of the Gripper wig quickly outweigh these potential negatives.
Shaving – the Gripper works best on clean smooth skin. If you have hair growing underneath you are advised to shave it regularly. Otherwise, it will tend to grip onto the hair, not always a pleasant experience.
In conclusion, the new Gripper by Follea is a great innovation in wig technology especially for the Alopecian. They will love so many of the benefits the Gripper presents; it’ lightness, coolness, breathability, security and comfort. It will allow you to engage in life in a new and fun way. Any negatives it may have are a result of a functional trade off, which for the benefits it gives certainly outweighs any negatives.