How to wash your human hair wig - a step by step guide

There are many ways to wash a human hair wig (and there are many bad ways to wash your wig - please, whatever you do, don't put it in the washing machine!  We're not joking, people do it!), this is one way we recommend you wash your human hair wig.  We give credit to Follea Hair products who produced this video.  Please take the time to look at their range of Topettes and Wigs, we love their hair, it is the most beautiful hair in the world (no exaggeration!)

If you purchase your wig from us, our stylists will take you through a workshop and demonstration showing you how to wash your wig.  They will take you through each step and guide you what to do, and what not to do.

Before you start:  What you will need to wash your human hair wig

  • Wide tooth comb (or vent brush)
  • Transitions Hair Mannequin Head
  • 4-6 straight dressmaking pins
  • Hydrating shampoo
  • Hydrating conditioner
  • Towel
  • Large Sink

15 Easy Steps to washing your Human Hair Wig

 
Step 1:  Brush or comb the hair to detangle it.
 

We recommend using either a wide tooth brush called a vent brush (also called 'spider' brush) or a wide tooth comb.  Gently brush the hair in three stages:

         a.  Brush then ends first.

         b.  Then mid-lengths to the ends

         c.  The the roots to the ends to remove all tangles from you human hair wig.

Step 2:  Place the wig onto the mannequin head using the dressmaking pins.
 
We recommend you place it on the same way you would wear the wig. Putting on the mannequin head (or blocking it as some people call it) will help reduce the amount of hair inversion that occurs.  That is, where the hair inverts through the wig cap, it comes inside interior of the wig. 
 
Step 3:  Pin the wig onto the manneqin head.  Pin the wig at the front, sides and the back.
 

We recommend placing two pins at the front, near the temple area, two at the sides and also two at the nape.  Do not place the pins in the area where you part the hair. 

Step 4:  Wet the wig with luke warm water.

Make sure all the hair is untucked from underneath the wig.  Use luke warm water, begin to rinse the wig from the top (crown area) down.  Keep the hair in the same direction to reduce the chance of tangling.

Step 5:  Apply hydrating wig shampoo to your human hair wig

Apply a high quality hydrating shampoo gently to the wig.  Stroke or 'pat' the wig hair in a downward direction to spread the shampoo throughout the hair.  Please, do not rub or scrub the hair, it won't make the hair cleaner but will potentially tangle the hair.  

Note: about shampoos and conditioners -  Please don't use any cheap and nasty products from the chemist or supermarket, it simply isn't as good as professional grade hair products.  We have our own range of high quality hair products that we use in-house, we recommned that you use them too!    You will notice a difference how nice the hair feels and how long the wig lasts as a result!  You can purchase them online.

Step 6: Rinse shampoo from the crown down.

Step 7: Apply hydrating wig Conditioner, starting at the ends first and then working your way to the mid-lengths and roots last.

Step 8:  Gently use a wide tooth comb to spread the conditioner throughout the wig.  Be careful not to catch the comb on the fabric of the wig.

Step 9:  Rinse hair thoroughly

Step 10:  Remove pins from the wig and mannequin head.  Gently remove the wig from the mannequin head.

Step 11:  Comb or brush the length of the hair, starting from the ends moving up the hair shaft to the roots.

Step 12:  Towel Dry - Wrap the human hair wig vertically inside a towel and blot it dry. 

Step 13:  Take the hair out of the towel and give it a shake!

Step 14: Place the hair back onto the manneqin head, using pins to hold it in position.  Lightly spray some Transitions Hair Leave-in Conditioner into the hair, then brush  into the style you like.  Allow to air dry (over night is best)

Step 15:  When your hair is 80% dry, you are now ready to blow dry your hair to give it that unique touch and expression of yourself.

Get in touch with your local Transitions Hair, human hair wig specialist!

This is the first in a series of videos of how to care for your hair and all of the wonderful things you can do with your human hair wig, Topette or Crown extension.  We hope you have found it helpful.  If you need some further assistance please call us ph: 1300 427 778 or get in touch on our contact us page.

We have Transitions studios in Sydney, Adelaide and mobile representative in New Zealand

We are here to help you have the best experience with your hair, so get in touch!

Do you have more questions?  Get in touch:  Ph: 1300 427 778 (Intl: +612 92124950).  Or send us your details via our contact page.

Sydney Studio: 02 9212 4950

Adelaide Studio: 08 8239 2243

New Zealand: 0276530462

Wigs and Hairpieces: Your Practical Guide

Wigs are not what they used to be, and that’s a great thing. Far removed from artificial wigs of old, today’s versions are crafted from quality synthetic or human hair and available in a huge range of styles, so that they look and feel perfectly natural. Hairpieces have also developed in recent years with a huge range now accessible.

Here’s our guide to wigs and hairpieces, including which to choose and when to wear them.

Wigs and hairpieces: an introduction

There are plenty of reasons people might look for a wig or hairpiece. Medical conditions that have resulted in hair loss, naturally thinning hair or even the urge for a new look are all valid reasons for choosing a wig or hairpiece. To differentiate, a wig refers to a full head of hair, while a hairpiece might refer to extensions for length or volume, or a sectional piece such as a ponytail, bangs or a crown cover.

Why wear a wig

Wigs are often the best option for women with major hair loss from either chemotherapy or conditions such as alopecia or lupus. The great thing about a wig is that it can give you a new look immediately. Many people still associate wigs with ill-fitted, synthetic types of old, but wigs these days look and feel natural and are available in a wider range of colours and lengths. Best of all, they are comfortable as they’re light, breathable and very easy to wear. Human hair wigs can also be washed, styled and blow-dried, so there’s plenty of versatility.

When to wear a hairpiece

Hairpieces are available for those looking to create a new style by adding length or a feature such as a chignon or fringe. Hairpieces may also be a lifesaver for those experiencing significant hair thinning or partial hair loss. One of the best options in these cases is a hairpiece for the crown (called a topper or toppette) as this is where thinning and bald patches tend to manifest. The best hairpieces will blend with your own hair to provide volume, and cover imperfections in the most natural way possible.

Tailored for you

Both wigs and hairpieces are available ready-made, or they can be custom-made. In both instances, they can be tailored so that they will be perfectly colour-matched and designed to suit your face, style preferences and lifestyle. Hair extensions are another consideration. These are bonded to existing hair and the latest bonding treatments even allow for activities such as swimming. Or clip-in hairpieces are a popular alternative, allowing you to remove the hairpiece when relaxing at home or sleeping.

Best options

In addition to human hair wigs, hairpieces and extensions, hair loss solutions include cosmetic hair thickeners, laser therapy and hair transplants. If you’re after hair extensions in Sydney or would like to discover other ways to improve the appearance of your hair, then we’d love to organise a confidential appointment to help you rediscover great hair and regain your confidence.

Follea Gripper Wig: A Review From One of Our Very Happy Clients

Happy with Follea Gripper Wig

A very happy client of ours – wearing the Follea Gripper Sport wig in a 12" colour c3045.

When a client of ours walks away completely satisfied with their new hair we know we’ve done our job right. When you feel good, you look good, and here at Transitions Hair we just love being a part of that! Here is a review of the Follea Gripper Wig from another happy customer.

“In the beauty industry I need to make sure my appearance is immaculate at all times, the Follea Gripper Wig makes my life that much quicker and easier.

I would have to say this is the best piece I have ever purchased. I have owned synthetic hair, human hair lace, virgin human hair silicone vacuum wigs and last but not least the Gripper Sport by Follea. The Gripper is truly my favourite out of them all. I’M FREAKEN IN LOVE!!!

It is by far the lightest most secure pieces I have (I can go under water and it holds up better than any of my suction vacuum pieces), it's the most comfortable piece I have had on my head . And the hair, (which I did have some concern hearing it was slightly processed) is just AMAZING, truly beautiful. It has complete movement, it’s soft, smooth and when comparing the actual hair with some of my "virgin hair unprocessed wigs" the only difference I had found was that I liked this hair better. Surely this "slightly processed" process I my eyes is a good thing.

Oh and how could I forget how natural it looks! Just look at it. It looks like it's growing from my scalp! I HAVE A HAIRLINE AGAIN!!”

More about the Follea Gripper Wig

The Follea Gripper Wig has been specifically designed for women who are suffering from alopecia and has been made with all the unique challenges that alopecia sufferers face in mind. As you may well tell from the above review, the Follea Gripper Wig is light, breathable, durable and comfortable! For more information about the gripper wig or to book a free consultation with one of our hair loss specialists, call 1300 427 778

Note:  New Follea Gripper Wig Collection 2017

Since we posted this review, Follea have upgraded their range and made the Follea Gripper Wigs even better.  They have worked hard to give you the following:

  1. Hair line - An improved front hairline by lightening the colour of the knots so they blend in and become almost invisitble against your scalp.  They have also extended the lace front from Temple to temple to give you the most natural hairline possible.
  2. Scalp like appearance - they have improved the scalp appearance by adding a silk top so each hair appears it is growing out the scalp
  3. Fit - by popular demand the sizing has changed slightly to enchance the fit and comfort of every wig.
  4. New Colours - Follea have expanded their range of stunning colours.  More information about this soon.
  5. Name change - instead of 'cool' and 'sport', there will be new names to represent the new and improved wigs - Gripper 'lite' and Gripper 'actif'

Stay tuned for more information. 

Enjoy!

Do you have more questions?  Get in touch:  Ph: 1300 427 778 (Intl: +612 92124950).  Or send us your details via our contact page.

Sydney Studio: 02 9212 4950

Adelaide Studio: 08 8239 2243

New Zealand: 0276530462

Wigs for Biggest Kids

We have some exciting news from the Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation.

The AAAF believes that whether to wear a wig or not is a personal choice. As government assistance and Medicare/Private Health Care reabates are limited and vary across states, the AAAF is offering from November 1st - February 28th 2016 a once off program to assist people over the age of 55 with updating or purchasing a new wig

Application Criteria

  • The amount awarded is a total of $700.00 inclusive of GST
  • The applicant will need to provide relevant proof of age, in the form of a scan or photograph of a valid licence, passport, health care card or pension card.
  • The applicant will also need to supply a confirmation that you do have a form of alopecia areata. Your GP can fill out a form that is available here
  • AAAF can provide a list of Wig Providers in your state. A Wig Provider needs to be selected as part of this application. AAAF has the right to refuse the Wig Provider if we do not believe the Wig Provider will provide an overall positive experience and quality product for the applicant.
  • The successful applicatn will recieve a voucher to present to the Wig Provider on collection of the wig. The Wig Provider will invoice AAAF directly quoting the voucher reference number.
  • The grant is valid only until the 30/06/2016 and must be used before this date or it will be forfeited.

Please pass this information on to anyone you know that may be interested!

4 Celebrities Who Wear Wigs

Instagram Photo

Kylie Jenner recently revealed a new hairstyle of long blond hair on Instagram. Although the young celebrity is often very creative with her hair, this is dramatically different from her naturally dark hair. The caption claiming ‘It took months of not dying my hair and wearing wigs to get my hair back to health so I can do this’, was a refreshingly honest confession about how celebrities are able to constantly switch their looks whilst still maintaining amazing, healthy looking hair.


Wearing wigs is common practice in Hollywood where celebrities stay relevant on the red carpet and front row at fashion week by rocking a different look seemingly overnight. Do you remember Katy Perry’s two NYFW looks? She was seen in red curls and a pink bob ALL IN ONE NIGHT. Obviously the songstress achieved this by wearing wigs. And the girl has been known to rock wigs with attitude in the past.

Katy Perry rainbow wig

 

In fact, there are many women who wear wigs so regularly we can’t be sure what their natural hair is like. Ranking number one on Forbes highest paid celebrity list in 2014, Beyonce Knowles is an undeniably powerful, beautiful and successful woman. The ‘Single Ladies’ singer never has a bad hair day (that we see), and with a wig collection that is rumoured to be worth over a million dollars, now we know why!

Beyonce

 

Your girl Rihanna has been extremely about wearing hair that is not her own. ‘The girl who donated, she’s the bomb’ she recently told Vogue before revealing what was under her false hair. Often wearing little more than her fabulous locks and an attitude to match, Rihanna’s style and beauty is one to be envied.

Rihanna red wig

 

If you are experiencing hair loss, a wig can be the perfect solution to help you feel yourself again. An amazing human hair wig can also be the perfect way to make you look and feel like a celebrity. At Transitions Hair for Women we offer an extensive range of beautiful wigs (even stocking a Follea the same shade of Katy’s NYFW red), and we recommend coming in for a free consultation. For more information on wigs and other hair loss solutions or to make a booking please call 1300 427 778.

Donation Received - Thank you Winnie!

Winnie

Today we had an amazing woman come in and donate her hair, thank you Winnie!

The hair that Winnie has donated will be able to go towards a hair piece for someone in need. It takes between 20 and 30 ponytails to make a human hair wig, so donations are so important.

Preparing for the hair cutHair for donation

 

 If you would like more information on donating your own hair, or if you are experiencing hair loss and are considering a human hair wig for yourself, please call us on Ph. 1300 427 778 to discuss your options. Alternatively, one of expert consultants would love to meet with you during an obligation & cost free consultation.

How To Style A Stealth Hair Piece

One of the big fears you might have when considering a wig as your hair loss solution is how to make it look natural. If you know what you’re doing, a wig or a crown extension can be the no-surgery option for thicker, fuller, more beautiful hair. However, the process can be a little daunting so we have some tips on how to style your hair piece to end up with the most natural looking hair possible.


Try it on – You won’t know how it is going to look until you try it. Every woman’s skin tone, eye colour, face shape, style and natural hair colour is different. All of this comes in to consideration when finding the perfect hair piece for you. At Transitions Hair we try to make this step a little easier by having our hair loss consultant Andrew assist in the process during your consultation.


Pay attention to the hairline – The hair line of your wig should like up with your own natural hairline. However, front lace wigs work wonders, making the hairline invisible.


Don’t stress on the part and the length – All of this can be changed! You can cut and style it as if it is your natural hair. We also have amazing stylists that are more than happy to offer their expertise and help you make any styling decisions. 


Go to a specialist hairdresser – Unlike natural hair, your hairpiece won’t grow back, so it is very important to make sure that the stylist has experience with wigs.


Stick to (or close to) your current or former style – This is important if you are nervous about your hairpiece. You will feel a lot more comfortable if you feel like ‘you’.


If you are considering a hair piece or a wig, we offer an obligation free, confidential consultation with a hair loss specialist who will be more than happy to assist you in finding the perfect one! To make an appointment please call 1300 427 778

Viola Davis Suffers from Alopecia

Viola Davis

 

The ‘How to get away with murder’ star is a natural beauty, however it has only be recently that the actress has been able to talk about what was really going on under her wig. Viola Davis has now confessed that she was battling with a hair loss condition known as alopecia areata which caused the actress to lose most of her hair at the age of 28.


"I wore a wig in the Jacuzzi. I had a wig I wore around the house. I had a wig that I wore to events. I had a wig that I wore when I worked out. I never showed my natural hair. It was a crutch, not an enhancement … I was so desperate for people to think that I was beautiful.”

Davis discusses how her alopecia areata made her cling to human hair wigs and hide underneath them because she didn't feel beautiful in her natural state. Despite losing her hair and her confidence, Viola is now back on top and better than ever with a whole new outlook on life. 'The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.' I am telling you, I have spent so much of my life not feeling comfortable in my skin. I am just so not there anymore."

When Davis attended the 2012 Oscars she bravely exposed her natural short 'fro. We have to applaud her decision to show off her natural hair at a time when the whole world would be watching. We can only imagine how big a step that was for her. While Davis still wears her human hair wigs to work and media events, she no longer feels like she has to hide under her wigs and sees them as an option rather than a necessity in her life.

What Causes Alopecia Areata

Like Viola discovered, alopecia areata and the hair loss associated with it can be triggered by stress. She then began to internalize it which can often make the situation worse. Existing evidence indicates that alopecia areata is the result of an irregularity in the immune system. This particular irregularity leads to a misguided immune system that ends up attacking its own body. For unknown reasons, alopecia areata causes the body's own immune system attacks the hair follicles and disrupts normal hair growth, leading to often quite extensive hair loss.

Real Human Hair Wigs

Viola hid underneath her wigs and let hair loss and alopecia areata control her life. However using a real human hair wig isn’t a bad thing, in fact it’s a great way to get your confidence back and get you feeling like yourself again. Human hair wigs look natural, beautiful, are breathable and comfortable. Instead of letting alopecia areata control your life, take back your life and feel confident in your own skin – and your new hair! It can be easy to shy away and hide when battling alopecia areata but here at Transitions we’ve helped so many women find a human hair wig that makes them feel like themselves again!

For a free consultation with one of our hair loss and human hair wig specialists, click here or call 1300 427 778. Start your journey back to great looking hair today!

Donation Received - Thank you Kate!

Kate donating hair

We would like to say a big thank you to Kate for donating her beautiful hair! 

‘Wigs for Kids’ is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1981 which, as the name would imply, aims to help children who are suffering from hair loss by hooking them up with beautiful wigs. One of the reasons that hairdresser and founder of Wigs for Kids Jeffrey Paul started up the organisation was his 15-year-old niece who developed leukaemia and was devastated to lose her hair to due to the chemotherapy treatments. Since its inception, Wigs for Kids has helps more than 100 children every year who have lost their hair due to alopecia or other medical related hair loss.

For more information about donating your hair, or if you are looking for a human hair wig for yourself or your child you can come in for a free consultation with one of our hair loss specialists. Call 1300 427 778.