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!

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.

Hair Wigs for Women: Their History and Uses

Women in wigs

A wig is not just a fashion accessory. It’s an essential element of identity.

Back in the early days, a wig was a symbol of wealth and power, signifying intellectual, sexual and social status. Today, however, it’s used for fun and entertainment as well as a solution to thinning hair conditions.  

Take a look at this timeline and learn about the evolution of wigs as well as its various uses, from one civilisation to the next.

Women's Wigs Throughout the Ages

Ancient Civilisation. The wig played a major role in the social scene during the Egyptian and Roman ancient civilisations. The Roman women wore them as fashion accessories and symbols of social ranks while the Egyptians used them as part of their daily attire. Their styles and sizes often indicated religious piety and status in the community.

The Renaissance. The wigs lost their social relevance and appeal during the Dark Ages.  But the Renaissance brought back its resurgence as part of everyday wardrobe for women. Because beautiful locks were given great importance, the use of elaborate hairpieces with jewel embellishments became popular.  

17th Century. King Louis XIII of France pioneered the use of these hair accessories to disguise his premature baldness. During his reign and that of his son, King Louis XIV, the wig became a fashion emblem in the French courts and all over Europe. As a result, it became an integral part of a nobleman’s costume; thus, making it a symbol of power and political status.

18th Century. The use of elaborate, white powdered coiffures with long ringlets were widespread during this time. Wearing toupees was also considered fashionable. The English monarch, Queen Elizabeth I, also became famous for wearing a close-fitted and elaborate red wig. Most women during this period wore coiffures that are supplemented with synthetic hair strands.

19th Century. During the Victorian era, the wearing of wigs as a symbol of social standing was abandoned. Although some women continued to wear wigs, most preferred to look natural. In the court of Queen Victoria, the ladies wore shorter fringes and headpieces with simple designs.

20th Century. The advent of technology helped coiffeurs create natural-looking wigs that are made from both synthetic and real human hair. Also during this period, wig makers started using postiches or pre-made curls, ringlets and buns to enhance the volume of the tresses. Wigs were primarily used by people who worked in the entertainment industry, such as those in television, movies, theatres and cabarets. These were part of their costumes, allowing them to take on different personas.

21st Century. Nowadays, wigs are not only used for fun and entertainment, but also to cover up balding problems. Most people who use them are those with thinning hair and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

For women suffering from alopecia, wigs can be a great part of your everyday wardrobe.

Here at Transitions Hair for Women, our next generation wigs for women are made of 100% human hair, ensuring that it looks undetectable and natural.

Our custom-made wigs capture the exact curvature of your scalp, creating the ideal solution that gives you total control over your look.  

We also offer a range of proven hair loss treatment and cosmetic solutions that are of the highest quality.

Get in touch for a free no obligation consultation. For any other inquiry, you can also call us at 1300 427 778 and one of our qualified hair specialists will contact you.

At Transitions Hair for Women, we take a consultative approach to your wig selection.

What Happens when you donate your Hair to ‘Wigs for Kids’

Wigs for Kids

Bridget suffers from alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. This gorgeous little girl gets a new wig made from donated hair so she can feel like a regular kid. We’ve all probably heard of people who cut of their hair to “donate”, but how many people out there actually know what that process involves, or what happens to the hair on its journey from one head to another? In the video below, one woman, Hannah, donates 12 inches of her hair we see little Bridget get a fabulous new wig that makes her look even more adorable. 

The process involved in turning the hair that is cut off into a wig is a surprisingly complicated process that involves sorting the all the hair donations, preparing the hair and stitching the hair onto a custom made cap for the individuals head. And according to the video, this intricate work is all done by hand – one strand at a time! All the hair gets brushed, treated, and blended with other similarly-coloured hair, so the resulting wigs look as close to natural hair as possible. It takes between 20 and 30 ponytails to make one wig. 

‘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.

How do I donate my hair?

Here at Transitions Hair, we would love for you to help others by donating your hair.  Here are some guidelines to follow if you want to donate your locks:

  • You must have a minimum 12 inches of good quality hair to cut off.
  • It must not be permed or colour-treated.
  • Make sure your hair is clean and dry before you send it (wet hair can gather mould and what kind of monster gives a child their mouldy hair?).
  • The hair must be get kept in the same direction, from root to tip (if the hair is not going in the same direction it will cause the hair to tangle when turned into a wig, making it unusable).  The easy way to do this is to make small pony tails across your head, 'tie' them off and then cut them.  Please use a rubber band to tightly tie the hair at each end. 

So if you meet these guidelines, all you need to do is make the chop, send it off – too easy!

Our Address:

Transitions Hair,  Suite 113/410 Elizabeth St,  Surry Hills, NSW, 2010.  Australia.

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.

Client Thrilled With New Fiery Red Hair!

Fiery red wig

 

The other day one of our courageous clients came into the salon to get her Follea Gripper Wig dyed a fiery red. The result? One fierce, roller derby loving, flaming red head who couldn’t be happier with her new look!

Inspired by the picture below which she saw on our website, our client who lives in Melbourne had a fly in, fly out appointment in our Sydney salon where our talented stylists Victoria and Anneliese made her hair dreams come to life.  Colour specialist Victoria was the brains behind achieving this amazing result, tag teaming with Anneliese who then proceeded to do the fastest cut in on a Gripper Wig in Transitions Hair history to make sure our client got her flight home to Melbourne!

 

Redhead

 

Have fun with your Gripper Wig!

Before suffering from the hair loss condition known as alopecia, our client had previously had bright red hair and was keen to recreate this stand out look, taking charge of her alopecia and not letting this condition control her life! We love that she’s not afraid to have fun with her hair and embrace her alopecia by not only experimenting with the colour and style of her Gripper Wig but also by getting excited to change things up with her new hair!

The Gripper Wig is a fantastic hair loss solution for anyone suffering from alopecia. In particular for those like our roller-derby loving client who leads an active lifestyle and wants complete confidence knowing that her Gripper Wig is going to stay secure at all times.

For more information on anything you’ve read, whether you too want to experiment with the colour of your wig in our full service salon, or you are interested in purchasing a Gripper Wig then call 1300 427 778. You can also book a free confidential consultation with one of our hair loss specialists to discuss an of our hair loss solutions further.