Quick & Easy Wig Styling Tips

For Curly Wigs:
Give the wig a good shake, then gently style the curls with your fingers or a pick comb – not a brush. We suggest the Styling Brush and Pick Comb to go with your curly wig.

For Wavy Wigs:

Brush lightly using short, lifting strokes – just enough to add volume and create body. We suggest using the 5-Pc. Styling Comb and Brush Set with your favorite wavy wig.

For Straight Wigs:

Brush with long, even strokes for a smooth look. Start at the ends and work your way to the roots. We suggest the Static-Free Brush to pair with your straight wig.

For Short Wigs:

Many wig styles, especially shorter ones, need only a good shake and they’re ready to wear. We suggest the Wig Brush for short wigs.

An Important Note About Fiber & Heat:

Human hair wigs can take the heat, but synthetic wigs can’t, so be careful! Never expose a synthetic style to excessive heat (even standing in front of an open oven, or over a hot stove), as this will damage the fibers. Curling irons, flat irons, hot rollers, hair dryers and other heat styling tools should only be used on 100% human hair styles or a heat-friendly fiber blend like VersaFiber® or FiberFusion®.

Paula

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August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month

Below is a blog post taken from the hairfoundation.org that offers some interesting hair loss statistics.
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According to the American Association of Dermatology (ADD), hereditary hair loss affects approximately 80 million men and women in the U.S.

Take a look at these statistics for women and hair loss from Dr. Matt Leavitt’s book, Women and Hair Loss: A Physician’s Perspective. Leavitt is the president and CEO of the Hair Foundation.

Women’s Degrees of Concern About Hair Loss (from a survey of 2,000+ households)
Extremely Concerned 19%
Somewhat Concerned 24%
Slightly Concerned 28%
Not at all Concerned 29%

What Women Who Are Concerned About Hair Loss Do
Discuss it with their hair care professional 59%
Discuss it with a friend/family member 57%
Change shampoo/conditioner or frequency 53%
Change their hairstyles 50%
Start massaging their scalps regularly 36%
Consult a doctor 20%
Try an over-the-counter product 14%
Try minoxidil 3% (approx.)

What Doctors Recommend for Women With Hair Loss
Nothing, just wait 43%
Vitamins 10%
Topical ointment/scalp cream 8%
Shampoo/dandruff shampoo 7%
Stress management/medication 5%
Referred to dermatologist 5%
Rogaine/minoxidil 3%
Scalp massage 3%
Change shampoo 3%
Nutrition/diet 3%

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Half of the women concerned about hair loss change their hairstyle – that’s where Paula Young comes in! We are here to help you every step of the way. Our beautiful assortment of wigs, hairpieces and hair integration systems is your first step to coping with hair loss. Whatever you choose, remember to have FUN with it!

Paula

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How to wash your wig!

Washing instructions will vary, depending on if your wig is human hair or synthetic.  Most wigs are made of synthetic hair, allowing for the easiest washing and styling.  Determine if your wig is synthetic or human hair and follow the appropriate care instructions below.

SYNTHETIC WIGS:

  1. Gently brush the wig thoroughly with a wig brush.
  2. Add one tablespoon of wig shampoo to a sink filled with cold water.
  3. Immerse wig for one minute and agitate gently. Do not rub.
  4. Rinse the wig gently in cold clear water twice or until thoroughly rinsed.
  5. Blot the wig gently with a towel. Do not squeeze or wring.
  6. Apply conditioning spray very lightly over wig, spraying 10-12 inches from the wig.
  7. Allow the wig to air dry on a slender object like a can of hairspray or a shampoo bottle covered with a hand towel.  Styrofoam heads may stretch the cap.
  8. Do not use a hair dryer. Air dry only.  You may gently style the wig with your fingertips.
  9. Brush wig only when completely dry. Do not allow the wig to dry in direct sunlight.

HUMAN HAIR WIGS:

To achieve a natural appearance and unique color variations, all human hair wigs are chemically processed.  To give your wig the longest life, it is very important to use sulfate-free hair care products that are specifically made for chemically processed hair.  To wash your human hair wig, follow these steps:

  1. Detangle the wig using a wig brush or comb.  Start at the ends and work upwards to the base of the cap.
  2. Rinse the wig in cold water, with the water flowing in the same direction of the hair to avoid tangling.  Do not soak your human hair wig in a basin.  This will cause the hair to tangle and mat together.
  3. Using your fingertips and phosphate free shampoo specifically for human hair wigs, distribute the shampoo evenly throughout the hair.
  4. Rinse with cold water to remove shampoo.  Rinse so that the water is flowing in the same direction as the hair.
  5. Remove excess water by gently patting with a towel. Do not wring or squeeze.
  6. Condition the wig with wig conditioner, using your fingertips to distribute the conditioner evenly throughout the hair.
  7. Remove the conditioner by rinsing with cold water.  To remove excess water, pat gently with a soft towel.  Do not squeeze or wring.  Allow the wig to air dry on a folding wig stand or a tall can of hairspray.

Paula

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Breast Cancer Survivor Blog Series: Life After Cancer Treatment

Writer, business woman, passionate traveler, and breast cancer survivor, Melanie Young is an advocate for the empowerment of women through education, peer support and mentoring… and now she’s offering her words of wisdom to Paula Young customers via a 10-part blog series.

This Q&A interview-style blogs series offers insight on Melanie, her book – Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide To Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer – and her battle with breast cancer.

I hope you enjoy the fifth installment of this series which captures what Melanie experienced once her cancer treatment was complete.

PAULA: How did you adapt to life after treatment?

MELANIE: Life after treatment was in three stages for me: First, the initial euphoria of finishing treatment combined with a careful re-entry. I took the summer to undergo physical therapy for my very weak arms. I continued to monitor my diet and exercise. And I wrote a lot to vent my emotions.

About a year after treatment I had a sudden and sharp bout of post-traumatic stress that took me by surprise. It was my “what the heck just happened to me?” period. I no longer enjoyed my work and wanted to make dramatic changes in my life and career. But, I also needed to pay down a lot of debt, so I had to just deal with it by dialing down my work schedule a bit so I could reflect on where I wanted to go next in my life.

Today, I feel like I have achieved more balance and have simplified my life more. I also “came out of the cancer closet” publicly the end of 2011 and continued writing my book. It was a defining moment being able to say publicly and confidently: “I had cancer. I finished treatment. I am healthy.”

For more about Melanie or to order her book, please visit http://www.melanieyoung.com/

Paula

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Even GLAMOUR Loves Us…

So you think you’re not the clip-in ponytail type of girl? (You know, someone who’s fairly adventurous in the beauty department and/or confident when it comes to hair styling.) Well, you might reconsider that stance when you see Kate Hudson‘s pony from yesterday, which she wore for her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Read the full article featured on Glamour.com here.

Shop the look by purchasing The Braided Pony by Hothair!

Happy Shopping,

Paula

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Top 3 Best Summer Hairstyles of 2014

1. Sleek Pixie

Closely shorn at the nape, and a bit longer on top with tempting texture. Get the look with the short and sleek Honesty Wig by Gabor Basics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Layered Bob

A modern jaw-level cut with voluminous layers. Get the look with the chic, sophisticated Harper Wig by Paula Young®.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Modern Pageboy

Chin-grazing pageboy offers cool confidence. Get the look with the heat-resistant Heather Wig by Paula Young®

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know?

Many wig styles, especially shorter ones like these, need only a good shake and they’re ready to wear. Welcome to carefree summertime style!

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Cool Summer Wig Styles

Many people worry that wigs will be hot and uncomfortable in the summer, but you’ll actually be surprised out how comfortable some wigs are to wear!

To ensure the most lightweight, comfortable feel, look for wigs that feature a lightweight fiber and an open cap for greater air circulation and a cooler feel.

COOLCAP® are the most comfortable wigs we offer, with WhisperLite® fiber and a lightweight, breathable cap that allows heat and moisture to escape.

Stay cool all day, in any weather, with one of these COOLCAP styles or any of our 100 WhisperLite styles!

Happy Shopping,

Paula

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The Perfect Wigs to Pair with Sunglasses

Summer is here, the sun is shining and – if you didn’t already know – today is National Sunglasses Day. Celebrate by wearing your favorite sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun or to simply make a fashion statement!

Looking for a great new hairstyle to pair with your stylish sunglasses? Make sure you choose an open ear tab wig – they are ideal for eye glass wearers and we have more than 150 open ear tab wig styles to choose from!

Here are a few of my favorite styles… maybe they’ll be your favorites too!

Breezy WhisperLite® Wig by Paula Young®

Abby WhisperLite® Wig by Paula Young®

Chantal WhisperLite® Wig by Paula Young®

Stay Sunny!
Paula

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Breast Cancer Survivor Blog Series: Challenges of Cancer Treatment

Writer, business woman, passionate traveler, and breast cancer survivor, Melanie Young is an advocate for the empowerment of women through education, peer support and mentoring… and now she’s offering her words of wisdom to Paula Young customers via a 10-part blog series.

This Q&A interview-style blogs series offers insight on Melanie, her book – Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide To Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer – and her battle with breast cancer.

I hope you enjoy the fourth installment of this series which touches upon common challenges faced during cancer treatment.

PAULA: What were your biggest challenges during treatment?

MELANIE: Like many cancer patients, the emotional impact of the diagnosis was simply devastating – like a sharp punch in the chest. On top of that my father was put in hospice for advanced prostate cancer shortly after my diagnosis. He died after my second surgery and before I started treatment. I was extremely close to him, and he was also my company’s C.P.A., so we were tied together in business as well. Losing him and not being able to take the time to mourn or deal with the fallout from his death was very hard.

I also chose to keep my diagnosis quiet in my professional arena. I was afraid my clients would walk away, and I would lose my business and face financial ruin. It was like living two lives: business professional by day; cancer patient at rest by night.

Finally, no one really explained “chemo brain” to me and how it plays with your head. By the end of the day it was hard to remember words or focus on anything. My head felt like it was sliced in two and put back on off kilter. I address this fully in my book. Many women are impacted by chemo brain for years studies have shown.

PAULA: How did you handle chemo brain?

MELANIE: I played word games, like Scrabble. I prioritized activities to tackle more demanding ones in the morning after my workout when my mind was sharper. And when the chemo brain kicked in hard, I turned off the electronics and tuned into music. Or I would take a walk or hit the reclining stationary bike. I also cleaned out closets and drawers; organizing and tossing out clutter was soothing.

For more about Melanie or to order her book, please visit http://www.melanieyoung.com/

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Jesse Mueller wins at 2014 Tony Awards

Jesse Mueller won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the 2014 Tony Awards for her portrayal of the young Carole King in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.

Her long, wavy locks channel the bohemian beauty of Carol King herself! Get the look with the Darryl Wig by Jaclyn Smith.

All the best,

Paula

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