Gwen Stefani Dazzles on the Red Carpet

Gwen Stefani rocked the MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet with a bright pink and black colorblock pant suit and a Hollywood retro top-knot ‘do that had all the boys saying ‘hey baby’!

Go for a more classic version of this top-knot style with this stunning hairpiece!

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Take a Glimpse Inside the 2014 Emmy Awards

This year’s 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was packed with winners – on the silver screen and on the red carpet! As usual, sophistication and elegance permeated the night and these stunning Emmy winners captured not only the Emmy… but the hearts of women everywhere!

 

 

 
Jane Lynch – Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Hollywood Game Night

 

 

 
Julianna Margulies – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Good Wife

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Lange – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries for American Horror Story: Coven

DID YOU KNOW
The Emmy was first awarded in 1949?

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Breast Cancer Survivor Blog Series: Medical Hair Loss

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 –
– and her battle with breast cancer.

I hope you enjoy the sixth installment of this series which touches upon handling hair loss.

PAULA: How did you handle your own medical hair loss?

MELANIE: Like many women facing cancer, one of the first questions is “Am I going to lose my hair?” I was no different. In my book I talk about how I prepared for my hair loss and what it feels like to lose your hair (tingly scalp). I also discuss scalp care and how to deal with the loss of eyebrows and lashes, another side effect no one tells you about.

I cut my hair to chin length before I began chemo. I was warned my hair would start to “release” after the second round. It started slowly, like snow falling around my shoulders, and then messy chunks started coming out in my hair brush. The release became messy and a bit inconvenient – hair was flying around my head during business meetings. I asked my husband to shave my head.

The good news is that hair grows back quickly and six weeks after my last chemo treatment I was already sprouting peach fuzz, then a wiry kind of hair that my beautician called “stick hair.” For about a year my hair was curly. It’s called “chemo curl” and it’s common. Now my hair is stick straight again. My hair grew back quite full, though some survivors experience thinning post cancer hair and continue to rely on hairpieces.

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

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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®.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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,

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