5 Tips to Take Care of Your Wig

Have you recently purchased one of our wigs? Then these 5 tips will come in handy.

1) Make sure you have a wig brush, wig comb, wig shampoo and conditioner, wig stand, wig hair spray and other styling accessories on hand.

2) Before putting on your wig, make sure your own hair is clean and dry. If you wish to keep your wig cleaner longer, you can wear a wig cap.

3) Do not cut or color your wig by yourself. Visit a professional stylist.

4) If you are doing activities such as cooking or barbecuing, please do not stand too close to the heat source as the heat can damage your wig.

5) Use cool water for washing your wigs – never hot.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Blog Series: Managing Health & Nutrition

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 second installment of this series which discusses how to manage your health and nutrition.

PAULA: What advice do you have for women to take charge of managing their health?
MELANIE:
This is both a cancer and healthy lifestyle management book. If you take the cancer section out, I address practical matters like health insurance, assembling a health care team, skin and dental care, smart nutrition, fitness and sexuality. These are every day issues that need to be understood and managed for the rest of your life after you beat cancer.

PAULA: As a wine and food industry professional, how challenging was it to face changes in your diet and palate during treatment?
MELANIE:
Before cancer I lived the high life enjoying many meals at restaurants and drinking wine professionally. I also ate erratically around my busy work schedule which is not good. During treatment I needed to adhere to a strict, simpler, low fat/high protein diet and abstain from all beverage alcohol. Chemotherapy affected my sense of smell which became much stronger and more sensitive, and food tasted differently. I really did not want to eat too much for fear I would have a reaction or become nauseated; yet, I felt eating smaller, more frequent meals was very important for my energy. The good news is that, because of healthier diet and steady exercise, my skin looked better and I was in the best physical shape. I decided to retool my diet permanently as a result.

PAULA: How did you change your diet?
MELANIE:
Today I focus on greens, whole grains, fish, fresh fruit and other lean proteins. And I eat smaller portions. I no longer eat red meat, pork or anything processed or artificial. During treatment I lost all taste or desire for red meat and pork. Today, I embrace vegetables, fruit, fish, eggs, Greek yogurt and, occasionally, white meat chicken. I still drink wine in moderation and I opt for drinking better wine when I do imbibe (it’s my business after all). My husband and I eat out less and cook in more which is a huge change since I ate out a lot and never turned on my oven when I was single. Now I like to cook and try new ways to prepare healthy dishes.

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

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Jessica Alba Stuns with Golden Locks at 2014 MTV Movie Awards

This past Sunday, Conan O’Brien hosted the MTV Movie Awards which featured performances by Rihanna and Eminem as well as lifetime achievement generation award recipient Mark Wahlberg.

Winners of the night included…

Movie of the Year: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Best Villain: Mila Kunis
Top Shirtless Scene: Zac Efron

However, we think the biggest winner of the night was the stunning Jessica Alba on the red carpet!

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Swift Style at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards

Taylor Swift, nominee for the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Entertainer of the Year award, may have been beat out by George Straight but she definitely won big on the red carpet!

Swift opted for some sultry separates that bared a bit of skin. Her cut out crop top and long skirt with a daring split had everyone buzzing.

And her hair?! We adore the shorter, layered look!

Channel Taylor’s layered waves with the Anne Wig by Jaclyn Smith.

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Looking for your wig size?

Before beginning, flatten your hair. Use a cloth tape measure or string to ensure accuracy. Starting at your natural hairline in front, follow your hairline to just above your ear. Measure around the back to the bend in your neck, just above your other ear, then around front to where you began. Measure from your natural hairline in front, back over the crown to where your head meets the top of your neck. Starting in front of one ear where your hairline ends, bring your tape measure or string up and over the crown to the front of your other ear.

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Bangs – New Trend for Spring!

Katie Holmes, 35, actress and mom to daughter Suri recently visited Walt Disney World Resort with a very fresh new haircut… BANGS!

Not sure if bangs would be the best look for you? Try the Easy Bang by Paula Young and try the look before making it permanent.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Blog Series: Introducing Melanie Young

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 first installment of this series which outlines how Melanie’s book is different from so many others.

PAULA: Why did you decide to write this book?
MELANIE:
I originally started writing as therapy and to keep my mind focused during treatment. Writing was also an important form of self-expression during a time when I was keeping my cancer diagnosis close to my chest. I am a natural list maker, from “to do” lists to bucket lists, so making checklists and lists of questions was what I did to organize my information and stay on top of everything.

PAULA: How is your book different from so many other breast cancer guides and biographies?
MELANIE:
When I was facing my own cancer journey, I found plenty of medical books on cancer and a lot of survivors’ personal stories. There were helpful single-subject books on cooking and cancer nutrition, psychology and beauty. But I did not find one single comprehensive book that addressed the management of both your cancer and your well-being in the way I wanted. I wanted something more like a travel guide covering a wide range of topics with great perspective, telling me what to expect, how to prepare myself, what I needed to know about taking care of myself and how to look good despite side effects. My book takes a “360 approach” to facing cancer head on. I feel hearing from a survivor is important. Medical doctors will tell you the scientific side of cancer and how to fight it, but a survivor can provide the insight from the personal side on how to incorporate cancer into your daily life and stay in control.

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

 

 

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Secrets of a First-Time Wig Wearer

For Kate – a first-time wig wearer – her initial wig experience wasn’t quite what she had expected. But with a little bit of patience and some investigating, she soon discovered some fantastic tips that every first-time wig wearer should know. Check out her guest blog today and get in the know!

Secrets of a First-Time Wig Wearer

By Kate Aldrich

The day my wigs arrived — one long, one short — I couldn’t wait to try them on. I was perfectly happy with my natural hair, but the thought of being able to change up my hairstyle in an instant sounded like so much fun. I’d seen how dramatically wigs could transform a look. And the quality of wigs available nowadays meant I could wear one in public without anyone being the wiser. I was ready to give this whole wig thing a try!

My new-wig excitement lasted about 10 minutes.

I tried the short, blonde wig first. I couldn’t get it situated just right, my long natural hair was all bunched up in the back and I looked, well, weird. I poked my head out of the bathroom and my 11-year old son stopped dead in his tracks. “What are you DOING?” Then he ran downstairs shouting, “Dad, come see Mom. You have to come see Mom!”

Okay, maybe the long, brunette wig would work out better. But first, I needed some how-to advice. I know lots of people wear wigs, yet I don’t notice a lot of people wearing wigs. So I was obviously doing something wrong. I turned to the Paula Young website and voila! A how-to video.

It only took a few seconds for me to spot my first mistake. I needed a wig cap. My second mistake was choosing a wig that was completely different in style and color than my natural hair. The woman in the video had a wig that was same color as her natural hair, and that seemed like a smart choice for a first time wig wearer like me. Finally, I wasn’t holding the front and back of the wig when I pulled it on, which was causing it to pull up.

Take two. The next day, I was completely ready. Wig cap? Check. Wig that’s a similar color to my natural hair? Got it. Proper application technique? Done.

This time when I put the wig on, I could immediately see the difference. It easily went right on over the wig cap and stayed in place. I shook my head a bit and checked in the mirror. Unlike my regular hairstyle, the wig had bangs and you know what? I looked pretty good with them. Who knew?!

I stepped out of the bathroom again, ready to take juvenile ridicule from my son. He looked at me, saw the wig, started to say something, then stopped. I asked him what was up. “That actually looks pretty good.” High praise indeed!

Next, the real test – going out in public. I was worried I would feel like EVERYONE KNOWS. But I was going shopping with a friend and thought it would be the perfect, pressure-free time to debut my new look. I spent extra time getting my wig just right. The better I looked, the better I would feel about venturing out.

When my friend arrived, she knew right away it was a wig. I asked her how she knew. “Kate,” she said, “your hair is long, straight, red and you don’t have bangs. The wig is like, the opposite of your regular hair.” Okay, point taken (she should have seen the short, blonde wig!). So I asked her how it looked. “Well, if I didn’t know you I wouldn’t think anything of it. It just looks like … hair.” More high praise.

To make a long story short (I know, I know!), we went shopping and about an hour into it, I basically forgot that I had the wig on. It felt comfortable, no one pointed and laughed and I decided that next time I got my hair cut I was going to get bangs. I was also dying to try the short, blonde wig on again. You know, now that I was a pro and could handle the difference in styles!

Don’t let being a wig novice hold you back from trying one. They’re fun, easy to use (once you get the hang of it) and are a great way to kick your style up a notch when you go out. Just remember:

-       For your first wig, try one that’s not a drastic change from your natural hairstyle if you’re nervous about what look to choose. You’re changing your style in an instant, so it’s okay to start with smaller changes.

-       Watch the how-to video on PaulaYoung.com. It’s less than two minutes and is a great overview.

-       Practice, practice, practice. It took me a while to get all my hair evenly under the wig cap at first. Once I mastered that, the rest was easy.

-       Use bobby pins if it makes you feel more secure. I ended up using a couple, just for peace of mind.

Now that I’ve worn a wig a few times, I won’t hesitate to do it again and to try even more dramatic styles. And I can’t wait for girls’ night out so I can try that blonde wig!

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Spotlight on the Oscars: Sensationally Silver

As she celebrated a Best Supporting Actress nod for her turn in “Nebraska,” 84-year-old June Squibb wowed on the red carpet. Her beaded emerald green gown with matching jacket was a beautiful contrast to her sensational silver coif!

Go Silver: Harlow Wig by Paula Young

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Find out the ‘it’ hair color for 2014!

Many of us love to read blog posts and magazine articles for the latest in beauty style trends. I am definitely one of those women!

So when I stumbled upon an article on stylelist.com entitled “The ‘it’ hair color for 2014” I just HAD to check it out.

You may be wondering, what IS the ‘it’ hair color for 2014? Well it’s “platinum with a capital blonde,” according to Mariah Carey’s colorist, Kyle White.

Check out the entire article here and then get the new ‘it’ color for yourself at paulayoung.com!

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