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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Best-Selling Looks You’ll Love – For Valentine’s Day and Beyond!

How are you going to spend your Valentine’s Day? A romantic dinner date with your sweetheart? Baking cookies with your grandchildren? Having lunch with your friends?

Whatever your plans, be sure to look your very best on Valentine’s Day – and EVERY day – with one of our best-selling wig styles from Paula Young!

Remember the lighter the wig, the more comfortable it feels. That’s why it’s no surprise that our top best-selling wigs are all WhisperLite® wigs. That means they are crafted of our revolutionary WhisperLite fiber which is softer, finer and half the width of traditional fiber, resulting in an exceptionally light and more natural-looking wig.

 

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How I lost my hair but kept my identity

Dealing with cancer is extremely difficult, and when you add hair loss into the mix it’s like adding salt to your wounds. In this guest blog post, Elizabeth shares how she tackled her hair loss head on (pun intended) and regained a newfound love for her internal beauty.

How I lost my hair but kept my identity
By Elizabeth T. Schoch

Many cancer survivors have to deal with hair loss from chemotherapy. To me, this is truly a case of adding insult to injury!

In 2013, I was told that I had advanced endometrial cancer. Just a few weeks after diagnosis, I had major surgery. One month later, I had minor surgery. And then about 2 weeks after that, I had to start chemo. Before the chemotherapy began, my doctor told me that my hair would definitely fall out from the chemo drugs. Good grief. First cancer, then two surgeries, and now I was facing 3-1/2 months of chemo, during which time I’d lose my beautiful hair. Quite frankly, it didn’t seem fair.

At first, I thought that the whole hair-loss issue was pure vanity. I came to understand that it was about how I looked, but it was about so much more than that. Everyone’s hair is part of their identity. You stand out because you’re a redhead or because you’ve got awesome dreadlocks or because you’ve got the cutest pixie cut around. In my case, my hair had always been a source of pride for me. It was thick and wavy, and even when I was a little girl, people remarked on it. Hair stylists love me. Just in the couple of weeks leading up to the start of chemo, complete strangers complimented me on my hair, which at the time was just above my shoulders. I hadn’t had it cut in several months, and it was kind of a wild mess, but it was still great hair. And now, here I was, about to lose all of it.

I knew I had to develop some sort of head-covering strategy, because I had no intention of walking around bald. I considered hats, scarves, wigs, and more. What I finally decided upon was a combination of a little knit turban that I got from the American Cancer website, coupled with a colorful scarf that I tied around it. Luckily, I owned a collection of vintage scarves, and I must say it was fun to have a use for them since they’d been languishing on a closet shelf for years. I purchased turbans in 3 basic colors that would coordinate with my clothes, and I was ready to wrap ‘n roll.

I got my hair cut short before it started falling out so it wouldn’t be so hard to deal with. It was still difficult. My hair was brown with silver streaks, and I began finding dark and light hairs all over my apartment. I felt like a cat that was shedding.

Once a good portion of my hair was gone, I began wearing my turban-and-scarf combo. I got a lot of stares, and I realized that losing my hair marked me as a cancer patient. All I wanted to be was anonymous – but that was impossible now.

Another thing I realized: You really find out how much you love your face when your hair is gone. And as my eye lashes and eye brows began to disappear, this became even truer. One step I took to feel better about myself was to wear bigger, bolder earrings and more make-up. This helped me feel more feminine and – dare I say it – pretty.

I got alot of compliments on my scarves. Were they pity compliments? Perhaps some were, but I think in most cases, my printed scarves caught people’s eyes and made them smile. I had a look of my own. As I said to my friend, it wasn’t a look I had chosen. But it was a look. And it was mine.

I was fortunate because the chemo treatments worked for me, and today I am in remission. My hair has recently grown back, and I had what I call “the big reveal” on Thanksgiving, when I showed up at my cousin’s house with no head-covering. My hair is extremely short, wavy, and is now completely gray. It is sort of odd to go gray more or less overnight, but I am just so thrilled to have hair! It was tough being without hair for 6 months, but I got through it – just like all the other cancer survivors out there who are strong enough to handle cancer, surgery, chemo, radiation, and yes, even the loss of their hair. They find out what I did: Even if you are bald, you are the same person inside. Cancer can’t take that away from you.

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Color Play!

It’s a New Year. Now is the time to make a resolution to step out of your comfort zone and into a whole new world of color!

A subtle color change can create a whole new you. You can choose a color that’s slightly lighter than your natural color or – if you are feeling a little bold – you can try a shade that is completely different from your own.

When you are experimenting with your color, our hair integration pieces (which allow you to pull your existing hair through for a perfect color blend) and our gorgeous highlighted captivating colors are a great place to start!

Best of all, if you still have questions, you can simply call our wig experts at 1-800-364-9060 and they’ll be happy to help you select the color that best suits your needs.

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Specialty Commerce Corp. Makes a Generous Donation to Susan G. Komen Massachusetts

During the month of October, Specialty Commerce Corp., one of the nation’s leading multi-channel direct marketers, ran the Like for Locks campaign to acknowledge Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

West Bridgewater, MA (PRWEB) December 13, 2013

During the month of October, Specialty Commerce Corp., one of the nation’s leading multi-channel direct marketers, ran the Like for Locks campaign to acknowledge Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Specialty Commerce Corp. set a goal of donating ONE wig to Susan G. Komen Massachusetts for every LIKE they received on their Paula Young Facebook page – up to 500 wigs.

We greatly appreciate the generosity of our friends at Specialty Commerce and look forward to continuing our collaboration with them.

Mike Ippolito, CEO of Specialty Commerce Corp. presents a check to Susan G. Komen Massachusetts.

The great news is they achieved their goal of 500 wigs donated and MORE! The entire company also chipped in and made monetary contributions throughout the month.

“We offer complimentary coffee to our employees but, during the month of October, our employees reached into their pockets and paid anywhere from twenty five cents to five dollars for every cup they drank so that we could raise money to donate to Susan G. Komen Massachusetts. They even paid a few dollars to wear jeans every day instead of the normal business casual attire. Susan G. Komen does so much to help better the lives of those facing breast cancer. As a company, we truly value what they do and we are thrilled to begin our partnership with them,” said Mike Ippolito, CEO.

On November 26, 2013, Specialty Commerce Corp. welcomed representatives from Susan G. Komen Massachusetts and the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts to their headquarters in West Bridgewater for a luncheon in their honor where they were presented with a check for $500 along with 500 wigs.

Representatives from Specialty Commerce Corp., Susan G. Komen Massachusetts and YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts celebrate a wonderful partnership.

“Congratulations and heartfelt thanks for this great promotion and wonderful gift,” said Ronni Cohen-Boyar, Executive Director at Komen MA. “Working with the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts and other community partners across the state, we’ve helped to expand breast health education and linkages to screening, treatments, and patient navigation services. This gift gives us an exciting new way to work with our partners to assist women in need here in Massachusetts. We greatly appreciate the generosity of our friends at Specialty Commerce and look forward to continuing our collaboration with them.”

Over the past 10 years, Specialty Commerce Corp. has donated more than 68,000 wigs. And for more than 30 years, Paula Young has made it their mission to help women with medical hair loss regain their sense of self-confidence. The continued partnership with Susan G. Komen Massachusetts will help more cancer patients than ever before.

About Specialty Commerce Corp. 
Specialty Commerce Corp. is one of the nation’s leading multi-channel direct marketers. With a modern, efficient and finely tuned infrastructure we serve the women’s hair fashion, medical hair loss and apparel markets, as well as providing continuing education for professionals. From operations in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, our catalogs, websites and retail stores serve a multi-national cross section of customers around the world.

About Paula Young 
Paula Young is the world’s leading retailer of wigs, hair pieces and fashion add-ons, with more than two million active customers. For more than 30 years, Paula Young’s mission has been to offer women of all ages beautiful, affordable hair solutions that help them develop the confidence to believe in themselves and their beauty.

About Susan G. Komen Massachusetts® 
Susan G. Komen Massachusetts® is an organization that works with, and on behalf of, breast cancer patients and survivors and those who support them in our local communities. With seventy-five (75) percent of proceeds generated by the Affiliate staying in Massachusetts, the Affiliate is able to fund educational programs, offer grant money to organizations that support its mission, and help better the lives of those facing breast cancer locally. Komen MA is able to successfully continue its mission through annual events such as the Komen Massachusetts Race for the Cure® and Komen Massachusetts Chefs for the Cure. For more information, call 617-737-5111 or visit http://www.komenmass.org.

About YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts 
The YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts is one of 230 member associations of the YWCA USA. The national organization was chartered in 1858 and is one of the largest women-owned and ran groups in the country continuing a 150 year heritage of leadership in issues that affect the daily lives of women and girls. YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts was founded in 1911 and serves over 5,000 participants annually in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Key program areas include health education, outreach and breast cancer support group services, after-school programs for youth, residential housing for women, racial justice, economic empowerment, leadership development for young women, and widowed persons program.

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