The Universally Flattering Lob

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The Universally Flattering Lob

The lob, or long bob, is the new must-have look for gorgeous hair now. From Jessica Alba to Gwyneth Paltrow to Taraji P. Henson – Celebrities are loving the lob hairstyle! Capture the essence of this best-tressed style with…

 

 

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Wigs: Natural versus Synthetic Hair

Wigs: Natural versus Synthetic Hair

One of the biggest considerations in choosing a wig is whether you want to go natural (human hair) or synthetic. The synthetic fibers used in making wigs today look far more realistic than in previous generations, but they can still look less than natural. What follows is a comparison of the pros and cons of both synthetic and natural hair:

How to Tell the Difference:

The easiest way to tell if a wig is made with natural or synthetic hair is to pull a strand out of the wig and burn it. Natural hair will burn slowly and give off a distinctive odor, while synthetic hair will usually tend to melt and/or ball up when placed near flame, depending on the particular composition of the synthetic fiber, or will burn out quickly. In either case, synthetic hair will not give off an odor.

Advantages of Natural Hair Wigs:
    •  more realistic appearance than synthetic wigs
    •  greater durability
    •  the same styling and maintenance requirements as your real hair; can be custom-colored to suit; and can tolerate heat from styling appliances

Disadvantages of Natural Hair Wigs:
    •  it reacts to climate the way your real hair does (may frizz or lose curl in humid weather)
    •  hair must be reset/restyled after shampooing, which can be challenging for someone attempting to do so at home
    •  color will oxidize/fade with exposure to light
    •  hair will break if mistreated by harsh brushing, back-combing or overuse of heat styling
    •  can be heavier than synthetic wigs of similar style/length
    •  recent check for average retail pricing of natural hair wigs show a range from around $150 (US) to over $1000 (US) and higher, depending on style, length, maker, percentage of human hair, and ethnic origin of the human hair used

Advantages of Synthetic Hair:
    •  technological advances have produced modacrylic synthetics (like Kanekalon®) which are so similar in look and feel to protein-rich hair fibers that they can even fool some stylists
    •  a great value; not only are they realistic, but they are less expensive than natural hair; they are also easier to maintain at home; shampooing with cold water will not change the style, nor will exposure to extreme humidity
    •  synthetic wigs tend to be made according to current styles with cut, color and texture already set; usually only needs custom trimming to be ready to wear
    •  color availability is almost unlimited (from natural to fantasy colors); cheapest wig styles tend to be more solid in color, while higher-quality synthetics have blended colors for natural-looking hair
    •  synthetic colors will not fade or oxidize even after long periods in direct sunlight
    •  tend to be lighter in weight, thus more comfortable to wear
    •  recent check for average pricing show synthetic wig prices (retail) ranging from under $50 (US) to over $400 (US), depending on style, length and brand name

Disadvantages of Synthetic Hair:
    •  must avoid extreme heat such as from hair dryers, hot rollers, flat irons and curling irons
    •  traditional hair color will not work with synthetic fibers; recoloring synthetic wigs is not recommended
    •  can appear shiny and unnatural; quality and price affect how natural the hair looks; thick synthetic wigs will look unnatural on fine-haired women

As you can see, there are a number of features that speak for and against each type of wig. The key as a consumer is to figure out what you are looking for from your wig and choose accordingly.

Article courtesy of hairfinder.com

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Mother’s Day 2013

3 Tips for a Stress-Free Mother’s Day

  1. Make reservations or order out – absolutely no cooking or cleaning for mom today.
  2. When gifting, think beauty – a new outfit, classy shade of lipstick or spa gift certificate.
  3. Lots of hugs – they’re the best stress-relievers known to man.

 

Happy Mother’s Day,

Patricia

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Boston is our Heart + Soul

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Welcome Spring with a Beauty Makeover!

Spring is almost here! So why not start thinking about some spring cleaning… for YOU?

At PaulaYoung.com we have wigs, hairpieces, apparel and more – everything you need for the perfect spring beauty makeover! Clean up with a fresh, new hairstyle today.

 Top 3 hair trends for 2013 – which ones will you try?

1.      Sleek & Straight – Kris Wig by Jaclyn Smith

 

 

 

 

 2.      Short & Chic – Vikki Wig by Paula Young

 

 

 

 

3.      Gentle Waves – Caitlyn Wig by Paula Young

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Introducing the New Coral Collection!

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In celebration of our 35th Anniversary, we are pleased to introduce the new Coral Collection! For centuries, coral has been thought to spark optimism, foster good thoughts and help achieve overall wellness and this beautiful collection showcases five new styles … Continue reading

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Top-Selling Paula Young Styles of 2012

Top-Selling Paula Young Styles of 2012
The top 10 best-selling Paula Young wig styles of 2012 range from short pixie cuts to long lush layers – everything your heart desires. Let’s see if your favorites made the cut!

10. Chantal - With feathery edges that frame the face and the lightweight comfort which Paula Young wigs are renowned for, Chantal is always a popular option.

9. Angel – This short, spunky style offers a rich texture and fun, flirty flips.

8. Dance – Razor-cut bangs and luscious layers combine with WhisperLite® fiber for the ultimate in lightweight comfort.

7. Color Me Exquisite – True shake-n-go styling! Razor-cut layers flip up with natural ease for a carefree updated look.

6. Noelle – This sleek bob can be worn straight – right out of the box – or curl it to create a whole new look!

5. Color Me Beautiful – Soft, wispy layers elegantly frame the face, while graceful sides brush forward or feather back for a totally natural look.

4. Vikki - An adorable pixie with a slightly sassy edge to it.

3. Daisy – This updated shag flatters your features and offers the ultimate in lightweight comfort.

2. Abby - Combines the timeless beauty of chic, cropped layers and undeniably light fiber.

1. Meg - Gorgeous layers for elegant movement and side-swept bangs and curved sides accentuate your facial features!
Did your favorite style top the list? Comment below and let us know!

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Cancer Patients Get Makeover

Getting the right cut, color and look for Hollywood starlets is what celebrity stylist Jose Eber does, but on Monday, he was on a much more personal mission to help cancer patients at the City of Hope Medical Center.

“We’re here to give them confidence. You can look great even during those difficult times,” Eber said.

Laura Gallardo of West Covina discovered her cancer during her first mammogram at age 52. She’s on her third round of chemo.

“You lose your hair, your skin dries out a lot,” she said.

So to battle the physical changes of cancer and treatment, Gallardo and dozens of other patients are undergoing a different kind of therapy. Eber and his professional salon team and stylists start with the hair. Actress Jaclyn Smith donated the wigs from her collection.

“A picture with a frame looks better right? It’s the same thing about a person. The hair frames the whole person,” Eber said.

Just because you’re a brunette doesn’t mean you have to stay that way. The day is about having fun and making new choices because beauty experts say, living through cancer can be a beautiful transformation.

“You want to see the person. Once you put the wig on, you want to see the smile,” Eber said.

The Glamour Project, a group dedicated to improving the lives of women going through hardship, is on hand to get the ladies ready for their close-up.

“There’s no question that if you feel better about yourself, you’ve got a little more energy and feel better, that’s for sure,” said Dr. Joanne Mortimer of City of Hope Medical Center.

Alpine Terabramyan, 8, is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. She’s overwhelmed by all the kindness and compassion. She wanted a Mohawk but ended up with a softer look.

Battling cancer can feel like long, dark journey, but Gallardo sees light at the end of the tunnel.

The prognosis for both Gallardo and Terabramyan looks very bright. They have months of chemotherapy ahead of them, but with their makeovers, both say they won’t have to worry so much about how they look, and they have renewed confidence.

Watch the makeover below:

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It’s July 4th – Celebrate Your Independent Style

Dear Paula Young customers and blog readers,

When my children were young, my husband and I used to throw a huge barbecue for our family and friends every Fourth of July. I was never the “grill master” (as my husband was so fondly named), so I spent my time making an assortment of salads and desserts while he tended the fire.

I am blessed to have adult children who have “taken the reigns” since my husband’s passing. Now my Fourth of July celebrations are spent at THEIR homes with THEM cooking. So, my biggest task is making a vat of potato salad, playing with my grandchildren and choosing what to wear (this year it’s my trusty Angel wig, my favorite pedal-pushers and the blouse with striped scarf from Paula Young).

So, how will YOU celebrate your independent style this independence day? A new wig? A pretty dress? Some cute shoes?

Whatever you choose, I’m sure you’ll look wonderful!

Have a safe & fun July 4th,
Patricia

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Pairing Sunglasses with Wig Styles

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

Looking for a great new wig to pair up 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 130 open ear tab wig styles to choose from!

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

WhisperLite Naples

Meg Wig

Sandy Wig

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