Fact Sheets
Chemotherapy and Hair Loss - 5 Types of Wigs - Synthetic Vs. Human Wig
Caring Human Hair Wig - Caring Synthetic Wig
Caring Extentions - Caring Extentions

 Fact Sheet #1

Chemotherapy and Hair Loss By Sarah Kim

Certified Cosmetologist and Expert Wig Designer

   While going through something as serious as Chemotherapy, one of the hardest things to deal with is hair loss. There are many choices to consider such as wigs, hair clips and toupees. This can be a very confusing process without a professional’s help. You want to choose a product that is natural, and easy to manage. We have the newest cutting edge technology available to give you the most natural look available. There are several different kinds of products that range from completely synthetic hair to 100% human hair. You can choose from many different cap styles, such as anti-slip, silicone patch, hand sewn or a NFP cap. We offer the best medical wigs on the market today. We can help you choose the best product depending upon your specific situation. The important thing to remember is that each product should be sized, colored and styled to fit each individual. Keeping a positive outlook on your upcoming treatment is vital to your recovery; however, your self esteem is the key to your daily living. The right hair piece can make all the difference, and help get you through such a difficult time. Call or stop in for a free consultation and feel free to make an appointment for a private viewing.

Fact Sheet #2

5 Different Types of Wigs

    The cap is the base of the wig onto which hair is attached. Wigs are available with several different types of caps and the hair of the wig is then attached to the cap using various techniques. Each cap type has its own distinct advantages. On most wigs, hair is attached in "wefts." These are strings of hair doubled over and sewn closely together in long strands. This string is then machine sewn, hand sewn or hand tied horizontally onto the vertical lines of a wig cap.

    A standard cap is the most common and most affordable cap design. The layers of hair are machine-sewed onto the cap, which has a closed lace layer at the crown. The hair is pre-designed into a specific style and the crown is often lightly teased or crimped so you cannot see down through to the cap. This type of cap often gives the hair a natural lift at the crown for volume.

    A capless wig is very similar to the standard cap design. However, instead of the closed lace layer at the crown, it has vertical lace strips with open spaces between the wefts. The open-wefting in the crown, back, and sides allows for maximum ventilation. This makes the cap lighter weight and cooler than a standard cap.

Monofilament or Hand Sewn caps are constructed using a thin, breathable nylon or polyester mesh material at the crown that gives the illusion of skin and assumes the wearer's natural scalp color by partially revealing the scalp below. Monofilament caps offer the most natural look as well as styling versatility because each hair is individually hand tied at the crown so the hair can be parted and brushed in any direction. The entire wig may be hand tied, or the wig may have a monofilament crown with wefted sides and back. Monofilament wigs are an especially good choice for those with severe or total hair loss as the cap is soft, unlike cloth material, which can be itchy to those with sensitive scalps.

    NFP Cap. The NFP Cap is designed differently than all the other wigs. Its is only made out of human hair, and the hand sewn part is knotted underneath the crown of the cap and not on top. Then another layer of silicone is placed under the crown to prevent slipping and irritation. This wig is by far the most natural looking product on the market today. Premier Hair Enhancements carries only the highest quality NFP wigs. This is an excellent choice for the women going through chemotherapy or who have alopecia and who are working professionals or has a very active social life, and needs the look and comfort of a human hair product that is as natural as there own head of hair.

Fact Sheet #3

Which should I choose? Synthetic or Human Hair?

   Synthetic Hair Wigs
Today's better quality synthetic wigs are virtually indistinguishable from human hair, except to the most practiced eye. Synthetic wigs are easier to care for and lower priced. The monofilament fiber "hair" used to make synthetic wigs has "memory" which means it maintains its wave or curl, texture and volume, requiring minimal upkeep. Synthetic wigs, however, are not designed to accept a permanent wave or color change and can be permanently damaged by the use of curling irons, blow dryers or hot rollers.

    Human Hair
A human hair wig is the most natural looking option. It can be cut, styled, permed or colored to suit your personal taste. Human hair wigs are more durable than synthetic wigs. However, human hair wigs are more expensive that synthetic wigs and require more care. They have to be shampooed, dried, styled and conditioned, just like your natural hair. Like your hair, they can lose their style if they get wet and frizz on humid days. If you feel that you are not able to provide the care required of a human hair wig, we recommend our 100% synthetic wigs that offer anatural look and will retain the style better than a 100% human hair wig.

    There are four basic types of human hair used in wigs: Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Caucasian (also called European hair). Most human hair wigs are made from Chinese or Indian hair. Caucasian/European is the strongest, most durable human hair for wig making. However, this type of hair is not as readily available and is the most expensive. PHE hair is kept in the same direction when making a wig or hairpiece as when cut from the donor's head. This additional attention to detail maintains the hair cuticle in the same direction for each hair, which, in turn, reduces tangling. PHE carries only Caucasian/European human hair wigs. Our products are designed and created specifically for PHE from our own factory in China.

Fact Sheet #4

Caring and Washing Human Hair Wig

How often should my wig be washed and styled?

    Wash your piece as little as possible. Think of it like a fine cashmere sweater. Picking up odors and "hat" stains on the cap at the forehead, are reasons to consider giving your wig a bath.

    Depending on the wig's environment, this will vary from every 12 wearings to every 25. Use your eyes and nose to determine this. But as you can see, you wash your wig very rarely.

     If you wear a wig every day, it's a good idea to have a back-up wig, so you won't be "wig less" for washings.

You mini-style your wig every time you wear it, but with your fingers and a wig pick and very gently, If knots have accumulated at the ends a straight or slightly wavy wig, pick apart the knots by starting near the end of the hair and working your way back to the top, using a little spray-on leave-on wig conditioner/de-tangler as you do.

   Washing Human Hair Wigs

   1. Fill your sink basin with cool water.

   2. Add a capful of human hair wig shampoo or a high quality human hair shampoo  and blend in. Never use a high PH shampoo on your human hair wig. 

   3. Gently swish the wig or piece in the water for about 30 seconds to a minute until the wig is saturated. Gently scrub the front of the wig cap, where it meets the forehead until clean.

   4. Leave the wig soak in the wig basin for about 10 minutes

   5. Empty the wig basin of water and rinse the wig or piece in cool water. It is very important to use cool water on curly wigs, as warm water will over-relax the curls of wigs.

   6. Gently squeeze excess water out of wig. Do not rub or twist your wig.

   7. Spread the wig out on a thirsty towel and leave in a ventilated area to dry overnight. You should spray on a little leave-on conditioner, when you start the drying process.

   8. Wigs may be set in rollers if desired and placed under a dryer or left overnight to dry at your discretion. A hot curling iron may be used on human hair wigs. We offer human hair wig conditioner and shampoo for our customers.

Fact Sheet #5

Caring and washing your Synthetic Wig

General Synthetic Wig Instructions

   If you have a synthetic wig, you CANNOT apply ANY heat to it. No curling iron, hot rollers, hot water, or steam! You will have a big nasty melted glob! If you want to restyle, or curl the wig, you can use a cold roller or cold curling iron and a good setting lotion or spray, and let it set for 24 hours. If it doesn’t hold tight enough, use some more setting spray and let it set for another 24 hours. Do not use human hair hairspray on a synthetic wig unless it is in pump form. Aqua-Net and it’s cousins are VERY hard on wigs. There are special hair sprays and gels available specifically for synthetic wigs. We recommend that you use a soft padded vent brush, pick or wide tooth comb to style synthetic wigs so that the don’t frizz or tear. A detangeler/moisturizer that will help you to keep it soft and tangle-free as well as to greatly extend the life of your wig is phyto moister shampoo and conditioner with a leave in conditioning spray.  It is the only hair care products that you will ever need to maintain the life of your wig.

Washing Synthetic Wigs

   1. Fill your sink basin with cool water.

   2. Add a capful of synthetic wig shampoo and blend in. Never use a shampoo with a high PH on synthetic wigs! If the wig has picked up the odor of smoke or other strong odors, you may add/wash with a teaspoon of fabric softener.

   3. Gently swish the wig or piece in the water for about 30 seconds to a minute until the wig is saturated. Gently scrub the front of the wig cap, where it meets the forehead until clean.

   4. Leave the wig soak in the wig basin for about 15 minutes

   5. Empty the wig basin of water and rinse the wig or piece in cool water. It is very important to use cool water on curly wigs, as warm water will over-relax the curls of wigs.

   6. Gently squeeze excess water out of wig. Do not rub or twist your wig.

   7. Spread the wig out on a thirsty towel and leave in a ventilated area to dry overnight. You should spray on a little leave-on conditioner, when you start the drying process.

    When the wig is entirely dry, and not before, re-style the wig gently. We recommend a wig pick and not a brush or wig brush. Shaking and fluffing by hand is your best starting point for wig styling. We offer good quality shampoo and conditioner for our customers. Do not use a shampoo with a high PH, It is too strong even for human hair wigs.

 

Fact Sheet #6

Caring for your Extension Clips and Ponytails

   Caring for your extension clips and human hair ponytail is going to a lot like caring for your natural hair, with the difference being  You only need to wash your 100% human hair extension clips or ponytail  with a high grade shampoo and conditioner about once a month.

   It is recommended that you leave them lay out flat to air dry. Afterwards you can flat iron or curl as usual. Premier Hair Enhancements recommends using a salon quality shampoo and conditioner to extend the life of your extensions.  (Low PH shampoo please!!)

Note: if your ponytail is synthetic follow the instructions for washing a synthetic wig. DO NOT apply heat to your synthetic ponytail.

Fact Sheet #7

.Caring for Protein Bonded Hair Extensions

   1. Keep the hair clean. You can wash it at least once or twice a week with warm water. Wash your hair immediately after swimming, spa, exercise, and etc. When dirt and sweat accumulate, hair tangles. Too much leave-in conditioners and other hair care products will create a build up on the hair and will cause it to tangle faster. If the hair feels dry or heavy with build up, wash it with good, salon quality, shampoo & conditioner. (Low PH please!!)

    2. When swimming, always wear a cap or keep your hair out of the water to prevent prolong exposure to chlorine or salt water which causes the hair to tangle. I recommend pre-wetting your hair with water then applying some conditioner before swimming. This will keep it from absorbing too much chlorine or salt water. Always wash the hair right away with shampoo and conditioner after swimming in both types of water. When going to the spa, the hair should be brushed out completely and should be wrapped in a cold wet towel. All but the best extension hair can completely mat up the instant it hits salt water. It can also happen with sweat so be careful.

   3.Make a couple of big braids or pony tails when going to sleep, swim, or exercise (please untangle the hair before making the braids). NEVER SLEEP ON WET HAIR it can mat up! Make sure the hair is completely dry before going to bed.

   4. Make sure you brush the 2-3 times hair daily and apply some leave-in conditioners so that the hair is soft manageable. Try not to put conditioner on the bonds.  With any strand-by-strand extensions it is very important to keep the bonds tangle free and separated. Run your fingers between them once or twice a day and brush your roots 2-3 times daily with a natural bristle brush, for very fine hair, or a loop brush, for thicker hair. A good leave-in hair treatment can keep the hair from drying. But remember not to put too much otherwise there will be a build up and make the hair feel too heavy. If the hair feels too dry or heavy with too much hair care products, you should wash the hair.

   5. Hair extensions are not a one time process. They will need to be maintained by your stylist at least once a month. Please be sure you are committed to keeping your extensions beautiful before making the appointment.

"We consider extensions Hollywood Hair, they are not for
the person who wants a one time service."

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