Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tips to Reduce Frizz and Increase Shine in Airdried Wavy Hair Wigs

Posted by Unknown at 10:56 PM 0 comments
Hi Chavi,

Thanks so much for all of your amazing tutorials on Sheitels. What your doing is amazing and really empowering. I used your tutorials and a few others as guides to washing, conditioning and drying my own sheitel. You must get a lot of questions but I have been trying really hard to find a video or a blog that address in about drying a sheitel but it’s been a little hard. If you have a second I hope you will be able to answer my question, and maybe even be able to have ideas for future ‘how to’ content on your blog.
So, my issue is that I have a wavy-ish human hair sheitel from Freeds that is a precut. It’s really nice, but the hair is a big coarse. I don’t really the ‘done’ look, but I do like the hair to be shiny and feel really good and smooth and healthy .  I have been finding that even when I send the Sheitel  Macher, the sheitel tends to feel dry at the tips (towards the front area) of the sheitel and get a tad frizzy in the back just after a week or two.  So because the hair is coarse.. perhaps it needs more touching up more frequently perhaps? So I started to try to wash and condition, and dry myself.   The results were that the ends of my sheitel hair feel very dry! I  used Shikai shampoo as well as nature’s gate aloe conditioner (both have ‘natural’ easy going ingredients) Then, to dry it, I hung it on something and put a fan in front of it, but it looked really frayed and messy afterward…  can you help me to trouble shoot?  I have a baybliss hair dryer…but didn’t use it because I like the natural wave in the sheitel and wasn’t sure how to maneuver the hair dryer to keep that wave.
 If you could try to pretty please give me some hints as to how I can successfully dry the sheitel so it’s nice and silky again that would be amazing. Note: I looked at your tutorial on drying a wig and really like the hint about how to use the curling iron…but I only have hair a hair dryer.. so pls let me know if I need to buy a curling iron if I want to keep my natural waves… or if there is a way to keep my sheitel ends silky (or just not dry and frayed) without these tools. Thank you so much!!
also -- I may need to "deep condition" and not sure what product to use..and not sure if my hair has been dyed or not.. do you recommend one? thanks so much

Dear S,
Thank you for your very detailed questions!  I am glad you have found my blog to be so useful and I hope my advice helps.  There are a few issues you are addressing:

1. Hair Texture (coarseness)
2. Shine
3. Dryness
4. Styling tips for wavy wigs

1. Texture... not much can be done about the texture of the hair except for chemical treatments like Brazillian Blowout, Keratin, etc.  Products and drying technique can change the look and feel of the hair though. 
2. Shine and "dryness" can be addressed with products.  A deep conditioning treatment could add moisture to the hair.  Avoiding gels which make the waves feel crunchy, etc.  There are products that can be applied before or after drying, or sprayed on hair just to elicit shine.  For "Shine" alone you could try a bit of Biosilk (apply VERY small amount as too much makes the hair look wet)

3. Dryness can be solved with deep conditioners.  I love Coppola Keratin Complex Vanilla Bean Deep Conditioner, 7-Ounce Tube - just make sure you rinse it out ALL the way, because it can leave kind of a greasy looking residue.  Also try the Moroccan Oil Curl Defining Cream (link below)

4. Air dried hair is going to look less sleek and smooth than blowdried hair.  Blowdryers are blowing the cuticle to lay smoothly in the same direction.  However, since you do not like the "done" (styled) sheitel look which typically involves a fancy blow out with some curls at the ends... with the help of products, frizz can be reduced in air drying but another option would be to blowdry with a diffuser. (link below).   Apply a styling product on wavy hair before drying.  like this Devaconcepts DevaCurl Styling Cream, 5.1 Oz

So try products... and try a diffuser.
Deep conditioning is good... shine is good... taming frizz is good!


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Miri Wig Review

Posted by E at 12:37 AM 1 comments
Miri Wig Review
Submitted by reader.

How Long have you had this wig?
The wig is a year and 2 months old, and b'h still looks great!

Please rate the wig in the overall categories A-F:
Weight/comfort: A- It is pretty long, so it can get a bit hot for me or cumbersome, but prob all long wigs do
Hair quality: A+ does not frizz, looks shiny and nice
Skin top: A- Its a bit small of a skin top so the part sometimes shows 
Durability: A so far so good
Appearance: A- the curls don't always hold so well, but i just refresh w/ a curling iron

Cap construction: closed wefted stretch cap

How does the wig fit?
The cap was a large becauseI had very long super thick hair when I bought it. I ended up cutting my hair really short & it felt a bit loose, so I wear a wig grip underneath and it fits really well. It does not ride up in the back, which makes me very happy.

Is it Comfortable?
yes and it does not cause headaches.

Does the hair tangle easily?
The hair by the neck does tangle if I wear a winter coat, which I believe is common for longer wigs

Please describe the skin top.
Skin top is a bit smaller than I would like, so sometimes it shows by the part- If i don't part it properly when I style it myself.

Have you ever washed the wig yourself?
I did wash it myself before shavuous, it was very easy to wash and style and looked very shiny and great
The hair was not highlighted after I bought it, I'm not sure if the hair is virgin or not.

Where did you buy the wig?  Directly from Miri Wigs?
I did not buy the wig directly from Miri, I bought it from a shaitel macher here in lakewood that sells Miri wigs. I would be happy to give you her name and number. She was super to work with- I was able to take the wig home over shabbos and make sure I liked it and it didn't knot, etc before purchasing it, so I was much more at ease buying it.  The wig was not custom, but I ordered from the sheitel seller by bringing in one of my older sheitels for color comparison.  she ordered a few for me to try on before I chose one to purchase. 

What was the price?
I paid about 2200 including the cut and styling. 

Are you happy with the sheitel?
I am b'h very happy with both the shaitel and the seller and would highly recommend both!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Wigs for Sale

Posted by E at 8:14 PM 0 comments
Sadly I need to sell my three favorite sheitels.  These each have a long and personal history, but it is time to let go of them.  The Milano Fall and Freeda sheitel with skin top have both had custom color work done by Brian.  All Three sheitels have been sitting in my closet in zip lock bags protected from the elements for the past year.

Milano Pony Sheitel.  Purchased in April 2012.  This is a medium/light brown wig.  Long, side bang, XL cap but there are adjustment tabs.. lightweight.  I love it.  Worn for about a year part-time.
$200 OBO

Freeda Riva.  This wig was first purchased in 2008, was worn for about a year M-F in an office and then became simply a shabbos sheitel maybe worn a few hours a shabbat for a year or two.  Then it became a once in awhile special occasion wig.  This had custom color work done by Brian last year, darker roots to make it look more natural and a touch up of highlights and lowlights.  This is a L cap but there are adjustment tabs.  Has not been worn since color was done.  $350 OBO

Milano fall.  This fall was purchased in 2009 and I absolutely love it.  It has had custom color work done by Brian.  Highlights and lowlights.  L size but there are adjustment tabs.  Has not been worn since color was done. $250 OBO

More photos here:
Email me askchavi AT gmail DOT com to make an offer.  PayPal accepted.  Buyer will pay shipping.  No returns.


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