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ABOUT LACE FRONT WIGS

In a lace front wig, the front hairline is made of a nearly invisible mesh trim, generally 1/8-inch to 1.5 inch in width, to which the hairs are individually tied. Generally this lace trim will extend across the entire front hairline of the wig from ear to ear or temple to temple. The main benefit of a lace front wig is the fully-convincing realism simulated by this hand-constructed hairline.

The transparent mesh of a lace front hairline floats over the natural hairline, letting the skin show through. If the lace front is “welded,” so that each thread-crossing in the mesh is heat-fused, it can be custom trimmed without unraveling or stretching out of shape.

Each hair on a lace front is individually hand-tied and can move freely in any direction, just like follicular hair. The hand-tied hairs create the appearance of a completely natural hairline. It looks seamlessly realistic over any skin tone.

Some lace front wigs are designated as having “Swiss lace” or “French lace”; the difference between these two types will vary depending on the wig manufacturer, but Swiss lace is generally thinner and more delicate than French lace. “Full lace” wigs – 100 percent hand-tied wigs that use a cap completely constructed of fine mesh – may designate the mesh cap material as being French lace.





Lace fronts can be found on wigs of any cap construction. Typically lace fronts are combined with cap features like monofilament crowns (mono tops) or monofilament parts. Lace fronts also can be found on open cap (capless) wigs, human hair and Remy human hair wigs, and hand-tied wigs. With any hair type or cap combination, lace front wigs are perfect for those who want to create off-the-face, swept back styles or styles without bangs.

Lace front wigs are the secret behind many celebrity styles. Fashion trendsetters like Beyoncé, Tyra Banks, Nicole Kidman and Rihanna rely on lace front wigs for their ever-gorgeous array of hairstyles in ever-changing lengths and colors. Lace front wigs are perfect for celebrities who want to experiment with natural looking styles without damaging their natural hair.

Because lace front hairlines look so realistic, they are ideal for people who want to wear natural, pulled-back styles with unlimited options for variation. People experiencing hair loss, especially along the front hairline, will enjoy the extra comfort and confidence provided by an undetectable lace front. Visit our SmartLace and SmartLace Human Hair Collection.


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ABOUT MONOFILAMENT WIGS

Monofilament wigs offer a unique combination of versatility and durability. A monofilament wig creates the illusion of natural hair growth and allows for multidirectional styling while also providing a cool, smooth feel against the scalp for long-lasting comfort.

Monofilament is a sheer mesh made of strong synthetic fiber. In wigs, monofilament is used as a translucent segment – the part area or the entire crown – of a wig cap. Hairs are individually hand-tied to the monofilament segment of the cap, so each hair can swivel freely in any direction, creating natural hair movement. This mobility also allows the hair to be parted and styled in any direction.

Sometimes referred to as a “mono top” or “skin top,” a translucent monofilament crown simulates natural hair growth from the scalp. Since each hand-tied hair is anchored to an individual spot on the monofilament, and since the monofilament is so sheer, it looks like follicular growth, even close up.



In addition to its amazingly natural appearance, seamless monofilament feels smoother against the scalp than an open wefted crown or a traditional lace-backed base. In the case of a double monofilament crown, a second layer of monofilament buffers the layer to which hair is knotted, so it feels altogether silky against the scalp.

In general, wigs designated as “monofilament wigs” pair mono tops with open cap construction on the sides and nape, which provides cooling ventilation. Monofilament wigs may feature hand-tied lace front hairlines, human hair or Remy human hair. Mono tops also may be included in completely hand-tied human hair wigs; in this combination, the nape and sides of the wig will be composed of hairs that have been hand-tied to a seamless, soft lace net cap, rather than the elasticized bands and wefts of open cap styles. Visit our Mono Top Collection


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NOTE: In order to be keep all wigs and hairpieces clean and to the State of New York, Dept. of Health Regulations.
Great hair days are in your hands?
  CONTENTS
* Instructions for Wig Cleaning and Conditioning
* Proper Handling
* How to Choose a Style?
* How to Find Size You Need
* How Do I Put On Wig
* Basic Part of a Wig
* Caution!
* Use a Blow Dryers
* Guide for First Time Wearers
* Care and Styling Wigs
* Pre-Designed Wigs, Pre-Made and Stock Items
* Do I need a Wig Cap?



Instructions for Wig Cleaning and Conditioning

Step 1: Brush the wig thoroughly
Step 2: Add wig shampoo to wash basin and fill with cold water.
Step 3: Let soak for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Swish the wig gently NEVER RUB
Step 5: Rinse gently in cold clear water twice or until thoroughly rinsed
Step 6: Apply generous amount of wig conditioner and gently work through hair with fingertips
Step 7: Rinse thoroughly with cold water
Step 8: Drain and blot gently with towel DO NOT SQUEEZE or WRING
Step 9: Allow to air dry on a wire wig stand or a slender object like a can of hair spray DO NOT USE
Step 10: Brush wig only when completely dry (remember: one direction)

Proper Handling

COLD SET
Unwanted curls or creases (cold set) occur to a wig (or hair piece) when it is stored in tight packaging. To remove cold set, spray water generously on the affected area and wait for a few moments. Brush gently to remove cold set and let wig completely dry. Excessive cold set problems can occur to human hair. For human hair wigs follow above instruction or use hot roller or iron at low to medium heat setting. This will help you to bring out the original beauty of a wig.

FIXING TANGLED HAIR
Due to excessive combing and/or rubbing on clothing, tips of hair tend to tangle. Spray water generously on affected area. Start brushing tips of hair first taking longer lengths of hair with each stroke to untangle. Spray curling gel and wrap with curling paper before putting on rollers to restore the original curls.
For human hair wigs, curling iron or rollers at low to medium heat may be used along with a setting lotion.

DISPLAY
Most wigs do not need extra styling when taken out of package. Simply give a light shake and touch up with fingers, this will bring out the salon perfect style as is shown in our Website. Do not use brush or comb nor shake special curl wigs to bring out curls.
Use fingers or picks to lift and shape curls.
Do not apply hair spray on displayed wigs. Use tall mannequin or increase the height of the mannequin so that ends of long hair do not rest on shelf.

STORAGE
Never remove protective packaging materials to save space, or store in a high humidity and/or hot space.
Do not force a wig into small space. Avoid stacking wigs high. Such storage may cause serious cold set damages. Once taken out of packaging, restore curls and fold wig as when it first came out of package before putting it back into package for storage.

To maximize your customers satisfaction and your profit, allow adequate storage space for wigs.
How to Choose a Style? back to top
Pick a style that you are comfortable with. If you have large features don't select a shorter style. The Perfection is an excellent style for beginners because it is easy to work with and tends to feminize masculine features. The Angel is great if you like it long.

How to Find Size You Need?

Today's wigs all have adjustable caps to fit most heads. Size is seldom a problem unless your temple circumference exceeds 22".
If it does the cap can be stretched another 1-2".

*Vary by styles and manufactures.

Basic Part of a Wig




* CAP - The base or skeleton that gives the wig its shape and a base to attach hair to.
Depending on the openness of the cap, a wig is called a;
* REGULAR CAP
- There are no open areas in the cap material.
* CAPLESS
- 20% - 75% of the cap is open, which makes the cap lighter, cooler, and more elastic for a comfortable fit.
* FULL CAPLESS - More than 90% of the cap is open, for the ultimate comfort in wearing.

* WEFTS - Stands of hair fibers are sewn together at one end to make a curtain of hair.
These wefts are sewn onto the cap to simulate natural hair.

How Do I Styling Wig?

Your wig can be styled by using a wire brush, a wire pick, or your fingertips. Your wig was designed with a basic style but the variations you can achieve through styling are limitless. Added height can be achieved by gently lifting with the brush. If you want added fullness as well, tease or back comb and then smooth the surface hair over the teasing. To return your wig to its basic style simply brush thoroughly, clean and allow to air dry.

Caution!

* Expose to heat in excess of 160?(Like opening an oven door)
* Brush your wig when wet.
* Use a curling iron or blow dryer.

Use products other than wig care products (CAUTION!)
A synthetic wig is made of fine plastic filaments. Excessive heat will damage it. Use caution around oven doors, fireplaces, wall heaters, barbecues, and other uncontrolled high heat sources. The heat will melt the fiber and cause it to look frizzy. Most of the time, a curling iron can smooth it out, but the fiber will lose a certain amount of body and resilience after having been heat-frizzed. If a little extra care is taken with your wig, you will extend the life of your wig and it will look nice for a long time.

Use a Blow Dryers

A blow dryer on HIGH setting may be used on HUMAN HAIR wigs, but using a blow dryer on SYNTHETIC fiber wigs tends to remove the curl and body. Remember, synthetic hair wigs are just very fine, plastic fibers and, depending on the quality of the fiber, they may be damaged by heat. If you wish to remove some of the curl from synthetics, a blow dryer will do the trick, but the fiber must be set again to achieve some body.

Some Tips
Don't use expensive curling irons with settings. Even on the lowest setting, these irons are too hot for synthetic fiber. Go to a beauty supply store and buy the most inexpensive iron they carry which has a HIGH/LOW setting. You may also use hot rollers or a steam setter to set your wig.

Properly Use of Curling Iron on to Synthetic Wig Fiber.
Mist the hair with a little plain water. Take a small strand of hair between clamp of curling iron and roll around barrel of iron. Keep hair moving around barrel, rolling evenly until all of strand has passed firmly under clamp. Don't rest iron on base of wig, as it will create a roller mark. A slight steaming action will not harm fiber.

After curl is formed (not dry), remove the iron carefully, leaving the curl intact and being careful not to drag the ends out of the curl, as this will make the curl uneven. If a looser curl is desired, work the hair with fingers while still warm. If a firmer curl is desired, let dry before combing.

Note: We do recommend washing and conditioning your new wig before wearing it. It has been handled by workers in the manufacturing process, and treated with a mildew retardant before leaving the factory.

Guide for First Time Wearers?
* The brand-name tag goes in the back.
* Grasp the wig at the back bottom with both hands, and position the front firmly at your forehead.
Then pull the whole cap back and down so that it covers your head. The wig should not cover your ears.
* There are two little tabs at the ears and they should be positioned so that they are equal on both sides in front of your ears.
This will let you know that your wig is on straight.
* Most wigs today have a small wire stay sewn inside the ear tabs. These should be bent a little and curved in toward your head.
This will give you a more custom fit at the temples. The front of the wig should be positioned right at the hairline.
* If you do not have hair, place your first three fingers together just above your brow bone and where the top edge of your index
finger is should approximate your natural hairline. There are adjustment straps in the back of your wig.
They may be used to tighten or loosen the wig for a comfortable fit.

Care and Styling Wigs

Although the hair used in making human hair wigs is grown on a human head; it isn't like the hair growing out of your own head. After harvesting, it is chemically processed to remove the cuticle in order to minimize tangling, which can be a real nuisance with virgin hair.

In addition, most of the hair is bleached out and dyed back for uniformity of color, then the hair is mixed and blended into whatever colors the company requires. So the hair has already gone through a triple chemical processing before it becomes a wig. For this reason, only shampoos, conditioners, sprays, and other styling products formulated especially for processed hair should be used. Oil-based products, like the ones we use on our hair, can coat processed hair and make it appear dull and lifeless.

We carry a full line of products made especially for wig care. They may be found in our wig accessories section.

Pre-Designed Wigs, Pre-Made and Stock Items

There are many choices today in wigs that are PRE-MADE, and chances are that there is one that will work for you. PRE-MADE or PRE-DESIGNED pieces are units, which can be shipped immediately from the wholesalers. They are also called STOCK wigs, because they are wigs that the company keeps in stock, and are generally the styles and colors, which are available in their catalogs. Many can be customized with cut, style, size, perm and color.

The Three Basic Types of Wigs

A RAW wig (can be human hair or synthetic), is one, which comes from the factory with hair that has a basic length but without shaping. It must be cut, shaped, perm if necessary, and styled by a wig professional to look natural. RAW wigs are the most versatile of all wigs, as the talent and imagination of the stylist only limit them.

An Un-style wig is one which has been cut and possibly shaped at the factory, and may have been curled or perm as well, but requires professional attention to make it wearable for the average person. Most of them contain more hair than the average wig, which makes them more versatile, but also makes the initial styling more difficult. Unless you have an experienced wig professional available in your local area to do it for you, we recommend that you purchase these wigs from us styled only.

A Pre-Styled wig is one, which has been cut, shaped and curled at the factory. It is then folded up
and packed in a little box or bag with a hair net around it for ship
ping to the wholesalers. This is the way most mail-order wig companies ship their products to you. They are the easiest wigs for the customer to handle right out of the box. They may require some combing and arranging of the hair, or fingerpicking, scrunching and/or moussing for the finished style. Pre-Styled wigs are generally synthetic, although occasionally a company may offer Pre-Styled human hair wigs.

A Pre-Styled human hair wig will already be cut, shaped and perm if the style requires it, but may need some final touches to make it wearable. A human hairstyle will only last until the wig is washed. The cut and perm will still be there, but the human hair wig will have to be set in rollers or blow-dried and curled with an iron to get the style back.




NOTE: In order to be keep all wigs and hairpieces clean and to the State of New York, Dept. of Health Regulations.
How to measure your head
 
Here are 3 simple steps to measure your head correctly:

Before you measure, make sure to flatten your hair, use a cloth tape measure and do not pull the tape measure, just rest it over or around your head. Pulling stretches the tape and will give you the wrong size.

1. Measure around your head at the hairline. The "around your head" size of every wig can be adjusted up to 1" larger or smaller to ensure a secure fit. The tape should be just above the ear and along your natural hairline.

2. Measure your head from the nape over the crown to the top of your foreheadwhere your natural hairline is.

3. Measure your head from the top of one ear, across the top of the head (crown) and to the top of the other ear.

With the 3 measurements listed above, you will have the circumference, the depth and width of your wig cap.
Choose the correct size from chart below:



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How to put it on wig
 
First secure your own hair by pinning or using a wig cap. Hold wig by back (where the tags are) and shake if it's fresh from the box. Loosen the Velcro straps or hooks in the back of the wig. You can re-size later. Grasp the wig by the sides and slip it over your head. Adjust until the wig looks like your own hairline at the front.
Four (4) simple steps to put it on wig:


Wig Care Step 1
Step1:
Remove the hair net and hold wig at the front hairline and gently shake to separate the fibers.

Wig Care Step 2
Step 2:
Spray your new wig with wig lusterizer

Wig Care Step 3
Step 3:
Secure your own hair by pinning or using a Wig Cap or Liner.


Wig Care Step 4
Step 4:
Hold your wig by its sides and slip it over your head. Adjust until the wig looks like your own hairline at the front. The sides will be a close fit and the entire head shape will look natural. Each wig can be adjusted for your particular head size.



Styling Hints:
Styling is very easy with either your fingertips or wig brush. Do not use heat. With towel lay your wig on a flat surface to dry naturally. Our wigs are so designed that ease of handling and styling is one of their most important features. Height can be achieved by gently lifting with the brush. Your wig can be styled closer to the head for a flatter look. If added fullness is required, backcomb gently then smooth the surface hair over the backcombing.

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Monofilament Top Wigs
 
Monofilament Top Wigs
"Monofilament" fabric takes on the appearance of your own natural skin tone like... specially for hair loss, have a sensitive scalp and who simply desire the most natural looking. Beautiful wigs and affordable wigs for cancer and chemotherapy patients. Medical wigs for chemotherapy and Alopecia hair loss from monofilament top wigs available both human hair and high quality synthetic hair from major brands.

Monofilament Top

Diagram shown above: Monofilament Top Contruction Features by Simply Beautiful Revlon Wigs



Monofilament with Hand Tied ConstructionDiagram shown on Left: Monofilament with Hand Tied Construction

* Most Advanced and Natural Looking Skin Part.
* 100% Hand tied one to Three Strands of Hair at a Time.
* Monofilament skin disappears when in use, showing the skin tone underneath. 

Tip: Brushing the roots toward the desired direction can change. Hair direction can be changed by brushing the roots toward the desired direction.

Monofilament Top is specially designed memory contoured material is embedded on the front hairline with high frequency welding technology providing an airy fringe with an extra lift and a natural looking front hairline.

Monofilament Top Wigs is available in both human hair and synthetic hair and brand name including Louis Ferre, Helena Collection, Wig Pro, Jon Renau, Simply Beautiful, Revlon, Alan Eaton, European Naturals, and Henry Margu.
Standard Color Chart
 

STANDARD COLOR CHART (For African Americans)*

BASIC COLOR
1 - Jet Black
1B - Off Black
2 - Dark Brown
4 - Medium Brown
27 - Honey Blond (Strawberry Blond)
30 - Copper Blond (Light Auburn)
33 - Dark Auburn
99J - Dark Burgundy Wine Color
613 - Platinum Blond

GREY COLOR
34 - Dark Brown with Grey
44 - Charcoal Grey
51 - Light Grey
60 - Silver White
280 - Salt & Pepper

FROST COLOR (F or FS)
FS1B/27 - Off Black with Honey Blond Frost
FS1B/30 - Off Black with Copper Blond Frost
FS1B/33 - Off Black with Dark Auburn Frost
FS27/30 - Honey Blond with Copper Blond Frost
FS27/613 - Honey Blond with Platinum Blond Frost
FS4/27 - Medium Brown with Honey Blond Frost
FS4/30 - Medium Brown with Copper Blond Frost

PIANO COLOR
P1B/30 - Piano Color. Off Black(#1B) and Copper Blond (#30)
P4/27 - Piano Color. Medium Brown(#4) and Honey Blond(#27)
P4/30 - Piano Color. Medium Brown(#4) and Copper Blond(#30)
P4/27/30 - Piano Color. Medium Brown(#4) and Honey Blond(#27), Copper Blond(#30)
P4/27/33 - Piano Color. Medium Brown(#4) and Honey Blond(#27), Dark Auburn(#33)
P27/30/33 - Piano Color. Honey Blond(#27) and Copper Blond(#30), Dark Auburn(#33)
P2216 - Piano Color. Light Brown, Platinum, Reddish Blond Mixed.

TWO TONE COLOR
TT1B/30 - Two Tone Color. Off Black(#1) Top Half and Copper Blond(#30) Bottom Half.
TT1B/33 - Two Tone Color. Off Black(#1) Top Half and Dark Auburn(#33) Bottom Half.

*Actual Color Mixtures are Vary by Brands or Hair Texture. Use for representative only.

Wigs for Medical Hair Loss
 
If your hair does not grow back, is patchy, or you are still undergoing chemotherapy, you might consider wearing a wig. There are several varieties in all styles and colors, and can be made from both synthetic and human hair, or a combination of both. Wigs start searching for a wig before you loose your hair. Start with a simple style. It will be easier to maintain. Choose a casual style vs. a wig with a lot of curls. During chemotherapy you will have complete hair loss. Avoid hair weaves, wigs for women, hair integrations and hair intensifiers.

Choose a wig or toupee before treatment begins or at the very start of treatment, before hair loss begins,
so that hair color and texture can be matched.
* If you have long hair, consider getting a stylish short cut and then having a beautiful wig made from your own hair
* Try on different wigs until you find one that you really like
* Consider buying couple of wigs, one for everyday wear and one for special occasions
* Before you need to wear the wig, be gentle when brushing and shampooing your own hair
* Wear a hat or scarf outdoors in cold weather to prevent loss of body heat
* Avoid too much brushing or pulling of hair, and avoid heating it with a hair dryer, electric rollers, or curling iron to help reduce hair loss and damage
* Use a sunscreen, sun block, or hat to protect your scalp from the sun
* Choose turbans or scarves as alternatives to wigs

How to Choose a Wig

A wig specialist will help you choose a color and style that suits you. You may want the help and advice of your regular hairdresser or a friend, and your wig can be chosen at leisure. Remember when choosing a wig or hairpiece that as you lose your hair you will need a smaller size. Try and get a wig, which adjusts, to any head size. If you have a good hairdresser, they could help you choose your wig and, if necessary, cut and restyle it for you. The Wig Wig has a large selection of the highest quality wigs for medical needs.

Human Hair Wigs They often look more natural and last longer than synthetic hair wigs. However, a natural hair wig will need regular dry cleaning, and setting and blow-drying by a professional, which can be expensive.

Synthetic Hair Wigs are cheaper than human hair wigs, and are lighter and easier to look after. The style is heat-sealed into the hair so that they can be hand-washed with shampoo, left to drip-dry overnight and are then ready to wear. They can be combed or brushed through gently. Hair spray can be used if necessary, however, avoid using too much as this makes the hair look dull and unnatural.

Monofilament Top Wigs
"Monofilament" fabric takes on the appearance of your own natural skin tone like... specially for hair loss, have a sensitive scalp and who simply desire the most natural looking.


How to Wear a Wig
There are several different tips to make sure your wig is secure:
Although a well fitting wig should stay in place by itself you can also use double-sided tape. Wig specialist stock hypo-allergic double-sided tape (see our accessories) that will not irritate your skin. The tape is applied to the underside of the wig. Surgical spirit can be used to remove any remaining adhesive.
The lining of the wig can sometimes irritate the scalp. You may find it helpful to wear a thin cotton scarf or wig cap under your wig. These are usually available from wig suppliers (or see our accessories) Wig Cap.
You will need to have your wig adjusted as you lose more hair.
Ensure that you receive instructions on how to care for your wig and if there are any instructions on having it re-styled.
Try to avoid using hair spray on you wig as this can make it look unnatural.

SOME SUGGESTION
Consider getting a shorter haircut shorter hair is easier to manage under a wig. A shorter style will make your hair look thicker and fuller. It will also make your hair loss easier to manage.
* Use mild shampoos and conditioner
* Use soft hairbrushes.
* You may use a dye rinse on your hair.
* Don't use permanent dye on your hair or get a permanent.

Wigs for Cancer Patients
For many cancer patients, hair loss is the most distressing and feared side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. If you don't want anybody to know you're losing your hair, wigs may be your answer.
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Medicare/Insurance
If you carry supplemental medical insurance, please be sure to contact your insurance provider for reimbursement. If you are not eligible for Medicare, be sure to file a claim with your health insurance provider.


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