FAQs

Bloomsbury Wigs prides itself on providing the best possible service to our clients. Part of that service is to answer any and all the questions people have about hair loss and non-surgical hair replacement. Click on the links below to find out the answers to these questions we have heard people asking.

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Will Using Silicon Treatment on My Hair Improve it’s Condition?

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Silicon treatment involves a deep conditioning procedure which, as the name suggests, contains a large dosage of the material silicon.

Silicon treatment has been favoured for wigs and hair pieces as what often goes unnoticed is that processed hair already uses a silicon coating in its journey from the shelf to the head. Hair pieces that have already been treated to make them more aesthetically pleasing use silicon to add to the shiny, sleek finish of the strands, however, over time, this coating naturally comes off via washing and styling.

While silicon treatment isn't advised for natural hair, it can be recommended for those using a wig or a hair piece. It has been known to protect the hair shaft while offering a solution to untimely frizz and strays. However, the way in which this is done is by creating a barrier at each hair, protecting the strands from the harmful strain of heat styling tools but also resisting any moisture entering the strands – something which naturally should occur to revive the hair.

While the silicon treatment does stop hair from being 'fly-away' and difficult to maintain, over-exposing the wig to such processes are easy to spot on natural, growing hair. However, on wigs, as the hair isn't 'alive', the effects aren't so dramatic.

The major disadvantage of the silicon treatment on natural hair is that eventually the hair has been suffocated for so long it becomes dull and brittle, which is a caution for those wearing hair pieces as the hair doesn't receive the natural oils usually deposited by the scalp anyway, so there really is no protection against such damage.

The conclusion of such a process is, while the treatment does offer temporary revitalisation to a wig or hair piece, like anything, it is all about moderation. Over treating the hair using such products can cause more harm than good, but as a one off you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

For more information on the silicon treatment or any services available at Bloomsbury of London, call us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Will Synthetic Wigs Make a Perfect Colour Match Compared to My Own Hair?

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The benefit of purchasing a synthetic wig or hair piece is that you're much more likely to find the perfect colour match. As synthetic wigs are man made, it is easier to request a particular shade and colour match the hair to that of the wearers natural hair or complexion before completing the hair piece.

The benefits of predetermining the colour of the synthetic wig are numerous, but one of the main advantages is the time it takes from maintaining the piece – something that can be hard work. While human hair wigs may sometimes fade in colour, this is unlikely in a synthetic wig and the fibres also shouldn't have any negative reactions to sunlight, unlike human hair.

The revolution in synthetic fibres have allowed for them to mimic human hair so similarly that it is extremely difficult to differentiate between the two materials, but the main difference is the price.

Synthetic wigs generally use kanekalon, a premium grade fibre which has all of the properties of human hair – it can be treated with heat styling tools such as hair straighteners and curling irons, and, with a perfect colour match, it will blend in with any existing hair perfectly – making it ideal for a partial hair piece as well as a full wig.

Synthetic fibres have also been favoured for partial hair pieces as they are much easier to apply and remove – which human hair is also easy to wear, synthetic materials are more durable and can tolerate more heavy handling – whereas human hair is much more fragile.

For any more information on our extensive range of synthetic hair wigs, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Will Sunlight Damage My Hair Piece or Wig?

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One of the most common reasons for a hair piece to become damaged or faded is due to over exposure to sunlight. So, yes, sunlight could potentially damage your wig, but there are ways to prevent this.

The way in which the wig is affected by sunlight is found in the colour, which either fades or shows a more orange tinge. However, aside from avoiding direct sunlight, there are some precautions that you can take to avoid such damage.

Over-exposure to the sun can be prevented by staying out of the sun at peak times, however, if this can not be done, the easiest way to prevent your hair piece from altering due to sunlight would be by covering the head. Head scarves, caps and hats are not only comfortable but extremely fashionable now, so keep safe and stylish!

Another way to avoid direct sunlight and the resultant damage on your wig is by ensuring that you are using the correct products to care for your wig. Upon your fittings you will be informed of how to care for your wigs and we will recommend specific hair piece friendly products for you to care for your hair systems – so as long as these are used, you don't have to worry.

If it's too late, and you have noticed that your hair piece has faded, don't worry – the system can be re-coloured, just contact us on 020 7404 6040, tell us your problem and we will schedule a meeting to fix the problem.

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Will Swimming in Chlorine Damage My Hair Piece or Wig?

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When guiding you on the journey to your hair piece, our aim is to ensure you partake in a regular life, with no compromise on the quality of your wig. It is for this reason that we have used only the highest quality materials to ensure that activities involving chemicals such as chlorine during swimming will not damage your hair piece.

As part of the hair piece experience, we offer a fully detailed maintenance plan to make sure you know how to look after and treat the wig, to prevent it from any kind of damage, which includes from chlorine. Swimming is a fun experience and there is no reason to sit on the side – even with a hair piece.

The materials used as a base (either 'skin' fibres or lace) are totally undetectable, and combined with any of our attachment methods you won't be swimming ahead of your hair!

Chlorine can damage natural hair, so it isn't surprising if you're wary about your wig. While the most well known effect of chlorine is the 'green' effect it has on natural hair, we outline all of the correct products to be used before / after swimming, so your wig won't wear out!

As long as each wearer looks after their hair pieces in the ways set out in the maintenance plan, using wig-friendly products (such as those we suggest), you will have no damage and no problems!

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Will a Wig With Straight Hair Suit Me?

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The great thing about a wig with straight hair, is that for those asking “will it suit me?” the answer will always be YES! There is an easy way to alter a hair style using straight hair for all face shapes – so, if you are asking “will a wig using straight hair suit my face”, read on...

For a heart shaped face, the answer to “how can I get straight hair to suit me?” is all held in the fringe. A subtle side swept fringe teamed with a soft and bouncy bob will accentuate the cheek bones and draw more focus towards the eyes.

If you are worried about your longer face, thinking “I don't think a wig using straight hair will suit my face” - while a hair style with boring, one length strands will drag the face down, a textured, layered hair style with shorter layers will add depth to the face and create an illusion of more width and youth.

If you have a square face and browse straight hair wigs thinking “will they suit me?” again, the answer is yes! As long as the hair is cut approximately to the chin and uses long, bouncing layers, the face will be given the illusion of life and depth.

When it comes to answering “will a wig using straight hair suit my face?” the answer lies within how straight the hair is, how long the layers are (if there are layers) and the shape of the face the wig is sitting on. So, for more answers to the question “will a wig using straight hair suit me?” contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

The Brandi Wig, available from our online wig shop, is a great long wig style that will suit a varity of face shapes with its side fringe and voluminous layers. Also available from the online wig store is the Codi Wig - a popular short straight style.

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Will a Wig with a Fringe Suit Me?

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To fringe or not to fringe? Well, when purchasing a wig, the big question is “will a wig with a fringe suit my face?” and the answer all depends on the face shape.

If you have a longer face and are questioning “will a fringe suit me?” the answer is yes. Having shorter hair at the front will add density to the face and create a more youthful, playful appearance.

A great benefit of having a long face, is that you'll find yourself saying “a blunt hair style really will really suit me!” - a long face is the only shape that can pull off a more dramatic front section – so go for a square cut, teamed with shorter, bouncier layers.

Those with a round face will also see themselves reflecting, and saying “shorter hair at the front really does suit my face!” however, if you do have a rounder face, go for a side swept front section instead of a more square cut. Having some hair sweeping to the side of the forehead to compliment long and bouncy layers will create a much more delicate illusion and elongate the face.

If you are unsure of your face shape, or have a shape that is somewhat in between and are wondering “will a wig with a fringe suit me?” have a look at the shape of your cheeks. For those with more chiselled cheek bones, a wig which features hair at the front will soften the features and draw less attention to the nose but more to the eyes, and if you have a face with more filled out cheeks and are thinking that hair at the front won't “suit your face” it is always best to try hair that is longer at the front but not so bluntly cut – for example a sweeping side fringe or a middle parting with shorter hair at either side to frame the jawline.

For more answers to the question “will a wig with a fringe suit my face?” call us today on 020 7404 6040.

Some popular wigs with fringes include the Bailey Wig, with a feathery fringe that covers the forhead, and the Claire Wig, with a side fringe in a short bob style. Both wigs are available in our online wig shop.

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Will Short Wig Suit Me?

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If you find yourself questioning “will a short wig suit me?” - it really depends on the style. So, if you are asking “I wonder if short hair would suit my face...” - read on!

The first aspect of discovering a solution to the question “will a short wig suit me?” is to determine your face shape. Typically, short hair suits people with smaller faces, however don't fret and think “there is no short hair style to suit my face!” - as there are!

A straight and blunt bob is perfect for those with rounder faces, as it adds edge and dimensions to the face and draws focus to the eyes, whereas those asking “I have a long face – will a short wig suit me?” - will find that layered bob styles are the way forward.

The benefits of a short wig are numerous. Not only will you be sure to find yourself saying “I didn't realise short hair could suit my face so well!” - but they are much easier to maintain than longer wigs. Short hair will always be trendy, and are great for those who are always on the move.

When it comes to the short wig selection at Bloomsbury of London, quality is never compromised. Only the best hair pieces are produced and ensured a perfect fit to make you say “this suits me beautifully!”, thanks to the unique way we mould the base of all our hair systems on the wearers head to produce a membrane identically mimicking the shape of the hair line and the contours of the head.

For any more information, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

Some popular shorter wig styles include the Brooke Wig from the Noriko designer collection. This and a variety of other styles are available from our online wig shop.

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Will Short Wig Suit Me?

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If you are wondering “will a long wig suit my face?” the answer lies in the shape of the face and the style of the hair. For example, within the aforementioned question is also the question “what hair colour suits me?” and also “what hair style would suit my face?” - all important factors to consider when purchasing your hair system.

A long wig looks great when it is a more subtle colour. You should have a rough idea of the answer to “what colour hair would suit me best?” in terms of blonde, brown or auburn, but for any more help, our experienced stylists are on hand at every step of your journey. If you are purchasing a long wig, we would generally advise that it is of a more neutral colour, as more extreme colours could become slightly more noticeable and give off a more synthetic appearance.

The next stage in answering the question “will a long wig suit my face?” is asking “which hair style would suit me for a long wig?”, and this all depends on face shape; for example, those with a long face would find themselves saying “layered hair will always suit my face”, and those with a rounder face will find that more blunt cuts will look best; so, have a look at your face shape in the mirror, and give us a call asking “will 'this style' suit me?” - we would be happy to help!

The benefit of a long wig, is not only will you find yourself saying “long hair really does suit my face”, but also it is possible to give the hair systems a trim if you decide to update your style.

Additionally, if you find yourself saying “up do's suit me beautifully” - you have many more options with a long wig as opposed to a hair system using shorter hair.

For more answers to the question “will a long wig suit my face?” call us directly today on 020 7404 6040.

Long wigs like the Stevie Wig are always popular, and the Diamond Wig from the Gem collection is a fabulously long human hair wig perfect for anyone who desires long locks. These wigs and many more are available at our online wig shop

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Will a Curly Wig or a Wavy Wig Suit Me?

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If you find yourself asking “will a curl or wave in the wig suit my face?” - the answer simply lies in the shape of your face, as a wig with curls or waves can do different things for different face shapes – to learn more, read on...

If you have an oblong shaped face and are thinking, “will a hairstyle with a curl or wave suit me?” you may be pleased to know that a curly wig will minimise the vertical length of the face, as long as it is packed with bounce and body. Combined with a side-swept fringe, you will look like you've just stepped off the catwalk!

For those with a square face shape asking “will a hair style with a curl or wave suit my face?”, the answer is without a doubt – yes! Wigs that appear more naturally curly are the best for those with square face shapes, and if the hair piece has a layered look, the face will look longer.

If you have an oval face shape and are wondering “will a curly wig suit me?” - again, you're in luck. A hair style that uses a curl or wave will show off the beautiful shape of the face, as long as there are no short fringes to disguise it.

A wig that uses a curl or a wave will do great things for those with a round face. Again, as long as the curls appear natural, and as long as there are longer fringe sections at the side, the face will be made to look softer and more feminine; however a more blunt fringe has a much harsher effect.

For more answers to the question “will a wig with a curl or a wave suit my face?” contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

The Brittany Wig is an extremely popular curly wig, available at the online wig shop

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Why is it Better to use Unprocessed Human Hair for Blonde Wigs, Rather than Processed Hair?

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Choosing between unprocessed or processed hair when it comes to purchasing your blonde wig can be a tough decision, however, when it comes to european hair the simple answer is, if possible, to always go for unprocessed hair.

The definition of processed hair in relation to wigs and hair pieces means hair that has been subject to certain treatments to make it look a certain way.

While blonde wigs, especially using european hair are very popular, it is important to check whether or not your hair piece uses processed or unprocessed hair; as the chemicals that the hair piece can be exposed to before purchasing play a significant role in the lifespan of the hair.

As with bleaching natural hair, a blonde wig which uses processed hair – whether it is using european hair or hair sourced elsewhere, sees the strands of the hair piece being totally striped of their cuticles to extract all of the colour which previously showed on the strands. By soaking the european hair in an acid bath overnight the strands are totally natural as a result, which produces the perfect easel to paint on any new colour.

Blonde wigs in particular are more often a result of using processed as opposed to unprocessed hair as specific shades of blonde are less commonly available than european hair in darker shades.

Generally, unprocessed hair is preferred over processed hair as hair that has already been chemically treated can show premature signs of wear and damage in the way of split ends, dullness in colour and premature shedding, which is especially prevalent in blonde wigs.

If your European hair wigs piece does use processed hair, it will need to be maintained very carefully. This means taking extra precaution when washing the blonde wig, as well as being sure not to get the hairs caught in clothing, zips or scarves. Additionally, processed wigs also shouldn't be combined with heat styling tools such as straighteners or curling irons, as this has been known to cause further shedding and loss. For any more advise on hair pieces and wigs for hair loss or any reason, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Why is it Best to Buy a Wig or Hair Piece with Unprocessed Hair?

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If you are interested in purchasing a wig or hair piece, you will become familiar with the terms processed and unprocessed hair, as this determines the way in which your wig has been treated prior to production

Human hair pieces and wigs are preferred as they are the best way to achieve a natural finish, however, the longevity of the hair piece depends on whether it uses processed or unprocessed hair. Processed wigs have been treated using colourants and acid baths to strip down the cuticles of the hair and basically remove all of the previous characteristics of the hair in order to achieve any desired style for the new wearer – in terms of colour and look.

Unprocessed hair pieces and wigs (also known as virgin hair systems) haven't been subject to any treatment. This means that the hair available may be more limited in colour, but it is totally natural and has all of its cuticles in tact – which is why sometimes it is more expensive than processed hair.

It is highly advantageous to use unprocessed hair in hair pieces and wigs. For a start it looks much more natural than hair that has already been dyed and dramatically styled, and this carries over to the texture of the hair too, as you will find that your hair piece is much softer if it uses unprocessed hair.

While unprocessed hair does require closer maintenance, it is the closest option to natural hair that is available on the market today, so, for more information on why an unprocessed wig or hair piece is the best option for you, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Why is it Better to Have a Custom Made, or Bespoke Wig, Instead of a Pre-Made, Off-the-Rack Wig?

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The difference between a bespoke wig or a custom made wig and a ready made wig is that a custom made wig is one that is produced to cater to each individual need, whereas a readymade wig is off the shelf – but which is best?

Without a doubt it is best to have a bespoke wig, or custom made wig. This is for a number of reasons. The first reason of why a unique, made to measure hair piece is best is because it will be a perfect fit – the bespoke wigs from Bloomsbury of London are produced using a mould of the wearers head, allowing for the hair piece to follow the shape of the wearers hair line precisely, and mirror the contours of the scalp.

Another reason as to why a custom made wig is best is because the wearer has full control over the finishing appearance. You are able to chose between the materials used as the base of your bespoke wig, the way in which the hairs are attached to the base of the custom made wig, the materials used in the bespoke wig (i.e. human hair or synthetic fibres) and the style and appearance of the finishing piece.

The best thing about a custom made wigs is that it can cater to each individual form of hair loss – whether you are experiencing slight thinning or bald patches or complete hair loss, a bespoke wig will be made to conceal the areas you are concerned about but still accentuate any existing hair – with a perfect blend.

For more information on the best type of hair piece for you, call us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Why Does Hair on an Unprocessed Hair Wig Last Longer Than Hair on a Processed Hair Wig?

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When you start your journey into investing in a wig or hair piece, it is important to make sure you take on all of the new vocabulary that comes with it, as this is the only way to ensure you get the perfect hair piece for you.

Obviously you want your new wig to last longer than five minutes, so when it comes to choosing between unprocessed hair or processed hair you should look at all of the information for both types.

A processed hair wig defines wigs or hair pieces that have been subject to chemical treatment in order to make them appear more desirable. Obviously this means that processed hair is available in a much larger variety of colours than unprocessed hair – but sometimes processed hair wigs aren't the best idea if you are looking for a hair piece to last longer than a couple of months.

Unprocessed hair wigs are the opposite, and their cuticles are still fully intact as they haven't been submerged in acid to strip the fibres of their characteristics in the hope of them looking more appealing on the shelf.

It is for this reason that unprocessed hair lasts substantially longer than processed hair. The treatment that the hair experiences when being stripped of its cuticles can have a serious impact on the longevity of the resultant piece.

While you may spend longer finding the perfect piece for your if you are restricting your search strictly to unprocessed hair, the subsequent reward of your natural, virgin hair piece is worth it.

Not only does an unprocessed hair piece last longer than one using processed hair, but it also appears more natural. The hair is still perfectly in tact and can be combined with heat styling tools such as straighteners or curling irons, allowing for more styling options too.

For more information on any of our services, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Why Does Hair on an Unprocessed Hair Wig Last Longer Than Hair on a Processed Hair Wig?

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When you start your journey into investing in a wig or hair piece, it is important to make sure you take on all of the new vocabulary that comes with it, as this is the only way to ensure you get the perfect hair piece for you.

Obviously you want your new wig to last longer than five minutes, so when it comes to choosing between unprocessed hair or processed hair you should look at all of the information for both types.

A processed hair wig defines wigs or hair pieces that have been subject to chemical treatment in order to make them appear more desirable. Obviously this means that processed hair is available in a much larger variety of colours than unprocessed hair – but sometimes processed hair wigs aren't the best idea if you are looking for a hair piece to last longer than a couple of months.

Unprocessed hair wigs are the opposite, and their cuticles are still fully intact as they haven't been submerged in acid to strip the fibres of their characteristics in the hope of them looking more appealing on the shelf.

It is for this reason that unprocessed hair lasts substantially longer than processed hair. The treatment that the hair experiences when being stripped of its cuticles can have a serious impact on the longevity of the resultant piece.

While you may spend longer finding the perfect piece for your if you are restricting your search strictly to unprocessed hair, the subsequent reward of your natural, virgin hair piece is worth it.

Not only does an unprocessed hair piece last longer than one using processed hair, but it also appears more natural. The hair is still perfectly in tact and can be combined with heat styling tools such as straighteners or curling irons, allowing for more styling options too.

For more information on any of our services, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Why do Processed Hair Wigs Become Dry and Tangled, unlike Unprocessed Hair wigs?

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Processed hair wigs is the term given to hair used in wigs and hair systems that have been subject to chemical alteration prior to use to make them appear a certain way. So, while this means that your hair will be precisely the way you want it, it does mean that you will be compromising on the overall quality of the hair, and, processed hair wigs do become dry and are much more easily tangled than unprocessed hair.

The way in which processed hair wigs are produced are by soaking the natural hair (whether it is human or synthetic) in an acid bath to strip the strands of their cuticles and natural characteristics. The result is 'bare' hair that can be coloured and straightened / curled to appear in any style.

Unprocessed, or virgin hair, is basically what it says on the tin – it refers to hair pieces or wigs that have been made without being subject to any chemical treatment, and while it is much more limited in colours and styles, the longevity of the pieces is vastly different; and, like natural human hair, the hair doesn't become dry and is very difficult to tangle.

The reason behind why processed hair wigs are much easier to tangle, and become much more dry than unprocessed hair can only be explained by looking at the styling procedures. Soaking the hair in an acid bath is a very dramatic form of treatment, and it does take its toll on the base and strands. The hair becomes dry and is easy to tangle because the strands are much more brittle after being exposed to the procedures, and this is before the hair piece has left the shelf. Once the wearer is using the wig frequently it is then subject to further environmental damage like pollution fumes and heat – factors which are impossible to avoid.

The alternative to the hassle associated with the aforementioned pieces would be to invest in a wig using unprocessed hair, as this is totally natural, it is soft and easy to manage.

If you would like more information on how unprocessed hair wigs or any other issues related to hair loss, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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While Going Through Chemotherapy, How Long Will I Need to Use a Wig?

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If you are investing in a wig to conceal hair loss which has occurred as a result of chemotherapy, you probably want to know how long you will need to use the wig for, and when your hair will grow back.

Hair loss as a result of chemotherapy can start pretty early on in treatment – you may need your wig from a week after chemotherapy starts, however, everyone is different.

Again, while the exact timing for how long you will need to use the wig for differs between people, everyones hair grows back at different speeds.

The typical time for hair to grow back noticeably is about two months after chemotherapy. This gives an approximate time frame for how long you will need to use the wig for, because, although the hair is slowly starting to reappear, you may prefer to keep wearing your wig to avoid looking 'patchy' and noticeable.

The hair that grows back could have slightly different properties to how it was before you wore a wig, and before you had any severe hair loss. However, as there is no rule on how long you can use the wig, it is advisable to wear the wig for as long as necessary until you feel confident enough to go without it.

The wig has a long life span provided it is looked after well, which is easy to do from home.

For any information on our chemo wigs, or any of our numerous services, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Where Can I Buy a Wig of Ethically Sourced Hair?

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Recently there has been much more press coverage exposing the exploitation that goes on in the hair industry when it comes to where the hair used in wigs and hair pieces has been obtained. Ethically sourced hair does come few and far between, but the companies that do specialise in ethically sourced hair will be proud to make it known – and rightfully so.

While in some countries, women are forced to shave their head (as they are being told it is a spiritual rite of passage) to have the hair being shipped thousands of miles around the world and used in pricey wigs and hair pieces, Bloomsbury of London are happy to say that, thanks to our Hair Harvest procedure, we are able to use totally ethically sourced hair.

We understand that there are some hair types that are in higher demand, which is why we offer a monetary reward for all of our hair donations that contribute to our large range of ethically sourced wigs. The hair that we use via this process has been sold to us by willing donors, who are fully aware of where the hair is going and given 100% of the money for their kind gesture.

Human hair pieces is preferred over synthetic fibres as it appears the most natural and can be maintained like normal hair. Synthetic fibres are also undetectable, but for those who would prefer to use human hair in their hair piece or wig, they don't have to worry about whether or not it has been ethically sourced at Bloomsbury of London.

If you would like to sell your hair or learn more about our ethically sourced hair used in our wigs and hair pieces, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Where Can I Find the Best Wig Makers?

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There is so much choice on the market today, it is important to do extensive research into finding the best wig maker in the UK – and this is a term that covers a variety of fields.

Not only does the best wig maker need to make the highest quality wigs, but the hair pieces that are produced need to be suitable for you.

Bloomsbury of London class themselves as the best wig maker in the UK for a number of reasons. For a start, the wearer is given full control over their bespoke hair system, or have a wide range of ready made hair pieces available to choose from.

The human hair used in our wigs and hair systems is all ethically sourced from willing donors through our unique hair harvest programme, whereby those who wish to sell their hair to us for 100% profit.

The way in which our hair systems are made exactly to measure allow for them to be a perfect fit. A mould is taken of the wearers head to produce a base of the hair system that precisely follows the hair line of the wearer and mimics the contours of their scalp. For this reason, no matter what materials are used in the hair system, we really are the best wig maker in the UK.

Our hair pieces and hair systems can be worn permanently and even throughout sporting activities. Additionally we ensure that all hair pieces are totally hypoallergenic and non-intrusive, as well as being totally undetectable.

We offer hair pieces for partial hair loss, hair thinning and total balding – we feel that as the best wig maker in the UK it is vital to offer or clients every possible service.

Being the best wig maker in the UK doesn't stop at completing the wigs. We offer a full maintenance service too as well as an informative information pack.
For more information, call us today on 020 7404 6040.

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While Going Through Chemotherapy, When Should I Expect My Hair to Start Falling Out and When Should I Expect to Start Needing a Chemotherapy Wig?

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Bloomsbury of London offer a unique service for chemotherapy patients, in that when hair falls out, those undergoing such treatment are able to make a wig using their own hair. However, timing when hair falls out is important as most people going through chemotherapy would want their wig to be made in time – so when do you expect to notice hair loss?

While chemotherapy is a long process, most of the time it is pretty early when hair falls out. Usually, hair will start to fall one to three weeks after treatment begins, however, everyone is different, and when hair falls out it could be in clumps or it could be a few strands.

Most people notice the side effects when hair falls out in the hair brush or in the drain of the shower, and it isn't unusual for the scalp to be more sensitive either.

Unfortunately, when hair falls out as a result of chemotherapy it usually continues throughout treatment and for a few weeks afterwards. It is for this reason that chemotherapy wigs are so important to Bloomsbury of London.

Whether your own hair is used in the wig or not, out objective is to produce a natural looking wig, that is lightweight, ventilated and most of all comfortable. All of the materials used as bases for our extensive wig range are hypoallergenic and cause no scalp irritation, so not only does the wig look beautiful, it feels good too.

For any more information on wigs for chemo patients, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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While Going Through Chemotherapy, When Should I Expect My Hair to Start Falling Out and When Should I Expect to Start Needing a Chemotherapy Wig?

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Bloomsbury of London offer a unique service for chemotherapy patients, in that when hair falls out, those undergoing such treatment are able to make a wig using their own hair. However, timing when hair falls out is important as most people going through chemotherapy would want their wig to be made in time – so when do you expect to notice hair loss?

While chemotherapy is a long process, most of the time it is pretty early when hair falls out. Usually, hair will start to fall one to three weeks after treatment begins, however, everyone is different, and when hair falls out it could be in clumps or it could be a few strands.

Most people notice the side effects when hair falls out in the hair brush or in the drain of the shower, and it isn't unusual for the scalp to be more sensitive either.

Unfortunately, when hair falls out as a result of chemotherapy it usually continues throughout treatment and for a few weeks afterwards. It is for this reason that chemotherapy wigs are so important to Bloomsbury of London.

Whether your own hair is used in the wig or not, out objective is to produce a natural looking wig, that is lightweight, ventilated and most of all comfortable. All of the materials used as bases for our extensive wig range are hypoallergenic and cause no scalp irritation, so not only does the wig look beautiful, it feels good too.

For any more information on our wigs or chemotherapy treatment, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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What Wig Colour Will Suit My Face ?

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One of the later questions you will ask yourself in the journey to a wig is “which colour will suit my face?”

The most common question our wearers ask us is, “will a blonde wig suit me?” - and the answer lies in the unique complexion of the individual. Of course, blonde hair is gorgeous and always in fashion, however, those who are likely to experiment with colour more frequently may not feel the full advantages of a lighter colour. Those who are asking “will a blonde hair system suit my face?” will be told yes if they have a darker skin tone and who are committed to the colour, as blonder wigs tend to be weaker than other colours. Additionally, blonde wigs require more maintenance when it comes to sun protection too, as they do run the risk of fading if they are over exposed to the harmful rays of the sun.

Those asking “will a brown wig suit my face?” are much more likely to be told yes, as darker colours do tend to be more universal. Additionally, darker colours are much more easily sourced, in a wide range of tones. More often than not, you will always be left saying “I've found the perfect dark colour wig to suit me!”

The deeper the skin tone, the deeper you are able to go when it comes to the colour of the wig. More recently, fashion has embraced those with lighter eyes and darker hair as a more striking look, so, for those with hazel or blue eyes, you are sure to find “the perfect dark hair piece to suit my face!”

Gone are the days of darker colours only being suitable for the winter, thanks to Bloomsbury of London, we will give you an informed choice when you ask us “which colour wig will suit me?” - just give us a call on 020 7404 6040 today. Alternatively, for a wide range of wigs in a variety of colours, all available online, visit the online wig store.

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What Style of Wig Will Suit My Face ?

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We are always welcoming new hair to contribute to our hair replacement procedures and wigs, so if you are willing to donate or sell your hair, keep reading!
We offer a high quality service at our in store salon where you would be able to cut and sell your hair, however, if it is easier to go to your local salon and post us the hair, this is also accepted – as long as you donate your hair and post it to us in an extremely tightly secured ponytail, you will be able to sell it to Bloomsbury of London.
If you are looking to sell your hair via sending it to us, cut your ponytail (accepted lengths are mentioned below) and place it in a plastic bag along with your address, contact phone number and the full name of the person of whom you would like the cheque to be made payable to. The envelope should also state 'Hair Harvest' or 'H.H.'. Whether or not your hair is used in hair replacement immediately or not, we will value your hair and phone you to let you know how much it is worth, should you chose to donate it – if you are happy to go ahead and sell your hair, you will receive a cheque up to 14 days after the quote was given.
The other method to donate your hair in order for it to be used in our hair replacement wigs and hair pieces is by visiting our salon – this way you can receive a valuation for if you did chose to dante your hair before it is actually cut – the process takes about half an hour.
The more hair that is used in our hair replacement wigs from those who donate hair, the more money is received. The following is a rough guide to how much you should expect:
10-12” - £15 - £60
15” - £30 - £80
16-18” -£50 - £150
19” and above - £60 - £200
In order for hair to achieve the higher valuation, it must be in perfect condition. For any further information on how to sell your hair for our wigs and hair replacement procedure, take a look at our Hair Harvest/Sell My Hair website

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What is Remy Hair and Should I Use it?

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Remy hair is a type of human hair that can be used in your hair system or hair piece. Said to give a totally natural appearance, Remy hair is also known as cuticle hair, virgin hair or raw hair – this means that it hasn't been colour treated prior to use.

Remy hair is usually gathered from a hair donor (please see our Hair Harvest procedure for more information) – this means that the hair in your Remy hair system is likely to be ethically sourced (providing it is from Bloomsbury of London who can guarantee this). A hair piece that uses this particular type of hair differs from other general off the shelf hair pieces as its' cuticles have not been stripped and soaked in acid to attain a particular style. Usually, in the production of a hair piece, the fibres used are soaked in acid before being coated in silicone to create a shiny and smooth appearance, however, a hair system that uses Remy hair doesn't need to undergo this procedure, as it doesn't get matted or tangled; this is due to all of the cuticles already being aligned and intact.

Indian Remy hair is the most easily obtained, and the colours of such hair is one that can matched most easily to the majority of ethnicities. However, it is also possible to obtain the hair from American, Asian and European donors – the origin of the hair can be established upon your consultation for your hair system.

Upon its abundance advantages over other fibres, Remy hair is smooth and shiny, giving it a healthy appearance (most of the time healthier than regular human hair). Not only will the wearer of the hair system rarely experience matting or knots but they will also notice that their hair piece gives a more natural appearance than other types of hair piece using human hair.

The fact to remember with this type of hair is that using it in your hair piece or hair system means that you will need to take extra care of it to keep it perfectly in tact. This means being particular care when washing and drying it (e.g. using specialised wig shampoo and not combing it when wet) – but our highly experienced wig styling technicians will be able to advise you further.

For any more information on hair loss, hair systems or hair pieces, give us a call today on 020 7404 6040.

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What is Monofilament?

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When it comes to choosing a material for the cap of your hair piece, we would strongly advise monofilament. A monofilament wig uses material that is so thin and almost totally transparent that the result is 100% undetectable.

A monofilament wig is not only easy on the eye, but it is also easy on the skin – the thin monofilament is hypoallergenic, lightweight and ventilated to allow the wearer optimal comfort during use – after all, a hair piece should be fun – not hassle!

The hair pieces using monofilament at Bloomsbury Wigs have all used the single knotting attachment technique – this is when the hairs are tied by hand through the base one at a time, and knotted once – producing maximum movement and styling options for the wearer.

Single knotting hairs on to a monofilament base allow the wearer to part the hair piece in any place that they fancy, and the monofilament wig has the permanent illusion of the hairs growing directly form the scalp.

The monofilament wigs at Bloomsbury of London are revolutionised in their uses, and the transparency of monofilament allows for the underlying scalp to be exposed, creating the appearance of a blended colour, thus making the hair piece look and feel real.

For more information on our hair pieces, call us today on 020 7404 6040. There are also a wide variety of pre-made monofilament wigs available on our online wig store.

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What is Better for a Wig, Processed or Unprocessed Hair?

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When purchasing a hair piece or wig it is imperative to make a comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of both processed and unprocessed hair, to see which kind of wig would be best for you.

Processed hair refers to hair that has been chemically treated during production to make it appear a certain way. Prior to being styled, processed hair is soaked in a highly acidic bath to strip it of its cuticles and basically emit all of the natural characteristics of the strands.

This has advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage of treating hair in such a way means that once the cuticles have been removed the hair can be coloured and treated in any way to look however you want it to. Usually, processed hair is coated in silicon after treatments to replenish the appearance and boost the shine.

The disadvantages of processed hair are quite numerous. Not only has the hair already been under a sufficient amount of strain before it has even been made, but the life span of the wig is significantly impacted. Processed hair does become dry, brittle and straggly much earlier than alternative hair pieces because it has already been subject to such strong chemical exposure.

In comparison, unprocessed hair, as the title suggests, hasn't been chemically treated, meaning the cuticles of the strands are totally intact. To draw a comparison to hair that has been dyed and styled already, the hairs in unprocessed wigs and hair pieces are natural, but they are also much stronger than hair that is already partially damaged.

This is the main advantage of unprocessed hair; however, there are many benefits. To make a comparison between the two, one advantage is that it can be styled using heat tools such as hair straighteners and curling irons with little damage (as long as they are used moderately and not excessively).

The main disadvantage of unprocessed hair is its price, however, it may be worth purchasing a more costly hair piece, as in the long run it saves you money due to its long life span and increased condition at purchase.

Another disadvantage of unprocessed hair is that it isn't as readily available in comparison to processed hair pieces. It is much easier to find wigs in a certain hair colour if they have been previously dyed and styled as processed hair wigs are literally 'made to order', but it may be worth taking that extra time to find unprocessed hair in your colour for the later advantages of the wig.
For any more information on wigs and hair pieces, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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What is a Volumiser Hair Systems?

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A volumiser hair system refers to the wig used to conceal partial hair loss and thinning hair, as opposed to total balding.

A volumiser hair system can integrate with the hair that is still present, creating the illusion of  thicker hair and extra body all over the scalp. As with all of our hair pieces and wigs, the volumiser hair system is totally unnoticeable and can be worn through any activities – even sports such as swimming and running. Additionally, this specific type of hair piece is easy to attach and easy to style, the base is lightweight and hypoallergenic; it is ventilated for comfort and practicality and always secure and reliable.

As with the entire range of our bespoke wigs, the volumiser hair system is made to measure for each individual client; with full control of the colour, style, length and fit, and only uses ethically sourced human hair or premium grade synthetic fibres (the choice between human or synthetic hair lies within the wearer, who will be fully informed on the pros and cons of both types).

The volumiser hair system was developed to solve the types of hair loss which otherwise would have been harder to solve, covering areas that are harder to reach and supplying wearers with a permanent option.

For any more information on the volumiser hair system, or for any more information, call us today on 020 7404 6040.

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What is a Silk Top Hair Piece?

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There are so many different types of wigs and hair pieces, it isn't unusual to get confused amongst all of the terminology. A silk top hair piece is one of the latest and most revolutionary types of wigs – but what is it?

A silk top hair piece uses silk for its base (as opposed to other materials such as lace or monofilament). The membrane used in a silk top wig actually combines a layer of very thin lace and silk on the top of the cap. Silk top hair pieces incorporate hairs which have been knotted individually below the silk and hidden between the layers of silk and lace, before which they are injected through the silk, allowing the knots to be totally invisible. Allowing for the knots to be hidden creates the illusion that all of the hair is actually growing from the scalp, not only making for the hair piece to appear completely natural, but also allowing for optimal styling options.

A silk top hair piece creates a unique ventilation between the scalp and the base, and as the flawless, hidden knots are unable to be seen they don't require any kind of treatments to make them less noticeable (some hair pieces bleach their knots to blend the colouring in with the underlying scalp) – however with a silk top you don't have to worry about this.

For any more information on hair loss or wigs, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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What is a Pull-Through Hair System?

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A pull-through hair system is pretty self explanatory – it is a hair piece or wig whereby the existing hair is allowed to be exposed through the base – which means it is the ideal solution to partial hair loss, bald spots, or overall thinning.

The pull-through hair system can be used to enhance the existing hair and create the illusion of thicker hair, i.e. if you are bothered that you have naturally thin hair, it can be used to improve the appearance of the hair you already have but also add to this.

Alternatively, the pull-through hair system can be used for areas of bald patches. If you have healthily growing hair in some areas, these sections can be pulled through the base and work with the hair in the hair piece to produce the appearance of a full head of hair.

The pull-through hair systems at Bloomsbury of London are all ventilated, lightweight and comfortable. The hypo-allergenic materials used for the base of the wigs make them perfect for all of our wearers, and the way in which the base is measured allows for the ideal fit; the pull-through hair system base is produced using a mould of the wearers head, allowing for the hair line shape to be beautifully copied and the contours of the head mimicked.

We offer both human hair and synthetic fibres for our pull-through hair systems; you will be given information on both types of materials before being able to make an informed decision, and we will always be able to match the colour of your existing hair.

So, for more information, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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What is a Lace Front Wig and Why Does it Look More Natural?

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Lace front wigs using French material as the base have become one of the most popular type of hair piece available, due to its totally natural appearance. A lace front wig uses lace (whether it is French or sourced elsewhere) as its membrane from ear to ear going across the natural hairline. The objective of a lace front wig is to create a new hairline on to which the hair is attached.

The natural illusion of a lace front wig is achieved thanks to the way in which the hairs react with such fine lace. French lace wigs using hair which has been either individually knotted or injected through allow for the overall style to appear as though the hair is growing directly out of the head.

Another way in which lace front wigs appear more natural than alternative types of hair piece is due to the ability to part and style the hair at any point on the cap; the hair piece can be worn in a high ponytail and sleek up dos, thanks to their flexible points of attachment.

The way in which lace wigs are attached to the head makes them both comfortable and undetectable. Using transparent waterproof adhesives all the way around the hairline, the lace front wig is secured firmly on the head without the need to directly interact with any messy, hyper-allergenic glue.

At Bloomsbury of London, we believe that your investment into a hair piece or wig (no matter what type you chose) should be perfectly made to suit the individual, which is why we offer human and synthetic fibres, as well as a choice in how the hair is attached to the base – the material of which you have full control.

For more information on wigs or hair pieces, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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What is a Clip-In Hair Weft, and How Do They Work?

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A clip-in hair weft is a type of hair piece that is mostly used for partial hair loss – what the main purpose of it is, is to blend in with any existing hair.

How a clip-in hair weft works is simple – the hair piece looks like a strip of material on to which the hair (human or synthetic) is attached – usually by single knotting or sewing. What then happens after the hair is attached to the clip-in hair weft is that it is inserted in to the existing hair at a point where there are areas of thinning or loss to replace the bare areas with the appearance of natural growing hair.

How easily the clip-in hair weft is inserted and removes makes them greatly preferred over other types of temporary hair pieces, and what is even more attractive is their low price tag. What wearers often find is that their clip-in hair weft is great as a fast solution to harder to solve hair loss – as they want a non-intrusive but effective way to resolve areas that would have otherwise been much more difficult to disguise.

How to look after your clip-in hair weft is simple too – it doesn't really need to be washed and just needs to be brushed or combed through (like you would with normal hair) to reduce matting and knotting. What another advantage is of such little maintenance is how long the clip-in hair weft lasts – it is durable but natural to look at allowing for it to be strong and effective as well as totally undetectable.

For more information on what a clip-in hair weft is and how it works, call us today on 020 7404 6040.

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What is a Clip-In Hair Piece, and How Do They Work?

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A clip-in hair weft, in comparison to a full hair piece or a machine made hair-weft is a small strip of material on to which human or synthetic hair is attached to insert in to the hair – a difference between a clip-in hair weft and a full hair piece is that the clip in, either hand or machine made hair weft is that a clip-in hair weft is much more useful to disguise partial hair loss or areas of thinning, in comparison to a full hair piece, which is generally used for total hair loss.

A machine made hair-weft, as the name suggests, is a hair piece which has been made by hand, in comparison to a hand-tied hair weft which has probably used single knotting to attach the hairs to the hair piece – the difference between how the hairs have been attached to the base of the hand or machine made hair weft will be reflected in the finishing piece.

When producing a bespoke clip-in hair weft, the difference between whether or not it is made by hand or by machine is more important, as those performing the attachments by hand will be able to consider the wearers wants and needs with closer detail than when a machine made hair weft is produced.

Another comparison between a hand or machine made hair weft is the time taken for it to be completed. Understandably, it is much quicker for a machine made hair weft to be produced, whereas single knotting by hand is a much more time consuming task, and could lengthen the time taken to make the hair piece by at least a week.

There isn't much difference between a hand or machine made hair weft to the untrained eye. A clip-in hair weft is the ideal way to conceal areas of thinning or balding by blending in the smaller hair piece with the existing hair to create the illusion of a full and healthy head of hair, and as long as the hair used in the hand or machine made clip-in hair weft is a good blend, the hair piece should be undetectable.

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What Colour Wig Should I Get?

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When it comes to which colour your should go for in your wig or hair piece, you really do have a chance to be daring and outrageous but still chic and stylish. Our experienced, qualified hair technicians and colourists will be able to assist you in your choice, but it is always best to go into appointments with a rough idea of where to start.

Blonde hair is timeless, and will always be popular. However, with such a bold colour does come its limitations, especially if you are investing in a blonde wig of a different shade to your natural colour – a blonde wig could run the risk of looking washed out, but, as long as the hair piece is maintained well and washed correctly, you are good to go!

While a darker colour is usually favoured for winter, they are beautiful all year round, and are much easier to attain in the world of hair pieces and wigs as darker tones need less treatment than lighter. Recently, fashion has held dark hair as a great match for paler green and blue eyes, however there is nothing greater than the classic combination of dark hair and endearing dark eyes.

If you still aren't one hundred per cent sure on the colour for you, why not opt for our range of multi-toned hair wigs, which can have highlights, low-lights, dip-dyes, or any style you would like? Our designer wig selection really does spoil you for choice, and you're sure to find the perfect colour!

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What Can I Do About Loosing my Eyebrows?

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While initially you may be shocked to notice that you are loosing hair from the eyebrows, you may find relief in knowing that it isn't such an unusual occurrence. In fact, roughly four million people notice that they are losing hair from the eyebrows per year – and thanks to such a high statistic, solutions have been found.
The most popular solution for eyebrow hair loss by far are stencils and powder – the fact is, the majority of the female population will be using powder regardless of whether they are losing facial hair or not – filled in brows have become a fashion statement – so you aren't alone!
Stencils are a preferred answer to losing hair in such a specific area as they are available in almost every shape and colour. They are extremely easy to use, and of course they don't cause any discomfort or irritation.
An alternative solution to resolve losing hair from the eyebrows are special wigs. These adhesively attached hair pieces are extremely discreet, and are unable to be spotted. The adhesive facial wigs (which are specially produced for those who lose hair in this particular area) are worn by sticking glue to a strip on the back of the synthetic brows using a nail-varnish-like brush and literally attaching them to the preferred area.
A final solution to those who lose eyebrow hair frequently is to opt for the tattoo. While this may seem like a very extreme choice, if you lose the facial hair regularly it can be extremely frustrating as the eyes are the focal area of the face, so a tattoo may be your best bet. Revolutions in the development of specific tattoos have lead to their art being so aesthetically pleasing that again, like the previous two options, they are undetectable, as well as being permanent and also not irritating.
If you lose hair on the eyebrows and would like to speak to someone, give us a call on 020 7404 6040 today.

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What are the Differences Between Human Hair Wigs and Synthetic Wigs?

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There are two options when it comes to purchasing your hair piece – will you chose a synthetic wig or a human hair wig? While both have their advantages and disadvantages, it is vital to know the differences between the two to make an informed decision.

A human hair wig can use hair from Europe or Asia – the human hair wigs at Bloomsbury of London have all been ethically sourced, meaning not only is it possible to track the donor of the hair but also that we are not contributing to the vast amount of exploitation happening in the hair industry.

Human hair wigs have a bounty of advantages as well as a few disadvantages. Firstly and probably most obviously, one of the main differences between human and synthetic wigs is that human hair appears totally natural, and can be treated with heat styling tools like hair dryers, straighteners and curling tongs.

Another difference is that human hair wigs are more flexible and durable than synthetic fibres – this is because the hair has previously not been damaged by being subject to any chemical treatments (i.e. colouring or styling) – so you are able to wear the hair in up dos and down. However, one of the main disadvantages of human hair is that it is notably more expensive than synthetic hair wigs.

Human hair wigs also require much closer maintenance than synthetic hair wigs. This works as an advantage for synthetic hair wigs, as they are extremely easy to look after. Synthetic hair retains its original style easily, so to wash the hair piece is a much less timely procedure. To wash a synthetic hair wig, you must just use specialised wig shampoo and conditioner before leaving the wig to stand until it is dry, which is when it will return to its initial state.

Another advantage of synthetic hair is that it is available in a much larger variety of colours. As the hair has been previously treated with colourants and chemical straighteners / perms (one of the main differences between man-made and synthetic fibres), you are able to find your desired style much easier than with human hair – and it is easier to make synthetic wigs to order as they can be chemically treated.

One of the main disadvantages of synthetic wigs is that they aren't natural – a large difference to human fibres, so don't have as long a life as human hair wigs. Man made fibres, while revolutionising all the time, can't last forever – it has been known in some cases that the hair colour fades and becomes washed out – a problem that doesn't usually affect human hair wigs.

For more information, call us today on 020 7404 6040.

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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a French Lace Wig?

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A French lace wig uses a base that is very thick and strong, and it comes with both advantages and disadvantages. While a French lace wig is usually thicker than alternatives such as Swiss lace, it can be preferred.

One of the advantages of a French lace wig is rooted in its thickness. Having a base that is stronger than usual is beneficial for first time wig wearers as those who are less familiar with the application of a hair piece don't have to worry about damaging it when putting it on or taking it off – a French lace wig won't tear or break easily – so for those who are wary of their hair piece this is one of the best advantages.

Hair is attached to a French lace wig using bleached knots. While the knots aren't hidden by the lace, another of the advantages of such an attachment method means that the piece gives the illusion of hair growing directly out of the scalp, giving optimal movement and styling options for the wearer.

While the advantages of a French lace wig are strong, there are also some disadvantages. One of the main disadvantages of such a piece is that while it is mostly undetectable, the base is thicker so it does run the risk of being more noticeable than alternative forms of hair piece. This is the largest of the disadvantages of French lace wigs, so for those who are purchasing this particular type of hair piece it may be worth looking in to just how noticeable the lace is.

For more information on the advantages and disadvantages of a French lace wig, or any information on hair loss, call us today on 020 7404 6040.

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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Hair Extensions?

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Hair extensions can be greatly beneficial; they are a quick way of adding length and density to the hair, making it appear longer, thicker and full of life. They require much less commitment than hair pieces or wigs, and can be easily applied and removed. However, if hair extensions aren't applied properly they can cause significant damage to the hair, and could potentially cause hair loss form breakage.

While hair extensions that have been properly applied are harmless, those that use certain forms of attachment can result in extreme damage. When they are not applied in the correct manner, the extensions tug and pull on the natural hair, causing unnecessary strain on the strands of hair and resulting in premature breakage from half way up the hair shaft or total loss of the strand from the root.

Hair extensions do add length and density to the back and sides of the hair. This makes them ideal for those going through temporary or partial hair loss, as they don't need to be applied all over (unlike a wig). However, they can't be attached to the top of the scalp, so aren't the solution for those suffering from hair loss at the top of the head.

For those who are looking for a quick fix to thicken or elongate their hair, hair extensions are the way to go. There is no need to worry about damage providing they have been applied correctly, so, for more information on the hair extensions available at Bloomsbury of London (which will never damage the hair) call us today on 020 7404 6040.

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What Style of Wig Will Suit My Face ?

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We are always welcoming new hair to contribute to our hair replacement procedures and wigs, so if you are willing to donate or sell your hair, keep reading!

We offer a high quality service at our in store salon where you would be able to cut and sell your hair, however, if it is easier to go to your local salon and post us the hair, this is also accepted – as long as you donate your hair and post it to us in an extremely tightly secured ponytail, you will be able to sell it to Bloomsbury of London.

If you are looking to sell your hair via sending it to us, cut your ponytail (accepted lengths are mentioned below) and place it in a plastic bag along with your address, contact phone number and the full name of the person of whom you would like the cheque to be made payable to. The envelope should also state 'Hair Harvest' or 'H.H.'. Whether or not your hair is used in hair replacement immediately or not, we will value your hair and phone you to let you know how much it is worth, should you chose to donate it – if you are happy to go ahead and sell your hair, you will receive a cheque up to 14 days after the quote was given.

The other method to donate your hair in order for it to be used in our hair replacement wigs and hair pieces is by visiting our salon – this way you can receive a valuation for if you did chose to dante your hair before it is actually cut – the process takes about half an hour.

The more hair that is used in our hair replacement wigs from those who donate hair, the more money is received. The following is a rough guide to how much you should expect:

10-12” - £15 - £60
15” - £30 - £80
16-18” -£50 - £150
19” and above - £60 - £200

In order for hair to achieve the higher valuation, it must be in perfect condition. For any further information on how to sell your hair for our wigs and hair replacement procedure, take a look at ourHair Harvest/ Sell My Hair website.

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Is it Easier to Maintain and Take Care of a Synthetic wig or a Human Hair Wig?

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As part of the journey into a human hair wig or synthetic wig at Bloomsbury of London, we offer full advice on how to look after your hair piece – however, before embarking, we are often asked - “is it easier to look after a human hair wig or a synthetic wig?

Both fibres will need to be washed every so often to keep the hair piece looking fresh and clean. The procedure to wash both materials is the same, however a human hair wig will need washing more often than a synthetic wig, because the hair will get ‘greasy' quicker. If you are looking for a hair piece that requires less washing, a synthetic wig would be recommended – as this will need washing approximately every 12 wears, whereas a human hair wig should be washed after approximately 7 wears (of course this varies depending on your lifestyle for example, people who take part in sports will need to wash it more often).

The benefit of having to wash a human hair wig more often than a synthetic wig is that it can be restyled more often – which is the exciting part of how to look after your piece. Human hair can be treated with heat styling tools such as hair straighteners and curling irons, so the wearer has the opportunity to experiment with the hair, while synthetic fibres retain their original shape and can't really be re-styled (though there are some synthetic wigs which are more adaptable than others, for instance synthetic wigs with “moveable partings”).

The other major way to look after your hair piece is in the cut. A human hair wig should be cut by a skilled wig technician every few months, as naturally the ends will break and the hair piece could eventually look dull – this rarely happens with synthetic wigs, making them easier to look after in this sense, and sometimes cheaper too.

Both synthetic wigs and human hair wigs are bountiful in their benefits, so, for more information on which material is best for you, call us today on 020 7404 6040, and book a consultation.

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I Will Be Going Through Chemotherapy, and I Will Need a Wig. When Can I Expect My Hair to Regrow, and How Long Will it Take?

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One of the most common reasons behind purchasing a wig is due to hair loss after chemotherapy. If you are undergoing chemotherapy and are interested in investing in a wig, one of the questions you may have is when will your hair regrow, and how long will you need your wig for?

While everyone is different, it is unusual to see hair regrow until after at least a month of chemotherapy. The rate of the hair regrowth is slow, but at about two months after chemotherapy you should see roughly an inch of hair.

The benefit of purchasing a wig due to chemotherapy is that it can cover the areas that the hair regrows back in to avoid any patchy, so-so appearances. The hair that falls the fastest is also the fastest to grow back, meaning that you should notice the hair regrow on the scalp faster than anywhere else on the body.

Obviously each person differs, so chemotherapy may affect your hair differently, and you may notice hair regrowth in a slightly different pattern. Just how long it takes for the hair to regrow is an approximate estimation at the best of times, so the rough guide for timing is about six weeks after therapy has finished.

For any more information on our extensive wig range, or to ask about hair regrowth after any form of treatment, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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I Will Be Going Through Chemotherapy, and I Will Need a Wig. When Can I Expect My Hair to Regrow, and How Long Will it Take?

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One of the most common reasons behind purchasing a wig is due to hair loss after chemotherapy. If you are undergoing chemotherapy and are interested in investing in a wig, one of the questions you may have is when will your hair regrow, and how long will you need your wig for?

While everyone is different, it is unusual to see hair regrow until after at least a month of chemotherapy. The rate of the hair regrowth is slow, but at about two months after chemotherapy you should see roughly an inch of hair.

The benefit of purchasing a wig due to chemotherapy is that it can cover the areas that the hair regrows back in to avoid any patchy, so-so appearances. The hair that falls the fastest is also the fastest to grow back, meaning that you should notice the hair regrow on the scalp faster than anywhere else on the body.

Obviously each person differs, so chemotherapy may affect your hair differently, and you may notice hair regrowth in a slightly different pattern. Just how long it takes for the hair to regrow is an approximate estimation at the best of times, so the rough guide for timing is about six weeks after therapy has finished.

For any more information on our extensive wig range, or to ask about hair regrowth after any form of treatment, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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How Often Should I Wash My Wig or Hair Piece?

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The journey towards the production of your hair piece or wig takes longer when ensuring that the finishing item is absolutely perfect, however the aftercare and maintenance needs to be of a certain standard to ensure that your wig stays stunning. The easiest way to look after your hair piece is to wash it regularly, but how often is enough to keep your piece pristine?

There is no exact amount in how often to wash your hair piece, but there are some guidelines. Obviously the wearer wants their wig to look and smell fresh and clean upon every wear, however, those who wash their hair piece too frequently can notice that they are doing more harm than good.

The recommended rule for human hair wigs is to wash it every 10 to 12 wearings, however, for synthetic hair this can be reduced to washing every 15 to 20 wearings.

There are times when it is required to wash the hair more often, for example, those who are very active may find that they need to wash their hair more often as they potentially perspire more. Additionally, just how often to wash a hair piece can be increased based on environmental factors too; this includes a more humid climate, environments which have more exhaust fumes, cooking greases or cigarette smoke will also contribute to needing to wash the hair piece more often.

The benchmark for just how regularly a wig can be washed should be stopped at every six wearings – this is the maximum as any more could cause the wig to loose its shape, style and colour.

For more information on how often to care for a hair piece or any more advice on wigs for hair loss, contact us today on 020 7404 6040

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How is Asian Hair Treated in the Process of Making a Hair Piece or Wig?

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When you embark on the journey to a wig, hair piece or hair system, you will learn a whole new vocabulary. One of the choices you will make is whether to use synthetic or human hair, and you will also find out about European and Asian hair – but how has Asian hair been treated in the process of producing your hair system?

Compared to hair from European countries, Asian hair is much easier to source, which is sometimes why it can be substantially cheaper than the former. However, Asian hair must be significantly treated to alter its properties and make it appropriate for people of other ethnicities to wear in their hair piece – so how is this done?

The initial step in how Asian hair is treated to produce a hair system or hair piece is by stripping down its cuticles to get rid of the dark black pigments. The hair is usually soaked in an acid bath to do this, and sometimes it must be left for a few days to get rid of all of the colour. The colour is then re-treated by being dyed to the colour that the wearer desires. This means that the cuticles have been removed, which makes the hair easier to be treated both in terms of colour and knotting.

Usually, the hair used in hair pieces and hair systems is then artificially replenished by being coated in silicon, which gives the illusion of shine and health. Coating the hair in silicon does ensure that the hair system maintains its shine, however, the hair is still yet to be totally treated.

The final step of how Asian hair is treated to create a hair piece comes down to the colour – the hair is dyed to match the natural complexion of the wearer – however, you are able to have full control over the colouring!

For more information, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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How Do You Take Measurements for a Wig?

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The only way to ensure that your wig has the perfect fit is by making sure that your measurements are taken in the correct way. This is done by following a precise method, which any skilled hair piece technicians and stylists will know like the back of their hand.
The first step is to take the measurement of the circumference of the head around the hairline, by positioning the tape measure with its edge following the hair line precisely around the head and nape of the neck – you want to take the measurement in inches, and an average results at this point is roughly 22 inches. This is to make sure the base of the wig follows the hair line exactly.

The next measurement to take is from the forehead to the nape of the neck. By going from the centre of the forehead to the centre of the hairline at the nape of the neck, you will probably see a result in or around 13.5 inches. The next step to measure for a wig is to go from ear to ear across the hairline – by going from the front of the ear, across the forehead to the same point at the other ear. The average result for this is roughly 11.5 inches.
The next measurement to take is from ear to ear over the top of the head to make sure that the wig is of the right width – this is pretty straightforward, and should produce a result of approximately 11 inches. Another similar method is measuring from temple to temple (side to side) across the back of the head; the average measurement is 14 inches. Finally, the wig should be a precise fit along the hairline at the nape of the neck – so one would have this measured – this is the simplest step of all, and a rough length of the hairline at this point is 5.5 inches.For any more help or information on wigs, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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How Do You Style a Synthetic Wig?

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Synthetic wigs may not be made using human hair, but that doesn't mean that they don't appear totally natural, and that doesn't limit the styling opportunities you would have with them.

The benefit of a synthetic wig over a human hair wig really does lie within the styling, as it is much easier to maintain and style – requiring a minimal amount of care – just basic washing and being hung to dry, synthetic hair wigs return to their original style pretty much on their own.

The most you will have to do to refresh the style and appearance of your synthetic hair wig is give it a light shake and ruffle using a wide tooth comb or even the fingers. It is important not to use any heat styling tools on the hair piece as this could damage the strands of hair and their attachments to the base, so be careful when amending the look of the wig.

The alternative to using a hair dryer to style your hair piece is letting it dry naturally – ideally on a wig base or mannequin head as this retains the shape of the membrane of the hair piece. When the hair is wet do not use a brush or a comb in attempts of styling it as this can also weaken the attachments and knots; additionally if the synthetic wig is curly anyway it is advisable not to use a hair brush as this could cause frizz and damage to the strands of the synthetic hair.

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How Do You Draw on Eyebrows?

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Drawing on or filling in the eyebrows has become as much as a fashion statement as the Little Black Dress. There are no negative connotations associated with the need to draw or fill them in as fuller eyebrows are definitely in style – but how exactly do you draw the perfect eyebrow?

The first stage is to make sure that you have the perfect coloured pencil. Hold the pencil vertically at the point where you would start using tweezers (in line with the inner edge of the eye and the outside of the nostril) and make a small dot to mark where the brow will start. Before beginning to draw, slant the pencil to the outer corner of the eye and mark this point, as this is where the brow will end. To plan out the arch of the brow, hold the pencil in line with the centre of the pupil and place a dot on the line of the brow bone – this will be the highest point of the eyebrow.

The next step is to create the outline of the brow, by lightly shading the shape that you want it to take, and to fill it in, you can use small, feathery strokes to create tiny lines mimicking the hairs found in the eyebrows.

If you would like more information on how to draw the perfect eyebrow, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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How does a Wig Maker Take an Accurate Measurement of the Whole Head When Making a Wig or Hair Piece?

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Bloomsbury of London pride themselves on their perfectly fitting, individually made wigs and hair pieces – but how are accurate measurements made to create a mould of the wig to ensure that it is exact? Well, we use professional methods to create a plastic mould which acts as the base of the finishing hair piece.

The plastic mould begins with an expert wig technician using a hypoallergenic make up pencil to mark out the hair line. This is a simple, quick and pain free procedure, and the liquid plastic is then placed over the head and set on the shape of the drawn out points. The plastic mould is then produced as the liquid plastic sets in to shape to mimic the shape of the wearers head perfectly.

The mould not only mirrors the contours of the scalp and the shape of the hair line, but it is perfectly shaped at the nape of the neck, allowing for the wig to fit in place.

When the mould is complete, the hair is attached using one of two methods – either individual knotting or hair insertion – both producing undetectable results allowing for the wearer to have optimal styling opportunities.

For any more information on how the mould is used to take an accurate measure of the scalp when making a wig or hair piece, call us today on 020 7404 6040.

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How Do I Put On a Wig if I Already Have Some Hair?

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Putting on a wig if you already have some hair may seem daunting, but it is really easy! So, if you're asking “how do I put on a wig?” - read on!

The first step is to make sure that your hair piece has a wig cap that matches the colour of the hair used. To prepare any existing hair for putting on a wig, it must be brushed and then gathered into a ponytail at the nape of the neck and fastened securely. If the hair is very long and you're thinking “how do I put on a wig with long hair?” - flip the ponytail back up and let the ends rest on the face for now, before securing the flipped hair in place with two or three kirby grips (or specialised wig clips).

The next step in putting on a wig is stretching the cap over the head, starting at the nape of the neck and pulling it towards the front – the existing hair should lay as flat to the head as possible, and the wig cap should be a tight fit.

If you have hair still hanging out of the wig cap and you're wondering “how do I put on a wig with hair still sticking out?” don't fret – this is normal! Just tuck any remaining exposed hair under the side of the wig cap, before pulling the ears out.

Putting on a wig is all a matter of practice, and soon you'll be going from asking “how do I put on a wig?” to saying “putting on a wig is easy!” - but, we are always here to help you out – so, for any further information, call us today on 020 7404 6040.

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How Do I Stop a Human Hair Wig Losing It’s Colour?

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Human hair wig, like natural human hair, will experience colour fading if they are treated with particular hair colourants; and, like protecting natural hair, human hair wigs need to be maintained in a certain way to prevent losing colour and potentially appearing dull and lifeless.
It is handy to know that the reddish tones in brown colours such as auburn and mousy brown are more prone to cause human hair wigs losing colour – so it is beneficial to take extra care if your hair is of such a tone.
When washing your human hair wig, the best way to stop the colour fading is by using cool to lukewarm water as opposed to hot, and use a special wig shampoo that isn't too acidic (a pH factor of 5 is the best). It is possible to purchase specifically designed colour-treated wig shampoos and conditioners.
While heat styling tools are compatible with human hair wigs, excessive use is not recommended as heat can damage dyed or highlighted hair and again, cause colour fading and losing colour.
An intense volumiser is also great to stop losing colour, as it restores the natural oils of the hair. Additionally, conditioning the human hair wig when washing is also a great way to prevent colour fading, and it is recommended that this process takes place at least once a week.
Like natural hair, it would be beneficial to shield the wig from excessive sunlight; this can be done by covering the head with a hat, cap or scarf while in direct sunlight (e.g. while taking part in outdoor activities or on holiday).

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How do I Repair My Wig or Hair Piece ?

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Part of looking after your wig or hair piece does mean sometimes needing to repair it. However, while you may sometimes think that your wig is beyond repair it can always be fixed, sometimes without professional input – yes, you can rectify any damage to your hair piece!

To start the repair procedure, it is always advisable to wash the wig first. Just how to do so depends on the type of hair piece, i.e. if the hair has been attached with individual knots it is safe to be submerged in water, but if the hair has been attached using any kind of glue you should support the crown and brush water through it. Condition it as necessary using specialised wig conditioners, and avoid using serums at this point.

One of the most common ways in which a wig or hair system would need to be repaired is by sewing, as sometimes the knots or attachments weaken and come slightly apart. This is quite simple to do, and just requires sewing in any visible loose ends; however, ensure that you use a thread matching in tone to the wig base and hair colour. If you are re-attaching loose ends, you should sew diagonally.

For hair pieces that have used glue as attachments, use a hair dryer. This is done by heating up the glue and removing any loose attachments, before using specialised hair glue to reconnect the bonds. Use the glue sparingly and press the strands in to place for about 5 seconds – then, when you have finished the repair procedure, leave the hair piece to stand for at least 24 hours before further styling.

Not only do we provide an informative maintenance guide for all of our hair pieces and wigs, however we are also happy to help you at any step in your journey – whether you have already started or have been wearing your wig for years. For any information regarding wigs, hair pieces or hair loss, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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How Do Eyebrow Tattoos Work?

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Eyebrow tattoos have become one of the most popular facial treatments in the last few years, with perfect brows becoming a fashion statement as they can affect the overall look of the face, encouraging confidence and an increase in self esteem.

A professional eyebrow tattoo procedure will follow a consultation, which is when the face shape, colouring and complexion details are observed and noted. The consultation should also include a preview of how the new eyebrows should look, to make sure that the shape and colour are perfect for you.

Sometimes, a local anaesthetic or numbing agents are used to take all feeling away from the forehead and make the customer comfortable during the process. Eyebrow tattoos are then 'infused' on to the skin – an electronic hand piece traces over the original template to allow the colouring pigments to absorb into the skin and create the ideal result.

The tattoo appointment usually takes between one and a half and two hours, and is pretty painless. The resultant eyebrow is created using 'hair-stroke' techniques creating aesthetically natural results that either blend in seamlessly with the existing brow or are totally undetectable.

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How Can I Tell if My Hair is Thinning? Do I Have Female Hair Thinning?

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Everyone looses strands of hair every day – it’s a normal part of the hair growth cycle. In countries (like the UK) where the length of the day changes over the course of the year, seasonal hair thinning has been observed. However, while some hair thinning is completely natural, hair loss in females often takes the form of female hair thinning – so how does one know if hair thinning is an issue or not?

In order to understand the issue off female hair thinning, it is important to understand how hair grows in the first place. Hair growth works in a cycle, with hair growing for a certain period of time, then resting. The Anagen stage is the stage in which hair grows. It lasts between 2 – 5 years, and at any one time around 85% of our hair is in this stage. It is the length of this cycle that limits how long you can grow your hair. Following this comes the Catagen phase, which 1% of your hair is usually going through. This is a resting phase that lasts 1 – 2 weeks, which prepares the hair for the next stage in the cycle. After this comes the Telogen phase, during which the hair is shed. 10% of hairs are going through this phase at any one time, and the phase lasts 3 – 4 months. When the Anagen phase cannot keep up with the Telogen phase hair thinning occurs.

On average, 50 – 150 hairs are lost each day in women, though the number varies depending on your ethnicity. Being within the range of normal hair thinning doesn’t always mean you can rest assured that no female hair thinning is occurring. Each individual is different – for some, 50 hairs a day is the norm, and so loosing 150 hairs a day would still be considered normal, it would represent a dramatic change for them. Additionally, female hair thinning will only become apparent if the hairs lost are not replaced by new hairs growing, as they should in the natural cycle of hair growth.

The wide range of normal or acceptable hair fall (hair fall that will nor result in female hair thinning) can be narrowed a little by looking at the different types of hair – different hair types have different average hair densities and growth rates, so much of what is normal or abnormal in hair thinning depends on ethnicity. Caucasian hair has a fairly high growth rate and the highest density, meaning that loosing close to 150 hairs is normal and is less likely to cause any hair thinning issues. Of Caucasian hair types, blondes have the highest density (though usually the thinnest hair follicles), follower by people with black hair, then brunettes, and lastly, red heads. Afro-Caribbean hair is the next most dense, often with the shortest growth cycles, followed lastly by Asian hair, which often has the longest growth cycles, but the lowest density. Because of this, normal hair fall in Caucasian hair types can be more than in Asian hair without causing a female hair thinning problem.

Female hair thinning does not only occur in the form of fewer hairs, but also in the actual hairs themselves becoming thinner in diameter. Thinner hairs will not grow as long, so this female hair thinning also affects the length of hair possible. With this form of female hair thinning, hair can often take the appearance of “baby fuzz”. This is something that can often only be identified by the individual, as hair diameter varies between each person and each ethnicity. Afro-Caribbean hair is the thickest in diameter, followed by Asian hair. Caucasian hair varies, and usually lies somewhere in between. This form of hair thinning is more common in Caucasian and Asian hair types, as opposed to Afro-Caribbean hair.

Clearly, in the early stages of female hair thinning, before the hair thinning becomes distinct, it can be hard to tell whether to worry or not. In this case the best thing to do would be to consult a doctor. There are various tests that can be run to detect some of the causes of thinning hair. Ninety percent of hair loss is genetic – known as Androgenic Alopecia. Female hair thinning can also happen as a consequence of hypothyroidism hyperthyroidism, lupus and iron deficiencies, all of which can be tested for. There are other causes of female hair thinning, such as stress, which cannot be tested for, but these causes tend to be more noticeable to the sufferer, and so can be detected in this way.

Female hair thinning can be an alarming experience, but once the causes are identified it can often be fixed, if not with medication then with hair systems whose quality as grown greatly with recent advances in technology. Detecting female hair thinning before it becomes obvious can be difficult without the help of a medical professional who can test for some of the causes, so if you suspect your hair fall lies out of the normal range, or you have noticed a dramatic change in the appearance of your hair, consulting your GP is the best way to be sure.

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How Can I Style My Synthetic Hair Wig ?

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Synthetic wigs and hair pieces are known for being easier to style than human hair wigs as they retain their shape much easier, and, synthetic wigs that use the latest Kanekalon fibres can also be treated with heat styling tools such as hair straighteners and curling irons – but if you are uncomfortable using heat styling tools on your synthetic hair piece, don't worry! There are lots of other ways to style your hair.

When you first invest in a synthetic hair wig, you will be shown hair that is in a variety of different natural styles, whether it is straight, curly or wavy. Upon choosing the style, you will be informed that the hair will retain this look after being washed and left to dry naturally – so you do have this to your advantage, as that requires minimal effort.

If you are looking to change the style of your synthetic hair wig, the first step you need to take is brushing it – whether this is before use or before washing it – however, be sure to use a specialised brush for wigs and hair pieces, as regular brushes with teeth that are too thin and close together can damage the attachments and strands.

To give your synthetic hair wigs a straighter style without using a hair dryer or straighteners, brush it out more frequently while it is drying. It is advised to brush lightly through it every 3 minutes for the best finish.

For more volume, it is advised to give your hair piece a gentle shake while its drying too, as this will trap air in to the base and the attachments, which results in a temporary boost, giving your synthetic hair a much more lively appearance.

If your synthetic hair wig is naturally curly, a beautiful way to complete the look with more free flowing, loose waves is by separating the curls with your fingers while it is drying and once it has retained its former style.

If you would like to speak to a professional wig styling technician for more information on how to style your synthetic hair piece, call us today on 020 7404 6040.

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How Can I Make My Wig Last Longer?

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There is no specific length of time that a wig or hair piece should last for, however, our top quality human hair and synthetic fibre pieces at Bloomsbury of London should see you through for years. Obviously this depends on how they are looked after and maintained, and there are some cheats to encourage your hair to last longer.

The initial factor in determining how long your wig will last is how often it is worn, and during which activities. Our hair pieces can be worn permanently, and will be fine in the water as well as on land. The average duration of a wig is about 3 months before it needs to be professionally maintained, however, there are some things you can do to make your wig last longer before it needs some extra help.

One of the ways to make your hair piece last longer is in the washing of it. We would recommend that you should wash the hair piece no more than once a week, and when you are washing it to do so with extreme care. Try not to be too rough on the hair as this could run the risk of damaging the attachments between the strands and the membrane, and when you have finished washing it, leave it to dry on a special stand with a touch of leave in conditioner.

Another way to make your wig last longer is by limiting the amount of time you wear it in up-dos, as excessive strain on the strands (as with natural human hair) could result in damaged strands or premature breakage and split ends.

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Does Chemotherapy Always Cause Hair Loss?

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There are a number of different types of treatments within the broad category of chemotherapy, and while most are of the belief that losing the hair is inevitable, it actually depends on which type of medical help you are receiving.
The treatment of chemotherapy and drugs that are used are programmed to attack any rapidly growing cancer cells, however, as the hair follicles are some of the fastest producing cells in the body they are often targeted too, which is what causes hair loss. Sometimes people will notice hair loss all over the body after chemotherapy, but the truth is that the more concentrated treatments are more likely than others to cause the hair loss, and your doctor should be able to advise you on what to expect based on the treatment you will be undergoing.
The light at the end of the tunnel is that most of the time, hair loss from chemotherapy is temporary, and once the medication is complete, the hair should re-grow three to ten months after, probably in better condition than it was initially.
So, while no chemotherapy treatment can guarantee that the hair wont be lost during or after, not everyone notices hair loss; some will only have partial thinning and some will have hardly any falling hairs – but it is always best to consult your doctor and prepare for any chemotherapy treatment and hair loss.

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Do I Need a Wig Stand, and How do I Use a Wig Stand?

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A wig stand is the storage unit for your hair system – it is easy to use and compact, and if you're asking - “how do I use a wig stand?” - read on!

Making use of a wig stand in the correct way can improve the overall condition of your hair piece and prolong its life. The wig stand should be used whenever the hair piece is not being worn, as well as after washing. A collapsible wig stand is the best idea for those who do tend to wear their hair piece everyday.

The main time to make use of a wig stand is after washing. The wig stand should be set up accordingly and should hold the hair piece while it is drying off – the wearer should also keep the wig on the wig stand to restyle it – if the hair piece can be treated with heat styling tools it is best to do so while drying off on the wig stand, and if it retains its original style it will do so best while on the stand.

Another great use of a wig stand is to freshen up the hair piece – this can be by retouching the odd split or broken end, while the salon is revitalising the colour, or just airing the hair piece out after excessive use.

A wig stand will prevent the hair piece from tangling or knotting too, which, as mentioned previously, will increase the lifespan of the piece.

For more information on how to use a wig stand call us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Can Pregnancy Cause Hair Loss?

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Pregnancy is a period in a woman's life that causes various bodily changes, both noticeable and internal, and a loss of hair can actually also occur. The term for the most common type of pregnancy-induced loss of hair is Postpartum Alopecia, which affects new mothers a short while after they have given birth.

Most of the time the hair is lost after pregnancy, and is a result of the vast rise of the female hormone oestrogen, pushing more follicles than usual into the anagen stage of the hair growth cycle – which is when new hairs grow, and should usually happen in sync with other hairs being in the catagen (rest phase) and telogen (natural phase of hair loss) part of their journey; however, if more hairs enter the anagen phase than required, less enter the rest and shedding phase, which initially results in a very brief period of thicker and fuller hair.

But, once the pregnancy has ended, the hormones slowly begin to get back to normal, so, once the body returns to its normal state, the hormones encouraging faster hair growth diminish, causing the hairs that hadn't been lost initially to form a rapid speed of hair loss all at once. Understandably this can be distressing, however there is no reason to say that hair loss as a result of pregnancy is permanent. In fact, the hair loss is usually a very brief occurrence, and you should begin to notice your hair returning to normal within a few months.

Thinning or shedding hair after having a child is a form of Telogen Effluvium – when a dramatic bodily stressor results in partial or extreme hair loss, and affects 25% of the population.

If you would like to speak to someone about your pregnancy-induced hair loss, or any other issue, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Can I Wear a Wig for Scarring Alopecia?

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Scarring alopecia is characterised by small patches of hair loss, that gradually expand over time revealing sore marks of inflammation and scars. While usually, a hair piece or a wig is used to disguise regular hair loss, sometimes scarring alopecia can be further aggravated when met with certain materials – so can a wig or hair piece solve your scarring alopecia?

If you would like a wig or a hair piece (a wig is used to conceal all of the head, whereas a hair piece is used for more partial hair loss) to cover up your scarring alopecia, it is advisable to go for one which uses lightweight and breathable fibres, so as not to cause further skin irritations. The extra fine polyurethane used in our human hair and synthetic fibre wig and hair piece range has a thickness of a quarter of a millimetre, it is hypoallergenic, and totally undetectable. Polyurethane has been favoured as a membrane for a hair piece or wig as its transparency allows for the wearers underlying scalp to be exposed if desired, to create the illusion of the hair growing out of follicles on the epidermis.

Other ways to conceal scarring alopecia include using a partial hair piece, so that only the affected areas are covered. Our highly experienced styling technicians will be able to show you how to perfectly blend the piece in with your existing hair, to maintain the natural look.

For more information and advice on any kind of hair loss, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Can I Make a Wig Out of My Own Hair?

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Making a wig using your own hair is favoured by those suffering from hair loss due to chemotherapy or radiotherapy, but it can be done by anyone who is choosing to invest in a wig or hair piece for any reason. The procedure to gather the right amount of hair before making a wig using it is simple and fast.

Like those who are donating their hair via the Hair Harvest programme, using your own hair for making a wig begins with cutting off the appropriate amount. The hair is sectioned into several small ponytails before being cut just above the hair band – this is to ensure a straight cut and the most hair is obtained, and the best condition is achieved.

The next step to making a wig using your own hair can sometimes include amalgamating extra hair from alternative sources to thicken the hair piece, as sometimes one head of hair is not enough. If this could potentially apply to you you will be informed and have full control over the final decision.

To make a wig using your own hair, the hairs are likely to be injected into their membrane – the membrane could be made from lace, polyurethane or monofilament, all totally undetectable and boasting their own individual advantages – again, of which you have full control over after being informed on all three.

The result is a beautiful, natural head of hair with full movement and styling opportunities. Making a wig using your own hair reaps advantages in so many ways, as it allows for a completely unnoticeable finish and the opportunity to style the hair using heat styling tools, which is not possible for synthetic fibres.

For any more information, or if you are interested in making a wig using your own hair, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Can I Look After My Chemotherapy Wig the Same Way as a Regular Hair Piece ?

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A chemotherapy wig is an efficient solution to hair loss as a result of specific treatments, and the aim behind our extensive range of chemotherapy wigs and hair systems is to allow wearers an undetectable, lightweight and comfortable head of hair, with no stress. It is for this reason that it is easy to look after our hair pieces from home.

Gone are the days of being required to travel miles and miles to the salon to maintain your hair piece. Actually, wearers are able to pick up their hair system and look after it at home, thanks to our informative maintenance guide.

The maintenance guide covers how to look after your chemotherapy wig or hair piece in many ways, to mention a few it teaches how to properly wash the hair system. The guide states that the hair system should always be rinsed with lukewarm water (as opposed to hot), and specialised hair piece products should be used in order to look after the hair system in the best way possible.

Another way that wearers may not consider to look after their hair system is by minimising the time that it is exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. The sun can be detrimental to the wig as it can cause oxidisation – it can cause the hair piece to turn a red-orange shade. To reduce such problems in our chemotherapy or other hair systems, it is advised to cover the piece with a head scarf or hat or to keep it out of the sun where possible.

For more information on our chemo wigs, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.

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Can Cutting Hair Short Stop Hair Loss?

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Most of the time, hair loss is a result of an underlying issues such as alopecia, however there are circumstances where the hair just falls out naturally. It is commonly advised that cutting the hair can prevent hair loss, but how true is this?

The truth is, cutting the hair short doesn't actively prevent hair loss. It does make the hair look thicker overall, because the nearer the strands of hair are to the roots, the thicker they are. So if you want your hair to appear thicker and fuller, you are best to get a shorter cut.

There are environmental factors which relate to the specific hair cut and likelihood of hair loss, for example, when the hair has been cut short it is less likely to get tangled and caught in things like zips or scarves, which significantly reduces the everyday strains that would otherwise go unnoticed – this means that the hair will grow in better condition if it has been previously cut very short too.

Everyones hair has been biologically 'programmed' to grow in a certain way, so no matter how it is cut, the growth rate and texture has been previously determined and this is the path it will follow.
It is advisable to get the hair cut every six weeks to keep it in its best condition, as this way the ends have a chance to recuperate and replenish themselves and the hair looks fresh.For more information and solutions to any hair loss condition, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.