Any ‘likes’ for Lumley’s ‘Purdey cut’?

(If you’re not sure, Angel Wigs has the answer).

Those of us who will admit to being ‘of a certain age’ will remember actress Joanna Lumley starring as the character ‘Purdey’ in the popular TV series ‘The Avengers’. A couple of previous ‘sidekicks’ to Patrick Macnee’s Steed – Cathy Gale and Emma Peel (Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg respectively) got their distinctive look from their clothing. But the sainted Joanna is best remembered for pioneering the Purdey cut in her role.

Many of us had a go at rocking that hairstyle, but with sometimes limited success. Minus Lumley’s cheekbones, lithe figure and general attractiveness – and, of course, good, easily-styled hair – it often (literally) fell flat on other women.

But now it’s back! This Mail online feature shows us how everyone from the Prime Minister Theresa May to actresses Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley are sporting their own version of the hairstyle. Take a look at the photos in this link below:

But alongside the photos sit many words of warning…In its original form, the Purdey was pretty unforgiving and even though it’s undergone a transformation since then, not everyone – not even the rich, famous and gorgeous (delete where appropriate) – ‘wears it well’.

Theresa May gets a particular ‘wigging’ (see what we did there?!) for grimly sticking to a grey thatch. And even though there are more kindly verdicts for the other famous faces, it’s clear it’s still not a style for the faint-hearted.

That’s not to say, though, that a few tweaks – making it a bit more casual and ruffled, being judicious about the colour you choose – couldn’t make it right for you, so, of course, the answer is a no-brainer: buy a wig!

Here at Angel Wigs’ friendly salon we have a massive range of wigs, including those in shorter styles. If you feel uncertain about what would suit you, come and try some on and let us guide and advise you about what is right for you. Walk in as ‘you’ – walk out as Purdey!

Grown-up Braids

Plait that!

No excuses for revisiting ‘braids’ as a topic again. They’re everywhere! If you’re of ‘a certain age’ in the UK you will have known them as ‘plaits’ and Boots’ Health & Beauty magazine made much of the trend in a recent edition (see link below). Although, confusingly, while the feature is headlined ‘Grown-up Braids’, the hairstyle is also referred to as ‘plaits’. And, slightly alarmingly, one plaited/braided style is referred to as the Braided ‘hun’!

Grown-up braids – June

So, if you’ve read the feature you’ll see that there are detailed instructions about how to achieve the various looks. And, golly, don’t they go on and on!

And one of the common worries people have when they subject their own, natural hair to certain styles is the damage it can do to their hair. This could be caused by some of the some of the tighter plaits, or perhaps by the infamous ‘Croydon facelift’ (where the hair is simply scraped back into a really tight ponytail so the face is stretched in a similar way to if it had had surgery – we’re talking about you, Cheryl Cole (as was), Vicky Pollard of Little Britain fame). If you’re not convinced, take a look at this scary article from the Femail section of the Daily Mail, in which it warns that such styles can not only damage your hair but also your scalp. ‘Traction alopecia’ (which can lead to bald patches), anyone?

So, you want to reflect the latest hair trends and feel like plaits/braids are for you (as the Boots’ magazine article demonstrates, they can suit all sorts of age groups) but don’t want to damage your hair or your scalp? The answer is here at Angel Wigs.

At our friendly salon in Canvey, we’ve got a huge choice of long wigs for you to pick from. They’re in a variety of styles but the straight ones will give you plenty of scope to plait that hair, giving you the up-to-the-minute look without damaging your own precious locks.

Frame your face with the ‘mom bob’

Just when you thought there were no new fashionable hairstyles under the sun, up pops the ‘mom bob’.

Well, it’s not really a new style, but an old/traditional one revisited. The ‘super savvy me’ website explains all in this link beauty-recommended

But here’s what you need to know about what it can do for you and about how it’s easiest to recreate it without drastically restyling your own hair by opting for a wig!

The ‘super savvy me’ site reckons that (1) ‘medium is the new long’ and (2) this bob could be the most flattering haircut ever! It rests on your shoulders, with enough length at the front to frame your face attractively, and, notes the site, it’s versatile – it looks fine whether you have soft curls, waves or sleek straight hair (naturally or when straightened). Plus, it’s long enough to wear ‘up’ and going for the chop to create it will remove some or all of your split ends.

There’s yet more advice about avoiding stiff hairsprays and mousses – but why go to all the effort of trying to force your natural hair into a style it doesn’t want to go into?

Why not create the look with a wig instead? There are still lots of styling options for it, no matter what style of wig you have bought, and there’s no putting your own, natural hair through any kind of torture.

At Angel Wigs we have a huge range of wigs in both human hair and quality synthetic fibres. The mid-length wigs at our salon are available in a variety of styles, including straight, wavy and curly. We’ll help you choose a colour and style to suit you – that ubiquitous ‘mom bob’ may NOT, in fact, suit everyone! What’s more our wigs can be cut and styled by our skilled stylists so you needn’t risk making a mess of your fabulous new purchase with your unskilled hands.


Join the ‘braidy bunch’ the easy way


Braids – or, as some of us more mature ladies used to call them, plaits – are in the news these days.


Not all of it is positive – poor Alice Eve (the actress daughter of fellow thespians Trevor ‘Shoestring’ Eve and Sharon Maughan) has been called out for ‘cultural appropriation’ after having her hair braided in a cornrows style on holiday (follow this link for the full story in The Sun online: ).


But on a happier note, model Kate Moss’s daughter Lila Grace has been named the new face of The Braid Bar, giving her the opportunity to show off some colourful examples of the fashion trend. See the full story on the Evening Standard online, via this link:


Of course, trends are just that – trendy. In other words, they don’t last. And you might not be sure if braids will suit you or if you’re too old for them (even though, of course, age is nothing but a number, you’re as old as you feel, and so on…). So an ideal solution is to buy a long wig – one that you can style to your heart’s content, with none of the damage that can be done to your natural hair by braiding/plaiting it.


And Angel Wigs should be your local port of call. We’re the leading wigs supplier and stylist in Essex. Feel free to browse, and remember that we offer free consultations in our friendly and relaxed salon environment.

Becoming an ice queen

Ice, ice, baby!

Just when you thought you were up to speed with the latest hair trends – enter ‘ice blonde’!

We’re not talking the warm, yellow tones of icons such as Marilyn Monroe here. Predictably, the popular kids’ film ‘Frozen’ is partly to blame. As if it wasn’t bad enough that   the song ‘Let It Go’ has become the most irritating earworm in history, now we’re expected to emulate the platinum locks of Princess Elsa.

OK, she’s not real (ssshhhhh! Don’t tell your children!) but now she seems to have spawned a welter of ice white locks among celebrities, with varying results. Here’s a rundown of some of the actresses and singers who have gone to the light side. Nicole Kidman was an originally a redhead, but with a sufficiently delicate, pale complexion, she’s rocking the pale, lemon-y blonde look. Surprisingly, the more olive-skinned Katy Perry’s newly blonde hair also looks great. Sienna Miller has simply gone blonder and it works. But Lily Allen and Kristen Stewart just look a bit weird (probably not helped by the customary miserable/grumpy expression sported by the latter).

Visit this link to The Mail on Sunday to see some more photos of lighter-haired ladies:

Of course, the elephant in the room – or, on your head – is the fact that, for most of us, to get your hair up to ‘Disney princess’ standard, you’d be risking wrecking it through use of chemicals. Even if it doesn’t immediately ruin the quality of your hair, you may be looking at damaged locks down the line.

How much better to come to someone like us, Angel Wigs, and get a quick ‘frosty fix’ by buying a product from our fabulous selection?

It doesn’t have to be a whole wig – although our experts will help you find the right one for you. It can be a hairpiece or an extension. Our friendly, local salon will ensure that you come away with a wonderful new look without risking any damage to your natural hair.

Why things DON’T always ‘go better with coke’…

Some of us will remember the catchy old advertising jingle which went “Things go better with Coca-Cola”. But that’s not always true…

Celebrity crimper Sam McKnight’s book ‘Hair by Sam McKnight’, published towards the end of last year, contains some – literally! – hair-raising tales, including his memories of the days when well-known stylists such as himself used all kinds of products, including Coca-Cola, to achieve a ‘set’ style.

To see such a look – and the hint that the sugary drink might have been involved in some cases – click the link below to a Daily Mail feature in which model Cindy Crawford is pictured in 1993 with an unusually sleek and masculine ‘do’:

Ms Crawford looks – as ever – totally fabulous. And you’d never know, without reading the accompanying text, that styles such as this one were often achieved using a solution of sugar and water or Coca-Cola!

This was because there were far fewer styling products in the ‘90s. And even though we are spoilt for choice these days, some of us just don’t like filling our hair with ‘guck’ and then having to lather away to wash it out.

A better choice is to come to Angel Wigs, to pick a wig – long or short, straight or curly – that suits you. Short styles have become increasingly popular and you’ll be surprised how your own hair – whether short or long, is easily concealed under one of our natural-looking wigs.

Our experts are here to give you considered, tailored advice about what suits you, taking into account your individual style and lifestyle.


There’s so much to think about during the party season to make sure you enjoy yourself while looking great.

Whether it’s an office party, a client function, a night out on the town with friends or a more sedate sit-down meal, the last thing you want to worry about is your hair.

So why not rock the pixie cut, by choosing a wig from Angel Wigs?

Short cuts are in the news at the moment, with actress Gemma Arterton appearing at the recent British Independent Film Awards wearing a black dress, minimal jewellery – and a gamine-style pixie cut! This spawned a Daily Mail article featuring photos of various ‘real’ women and their pixie cuts – click here for the details:

Like every hairstyle, it doesn’t suit everyone, but if you’re going to try it out, what better way to do it than with one of Angel Wigs’ high quality products? If you don’t feel it’s right for you or if you get some negative comments (although of course, this might be just envy…), you’ve had the courage to play with your image – why be conformist?! – and you can think again about what length hair you feel best with.

What’s more, you can forget about washing and styling your hair for the night – just put on one of our natural-looking wigs – and concentrate on ‘the rest of you’ (your outfit, accessories, shoes, nails….doesn’t that all take enough time in itself?!).

At the Angel Wigs salon you’ll find all sorts of short wigs. As well as pixie style, we’ve got graduated style and boy cuts and we are here to advise you on which sort of shorter styles will complement your face shape and what colour will suit you best. And don’t forget that, although we supply wigs made of human hair too, modern, specialised fibre-processing and blending techniques create synthetic hair that is indistinguishable from the real thing.

Real Men Wear Wigs

Although it’s probably fair to say that hair loss is more traumatic for women than for men, men may well feel more awkward about wearing wigs.

But at Angel Wigs, we are quite used to seeing men who have made the brave step of coming forward and saying they need a bit of help to make up for what they have lost. We know how sensitive you can feel about it and we will do our best to use all our experience and expertise to help and encourage you through the process

First of all, know that you are not alone. At the website, you’ll see a whole host of celebrities who have had a little help with their thinning – or non-existent – locks:

And for the real life experience of a male wig-wearer, read – or dip into – this piece from Esquire magazine in which writer Johnny Davis tells his not-so-hairy tale.

Here at Angel Wigs, we have a range of wigs, toupees and hairpieces for you to choose from. But which is right for you? We’ll happily give you help and guidance in making your choice, but here are the basics:

Wigs = a full head of hair, often taken off at night or while taking part in some activities.

Toupees = a smaller option, designed to cover baldness on top of the head

Hairpiece = customised for your needs, depending on the coverage you require, fitted and adjusted/re-adjusted by the supplier (i.e. Angel Wigs).

Angel Wigs offers a specially-chosen selection of wigs, hairpieces and toupees for men. We’ll welcome you to our discreet consultation room in order to find a product that will match the colour, style and texture of what is (or was) your natural hair. With a variety of styles (including straight and curly), our products can be fully-customised by our skilled stylists. Angel Wigs’ priority is to provide a natural finish along with a comfortable fit.

Rock It Like Raquel

The legend that is film star Raquel Welch…Some of the more outspoken men would probably call her a M.I.L.F. But enough of that crude talk. To many of us ladies, she’s simply an icon.

She’s a woman of contrasts. Born Jo Raquel Tejada, she comes from a family with Bolivian roots – yet it’s said that once of her ancestors was King Edward I.

Her film career might not have found her spouting much (if any) Shakespeare, but she certainly made herself stand out from the crowd on the day she first stepped out in that fur bikini in the film “One Million Years B.C.”. The moment that launched a thousand posters and – especially after the sad death of Marilyn Monroe – led to Ms Welch becoming a sex goddess.

In her later years – unbelievably, she’s now in her 70s – Raquel has maintained her glamour. But she admits, it’s not without a lot of effort on her part. Read all about it here: Daily Mail: Raquel Welch

You’ll see that her lustrous locks appear to have had some help – and if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for the rest of us ordinary mortals.

And, who would have guessed it? Here at Angel Wigs, we stock (among many other ranges) Raquel Welch wigs!

Along with – for example – Gisela Mayer and Trendco – Raquel Welch is one of the top brands in long-haired wigs. So for those of you who want to express your ultra-feminine side, come to our friendly salon here in Canvey, and glam it up.

Whether you want long hair for day or evening, for popping to the shops or for making a style statement at a special ‘do’, we can make that happen for you. Long wigs say ‘elegance’. We have them in a variety of ‘below-the-shoulder’ lengths and our experts will be happy to help you pick the right one for you. Then comes the fun part – our skilled stylists will cut and style your wig to your taste, while achieving a natural look.

So, you want glamour? Be like Raquel!

Date Nights

It’s a date!

The summer has (technically – notwithstanding the heatwave) gone. ‘Summer loving’ may have passed you by, so in order to have someone to cuddle up to when the winter nights draw in, you may decide to launch yourself back on the dating scene.

Online – and ‘in the flesh’ – dating has moved on apace and it seems like every week there’s a new dating website, including those that cater for the most unusual tastes. Take a look at this piece from The Independent newspaper – and, among other things, wonder at the people who want to meet people who are obsessed with clowns…

The Weird and Wonderful World of Online Dating.

At the other extreme, you have the controversial TV programme Naked Attraction, where what you wear, on your head or anywhere else, doesn’t just come into it – click here for the lowdown (but beware of saucy content): Naked Attraction

Back in the real world, whether you’re just starting to create your online profile or are actually meeting someone for the first time in person, you want to look your best from top to toe, and here’s where Angel Wigs can help.

We won’t suggest you put on a clown wig, but if you’re just feeling insecure about your own hair – or it’s not looking its best – or if you want to make a statement about your personality, pay us a visit. We’re Essex’s leading wig supplier and stylist and, like our existing clients, you can wear hair you are proud of from our fantastic range of wigs.

You can go long, medium or short and choose from a variety of styles, including straight, wavy, curly or afro. Our wigs are available in quality synthetic hair fibers and human hair. Of course, you may want to make a real statement and express your personality (if you think your date can take it) by choosing a brightly coloured wig. We’ve got those too!

Check out this website for details of our free consultations as well as our wig fitting and styling services.