Hair growth tips & tricks

Growing out your hair can be a lengthy process and if you are as impatient as I am it is easy to get bored of leaving your hair alone (especially when you get to that awkward in between stage where styling can be a nightmare!) If you are looking for longer, fuller and healthier hair then try some of these tips and tricks to help encourage natural hair growth.

Avoid heat:

Now this may be difficult for most women as heat styling can be the only way to tame out of control hair. Try to ditch the heat and opt for natural techniques and methods to style your hair, for example, let your hair dry naturally, instead of using curling irons follow some of these methods to create curls without heat or opt for a nice, simple up do. If you decide to continue to use heat then make sure you use a heat protector! Using heat will continuously damage your hair therefore, making it difficult for your hair to grow.

Hair care:

If you are looking to grow your hair it is important that you take care of your hair. Using a weekly hair mask will help to nourish and strengthen your hair, stimulating growth and leaving your hair shiny and smooth. Use your desired hair mask once a week and leave for the suggested time period provided on the packaging. If you prefer to use natural products then be sure to check out these DIY hair mask ideas.

My favourite store bought hair mask is by Lee Stafford, it nourishes your hair as well as stimulating growth and strengthening your hair. Shop here.

Hair supplements:

If you find that your hair does not grow easily why not try taking supplements. Supplements such as biotin, iron, omea-3 and vitamin b can help your hair grow longer and thicker a lot faster. Supplements such as biotin can also help your nails grow faster and can help to prevent breakouts on your face. You can buy these supplements at your local pharmacy or drugstore.

One of the most popular hair supplement currently on the market is SugarBearHair Vitmains. These vitamins are designed to stimulate hair growth as well as promoting healthy, thick hair. These vitmains contain biotin, b12, vitamins (A, C, D, E, B-12 & B-6), folic acid, pantothenic acid, iodine, zinc, choline and inositol. All of these ingredients ensure that the products not only works effectively but also smells and tastes great too! To purchase SugarBearHair vitamins click here.

Showering:

Avoid washing your hair every day, this is super unhealthy for your hair as it strips it of all of your natural oils, try to aim to wash your hair 3-4 times a week! If you find that your hair gets greasy as everyday then invest in a dry shampoo (this will seriously be a lifesaver) as it soaks up any excess oil and grease!

On your hair wash days do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower. Rinsing your hair with cold water for a few seconds at the end of each shower helps your hair to grow and stay healthy. Cold water lays down the outer layer of hair more smoothly, this prevents loss of moisturise and heat damage.

Be patient:

Although this is easier said than done, make sure you stay patient, sadly your hair isn’t going to grow overnight but if you follow these tips & tricks you will have longer, thicker and healthier hair in no time!

Wigging up with the Kardashians

The Kardashians are notorious for being world-wide trend setters and are consistently changing up their look to try out new styles. Changing your style would be a long process if it wasn’t for high quality wigs that make it practically impossible to tell if they have gotten a haircut or dyed their hair. With hundreds of looks to choose from the opportunities are endless but here are our favourites:

Breath-taking blue:

Kylie has been rocking the blue in various different styles for the past couple of years and we absolutely love this colour! In 2014, Kylie released her own line of hair extensions, partnered with Bellami, the extensions were a hit. In order for the public to create a new style, similar to Kylie’s she released blue dip dyed hair extensions and quite literally painted the town blue.

Kim K ditched the dark locks and opted for a new, platinum style, she really can pull off any look! Instead of damaging your natural hair with bleach why not buy a wig to achieve this powerful look.

Perfect Platinum:

Glamorous Green:

Kylie turned heads with her eye-catchingly bright look. This mint green wig compliments her skin tone beautifully and is the perfect look for summer. We also love the length on this wig!

Kendall, showcased a stunning hairstyle at the 2015 AMA’s and what sleek look would be complete without a stylish faux fringe? The model spoke openly about preferring a faux fringe as she does not want a fringe cut into her hair. We think this is a great way to change up your look!

Wicked Winge:

Beautiful bob:

Kylie opted for a sophisticated bob at the Met Gala 2016. This look shapes her face beautifully and gives a sophisticated yet youthful look and it is not even noticeable that’s he is wearing a wig!

Mama – we love you (and your hair)

March saw Mother’s Day on the calendar and those of us lucky enough to have mothers enjoyed celebrating this special occasion with them. And, of course, there were those of us who are mothers, who were on the receiving end of the treats.

Quite often, a Mother’s Day treat consists of a meal out at a swanky restaurant (yes, even if the establishment in question has sneakily upped its prices for Mother’s Day, it can still be really special). A woman wants her hair to look its best for a special occasion like this – and, indeed, every day – but, oh, the disappointment if she’s visited a hairdresser and it still doesn’t look right, especially if she’s also spent time choosing (or buying – why not?) a special outfit as well.

If we’re talking reasonably mature mothers here, there is lots of inspiration online in relation to different hairstyles. Check out this website piece (from therighthairstyles.com), which illustrates no less than 60 best hairstyles for women over 60.

It features everything from a chopped bob to a choppy pixie (sounds cruel, we know, but no tiny fantasy creatures were harmed in the creation of this hairstyle). Then we get to the inverted layered collarbone cut, which sounds more like something you might find on a butcher’s block.

But even if you’re a mature woman (in your prime, of course) who has waded through all these choices – too many choices! – how do you know which styles would suit you? And by the time you’ve had ‘the chop’ at the hairdresser’s, it’s too late.

The obvious answer is a wig – which you take on and off as you please and which you can style to your preference. Here at our welcoming, professional salon in Canvey Island, Angel Wigs staff have years of experience in helping you find the right wig to suit your style and personality. Come and meet our friendly staff and see our fantastic range of wigs and hairpieces.

Go Ginger!

Although we’ve (hopefully) moved on from when being ginger-haired made youngsters the butt of ‘carrot-top’ jokes at school, it’s never been the easiest hair colour to have.

But with a lot of famous faces (leaving out Fergie – as in the disgraced ‘royal’, not the singer – who is struggling to age well) now rocking various shades of ginger or red, perhaps it’s time to reconsider and to indulge in a new, ginger look the easy way, by trying out a wig, preferably from Angel Wigs!

Celebrities including actresses Emma Stone, Catherine Tate, Julianne Moore and Christina ‘Mad Men’ Hendricks are among those who look glorious with their gingery, reddish locks, whether real or dyed. If you’ve been inspired by their look you may fancy trying it out for yourself, but even for those of you with the appropriately pale and ‘English rose’ complexions, it’s not always that easy.

You might assume, for instance, that if you’ve got naturally blonde hair it will be easy to go from blonde to ginger, but think again, as it could potentially take an awful lot of damaging stripping (of colour) and dyeing and you may not like what you see at the end of the process, never mind the stress it’s put on the condition of your hair.

You may also have been inspired by features like this one in the link below (from the ‘pressreader’ site – just keep clicking through until you find the Scottish Daily Mail’s feature entitled ‘Dare you go ginger?’ from November last year) which hailed ginger as being autumn’s new hot colour… Read more here.

Whatever has inspired you, if you want to hot things up, do it the easy way. At Angel Wigs you can take advantage of one of our free consultations to find out how a warm and exciting new hair colour – and one that you can ‘take on and off’ – could change your look in a jiffy.

Get Your Wig on and Be Ready to Party!

Oh, that festive party season…Whether it’s the office party (when you’ve got hardly any time between close of play and setting off for the venue) or it’s a family and/or friends party at someone’s home (worst case scenario: your own), there never seems to be enough time to get properly ready. And those pesky parties continue on into the new year!

You might be one of those people who takes an extra long time to get ‘dressed and tressed’ and is happy to make a dramatically-late entrance. But do you really want to miss out on some of the fun and possibly arrive when everyone is too ‘trollied’ to notice all the effort you’ve made?

So, you’ve chosen your outfit, but now comes the thorny question of your hair. You probably don’t want to rock the same hairstyle you’ve had all day, and if you’ve been in a hot, sweaty workplace (we don’t want to know details, but we know that is bound to be some of you…) your hair won’t be in the best condition and it may be completely ‘un-style-able’.

There’s lots of advice and inspiration out there for an array of party hairstyles – take this selection, from All Things Hair, in the link below:

https://www.allthingshair.com/en-uk/hairstyles-haircuts/party-hairstyles/

There are long, silky, styles, shorter and curlier ones, topknots and even a ‘fauxhawk’ (yes, you read that correctly) but, even using some of the products that the site sets out to sell, you may not have time to create a great hairstyle quickly – and you could end up doing some damage to your natural hair if you’re not careful.

As always, Angel Wigs has the answer. We’ve been helping clients to add great hair to their look ever since 2007. And a decade later, we still have a passion for our work. Come and look through our exciting range of wigs and our friendly staff will guide you in finding the right look for your face shape, skin tone and style.

Husbands choosing hairdos

Ladies: would you want your husband to have any say in how you do your hair? At first glance, this sounds like a bonkers idea. It’s one thing for men – many men – to say they have a preference for long hair, or to say they prefer blondes or brunettes. So far, so conventional.

But would you be rash enough to let your husband (or partner) specify exactly how you should do your hair? These brave – foolhardy?  – ladies in the story in the link below, from the Daily Mail website, were game…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4694664/Would-let-husband-choose-hairdo.html

The theory is that someone who sees you every day is the best judge of what hairstyle might suit you – and he’ll also know what he finds attractive in you.

The drawback is that some of the husbands have opted to have their wives have drastic ‘chops’ – in other words, there’s no going back in the ‘short term’!

So, OK, you might want to have a frank conversation with your other half about how they would really like your hair to look, but what if it’s vastly different from how you would like to have your hair styled/cut? It’s a no-brainer – opt for a wig!

Angel Wigs is your leading wig supplier/stylist in Essex. We pride ourselves on helping our clients choose wigs they can be proud to wear. We offer a very individual service and we’re experts in finding the best wig for you. So if your husband/partner thinks he’d like to see you with – for example – a rather brightly-coloured crop – we can help you decide whether or not that sort of style would suit you by advising on a choice of wig. And whatever you choose, you’ll know that you haven’t had to do anything drastic to your natural hair – so, all the fun of a new style with none of the worry!

The chop’s the top!

Want to keep up with the trends but don’t want to make a ‘no going back’ decision about your hair? The obvious solution is a wig.

This year, an autumn trend for hair is to go for the chop – something that has to be considered carefully, as a short style can be every bit as difficult (if not more difficult) to maintain as a long one.

Reporting on the new autumn beauty trends in this piece in the Daily Express online –

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/style/861310/Best-new-autumn-beauty-trends-Hannah-Britt – writer Hannah focuses on the chop. With our natural hair having very likely suffered from exposure to the sun, chlorine and other environmental factors during the summer, a chop can be a useful option.

There are many choices: a sleek bob, a pixie crop, a new, fashionable textured bob. But the one thing they all have in common is that you’ll lose some hair with no quick way to remedy this – and there’s nothing worse than seeing your locks all over the hairdresser’s floor when you’re still not sure how the results will look.

How much less scary would it be to opt for a wig? And here at Angel Wigs it doesn’t even have to be a cropped style in the first place. Our wide range of mid-length and medium wigs come in straight, wavy or curly styles. At our friendly salon we’ll guide you in choosing a wig in a style and colour that will complement your features. And the extra length that comes with a mid-length wig allows it to be turned into a range of styles, such as choppy layers or feathered-in around your face.

Come to Angel Wigs for a no-tears transformation to your look.

Princess Diana’s Crowning Glory

Princess Diana was an inspiration, the way she reinvented her appearance, including her hair.

From an uninspiring, unremarkable, mousey haircut, she went on – with the help of some excellent hairdressers – to showcase a series of stylish hairdos, varied in texture and colour, but always chic and short.

See this array of photos from Pinterest – and from different countries – to see how her hair  styles were appreciated across the world. Even when the photos are accompanied by captions in foreign languages, it’s not hard to see how much her look was admired:

https://no.pinterest.com/pin/535154368212564349/

The length in itself was unusual for a princess – even a real life one, outside of the storybooks. Most princesses (real and fictional) have been notable for their flowing locks, which must have been difficult to tame and manage, but Diana was bold.

Even though many of us are tempted to ‘go short’, to emulate Diana or to find our own look. it can be too big a change to make to our own natural hair, and can seem too irrevocable. This is where Angel Wigs comes into its own.

As the leading wig supplier and stylist in Essex, we’re well placed to offer you a huge range of styles of wig, including many shorter choices.

Our short wigs come in a variety of colours and styles (including pixie cops, bobs and boy cuts) – and ‘shorter’ can really help show off your facial features to their best advantage. If you don’t know where to start, staff at our friendly salon will advise you about the best choice for your face shape, skin tone, style and personality.

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:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4449422/Who-pulls-Purdey.html

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.