Finding and choosing the right wigs for you is a big deal. It can be a life-changing experience and is truly an investment in yourself and your future. It is important then to take good care of your wigs on a regular and consistent basis to keep them looking new, clean, and stylish. These imperative care practices are necessary for all kinds of wigs, despite differing in specific processes for the various types. Human hair wigs, for example, can be cleaned and styled differently than synthetic hair wigs, but both require such upkeep (ie – regular cleaning) to ensure longevity. Though most conventional wigs are synthetic, today we are going to talk about four different areas of proper care practices for human hair wigs.


When not being worn, your wig should always be stored on a wig block or wig stand to keep it from getting tangled, damaged, or misshapen. It is best to keep the stand in a dry location that is free from moisture, mold, dirt, and dust as well as extreme temperatures. High heat, from a lamp or direct sunlight, should be avoided.


To clean your wig, begin by making sure that it is free of tangles by working through the strands with a comb, starting at the ends and working towards the cap. You will use shampoo for cleaning the wig, but it is important to avoid brands like Clairol, Pantene, Sauve, or Head & Shoulders as these products contain a high percentage of chemicals that accelerate the loss of color and moisture. Some hair specialists will recommend that you wash your wig by submerging it in water while others will suggest sticking to running water or even cleaning it in the shower instead. These differences are dependent on the specific wig you have chosen, and the hair care professional from whom you bought the unit will be the best resource for understanding the needs of that individual wig. Especially when speaking about human hair wigs, which are often an investment in the top quality available, it is smart to make gaining an understanding of the proper techniques a priority. Conditioning is also frequently recommended for wigs that can be washed while showering; however, conditioner should be smoothed over the unit and not rubbed in at the base in order to keep from loosening knots. Whatever method your specialists directs you to follow, remember that regular cleaning is imperative to avoid build ups and loss of sheen.


After washing your wig, gently dab the excess water away with a soft, dry towel. Do this by patting the hair and pressing the towel lightly against it; do not squeeze, wring, or rub the wig while drying. If you want, you can put a very light layer of conditioning spray on the wig at this time. Then, place the wig on a stand to dry. It is best that this be a smaller form than a usual head-shaped block used for storage so as not to stretch out the cap. If you don’t have a smaller wig stand, get creative at home; a can of hairspray can suffice if needed. You can use your hands to gently arrange the hair into the position in which you want it to dry, but do not brush the wig while it is wet or damp. Allow to air-dry completely. Some wigs can withstand low setting blow drying, but the best practice is to avoid doing so and allowing the hair to dry on its own. Talk to your hair restoration specialist to confirm potential drying techniques for your specific human hair wig.


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Use a wide-tooth or wig comb or your fingertips to tease through any tangles. As usual, be gentle. Do not use standard brushes. Products such as leave-in conditioner or wig mousse are okay and even a bit of water from a spray bottle can aid in removing dryness and static. Human hair wigs are unique in this area of wig care in that they can be styled using hot rollers, blowers, and curling and straightening irons, allowing for styling options that are limited only by the imagination. Simply place your wig on its stand and style away. For a complete restyle, see your professional wig stylist.


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womens wigsLosing hair can be psychologically devastating, as well as unsightly. Some people want a wig to look different for an occasion. Whether a person wants a new look or because they have hair loss is due to alopecia areata or cancer, looking good is a vital part of maintaining self-esteem and confidence. Here’s why human hair wigs can make all the difference to hair loss and make someone feel a million dollars.

They Don’t Look Like a Wig

Some synthetic wigs just shout “wig,” as they have a firm appearance and feel like plastic. A human hair wig, on the other hand, is more natural in touch and texture. Human hair is softer and finer than a synthetic wig. The hairline also looks more natural with a human hair wig, and the movement of the hair is very realistic. The color in a synthetic wig looks flat, but with a human hairpiece, the colors have far more dimension, enhancing that natural look.

Human Hair Wigs Are Easier to Style

While some synthetic wigs are rigid in appearance and feel firm to touch, a human hair wig is more versatile. The client will be able to get a human hair wig styled to their preference, and many are very easy to cut to shape. If they want more volume, they can get a layered style and a feminine look by having a shoulder-length wig. With a human hair wig, it can even be colored in a different shade. But wig wearers need to go easy on the color. Even with a wig, too much colorant can damage the hair.

They Have Good Heat Resistance

Some synthetic wigs are not very heat-resistant, and if they get too close to a heat source or open flame, they can melt or permanently frizz. With a human hair wig, heated rollers, curling tongs and blow dryers can be used with no problem. This makes a human hair wig more versatile.

They Tangle Less

A synthetic wig can tangle fairly easily, as the hairs are thicker than natural hair. When a human hair wig is made, the fineness of the hairs means it is less susceptible to tangling. Although this can and does occur at times, it is less frequent than with a synthetic wig.

They Last Longer

Human hair wigs are more durable than synthetic ones. Whereas a synthetic wig lasts around three to six months, wearers find a human hair wig looks good for several years. This makes human hair more cost-effective when buying wigs.

Wearers Are Worth It

One of the downsides of a human hair wig is the cost. They are more expensive than a synthetic wig, but the appearance and versatility more than makes up for the additional charge. These wigs are made from natural human hair, which is in shorter supply than synthetic products, and this adds to the charge. However, that natural feel and look is worth the extra money for the quality alone. The confidence boost that comes with wearing a human hair wig as it enhances their appearance is worth every cent.

Human hair wigs look the part and are natural in appearance, boosting self-esteem and making people look good when they need it the most. For those who want to treat themselves, the human hair wig is the best.

At Van Scoy Hair Clinics, we have the experience and caring sensitivity to help each of our clients who come to us looking for a personal, private, and confidential hair loss solution. Even some may simply wish to create a whole new look and style. Our custom wigs are made with unmistakable quality, from 100% natural, and beautiful human hair. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.



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Alopecia Areata: Symptoms and Remedies

womens human hair wigs columbus ashland clevelandAlopecia areata is a disorder where hair falls out in small areas. When the immune system attacks the hair follicles this is what causes alopecia to develop. Sudden male (female) pattern baldness or alopecia can begin on the scalp and different parts of the body as well. The condition can infrequently bring about Alopecia Universalis (the complete loss of hair on the scalp and body) but the hair can grow back in time. When the hair does grow back, it may fall out again at some point. The degree of hair loss and regrowth are not the same for everyone. They do vary from one individual to another.

As of right now there is no cure for Alopecia Areata, but there are medications that can help hair to grow back more quickly and to reduce the chance of further hair loss.

What are the signs and symptoms of alopecia areata?

There are some symptoms to look for when it comes to alopecia areata. The hair will begin to fall out in little round patches on the scalp. These patches can range is size from a few centimeters to less. You may even have hair loss in other parts of the body. Many notice clusters of hair in the shower or on their pillow. Hair loss can also happen similarly for those that have a sickness. For this reason hair loss alone shouldn’t be used to analyze alopecia areata. If an individual is experiencing frequent hair loss, this could be a sign of another type of alopecia like:

  • Alopecia Totalis, which is the loss of all hair on the scalp
  • Alopecia Universalis, which is the loss of all hair on the whole body

Both male and female pattern baldness and thinning related to alopecia areata is sudden and irregular. The hair may come back but there is no particular time that can happen in and it may fallout again in the future.

What are the causes of alopecia areata?

Like what we have mentioned before, alopecia areata is an immune disorder. The immune system takes strong cells for failed cells. Normally your resistant framework protects you from infections, and micro-organisms. If you have alopecia areata, your immunity goes after your hair follicles, from which your hair grows from. The follicles become weaker and in time they stop creating hair and hair loss is the result.

Experts in the field have not yet figures out the particular triggers that causes the immune system to attack the hair follicles. We do know that it happens more frequently to those that have a family history of immune system illnesses like type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid joint pain.

What are the treatments available for alopecia areata?
There is no cure for Alopecia Areata but the condition is something that can be dealt with. Certain treatments may have the ability to prevent future hair loss while others may help hair to grow back more quickly.

Therapeutic Treatment
Medications like minoxidil can help hair develop but needs to be used regularly and if you stop the hair loss will continue. Steroid infusion or corticosteroid creams and balms is another treatment that can help stop hair loss.

Alternative Therapies
Some people with alopecia areata have turned to treatments like:

  • Fragrant healing
  • Needle therapy
  • Homegrown supplements
  • Vitamins

Most alternative treatments haven’t been tried in clinical trials, so their viability in treating Alopecia Areata isn’t known.

Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Options

For those with alopecia areata the hair loss can make them feel embarrassed to be seen by others in public. Medical wigs for Alopecia offer a wonderful solution that can help them restore their hair. They are designed to be worn by individuals with little to no hair on their scalp and offer a comfortable fit that can be worn all day. The hair can be synthetic or 100% natural human hair that can give you hair that nobody would ever suspect wasn’t your own.

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If you are like many people who when they first started to read about hair systems and wigs are left with questions like “what is the difference”?

This is something we are asked quite often. Aren’t hair replacement systems and wigs basically the same thing? Well, here is a basic rundown of the explanation that is normally given by hair replacement providers to explain how thinning hair can be concealed.

Hair replacement is a phrase that has been around for over twenty years to separate themselves from wigs. It was considered to be a more progressive solution to thinning hair and hair loss. A hair replacement system has several stages, such as scalp preparation, a hair system fitting, a styling session that also involves showing you steps on how to maintain your hair. The entire systems focus is on duplicating the look of your hair before you noticed your hair was thinning.

What Is A Hair Replacement System?

Trying to explain a women’s hair replacement system in spite of all the 1990’s marketing and commercials showcasing hair systems, it is actually quite difficult. Hair systems are made from hand woven 100% real human hair or synthetic hair. The base that the hair is attached to is made from different materials. Two of the more common materials are a lace material or a very thin “skin” like material. The hair that is attached to the base and then the bottom of the base is then attached to the client’s head non-surgically. Once the system is in place and secure, the hair is then cut and styled to blend in to your hair on the sides and back. This gives you an undetectable look. During your initial hair consultation you will work closely with a hair specialist who will design the hair system by choosing the size, color, density, texture and curl pattern to match your own hair flawlessly.

What Is A Wig?

Think of a wigs like a ready to wear shirt. Basic wigs have some customization like the style, color, and texture that is set and can’t be changed. Some of the natural human hair wigs for women can provide you with a very nice look for minimal investment. Wigs come in a variety of types that range from standard off the rack to your fashion wigs, which cost more than your basic wigs and are often made from 100% human hair. These wigs allow you to style the hair much like you would your own natural growing hair. We see individuals all the time that use these wigs because they are going through medical treatments. In this case a wig is great option. Those with Alopecia Totalis or Alopecia Universalis can use wigs or hair systems.

Even after reading about hair system and wig information, you might be still thinking, “Which option is best for me?” It is best to work with an experienced hair specialist who can offer both approaches and can help you decide which is best for you.

Chemotherapy & Breast Cancer Wigs

October is a special month to many. So many people see it as the first full month of fall (the BEST season ever). Others love the Halloween spirit and joy that it comes with. We think everyone can appreciate the month of fall for everything it stands for, as it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Organizations like the NFL are proud supporters of finding a cure for breast cancer, along with many other professional sports franchises. We just wanted to take a moment to share our support for finding a cure, and that we know first hand the toll cancer can take on an individual.

At Van Scoy Hair Clinics, we work with many cancer patients day in and day out helping them find the perfect look. As we all know, chemotherapy is an aggressive treatment that has a few side effects. One of which being hair loss. With everything that is happening in our client’s life, we don’t want them to have to worry about their hair as well.

So we take our 100% natural human hair wigs and customize them to fit whomever is in need. We style them to exactly what each client would like, and after we are done, all they have to worry about is being the person they’ve always been, while focusing on getting better.

Here at Van Scoy Hair Clinics, privacy and security are our priority. Many of our clients want to be discrete about their hair loss and chemo, so they come to us even before the hair loss begins. We can closely match up what your natural hair looks like, and our custom chemotherapy wigs. So if that’s you today, or you are suffering from any other hair loss condition, come set up a free consultation and we can talk about the best solution for you!

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wigsWhile wearing a wig is a great way to try new hairstyles and save some time on daily hair maintenance, many women also use wigs as a way to allow their natural hair a chance to grow. If you’ve experienced significant breakage, hair loss or thinning edges, wearing a wig can be a simple way to reduce stress on your hair. However, you should choose carefully, because the wrong wig and hair care regimen can result in more damage.

Picking the Right Wig

Choosing a premium quality, European human hair wig is the best way to go if you’re concerned about it looking natural or styling it. Be sure to pick the style and color that fit your features. It’s best to bring a close friend or family member along with you so you can get their honest opinion on how it looks. At Van Scoy Hair Clinics we use Private Issue lifestyle custom human hair wigs that our stylists and technicians will custom fit and style for you.

Our customized wigs are fitted with a lightweight cap and hand tied refined materials that conform to your head. At Van Scoy you’ll find much higher quality wigs than store bought brands and our wig stylists are the best hair replacement stylists around.

Caring for Your Natural Hair

To protect your hair underneath a wig, wear it in braids or wrap the hair. At Van Scoy our technicians will appropriately prep your scalp for your fitting. It is very important to work with a professional to choose a protective style that doesn’t put unnecessary stress on your scalp.

Before wearing any wig, make sure your hair is completely dry. Wet hair is more prone to breakage, and damp hair under a wig can create a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Wigs can rob hair of its natural moisture, so plan to moisturize your hair every day and deep condition at least once a week. Our stylists and technicians will make sure you are informed on how to care for your scalp and wig before you leave.

When using a wig as part of a protective style, keep in mind there will be some trial and error before you completely perfect your hair care routine. If your hair continues to show signs of new damage after protective styling for several weeks, consult your stylist regarding your particular hair challenges.

Choosing the right wig is important. If you’re suffering from hair loss and are considering a wig come meet with one of our hair restoration specialists. To schedule a free consultation call us today at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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Deciding to use wigs and toupees is tough for many men, as they’re often concerned with wearing the one that does not look natural. However, the right hair system can make thinning hair look youthful and lush. That’s why many of Hollywood’s leading men use hair systems. If hair systems are good enough for these five men in the public eye, then they can work for you, too!

John Travolta

We all remember “Saturday Night Fever,” during which Travolta danced at discos while showing off a luscious mane of hair. Unfortunately for him, age has thinned those once-beloved locks. A hair system have helped Travolta combat Father Time skillfully, though.

Whether he’s playing Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction” or sporting a sparkling salt-and-pepper look for “The Forger,” hair systems have allowed Travolta to continue to land leading roles well into his 60s.

Nicolas Cage

There are obvious parallels to Travolta, as Cage is roughly the same age with a similar resume. They even starred together in the 1997 thriller “Face/Off.” Like his co-star, Cage also has used hair systems when playing certain characters.
While Cage has been open to playing roles that expose his hair loss, he’s definitely rocked a hair system in movies such as “Con-Air.” Anyone who’s seen that movie knows his long locks were way more believable than his Southern accent.

Robert Pattinson

Not all stars who wear hair systems are “old,” as the 29-year-old Pattinson has been fighting hair loss since his early 20s. You wouldn’t know it from watching the Twilight movies, but being Team Edward means being Team hair system.
Pattinson pulls off his hair skillfully, as evidenced by the adoration of millions of teenage girls. Odds are his adoring masses have no idea that he has hair loss.

Ben Affleck

By now you’ve seen commercials for the new “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie, where Affleck skillfully projects Bruce Wayne’s wealth and extravagance while sporting striking dark hair.
The truth is Affleck has been losing hair since his “Good Will Hunting” days and uses hair systems in almost all of his roles. That hasn’t stopped him from dating the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Garner, though!

Matthew McConaughey

All right, all right, all right. When thinking of McConaughey, you probably envision a calm, cool and collected Texan who sweeps women off their feet with his earthy attitude and rugged good looks, which are definitely helped by his blonde, luscious locks.
McConaughey’s hair isn’t natural, though, as he was discovered wearing a hair system as early as 1999. The actor hasn’t had trouble getting dates or roles in the 17 years since, showing the true power of good hair.

Non-Surgical Hair System for You

Van Scoy Hair Clinics offers fully customized hair systems for both men and women. The best part about a non-surgical hair system is it looks and acts like your own growing hair. You can swim, exercise, and even sleep with it. Call us (419) 289-6665 for a free consultation or contact us through our website by clicking here.

There are many reasons why you might find yourself considering wearing a wig, but if you’ve never actually shopped for a wig before, you may have some misconceptions about them. Contrary to popular belief, there are many wigs that not only look and feel natural, but also complement your features and seem as though they were actually your real hair. To achieve this, you simply need to be more informed about wigs and how to select a good quality wig that suits you.

Choose a wig style that complements your face

Just as not every hairstyle you tried was suitable for your features, not every wig will look right on you, either. The first step to choosing a good wig is to find a style and color to match your features, which will help the wig to look more natural on you. One of our Hair Loss Specialist can determine the perfect wig for you based on what your looking for and our expertise at fitting wigs to your features that will look natural.

Don’t be afraid to ask for opinions

You may not want everyone to know you are wearing a wig, but having someone along to offer his or her honest opinion can be extremely helpful. A wig that looks comfortable and natural to you may not look so to others, so having a friend who can offer suggestions and help you choose is worthwhile. We always encourage people to bring someone they can trust that can be there to help.

Choose a high-quality wig

Wigs are made with varying methods of construction. You don’t necessarily need to be an expert on wig construction to choose a good one, but knowing a little can help you find one that meets your needs and your budget. If you want to restyle your wig, you’ll need to purchase one that allows you to do so, as some wigs are designed to be worn just one particular way. Additionally, you can purchase a high end wig, which achieves a much more natural look. They are typically more expensive, but well worth it if you plan to wear the wig often.
Taking the time to learn more about how wigs are constructed will help you to better understand why some wigs are priced a certain way and why they are considered better quality. Being comfortable is important if you will be wearing the wig often, so choosing the best-quality wig you can afford is recommended.

Need Help Choosing the Right High Quality Wig?

We know how sometimes it can be overwhelming to choose the right wig with all the choices and options that are available to you. If you or someone you know is looking for a wig, then we invite you to a free visit here at VanScoy hair clinics. We have three convenient locations and you can schedule an appointment by clicking here.

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