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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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Photo credit (bottom right): Daniel Rothamel via Flickr Creative Commons, Cropped

mens hair loss treatment options cleveland columbus ohio

mens hair loss treatment options cleveland columbus ohioHair care product purchases differ wildly from women o men.  Googling for the general amount of money that women spend on hair products, and hair care products more specifically, the figure of about $700/year comes up quite often.  On the other hand, men spend only about 30% of that amount on their hair care products, including styling products.

Our society is a pretty vane one and so women try to fight the grey hair as long as possible so the hair coloring costs alone pump that number up for women. Blonds may have more fun but they will spend way more to keep those grey roots from showing.

Then there is the endless search for the perfect hair care products. These products include hair dryers, curling irons and hair straighteners, all of which can range in cost from $20 to $300. Then there are expensive organic, sulfate-free shampoos.

If you ask a woman about who benefits from having beautiful hair, she’ll tell you that there is no question that their hair is worth it. That is because it’s important to keep your hair healthy just as you would your body. God may have tried to tip the scales a bit by having it be more common for men to lose their hair than it is for women, but sometimes, the vanity kicks in for men as well when it comes to their hair.

Hair Loss Solutions for Men & Women in Ohio

While the playing field may not be totally equal between men and women’s hair loss problems, it can be a problem for both sexes. If you notice your hair is thinning or perhaps you have severe hair loss, there are solutions for both men and women. At Van Scoy Hair Clinics we have the experience to address every level of hair loss and we can work closely with you to help you find the right solution for your hair loss and lifestyle.

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Getting together with friends or family to enjoy a fun evening out can be very enjoyable. However, it’s no secret that a night out combined with multiple cocktail drinks isn’t the best thing you can do for your body. That’s not to say that letting loose and having fun isn’t good for the soul. But if you’re going to indulge with a night of fun and adult beverages, then make sure you know the toll it might take on your body, including your hair.

Why does drinking alcohol affect your hair?

When your body is healthy, nourished and hydrated then most often your hair stays that way as well. When you indulge in drinking alcohol, you don’t do your body or your hair any favors. When you enjoy a few cocktails, you actually cause a number of effects on your system, the biggest being dehydration. That is why you wake up the next morning with a dry throat and pounding headache. Your hair also becomes dehydrated from the alcohol just like your body.

How does drinking alcohol affect your hair?

Your hair gets effected from alcohol by more than just becoming drying out. Your hair gets starved from vital nutrients which can result in your hair not able to maintain strength, shine and health. When your hair doesn’t get the right nourishment, then it starts to look flat and lifeless and in this state your hair is also more prone to split ends.

If you make a habit of indulging in alcohol over a long time there are a number of effects it has on your hair. Nutrients like zinc and folic acid which help maintain the health, strength and thickness of hair will become lost. Excessive amount of alcohol will rob your hair of these nutrients. What this means is your hair become prone to breakage, hair loss and split ends.

What can you do to preserve your hair’s health when drinking alcohol? 

Probably the most logical and simplest answer to that question is to limit the number if drinks you consume. It is also a good idea to drink more water throughout the day if you know you will be going out that evening, and especially if you do drink several adult beverages, drinking water occasionally during and after will help your body and hair rehydrate. Another way to keep your hair hydrated and health is to invest in proven topical hair loss treatment products.

There is nothing wrong with cracking open a few cold ones, but you should do it responsibly for the health of your body and hair. Keeping your hair health is important if you don’t want damage that can result in possible hair loss. If you should begin to experience thinning hair or hair loss see a hair loss professional. They have the experience and knowledge to help you restore your hair and maintain health hair habits.

Hair Care WhatnotsMen have been puzzled for years as to how much women spend on hair care products. They don’t understand the amount it cost to keep up on the style, keep long hair healthy, and everything else that goes into it. On average, women spend around $700 a year on just their hair. Surprised? Something that isn’t so surprising is that men spend about one third that, or even less, than women do.

To help men understand what women go through, lets pull back the veil for a second. Women do everything they can to keep those pesky grey hairs from peaking through. And blondes do whatever they can to maintain those roots. So hair coloring adds to the price per year a good amount. Then there are all the other products that go with hair. There’s curling irons, straighteners, blow dryers, and more that can range from $20-$300 each. And we can’t forget about how expensive it can be to find the right shampoos (organic, sulfate-free products).

If a woman has beautiful hair, she will regret nothing about the cost. To many people, keeping their hair maintained and looking great is just the same as staying in shape and eating right. In the grand scheme of things, it evens out because hair loss is more common in men than it is in women. So looking good and keeping hair healthy becomes more of a priority to men when they see it leaving.

With saying that, hair loss is a big issue with both men and women. From alopecia to trichotillomania, or thinning hair to effluvium, Van Scoy Hair Clinics can help with any needs in hair loss you might have. Contact us HERE, and our trained professionals can meet with you at our free consultation, and plan out what the best course of action will be. Let us help restore your hair and your smile!

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