Our wigs are made of the highest quality human hair:
Human Hair Wigs. From
experience, we know that long term hair loss sufferers will
wear real hair wigs, to create a feeling and look as close to
normality as possible. These clients will have the versatility
to style and use processes that would be indicative to having
your own hair. The wearer must be made aware that although
this is possibly the most preferred solution to
permanent or partial hair-loss the time must be taken in the
initial stages to attain a realistic match to the hair they
still have or did have originally, the other factors that play
an important part of this choice is the hair itself and its
costs.Traditionally most real hair pieces are constituted from
Indian or Chinese hair but also available at a significant
cost is European (Caucasian) hair, by its fine nature and
complexity to work with becomes a far more expensive solution.
Prices in scale will always result in European long hair becoming the most expensive as the hair does not have to be treated chemically first to meet the needs of most European wearers, but the down side is availability and economic pressures of sourcing the product. Asian hair is the most widely used for real hair wigs, but unfortunately the down side to this is the longevity of such wigs as most of the hair that will be used will have to be pretreated, which most likely will include bleaching and recoloring to the desired tone and more than likely acid stripping the cuticle to make it easier to work with, hair must then have silicone applied to the shaft to reestablish a smooth reflective result, but within a short period you will expect to find color fade and slight dryness to the hair the same as which you would experience in normal over processed hair.
Synthetic Wigs. The
advancements in synthetic wigs over the last few years has
been greatly improved due to the on going research and
development to find a fibre that will closely mimic human
hair, with the manufacturing of fibre wigs the choice becomes
endless using and combining fibers to give multi toned effects
which closely imitate human hair colors and the ability to
create fashion effects such as highlighting and manufacture
the appearance of a tinted regrowth.
When using synthetic wigs most users find the ease of use and washing an extreme benefit as once washed the wig will retake its original style and texture making it extremely stress free to care for and wear, but never must heat styling be applied to synthetic hairpieces such as straightening, tonging or blowdrying as this would result in the wig being destroyed. You must be aware that although human hair wigs are the most realistic they are also the most time consuming to keep and maintain as washing will leave the wearer the task of restyling as if they were having to style their own hair.
Synthetic wigs have a definite advantage over real hair wigs , the price, even long premium quality fibre such as kanekalon which closely mimics human hair will result in being almost 50% less in price to an equivalent same length Asian type real hair wig, providing a good value alternative.
Wig Base. Basic wigs are
usually machine fabricated, made from a series of man made
wefts constructed in a series of panels or rows. Wefts are
lengths of material that have the real or synthetic hair
machine sown in to variety lengths and densities determining
style and price.
A more bespoke and expensive system will be constructed of a monofilament fibre base or polyurethane base or perhaps sometimes of a mixture of the two depending on the result required. This will give the wearer the look and feel of something lightweight and incredibly realistic. These bases will have individual human or synthetic hair threaded and knotted through the mesh for securing. The benefits of using a mixture of construction materials or a full polyurethane base is the ease of fixing and confidence of security by using medical grade adhesive tape to secure directly to the scalp.
Membranes are typically constructed from one or more of the following materials: lace, polyurethane, monofilament, silicone, polygauze...
Filament Hairpieces. Filament Hairpieces are the latest technology in hair thinning solutions. They are virtually undetectable to the naked eye and very much like having your own hair; in no time at all you should become totally unaware that you are wearing the filament. The main benefit is that it is extremely lightweight, natural and comfortable, staying securely in place for up to 6 weeks at a time. Apart from hair transplants these really are the most realistic solutions available today.
Micro Extensions. We have always used a wide range of real hair extensions to thicken and lengthen hair, including established brands such as Great Lengths and Balmain. Most popular of all, however, are our own handmade micro extensions created from the best quality human hair in an infinite array of colors. Our extensions are so discreet that they are almost undetectable when in place, and can be used to camouflage thinning areas, to add volume, or to thicken natural hair.
Wig Styling. Our team is
composed of some of the most highly trained and experienced
wig stylists available to customise your selection, as most
off the peg wigs in standard form are usually to bulky and
will need expert attention to thin and style by one of our
staff to create a realistic and desirable finished effect to
your chosen wig.
Wig Fit. Fitting can vary depending on the multitude of different manufacturers and the type of "off the peg" wig, most of these will be adjustable through the nape area. Most wigs will vary their sizing by adjustable straps, velcro or clips. Wig size variations can differ according to the manufacturer thats why we we always recommend where possible for the client to visit our centre and participate in a free consultation and fitting by one of our experts to give you piece of mind that your purchase will result in the be right hairpiece. Custom-made wigs, also referred to as hair systems, will provide a bespoke fit produced by taking a mould of the head. From this template a lightweight membrane is produced creating a vacuum type fit with the scalp, referred to as a second skin.
Wig and Hairpieces Restoration
At Essex Wig Centre we not only supply new wigs and hairpieces
but also offer a very popular service of restoring your
existing pieces to give them a new lease of life. This
includes treatments such as renewing the existing color or
adding a completely new one, restoring the condition, and
revamping completely through restyling. We would be more than
happy for you to bring your hairpiece in for a free
consultation to advise you on what is possible.