Wig Wizard - FAQ'S
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- How do I measure my head size for a wig?
- Are you the Wells that sold under Wells Wholesale Wigs? Our shop bought from Wells Wholesale Wigs many years ago? If you are the same business who sold to us 15 years ago - Do you sell wholesale now?
- Are both twins working there now? Is your mother still working? What is she doing now?
- How are the monofilament wigs made that makes them so different in price over the wigs I used to buy?
- What is a mono or monofilament top wig? I was told that I should buy a mono top wig but I balked at the increased expense over the wig I usually order. PS: I wear wigs all the time because my hair is somewhat thin on top.
- I have thin hair. Will wearing a wig cause me to lose more hair?
- How is a men's toupee different from a "hair addition"?
- I purchased a human hair wig 2 months ago and it is now sticking straight out at the sides in a fluffy, unmanageble mess. What can I do to make it lay down and look like it did when I bought it?
- What's with all these women on the housewives show? One day they have short hair and the next it's long hair again? I can see that its not a wig.
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Yes, we were wholesale only at that time. We now sell wholesale to the trade as well as retail at our store in Tigard, Oregon. You can re-open a wholesale account by faxing your wholesale license or business information to 503-626-0707. After your wholesale information is verified we will give you the info to obtain the wholesale prices. We are happy to hear from you again!
Our founder, our mother, started the business in California in 1969.
She started giving wig parties with the help of my twin sister and me when we were young teenagers. Eventually we opened a store "Shirley's Wig Boutique" on Colorado Blvd in Glendale. When our family moved to Oregon that store was sold to a Korean man, who had been my mothers contact and set up all the connections to buy hairgoods from Korea, where most wigs were made at that time.
Now, 40 plus years later, out of Oregon, we serve the world, with our caring attitude, through our world wide website. People frequently ask about our mother because she not only worked at the store.
Sometime she consulted with the big name wig designers such as Max Factor with mens hairpieces and Eva Gabor's designer, Joseph of Rome. Mom was the owner of one of 8 businesses brought to a meeting in Kansas City to brainstorm about the wig business. Mom and our long time employee and friend, Karen, talked with Joseph about coming up with something new. Among other items, he was holding a small square of monofilament in his hand. Mom said, "Why don't you make me a wig with the monofilament top so we have something better to offer our clients. At that time, we were custom designing and having this type of wig made for our customers but the cost was over $600 and the wait for it to be made was 6 to 8 weeks. Joseph went right to work on it and sent the first monofilament wig for us to look at. It was very curly and you could hardly find the monofilament top. Now, most of the mono top wigs are straight or wavey so the monofilament top can be parted on the right, left or the middle. That was the birth of the monofilament top wig.
Mom is sort of retired now but she still is available to work when she and her husband of 14 yrs are not on a long cruise.
The hair is hand-knotted strand by strand. This allows you to brush the hair on top in any direction. It's very versatile, you can part it on either side or in the middle. With all the additional work it takes to make the monofilament top wigs the increase in cost is very nominal. This type of wig has always been available by special custom order and the price was $600 or more and there was a 6 to 8 week wait while they were custom made.
Monofilament wigs are worth the added expense especially if you are thin or balding. Mono wigs are more comfortable and your scalp will show though anywhere you part it on top. Monofilament is the type of material the hair is put into. Hair is added to the mono top by hand knotting one strand at a time. Hence the extra added cost. They are labor intensive compared to the machine sewing in of large wefts of hair at a time. The strands of hair which are hand applied swivel back and forth easily so the styling can be done more freely than with the machine wefted wigs. The mono wig is much cooler because monofilament wigs allow the scalp to breath and the air to circulate to your scalp. Many wig wearers with hair on top are wearing the monofilament top wigs because they comform to the head shape naturally and are especially nice for those who want a part on right, left or even the center of their wig. As to the cost----years ago we could have this type of wig custom made starting at $600 and up. Now they are available at about $100 to $150 more than a machine made wig.
Wigs do not cause hair loss. However, if you use pins or clips to attach the wig in the same place regularly the pull could cause hair loss. Rotate the attachment area if you do use pins or clips to attach your wigs or hair pieces.
A toupee is a bad, negative term for what we now call a hair addition or a hair replacement. The terminology has been changed to alter the description of a flat, pancake once known as a toupee. A hair addition can be as small as a silver dollar.
Human hair wigs need to have a conditioning shampoo and conditioner similar to what you would use on your own hair. Have you taken it back to the shop where you purchased it to see if they can re-style it and/or direct you to the products needed so you can do it yourself.
It could be a lace front wig. The movie stars have been using hand crafted lace fronts for many years. Recently lace front wigs have been mass produced and are available at reasonable prices.