Face Shape – which best describes yours?

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There are so many options in hair today. Choosing what is best for you can be narrowed down by first deciding your face shape. Here are a few ideas for flattering your face shape with Alternative Hair options. These tips will also work for your own hair.

Heart: Think Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry or Scarlette Johansson

The HEART Shape Face is characterized by a wide forehead and a narrower chin. Bring some hair onto the forehead to disguise its width. Keep hair close to the head at the eyes but make it slightly full around the jaw, and below and in front of the earlobes.

Square: Think Demi Moore, Minka Kelly or Natalie Portman

The SQUARE Shape Face is characterized by a wide hairline and jaw. Square shaped faces need height on top and narrowness at the sides. Comb the hair off the forehead to add height to the face. Curly texture and wisps of hair around the face break the wide, straight lines common to the square face.

Round: Think Paula Deen, Penelope Cruz or Cameron Diaz

The ROUND Shape Face is characterized by a wide hairline and fullness below the cheekbones. Sometimes extra weight can make face appear round and the neck may appear short. These faces look very good with a geometric or linear style. Add height, when possible, and long, wispy side areas to make the cheeks look narrow. Comb hair close to the head on the side and at the nape.

Oval: Think Kate Middleton, Tina Fey or Julianne Moore

The OVAL Shape Face is longer than wide, with a jaw that’s narrower than the cheekbones. Because the oval shaped face has no dominant areas and is so proportional, this face looks good with just about any hairstyle, length or texture. If you were born with an oval face, consider yourself a lucky girl. This is probably the most normal face shape there is, because it has perfect proportions—it’s not too square or too round allowing you a multitude of options for hairstyles.

 

If you can’t decide what shape  best describes your face then setting up a private wig/hairpiece consultation will help you determine what styles can work best for you. Contact (203)987 5948  ext 1 or visit www.althairsolutions.com and fill out a consultation questionnaire.

My Hair Twin | Alternative Hair Solutions

How much will my wig cost?

My journey into the world of hair options began when I was 41. Of course, the need for hair options came at a time when my natural tresses where absolutely perfect. My hair was finally the right length, the right color, and had the right amount of highlights. Was it the perfect storm, or was it nature’s cruelty set out to humble me? I’m not really sure, but I soon learned that my exact hair twin was out there in the form of a beautiful wig.

At the time of my pending chemo I dreaded the thought of my next steps. Feeling the reality of it all setting in, I waited until the final moments to see what exactly was available to me. In my very first appointment I found my hair twin! While that’s not always how it happens, I was lucky enough to have it happen for me.  The experience can be compared to finding the perfect wedding dress. You may love it initially, but it might take a few minor adjustments or additional fittings to get it exactly the way you feel most comfortable.  Sometimes customizing the wig for your face will require a trim or an added layer and possibly a highlight or two.

My hair twin became my better half. Since it was not subjected to being slept on (bed-head), washed, over dried, or other factors such as high humidity, over processing, or a scissor-happy hair stylist, I soon learned that I could easily slip my hair on and have it perfect in under five minutes. As someone who always struggled with blow-drying her own hair, I began to wonder if this could actually be quite a blessing. It was instant gratification for something I had previously labored on for hours. In today’s microwave society, I have to ask: who doesn’t like instant results?

Now that my hair has returned to normal, I must admit that I have an even greater appreciation for the ability to have perfect tresses in an instant. Once you get past the initial diagnosis, there’s a lot of freedom in the wonderful options available today.

Come visit us for a complimentary consultation call 203 987 5948 ext 1 or drop by our website at www.althairsolutions.com

Hats off to the Summer | Alternative Hair Solutions

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As summer kicks off what’s a girl to do? We want to look fabulous but we also want to be comfortable. Finally there is a perfect solution. Breathable, lightweight ‘on trend options’ for the warmer weather. With barbecues, pool time and picnics there is no need to stress over your tresses.  Our private studio will show you how simple this and other options can be.

Now you can keep your focus on the fun stuff like making the perfect Lemonade or Potato Salad.

Perfect Potato Salad:

Ingredients:

Directions

  • Prep 10 minutes, Cook 30 minutes and Ready In 40 minutes

  1. Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes; cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool.
  2. Place eggs in a saucepan, and cover completely with cold water. Bring water to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, and cool.
  3. Peel the eggs and cut around the egg white; keep the yolk whole.
  4. Dice the egg whites and potatoes. Combine in a mixing bowl and add the salad dressing.
  5. Toss the potatoes and egg; crumble the egg yolk on top and serve chilled.

Hats off to the summer, keeping it simple and the perfect potato salad! Call us at (203) 987 – 5948 ext 1 or visit www.althairsolutions.com

Grieving Hair Loss

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Embracing hair loss isn’t easy. Grieve, it’s ok, actually it is normal.

I wish I could tell you it was easy. I can’t. What I can tell you is that understanding your solutions makes the process much more manageable. So first and foremost: It’s ok to grieve your hair loss.

We understand. Working with many clients who have had both temporary and permanent hair loss has allowed us to understand and help you through the the process.

Temporary hair loss from chemo or some type’s of alopecia comes with the comfort that we just need to bridge this moment in time.

Permanent hair loss can be more challenging because of the obvious.

In time, it does get easier especially if you have familiarized your self with the multitude of options available to you. For some it can open up a whole new world.  When you think about how much time, money and effort is expended on perfecting your tresses and realize you can have exactly what you want by exploring the different options that are now available.

The next perk is your wig/hairpiece.

With proper care, it will stay the way you purchased it. You just don’t have the maintenance involved with your own hair. Just think, no roots in a few weeks, no grey peaking through, highlights and a haircut that doesn’t grow out. None of the usual upkeep our original tresses require.

The initial outlay of money is sometimes overwhelming to comprehend but if you total up all that you spend throughout the year you will find it pretty much runs about the same costs without requiring the time natural hair can ask of us.

One of the perks many seem to enjoy is the ability to change cut, color or length without the commitment. Many times hair wearers will choose to have a few different looks to enjoy in a moments notice or whenever the mood suits them.

The greatest fear we come across is most do not want hair to feel heavy or hot. With the cap selections today, many wigs (in several different price ranges) are extremely comfortable to wear. You can be as active as you would like when you select the right cap and hair. It’s possible to have a style you can even wear off your face or in a pony tail.

Grieving hair loss is ok, it is actually normal. Then come visit to learn about your options our private salon can offer you with total discretion. For your piece of mind.

After all, your hair is our business and your privacy, our main concern. Call (203) 987-5948 ext 1 or visit www.althairsolutions.com

Hungry for Hair Growth

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There are foods that can help your hair grow faster. If you are playing the “waiting game” and it seems like your strands are growing in slow motion, foods that you eat (or apply) can aid in the process.

According to trained nutritionist (from Harvard and Yale Medical School) Jayson Calton, PHD and licensed nutritionist and fitness chef Mira Calton, CN there are foods that can help your hair grow faster. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • SALMON – Vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids promote a healthy scalp. Healthy scalp equals healthy hair.
  • NUTS/SEEDS – are getting their share of the limelight. Different types have different characteristics. They can be rich in Omega 3, fatty acids, biotin, vitamin E or copper.  For example: walnuts are a source of both essential fatty acids and flaxseed. Almonds have high biotin content. Biotin is a water soluble vitamin of B complex and is a star element which helps keep your hair shiny and lustrous. One cup of almonds contains almost one third of your daily requirement. Sunflower seeds can provide you with an abundance of Vitamin E that enhances blood flow to the scalp promoting faster hair growth. These vitamins also protect your hair against damage from the sun and act as a shield when you venture out.
  • EGGS – not only a source of Omega 3s but also the aforementioned Biotin. Unfortunately, the yoke is where it is contained, so beware if you are the type of person who prefers egg whites only. Too many egg whites can actually block absorption of biotin causing a depletion of the micro nutrient.
  • YELLOW BELL PEPPERS – are loaded with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens the hair shaft and follicle. Vitamin C boosts collagen that will protect hair from breaking. Citrus fruits and strawberries are also good.
  • SWEET POTATOES – contain beta carotene, the precursor for vitamin A.
  • OYSTERS – rich in zinc which aids in the production of Androgen. Being deficient of the mineral Zinc is a known contributor to hair loss because that contributes to poor scalp conditions.
  • AVOCADOS – they receive a lot of positive press lately; however, they are actually an age old beauty secret. If you apply it topically to hair and scalp, they have the ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Avocados can also become an exfoliator if mixed with a product like sour cream that contains lactic acid. Ten minutes on the scalp can do the trick to help exfoliate dead skin and clean out the buildup on the scalp.

 

In essence, you can eat your way to faster hair growth. Visit our website www.althairsolutions.com or call us at (203)987-5948 Ext 1 to discuss options for you to enjoy as your hair is growing in that will help make an easy transition for you.

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Bridge the gap of temporary female hair loss

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Hair loss can happen quite rapidly.

Why me? Is a very common reaction to hair loss. Whether hair loss is from stress, chemo, nutrition, over styling, medications, Androgenetic alopecia or an auto immune disease it really doesn’t matter as much physiologically as the initial shock of why me? One day you can have a full head of hair and then the next you notice it is thinning quite rapidly. Knowing your options to bridge the gap is important to reduce the stress that is associated with hair loss.

My personal experience with hair loss was chemo driven however the emotional cycle was not very different then my female friends who have experienced both thinning and total hair loss for different reasons.

I found it helpful to know the human hair growth cycle and that more then 97% of female hair loss is temporary and not permanent. Every one of us both male and female are losing hair every day. One look at our hair growth cycle and we understand that every hair is at a different stage of the growth cycle. Sometimes we simply need to bridge the gap of female hair loss. Wigs and hair pieces are great options.

  1. Anagen (Growing Phase) lasts 2 – 7 years
  2. Catagen (Regression Phase) hair follicle shrinks. Lasts approx 30 days
  3. Exogen (Shedding Phase) resting hair becomes terminal and gradually loosened. Lasts approx 10 Days
  4. Telogen (Resting Phase) Lasts  approx 3 months

If hair enters the resting phase too early, excess shedding and noticeable thinning of hair can occur. Over time the length of the Anagen stage decreases. Hair can become weaker and thinner after each cycle. This is just one of the reasons it is important to have a diet that is rich in specific nutrients to maintain normal, healthy hair growth.

Supplements like saw palmetto can be beneficial to help block DHT.  Having your scalp cleansed with a DHT blocker shampoo is one more tool in you hair loss tool belt. You should see a dermatologist to help you discern if either of these may be helpful in your individual situation.

You may find comfort in knowing that there are many solutions to bridge the gap of your temporary or permanent hair loss. There are non surgical options that are not only painless but they offer instant gratification with a lush, beautiful head of hair that can be either bonded or not. Come visit our private salon to see which option is best for you.

Call (203) 987 – 5948 ext 1 or visit www.althairsolutions.com

 

Active Lifestyle Tips

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Facts to consider when wearing hair and maintaining an active lifestyle.

We have often been asked “what wigs will work best for a person who has an active lifestyle”? It is important that you be aware of the characteristics of different types of wigs so that you can make the appropriate choice. Wigs can be an investment  and you need them to serve you well and last. Wigs do deteriorate over time.  You need a breathable wig for sports. If you shampoo it every day because you are active, the life expectancy will be shortened. It is realistic that by time a human hair wig is 9 months old it will need to be repaired or replaced.

 

For Swimming

A human hair wig is porous so it isn’t recommended to swim in.  Not to mention that chlorine and salt are very damaging. As is true with our natural hair, sun oxidizes and fades the color. You can swim in a full silicone cap, but human hair is four times the weight of synthetic hair so the weight of water alone can pull a silicone cap away from the head. If you submerge your head a wig will stretch out if its wet and taut on your head. Your best bet is an inexpensive synthetic piece.

Vacuum Wigs are made with 100% medical grade silicone. They have the ability to pass water vapor through them so they are breathable. Do consider that sweat does accumulate inside the cap if worn for athletic activities so be sure to clean the inside of the cap daily. Use a little mild detergent or wet wipes for hygiene to do so.

If you are wearing a lace front, use waterproof adhesive along the front so it doesn’t lift off when sweating.

If your hair is thinning and you augment that with a topper, you can swim in a topper but again it should be synthetic. Just be sure that if you go underwater, you must secure the topper so that the clips will not pull on your delicate hair. Best hint is to put it on with a wide hairband holding it in place or put it into a messy bun on top of your head.

visit www.althairsolutions.com or call us today (203) 987-5948 ext 1 for more information.

Quick fix for female hair loss

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Hair loss in woman can have a major impact on all aspects of life. It is estimated that less than 45% of woman go through life without experiencing some degree of hair loss as quoted by the National Institute of Health (NIH).

It can be hard to be both confident and positive when we experience such physical changes. For men today a bald head is almost a fashion statement. For woman it can be devastating.  Many women find it to be challenging to be themselves in both personal and professional environments. The stress of this situation can have a negative effect on social and professional levels of one’s life.

It has been suspected that stress can lead to even greater hair loss.  We can offer you a quick 5 minute makeover at Alternative Hair Solutions. Learning about your options can have tremendous effects in reducing the stress and helping you regain your confidence.

We are a solutions orientated, private salon with several options to choose from. Each are non surgical. Many times our client is able to leave with one of those options.

We may not always be able to control what happens to our bodies but as woman having both the power and the knowledge about solutions available can put us back in the driver’s seat.

If you or a loved one would like to learn more call (203) 987-5948 ext 1 or visit althairsolutions.com today.

One in Four Women Can Experience Hair Loss

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the average person loses anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair each day. But hair loss becomes noticeable when the rate of shedding exceeds the rate of re growth or when re growth is thinner than previous.

Although anyone can experience hair loss, women actually make up 40% of American hair loss sufferers — 1 in 4 women in the U.S. (source: American Hair Loss Association). It may not be uncommon it certainly can become upsetting. If you have not experienced hair loss first-hand, it can be difficult to grasp the emotional toll it can take. For many of us, hair can be a surprisingly important part of our identity and for women, our sense of femininity. Although hair loss it can be equally upsetting for men.

Alopecia is the medical term for excessive hair loss. It can be caused by anything from chemotherapy and radiation therapy side effects to stress, age, genetics, poor nutrition and autoimmune disorders. Androgenetic alopecia is genetic and causes 95% of hair loss — often diffuse thinning for women and pattern balding for men. Alopecia areata, and various other types of less common alopecia, are autoimmune disorders resulting in hair loss ranging from small patches to complete hair loss which can be temporary or permanent.

Stress is often a big contributor to hair loss. One of the things we have found with our clients is that once they come in for a private appointment to learn the many options available the stress can become a little less than before. That is important on so many levels for good health.

Knowing your options in a compassionate, private setting, where we will work with you one on one to help you through this time can bring a sense of relief for many. If you or a loved one are experiencing hair loss we can help you learn your options.

Call us today at 203 987 5948 ext 1 or visit www.althairsolutions.com to learn more.

Synthetic Hair or Human Hair, which is right for me?

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Synthetic Hair verses Human Hair in both wigs and pieces.

Before I share the options and pros and cons in each direction, my first question to you would be why are you considering alternative hair options?

There is no cookie cutter approach and no one right answer.   Is it because of chemotherapy or other drugs that you may experience thinning or total hair loss which in many cases can be temporary?  Or is it permanent (some medical conditions or different kinds of alopecia’s)? Or is it simply a wardrobe accessory?

Defining how long you will be wearing hair is important.  Human hair wigs or hair pieces last much longer then synthetic options. One good quality human hair wig can out live up to four synthetic wigs depending of course of quality and care.

Synthetic wigs are in most cases less expensive and wash and wear. There is not much styling needed, making it not only quick and easy but also fun. Rain or humidity has little effect on it. The downside is it is not radiant heat durable which means if you like to spend time in the kitchen preparing your favorite pastas and soups over the stove top or opening the oven door; this is definitely not a good choice for you.

Human hair wigs and hair pieces are exactly that.  Just like your own hair it is absolutely beautiful when you spend the time to blow dry and style it after each washing using good hair care products meant for your wig or hair piece. It takes both time and effort to get it looking the way you would like. Rain and humidity is not a human hair wig or pieces friend. Stepping out into the weather can make it look frazzled and will require restyling if you get caught in the elements but it is durable in the kitchen and long lasting.

Answering these few questions will help us help you to narrow down the right hair for your lifestyle. Sometimes the best answer it to own a few different pieces to suite your mood.  When you meet with us for your complimentary consultation you will have the chance to really experience what each type of hair looks and feels like. That is an option that we as a private salon can offer you.  Your time with us is yours alone.

Contact us at www.althairsolutions.com or call 203 987 5948 ext 1 to learn more about what we can offer you or a loved one.