How to make your wig less shiny and more natural

Shine on, you crazy diamond

 

How to make your wig less shiny? People often say that you should shine bright like a diamond…but they were talking about your personality, not your wig, friends. If you are using a synthetic and shiny wig due to hair loss, we want to help you (and your wig) achieve its voluminous, natural, and beautiful potential. Wigs that are made of synthetic hair often have a protective coating on the hair fibers. With that coating, wigs tend to last longer. However, the hair itself has a distinct, unnatural shine or glare to it. It’s a fun aesthetic to go for the gleam of an obvious wig sheen… but if your wig goal is to blend in with ordinary hair, it doesn’t work so well. Your reasons for wearing a wig are personal and can stay that way. Luckily, we have prepared a few quick tips that will make your wig less shiny and virtually unlockable to the naked eye. You will enjoy beautiful and long locks while shining like the diamond you are.

To remove shine from your wigs quickly and easily, we do not recommend unnecessary or expensive products. In fact, most of these wig care remedies can be found in your home right now. Are you ready to look more natural and feel more fabulous?

Apple Cider Vinegar

 

The first trick we have up our sleeve is apple cider vinegar. Vinegar acts like natural fabric softener and it can do real magic for your synthetic hair. Start by pouring 1/2 cup of vinegar into a full sink of warm water. Put your wig into this mix and let it sit submerged for about 15 minutes. Soon you will start to see something happening in the water – distinct white trails on the water surface will emerge. That is the sign that chemical reaction is happening: the vinegar is releasing the protective coating on the wig.

Drain the sink and take your wig out. Rinse your wig very thoroughly. Put it on a wig stand and comb it gently, detangling as you go. Let it dry for a few hours. For a final touch, use some baby powder and comb it with your hands – that will dull the glare a little more. Brush it once again to remove the excess baby powder, style as you wish, and you are ready to go. Wig care 101: complete.

Dry Shampoo & Fabric Softener

 

Dry shampoo is one of the best and most instantaneous solutions to making your synthetic wig less shiny. You can just spray the shine away. Most dry shampoos will do the same trick and provide a quick fix with their powdery mixtures. White powder can sometimes discolor the darker wigs so use caution during application. Choose the right kind of dry shampoo for your wig: a dry shampoo that is meant specifically for darker hair colors or one that doesn’t produce a white substance.

Fabric softeners are also a great solution for removing shine from your wig. The chemicals in fabric softeners remove excess shine in a similar fashion as a dry shampoo. You will still have that healthy glow that looks like natural hair. Utilize the same method detailed above with the apple cider vinegar: soak it into water mixed with softener and wait for a few minutes. Comb it with your fingers, let it dry, style to your heart’s desire – and be amazed by the results.

Give it enough time and style strategically to make your wig less shiny

You can use all of the strategies above or you can simply wait. The shine will fade away by itself over time. Just wash as normal and your wig’s shine will gradually start to dull. This isn’t a quick fix, nor does it mean that you can’t use it creatively in the meantime! Wear the wig but strategically style it to detract from the synthetic look.

We suggest going curly! Curls are timeless and adding texture to the wig will help diffuse any obvious glare of synthetic hair. So use your curling iron wisely and enjoy long, beachy looks.

If you want to try other wigs that look like natural hair – we’ve got plenty! From human hair wigs to synthetic hair wigs, we will teach you proper wig care, explain products and services, recommend wig shampoos and styling tools, and be your personal cheerleading section as you choose how you are going to shine in this world, wig or not…

Overcoming Hormonal Hair Loss for Women

Overcoming hormonal hair loss could be quite challenging for women. Women are bombarded with the message that having a “Good Hair Day” means having a good day. Period. So what we can do when our hormones start messing with our tresses?

While the stereotype of a balding man is common and accepted; when a woman starts to lose her hair, there is no grace given to her appearance nor are their answers to her dilemma. It can become emotional and frustrating, affecting a woman’s sense of self. To add insult to injury, the most common reason for hair loss is also the most common reason for emotional imbalance: rapidly shifting hormones.

In fact, when women suffer hair loss, it is most often about with hormone level changes like pregnancy, menopause. Sometimes it is another major hormone imbalance that can affect fertility, weight gain, and your menstrual cycle.

Fortunately, hair loss in women is usually temporary and can be fairly easy to diagnose and treat. But that doesn’t make it any easier. We’ve gathered the most common reasons that cause this kind of hair loss… With our tips for overcoming hormonal hair loss would be a bit easier.

 

Here are some of the reasons that cause hormonal hair loss

 

Let’s begin by breaking down a few of the most common hormonal conditions that are affecting women and their hair.

    1. Menopause

      Unlike men, women have the estrogen – it is a natural protection from hair loss. After menopause, however, estrogen levels drop and therefore most women experience some degree of thinning hair years after menopause. Hair loss which occurs before this, however, can occur at any time as a menopausal symptom.

    2. Pregnancy and Childbirth.

      While it’s well-known that prenatal vitamins contribute to many pregnant women boasting of thick hair and nails, many new mothers are shocked by the excessive shedding that occurs in the 4th trimester. This is due to a condition called, telogen effluvian. In most cases, the hair will start to re-grow naturally after about 90-180 days of giving birth.

    3. Stress.

      Stress can cause hair loss in different ways. In particular, it can lead to the build-up of acid-free radicals, which contribute to gradual hair loss. Stressful situations have more impact on your body than we often realize. Chronic stress can lead to hair loss in other ways like trichotillomania (obsessive hair pulling).

    4. Too much testosterone.

      Women with higher than normal levels of testosterone, such as women who have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), are more likely to experience male-patterned baldness. Typically estrogen helps to balance the effects of the male hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) a potent form of testosterone that normally leads to hair loss. Unfortunately for women with this hormone imbalance, hair is often the first target.

    5. Hyper – Oestrogen

      Progesterone and are two dominant female hormones necessary to prepare the uterus for menstruation. However, there are optimal levels in which the hormones should be produced. When progesterone levels are too low, it can lead to the condition of hyper-estrogen or “estrogen dominance”, which can trigger excessive hair shedding and ultimately hair loss.

    6. Thyroid Malfunction

      Similar to the postpartum period releasing hair follicles rapidly, hypothyroidism does the same thing to your body while employing telogen effluvium.

 

Overcoming hormonal hair loss – what can we do?

 

First and foremost, you should discuss your concerns with your doctor, so that they can properly diagnose, treat, and monitor your conditions.

For instance, there are a number of medical treatments that can help reduce hair loss during or after menopause. These include a specially compounded prescription minoxidil solution, prostaglandin analogs, low-level laser therapy, off-label finasteride (for postmenopausal women only) and nutritional supplements. For both the irregular testosterone and estrogen levels, treatment for these conditions very much depends on an individual’s case. It may involve oral contraceptives that contain estrogen and progesterone, metformin, spironolactone, or a pill supplement of progesterone or glucocorticosteroids. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and losing weight can also help.

 

What about other choices?

 

While the treatment options are vast and varied for hormonal hair loss, may include hormone therapy via prescription drugs and long-term solutions that won’t ease your discomfort now. Self-care sometimes means making choices for yourself right now, so you have the grit to withstand the long-term plan.

If you’re ready to explore hair replacement or restoration services, give us a call at DK international. Our Minneapolis clinic has the best and latest in hair systems, wigs, and hair solutions, hair extensions and more. We can help you find the best solution for overcoming hormonal hair loss that fits in your lifestyle and budget. You don’t have to do this alone or jeopardize your mental health while doing it. We are here for you.

 

Surviving a Minnesota Winter vol.2. – Natural hair care tips

Natural hair care tips for surviving the harsh Minnesotan winter vol.2 – it is all about moisture and volume! Winter is here in Minnesota (dramatic music starts to play) and now that it is, it will probably stay long past its welcome. That means you need to take out your cute and cozy winter gear, get ready to wear layers and find the beauty in being able to see your breath every time you walk outside.

During the winter time, your hair needs extra attention. Why? Cold, dry weather coupled with wearing hats constantly can cause breakage. It can be such a nightmare for a delicate thing like your hair. We know how important your hair is to your personal aesthetic confidence so don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. We have collected only the best advice (and ingredients ) for your mane. Let’s countdown – who are your best allies against the battle of brittle hair in the bitter cold?

Natural hair care tips – where to begin?

The first rule is the most important one: MOISTURIZE. It is perfectly normal for hair to go dry in the winter but that doesn’t mean we have to like it. Dry hair can lose curl, texture, and volume. This happens due to lack of moisture in the air. Since you can’t control the weather, you’ll have to control your daily hair care regime. A good leave-in moisturizing conditioner is your best friend. Apply it daily: once in the morning and before going to bed for the night.

Your hair will be like some sort of dry desert wasteland will absorb it immediately. Don’t just moisturize from the outside – drink a lot of water and hydrate from the inside too. We know that we might sound like your grandma but this advice really does magic for your hair and skin. We told you we are going to stick to natural hair care tips only, and what is more natural than pure water? If you are moisturized inside – you will have that radiant glow everywhere and your locks will thank you for it.

Nights in white satin

For winter static hair – satin can really help a lot. We mentioned that wearing a hat can cause hair breakage or cause your hair to zing out with static electricity when you take the hat off. So we recommend using this luxurious trick: wear a satin cap or bonnet when you sleep or sleep on a satin pillowcase. Satin will be your best friend this winter.

You can even wear a satin cap under your ‘’standard’’ stocking hat or beanie. Wool caps are causing messy, tangled hair and affecting all of the awesome products you used to moisturize your mane. Using satin at night will also prevent your hair from getting dirty or greasy faster.

Natural heavy oils and butter are your best friends

Hand in hand with your moisturizer, we recommend oils and butter. We are still sticking to natural hair tips – and oils are a gift from nature that just keeps giving. No matter if you choose argan oil, olive oil, or shea butter, it will be a wonderful treatment for your hair. Use sulfate free shampoos and prior to shampooing your hair, use hot oil treatment.

This might sound like something straight from a torture manual, but it can keep your hair strong and durable. Do be careful not to use coconut oil as a sealant  – on lower temperatures coconut oil turns solid. Hard, greasy hair is not something you need this winter…or ever. We also recommend paying close attention to your scalp when you are washing your hair to avoid build up.

Protective hairstyle mode on

Wearing a bun or ponytail can help you keep things in order. Loose hair can lose hair’s natural moisture much faster compared to bound hair. Always keep it covered if possible, especially when it comes to your ends; they are the most vulnerable part of your hair and harsh environmental factors.

Not only can you get a cold in a matter of seconds, your hair freezes and breaks. There is no chance for voluminous hair if you are working from frozen hair. Of course, avoid sleeping with wet hair. It will look messy in the morning and it is not very healthy or hygienic.

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Do Cooling Caps Prevent Hair Loss during Chemotherapy?

Hair loss is one of the most well-known side effects of chemotherapy – and for many, one of the most dreaded. Chemotherapy can be difficult enough without the added emotional effects of hair loss, so it’s understandable that cancer patients would want to preserve their hair. One way in which hair loss might be minimized during chemotherapy is cooling caps, or scalp hypothermia.

 

According to the American Cancer Society, scalp hypothermia involves cooling the scalp before, during and after chemotherapy, in an effort to reduce or prevent hair loss. Ice packs or specialized cooling caps are used to cool the scalp.

 

The cooling effect minimizes hair loss by constricting blood vessels in the scalp, reducing the amount of chemo chemicals that reach the hair follicle cells. In addition, cold hair follicles are less active. Because chemo targets rapidly dividing cells, the follicles are less attractive. The sum effect is that chemo doesn’t affect follicle cells, and hair loss is reduced or prevented altogether.

 

cooling caps

The newest cooling caps involve a two-piece system in which a cooled liquid is circulated through a cap placed on the scalp during chemotherapy sessions. A second cap is placed over the cooling cap to keep the cold in and to hold the system in place.

 

But do cooling caps really work? Some research has found little to no reduction in hair loss. However, in studies of the new cool cap systems, more than half of the women using them during chemo for early-stage breast cancer lost less than half of their hair. The success of cooling caps may also be linked to the type and dosage of chemo drugs used, as well as the thickness of hair and proper fitting of the cap.

 

There are side effects, however, including headaches, scalp pain, chills and upper body discomfort.

 

Whether you use a cooling cap or not, chemotherapy often results in some degree of hair loss. At DK International, we’re here to support you through your chemotherapy and hair loss journey. Our compassionate Minneapolis hair loss professionals will discuss your options for hair restoration, hair replacement, wigs and more. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What is Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia?

In our last blog post, we discussed the unique challenges of caring for fragile, breakage-prone African-American hair, and the steps to take in order to prevent thinning hair and hair loss. Today, we’re going to go more in-depth into an ailment that can cause permanent hair loss in African-American women: central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia.

 

central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia

As explained by the American Academy of Dermatology, central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, or CCCA, is believed to be associated with the frequent pulling of hair in African-American women. Specifically, it is caused by hair being repeatedly styled into braids or similar tight hairstyles, causing excessive traction.

 

There is some debate about whether chemicals – such as those in relaxers – that are applied to the hair can contribute to CCCA, but most experts believe that there is no direct association between relaxers and hair loss. However, women who are being treated for CCCA are advised to discontinue the use of relaxers and other chemical treatments, as they may cause further damage to already-fragile hair.

 

CCCA can lead to permanent hair loss – in fact, it’s the most common form of permanent loss in African-American women. This occurs when hair follicles are replaced by scar tissue, preventing hair from regrowing. This is why it’s especially important to seek treatment for CCCA as soon as you notice thinning hair or hair loss.

 

In many cases, treatment involves two steps. First, discontinue styling the hair in ways that pull or strain against the scalp. This can help to slow or even reverse the progression of CCCA. Second, a dermatologist may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, usually involving a combination of topical and injectable corticosteroids.

 

If you’re experiencing permanent hair loss caused by central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, DK International is here to help. No matter your budget or goals, we offer a variety of hair replacement products and services, including hair loss solutions, hair systems, wigs and more. Contact our Minneapolis hair loss salon to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced hair replacement professionals.

How to Protect Fragile African-American Hair

African-American hair has a unique structure which makes it more fragile and prone to breakage and damage. As such, more than half of African-American women state that hair loss is their primary hair concern.

 

African-American hair

Because of the increased risk of damage, it’s important for African-American men and women to take the appropriate steps to protect their hair against hair breakage and loss. We’ll share a few tips for African-American hair care, courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology, below.

 

Washing and Conditioning

Wash hair at least once per week in order to remove hair products and avoid build-up. Rinse hair after workouts to prevent sweat and salt from building up in the hair. Use conditioner after every wash or rinse, concentrating on the fragile ends of the hair.

 

Choose shampoos and other hair care products made from natural ingredients, such as shea butter, olive oil, aloe vera or others. These can help to build and maintain moisture in the hair. Avoid sulfates, as they can be drying.

 

Similarly, look for conditioners with amino acids, wheat proteins, hydrolyzed proteins or panthenol. Those ingredients will help to strengthen and protect the hair.

 

Styling

Apply heat protectants after washing and before styling to minimize the potential damage from heat. Use ceramic irons or combs with straightening hair.

 

Don’t attempt to relax hair at home – it’s important to enlist a professional to ensure safe application. Wait at least eight weeks to do touch-ups, and never use a relaxer on hair that has already been relaxed.

 

Talk to Your Dermatologist

If you begin to notice any excessive damage or thinning hair, talk to a dermatologist. There may be an underlying cause that’s contributing to your hair loss.

 

No matter your hair type, style or condition, DK International can help with your hair loss. We carry a wide variety of hair replacement products and services, including hair loss solutions, hair systems, wigs and more. Contact us to schedule a free consultation at our discrete Twin Cities hair loss salon.

Minimizing Hair Loss From Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp psoriasis is a fairly common skin disorder. It causes red, raised and often scaly patches to appear on the scalp, sometimes spreading to the back of the neck, forehead or behind the ears. According to WebMD, about half of the 7.5 million Americans who have been diagnosed with psoriasis deal with patches on their scalp. Doctors aren’t entirely sure what causes psoriasis, and while there are many effective treatments, there is no cure.

 

scalp psoriasis

Thinning hair isn’t a side effect of scalp psoriasis itself. However, scratching or picking at scaly patches can cause hair loss. The use of harsh chemicals to treat the disease or the stress it causes can also contribute.

 

Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the hair loss caused by scalp psoriasis, as discussed in a recent article by the American Academy of Dermatology. We’ll highlight a few below.

 

Be Gentle

When removing scaly patches on the scalp, gently comb away the scale. Don’t pick at scales – doing so can aggravate the skin, causing the psoriasis to worsen or hair to fall out. If your scales are itchy, scratch with short, smooth fingernails to avoid causing further damage.

 

Alternate Shampoos

If you’re using a medicated shampoo, try alternating it with a gentle, moisturizing shampoo. Use a non-medicated conditioner after every wash to keep hair moisturized and strong.

 

Minimize Heat

If possible, allow hair to air dry. Psoriasis makes the scalp extremely dry, so the heat of a blow dryer can cause additional dryness and irritation.

 

Avoid Harsh Treatments

It’s tempting to use products to boost thinning hair or hide psoriasis patches, but try to minimize the use of harsh hair products. Before putting anything on your head, test it on a small patch of your scalp. If you experience irritation on that patch, don’t use the product.

 

If you’re experiencing thinning hair or hair loss caused by scalp psoriasis, talk to your dermatologist about the cause and treatments. Then, give DK International a call. Our experienced Minneapolis-St. Paul hair replacement professionals can help you find the hair restoration product or hair solution that works for you. Call our Minneapolis hair restoration salon to schedule a consultation.

Does Weight Loss Cause Hair Loss?

If you’ve recently started experiencing hair loss with no apparent cause, you’ve probably started looking back at any recent changes in your life, trying to determine the cause. Did you recently have a baby? Have you experienced a hormonal shift? Are you suffering from a disease known to cause hair loss? Could weight loss be the cause of your thinning hair?

 

The answer to that last question: no! While thinning hair or complete hair loss can be caused by hormones, stress, trauma, cancer and other diseases, it is generally NOT caused solely by weight loss. However, thinning hair is a pretty normal byproduct of weight loss for a few reasons, which were discussed in a recent Women’s Health article.

 

weight loss and hair loss

First, it’s important to recognize the difference between thinning hair and major or complete hair loss. A degree of hair loss is associated with rapid weight loss, or with weight loss caused by trauma or stress. And the more weight you lose, the more hair you’re likely to lose. But it’s unlikely to experience complete hair loss due solely to a drop in weight.

 

But the cause of the loss can be attributed to one primary factor: diet. When people are actively working to lose weight, they often consume less protein and fewer nutrients. The body will always divert protein to its most important functions, leaving hair last on the list. This can lead to thin or thinning hair.

 

The good news? This form of hair loss is completely temporary. Once you’re no longer actively losing weight, your hair will no longer fall out. And you can work to avoid it by ensuring that you’re consuming enough protein and vital vitamins and minerals. Zinc and biotin can be especially beneficial for hair growth.

 

If weight loss has caused your hair to weaken or thin, give DK International a call. Our experienced Minneapolis-St. Paul hair replacement professionals can help you find the product or hair solution for your specific issue and budget. Call our Minneapolis hair restoration salon to schedule a consultation.

Tips For Human and Synthetic Hair Wig Care

If you’ve invested in a wig, you undoubtedly want to do all you can to keep it looking fresh and healthy. Wig care doesn’t have to be complicated, but it’s important to be diligent in order to keep your wig in top condition for as long as possible.

Many women decide to buy more than one wig so that they can switch up their hair color, length and style. We fully support this – wigs should be fun! It’s also a good idea to have at least one backup, to allow time for cleaning and drying. This varies based on the season and air quality, but in general, a wig should be washed after it has been worn about 10 times.

wig care

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Human Hair Wig Care Tips

Brush with a wig brush. Then, fill the sink with cold water and add a small amount of mild shampoo. Turn the wig inside out, and soak it in the sink for about 5 minutes. Rinse twice, ensuring that all of the shampoo rinses out.

Then, apply conditioner, leave on for two minutes, and rinse again in cold water. Wrap the wig in a clean towel, then place on a wig stand and allow to dry thoroughly.

Synthetic Hair Wig Care Tips

Brush with a wig brush. Fill a sink with cold water and add 2 capfuls of a specially-formulated synthetic wig shampoo. Turn the wig inside out and soak for 5 minutes. Rinse in cold water, then apply 1-2 capfuls of synthetic wig conditioner. Leave on for two minutes and rinse clean.

Wrap the wig in a towel, then spray a revitalizing conditioner spray over the entire wig. Place on a wig stand and allow to dry thoroughly.

For those who suffer from partial or complete hair loss caused by chemotherapy or radiation, alopecia, thyroid disease or any other ailment, a wig can be a great solution. DK International offers a wide and versatile selection of wigs from trusted brands, and we pride ourselves on offering only the most natural-looking, comfortable and tasteful wigs on the market today. Call our Minneapolis hair loss salon for a free consultation.

Spring Cyberhair Sale Runs Through June

It’s that time again – our annual spring Cyberhair sale is on!

For those suffering from hair loss, the options for hair replacement can seem overwhelming and confusing. That’s where the experienced hair loss professionals at DK International come in! After more than 40 years in the hair replacement industry, we know a quality product when we see it. That’s why we’re excited to, once again, offer a discount on the innovative Cyberhair system. Our spring Cyberhair sale runs now through June 29, 2018.

Cyberhair is a revolutionary micro point solution for partial and complete hair loss. It is a high-quality, healthy and natural option, and is lightweight, fade-resistant and durable. Cyberhair uses no glue or chemicals, making it one of the healthiest hair replacement options available today.

cyberhair sale

Now through June 29, come to DK International to receive $350 off a Cyberhair unit. This promotion excludes the Cyberhair CEA Program, Human Hair, Synthetic, New Man and Micro Point Solutions. No additional discounts apply to promotional items.

If you’ve considered Cyberhair, now is the perfect time to give it a try. Thinning hair and hair loss can be stressful and overwhelming, and you deserve to feel better. Join our many Cyberhair customers who have left our Twin Cities hair loss salon with thick, healthy, natural-looking hair.

Curious about the Cyberhair sale? Call us at 952-934-8336 with questions or to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced and compassionate hair loss professionals.

DK International carries a wide selection of hair loss solutions, including wigs, hair systems and hair extensions. We also offer haircuts, color, perms, scalp treatments, reconditioning of synthetic or human hair, and more. Whether you suffer from thinning hair or complete hair loss – or something in between – we can help you regain your hair and your confidence. Get in touch to get started today.