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.

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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.

Three Products for Thinning Hair

Thinning hair or complete hair loss can be a difficult emotional hurdle to overcome. Hair is a big part of our physical and mental identity, and hair loss can put a shadow over everyday life. DK International exists to help men, women and children who are experiencing hair loss, whether caused by chemotherapy, alopecia or a similar disease, age, stress or some other reason. We work to find hair solutions that fit our clients’ lifestyle and budget.

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XFusion

If you are experiencing hair loss, you have several options to slow, reverse or cover your thinning hair. For those suffering from minimal hair loss, XFusion may be a great solution. Using keratin fibers that intertwine and bind with remaining hair, XFusion covers and camouflages hair loss. The fibers stick to hair through a magnetic connection created by static. XFusion can be used on small, specific areas throughout the hair, and it is resistant to wind and water.

 

Cyberhair

One of our favorite new hair loss solutions is the Cyberhair system, a newly-developed micro point solution for hair loss and thinning hair. Cyberhair replicates natural hair texture, and is lightweight and long-lasting. In addition, Cyberhair doesn’t use any chemicals or glue. This makes it one of the healthies hair replacement options on the hair replacement market today.

 

Wigs

For substantial or complete hair loss, wigs are a great solution. Don’t be afraid – wigs have come a long way! At our Bloomington wig salon, we offer a wide selection of tasteful, natural wigs. Make a private appointment today to see all available options.

 

Not sure which of our hair replacement solutions is right for you? Let us help! Our experienced professionals will go over our full product line and help you determine which best fits your needs and your budget. Give us a call at 952-934-8336 to schedule an appointment at our discrete Twin Cities hair replacement service salon.

Are You Suffering from Naturally Thinning Hair?

Causes and Treatment for Naturally Thinning Hair

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As we get older, we may find ourselves with the unfortunate realization that our hair is thinning. This is a natural process that we can slow down or tend to, but will ultimately happen. Here are a few causes for your thinning hair.

Stress: A traumatic event such as a major surgery, physical illness, death of a loved one or a recent divorce can cause many changes to your physical health. The stress sends a shock to a large percent of hair follicles into a resting phase, halting production. Once the hair returns to a growing phase, once you are feeling better, new hair grows and pushes the old hair out. This will cause thinning, as your old hair falls out and you are waiting for the new hair to grow to your normal length.

Diet: If you are deprived of Vitamins and nutrients, especially Vitamin B and iron, your hair growth and health will be deprived. If you are consuming too much fat, this will also impede on the ability of your hair to get the maximal oxygen and nutrients that it needs.

Hormones/Aging: Pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone therapy or thyroid problems can also affect your hair growth and thinning. As you age, each strand shrinks in diameter, which changes thee overall volume. Our DNA is programmed to cause a percentage of hair follicles to shrink and either make smaller, thinner strands of hair at a much slower rate, or stop making hairs altogether.

Whether you have control over these events or not, there are products and treatments available to treat and remedy your thinning hair.

Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs. We offer various products that will aid in your treatment including volume solutions and professional strength products.

Hair Loss Due to Chemotherapy

The Effects of Chemotherapy on Hair and How to Handle It

homepage-slide1Most people don’t put too much thought into their hair and it’s health, unless they are facing the possibility of it falling out. Both men and women going through chemotherapy have a greater chance of losing their hair. The amount or speed it falls out at depends on the type and dose of medication you receive, but nonetheless, the chemotherapy will affect hair growth and loss.

 

Why does chemotherapy attack the hair? The medications involved are very powerful and go after the rapidly growing cancer cells. They also go after other growing cells as well, including hair roots. Although hair loss is primarily thought to be on the scalp, it goes after hair on the entire body, including eyebrows and eyelashes. Hair loss can be temporary and will start to grow back about 3-6 months after chemo has ended. People may find that their hair falls out in clumps all at once, or gradually, finding hair on their pillow, hairbrush or shower. Whether one’s hair is dramatically thinner  or goes bald completely, it is a hard transition to go through. Here are some tips in prepping for hair loss due to chemo and some ideas on dealing with the change.

  1. Be gentle with your hair prior to chemotherapy. Skip the hair color treatments which will only weaken your hair. Allow your hair to air dry and refrain from using hot devices such as hair curlers and straighteners.
  2. Consider cutting your hair if it is long. This will make the hair loss process seem less noticeable and be less of a transition shock to you.
  3. Get headwear to cover your head during or after such as a wig, scarves or hats. Being self-conscious about being bald may be lessened if it is covered up and not as noticeable. Keep your confidence during treatments.
  4. Protect your scalp from the cold and sun with sunscreen and hats. Your scalp may be sensitive from going through treatments or make you extra cold. Stay comfortable and cover up when necessary.
  5. Be patient. Your hair may grow back slowly or look different in color or texture than what it was originally. It will take some time to get it back to what it was like before the damage from chemotherapy. Allowing it to grow back naturally is key.

Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs.

Human Hair Options

Hair Loss Salon In Bloomington, Minnesota, Option Picture - d.k. InternationalLast week we gave a quick overview of the different types of hair available for hair restoration solutions.  The available types of hair for systems, accents, and wigs are synthetic hair, Cyberhair and human hair.  Depending on your lifestyle and budget, all three are great options for hair replacement solutions.  Synthetic hair is a man-made fiber that is extremely easy to handle, is long lasting, and durable.  However, individuals experiencing hair loss that want a more versatile product often opt for human hair.  Human hair is more costly than synthetic hair, but the higher price allows you to use hot styling tools, get perms, and add color.

There are two different types of human hair to choose from:

  • Indian
  • European

Indian

Did you know that Indian hair isn’t necessarily from India?  At least that’s not the case anymore.  Now the hair may also come from other regions such as the Philippines and China.  Indian hair tends to hold a curl better and more closely resembles coarse, human hair with lots of body.  This type of hair is the more budget friendly option for human hair.  This is due to the extra processing it goes through to reduce the diameter of each hair as well as change the color.  During processing, the integrity of the hair can be compromised, but the lighter colors of hair are more affected by this.

European

If your own natural hair is soft and silky, you may want to look into European hair for your hair restoration solution.  European hair is known for its strength and texture because of the minimal amount of processing it goes through.  The diameter of the hair is already small and many color options are available, thus providing a minimally processed product to its end user.  Because of this, European hair can be extremely expensive.

For more information on hair restoration solutions, follow DK International on Facebook!

Different Types of Hair

small__4769323338There is a type of hair for you depending on your budget, style, and lifestyle.  The hair replacement industry has three different types of hair meant to fulfill your needs.  Going through the experience of hair loss is a difficult one and it can feel like you’re losing a piece of your identity.  Knowing there are options out there to choose from can make the process a little easier to wrap your mind around.  Researching online the different hair replacement solutions is a great place to start, but can easily leave you overwhelmed and confused.  You’ll want to find the type of hair for you that fits your budget, feels the most like your natural hair, and, of course, looks like you!

There are three different types of hair to choose from:

Synthetic Hair

Synthetic hair is the most budget friendly option.  It is a manufactured hair made to look like your own, but doesn’t have a textured surface so it has a slightly different feel and sheen than human hair.  Synthetics are easy to handle and are popular due to their ability to hold a style after washing.  However, heat cannot be applied to synthetic hair so styling tools cannot be used.  They can also not be permed or colored.  Professional servicing will be required every 3-4 months to keep your synthetic system looking its best.

Cyberhair

Cyberhair isn’t synthetic, but it is created.  Manufactured from nylon, Cyberhair was developed to simulate human hair.  Slightly more costly than synthetic hair, but less costly and more durable than human hair, Cyberhair is a great option for a lot of people.  This created hair has many desirable qualities:

  • Durability
  • Lightness in weight
  • Body
  • Lift
  • Fade resistance
  • Curl retention

Human Hair

Human hair, for a natural look and feel, has been a popular option for hair replacement for a long time.  Like your own hair, human hair responds to complete styling changes, perms and color.  The two types of human hair available are Indian and European.  Indian is less costly than European because European hair goes through minimal processing.  Because of the thickness and coarseness of Indian hair, it undergoes extra processing which can damage some of the integrity of the hair. 

Follow DK International on Facebook to stay on top of all the latest hair replacement trends.  Stop in for a free consultation so you can feel and experience the different types of hair for yourself so you know which is the right one for you.  Stay tuned for more details about synthetic hair on Tuesday!

Hair Restoration Solutions

Hair Loss Consultation, Bloomington, MN, Restoration Photo - d.k. InternationalWith the abundance of technology and options out there in the hair replacement industry, it can become overwhelming to sift through all of the information out there on the topic.  DK International focuses on only using the best products for every stage of hair loss.  We’ve done the research for you to bring you the best, now let’s talk about all the different solutions.  It helps to organize them in the order of coverage, from the least amount of coverage needed to the maximum amount of coverage.

Micro Point Solutions

Micro Point Solutions is an ideal product for those experiencing thinning hair.  Whether your hair has started to get thinner, or if you’ve always had thin hair, Micro Point Solutions is ideal for giving your hair instant body and volume.  This healthy and safe alternative to traditional extensions uses Cyberhair, which is 1/3 the weight of human hair, so it won’t pull or cause stress to your naturally growing hair.

 

Hair Systems

Hair systems are great for people needing partial coverage for thinning or bald areas.  There are four different types of hair systems to choose from, depending on the amount of partial hair loss you are experiencing:

  • Part System
    • Ideal for thinning in the part and/or crown area
  • Top of Head System
    • Ideal for thinning and/or bald on the top of the head and/or sides
  • ¾ System
    • Ideal for overall thinning but still maintain a natural hairline
  • Integration System
    • Ideal for over all thinning hair

Hair systems are ideal for men and women with Alopecia Areata, Trichotillamania, or medically related hair loss.

 

Full Cap Wigs

Full cap wigs are designed for full coverage of your scalp.  There are three options for the cap portion of the wig:

  • Machine Made
  • Monofilament Top
  • Fully Hand Tied

All full cap wigs consist of a combination of fabrics and compounds to replicate natural hair growth patterns and the look of the scalp.  Machine made caps work well for people experiencing partial hair loss.  They are made of a smooth elastic so has the ability to stretch to fit one’s head.  This option may present limitations in quality.  Fully hand tied caps have knots that are tied very close together with 3-4 strands of hair per knot.  This type of cap is durable and gives the illusion of hair growing right out of the scalp no matter where you part.  Monofilament Tops combine the two caps which includes a fully hand tied top and a machine made back, which allows wearers to be comfortable with a natural looking top.

 

With so many solutions out there, you are sure to find one to fit your needs.  To continue to stay on top of the latest trends and technology in the hair replacement industry, follow DK International on Facebook!

 

Introducing DK International: Minneapolis’s Best Kept Secret!

WhoAndWhyThank you for reading DK International’s first blog!  In an effort to stay connected to our past, current, and future clients we’ll be posting twice a week to let you know what’s new and exciting at DK International and the hair replacement industry as a whole.  In our first post I’d like to talk about who we are.  We’re all about discretion; our commitment to your privacy comes all the way down to our name, DK International.  Our salon is in an industrial park on the corner of Highway 5 and Dell Road in Chanhassen, MN.  We chose this location on purpose to reduce the likelihood of our clients running into acquaintances while visiting us.  Hair loss is hard and personal battle, explaining it and how open you are about it is up to you. 

DK International has been in the hair replacement industry for more than forty years, so we truly are the best-kept secret in Minneapolis!  We provide men, women, and children with the highest quality hair replacement solutions in an elegant, private environment.  Your initial visit will occur in a private consultation suite with our hair loss specialist.  They will talk with you about the type of hair loss you are experiencing, what your desired look is and your lifestyle.  Our compassionate technicians will calm any fears you have and answer any of your questions.  Their expertise will help you find a hair replacement solution that will custom fit your needs!

Below are just some of the services we offer:

  • Haircuts
  • Attachments
  • Wig repair
  • Reconditioning of human or synthetic hair

Our technicians attend training throughout the year and we only use the best product lines in our salon.  After your appointment you will walk out feeling amazing and like you got your hair done, because you did!  Be sure to spread the love and share our name with those you know who are worried about their hair replacement solution.  Share our blog and follow us on Facebook, you’ll be glad you discovered the secret!