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Have You Tried a Pre-tied Bandana Yet? Check Out One Of The Hottest Head Coverings On The Market!

Pre-tied bandanas are rapidly making it as one of the hottest and most liked head coverings everywhere.  For those of you who don’t know what a pre-tied bandana is, it’s basically a pre-tied headscarf. Instead of buying a head scarf and tying it yourself, simply buy a ready made, pre-tied bandana in the color and pattern you like and slip it on! It is pre sewn with an elastic in the back to hold it securely at the neck. In addition, they are made of comfortable materials such as cotton, lycra, velour and terry for different needs and seasons. A pre-tied bandana can be worn in many ways which makes it a fun head covering!

Below are a few different ways to wear a pre-tied bandana.

1. Wear a pre-tied bandana as a partial head covering. Take your pre-tied bandana, put it on your forehead and pull it back till about half way down your head. The rest of your hair should be sticking out. Wearing a pre-tied bandana as a partial head covering is great for those with thin hair, bald spots and those who are starting to lose their hair.

2. Wear it as a full head covering. Slip it on and tuck all your hair under the elastic by the neck. Simple as that! You should have two tails, one hanging down on either side of your head. If you’d like you can leave them hanging or you can make a knot so they should be short and out of your way. It makes a great head covering for those who cover all their hair for religious purposes or those with partial or full hair loss.

3. Try tying your pre-tied head scarf into a bun style! For this style, you will need to buy a pre-tied bandana with long tails (around 10-14 inches) to make it work. Those with hair loss can or a short hair cut can use a Hidden HEIGHT cotton undercover to achieve the same look. Put your hair into a bun and then put on your pre-tied. Then, simply take one of the tails, twist it, and wrap it tightly around the top of the bun. Tuck the excess fabric of the tail under the twist once you have gone fully around one time.  Do the same with the other tail and you’re all done! One more tip: add a scrunchie pony holder to your bun to increase the volume if you have thin or short hair.

These are just a few basic ideas but there are so many more out there to experiment – be original!  Once you get used to wearing a pre-tied bandana you’ll start wondering how you ever lived without one!

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Womens Hair Loss: Alopecia

Around 5 million people in the USA are affected by Alopecia Areata.

The word Alopecia is actually a term for hair loss, however it has come to refer to a specific form of hair loss called “alopecia areata”

AA  is a form of hair loss that is thought to be an auto-immune disorder where at times the messages are sent to the hair follicles not to grow hair. Because Alopecia Areata causes Hair Loss which occurs on the skin, it is considered a skin disease.

Around 5 million people in the USA are affected by this disorder.

There are three forms of Alopecia. Alopecia Areata- Generally smooth round patches of hair loss. Alopecia Areata Totalis- Total scalp hair loss. Alopecia Areata Universalis- the most rare form of Hair Loss which is total body hair loss.

There is no no cure for Alopecia Areata at this time, however in most cases the hair loss is not permanent, rather it comes and goes and usually the will regrow within 6-months to a year. However once someone has one attack of alopecia areata generally there will be more.

In some cases, around 10 percent, the hair loss from Alopecia Areata is permanent.

The diagnosis process for AA includes examining the hair as well as certain blood tests.

Conventional treatments for alopecia are steroids and immunotherapy,.

The general idea behind the treatments is basically to simulate hair growth since as we noted before the hair follicles are not dead they just need to be “told” to grow hair. However since in many cases the hair will grow back on its own there are those who chose to forgo treatment with drugs.

If you yourself suffer from Alopcia Areata or know someone that does it is important to realize that aside from the physical effects of this disorder there are emotional ones as well. In women especially, hair is an important part ones appearance, as such  the loss of ones hair can have devastating emotional consequences. It’s important to realize hair is not you, it doesn’t define you and the loss of it does not make some one less of a person. Bearing this in mind, someone who knows someone suffering from Alopecia Areatashould be there to support them, and make sure not let their hair define them.

(Sources include: Web MD. NAAF.org, and new-medical.net)

Around the World in a Hat: Part 1

Hats are great. They’re stylish, they’re fun, and  all in all make great head coverings.
But did you know that they also form an essential part of national ID around the world. Take a look around the world and what you’ll see is a dizzying array of Hats and Caps in all of the colors of the rainbow! So in the spirit of the summer travel season lets start a world -wide hat tour.We’ll start our tour in Europe.

The Borsalino Hat

The Borsalino Hat

Italy– Well Italy gave us hats you could say. The word Millinery is similar to Milan for good reason, it was coined as the term used to refer to hats coming from Milan,Italy the location of the worlds best hat makers  in the 18th century. No stop in Italy would be complete without a visit to Alessendria, the place in Italy that hosts the Borsalino factory makers of the famous Borsalino felt hats which are made from belgian rabbit fur.

The British Police Bobby Helmet

The British Police Bobby Helmet

England– Come on, any world wide tour of Hats has to have a stop in Britian to see the Helmet worn by the British Bobbies (policemen) when they are on patrol and while we’re in Great Britian, lets take a look at the Beerskin a tall furry hat worn by the Guards that are in charge of guarding the Queen in Buckingham palace.

The Glengarry Hat

The Glengarry Hat

Scotland– Crossing into Scotland where we’ll see a hat with a poetic name that does the people of this fair country justice, the Glengarry. Its shaped like a boat, without a peak, made from a thick woolen material, has a rosette cockade on the left and ribbons hanging down. It is normally worn as part of the dress of the Scottish Military.

The Cordobes Hat

The Cordobes Hat

Spain Its not to far from England but Spain has a hat that it gave us too! The Cordobes are a flat brimmed hat with a flat top that originated in Cordoba Spain. Do you want to know how it looks? Well if you know anything about the Mask of Zorro you’ll recognize it, the hero has one as part of his costume.

Iceland Tail Cap

Iceland Tail Cap

Iceland– It’s a tiny country to be sure but Iceland has a cap that’s part of the traditional national costume, its the Icelandic tail-cap.

By Ben Levi

The Cowboy Hat: You Don’t Have To Be a Cowboy To Wear It!

Although the cowboy hat started out as a uniform and hat exclusively for cowboys, the cowboy hat today is definitely a fashionable and trendy hat.

The cowboy hat today is definitely a fashionable and trendy hat.

The cowboy hat as we know it goes back to the 1860’s. Before John B. Stetson invented it cowboys wore many different types of head gear. There was no specific hat or “uniform” so it would be common to see a cowboy wearing sailor hats, war gear, caps, tall hats and many others.

Thankfully, Stetson came along and created what we no know as the cowboy hat. It was truly a great invention since most people look good in them, not only cowboys. For many, cowboy hats are  great for the summer. People love wearing straw cowboy hats in the summer to block the sun from their face since it’s not just any other cap; it really looks cool. A cowboy hat adds a lot to an outfit and believe it or not, when you’re wearing one, you get the spirit of a cowboy!

Suddenly you feel like you can do anything! Sort of like the Lone Ranger.

Some wear them when going horseback riding or simply when working in the garden. It also makes a great hat to dress up a lovely summer outfit and makes you feel taller and stronger!

Just like any other type, different cowboy hats are made of different materials. The most expensive and high quality ones are made from real felt, which is animal fur. A typical felt used in the cowboy hat is that of a beaver, a muskrat or a rabbit. However, it is very common to see a one made from a mixture of beaver, muskrat fur and rabbit fur. Another fabric or material used is straw, which is what we are mostly familiar with today. (Nowadays however, many straw hats are actually made from the pulp of a tree just like paper so often, cowboy hats and other straw hats will have 100% paper listed as the content.) These are definitely more affordable, comfortable, lightweight and stylish! They are worn by cowboys and many other men, women and children around the world.

There are many different styles and looks for a cowboy hat but the most common is simply a wide brimmed hat with a medium sized crown. In addition there is a prominent pinch at the front of the crown to give it that country look and cowboy twist.

Although the cowboy hat started out as a uniform and hat exclusively for cowboys,  today it definitely is a fashionable and trendy style option. Put it together with a pair of cowboy boots and your good to go! So when packing for your summer vacation up in the mountains, a camping trip or any other summer getaway don’t forget your cowboy hat to add to the spirit! If you don’t own a cowboy hat or are just a little too feminine for them definitely go for a beach or straw sun hat which will do just the trick and look really good!

Soft Pre-tied Headwraps: Different Ways They Can Be Worn

Soft wide headbands are rapidly making it to one of the hottest and most popular hair accessories!

Soft wide headbands are rapidly making it to one of the hottest and most popular hair accessories. There are many reasons why head wraps are so well liked but, I think it is safe to say that the most common reason is because people feel that by buying only one head wrap they are actually getting much more. Soft wide head wraps have many different purposes and ways to be worn. Not only are they cost efficient but they are also really comfortable and pretty. Below are a few different ways a soft wide head wrap can be worn.

1. Partial Head Cover:

Women with a mild case of alopecia or hair loss that have thin hair or bald spots in the front of their head wear a soft wide headband to cover up the spots without hair. Soft wide headbands worn as a half covering allows them to wear the rest of their hair down without having to fully cover it. In addition, they are comfortable, stylish and easy to put on.

2. Wigs:

Soft wide headbands are also great for women who wear wigs and want to make it look more natural. In addition, some women wear a fall. A fall is a wig that doesn’t have hair in the front of the wig; the hair starts further back on the cap in order to make it more lightweight and comfortable. These wigs are meant to be worn with something on top such as a beret, hat or soft wide headband.

3. Thin Headband:

A soft wide headband can also be worn as a thin headband. Either, you can fold it in half for a neat and put together look, or you can put it on regular and gently crunch it up towards the front of your head. Using a soft wide head band as a thin headband is great since it is original, different and really comfortable!

4. Fashion Headscarf:

Another great way to wear a soft wide head band is like a fashion head scarf tied around the top of your head. It’s a perfect summer head scarf for camping, outings and outdoor activities.

Of course, soft wide head bands are mostly worn to keep ones hair out of ones face. They are great for cooking, cleaning, gardening and any other time you want your hair out of your face. They are the best way to go since they are light, comfortable and most importantly- stylish!

Like I said, soft wide headbands for women are cost efficient, comfortable stylish and oh so practical! Feel free to leave a comment about another way it can be worn- I’m sure there are plenty we didn’t mention that you know about!

How To Tie a Tichel- Classic Turban Knot Style

The classic turban knot style is a really easy and original way to tie a tichel. It is perfect for hot summer days when you want something light and colorful to hold all your hair back and keep your hair off your neck. It has a great fitted support and makes covering your hair a dream. The best part is that you can design your own tichel! Simply choose a headscarf of your choice with a turban knot head wrap in whichever color you like and you have it. You can go a little darker and simple for a dressy look and loud and colorful for an everyday or funky look. It’s up to you – be original!

In the demonstration above we used a hidden height undercover to make it look like there is a head full of hair. You can simply put your hair in a bun, or for those with thin hair or hair loss a hidden height undercover will do the trick.

1. When tying our headscarf in the Classic Turban knot style, we experimented with our Purple Oblong Tichel with Flowers. However, you may use any oblong headscarf of your choice. Start by placing your oblong rectangular headscarf centered on your head. If the head scarf is very long, fold it in half first.

2. Take both sides of the headscarf and make a tie or knot in back of your neck.

3. Now, gently take the whole headscarf that’s hanging down and tuck it in and under the knot you just made. It should look like a snood with no tails hanging down.

4. In the demonstration we chose a white turban knot head wrap. Choose the color turban knot you want and place it as the band to support and hold the head scarf in place.

Good luck tying! Click here for more exciting ways to tie a tichel.

Wig Tips: Do’s and Dont’s for Every Wig

Place your wig on a wig head to keep it looking fresh.

Place your wig on a wig head to keep it looking fresh.

Wigs are no longer Great Aunt Betty’s little secret tucked away in the back of her closet. Women covering their hair for religious reasons have been wearing them for years, but in the last decade, more and more women have started to wear wigs for many different reasons. Some wear wigs due to hair loss or thin hair while others do it because it’s practical – “you just slip on your wig and you’re good to go!”

So below is a list of do’s and don’ts for every wig:

1. Don’t wear a wig straight from the package.       

    Do take it to a hair dresser or wig stylist and have it cut and styed the way you it will suit your face

(yes, even the wigs that probably cost less than the cut itself).

2. Don’t wash it too often or all the hair will fall out.     

    Do wash it occasionally to give it a fresh and clean look.

3. Don’t go for outrageous colors and styles unless you’re wearing it to a dress up contest.     

    Do get the most natural looking wig as possible.

4. Do go age appropriate – Sure short wigs are comfortable and fun looking but it can make the average

20 year old look like a 40 year old.

5. Don’t keep your wig stuffed in your night stand.     

    Do keep your wig in good condition by placing it on a wig head.

6. Don’t blow dry your wig to often or it’ll get dry and stale. NEVER iron a synthetic wig!      

    Do set your wig with rollers to give it a fresh look.

Good Luck!