Today has been a very exciting day. I got my new hair cut and styled to suit me and it looks amazing. It feels even better than it looks and I could not be happier with it. It’s the longest hair I’ve ever had and the colour is just gorgeous. Jessica Rabbit eat your heart out….without it I’m Jessie J and five seconds later I’m ready for the sultry temptress role required.
The wig itself is the Diamond from Trendco’s Gem Collection (well duh! Sparkle and Shine obviously!) I decided to go for the longest available, I’ve previously had the Amber for the past two wigs which was lovely but I just wanted to go longer….I’m pushing 30 so the days that I will have to spend time on my hair are slipping by like quicksand so I figured “lets do this”.
I ordered two as I couldn’t decide on the colour. I ended up going for 2/135 or “Burgundy Black Brown” which I have had before. The other colour, although a gorgeous vibrant red which really shimmers in the light, was just a little too coppery for me.
Out of the box it was really hard to tell what it would look like as I basically looked like Nana Mouskouri and Cousin It’s secret love child. The way I squeaked with excitement I probably sounded like it too.
Cue a visit to Sheffield’s Ecclesall Road for my appointment with the extremely talented Conrad at Conrad Blandford. I’ve been coming to Conrad to style my wigs for the past three years, each time as my confidence has grown I’ve been a bit more daring. Conrad is one of the few salons across the country who takes part in Trevor Sorbie’s My New Hair campaign. To put it in a nutshell, Trevor Sorbie was horrified at the lack of awareness and trained stylists across the country and went on a personal crusade to change it.
Conrad deals with most My New Hair clients personally and always makes you feel at ease. The first time I went I was offered the private room, the second time we used a quieter part of the salon and on the last two occasions I’ve sat in the main salon to have the wigs trimmed and yes, removed. Today I even went as far as to have my natural hair shaved to a number one all over in front of everyone else. I no longer care, I’ve fully come to terms with it and I’m all for promoting awareness. Conrad was really proud of me of that, a complete polar opposite to the attitude of the hairdresser I visited last year who was shocked I removed my wig in the salon in order to have my natural hair cut. How dare I?
If you are reading this because you have alopecia – don’t say suffer, there is no need with the right hairdresser and right attitude, then I can highly recommend you visit Conrad. Scrap that, to everyone reading this I can highly recommend Conrad. I took the mother with me today as she had been having too many bad hair days lately. I promised her I would treat her to a session with Conrad. He instantly just knew what to do and how to make the most of her fine hair. My mum’s hair isn’t very long at all so restyling options were limited, she used to wear it spiky but due to it thinning that wasn’t really an option either. Conrad took out some of the weigh at the sides and styled the top amazingly It has taken years of my mum (not that she looks anything like her true age anyway, man I hope I get those genes) and she’s really happy with it. Happy Mum = Happy Me.
I also recommend the Trendco Gem Collection wigs, the only difference between them is the length, whilst Amber is lovely I have to admit I am totally in love with the Diamond. Yes there are more expensive wigs out there, costing hundreds of pounds more and even into the thousands. A wig will generally last me 18 months and I don’t see the point in paying more. I always receive many compliments on my hair and people are surprised when I tell them it is a wig.
So here it is…isn’t it gorgeous?
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