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Natural Looking WigsIn the fashion world, customers can choose from a wide variety of wig styles. Synthetic and blend wigs offer an affordable option that can complement a diverse variety of wardrobe choices. These wig styles are in high demand throughout the world’s fashion communities, but the peak of fashion potential in wigs is in natural hair wigs. Fashion experts have relied on natural hair wigs for decades, trusting in this style’s superior appearance and quality. Natural wigs, also known as real hair wigs, are easiest to style, allowing each wearer to customize a unique look.

Some of the world’s most celebrated natural wigs are European hair wigs, renowned for the highest quality in the field. When new, trendy hairstyles emerge, a European hair wig allows its wearer to easily adopt the latest style. The European collection from Yaffa Wigs includes a tremendous variety in wig types, complete with wavy and curly wigs as well as long and short natural hair wigs. Our experts have created a full lineup of popular styles and can even create custom wig solutions for visitors to our online boutique. From our position at the forefront of the wigs business, we’ve helped thousands of customers look their best. Join our community of fashion enthusiasts and visit us online today!

custom wigsIn our last entry we discussed a couple famous starlets who traded in their long locks for surprisingly short dos, but they aren’t the only ones who have made a drastic change with their hair. Plenty of actors and actresses have dramatically changed their hair either for film roles or simply personal taste. Sometimes they have to wear long wigs for their next projects, other times they’ll use short wigs to avoid cutting their hair in the first place. Here’s a couple other famous hair change-ups.

  1. Michelle Williams: Though originally known for the small town girl-next-door Jen Lindley in Dawson’s Creek, Michelle Williams followed her television fame to film roles as diverse as the meta-black comedy Synecdoche, New York, the Oscar-winning drama Brokeback Mountain, the avant garde western Meek’s Cutoff and the blockbuster family fantasy Oz: The Great and Powerful. If that wasn’t enough of an image change, Williams also dropped her Heartland-style golden locks for a short pixie cut, cutting any and all ties to her small screen persona.
  2. Emma Watson: Like many child actors, Emma Watson spent most of her adolescence intrinsically tied to her first major role. In her case, it was Harry Potter’s friend and confidante Hermione Granger in the decade-spanning Harry Potter series. Today, however, Watson has blossomed into a veritable fashion icon, complete with a hip and trendsetting style and an extra short haircut to match.

Dramatic Hairstyle Changes

April 19th, 2013 | Posted by kylep in Hairstyles - (0 Comments)

short wigsAmong the many benefits of custom wigs is one that can be particularly attention getting: changing your look entirely. Few things are as tied to the way we perceive a person’s appearance as their hair, and when a sudden change occurs with a new haircut or style (or wig), it can completely change the way we see that person. Someone with long hair can cut it off or someone with short hair can start wearing long wigs and they’ll look very different indeed. Here’s a couple famous faces that drastically changed the way they look simply by changing their hair.

  1. Natalie Portman: This versatile actress has bounced between shorter and longer hairstyles for years, but in 2005′s V for Vendetta she made a big change when her head was shaved on screen during a scene when her character is captured and tortured. Those who prefer Portman with longer locks needn’t have worried, though: by the next year’s Paris, je t’aime she was back to sporting a lengthier do.
  2. Miley Cyrus: It’s not uncommon f0r child starts to try to break from their squeaky-clean images in adulthood, but few changed their physical appearance as much as Miley Cyrus, who made it impossible for fans to confuse her with her Disney Channel character Hannah Montana by cutting her long, auburn locks in favor of first a short, platinum blonde pixie cut and then a mohawk. Who would have guessed Miley Cyrus would turn out to be Disney’s most punk rock starlet?
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Louise Brooks

Everything old is new again, at least according to Anne Murray, and a hundred years later, the once daring short haircuts of the flappers have reemerged as a dominant style. You can emulate the classic look with early 20th century-inspired short wigs or duplicate a specific style with one of our custom wigs and cuts. Here’s a few famous starlets who popularized short hair the first time around.

  1. Clara Bow: The very personification of the Roaring Twenties, Brooklyn-born Clara Bow used her charm and distinctive short locks to become a silent-era sensation in films like Wings and It (both 1927), which led to her famous nickname, the “It Girl.”
  2. Louise Brooks: The woman who popularized the bob, Louise Brooks was a dancer and actress in hit films like Pandora’s Box and Diary of a Lost Girl (both 1929). And if that’s not enough, her sultry good looks and signature haircut also inspired Adolfo Bioy Casares to write his best known work, The Invention of Morel (1940).
  3. Marion Davies: Another silent-era superstar from the borough of Brooklyn, Marion Davies was a comedienne when she became involved with newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, who pushed to make her a star of the silver screen. She probably would’ve done it anyway, becoming a well respected actress and screenwriter and eventually earning roles in talkies opposite Gary Cooper and Clark Gable in Operator 13 (1934) and Cain and Mabel (1936), respectively. She even inspired a character in greatest-film-ever-made Citizen Kane (1941).

custom wigWe did not need Michelle Obama or Zooey Deschanel to tell us that bangs are in right now. That ultra hip style is absolutely everywhere, and it is easy to see why. Bangs have been making their way from the hippest areas of the coolest cities in the world and are now the rage on this side of the globe.

That means it might be time to consider a new custom wig that incorporates this hot style. One of the best things about this style is that it is positively ageless. You can make bangs look fantastic on a wide range of facial structures. It all depends on how you style them. A new wig with bangs will be the kind of versatile style perfect for the boardroom or the beach.  It is ideal for the modern woman who is hoping to have it all.

Getting a new long wig with gorgeous bangs is not trend hopping. This is an established look that is not likely to go out of style any time soon. Already own a wig but it doesn’t have bangs? Don’t be shy to give it a new style. But for those who would rather have versatility, add a new custom wig with bangs to your collection.

A Brief History of the Wig: Part IV

March 1st, 2013 | Posted by kylep in Real Wigs - (0 Comments)
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Believe it or not: Nicki Minaj frequently wears wigs.
Photo by Terry Richardson

As we’ve seen last time, the wig has gone from being all but obligatory for many sections of society to mostly falling out of favor by the 19th century. In the newly independent United States of America, the use of wigs as a status symbol was largely dismissed as an archaic holdover of British rule. Nevertheless, the first five presidents, from George Washington to James Monroe, carried on the tradition of wearing powdered wigs.

Women’s wigs, on the other hand, never really disappeared from mainstream culture, although their popularity ebbed and flowed. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, short wigs called postiches became popular in England and France. These small pieces included pre-styled curls or buns to be incorporated into the hairstyle. These postiches mostly fell out of fashion during the 1920s, perhaps owing in part to the increasingly short haircuts of the era.

Today, wigs continue to be worn for a variety of purposes. Chemotherapy and alopecia patients sometimes wear wigs for medical reasons. Married Jewish women may wear wigs called sheitels in accordance to Halakha, or Jewish law. Finally, many actors, musicians and other entertainers frequently wear wigs to change their hairstyles rapidly for various performances or other projects. Wig styles have come and gone over the centuries, but the wig itself continues to live on.

A Brief History of the Wig: Part III

February 14th, 2013 | Posted by kylep in Real Wigs - (0 Comments)

short wigsAs we left off last time, the wig had gone from being a virtually unused, archaic accessory to an all but essential part of noble and legal life during the 16th and 17th centuries. As the 18th century dawned, it became fashionable to powder men’s wigs to give them the gravitas associated with white hair. Women occasionally wore wigs during this time as well, but more often, they supplemented their natural hair with extensions and used powder to achieve a grey color. Powdering wigs proved to be a messy and inconvenient practice, however, so men’s wigs were eventually created white to begin with, often from horse hair.

Powdering both wigs and natural hair began to fall out of the fashion as the 19th century approached, and when the British government created a hair powder tax in 1795, it was essentially the death knell of the fashion.

In Versailles, large, elaborate long wigs (like the distinctive “boat pouf”) remained in vogue for women. These overly-ornamental hair styles eventually came to symbolize the decadence of French nobility, and as such, quickly fell out of fashion at the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789.

Meanwhile, men’s wigs became smaller and less elaborate as well, allowing many professions to adopt them as part of their official uniforms. In the Commonwealth, this tradition continues to this day, especially in courts of law where judges and lawyers occasionally still don short wigs in white.

A Brief History of the Wig: Part II

February 1st, 2013 | Posted by kylep in Real Wigs - (0 Comments)

long wigsLast time, we discussed the origins of the wig and its use in ancient civilizations, particularly by the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Japanese. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, however, the use of wigs fell out of fashion in the West for nearly a millennium. It was not until the 16th century when wigs made a comeback, largely thanks to Queen Elizabeth I of England who famously wore a red wig tightly curled in the Roman style. Elizabeth’s example was soon followed by other royal wig aficionados King Louis XIII of France, who adopted a wig when he began to go bald, and his son King Louis XIV.

Wigs during this time served the dual purpose of fashion, often employing elaborate hair styles, as well as protecting against head lice, a big problem of the time which was reduced if natural hair was shaved and an easily de-loused hairpiece was worn instead.

During the 17th century, curly, long wigs for men known as periwigs became common in France and later England, especially in courtrooms. These wigs, usually made from 100% human hair, soon became an obligatory mark of nobility and wigmakers began to carry their own prestige. Wigmaker guilds began to spring up around Europe where apprentice wigmakers learned how to create the incredibly long, elaborate and expensive pieces.

In the next installment, we will see how the wig evolved into the 18th century.

A Brief History of the Wig: Part I

January 7th, 2013 | Posted by kylep in Real Wigs - (0 Comments)

Wigs are not a new creation by any means, and they have played a long and illustrious (and sometimes lustrous) role in history through many centuries and civilizations. In this first part of the brief history of wigs, we will explore the earliest origins of wigs, a decoration that dates all the way back to ancient civilizations.

Ancient Egyptians as far back as the 32nd century BC may have been the first people to use real wigs. These wigs were decorative, of course, and often used in formal ceremonies or events, but they also served the practical purpose of shielding their shaved heads from the hot Egyptian sun. Evidence suggests the Egyptians wore the wigs using beeswax and resin to keep them in place.

The Egyptians were far from the only ancient cultures to employ wigs, however. The Assyrians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans all wore wigs as well, chiefly as an everyday fashion accessory. Though wigs were predominantly a western decoration, some eastern civilizations used wigs as well, including the Japanese, whose Geisha, traditional Kabuki theatre performers and hostesses, wore womens wigs called Katsura. Similarly, the Korean Kisaeng, state sanctioned female performers, wore wigs called Gache, which other women of high society used as well.

In the next installment, we will discuss how wigs made the jump from ancient cultures to the Middle Ages.

Mega Sale on Womens Wigs

January 3rd, 2013 | Posted by kylep in Yaffa Wigs - (0 Comments)

Yaffa Wigs has always offered the highest quality, 100% human hair wigs for great prices, but you can currently get a great wig for an unbelievably low cost with our mega sale. For a limited time, you can get two great wigs for only $199. The first is the Index, a short, sprightly wig made with 50% human hair and 50% synthetic hair and a hand made top. It’s a fun, attractive look that comes in a variety of colors.

Find the Index in dark colors like Dark Auburn, Dark Brown with Red Highlights and Chocolate Brown with Dark Red Highlights. It’s also available in mid-range colors like Ash Brown with Blonde Highlights, Medium Brown/Soft Red combination, Soft Blonde and Blonde Auburn. Finally, for a lighter option, try Brown Blonde with Blonde Highlights, Three Color Blonde or Frosted Blonde.

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