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- Color Chart - Raquel Welch
Wig features: Monofilament Top, Heat Friendly, Top Piece Addition
Alpha Wave 16” is a versatile top-of-head piece that reflects today’s trending loose wave texture. It’s soft, sexy, beachy hair with an air of casual confidence. The monofilament top allows you to part left, right or center and the heat friendly synthetic Tru2Life fiber means it can be curled or straightened depending
on your mood.
Length: Front 14 1/4", Crown 16 11/2", Side 14 1/4", Back 16 1/2"
Weight: 4.4 oz
Base Size: 6" x 6.5"
Suitable for Oval, Round, Square, Diamond, Heart, Pear, and Oblong shaped faces.
Color Shown: Shaded Honey Ginger (RL14/25SS)
Colors: Off Black (RL2/4), Black Coffee (RL4/6), Ginger Brown (RL5/27), Dark Chocolate (RL6/8), Bronzed Sable (RL6/28), Copper Mahogany (RL6/30), Hazelnut (RL8/29), Sunlit Chestnut (RL10/12), Golden Walnut (RL11/25), Honey Toast (RL12/16), Golden Pecan (RL13/88), Pale Gold Wheat (RL14/22), Honey Ginger (RL14/25), Pale Golden Honey (RL16/88), Biscuit (RL19/23), Golden Russet (RL29/25), Rusty Auburn (RL30/27), Cinnabar (RL32/31), Deepest Ruby (RL33/35), Silver (RL56/60), Silver & Smoke (RL119), Sugar & Charcoal (RL511)
Shadow Shades: Shaded Hazelnut (RL8/29SS), Shaded Cappuccino (RL12/22SS), Shaded Wheat (RL14/22SS), Shaded Honey Ginger (RL14/25SS), Shaded Sand (RL16/21SS), Shaded Biscuit (RL19/23SS), Shaded Platinum (RL613SS)
Color Chart - Raquel Welch
How to Choose the Right Wig
1. Identify the coverage needed.
The first step is determining what type of product is best for you. Here at Name Brand Wigs we have an array of options, but if you are not ready or not looking for a full wig then we carry top pieces, ¾ wigs, extensions, and halos. You can check out all of our wig additions here.
2. Find your fit!
3. Identify your cap needs:
The cap is the base of the wig onto which hair is attached. Wigs are available with several different types of caps, and each cap type has its own distinct advantages. The four cap designs are Capless, Standard, 100% Hand Tied, and Monofilament.
Read our blog post on cap types that explains the differences further!
4. Find the right fiber!
Alternative Hair fiber can be categorized into the following: Synthetic, Heat Defiant or Heat Friendly, Human Hair, Remy Human Hair, or Human Hair Blend. See the charts below for the descriptions of each fiber type.
5. Determine what Style and Length you are looking for:
We have a huge selection, equaling thousands of options. This can be a bit overwhelming to a new wig wearer. Take advantage of the filtering on our website to narrow down our styles by length, hair texture, or cap features. A great place to start is our customer’s favorite page. You can trust these are tried and true favorites, as they are the wigs getting the best reviews from other wig wearers like you!
Check out our face shape blog for recommendations on what style types will work best with your face shape.
6. Find your color!
Once you have a style narrowed down, you will know what your color options are, as each brand makes their own set of colors. We have online color swatches as guides for all colors. If you would like to see the swatches in person you can order a color ring here.
7. Get the proper care products
8. Give yourself some grace!
You might not get the perfect wig on the first try. It takes time to get the hang of this wig thing, and sometimes a little trial and error to find what brand, cap, or style might work best for you. We were all new to the world of wigs at one time. Don’t get discouraged, you’ll be a wig expert before you know it!
9. Don't forget we are here to help.
Our trained team has years of experience working with and learning about the products we offer, along with staying up to date on the newest innovations. We will go above and beyond to help you find the perfect piece! If you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are here to help walk this new journey with you!
What do all those color numbers mean?!
1. Every brand has a unique color system and name - we have listed them all here so you can see what the description of your color is: Color Charts | NameBrandWigs.com
EXTRA TIP: When you are viewing a product you can also find the color description for that brand under “Color Chart”
2. Check out the Top Ten colors for these brands (they are top 10 for a reason)! Color Tone Guide | NameBrandWigs.com We have organized them by tone to help you decide if you would like to go with a warm, cool, or neutral color.
3. YouTube! So many Youtube Reviewers have done an amazing job building a community that shares the facts and details on wig color, style, and more.
EXTRA TIP: When Searching For a Review - Notice the lighting you are seeing the wig in (natural or in-doors will look different), Note the reviewer’s face shape and skin tone because it is likely different from yours.
4. Model Color - Many times the model is wearing the color you are looking for. Always take a look at the listing of the color/s the model is wearing, listed on every product page.
5. Order a Color Ring - Color Rings | NameBrandWigs.com If you are wanting a tangible sample of hair then this is a great option. Our color rings give you a small swatch of each color. Color Rings are divided by brands and are fully refundable upon return, you just cover the shipping!
Keep in Mind - color swatches are small samples of the colors and will not show how the style comes highlighted.
6. Lastly, We have an amazing customer service team that is ready to answer your color questions! Bring your research to them and get their advice on a few options if you have gotten stuck choosing.
Our guide to discovering your face shape - Wigs and Face Shapes | NameBrandWigs.com
Our Blog with Photo Reference to your face shape. Summer Short Cut | NameBrandWigs.com
EXTRA TIP: When choosing a style pay attention to the face shape of the model or reviewer you are looking at. We often make the mistake of thinking a style will look the exact same as it did on the model, the reality is we have our own unique beauty and that is what we want to keep in mind!
- Color > Best Tips for Choosing a Wig Color (See Above)
- Choosing the Right Hair Fiber -
Knowing what type of hair fiber you want can make all the difference when choosing a style. The main variations of fiber are: Synthetic, Heat Defiant, and Human Hair. Depending on your lifestyle you will probably prefer one of these options over another.
Synthetic Fiber = are modacrylic fibers that have the look and feel of real hair. Synthetic hair has the ability to return to its original hair pattern after washing.
Heat Friendly or Heat Defiant = a synthetic fiber that can take a low amount of heat. Once heat is used on the style it will hold even after washing. Heat will need to be used again to change the hair pattern.
Human Hair = Durable and versatile, real human hair that can withstand heat just as bio hair can. Human hair will need to be re-styled after washing.
>> Want to read more in depth about fiber, Remy Human Hair, Or Human Hair Blends - check out Section 4 in our Beginner Basics | NameBrandWigs.com
Extra TIP: The type of fiber, Heat Defiant or Synthetic - etc.. are broad terms that spread amongst manufacturers, but as you become a wig expert you will start to notice that the thickness of the fiber can also vary amongst manufacturers.
Get the wrong cap size and you may find your wig sliding up off your forehead or being so tight that you end up with a head-ache. Below is a chart to help know where you fall:
>> Need to know how to measure? Watch our measurement video.
This becomes important for making your wig look like the most natural fit on you. Cap construction also will have an impact on your daily styling needs or preferences. For instance if you are wanting to change the part on your wig then you will want either a mono/monofilament part or mono/monofilament top.
Capless (or Open Cap) = light-weight and cool, not as versatile for styling
Standard (or Traditional Cap) = gives lots of volume, durable, not as easy to change the part
Monofilament (or Mono) = realistic looking, able to change the part, not as much permatease
100% Hand-Tied = every strand is hand sewn into the cap giving ultimate versatility.
>> Need to know more, want pictures? - Check out Section 3 in our Beginner Basics | NameBrandWigs.com
Do I know:
My Face Shape?
My Desired Fiber?
My Cap Size?
My Cap Construction?
If you have further questions or would like help please feel free to contact us!
General Wig Care Tips
How to correctly care for your heat friendly hair might be the most important key to the longevity of it. If you follow these directions and tips, it should be smooth sailing form here!
Make sure to use a wide tooth comb. Wire brushes strip heat-friendly fibers of their properties, making them deteriorate a lot faster than normal and they become more susceptible to damage. Using a brush also pulls the fiber down, and when it springs up it frizzes and tangles with fibers around it. Instead, use a wide tooth comb! These are much safer for regular synthetics as well.
It is very important to be gentle. Heat friendly fiber is prone to tangling and doesn’t react to friction well. To help with that, try to limit the friction on your style. For example, try to use your fingers to brush and manipulate, versus using a comb all the time.
A good thing to do is to check your wig after every wear. Due to the delicate nature of this fiber, it is important to check it after every wear in order to prevent tangling and frizzing. The nape and any place that touches your body or clothing is the most vulnerable to friction and thus, tangling. If you notice tangling, make sure to tend to it right away. Mist 3-5 pumps around the wig, or directly target the affected area with Jon Renau’s HD Smooth Detangler. Focus on the ends and nape, and stay away from any hand tied portions of the cap. Conditioners and detanglers will loosen knots and can cause hair loss in any hand tied areas. Use a wide tooth comb to remove any tangles, starting at the ends, and work your way up to the base of the cap.
Try an updo! With long wigs, be creative with your styling every once in a while to limit the friction of the wig against your clothing and neck. This will help minimize the frizzing. For example, braid the long hair, put it into a low pony, or a nice low bun to minimize the movement on your neck and back.
Lastly, we recommend storing your wigs either on a stand, mannequin head, or if need be, in the original box. Ideally, your wig will be stored with the hair fibers falling in a natural manner, and not being tousled, tangled, or rubbed frequently.
We recommend washing your piece every six to ten wears. While washing the style helps clean the wig and revive some of the curls and pattern, heat friendly fibers tend to be more susceptible to friction and frizzing during the process. Limiting the times you wash your wig will improve the longevity.
As said earlier, avoid conditioner on your monofilaments or lace fronts. Conditioner is meant to detangle, and will loosen the hand knotting, which can cause strands to eventually shed from your lace front or monofilament.
Another thing to avoid is brushing the hairpiece when it is still wet. This will stretch the fiber when it is in a compromised state.
Use shampoo and conditioner made specifically for synthetic wigs. This will keep your hairpiece looking their best. Regular shampoos and conditioners have added sulfates, chemicals, and dyes that can damage synthetic and processed human hair. If you want to ensure that you’re getting the intended lifespan out of your style, make sure to use the correct products for that hair type.
Lastly, no setting is necessary after you wash the piece; curls will snap back into position when the hairpiece is completely dry. Make sure to store hair similar to the way it is to be worn.
Heat Friendly products are able to withstand a low amount of heat from styling tools. Always be aware of your styling tool's settings and do not go above 280 degrees.
Before you dive in to restyle your heat friendly wig, keep in mind it is extremely difficult to get the original style back. Once you alter the style with heat, it will stay in that style, even if you wash it, it will stay in the style it was heat baked to.
Something to keep in mind is heat styling your heat friendly wig will take longer than styling normal bio hair. When curling the hair, it is recommended to hold the curl in place until the fiber cools. If you let it go right away, the curl will cool in a flat position.
As said earlier, make sure to only use products specifically suited to synthetic hair fiber. We highly suggest using Jon Renau's Heat Defiant Smooth Detangler anytime you are wearing a heat friendly piece. We also recommend using a heat protectant when using heat to style your piece. This will prevent frizzing and will help your ends stay looking their best!
Below we have a video that breaks down what products we recommend and the process that is best for using heating tools for your heat friendly hair. The video goes through straightening the hair and curling it.
Check out our Heat Friendly Care products:
Many people out of habit will put their wig on or even adjust throughout the day using the front lace itself.
You NEVER want to pull on the lace front, as tugging on the lace will lead to tearing or fraying.
Conditioner is meant to de-tangle, and will loosen the hand knotting, which can cause strands to eventually shed from your lace front.
Also, take care not to brush too hard near the lace.
If the wig is too tight or big it will shift throughout the day.
Constant movement will contribute to rubbing and friction.
However, if you would like to cut your lace front further, or if you would like to cut a section that has started to fray you should always use a Pinking Shear.
This also gives your front hairline a softer finish.
(Just make sure to have a professional help with any altering, or experiment on an older style first).
The 6 Things You Need to Know About Washing Your Synthetic Wig
Let’s talk wig care! You have been wearing your absolute favorite style… you know, the one you wear to the dentist, the doctors, your date night out, and pretty much everywhere! You start to notice it doesn’t have quite as much bounce and vibrancy as it did when you first took it out of the box. I’m guessing, and correct me if I am wrong, there is a chance you haven’t washed it in a while. No worries, this is bound to happen with the wig you love and don’t want to put down. But now the question now is, where do you start?
Thankfully, washing your wig is a pretty easy process that will leave it looking instantly refreshed and back in action in no time. If you have never washed your wig before, the first couple times through the process might feel a little intimidating, but that is why we are here; to make the process as easy as possible. Your favorite wig is an investment, and one you want to not only take care of, but more importantly, not ruin. Fortunately, we have done our research and come up with our best tips for washing your wig.
To begin, gather the supplies you are going to need.
- An open and clean sink you can easily work around.
- A wide tooth comb.
- Shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for the specific hair fiber you are washing.
- A soft, clean towel
- Wig stand
The essential basics of taking care of your wig
First let’s break down the basics. We suggest washing your wig around every six to ten wears depending on your lifestyle. Some people decide they can wait longer to wash their wig and others find they need to wash it sooner. Lifestyle plays a role because if you tend to use more product on your wig then it creates build-up after a while. If you are the active type, then workout routines may result in some sweat building up in the cap of your wig. For synthetic hair, a good wash will not only clean the inside of the cap but, it will also refresh the built-in style or hair pattern.
1. Prep Your Wig
Before you even start the washing process gently brush through your wig, removing any tangles or knots. A wide tooth comb just like this one (Jon Renau - Wide Tooth Comb) is a favorite of ours for brushing all different hair types and textures. Using the correct comb for your piece can be essential to keeping the fibers safe. A wide tooth comb is a great option for most styles!
2. Rinse Your Wig
Place your hand inside the cap, holding the wig at the top. Turn the temperature of the water to lukewarm or cool (make sure it is not too hot) and run it over the entire wig including the cap and all of the hair. You can use your favorite shampoo formulated for synthetic hair. If you do not have one, take a look at some of our customer-approved name brand favorites:
3. Shampoo Your Wig
Once the hair is wet pour about a quarter size amount of shampoo in your hand to begin. Then slowly lather through the hair, only adding more shampoo as needed. Make sure the hair stays traveling in the same direction. You will also want to avoid excessive rubbing as this can be hard on the fiber and lead to tangling. Once the hair is well shampooed begin to rinse with lukewarm to cool water. As soon as the water runs clean and you are not seeing any suds or left-over soap residue in the hair you can begin the next step.
4. Condition Your Wig
While the wig is still wet you are going to want to apply conditioner. Conditioner is important because it will help protect your wig fiber. Here at Name Brand Wigs/Joshua24, there are two different types of conditioner that you could use. The first is a squeeze-bottle conditioner that you would apply to the wig just as you did with the shampoo. The other option would be a leave-in conditioner which many brands have started to provide.
If you choose the squeeze-bottle conditioner, take a small amount and gently run it through the hair, focusing on the bottom three-quarters of the wig. Make sure to keep the conditioner away from the roots and very top of the wig cap because it can loosen the knotting after a while. Rinse the conditioner out with lukewarm water.
If you choose the leave-in conditioner then you will want to first gently dry the hair with a towel so that it is still damp and not excessively dripping with water. Spritz the hair with a few pumps of conditioner and again, gently being the key word, use your fingertips to make sure it is well distributed. Even with this leave-in conditioner you want to focus on the ends of the hair to about halfway up the hair for longer styles. Remember to be especially careful not to get too much conditioner on the cap when it comes to lace or monofilament tops. Because the conditioner is meant to detangle, it will do just that and eventually loosen the hand tied knots on the cap causing strands to fall out. You do not have to worry about this as much with a traditional cap.
Here are some well loved synthetic fiber conditioners:
5. Dry Your Wig
After washing and conditioning your wig (I bet she is smelling pretty fresh right now!) wrap the hair in a towel to pat off any excess water (do not rub the hair). Now place it on a wig stand and allow it to naturally air dry. If you have a very curly style, you can prop a book up underneath the curls to keep them from stretching and losing their form. This will take some of the tension off the curls as they dry.
6. The Finishing Touch
You are almost there, but we have one more helpful tip for you! Once the hair is dry you can apply some HD Smooth Detangling Spray to your wig and this will give it some extra protection along with keeping those fibers tame. This is highly recommended for heat friendly and mid to longer styles. When spraying it on, focus on the bottom of half of the hairpiece. We suggest using your fingertips or a wide tooth comb to evenly distribute it throughout your style. And there you go, you have made it! Your piece is fresh, vibrant, and ready for days of wear!
Summary of the essentials
Let’s re-cap a couple of our most helpful tips:
- Keep in mind when conditioning, avoid the very top of your monofilament or lace front wigs. Conditioner is meant to detangle, and will loosen the hand knotting, which can cause strands to eventually shed from your lace front or monofilament.
- Another thing to avoid is brushing the hairpiece when it is still wet. This will stretch the fiber when it is in a compromised state.
- Always use shampoo and conditioner made specifically for synthetic wigs. This will keep your hairpiece looking its best. Regular shampoos and conditioners have added sulfates, chemicals, and dyes that can damage synthetic and processed human hair. If you want to ensure that you are getting the intended lifespan out of your style, make sure to use the correct products for that hair type.
- Lastly, no setting is necessary after you wash the piece; curls will snap back into position when the hairpiece is completely dry. Make sure to store hair similar to the way it will be worn.
Thanks for joining us on our wig-washing journey! We hope these tips bring your hair all the love it needs and keeps you feeling amazing!
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We want you to be satisfied with your purchases. Creating lasting relationships with our customers is our goal.
Our items are returnable. We require that returned items and item packaging, remain in their original factory condition.
* Due to the nature of accessory items they are considered final sale, and cannot be returned.
Helpful Hints to help the process go smoothly:
- The item must be in brand new condition including the wig box and/or other packaging.
- Make sure the Wig Tags are factory attached - leave them in place while you try the wig on.
- Fibers can easily pick up odors including but not limited to food, perfume or smoke. Keep the item in its original box as much as possible.
- Do not alter the bangs, add spray/gel, or make other alterations until you are sure about your purchase.
- Include your packing slip which includes all the information we will need to process your return.
- Take your time - up to 60 days to decide if you truly want to return the item; but remember, the item must be in Brand New Unworn Factory condition.
Very Important: A 15% ($9 minimum) restocking fee per item will be charged to cover inspection and other miscellaneous costs to ensure items are in perfect condition.
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