Q: How should I expect to feel at my first styling appointment?

A: Excited but not anxious! You have to trust that you are in good hands but also understand that you must “partner” with your stylist in order to provide her with all of the necessary input to achieve the style you are going for. This brings me to the subject of salon etiquette since so many of us haven’t stepped foot inside a salon in a very long time. Because we wear our hairpiece during the cut, it is easy to blend right in with the other clients in the salon. This is a wonderful feeling, by the way! Our vacuum stylists are extremely confident in their abilities while at the same time, very sensitive to the effect their work will have on our lives. We must show our trust in their capabilities and support their efforts to do their very best work for us. Their task is to take a beautiful, uncut wig and carefully sculpt it into a style that complements your face and pleases your aesthetics. This is not an easy task which is why I mentioned the importance of photos to help you communicate the image you have in your mind. Please understand that haircutting is an art and any art is subjective; we need time to “grow” into our new image. This may mean (but not always) that we leave the salon feeling 90% satisfied with the cut/color and know that we must spend some time with it before making any additional changes. Once the hair is removed, it will not grow back. My experience has been that this is a fairly quick process because the change (and there will always be a change when you first begin wearing your vacuum) is always for the better and you will most likely not feel that any additional work is necessary. If you still feel that some tweaking is necessary after 2 weeks of living with it, then this option is always available to you. When you start getting compliments from your family and friends, you will begin to “see” yourself in a whole different light.

Q: How do I go about finding a qualified stylist?

A: I have several experienced vacuum hair stylists to recommend within my territory as well as those recommended by our other agents outside of it. If you are able to use my stylist here in Burr Ridge, IL, I will be with you for your first styling appointment to coach you on proper placement and suctioning as well as discussing proper care and maintenance. An experienced vacuum stylist will know how to work with your hairpiece including cutting in the all-important fringe hair around the perimeter of the cap. This cutting technique allows us to wear our hair away from our face and off our neck while softening the edge with fine wispy hair that looks like fine, outgrowing baby hair. I’ve found that the most important feature to look for in a stylist is your ability to communicate accurately with her or him. Photos can fill in any gaps in hairstyling lingo so if you have to start new with a stylist who hasn’t cut a vacuum before, begin by talking and developing a “gut” feeling about them. A new vacuum cut should take at least twice the time of a regular cut and remember to always keep it on the long side and creep up from there since there is no turning back. Coloring your hairpiece is a separate service and must be booked as such. Since our hair is virgin, a qualified colorist will know how to work with the color line her salon is affiliated with. At some point during the life span of your hairpiece, you will need to restore the color due to natural fading from UV light. The “foiling” technique works best since it protects our cap from the chemicals used to color the hair. Always follow any color work with a deep conditioning treatment to seal in the color and protect the hair.