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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wigs: A Necessity in the Celebrity World

Wearing a wig may seem like an inconvenience at times, but don’t forget that it’s also considered a luxury in our culture. It may surprise you to learn, many celebrities wear wigs on a day-to-day basis. A wig provides instant style and an opportunity to diversify your look without permanently damaging or changing your hair. You may be surprised to know that the "perfect hair" that you see and cannot seem to achieve is actually, you guessed it...a WIG!

The Trail Blazers

Jackie Kennedy Onassis

With her large round glasses, perfectly coifed hair, and classic style that has withstood time, Jackie O wore a wig. Surprised?

For many years, she denied the claims. However, her sister-in-law Joan Kennedy accidentally slipped up one day by saying, “You know, Jackie talked me into wearing a wig. She has three of them, and she wears them a lot, especially for traveling. I tried one, but it just felt silly."

Tina Turner

Just hearing the name, "Tina Turner" alone almost makes you want to dance. Known for her statuesque gams, signature wild hair, and frilly get-ups, Tina Turner has been rumored to have alopecia. However, there are no sources that confirm it. The musical icon has been sporting wigs for decades. As you can see, the wig adds all of the elements that bring out Tina's true personality. She is barely recognizable without it.
Tina Turner's Natural Hair

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton has always played coy about her looks, whether real or fake. However, in her more recent years, she is much more open about her hair and the work she's had done admitting she would never leave home without her wig. She brings a certain amount of charm and wit to it all, which is why so many people have loved her over the years. She proudly pokes fun at her hair pieces and wigs. "One time I was riding a bicycle with my best friend Judy Ogle and I hadn't pinned my wig on all that well. We went to this little grove with an overhanging tree. As I cycled under it, I saw Judy crying with laughter. I turned around and there was my hair, hanging from a branch. I had to turn around quickly and snatch my hair off the tree."

"Then another time, I was doing a show and my fiddle player got his bow stuck in my hair. Every time he played a note, I could feel my hair piece lifting up. I was fighting to keep it on."


Over the years, Cher has been no stranger to wigs. From her, "If I Could Turn Back Time" days, to "Believe" and even most recently, "Woman's World", the pop artist has not been shy about being loud through her hair.  She has even gone as far as wearing a "paper wig" in her video"Woman's World". If anyone can pull it off, Cher can!

Ru Paul

Ru Paul took us by storm in the nineties, decorating the era with her fabulousness! One of the first famous drag queens, she had an array of dashing styles, cuts, and colors that illustrated her tremendous personality.

The Trendsetters

Lady Gaga

When you think, “crazy wigs”, Lady Gaga definitely tops the list. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, she said, “Sometimes I wake up and I don't want to be me. But then I remember my sweet, gorgeous fans looking at me so glassy-eyed from the audience. And I want to brave for them….My bravery is in my clothing and in my jewelry and in my nails and in my wigs. "

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is also a fashion mogul, capitalizing on her signature spunky, and at times, outlandish style. Currently, the star is facing a $30 million legal battle involving her wigs.  Terrance Davidson, her former hair stylist and wig designer claims that she took a number of his popular wig designs that he made custom for her, without his consent, and used them to start her own wig line. It is no secret that her wigs have catapulted her into mega stardom. Her fragrance bottles are even topped off with a small signature wig.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry, in her earlier “California Girls” days, was known for that glossy, bright blue, pin-up style wig. In her more recent video, “Roar”, she was shown burning the wig to show how she has grown. These days, she wears several wigs that aren't quite as flashy, but are even more glamourous.

Miley Cyrus

The foam finger-pointinf star is onto something! She has certainly been making quite a name for herself since her “adult-debut”, dancing on stage with Robin Thicke at the VMA's. In her new “I Adore You Remix”, the pop star wears a sultry brown wig complete with bangs. Recently, Cyrus also posed in a provocative shoot for W Magazine, wearing a blonde wig and bleaching her eyebrows, enough to make anyone do a double take.


When we hear A-list, we think of the Queen B herself! She always looks glowing, flawless, and confident. Beyonce mixes her look up with different wigs and hairpieces as well as wearing her hair natural.


Rihanna continually exudes her own tough-girl, glam while she's busy dominating the music charts. Her wigs and hair pieces truly add dimension to her looks.

The Classics

Oprah Winfrey

Who doesn’t feel inspired by Oprah? Throughout the decades, she has had many different looks, styles, and sizes—and through it all we love everything she touches! Leave it up to Oprah to give us some inspiration in regards to our tresses.  “Hair plays a major role in how we express our vision of ‘self.’ And getting a new hairdo can change what we see and feel is possible. I even notice a change in my dogs when they get their summer cuts: They're friskier and livelier, feeling more themselves, once the weight of the hair is released.”

Sheri Shepard

“The View” hostess never blushes when she talks about her wigs. She sports them openly and proudly as she should.

Kim Zolciak

This housewife is also unashamed of her not-so-natural golden locks. Zolicack has also openly shown her real hair. She admits that she likes her natural hair but she can’t get it to quite do what her amazing wigs can.

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams talks about being in the “wig closet”. She now is very open about her wigs and loves talking about them. She even has her own line of wigs.

"I had to learn about ‘magic hair’ because my own hair became so thin as a result of my disease. I have long hair, but it’s too thin to do anything with it. Hair and skin are the first two things people see when they look at woman. Those two things have to be on point to be really in the game from my point of view.[...]I’m a big woman with a big personality. A big woman with a big personality cannot
have little hair."

Just for Fun

Other Celebrities Just Like To Wear Them For Fun!

Kim Kardashian 
Christina Aguilera
Britney Spears
Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes

Queen Latifa


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Insurance Coverage for Wigs

Coping with a medical condition is one thing; losing part of your identity is another. Insurance companies have begun to recognize that losing hair can be just as trying and emotional as losing a limb, digit, eyelid, etc. If your wig is used mostly for medical reasons (i.e. scalp infections, alopecia, cancer treatment, trichotillomania, or other treatments related to a medical condition), chances are your insurance will foot all or some (60-100%) of the bill on your behalf.

If you are new to the process, follow these steps for maximizing your chances of obtaining insurance coverage. As with most insurance related things, you should start by realizing that this may be a bit time consuming, cumbersome, and your claim could even be denied. However, it is well worth the try! And even if it is denied, no doesn’t always mean no. We’ll also show you how to make an appeal towards the end.

1) Get on the same page as the insurance company: Wig vs. Cranial Prosthesis
In order for a wig to be covered, it needs to be considered as a medical need.  Your hair is a part of your identity and is a vital part of your day-to-day being.  Your insurance company may see or hear the word “wig” and think of a costume item, not the piece that helps to complete your look and identity. Having a cranial prosthesis allows you to operate in a discreet manner despite any medical condition.
It can help to know the lingo and understand why it is referred to as a “cranial prosthesis”.

2) Stay Organized
Now that you’re aware that this could be quite the process, make sure that you stay organized. There will be multiple items that you will need to submit.
-  Get a folder or a notebook to house all of these important items. If anything gets “lost”, you will be prepared!
-  Have copies of all of your materials (listed below)
-  Anytime you chat with anyone from the insurance company, write down their name, the time, what you discussed, etc.
-  When you mail your items, send them via certified mail to ensure they are received

3) Get a copy of your insurance contract
Most people only have a summary of their benefits. Get your hands on a full copy of your insurance contract. This contract will highlight all of the specific details in sections. Thumb through it until you find the section in regards to “Prosthetic Coverage”.  Some companies have listed information about their coverage on cranial prosthesis. If they have not, it is very important to look closely at the “Exclusions”. If a cranial prosthesis is not specifically mentioned as being excluded, that could be your window of opportunity.

4) Be familiar with the common requirements
Be educated when it comes to the typical documents associated with this type of claim. This will not only save you time, but also stream line the process quite a bit. When you call, you can be proactive and mention that you are either aware that you need or already have the following:
-  A prescription from your physician for your “cranial prosthesis” that also notes your specific condition as closely as possible
-  A proof of purchase via a sales receipt, credit card statement, check, etc. If at all possible, it helps that it is noted on the sales receipt that it is a cranial prosthesis.
-  A copy of your diagnosis
-The store’s Vendor or Store Tax ID
--Insurance Procedure Code (Commonly S8095 or Healthcare Common Procedure Code A9282)

5) Call your Insurance Provider and go over the requirements for your claim
Pretty simple! The reason it is not listed first is because it can save you and the person on the line a lot of time if you know most of what you need and are familiar with their process.

6) Wait and Follow Up
As with most insurance claims, it can take some time to be processed. However, feel free to call and follow up as much as you like. It can never hurt!

If your claim is denied, you should file an appeal.

To do so:
1)   Address the letter to a specific manager in the Claims Department. You can obtain this information by calling the insurance company.
2)   Write a letter asking for a review by the Medical Review Board. Go into detail about the difference between a cranial prosthesis and a “fashion wig”. Also, feel free to include emotional details about your experience and why you feel that this is medically necessary.
3)   Attach a photo of yourself with and without hair
4)   Provide a copy of your original claims (you should have copies in your folder!)
5)   Include a letter from your employer, doctor, or friend that supports your need

Illustrate what it is like to lose your hair. This is your opportunity to appeal to the human, emotional side of the insurance company.

      If you have lost your hair due to a medical condition, we highly recommend that you attempt to get your cranial prosthesis covered by your insurance company.  You pay for the service of insurance which assists you when you have a medical need such as this one. It does involve a little bit of work and process, but if you were to be reimbursed, you could always use a small part of the money to squeeze in a massage day (which you probably really deserve!). Good luck!

Monday, February 17, 2014

New Style~ Ella by Henry Margu

Ella by Henry Margu

Fun, flirty,and vibrant Ella by Henry Margu is sophistacated with a bit of sass. Ella has beveled edges and a wispy, layered bang. Razored ends leads to a flared bottom edge. Lush layers surround the face and accentuate the razoring technique that softens this carefree appearance. Even after washing, Ella by Henry Margu will hold it's shape with a bit of body and flipped out ends. Come Try it on today at Lynne's Wig Boutique! Ella is available in all the best highlighted and gradient colors. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Four Reasons You Need a Wig this Valentine's Day

Valentines Day is just around the corner! This year, bypass the normal candy and cards and rev up the romance by adding a wig or hairpiece into the mix.  We’ve compiled four varying ways to add a bit of spice into your Lover-Lover Day, ranging from being a little subtle and sultry to even a bit racy! Read on to make this a Valentine’s Day worth remembering.

Amp up your Hair
Sometimes something as simple as putting an extra “umph” in your hair can make all the difference. There are a variety of hairpieces that can enhance your overall look without completely straying from your current style.  In just minutes, you can discretely add length, volume, color and style to your current hairstyle. There are also some simple, easy pieces that can turn your drab ponytail to instant glamour. By making one simple addition or change, you will notice an instant jolt in your look and in your confidence that will reward you throughout the day.

Try something new
On some level, we all have a hairstyle we admire from afar. Perhaps we don’t dare to be so bold with our own hair for any number of reasons. Maybe such a style or color wouldn’t be appropriate in our line of work. Maybe we think that we wouldn’t “look our age”. Maybe it’s a style that doesn’t identify with our day-to-day identity. Whatever the reason, toss those cares to the wind! Let Valentine’s Day be a reminder that all love begins with self-love.  You should allow yourself at the very least, one day of the year to be whomever you want. If you must present yourself a certain way in day-to-day life, wearing a wig will allow you to also express yourself without making any permanent or noticeable changes. Regardless, break away from any fear and have some fun!

Fulfill a Fantasy
Do you have a secret fantasy lingering in the back of your mind just waiting to be let loose? If so, now is the time to explore new avenues! Wigs have the power to transform an entire look. Perhaps you know your spouse has always had a thing for “redheads”. Why not surprise him by picking out the sexiest, brightest red wig you can find? Have you always secretly wanted long mermaid-esque locks? Go for it! Have some fun with it. Halloween shouldn’t be the only time you get to dress up. This time, you can enjoy it without worrying if you’re going to be tagged on Facebook!

If you’re feeling fun, flirty, and open-minded, take your fantasy into a full-on role-play with your spouse.  Variety is the spice of life! Spice things up by dressing and acting the part. It can be as simple and romantic as channeling Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire. However, it can also be as elaborate and extravagant as you would like,  by completely changing your look, demeanor, accent and “anonymously” meeting in public. Whatever your fancy, the key is the interaction and openness.  Just because your spouse may be turned on by something that is contrary to your normal appearance does not mean that they are no longer attracted to you.  This will allow your spouse to see you in a new light, re-ignite the flame, and open the door for many more fun encounters, whether a special occasion or not.

Wigs and hairpieces have the ability to transform your Valentine’s Day.  This Valentine’s Day, are you going to stick with the teddy bear and box of chocolates or are you going to be a little more brazen and spice things up? Come and see us at Lynne’s Wig Boutique and we will find the perfect fit for whatever it is you have in mind!