Monday, April 1, 2013

Trying something different

Have you ever tried something and even though it was successful, you still couldn't quite find the passion in it? I think I can say that scenario has happened to me. Over the last several months my wife and I have felt like we should move away from the wig-making business. I like making wigs and doing side projects, but I've discovered that I don't like operating my own business. It's not that it's hard. Far from it. Over the past couple of weeks we've seen an increase in clients and interests in our products. I think it's the little details, marketing, advertising, etc. Those areas I am not gifted in.

When it comes right down to it, I like to make things. Wigs and hairpieces are just a few of the things I can do, but setting them up as a business model is just not for me.

It's been hard coming to the conclusion. We put a lot into the business, and the word is out about custom wigs. I really enjoy writing this blog and sharing wig info with you. It has been difficult to come to the realization to dissolve the business, but one that I think should happen.

We are so greatful for your support in reading the blog and telling others about WigSimply. You have made this journey enjoyable. We could not have done it without you.

This will be the last blog post here at blogspot.wigsimp.com HOWEVER I have started a new blog at
danielctownsend.com. This blog will not focus primarily on wigs but on my journey as a writer and a creative arts individual. There may be some wig-related posts as well. It will be set up on a weekly bases every Monday. It would be great if you would join me there and interact with me on a weekly basis. The website is rough but I'm still learning about the wordpress setup.

We have been so blessed during this journey of WigSimply. The people who have helped us along the way have been amazing. As we close this chapter we are opening a new one. I hope you can join me for the things to come.

website: danielctownsend.com
twitter: @danielctownsend

Daniel Townsend
Wigmaster

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Aspiring Writer

I've never fancied myself a writer, but somewhere along the line I've developed some ideas for books to write. One idea is taking shape right now, and I am so pumped to finally start sharing it.


For the past four years I've worked backstage on "A Christmas Carol" at my day job. The book I'm writing is a collection of stories from backstage. There are about 40 sections to the book, and they will cover converstions with actors and technicians and events that happen behind the curtain (or in our theatre's case below the stage). Each tale is told through my sarcastic dry-humor lens. The reader will have to be the judge if it's funny or not.

I'm super excited about the book! It should make a fun holiday gift for this Christmas. I'm shooting for a tentative book launch in October of this year. I'll be passing along more information on it in the months leading up to launch along with unvealing a website dedicated to it and posting some sample sections. It should be a good time.

Twitter: DanielCTownsend

Daniel Townsend
Wigmaster

Monday, March 18, 2013

Paper Wigs

I came across this technique while perusing the internet. My disclaimer is that I'm not usually a proponent of Martha Stewert; however, she and her organization comes up with some pretty creative craft projects once in a while.

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If you go to the following web address, you can find instructions on how to make wigs out of paper.

http://www.marthastewart.com/265515/paper-wigs

The cool think I like about this is that you can use ribbon or colored paper to make curly, fun styles. Great for Halloween or any costume party and so simple to make.

Question: What do you like most about these craft wigs? Have you made a wig from something other than hair? I'd love to hear about it in the commets below.

If you're catching the blog for the first time, I want to mention that WigSimply will be closed from April 1st to July 1st due to the birth of our first baby. The blog will continue so stay tuned!

Twitter: @DanielCTownsend

Daniel Townsend
Wigmaster

Monday, March 11, 2013

Wig of a different color

Sometimes it's fun to change up a project every now and then and do something interesting. I was contacted from my friend who works at the Florida Grand Opera to do a wig front for theirhow "The Magic Flute." For the production they had several characters that needed brightly colored wigs. The one I got in the mail was green! Below is the finished ventilated product:

 
It was a synthetic wig that required a small front. It was mailed to me and I did the front and shipped it back. The talented folks at the opera styled it. Here are a couple of photos from their studio:
 
They really did a great job with the completed project,and I had fun playing my part. I wanted to post this to show that it's not just natural colored wigs that can get the WigSimply treatment but any colored wig that you need.
 
Just a side notes: My wife and I are expecting our first child next month! Because of this we will be closed from April 1st until July 1st. I will be posting this on the website. The blogs will continue but our services will discontinue for the three month duration.
 
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twitter: DanielCTownsend
 
Daniel Townsend
Wigmaster
 



 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Wig Alterations

We get our clothes altered so why should wigs be any different? Wig alterations are one of our niche services that you won't find anywhere else. Here are some things I'm talking about when I say alteration.

Sizing: When purchasing a premade wig, the retailer will say that it is a one-size fits all cap or that it fits medium sized heads. Most wigs are not built for individuals with larger or smaller than average head sizes. We can add length or take it out so the uncomfortable wig you buy will fit your head more snuggly.

Bagginess: Sometimes wigs seem to have extra stuff in the back, and I don't mean hair. They can have a lot of extra tracks that can weigh them down and make them appear baggy. We can remove that mass and conform the entire cap to your head.

Shedding: Have a wig that you love but the hair is falling out? We can assess it and add more hair if needed.

If you have random threads poking out or pieces sticking off of your wig then we can help you. Contact us if you have a question or send us a photo of the problem and we can assess the repair. You don't have to worry about buying a wig that doesn't fit, because we can make anything fit.

Question: Is there something you wish was different about your wig? Let's talk about it in the comments below.

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twitter: DanielCTownsend

Daniel Townsend
Wigmaster

Monday, February 25, 2013

2013 Oscars

I did not get a chance to watch the Oscars last night; however I really enjoy catching up on all the winners after the big event. My most favorite category of course is the Makeup category. Hair, wigs, and special makeup effects fall under this award. There were three movies nominated for best Makeup:

1. Les Miserables
2. Hitchcock
3. The Hobbit: an unexpected journey

The award went to Les Miserables' design team of Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell! I'm very excited for them. This is a beautiful movie and one of my favorite musicals, though it is very heartbreaking. Lisa Westcott has designed other movies like "Captain America" and "Shakespeare in Love." Julie Dartnell has worked together with Lisa on those two movies as well as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Both has very long careers with many co-productions.

I am a little sad for the Hobbit not winning only because I loved the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, but for the Hobbit there is always next year.

Question: Do you think the best movie won or was there another movie that should have been nominated? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the show notes.

twitter: @DanielCTownsend

Daniel Townsend
Wigmaster

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Could you be a Hair Archaeologist?

Do you think that hairstyles from 2000 years ago are impossible to recreate? Think again. A good friend sent me this article, and I just had to pass it along.

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On Pins and Needles: Stylist Turns Ancient Hairdo Debate on Its Head

Ms. Stephens Says Ornate Coiffures Weren't Wigs After All; The Vestal Virgin Challenge


According to the article, Janet Stephens from Balitmore recreates hairstyles from as far back as ancient Rome on 21st century people in an attempt to prove they could be achieved without wearing wigs. This article is fascinating and I hope you take the chance to follow the link below and read about her discoveries.

http://goo.gl/O0oez

Question: What is your reaction from reading this article? I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below.

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twitter: @DanielCTownsend

Daniel Townsend
Wigmaster