My first stop was Malky Eckhouse:
Location: Montgomery between Albany and Troy
Convenience: No steps, walk in and spacious layout. Allows you to bring in the stroller.
Atmosphere: Relaxing, clean, organized.
Wig Price: Moderately pricey. They had no short wigs less than 1300.
Quality of Hair: Very soft and silky
Hair Styling: No precuts in the style of a classic bob. A couple shorter looking cuts, but not that edgy look I was envisioning.
Comfort: Stretchy cap, with enough give. Extra wide front comb-nice bonus.
Quality of Cap: Looked well put together, and had a multi direction “skin top”.
Bottom line: Really wanted to like the wig, but the short wig they gave me to try on was already styled and layered in a way that made it difficult to see if it would be a good candidate for the bob style. Maybe I would risk the haircut on a much cheaper wig, but a wig for 1300 it is too much to wager on.
Update: When I went back to Malky later to return the wig, she told me that they don’t specialize in precuts. What you see is what you must “envision” So I am basically out of luck here. In addition, I felt some pressure vibes…
Second stop was Yaffa Wigs.
I called the number and it was instantly answered by a friendly sounding lady. She immediately booked me for an evening appointment at 8:30.
Location: Kingston Avenue and Union Street.
Service: Friendly, helpful assistant. Note to self: Did not get full attention since there was a second customer scheduled during my appointment.
Wig price: I did find out that one of the long, light, silky wigs that I tried on was going for 1600. Not bad.
Quality of Hair: It really depended on each individual wig. Some were not as silky and soft as others. You have to go and feel it to be able to tell what you like.
Bottom Line: It really is hit or miss with Sheitels. This time for me it was a miss. But I think I’m getting warmer…
Side Note: Reluctant to go here, since last time I went to their Sheitel sale, I felt pressured after not liking the wigs I tried on. At that time the wigs I saw were too full and seemed a bit frizzy, and unfinished. I am looking for a wig that doesn’t need so much work! I recently heard that their wig quality has improved dramatically, so now I think I must find out for myself it this is true!
Phone number: 347-852-0832, 347-425-7032
Hours: They are accommodating if you would like to call ahead and schedule an evening appointment. I was able to stop by after 7:00, since the assistant was working on a customer in the evening.
I haven’t been able to get through to them yet. I am guessing that they don’t have a full time secretary or assistant at the Studio.
Location: 325 Kingston Avenue. The entrance is off of the side alley, under the purple awning.
Atmosphere: Relaxed and well organized. Short wigs on one side, and long wigs on a whole other wall. There is a definite need for more mirrors!
Service: She let me browse on my own and didn’t pressure me. No strange vibes here. Down to earth, and friendly.
Wig price: These human hair wigs are supposed to be some of the cheapest European ones around. The lady there said that the short wigs cost $800 precut.
Quality of Hair: European hair. Most of the short wigs had a really nice, sleek look and feel.
Bottom Line: If I didn’t find a wig within the next few weeks, then I would definitely give them another try and consider asking the owner if she could make the wig with more stretch. Problem with that is I don’t want to commit to a product before seeing and wearing the final deal. So that’s a dilemma.
Convenience: They have their own parking lot! How rare is that?!! They are only a few blocks off the beaten path.
Wig price: Average price for the short human hair European wig is a little over 1,000. But, if you come during a sale, and choose, say, a discontinued wig, you can purchase one for as little as $400. In my opinion, a great bargain!
Scissor Palace Salon
Phone number: 347-371-9845
Location: 370 Kingston Ave between Crown and Carroll Avenue.
Phone number: 347-371-9845
Convenience: Walk ins are welcome. Their doors always seem to be open, and they are constantly changing things up in there. They were selling lingerie downstairs at one point as well, but I don’t know if they still have that going on. Apparently they even offer laser hair removal and do makeup application as well. So it may just be a one stop shop for all your beauty needs.
Service: They were busy working with other customers when I walked in (unannounced) but they let me browse on my own without pressuring me. When I asked them about their prices they were straight up and didn’t just say “it depends”.
Wig price: The Short sheitels were being sold for 1300, on sale for 1,100 European hair. Included the cut.
Quality of Hair: They sell a lot of Galit Italia wigs, European hair. When I ran my hands through the hair, it felt soft and silky.
Hair Styling: They only seemed to have one or two well cut bobs at the time. I liked the short wig that I tried on there, but it just wasn’t for me. Wish there was more to choose from. You would think short wigs would be more in style during the warmer months.
Phone number: 718-756-6252, and 917-754-7524
Location: 355 Kingston Avenue
Hours: Close at 7:00. No evening hours. They are open on Sunday.
Wig Style: She has an eye for good cuts. All the wigs hanging on her walls have been preselected, cut and styled by the owner. She agreed with me that every single wig is truly different. Even if it is the same brand, you won’t find the same exact wig anywhere
I decided to jump at the freeda wig, since it was pretty much as close as possible to what I was looking for. I paid full price (about $1100) and walked out the door with my new sheitel! (The End)
Some Lessons That I Have Learned On This Hunt
Lesson 1: Don’t settle for the first wig that is just passable. Do not, under any circumstances, let anyone pressure you into buying something you don’t absolutely love! If you are uncertain, keep on looking, because your instincts are telling you that this isn’t the one. There is one out there somewhere. You just have to go and find it!
Lesson 2: Make sure to check out the netting and see that nothing is torn, frayed, or missing underneath. When I brought the wig home I saw that the adjustable strap on the side had broken off. Plus, later on when I brought the wig to my hairstylist, she said a big chunk of hair had been taken out of the back. That was something that I totally missed!
Lesson 3: Don’t just get your wig cut by anyone. The cut is just as important as the wig and is a permanent alteration that will not grow back! Find someone you really trust to listen to you and follow your vision of what you want. Too many times, a hairstylist has had no clue how to accomplish this successfully for me. It can be disappointing and sometimes maddening to go through such an experience. Unfortunately, this happens to a lot of people!