I really wanted to call this blog "Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Sheitels But Were Afraid to Ask," because there's such mystery about the sheitel industry.

So, here, and in my store, Classic Sheitels, I'm going to teach you about sheitels and empower you to spend wisely. My mission is to take the scary out of buying and selling a sheitel.

So read away, and feel free to get in touch. You can reach me by phone at 443-717-1111 or email me at lena@classicsheitels.com.

Or come for a shmooze at Classic Sheitels. We are located in Baltimore, MD, and open for walk-ins every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., or call for an appointment.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Getting a Great Sheitel Cut

You've been reading my blog and now you know what to look for in a sheitel. What's next? Choosing a salon, and getting a terrific cut.
Love those curls!

This is the scariest part because it's the make it or break it for the sheitel. 

There's a lot of room for mistakes and miscommunication, but with a few simple strategies, you can have a successful experience.

  • Your sheitel should have been washed and air-dried before you arrive to ensure that the hair is good. If you get there and the hair is wet or just being washed, I'd reschedule.
  • You need to discuss price BEFORE the sheitel macher starts cutting. Don't rely on what your sister's best friend's mother told you the sheitel macher's prices are. Ask her directly, and find out what that covers. Can you come back multiple times to have the sheitel's cut tweaked?
  • The consultation you have before the cut is the key to things turning out well. You need to be crystal clear about what you want. 
  • Unless you are so naturally gorgeous, easygoing, and flexible that any old style will suit you, DO NOT arrive and tell the sheitel macher that she should just give you the cut she thinks will look best. 
  • Bring a picture, or bring your old sheitel, if you want the new one to look similar. The more you show, rather than just tell her what it should look like, the less of a chance there is for miscommunication.
  • The bangs and front of the sheitel are really the most important part of the cut. Ask her to cut them in stages if you are not sure what length/style you want. You can always go shorter, but remember there's no growing back.
  • If you feel that a cutting error has occurred, ask her to stop. If indeed a mistake has been made, it may be possible for her to remedy it somehow. But don't wait till the end, when there will be less to be done.
  • If the sheitel macher seems distracted, ask politely if you might reschedule. It's totally understandable for her to take one phone call or answer a customer, but things will not generally turn out well if she is constantly being interrupted. Sheitel cuts cost a lot of money—you deserve her undivided time and attention.
And that, in a nutshell, is my advice. Stay tuned for next time…Pesach is coming! If there is something you would like to see addressed on this blog, please let me know!


  1. don't foget to take into consideration that time is money. If you put yourself in the stylist shoes you will see that all the above things mentioned can take a lot of time and that's more money being spent or lost. In a perfect world there would be an hourly rate so that the women who come in prepared and are in and out in no time will not feel ripped off and the women who are wishy washy and take forever to make a decision or are just never happy with anything because really they are just not happy with their natural beauty so it's impossible for them to think anything on them is attractive...well those women can pay the price for the time. :)

  2. But on the other hand, a new sheitel cut can run the customer $300 and up. If I'm paying $300, I expect service, and what I'm talking about is absolutely what you get at a decent regular hair salon (in which a cut costs much less than $300). If someone becomes a sheitel macher, she has to remember that it is a SERVICE industry.

    I do hear what you are saying, and I think it's upon the sheitel macher to set borders from the get go to avoid people taking up more time than is normal.