I Got a Bad Haircut! Now What?!?!

my_first_haircut_640_19We’ve all been there: we see a starlet with a sassy pixie cut or sexy choppy layers and think, “That looks so cute! I want to try that!” The problem is that most of us don’t look like Halle Berry or Jennifer Lawrence and most of us don’t have an arsenal of stylists to maintain that look. If you find yourself in that situation, fear not! Here are some ways to make the growing out process not so painful.


First of all, bangs seem to be the easiest change to make on a whim and soon after many have cutter’s remorse. There’s a cool attitude that comes when bangs are carelessly grazing your eyelashes… until a short time later when they get in your way and annoy you like an itchy tag sewn in the back of your shirt. There are several ways to aid the process of growing your bangs out: 1) Pin it to the side. Not only does this keep the fringe out of your face, but there are a ton of cute bobby pins that can add to your style. 2) Headbands make any up-do chic and put together. It’s easy to do and can make you look polished or bohemian depending on the type of headband you use. 3) Even women who aren’t growing their bangs out love the front braid. This has been on trend for a while and is perfect for any occasion.

Secondly, be sure to keep those strands healthy to promote growth. Use a salon quality conditioner so that you can prevent breakage and trim your hair regularly (every six to eight weeks) to lessen damage. Also, avoid styling tools that use heat which will dry out hair.

Highlights-for-Short-Hair-.jpgNext, get creative! Flip through magazines or the Internet to see if there are styles that you want to try during the growing out period. Maybe a new color or highlights would add that extra punch that you are looking for and also add texture and movement. But use caution: too much processing can increase damage and be counterproductive!

Finally, there are a variety of extensions and wigs available to help you look your best regardless of what your haircut looks like. You can add length and fullness either with clip-on hair or with professional hair extensions. (Better yet, you can also buy clip-on bangs when you get the urge to pull those scissors out again!)

A bad haircut isn’t the end of the world, but it sure can feel like it every time you look in the wigworks3mirror. The most important step is to find the right hairstylist who listens to you and has the experience and knowledge to help you find the haircut that is perfect for your face shape. At Wig Works and Extensions for Hair, our stylists will work with you so that you can look and feel your best.   

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Top 10 Hair Secrets You Need to Know


Who doesn’t like a juicy secret? Here are some insider tips that you should know about concerning caring for your hair and looking your best.

1)    Bangs make you look younger, so skip the Botox (who likes needles anyway!?!) and make an appointment with your hairdresser. Bangs cover up those wrinkles that mar your forehead and look good on just about everybody.

2)    Healthy hair is about more than just glossy strands and bouncy locks. It all starts at the scalp. You probably are careful about shampooing and conditioning, but consider a scalp treatment like Moroccan Oil that nourishes your scalp when you massage it in a couple times a week. This stimulates blood flow and applies essential oils to prevent drying and promotes growth.


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3)    Remember when Marcia Brady would sit in front of her mirror and brush her stick straight hair 100 times? Skip it. Over brushing causes breakage. Here’s tip 3 ½: brushing wet hair also causes breakage so pick up that comb instead.

4)    It’s a well-known beauty tip that you shouldn’t leave the house without sun block on your face, but did you know that your hair is also susceptible to damage from those harsh rays? There are several hair products out there that now provide protection. A hat or scarf also works great and can be super fashionable.

5)    And speaking of fun in the sun…. some experts recommend showering before you swim to preserve the health of your hair. They say that when your hair is already saturated with water, it is less likely it will absorb as much chemical-laden water.

6)    There have been a ton of updos on the runway lately. Fortunately, most of them have been styled with messy waves and loose braids (if your hair is consistently pulled back too tight, you risk having thinning hair). Here’s the tip: spray a little dry shampoo or hairspray on your bobby pins to keep them from slipping, especially if you have straight hair. (Tip 6 ½…And always put the wavy side down to grip the hair better; that’s actually how it was designed!)

7)    Your best hair days start in the shower. If the water is too hot, you’ll strip the natural oils that protect your hair. Also, if you live in an area with hard water or that has a lot of minerals in the water, that can also dry out your hair or weigh it down. You may want to consider a showerhead water filter.

8)    Flyaways are just not cute, but neither is slicked back hair that is so stiff and shiny that it looks like a helmet. Try spraying a little bit of hairspray onto a toothbrush to tame those strays without creating that crunchy look.

9)    Walking down the hair care aisle of a big box store can be overwhelming. There are bright colored bottles everywhere, prices that range from 99 cents to 15 dollars, and they have formulas for everything from dandruff to curls to volumizers. This is where your stylist comes in; ask him or her about your specific hair needs what products were designed for what God gave you. Salon products may cost a fraction more than grocery store brands, but you’ll also find that the results are worth the investment.

10) You don’t have to be born with great hair to have a great hair day. Today’s wigs and hair extensions look and feel real. Not everyone has the locks to make a full ponytail or maybe you just want to try clip in bangs before you make the commitment of chopping your hair. Salons like Wig Works and Extensions for Hair has a great variety of products to make your hair look amazing regardless of what you were born with!



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Bay Area Salon Makes Red Carpet Looks Wearable for Real Life: Lessons from the 2016 Grammys

I love award shows. Wait, strike that. I love the Red Carpet that leads to the award shows (the shows themselves can be a little boring sometimes). I love the glamour, the jewels and the gowns. I love the fashion do’s and I love to cringe at the fashion don’ts. But most of all, I love to see the hair trends that show up on the carpet. From elegant up do’s to trendy beach waves, I am glued to my television watching these screen sirens glide from photo op to interviewer. I also love to transform these looks into real life for my clients. Here are some ways that you can wear Red Carpet looks for everyday:


1)    The Ariana Grande – This popular singer is known as much for her voice as for her signature slicked back ponytail. Not blessed with waist-length thick locks? Try using hair extensions because a skimpy pony just won’t achieve the same look. If you’re afraid of the cost and commitment of extensions that are semi-permanent, there are a variety of clip in versions that are more economical and temporary.

2)    Selena Gomez’s Lush Locks – And speaking of hair extensions…. Don’t we all selena%20gomezwish we had the abundance of gorgeous hair that Selena Gomez had at the Grammys? Well, she probably wasn’t born with it either. Today’s hair extensions blend in seamlessly with what God gave you and can be colored and cut to be virtually undetectable.

3)    Taylor Swift’s Blunt Bob – No one got more attention on the Red Carpet than Taylor Swift (you either loved or hated her dress). But her new blunt cut was really the star of the night. Gone were her signature waves and springy curls and in came a more mature, sleek version of the young starlet. Afraid of taking the plunge and cutting off inches of your hair? Try a wig! It’s a low maintenance option without the months and months of growing your hair back out if you change your mind.


meghan%20trainor4)    Meghan Trainor: Best New Artist (or Hair Color?) – Bye bye blonde, hello auburn! This hot shade of warm red and medium brown is sure to pop up all over the place. It warms up those with cooler skin tones and is more sophisticated and enticing than the blonde ombre of months past.

Now here’s where Red Carpet meets real life: find a reputable stylist that can adjust these looks to suit you. From the right shade of auburn to knowing what length of bob would flatter your face best, a talented hair stylist can help you to be the best version of you. At Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon, we not only have some of the best stylists in the Bay Area, we also have the best selection of wigs and hair extensions in the East Bay. We can customize any trend to look great on you!


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How to Choose the Right Hair Color

I love it when a client brings in a picture (or several) to help guide me in the direction of the hairstyle that she is trying to achieve. Not everyone knows how best to describe the cut or color that they want, so this definitely helps me in the process. However, the color that looks great on Jennifer Lopez or Scarlet Johansson may not look right on your skin tone. Here are a few tips to picking out the right hair color that will flatter you.
The first step is to determine if you have a warm or cool skin undertone. You can find out by doing this little test: look at the veins in your wrist. If they look blue, you have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you’re warm (yellow undertones + blue veins = green appearance.) Still not sure? What metal looks best on you, silver or gold? If silver does, you are cool; if gold does, you are warm. Last try… when you’re in the sun, do you turn pink and burn or do you tan? If you burn quickly, you’re cool which means if you tan, you’re on the warmer side.
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Cool Skin Tone

Now that we have that settled, what does this mean for choosing a hair color? It’s pretty easy: those with a warm complexion should choose a hair color with warm tones and conversely, those with a cool complexion should choose cooler colors. Think about your natural hair color. Usually people with cool tones have eyes that are blue, gray, or green with hair that is blond, brown, or black hair (which can have blue, silver, violet and ash undertones). Warm toned people usually have brown, amber, or hazel eyes with strawberry blond, red, brown, or black hair (with gold, red, orange, or yellow undertones). If someone with a cool tone dies their hair in a warmer tone, it can make the skin look sickly and pale. If a warmer tone goes platinum blond, the skin will look more yellow. Either situation is not good.
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Warm Skin Tone
 One of the best ways to choose the right hair color for you is to find a celebrity that shares your skin coloring. If it looks good on them, it will probably look good on you. However, it’s also important to consider the maintenance factor. If you are dark chocolate brunette and you want that creamy caramel look, you’re going to need touch-ups every 4-6 weeks. You might want to consider using a blending technique like an ombre or balayage so your roots won’t be quite so obvious or maybe go a few shades lighter or darker to appear more natural (instead of going extreme). You may even want to add in extensions for a temporary change!
Finally, finding an experienced, professional stylist can help you to avoid making a big mistake if you decide to change your hair color. He or she can guide you through your color options and help you to decide on which color of the rainbow would look best on you. Our stylists at Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon are some of the best in the in the San Francisco Bay Area and would love to help you make this exciting decision.
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2016 Hair Trends: Which One Is Right for You?

One of my clients told me yesterday that her husband has had the same hairstyle for the past 30 years. She said that she was jealous of how easy he had it; he knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it. We women on the other hand have it more difficult… we have to follow trends, purchase an arsenal of styling tools and spend at least twice as much time as our male counterparts to look good. I totally understand where she is coming from, but I had to respectfully disagree. Life is change and change can be so much fun! There’s something about a fresh haircut or experimenting with a new color that can reflect your evolving style, attitude and personality. So let’s look at a few new trends and have some fun considering how you might change things up this year!

  1. The Big Bang Theory – Bangs may come and bangs may go… and it looks like they’re a hit for 2016. The great thing about bangs is that there are a variety of cuts that can compliment your face shape. From blunt ones that kiss your eyelashes to side swept ones that give a softer vibe, there are a ton of choices out there. Not ready to make the commitment? There are also amazing clip-in bangs that blend in for a natural look.fall_winter_2015_2016_hair_color_trends3
  2. Delicious Truffles and Cinnamon – My love of fashion is only rivaled by my insane sweet tooth, and both came head-to-head on the runway this winter. Chocolate browns, rich cinnamons, and golden vanilla blondes reigned. The hues were rich but were also far from monochromatic. One to two shades lighter or darker than the base provided interest and complimented movement.
  3. Easy Up-Dos – On Facebook I am constantly seeing videos for complicated up dos fall_winter_2015_2016_hairstyle_trends_modern_French_twist1that take at least 50 bobby pins and just as many twists and turns to complete. This is in direct contrast to the hairstyles presented at fashion shows from sophisticated designers such as Michael Kors, Caroline Herrera, and Nicole Miller. Their models wore low ponytails tied at the base of their necks. Almost as simple were the messy French twists at Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford. Their girls had their hair loosely pinned up with a few strands pulled out for a cool, bohemian vibe.
  4. Parting Ways – If you’re not a fan of bangs, you can still make a simple, updated change. 70’s style parts have been big for a long time now and still aren’t going anywhere. Want to be a bit more daring? Try a deep part that falls somewhere between the center to the outside edge of your eyebrow.
  5. What’s Old is New Again – Big bouffants and natural hippy waves of the 60’s, stick straight hair of the 70’s, crimped hair from the 80’s, grunge hair from the 90’s… all of these throwbacks were new again (fortunately 80’s big hair and the mullet were absent). Here’s a disclaimer though: I once heard someone say that, “If you wore a trend the first time around, you shouldn’t wear it the second time around.” I must say that I agree.

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Hair trends are fun and it gives us a creative outlet to look and feel our best. If you would like to try one of these inspiring ideas, the stylists at Wig Works and Extensions for Hair would love to help you find what works best for you. From a modern haircut to adding clip in bangs, extensions, or experimenting with wigs, we have all of the options you need to compliment your personality and lifestyle. Call us today!


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Great Hair Extensions are Left to the Professionals

Wig Works offers only premium wigs and hair extensions

Wig Works offers only premium wigs and hair extensions

I was watching a television show this morning and one of the hosts was wearing a terrible looking hair piece. It was frizzy, bulky and just plain obvious. I thought to myself, “with a team of stylists and money at your disposal, why in the world are you wearing something so tacky?!”

Now I’m usually not this critical, but as someone who works daily with quality hair pieces, wigs, and extensions, I just can’t figure out why some people are opting to wear substandard hair ad-ons. There are so many great options available at a variety of price points that there is no excuse to look like your hair was an afterthought. Here are some reasons why you need to visit a professional who has experience, training, and your best interests at heart (rather than just selling you anything to make a buck.) After all, you want to look like a fashion “do” instead of a fashion “don’t”.

Many times the first sign of bad extensions is the quality. Hair that is too thick, stiff, dull, ord5893cfc4915b021ea6187c1efb68c5b the wrong color are sure giveaways that you are wearing a hair piece. A reputable salon will only sell extensions from top companies that offer excellent products (such as Hair Dreams, Dream Catchers, Great Lengths, or Halo Couture).

Furthermore, if you buy online extensions and try to have someone without the proper equipment or training apply them, then I guarantee you won’t get the results that you are looking for. They will most likely be uneven, loose, or won’t blend in with your natural hair. While you may be trying to save money, it could very well cost you more in the long run if you damage your hair in the process, if the product is applied wrong and you have to remove it, or if you just open the box and realize that what you got isn’t what you thought you paid for.

Another reason to visit a salon is that the best looking hair extensions are customized to each client. Regardless of your current hairstyle, you’ll need a stylist to cut and blend in your new extensions with your natural hair. You many even want it dyed or highlighted to add further dimension for a seamless result.

Finally, even clip-on hair extensions should be purchased at a salon with experts knowledgeable about various hair pieces. They can advise you on which type is right for you, how to properly care for your investment, and how to apply the extensions for the best results.

In you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, the professionals at Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon can help you to decide what extensions are right for you. We have trained stylists with vast experience in applying the top brands of hair extensions. We can undoubtedly achieve the look that you are searching for!


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Beyond Hair Wigs and Extensions: Professional Hair Care Items for Hair Loss or Thinning Hair

DSC_0047There are countless types of hair extensions, wigs, and add-on hair pieces available for those struggling with hair loss or thinning hair. However, some people aren’t quite comfortable with these options for many reasons including the financial investment, worry over how it will look, or because they just need minor help to increase their self confidence. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some products that may be of interest to you if you want to thicken your hair or just want to improve your overall appearance.

  • Thickening shampoos and conditioners – Various hair treatments weigh the hair down causing it to look thin and lifeless. Thickening products tend to have protein added to their formulas to strengthen hair and add volume. This is a relatively inexpensive option and can be the easiest and first solution to your thinning hair problems.
  • Vitamins/Diet – Since hair grows out of your scalp, it’s important to think from the inside out. What does your diet look like and are you getting the proper nutrients your body needs? For example, consider dining on salmon. It has a good dose of protein, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids which are all needed for strong, healthy, hydrated hair. Eggs are also great to keep in mind in that they are a viable source of iron which helps to transport oxygen to your hair follicles keeping them healthy.
  • Keratin Fibers – We’ve all seen those ads from many years ago with the spray on hair DSC_0081in a can. This is NOT like those products of old. While those were more spray paint than hair product, these new versions are surprisingly natural and easy to use. XFusion is one of the top products using this technology where clients can apply Keratin fibers to existing hair and, in seconds, fill in all thinning or balding areas. XFusion fibers won’t come off in wind, rain or with perspiration and XFusion provides a variety of tools to ensure that the look is natural and virtually undetectable.
  • Styling Tools – Excessive heat can damage hair and cause breakage, so try to avoid extremely hot hair dryers, wands, curling irons, or flat irons. Also consider what combs and brushes you are using. Tugging on your hair will cause further breakage and your hair will look thinner. Use a comb where the teeth are farther apart or a boar bristle brush which is gentler on your strands.
  • False Eyelashes – I know, this may not seem to come into play with this topic, but a DSC_0059majority of people who have thinning hair also struggle with fine, sparse eyelashes. False eyelashes have become tremendously popular over the past few years and the options available have surpassed the ones from the 1960’s that were reminiscent of Cher or Twiggy. Now lashes come in a variety of lengths, thicknesses, and many come in small sections for easy application and a natural look.
  • Finishing Products – Another more recent trend is the resurgence of dry shampoo. This is great for thinning hair in that it dries out some of the oils in the scalp that weigh hair down and create volume at the root of the hair. There are also many different hair sprays that provide great hold without helmet head (which also dries out the hair and the stiffness it provides is another cause of breakage.)

There are many causes for thinning hair, but there are also just as many potential solutions. At Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon, we have thousands of wigs and hair pieces in stock but we additionally carry all of the above mentioned hair care products. If you have questions or are struggling to decide what steps you should take to resolve your hair care issues, our professionals would love to help you on your journey. We are committed to making you feel confident and beautiful with one of our many quality options.

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