Walnut Creek Salon Offers Many Hairstyle Options for Bangs


One of the easiest ways to change your hairstyle is just a snip of the bangs. However, if you go too short you’ll look like your mom cut them like in your 3rd grade school picture. If they are too long, you’ll be constantly clipping them back or blowing them from out of your eyes. So what is a girl to do? Maybe these different styles can help you find the right type of fringe that completes your ‘do!

Side Swept

Side Swept

Side Swept – These are definitely a safe choice since they flatter just about any face and rarely go out of style.


Blunt bangs

Blunt Bangs – Made popular in the 1960’s, these are not for the faint of heart. Not very many people can get away wearing these thick, straight across, and very angular bangs.

Wispy Bangs – This fringe is thin and has a lot of texture and movement. They are among the most common since they also are always in style and compliment most faces.

Thin and wispy

Thin and wispy

Pixie Bangs – We all know about the pixie cut made popular by Mia Farrow and then made its comeback with the gorgeous Halle Berry. Just as the pixie cut itself is very daring, so are its pixie bangs. Super short and super wispy, you’ll make even Tinker Bell jealous of your choppy hairdo.

Pixie bangs

Pixie bangs

Curved Bangs – This type of bang is great for heart or triangle shaped faces as it minimizes the forehead. It tends to be shorter in the middle and tapers down to the tops of the cheekbones.

Pin Up Girl Bangs – While this may not be for the majority of women, this definitely makes a sexy statement. Thick bangs curled around a roller is reminiscent of those sensual sirens of the 1940’s and 50’s.

Curved bangs

Curved bangs

Pin Up Girl bangs

Pin Up Girl bangs

Clip-In Bangs – For the commitment phobic, there are just as many styles of clip in bangs as there are styles and hair colors. There are tiny clips at the base where you attach them to your natural hairline. In addition, you can have them trimmed and styled to fit any of the above types of bangs (and at Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon, if you buy them from us, the trim is complimentary!).

Clip in bangs

Clip in bangs

The right bangs can frame your face, accentuate your best facial features, and give you an entirely different look with minimal effort. However, the wrong ones can make you look childish, frumpy, or outdated. Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon in Walnut Creek has incredible, experienced stylists that can help you choose the style that’s right for your facial features without the fear of that “oops” moment.

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The Best Bay Area Salons Identify Clients’ Face Shapes to Avoid Unflattering Haircuts


We’ve all had that tragic experience of going to a hair stylist armed with a handful of magazine pictures and a heart full of expectations only to look in the mirror afterwards and be horrified at the image gazing back at us. It can take months if not years for our hair to grow back and just as long (if not longer) for our trust in anyone holding shears to be earned back.

However, knowing your face shape can be one of the tools in your style arsenal to ensure that you find a haircut that flatters your face. Here are the different types of face shapes and what hair styles work best (and look the worst) for each:


DO look for styles that elongate your face with a side part and long layers.

Emma Stone's flattering bangs and textured hair style compliments her round face perfectly.

Emma Stone’s flattering bangs and textured hair style compliments her round face perfectly.

DON’T go for a style that is full on the sides or ends near your chin. This will just make your face look rounder.


DO think about your hair texture when considering a style. Fortunately with this face shape almost any style could work, but you’ll also need to consider whether your hair is thin, curly, etc. as another determining factor.

Oval face shapes can get away with just about any hairdo.

Oval face shapes can get away with just about any hairdo.

DON’T clip out any picture from a magazine and think it will work for you. Other than hair type, you should also consider humidity and how much time you want to spend fixing your hair in the morning.


DO consider side swept bangs. Think of the actress Reese Witherspoon. She’s had a variety of haircuts with varied lengths, but her bangs usually stay side swept because they draw the eye down and minimize a broader forehead.

DON’T cut your bangs on a whim because the wrong length of bangs can make your

Heart shaped faces look best with side swept bangs.

Heart shaped faces look best with side swept bangs.

forehead appear wider. Consider having them side swept as mentioned or shorter in the middle (starting at the top part of the bridge of your nose) and angling down to the top part of your cheekbones. Also, many stylists like to cut bangs when they are dry since hair tends to shrink a bit. Too short bangs are a definite no-no.


DO look into softer haircuts with wispy layers or beachy waves.

Hair with lots of texture softens the angles of a square face.

Hair with lots of texture softens the angles of a square face.

DON’T get a blunt cut that accentuates the angles of your face. These tend to be too masculine.


DO try styles that de-emphasize the jaw line such as angled bobs or lobs that hit below the chin.

DON’T get a bob that doesn’t have bangs and ends at the chin or shorter. This will just make your face appear more angular and will appear unflattering.

Lobs and long hair look great on Triangle faces.

Lobs and long hair look great on triangle faces.

Still unsure of what type of face shape you have or what style will look best on you? Wig Works and Extensions for Hair is one of the premier salons in the San Francisco Bay Area and our experts can help you find the right style for you. Whether you are looking for a wig or hair extensions or just a new hairdo for your natural hair, we can find the style and cut that will make you feel fabulous.


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Changing Your Look in an Instant: Temporary Hair Extensions and Hair Pieces

DSC_0104For many, when they think about the world of wigs and hair pieces, their first thought may be that these products are just for those going through a medical crisis or for women who are aging and have thinning hair. What also may come to mind are the poorly made and terribly tacky hair add-ons that can be found at local beauty supply stores or at kiosks in the mall. Fortunately, Hollywood and fashion magazines are attempting to change these perceptions. Better yet, hair piece technology has made vast improvements in recent years

Hair extensions have become increasingly popular, but semi permanent ones can be costly and require a certain commitment level. On the other hand, there are a variety of temporary hair pieces that are more economical, easy to use, and look great. Here are some of the most popular types of temporary hair extensions and additions that you may want to consider for a special occasion or just to boost your various everyday looks:

  • Clip On/In Hair – This type of hair extension has pressure sensitive clips that attachDSC_0026 to your real hair. You can apply them within minutes to get fuller and/or longer hair or to add highlights. One great benefit is that they are also less damaging than semi permanent extensions since they don’t use glue or cause breakage to your natural hair.
  • Ponytails – Sometimes a girl just needs to put her hair back on a hot day, but while shoulder length hair may look great down, it can look a little wimpy in a ponytail. Also, if you have thin hair your ponytail may look stringy or sparse. Ponytail hairpieces are a great option and can either clip on or tie on to your existing hair.
  • Bangs – I’m not sure what comes in and out of style more often: high waisted pants or bangs. Fortunately with bang hair pieces, you can just clip them in to instantly change your look without the excruciatingly long period of growing them back out if you change your mind.
  • Monomiracle Wire Extensions – This type of extension has the hair attached to a thin wire that sits on the crown of your head and your natural hair is adjusted over it to hold it in place. It seamlessly blends into your hair to create length and volume.
Wig Works keeps a variety of temporary extensions in stock.

Wig Works keeps a variety of temporary extensions in stock.

At Wig Works and Extensions for Hair, we have thousands of temporary hair extensions and hair pieces in stock so you can find the one that looks best with your hair style. With our seasoned experts and onsite salon, we can show you how to attach and care for your hair piece and we can also trim it for a natural look. Whether you want to look your best for a big event or just want to take your everyday style to the next level, we have a variety of options that will work for you.

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3 Reasons Not to Buy a Wig Off of the Internet

I love the Internet for many reasons: I can look up anything I need to know, it’s a great bad_hair_day-656x429way to stay in touch with special people that I’ve met throughout my life, and I can shop around to find exactly what I want. However, those reasons also have big downsides: you could be reading information that is made up (or get completely paranoid over minor medical conditions), social media allows some unpleasant acquaintances to “friend” you and comment on every single item you post and shopping on the Internet can be quite misleading.

And speaking of online shopping, I’ve recently spoken to several clients who have tried to save time and money through buying wigs and hair pieces online only to come into my shop to get the product they were really looking for. Here are three reasons why you shouldn’t buy a wig online:

  1. What you see isn’t always what you get. – A picture may be worth a thousand words, but nothing speaks louder than when you can actually touch and see in person what a wig is truly like. It’s easy for online retailers to access photos from reputable wig makers and post them on their websites. However, when customers receive their orders, it doesn’t look or feel like what was promised.
  2. The value of a professional’s expertise. – Buying a wig can be a complicated process. Should you buy a human hair wig or synthetic? What type of wig cap is most comfortable for you? What type of wig best fits your lifestyle? How should you care for your wig? What style and color is most suited to your facial features? What if you want to change your style in the future? Look for a professional wig shop in your area to ensure that all of these important questions are answered before you make your purchase.
  3. You’ll need to try it on. – Like most people, I love the convenience of shopping at home via the Internet. However, there are a few things that I absolutely will not buy online because I’ve spent too much money on return shipping. Shoes, pants, and undergarments need to be tried on because their styles and size measurements vary too much between manufacturers (or even when brands update their products). I absolutely need to try these items on to ensure a great fit. The same is certainly true for wigs. You may love a chestnut brown bob, but there are so many factors that make each wig unique that trying it on is the only way of knowing that the fit, texture and color are right for you.

DSC_0128Many people turn to the Internet for wigs because they are either embarrassed to shop in store or they think that they can get a better deal. At Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon, we address both concerns. We have a vast selection of wigs and hair pieces that you can try on away from windows and where photography is prohibited. Moreover, when you purchase a wig from us, we cut and shape your wig for free to ensure that you have a custom hair piece that looks perfect on you. You won’t have to worry about return shipping fees, complicated refunds, or poor quality products at high prices. At Wig Works, our professionals will save you time and disappointment (and probably money) because we work with you to get the right wig the first time and every time! (And what Internet shop can promise you that!?)

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Real Hair vs. Synthetic Hair Wigs: Which One is Right for Me?

A variety of wigs are available at Wigs Works and Extensions for Hair Salon.

A variety of human hair and synthetic hair wigs are available at Wigs Works and Extensions for Hair Salon.

If you are considering buying a wig or hair piece, one of the first decisions that you will need to make is whether you want one that is made from human hair or synthetic hair. Here is a brief breakdown of the pros and cons of each.

Human Hair


  • There is nothing quite like the quality, look and feel of real hair.
  • It is more durable than synthetic hair wigs and can last up to a year.
  • You can change the style and color just as you would your natural hair. With synthetic wigs, the curl is set into the fibers and it can’t be re-colored.


  • Human hair wigs are quite a bit more expensive than synthetic ones.
  • Human hair requires more care. It will need to be conditioned since it doesn’t have the natural oils from the scalp moisturizing it.
  • It will need to be styled and refreshed more frequently just as you would your natural hair (especially in harsh climates).
  • It can be heavier than synthetic wigs of a similar style and length.

Synthetic Hair


  • Synthetic hair has made amazing strides in the past few years. With a top quality wig, you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between a synthetic wig and a human hair one.
  • It comes out of the box styled and ready to wear.
  • Many have “memory” fibers that hold curl and wave so you don’t have to worrying about frequent touch ups.
  • Since the fibers are made from plastics, it holds its style better during wet or humid weather without frizzing or going flat.
  • The color will not fade or oxidize as with real hair.
  • They are much less expensive than human hair wigs.


  • Synthetic wigs last from 4-6 months as compared to human hair wigs that can last up to one year (and heat friendly synthetic hair lasts about 2- 3 months).
  • With synthetic fibers, it is more difficult to change your style as with human hair. Many synthetic fibers will melt if you use heated styling tools on them and even those that are “heat defiant” need to be styled with extreme caution.
  • A poor quality synthetic wig can look shiny and unnatural.

While you may have done a ton of research, the best way to make your final decision whether a human hair or synthetic wig is right for you is to touch one, try it on, and discuss your lifestyle (budget, frequency of wear, and styling options) with a hair care professional. At Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon, we have hundreds of human hair and synthetic hair wigs in stock so that you can see firsthand which option will work best for you.

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How Do I Choose the Right Hair Stylist?

144448508Finding the right hair stylist is one of the hardest things in the world for many reasons. After all, the choices can be overwhelming (there are over 86,000 salons and barber shops in the U.S. alone!). Secondly, this stranger has the ability to make or break your look with just a few snips of their shears; the only way to know if you’ve found the right one is to actually sit in their chair and let them style away. So where do you even begin to find your hair’s soul mate?

One of the first things I do before I eat at a new restaurant is to check out a customer review site and this certainly works for salons, too. I love Yelp! because I can research just about any local business to see if it’s worth my time and money. All you need to do is go to the website, type in “salon” and your city, and a list will pop up with reviews, price points, contact information and a map. You can also sort by best reviews, most reviews or closest to you so that you can narrow down your options.

Secondly, you should assess any special needs you may have to see if a stylist in your area has the skills to address your hair issues (like if you have curly, thinning or damaged hair). Take note of your friends who may have similar hair struggles and ask about their stylist. You might consider calling the top three salons that you found on a review website and ask if any of their staff has experience in treating your hair problems.

Next, make an appointment for a consultation. During your visit, look around to see if the salon is clean and sanitary. Are clean combs brought out or is there hair all over the floor? Check out the waiting area. Have the clients been sitting there awhile? In addition, does it fit your budget? What types of products are they using? What does the price include (dry cut or cut and style)?

Finally, if you do decide to try out a new hairstylist, consider the following: is she rushed or does she focus on you to get the job done right? Does she listen to your requests and give you the style you described? Was she able to skillfully address your special needs and did she give you practical advice for maintaining your look?

It’s hard to find a stylist that is the full package. When you think about seeing this person every three months, the financial investment that a good hairstyle requires, and the time and misery that can come from a potentially bad haircut, it’s certainly worth the effort and research to find the right salon and stylist. Finally, the greatest stylist in the world can’t give you more hair like Extensions for Hair Salon can!

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Wig Supplies: The Importance of Using the Right Products On Your Wig

DSC_0047Have you walked down the hair care aisle of a grocery store or a big box store lately? It can be overwhelming! There are rows and rows of brightly colored packaging each boasting how it can protect hair color, preserve spring-like curls, prevent split ends, or add 50% more radiance. The options get even more complex when you walk into a beauty supply store or salon. The prices are higher and so are the promised results. Furthermore, if you have a wig which products are right for your expensive hair piece and what additional products are available to keep it in place and looking great? Hopefully this list will help!

Combs and Brushes– Use only wide tooth combs and wig brushes designed with unique bristles that are designed for wig care. Regular combs and brushes will damage your wig since they tend to tug and loosen the strands.

Shampoos and Conditioners – For human hair wigs, any salon quality product will work beautifully with your wig since it is made for human hair. For synthetic hair, use a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically made to cleanse these fibers.

Tapes and Liquid Adhesives – There are two types of wig adhesives: adhesive strips DSC_0122and liquid/semi-liquid adhesives. Different adhesives are used depending on your needs. For instance, daily glues can hold your lace wig in place until you decide to remove it at night and tends to be extremely secure and comfortable. It also dries clear for a natural hairline and you can sleep in it if needed. However, it will lose its effectiveness by the following day and must be reapplied.

Another option is the medium hold glue that can last between 4-7 days. Finally, long-term permanent glue is designed for wigs and lace wigs that will not be removed for several weeks. (It is also recommended to dab a bit of the glue on your skin first to test for sensitivity.)

Scalp Protectors – This is used to help adhesives work better, especially for those who have oily skin or need better adhesion during swimming or sports activities.

Adhesive Remover – Adhesives are obviously strong and you will need a solvent to help dissolve any residue from your scalp and to prevent damage from pulling on the wig (or hair loss if the adhesive is embedded in your natural hair).

Wig Caps – If you want to cover your natural hair with a wig, a wig cap covers your hair and prevents slippage.

hair careWig Stand – The best way to store or dry your wig is on a wig stand. There are many types available that help to ensure that your wig maintains its style and shape.

Wig Clips – Sew in clips have mini-combs attached for women who wish to clip in their lace front wig, frontals or wefts. You can clip your wig to your natural hair for a secure fit.

Finding the right products for the care and wear of your wig can seem intimidating. That is why at Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon, we have a friendly, knowledgeable staff that is excited to help you with all of your hair care needs. Come in today and we can help you to pick out the items that are just right for you!

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