The Importance of Wigs, Extensions, and Hair Accessories After a Head Injury

sad-young-womanLife is full of the unexpected and many times I have found myself helping friends suffering from difficult situations that have resulted in hair loss. I feel both honored and blessed that I can help people through their struggles with advice, wigs, or other products that can help to rebuild their self-esteem.

I met Christina over 15 years ago at church. She is a dear friend and I wanted you to hear her story in her own words:

When I was 21 I was attending college and pursuing my dream to become a high school teacher. I worked at the Sac State library and made a group of wonderful friends. We would go out to eat every Friday night and then hit the mall or Target (we were certainly not the typical college party girls.)

One warm evening in September we continued our tradition from the past year and ate at a taqueria and headed towards Arden Mall. We were all laughing and joking when my friend who was driving turned to glance at those of us in the backseat. Unfortunately, she didn’t see the cars in front of us slam on their brakes and we rammed into them going approximately 40 miles per hour.

We were in an early 1980’s Ford Bronco and I was in the back middle seat. The problem with that was that this model of car did not have a seatbelt in that position. I flew into the dashboard and peeled off the top of my scalp like a too ripe peach.

I was rushed to the hospital, lost a quarter of my blood, and endured 30 staples and ten stitches to try and put Humpty together again (all the while begging for God to knock my unconscious. He didn’t). When I was admitted to the hospital, I pleaded with the nurse to cover the mirror in the bathroom. I was terrified to see what I now looked like.

The next day I was sent home and couldn’t wash my hair for a week. I stunk, I was a matted mess, and my sister and I would watch movies together as we picked out old blood and scabs from my hair. I finally gained the courage to see myself in the mirror, but the pain outweighed my vanity.

There is much more to my story, but through this tragedy I was continually blessed. I had a group of family and friends that loved on me and I did end up going back to school, getting my degree, and earning my teaching credential.

However, wounds may heal but the scars have certainly remained. I have a painful, horseshoe shaped reminder of that car accident and my hair is still thin. I went gray early (well, I’m still a natural brunette. The box does says “Natural Darkest Brown 18A). I also have a secret weapon in my pocket that I have always relied on: my friend Janelle Pullman. I have been in many plays at our church and Janelle lovingly provided all of the gorgeous wigs and hair pieces for our productions. During these performances, she would take me aside, work with my insecurities, and give me tips on how to cover my scar (which starts at the front of my hairline).

Christina today 18 years after her car accident.

Christina today 18 years after her car accident.

It has now been almost 19 years since my accident am I’m not sure what is going to happen with my hair. Regardless, I’m not too worried or scared. I have my friend Janelle and she has an arsenal of products to make me look my best. I visit her wig store and salon and I know that she is the best at what she does. I also know that she cares for everyone of her clients and will treat me with the respect and privacy that I need because of my medical condition.

What’s the best part? All you need to do is to walk in to Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon to get the same treatment. You don’t have to worry or feel insecure because they’ve seen just about everything and have a passion to help people look and feel their best. My awesome secret weapon can be yours, too!

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STOP! You’ll Ruin Your Wig!

DSC_0139Top Mistakes to Avoid When Caring for Your Wig

You’ve done the research. You’ve tried on a variety of caps, brands and styles. You’ve had a stylist cut and color your wig to perfection. Now please take special care of your beautiful investment!!!

Caring for your wig isn’t difficult, but many times people fail to follow the simple guidelines that we share with our clients for them to get the most wear and best look from their hair pieces. Many times we can repair the damage, many times we can’t. Here are some of the most common mistakes that we have seen in caring (or lack thereof) for a wig or clip in extensions:

  • Using the Wrong Shampoo or Conditioner – I cringe to think about the times when a client spends hundreds of dollars on a gorgeous wig only to scrimp on hair products such as shampoo or conditioner. You wouldn’t buy a Ferrari and drive it through the gas station car wash! Please buy only certified salon quality products that are gentle and nourishing to your strands.
  • Over-exposure – Too much chlorine or too much sun will fry your human hair wig just like it will fry your natural hair. Wear a hat or avoid swimming if possible.
  • Avoid DIY Projects – I get it; caring for your hair can seem expensive. However, taking shortcuts such as trimming your wig or dyeing it yourself could end up costing you more money if you irreparably ruin your wig. Unlike your real hair, if you cut it too short it won’t grow back!
  • Cautiously Curl – Frequently curling your human hair wig will dry out your wig justHRA%20-%20Human%20Hair%20Wig%20Care as it will dry out your natural hair. Also, heat can melt synthetic hair, so carefully choose what type of hair is best for your lifestyle. Heat Defiant HD wigs are the new synthetic fiber and can easily be ruined. So remember, always use a heat resistant spray like Jon Renau’s heat defiant spray and use a big tooth comb when caring for your hair pieces.
  • Tangled – No one wants to look like tumbleweed so take off your wig when you sleep, use only special brushes designed specifically for hair pieces, and brush carefully starting from the bottom to the top. Also, a leave-in detangler will help to avoid excess pulling and damage.
  • Proper Storage – Just like a shirt tossed on the floor, your wig will look like a rumpled mess if not carefully put away. Head forms are inexpensive or you may want to put your hair piece back in the original box or bag in which it came (however, it may not hold a style as well in the packaging).

If you are still unsure of how to care for your wig, please stop in to Wig Works or Extensions for Hair Salon. There are notable differences between synthetic and human hair wigs, and our experts will be more than happy to find the right one for you and give you the proper information to keep your investment looking its best.

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Summer Is Here!!! (Now How Do I Care for My Wig or Hair Extensions in This Heat?!?)

wet-hair-2Ahhh, summer. Don’t you just love it?! The kids are out of school. The temperature jumps up. Vacation plans are made… but wait a minute… can I wear my hair extensions in the pool or ocean? Will I get overheated if I wear a wig in the warmer weather? Is there a way to protect my hair pieces from the damaging rays of the sun? These are all valid questions and I’m sure that you have many more. Here are a few tips and guidelines to help you during the grueling days of summer.

  • While many prefer to choose human hair wigs, you may want to consider switching to a synthetic one during the warmer months. They tend to be lighter and cooler.
  • Think about how you want to style your hair. Short haircuts or long hair stylishly braided will keep your locks off your neck so you can feel the breeze.
  • Stay away from extreme heat. For example, keep your wig carefully kept in a box inside the car and definitely not in the trunk. The heat and smoke from grilling are also not your friends.
  • You may find that you’ll need to wash your wig or hair extensions more often during the summer months due to an increase in perspiration. Wash your hair pieces as you normally would (about every 4-5 wears), but avoid over washing them which could damage your investment.
  • Can you swim with a wig or hair extensions? Well, yes and no. You should avoid swimming if you have human hair extensions (especially if you are blonde). Extensive exposure to water (and particularly chlorine) can loosen the adhesive and dry out your hair. If you must swim and have high quality human hair extensions, apply a leave-in conditioner before you swim to protect your hair from chlorine and sun damage. After you swim, deep condition your strands with a regular conditioner and heat cap. Synthetic hair tends to hold up a bit better since it is a plastic-based product and doesn’t absorb the chemically enhanced water. Don’t wear a swim cap; those just pull on the extensions and loosen their grip. However, wigs are another story; if you have NO hair then you can either wear a swim cap that is fuller to mimic hair underneath or use tape to adhere the wig to your scalp.
    Some of the stylish hats that we sell at Wig Works.
    Some of the stylish hats available  at Extensions for Hair Salon and Wig Works
  • Wig technology has come a long way in recent years and there are many products to help you stay cool:
    • Wig liners and skull caps can absorb sweat and prevent skin irritations.
    • Gel bands lift your wig slightly off your scalp which allows sweat to evaporate and air to cool your skin. Moreover, gel bands will prevent your wig from slipping out of place.
    • Fishnet caps are naturally ventilated and lift your wig base away from your head. These are great because they fit any head size and will keep your wig in place.
    • Good ole baby powder is also an inexpensive option to absorb sweat without causing skin irritations.A leave-in conditioner is additionally a great idea if you are planning to be in the sun for any length of time. Hair tends to dry out in the heat, so this is a simple way to protect your wig or extensions. You might also think about adding hats or scarves to your fashion arsenal to guard against those damaging rays.

Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean that you can’t look your best. If you still aren’t sure which of the above options are best for you, feel free to drop in to Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon. We have a variety of products in stock where you can see what looks and feels the best for you. Summer, here we come!!!

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The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Wig or Extensions

DSC_0079Wigs and hair extensions have had a bad rap for a long time and for good reason: there are a lot of mediocre products out there. Worse yet, there are sometimes good products that have been applied wrong or haven’t been cared for properly. Here are some of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen and ways that you can avoid becoming a “fashion don’t”.

  1. Skipping the professionals – Nowadays hair extensions are all the rage. Unfortunately, this also means that you can get them at kiosks in the mall, at chain beauty supply stores, or even through online retailers. The problem lies in that you don’t have the expertise or knowledge that comes with a certified stylist. The quality could be poor, the color might be wrong for your complexion, or it could look just downright unnatural.
  2. Cost vs. Value – There is one major reason why people choose to skip the professionals… price. They think that they can get a better deal or spend less on a comparable product. The truth is, a quality wig or natural looking hair extensions will probably cost you more than the ones you find at the mall, but the results will prove well worth the investment. However, with proper care a quality wig can well outlast a cheaply made one. Also, properly applied hair extensions can seamlessly and naturally blend into your own hair and last for many weeks.
  3. Find the right salon – Not all salons are created equal. Many times a cheaper salon DSC_0109compensates with poor quality products, inexperienced or low paid employees, and a short, limited time to spend with each client. What makes Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon stand out is that we have a highly trained staff who have years of experience focusing on hair loss needs. Many of our clients are undergoing medical treatments or have special requirements that we professionally and sensitively address. We treat each client as a valued individual and we want each one to walk out feeling confident and beautiful.
  4. Do your homework – There are countless styles and types of wigs available and it can get quite overwhelming. You may want to do a little online research to narrow down what you are looking for so that you can make the most of your salon appointment or visit to the wig shop. With different types of cap styles, human and synthetic hair options, colors, cuts, hair extension application methods, and a range of price points, it can definitely be to your advantage to have a style and budget in mind.

At Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon, we have the knowledge, experience, and compassion to help you find the right wig or hair extensions for your needs. We have an extensive inventory so that you can try on different types of caps or styles so that you can make the best, most informed decision possible. We make shopping for wigs and hair extensions mistake proof!

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Wig Myths Addressed – These Are Not Your Grandma’s Hair Pieces!

DSC_0127Wigs of the past have given modern day wigs a bad rap; they were course, hot, itchy, and you could spot them from a mile away. Fortunately, wigs and hair extensions have come a long way since the days of caftans and go-go boots. Those issues or concerns that may have been preventing you from trying this newer fashion staple are probably unmerited with the latest wig innovations.

Myth #1 – Wigs are hot and itchy.

Wigs used to have this problem because of the way the caps were formerly constructed. They were thick and heavy and didn’t allow for much ventilation. Now caps are crafted much differently and there are a variety of cap types to choose from to address your needs. For example, Raquel Welch is one of our top selling brands because of the comfort, construction and quality of her hair products. They feature cool stretch lace with patented Memory Cap II construction in the base plus a 1½” deep, virtually invisible sheer lace front for off the face styling.

Myth #2 – You can always tell when someone is wearing a wig.

If you’ve flipped through the pages of any magazine recently or watched an event on the red carpet, you’ve probably seen countless wigs and hair extensions without even realizing it. There is one reason why you don’t notice this accessory and it all boils down to quality. A poorly made wig is ill fitting, uses cheap fibers, or has the hair sewn in different directions. At Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon, we only sell quality pieces that look and feel natural.

Myth #3 – Wigs and hair extensions are too expensive.

While wigs and hair extensions can be costly, there are definitely some great alternatives out there to suit your budget. At the top of the line are hand tied, human hair wigs that can cost a pretty penny. However, you can

still purchase quality, great looking wigs and hair extensions at a lower price (but you’ll need to skip the kiosk at the mall and drive by the beauty supply store). Synthetic hair has evolved immensely in the past decade and many look, feel and move just like human hair but are at a lower price point.

Myth #4 – Wigs are too hard to take care of.

It can be intimidating the first time you need to wash your wig, but you need not fear. Just gently work out the tangles with a wide comb brush, soak your wig in a basin filled with lukewarm water and a bit of salon quality shampoo (if you have a synthetic wig, use a shampoo specially designated for this type of wig), rinse, pat dry, spritz with spray on conditioner, then air dry. Voila!

Myth #5 – Once I buy a wig, I’m stuck with that one style.

Many wigs can be cut, colored, and styled to your preference. It’s not like buying a one size fits all dress off the rack. We have an onsite salon where we can create the perfect hair piece to match the vision that you have in mind. Moreover, many synthetic wigs can even be curled and treated like human hair, so you’ll have a myriad of options to try.

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Sometimes it can be difficult to overcome misconceptions, so I would like to invite you to come and visit Wigs Works and Extensions for Hair Salon. We have hundreds of wigs available in our store and our caring and knowledgeable staff can help you to find the perfect wig or hair piece to address your concerns. Whether your scalp is sensitive or your budget is limited, our variety of products can demystify former wig myths of the past.

 

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Wigs, Extensions, Scarves and Hats: A Guide to Head Coverings for Hair Loss

DSC_0020Hair loss happens for a variety of reasons including age, diet, medical conditions, or injury. Hair loss can also seem completely overwhelming; you may be trying to determine the cause, juggle medical appointments, or test a pharmacy’s worth of medications all the while searching through thousands of websites on the Internet to see what options might work for you. As someone who has journeyed through the difficulties of breast cancer and who has been in the wig business for decades, I have a lot of experience in this area and want to share information about some products that can make your hair loss struggle a little bit easier.

For those with mildly thinning hair, you might want to consider our variety of hair   DSC_0003extensions to make your pony tail a little fuller or to add some texture to a bun. We have thousands of extensions to choose from (including clip on, bonded, fusion, micro tube and tape in) so you can undoubtedly find one to blend in seamlessly with your natural hair.

If you have lost most or all of your hair, we would love to help you! We have an immense selection of wigs that look natural and can be customized to your needs. In our onsite salon we are able to color your wig and give you a custom style so only you will know that you are wearing a wig. In addition, it can be intimidating to see a wall of wigs and not know where to begin. We have a compassionate, experienced staff to help you find what you are looking for and that will explain how to use the products that are needed to keep your wig looking and feeling great including shampoos, gentle brushes, wig liners, or adhesives.

DSC_0018However, we also know that not everyone is looking for a wig or hair piece, so we offer a plethora of head covering options. We have head scarves in just about every color with lovely patterns that comfortably, fashionably, and securely protect your head. We also have a spectrum of hats from plush velvet to embellished baseball caps to suit your style. Some even have hair pieces sew in so you have everything you need in one.

It is also important to try on your wig or head covering to make sure that it has the proper fit. We have a special area for you to try on our products with great lighting so you can be confident in your appearance. We limit photography and have this area away from windows to protect your privacy.

At Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon, I have carefully chosen every product to give my customers and clients the best possible hair solutions for their lifestyle and budget. I am passionate about what I do and my goal is to make every woman feel her best.

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Which Hairstyle is Best for My Face Shape?

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I love online shopping; I can do it from the convenience of my own home and search for the best deals. However, I know that there are a few things that I won’t buy online because one size doesn’t fit all and sometimes the sizes listed won’t fit quite right (for example pants and certain shoe brands.)

The same thing goes for hair styles. What may look amazing on one person can be completely wrong for another based on skin coloring or face shape. That’s why it is vital to get the opinion of an experienced hair stylist; before the scissors are even picked up, we can help you decide on what cut will best flatter your features or how we can customize your dream cut to highlight your eyes or put the focus on your smile.

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Let’s first start off with the different types of face shapes. The above chart can help you to identify what face shape you have.

Now here are some styles to consider based on your particular face shape:

Oval – Because the oval shaped face is so proportional, this face shape looks good with just about any hairstyle,
length or texture. You are the lucky ones!

Long – Fringe or bangs across the forehead can create the illusion of  a smaller forehead and a rounder face. You might also want to consider slicked back styles that are low and wide to shorten as well as widen your face.

Round – Up styles with lots of height will elongate a rounder face and a wavy fringe can soften the look dramatically, too. Graduated bobs are also a great option for rounder faces since they make the face appear narrower and slimmer.

Square – Long hair that is styled in a way that makes hair look sleeker and thinner will help square faces to look longer (similar to round faces). Center parts and lots of chunky of layers are also good for flattering square shaped faces. If you want a shorter hair style, short and wavy bobs also flatter this shaped face.

chicfactor-face-shape-hairstyle-guide1Heart – A textured, chin-length hairstyle like a bob will suit a heart shaped face best. If you want bangs, try side swiped bangs and not straight across ones as this will only make your face appear shorter and wider. You might also want to try shoulder length cuts with wispy layers that kick out.

Diamond/Triangle – Chin length bobs or wispy, layered shoulder hair styles will help to balance out a diamond face shape by balancing a narrow chin, minimizing wider cheek bones and shortening the overall face length. Styles that also allow for the hair to be tucked behind the ears will highlight the cheekbones.

Still unsure of what style would look best on you? This second chart may help you to determine which face shape you have and what cut best suits your personal style. When you are ready to make the plunge, our stylists at Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon can help you to get the style that is best for you. While we specialize in wigs and hair extensions, we also have years of experience and training to cut and color any type of hair. We are a full service salon dedicated to helping our clients look and feel amazing.

 

 

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