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10 reasons to NOT buy hair systems online

Many people buy hair systems online and think this is a good idea. I am going to give you ten reasons why I disagree.

I have thought a lot about this over the years, as the profession has changed because of the online presence. At one time, because there was no competition, sellers could mark-up their hair systems 3-4 time the wholesale price and make big money. Today everything is different and I think that is a good thing for the consumer. Prices must be in line with what is found online and service is what sells the client.

  1. I will say that I believe it is impossible to buy a hair system(or wig) online and have it look natural out of the box, or that any untrained person can cut in a hair system and make it look natural. As a stylist for almost 40 years now, I can still be uncertain about how well the hair system blends with the existing hair. it takes patience, persistence, lots of experience, and courage to cut expensive pieces that will not just grow back if a mis-cut happen.
  2.  Hair systems or wigs NEVER look like the photo depicts. In fact, I wonder at times if the product in the box is the product I ordered.
  3. The return policy for wigs and hair systems is so restrictive that you can not even try the piece on the head to see if it can possibly work. Return policies state that the piece must be in the same condition it was sent so they can resell it. Can you imagine trying on a hair system that obviously was worn by someone before you? Yuck!
  4. There are so many products and options today that a novice will quickly get confused and overwhelmed. Since this is my business and I have been at it for many years, I know the market and can make an EDUCATED choice in ordering.
  5. No one product will work in every situation, and you may not find the safest, least expensive and realistic product before you have jumped into some of the more drastic choices that can be unsafe.
  6. Marketing techniques have evolved into a science designed move you down a predetermined path to buy what they want to sell, not what you really need.
  7. You are unlikely to have someone at hand when things go wrong. Your wife/husband may make a caustic remark, but they can’t help you fix the problem.
  8. In the end, you pay as much, or in many cases more than you would if you were working with an honest professional.
  9. You have no idea of what makes up good quality in this business. manufacturers put heavy silicone’s on the hair before they sell to make it look healthy and shiny. In some cases it isn’t even human hair-it can be goat hair or horse-tail.
  10. Making the choice to wear hair is stressful. There are many psychological issues that come up and you need a qualified support person to assure you this is an improvement. No professional with integrity will allow you to look silly, because what you look like is a direct reflection on our skills.

On the plus side of buying online, I can only think of one…your identity is anonymous.


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Contact Chris for Hair for more information.

If hair loss is a concern of yours, there is something you can do about it! Contact Chris for Hair! Our extensive consultation is complimentary, and will show you all you need to know to decide if non-surgical replacement is for you. We encourage you to research, ask questions, compare. We know you will not find a more experienced professional, with more company offerings, at lower pricing. Hundred’s of people drive a fair distance to see Chris because they know she will always use the greatest integrity, tell the unvarnished truth, and go to the wall to make them happy.

What sets us apart?

We offer the professional service, the product lines, and the most private environment to explore the options available to you. Today’s replacement options are totally undetectable, cost-effective, and will change your life! There is no need to continue to feel self-conscious, miss that all important promotion because you look older that you are, miss out on important connections because you are not seen, feel less than any other person! Hair does make a difference in how others see you.


Contact Chris for Hair to learn more about your options. All information is confidential. We respect your privacy!



Testimonial from Meena T;

“I went to Chris as I was loosing a lot of hair and balding. I was very demoralized. Chris started educating me about how to take care of my hair and working on my self esteem issues due to female pattern hair loss.  She made me a wig, and she worked on it  diligently on multiple days, fixing it, such that it would be acceptable to me.  She knew the trauma and feelings one undergoes wearing a wig from her own past personal experience. She was very sensitive and empathetic, it is RARE to find someone like her.   My hair is gradually growing back with the use of Rogaine.  I am looking forward to going back to her once my hair needs attention.  I feel lucky to have found Chris.  As I gain more experience being her client, I plan to give further follow up.”

Reviews and Testimonials

Reviews and testimonials are the lifeblood of my business. One can never have too many reviews! Thanks to all that did review me, some (most) are suppressed by Yelp, but can still be found under the 58 reviews that are not currently recommended statement. 


  • Carol H.
    • Carol H.
    • Dublin, CA
    • 0 friends
    • 9 reviews

    7/27/2015 Updated review: I have reviewed Chris before, and now needed her services because my hair started thinning dramatically with menopause…as usual she did not let me down. She is now located closer to Modesto than Livermore, but getting the help I needed was worth the drive! Besides, it is a beautiful and PRIVATE location. I love the addition she provided for my hair, and am still so happy I knew of her.

    I feel like I finally found a stylist that can make my hair look like I ask, rather than what he/she… Read more


  • Sophi F.
    • Sophi F.
    • Turlock, CA
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review


    Having hair loss is devastating and their are so many business that are so money hungry. I bought a 6,000 dollar wig from a company in LA. That company and many other places were charging me over 200 dollars to dye it a few shades darker. I’m so grateful for meting Chris! She charges me third of that and does quality work! I also appreciate that she truly cares about me and how I am doing. She goes above and beyond. A plus is she has her own salon in her house which keeps everything private. I’m grateful their is someone who is skilled and compassionate serving the Merced and Modesto area.

    7/23/2015 Marcy K

    LOVE LOVE LOVE CHRIS!!! I have been going to Chris for almost 10 years. She is amazing at hair color and extensions. The place I had been going to prior had left me with broken hair and bald spots. Chris not only brought my hair back to healthy but it’s gorgeous. The colors blend perfectly and you can’t even tell I wear extensions. I don’t trust anyone else doing my hair. Her prices are amazing. Way below what I used to pay. It is so great to go to someone that knows about coloring and cutting hair. Not like a lot of places that are opening up everywhere these days. Go see Chris you will not regret it.


    Jul 28, 2015

     When I started losing my hair Chris really helped me gain my self confidence again. When she opened the Modesto area salon, I thought I’d never go that far, BUT I tried to find someone else only to find there is no one in the area with the skills, empathy, and connections to the replacement industry that Chris has, so along with many others I am making the drive and see her in the country. (it is a beautiful drive anyway)


    LINDA L. Dec 04, 2013

     So, at 42 I find that I am losing my hair due to a condition called Alopecia. I may go completely bald so I must be prepared to find some “alternative” hair. I called all the listed salons, and even went to a consultation, but was not satisfied until I met with Chris.

    I was astounded to feel that this person actually listened to my concerns, did not try to sell me anything, but showed me some possible options, then actually lent me a wig to wear for a week to see if I could handle it. Once we determined that a realistic human hair wig was best for my situation, Chris walked me gently through the process, asking questions to be certain we would order something that would work for me.
    When the new hair arrived, she told me to be aware that it would look horrible until it was cut for my face, which it did. But when Chris was done, she had recreated exactly the hair I had before it started to fall out. I loved it and finally felt like my old self.
    Chris asked me to make a follow up appointment to check out how it was going, and I did. Some minor alterations were needed, but on the whole, Chris nailed it for me. Her pricing was much below what others had quoted, and I feel this hair was worth every penny paid.
    I feel so fortunate that after feeling I would have to go bald, I found Chris. Her dedication is second to none and she is 100% honest with people.
    Losing one’s hair is a terrible experience, especially when you are female. Chris understands that and one can trust what she says. She is very talented, experienced and honest. I plan to stay.… posted on CitySearch


    FRANKIE556  Jun 24, 2011

     Awesome does not begin – to describe this stylist! I have very fine hair with little body and Chris cuts it better than anyone I have ever had, BUT this time she added some hair extensions to the sides of my hair and WOW does this make my life easier! I no longer… posted on CitySearch


    NOTATALL6   Jun 10, 2011

     awsome colorist – My color from a Tuscon salon was terrible! I met Chris at the ranch I board my horse at and immediately knew she was good at hair by the way her hair looked. I got an appointment at the Livermore location, and Chris corrected the color and… posted on CitySearch


    LARIE678    Jun 05, 2011

     Livermore has her now! – I have been a customer of Chris’s for several years now, she has given exceptional service for my difficult hair issues. I have lost a great deal of my haie due to Alopecia, and Chris has gone out of her way to find solutions as my hair… posted on CitySearch

    Thumbtack reviews:

    • Offsite review

      “I’ve been going to Chris for 5 years and have always been extremely satisfied. Chris is a seasoned hairstylist and an expert in non surgical hair restoration. She always strives to find the best products on the market and is continually staying ahead of the trend in her research and development. She understands your story and is kind and compassionate while being the utmost professional. And her prices are great too!”

      October 23, 2015
    • Cheri M.

      Offsite review

      “I have had a difficult time finding someone who could manage my unruly curls. Chris found the right cut and products to make my hair “behave”. She’s the best at what she does and very thorough discussing the possibilities. Highly recommend -Cheri”

      October 22, 2015
    • Jan B.

      Offsite review

      “Great hair cuts for Chris, always.”

      October 22, 2015
    • Leeshaa M.

      Offsite review

      “I was looking for hair piece/wigs and Chris gave me her recommendation. She listened to what I wanted and delivered it. She made the process very easy for me. She is caring and professional. I recommend her highly.”

      October 17, 2015
    • Ivgen G.

      Offsite review

      “Absolutely outstanding, Uses great products. personable but very professional.”

      October 17, 2015
    • Janet W.

      Offsite review

      “I found Chris 3 years ago. My hair had been gradually falling out over a period of time to the point where I needed to do something. I started searching on line for ideas and was very impressed with Chris’s website. Since she herself ‘suffered’ from hair loss I felt that she would have some insight as to dealing with my own problem. I met with her in a private setting, which was important to me. Right from the start she made me feel comfortable and was so easy to talk to. We decided that wigs were the best option for me. She walked me through the process, spending considerable time guiding me with her knowledge and expertise to get me feeling good about myself again. She cut and styled my first wig and has been doing so ever since. I have bought more wigs since then and always value her opinion and input. I recommend Chris for anyone suffering from hair loss. She can explain the different options available and help you find the best option for you.

      October 16, 2015

    • kay L.

      Offsite review

      “Chris is a great ‘barber.’ Yes, that’s exactly what I was looking for and found with Chris. She knows how to cut hair not just style it. My hair needs a great cut. And Christ does it. Sorry I’ve moved to Arizona and go no longer use her great talent.”

      October 14, 2015
    • Deb S.

      Offsite review

      “Chris cut and styled my hair for several years. I was so sad when she moved away. She always made my hair look fantastic and made it easy for me to style. She is one of the best hairdressers I have ever had. Her prices are very reasonable too.”

      October 14, 2015
    • Rose H.

      Offsite review

      “I was so lucky to find Chris years ago to do my hair. She is very honest, great with color and I was always happy with my cuts. She is a doll and I enjoyed my visits with her as well. She definitely loves what she does.”

      October 13, 2015
    • Victoria B.

      Offsite review

      “Chris has colored, cut and styled my hair for the last 5 years. She is outstanding. Her knowledge of color and of proper cutting techniques leaves me with a great hairstyle every time. She is also delightful to work with. Highly recommend her services.”

      October 13, 2015
    • Justine K.

      Offsite review

      “excellent support”

      October 13, 2015

Meet Chris

 After graduating from Moler Barber College in San Francisco, Chris quickly put her artistic skills to work and has created the perfect fusion of style, texture and fine craftsmanship.

After more than 30 years of successful alternative hair designing, taking many advanced courses in hair replacement systems for men and women, Chris has reached the pinnacle of success as evidence by her company being named hair replacement Salon of the Year.

Chris’s compassion for people has led her to specialize in Cranial Prosthetic’s for patients who have hair loss due to chemotherapy, radiation, burns, Alopecia Areata and more.

As a member of the American Hair Loss Council, Chris has become a part of a World Wide Group of professional hair replacement therapists and plastic surgeons, who offer ethical services and products and provide unbiased education for people experiencing hair loss.

Chris is a trained artist in the hair replacement business. For the person who wants more than just coverage, but a style that reflects who you are, giving you more confidence, dignity, and great style, Chris is the professional you want to work with.



At Chris for Hair, you can expect: 

  • The relentless pursuit of perfection.
  • A free, no-obligation hair-loss and scalp evaluation.
  • Discreet, patient, and dignified confidential services.
  • A highly trained and experienced hair-loss specialist. Chris has served clients for over thirty years.
  • Professional, one-on-one personal service.
  • A private building with no chance for exposure.
  • A business and personal philosophy that takes your confidentiality and privacy very seriously.
  •  Dealing with a specialist that’s been in business and continually growing since 1980.

We’re a different kind of hair restoration studio. 

There’s a reason that hair restoration has gotten a bad rap. The big-box hair clubs make their money by creating their own “store brand” solutions that mimic real advancements in hair restoration and prevention technology. Then they only give you access to their branded options, even if there’s a better solution on the market. Their quality control is internal, and they’re driven by volume. It’s easy to see who wins in that scenario. It’s definitely not about you.

In addition, most hair replacement studios try to lock you into a service contract where you must pay a set amount regardless of whether you actually need services or systems. We believe you are in the driver’s seat when your systems need replacing, if you want us to service you, we are happy to do so. Or, if you prefer to do your own attachments, we will teach you attachment methods you can use in the privacy of your home. We have many clients that order from us, have us cut the system(s) in, and since they live a distance from us, have regular hair cuts near their home. What ever works for you is what we want to give you.

We are accountable to you. 

You’ve seen how a big business works. The people at the top really get it, and the people below them understand less and less. At Chris for Hair, we’re not driven by volume. Cutting corners isn’t an option. We won’t shuffle you around to a different technician or stylist every time you come into our studio. We are a smaller, privately owned company with access to every major supplier in the US and abroad. We are not limited to one company’s product offering so we can choose exactly the options and budget that work for the person .  As a committed hair-restoration professional, we build our success by focusing on you. Limiting beliefs and shareholder value don’t decide what works at Chris for Hair, you do.

Contact us today to learn what we can do for you!  Phone 925-245-0194

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Wigs for chemo and more…

Wigs can be fun! Chemo is NOT fun!

Chemo therapy can rob a woman of energy, appetite, and strength, but it doesn’t have to take away her self-confidence!

If an oncology doctor or nurse predicts hair loss, the best approach is to prepare for the inevitable in phases before you even start treatment. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced and professionally trained stylist to avail yourself of her knowledge. By beginning the process before the hair is completely lost, the consultation will lessen your anxieties. Simply voicing your feelings and concerns to another person who has extensive experience with such a difficult situation is very comforting.


Christine Hanson’s affiliation with the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good Feel Better” program began in 1995. During that time she was a frequent speaker at numerous events relating to hair loss and living with a devastating diagnosis. She was twice awarded the ACS award for patient courage for her own battle with a brain tumor. She was the first ACS volunteer in Alameda County, and  started the “Look Good Feel Better” program in Arizona.

Also, while Chris can offer custom wigs for chemotherapy clients, she also carries every fashion wig line available, and can match or beat Internet prices on this type of wig. Since the hair loss from chemotherapy is usually temporary, and the patient may not feel up to re-styling a human hair wig, the synthetics are often a good choice. 

Cancer treatment is not the only reason women lose hair. Alopecia Areata, a condition that is related to an over active immune system can cause partial or complete hair loss. There are many other conditions that happen in life that make wigs an acceptable alternative to wearing hats or scarves. We have accounts with every major supplier in the USA and can find the right wig for you! All wigs need some “customization” to make them look as natural as possible and Chris not only gives the lowest internet pricing on the wigs she sells, but will also make the initial needed changes free of charge. She can also repair, reset, and in many cases revitalize synthetic wigs, and color human hair wigs.


Women's Solutions for thinning hair

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Women’s solutions for hair loss are numerous and complicated. This page describes how hair loss affects women and what we can do about it.

One of the most devastating challenges to a woman’s mental, emotional and physical well-being is the thinning or loss of her hair. In Western society, where personal appearance affects earning power, employment opportunities and even friend and love connections, when circumstances beyond a woman’s control result in hair loss, her confidence is destroyed,  discomfort in social and professional situations occurs, and a general distortion of self-image takes place.

Today, one in four women in the United States experiences hair loss and thinning. Millions of other women experience hair loss from medical conditions and medications.

When a woman likes the way she looks, she radiates confidence. Chris, offers experience, commitment, and artistry and will design a hair replacement system with you, and for you, that will give you an amazingly natural-looking result (and put the bounce back in your step!) She offers a range of women’s hair replacement solutions including Virtual Reality, (Virtuésse) Reallusions, Gemtress, Follea, Freedom, Milano brands, along with many others. No other service provider can offer you this many brands and options.

Take the first step to regain control of your appearance: Call Chris at 925 245 0194 to schedule your free first consultation. (Absolutely NO obligation!) Or, you can also contact us via our new consultation form below.

What can you expect?

  • Chris will offer you personalized,  hair loss solution based entirely on your unique needs. We offer both stock and custom solutions.You’ll receive all the up-to-date information you need to make an educated decision that’s right for you.Every conversation is confidential – always!Every visit takes place in a private room and is scheduled to allow complete privacy from the minute you arrive at my door. I will make this experience comfortable for you during your consultation and during every step of the process.The comprehensive hair loss consultation will cover your current health, your primary concerns and lifestyle expectations,  hair replacement needs (partial, total, temporary, permanent, etc., a personal hair analysis (color, density, texture), scalp examination (we realize chemotherapy can sometimes cause scalp sensitivities).Chris will take your facial features, height, weight, personality and your goals into consideration before making recommendations. She will also take exact measurements and perform fittings to assure comfortable wear. Styling, cut, highlights, lowlights, special occasion styling and even style changes are all performed in the same private setting. You don’t have to wear the same hairstyle for the life of your hair replacement system!All hair replacement systems are created from  the highest quality materials by highly skilled experts who take great pride in their workmanship.I will perform adjustments, alterations and maintenance on site.Chris will also show you how to properly care for the specific system chosen to keep it – and you – looking its best.When you leave after your final fitting, only your stylist (and your closest friends) will know  why you look so great!Chris takes great pride in providing the most believable and comfortable solutions for each client and knows that when the client feels good about how they look, she has provided a job well done.
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Men's Solutions for non-surgical hair restoration

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Men’s solutions for non surgical hair restoration have never been better. Say good-bye to the old “toupee” or “rug” as men’s options were formally considered. Today men’s solutions are far more realistic and comfortable than ever before.

The fact that many men (mostly in their 20’s and 30’s) have become bald by choice – it’s “in”, it’s “sexy”, it’s easy to keep up – does not in any way negate the fact that most men who suffer from baldness that is beyond their control, are extremely unhappy with their appearance.

Hair loss affects every aspect of their life. It affects personal and professional relationships and leaves men vulnerable to the empty promises of cure-all products and services marketed by greedy and dishonest companies.

A stunning 95% of permanent hair loss in men is caused by   Male Pattern Baldness, a form of androgenic alopecia.  Give yourself the opportunity to receive professional recommendations from an experienced stylist who attends ongoing training seminars to help you make an educated, smart decision about your appearance.

Chris offers a non-invasive hair graft, as one of your options in men’s solutions to hair restoration. Through this technique, a non-invasive hair graft acts as a second skin, actually becoming a part of you. There is no surgery and the process is simple. There is no daily care, no special treatments, just a regular daily shampooing like your own hair. Not only does it look great, it is easy to take care of, and you can enjoy all your favorite activities. It will not change your lifestyle, but it may change your life.

If the hair graft is not right for your personal situation, Chris offers several other options that look natural and are affordable. The variety of men’s solutions Chris offers is larger than any other provider in Northern California.

A free confidential consultation – totally without any obligation on your part – with a professional, highly trained hair replacement system stylist will offer options to fit your needs, your comfort level and your lifestyle. You’ll be amazed how natural even your hairline, one of the most tell-tale signs in lesser quality hair replacement options, will be.

Take the first step to regain control of your appearance: Call Chris for Hair at 925-245-0194 to schedule your free consultation. (Absolutely NO obligation)!