Makin' Waves Salon Gets Pretty And Charitable In Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Left: Diane Adams and Susie Smith; Right: Clients of Susie Smith (Photos courtesy of Makin' Waves Salon)

October's unofficial colors may be orange and black, but since 1993, it's also been known as the pink month, or National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One salon is making waves here in Huntington Beach this month with its charitable pink hair extensions, a cause inspired by a client who battled—and beat—breast cancer.

Flashes of pink will paint downtown HB as Makin' Waves Salon Owner Susie Smith works her magic on clients October 1 through October 31. Known as the "Queen of Hair Extensions," Smith has been adding length and color to clients' hair and her own mane for more than 15 years. This year, her longtime client and friend Diane Adams inspired a special pink hair extension or pink clip-in hair piece promotion where 75 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Orange County chapter. Each pink extension costs $15 and can be worn for up to two months. Smith's Downtown Los Angeles salon, Hollywood Hair Extensions, is also participating. 

Smith and Adams have been friends since 1998, and in 2004, Adams was diagnosed with breast cancer. With Smith as one of her many supporters, she won her fight, and she now continues rocking as an insurance agent and leading lady in Diane & The Deductibles, a five-piece band she formed with her husband, Cliff Rehrig, the former bass player of Air Supply. 

Her personal flare pairs perfectly with a touch of pink, and with a full head of long brown hair, Adams says, "Now I am happy to say my hair is long and I'm honored to clip in my pink hair to support the month of cancer awareness."

Being pretty in pink isn't just about being on trend. As Smith, who's certified in 10 different forms of extensions, notes, "Finally, fashion has caught up and sees that a little flash of color isn't just reserved for models or those in the fashion industry. One pink strand in your hair is subtle and sophisticated, fashionable and fun. Plus, it promotes breast cancer awareness and Susan G. Komen. It doesn't get cooler than that!"

What's also cool are Smith's volunteer efforts and HB community involvement. She's part of the HB Downtown Business Improvement District, which organizes ongoing events on and around Main Street, like the weekly Surf City Nights and the monthly HB Downtown Art Walk.

Appointments for pink extensions and clip-on hair pieces are required and can be made by calling the number below. If you go pink this month, take a photo and email us ( or tag us (@mainandpch)!

Makin' Waves Salon // 320 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-801-6488 // Facebook

More Seasonal Stories

Huntington Beach Then & Now: A 1960 Cruise Along PCH

Greetings From Greece!