Fall and winter styles!

For those of you who look your best all year round, you already have your fall line ready. Don’t forget that your hair ties everything together, so take a look at this years trending fall hair styles.


“1. Elegant Updos

Updos definitely lend a classic edge to your look. Whether it’s just for a casual day out or partying the night away with your friends, this hairstyle will never go wrong. I’d suggest that you go for a messy bun. It creates such a fun and carefree vibe while maintaining it’s elegance. You can achieve this look by curling your hair into waves, gather them up and twist them into a bun. Secure them with bobby pins. For that added oomph, pin them with pretty hair accessories.

2. Braids

This kind of hairstyle is definitely effortless and it gives you that carefree boho vibe that will make you look more put together. You can use just a regular, casual braid placed at the side or you can go all out and create different looks with it. No matter what your preferences are, this hairstyle will definitely give you a sophisticated edge.

3. Heavy Bangs

Bangs have surely made such a great comeback this year. Channel out the inner Cleopatra in you and give your hairstyle a really pretty makeover. Depending on the structure of your face, you can go from heavy fringes or opt for elegant side swept bangs. This kind of hairstyle will definitely frame your face and it will give an exciting kick to your personality.

4. Ponytails

Ponytails are one of the widely used hairstyles this season. It’s definitely a hairstyle that would literally take you just seconds to do. You can go for an elegant ponytail or you can take it higher for an easy breezy feel. If you want a hairstyle that can give you the illusion of a slimmer face, high ponytails are your best bet.”

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Advertisements with Celebs: Does the Hype Work?

It’s not a new thing for businesses to advertise their product with familiar faces. Advertising, like always, try and make their product sound like it’s the best thing since sliced bread. The first thing you have to think about is if the star actually uses the product in question. They get paid big bucks to endorse the product, but do they actually believe what they’re saying? Seeing your favorite actor or singer talk about a product definitely inclines you to buy it, but is there a better way to find honest reviews on products? In this day and age, we aren’t limited to the one-sided conversation that is our television. Now that everyone and their grandmothers are connected in some way, through phone or computer, to the internet, one thing that needs a major revaluation is customer reviews. They are honest, descriptive, and easy to find. Most major websites like ebay or amazon even offer customer reviews and ratings on the product page! So the next time you see that one girl from that one show advertise that one product, don’t be afraid to hop online and see what people are really saying.


Grease: Actually Good for Hair?

It’s true, lately a lot of hair experts have said that grease is actually good for your hair. But getting the right levels can be tricky. Too little might not do anything, and too much might mean acne and shiny foreheads. But just the right levels can mean a natural light hold, softer hair and healthier roots. Another thing some of us girls really need help with is locking in moisture. Grease doesn’t dissipate easily so it can guarantee a nice hold for your hair, and the moisture inside it. As stated earlier, it can also provide a light hold your difficult to manage hair. Plus it holds for hours without a hitch. Many don’t know, but it can also be used as a volumizer. Most of us only expect creams and gels to be able to give us lively curls, but next time try a little but of grease with a light twist up, you’ll be surprised. Though you always have to be careful with grease. The rule of thumb is, whatever you think is enough, but half of that back in the jar and use the other half. Grease is very concentrated and can make a mess very easily. It should also never be applied to the scalp since it can block pours and irritate the skin. But if you’re carefully and have an adventure spirit, it can be a useful tool in your arsenal against flat and unmanageable hair.

A Pill to Prevent Gray Hair ??

L’Oreal is developing a pill that people will be able to take  to prevent their hair from turning grey. There are a couple of hitches, though. One, the pill is supposed to prevent hair from turning gray, but it will not turn hair back to it’s natural color from gray.  Some of the scientisst who discussed this product were wondering how people could actually prove that it prevented gray hair.

As a hair stylist, I know what chemicals can do to the hair shaft is handled improperly. When someone has you ingest a chemical to keep the color in your hair. This made me curious to see what it was and how it was supposed to work.

I found this video and article that explain the process. It works using a chemical compound found in certain fruits, and no one yet knows the side effects that may result from taking the pill. Here is an excerpt from an article by Christina Caron

“Bruno Bernard, head of the Hair Care, Quality and Color team at L’Oreal, first spoke about the cosmetic company’s research, telling the Daily Mail the pill will be based on a fruit extract that mimics an enzyme called TRP-2, which isn’t present in hair follicles.

TRP-2 helps make pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. In theory, the presence of TRP-2 could prevent hair from going gray. “Ideally you would take [the pill] for your whole life, but realistically we’d encourage people to start using it before their hair goes grey because we don’t think it can reverse the process once it has started,” he told the UK paper. “We have a watertight proof of concept, and we think it will have a market among men as well as women.”

I don’t know if I could picture myself or my clients taking a pill every day to prevent their hair from turning gray.

What do you think? Here is the report, check it out..



Maria Armenteos

Master Hair Stylist – Huntington Beach

Hair extensions!

Have you ever had one of those days where you’ve wanted longer hair? I have and i found that hair extensions serve that purpose quite well. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors with easy to hide clips at vanish underneath your real hair. It is simple to put them and take them out and looks just like your real hair. You can even mix and match colors without dying your hair.

“Hairlocs is the nation’s leader in hair extension systems that uses hair imported from Russia and Italy. The process requires no machines, complex weaving or braiding, sewing, heat, or glue. The Hairlocs Hair Extension System is painless and the safest method for hair enhancement because it was originally designed for thin and fragile hair. Customers can have peace of mind that these extensions will not damage their real hair or scalp.

The hair extension process will be performed by Alchemy Hair Studio’s Certified Hairlocs technicians, who are highly trained in the process and can ensure and tailor each look so that it is perfectly cut and colored to fit every customer’s needs.”

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How Important is it for Your Hair to Look Good?

They say you only get one chance to make a good  first impression. And the time period within which you make that first impression is around 15 seconds. If your hair is straggly, dry and unkempt, do you think that will make a good first impression?


There have been numerous studies that  say, no, it won’t. While having a good haircut that lays well and styles easily may not guarantee you will get the job, having a bad haircut and dressing poorly WILL guarantee that you WONT get the job. Beyond the physical condition of your hair, anyone who has ever been to a oggd stylist can tell you, having a great haircut can make you feel like you can take on anything. It is relaxing and you feel gorgeous when you walk out that salon door!!


I found a great article on WebMD that talks about  the subject of a good hair cut and color, and what it means

http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/hair-health-11/hair-statement to you

If your budget is tight, it never hurts to let your stylist know. Often, we feel ashamed when hard financial times hit us. They may be able to offer you a little bit of a break on their fees, or be more strategic with your hair cuts. Style your hair so as it grows out, it will still lay beautifully. Cut it a bit shorter  than you normally would. That way you won’t need to get your hair cut as often.

Instead of coloring your hair, get a weave of highlights. That way roots are not so noticeable as your hair grows.  Don’t just try to ignore a bad haircut and hope no one notices, because they will.


Maria Armenteros




$49 Haircut, Styling & Conditioning, & Blowout

This week only!!

Chin length Bob

Normally a value of up to $130.00, if you book an appointment this week, October 10 – 14th, I am having a blow out event. For only $49.00 you can get a Haircut, plus a conditioning treatment and a blow out.

I have new and exciting hair styles for the fall season and I want you to try one.

Call me today to book an appointment and hurry because this deal is only for a short time…






Huntington Beach – One of the Best Cities in the O.C & Loves Dogs

Rosanne SaxI just came across an  article in the Orange County Register.  about  the top places to live in Orange County and Huntington Beach came in second!! For me, personally, I LOVE the look and feel of Huntington Beach. I really connect with the people here, so  it is exciting to have the city where I spend so much of my time everyday named one of the Best Cities in the O.C. As a Master Hair Stylist, it feels good to be working in a city that has so much to offer it’s residents and to know that I contribute to the city with my work.

Just for your information, here is an excerpt from the article in the Register:

2. Huntington Beach has:

•  Eight miles of wide, sandy beaches – the longest continuous stretch of beachfront on the West Coast. and  Big-name resorts draw tourists along the coast.   There is a strong sense of community in Huntington Beach, a city founded in the late 1880s and incorporated in 1909. That community spirit is evident in the city’s wildly popular Fourth of July Parade. You also get that easygoing, beach-lifestyle feeling in Huntington.

Fan favorite: “This  city has a little bit of everything; great shopping and entertainment, relaxing recreation for your entire family (including your pets), and a nice variety of interesting places to eat. Add the wonderful ocean breeze and mild
temperature.” – Marie Cox, Brea

Fun fact: Some restaurants in this dog-friendly city offer menu items for canine guests.”

As a dog owner, the other thing that excites me is the dog friendly atmosphere in Huntington Beach!!  Most dogs LOVE the beach. They like to run, the love to jump into the surf and roll in the wet sand. In Huntington beach there is a group of people who well understand this and they have come together to form the The Preservation Society of Huntington Dog Beach, a 501(C)3 . Here is a quote from their website:

“Huntington Dog Beach is situated on Pacific Coast Highway between Seapoint Ave and 21st St in the beautiful city of Huntington Beach, CA. One mile of golden sands and the exciting Pacific Ocean have made Huntington Dog Beach a paradise for dogs where they can frolic in the water and taste a sense of freedom. ”   I have several friends who bring their dogs to this beach on a fairly regular basis. I also have other friends who take the well loved pets to the beach in other parts of California. My  friend In Northern California brings her Golden Retrievers to a beautiful beach in Carmel. You can see in the picture above this is something which her dogs just love.”

Maria Armenteros


Curly Hair Extensions

Most of the time when we think hair extensions, we think of straight, soft, silky hair. But there is an alternative option when it comes to extensions. Many stars like Rihanna and Beyoncé change up their hair like they change up their socks. They go from short black Mohawks, to long and wavy red hair. Even if you have straight hair, we can use these curly hair extensions to give you a whole new look..


Like it or not, the Holidays are coming!!

We are now almost half way through September. Next month will bring Halloween, the month after is Thanksgiving, and then Christmas. Now is the time to start getting your body and health in shape for the upcoming months. They say it takes 21 days to make a new habit. Every year I have friends who make resolutions on New Years to get healthy, eat better and exercise more. Well how about starting now?

If you simply workout once in a while, make it a habit to go to the gym twice a week. Walk three times a week, fast, for a half and hour. Eat lighter, have less meat, and more veggies with your meals. Maybe even replace your lunch sandwich with a salad twice a week. You may not lose 10 pounds by simply doing these things, but you won’t gain weight either. And you will be ready to take on all those Christmas cookies and parties with a stronger will. They won’t just jump in your mouth and onto your hips without you even knowing.

Maria Armenteros