I need a good Haircut!!!

Elizabeth Banks, soft waves, shoulder length

If you need a good haircut, well, you have come to the right place. I nicknamed my business Hair by Maria. But truly, most of the time it is Hair by Maria and You!!  You tell me the look you want, I tell you if it will suit your face  and together we make something beautiful.

Sometimes the most difficult part of my profession as a Master Sylist and Colorist is to tell someone their face and hair are just not suited for a certain style.

Fine Hair is not going to lay the same way as thick hair. Thicker hair doesn’t always take to small, choppy layering as well as fine hair does. A round face will look better with some layers close to the face rather than all one length.

I do want to say that I am not someone who disregards my clients wishes and just does what I want to do. I am not talking about that. But if my people come to me and they want a style that will just not make them look beautiful, I have to work with them to find the flavor of the style they want, while giving them a cut that will let them leave my chair feeling happy and beautiful. They say that in life there must be some measure of compromise. I like to compromise. Not on the quality of my work, mind you, but on the style…

So for today, I will call my business Hair by Maria and You….

Maria Armenteros




Where do Hair Extensions Come From ?

People ask me, Maria, where do hair extensions come from? I don’t know where all the different types of hair extensions come from, but I mainly use a product from a company called Hairdreams. I have studied the different companies and their product line and I settled on this company because I felt they consistently had  the highest  quality. Instead of rewriting what they alread have in their product literature, I will just give you a quote from their website, Hairdreams.com:

Where does the hair come from?

Hairdreams attaches great importance to the choice of its hair. You can choose from the two different hair qualities Hairdreams 7 star SPECIAL and Hairdreams 5 star: The luxurious  Hairdreams 7 star SPECIALquality is raw hair of European type in all natural  colors ranging from blonde to dark brown, which come from all over the world. Specially trained Hairdreams representatives select and collect this hair according to highest quality standards. This hair has to be virgin hair (neither colored nor chemically treated) and it can’t be damaged in any way. After it has been collected, the raw hair is hand-selected and hand-sorted, hair by hair, in an elaborate and labor-intensive process. This process of hand-selection takes about 10 days for an average hair extension.

We make this enormous effort so that the color of the hair only has to be  changed slightly in order to match the natural hair spectrum. The refinement process puts such minimal chemical strain on it that one can really almost speak of virgin hair. The result: Hairdreams Special is the absolute  indulgence in hair extensions because it has not been chemically lightened and therefore has retained its perfectly elastic surface. For you, the client, it is important that Hairdreams Special Hair can be re-used for up to two years depending on
hair style and care.”

Installing them takes equal care and patience. I have had extensive training on the proper methods of applying the different styles and textures of hair extension, so they always look luxurious and natural. The procedure is not quick, but the end result is worth it.

Give me a call and I can tell you more about it…

Maria Armenteros

Hair by Maria…

Thanks for stopping by…


Beautiful Hair Series

I have written several blogs about hair loss over the past three years. In these times of stress, I felt it was important to let people know what the effects it has on hair loss in many of us. It also affects our overall health. But stress is not the only factor in hair loss. Genetics and environment can also strongly affect hair loss and over all health.

How many of you have noticed you hair seems to grown faster and thicker in the summer. Well it is not just your imagination. I see it in my regular clients and in my children as well. There are studies that prove light has a significant affect on hair growth.

The Power of Light

The Power of Light

Light is energy. Since the dawn of time, the sun has been the source of all life on earth. All forms of life, no matter how primitive or how advanced, derive sustenance from life-giving light.

Scientists have long known that light has an effect on cell function. Light has the power to heal, but the lack of light can also cause serious illness. Remove a plant from sunlight and it will wither and die. Place an infant born prematurely with jaundice under a simple blue light and the symptoms are reversed.

During the summer months when we are exposed to more hours of natural sunlight we find that our hair grows faster and thicker. It is the red spectrum of sunlight that stimulates the blood supply to our scalp and causes this biological phenomenon.

Discovery of Laser Therapy

While conducting research on mice in 1964, Dr. Andre Mester of Budapest Hungary, used a low reactive laser to heal wounds that would not respond to other treatment. Using the laser, he was able to hyper-stimulate skin cell growth in the effected area, thus healing the wounds. He noticed a surprising side effect – the laser also stimulated hair growth in the treated area where longer, thicker hair appeared. In subsequent testing, both results were duplicated involving diabetic patients with wounds that would not heal.

How Does It Work?

Unlike high powered lasers that use heat to cut through tissue, low level laser therapy uses red and near-infrared light on the cool end of the light spectrum. This “cool laser” is able to penetrate deep into tissues of the scalp, stimulating micro-circulation of blood supply, cell metabolism and protein synthesis through the process of photo bio-stimulation.

Laser Hair Therapy (LHT) is a new, non-surgical, scientific approach in the treatment of hair loss, thinning hair and scalp problems. LHT has been medically tested and is FDA approved for safety and effectiveness.

Hair restoration clinics around the world have been documenting the success of the Laser Hair Therapy as an important tool to stop the progression of hair loss and stimulate hair growth. Clinical studies have shown that many benefits of Laser Hair Therapy:

  • Cessation      of hair loss
  • Increase      in hair volume
  • Stimulation      of the hair follicle
  • Promotion      of thicker, stronger and healthier hair
  • Strengthening      and nourishing of weak hair

Laser hair therapy has proved to be a viable option for both men and women who are in the early stages of hair loss and general thinning.




InStyle Magazines, Summer Favorites

Many times my clients come to me with a certain hairstyle in mind. While their descriptions are helpful, pictures can be worth a thousand words. Sometimes I can tell if a style will look good on them by looking at the picture they bring with them. Does the picture show a woman who has the same shaped face? Is the picture showing someone with thick hair? Is my client’s hair the same type? Is the picture showing soft, loose curls, on a woman with thick, luxurious hair? If my client has thin, straight hair, then the style the come in hoping for will not work. BUT, I can work with their hair type and bone structure to give them something close, which will suit them better.

Take a look at this video, are there styles you like in here? Pick one or two and come see me, together we can make magic



hair by Maria



Can Stress Cause Hair Loss?

People sit in my chair and say, “Maria, my child is giving me gray hair!! I am so stressed that every time I take a shower or brush my hair, it comes out in clumps!!”

Can stress cause your hair to fall out? Absolutely. Stress can cause many different disruptions to your natural state. It can cause your face to break out, it can cause your fingernails to become brittle, and it can cause your hair to fall out, or turn grey.

If you continue to allow life to stress you too much, hair loss, more grey hairs and skin eruptions will become a fact of life. When you are severly stressed, you react to things in a less than positive way. It literally makes the chemicals in your body react differently than they normally would.

When you have already entered into an overstressed state,  even when something happens that is really not so critical, your body is so wound up that you can actually over react to the situation. And what does that do? It increases your stress level even more.

So, relax a little. Give yourself a time out, say no to over committing yourself, and most of all don’t try to be perfect. Do the best work you can and then let it g

At hairbymaria, we do hair restoration. It works in most people, and in a few treatments, they begin to see their own healthy hair growing back in.

As for reducing stress, in  a few hours  at Ambiance Med Spa, we can help you relax. Schedule a massage and a facial, and by the time my people are finished with you, all your stress will be washed away. If you do something like that every few weeks, I guarantee your hair and skin will look better, but more importantly, you will feel better.

Even if it is not with me, take the time to get your hair washed and styled, to get a facial or a massage. The cost is not that bad and the benefits are priceless.. I bet as you read this, you can picture how good it feels to have your hair washed and styled. Just close your eyes…

Maria Armenteros


Kim Kardashian’s Hair Extensions?

This week the company I use as my supplier for Hair Extensions let me know Kim Kardashian uses the same type of extensions I sell to my customers. Now, please, I have not called Kim or Kris to confirm this fact myself. I am taking the word of HairDreams Usa.

Hair Extensions serve several functions. For those of us who love to change up our styles often, hair extensions  give us options.

If you find that shoulder length hair is just right for you most of the time, but for special occasions, or just to change the mood, it would be fun to have long hair, I can do that for you with Hairdreams extensions.

I have customers who would love to put a little color in the hair, but they aren’t ready to commit to having a deep red stripe in the hair for a few months.  Hair extensions can be the perfect solution.  AND HAIR EXTENSIONS  ARE NOT JUST for WOMEN, men use them as well. Look at what the people from Hairdreams have to say :


Real Human hair extensions are not only the perfect choice for chic styling but also a natural alternative to normal highlights. They come in a vast array colours from natural tones to vibrant powerful colours.

All colours are characterized by their outstanding brilliance and durability. They allow for a variety of trendy colour effects and are gentle and harmless to the natural hair.

A positive side effect is that hair extensions also, simply, provide a greater amount of hair for extra fullness and volume. The huge variety of combinations of colours, lengths and structures allows for an almost endless number of creative hairstyles. With just a few strands, you can produce striking effects.”

Head over to their site and take a peekat some of the beautiful colors and styles:

Hair Styles for the Beach

The summer days are coming to an end for the rest of the country, but here in Southern California, some of our best beach days are still to come. Because of the way weather works, during the summer, when the weather can get pretty hot inland, it will tend to stay cooler here at the beach. By September, as the inland temperatures cool down, we start getting the nice warm weather everyone else in the country associates with Summer. For us summer lasts until October.

Am I not right? I think that is why I get so annoyed when I go into the major department stores and all they have in stock is long sleeved tops and trousers. No more bathing suits, no cute short sleeved t-shirts.

Here at Hair by Maria, we know how the beach weather works, and we don’t put away our summer hairstyles in August. In fact, I don’t know that we ever put them away!!


Breaking the rules!!! That is something we all need to do once in a while!! Because some rules are MADE to be broken. In-Style Magazine has a write up  about 11 Rules you SHOULD break. The First rule that should be broken is rule number one : Women over 40 should NOT have long hair. Traditional wisdom from our parents generation said if you are over 40, your hair should be cut short to frame your face, and give it a lift. I say, that is just silly. You can wear your hair how you like. In-Style went on to say,  General rules are not appropriate, each person is unique. We have different shapes to our faces, different types of activities we like to do, one rule does not apply to all.

For many women over 50, long,straight, thick hair just hanging down around their face CAN age you. If you keep it layered around your eys and cheekbones, keep it in good condition and healthy looking, with some body and shape, there is NO reason why you can’t still have long hair when you are over 50!!.

Hairstyles for women over 50

They go on to talk about 10 other rules you can and should break. Check it out:



Maria Armenteros – I can help you figure out which rules to break for yourself – !!


Why Does Your Hair Get Frizzy?

Beach Hair
After a day at the beach?

Hair gets Frizzy for several different reasons, and you can have just one of those issues with your hair, or all of them. I won’t get very technical here, but I will till you that humidity is the biggest cause of hair frizz. Some of your frizziness can be caused by over heated appliances.  The next biggest cause is poor nutrition, and last but not least is that thing we call stress. When you are under stress your body uses up nutrients more quickly, and if you do not eat properly, those nutrients are not getting put back into your system.

If you combine any of these you have a very strong chance of having frizzy hair. Many of my customers have hair that is neither curly, nor straight. It has waves. Curly  hair, as long as it is not frizzy as well, is fun, and full of whimsy. Look at these two pictures.
On the left, her hair looks dry and unmanageable, on the right, soft and pretty. You can straighten the look with one of several methods I use for my clients. It just depends upon the look you are in the mood for.

We are running a special this week on hair smoothing, offering 25% off of any type of hair smoothing you choose, from a Keratin treatment, to deep conditioning.

BUT if you just want your hair to be soft and look healthy, we don’t have to straighten it, we can just do another type of treatment for you…

Give me a call at 562.972.5006     and we can talk about what you want to do, and decide the best way to go.
Or you can text me at that same number, I will get back to you as soon as I can.
thank you
Maria Armenteros

Helping Hands

Despite the tough economic times we are in, I remain an optimist. I cherish the love and support of my family and close friends. We rely on each other, that is how we survive. I thought for one of my posts this week, I would take some time  to talk about what we can do help.

For many of us, money is a bit tight, I know that, but for someone who is really in need, you don’t have to give more than you can. Sometimes just a home cooked meal, some fresh warm bread, money for gas to get to work. The greatest gift you can give people is time. If you know a stressed out single parent or caregiver, who can not afford to pay for alternate care, maybe giving them three hours to go off by themselves could be a good gift. For an elderly friend who can’t drive any longer, a ride to the pharmacy or the grocery store once a week could be a gift beyond compare.

There is a  couple in the Laguna Beach area who do something called Come to Dinner. They raise money to  give to the Laguna Relief and Resource Center by hosting a dinner party. They supply the main dish each guest brings a side dish, and about $30.00. They host a lovely meal for up to 15 people, and when they are done, and all the dishes are put away, they call the Laguna Relief and Resource Center. Donna Valenti gives them a shopping list, they go off to the store, buy what is on the list, and bring the food to the center. Some of it is used to feed the homeless, some is given to local families  who need help with groceries.

If a big dinner is more than you could do, you could host a pot luck, have each person bring a dish, and if $30 is too much they can bring $15.00. The amount is up to you.

Have a blessed day!!

Maria Armenteros

Master Stylist – Huntington Beach, Ca