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,,20480953_20497610_20968109,00.html


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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:

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:,,20276967_20477335,00.html


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


You can’t always judge a book by it’s cover, but you probably will. Now, I love music, all types of music, and I am of Latin descent, so music affects me to my very soul. It can change my mood from happy to sad, from peaceful and content to fired up. I think it’s all part of being a creative person!!

I saw a You Tube Video today of a Lady Gaga’s appearance  on a  radio show, where she performed live. While I am intrigued by her personal style, most of her popular music is not the type I usually enjoy listening to. But this video that was posted on You Tube showed just her, sitting at her piano, playing and singing. It was pure, and it touched me.  The same thing happened to me when I saw Beyonce sing to the President and First Lady. I knew she was talented, but once again, not someone I listened to regularly, yet when I heard her sing “At Last”, I could not believe my ears. She had power and range, way beyond anything I had heard in her popular music style.

So, you say to yourself, what the heck does this have to do with Hair, or skin care? EVERYTHING!!! Look, when an artist chooses a persona, that persona will endear them to some people, and will alienate others. The same thing goes for the rest of us mere mortals.

If your hair is dry and brittle, your skin is patchy or has blotches, people are going to be less likely to think favorably of you. YES people should be able to look beyond that and give you a chance. But I can guarantee you most  will not. Just Like I did with Lady Gaga, and Beyonce, they will judge you initially by what they see when you walk into their world for the first time.  When you leave you door, it is important to always look neat, clean and healthy.

Looking good not only helps other people see you differently, it will make YOU feel good about yourself.

Maria Armenteros



Hair Styles from a Master Stylist

This is what I do:

I am a Master Stylist, I have a station at Salon Ambiance in Huntington Beach, CA. My background includes extensive formal training, plus I regulalry attend seminars on the lastest techniques in cut and color. That’s it in short form.

I love what I do, and I hope that shows in my work. For me, styling hair is not just a trade, or a job, it is my passion. My joy in life is my family, and when someone leaves my chair feeling beautiful.


Maria Armenteros..

Salon Ambiance, Huntington Beach, Ca




Hair and Facial Care Deals!!!

To all my Hair Salon customers, I want to offer you a special deal for our Ambiance Med Spa .

For this coming week only, we are cutting prices on our most popular treatments to help you feel as good about your skin as we make you feel about your hair!!

Take a look:

Dramatic savings !!!

$59 for a 50 minute cleansing facial

$79 for 1 hour facial includes hand and foot treatment

$125 for TCA chemical peel which hyperpigmentation, fine lines & wrinkles, it is good for all skin types gives skin a smoother more radiant appearance!

$50 Microdermabrasion

Maria Armenteros




Today I am only going to write about thankfulness. Every day I wake up, I am thankful for my friends, my family, my extended family and my loyal customers. I am thankful when I meet new people who then become loyal customers. I am thankful for the Advanced Training I received at Vidal Sassoon, and Toni & Guy. For Salon Ambiance in Huntington Beach and for Ambiance Med Spa. Most of all  I am thankful when my customers take time out of their busy day to drop me a line, through email, or Facebook to tell me they are thankful for me. This is just one of the emails I recieved in the past two weeks:


This is Beth. I am so happy to have met you and will be using your services again in the future.  I have given your card to my friend and I will share my experience on facebook.  I think is wonderful that Mike works at Salon Ambiance in Huntington Beach, too!!  Please  tell him you know me – he has wanted my husband to come in for some time now.   Oh, I don’t want to forget to let you know that Amy loves her feather!

I can not say thank you enough for repairing the damage done to my hair by the other Salon. When I went back a few days after my appointment to show them what had happened to my hair, the manager was defensive and not willing to help me, rather, I have to deal with the stylist herself – fun fun. Rather then being concerned and helpful, they said the integrity of the hair was compromised by hair dye – which I used on my roots – I never saturated the extension. Oh, well live and learn I guess.  If they had been willing to help me, even though mistakes were made, they would have had a loyal customer in me. Instead, YOU now have a satisfied, loyal customer who will refer you many new customers.


Thanks again,Maria!!!