Booking an Appointment

Book your appointment on-line!!!

I decided a while ago that it might be best to have people call me directly to book their appointments. While it sounded like a good idea at the time, it became frustrating for some.

As you can imagine, when I am working on a customer’s hair, I do not take time away from them to answer the phone. As a result, that often means I have to check voice mail, check my appointment calendar, and if a customer has requested an appointment for a time when I am already booked, it can create a situation.

Through some quick research, I found a relatively easy to use appointment booking system, and I have plugged it into my blog. Now all my regular customers, and even the new ones, can create a login and password, and just book their appointments when they are ready.
For me, it is not only important to take excellent care of your hair, it is important you know that I value your time as well. Thanks for your business and I look forward to seeing you very soon!!

What is Keratin Hair Treatment?

Hair before (left) and after (right) the Brazilian Keratin Treatment. Photo: Courtesy of Kelsey Karp

What is Keratin Hair Treatment?

Simply put, is the latest trend for straightening and smoothing your curly hair. When professionally applied at a salon, the Keratin treatment is a safe and effective way of giving you soft, silky, straight hair that many curly haired  people dream of having.

So what exactly is in Keratin treatment? Keratin is a natural protein found in the hair, nails and skin of every living creature.Some people have more natural Keratin in their hair than others. Even with that, curly or dry hair can become frizzyand hard to manage. Hence, the Keratin treatments.

Applied in a salon setting, the Keratin product is infused into the hair follicles then sealed with a flat iron. Since it’s not a chemical it doesn’t frizz, dry or damage, as most straightening techniques are notorious for. It also gives your hair an external protective layer that smooths and repairs. Keratin is known to fix everything from kinky roots and straight ends to hat hair and bed head. It lasts for several weeks, and makes life a breeze for people with hard to manage hair!!

There are a host of brand names available, including Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola, Global Keratin Complex, the La Brasiliana treatment, Brazilian Keratin Treatment, the Brazilian Blow Out, and Brazilian Hair. Although, home treatment is not advised. Try to find a salon that offers a Keratin treatment, because they’ve done it enough times and have the experience and equipment to give you perfect results.

Maria is an expert at Keratin Treatments, so if you have questions about whether one would be right for your hair, give her a call.


Hair Care for Hair Extentions

Hair Extensions are a wonderful invention. It gives both men and women the option of changing their hair style without having to wait for their hair to grow out. But Hair extensions can be  a strain  on your scalp and existing hair.  If you wear extensions, you must make sure you have strong and full hair that is able to support them. However, it is mostly women who will  get extensions for thinning or chemically damaged hair, and although hair care products temporarily fix appearance, most don’t address the issue of actual hair and scalp health.

There are several effective and lasting ways to help people with thin or breaking hair. First and probably one of the most important, even  before we get to vitamins and supplements, make sure you use a special brush to keep your naturally shedding hair from damage caused by  brushing to keep the hair  tangle free. As for nutrients, you should not only maintain a healthy diet and hair care routine to fix your present issue, but also  in order to prevent future hair thinning and loss. We recommend the Ionix hair care line, since it was specifically designed for women with hair extensions and processed hair. Try drinking more green tea and ginger, as these have natural vitamins and minerals inside them which help give your hair the strength to support your extensions. If you want to go as far as vitamin supplements, we highly recommend b12, bioten, zinc and MSM.

As a Master Stylist, I see people all the time who complain about the condition of their hair. There are many ways I can help, by showing them the right products to use, to my Laser Hair Restoral System, and by recommending dietary changes. When they follow my advice, their hair looks better, and becomes strong enough to take Hair Extensions without doing further damage to fragile hair.


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 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




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..


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,

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.




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 – !!