Dolce Vs. Pucci? Summer Styles

Article in Style.com

Fashion, and  summer.When most people think of fashion and summer, they think of white. Soft, flowing white dresses, light, cool skirts…ahhhh

With my coloring, white is a great color for me. I just came across  this article at Style.com, the title was Dolce versus Pucci which intrigued me. I had to read the articles and study the pictures, and check out the looks.  Pitting two famous designers against each other.

Being a stylist,  hair is kind of my things, so even though I LOVE fashion guess what I noticed? Almost all of the  hairstyles were soft , long and sleek, with some soft curls.

Many of the  dresses were  white, very feminine, some knee length and sleek, some short and flirty All of them looked fresh and cool for the warm summer weather.

The long, silky, smooth hairstyles these ladies are wearing do not work naturally for everyone. Especially when the humidity levels rise. If you have naturally curly hair, hanging out at the beach will only make it frizzy and wavy.

A Keratin treatment or Brazilian Blow out will keep your hair shining and smooth for several weeks…

This beautiful lady came to see me, and her hair was a bit wild and frizzy when she came in, but this is how it looked when she left:

From Curly and frizzy to straight and sleek

come, let me help….

Maria

www.mariaarmenteros.com

 

Have you ever noticed, when you see pictures of some of the more famous Hollywood starlets, their hair can grow or shrink several inches between photos? It doesn’t actually grow, but they do have well paid, highly sough after stylists who “grow” their hair for them. It’s called Hair Extensions

You can buy cheap ones in those Kiosks at some malls, but it’s best to have me put the good ones in for you. I have a training video from my supplier, it will show you everything that goes into putting on Hair extensions, take a look and tell me what you think. Or better yet, call me when it’s over and I can put some in for you!!!

http://www.youtube.com/user/NXSBeauty#p/u/0/q1yxhopXHWs

 

Maria Armenteros

Huntington Beach

Salon Ambiance.

I was watching an episode of  “What Not to Wear”  and I thought to myself, so many people don’t understand  the impact of looking good. Many of the women who come on the show know somewhere inside them selves that they have given up. They are stuck with a look from 30 years ago, or 8 sizes ago, and they just don’t know how to move on!! Some have dry, unmanageable hair, and it causes them embarrasment and anquish just to get ready for an outing or a professional appointment.

On the show, the two stylists, Stacey and Clinton, work together with people to try and show them how the should dress. They first explain how their current wardrobe is not working, then show people examples of what would work better. And there is also a professional Hair Sylist on the show, to help them with their look.

Once Stacey and Clinton teach them how to shop for clothing and how to dress, you can see their whole “being” transform. People who were timid and shy become more outgoing. People who were sullen, or silly, become  more upbeat and outgoing. You watch them at their reveal parties and they just strut in, twirling and proud to show off their new selves.

As a hairdresser and stylist, what means the most to me is the part of the show where the people are required to get their hair styled. So many of those men and women are attached to their hair, and fearful of changing anything about it. The women with long hair seem to be the most fearful. I must say, as a professional stylist, I understand their fear. Not everyone who has a license to cut hair is a good stylist. I have seen too many people come to me after having had their hair poorly cut by another stylist, just upset and in tears, asking me can you fix this.

Let me please say this. I invest in my business. I have been trained in some of the fines schools in the Industry, and I consistently go to seminars and training to keep my skills sharp and on the cutting edge.  Cutting hair is NOT just about technique, it is about artistry, it is about having the experience to know how to shape thin hair, versus thick hair. It’s about cutting curly hair differently from straight hair. And color is another story all by itself. Think of color as chemistry. It’s not like when you go to the store and buy something off the shelf. I have had to learn how to mix just the right colors, how to blend them so people’s hair doesn’t end up looking flat and one dimensional.

At the end of the show, after the people have gone through all of the changes, they look like and act like  whole new people, almost without exception.  If you are in a place where your look is dragging you down, then You deserve that for yourself as well!!!

Maria Armenteros

Salon Ambiance – Huntington Beach, Ca

www.mariaarmenteros.com

Summer time and the livin is easy. Summer weather can make your hair fall flat from humidity, or cause  the culy hairs to  frizz. Blow dyer’s make you  hot, and the ocean is cool.

 Maybe it’s time for an easy maintenance, wash and go style for the summer.Whether is be short and cropped, shoulder length and angular, or longer, with bangs, so it looks good in a pony tail!!

Ginnifer Goodwin’s cool summer do!!

Check out what some of these celebrities have done:

Short and sweet for the summer. Just wash, condition, a little mouse or gel and you are out the door.

Halle Barry has gone back to her short cropped look for the season, and a couple of my own clients have taken off some length to keep the back of their necks cool during the hot, lazy days of summer.

Halle Berry - Oscars 2011 Red Carpet

Jennifer Aniston has shortened her long locks to an edgier style bob for her summer do:

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Here in Huntington Beach, we are by the beach, and we get to see all the latest styles that people are wearing for summer. As a stylist with a flair for the dramatic, I love helping my people try something new. Hair grows, so no one style has to last forever. Don’t get stuck in a rut, dare to try something new.

 

Kate Middleton's Wedding Hairstyle

Weddings, formals, semi-formals. It is that time of year, people get married, father’s take their daughters to the Father Daughter Dances, Junior and Senior Proms, fundraising events. Women shop and shop for just the right dress for the occasion, and I asked them to do the same with their hair and make up. Once you have a dress, the very next step should be an appointment with your hairstylist. Sometimes I am not certain people are truly listening. when I write my blogs, so when I read about other professional stylists saying pretty much what I have said, it always makes me feel good.

Soft, flowing curls

If you did not get a chance to read my blog a couple of weeks ago, one piece of advice I gave was this: don’t just plop in your stylists chair on the day of the big event, be it wedding or prom, and hope that on the first attempt you  will get  the hairstyle of your dreams. Make at least one appointment in advance to try out different styles BEFORE your special event.

 Take a look at what Kate Middelton’s sylist said  in the Daily Mail,  :

“Richard Ward, who owns the London salon responsible for styling the Royal bride’s hair on Friday, told how Kate, her mum Carole, 56, and sister Pippa, 27, have already had a number of dress rehearsals for their hair alone.

Richard said: ‘We’ve had many practice runs – and not just with Kate.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1381165/Royal-Wedding-Kate-Middleton-tells-hair-stylist-Prince-William-recognise-me.html#ixzz1Kkgx6QCk

 It is also critical that you end up looking like yourself. One other thing that Kate Middleton said was, it is important that William recognize her as she approaches the altar on their big day.  An intricate, fancy updo on a person who normally wears their hair long and flowing  will look unnatural. Certain dress styles call for different hair styles as well. A very structured dress may look better with hair pulled back and sleek. A loose, flowy dress will probably look better with a soft, wavy hair style.

Don’t leave anything to chance on such important days, call and book a tryout session in advance.

thank you, Maria

Salon Ambiance, Huntington Beach, Ca

Hair and and skin aren’t something that gets healthy and glowing just by what you put on them, they also need good nutrition and lots of water. It is important to feed your hair well!!. Now, I know that sounds silly, you can’t actually feed your hair, it doesn’t have a mouth, but nonetheless, what you eat, or don’t eat will affect your hair.

Olive oil, fresh water, leafy green vegetables, all these things are important to good nutrition. Calcium, vitamin D and Vitamin C, all are necessary to build strong, healthy bones, teeth nails and hair. I just read an article on Lance Armstrong’s site, Livestrong, that gives a detailed list of the foods good for hair:

B vitamins

B vitamins, including B6, folate, biotin and inositol, are instrumental in boosting hair health and spurring hair growth. Hair loss has been linked to a lack of B vitamins. Foods that are rich in vitamin B6 include tuna, cauliflower, mustard greens, margarine, vegetable oil, spinach, whole grains, wheat germ, liver, red and green peppers, cod and fatty fish such as salmon. Folate is found in asparagus, leafy greens, whole grains, oranges, strawberries, eggs, beans, fortified cereals and cantaloupe. Foods with biotin include soybeans, oats, green peas, walnuts, brown rice and sunflower seeds. For inositol, you can eat foods such as beets, cauliflower, eggplant, blackberries, green beans, grapefruit, limes and mandarin oranges.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/84097-foods-hair-nutrition/#ixzz1KUiARl3M

Don’t forget a moderate amount of fresh air and sunshine, too. Exercise stimulates blood flow, the sun has vitamins, and the fresh air will put a blow in your skin. So, come to me for a good cut, and great color, even some fantastic products that can repair damaged hair.

 But look to your grocers for everything else you need to stay healthy, beautiful and strong.

Maria Armenteros, Huntington Beach, Salon Ambiance.

You have a wonderful formal event to attend. You know you want your hair to look extra special, but which hairstyle to choose. Long and loose, with curls, or  short and sassy? Maybe something in between?  A good hairstyle can make an outfit better.

Maria Armenteros

Wedding Hairstyle

Sometimes the hairstyle you pick out is not the right one for your dress. If you have the dress already, before the actual day of the event, it is a very good idea to bring the dress to the salon and we can work together to find the best style for you, the dress, and the occasion. Lets imagine you going to be doing a fair bit of dancing, a loose flowy style might be better then an updo. If you have a dress with lots of beading and decoration, then a simpler, more elegant style might be best.

How does your hair color look? If you are trying to cover your gray and have been coloring your hair from a box, it may lack dimension and shine. In the salon, we have products made specifically to put color and shine into your hair, with hightlights and low lights. Coloring is not just a matter of picking out a bottle of dye that looks similar to your color. It’s more like a chemistry project where we mix different formulas that will give your hair color life and dimension.

Here at Salon Ambiance, in Huntington Beach, my philosophy is to first listen to my clients, then suggest what I think will work best, always keeping my clients wants and needs uppermost in my mind. 

So please don’t leave these important decisions to  the last minute, or you can ruin a special day.

 Call me ahead of time and book a consultation.

Don’t forget, I am running a special this week:

 Brazilian Blowout and Haircut, Normally $300,

 but for this week only the price is $200!!!

 

Maria Armenteros, http://www.mariaarmenteros.com/

 

Brazilian Blow out – Why do Stars Love it?

Before and After

This is not my first blog about the Brazilian Blowout. But most recently I have had people come up and ask me, what is a Brazilian Blow Out?  Must you be Brazilian to get one?  How much does it cost? Will it hurt my hair  or be good for it?

 While I am not a chemist I do know that it is safe when done properly, and it leaves curly, frizzy hair soft and shining. Here is one definition I found out on the web:” By creating a protective layer of keratin(a fibrous protein that makes up 85% of the human hair structure), the Brazilian Blowout in fact improves the condition of the hair and retains the natural volume and body.”  So that you can try it for yourslef, I am going to make it my special this week:

 A BRAZILIAN BLOW OUT AND HAIR  CUT  !!

NORMALLY $300.00, FOR THIS WEEK ONLY $200.00 !!

 You may have heard from some that Brazilian Blowout contains harmful chemicals. While there are hair straightening methods that use harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, that is not what makes up a Brazilian Blowout. 

Come on in and try it out!!!

Maria  562-972-5006

Did Miley Cyrus Really pay that much for hair extensions?

I was out looking for snippets of interesting articles for my blog posting today and I came across one that I just had to share!!

industry insiders now say Cyrus has returned to her hip-length locks. Not only that, but you won’t believe how much she paid for them!
A cool $24,000. Sources told InTouch Weekly that “Miley bought the best hair possible, and then had it dyed to match hers exactly. Her hair is an investment.”

In my last blog post I announced a special for this week only at my Salon Ambiance, Maria Armenteros:

THIS COMING WEEK, I HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL IN STORE FOR YOU!!

For the week of April 1, 2011  only, bring  in your hair extensions, and Maria will put them in for you at 50% off our regular rate.  Normally $150 per hour,  our special rate this week will be reduced to only to $75.00 per hour!!!

If you have an upcoming event, or just need to update your look for spring, this is a great time to try hair extensions, and maybe even a feather or two.

Questions!  Give me a call, at 562.972.5006, and check back here for up to the minute news about hair styles, color and more !!!

 

 

In my line of work  people are always coming to me for advice about their hair. In some cases, it’s too thin, it’s too fine, it’s too straight, or it’s too curly!! I can help you with all of those issues. With a good cut, I can make thin hair look fuller, thick hair more manageable, and I can help thick, curly hair lay better.

brazilian blow outs, hair extensions, processed hair, bleached hairThere are those of you who are just plain tired of  dealing with all the issues that come with curly hair. For you, I have something you have seen in my blog before, it is called the Brazilian Blowout. Often times, women with  processed hair or hair extentions  are reluctant to try this kind of treatment. Just to ease your mind, scroll down and take a look at this: Read More