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

Jennifer Lopez – Great Hair!!

I have been watching a little bit of American Idol, and for me, as a Spa owner and Professional Hair Stylist, I am more fascinated by the Hair and Makeup than the singing. I guess that because of my profession, that is just where my eyes land first!!!

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Jennifer understands the affect of Beautiful Hair!!

I love both Jennifer’s and Steven Tyler’s hair. I don’t want to say for certain, but I wouldn’t be surprised if maybe Jennifer  has a hair  extension or two in and amongst all of  her own beautiful hair. She is of Puerto Rican descent, so her natural color is darker. Her hair is highlighted, to perfection for her warm skin tones, and I can tell she uses good products for her hair type.

Steven is another thing all together. His hair is all about sex appeal and fun. It seems each week he has more feathers in his hair. And Hair extensions? I am not sure about that. I am sure that he also takes very good care of his hair. It is shiny, and falls in gentle waves around his face.

Both of these stars know full well that hair is NOT an afterthought!! It is your fifth accessory!! Good shoes, Clear Skin, great smile, well fitting clothes, and GREAT HAIR.

I have helped so many good people who come to me with frizzy or over processed hair. I know what products to use to help them restore their hair to its natural beauty. And when mother nature does not get it quite right, well I can help with that as well. Our hair color products are some of the finest you can buy, and I have been carefully trained to use them to your best advantage!!

See you soon,

Maria Armenteros

www.mariaarmenteros.com

 

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

Highlights

shutterstock_17788813Highlights are strands of hair that have been lightened 2 or more shades lighter than the rest of your hair and are used to accentuate different elements of your hair, such as shape and style, while also complementing your skin tone. They are meant to add dimension to your color, creating a more natural look. Likewise, highlights can also be used to create a more “funky” look, by processing thicker chunks of hair. You and your Stylist can decide which look is best for you. Before you speak to your Stylist, decide what aspect of your hair you want to improve most with your highlights. For example, if you feel your hair lacks volume and body, your Stylist can place the highlights strategically parallel to the ground to create the appearance of a fuller look. Also, if you feel your hair is looking dull and lacks shine, your Stylist can place highlights to create the look of lustrous, healthy hair. There is also the option of using a lowlight, which can be beneficial in adding to the effect you are going for.