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

www.ambiancemedspa.com

www.mariaarmenteros.com

 

 

 

Cutting your own hair, Really?

I just read an article about people cutting their own hair to save money. Now, you would think a stylist would tell you it is a colossaly bad idea to cut your own hair. I say, go for it. Then call me, and I will fix the damage.

Yes, cutting hair is simple and easy, just grab some shears and hack away. Styling hair to make it fall properly, to look full and lush, well that takes artistry and training.

I have spent years studying to become a Master Stylist. I have spent years learning and updating my credentials to become a Master Colorist.

Sassoon training is only one aspect of my background, but I thought it might be the most recognizable to all of you. Rather then me trying to explain how it works, I thought I would quote from one of the masters. Listen to what he has to say:

DD: In manuals such as “Cutting Hair the Vidal Sassoon Way” (1978), there is a chapter entitled “The Psychology of Haircutting” with a paragraph on bone structure. How important is anatomy in hairdressing?
Vidal Sassoon: No question: analysing faces, knowing bones, studying the height of the bones before you cut and making sure that the cut will look well from every angle is extremely important. Haircutting is not just about sitting someone in a chair and going ‘chop chop chop’, it’s really about studying the anatomy of the person you are working on.

To see the rest of the article you can go to:

http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/7468/1/scissors-revolution-vidal-sassoon-the-movie

Designing the best style for your hair type, the way your hair lays naturally, cutting it just right so that when you style your hair at home it looks just as good as when I style it at the salon. Being confident enough to tell you when a cut will NOT work with your hair and face. Working WITH you to make you look your best.

Ask people who have had a bad cut how much that affected their lives. To save a few bucks you can end up with weeks or months of bad hair days. I don’t think that’s the best way to save money, do you?

 

Maria Armenteros

www.mariaarmenteros.com

Salon Ambiance, Huntington Beach, Ca

 

Women In Business

I am a woman in business!! As a matter of fact I am a woman in TWO businesses!! For hair styling, I work at Salon Ambience in Huntington Beach, and to take careof the rest of your body and soul, I own http://ambiancemedspahb.com/about-us/also in Hungtington Beach.

Owning my business has felt like the right option for me. I get to run my business my way, hire good people, take excellent care of my customers and invest my time in something that gives back to my community. It is not easy owning your own business. I have heard my friends with regular jobs  say ” Boy, I should open up my own business, then I can make my own hours, and just work when I want.”. Most businesses that are sucessful don’t work that way. My hours have to be convenient for my clients. I have to be the stylist, the cosmetologist, the book keeper, the appointment maker and the manager of several people who work in my organization.

It is not easy, and sometimes it’s down right hard, but it is always rewarding and these businesses are MINE. I can change what is not working, I can implement new things, and some things I can keep the same, because that is what my clients are happy with.

I was just reading some interesting informationa about women owned business at NAWBO and I found these statistics:

Women Owned Business in the United  States:

  • 10.1 million firms are owned by women (50% or more), employing more than 13
    million people, and generating $1.9 trillion in sales as of 2008.
  • Three quarters of all women-owned businesses are majority owned by women
    (51% or more), for a total of 7.2 million firms, employing 7.3 million people,
    and generating $1.1 trillion in sales.
  • Women-owned firms (50% or more) account for 40% of all privately held firms.

Women Owned Business is one of the fastest growing sectors of the business community. I know why I own my businesses, I can’t speak for others. For me it is all of the reasons I stated in this blog, and more. It is a sense of pride in the work I do, and the feeling I get when a customer leaves my place feeling happy, beautiful and confident!

Thank you all for supporting me in my endeavors!!

Maria Armenteros

 

 

 

 

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.

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!!!

JENNIFER LOPEZ photo | Jennifer Lopez
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