I just came across an article in the Orange County Register. about the top places to live in Orange County and Huntington Beach came in second!! For me, personally, I LOVE the look and feel of Huntington Beach. I really connect with the people here, so it is exciting to have the city where I spend so much of my time everyday named one of the Best Cities in the O.C. As a Master Hair Stylist, it feels good to be working in a city that has so much to offer it’s residents and to know that I contribute to the city with my work.
Just for your information, here is an excerpt from the article in the Register:
2. Huntington Beach has:
• Eight miles of wide, sandy beaches – the longest continuous stretch of beachfront on the West Coast. and Big-name resorts draw tourists along the coast. There is a strong sense of community in Huntington Beach, a city founded in the late 1880s and incorporated in 1909. That community spirit is evident in the city’s wildly popular Fourth of July Parade. You also get that easygoing, beach-lifestyle feeling in Huntington.
Fan favorite: “This city has a little bit of everything; great shopping and entertainment, relaxing recreation for your entire family (including your pets), and a nice variety of interesting places to eat. Add the wonderful ocean breeze and mild
temperature.” – Marie Cox, Brea
Fun fact: Some restaurants in this dog-friendly city offer menu items for canine guests.”
As a dog owner, the other thing that excites me is the dog friendly atmosphere in Huntington Beach!! Most dogs LOVE the beach. They like to run, the love to jump into the surf and roll in the wet sand. In Huntington beach there is a group of people who well understand this and they have come together to form the The Preservation Society of Huntington Dog Beach, a 501(C)3 . Here is a quote from their website:
“Huntington Dog Beach is situated on Pacific Coast Highway between Seapoint Ave and 21st St in the beautiful city of Huntington Beach, CA. One mile of golden sands and the exciting Pacific Ocean have made Huntington Dog Beach a paradise for dogs where they can frolic in the water and taste a sense of freedom. ” I have several friends who bring their dogs to this beach on a fairly regular basis. I also have other friends who take the well loved pets to the beach in other parts of California. My friend In Northern California brings her Golden Retrievers to a beautiful beach in Carmel. You can see in the picture above this is something which her dogs just love.”
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…
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.
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!!!
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!!
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.
Jennifer Aniston has shortened her long locks to an edgier style bob for her summer do:
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.
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, 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.
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.
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/
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!!!
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,