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

 

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.

 

The Brazilian Blowout

You may have heard a lot of talk about the hottest new hair treatment, the Brazilian Blowout. Curious about what the treatment actually is? Here is the description from the official Brazilian Blowout website:

“The BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT is the most innovative and effective professional smoothing treatment in the WORLD! Through the use of a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex and a proprietary polymer system, the Brazilian Blowout actually improves the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. The end result is smooth, healthy, frizz-free hair with radiant shine! What makes us different? The ONLY Professional Smoothing Treatment that improves the health of the hair. No Damage and No Harsh Chemicals! No Formaldehyde! Entire treatment completed in just 90 minutes! No down time! The minute you leave the salon, you can wash and air dry your hair, and it will be smooth, frizz-free and radiant! Results last up to 12 weeks. Leaves hair smooth and frizz-free WITHOUT harsh chemicals. Acai aftercare products ensure longest lasting results.”

If this is something you are interested in I offer the Brazilian Blowout treatment. Take a look at one of my recent clients who received the treatment:

Brazilian Blowout Before and After

Have the beautiful straight hair you have always wanted. Book your appointments today for this amazing hair treatment! You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter for my latest deals and updates.

Hot Hair Trend: The Faux Bob

Faux Bob

Everyone loves to talk about celebrity hair and everyone loves to comment on their favorite celebrities new hair styles. You might have noticed that some of your favorite actresses have long flowing locks one day and then a cute short bob the next. This phenomena is what some like to call the Faux Bob. This short do is great for the everyday women when she feels like spicing up her look and a great addition to your Halloween costume.

Here are some easy steps from Bella Sugar for achieving this quick transformation:

  • STEP 1: Pull hair back into a low ponytail with a hair tie that blends in with the color of your hair. (Goody makes some inexpensive ones.)
  • STEP 2: Tuck the ponytail under and secure it with bobby pins to hold your hair firmly in place.
  • STEP 3: Next, pull a generous amount of hair from the tops and the sides to create the illusion that your hair is down.
  • STEP 4: Lastly, curl the loose hairs with a curling iron so they shorten and look more voluminous. Mist your entire head with hairspray and then loosely pin back any extra long hairs to create an overall shorter appearance!”

Don’t be afraid to experiment with new looks! This is a great way to find out if you want that short bob or a great alternative to getting that short do.

Photo: InStyle Weddings