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.

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

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/

 

Different Highlighting Techniques

Hair

Foiling is the most commonly used method of highlighting. It is useful for getting closest to the roots and keeps processing solution from seeping to unwanted strands of hair by using professional-quality tinfoil to surround processing hair. This is the best technique to use for tri-color services, which include lowlights, highlights and a base color, as all the colors can be kept separate.

Chunking is best if you’re looking for bold highlights or lowlights. Your stylist will take larger sections of hair and color process them according to the look you want. Some more daring individuals may use chunking as a way of infusing bright, unexpected shades to their hair, while others may like the look of chunking, but will want a tone closer to their natural tone for a less drastic change. The chunking technique is very versatile and can be used for any look you would like anywhere on the scale of natural to downright shocking.

Painting is just as it sounds. A brush or comb is used to literally paint bleach or color mixture onto the hair strands. This technique creates a very natural, sun-kissed look to your hair. Because the bleach is not contained in foil or plastic while processing, it is necessary to use a larger amount to get the desired effect, which can burn the hair, so proper upkeep is a must.

Baliage is a form of painting with little limitation, creating a more multitonal and multidimensional look. In most cases, the processed pieces are wrapped in plastic wrap, so this technique is less damaging than just painting and creates a more dramatic effect by keeping the processing solution from escaping to unwanted surrounding strands of hair.

Tipping is a method that highlights a section of the bottom of your strands of hair. A variety of lengths and colors can be used, so, like chunking, tipping can be used for any look from natural to daring. This method works best on straight or slightly wavy hair and is very low maintenance.