LOCAL HB SALON SAYS: IT’S TIME TO STOP THE STRUGGLE OF STYLING YOUR HAIR!

Huntington Beach, CA- Locally-owned salon to the stylish women of Orange County, Meleesa the Salon recently announced a new Fall promotion in response to the desperate cries of their clients who say styling their own hair is way too difficult.

“Style YOUniversity”, the latest promotion by Meleesa the Salon, promises to help women “get the look” at home with ease, quickly and easily.  With their regular purchase of $50 or more, clients will receive a complimentary ONE on ONE styling lesson with the style expert of their choice.

In a recent survey of their clients, Meleesa the Salon discovered that regardless of all the do-it-yourself information available today, 90% of their clients still struggle with styling their own hair. “I was surprised to learn that most of my clients have so much trouble replicating the style I give them,” says salon owner, Meleesa Miller.

Depending on their needs, clients will have a choice of several classes focusing on hair styling and make up application.  Each class promises to be educational while keeping with the fun, relaxing setting of the salon. “Come in, have a drink, and let us share all of our secrets with you,” says Meleesa.

“The days of stylist-only secrets are over. We want our clients to look and feel good all the time, not just when they leave the salon, and we’re hoping a quick, fun lesson will help,” says Meleesa.

More information on Meleesa the Salon

Known as Orange County’s trendsetting salon, Meleesa the Salon is a fun, upbeat place that offers something for everyone. Led by celebrity stylist Meleesa Miller, the salon delivers high-fashion hair in a warm, bohemian beach setting.

Recently Meleesa the Salon was noted for being the first salon in Orange County to introduce a braiding and styling bar where clients could pop in for a quick braid or bun for any occasion. The salon is also well-known for their Balayage hair painting and cutting-edge coloring.

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5 Quick & Easy Braid Styles For Long Hair

Hello internet friends!

Do you have long hair? Does it take you hours to try to style your hair in the morning? Do you feel your hair looks the same every day, and needs something new?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this video is for you! In this video our stylist Tara will show you how to create a polished look for everyday wear in  less than 5 minutes time.

Watch this video and learn how to get your braid on!

If you are interested in a one-on-one styling lesson and you live near downtown Huntington Beach, Ca, you can make an appointment to come in to Meleesa the Salon by calling 714-969-7199 or just pop in for a visit @ 221 Main St Huntington Beach, Ca 92648

Making Your Style Last

-MAKING IT LAST-

 

*TO NIX OILY ROOTS AND ADD VOLUME AFTER THE FIRST DAY, first apply a little dry shampoo, ideally in a spray form and lightly massage your scalp with fingers

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*WHEN IT RAINS, TWIST BLOWN OUT HAIR INTO A LOW TIGHT CHIGNON AND SECURE IT WITH LARGE U-SHAPED PINS. Release the hair when you’re back inside. In winter, keep your ends sleek by leaving them tucked under the collar of your coat whenever you go outside.

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*BEFORE YOU GO TO THE GYM, TWIST HAIR INTO A BUN AND SECURE IT WITH BIG U-SHAPE PINS. Position a terry band at your hairline to hold back layers; place it over bangs to keep them flat and smooth. Wait until your hair is dry before removing the band and pins.

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*IF COARSE HAIR BEGINGS TO GET FRIZZY, SMOOTH IT BY SPRITZING A HEAT- PROTECTANT PRODUCT ON HAIR and running a flat iron over the outer layers. A small half-inch iron is good for taming the tiny hair around the face.

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*REFRESH A BOWOUT THAT HAS FALLEN FLAT WITH A LIGHT SPRITZ OF WATER OR TONIC over the hairline and part. This will reactivate the product that’s already in your hair. (skip this if your hair tends to turn frizzy)

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*WHEN A BLOWOUT IS ON ITS LAST LEG, REVIVE YOUR HAIR BY TWIRLING IT in large sections around a one-inch barrel curling iron. This smoothes hair and creates soft waves.

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New Celebrity Hair Obsession: The Brazilian Blowout

Here at Meleesa the Salon we strive to offer our clients the newest and best services available. We are proud to announce a new service called “Brazilian Blowouts” that helps tame wild, frizzy, and curly hair. We love it so much we wanted to share some info about it that we found in this blog: http://www.glamour.com/beauty/blogs/girls-in-the-beauty-department/2009/04/new-celeb-obsession-the-brazil.html

 

So, I’m friends with celebrity hairstylist Andy LeCompte on Facebook, and I noticed the other day that he posted a link to Nicole Richie’s blog, where she was raving about a new hair treatment she gets at Andy’s salon. I had to message him right away and get the scoop for you!

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I did a little (okay, huge, by blog standards) Q&A with Andy and Liz, the stylist at his salon who gives Nicole her Brazilian treatments. Here ya go, girlfriends:

Can you explain to our readers what exactly a Brazilian blowout is, and how it’s different from Japanese straightening?
Liz: The Brazilian Blowout is different from Japanese straightening and other Brazilian straighteners because it doesn’t completely straighten the hair. The hair still has plenty of volume and body and can still be worn curly or wavy. The Brazilian just softens whatever curl or wave you have. If the hair is air dried without a blow dryer, it will still have wave or curl but no frizz. On the flip side, if you want to blow dry your hair straight, you can do that, without a brush, in a fraction of the amount of time it would have taken without the Brazilian. Also, with other methods, there is a line of demarcation, meaning that when new hair grows in, it is curly/ wavy while the rest of the hair is straight. This blowout method washes away with time and is diffused, so there is no noticeable difference between new hair and treated hair. Other methods also have harsh chemicals in them like formaldehyde. The Brazilian Blowout does NOT have formaldehyde in it. And none of the chemicals in it are carcinogenic.

Other than Nicole, which of your other celebrity clients are doing this?
Andy: I know Ashley Tisdale has come in for it, and also Lindsay Lohan. I’m sure many more are doing it, and even more will be soon. It’s still rather new and is suddenly catching on, primarily because of the new formaldehyde-free formulation. I have only recently started recommending to my clients because of that, and because I know what results they can expect.

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What’s the process of getting this done like?
It’s relatively simple compared to other Brazilian straighteners and Japanese straightening methods. The hair is washed with a clarifying shampoo, solution is applied, the hair is dried, I flat iron the hair to seal in the solution, rinse the solution out, apply a conditioning mask and blow dry. The entire treatment takes 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on how much hair the client has.

Can you describe the results a little more for us?
Liz: It literally gives everyone “wash and wear” hair. It allows clients to have freedom to enjoy activities they may have in the past because they didn’t want to get their hair wet and have to spend an hour redoing it. You’re no longer a slave to your hair. You can do whatever you want–work out, swim–without having to think about not getting your hair wet, because you know you will be able to make it look great in 15 minutes with just a simple blow dry. The treatment simply washes away over time and your hair returns to its normal state, so if you don’t like it, you don’t have to worry about having to cut all your hair off to get rid of it. The Brazilian Blowout lasts for up to 3 months.

Nicole’s blog was quite an endorsement! 
Andy: Despite being a new mom with a very busy schedule, for the first time in her life she can come out of the shower and do nothing to her hair. For Nicole in the past, washing her hair was always a process that took at least an hour. So being able to get out of the shower and do nothing and just let her hair air dry is a real privilege.

Recreate Photo Shoot Styles and Extend Your Look!

Meleesa recently worked the Diane’s Swimwear “Holiday 2009” photo shoot. To create these soft tousled looks all it takes are four bumble products: styling lotion, surf spray, spray de mode and hair powder. The best part about these styles is they are all adaptations of the basic ‘beach hair’ style. Follow the instructions below to create the basic style and each adaptation.

 

Day One: The basic beach wave.

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After showering, towel dry hair until it is just damp.

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Take a small amount of grooming crème into your palm and work it into hair from roots to ends.

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Follow that by spraying surf spray throughout hair and working it through the hair with your fingers.

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Now blow-dry hair. If you have a diffuser, use it to enhance natural wave. But if not just blow-dry your hair without using a round brush. Flip upside-down to enhance volume at roots, directing the air at the roots while pulling hair away from scalp.

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Once hair is dry use a small barrel curling iron to enhance the basic wave you have started. Take ½-inch sections of hair and wrap it around the curling iron, starting at the roots and working out to the ends. Hold hair around iron until you have created desired amount of wave (will vary depending on iron used and temperature). Switch the direction that you wrap the hair around the iron to enhance the ‘natural’ look of the wave.

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Finish the style by spraying spray de mode over curls and using fingers to create separation in the wave.

 

Day Two: Adding a braid ‘headband’.

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Use curling iron to add curl (assuming hair has flattened out a bit. Or, if your hair is freshly showered, follow steps above.

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Using a comb, create a side part wherever you want the braid to begin.

Then separate a strip of hair starting at the part that goes all the way to your ear. If you want a thicker braid then separate out a wider band of hair. Thinner braid? Thinner strip.

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Start out by spraying the hair with hair powder to create some grit and eliminate any excess shine. Then starting at the side part, begin to french braid until you have reached just above your ear. Secure the braid with bobby pins above your temple.

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To create the ‘undone’ look seen in the photo, use your fingers to lightly pull at the parts of the braid making them slightly uneven. Spray the finished look with spray de mode to secure the look.

 

Day Three: Creating a twist ‘headband’.

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Start by spraying hair lightly with hair powder to eliminate any excess shine and to refresh your hair. Then add more wave using a curling iron if desired.

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Undo the French braid and spray that section of hair with hair powder. Then, staying close to scalp, wrap the same section of hair away from forehead. Secure the twist with bobby pins above temple.

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Pull hair back into a loose ponytail or bun, leaving stray pieces out of the hair tie.

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Finish look with spray de mode.

 

Day Four: Sultry updo with twist headband.

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It is time for more surf spray! Undo ponytail (not twist!) and spritz all over, lightly, with surf spray. Allow hair to dry and then spray lightly with hair powder.

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Use curling iron to refresh your wave. Your hair may look a little messy, but that is exactly what you want!

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Reform the twist headband you created in the day three look. Then on the opposite side of your side part gather hair into a messy side bun securing with bobby pins. You want the bun to sit level with your ear. Once you have secured the bun (make sure it is sturdy!) Pull at the bun to loosen it and make it a bit more messy.

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Once you have achieved the desired look, secure with spray de mode, and make sure those bobby pins feel tight!

 

You can spice up any of these styles by adding smaller loose braids throughout the look, or by adding a decorative clip.

 But any way you look at it, this is a great way to extend your style, look great, and save time!

 Looking for more tips or want to learn how to do this with a stylist? Make an appointment with Meleesa or any of our other stylists for a styling lesson and learn how to creatively reinvent your everyday style in an hour ‘one on one’ styling class.

 

Book one now, or check prices at 714-969-7199.

8 ‘Unboring’ Hair Ideas for the Holidays!

You are probably looking at this post and thinking, ‘Un-boring? Is that even a word?’ But once you check out the styles featured on this post, you will understand the title. These hairstyles look great on anyone and will never leave you bored or wishing you had done something different!

Check out each style and its description below.

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“Piece” out:

Don’t be fooled by the photo, this style works for those of us with longer hair too. This works especially well with bangs and is a simple way to spice up your everyday look. All it takes is a product with hold that will allow hair to piece together. Bumble carries products that can create a level of hold for every taste.

Are you looking for a very soft more natural piecey look? Then grooming crème is perfect for you. Add a small amount to palms and rub through slightly damp hair. When your hair dries it will have a mild separation and natural shine to it.

If you want more of a medium hold use bumble’s spray de mode as a finishing hairspray on any style and then use your fingers to work your hair into pieces.

For a more dramatic look similar to Rhianna’s, try using sumotech, which can be warmed up in palms and then worked through the sections of hair you want to have that extra hold and separation. (Note: this is a much stronger hold so this works best on shorter hair.)

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The infamous ‘lob’:

This is a look that has formed as celebrities show us that sometimes they don’t even get their hair cut on time! Similar to the celebrity hybrid couples out there (ex: Brangelina) it is a combination of ‘long’ and ‘bob’. The appeal of this style is obvious, it is very low maintenance and it is a very face flattering look. If you are looking to get this haircut, make sure you print out a photo to show your stylist. However, if you forget you can just ask for a medium length bob with blunt ends, cut slightly shorter in the back.

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Blunt crop:

Just the way it sounds, this style is a simple way to jet out of those hair blahs that can come with the season. Just imagine this hairstyle paired with all of those cowl neck sweaters and dangling earrings. This is a great way to show off the nape of your neck and to keep turning heads.

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The side-pinup:

This style is cross-generationally sexy. Your grandmothers made men weak in the knees with this look, and now it is your turn. This style takes a bit more work, but the pay-off will make it worth every curl.

To achieve this look: start by spraying damp hair all over with either tonic spray or prep spray then over that spray styling spray to give your hair mild hold and to tame some frizz. Part hair to one side and then blow-dry your hair through until it is completely dry.

Start by individually spraying ½ inch – 1-inch sections of hair with spray de mode hairspray using a light mist. Using a medium barrel curling iron wrap each ½ inch – 1-inch section of hair around the barrel, wrapping hair closer to the scalp around the iron first and working your way down to the ends. Heat until desired amount of curl is reached. Spray finished style with either spray de mode or classic hairspray to set the curls. Then, on the side of your hair where your part is, sweep your hair behind your ear and secure with a clip just behind the ear.

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5 p.m. braid:

This style looks great with a set of bangs or loose face-framing layers. Any braid can work: fish-tail, regular, French. So just pick your favorite and pull hair back into a low pony-tail, spraying hair with classic hairspray to tame fly-aways, and begin braiding! Or find a friend who is a braiding expert and enlist their help.

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Bedhead bun:

This look works best with hairstyles that have face-framing layers. Don’t have any? Ask your stylist to add some to your ‘do. Make sure you tell them the length you want for your shortest layers so that you don’t end up with hair that is too short! Once you have the look, go ahead and have fun with this messy bun look. You can keep it simple and do a minimal amount of style or you can style your hair similar to the side-pinup description above. Then just pull all of your long hair into either a loose bun or a low ponytail. You can even dress it up by adding a decorative clip. The best thing about this look? You can make it as casual or as sexy as you like!

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Poufy updo:

This is a tried and true classic. This look can add a dash of classy to any casual outfit. This is a simple way to upgrade any look for any event and, once again, is effortless.

For this look it is best to start with hair that is 1-2 days “old” or, if you want to start it out with clean hair, try using our spray bumble hair powder to add some grit to clean hair. This will make it easier to put hair into an updo. Once hair has been prepped with hair powder, gather a 1 – 2 inch wide section of hair at the top of your head, spray with classic hairspray and then using a fine-tooth comb lightly tease gathered section on the underside. Pull the rest of hair back into a loose or tight pony-tail (depending on desired look) and then pull top section back creating a pouf at the top of your head. Secure with bobby pins and then spray again with classic hairspray all over to secure the style.

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High-tight pony:

Does it get any easier? With this sleek look all it takes is hair that has been straightened to start off. Then, just spray hair lightly with hair powder to create grit then pull hair back into a pony tail that is close to the crown of your head. To secure the look, finish with a strong hair spray like classic hairspray or spray de mode or something even stronger. If you want to add shine use shine spray as a finisher with a gentle mist all over your hair.