Recover Your Hair After Hair Loss!

For both men and women, our hair is our security blanket. We view it as a defining piece of ourselves. We obsess about it looking its best and fear those ever so frustrating “bad hair days”. Hair not only is a physical attribute of ourselves, but it also tells  a lot about the type of person you are or are trying to portray. So, when we start losing our hair, it can be very traumatizing because it could feel like we are losing a piece of ourselves.

These days there are measures we can take to not only help prevent hair loss, but can actually stop hair loss, or even more, re-grow new hair! There are many tricks and tips we use in the salon when it comes to attending to our clients with balding/thinning and/or fine hair.

Here are some tips:

Make sure to take care of yourself by the inside first because it will definitely show on the outside. Following a healthy diet is crucial for maintaining healthy hair. Some vitamins and minerals that are crucial for healthy hair are vitamin B, Folate, Calcium & Biotin. Some foods that contain these vitamins are walnuts, spinach, eggs, bok choy, carrots and halibut. Try to include as many of these in your diet daily or find a good multi-vitamin to cover your bases.

Ask your hairdresser to recommend a good shampoo & conditioner that is not too heavy and won’t weigh your hair down. There are also shampoos and conditioners that will help stimulate the scalp to promote new hair growth. Brands that we love: DS Laboratories by Sweis Inc. and GO247 by UNITE in Mint thickening shampoo and conditioner.

The right haircut and style can give the illusion of thicker, fuller hair…If done right! We recommend  short chin or shoulder length bobs, side swept fringe, pixies, medium length bobs with stacked layering.

Hairdressers have to be extra cautious when it comes to applying color to fine or thinning hair because everything shows up more drastically, which could end up looking streaky or blotchy. Because hair process colors  quicker, it can lead to over processing. When adding contrast color to light hair,  go a level lighter than you like to avoid over processing.

Scalp makeup and hair thickeners have become really popular. Due to stressful lives we tend to lead these days, hair loss is a very prevalent reality. Products such as “colored power fibers” are being used to camouflage bald spots on the scalp by depositing a temporary color onto the surface of the scalp, blending in with your hair color. Powders are also being used to add volume to fine hair. Products that we recommend are: Expanda Dust by Unite and Style Edit Color Powder.


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Today’s Hollywood Hair Rebels!

From the runways to red carpets or those stylish, girls walking the streets, we are seeing the “dorkiest” of hairstyles known in hair history make a “cool” comeback! Mullets, bowl cuts, comb-overs and micro- bangs are….gulp…the latest hot looks in hair trends this new year of 2015! Yes, the 80’s are back in full force!

These looks come across as edgy, sexy, slightly boyish and very flattering, especially on the bold and confident woman whom is the only type of woman to be able to pull off these new “cool” haircuts. These type of haircuts are inspiring hairdressers all over the world right now.

The traditional versions of these haircuts are being changed up a bit however. Bowl cuts are looking a little more shaggy, comb-overs are being used to emphasize a very heavy, dramatic side bang, and while the mullet is still the same short length in the front and long length in the back AKA: “business in the front, party in the back”! The two distinct lengths in this hairstyle is being brought more up-to-date by blending in the two different lengths to create a more soft, seamless look.

We are seeing all kinds of celebrities rocking these new haircuts. Rhianna is killing the fashion mullet, Micro bangs on Beyonce and Lena Dunham’s bowl cut was lightened to a platinum blonde color.

So what do you think? Are the 80’s going to be taking over this year of 2015?? I can honestly say I hope that this trend isn’t here to stay! But, you are also talking to a girl whose dad thought he could cut her hair as a baby. And yes, I was a toe-head with a Mohawk to a mullet to a bowl-cut with accidental micro-bangs from about 1987-1992. The pictures are pretty amazing however!


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Holiday Specials On Nail Art!

Nails and nail art is such a fun trend of 2014 and most likely going to dominate 2015 as well. We are seeing all these new nail salons popping up everywhere due to the ever so popular “Gel Manicures/pedicures”.

The great thing about Platino Salon&Suites is that it is more than just a hair salon. It’s ability to house so many different beauty services other than hair within its walls is what makes this concept so unique.

One of the services offered here at Platino is manicuring. We have a nail technician that offers manicures and pedicures of all types. It is fun for some of our clients to come in, get their hair done and while their color is processing, they are able to get a relaxing manicure in between.

Tis’ the season to show your loved ones how much they mean to you. Give him or her the gift of beauty and relaxation. Keep in mind we do offer gift certificates which are always great gift ideas and never expire!



OPI Manicure & Pedicure $60

(orig. $40-$55 each)

Gel Manicure & Pedicure $65

(orig. $45-$65 each)


In Addition:



~aromatherapy treatment/ herbal tea soak

(only $2 more)

  • For appointment Please contact Chi Nguyen



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Seeing Red!

The trend in red hair is big right now. Red isn’t a hair color that is easy for most people to pull off, but when done right, there is just something so sultry about it. The variations of red seem endless in the hair industry. You have your purple reds, your true reds, your copper reds and now, the ever so popular rose reds…ughhhh! And, of course, everything in between. So, when it comes to red heads, be sure you know what type of red you want to portray. One thing is for certain, we are just red with envy over our redheads right now!

Some fun facts: (The Colorist Nov./Dec. issue)
*Some celebrities that have helped boost the sales of red hair color have been Debra Messing, Rhianna, Alyson Hannigan.
*Natural Redheads are more likely to be left-handed.
*The myth says that redheads are known to possess a strong sexual power.
*Natural red heads DON’T Gray. Instead, their pigment fades to blonde then, white.
*Red hair is the result of a recessive gene.

Talk with a colorist today at Platino Salon&Suites and bring some red magic to your hair!


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“Girls Who Barber…Barbetts” –MERRISA DALE

How Did You Get Started in this Biz?

“I started working in the industry at age 15 as a Receptionist. I enjoyed the salon atmosphere and its’ energy so much that I decided to go to Cosmetology School. I worked as an Assistant for a few years, then found my place as a Hairdresser at a men’s salon. I was confident enough to branch out and go find a new salon to work at as a Private Contractor and where my clients would feel comfortable coming to see me at their convenience. The transition from salons was almost seamless for both myself and my clients and I continue to successfully build to my clientele at the amazing Platino Salon&Suites Palace.”


How Did You Build Your Clientele?

“I worked at an upscale men’s salon for over 3 years trying to build a clientele. I’ve walked for miles and miles passing out my business cards, made myself available for any walk-in clients through a lot of patient waiting around the salon, did a lot of “complimentary work” dedicating myself to making men look and feel their very best! It wasn’t easy trying to make a name for myself and it definitely took a lot of time and patience. I teamed up with Platino Salon&Suites in their marketing strategy to market myself through their website with my very own “micro-site” and social media sites. I have even teamed up with “Groupon”, which was a one-time learning experience (at least for me). Through my work and “word of mouth”, I have obtained a great clientele and have gained the confidence to be able to do my best work, expand my skills and offer more services to my clients. This is what fuels my passion to being a great hairdresser.”

What Events Have You Worked On?

Featured in Orange Coast Magazine for OC LOOK 2014. First featured advertisement in OC Magazine’s September edition “Best of Orange County”
Men’s hair & makeup for TV, film, commercials & photo shoots.


Men’s Haircuts / Hot lather shaves / facial hair grooming / waxing / men’s color



What’s Trending at Platino Salon&Suites?

For a little over a month now, the chatter of this “super product” has spread widely throughout our hairdressers. Olaplex? It is a product that is added to any lightening or color service to prevent any breakage or damage to the hair during a coloring service. This is the secret potion that is being used to keep our client’s hair looking beautiful and healthy for up to 25 washes after their coloring service.

The reason the word about this product had spread like wild fire is simply because IT WORKS! The benefits to the client are obvious and many. In the hair dresser’s perspective, it is immensely beneficial for not only maintaining the integrity of their clients’ hair, but it is an ADDED SERVICE, which means more money in your pocket!

All you have to do is add the suggested amount of Olaplex into the lightener or tint bowl and apply as usual. This product is sold to Salon Professionals only and isn’t exactly cheap…. but well worth it!

Please stop in to get more information on this service or make an appointment for a consultation. Call  949-474-7477 or visit the “stylists” tab on our website and submit a comment form through one of the micro-sites and we’ll respond to you as promptly as possible!

Below is some more information on Olaplex which was given from “Behind the Chair” which is a favorite beauty professional site to get all the news on the salon world. Enjoy!

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Summer Rehab!

Bring your hair BACK TO LIFE! 

REHAB Your Hair!

After a season of soul affirming, hair damaging decadence, it’s time to kick the habit. It’s time to moisturize those dry, brittle hair or extensions from evaporating sun rays that cause hair dryness and damage. Hair damage starts at the tips of the hair and can slowly creep it’s way up, continuously breaking off! It’s time to fight!

You want: strong, healthy hair!

You have: fried, broken ends.


3 Easy Steps to “Rehab”:

1. Get a tiny trim! – I know how much fun it is for my long hair clients during the summertime to play with different styles (crown and side braids, beach waves).

The scissors are your best friend!

Years of growing out and cutting my clients hair, I recommend getting a “dusting” every 6 weeks.

Fun hair fact! Hair grows a ½ inch in a month, so in 6 weeks it has grown ¾ of an inch.

I cut ¼ inch off so split ends can’t move up the hair shaft and compromise even more of your length. Hair will still grow ½ inch a month.

2. Break old habits! Condition first!

Before you shower, when hair is dry, yes, I suggest applying 1 tablespoon of raw organic coconut oil with your fingertips massaging into hair, especially on the ends. You can continue this on your face, hands, cuticles and body as well. Let the oil penetrate for at least 10 minutes then, on top of the coconut oil, apply a moisture conditioner for another 10 minutes before shampooing! I love using Tigi’s “Urban Antidotes- Resurrection and Tigi Reborn’s Deep Restoration” conditioner or UNITE’S “Moisturizing and Pearl & Honey” conditioner. Their shampoo counterparts’  Tigi’s “Urban Antidotes- Ressurrection Shampoo and Tigi Reborn’s Deep Restoration” Shampoo or UNITE’S “Pearl & Honey” Shampoo are recommended to use in unison, which of course, we offer all products mentioned at Platino Salon.

Fun Hair Fact! Hair is like a rubber band.  It will snap if it is over-extended. Be gentle.

I cut ¼ inch off so split ends can’t move up the hair shaft and compromise even more of your length. Hair will still grow ½ inch a month.

Fun Hair Fact! Hair is like a rubber band.  It will snap if it is over-extended. Be gentle.


3. The NEW process- How to:

Wet the hair, apply conditioner with your fingertips and massage into the scalp and ends very gently. Leave in for a few minutes, rinse with warm water (not hot) and follow with a moisturizing shampoo! Rinse out thoroughly and spray in a leave-in-conditioner such as UNITE’S “7 Seconds” leave in conditioner (the best). By letting the hair soak this in, it will seal the moisture into the hair.

Some Fun Hair Study Facts:

* According to Dove’s Hair Care Study, 33% of women would give up social media for a year of good hair days.

* According to Style Seat Surveys, 91% of people surveyed say they feel a surge of confidence when their hair looks great!


I wish you the best of hair,

Laurel Chirico


Platino Salon&Suites

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