Blonde Bombshells!

Natural blondes have always been a rarity compared to the huge population of “bottled blondes”. Here in Orange County, CA, known as the “mecca of blondes”, we are always seeing all different kinds of blonding services being preformed by all of our hairdressers here at Platino Salon&Suites. After all, “tis the season, right? The sunshine does tend to bring the blonde out in many of us!

The desire for blonde hair will never go away. From movie actresses from the 1930’s such as Marilyn Monroe, to the models of today’s Victoria Secret runways such as Candice Swanepoel, a.k.a. “Ice Princess”, in reference to her icy, blonde hair, blondes are in. The obsession with blonde hair (natural or “bottled”) still is and forever will be the most intriguing hair color to the human eye. This is great for a hairdressers’ business, being that the blondes are what we call a “money ticket” because it isn’t necessarily cheap to get that desired blonde color, simply because it is not that easy to achieve it!

There are so many different shades of blonde and every blonde is very particular on theirs! Just ask one!!! From natural to “bottled”, Sun-Kissed to Nordic, Honey to Platinum, Beige blonde to Violet blonde, the shades of blonde are endless and blondes tend to like the best and brightest of these. This may be the reason why the growing popularity of exclusive professional, blonde color lines, services and techniques are being created; to help stylists create the most desirable blonde types. A favorite lightening powder of ours is Tigi Copyright Colour True Light White Lightening Powder. It can achieve countless shades of blonde without compromising the hair’s integrity.

There are some things everyone needs to know about a blonde:
1. They just want to have fun! BUT NOT WITH THEIR HAIR!! That’s serious business!
2. There is no such thing as a “dumb blonde”…unless you are talking about Tigi’s “Dumb Blonde” shampoo and conditioner. It’s formulated for blondes to have the perfect balance of moisture and protein to help maintain healthy, blonde tresses.
3. Blondes only want to be blonde! They may want to experiment with color or add some low-lights here and there, but as far as changing their hair color from blonde to ANYTHING ELSE (even if they insist) THEY WILL RARELY EVER BE SATISFIED and will want to go back to blonde almost immediately, which is not exactly the easiest thing to do!

So, with that being said, let us help meet your blonde expectations. It is the season of lightness and brightness and it sure is lighting up around here!

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Top Line Hairdreams Hair Extensions By Lori Veltri

At Platino Salon&Suites, we only employ the most talented, skilled, and artistic hairstylists to meet our high salon standards and caliber of clients.

For the month of June, we are happy to feature our very own, Lori Veltri, a Master Stylist of 29 years, who recently received her certification as the “FIRST and ONLY Hairstylist in United States to be certified in Hairdreams, Laserbeamer Nano Technique.” This is considered a great feat and major differential in our salon’s services and pedigree that most salons do not offer.

Hairdreams Laserbeamer Nano is a revolutionary hair system that allows hair to be fuller and longer in a short period of time. Hairdreams utilizes top-quality European Hair that is either 5-star (minimally and safely processed) or 7-star (virgin) hair. Both types are silky and luxurious, with 7-star hair capable of being reused up to three times. With the Laserbeamer Nano, the crystal polymer hair bond is flat and the size of a matchstick tip making removal easy with no damage. It is now possible to add the exact color highlighting via Hairdreams with no fading. Most importantly, it is done without any color or bleach used directly on your hair.

After your new locks are blended and styled, your newly created look will last approximately 4-6 months with minimal care. This advanced technology provides high-end, professional hair allowing the appearance of one’s own hair to multiply and thicken in a very short amount of time. Create an entirely new look in just 45 minutes!

Lori can quickly create a style of your dreams without the waiting time for hair to grow.

Take a look at our sets of ” Before” and “After” photos of this new advanced Hairdreams Laserbeamer Nano Hair Extensions. The beauty and difference is quite phenomenal just by adding premium hair extensions from Hairdreams Laserbeamer Nano.










Tinted Love…

The pastel hair, color craze is a HOT hair trend that is not going away but instead becoming even more popularized by celebrities such as Nicole Richie and Kelly Osborne. The “purple craze” is one of the most popular hair color trends found not only on celebrities, but on high fashion runways, magazines, social media and more! Professional hair color companies are now and have been creating specific color lines and products to feed the demand of this popular hair trend.

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For some fun, we wanted to show off a step-by-step color application of this “purple craze” trend. A client of Platino Salon decided she wanted a drastic hair transformation! One of our Salon Professionals, Jessica Hunt, gave her just that alright!

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Before the transformation.


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Apply lightener from mid-shaft to the ends of the hair to the desired level of color. Preferably up to a level 8 or 9.

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Rinse lightener from the hair thoroughly.

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Towel dry hair.

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Apply Pravana hair color:

1 tube of clear

1 ounce of pink

1 dot of purple

To make a light lavender color, leave the color on for about 30-35 minutes.

Rinse thoroughly, shampoo and condition.

Style as desired.

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The End Result: Our fabulous, purple-haired beauty!

Talk about a transformation right?!?!!!


History of Braids!


From history books to the catwalks, we are fascinated by the symbolic meaning of the braid. Here’s a time line of this loved and ever evolving hair do.

Africa From 3500 BC- The Cornrow

In recent times, the Cornrow is associated with hip hop stars and has a very noble origin. In the 1950s, a French ethnologist and his team found a Stone Age rock painting in the Sahara dating back to 3500 BC. It showed a woman with cornrows feeding her child. Depending on the region from which it came, the style of the cornrow, from simple linear cornrows to complex geometric ones, helped to express one’s identity such as age or status.

Ancient Egypt 3100 BC


Ancient Egyptians loved their hair styled with wigs, jewels, beads, and extensions. Men and women would separate their hair into tiny braided strands that had beads woven in. Sometimes, braids made of human hair were added as extensions to make hair look thicker or longer. Although the ancient Egyptians generally frowned upon facial hair, beards were seen as symbols of divinity.

Greeks and Romans 1 Century AD


Greek women would also construct ornate hairdos based on extravagant braiding for important public functions, reflecting their status and rank in society.

Native Americans Pre AC Up to the Present Day


There are more than 500 Native American tribes in North America, and each one had a different relationship to braids and their meanings.

Medieval Europe 1066-1495


During the high and late Middle Ages, modesty was paramount. Popular Medieval braid styles like the double braid, the braided crown, the double braided bun, or the fishtail braid became commonplace amongst the noble single woman. These are a few of the most popular braiding trends of today.

Mongolia 13th Century


As the Mongol Empire grew in the 13th century, noblewomen wore elaborate hairstyles and headpieces. Their elaborate winged hairdos, (the inspiration for Queen Amidala from the Star Wars franchise) were supposed to evoke a mythical beast.

Braiding Goes Digital


Braiding has not lost its appeal in the 21st century. YouTube hits more than a million braiding tutorials and there are thousands of pinned, instagrammed braids all over the Internet. For Spring, Summer, and beyond, the braid was all over the catwalks and red carpet, too.

Hair History

It’s no secret that short hair is one of the biggest trends in women’s hairstyles right now. From today’s most popular TV shows to the latest Grammy Awards, women from all different walks of life are trading their long locks for stylish, short hairstyles. Some more recent celebrities to engage in this hair trend are Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rippa and Yolanda Foster.


We all know the saying “history repeats itself.” This is most definitely accurate when it comes to hair trends. Today’s ever so popular “bob” haircut was originated in the 1920’s at the time of the Suffragists. Before 1920, women did not have the right vote. To protest against this, many women acted out by cutting their hair off into textured, raw cuts. You can say the “bob” originated from a state of female rebellion!

Those women who chose not to cut their hair off, joined in on the act by pinning their hair up and making it look like a “bob”. This was the incentive for the invention of the “bobby” pin! A small pin created to seamlessly tuck into the hair, helping to create the illusion of a “bob” cut, hence the name “BOBby” pin!

BEYONCELater, “The Flappers” took this new look of the “bob” and ran with it. Almost a century later, history has once again repeated itself and we are seeing the “bob” on fashion runways, celebrity hairstyling and popular featured films.

So ladies… it’s time to hop on the Hollywood glam tram (if you haven’t already) and get a little rebellious. Cut it off! Not on your own of course, but with the expertise of your hairdresser!

Prima Gallerina – -The Look for 2014!

The relationship between Fashion and Art is coming through full force this upcoming 2014! This past Fall, the fashion runways were doubling as galleries, showing off the latest art trends as they were made into beautiful fur coats, evening dresses and every day wear.

Hair was also transformed on these runways being the final accent to emphasize the “look. ” Hair and even make-up can be the make-it or break-it when putting a look together. As hairstylists or everyday people, we look for trends from the top designers on how to create a new, fun look and how to put it together for our everyday street wear. We get inspired learning new fads and try to replicate that look for our own sense of style. The most artistic and creative outfit most definitely needs the perfect hair to make a complete look.

Artwork can be translated on the runway in multiple fashions. The “Prima Gallerina” look came through very bold as prints of loud, colorful artwork were printed on clothing. Being matched with hairstyles that emphasized the clothing with its shape or textures. We saw a lot of pulled-back, slicked hair; not taking away from the outfit and allowing for intricate details to be shown off. On the other hand, we also noticed very modern, shapely hairstyles that mimicked a print or texture of an outfit; adding to the experience.

The “Heavy Metallic” look is one of near-blinding, shiny, glitzy, festive ensembles. A perfect look to bring in the New Year all the way through the spring months! Short and long shiny dresses were seen on runways, heavily pleated or in tailored silhouettes paired with side-swiped up-dos or untamed, flowing tresses that would flow along with the dress. These particular hairstyles that mimicked these edgy, metallic garments to the T!

Always looking for new inspiration is what keeps us excited and passionate about hair. Inspiration can come from so many different avenues. From the swaying of leaves blowing through a tree to the fashion runways of Paris, Milan and New York, we can always get fresh ideas for beautiful new hairstyles.  This upcoming year, we can already see, is going to be a bold, bright and daring year. The “go big or go home” kind of year! Cheers to an eventful 2013 and to bringing in 2014 with a very stylish bang!

What’s Trending in Hair for 2014!

laurel's parted hairstyle-blog picRONys waves-blog picEvery year new, creative hair trends emerge out of the fashion runway shows and streets as a form of pure inspiration. It’s hard to predict what is the hottest and latest fashion styles, let alone, how to wear your hair in an artistic, original and fun way! New hair trends, hairstyles and stylish hair are what most women are after for the season, an occasion, or the changing mood they are in.
Drastic hairstyle changes, as well as hair color and hair accessories are the fad for this upcoming year. Just as history tends to repeat itself, so does fashion trends and hairstyles. This time, however, it’s the little twists that are being implemented into these previously seen hair trends that is setting these 2014 popular looks apart from what we have already been familiarized with.

Here are some new hair fads that deserve worthy attention:

Give your flat irons a break for awhile. Keep that beautiful natural texture in your hair and run with it. Whether you have curly, kinky or loose waves, all of these textures are what we are seeing and loving in updos and in natural fall of the hair. If you weren’t blessed with some natural waves in your hair, don’t fret! These looks can be achieved with tools such as curl sticks, crimping irons…And yes, I said crimping irons (they’re baaack!) along with wave enhancing products. Getting even more creative with texture, we are seeing multiple textures in a hairstyle. Sleek locks on the top of the head falling into luscious waves to the ends is a more modern and dramatic way to wear your hair.

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The ultimate ponytail! The classic ponytail has played an important role in pretty much every girl’s life. For 2014, this classic, convenient hairstyle is being vamped up. This is the year for your “not so ordinary” ponytail. From doubled up ponys to side swept looks we are getting creative with this look taking it to a level of wimspy glam.

An ever- evolving trend. A look that will never get old. A style that can be completely revived with the simple addition of an extra woven hair strand. The “milkmaid” braid in various forms, will be a hair trend that will always be timeless and bring out such innocent romance in a woman. Choose looks such as a braided crown, a heavy-sided swept braid, or a soft braid down the middle of your back.

Whimsical, un-kept, flowing, effortless up-dos are greatly complementing this new year’s fashion and make-up trends. Natural, non-overworked beauty. No more lacquered down curls and twists, no more sleek and set buns. It’s all about emphasizing the natural textures of your hair and letting your hair move and flow. Loosen up that braid, let your fringe fall where it wants and stop tucking and spraying away all those “fly-aways”. Large, drastic partings are giving all these looks a more edgy appeal.

Textured Pageboy Haircuts. The New Page Boy Cut is not the Old Bob! If you haven’t noticed, 40 is the new 30. Blonde is the new Brunette and Short is the new Long. Drastic haircuts emphasized again, on texture, are the new it! Choppy, short haircuts are making for a dramatic change in women who are sick of the same trim off their long layered haircuts. When it comes to haircuts and hair color for 2014, the motto is go big! Let’s change it up! If you are looking to get a haircut, Let’s cut it. “Need a color change you beautiful brunette you?” Let’s change you into a red-headed vixen!

Hair Accessories
The final addition to the look. Jewelry for your hair. With the addition of headdresses, glittered specks, or small flowers, they create an even more whimsical, romantic feel to your look. Gold is the popular metallic being used in the hair this year. Whether it be a chunky statement clasp to pull back a ponytail or golden specks sprinkled through a loosened chignon, your hairstyle will not go unnoticed.