Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hydrogen Powered Hair Products

Hydrogen Powered Hair Products
There are many elements that make up 21st century hair care products and “hydrogen balanced formula's' play a major role. The term "pH" originates from the French term 'pouvoir hydrogen' (Hydrogen Power) and has since been expressed as "parts of hydrogen". The symbol “pH” refers to the amount of hydrogen found in a substance (like water, shampoo's conditioner, styling aids, relaxers and hair color ) .

To understand the role Hydrogen plays lets take a closer look at the atomic structure of our hair. Our hair is made of: Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen, Nitrogen and Sulfur.  The most activeare the hydrogen bonds that  account for some of the overall strength of the hair. It also gives our hair its elastic feature and the ability to stretch and go back to its normal shape. Hydrogen bonds are extremely weak and can be temporarily changed by exposure to heat or water and moisture in the air. When heat is applied to the hair, the hydrogen bonds react to the heat and the hair takes on the shape of the heat appliance. When you wet the hair and roll it around a curler and dry it under a dryer your hair will from and take shape of the curlers.
It’s this amazing  feature that makes healthy looking hair and today's hair  styling, straightening and coloring possible. .You’ll get more miles out of your style with “hydrogen powered” hair care products. To order Hydrogen Powered hair care products visit



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Interview with George Caroll

George Caroll is an internationally acclaimed Hollywood hairstylist, salon owner, award winning beauty product designer, industry consultant, beauty columnist, Screen Actors Guild member and this months Salon Galaxy Star Interview. Throughout his career, George has been on the leading edge of our beauty profession, introducing (Unisex Salon and hair styles, salon protein hair care products and retailing, thermal hair styling tools and salon computer programs). His salon web site featuring Hollywood hair styling beauty secrets was one of the early salon web sites on the internet. When not globe trotting to promote "American Beauty Culture" George can be found at his hair styling studio in Toluca Lake, just minutes from Universal and Warner Brothers Studio's and here at SalonGalaxy.Com.

What made you choose Cosmetology as a career?

The year was 1960 when at the time I was attending art school at night and working as design assistant in the art department at General Dynamics Astronautics. A close high school friend was teaching hairdressing at a beauty college in North Hollywood and suggest I look into hair styling as a career. The minute I walked into the school I knew this was for me as it complemented my artistic background. I've always looked at (hair cutting-shaping-styling-coloring) as a "living art form". 

Who influenced your career?
My beauty school instructor suggested I find the best stylist in the city to train under when I received my license. So I applied for a training position with George Master at Sax Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. George was the legendary Hollywood hair stylist responsible for Marilyn Monroe's makeup, hair color and sexy hair styles. I also studied the art of men's hair cutting and blow dry styling from Jay Seebring, the barber stylist to the stars and creator of the "Dry Look" for men. Over the following 10 years I practiced at several up-scale salon and eventually opened my own salon in " the heart of the entertainment industry" Toluca Lake. Throughout my career I've been influenced by many creative beauty industry artists from Vidal Sassoon, Paul Mitchell, Bill Peplow and countless other's from around the world. We all stand on one another's shoulders that's how each of us and our noble profession evolves.


Having a salon in Hollywood what stars have you done your magic on?
With a salon located around the corner from Warner brothers and universal studio's I've had the opportunity to work with producers, directors and helped many actors and actresses with their appearance. Many are featured on my salon web site (Movie Stars Hair Styling Beauty Secrets) with styling tips and giggles.

What can you share with us about operating a salon?
What separates one salon or stylist from another besides price point is "how its presented". Hair styles come in and out of fashion. In order to say in business you must keep up with the latest style trends but you must also remember that not everyone is a Fashionista. Never forget that each person is unique and so is their hair. Make every visit to your salon a unique personal hair styling experience. Presentation Is Everything. See more about this here

What are the major changes in the profession you've seen over your career?
I would say "Unisex" hair salons and hair styles, blow dry hair cut styles, thermal controlled hair styling tools, professional hair care products and salon retailing, advanced hair color technology and salon computer business programs. Perhaps the most outstanding change has been the birth of the Internet and Salon Web Site and professional social network sites like . The Internet has made it possible to promote your business locally and share styling technique with like minded beauty professional around the world.

What are the achievements you're most proud of?

Starting my own salon in the heart of the entertainment industry. Designing the " Hair Styles with Pointed Sideburns " for the male crewmembers of Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek television series. Heading up the first every National Style-A-Thon for the Danny Thomas St Jude's Children’s Research Hospital. Together with hair stylist's across America we raised over a million dollars to help fight children's cancer. In the early seventy's I started a company called Hair Research X using a microscope with a Polaroid camera to explore, design and test protein enriched hair care and styling products. Introduced Unisex hair style cuts and thermal styling tools. Designed a three-in-one adjustable Styling Brush. Its the "world's most versatile hair brush" for shaping , finishing and blow dry styling.

Where do you draw your inspiration for styling from?
For years I was inspired only by what was popular and trendy. Now I get my inspiration from Mother Natures Hair Styles. I've discovered that with “few exceptions” everyone is all born with a type of hair that suits them perfectly as “Mother Nature” intended. All it takes is a few well placed snips to unlock its natural beauty for look and style that holds its shape as it grows, is balanced from all points of view (front, back and profile) and for the most part “styles itself”. With a few adjustments (trims) as it grows you can easily find the idea length and shape for a “one of a kind” personal hair style with a kind of timelessness

What is the best professional advice you've been given?
My beauty school teacher told me to always remain a student of the art because as you rise in levels of achievement, it's easy to grow more presumptuous in terms of a feeling that you deserve accolades. It becomes easy to grow smug, thinking, "I've achieved this long term life goal" and I'm done learning. You will start to think ... when will everyone realize that I'm the master of sweeping the floor? However, if you maintain the attitude of a student of the art, you will know that you'll never achieve the perfect 'floor sweeping". There will always be room for improvement and something to shoot for everyday. Its what you learn after you think you know it all that will keep your professional life interesting and enjoyable.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside the salon? Creative Photo Art has been a life long avocation and many of my photo-art images are posted here in the Salon Galaxy Art Gallery. I also like to share my professional styling techniques and experience with students by donating time to local beauty schools and writing beauty blogs and columns for my web site and here on Salon Galaxy. Stop by the Galaxy Art Gallery and post your art work.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Conan O'Brian Star Hair Style

Drawing inspiration from the hair style trends of our favorite stars and celebrities has become national past time. One star whose hair style is a must have look is Hollywood midnight talk show host Conan O’Brien.  Never one to follow the crowd, Conan has created his own unique hair style that is calls the  “Coco Look”. You might say he’s a modern day style pirate.
TO GET THE LOOK:  Do you sometimes feel like you’re the “invisible dude” at a party?
If that’s the case, take a hair styling lesson from Conan and turn this picture around. Be forward this creative “high piled” head turning do’ is loaded with sex appeal and a major “babe magnet”. If you’re up for a cool new look, let’s take it one step at a time, starting with style cut and shaping.


LET’S SHAPE IT:  The Coco look starts with a long layered crown with off centered part, tapered sides and neckline. A few love locks across the forehead fills in the blank spot and adds a seductive playful look. This artsy “high piled style” is best suited for slightly wavy hair and angular face shapes. With a few adjustments (trims) as it grows you can easily find the ideal length and shape for your style.

LET’S STYLE IT: To jump start your Coco Style, work a dab of shaping gel  to damp hair and give it a quick blow dry and shaping with the Flexie Styling brush. To turn up the sexy appeal and prop up the top, when dry, mist with special effects styling spray or work a dab of Hair Gum Pomade for style support and textured effect and your good to go.
LET’S ADD WHISKERS & ACCESSORIES: What’s a star hair style with out whiskers and accessories. Nothing can reshape a face or add a dramatic look like facial hair. This simple addition can make large ears appear smaller, a narrow chin wider, cover a ruddy complexion and defiantly adds a touch of style and artsy look. Include close clipped whiskers with mustache and goatee. Top it off with stylish sunglasses, distressed blue jeans, white silk dress shirt, navy blazer and you’ve got the look.

Conan O’Brien’s head turning high piled Coco Style with tapered neckline and playful “love locks” tumbling across the forehead is loaded with sex appeal. The close clipped bread with slim mustache and shapely goatee gives it an artsy look and just what you need to stop those babe’s dead in their tracks. So be prepared to take names, cell phone numbers and e mail addresses when you show up to the party with Conan O’Brien’s Coco Look.  

For Conan O'Briens Coco Style visit
George Caroll Studio Style Salon
Call 1- 818 980 3210 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Louis Lacayo International Shears


Louis Lacayo is a world class Southern California hairdresser, plat form artist, educator, inspirational speaker, CEO Lacayo Shears International and beauty professional super star.
Louis was among a small group of creative hair stylists that pioneered the Southern California Asymmetric hair cutting method in the 70’s. As a result of his unique creative cutting and styling techniques Louis became a much sort after Plat Form Artist representing many leading professional companies across America. 

Over his creative 30 year career Louis Lacayo has inspired and mentored hairdressers both new to the trade and those with years of experience with an emphasize on the proper use of styling shears. However he was seriously disappointed in the existing cutting implements and set out to design the world most advanced precision-hair cutting shears called (LACAYO SHEARS International).

All Lacayo shears are made by Japanese engineers to his design speciation's. Louis believes you need several types of shears with the right type of handles and blades to create a variety of hair styles and styling effects. One of my favorites is the COCO shear available in both 4-1/2 to 6 inch lengths for both wet and finished shaping listed at $299 .. a small price to pay for a precision tool that will last a life time. His best selling specialty shear is known world wide as the “Predator” texturizer designed with 14 teeth each with three serrations made of cobalt steel and ball bearing pivot and listed at $375. This bad boy does it all.
What really impressed me about the Locaya Shears is that Louis will not sell any of his custom specialty tools without training. He believes that the tools are only as good as your understanding of how to use them correctly. His classes start with the proper way to hold your tool, standing position as well as hand, arm and body positions based on each persons unique body size and dexterity. 


Despite his notoriety among professionals Louis takes time to help both new comers and season professional when ever possible. His ability to speak fluent Spanish has allowed him to donate his time and talent to hard working artists in Latino Salons. We all stand on one another’s shoulders that's how our Nobel profession evolves… and Louis Lacayo has broad shoulders making him a beauty industry Super Star. To learn more about the Lacayo Shears and how to arrange for a private in salon class see

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Evolution of the Hair Brush

As long as people have had hair, they have needed away to tame tangles and most importantly, help arrange and style their hair. Hair brushes have been around for thousands of years, but changed dramatically in the mid 20th century with the introduction of space age plastic, flexible rubber, synthetic fibers and ionic ceramic composites. What started out as a very basic grooming implement, the hair brush has morphed into a highly specialized grooming and styling tool to complement the new hand held styling Blow Dryers.

An example this new styling brush technology at its best is the Magic Flex the World's Most Versatile Styling Brush. This high-tech styling wonder incorporates three of the most popular styling brushes in one: Paddle Brush, Round Brush and Shaping Brush. 

The Magic Flex styling brush is made of a durable heat resistant soft flexible composite that's easy on the hair and scalp. The secret lies in its "flexible living hinge" which allows the "flex grip" handle to fold "open and closed" and spring back to its original Paddle Brush shape like magic.
It includes a air flow diffuser net to hold and dry hair in place. What's more, its the only hair brush that includes a built-in-styling comb and includes a unique "retainer clip" designed to hold it "open" for use as a semi-round brush and "closed" when not in use, making ideal for travel. 

Just look at all you can do with the Magic Flex Brush: defuse to dry hair in place, lift and shape for volume, de-tangle wet and dry hair, roll hair over or under, straighten unruly waves, scrunch  to encourage curl,  crimp and wave, tease, comb and make blow dry styling quick and easy. One styling brush does it all making the Magic Flex the world's most versatile hair brush and one of Hollywood's best kept styling secrets.

Order your Magic Flex Styling Brush here:


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Healthy Hair / Professional Home Care

Modern cosmetic technology is turning our every day personal care products into spa-like-treatments and the new salon shampoos and conditioners are perfect examples of this new technology at its best. To receive the maximum benefits from this new technology many now also include new professional procedures (listed here) to give your hair a spa-like treatment at home between salon visits. 
Brushing only takes a few seconds and is the “first step” for professional home hair care. Brushing before shampooing lifts dandruff and excess oil from the scalp, removes tangles, stimulates circulation and helps prevent styling aid build-up. To prepare your hair and scalp for shampooing its best to use a simulated or natural bore bristle brush. Brush from back to front, side to side and up under hair if long. 

For an even coverage and though cleansing of the hair and scalp, wet hair and apply shampoo starting at the back of the head were hair is thickest. And up under the hair if long, followed by the sides and front using pressure point message. If shampooed frequently one application may be sufficient. However, to remove excess styling aids use a second application applied in the same manner and rinse with cool water.

Empirical research has shown that the use of “pressure point” scalp message when shampooing and conditioning your hair is a most effective way to stimulate circulation, relax tense scalp muscles and encourage healthy hair growth. To use pressure point scalp message, bend head forward and slide finger through the hair starting at the temples where blood enters the scalp, followed by the front and back of the head. To message PRESS, ROTATE and SLIDE fingers back and forth to move and loosen the scalp. This professional procedure takes less then a minute and is the most effective way to assure an even coverage of shampoo and conditioners and promote healthy hair growth.

To give your hair and scalp a deep conditioning spa-like-treatment, when time allows, wrap a hot wet steam towel over the conditioner. This 60 second steam treatment is a most effective way to deep cleanse scalp pores, remove dandruff and styling aids, stimulate circulation, relax tense never endings and deep condition the hair and scalp.

To thoroughly rinse off shampoo and conditioners reduce the water temperature and finish with a color water rinse. Rinsing with cool water firms and polishes the hair fiber, locks-in-moisture and helps hair dry faster. Hair and scalp will stay cleaner and styles last longer with a cool water finishing rinse.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

George Caroll / Hollywood Hair Stylist: George Mennella / Geo Palette Color & Design Syste...

George Caroll / Hollywood Hair Stylist: George Mennella / Geo Palette Color & Design Syste...:   George Mennella is a master stylist / colorist / New York salon owner and the inventor of the revolutionary " Geo Palette Co...

George Mennella / Geo Palette Color & Design System


George Mennella is a master stylist / colorist / New York salon owner and the inventor of the revolutionary "Geo Palette Color & Design System" and a beauty industry super star.

George Mennella’s passion for the beauty industry, one of many, has led him to develop A totally new creative color and design system called the Geo Palette. The Geo Palette is the culmination of his creative drive and integrity developed over the past twenty five years. George says hair color in recent years has emerged as the new frontier and with the Geo Palette it has evolved into a “living art form”.

The nineteen eighties was a time when multi-coloration and tonality with foil coloring techniques had begun to change the look of hair color effects. According to George the conventional aluminum foil wrapped coloring method still used today has not changed over these many years. Because the color is hidden inside the foil the colorist must “track” and remember the color placement. 
With the Geo Palette hair color is placed on thin clear flexible plastic sheets as well as on the brim of a clear plastic circular Geo Palette, which looks like a wide brimmed hat. Color is applied to the Geo Palette surface and clear plastic sheets using an “artist brush” with as many as four or six colors to create multi colored 3-dementional effects. Everything in the color system is reusable and eco-friendly and the colorist can easily track and see the color placement, as the hair colorants are always visible on the Palette. The results are amazing with shimmering color that far surpasses the conventional two tonal foil weaving method currently in use.

The Geo Palette eliminates all the boundaries of conventional hair color design making even the most intricate patterns of multi-dimensional hair color designs easier to achieve, more time friendly, and creative. The subtle variation of color, shading, and intensity is absolutely stunning and beautiful. And the visual impact while using the Geo Palette excites and piques everyone’s interest.

As a salon owner, stylist / colorist we're always looking for new ways to create stunning color effects, grow our income and strengthen the bottom line. The Geo Palette color and design system is the vehicle that brings a new technology and technique to existing traditions. With the Geo Palette both natural and dramatic runway looks can easily be achieved by a “Palette Artist” as demonstrated here in the Geo Palette Color and Design System Video. .

With so much creativity it should not come as a surprise that the Nassau Museum of Art in New York has recently recognized George Mennella’s Geo Palette Color and Design System as a “Living Art Form”. You might say George is the Picasso of the beauty industry.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Funny Stuff / Giggles


If you’re not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he’s the famous humorist. 
His offbeat mind sees things differently from most of us.  Here are some of his gems:

·        I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

·       Borrow money from pessimists – they don’t expect it back.

Half the people you know are below average.
·        99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
·        82.7% of statistics are made up on the spot.
A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.

·        A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.
·        All those who believe in pyschokinesis, raise my hand.
The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

·        I almost had a psychic girlfriend, but she left me before we met
OK, so what’s the speed of dark?

·        How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.
I intend to live forever.  So far, so good.·        
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?      
Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?      
My mechanic told me, “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.”

Why do psychics have to ask your name?   
If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.  
 A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.  
Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.  
The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.     
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.    
The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up. 
The colder the X-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.

Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have any film. 
If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Hair Styles of the Stars...The Karlie Cut


Drawing inspiration from the "Hair Styles of the Star, Celebrities and Super Models" is how many find their way to a salon. If you're looking for a new modern hair style that fits your busy active life style... "the haircut of for the times"  has arrived. Vogue calls it the Chop, others call it the "Karlie Cut" named for American super model Karlie Kloss.
 Already a fashion world veteran at age 20, Karlie Kloss recently cut off seven inches of her dark blonde. Vogue declared it the “style cut of the moment” in a four-page feature story in their January 2013 issue, saying “the new hair cut is swingy, sexy and refreshingly easy to wear. The Karlie Cut can easily be adjusted with a few snips to suits all hair types (straight, curly, wavy), face shapes and adds a up-lifting modern hair style for women of all ages.

The length frames Karlie's face at just below the jaw and rests just above the shoulders with some layering in front and is topped off with brow brushing bangs. It’s neither "long or short_ a bob nor a shag, but a one-length haircut with a slight layer in front to frame the face. This low maintenance style-cut takes advantage of her natural wavy hair and just long enough to gel it back and add extensions for a longer look. Karlie love's her new hair style cut and can’t stop touching it. Best of all she doesn’t have to blow it dry everyday, just shampoo, condition, put on lipstick and mascara, finger comb and its good to go.

Versions of the Karlie Cut (curly, straight and wavy) with its length hovering some where between the chin and shoulders, with a few layers and fringe has been spotted on models like Arizona Muse, Catherine McNeil, Karen Elson and Lily Kwong.

“When somebody notable changes their hair style and finds their look, it sometimes catches on and becomes a trend.” The Karlie Cut has inspired an array of reactions in the hair styling and fashion world. Some stylist's and fashionista's are asking is the "Karlie Cut ..the Next ’Rachel? Isn't it about time that shorter hair styles for women of all ages make a come back?

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Blow Dryer / Styling Tool That Changed Hair Styling

Evolution which is characteristic of human civilization has brought about significant improvements in the way we live and how we care for and style our hair. When Thomas Edison invented electricity the rush to create new ways to use this amazing technology was launched. The modern day blow dryer has come a long way from its humble beginnings. There is no denying that the invention of the hair dryer was a major step forward in the evolution of the professional beauty industry and personal care.

Taking a glance back at the history of hair dryers we can see that the hair dryer was invented in the late 19th century by a French hairdresser. For the next 50 years bonnet hair dryers would become standard beauty salon equipment. The first hand held hair dryers were used by barbers and made of steel weighing over 2 lb and produced 100 watts of heat. By the 1960s, a light weight space age plastic pestle-grip blow dryer with 1500 watts of power was poised to change the look of hair fashions for both women and men and the professional beauty industry.
It would take an English hairdresser (guess who) to introduce a shapely geometric hair cut styled with a blow dryer to replace the bouffant roller set hair fashions of the time. What had taken an hour to create a hair style could now be achieve in minutes with a precession style cut and hand held blow dryer. This was followed by the “dry look” for men and the blow dryer became the must have styling tool for both professional and home styling.


To touch on the definition and use of this pestle griped wonder, it is sufficient to say that the blow dryer is a device used to dry “damp or wet hair” by blowing hot air over it. With the aid of a styling brush the damp hair can be transformed into a desirable shape and style. It must be noted that the natural shape of the hair fiber is attributed to its internal hydrogen bonds which can be temporarily altered when exposed to water and rearranged with the aid of heat and traction. Today’s hair dryer’s not only dry hair but also can improve the health and beauty of hair.

One example of this new technology is the ILLUMINATIONS Professional Hair Styling Dryer equipped with all the “bell’s and whistles” you’d expect for 21st century styling. This ultra lightweight “whisper quiet” dryer features “Far-Infrared” technology which emits negative ions (good stuff) that break down clusters of water molecules into fine particles to re-hydrate, re-condition and preserve the moisture and elasticity from within the hair fiber. Simultaneously, the “ceramic far-infrared heat” cuts the drying time in half and polishes the hair shaft leaving it frizz free with a suppleness you can feel and shine you can see. It dual speed and finger ion-diffuser attachment makes it ideal for styling without a brush. You might call the ILLUMINATIONS Hair Styling Dryer a "hair conditioner" on a cord.

If you’re shopping around for a new hair styling dryer or thinking about trading in your “old clunker” you’ll no doubt be confronted with a wide range of choices and prices. Top of the line professional dryer like the ILLUMINATIONS Styling Dryer range from ($150 - $200+).

The ILLUMINATIOINS Styling Dryer will be available on TV as part an exclusive hair styling kit package for a suggested retail price of only $49.95 in the very near future. Comparable professional hair dryers alone are sold for $150.00 and up under many names. If you like "the best for less" the ILLUMINATIONS  Styling Kit TV OFFER Suits your needs.    SOON ON TV