Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Year / New Hair Style

Are you ready to step into the New Year with a new hairstyle? How long has it been sense you've changed the way you wear and style your hair? If you’ve been wearing the same hairstyle for five years or longer it may be time for a change. If so there has never been a better time because the choices are unlimited for both men and women.

For men everything is in styles from the new close clipped short styles as well as full long styles or even shaved heads are in-style but a quick way to update his style is with whisker's. Facial hair can instantly add a stylish look. Nothing can reshape a face or add a dramatic look like whiskers. All facial hair styles, “Sideburns, Mustaches, Goatees and Full Beards" are determined by the natural growth pattern and density of the facial hair. Whiskers can be shaped and styled to cover a ruddy complexion, shorten a wide upper lip, add width to a narrow face, balance a large nose, soften or accent sharp features, cover a scare, strengthen a weak chin or cover a double chin, make receding hairlines less noticeable and add a mature look to a young face. Wearing facial hair can give you a mature, stylish, artsy, rugged, dashing, sexy, intelligent, friendly, decisive, bold, aristocratic and distinguished look. What more can I say about man's best friend___ whiskers?

For women changing your hair style or hair color doesn’t need to be drastic unless your up for a bold new look. If your happy with the way you're current hair style looks there are creative ways to give it a new look with a splash of hair color.  Or turn your textured wavy curly hair into a smooth straight look or add extra length with hair extensions. Trying on a short up lifting face framing style cut can make some look years younger and for some even pounds slimmer.  There's nothing to fear when changing the way to wear and style your hair after all hair grows so anything you try is not permanent. And best of all it can be a fun exciting experience. In the hands of a creative stylist often all it takes is a few well placed snips and styling tricks or a new hair color to create a fresh new updated look that turns your regular hair style into a totally new look.

To find a new style for your face shape, unique features, hair color and personal desire our studio stylists will first ask you what you have in mind. If you have a hair style or hair color you'd like to try bring a picture to show the stylist. Don't put it off, plan to visit a hair stylist and start the new year with an exciting new look. We're located in Toluca Lake, just minutes for Universal and Warner Brother's studios To help you step into the New Year with a New Hairstyle we’ve made it affordable with our special introductory New Years Studio Style Cut and 50% off first time hair color service. Our studio stylists have been helping the entertainment industry and Toluca Lake residents look their best for years.... now its your turn to jump start the new year with a new hair style. See for location and details.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Iconic Pompadour

The Pompadour is an all-time classic hairstyle that was actually named after the mistress of King Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour. After being adopted by fashionable women in the 18th century, versions of it remained a female dominated style called the Bouffant in the early 50's and 60's.

Pompadour hair style for men was popular during the 1920's.  The traditional men's Pompadour  was styled by sweeping the hair upwards and away from the face, often worn slick with swept back sides held in place with Pomade. In the late 1950's Elvis Presley made a version of the Pompadour  his signature look and the rest, as they say, is history. Still considered a classic rockabilly / rock ‘n’ roll inspired hairstyle due to this connection and was made even more popular by music and movie stars of this period.

The Classic 1920's Pompadour has evolved dramatically since the full swept back Elvis Presley look.  The up dated version is styled with extra length through the top sometimes with a high part while keeping the back and sides tapered close to the head. Its a lot more flexible than you would first imagine and can suit many hair types although the extreme versions of the cut needs to be taken into consideration –  as the end result should complement not only your personal style, but the head shape and facial features as well.

If you want to keep your style classic and refined, the back and sides need to be clipper cut, but not so short that it exposes too much of the scalp. Ideally, the edges should be tapered really tight while maintaining some length throughout the haircut. Tapering around the edges not only strengthens the overall head shape but also adds a rugged / masculine look for those that sport a close or full beard.

For those with long narrow face shapes keeping length through the sides will add width and help maintain a balance between the top and sides. For a timeless aesthetic and a slightly fuller result, avoid taking the clippers to close and beyond the curve of the head. Alternatively, if you want a extreme look take the sides higher to disconnect the top and sides.

For a creative take on the Pompadour clipper the sides close with a number one grade. You could also consider opting for a skin fade (no grade on the clipper) where the base of the haircut begins. The hair should be clipper cut really high into the curve of the head, keeping more length through the top section. This can be worn connected into the crown or completely disconnected, allowing the hair to stand up or hang below the crown area (think undercut hairstyles).

Choosing the right length for your face shape is important. If you have a round face wear the sides tighter and allow more volume on top will help elongate your face. If your face is narrow keep a little more length for fullness through the sides and wear the top slicker and closer to your head.

If your the creative artistic type and want to make your Pompadour standout from the crowd a splash of color will do the trick.  Adding hair color also gives the hair extra body and style support making styling a snap.  This may cost a few extra bucks but is well for the time and expense for all the attention your sure to get. 

Pompadour hair styles complement most face shape and adds a up lifting youthful look to facial features for this reason many stars and celebrities over the years have sported versions of the Pompadour hair style. Today everyone from Bruno Mars to David Beckham have extremely different versions of this classic style. It just goes to prove how versatile a hair style the Pompadour has been.
To create a nice crisp finish with shine, apply a styling Pomade (for medium shine and hold) or stronger grooming / styling gel (for a stronger shine and hold) to towel dried hair. When working with high shine styling products, it’s important you start off with a small amount and work it into the hair – you can always add more if required.

For those that want more volume, try blow drying the hair – using your fingers or a multi action Flex Brush to lift and shape the hair into the direction you're  wear it. If required, you can apply another finishing product on top to create texture for a wet or dry look. To keep your style in shape, apply firm hold shaping finishing hairspray – especially if the top has been left with extra length.
So there you have it, the timeless and versatile Pompadour hairstyle. This classic style is set to become every more popular in the coming years. However, the one downfall of the close clipped Pompadour is that it can be an extremely high maintenance haircut to keep up. In order for it to look its very best, I would suggest having it trimmed every 3-4 of weeks.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What's Next for Salon Hair Care?

Over the past 50 years of my career I've seen many advancements in the professional beauty industry that have made major improvements. For example, Protein technology has made all of our hair care product more effective. Hair Coloring technology has made major steps forward with one step high lift tints and a wide range of amazing hair colorants. In addition to new Styling Tools like the thermal controlled curling and straightening irons, hot rollers, multi-functional styling brushes and ionic hair dryers combined with new creative styling and coloring techniques have turned professional hair styling into a "Living Art Form.


However, the one place the salon has not seen an improvement has been the Shampoo Bowl. Now you can Up-Grade your salon shampoo bowl with the new Barrage Collagen Jet Stream Spray System and give your clients the experience of a Collagen Salon Spa Hair Care Treatment. Just look at how it works and all it does for both salon and home hair and body care.


The power wash pressurized Jet Stream Spray ionized water shortens the rinsing process, feels good on the scalp and uses 65% less water. 
The Jet Stream Spray quickly and thoroughly removes all traces of hair dye residue from the hair and scalp following coloring. The Collagen infused water seals in the color to help prevent premature fading for a long lasting vibrant healthy look.

Clean up your shampoo bowl tap water. The Barrage Ceramic ionic beads and fabric filter cleans the salon tap water removing all traces of Chlorine, Minerals and Odors making salon shampoo and hair treatments 100% more effective. Especially all  conditioners formulated with Collagen protein.
In addition the Barrage Micro-Pore Shower Plate creates a powerful jet stream spray to remove
all traces of shampoo and hair dye after coloring. This unique feature helps save water and leave the hair and scalp clean and ready for styling in seconds.
Besides removing chlorine and minerals from salon tap water the Barrage Power Wash Jet Stream Nozzle contains a built-in replaceable Collagen Protein Pad that adds hydrolyzed Marine Collagen Protein and Vitamin C to the purified water. This unique feature helps repair split ends and surface damage, remove tangles and seals in delicate hair color. The Mariner Collagen protein strengthens the inter-cellular protein in all areas of the body (hair and skin) making it ideal for beauty professionals that have their hands exposed to water daily and home personal care.

The topically applied Marine Collagen and Vitamin C infused water noticeably improve the feel and appearance of hair and skin. What's more because proteins attractive one another like a magnet the Marine Collagen infused water doubles the effectiveness of all types of shampoos and salon conditioners, especially those formulated with Collagen proteins. Now you can step into the future and up grade your salon shampoo bowls with the Barrage Collagen Jet Stream Power Wash Sprayer and give your clients a salon spa hair treatment


Now you can help keep your clients style and hair color healthy looking between salon visits when you add the Barrage Collagen Jet Stream Shower Sprayer  to your Salon Retail Center. 
Conditioning Power Wash for Pet Care
If you love your pets as I do ... now you can treat your pet to a conditioning luxury bath with the Barrage Collagen Infused Jet Stream Spray System for a clean soft shiny coat .

For Information and Orders Contact
Louis Lacayo /  619 504 9023
  • A professional beauty innovation from Louis Lacayo International.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Salon Suites Rental's VS Salon Chair Rental's

Booth Rental Salon Suites are popping up all over
Southern California following the lead of Salon Chair Rentals.

"Booth Salon Suites Rentals vs. Salon Chair Rentals" that is the question? Although Salon Suites offer privacy the  major problem I see with renting a small glass wall enclosed space like the new (salon suites concept) is that it can give some clients a totally Claustrophobic feeling.
On the other hand Salon Chair Rental's offers the salon client a entertaining atmosphere letting them see what other people are doing with their hair and fashions. And the stylists gets inspiration by seeing what other stylists are doing which is what's totally missing in the Salon Suite environment. Both due give stylists extra income, however Salon Chair Rentals are less costly over-all. And if you have a styling problem the other stylists are their to help you or cover for you when your on vacation.

Its interesting to note that early beauty salons (1900-1960) were design with enclosed booths like the salon suits. In the 1960 the salon booth's were replaced with the open floor concept and offered a entertaining atmosphere. Women enjoy seeing what others are doing and a salon Chair Rentals offer that and more.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Star Hairlines are Headlines



Celebrity hair loss is becoming an increasingly hot topic in the tabloid's. When Sir Elton John had his hairline filled-in the tabloids read; “Tonsorial Wizard Grows Hair on Rock Man”. Elton is perhaps the most famous hair transplant recipients. He underwent a series of replacement procedures after becoming fed-up with years of wearing toupees and wigs.

Hollywood heartthrob Mel Gibson had a decidedly thinning and receding hairline in recent years. Today he is the proud owner of a full head of hair. While Mel has not publicly admitted to having had a hair transplant, he is not the first celebrity to undergo this hush-hush procedure. Kevin Costner known for his movie star good looks has always had a thin head of hair. Not liking the way his thinning crown looked on film and spending thousands of dollars having it “digitally added” in the editing room Kevin is said to have settled for the real deal and had a hair restoration procedure.
Jokes about hair loss are as old as dirt, but not as old as rocks. Two comedians, Tom Arnold and Dennis Miller are the first to tell you they’ve had it done and that it was a “hair razing experience”. Both look much younger with thicker hair and lower hairline.
Known for their handsome boyish good looks both Mathew McConaughue and Jude Law showed early signs of hair loss. Both have spent thousands of dollars on hair loss treatments to slow the process. Mathew  finally settle for the real deal “a hair replacement procedure” and it looks totally natural even up close.
Hair Restoration is not just reserved for film and television stars. Politicians, fashion designers, musicians even top business executives now recognize the importance of hair to their image. Move Stars John Travolta and John Cleese filled in there fading hairline for a youthful looking hair style and you can also. Recent medical breakthroughs and lower costs has made what was once an expensive procedure affordable for anyone.
Having had this procedure myself and can tell you first hand that it was painless and was well worth the expense. Hair restoration is a simple out patent procedure that involves hair follicles being taken from the back and side of the head, where hair is naturally thickest and resistant to loss, and inserted seamlessly into the thinning spots for a totally natural look even up close.  

With today’s modern technology, it's now possible to do something about it male hair loss. Hopefully, this information will help you to make a decision or at least gives you a starting point for your personal search. My procedure was done here in Hollywood by
Dr. Michael Elliott, the world's foremost hair restoration specialist, a true artist. For more information see
Hair loss is a state of mind, “if you don’t mind _ it doesn’t matter”.
"man does not live by hair alone"

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Magic Flex Hair Styling Brush

As long as people have had hair they've needed away to tame tangles and help arrange and style it. For this reason 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 use of hand held blow dryers.

An example of the new styling brush technology at its best is the Magic Flex Styling Brush.  This high-tech styling wonder combines three of the most popular hair styling brushes in one: Paddle brush, Round Brush and Shaping Brush. Making it the world's most
Versatile Hair Styling Brush".

The Magic Flex three-in-one Styling Brush is make of a durable heat resistant soft flexible composite that's easy on the hair and scalp ideal for today's blow dry hair styling. Its adjustable flexible handle allows it to fold "open and closed" and spring back to its original flat Paddle Brush shape like magic. 
The air flow net protects hair from heat and helps dry hair in place. What's more, Magic Flex is 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 Round Brush and "closed" when not in use, making it ideal for travel.

One styling brush does it all !

Magic Flex is designed for all hair types and lengths. Just look at all you can do: helps hold and dry hair in place, lift and shape for volume, remove tangles from wet and dry hair, roll hair over or under straighten unruly waves, scrunch  to encourage curl,  crimp and wave, use its built-in-styling comb and make blow dry styling safe, quick and easy. 
This is why the Magic Flex Styling Brush is called the world's most versatile hair brush and one of Hollywood's best kept styling secrets.

Magic Flex Styling Brush, available on my web site at


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Funny Stuff for the Styling Chair


If you’re not familiar with Steven Wright, he’s the world famous humorist. His off-beat mind sees things differently from most of us. Here are some of his observations that you can share with your clients for a few giggles.


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.
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, sky diving is not for you.
If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sir Mick Jagger / Star Hair Style

Drawing inspiration from the hair styles of our favorite stars and celebrities has become national past time. One star whose hair style has been on the must have list for ever is legendary rock star Mick Jagger. His full tousled hair style and rock star image is irresistible to ladies who are attracted to the wild side and quite the catch for those girls who go for the sensitive creative types.

TO GET THE LOOK: Are you never satisfied with the way your hair looks? If that’s the case, take a styling lesson from Mick Jagger and end your losing streak. Be forewarned, this tousled finger combed style is a "babe magnet". So be prepaid to take names and cell phone number when you show up with Mick's rock star hair style.  To get the look, let’s take it one step at a time; starting with a style cut and shaping.

LET’S SHAPE IT: To get the look, start with a face framing full contoured silhouette with hair stylishly over the collar. A few "love lock" dancing across the forehead puts a receding hair line stylishly under cover. This rock solid style cut looks great from all points of view, holds the shape as it grows and almost styles itself. With a few adjustments (trims) as it grows you can easily find the ideal length and shape for your Jagger style.

LET’S STYLE IT: To style, use a dab of shaping gel or mousse  or nothing at all. Just run either through damp hair and comb in place to dry au natural, or give it a quick blow dryer for a full tousled look. To turn up the sex appeal, when dry, add a dab of hair gel or hair polish through the top for shine and style support and you've got Mick Jagger’s star style.

Let's Add Accessories: What's a rock star hair style with out accessories. To get the total look add low cut slim fit jeans ( black or dark gray) with a contrasting rocker belt paired with a (slim-cut crew neck tee or dress shirt & tie) with colorful blazer... you've got the look. 

NOW, LET’S COLOR IT:  If you’re natural hair color is graying around the edge wash the gray away with a semi permanent light Auburn tint. After, a clear glaze seals-in the color and turns up the shine. To keep this youthful look the new growth is colored with every other style cut. It will take a little extra time and cost a few extra bucks but its a small price to pay for youthful look and all the attention you’ll get.

Mick's road tested rock solid hair style comes fully loaded with sex appeal and is sure to give you the style “satisfaction” you’re looking for. The face framing contoured silhouette, rock solid hair color and love lock dancing across the forehead is a babe magnet. You’re sure to get a positive reaction and drive the girls out of their heads when you show up on the dance floor a Mick Jagger “rock star” hair style.

For Mick Jagger’s star style,
visit the George Caroll Studio Style Salon
and make your hair shine like the stars