Alexandria Di Marco – Hairstylist


Alexandria is a talented young stylist who has apprenticed under master stylists and who comes to us with a tremendous amount of talent. She specialized in precision cuts and color and she is a Hot Heads Extension expert as well.

Direct Line and Text: (925) 360-3351


New Technology May Restore Hair Loss

solutions-for-hair-loss-in-women-walnut-creek-caAccording to a news report it may now be possible to create hair growth in areas where hair follicles have stopped growing. Fox News reported the story and you can read the article here! This is great news for many people, both male and female, who suffer from severe hair loss.

Thinning hair is big concern for women where research suggests that hair and self-image are closely intertwined. Check out this WebMD slideshow. Even people with a full head of hair will have thinning as they grow older. There are many options available that will help with thinning hair.

The basics of good health not only aide our bodies but also our hair. Proper nutrition and regular exercise both help with maintaining cell renewal and circulation. However some hair loss will occur in spite of our best efforts to contain the situation.

As hair stylists we can aide in the coverage of hair loss through several methods. New styling techniques can make a difference as well as a different haircut. There are methods of applying extensions and even hair pieces that cover the front or crown. One system used at the Elizabeth Nicole Salon is the Evolving Hair System.

There are shampoos and conditioners that aide in the stimulation of hair follicles. The general philosophy with these products is that they will keep existing follicles in production mode rather that taking a permanent vacation. At the Elizabeth Nicole Salon we carry this type of product.

If you have concerns about thinning hair, be sure to address these concerns with your Hair Stylist.

–Regan Denning Dakin, Owner – Elizabeth Nicole Salon in Walnut Creek, CA




Junior Prom and Senior Ball Resources

It’s that wonderful time of year when all of the high school juniors and seniors are making arrangements for their Junior Prom or Senior Ball. With so many things to think about it can be a daunting task. At the  Elizabeth Nicole Salon we thought it would be helpful to list some local resources for you along with links to their sites. While this is not an exhaustive list, it can be a good start. And, we’ve taken the time to read their Yelp! reviews to gain more insight on their quality of service.

First and foremost on the minds of most girls is finding the perfect dress. We spent some time checking out the reviews on Yelp! and the real winner here is:

This was the only dress shop with such a great rating.

Tuxedo Rentals are also an important consideration and these two were the best in the area:

  • Selix Formalwear, Pleasant Hill store has 6 Reviews, Five Star
  • Men’s Wearhouse, Walnut Creek store has 31 Reviews and only Two Star rating, they also have stores in Concord and San Ramon.

Limousine Services that cater to proms and balls and have a positive reputation and quality level of service:

Now, last but certainly not least, make sure you order your flowers. If you have a bit of ribbon or lace that matches your dress, you can even bring that to the florist ahead of time and incorporate it into your corsage or boutonniere.

Postcard-prom-ball-graduation-june2013Plan ahead for your hair, nails, makeup and maybe even tanning services. Appointments book up quickly, so it’s best to make them early on. If you have a special hair style, print pictures to bring with you to your appointment; sometimes your vision and the stylist’s vision of what you describe can be slightly different, but a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Review our boards on Pinterest for fresh ideas!

At the Elizabeth Nicole Salon we love to do Special Event styling and we have a promotion this year that includes FREE airbrushed makeup along with your styling service. We have package prices available if you decide to have a Beach Candy spray tan and hair styling and this still includes FREE airbrushed makeup!

Regan Denning Dakin is co-owner of Elizabeth Nicole Salon  – A family-owned cozy, boutique Hair Salon in Walnut Creek, California.

For more information, call (925) 549-2200.







How Do You Make A Top Bun?

Ballerina buns, towering top knots…call them what you will. These rounded hair buns have been an easy celebrity style to make all your own, and they are not difficult to create.

For an easy version simply pull your hair into a high ponytail with a non-damaging elastic. Twist the pony and wrap it around the base. Use a few carefully placed bobby pins to secure the knot and you are all set. For hair that is too slick to hold, separate your pony into three or four sections and do a little back combing to build some security. Smooth the outer edges and then wrap.

The Bun Booster at H&M

The Bun Booster at H&M

If you have finer hair, try picking up a little booster…I saw bun forms on sale at H&M in several hair colors and they were just a few dollars. Make the same pony, pull the tail through a booster and wrap your hair over the top of the rounded foam piece. Again, just secure the ends with bobby pins.

Buns have made a huge wave in the current fashion trends and they won’t be going away anytime soon. They have a formal appeal and really show off a great pair of earrings, and your hair won’t steal the thunder of an elaborate dress. Simple versions can be created to wear to the gym and you can be cool and stylish.

Give the bun a try!

Regan Denning Dakin is co-owner of Elizabeth Nicole Salon  – A family-owned cozy, boutique Hair Salon in Walnut Creek, California.

For more information, call (925) 549-2200.

How To Curl or Straighten Your Hair

By now many of you have seen the poor girl on YouTube who attempted to show a “how-to” video with her curling wand and burns her hair right off of her head. Without the proper technique it is really not too difficult to repeat this process, but fear not! With just a few rules to follow, you can have a beautiful style and you can style your hair with a curling iron, flat iron or a curling wand without causing any damage to your hair.

First, make sure that your device has heat settings that are adjustable. Better brands will have temperature markings, but you can work with thermal tools that have low, medium and high settings. The basic rule is that fine hair needs a lower setting and coarse hair can tolerate a higher setter, but if your coarse hair is damaged or colored, turn down the heat. Work with the lowest temperature you can that will still get the job done.

Hair must be dry! Never attempt to use your irons on wet or damp hair. Brush through your dry hair and apply a thermal protector. Most come in a spray and will easily mist through the hair. You may want to section your hair unto smaller work areas before you begin. It will be easier to do a thorough styling.

We are now ready to apply heat to the hair. As you work with each section of hair make sure that it is small enough to allow heat to go through the hair and don’t overlap your curls.  You want the heat to be applied quickly and evenly. Flat irons should start at the root and work evenly through to the ends and when wrapping curls around irons and wands start working the hair that is closer to the root and let the ends slide through last. It is very tempting to start wrapping a curl at the end of your hair and working up to the root, but the ends are the oldest and most worn part of your hair, so if you can apply heat to the ends last, they will benefit. You only need to heat the hair for A FEW SECONDS! Do not count to 20 like the poor girl in the video.

Don't start at the ends of your section, the heat stays to long on the oldest part of your hair!

Don’t start at the ends of your section, the heat stays to long on the oldest part of your hair!

Start in the middle and work your way to the ends of the section. Keep the ends nice.

Start in the middle and work your way to the ends of the section. Keep the ends nice.











Once you have heated each section or curl, let it cool before brushing through. When ironing with a flat iron this will be less of a concern, but when curling with irons or wands you can pin the  hot curl with a clip or bobby pin until the curl has cooled off, or just let it hang until it’s cool depending on how tight you want the style to be.

Brush curls or break them up lightly then give your hair a mist of hairspray to finish.

Regan Denning Dakin is co-owner of Elizabeth Nicole Salon  – A family-owned cozy, boutique Hair Salon in Walnut Creek, California.

For more information, call (925) 549-2200.

Should I Get Bangs?

Bangs - Fringe Haircuts

Bangs! They are the current rage this season. It was a popular trend last year, but now with Michele Obama wearing bangs it seems to have increased the awareness of this trend. The question of whether or not to shorten the fringe area of the hairline is being asked by almost every client right now.


Fringe  (/frinj/)n. a shaped cutting of the front part of the hair so that it lies over the forehead. A classic fringe (bang) is cut fairly straight at or above the eyebrows, but they can also be ragged or ruffled, spiked up with hair gel, swept to one side or the other, or cut longer to fall over the eyes.

For many people it can be a difficult decision to wear bangs. It is important that your hair stylist is aware of any apprehension and can discuss all of the possible looks with you to make sure you can wear them easily, overcome any cowlicks, and even have a plan to grown them back out when you are ready to go long again.

If you are not sure what look you want to achieve, preview samples of bangs, from straight cut to side swept. Click here to view my Bangs and Fringe collection on Pinterest. We know that pictures are worth a thousand words and having a picture to refer to when you sit down with your Hair Stylist is a strong positive reference to look at.

Remember, hair is fun and bangs can really brighten your eyes, lift your cheekbones and cover a large forehead. A straight bang can shorten a long face and long slightly parted bangs or short, layered and lifted bangs can elongate a round face. Consider your options and try something new or different. A small change to your hair can really make you feel refreshed and new.

Regan Denning Dakin is co-owner of Elizabeth Nicole Salon  – A family-owned cozy, boutique Hair Salon in Walnut Creek, California.

For more information, call (925) 549-2200.

Help! My hair is breaking, what do I do?

There are several things you can do to prevent hair breakage and even repair damaged hair. The first thing you want to do is to understand why your hair is breaking.

Why is Your Hair Breaking?

Have you done anything new to your hair that is causing damage such as bleaching or Damaged Hair Breakingusing a new hot tool?  Are you wearing ponytails that are too tight? Overusing hot tools or blow dryers you can burn the hair and cause it to break. If you are bleaching hair that has previously been bleached it will also break and your tresses may simply be handled too harshly.

Hair loss is different than hair breakage. We are specifically discussing the mid-shaft breaking of strands of hair, not loss from the scalp. Hair loss can occur for many reasons and it is normal to lose between 40 to 100 strands of hair a day in a renewal cycle. Abnormal loss that is excessive may require a consultation with a physician.

How Can You Keep Your Hair From Breaking?

When you are drying your hair use a towel to blot excess water, but do not rub you hair with the towel. If your hair tangles easily then use a leave-in conditioner. Gently remove tangles starting at the bottom and working your way up toward the scalp,  When hair is wet it is more elastic, so don’t over stretch the hair. Much like a rubber band, once the hair has over-expanded, it never goes back to it’s original place.

Drying your hair with a dryer that is too hot will weaken your hair, and you should maintain distance between the end of the dryer and the hair, especially if you do not have a nozzle on the end of the dryer to limit exposure of hot metal that can be on the end of some hair dryers.  The metal can get very hot and burn your hair right off. Use a brush that will be gentle and you will notice that as the hair becomes dryer, it will also be easier to bring the brush through the hair.  Boar bristle brushes are and excellent choice as they are more gentle.

Get your hair trimmed on a regular basis. Keep the ends of your hair fresh and new. Splits can travel. Most stylists recommend haircuts approximately 6 weeks apart.  If you are growing your hair to a longer length the stylist can trim as little as ¼ of an inch and your ends will stay fresh while your hair continues to grow.

How Can You Stop the Breakage Right Now?

Most stylists offer in salon treatments that will reduce most breakage and rebuild hair. This is usually a professional only product, so discuss this treatment with your stylist and schedule an appointment that will include a treatment with your next haircut or hair color service. Usually it can be added on to an existing service.

At Elizabeth Nicole Salon we offer a keratin infusion treatment that works wonders on damaged hair. I have very fine hair that is susceptible to breakage and at one point I could see the ends of my hair coming off with every brush stroke. I used the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Keratin Treatment on my hair and it immediately curtailed any further damage. Due to the success that I saw with my own hair, I made an immediate decision to offer this great treatment in the salon. If you are curious about this service, please ask for more information or schedule an add-on spa pack for damaged hair with your next service.

Regan Denning Dakin is co-owner of Elizabeth Nicole Salon  – A family-owned cozy, boutique Hair Salon in Walnut Creek, California. For more information, call (925) 549-2200.


If your hair looks great, you feel great and it can be refreshing to try one a new look.  There is no one haircut, hairstyle or hair color that will work for every man or woman, but there is a look that is just right for you. When you are in the hands of a professional hair stylist, you should find that the haircut begins with a strong consultation. It is important that your stylist understands what look you are after, and they should be able to determine if the style will work for you. Sometimes minor adjustment that enhance the look-just for you-makes for a great customized haircut design. The overall goal is not just to look more beautiful or handsome, but to be more confident and comfortable with who you are.

You can find examples of many haircuts – short pixies , long layersa-line bobs and men’s haircuts – to name a few, but it is most important to find the right haircut. Whether your hair is thick, coarse, fine, sparse, curly or wavy there are many options within each hair type. Modifications to examples that you select can be achieved within reason. The Hair Stylists at the Elizabeth Nicole Salon will consult with you to not only determine a great style, but to also understand your comfort level with styling your hair. They will make sure that your style is easy to maintain between appointments.

So find your new look , look beautiful and feel great!

Come See Us at the Elizabeth Nicole Salon  – A family-owned cozy, boutique Hair Salon in Walnut Creek, California

Call to schedule an appointment (925) 549-2200.

Hair Color and Highlights

Whether you are looking for the latest fashion hair color or classic natural highlights Elizabeth Nicole Salon stylists can design a palette that complements you. Whether you want to be a Bombshell Blonde, a Red Hot Redhead or a Sultry Brunette, we use only the best color lines and never compromises on quality products that produce perfect hair color results.

We have certified INOA by L’Oreal specialists. This ammonia-free color line is very gentle and effective. We also uses Wella, Koleston Perfect, Color Touch and Blondor. All top lines that are specifically used by the American Board of Certified Haircolorists as well as the Vidal Sassoon Academies.

Blow Outs & Event Styling

When it’s time for weddings, engagements, and special moments in your life-it may be a junior prom or a senior ball, a homecoming dance or graduation ceremony-it is time to seek out professional styling services.

At the Elizabeth Nicole Salon we have a full range of looks and styles that can be created for you and we can work with any pictures or styles you bring in for your event. Our Hair Stylists can even compliment the look with Airbrush Makeup and Beach Candy spray tanning services.

Updo n.  is a hair style that involves arranging the hair instead of allowing it to fall freely. It can be as simple as a ponytail, but is more commonly associated with more elaborate styles intended for special occasions such as a prom or wedding.

When deciding upon the right style for you it is best to look through photographs to see if there is something you would really like to wear. The Elizabeth Nicole Salon is constantly adding beautiful photos of hairstyles and color to our Pinterest page so you may easily find something you like on our Special Occasion Hairstyles or there are examples of sleeker up-do’s in our Chignons and French Twists board. We also have boards for Bridal Style and Beautiful Braids. Take the time to look at these styles and others that you may find in magazines or on the internet. Print out a copy of any style that has elements you may like, and don’t worry about having one perfect style because we may decide to blend different elements from different styles to give you a custom design that is truly unique.

Professional styling not only provides you with the right look, but your style will last through the event time. Take some of the stress out of preparing for your event, work with our professional stylists so you can relax and enjoy yourself.