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KS Cares - Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County


In this very special holiday post, we'd like to tell you about Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, a funding resource for programs and services that improve the lives of children and their families. Moreover, we'd like to Read more

5 Tips to Maintain Healthy and Full Hair as You Age


Courtesy of doctortipster.com. here are five tips to maintain healthy and full hair as you age. There's an old saying that time waits for nobody, but we can definitely make the hair fall wait! Rare as it may be, we Read more

Back2Basics: Stress and Hair Loss


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for an elementary lesson on the connection between stress and hair loss. Review the following strands of thought to understand why hair loss occurs and Read more

Never Have You Ever Used Yogurt on Your Hair?


Never have you ever used yogurt on your hair? There are a few strands of thought on this popular dairy product. Natural yogurt is full of protein and, according to stylecraze.com, it is a common natural hair care ingredient Read more

Hair Diversity in the U.S. Navy


In this Transformation Day post, we salute the U.S. Navy, which finally updated its grooming standards, allowing servicewomen more flexibility in hairstyles. The policy shift has been a long time coming, and it's not perfect, but it's a start Read more

KS News Desk: Hair Products and Toxic Chemicals


From the Karline's Salon news desk, there's a ticker tape of articles on toxic chemicals found in many popular hair products. A cautionary and true study of what you put on your hair may be harmful to your health. Read more

Hair Story: Maya Rudolph


Maya Rudolph is one heck of an actor and comedian. Remember her "on-point" SNL impersonation of Donatella Versace, hilarious bridal salon scene in Bridesmaids, or tender moments in Away We Go? But beyond the screen, Maya, the daughter of Read more

Hair Flick Pick: ‘Nappily Ever After’ On Netflix


The "mane (main) attraction" that has everyone talking right now is the Netflix comedy-drama, Nappily Ever After. It's our pick for a hair flick for two reasons. One, it stars actor Sanaa Lathan of The Best Man, Love and Read more

Hair Trend Weigh In: Autumn-Inspired Color


Not that it makes a difference to those of us who live in South Florida's tropical paradise, but the fall season is here, and as the saying goes, life's too short to have boring hair. Now, let's go with the Read more

Back2Basics: What's Your Hair Type?


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for an elementary lesson on hair type. Review the following strands of thought to understand your type of hair. Hairstylist Andre Walker is responsible for the Read more

KS Cares – Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County

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In this very special holiday post, we’d like to tell you about Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, a funding resource for programs and services that improve the lives of children and their families. Moreover, we’d like to ask you to join us in making the season a little brighter for children served by the organization’s home visiting programs.

Children’s Services Council focuses the majority of its funding on prevention and early intervention services for all Palm Beach County children so they grow up healthy, safe, and strong. More than 89% of Children’s Services Council’s budget goes directly into programs*, which include:

  • WHIN Nurses (Women’s Health Initiative Nurses), which addresses the health and wellness needs of African American women who are either pregnant or have a baby. The program provides nurse home-visiting services in the county’s high-risk zip codes.
  • Nurse Family Partnership, which addresses the health and well-being of low-income first-time parents and their children. The program provides volunteer registered nurses for pregnant women and children up to two years of age.
  • Healthy Beginnings Nurses, which provides a wide range of pre and post-natal and intervention services for pregnant women and mothers of infants in a family’s home.

*Source: Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County 

The impact of these programs is impressive. Here is one of many reasons why they are so important:

On Sunday, December 16, 2018, Karline’s Salon will host a Holiday Open House for clients, vendors, friends, and friends of friends. We’re asking all who attend to bring a gift-wrapped, age-appropriate toy (0 to 5 years) for a child served by the home visiting programs. Of greatest need are:

  • Diapers (Size 2 and Size 3)  
  • Developmental toys with sounds and lights

Be sure to label the age/size on the gift wrapping.

In exchange, donors will receive $5 in Karline’s Salon Bonus Bucks to redeem on a hair care service.  Plus, we’ll contribute a portion of the proceeds from our raffle to a Children’s Services Council program.

Karline's Salon Holiday Open House Flyer

Download and share this flyer with family and friends!

 

Admission is free, but you must RSVP here. 

The last word. Many thanks to Charice Robinson, a loyal Karline’s Salon client and friend. Charice provided us with inspiration and direction for our charitable endeavor. She is the Director of Program Budget for Children’s Services Council, a past president of the West Palm Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a proud Wolverine (University of Michigan), and one of our natural hair divas.  She’s an all-around rock star!

Karline's Salon clients

Beautiful mother and daughter, Charice and Chiara Robinson

 

Please join us on December 16 for a good time and great cause: Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County! For more information on the Karline’s Salon Holiday Open House, #AskKarlinesSalon : 561.471.0900 or visit this link.

 


5 Tips to Maintain Healthy and Full Hair as You Age

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Courtesy of doctortipster.com. here are five tips to maintain healthy and full hair as you age.

There’s an old saying that time waits for nobody, but we can definitely make the hair fall wait! Rare as it may be, we do at times see people well past their prime with a head of hair that would make a 20- something jealous, and that’s exactly what we all want to have as we grow older. Genetics do play a huge role when it comes to hair unfortunately, but it isn’t the only thing that matters. Even people with great hair may lose most of it by the time they get past fifty, while people with relatively thin hair might be able to retain their mane well into their sixties with proper care. To help you get some insight into the secrets of maintaining a healthy scalp, here are a few tips to live by.

Nourish

Nourishment from both outside and inside is essential in keeping your hair healthy throughout the years and as should be obvious, this is an ongoing process. If you wish to get older with great hair, you will need to start caring for it and nourishing it from a young age. Speaking of nourishment, biotin and niacin are very important for strong hair, so make sure that your diet consists of the following:

Biotin: Animal liver, salmon, egg yolks, nuts, avocados, sweet potatoes, etc.

Niacin: Animal meat (liver in particular), chicken and turkey breasts, tuna, salmon, etc.

Gloss and Shine

When we are younger, our hair has a kind of natural shine, but we slowly lose it as we age. Therefore, dull, lifeless hair is synonymous to age in popular perception. To prevent your hair from looking dry and brittle, here are a few points to keep in mind:

  • Colored hair looks lifeless on fading, so color gloss is a must
  • Get a color gloss treatment on every alternate coloring session at the salon
  • Prefer volumizing sprays over mousse/aerosol sprays used for matte finish
  • Use hair serum for retaining the shine, but use it conservatively

 

Moisturize

Hair grows out of the scalp, so it is of absolute importance to keep your scalp moisturized, clean and healthy at all times. Diseases such as psoriasis of the scalp can be a major obstacle if you want to age with a head full of healthy hair, so detecting such problems and treating them in time is essential in maintaining a healthy scalp.

Prevent Breakage

If you can, don’t part your hair at all, but avoid parting it from the middle every day as a rule. Wearing your hair in the same way each day wears it down and causes breakage. Also, full bangs are a great way to hide wrinkles on your forehead, while giving people the appearance of a full head of hair, even when it has thinned a bit.

Manage Stress

As an additional tip, remember that stress is an enemy of your hair. Stress can directly contribute towards hair loss and that effect is made stronger as we age. Therefore, try to bust stress at every chance you get because as we get older, stress and tension does have a way of mounting on!

For more information, check out our previous posts on hair breakage and stress. Then, #AskKarlinesSalon about its maintenance program that keeps your hair healthy. Call us at 561-471-0900 or make an appointment for your next visit.


Back2Basics: Stress and Hair Loss

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Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for an elementary lesson on the connection between stress and hair loss. Review the following strands of thought to understand why hair loss occurs and what you can do about it.

Everyone experiences intermittent stress in life. Professional and personal demands, illnesses and trauma can wreak havoc on your mental health.

Sometimes that stress can trigger your body to react in ways that can be frustrating and embarrassing. These include issues like brittle nails, acne breakouts and hair loss.

The type of hair loss that results from physical and emotional stressors is called telogen effluvium, in which large amounts of stress push hair follicles into a resting period. As a result, the hair begins to shed, causing the appearance of thinning, which can be more prominent in certain areas of the scalp than others.

“The hair follicle has its own life cycle — growth, transition, resting and falling out of hair shaft,” said Dr. Julia Tzu, a double board-certified dermatologist and the founder and medical director of Wall Street Dermatology. Stress alters the percentage of hairs in the growth stage and shifts them to the resting, or telogen, stage.

“No one really understands the complex biology that determines the clockwork behind hair cycling,” she continued. “What is known is that stressors do bend the clock and shift hairs towards the telogen phase.”

But this doesn’t necessarily lead to lasting damage. According to Dr. Lauren Ploch, a board-certified dermatologist at the Georgia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, telogen effluvium doesn’t always cause permanent hair loss or baldness.

“Complete baldness does not occur unless there is an underlying inflammatory process” like alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss in patches and can be triggered by severe stress, she said.

You won’t notice a difference in hair loss immediately after experiencing something particularly stressful.

“Telogen effluvium usually occurs within the first three months after a stressful event,” Ploch said. “Usually, the hair loss is a sign that a new hair is growing again at the base of the lost hair, so new hair growth should be apparent three to six months after the initial shedding.”

Is Stress Causing Hair Loss?The average person loses 50 to 100 hairs a day. This is completely normal, and compared with the total number of hairs on your head (about 150,000), the absence of those strands isn’t even noticeable. However, shedding is considered a problem when it becomes excessive.

If you notice more strands than usual coming out when you comb or wash your hair or if you see reduced thickness in one area or throughout your scalp, you should see a doctor, Tzu advised.

As for why hair loss happens during stress, Ploch said that should not be cause for alarm. Because hair growth is not a vital function, you can lose it when you’re stressed out.

“When our body experiences stress, it essentially goes into survival mode and diverts resources away from functions that are nonessential for life such as hair growth and nail growth,” Ploch said.

There’s little data behind whether there are groups that experience more stress-related hair loss than others, but Tzu and Ploch said that new moms are likely to have hair loss, given the level of physiological stress that comes with childbirth.

Easy ways to stop your shedding strands

Making certain lifestyle changes can help. Along with getting enough sleep and spending time doing hobbies you enjoy to reduce stress, Ploch emphasized the importance of getting adequate nutrients.

“Eat a balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Be careful with biotin supplementation,” she warned, referring to a memo the FDA released in 2017 about how biotin supplementation can affect lab values. Ploch suggested keeping biotin intake to 35 micrograms or less daily. Biotin, a B vitamin that is commonly used to combat hair loss, can be found naturally in small amounts in foods such as eggs, milk and bananas.

But most important, remember that it is not as crucial to treat hair loss as it is to find healthy ways to handle the stress that causes it. Regular exercise, adequate sleep and a healthy diet can alleviate anxiety. Eating chocolate, hanging with good friends and listening to music can reduce negative moods. (Dozens of other techniques can help as well.) If you think stress is interfering with your daily life, it might be worth trying something like therapy or discussing your mental health with your doctor.

While self-treatment can be an option in mild cases, you should see a dermatologist as soon as possible if you begin to notice excessive shedding.

Ace the principles of healthy hair care. Ask Karline’s Salon about a haircare routine that’s right for you and the stress on your tresses. For more information, call us at 561-471-0900 or make an appointment for your next visit.


Never Have You Ever Used Yogurt on Your Hair?

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Have you Ever Used Yogurt on Your Hair

Never have you ever used yogurt on your hair? There are a few strands of thought on this popular dairy product. Natural yogurt is full of protein and, according to stylecraze.com, it is a common natural hair care ingredient and hair growth aid.

It is rich in vitamins and fatty acids that are essential for hair health. Is yogurt good for hair growth? Yes, this ingredient makes for an excellent hair growth aid, and here’s why:

  • Helps get rid of dandruff with its anti-fungal properties that soothe the scalp
  • Helps calm frizz by keeping your hair moisturized for longer
  • Controls hair fall by improving scalp health and reducing the clogging of follicles
  • Balances the pH levels of your scalp by regulating sebum production
  • Yogurt soothes an aggravated scalp with its cooling effect

 

Consider these do-it-yourself yogurt masks for hair health and repair.

Egg and yogurt

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Yogurt

Method

In a small bowl, break the egg and whisk the egg until the yellow and white are combined.

Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt and mix to form a paste.

Divide your hair into four sections and apply the paste under your scalp.

Ensure that you have covered all of your hair and then leave the mask in for 20-30 minutes.

Rinse the mask out with shampoo and cool water.

 2 easy ways to use yogurt for hair growth

Banana and yogurt

Ingredients

  • ½ a Ripe Banana
  • 1 tbsp Yogurt
  • 3 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice

Method

In a bowl, mash the banana until there are no lumps.

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until you get a smooth, consistent paste.

Apply this mixture from the roots to the tips of your hair until it is entirely covered.

Keep the hair mask on for at least 25-30 minutes.

Wash off with Shampoo.

Before you run out to Publix for the next BOGO on yogurt, #AskKarlinesSalon about the products we recommend to care for your hair.

As a postscript, let’s not forget the overall health benefits of yogurt and why you should make it an essential part of your dietary regimen.

  • Yogurt provides almost every nutrient that your body needs. It is especially high in calcium, B vitamins and trace minerals.
  • Yogurt, especially the Greek variety, is very high in protein. Protein is helpful for appetite and weight control.
  • Some types of yogurt contain probiotics, which may boost digestive health by reducing the symptoms of common gastrointestinal disorders, such as bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
  • Yogurt provides probiotics, vitamins and minerals, all of which may boost immune health and prevent certain illnesses.
  • Yogurt is rich in vitamins and minerals that play a key role in bone health. Consuming it regularly may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Regardless of its fat content, yogurt appears to benefit heart health by increasing “good” HDL cholesterol and reducing blood pressure.
  • Yogurt is high in protein, which is very filling, and may improve your diet overall. Both of these aspects help with weight management.

Note: Some people need to be cautious with their yogurt intake, as it may cause adverse effects, especially in those with lactose intolerance or a milk allergy.

Source: healthline.com

Have you ever tried a yogurt mixture for hair growth? Share your story or recipe in the comments section of this post.


Hair Diversity in the U.S. Navy

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Hair Diversity in the U.S. Navy

In this Transformation Day post, we salute the U.S. Navy, which finally updated its grooming standards, allowing servicewomen more flexibility in hairstyles. The policy shift has been a long time coming, and it’s not perfect, but it’s a start and step in the right direction that recognizes the diversity and beauty of all hair types and textures.

Lt. Tiffany D. Pearson shares her view on this change as a woman of color in the Navy.

What The Navy’s New Hair Policy Means To Me As A Black WomanPhoto: MC2 Alora Blosch and MC1 TJ Godbold

We can wear ponytails and locs in uniform tomorrow?! I couldn’t believe what I was reading — the U.S. Navy was finally allowing the heretofore unimaginable, a new shift in hair regulations. Though I’ve recently opted for a low fade, I celebrated with black women throughout the fleet when I learned yet another style intrinsic to my heritage and conducive to healthy hair was no longer deemed “unprofessional.” For me, this policy shift was a détente of sorts — an easing of tension between my natural hair and Navy regulations. Reconciliation between my service and myself has removed the burden competing factors once presented.

The new Navy policy sets forth the most significant changes to the hair grooming regulations I’ve seen in my eight years of enlisted and commissioned service. The policy seems to take into consideration the multicultural diversity of the U.S. Navy. It offers a broader and more inclusive version of what it means to “look professional.”

The chief of naval operations (CNO) made the announcement regarding this ambitious policy change surrounded by black female sailors who took part in the policy working group. In many ways, that video symbolized for me a shift in perspective. It showed me a Navy comprised of sailors from all walks of life, socioeconomic statuses, and backgrounds. By including a number of diverse voices in the policy process, the Navy was able to produce a far-reaching policy that brought about more equity — a recognition that there is nothing inherently unprofessional about my hair in its natural state. Valuing core facets of each sailor elicits a sense of dignity, as they serve with honor, courage, and commitment. No need to sacrifice personhood to do so.

I entered Navy training in 2011 with a low-cut fade and a desire for adventure. One year, a few relaxers, and many days of “hat hair” later, I decided transitioning back to my natural curls was a must. The response was not good. “Did you stick your finger in a light socket?” asked a senior officer. I’d planned to take a year in transitioning, but the constant negative feedback resulted in a swift cut — a small Afro that drew fewer comments and less scrutiny.

While the new regulations aren’t perfect (still no faux locs!), they do provide an expanded vision of what “professional” can look like, including hair that looks like mine. Truthfully, this has removed an unnecessary stressor from my life and opened up a world of possibilities. Who knows, I may eventually start locs of my own or opt to wear a wig. I may go back to styles I’m familiar with. Whatever I choose to do, the options have expanded, and while not perfect, the tension between my hair and Navy regulations has eased.

What do you think of the Navy’s new hair policy? Share your thoughts or thank the women who serve in the comments section below.


KS News Desk: Hair Products and Toxic Chemicals

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KS News Desk: Hair Products and Toxic Chemicals

From the Karline’s Salon news desk, there’s a ticker tape of articles on toxic chemicals found in many popular hair products. A cautionary and true study of what you put on your hair may be harmful to your health. The Silent Spring Institute, a renowned Massachusetts research organization, examined hair products marketed to Black women to help them understand why Black women have increased exposures to hazardous chemicals than other groups and how these high exposures contribute to health disparities in the U.S. population.

According to Reuters Health, “the findings could explain at least in part why African-American women go through puberty earlier and suffer from higher rates of asthma and reproductive diseases than other groups.”

Here is a summary of the study.

The study, which was conducted by the Silent Spring Institute and published in the journal Environmental Research, examined 18 different products geared towards black women, like hot oil treatments, anti-frizz hair polishes, leave-in conditioners, root stimulators, hair lotions and hair relaxers. The results found all of the products tested contained hazardous chemicals, including parabens, a type of preservative that can interfere with a woman’s natural estrogen level and has been linked to breast cancer, and phthalates, which can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system.

“Chemicals in hair products, and beauty products in general, are mostly untested and largely unregulated,” said Jessica Helm, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and a scientist at Silent Spring, in a statement. “This study is a first step toward uncovering what harmful substances are in products frequently used by Black women, so we can better understand what’s driving some of the health issues they’re facing.”

The study’s findings are consistent with data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found black women have higher levels of some phthalates and parabens in their bodies compared with white women. The findings could help researchers understand why black women may experience early puberty and have higher rates of hormone-related issues such as uterine fibroids, infertility, and pre-term births. “We know from previous research that black women suffer disproportionately from hormone-related health problems,” said Helm.

“Black women are over-exposed and under-protected from toxic chemicals,” says Janette Robinson Flint, executive director of Black Women for Wellness. Black women also purchase and use more hair products than other groups. In fact, a Nielsen study found African Americans spent $54 million on ethnic hair and beauty products last year.

Helm also shared advice for black women looking to find safer options for hair products. “Look for opportunities to use fewer products,” she said. “When choosing a product, know which products are made with plants or that are fragrance-, phthalate- and paraben-free.” Furthermore, you women of color can download the Detox Me app for more tips on how to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals in personal care products.

Here are other highlights from the study:

  • All products tested contained fragrance chemicals
  • 78% contained parabens
  • 72% of products contained parabens and diethyl phthalate
  • 84% of the chemicals detected were not listed on the product label
  • 11 products contained seven chemicals prohibited in the European Union (EU) or regulated under California’s Proposition 65
  • Hair relaxers marketed at children contained the highest levels of five chemicals prohibited in the EU or regulated under Proposition 65
  • Parabens, fragrances, nonylphenols, and diethyl phthalate were commonly found in root stimulators, hair lotions and hair relaxers.
  • Cyclosiloxanes were more frequently detected in anti-frizz products and at the highest concentrations of any chemical measured.

 

Download and print this list of hair products that contain toxic chemicals. If you use any of them, stop and discard them immediately.  Please #AskKarlinesSalon about products that are safe for your hair and your health. We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.


Hair Story: Maya Rudolph

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Hair Story-Maya Rudolph

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Maya Rudolph is one heck of an actor and comedian. Remember her “on-point” SNL impersonation of Donatella Versace, hilarious bridal salon scene in Bridesmaids, or tender moments in Away We Go? But beyond the screen, Maya, the daughter of record producer Richard Rudolph and songstress extraordinaire the late Minnie Riperton, has a hair story that will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate our hair diversity.

Maya Rudolph Opens Up About Her Struggle With Natural Hair In The Comedy World

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.

In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, Rudolph opened up about the struggle of being mixed-race in the sketch comedy world, and the jokes it led to at her expense.

“My hair was natural when I started Saturday Night Live, but it was so thick to get under the wigs,” Rudolph explained. Because of this, she had to set aside “several hours a week” to change its texture, which turned into a weekly blow-out appointment with the hair department.

“[The blow-dry station] was on the same hallway as a lot of the dudes’ dressing rooms. And every [expletive] Friday night, we’d hear some [expletive] white guy walking down the hall going, ‘Is something burning in here? What’s burning?’” Rudolph said. “I’m like — ‘I’m. Get-ting. My. Hair. Done.’”

She also reflected on her pre-SNL days, which weren’t any better in terms of how others viewed her hair. “Every time I’d work, they’d be like, ‘I really don’t — like, can I touch? — I really don’t know what to do with your hair.’ They would just say the most awful, disgusting things,” she said.

Unfortunately, Rudolph’s experiences aren’t isolated incidents. According to the “Good Hair” study, “a majority of people, regardless of race and gender, hold some bias towards women of color based on their hair.” Key findings also showed that Black women suffer more anxiety around hair issues, spend more money on hair care than any other racial group, and are almost twice as likely to feel pressure to straighten their hair.

Like Rudolph, women of color shouldn’t feel forced to conform to a beauty standard that suppresses their cultural roots in order to be accepted at work. Nor should they have to endure ignorant comments and “jokes” — someone else’s hair should be the least of anyone’s concerns.

If you enjoyed Maya’s curl confession or have one to share, we welcome your feedback in the comments section of this post. We also remind you to #AskKarlinesSalon about the proper care for all types and texture of hair. We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.


Hair Flick Pick: ‘Nappily Ever After’ On Netflix

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The “mane (main) attraction” that has everyone talking right now is the Netflix comedy-drama, Nappily Ever After. It’s our pick for a hair flick for two reasons. One, it stars actor Sanaa Lathan of The Best Man, Love and Basketball, Brown Sugar, Disappearing Acts, Nip/Tuck, The Affair, and more. Two, duh, it’s about hair and how women, in particular, view themselves in relation to their hair.

Here’s a sneak peek followed by excerpts from a decider.com review.

 

Violet Jones (Sanaa Lathan) has always spent an inordinate amount of time worrying about her hair. This isn’t unusual, as most Black women want to make sure their hair is as perfect as possible at all times. Violet learned this from her mother Pauletta (Lynn Whitfield), who didn’t even want her to go into the pool when she was 10, for fear of seeing her straightened ‘do frizz out.

Now she’s 35 and a successful advertising executive, turning heads with her perfect hair, power dress, and confident air. She tries so hard to be perfect for her doctor boyfriend Clint (Ricky Whittle) that she wakes up at 5 in the morning, greets her mother at her door, and gets a comb-out just so she can be perfect for when he wakes up.

She’s convinced he’s going to propose during her birthday party. He doesn’t — he buys a dog for them to take care of — and she dumps him when he says that she’s “too perfect” and they’ve been on a “two year first date.” But not before an emergency trip to a new hair salon, where she loses some of her precious locks due to a not-so-purposeful mixup…

Emotionally distraught, she tries a few things with her hair, then sees that Clint has already moved on, which causes her to drunkenly shave her head. After letting go of her hair, can Violet look at herself in a new light?

There are beats in Nappily Ever After where you can see where things are going, especially when it comes to Violet’s relationship with Will. But the most interesting part of the movie, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour and based on a novel by Trisha R. Thomas, is that the romance at the center of the film isn’t between Violet and Clint or even Violet and Will; it’s between Violet and herself.

Tying Violet’s journey to her hair makes sense when you realize how important hair is to Black women. When Violet lets go of her hair, she lets go of everything that was keeping her from knowing her true self.

Nappily Ever After is filled with great performances, especially from Whitfield as Violet’s demanding mother and Ernie Hudson as Violet’s father Richard, who leaves Pauletta for a career as a 60-year-old male model. The attention he attracts after his first gig hits the newsstands (it’s an underwear spot in a store circular) makes for a good running joke.

Share your thoughts on Nappily Ever After in the comments section below.


Hair Trend Weigh In: Autumn-Inspired Color

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Hair Trend Autumn Inspired Color

Not that it makes a difference to those of us who live in South Florida’s tropical paradise, but the fall season is here, and as the saying goes, life’s too short to have boring hair. Now, let’s go with the flow and mix it up with autumn-inspired color. Here are five color trends for the season. Which one are you willing to rock? Feel free to weigh in on your favorite shade at the end of this post.

Gilded Strawyberry Tones

This trend uses a subtle highlight to play up the warmer gold, strawberry blonde, or red-ish base, whether natural or done with dye or gloss.

A copper color can be tricky because you don’t want your highlight to read brassy, but when you err on the side of gold, with just a touch of red undertones, the result is the perfect rich fall shade that’ll look incredible at golden hour.

 

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See how golden highlights make curls look vivacious, while a transitional amber-tinged tone keeps it from looking overdone? The result is fresh and modern, but still subtle.

 

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Dusty Blonde

This summer has been all about bright, glossy tones — which aren’t going anywhere — but the fall is the perfect time to take your color a little cooler, more muted, and less Barbie Blonde.

Hair Trend Weigh In: Autumn-Inspired Color

 

Balayage is a great technique for mixing a cool, dusty blonde highlight into long hair, because it looks even radder when your dark roots grow in.

Want to really take it to the next level? Icy gray-blonde highlights are unexpected on jet-black hair, but when they’re focused on the ends, the overall look is both soft and hip at the same time.

Cold Brew Color

NYC-based colorist Stephanie Brown says the “cold brew” color trend will continue to be big for fall. The name is a bit deceiving, because we’re not talking about plain coffee, rather a play on varying degrees of the cream that’s added. It’s about the “swirling of neutral and golden tones down the hair,” Brown explains. “Just like when you pour a little bit of milk into your coffee.”

Popping soft, caramel-colored curls with sun-kissed blonde highlights is like ordering your cold brew with a half-pump of hazelnut. It’s so subtle, but makes all the difference.

 

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Shadow Roots

A shadow root — also called gloss smudging — is the perfect complement to the sunny summer highlight you already have going on, and actually looks cooler as it grows out.

 

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Rich Brown

Daniel M, a colorist at Nova Arts Salon, tells us that he’s playing up rich brown colors for fall. “Fall is the best excuse to give your hair a nice break from bleach,” he says. “Opt for a warm brown — it’ll take your blonde back to a natural brunette. But keep a touch of highlight or a rich gloss, to keep it from looking flat.”

 

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Back2Basics: What’s Your Hair Type?

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Back2Basics Hair Care

Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for an elementary lesson on hair type. Review the following strands of thought to understand your type of hair.

Hairstylist Andre Walker is responsible for the hair typing system, ranging from type 1 through type 4, which he came up with in the ’90s. Over the years, curly hair communities have made modifications to add in more hair types. In those communities, calling yourself a 2C or 4B can instantly tell other curly girls a lot about you (and your routine).

Wondering how to find out your hair type? The best way to determine your hair type is to wash and condition in the shower, blot your hair with an old t-shirt (this won’t promote frizz the way a towel does), and let your hair air dry so you can see its natural shape, says Fred Connors, owner of FRED.nyc salon.

Type 1 Hair Type

Straight hair, do care. If you have type 1 hair, that means you’ve got that smooth, sleek, straight hair that so many women need a flat iron to achieve.

1A: “This is the straightest of straight hair types,” says Connors. “This hair type is quite uncommon. It’s pin-straight with no bends or waves. It has a great amount of difficulty holding curl.”

1B/1C: “These are more common for straight hair types,” says Connors. “Types 1B and 1C hair tend to curl under toward the base and hold curl.” Type 1C has slightly more curl than type 1B.

1B/1C: “These are more common for straight hair types,” says Connors. “Types 1B and 1C hair tend to curl under toward the base and hold curl.” Type 1C has slightly more curl than type 1B.

Type 1 Celeb Inspiration: Lucy Liu and Gwyneth Paltrow

Type 2 Hair Type

Beachy waves FTW. That’s exactly what you have if your hair falls within the type 2 umbrella, no dip in the ocean required.

2A: “Type 2A is wavier than straight hair but not curly,” says Connors. “It’s a very loosely defined wave. There’s no strong S shape.”

2B: Your hair has more defined waves than type 2A, with the distance between waves being shorter than it is for type 2A hair, says Connors.

2C: “Your hair looks curlier than types 2A and 2B, but it’s still a wave,” says Connors. You’ll notice an even shorter distance between waves than types 2A and 2B hair, as well as a more defined S shape.

Type 2 Celeb Inspiration: Jessica Alba and Drew Barrymore

Type 3 Hair Type

Hey there, curly hair! From light curls to tight curls, here’s what you need to know about curl patterns 3A–3C.

3A: Whereas wavy hair produces an S shape, curly hair produces a circle, says Connor. Type 3A hair is the loosest of the type 3 curl types and has the circumference of a piece of sidewalk chalk, says Connors.

3B: Your curls are tighter than type 3A, with about the circumference of a marker, says Connors.

3C: Your tightly-packed curls have the circumference of a pencil, says Connors. Think corkscrew curls!

Type 3 Celeb Inspiration: Julianna Margulies and Alicia Keys

Type 4 Hair Type

Nice to see you, kinky hair. Type 4 hair is usually thin, coarse, and packed with tight kinks. Here’s how to tell which type of kinky hair you have.

4A: “Your kink is really, really tight and in an S pattern,” says Connors.

4B: “Your kink is at a sharper angle than type 4A hair and in a Z pattern,” says Connors.

4C: “Your hair pattern is very irregular,” says Connors. “It’s not crimped or curved.” It’s similar to type 4B, just less defined.

Type 4 Celeb Inspiration: Viola Davis and Janelle Monae

What else affects hair type?

While figuring out where you fall on the 1A–4C spectrum will go a long way toward allowing you to put together the right haircare and styling routine, there are four other factors to consider as well.

Do you apply and apply and apply product only for it to seem like it’s just sitting on the surface of your hair? This might have to do with your hair’s porosity. “This is how absorbent your hair is,” says Rhodes Douglas. More specifically, porosity refers to how well your hair holds in moisture, water, and product.

To figure out whether your hair has low or high porosity, take a small section of hair and stretch it out. Slide a finger up and down your hair shaft. If your hair feels rough, that means you have low porosity and your hair doesn’t hold in moisture very well; if your hair feels smooth, that means you have high porosity, says Rhodes Douglas.

When your hair has good elasticity, that means it’s bouncy and full of life. “When you tug on a strand, you should be able to stretch it out and then it’ll go back,” says Rhodes Douglas. Chemicals, like those in hair dye, can mess with your elasticity and cause your hair to become limp, she adds.

To tell how much elasticity your hair has, try this little experiment: When your hair is wet, take a piece and stretch it out. If it returns to its original length once you release it, that means you have good elasticity.

Your hair density simply means how much hair you have. You can figure out whether you have low or high density hair by measuring the circumference of your ponytail, says Rhodes Douglas. The larger your ponytail circumference, the higher hair density you have. “People think they have a ton of hair, but often they don’t,” says Rhodes Douglas. “When gathered together, do you have a copious amount of hair or is it surprisingly less than you thought?”

It’s totally possible (and actually really common!) to have more than one type of curl pattern, says Rhodes Douglas. This is known as curl variance. “Often within curly hair types, you see tight curly hair and a more relaxed curl type,” says Connor. “If you have a mixture of manageable and difficult to manage hair types, I would use product for the hair type [that’s most difficult to manage].”

Ace the principles of healthy hair care. Ask Karline’s Salon about a routine that’s right for your hair type. For more information, call us at 561-471-0900 or make an appointment for your next visit.


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