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The beYOUtiful Life: Hair Notes from the 2019 BET Awards


The 2019 BET Awards celebration was one for the record books, and when it comes to hair, we must say, "they came to slay." Here are a few hair notes and observations. Lizzo Lizzo's natural hair is the "Glow-up!" If you Read more

Hair Flick Pick: On Her Own Ground


The "mane (main) attraction" that has everyone talking right now is the much-anticipated Netflix flick, "On Her Own Ground," based on the life of Madam C.J. Walker. Octavia Spencer, the Academy Award-winning actor, will star as the trailblazing Madam Read more

Hair Story: Dads, Daughters, & a Whole Lotta Love


This hair story is about Hair Love, an animated short film and picture book by Matthew A. Cherry with illustrations by Vashti Harrison. Hair Love is a celebration of dads, daughters, love, and natural hair. Cherry, a former NFL Read more

Hair Chat: Repair and Protect Hair Treatments


Let's have a hair chat about two treatments that are changing the game for hair repair and protection. Olaplex is a professional treatment designed to strengthen hair damaged by excessive bleach, perms, relaxers, and/or heat styling. It restores compromised hair Read more

What if Your Hair Hates Humidity?


Let's have a hairversation about humidity and what to do on those days when our curls droop, shrink, or  frizz. The following excerpts, originally published by Reader's Digest, may provide a few solutions. As you can guess, the water in Read more

Hair Gear Review: The Microfiber Towel


In between salon visits, if you wash your hair at home, you may want to ditch the t-shirt and consider stocking up on a few microfiber towels to dry your hair. Two divas describe why they made the switch Read more

Sweet as Honey Balayage


  Let's have a hairversation about balayage and one of our favorite shades, honey balayage.  It's sweet, warm, glowing, and gorgeous. Don't confuse balayage, a seamless blend, with ombre, a clear fade line between colors. Elle Magazine describes balayage as the Read more

Back 2 Basics: Tea Tree for Healthy Hair


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics.  Whatever your hair type and texture, Karline's Salon gives an A+ to the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Collection, shampoos, conditioners, and nourishing oils for healthy Read more

Women's History Month 2019: Hometown Heroes


There is no better way to celebrate Women's History Month 2019 than to shine the spotlight on some of our fantastic clients. The women on this year's list is by no means complete and we look forward to featuring Read more

Hair Trend Weigh In: Unicorn Rainbow Hair


Two years ago, what we thought was a passing whimsical fad, is now a full-blown color trend: Unicorn Rainbow Hair. We're way beyond the My Little Pony obsession and deeply rooted in the power of multicolor hair expression. In What's Read more

7 Foods for Healthy Hair

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Foods for healthy hair

 

In this Transformation Day post, we examine the benefits of seven foods for healthy hair. The excerpt below was originally published at Curly Nikki.

You are what you eat. And because your hair is part of you, what you eat reflects in the health and state of your hair. If you want hair that is healthy, longer, and stronger you should be paying attention to what you put INSIDE your body, not just what you use on the hair itself. These superfoods will help keep you and your hair looking their best.

1. Water

While this isn’t technically a food, it is still essential to healthy hair since we are primarily made up of water. It is important to stay hydrated to keep all of your body cells working properly. By drinking enough water daily, you are also helping the hydration and moisture levels of your hair as well.

2. Salmon

Salmon is a healthy food superstar; it is an oily fish rich in vitamins D and iron. A study performed at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences related to iron found that, “Women with iron deficiency status are at a risk of telogen hair loss.” Vitamin D is important because it can help stimulate the follicle. If you don’t like fish, flaxseeds are a good vegetarian replacement for these nutrients.

3. Chicken & Eggs

A diet with both contains good sources of protein that will really help your hair! Hair and nails are both composed of protein, which supports body and hair strength. Your hair is the last part of your body that gets the protein, so a lack of this in your diet could affect its state of hair fall and length retention. Eggs are full of B vitamins, especially biotin (B7) and panthenol (B12). Yolks have important vitamins and minerals that the egg whites do not. Chicken is a rich source of protein, as well as several B vitamins that help to strengthen fragile hair. The biotin in these two foods is also important for healthy hair.

4. Beef

Beef is a rich source of zinc, which is helpful in improving hair growth. Zinc deficiency is a cause of hair loss and dryness, so including beef is a great solution. Zinc is also said to help combat premature graying of hair in addition to helping with hair growth according to studies published in Dermatology Practical and Conceptual medical journal. Make sure to eat enough vitamin C in your diet, which will help the zinc absorption. You can find vitamin C in citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits. Beef also has high levels of protein with is important for strong hair and scalp health.

5. Nuts

Nuts are a great source of healthy fats, and we need healthy fats to look and feel our best. Walnuts and almonds, in particular, are high in omega-3 fatty acids which can help keep hair strong, and zinc which can help prevent hair loss.

6. Lentils

Lentils are a great vegetarian source of protein. Protein is essential for cell renewal and it is also necessary in restoring the health of red blood cells that supply skin and scalp with much-needed oxygen. Protein is essential for hair health. Lentils also are a good source of iron, zinc, and biotin, too.

7. Carrots & Sweet Potatoes

What do these two have in common? They’re both orange. They are also both excellent sources of Vitamin A. A recent study in Dermatology Practical and Conceptional states that, “dietary vitamin A has been shown to activate hair follicle stem cells.”

Are any of the seven foods for healthy hair in your diet? Share your thoughts (and recipes, please) in the comments section below.


The beYOUtiful Life: Kelly Rowland’s Hair Anthem

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Kelly Rowland Hair Anthem

In this edition of The beYOUtiful Life, for so many reasons we are obsessed with Kelly Rowland’s latest track, Crown.

Crown is a hair anthem for all types and textures and empowers young and old alike to be proud of their locks. Let’s go behind the mike for the backstory. The following excerpt was originally published at yahoo.com.

Kelly Rowland, in partnership with Dove, just released an inspiring new track titled “Crown” that’s all about loving your locks no matter what. The accompanying video shows off a group of young girls shutting down bullies, embracing their beauty and rocking out alongside the Destiny’s Child alum.

Speaking to PEOPLE about the video and her inspiration behind the song, Rowland, 37, says the lyrics “My hair, my crown” comes from “having love for your hair. Gaining the confidence to be able to wear it however you please, or to cut it however you please, have your texture however you please.”

Kelly Rowland Releases Inspiring New \'Crown\' Video with Dove to Help Girls Love Their Hair

Rowland’s billowing curls are on full display in the video alongside girls like Tyrielle Davis and Faith Fennidy, who made headlines when they were ordered to leave school due to having braids or extensions in their hair. “I was pissed, to be honest,” says Rowland of hearing the girls’ stories.

“It’s enough stuff that young people have to go through, and for you to basically be bullying them, a school to be bullying them and telling them what they should look like or how they should wear their hair. You are out of place. You are not their parents.”

…Rowland herself made the decision to rock her natural hair. “My nieces and my son are looking at me. That’s it, that was the whole reason I wanted to go natural. I wanted them to see natural hair on me every and anywhere that I went. Whether it was on TV, wherever it was, I thought that was important.”

What do you think about Rowland’s hair anthem, Crown? Does it inspire you to love your hair? Give it a fab or fair rating in the comments section of this post.


The beYOUtiful Life: Hair Notes from the 2019 Grammy Awards

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In this edition of The beYOUtiful Life, let us recap some of the hair moments at the 2019 Grammy Awards.  From perfect ponytails, banging bangs, and hair accessories galore, music industry’s biggest night did not disappoint with a diversity of hairstyles and hair fashions.

This excerpt was originally published at The Cut:

Best Rapunzel Hair

11 Very Good Beauty Looks From the Grammys

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Tracee Ellis Ross proving that hair down to your butt continues to be a very good look.

Best Edges

11 Very Good Beauty Looks From the Grammys

Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording A

Halle Bailey proving that the shorter baby hairs that frame your face can be a very good accessory, too.

Best Non-Curly Bangs

11 Very Good Beauty Looks From the Grammys

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Camila Cabello prompts a “yes” to the eternal question, “Should I get bangs?” It’s also nice to see she hasn’t given up on ponytails entirely following Headache-Gate.

Best Hat Hair

11 Very Good Beauty Looks From the Grammys

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Hat hair has a bad rep, but we have a feeling Janelle Monae’s safety-pin- crown and hat-frame contraption will shift the narrative.

Most Memorable

11 Very Good Beauty Looks From the Grammys

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Enough said.

This excerpt was originally published at BRIT + CO:

Cardi B… turned heads on the red carpet in a show-stopping gown from Thierry Mulger’s Fall-Winter 1995 couture collection. And what hairstyle could possibly complement the black and pink Venus sheath dress and embellished bodysuit? A pearl-encrusted beehive updo, of course.

 

“The inspiration behind Cardi B’s red carpet look is a ’90s influenced pearl updo to play up her couture ensemble,” says celebrity stylist Tokyo Stylez, on behalf of Suave Professionals. (Photo via Kevin Mazur/ Getty)

Click here to view original web page at www.brit.co

Did we mention Cardi B.? Well, we’ll say it again, the top knot wrapped in pearls was everything, as recognized in the following excerpt from Stylecaster.

…beyond the fashion, we couldn’t help but notice the details that demanded our attention too. More often than not, red carpet events rarely deliver in this department, but tonight, A-listers spared no expense making sure that their entire look was accented to perfection. Ahead, the accessory moments worthy of a double-take.

Cardi B.

The Grammy Award winner (!) stepped out in a vintage Mugler Couture ensemble, complete with a top knot wrapped in pearls.

Photo: Shutterstock.

Jennifer Lopez

Though we’re dying to know what brand is responsible for these long, luscious lashes, we’re equally enamored with this oversized hat with wide brim.

Photo: Shutterstock.

Alicia Keys

The hostest with the mostest kicked off the night in a multi-colored head wrap that paired perfectly with her green jumpsuit.

Photo: Shutterstock.

Andra Day

Day rarely opts for a simple beauty look and tonight was no exception as she accessorized her throwback style with daisies.

Photo: Shutterstock.

Click here to view original web page at stylecaster.com

What were your favorite and not-so-favorite hair picks at the 2019 Grammy Awards? Who hit high notes and who fell a little flat? What styles are you willing to try? Share your hair notes in the comment section below or tweet them to us @KarlinesSalon.

PS: For more hair inspiration, check out the Karline’s Salon Hair Gallery before your next appointment.


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

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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.


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