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Hair Inspiration: Gabrielle Union's Beautiful Natural Haircut


Gabrielle Union's latest natural haircut is perfection. If you have ever feared the big chop or switching it up, worry no more. This hair transformation empowers and gives us life! Refinery29 went behind the chair with Gabrielle's stylist for Read more

The beYOUtiful Life: Hair Notes from the 2018 BET Awards


In this edition of The beYOUtiful Life, let's flashback to the 2018 BET Awards with a few hair notes and observations.         Every year, black women and men illuminate the BET Awards red carpet with an array of gorgeous beauty looks, Read more

7 Tips to Prevent Hair Breakage


  Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics.  Whatever your hair type and texture, review these seven tips to prevent hair breakage.   Hair can become weak and prone to breakage for a number of Read more

Now Showing in all of its Glory: Natural Hair on TV


Now showing in all its glory, natural hair on television.  Mashable takes a look at what eight shows are doing to positively promote natural hair. In this post, let's take a look at four of our favorites. Shows like 'This Read more

Protective Styles to Survive The Heat


Class is now in session, and it is time for curly-haired divas to go back to basics.  Hafeezah Nazim, an editorial assistant at Nylon.com, provides a few strands of thought on protective styles to survive the heat. And, if Read more

Hair Education: Advice to a Mom of a Daughter with Short 4c Hair


Even on a stylist’s day off, she – that would be me – is still thinking about your hair! As I reflect, recharge, and review the appointment book, I am captivated by this advice for parents and I Read more

Finishing Tips for a Great Hair Day


Mane: a reference to hair Monday: the second day of a hair professional’s weekend Even on a stylist’s day off, she – that would be me – is still thinking about your hair! Welcome to my Mane-ly Monday,  time and space Read more

FORMULA 18: Healthy Hair on the Fast Track


What if there was a treatment that offered long-term protection, strengthened the hair fiber and created a smoother appearance? There is, and it's FORMULA 18, F18 for short, developed by Enjoy Hair Care. We at Karline's Salon like to Read more

Mineral Deposits May Be Wrecking Your Hair Even If You Have Soft Water | BELLEMOCHA.com


... this morning, I stumbled upon a study on the impact of hard water on the hair and suddenly, I'm fully recommitted rewarding my hair and skin with soft water once again. We already know that hard water chemical deposits Read more

A Shot of HydraTriplex


Karline's Salon clients love the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger product line and the new HydraTriplex Treatment is yet another reason why. The treatment restores moisture and makes the hair 82 percent softer and more manageable. The professional application Read more

Salon Etiquette and Hair Expectations: It Takes 2

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This year marks Karline’s Salon’s 20th year of service in Palm Beach County, FL. Over the next 12 months, we’ll look back, but will primarily focus on the future of great hair. In this post, I’d like to get to the root of the salon experience, the intersection of where standards and expectations meet the realities of the hairstylist-client relationship. In other words, “Salon Etiquette – It Takes 2 to Make Your Hair Outta Sight!”

I’m old school, in a sense, so when I started thinking about tips for an excellent hairstylist-client relationship, the Rob Base-DJ EZ Rock song, It Takes Two, came to mind (see the video at the end of this post). My standards and your expectations are more often in sync, but there are times when we could all use a reality check. I am going out on a “strand” to address them here.

I’ve heard and firmly believe the following description of the hairstylist-client relationship, courtesy of Paula’s Choice Skincare of Seattle WA, to be true:

A woman’s relationship with her hairstylist can be like her relationship with a significant other: When things are going well, the woman is wildly happy, blissfully in love, and feels beautiful; but when things go wrong, life is a disaster, and she doesn’t know what to do.

The bond between us should be like any successful relationship, wrapped in trust, honesty, communication and understanding. It’s not easy being in or behind the chair. Sometimes the relationship is complicated (you say “don’t cut,” we say “trim for healthy growth”), and a transformation takes time, patience, and a leap of faith.

In honor of our milestone anniversary, here are my top 20 standards and expectations for a successful hairstylist-client relationship:

Standards to Expect from the Karline’s Salon Team:

1.  To always be courteous and considerate on the phone and in person.

2.  Acknowledgement and greeting the moment you walk into Karline’s Salon.

3.  Respect for your time; to explain any delays in service and to offer to reschedule if you are unable to wait.

4.  Discussion of your hair desires and an explanation of how to achieve them.

5.  Healthy hair education; to explain the service and products for your hair type and condition.

6.  An explanation of service pricing.

7.  A relaxing environment, where the focus is on you. Our team members are instructed to excuse themselves and leave the floor for personal calls and breaks.

8.  To practice what we preach and to present a professional appearance from head to toe.

9.  To provide a clean and safe environment: equipment, tools and workstations.

10. To respect your opinion and to “make it right” if there’s the slightest bit of dissatisfaction.

In return, Karline’s Salon has expectations too, and asks you to:

11. Give the salon a courtesy call if you are unable to make your appointment.

12. Call the salon to reschedule your appointment If you will be more than 15 minutes late.

13. Be honest about hair services performed at home or by others; as well as over -the-counter products you’ve used on your hair.

14. Bring pictures of the haircuts and styles you admire and ask your stylist to explain what’s possible, realistic or steps to achieve the look.

15. Commit to a care regimen for healthy hair. Discuss with your stylist a maintenance schedule and what to do in between appointments.

16. Give the stylist and salon the opportunity to “make it right” if you are unhappy with your service.

17. Show your appreciation with a gratuity if you are pleased with your service. The traditional gift for a hairstylist is 10-20 percent of your bill. Use your discretion for others who may have assisted your stylist with prep, shampoo or blow drying. Remember you are not obligated to tip if service is below your expectation, but at the very least, discuss your concerns with the salon manager or owner.

18. Refrain from using electronics while a stylist or assistant works on your hair and scalp.

19. Only bring children who have an appointment for service. Because of the chemicals and tools we use, the salon is not an environment for children.

20. If you have any health conditions, allergies, or are taking medications, let your stylist know so that he/she only uses products and delivers services that will not interfere with your medical care.  

I’d like to know how we’re doing in meeting your expectations. Please take a moment to participate in the Karline’s Salon 2016 Annual Survey.


In the meantime, here’s “It Takes Two, ” the song I just can’t get out of my head. “Hit it!”

Have a great hair day!

Karline Ricketts

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Hair Trend Weigh In: The Half-Updo

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It’s Hollywood awards season, a time of year when you see a lot of updos.  Trust me, many of your favorite stars will be rocking all types of updo variations: mini-updo, half-updo, braided updo, and more. There are so many updos, that you will be tempted to try this hairstyle too. Why not? Once reserved for special occasions, such as weddings, proms and red carpets, updos have experienced a trend transformation on their own, with perfect styles for day or evening, work or play.  Moreover, whether you are natural, curly or straight, there is an updo for you too.

Here are three of our favs rocking a half-updo at the Golden Globes Awards (via InStyle.com). Weigh in on this hairstyle. Who wears it better, Laverne Cox, Eva Longoria or Regina King? Vote in the Hair Trend Weigh In Poll below the picture.

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So if you’re considering an updo, consult with your hairstylist. Bring in pictures so that he/she can see what you have in mind.  If you’re trying this hair transformation at home, here are a few suggestions from The Hairstyler.com:

  • Prep your hair. – starting with second day hair will make the updo easier to style.
  • Use the right tools [e.g., ceramic curling iron].
  • Keep your updo in place. Use bobby pins and  Crisscross them for stronger hold and try to match the color of the pins to your hair color so that they blend in with your strands.
  • Control Frizz and Fly-Aways Hair Strands – Keep them controlled by making sure your hair is in tip-top condition and well hydrated. Before styling, run a hair serum through your strands to combat frizz. After styling, spritz a large, clean makeup brush with hairspray and ‘paint’ over your strands to keep little fly-away pieces of hair at bay.
  • Accessorize: Nothing makes an upstyle more complete then the use of hair accessories! Use sparkly pins, decorative clips, detailed headbands and even hair color to give your updo plenty of head-turning extras once you’ve pulled your locks into place!

Read the article at TheHairstyler.com.

Just for hair fun, why not try a virtual half-updo, courtesy of InStyle.com. You can use a virtual model or upload your photo (visit this link to register and use the app). We gave our “Transformation Thursday” virtual model the Beyonce half-do. Can you say fierce?

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To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away. Here’s to healthy and happy hair!
Karline Ricketts
Master Stylist and CEO

 

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Beyonce Photo via prettydesigns.com


What if You Want a Silk Press?

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What if you want a silk press? Trust a professional hair stylist to help with that! A silk press is a delicious style for natural hair that requires a lot of love and, a minimum of 6 inches in length. Long gone are the days of the press and curl, the silk press is a process of blow drying the hair after shampooing and conditioning, and then using a ceramic iron to smooth out the curl and give the hair a silky texture.

The silk press, if properly maintained, can last up to two weeks. A protein treatment and trim will prolong the style. If you’ve been wearing braids for a while, we recommend a strengthening therapy, a protein based treatment for weakened or damaged hair.

Your silk press at-home care should include NO HEAT, but instead, daily use of a light oil or serum to smooth and maintain the hair’s shine. Two products we highly recommend are the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil or Silkology Silkit Hi-Gloss Serum, both available at Karline’s Salon. At night, pull out your KS Satin gear: the KS SatinStyleGuard (wrap cap) and the KS Satin pillowcase. During exercise and workouts, apply your oil or serum and wear the satin cap. And don’t forget to schedule your salon appointment every two weeks.

Here’s more on the silk press:

 

When you’re ready to give the silk press a try, make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.


Mane-ly on Monday: Satin Secrets

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Mane: a reference to hair
Monday: the second day of a hair professional’s weekend

Even on a stylist’s day off, she – that would be me – is still thinking about your hair! Welcome to my Mane-ly Monday, a time and space for collective observations and opinions on all things hair: the trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment and more. As I reflect and recharge, I am excited about the launch of the KS Hair Care Shop, which features our exclusive line of satin accessories to protect your hair and maintain your style!

Satin is one of the best-kept secrets of at-home hair care for all types and textures. It is an investment you will not regret. Unlike other fabrics, such as cotton and wool, satin maintains the hair’s natural moisture, prevents breakage and reduces frizz. It is a smooth fabric that does not pull or tangle the strands of the hair. We recommend using a satin accessory when you sleep, rest, relax or workout. You can even use our Satin StyleGuard underneath a shower cap, cherished wool hat or Easter bonnet.

So toss the uncomfortable rollers, pins and harmful bandanas. Wrap your hair in our Satin StyleGuard or lay your head on a KS Satin Pillowcase for healthy and happy hair.

Have a great week!!

Karline

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Mane-ly on Monday: Awapuhi Awesome

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Mane: a reference to hair
Monday: the second day of a hair professional’s weekend

Even on a stylist’s day off, she – that would be me – is still thinking about your hair! Welcome to my Mane-ly Monday, a time and space for collective observations and opinions on all things hair: the trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment and more. As I reflect and recharge, I’d like to take a moment to brag about the Karline’s Salon product of the month, Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil. Even if you cannot pronounce the awesome word, Awapuhi, you’ll love what it will do for your hair.

The Karline's Salon product of the month: Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil

The Karline’s Salon product of the month: Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil

The formula of the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil, an Allure Magazine Best of Beauty Award Winner, includes Awapuhi extract and lightweight silicones to seal, smooth and add shine to the hair. If your hair is thirsty and frizzy, this light styling oil will leave your strands soft, silky and shiny. You need to apply just a small amount to damp or dry hair to style, tame and add shine. It’s paraben free, gluten free, vegan and color safe.

Photo Credit: "Shampoo Ginger" by Rufous-crowned Sparrow - Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Commons

Photo Credit: “Shampoo Ginger” by Rufous-crowned Sparrow – Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Commons

Awapuhi (Zingiber zerumbet) is also known as bitter ginger, shampoo ginger, wild ginger and pinecone ginger. It is a perennial plant found in many tropical countries. You will find Awapuhi used in herbal remedies for ailments such as indigestion, toothaches and sprains. You can even drink the flower gel to quench thirst. But, Awapuhi is also commonly used in hair shampoos and conditioners to soften and shine. I must try its other uses as described in this Wikipedia entry:

Hawaiian women often pick or cut the flowerheads of this plant in the forest, as they approach a pool or waterfall for a refreshing summer bath, leave the flowers atop a nearby rock, and then squeeze the sweet juices into their hair and over their bodies when the swim is completed. The sudsy juice is excellent for massage, also.

Paul Mitchell has deep roots with Awapuhi, a plant that is native to Hawaii, where, more than 25 years ago, the company’s founders purchased 30-acres to grow the wild ginger plant. The John Paul Mitchell Systems Awapuhi Farm also operates as a nature retreat with organic gardens, fruit trees, and nature trails; a place, they say, to enjoy the simple life, where you can reconnect with all aspects of sustainable living. Perhaps I’ll get there someday, but until I do, I’ll share the essence of this wonderful plant in the care of your hair.

For a limited time, take advantage of special savings on the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil. Grab your Karline’s Salon Coupon here.


 

We trust you’ll love this product as much as we do and invite you to share your review. Hashtag #Awapuhi and tell us more.

Have a great week!!

Karline

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Hair Trend Weigh In: The Pixie Cut

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The Pixie Cut is a hairstyle that is usually very short and tight on the back and sides of the head and slightly longer in the front. It’s a resurgence of style made popular more than 40 years ago by the likes of screen legends and supermodels.

This hairstyle is great for both old school and new school. In fact, Allure Magazine names the Pixie Cut as one of the ten best haircuts for women in their 50s.” It’s easy to maintain and you can dress it up or down. Add a little color and Boom Shakalaka! Here are two of our favs rocking a Pixie. Weigh-in on this hair trend, who wears it better, Tyra or Monica? Vote in the Hair Trend Weigh In poll below the picture.

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So if you’re considering a Pixie Cut, here are a few suggestions for your hair transformation:

  • Consult with your hair stylist. Bring in pictures so that the stylist can see what you have in mind.
  • Avoid scheduling your cut on a Friday evening or Saturday, which tend to be a salon’s busiest times. You don’t want your stylist to be rushed. [Source: fashionista.com]
  • Don’t cut if you’re emotional, not thinking clearly or unwilling to wait months before returning to your original length.

 

Just for hair fun, why not try a virtual Pixie Cut, courtesy of In Style Magazine online. You can use a virtual model or upload your own photo (visit this link to register and use the app). We did it with Melissa Ormsby, a Karline’s Salon stylist and Transformation Thursday specialist. We gave her the Viola Davis Pixie. Now, she can get away with anything!

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To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away. Here’s to your healthy and happy hair!

Karline Ricketts

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What if You Want to Rock a Wig?

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What if you want to wear a wig? We can help with that! There are several reasons to wear a wig; ranging from convenience to necessity (health, hair thinning or promotion of hair growth) to style. Whatever your reason, a licensed cosmetologist can help you with the right wig look, fit, and maintenance; as well as, how to keep your own hair healthy while wearing a wig. In the meantime and before you go under cover, here are a few tips and tricks, do’s and don’ts, and options to consider.
At Karline’s Salon, stylist Ashley Wright specializes in wigs and weaves. For more information or to schedule a consultation, Ashley welcomes your call (561-471-0900) and inquiries (ashley@karlines.com).

Mane-ly on Monday: Nothing Less than Extraordinary

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Mane: a reference to hair
Monday: the second day of a hair professional’s weekend

Even on a stylist’s day off, she – that would be me – is still thinking about your hair! Welcome to my Mane-ly Monday, a time and space for collective observations and opinions on all things hair: the trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment and more. As I reflect and recharge, this week starts where last week ended – motivated by a client’s social media posting on her Karline’s Salon experience.

Kimberly’s post is more than a testimonial; it is a reminder of what the late Maya Angelou said about being your best self:

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.

Behind the chair, our mission is to provide superior service with passion and urgency, while promoting continued education to you, our customer. We work hard to exceed your expectations and every day we work even harder to make Karline’s Salon your sanctuary for healthy and happy hair. Your questions are always welcome, and feedback truly appreciated. We can’t thank you enough for trusting the care of your hair to our hands. Our commitment is to deliver a salon experience that is nothing less than extraordinary.

Have a great week!!

Karline


Mane-ly on Monday: Detangling the Hair Debate

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Mane: a reference to hair
Monday: the second day of a hair professional’s weekend

Even on a stylist’s day off, she – that would be me – is still thinking about your hair! Welcome to my Mane-ly Monday, a time and space for collective observations and opinions on all things hair: the trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment and experience. This week, I want to add my two cents to an article I read entitled The Hair Debate. Here’s the excerpt that managed to ruffle my edges:

Hair has always been held in high regard.  Luscious and thick, silky and smooth – our hair defines us in more ways than we know.  But there have always been sides taken when it comes to African American hair.

At the center of the debate is relaxed versus natural hair.

The article goes into further detail on how to achieve both styles and acknowledges the amazing versatility of African American hair.

As a multicultural salon owner, hair professional and educator for nearly 20 years in West Palm Beach, let me detangle this debate. It is not a matter of relaxed versus natural. It is a debate, or as some clients would say, a struggle with proper care and maintenance. Whatever your type, texture or style preference and whatever your journey: relaxed, natural, weaves, extensions or wigs, the goal must be healthy hair. That is why I do what I do!

Read The Hair Debate at Vagaro.com and vote in our poll below to let me know what strand you stand on. Here’s to a great week of healthy and happy hair!

Karline


Mane-ly on Monday: The Asymmetrical Bob

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Mane: a reference to hair
Monday: the second day of a hair professional’s weekend

Even on a stylist’s day off, she – that would be me – is still thinking about your hair! Welcome to my Mane-ly Monday, a time and space for our collective observations and opinions on all things hair: the trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment and experience. This week, let’s look at one of the trendiest styles of 2015, the asymmetrical bob. In this type of style, the hair is cut in such a way that the hair does not have left-right symmetry and one side is cut or appears to be longer than the other (Source: Wikipedia).

According to herinterest.com, the asymmetrical bob is the “it” style this year.

The asymmetrical bob is in trend this year. Whether it’s short, medium-length or long, the hairstyle has conquered the hearts of many top-tier celebrities. Singers, models, and actresses are rocking the asymmetrical bob this season. The haircut is incredibly stylish, cool, and beneficial to women with all face sizes.

Actress Lorraine Toussaint rocked an asymmetrical bob at the 2015 Critics Choice Television Awards and looked fabulous!

Photo via Hype Hair

Photo via Hype Hair

Model Chanel Iman was the bomb with the asymmetrical bob at the Golden Heart Awards.

Photo via Styles Weekly

Photo via Styles Weekly

So are you ready to rock the asymmetrical bob? Vote in our poll.

To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away. Here’s to a great week of healthy and happy hair.

Karline Ricketts

 


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