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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

Never Have You Ever Tried a Mayonnaise Hair Mask?


  Never have you ever tried a mayonnaise hair mask? There are a few strands of thought on this do-it-yourself mixture for hair moisture, frizz reduction, strength, growth, and yikes, lice treatment. A mayonnaise hair mask is touted as an alternative Read more

The beYOUtiful Life: Orange You Obsessed with this Nicki Minaj Hair Color


In this edition of the beYOUtiful Life, let's look at one of the hair colors Nicki Minaj rocked to usher in the start of a new season. We just have to ask, orange you obsessed?  We confess this color Read more

Transformation Day: The Benefits Of Flaxseed Oil For Hair!


According to registered dietitian and healthline.com contributor, Rachael Link, flaxseeds provide many health benefits and flaxseed oil, made from flaxseeds that have been ground and pressed to release their natural oil, has a wide variety of uses, ranging from Read more

The beYOUtiful Life: Rihanna's Short Bob


In this edition of The beYOUtiful Life, let's take a look at Rihanna's latest hairstyle, the short bob. There have been plenty of hair transformations this summer, but this one might just be the best one yet. As Cosmopolitan found, Read more

Hair Transformation Testimonies: The Journey from Relaxed to Natural


In this Transformation Day post, three women share their hair journeys from relaxed to natural. If you are thinking of or ready for a hair transformation, these true stories will inspire you. Michelle Thompson Personal-Finance Counselor and Coach, Washington, D.C. “I started Read more

Back2Basics: Summertime Care for Relaxed Hair


  Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for a lesson on summertime care for relaxed hair.  Review the following tips and strands of thought to keep your relaxed hair healthy during the Read more

Hair Trend Weigh In — The Mohawk


What's old is new and in again! That's the story with the Mohawk, a style that's making a fashionable and functional comeback.  Our friends at the Jamaica Observer provide a few reasons to consider this bold hair style. The summer Read more

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

Mane-ly on Monday: Summer Hair Maintenance

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Mane-ly Monday Karline Ricketts

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:  trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment and more. As I reflect and recharge, I’m in a Will Smith- DJ Jazzy Jeff kind of mood.  Summertime’s here and summer hair maintenance can be easy for any vacation, staycation and whatever the situation.  Here are a few tips, salon service specials, and products for a summer of healthy hair.  Plus, scroll to the bottom of this post for the DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Summertime Vol. 7 playlist.

Summer Hair Maintenance Tips

Protective Hairstyles For Summer Flyness

Styling natural hair can be both FAB and DRAB! When it comes to the dog days of summer, some even argue it’s impossible to find a style that protects, holds and looks flawless – all at once – not to mention reduces breakage!

4 Tips To Get Your Hair Pool Ready

It’s no secret that chlorine can be taxing on the hair, especially if it’s chemically treated, but that’s no reason to avoid getting some much needed pool time this summer. Natural hairstylist Aeleise Jana shares some really simple tips for us to make a splash AND keep our hair from falling victim to the dangers associated with chlorine-laden pools.

5 Summer Hair Hacks For The Natural Girl

Summer is fast approaching. Along with the most joyous season of the year comes a long list of hair woes – mainly, how to keep your natural coif from looking dry, crunchy or frizzy. While your natural texture may play a huge role in the issues you face, there are a few key steps you can follow to prepare your hair for the approaching months.

 

Summer Hair Maintenance Specials

 

Summer Hair Care Package: This is a terrific, four-visit maintenance program for healthy hair during the summer months. Each visit includes a wash, treat and style. Adults: (regularly $200) $160; Children (regularly $180) $140 – Requires full payment in advance. Call 561-471-0900 to schedule. Expires 8/31/16.

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Summer Shine: Get a free color and shine with all relaxer services, a $25 value! Book your appointment today and mention this offer. Expires 7/31/16.

Summer Hair Maintenance Products

Karline's Salon Featured Products from Enjoy Hair Care

Karline’s Salon Featured Products from Enjoy Hair Care

 

We handpicked these Enjoy Hair Care products just for you:  the 10oz Conditioning Spray and the 3.4oz Shine & Smooth. The Conditioning  Spray is a leave-in detangler that hydrates, strengthens, reduces frizz, and is great for all hair types. The Shine & Smooth eliminates frizz and leaves hair soft and silky. It locks in moisture and blocks out humidity with a weightless finish.  

Get in the groove of summertime care, make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.  Now here’s a great playlist of tunes for your summertime rotation.

Have a great week!

Karline

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The Undercut

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What’s old is new and in again! That’s the story with the undercut, a style the beauty blog POPSUGAR acknowledged has long been rocked by women of color and names one of the trendiest of the year. It’s a style for every hair type, texture, and length that adds flair, flavor, and fun at every angle.

Some refer to the undercut as a hair tattoo because, over the years, it has become far more than a close-cropped sectional haircut. This type of cut has evolved into pure hair artistry with creative designs and precision angles. It can be subtle, over-the-top, sophisticated, classic, modern, or downright edgy. You can go RiRi-style, Halle-style or your style. Either way, the undercut is both delicious and daring at the same time.

Here’s a look at some of our favorites rocking the undercut, several cuts we love, and a few reasons why the style is taking the beauty and fashion industries by storm.

If you’re considering the undercut, consult with your hairstylist. Bring in pictures so that he/she can see what you have in mind. A few words of caution. The undercut is not a hair transformation to try at home. It requires the expertise (and precision) of a trained professional. Are you ready to rock the undercut? Vote in our poll below.

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

Karline Ricketts

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Super Foods for Healthy Hair and Skin

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Karline’s Salon Note: We all know how eating what’s right contributes to overall health, but take a look at the list of 30 super foods for healthy hair and skin.  You’ll see some surprises, as well as, recipes for each one. My personal favorites, sweet potatoes and kale, rank #1 and #3, respectively. Change up your daily menu for a healthy and beYOUtiful transformation. -Karline Ricketts

 

30 Foods to Eat for Healthy Hair and Skin

Posted on May 9, 2016 by Natalie Morin

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Americans spend over $55 billion a year on their appearances, according to a 2014 report on the cosmetics industry. People spend plenty of time and money on hair, clothes and even physical enhancements, such as plastic surgery.

But there are many ways achieve aesthetic benefits without a salon or a pill — naturally, through the food you eat. We are constantly bombarded with new studies and articles telling us that the food we’re eating is bad for our health. But there are some fruits and vegetables that have natural benefits, spanning beyond simply helping shrink your waistline.

HealthGrove identified five vitamins and minerals that support skin and hair health, based on multiple reputable journals and health sites, including the National Institutes of Health and WebMD. The health data site, part of the Graphiq network, then created a Healthy Hair and Skin Index on these micronutrients and found the 30 foods from their nutrition topic with the highest index scores. Data for nutrition information comes from ESHA.

After calculating the index, the list was pared to remove obscure foods. Ties go to the food with a higher “nutrient score,” a rating developed by HealthGrove to evaluate the overall nutritional benefit of a food. It’s calculated by dividing the “good” nutrient content of a food (such as vitamins, minerals and fiber) by the “bad” nutritional content (such as fat and sodium). HealthGrove also added a recipe as an example of how to cook each food.

Note: HealthGrove does not calculate the nutrient score of foods that have insufficient values for certain nutrients, reported by the USDA.

#30. Pacific Halibut

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 81.6
Calories per serving: 94
Serving size: 3.0 ounces (85.05g)
Nutrient score: B+
Good source of: Vitamin D (49.1% DV)

Try this recipe for Thyme & Sesame Crusted Pacific Halibut.

#29. Zucchini

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 81.6
Calories per serving: 18
Serving size: 0.5 cup (120g)
Nutrient score: A+
Good source of: Vitamin A (26.8% DV)

Try this recipe for Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles.

#28. Steamed Clams

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 81.7
Calories per serving: 126
Serving size: 3.0 ounces (85.05g)
Good source of: Vitamin C (31.3% DV)

Try this recipe for Scott Ure’s Clams and Garlic.

#27. Cranberry Juice

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 82.1
Calories per serving: 116
Serving size: 1.0 cup (253g)
Nutrient score: B-
Good source of: Vitamin C (39.2% DV)

Try this recipe for Homemade Cranberry Juice.

#26. Oil-Roasted Almonds

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 82.1
Calories per serving: 238
Serving size: 0.25 cup (39.25g)
Nutrient score: A-
Good source of: Vitamin E (50.63% DV)

Try this recipe for Ginger Almonds.

#25. Green Peas

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 83.3
Calories per serving: 59
Serving size: 0.5 cup (72.5g)
Nutrient score: A
Good source of: Vitamin C (48.3% DV)

Try this recipe for Crunchy Roasted Green Peas.

#24. Sunflower Seeds

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 84.5
Calories per serving: 204
Serving size: 0.25 cup (35g)
Nutrient score: A
Good source of: Vitamin E (61.14% DV)

Try this recipe for Lime Toasted Sunflower Seeds.

#23. Lemon

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 84.7
Calories per serving: 24
Serving size: 1.0 lemon (84g)
Nutrient score: A
Good source of: Vitamin C (74.2% DV)

Try this recipe for Healthy Lemonade.

#22. Pea Pods

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 85.8
Calories per serving: 34
Serving size: 0.5 cup (80g)
Nutrient score: A+
Good source of: Vitamin C (63.9% DV)

Try this recipe for Spicy Grilled Pea Pods with Chili Soy Glaze and Mint.

#21. Red Grapefruit

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 86.3
Calories per serving: 48
Serving size: 0.5 cup (115g)
Nutrient score: A-
Good source of: Vitamin C (59.8% DV)

Try this recipe for Ruby-Red Grapefruit Cocktail.

#20. Broccoli

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 86.3
Calories per serving: 26
Serving size: 0.5 cup (92g)
Nutrient score: A+
Good source of: Vitamin C (61.5% DV)

Try this recipe for Light & Easy Broccoli Salad.

#19. Brussels Sprouts

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 87.2
Calories per serving: 28
Serving size: 0.5 cup (78g)
Nutrient score: A-
Good source of: Vitamin C (80.6% DV)

Try this recipe for Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples and Walnuts.

#18. Lima Beans

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 87.4
Calories per serving: 320
Serving size: 1.0 package (311g)
Nutrient score: A-
Good source of: Vitamin C (66.3% DV)

Try this recipe for Succotash of Fresh Corn, Lima Beans, Tomatoes and Onions.

#17. Strawberries

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 88
Calories per serving: 45
Serving size: 20.0 berries (140g)
Nutrient score: A-
Good source of: Vitamin C (137.2% DV)

Try this recipe for Chocolate-Covered Strawberries.

#16. Carrots

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 88.2
Calories per serving: 16
Serving size: 1.0 carrot (46g)
Nutrient score: A
Good source of: Vitamin A (156.7% DV)

Try this recipe for Roasted Carrots.

#15. Orange

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 88.6
Calories per serving: 107
Serving size: 1.0 cup (170g)
Good source of: Vitamin C (201.2% DV)

Try this recipe for Carrot-Orange Juice.

#14. Sockeye Salmon

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 88.9
Calories per serving: 161
Serving size: 4.0 ounces (113.4g)
Nutrient score: B+
Good source of: Vitamin D (125% DV)

Try this recipe for Broiled Sockeye Salmon with Citrus Glaze.

#13. Canned Pumpkin

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 89.2
Calories per serving: 42
Serving size: 0.5 cup (122.5g)
Nutrient score: A
Good source of: Vitamin A (381.3% DV)

Try this recipe for Black Bean, Corn and Pumpkin Stew.

#12. Bitter Melon

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 89.3
Calories per serving: 21
Serving size: 1.0 melon (124g)
Good source of: Vitamin C (173.6% DV)

Try this recipe for Stuffed Bitter Melons.

#11. Swordfish

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 89.4
Calories per serving: 163
Serving size: 4.0 ounces (113.4g)
Nutrient score: B
Good source of: Vitamin D (158.2% DV)

Try this recipe for Pan-Roasted Swordfish Steaks with Mixed-Peppercorn Butter.

#10. Pacific Oysters

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 89.6
Calories per serving: 92
Serving size: 4.0 ounces (113.4g)
Good source of: Zinc (125.6% DV)

Try this recipe for Pacific Oysters with Sweet Soy and Ginger.

#9. Rainbow Trout

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 90.2
Calories per serving: 160
Serving size: 4.0 ounces (113.4g)
Nutrient score: B+
Good source of: Vitamin D (180% DV)

Try this recipe for Rainbow Trout Baked in Foil with Tomatoes, Garlic and Thyme.

#8. Spinach

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 90.2
Calories per serving: 21
Serving size: 0.5 cup (90g)
Nutrient score: A+
Good source of: Vitamin A (188.7% DV)

Try this recipe for Banana, Chia and Spinach Smoothie.

#7. Butternut Squash

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 90.6
Calories per serving: 41
Serving size: 0.5 cup (102.5g)
Nutrient score: A+
Good source of: Vitamin A (228.7% DV)

Try this recipe for Butternut Squash Soup.

#6. Beet Greens

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 91
Calories per serving: 19
Serving size: 0.5 cup (72g)
Nutrient score: A-
Good source of: Vitamin A (110.2% DV)

Try this recipe for Simple and Delicious Beet Greens.

#5. Papaya

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 91.2
Calories per serving: 84
Serving size: 0.25 large (195.25g)
Nutrient score: A-
Good source of: Vitamin C (198.2% DV)

Try this recipe for Tropical Papaya Boats.

#4. Collard Greens

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 91.4
Calories per serving: 31
Serving size: 0.5 cup (85g)
Nutrient score: A+
Good source of: Vitamin A (195.4% DV)

Try this recipe for Vegetarian “Southern-Style” Collard Greens.

#3. Kale

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 91.7
Calories per serving: 18
Serving size: 0.5 cup (65g)
Nutrient score: B+
Good source of: Vitamin A (177.1% DV)

Try this recipe for Baked Kale Chips.

#2. Red Bell Pepper

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 92.3
Calories per serving: 25
Serving size: 8.0 slices (80g)
Nutrient score: A
Good source of: Vitamin C (170.3% DV)

Try this recipe for Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers.

#1. Sweet Potatoes

Healthy Hair and Skin Index: 93
Calories per serving: 162
Serving size: 1.0 large (180g)
Nutrient score: A-
Good source of: Vitamin A (691.8% DV)

Try this recipe for Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes.

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Mane-ly on Monday: Healthy Hair is Good Hair, Period!

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Mane-ly Monday Karline Ricketts

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:  trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment, and more. As I reflect and recharge, I must confess that I am one hand in and one hand out of Beyonce’s latest release, Lemonade – all because of the lyric, “Better call Becky with the good hair.”  I’m not stirring controversy. In fact, I consider myself to be a member of the Beyhive and love Beyonce’s artistry, fierceness, and fabulousness. Further, I am in total awe of how she surrounds herself with courageous and amazing women and girls, including Sabrina Fulton and Leslie McSpadden (mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, respectively), Serena Williams, Quvenzhané Wallis, Zendaya, Winnie Harlow, Amandla Stenberg, and more.  That said, we must stop, I repeat STOP, perpetuating hair stereotypes.  It’s divisive and harmful.  Good hair is healthy hair, no matter the type or texture.  Now, let’s change up the lyrics and sing “Better call Karline’s for the healthy hair!

Here are a couple of perspectives on the notion of good hair.

 

 

I encourage you to start a conversation, particularly with our children.  Empower them to be bold and confident.  Teach them self-esteem and to embrace their unique beauty, inside and out.  And when it comes to our hair, we all need to free our minds, so that the rest will follow.  Sorry Bey, but this is the tune I’m humming today.

 

Join our chorus, make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.

Have a great week!!

Karline

PS:  For more “tea” on Lemonade, I highly recommend the article, Beyoncé’s Lemonade and the Undeniable Power of a Black Woman’s Vulnerability, featured on vulture.com.


Mane-ly on Monday: Thank U Prince

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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 want to say publicly, Thank U Prince!   Like many of you, the untimely transition of this musical genius hit me like a ton of bricks.  His music could have been the soundtrack for so many of our lives, and his influence on the hair and fashion industries gave me inspiration. He even made what would become the KS Satin StyleGuard look sexy.  For as much as Prince changed his hair, it was always a reminder of the freedom we enjoy to express ourselves.

Thank U Prince – A Life Well-lived

Thank U Prince for Contributions to the Hair Industry

 

Thank U Prince for the Music

Prince wrote and performed (with Sheena Easton) the song, U Got the Look.  Let it be your anthem to love your hair and a reminder to make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy hair.  Thank U Prince!

Have a great week!!

Karline


Mane-ly on Monday: Inspired by K. Michelle

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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 inspired by R&B diva, K. Michelle. Her hair choices of late have been on point.  Take a look at this amazing color and cut she’s rocking in this photo featured on essence.com.

R&B diva K. Michelle rocking a great color and cut.

R&B diva K. Michelle rocking a great color and cut.

Recently, the vocalist was spotted on a host of media tours for her highly-anticipated sophomore album, More Issues Than Vogue, with a vibrant cherry-red bob. And, we were so excited to see it. Clearly, she’s serving the sex appeal of a blonde, but without the harsh color.

Read the entire article at essence.com

If K. Michelle’s latest hairstyle inspires you, #AskKarlinesSalon or your local hair care professional. We can help you achieve the look of your favorite diva and maintain the health of your hair. In fact, during last month’s video chat, we discussed several ways to rock the K. Michelle hair.  The discussion starts at 10:55 into the video below.

 

When you’re ready to rock a K. Michelle look, make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.

Have a great week!!

Karline


Mane-ly on Monday: No Harm – No Foul

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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 wanted to share a few of my favorite posts on the Karline’s Salon social network streams. I’ll call this list, No Harm – No Foul, for the articles that link to the posts range on topics from harmful hair product ingredients to how to tell others to keep their hands out of your perfectly coiffed style.

Why this post makes the cut: The ingredients in hair care products matter. Sulfates and parabens can do more harm than good for healthy hair.  Don’t be fooled by the claims of full lather, sweet smells and long-lasting. Always consult with your hair care professional or #AskKarlinesSalon for products that are right for your hair texture and type.

Why this post makes the cut: We all know the benefits of milk for healthy bones, but it can also help with healthy hair growth. The article linked to this post provides a couple of ways to use milk in your hair maintenance routines.

 

What if Wednesday: Smoothing Treatment Alternatives #AskKarlinesSalon #WisdomWednesday http://ow.ly/YbLXD

Posted by Karline's Salon on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Why this post makes the cut: To be quite frank, duh, we wrote it. Subtle plugs aside, there are alternatives to relaxers and thermal reconditioning to tame your curls, control frizz and make your hair more manageable without using chemicals that change the structure of your hair or having to wait months to grow out the application.

Why this post makes the cut: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women, and more than 40 percent of African Americans have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. We encourage clients, staff and friends to learn more about heart disease. We can take good care of your hair but you must take good care of you.

Why this post makes the cut: We just love this comeback when someone tries it:

This hair is the work of blood, sweat, and tears, and a whole lot of money. Let’s not ruin it with your hands, okay?

Follow Karline’s Salon on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for article links or to share our favorite posts.
Have a great week!

Smoothing Treatment Alternatives

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What if Wednesday: Smoothing Treatment Alternatives

What if you want a smoothing treatment to tame your curls, control frizz and make your hair more manageable, but want to avoid using chemicals that change the structure of your hair or having to wait months to grow out the application? Trust a professional hair stylist to help with that!   There are alternatives to relaxers and thermal reconditioning (also known as Japanese straightening). And we’re not talking about Brazilian straightening or Keratin therapies, which contain varying amounts of formaldehyde, a toxic ingredient that is known to cause cancer and poses a risk to everyone’s health.

At Karline’s Salon, we offer two non-toxic smoothing treatment alternatives: the Agave Smoothing Treatment and the Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System. Here’s an overview of both:

The Agave Smoothing Treatment

Photo credit: Bio Ionic Inc./Agave Healing Oil

Photo credit: Bio Ionic Inc./Agave Healing Oil

This treatment is formulated instead with blue agave plant extracts, the sugars from the plant help hydrate hair.

[It ]Instantly & safely smoothes-out up to 100% frizz and volume, and reduces curl retention by 80%. There’s NO FORMALDEHYDE or Formaldehyde derivatives, making it one of the safest salon treatments available.

With an exclusive Amino Acid Complex called Carbo-C, Agave Smoothing gently alters the hair’s disulphide bonds, reforming them to make the hair sleek & smooth. Agave plant sugars help hydrate & condition.

Hair coloring can be done the same day, but only after an Agave Smoothing Treatment. What’s more, Agave Smoothing Treatment can be used over previously chemically straightened hair such as Keratin Treatments, Thio based straighteners and Sodium Hydroxide Relaxers.

Read more at AgaveOil.com.

Here’s a short video that describes what makes Agave so exceptional.

The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System (STS)

Photo credit: Design Essentials

Photo credit: Design Essentials

The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System is a safe and effective amino-acid infused thermal reconditioning systems.

The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System strengthens the hair while straightening, stretching and smoothing naturally curly, frizzy, multi-textured, transitioning and chemically treated hair.

The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System is an Amino-Acid based system, using the active Cysteine Amino Acid.  It does not contain Formaldehyde nor any Formaldehyde derivatives. It does not emit harmful gasses as seen with Formaldehyde based straightening systems.

The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System is not a chemical. It is a protein based treatment that does not contain any harsh or permanent chemicals. Unlike chemical based products, the Strengthening Therapy System does not break nor rearrange the bonds. In contrast, it fills the hair fiber with micro-fine amino acids, resulting in the stretching or elongation of the hair strand, while providing maximum strengthening to the hair.

The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System utilizes the Thermal Reconditioning Process to elongate, straighten, strengthen and transform hair into a stronger, healthier, more manageable state that lasts up to 12 weeks.

Read more at DesignEssentials.com.

Here’s a short video that describes why we like this system, especially for clients transitioning to natural hair.

When you are “hair ready” for a smoothing treatment, ask your Karline’s Salon stylist about the K-Natural package, which includes two visits, the Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System application, and products for at-home maintenance – all for a special price. Make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy hair.

 


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

Expectations vs Reality Photo credit: bjornmeansbear via Foter.com / CC BY-SA


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

 

Title Graphic Image: Matías Garrido Hollstein / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA
Beyonce Photo via prettydesigns.com


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