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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

Hair Flick Pick: ‘Nappily Ever After’ On Netflix

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Hair Trend Weigh In: Autumn-Inspired Color

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Hair Trend Autumn Inspired Color

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

Gilded Strawyberry Tones

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

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

 

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

 

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Dusty Blonde

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

Hair Trend Weigh In: Autumn-Inspired Color

 

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

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

Cold Brew Color

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

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

 

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Shadow Roots

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

 

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Rich Brown

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

 

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There’s another saying: good seasons start with good beginnings. In this instance, it’s appropriate for healthy hair. So release your fear and #AskKarlinesSalon for some autumn-inspired color. We’re just a call or click away.


Back2Basics: What’s Your Hair Type?

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

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

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

Type 1 Hair Type

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

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

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

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

Type 1 Celeb Inspiration: Lucy Liu and Gwyneth Paltrow

Type 2 Hair Type

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

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

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

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

Type 2 Celeb Inspiration: Jessica Alba and Drew Barrymore

Type 3 Hair Type

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

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

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

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

Type 3 Celeb Inspiration: Julianna Margulies and Alicia Keys

Type 4 Hair Type

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

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

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

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

Type 4 Celeb Inspiration: Viola Davis and Janelle Monae

What else affects hair type?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Never Have You Ever Tried a Mayonnaise Hair Mask?

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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 hair treatment that can potentially leave your strands soft and smooth. While primarily used for people with wavy and curly hair, this hair mask could offer potential benefits to others, too.

A quick internet search of mayonnaise hair masks will reveal numerous supposed benefits that will help improve the health of your hair. While some of these claims might have some backing, others are unfounded.

To understand the potential benefits of this hair mask, it’s important to first learn about its ingredients. Mayonnaise is classified as an oil. It primarily consists of canola or soybean oil, along with egg yolks, vinegar, and lemon juice. Some brands may have a few additional ingredients, such as olive oil and Dijon mustard.

In theory, mayonnaise can make your hair a little oilier since the product is primarily made of oil. This could potentially benefit curly and wavy hair types, which usually lack sebum (natural oil) in the middle and ends of the hair cuticle. In contrast, naturally straight hair doesn’t usually need any added oils because sebum can make its way easily from the scalp throughout the rest of the hair.

Reduced frizz is a natural side effect of proper moisture balance. Mayonnaise can potentially make your hair less frizzy from humidity and excessive dryness. However, you will also need to practice other frizz-free hair habits, such as reducing your dependence on heated tools and patting your hair dry instead of rubbing it or using a hair dryer.

According to some beauty websites and blogs, mayonnaise also purportedly strengthens your hair and protects color treatments. However, there’s no scientific research backing these claims. Mayonnaise is primarily an oil, so there isn’t enough of other ingredients (like egg yolks and lemon juice) to make such an impact.

Some people also believe that a mayonnaise hair mask can make your hair grow. It’s thought that an amino acid in mayonnaise called L-cysteine does this trick.

One study on menopausal women with hair loss looked at the role of nutritional amino acids, including L-cysteine. Researchers found that this amino acid is important in building keratin, a type of protein, in the hair, which makes it strong and helps it grow. Still, the study focuses on diet and supplemental forms of L-cysteine, not on the application of the amino acid directly to the hair via mayonnaise. The lack of scientific research leaves unclear whether a mayonnaise hair mask can actually promote hair growth.

Other claims about a mayonnaise hair mask include its ability to treat head lice. The theory is that the thickness of the mayonnaise can suffocate head lice, similar to other alternative treatments such as butter or margarine. However, none of these treatments are backed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you do put mayonnaise in your hair for the treatment of lice, it may make the lice inactive temporarily, but it doesn’t kill them, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

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


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

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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 gives us life!

It’s all pumpkin spice lattes, chunky knits, and jack-o-lanterns from here on out, and some people are expressing that more boldly than others. Nicki Minaj now has orange hair, and it’s going to inspire you to step up your own hair game this autumn.

 

 

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She posted the new look to her Instagram, sharing a series of video clips of her at the Queen Radio studio, right before she recorded the most recent sixth episode. (For those not in the know, Queen Radio is Minaj’s new radio show on Beats 1, which premiered earlier in August.) In the first clip, Minaj debuts her orange hair in a high half-pony, making a face like a Barbie, and moving around the camera to show different angles of her satin pink suit. The caption read #BarbieDreams, referencing one of the songs on her newest album, Queen.

Sitting in front of her pink “Queen Radio” sign and decked out all in pink and diamonds, the orange hair especially popped against the saturated rose colors.

Her hair was left in crimped waves, with the top half thrown into an I Dream of Jeannie-esque ponytail wrapped with a gold hair tie that helped it stay firmly up. The hue is a vibrant, neon orange shade that makes a bold statement.

But just because the rap icon changed her hair color doesn’t necessarily mean it will stay that shade for too long. Just a day later, Minaj posted another short video onto Instagram, where she was sitting in the back seat of a car with her black hair curling and her hoodie up, listening to some of her older tracks while on her way to her Philadelphia concert.

Having said that, the artist debuted another orange-tinged hair look at the actual show, wearing an ombre orange hairstyle that went well past her waist. It was bright yellow on top that faded into a fiery orange, proving that the sunset color palette is definitely in this season.

This also isn’t the first time that she donned neon orange hair, where she also played with the color back in 2010, just in a short, teased bob. Rocking lots of volume and curling in at the ends, it was a more retro take than her back-skimming locks eight years later.

Seeing how Minaj is known for her frequent hair changes, this bright orange look probably won’t stick around for too long, but it’s amazing to see while it lasts.

What do you think about Nicki Minaj’s orange hair color? Give it a fab or fair rating in the comments section of this post.  For a healthy hair opinion and a color that’s right for you, #AskKarlinesSalon – We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.


Transformation Day: The Benefits Of Flaxseed Oil For Hair!

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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 cooking to skin care. In this Transformation Day post, let’s look at the benefits of flaxseed oil for hair.

The flaxseed oil is somewhat lesser known when it comes to the benefits that it owes to the hair. …Before getting to anything, let us first know what flaxseed oil really is and what all does it contains. Following are some of the essential nutrients that the flaxseed oil contains:

1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

As mentioned above, flaxseed oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. This nutrient is really good for maintaining a good heart health. The non-vegetarian people can get their share of omega-3 fatty acids from the chicken and the fish. However, the vegetarian lot can get theirs from the flaxseeds or flaxseed oil.

2. Fiber

Flaxseed is widely known to constitute both soluble and the insoluble kinds of fiber. This is great when one wants a proper digestion and a healthy bowel movement. Using flaxseed oil or flaxseeds, in general, can help you maintain a happy stomach.

3. Lignans

Flaxseeds are also a rich source of anti-oxidants. In fact, they are the largest source of it and can be said to contain about 8000 times the antioxidants than any other plant-based foods contain.

But Why Flaxseed Oil For Hair?

Including all the good nutrients that the flaxseeds and the flaxseed oil contain, it can be said that flaxseed oil for natural hair is really a thing when we are talking about hair health. Since the omega-3 fatty acids and the proteins form up the main parts of our hair strands, it must get pretty obvious that this oil can prove to be really beneficial for healthy hair.

Here are some of the best benefits that the flaxseed oil has to offer for your hair.

  • Flaxseed oil has a great amount of omega-3 fatty acids, omega-4 fatty acids, minerals and essential vitamins that are required for a healthy hair growth.
  • Some people use Flaxseed oil for hair growth. This is because even just 2 spoons of it are enough for your daily fatty acids and vitamins requirement. Supplying the hair strands their much essential nutrients, the flaxseed oil is great when you are looking for something to trigger your hair growth.
  • Flaxseed oil doesn’t only help with hair growth, but it also prevents hair fall. Since the fatty acids make up for hair growth, the essential minerals help in making the hair follicle stronger and hence, eliminate hair fall.
  • Using flaxseed oil regularly on the hair will get rid of any flakiness or visible dandruff from the scalp.
  • Flaxseed oil is also helpful in giving your hair strands a certain shine and luster. This is because it moisturizes your scalp and helps in the formation of hydrated hair. This brings out a natural shine in the hair.
  • A weekly warm flaxseed oil hair massage can do all the above-mentioned tricks when done regularly every week.

 

You Will Be Amazed To See The Benefits Of Flaxseed Oil For Hair!

Have you tried or are you thinking about trying flaxeed oil? For a healthy hair opinion, #AskKarlinesSalon! We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.


The beYOUtiful Life: Rihanna’s Short Bob

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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, Rihanna now has a bob for the end of summer. She’s chopping off all her hair for her and serving some major inspiration for all of her fans. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect hair inspiration to show your stylist, this is it.

Rihanna Short Bob

This is a pretty drastic change from the singer’s recent look. In case you don’t remember, Rihanna was just showing off waist-length hair the week before. There’s a good chance that the ultra-long hair was extensions, since she was seen with medium-length hair just weeks before that. Regardless, this bob is a whole lot shorter than it used to be.

Rihanna has been very busy on social media lately. When she’s not sharing Fenty Beauty makeup hacks or giving a sneak preview of her new lingerie, she’s apparently showing off new hair. The singer took to Instagram Stories to give a little hair flip to her new bob.

Rihanna’s hairstyle is a lot shorter than you’re used to seeing on her. The cut comes above her shoulders for a choppy, layered bob. This hairstyles looks gorgeous on her. But, then again, there aren’t too many hairstyles that don’t.

It’s not the first time that the star has rocked a super-short look though. A bob seems to be Rihanna’s go-to look. She’s constantly switching up her style from super long to super short and everything in-between. There’s no word on who chopped off all of her hair this time, but the stylist definitely knows what he or she is doing.

The singer is all about social media these days, so it only makes sense that she shared the first snap of the new hairstyle there. On top of showing fans her new bob, she also gave a full Fenty Beauty tutorial just days before. She showed her fans what the brand new Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette looked like in action. Plus she even gave away a tip to use Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks as lipstick.

Rihanna hasn’t been spotted anywhere else with her new hair style, as of July 26. So if you’re looking for a photo to show your hair stylist for inspiration, you’ll have to take a screenshot of her Instagram Stories.

What do you think about Rihanna’s short bob? Give it a fab or fair rating in the comments section of this post.  For a healthy hair opinion and a style that’s right for you, #AskKarlinesSalon – We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.


Hair Transformation Testimonies: The Journey from Relaxed to Natural

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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.

Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind

“I started experimenting with relaxers when I was 18 years old. I always wore my hair in curls, but the relaxer made them look looser. I stopped dyeing my hair when I was 35. My mother was prematurely gray, so after she passed, wearing my natural silver hair was a way to celebrate her life. But I didn’t stop using relaxers until seven years later. I loved the silki- ness of my hair when it was relaxed and how it allowed me to copy old-school hairstyles, like ’40s waves. …I did my first big chop and cut off all of the relaxed hair in 2010. …As my hair grew back, I realized that its texture had changed. It’d been 26 years since I’d seen it, and it wasn’t as thick or naturally coily anymore. I still get a little frustrated because my Afro doesn’t stand up as much as it did when I was younger. It kind of falls to the side, so I have to part it strategically. No one talks about what that’s like. But my hair is now the greatest expression of freedom in my life. Here I am, natural hair, Afro, silver. Let’s just embrace it all. I’m creating a new history for my daughters. Now I see them embracing their own natural textures; I love seeing that they’re free to live their authentic life.”

On Her Routine:
“When my hair is longer, I’ll twist or braid it and then take it out over the course of the week and let it get fuller and fuller. Right now, my hair is short, so it’s just wash and go…  When I jump out of the shower, I just put some argan oil in it. Sometimes I shape it with my fingers; sometimes I just run my fingers through it and that’s what it’s going to do for the day.”

Damaris Lewis

Model, New York City

Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind

“I started dancing when I was seven, which meant I was sweating a lot. Having a perm allowed me to go dance, sweat, and not have to get my hair done the next day. Wash and go, whatever that means for your hair type, could have worked just as well, but unfortunately that just wasn’t the standard of beauty. When you first start modeling, they give you a look, and my look was long extensions. It was nobody’s fault; when they met me, my hair had a perm, so they just heightened that straightness. And then one day, two years ago this month, I decided to stop wearing a weave. And this past February, I did the big chop. There is, however, a big misconception that natural hair is bouncy, curly, flowy hair. I thought I was going to wash my hair and have phenomenal bouncy curls, but that was not the case. I have very tight curls. But I love that it gives me the option to do whatever I want. This is my first summer being able to swim, to wash my hair, to just be free. I’ve never done that before. It’s going to be life-changing.”

On Her Routine:
“My friend has a company called Adeba Nature. She bottles African black soap and corn-kernel oil that she grows in her backyard in the Ivory Coast. It’s the best shampoo. And I mix two leave-in conditioners… and put them in my hair right after I wash it. If I have a meeting, I get my hair put into flexi-rods at the salon — I get elongated curls when they take them out. If not, I’ll put in a little almond oil, leave-in conditioner, Bantu-knot my hair, let it air-dry, then take it out the next day.

Kilee Hughes

Founder and CEO, Six One Agency, Los Angeles

Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind

“I went to a predominantly white school in Orange County, California. My brother and my sister and I were the only African-American kids. When you start to develop crushes, it’s on people like Timmy or Johnny. There was no DaQuan, you know what I mean? So of course I wanted to fit in, and that meant having straight hair. And I was one of five, so my mother was time-poor. Relaxing our hair was very much done with convenience in mind. Flatirons didn’t exist, so my mom pressed our hair as well. …Even as an adult, I did relaxers for many years. I only started rocking my natural hair four years ago, and it was not something I embraced at first. Transitioning is very tough. It’s very emotional. I had long, straight pieces that I tried to hold on to because I didn’t want to lose the length. It’s challenging to be in the corporate world and have natural, curly hair. Times are changing, but I’ve got big hair. …I still have some insecurities, but today I went to a big boardroom and wore my hair curly. I love my hair. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be wearing it.”

On Her Routine:
“I watch these YouTube videos by Curls and Couture, Avielle Amore, and Happycurlhappygirl, pause them, and run to the shower to attempt it. I use six to eight products in my hair routine. …I dry my hair with the Dyson. It was a big purchase, but it came highly recommended by black beauty editors as a way to speed up my routine and still have poppin’ curls. My hair still takes two hours to dry, so if my arm gets tired, I’ll prop it up on my computer. You gotta do what you gotta do!”

The women featured above are not alone in journey from relaxed to natural. According to the consumer research firm Mintel, 71% of black adults in the U.S. wore their hair naturally at least once in 2016.

If you’re inspired and motivated to make the transition, #AskKarlinesSalon for guidance and care of your natural hair journey. We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.

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Back2Basics: Summertime Care for Relaxed Hair

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Back2Basics Hair Care

 

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 summer months.

Summer has officially arrived, and while we’re excited for long, sunny days, dining al fresco, and taking as many trips to the beach or pool as we can, we also know the struggle can be real for ladies with relaxed hair.

It’s no secret that the sun, salt water, chlorine and other factors can take a toll on your tresses, so the question is: How can you best protect relaxed hair during the summer months?

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To answer this question, we tapped Corenza Handy for her expert guidance. With over 15 years of experience as both a stylist and an entrepreneur,… Handy was the perfect person to give us the lowdown on healthy hair secrets for relaxed hair.

1. Wash Your Hair Weekly and Double Up on Moisture

It’s very important to wash your hair every week. Handy recommends Design Essentials‘ shampoo formulated with oat or honey,… If you need extra moisture throughout the week, use something light that gives hair great shine…

2. Get Ends Trimmed Regularly

Trimming and taking care of your ends is essential to hair growth. While some people feel like not cutting or trimming your hair will make it grow longer, that’s completely false. “As our hair grows it starts to split, so trimming your hair when necessary is definitely important,” Hardy reminds.

3. Go Easy on Heat Styling

Limiting heat is important. Our hair tends to be naturally dry, so when we constantly put heat on it, it can dry it out even more. When you do use heat, however, make sure to use a protectant. Also, focus on making your style last longer by taking preventive measures such as wrapping your hair with a silk scarf or sleeping on a silk pillowcase to avoid brittle and frizzy hair. Hardy recommends this protectant from Design Essentials…

4. Drink Water and Pay Attention to Your Diet

Some of us are blessed to have good genes and our hair flourishes whether or not we eat junk all day, but for the rest of us, your diet and vitamins play a big part in the health of your hair. Handy encourages taking B12 vitamins and omega supplements for healthy hair, skin and nails. Also, drink lots of water because it’s another source of moisture for your hair and scalp.

5. Avoid Overprocessing

“Relaxers are definitely important in terms of timing,” says Handy. She recommends getting a touch-up every 6-8 weeks, but depending on the speed of hair growth, a touch up may be needed sooner. If you sweat a lot then your hair may revert faster. She also says that those with shorter hair will notice new growth sooner, but resist the urge to touch-up your hair too often.

6. Wait Awhile Before Installing Protective Styles

A fresh relaxer followed by braids or a weave won’t end well for you. “I don’t suggest getting your hair relaxed and then braiding one or even two weeks later. When you get a protective style, you’re covering your hair up, so you can’t wash it [properly] every week or add moisture,” she says.

7. If You Are Having Hair Issues, Speak To Your Stylist

Issues like breakage and thinning hair shouldn’t automatically be attributed to getting a relaxer. Handy insists, “you have to figure out why it’s happening.” It can stem from stress, poor hair care, or be something else. Have a consult with your stylist so he or she can figure out what’s causing the problem.

Ace the principles, opportunities, and challenges of healthy hair care. Ask Karline’s Salon about the hair maintenance program that includes a minimum of four visits at an exceptional price.  For more information, call us at 561-471-0900 or make an appointment for your next visit.


Hair Trend Weigh In — The Mohawk

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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 heat can be very harmful to your hair, particularly if your hair falls within the “thick, black hair” category. The thickness of the hair makes the scalp more likely to heat up, causing heat damage to the hair, and leads to the possibility of dehydration.

To those problems, the Mohawk may very well be the solution. It is not only functional; it will set you apart from the crowd in any situation.

Hair Trends — Mohawks Making A Comeback?

The origin of the modern Mohawk is often attributed to the Filthy Thirteen — a military unit of 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the United States army — whose part Native-American leader Jake McNiece encouraged his troops to get the Mohawk haircuts and put on war paint as a morale-building exercise. Later, through the prevalence of pop and rock stars sporting the bold ‘do, the Mohawk became increasingly popular.

As with all trends, though, the popularity of the Mohawk has sometimes waned. But, with such celebrities as Jada Pinkett Smith, Keri Hilson and, of course, Bajan superstar Rihanna often opting for the edgy ‘do, its resulting resurgence was inevitable.

Because regular and careful shaving or trimming is required for the maintenance of the clean line between the shaved and unshaved (or short and longer) options, the style is sometimes considered high maintenance.

The Mohawk is highly touted for its versatility because it lends itself — pending preference — to a wide range of looks in varying styles and degrees of intricacy. And even if the cut or shave is not for you, variations of the faux hawk can serve as great alternatives. Today, Mohawks are customized with braids, curls, and, for added drama, fashioned in a kaleidoscope of colors.

If you’re looking to turn heads…, a bold hair statement might just be the perfect way to go about it. And, for now, at least, the Mohawk is quite possibly the loudest of… trends, and is a great way of averting some of the heat.

If you’re considering the Mohawk, consult with your hairstylist. Bring in pictures so that he/she can see what you have in mind. A few words of caution. The Mohawk 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 Mohawk?

To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away.


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