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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

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

 


A Case of the Flakes: Dandruff

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Dandruff is a common problem for all types and textures of hair.   In particular, African-American hair is much drier and does not produce as much oil. While many may think the cause of dandruff has to do with hygiene, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), that’s simply not true.

Although infrequent shampooing can make dandruff more obvious, researchers are still studying the causes, which appear to be complex.

For most people, dandruff does not require medical attention. However, sometimes the flaking and itching that appears like dandruff is actually a medical condition, such as seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, fungal infections of the scalp, or eczema.

Read the AAD overview of dandruff and scalp conditions here and watch the video below.

A note about the shampoo you choose to treat dandruff. At Karline’s Salon, we use two products to treat dandruff, depending upon the severity of the condition.

Design Essentials Therapeutics Anti-Itch Shampoo

Design Essentials Therapeutics Anti-Itch Shampoo

Design Essentials Therapeutics Anti-Itch Shampoo. Most anti-dandruff shampoos have an active ingredient to control the symptoms associated with dandruff. The active ingredient in Design Essentials Therapeutics Anti-Itch Shampoo is Pyrithione Zinc (2.0%), which will not strip relaxers. It includes moisturizing agents to control flaking, itching and irritation while depositing moisture into the hair.

Ashea Hair Care DKO Shampoo

Ashea Hair Care DKO Shampoo

We also use Ashea Hair Care DKO, a shampoo treatment, featuring a gentle and balanced medicated formula, which fights dry, itchy flaky scalp. It contains non-stripping ingredients as well as methyl salicylate, which calms the scalp, and eucalyptus oil that provides mentholated action to alleviate itching and scalp disorders.

For more information, #AskKarlinesSalon about K-RX, a 4-visit restoration and repair program for healthy and happy hair. We also encourage you to consult with a physician or dermatologist to rule out any serious medical or scalp conditions.


What if I Relax My Edges Every Other Week

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Stop. Stop right now and here’s why. You can cause severe damage including hair loss and thinning. Moreover, it will take quite a bit of time to repair the damage done. Here are a few more reasons, courtesy of Design Essentials (full disclosure: Karline’s Salon uses Design Essential professional products and is a local retailer).

The temple areas should not be relaxed every two weeks. Normally the density of the hair is lower around the edges, and it is almost impossible to prevent over processing if the hair is relaxed every two weeks. Professional stylists can give you the appearance of a relaxer by using special techniques, styling tools and professional products.

Karline Ricketts, Master Stylist and Educator

Karline Ricketts, Master Stylist and Educator

One of the leading confessions I hear from new clients is that they relax their edges in between touch-ups. To prevent breakage, thinning and balding, remember that your edges are fragile follicles, so avoid over-processing and excessive heat. In addition, if you’re under stress, grab a squeeze ball instead of pulling on the edges of your hair. To smooth out-of-control or dry edges without chemical processing, I recommend Design Essentials’ Sleek Edge Control, which comes in three different strengths: maximum hold, medium and firm. Regardless of your texture, it tames the edges and works for both natural and relaxed hair.

Design Essentials Sleek Edge Control

Design Essentials Sleek Edge Control

Get on the road to healthy hair repair and maintenance, feel free to #AskKarlinesSalon and make an appointment to visit  our West Palm Beach, FL sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.

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