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Back2Basics: Stress and Hair Loss


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for an elementary lesson on the connection between stress and hair loss. Review the following strands of thought to understand why hair loss occurs and Read more

Never Have You Ever Used Yogurt on Your Hair?


Never have you ever used yogurt on your hair? There are a few strands of thought on this popular dairy product. Natural yogurt is full of protein and, according to stylecraze.com, it is a common natural hair care ingredient Read more

Hair Diversity in the U.S. Navy


In this Transformation Day post, we salute the U.S. Navy, which finally updated its grooming standards, allowing servicewomen more flexibility in hairstyles. The policy shift has been a long time coming, and it's not perfect, but it's a start Read more

KS News Desk: Hair Products and Toxic Chemicals


From the Karline's Salon news desk, there's a ticker tape of articles on toxic chemicals found in many popular hair products. A cautionary and true study of what you put on your hair may be harmful to your health. Read more

Hair Story: Maya Rudolph


Maya Rudolph is one heck of an actor and comedian. Remember her "on-point" SNL impersonation of Donatella Versace, hilarious bridal salon scene in Bridesmaids, or tender moments in Away We Go? But beyond the screen, Maya, the daughter of Read more

Hair Flick Pick: ‘Nappily Ever After’ On Netflix


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 Read more

Hair Trend Weigh In: 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 Read more

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

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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Karline Ricketts

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Is Your Easter Bonnet Harmful for Your Hair?

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KS Easter Hats-1The Easter bonnet is steeped in history, tradition and culture. However, for obvious reasons, we hair stylists, “artists,” have a love-hate relationship with hats. In fact, it pains us to see our masterful work under cover. Think about it, would you visit a museum to see all of its artifacts under a cloth? How would you feel if you were an actor giving the performance of your life without an audience, or if you paid top dollar for tickets to see your favorite band and they played behind a curtain? Hair under a hat is like the air we breathe – you cannot see it. Our feelings aside, there are times, circumstances and occasions that you will choose a hat over your hairdresser’s ego. Therefore, we are not going to rain on your parade or spoil the best of your Sunday best to tell you not to wear a hat.   But we’d be remiss if we did not remind you that a hat is an accessory, and healthy hair is a necessity. So in the name of all things fashion, let us celebrate millinery (women’s hats) and how to wear them responsibly so that it does not damage your hair.

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The History of the Easter Bonnet

The history of the Easter bonnet goes back farther than many of us realize. Easter Bonnets even go farther back in time than Easter itself. The first bonnets, usually a circle of leaves and flowers, symbolized the cycle of the seasons and the coming of Spring. The Christian holiday of Easter celebrates new life and rebirth with pure and new clothing. Later on in history came the “Sunday of Joy,” the Easter after the end of the Civil War. This day allowed mothers and daughters to come out of mourning dawning pastel colors and incorporating the spring flowers. The 1870’s marked the beginning of the Easter Parade in New York. The Easter Parade allowed women to proudly show off their new spring clothing and Easter Bonnets.

The Easter fashion traditions are still alive today, celebrated among the young and old. Easter bonnets come in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Easter bonnets often mark the beginning of many people’s love of hats. Their beauty is well known and admired. They still symbolize new life in the coming of spring, warm weather and religious celebrations.

By Anne Kreke
Read the original post at Hats and Veils.

The Modern Day Bonnet

The New York City Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival along Fifth Avenue is one of the nation’s most celebrated traditions and traces its roots back to the 1870s. Let’s fast forward to the 2000s to admire some of the event’s most festive creations.

We cannot deny the strong, spiritual, year-round devotion to hats. On any given Sunday in many African American churches, you’ll find a creation, perhaps the work of a local millinery like LA’s Leola Speed, that will make you want to stand up and shout: Best in Show.

Wear Hats Responsibly!

So, should you choose to rock a hat for style, fun, convenience or shade (from the sun, not to throw an insult), do so in a way that maintains the health of your hair. Here are a few tips to wear a hat responsibly:

  • Use a daily moisturizer to prevent frizz and static caused by dryness.
  • Ask your stylist for about products that build volume because a hat will push your hair down and flatten your style.
  • Style your hair a bit fuller than you normally would before you put on a hat to keep some of the volume when you take it off.
  • Never put a hat on your wet hair. Doing so may cause tension, breakage and the ultimate case of hat head when the hair is dry.
  • Give your hair room to breathe. Wearing a tight hat causes the hair to get greasy at the roots but dry at the ends. When the hat rubs against dry hair, it may cause it to break. A tight hat will put pressure on your head (it should feel comfortable and not pressed against your head), crush your curls and make your scalp sweat, making the situation worse.
  • Wear a satin cap or scarf underneath your hat to prevent your hair from breaking and dryness and to preserve your hairstyle.
  • Look for hats with a satin or silk lining.
  • Straw hats should be tightly woven and smooth. If the straw is loose and sticks out of the hat, it will easily pull on the hair, making it break. If the weave of the straw isn’t tight enough, sun will shine through it and minimize the UV protection of the hat.

For more information, check out the links below or #AskKarlinesSalon. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.

Wearing Hats With Natural Hair for Minimal Damage – Visit this link.

Wearing Hats with Natural Hair – Visit this link.

Does Wearing Hats Have Any Effect on Hair Health? – Visit this link.

 


Hair History Corner: Olive Lee Benson, HerStory

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Hair History Corner: Comer Cottrell and the Jheri Curl

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