Karline's Salon + Spa has reopened to serve your beauty and personal care needs, but make no mistake, we remain fully committed to coronavirus prevention.
Since our last update, we've implemented additional measures to keep both guests and staff safe. Read more
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Someone just had to #AskKarlinesSalon about a straightening brush. For the record, our recommendation is to avoid heated styling tools altogether. Instead, visit the salon every two weeks and use a satin hair protector at night to preserve your Read more
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's natural hair is the "Glow-up!" If you Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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
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.
Here’s a short video that describes what makes Agave so exceptional.
The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System (STS)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away. Here’s to healthy and happy hair!
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: 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.
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 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
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.
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.
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!
To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away. Here’s to your healthy and happy hair!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sunny and Dry – Apply light moisturizer
Hot and Humid – Apply non-alcohol-based holding spray
Rain/Sleet/Snow/Hail – Don’t forget the umbrella!
Hat Days – Protect your hair with a satin cap liner
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