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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

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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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.

Photo credit: istolethetv / Foter / CC BY

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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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What if Wednesday – Your Hairline is Thinning?

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Hair History Corner: Posner Bergamot

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What if Wednesday – You Want to Use Castor Oil on Your Scalp and Hair?

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What If Wednesday – You Want to Change Your Hair Color, But Don’t Want to Go to Extremes

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Hair History Corner: Lustrasilk

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