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KS Cares - Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County


In this very special holiday post, we'd like to tell you about Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, a funding resource for programs and services that improve the lives of children and their families. Moreover, we'd like to Read more

5 Tips to Maintain Healthy and Full Hair as You Age


Courtesy of doctortipster.com. here are five tips to maintain healthy and full hair as you age. There's an old saying that time waits for nobody, but we can definitely make the hair fall wait! Rare as it may be, we Read more

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

Back2Basics: Stress and Hair Loss

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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 what you can do about it.

Everyone experiences intermittent stress in life. Professional and personal demands, illnesses and trauma can wreak havoc on your mental health.

Sometimes that stress can trigger your body to react in ways that can be frustrating and embarrassing. These include issues like brittle nails, acne breakouts and hair loss.

The type of hair loss that results from physical and emotional stressors is called telogen effluvium, in which large amounts of stress push hair follicles into a resting period. As a result, the hair begins to shed, causing the appearance of thinning, which can be more prominent in certain areas of the scalp than others.

“The hair follicle has its own life cycle — growth, transition, resting and falling out of hair shaft,” said Dr. Julia Tzu, a double board-certified dermatologist and the founder and medical director of Wall Street Dermatology. Stress alters the percentage of hairs in the growth stage and shifts them to the resting, or telogen, stage.

“No one really understands the complex biology that determines the clockwork behind hair cycling,” she continued. “What is known is that stressors do bend the clock and shift hairs towards the telogen phase.”

But this doesn’t necessarily lead to lasting damage. According to Dr. Lauren Ploch, a board-certified dermatologist at the Georgia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, telogen effluvium doesn’t always cause permanent hair loss or baldness.

“Complete baldness does not occur unless there is an underlying inflammatory process” like alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss in patches and can be triggered by severe stress, she said.

You won’t notice a difference in hair loss immediately after experiencing something particularly stressful.

“Telogen effluvium usually occurs within the first three months after a stressful event,” Ploch said. “Usually, the hair loss is a sign that a new hair is growing again at the base of the lost hair, so new hair growth should be apparent three to six months after the initial shedding.”

Is Stress Causing Hair Loss?The average person loses 50 to 100 hairs a day. This is completely normal, and compared with the total number of hairs on your head (about 150,000), the absence of those strands isn’t even noticeable. However, shedding is considered a problem when it becomes excessive.

If you notice more strands than usual coming out when you comb or wash your hair or if you see reduced thickness in one area or throughout your scalp, you should see a doctor, Tzu advised.

As for why hair loss happens during stress, Ploch said that should not be cause for alarm. Because hair growth is not a vital function, you can lose it when you’re stressed out.

“When our body experiences stress, it essentially goes into survival mode and diverts resources away from functions that are nonessential for life such as hair growth and nail growth,” Ploch said.

There’s little data behind whether there are groups that experience more stress-related hair loss than others, but Tzu and Ploch said that new moms are likely to have hair loss, given the level of physiological stress that comes with childbirth.

Easy ways to stop your shedding strands

Making certain lifestyle changes can help. Along with getting enough sleep and spending time doing hobbies you enjoy to reduce stress, Ploch emphasized the importance of getting adequate nutrients.

“Eat a balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Be careful with biotin supplementation,” she warned, referring to a memo the FDA released in 2017 about how biotin supplementation can affect lab values. Ploch suggested keeping biotin intake to 35 micrograms or less daily. Biotin, a B vitamin that is commonly used to combat hair loss, can be found naturally in small amounts in foods such as eggs, milk and bananas.

But most important, remember that it is not as crucial to treat hair loss as it is to find healthy ways to handle the stress that causes it. Regular exercise, adequate sleep and a healthy diet can alleviate anxiety. Eating chocolate, hanging with good friends and listening to music can reduce negative moods. (Dozens of other techniques can help as well.) If you think stress is interfering with your daily life, it might be worth trying something like therapy or discussing your mental health with your doctor.

While self-treatment can be an option in mild cases, you should see a dermatologist as soon as possible if you begin to notice excessive shedding.

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


KS News Desk: Hair Products and Toxic Chemicals

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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. The Silent Spring Institute, a renowned Massachusetts research organization, examined hair products marketed to Black women to help them understand why Black women have increased exposures to hazardous chemicals than other groups and how these high exposures contribute to health disparities in the U.S. population.

According to Reuters Health, “the findings could explain at least in part why African-American women go through puberty earlier and suffer from higher rates of asthma and reproductive diseases than other groups.”

Here is a summary of the study.

The study, which was conducted by the Silent Spring Institute and published in the journal Environmental Research, examined 18 different products geared towards black women, like hot oil treatments, anti-frizz hair polishes, leave-in conditioners, root stimulators, hair lotions and hair relaxers. The results found all of the products tested contained hazardous chemicals, including parabens, a type of preservative that can interfere with a woman’s natural estrogen level and has been linked to breast cancer, and phthalates, which can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system.

“Chemicals in hair products, and beauty products in general, are mostly untested and largely unregulated,” said Jessica Helm, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and a scientist at Silent Spring, in a statement. “This study is a first step toward uncovering what harmful substances are in products frequently used by Black women, so we can better understand what’s driving some of the health issues they’re facing.”

The study’s findings are consistent with data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found black women have higher levels of some phthalates and parabens in their bodies compared with white women. The findings could help researchers understand why black women may experience early puberty and have higher rates of hormone-related issues such as uterine fibroids, infertility, and pre-term births. “We know from previous research that black women suffer disproportionately from hormone-related health problems,” said Helm.

“Black women are over-exposed and under-protected from toxic chemicals,” says Janette Robinson Flint, executive director of Black Women for Wellness. Black women also purchase and use more hair products than other groups. In fact, a Nielsen study found African Americans spent $54 million on ethnic hair and beauty products last year.

Helm also shared advice for black women looking to find safer options for hair products. “Look for opportunities to use fewer products,” she said. “When choosing a product, know which products are made with plants or that are fragrance-, phthalate- and paraben-free.” Furthermore, you women of color can download the Detox Me app for more tips on how to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals in personal care products.

Here are other highlights from the study:

  • All products tested contained fragrance chemicals
  • 78% contained parabens
  • 72% of products contained parabens and diethyl phthalate
  • 84% of the chemicals detected were not listed on the product label
  • 11 products contained seven chemicals prohibited in the European Union (EU) or regulated under California’s Proposition 65
  • Hair relaxers marketed at children contained the highest levels of five chemicals prohibited in the EU or regulated under Proposition 65
  • Parabens, fragrances, nonylphenols, and diethyl phthalate were commonly found in root stimulators, hair lotions and hair relaxers.
  • Cyclosiloxanes were more frequently detected in anti-frizz products and at the highest concentrations of any chemical measured.

 

Download and print this list of hair products that contain toxic chemicals. If you use any of them, stop and discard them immediately.  Please #AskKarlinesSalon about products that are safe for your hair and your health. We’re just a call (561-471-0900) 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.


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.


Back2Basics: Summertime Care for Relaxed Hair

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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.


7 Tips to Prevent Hair Breakage

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Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics.  Whatever your hair type and texture, review these seven tips to prevent hair breakage.

 

Hair can become weak and prone to breakage for a number of reasons, including but not limited to: over-styling, excessive coloring, lack of moisture, and stress. Genetics is another factor that can determine whether your strands are strong or on the more fragile side of the spectrum. Whatever the case, if you’re struggling with hair-snapping and scary amounts of shedding, it should serve as a sign to switch things up, stat.

There are quite a few things you can do to improve your hair health. For instance, deep conditioning on a regular basis, taking supplements such as Nutrafol, and sleeping on a silk pillowcase are three ways to make a difference in the strength of your hair. (You should also see a doctor if you think it could be serious.) But, in addition to the aforementioned, there are also some key things you should actually stop doing if you’re concerned with breakage.

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1. Don’t wash with hot water

As amazing as a steaming-hot shower can feel, water that’s scorching can wreak some serious havoc on weak strands. “When your hair is fragile or been through a lot of wear and tear, you have to baby it,” says hairstylist Kirsten Patterson. Patterson suggests using cool or cold water to seal the cuticle and lock in moisture. You might be chilly for a minute, but it won’t matter when you see how shiny your hair looks when you make this subtle change.

2. Never blow-dry your hair on the highest setting

A common and easily avoidable mistake many people make is blow-drying their hair on the hottest possible setting, which like using hot water, isn’t the safest option for fragile strands. “When you do blow-dry your hair, always use the lower heat setting on your dryer, as it’s not necessary and can really burn your hair,” explains New York City-based colorist Rachel Bodt.

3. Don’t brush your hair from the root

Despite what you may have heard — or have been doing your whole life — you should never be brushing your hair from root to tip. According to hairstylist Laura Polko, this method can knot the hair and make breakage even worse.

4. Don’t use abrasive hair ties

“You want to avoid super-tight ponytail holders as these will pull your hair and the tension can and will break the hair,” says Bodt matter-of-factly. Aim for ones that will be extra gentle on your delicate strands,…

5. Avoid products with a lot of alcohol

Another pro tip from Bodt? Do your best to steer clear of products that have a high content of alcohol. “These will dry out the hair and eventually cause it to get crispy and break,” she says. So, if you’re scanning an ingredient list and alcohol is way up there, it’s definitely in your best interest not to buy it.

6. Never brush your hair when it’s wet

Sure, brushing your hair after showering might seem like the normal course of events, but it can actually result in significant damage if you’re not careful, as hair is in its most fragile state when it’s wet.

7. Don’t sleep with your hair up

If your hair is prone to breakage, you should never be sleeping with your hair up, as this tugs at it while you snooze, resulting in more damage than most people realize. Patterson recommends leaving your hair down or in a simple braid, and investing in a silk pillowcase, which will help cut down on friction.

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.


Protective Styles to Survive The Heat

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Class is now in session, and it is time for curly-haired divas to go back to basics.  Hafeezah Nazim, an editorial assistant at Nylon.com, provides a few strands of thought on protective styles to survive the heat. And, if there’s one thing we know here in South Florida, the heat is no joke.

Last September, I experienced a major turning point in my personal life. After 22 years of burning, breaking, and damaging my hair with heat tools on a daily basis, I finally found out how to properly care for and style my curls. It was a full blown metamorphosis into a life of self-love that I’d been lacking, and it empowered me to feel more comfortable in my skin than ever before.

That experience also served as the stepping stone for experimenting with even more natural hairstyles. I’ve not only learned about which products work best for my hair type, but also learned how to make the perfect ballerina bun (my lazy go-to style), honed in on my perfect conditioner-to-water ratio for my wash ‘n’ go styles, and, most importantly, have come to embrace my frizz on days when no amount of curl cream can tame it. (It happens!)

And though this winter hasn’t been too harsh on my hair (my skin? That’s a different story), I know the heat will be here soon and will effect the many hair routines that I’ve worked so hard to maintain over the last few months. And if you, like me, have curly hair, you can probably relate, too.

For people with curly hair, it’s not just summer heat that can cause problems; any time you’re in a hot and/or dry environment, it’s like taking a handful of kryptonite and hurling it full-speed at Superman. Because curly hair is always, always in need of intense moisture and hydration, heat and dry air are its major weakness. So when I got invited to attend Coachella—which, being in a desert, is basically the worst thing ever for curly hair—I was both excited and worried that I would run the risk of looking like I’d rubbed balloons all over my head.

But then I remembered the curly-haired girl’s secret weapon: protective styles.

Why Protective Styles Are A Curly-Haired Girl’s Best Trick For Surviving The HeatProtective styles include things like buns, braids, and ponytails, and they do exactly what their name suggests—protect your hair from damaging agents such as sun, heat, dryness, and rigorous manipulation. And while wearing your hair in a bun all the time may not be the most exciting, there are products out there to help give your hair a little extra flair.

But, in the event that you’re not interested in any of this and want to rock your curly mane as is, more power to you. Be sure to go heavy on the deep conditioner at night, load up on water and moisturizing creams during the day, and go on with your bad AF, curly-haired self.

Ace the principles, opportunities, and challenges of healthy hair care. Trust your hair to the care of Karline’s Salon.  For more information, call us at 561-471-0900 or make an appointment for your next visit.


Hair Education: Advice to a Mom of a Daughter with Short 4c Hair

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Advice to a Mom Whose Daughter Gets Teased for Her Short 4c Hair Even on a stylist’s day off, she – that would be me – is still thinking about your hair! As I reflect, recharge, and review the appointment book, I am captivated by this advice for parents and I trust you will be too. Feel free to send us a message with your strands of thought on this topic. Remember, for a healthy hair opinion, products or styles for your child, #AskKarlinesSalon or schedule an appointment here. -Karline Ricketts, CEO and Master Stylist

Advice to a Mom Whose Daughter Gets Teased for Her Short 4c HairBy Erickka Sy Savané As the managing editor of CurlyNikki I read a lot of comments, especially on the Facebook page where folks nowadays seem more comfortable, or maybe it’s just more convenient, to sound off. This particular comment and question from a reader was tough to read, and I think anyone would agree, whether a parent or not: My daughter has 4c hair and the shrinkage is real! She gets teased at head start by her peers. They call her bald head and ugly because her hair isn’t long and silky. I try my best to instill in her love for her natural self. She doesn’t feel pretty unless she has crochets in. I was teased a lot in school, and it still has an affect on my self esteem. I’m afraid she’s going to end up the same way. How do we teach our kids to love themselves when we have other kids out here telling them they’re not good enough? Here’s what I do:

1. Affirm the beauty of hair like theirs. I always point out and affirm the beauty of black women with short to bald hair.

2. Affirm the beauty of their hair. When I’m combing, washing or conditioning their hair I tell them, “Oh your hair is so strong, soft and beautiful.” My youngest has heard it so much she says, “I know.”

3) Give their dolls a big chop. 

4) Encourage them to draw pictures of themselves as they are.

5) Lay off the fake hair. I know. This can feel like throwing your kid into the lion’s den because you’re forcing them to wear their own short hair. Yes, you are throwing them into the lion’s den but the character they build so young by showing up in the world as their authentic selves is priceless.

6) If you have fake hair, lay off of it too. Yea, I know. Why Sway? Well, because kids learn more from what they see, not what we tell them.

7) Explain to them that there are a lot of people out there who just don’t get it.

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Mineral Deposits May Be Wrecking Your Hair Even If You Have Soft Water | BELLEMOCHA.com

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… this morning, I stumbled upon a study on the impact of hard water on the hair and suddenly, I’m fully recommitted rewarding my hair and skin with soft water once again.

We already know that hard water chemical deposits on the hair create a barrier layer that prevents moisture penetration and retention.  This mineral absorption could impact the structural properties of the hair without our knowledge. But did you also know that your hair type can determine how much mineral content is absorbed into the strands?

Let me explain what I mean by hair type.  I’m not referring to curl texture but the condition of the hair.  I’m talking about the condition of the hair.  According to the article I read, “the popularity of hair treatments that alter the chemical nature of hair, e.g.. coloring, bleaching, and relaxing, suggests that even more consumers are susceptible to an uptake of mineral absorption if they are exposed to water with any degree of hardness ions.” What this means is that has been chemically altered was found to absorb more minerals from water versus virgin hair.  Although they didn’t mention this in the article, I suspect that damaged virgin hair  (from heat or other factors) could attract more hardness ions than healthy virgin strands.

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