Hair Styles

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

7 Foods for Healthy Hair


  In this Transformation Day post, we examine the benefits of seven foods for healthy hair. The excerpt below was originally published at Curly Nikki. You are what you eat. And because your hair is part of you, what you eat Read more

Sweet as Honey Balayage

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Singer-songrwriter Izzy Bizu | Photo courtesy: Elle.com

 

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 “low-key sister” of ombre and recognizes British singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu, who sports honey balayage as a celebrity who does the balayage hairstyle right.

Instead of a perfect fade, keep some ends a little darker to add dimension to your summer look. This will bode especially well when your hair naturally gains texture from an ocean dip.

Read more at Elle.com

According to therighthairstyles.com, honey balayage looks great on almost any base hair color.

Honey balayage is a golden mean between highlights in blonde and brown. The one thing remains tricky – honey is warm, so you need to check if it will flatter your skin tone.

In general, the ideal combination for honey balayage is a light warm complexion with darker hair. The formula works with any eye color. So, if your skin has warm undertones, all shades of honey will be a right fit for you. According to colorists, the best skin tones for this type of highlights are olive, peachy, reddish, and sometimes dark deep skin tones. Golden balayage is also used to hide gray hairs, or as a transition from dark hair color to something lighter and cooler.

One of our clients, pictured below, rocks honey balayage as well as anyone we know.

Karline's Salon Client Honey Balayage

Karline’s Salon Client rocking honey balayage

 

Ready to try honey balayage?  Consult with your hairstylist or #AskKarlinesSalon –  we’re just a call or click away. In the meantime, enjoy these Izzy Bizu tracks, including a fabulous updated version of the Edith Piaf  hit “La Foule.”

 

Have a great hair day and may it be as sweet as honey balayage!


Hair Trend Weigh In: Unicorn Rainbow Hair

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Hair Trend Weigh In: Unicorn 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 Really Behind Unicorn Fever, a 2017 Refinery 29 article, Jess Weiner, a brand strategist and CEO of Talk To Jess, explains:

Women are in need of fantastical magic in their lives right now, because we’re surrounded by culture and politics that are very bleak and dark and oppressive,” she says. “Unicorns are rare, they’re powerful, and they’re imaginary, so they’re capable of anything. And they do have a certain girly undertone because many of us associate them with our childhood, so they’re unapologetically feminine. Why wouldn’t we own something that’s just for us and inspires us to believe in our otherworldly capabilities? We’re being faced with some dire messaging around being female. Unicorns are our chance to escape and have some fun.

And speaking of unapologetically feminine, powerful, and fun, look no further than Cardi B. and Nikki Minaj. The following excerpt, originally published at bet.com, found a common bond between the two rap divas.

No Cap! Cardi B And Nicki Minaj Are Back Slaying The Unicorn Rainbow Hair

Cardi B and Nicki Minaj have feuded in the past, but these two have more in common than being super star rappers, they both have a love for the rainbow color unicorn inspired wigs.

ICYMI: Nicki has been going through a complete makeover. After firing her entire glam squad, the 35-year-old rapper showed off her fleshly laid wig done by her new stylist, Arrogant Tae, and fans instantly fell in love with her pastel multi-colored half-up-half-down ‘do.

If you’re considering Unicorn Rainbow Hair, consult with your hairstylist. Show pictures so that he/she can see what you have in mind. A few words of caution. Unicorn Rainbow color is not a hair transformation to try at home. It requires the expertise and artistry of a trained professional. Are you ready to rock Unicorn Rainbow Hair? Share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away.


The beYOUtiful Life: Hair Notes from the 2019 Grammy Awards

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In this edition of The beYOUtiful Life, let us recap some of the hair moments at the 2019 Grammy Awards.  From perfect ponytails, banging bangs, and hair accessories galore, music industry’s biggest night did not disappoint with a diversity of hairstyles and hair fashions.

This excerpt was originally published at The Cut:

Best Rapunzel Hair

11 Very Good Beauty Looks From the Grammys

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Tracee Ellis Ross proving that hair down to your butt continues to be a very good look.

Best Edges

11 Very Good Beauty Looks From the Grammys

Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording A

Halle Bailey proving that the shorter baby hairs that frame your face can be a very good accessory, too.

Best Non-Curly Bangs

11 Very Good Beauty Looks From the Grammys

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Camila Cabello prompts a “yes” to the eternal question, “Should I get bangs?” It’s also nice to see she hasn’t given up on ponytails entirely following Headache-Gate.

Best Hat Hair

11 Very Good Beauty Looks From the Grammys

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Hat hair has a bad rep, but we have a feeling Janelle Monae’s safety-pin- crown and hat-frame contraption will shift the narrative.

Most Memorable

11 Very Good Beauty Looks From the Grammys

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Enough said.

This excerpt was originally published at BRIT + CO:

Cardi B… turned heads on the red carpet in a show-stopping gown from Thierry Mulger’s Fall-Winter 1995 couture collection. And what hairstyle could possibly complement the black and pink Venus sheath dress and embellished bodysuit? A pearl-encrusted beehive updo, of course.

 

“The inspiration behind Cardi B’s red carpet look is a ’90s influenced pearl updo to play up her couture ensemble,” says celebrity stylist Tokyo Stylez, on behalf of Suave Professionals. (Photo via Kevin Mazur/ Getty)

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Did we mention Cardi B.? Well, we’ll say it again, the top knot wrapped in pearls was everything, as recognized in the following excerpt from Stylecaster.

…beyond the fashion, we couldn’t help but notice the details that demanded our attention too. More often than not, red carpet events rarely deliver in this department, but tonight, A-listers spared no expense making sure that their entire look was accented to perfection. Ahead, the accessory moments worthy of a double-take.

Cardi B.

The Grammy Award winner (!) stepped out in a vintage Mugler Couture ensemble, complete with a top knot wrapped in pearls.

Photo: Shutterstock.

Jennifer Lopez

Though we’re dying to know what brand is responsible for these long, luscious lashes, we’re equally enamored with this oversized hat with wide brim.

Photo: Shutterstock.

Alicia Keys

The hostest with the mostest kicked off the night in a multi-colored head wrap that paired perfectly with her green jumpsuit.

Photo: Shutterstock.

Andra Day

Day rarely opts for a simple beauty look and tonight was no exception as she accessorized her throwback style with daisies.

Photo: Shutterstock.

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What were your favorite and not-so-favorite hair picks at the 2019 Grammy Awards? Who hit high notes and who fell a little flat? What styles are you willing to try? Share your hair notes in the comment section below or tweet them to us @KarlinesSalon.

PS: For more hair inspiration, check out the Karline’s Salon Hair Gallery before your next appointment.


Hair Diversity in the U.S. Navy

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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 and step in the right direction that recognizes the diversity and beauty of all hair types and textures.

Lt. Tiffany D. Pearson shares her view on this change as a woman of color in the Navy.

What The Navy’s New Hair Policy Means To Me As A Black WomanPhoto: MC2 Alora Blosch and MC1 TJ Godbold

We can wear ponytails and locs in uniform tomorrow?! I couldn’t believe what I was reading — the U.S. Navy was finally allowing the heretofore unimaginable, a new shift in hair regulations. Though I’ve recently opted for a low fade, I celebrated with black women throughout the fleet when I learned yet another style intrinsic to my heritage and conducive to healthy hair was no longer deemed “unprofessional.” For me, this policy shift was a détente of sorts — an easing of tension between my natural hair and Navy regulations. Reconciliation between my service and myself has removed the burden competing factors once presented.

The new Navy policy sets forth the most significant changes to the hair grooming regulations I’ve seen in my eight years of enlisted and commissioned service. The policy seems to take into consideration the multicultural diversity of the U.S. Navy. It offers a broader and more inclusive version of what it means to “look professional.”

The chief of naval operations (CNO) made the announcement regarding this ambitious policy change surrounded by black female sailors who took part in the policy working group. In many ways, that video symbolized for me a shift in perspective. It showed me a Navy comprised of sailors from all walks of life, socioeconomic statuses, and backgrounds. By including a number of diverse voices in the policy process, the Navy was able to produce a far-reaching policy that brought about more equity — a recognition that there is nothing inherently unprofessional about my hair in its natural state. Valuing core facets of each sailor elicits a sense of dignity, as they serve with honor, courage, and commitment. No need to sacrifice personhood to do so.

I entered Navy training in 2011 with a low-cut fade and a desire for adventure. One year, a few relaxers, and many days of “hat hair” later, I decided transitioning back to my natural curls was a must. The response was not good. “Did you stick your finger in a light socket?” asked a senior officer. I’d planned to take a year in transitioning, but the constant negative feedback resulted in a swift cut — a small Afro that drew fewer comments and less scrutiny.

While the new regulations aren’t perfect (still no faux locs!), they do provide an expanded vision of what “professional” can look like, including hair that looks like mine. Truthfully, this has removed an unnecessary stressor from my life and opened up a world of possibilities. Who knows, I may eventually start locs of my own or opt to wear a wig. I may go back to styles I’m familiar with. Whatever I choose to do, the options have expanded, and while not perfect, the tension between my hair and Navy regulations has eased.

What do you think of the Navy’s new hair policy? Share your thoughts or thank the women who serve in the comments section below.


The beYOUtiful Life: Orange You Obsessed with this Nicki Minaj Hair Color

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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 gives us life!

It’s all pumpkin spice lattes, chunky knits, and jack-o-lanterns from here on out, and some people are expressing that more boldly than others. Nicki Minaj now has orange hair, and it’s going to inspire you to step up your own hair game this autumn.

 

 

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She posted the new look to her Instagram, sharing a series of video clips of her at the Queen Radio studio, right before she recorded the most recent sixth episode. (For those not in the know, Queen Radio is Minaj’s new radio show on Beats 1, which premiered earlier in August.) In the first clip, Minaj debuts her orange hair in a high half-pony, making a face like a Barbie, and moving around the camera to show different angles of her satin pink suit. The caption read #BarbieDreams, referencing one of the songs on her newest album, Queen.

Sitting in front of her pink “Queen Radio” sign and decked out all in pink and diamonds, the orange hair especially popped against the saturated rose colors.

Her hair was left in crimped waves, with the top half thrown into an I Dream of Jeannie-esque ponytail wrapped with a gold hair tie that helped it stay firmly up. The hue is a vibrant, neon orange shade that makes a bold statement.

But just because the rap icon changed her hair color doesn’t necessarily mean it will stay that shade for too long. Just a day later, Minaj posted another short video onto Instagram, where she was sitting in the back seat of a car with her black hair curling and her hoodie up, listening to some of her older tracks while on her way to her Philadelphia concert.

Having said that, the artist debuted another orange-tinged hair look at the actual show, wearing an ombre orange hairstyle that went well past her waist. It was bright yellow on top that faded into a fiery orange, proving that the sunset color palette is definitely in this season.

This also isn’t the first time that she donned neon orange hair, where she also played with the color back in 2010, just in a short, teased bob. Rocking lots of volume and curling in at the ends, it was a more retro take than her back-skimming locks eight years later.

Seeing how Minaj is known for her frequent hair changes, this bright orange look probably won’t stick around for too long, but it’s amazing to see while it lasts.

What do you think about Nicki Minaj’s orange hair color? Give it a fab or fair rating in the comments section of this post.  For a healthy hair opinion and a color that’s right for you, #AskKarlinesSalon – We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.


The beYOUtiful Life: Rihanna’s Short Bob

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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, Rihanna now has a bob for the end of summer. She’s chopping off all her hair for her and serving some major inspiration for all of her fans. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect hair inspiration to show your stylist, this is it.

Rihanna Short Bob

This is a pretty drastic change from the singer’s recent look. In case you don’t remember, Rihanna was just showing off waist-length hair the week before. There’s a good chance that the ultra-long hair was extensions, since she was seen with medium-length hair just weeks before that. Regardless, this bob is a whole lot shorter than it used to be.

Rihanna has been very busy on social media lately. When she’s not sharing Fenty Beauty makeup hacks or giving a sneak preview of her new lingerie, she’s apparently showing off new hair. The singer took to Instagram Stories to give a little hair flip to her new bob.

Rihanna’s hairstyle is a lot shorter than you’re used to seeing on her. The cut comes above her shoulders for a choppy, layered bob. This hairstyles looks gorgeous on her. But, then again, there aren’t too many hairstyles that don’t.

It’s not the first time that the star has rocked a super-short look though. A bob seems to be Rihanna’s go-to look. She’s constantly switching up her style from super long to super short and everything in-between. There’s no word on who chopped off all of her hair this time, but the stylist definitely knows what he or she is doing.

The singer is all about social media these days, so it only makes sense that she shared the first snap of the new hairstyle there. On top of showing fans her new bob, she also gave a full Fenty Beauty tutorial just days before. She showed her fans what the brand new Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette looked like in action. Plus she even gave away a tip to use Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks as lipstick.

Rihanna hasn’t been spotted anywhere else with her new hair style, as of July 26. So if you’re looking for a photo to show your hair stylist for inspiration, you’ll have to take a screenshot of her Instagram Stories.

What do you think about Rihanna’s short bob? Give it a fab or fair rating in the comments section of this post.  For a healthy hair opinion and a style that’s right for you, #AskKarlinesSalon – We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.


Hair Transformation Testimonies: The Journey from Relaxed to Natural

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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.

Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind

“I started experimenting with relaxers when I was 18 years old. I always wore my hair in curls, but the relaxer made them look looser. I stopped dyeing my hair when I was 35. My mother was prematurely gray, so after she passed, wearing my natural silver hair was a way to celebrate her life. But I didn’t stop using relaxers until seven years later. I loved the silki- ness of my hair when it was relaxed and how it allowed me to copy old-school hairstyles, like ’40s waves. …I did my first big chop and cut off all of the relaxed hair in 2010. …As my hair grew back, I realized that its texture had changed. It’d been 26 years since I’d seen it, and it wasn’t as thick or naturally coily anymore. I still get a little frustrated because my Afro doesn’t stand up as much as it did when I was younger. It kind of falls to the side, so I have to part it strategically. No one talks about what that’s like. But my hair is now the greatest expression of freedom in my life. Here I am, natural hair, Afro, silver. Let’s just embrace it all. I’m creating a new history for my daughters. Now I see them embracing their own natural textures; I love seeing that they’re free to live their authentic life.”

On Her Routine:
“When my hair is longer, I’ll twist or braid it and then take it out over the course of the week and let it get fuller and fuller. Right now, my hair is short, so it’s just wash and go…  When I jump out of the shower, I just put some argan oil in it. Sometimes I shape it with my fingers; sometimes I just run my fingers through it and that’s what it’s going to do for the day.”

Damaris Lewis

Model, New York City

Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind

“I started dancing when I was seven, which meant I was sweating a lot. Having a perm allowed me to go dance, sweat, and not have to get my hair done the next day. Wash and go, whatever that means for your hair type, could have worked just as well, but unfortunately that just wasn’t the standard of beauty. When you first start modeling, they give you a look, and my look was long extensions. It was nobody’s fault; when they met me, my hair had a perm, so they just heightened that straightness. And then one day, two years ago this month, I decided to stop wearing a weave. And this past February, I did the big chop. There is, however, a big misconception that natural hair is bouncy, curly, flowy hair. I thought I was going to wash my hair and have phenomenal bouncy curls, but that was not the case. I have very tight curls. But I love that it gives me the option to do whatever I want. This is my first summer being able to swim, to wash my hair, to just be free. I’ve never done that before. It’s going to be life-changing.”

On Her Routine:
“My friend has a company called Adeba Nature. She bottles African black soap and corn-kernel oil that she grows in her backyard in the Ivory Coast. It’s the best shampoo. And I mix two leave-in conditioners… and put them in my hair right after I wash it. If I have a meeting, I get my hair put into flexi-rods at the salon — I get elongated curls when they take them out. If not, I’ll put in a little almond oil, leave-in conditioner, Bantu-knot my hair, let it air-dry, then take it out the next day.

Kilee Hughes

Founder and CEO, Six One Agency, Los Angeles

Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind

“I went to a predominantly white school in Orange County, California. My brother and my sister and I were the only African-American kids. When you start to develop crushes, it’s on people like Timmy or Johnny. There was no DaQuan, you know what I mean? So of course I wanted to fit in, and that meant having straight hair. And I was one of five, so my mother was time-poor. Relaxing our hair was very much done with convenience in mind. Flatirons didn’t exist, so my mom pressed our hair as well. …Even as an adult, I did relaxers for many years. I only started rocking my natural hair four years ago, and it was not something I embraced at first. Transitioning is very tough. It’s very emotional. I had long, straight pieces that I tried to hold on to because I didn’t want to lose the length. It’s challenging to be in the corporate world and have natural, curly hair. Times are changing, but I’ve got big hair. …I still have some insecurities, but today I went to a big boardroom and wore my hair curly. I love my hair. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be wearing it.”

On Her Routine:
“I watch these YouTube videos by Curls and Couture, Avielle Amore, and Happycurlhappygirl, pause them, and run to the shower to attempt it. I use six to eight products in my hair routine. …I dry my hair with the Dyson. It was a big purchase, but it came highly recommended by black beauty editors as a way to speed up my routine and still have poppin’ curls. My hair still takes two hours to dry, so if my arm gets tired, I’ll prop it up on my computer. You gotta do what you gotta do!”

The women featured above are not alone in journey from relaxed to natural. According to the consumer research firm Mintel, 71% of black adults in the U.S. wore their hair naturally at least once in 2016.

If you’re inspired and motivated to make the transition, #AskKarlinesSalon for guidance and care of your natural hair journey. We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.

Share your hair journey in the comments section of this post.

 


Hair Trend Weigh In — The Mohawk

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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 heat can be very harmful to your hair, particularly if your hair falls within the “thick, black hair” category. The thickness of the hair makes the scalp more likely to heat up, causing heat damage to the hair, and leads to the possibility of dehydration.

To those problems, the Mohawk may very well be the solution. It is not only functional; it will set you apart from the crowd in any situation.

Hair Trends — Mohawks Making A Comeback?

The origin of the modern Mohawk is often attributed to the Filthy Thirteen — a military unit of 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the United States army — whose part Native-American leader Jake McNiece encouraged his troops to get the Mohawk haircuts and put on war paint as a morale-building exercise. Later, through the prevalence of pop and rock stars sporting the bold ‘do, the Mohawk became increasingly popular.

As with all trends, though, the popularity of the Mohawk has sometimes waned. But, with such celebrities as Jada Pinkett Smith, Keri Hilson and, of course, Bajan superstar Rihanna often opting for the edgy ‘do, its resulting resurgence was inevitable.

Because regular and careful shaving or trimming is required for the maintenance of the clean line between the shaved and unshaved (or short and longer) options, the style is sometimes considered high maintenance.

The Mohawk is highly touted for its versatility because it lends itself — pending preference — to a wide range of looks in varying styles and degrees of intricacy. And even if the cut or shave is not for you, variations of the faux hawk can serve as great alternatives. Today, Mohawks are customized with braids, curls, and, for added drama, fashioned in a kaleidoscope of colors.

If you’re looking to turn heads…, a bold hair statement might just be the perfect way to go about it. And, for now, at least, the Mohawk is quite possibly the loudest of… trends, and is a great way of averting some of the heat.

If you’re considering the Mohawk, consult with your hairstylist. Bring in pictures so that he/she can see what you have in mind. A few words of caution. The Mohawk is not a hair transformation to try at home. It requires the expertise and precision of a trained professional. Are you ready to rock the Mohawk?

To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away.


Hair Inspiration: Gabrielle Union’s Beautiful Natural Haircut

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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 a perspective on the process.

 

Hair Inspiration: Gabrielle Union\'s Beautiful Natural Hair Cut

Photo: Courtesy of Larry Sims

Most people experience a range of emotions before a big haircut: apprehension, excitement, and maybe even a little bit of regret. Gabrielle Union is not one of those people. “She asked me if I was nervous!” Larry Sims, her longtime hairstylist, tells Refinery29. (For the record, he wasn’t.)

Though the actress and author surprised us with her new haircut — a flippy, layered bob — in the wee hours of the night yesterday, it’s a style that she’d been wanting to do for quite some time. “Recently , Gabrielle was a little under the weather and is just coming out of it now. She said, ‘I want to feel new and fresh and do something we’ve never done before,'” Sims recalls. “And she wanted to go short on her actual natural hair.”

Now, of course, Union has had short hair before… but those were only wigs and weaves. To cut your actual hair is a little different, so Sims warned his friend and client very candidly. “Slapping on a wig isn’t the same,” he says. “A real cut requires maintenance and upkeep.”

Union wasn’t swayed: She had already been thinking of the change and came prepared with reference photos. One in particular was of Linda Evangelista, along with several shots of really good razor cuts done in Japan. With that imagery in mind, the stylist used an assortment of products from the Flawless by Gabrielle Union line, including a cocktail of the Hair Repair Masque, and Oil Treatment before her blowout. If you’re wondering why Sims straightened Union’s shoulder-length natural curls before the cut, he’s got a great reason. “When you wear your hair in its natural state, a curl-by-curl chop is better. But for me, I straighten it for a precision cut,” he explains.

As for the actual process, Union was as chill as can be. And with each snip, she grew comfortable with her new look. “We didn’t go super super short,” Sims says. “It is a chop — like three inches — and she’s never had her hair hug the back of her neck, done with the razors. Even with that, she didn’t freak out. At all.” Union’s zen way of thinking is how Sims suggests everyone should be when it comes to switching things up. “It’s just hair!” he says. “And the summer is the perfect time for a haircut like this. You don’t have to worry about wearing a hot wig on your head.”

 


Ready for a big chop or regular trim? #AskKarlinesSalon, your local sanctuary for healthy hair. Make an appointment today.


The beYOUtiful Life: Hair Notes from the 2018 BET Awards

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In this edition of The beYOUtiful Life, let’s flashback to the 2018 BET Awards with a few hair notes and observations.

 

Big, bright hair color won at the 2018 BET Awards

 

 

 

Every year, black women and men illuminate the BET Awards red carpet with an array of gorgeous beauty looks, and this year, vibrant hair colors were all the rage. From Blac Chyna’s silver waves to Nicki Minaj’s tie-dye strands, hairstyles showed off a burst of hues in different textures and lengths. Scroll through to see the coolest and most colorful hair at the 2018 BET Awards.

 

 

 

Then, there was the long ponytail that swayed and slayed.  We were still fawning over Tiffany Haddish’s wavy, waist-length ponytail at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, when those at the 2018 BET Awards, knocked this most basic hairstyle out of the park.

Tiffany Haddish at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

The comedian hosted the night’s event – but her wavy, waist-length ponytail was no joke.

 

Long Ponytails Of All Textures Ruled The BET Awards Red Carpet

Sorry, Oscars – but the BET Awards are one of our favorite carpets of the year. It’s not every show that you get to see Michael B. Jordan and BlocBoy JB under the same roof, you know? And you damn sure won’t see Anita Baker and Nicki Minaj brush shoulders anywhere else, either.

Some of our very favorites from the 2018 BET Awards were the natural hair and protective styles that are just perfect for summer days and sleepless nights in South Florida. Skim some of the photos in the article below. You’ll fall in love with Logan Browning’s faux locs and Amandla Stenberg’s rainbow braid.

The Best Natural & Protective Styles At The 2018 BET Awards

There’s a reason why you’ll see the BET Awards referred to as a family reunion of sorts: It’s the one awards show where the brown and Black faces that star in our favorite movies and music videos come together for a glorious night of celebrating us being us.

 

And then there’s Lakeith Stanfield, known for his roles in the film Get Out and the TV series Atlanta. There’s nothing we can say, except FAIL.

“Atlanta” Star Lakeith Stanfield Wears A Wig To BET Awards, But This Isn’t The 1st Time [Photos] – theJasmineBRAND

Folks can’t get enough of Lakeith Stanfield’s new look on the BET Awards red carpet. The “Get Out” and “Atlanta” actor appeared on the red carpet wearing a black wig pulled into two pigtails and barrettes to bring the entire look together.

What are your best and worst hair picks from the 2018 BET Awards? Drop a shout-out or shout-down on Twitter with the hashtag: #AskKarlinesSalon

 

 

 


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