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Back2Basics: Summertime Care for Relaxed Hair


  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 Read more

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 Read more

Hair Inspiration: Gabrielle Union's Beautiful Natural Haircut


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 Read more

The beYOUtiful Life: Hair Notes from the 2018 BET Awards


In this edition of The beYOUtiful Life, let's flashback to the 2018 BET Awards with a few hair notes and observations.         Every year, black women and men illuminate the BET Awards red carpet with an array of gorgeous beauty looks, Read more

7 Tips to Prevent Hair Breakage


  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 Read more

Now Showing in all of its Glory: Natural Hair on TV


Now showing in all its glory, natural hair on television.  Mashable takes a look at what eight shows are doing to positively promote natural hair. In this post, let's take a look at four of our favorites. Shows like 'This Read more

Protective Styles to Survive The Heat


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 Read more

Hair Education: Advice to a Mom of a Daughter with 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 Read more

Finishing Tips for a Great Hair Day


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,  time and space Read more

FORMULA 18: Healthy Hair on the Fast Track


What if there was a treatment that offered long-term protection, strengthened the hair fiber and created a smoother appearance? There is, and it's FORMULA 18, F18 for short, developed by Enjoy Hair Care. We at Karline's Salon like to Read more

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

 

 

 


Now Showing in all of its Glory: Natural Hair on TV

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What 8 shows are doing to positively promote natural hairNow showing in all its glory, natural hair on television.  Mashable takes a look at what eight shows are doing to positively promote natural hair. In this post, let’s take a look at four of our favorites.

Shows like ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Insecure’ are changing the way natural hair is depicted on mainstream television. We’re seeing an emergence of leading ladies on television showing off natural hairstyles and it’s about damn time. For years, women of color have been challenging the societal norms around “professional hair” in the workplace, schools, and pop culture. The Cosby Show, A Different World, and Living Single are a few past shows that set the stage for popular black hairstyles to make their way onto current sitcoms and dramas.

Now more than ever, powerful characters are showing off their natural hair on TV shows and continue to break through negative connotations that have followed black hair for years.

1. This Is Us‘s Beth Pearson & her daughters

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Beth Pearson (Susan Kelechi Watson) showcases different natural hairstyles from braids to curls on the show. Pearson’s daughters represent how black hair plays a pivotal role with the younger generation.

2. Insecure‘s Issa Dee

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Issa Dee (Issa Rae) opens the door to prove 4C hair type has the same opportunities to be creative as any other hair type.

Issa Rae’s HBO show represents many experiences black women face, so it’s no surprise different hair types are featured throughout the series. Issa Rae has type 4 hair, according to the universal hair chart that categorizes hair types by texture and density through numbers and letters (i.e. 2A is wavy hair, while 4C is thicker hair). Rae embracing her type 4 hair helps dismantle negative views against women with thicker, shorter hair.

3. Game of Thrones‘ Missandei

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Missandei (Natalie Emmanuel) is just one of the few characters of color and the only person to showcase natural curly hair on the show.

While we all gush over Daenerys’ long white hair, Cersie’s pixie cut, or even Jon Snow’s luxurious curls, we should also praise Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel). She may be a minor character to some, but Missandei has made a significant breakthrough as being a translator and confidant to the Queen. She’s not only one of the few characters of color, but she also has had the opportunity to wear her curls on screen while portraying Missandei.

4. Atlanta’s Vanessa Keefer

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Vanessa Keefer (Zazie Beetz) plays on-and-off girlfriend to Earn (Donald Glover).

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discover how popular Atlanta has become in the last three years. Donald Glover’s FX series has received praised (and a ton of awards) for the portrayal of his characters and how they navigate in and around their lives in Atlanta. Glover didn’t waste time showcasing the importance of protecting, working, and maintaining black hair in the first episode of the series. Vanessa (Zazie Beetz) removing her headscarf and showing her hair in twists seems normal for many women of color, but it was still a big deal for viewers of the show.

May these shows motivate others to continue representation of diverse hairstyles on television.

 

#AskKarlinesSalon  about natural hairstyles and specials. We’re just a call or click away. Here’s to healthy and happy hair.


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.


The Undercut

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What’s old is new and in again! That’s the story with the undercut, a style the beauty blog POPSUGAR acknowledged has long been rocked by women of color and names one of the trendiest of the year. It’s a style for every hair type, texture, and length that adds flair, flavor, and fun at every angle.

Some refer to the undercut as a hair tattoo because, over the years, it has become far more than a close-cropped sectional haircut. This type of cut has evolved into pure hair artistry with creative designs and precision angles. It can be subtle, over-the-top, sophisticated, classic, modern, or downright edgy. You can go RiRi-style, Halle-style or your style. Either way, the undercut is both delicious and daring at the same time.

Here’s a look at some of our favorites rocking the undercut, several cuts we love, and a few reasons why the style is taking the beauty and fashion industries by storm.

If you’re considering the undercut, consult with your hairstylist. Bring in pictures so that he/she can see what you have in mind. A few words of caution. The undercut 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 undercut? Vote in our poll below.

To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away. Here’s to healthy and happy hair.

Karline Ricketts

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Mane-ly on Monday: Inspired by K. Michelle

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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.

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.

Read the entire article at essence.com

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.

Have a great week!!

Karline


Hair Trend Weigh In: The Half-Updo

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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.

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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!

Read the article at TheHairstyler.com.

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?

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To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away. Here’s to healthy and happy hair!
Karline Ricketts
Master Stylist and CEO

 

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Beyonce Photo via prettydesigns.com


What if You Want a Silk Press?

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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.

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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.


Hair Trend Weigh In: The Pixie Cut

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The Pixie Cut is a hairstyle that is usually very short and tight on the back and sides of the head and slightly longer in the front. It’s a resurgence of style made popular more than 40 years ago by the likes of screen legends and supermodels.

This hairstyle is great for both old school and new school. In fact, Allure Magazine names the Pixie Cut as one of the ten best haircuts for women in their 50s.” It’s easy to maintain and you can dress it up or down. Add a little color and Boom Shakalaka! Here are two of our favs rocking a Pixie. Weigh-in on this hair trend, who wears it better, Tyra or Monica? Vote in the Hair Trend Weigh In poll below the picture.

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So if you’re considering a Pixie Cut, here are a few suggestions for your hair transformation:

  • Consult with your hair stylist. Bring in pictures so that the stylist can see what you have in mind.
  • Avoid scheduling your cut on a Friday evening or Saturday, which tend to be a salon’s busiest times. You don’t want your stylist to be rushed. [Source: fashionista.com]
  • Don’t cut if you’re emotional, not thinking clearly or unwilling to wait months before returning to your original length.

 

Just for hair fun, why not try a virtual Pixie Cut, courtesy of In Style Magazine online. You can use a virtual model or upload your own photo (visit this link to register and use the app). We did it with Melissa Ormsby, a Karline’s Salon stylist and Transformation Thursday specialist. We gave her the Viola Davis Pixie. Now, she can get away with anything!

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To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away. Here’s to your healthy and happy hair!

Karline Ricketts

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