Hair Styles

Hair Gear Review: The Straightening Brush


Someone just had to #AskKarlinesSalon about a straightening brush. For the record, our recommendation is to avoid heated styling tools altogether. Instead, visit the salon every two weeks and use a satin hair protector at night to preserve your Read more

The beYOUtiful Life: Hair Notes from the 2019 BET Awards


The 2019 BET Awards celebration was one for the record books, and when it comes to hair, we must say, "they came to slay." Here are a few hair notes and observations. Lizzo Lizzo's natural hair is the "Glow-up!" If you Read more

Hair Flick Pick: On Her Own Ground


The "mane (main) attraction" that has everyone talking right now is the much-anticipated Netflix flick, "On Her Own Ground," based on the life of Madam C.J. Walker. Octavia Spencer, the Academy Award-winning actor, will star as the trailblazing Madam Read more

Hair Story: Dads, Daughters, & a Whole Lotta Love


This hair story is about Hair Love, an animated short film and picture book by Matthew A. Cherry with illustrations by Vashti Harrison. Hair Love is a celebration of dads, daughters, love, and natural hair. Cherry, a former NFL Read more

Hair Chat: Repair and Protect Hair Treatments


Let's have a hair chat about two treatments that are changing the game for hair repair and protection. Olaplex is a professional treatment designed to strengthen hair damaged by excessive bleach, perms, relaxers, and/or heat styling. It restores compromised hair Read more

What if Your Hair Hates Humidity?


Let's have a hairversation about humidity and what to do on those days when our curls droop, shrink, or  frizz. The following excerpts, originally published by Reader's Digest, may provide a few solutions. As you can guess, the water in Read more

Hair Gear Review: The Microfiber Towel


In between salon visits, if you wash your hair at home, you may want to ditch the t-shirt and consider stocking up on a few microfiber towels to dry your hair. Two divas describe why they made the switch Read more

Sweet as Honey Balayage


  Let's have a hairversation about balayage and one of our favorite shades, honey balayage.  It's sweet, warm, glowing, and gorgeous. Don't confuse balayage, a seamless blend, with ombre, a clear fade line between colors. Elle Magazine describes balayage as the Read more

Back 2 Basics: Tea Tree for Healthy Hair


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics.  Whatever your hair type and texture, Karline's Salon gives an A+ to the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Collection, shampoos, conditioners, and nourishing oils for healthy Read more

Women's History Month 2019: Hometown Heroes


There is no better way to celebrate Women's History Month 2019 than to shine the spotlight on some of our fantastic clients. The women on this year's list is by no means complete and we look forward to featuring Read more

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

 

Title Graphic Image: Matías Garrido Hollstein / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA
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.

Here’s more on the silk press:

 

When you’re ready to give the silk press a try, make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.


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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What if You Want to Rock a Wig?

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What if you want to wear a wig? We can help with that! There are several reasons to wear a wig; ranging from convenience to necessity (health, hair thinning or promotion of hair growth) to style. Whatever your reason, a licensed cosmetologist can help you with the right wig look, fit, and maintenance; as well as, how to keep your own hair healthy while wearing a wig. In the meantime and before you go under cover, here are a few tips and tricks, do’s and don’ts, and options to consider.
At Karline’s Salon, stylist Ashley Wright specializes in wigs and weaves. For more information or to schedule a consultation, Ashley welcomes your call (561-471-0900) and inquiries (ashley@karlines.com).

Mane-ly on Monday: Detangling the Hair Debate

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Mane: a reference to hair
Monday: the second day of a hair professional’s weekend

Even on a stylist’s day off, she – that would be me – is still thinking about your hair! Welcome to my Mane-ly Monday, a time and space for collective observations and opinions on all things hair: the trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment and experience. This week, I want to add my two cents to an article I read entitled The Hair Debate. Here’s the excerpt that managed to ruffle my edges:

Hair has always been held in high regard.  Luscious and thick, silky and smooth – our hair defines us in more ways than we know.  But there have always been sides taken when it comes to African American hair.

At the center of the debate is relaxed versus natural hair.

The article goes into further detail on how to achieve both styles and acknowledges the amazing versatility of African American hair.

As a multicultural salon owner, hair professional and educator for nearly 20 years in West Palm Beach, let me detangle this debate. It is not a matter of relaxed versus natural. It is a debate, or as some clients would say, a struggle with proper care and maintenance. Whatever your type, texture or style preference and whatever your journey: relaxed, natural, weaves, extensions or wigs, the goal must be healthy hair. That is why I do what I do!

Read The Hair Debate at Vagaro.com and vote in our poll below to let me know what strand you stand on. Here’s to a great week of healthy and happy hair!

Karline


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