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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

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


... 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 Read more

A Shot of HydraTriplex


Karline's Salon clients love the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger product line and the new HydraTriplex Treatment is yet another reason why. The treatment restores moisture and makes the hair 82 percent softer and more manageable. The professional application Read more

The Guiding Principles of Healthy Hair Care


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics.  Whatever your hair type and texture, review the five principles of healthy hair care: cleansing, daily moisturizing, regular deep conditioning, low manipulation/protective styling, and nightly Read more

How Mean is Chlorine?


How mean is chlorine? In a nutshell, very, especially when you live in the South Florida tropical paradise where the pool is your playground.  Chlorine is a bully and can wreak havoc on natural, color or chemically-treated (think relaxed) Read more

Mane-ly on Monday: Summer Hair Maintenance


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 Read more

The Undercut


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 Read more

Super Foods for Healthy Hair and Skin


Karline's Salon Note: We all know how eating what's right contributes to overall health, but take a look at the list of 30 super foods for healthy hair and skin.  You'll see some surprises, as well as, recipes for Read more

Mane-ly on Monday: Healthy Hair is Good Hair, Period!


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 Read more

Mane-ly on Monday: Thank U Prince


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 Read more

Mane-ly on Monday: Healthy Hair is Good Hair, Period!

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Mane-ly Monday Karline Ricketts

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:  trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment, and more. As I reflect and recharge, I must confess that I am one hand in and one hand out of Beyonce’s latest release, Lemonade – all because of the lyric, “Better call Becky with the good hair.”  I’m not stirring controversy. In fact, I consider myself to be a member of the Beyhive and love Beyonce’s artistry, fierceness, and fabulousness. Further, I am in total awe of how she surrounds herself with courageous and amazing women and girls, including Sabrina Fulton and Leslie McSpadden (mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, respectively), Serena Williams, Quvenzhané Wallis, Zendaya, Winnie Harlow, Amandla Stenberg, and more.  That said, we must stop, I repeat STOP, perpetuating hair stereotypes.  It’s divisive and harmful.  Good hair is healthy hair, no matter the type or texture.  Now, let’s change up the lyrics and sing “Better call Karline’s for the healthy hair!

Here are a couple of perspectives on the notion of good hair.

 

 

I encourage you to start a conversation, particularly with our children.  Empower them to be bold and confident.  Teach them self-esteem and to embrace their unique beauty, inside and out.  And when it comes to our hair, we all need to free our minds, so that the rest will follow.  Sorry Bey, but this is the tune I’m humming today.

 

Join our chorus, make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.

Have a great week!!

Karline

PS:  For more “tea” on Lemonade, I highly recommend the article, Beyoncé’s Lemonade and the Undeniable Power of a Black Woman’s Vulnerability, featured on vulture.com.


Mane-ly on Monday: Thank U Prince

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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 more. As I reflect and recharge, I want to say publicly, Thank U Prince!   Like many of you, the untimely transition of this musical genius hit me like a ton of bricks.  His music could have been the soundtrack for so many of our lives, and his influence on the hair and fashion industries gave me inspiration. He even made what would become the KS Satin StyleGuard look sexy.  For as much as Prince changed his hair, it was always a reminder of the freedom we enjoy to express ourselves.

Thank U Prince – A Life Well-lived

Thank U Prince for Contributions to the Hair Industry

 

Thank U Prince for the Music

Prince wrote and performed (with Sheena Easton) the song, U Got the Look.  Let it be your anthem to love your hair and a reminder to make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy hair.  Thank U Prince!

Have a great week!!

Karline


Mane-ly on Monday: No Harm – No Foul

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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 more. As I reflect and recharge, I wanted to share a few of my favorite posts on the Karline’s Salon social network streams. I’ll call this list, No Harm – No Foul, for the articles that link to the posts range on topics from harmful hair product ingredients to how to tell others to keep their hands out of your perfectly coiffed style.

Why this post makes the cut: The ingredients in hair care products matter. Sulfates and parabens can do more harm than good for healthy hair.  Don’t be fooled by the claims of full lather, sweet smells and long-lasting. Always consult with your hair care professional or #AskKarlinesSalon for products that are right for your hair texture and type.

Why this post makes the cut: We all know the benefits of milk for healthy bones, but it can also help with healthy hair growth. The article linked to this post provides a couple of ways to use milk in your hair maintenance routines.

 

What if Wednesday: Smoothing Treatment Alternatives #AskKarlinesSalon #WisdomWednesday http://ow.ly/YbLXD

Posted by Karline's Salon on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Why this post makes the cut: To be quite frank, duh, we wrote it. Subtle plugs aside, there are alternatives to relaxers and thermal reconditioning to tame your curls, control frizz and make your hair more manageable without using chemicals that change the structure of your hair or having to wait months to grow out the application.

Why this post makes the cut: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women, and more than 40 percent of African Americans have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. We encourage clients, staff and friends to learn more about heart disease. We can take good care of your hair but you must take good care of you.

Why this post makes the cut: We just love this comeback when someone tries it:

This hair is the work of blood, sweat, and tears, and a whole lot of money. Let’s not ruin it with your hands, okay?

Follow Karline’s Salon on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for article links or to share our favorite posts.
Have a great week!

Salon Etiquette and Hair Expectations: It Takes 2

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This year marks Karline’s Salon’s 20th year of service in Palm Beach County, FL. Over the next 12 months, we’ll look back, but will primarily focus on the future of great hair. In this post, I’d like to get to the root of the salon experience, the intersection of where standards and expectations meet the realities of the hairstylist-client relationship. In other words, “Salon Etiquette – It Takes 2 to Make Your Hair Outta Sight!”

I’m old school, in a sense, so when I started thinking about tips for an excellent hairstylist-client relationship, the Rob Base-DJ EZ Rock song, It Takes Two, came to mind (see the video at the end of this post). My standards and your expectations are more often in sync, but there are times when we could all use a reality check. I am going out on a “strand” to address them here.

I’ve heard and firmly believe the following description of the hairstylist-client relationship, courtesy of Paula’s Choice Skincare of Seattle WA, to be true:

A woman’s relationship with her hairstylist can be like her relationship with a significant other: When things are going well, the woman is wildly happy, blissfully in love, and feels beautiful; but when things go wrong, life is a disaster, and she doesn’t know what to do.

The bond between us should be like any successful relationship, wrapped in trust, honesty, communication and understanding. It’s not easy being in or behind the chair. Sometimes the relationship is complicated (you say “don’t cut,” we say “trim for healthy growth”), and a transformation takes time, patience, and a leap of faith.

In honor of our milestone anniversary, here are my top 20 standards and expectations for a successful hairstylist-client relationship:

Standards to Expect from the Karline’s Salon Team:

1.  To always be courteous and considerate on the phone and in person.

2.  Acknowledgement and greeting the moment you walk into Karline’s Salon.

3.  Respect for your time; to explain any delays in service and to offer to reschedule if you are unable to wait.

4.  Discussion of your hair desires and an explanation of how to achieve them.

5.  Healthy hair education; to explain the service and products for your hair type and condition.

6.  An explanation of service pricing.

7.  A relaxing environment, where the focus is on you. Our team members are instructed to excuse themselves and leave the floor for personal calls and breaks.

8.  To practice what we preach and to present a professional appearance from head to toe.

9.  To provide a clean and safe environment: equipment, tools and workstations.

10. To respect your opinion and to “make it right” if there’s the slightest bit of dissatisfaction.

In return, Karline’s Salon has expectations too, and asks you to:

11. Give the salon a courtesy call if you are unable to make your appointment.

12. Call the salon to reschedule your appointment If you will be more than 15 minutes late.

13. Be honest about hair services performed at home or by others; as well as over -the-counter products you’ve used on your hair.

14. Bring pictures of the haircuts and styles you admire and ask your stylist to explain what’s possible, realistic or steps to achieve the look.

15. Commit to a care regimen for healthy hair. Discuss with your stylist a maintenance schedule and what to do in between appointments.

16. Give the stylist and salon the opportunity to “make it right” if you are unhappy with your service.

17. Show your appreciation with a gratuity if you are pleased with your service. The traditional gift for a hairstylist is 10-20 percent of your bill. Use your discretion for others who may have assisted your stylist with prep, shampoo or blow drying. Remember you are not obligated to tip if service is below your expectation, but at the very least, discuss your concerns with the salon manager or owner.

18. Refrain from using electronics while a stylist or assistant works on your hair and scalp.

19. Only bring children who have an appointment for service. Because of the chemicals and tools we use, the salon is not an environment for children.

20. If you have any health conditions, allergies, or are taking medications, let your stylist know so that he/she only uses products and delivers services that will not interfere with your medical care.  

I’d like to know how we’re doing in meeting your expectations. Please take a moment to participate in the Karline’s Salon 2016 Annual Survey.


In the meantime, here’s “It Takes Two, ” the song I just can’t get out of my head. “Hit it!”

Have a great hair day!

Karline Ricketts

Expectations vs Reality Photo credit: bjornmeansbear via Foter.com / CC BY-SA


Mane-ly on Monday: Nothing Less than Extraordinary

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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 more. As I reflect and recharge, this week starts where last week ended – motivated by a client’s social media posting on her Karline’s Salon experience.

Kimberly’s post is more than a testimonial; it is a reminder of what the late Maya Angelou said about being your best self:

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.

Behind the chair, our mission is to provide superior service with passion and urgency, while promoting continued education to you, our customer. We work hard to exceed your expectations and every day we work even harder to make Karline’s Salon your sanctuary for healthy and happy hair. Your questions are always welcome, and feedback truly appreciated. We can’t thank you enough for trusting the care of your hair to our hands. Our commitment is to deliver a salon experience that is nothing less than extraordinary.

Have a great week!!

Karline


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


Mane-ly on Monday: The Asymmetrical Bob

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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 our collective observations and opinions on all things hair: the trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment and experience. This week, let’s look at one of the trendiest styles of 2015, the asymmetrical bob. In this type of style, the hair is cut in such a way that the hair does not have left-right symmetry and one side is cut or appears to be longer than the other (Source: Wikipedia).

According to herinterest.com, the asymmetrical bob is the “it” style this year.

The asymmetrical bob is in trend this year. Whether it’s short, medium-length or long, the hairstyle has conquered the hearts of many top-tier celebrities. Singers, models, and actresses are rocking the asymmetrical bob this season. The haircut is incredibly stylish, cool, and beneficial to women with all face sizes.

Actress Lorraine Toussaint rocked an asymmetrical bob at the 2015 Critics Choice Television Awards and looked fabulous!

Photo via Hype Hair

Photo via Hype Hair

Model Chanel Iman was the bomb with the asymmetrical bob at the Golden Heart Awards.

Photo via Styles Weekly

Photo via Styles Weekly

So are you ready to rock the asymmetrical bob? Vote in our poll.

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

Karline Ricketts

 


Is Your Easter Bonnet Harmful for Your Hair?

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KS Easter Hats-1The Easter bonnet is steeped in history, tradition and culture. However, for obvious reasons, we hair stylists, “artists,” have a love-hate relationship with hats. In fact, it pains us to see our masterful work under cover. Think about it, would you visit a museum to see all of its artifacts under a cloth? How would you feel if you were an actor giving the performance of your life without an audience, or if you paid top dollar for tickets to see your favorite band and they played behind a curtain? Hair under a hat is like the air we breathe – you cannot see it. Our feelings aside, there are times, circumstances and occasions that you will choose a hat over your hairdresser’s ego. Therefore, we are not going to rain on your parade or spoil the best of your Sunday best to tell you not to wear a hat.   But we’d be remiss if we did not remind you that a hat is an accessory, and healthy hair is a necessity. So in the name of all things fashion, let us celebrate millinery (women’s hats) and how to wear them responsibly so that it does not damage your hair.

Photo credit: istolethetv / Foter / CC BY

Photo credit: istolethetv / Foter / CC BY

The History of the Easter Bonnet

The history of the Easter bonnet goes back farther than many of us realize. Easter Bonnets even go farther back in time than Easter itself. The first bonnets, usually a circle of leaves and flowers, symbolized the cycle of the seasons and the coming of Spring. The Christian holiday of Easter celebrates new life and rebirth with pure and new clothing. Later on in history came the “Sunday of Joy,” the Easter after the end of the Civil War. This day allowed mothers and daughters to come out of mourning dawning pastel colors and incorporating the spring flowers. The 1870’s marked the beginning of the Easter Parade in New York. The Easter Parade allowed women to proudly show off their new spring clothing and Easter Bonnets.

The Easter fashion traditions are still alive today, celebrated among the young and old. Easter bonnets come in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Easter bonnets often mark the beginning of many people’s love of hats. Their beauty is well known and admired. They still symbolize new life in the coming of spring, warm weather and religious celebrations.

By Anne Kreke
Read the original post at Hats and Veils.

The Modern Day Bonnet

The New York City Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival along Fifth Avenue is one of the nation’s most celebrated traditions and traces its roots back to the 1870s. Let’s fast forward to the 2000s to admire some of the event’s most festive creations.

We cannot deny the strong, spiritual, year-round devotion to hats. On any given Sunday in many African American churches, you’ll find a creation, perhaps the work of a local millinery like LA’s Leola Speed, that will make you want to stand up and shout: Best in Show.

Wear Hats Responsibly!

So, should you choose to rock a hat for style, fun, convenience or shade (from the sun, not to throw an insult), do so in a way that maintains the health of your hair. Here are a few tips to wear a hat responsibly:

  • Use a daily moisturizer to prevent frizz and static caused by dryness.
  • Ask your stylist for about products that build volume because a hat will push your hair down and flatten your style.
  • Style your hair a bit fuller than you normally would before you put on a hat to keep some of the volume when you take it off.
  • Never put a hat on your wet hair. Doing so may cause tension, breakage and the ultimate case of hat head when the hair is dry.
  • Give your hair room to breathe. Wearing a tight hat causes the hair to get greasy at the roots but dry at the ends. When the hat rubs against dry hair, it may cause it to break. A tight hat will put pressure on your head (it should feel comfortable and not pressed against your head), crush your curls and make your scalp sweat, making the situation worse.
  • Wear a satin cap or scarf underneath your hat to prevent your hair from breaking and dryness and to preserve your hairstyle.
  • Look for hats with a satin or silk lining.
  • Straw hats should be tightly woven and smooth. If the straw is loose and sticks out of the hat, it will easily pull on the hair, making it break. If the weave of the straw isn’t tight enough, sun will shine through it and minimize the UV protection of the hat.

For more information, check out the links below or #AskKarlinesSalon. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.

Wearing Hats With Natural Hair for Minimal Damage – Visit this link.

Wearing Hats with Natural Hair – Visit this link.

Does Wearing Hats Have Any Effect on Hair Health? – Visit this link.

 


Karline’s Salon Rocks the Pink Carpet

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Karline Ricketts and Vanessa Battle-Robinson

Over the weekend, we were tickled pink to support fellow stylists of Salon Voila in its first ever Pink Strydes Affair, a fashion show and fundraiser for breast cancer awareness.

This inaugural event, held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center and mc-ed by comedienne and actress Coco Brown (Jennifer in Tyler Perry’s TBS sitcom For Better or Worse), celebrated local breast cancer survivors and featured fashions from Ashley Stewart, Pink Me Life, The House of Lirasaintt and M-2.

Karline’s is proud to say that a bit of hair competition is good, but when it comes to the health of our community, we’re in this fight together. We congratulate Vanessa Battle- Robinson (pictured right in the photo with Karline Ricketts) , Salon Voila’s owner and breast cancer survivor.

 

                                

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month caps another year of raising awareness, we recommend the following links to keep those who care involved and those who need support engaged.

American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Click here to make a pledge to support participants in the 10/27/12 walk beginning at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton.

This is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about steps we can take to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Each step you take is personal, and together we can help turn this walk into a victory lap!

American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better

This program in West Palm Beach teaches women in active cancer treatment ways to deal with the appearance-related side effects of treatment. This program is offered jointly by the American Cancer Society, Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the National Cosmetology Association. Click here for the program schedule.


KS Week in Review: Back to School with a New Do

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Last week, Karline’s Salon partnered with the nonprofit program Bridges at West Palm Beach to provide local students with a new hair healthy look for school. We pampered and primped more than 15 students to give them the confidence to look their best while doing their best in the coming school year.

Bridges is a program of the Children’s Home Society of Florida and the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, offering several locations -like a community hub- for families to access services and support. The program connects residents with resources so that more children are born healthy, remain free from abuse and neglect, ready for kindergarten and are on grade level by the end of third grade.    

To learn more about Bridges, click here.

Take advantage of Karline’s Salon Back to School special, which offers a 10 percent discount on services through August 30, 2012.  Call 561-471-0900 to schedule an appointment and present the coupon to your servicer.   To view, download or print the coupon, click here.

Healthy Hair is Happy Hair,

Karline Ricketts


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