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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 Read more

KS News Desk: Hair Products and Toxic Chemicals


From the Karline's Salon news desk, there's a ticker tape of articles on toxic chemicals found in many popular hair products. A cautionary and true study of what you put on your hair may be harmful to your health. Read more

Hair Story: Maya Rudolph


Maya Rudolph is one heck of an actor and comedian. Remember her "on-point" SNL impersonation of Donatella Versace, hilarious bridal salon scene in Bridesmaids, or tender moments in Away We Go? But beyond the screen, Maya, the daughter of Read more

Hair Flick Pick: ‘Nappily Ever After’ On Netflix


The "mane (main) attraction" that has everyone talking right now is the Netflix comedy-drama, Nappily Ever After. It's our pick for a hair flick for two reasons. One, it stars actor Sanaa Lathan of The Best Man, Love and Read more

Hair Trend Weigh In: Autumn-Inspired Color


Not that it makes a difference to those of us who live in South Florida's tropical paradise, but the fall season is here, and as the saying goes, life's too short to have boring hair. Now, let's go with the Read more

Back2Basics: What's Your Hair Type?


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for an elementary lesson on hair type. Review the following strands of thought to understand your type of hair. Hairstylist Andre Walker is responsible for the Read more

Never Have You Ever Tried a Mayonnaise Hair Mask?


  Never have you ever tried a mayonnaise hair mask? There are a few strands of thought on this do-it-yourself mixture for hair moisture, frizz reduction, strength, growth, and yikes, lice treatment. A mayonnaise hair mask is touted as an alternative Read more

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


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 Read more

Transformation Day: The Benefits Of Flaxseed Oil For Hair!


According to registered dietitian and healthline.com contributor, Rachael Link, flaxseeds provide many health benefits and flaxseed oil, made from flaxseeds that have been ground and pressed to release their natural oil, has a wide variety of uses, ranging from Read more

The beYOUtiful Life: Rihanna's Short Bob


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, Read more

Hair Story: Maya Rudolph

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Hair Story-Maya Rudolph

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Maya Rudolph is one heck of an actor and comedian. Remember her “on-point” SNL impersonation of Donatella Versace, hilarious bridal salon scene in Bridesmaids, or tender moments in Away We Go? But beyond the screen, Maya, the daughter of record producer Richard Rudolph and songstress extraordinaire the late Minnie Riperton, has a hair story that will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate our hair diversity.

Maya Rudolph Opens Up About Her Struggle With Natural Hair In The Comedy World

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.

In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, Rudolph opened up about the struggle of being mixed-race in the sketch comedy world, and the jokes it led to at her expense.

“My hair was natural when I started Saturday Night Live, but it was so thick to get under the wigs,” Rudolph explained. Because of this, she had to set aside “several hours a week” to change its texture, which turned into a weekly blow-out appointment with the hair department.

“[The blow-dry station] was on the same hallway as a lot of the dudes’ dressing rooms. And every [expletive] Friday night, we’d hear some [expletive] white guy walking down the hall going, ‘Is something burning in here? What’s burning?’” Rudolph said. “I’m like — ‘I’m. Get-ting. My. Hair. Done.’”

She also reflected on her pre-SNL days, which weren’t any better in terms of how others viewed her hair. “Every time I’d work, they’d be like, ‘I really don’t — like, can I touch? — I really don’t know what to do with your hair.’ They would just say the most awful, disgusting things,” she said.

Unfortunately, Rudolph’s experiences aren’t isolated incidents. According to the “Good Hair” study, “a majority of people, regardless of race and gender, hold some bias towards women of color based on their hair.” Key findings also showed that Black women suffer more anxiety around hair issues, spend more money on hair care than any other racial group, and are almost twice as likely to feel pressure to straighten their hair.

Like Rudolph, women of color shouldn’t feel forced to conform to a beauty standard that suppresses their cultural roots in order to be accepted at work. Nor should they have to endure ignorant comments and “jokes” — someone else’s hair should be the least of anyone’s concerns.

If you enjoyed Maya’s curl confession or have one to share, we welcome your feedback in the comments section of this post. We also remind you to #AskKarlinesSalon about the proper care for all types and texture of hair. We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.


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

 

 

 


Finishing Tips for a Great Hair Day

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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,  time and space for collective observations and opinions on all things hair:  trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment and more. As I reflect, recharge, and review the book for the week ahead, may my hair muse, music, and finishing tips for a great hair day motivate you, too.

Let’s start with you, and these finishing tips to maintain the health and style of your hair until your next appointment.  In the morning, nourish and moisturize your hair. The product recommended and available at Karline’s Salon is Enjoy Hair Care‘s Nourishing and Moisturizing Oil.

It is a luxurious blend of premium oils that revitalize, restore, seal, enhance shine and smoothness to the hair. We frequently feature this product as our product of the month, so follow Karline’s Salon to snag a significant discount.

At night, protect your hair with satin. Satin is one of the best-kept secrets of at-home hair care for all types and textures. It is an investment you will not regret. Unlike other fabrics, such as cotton and wool, satin maintains the hair’s natural moisture, prevents breakage and reduces frizz.  It is a smooth fabric that does not pull or tangle the strands of the hair.

Satin Pillowcase for Hair Protection – Truth or Myth?

A lot of people don’t even realize how much can depend on the kind of pillow they sleep on but don’t worry if you are one of them because now is the time for you to find out the truth.

So toss the uncomfortable rollers, pins and harmful bandanas.  Wrap your hair in our satin StyleGuard or lay your head on a KS Satin Pillowcase. Head over to the KS Hair Care Shop for more product information.

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The KS Satin StyleGuard

Now, here’s my hair muse for the week.  I am crushing on pink and have been since I transformed this client’s color over the summer. In fact, recently Refinery 29 proclaimed, Wear One Color In 2018, Make It Pink! Read the article here.

And my music motivation, another MICK re-mix, Swimming Pools 3, featuring a little Aaliyah, Marvin Gaye, Tears For Fears, The Weeknd, and more.  Check it out!

Now that I am in the groove for a productive week, shared two essential finishing tips to make every day a great hair day, remember to make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy hair.

Have a great week!

Karline

 


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

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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:  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

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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

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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

 


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