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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

Hair Trend Weigh In: Unicorn Rainbow Hair


Two years ago, what we thought was a passing whimsical fad, is now a full-blown color trend: Unicorn Rainbow Hair. We're way beyond the My Little Pony obsession and deeply rooted in the power of multicolor hair expression. In What's Read more

What if Your Hair Hates Humidity?

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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 the air is to blame for kicking off the reaction that makes straight hair wavy, wavy hair curly, and curly hair kinkier. Here’s what happens:

Each strand of your hair is made up of long keratin proteins, reports Smithsonian Magazine. Those proteins are attracted to hydrogen in water molecules and form hydrogen bonds. These bonds are weak and temporary and are broken and reformed every time your hair gets wet—that’s one of the reasons you have to restyle your hair after every wash.

As amazing as your hair may be, it can’t tell the difference between water from your faucet and water in the atmosphere. On a humid day, when there’s a lot of water in the air, those keratin proteins form these same hydrogen bonds; sometimes two keratin proteins go after the same water molecule which causes them to bond together. Sounds like trouble for you tresses? It is. When many of these hydrogen bonds are formed, strands of hair can fold back on themselves, resulting in…frizz.

Luckily, there are ways you can prevent frizz, starting with hair products that seal its cuticle so water can’t get in. These include serums and oils that you apply to damp hair…

Another option is to spritz on an anti-humidity spray to dry locks before heading outdoors.

Does your hair hate humidity? Remember to check the haircast here on karlines.com and #AskKarlinesSalon about products that maintain your style.  For more information, we’re just a call or click away.

Have a fabulous hair day!


Sweet as Honey Balayage

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

 

Let’s have a hairversation about balayage and one of our favorite shades, honey balayage.  It’s sweet, warm, glowing, and gorgeous. Don’t confuse balayage, a seamless blend, with ombre, a clear fade line between colors.

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

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

Read more at Elle.com

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

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

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

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

Karline's Salon Client Honey Balayage

Karline’s Salon Client rocking honey balayage

 

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

 

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


Hair Trend Weigh In: Unicorn Rainbow Hair

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Hair Trend Weigh In: Unicorn Hair

Two years ago, what we thought was a passing whimsical fad, is now a full-blown color trend: Unicorn Rainbow Hair. We’re way beyond the My Little Pony obsession and deeply rooted in the power of multicolor hair expression.

In What’s Really Behind Unicorn Fever, a 2017 Refinery 29 article, Jess Weiner, a brand strategist and CEO of Talk To Jess, explains:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


A Shot of HydraTriplex

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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 takes less than 15 minutes and the results are nothing short of amazing. For a beYOUtiful transformation, here are three  reasons to consider a shot of HydraTriplex on your next salon visit.

  • The HydraTriplex Treatment revives dry, frizzy hair with a rich, concentrated blend of amino acids, vegetable proteins and nourishing oils.
  • A single shot of HydraTriplex instantly nourishes and softens parched/thirsty strands.
  • The cream formula penetrates the hair to hydrate, bind and seal every cuticle for a long-lasting silky smooth feel.

 

Photo courtesy of Paul Mitchell

Photo courtesy of Paul Mitchell

 

The Awapuhi Wild Ginger HydraTriplex is a revolutionary treatment to restore healthy, hydrated hair.  To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away. This month only, save on this treatment and at-home care products.  See the Karline’s Salon specials here and schedule your appointment now.

Here’s to an Awapuhi Awesome with a shot of HydraTriplex day!

Karline Ricketts

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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 Wednesday – You Want to Use Castor Oil on Your Scalp and Hair?

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