Chair Cares: Coronavirus Prevention - The New Normal For Now

Karline's Salon + Spa has reopened to serve your beauty and personal care needs, but make no mistake, we remain fully committed to coronavirus prevention. Since our last update, we've implemented additional measures to keep both guests and staff safe. Read more

Chair Cares: Coronavirus Prevention at our Facility

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in communities across the country is a concern for us here at Karline's Salon + Spa. Our hearts go out to all those impacted, and we want to let you know what we're doing to Read more

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

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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

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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

The beYOUtiful Life: Hair Notes from the 2019 BET Awards

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The beYOUtiful Life-Karlines Salon

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’s natural hair is the “Glow-up!” If you didn’t know who Lizzo was before, you know it now. She’s the real deal.


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Lizzo came to the 2019 BET Awards in a custom couture outfit. While it definitely made a statement, we couldn’t get over the natural styling. We caught up with celebrity hairstylist, Shelby Swain, who was responsible for achieving Lizzo’s look. She shared, “I wanted to create an iconic look specially since Lizzo wanted to wear wood grain! I thought wood grain hair would be perfect!” Swain continued, “We look forward to sculpting Lizzo’s natural hair to achieve regal looks any chance we get.”

View the entire interview with Lizzo’s stylist at Hello Beautiful.

Yahoo Lifestyle put it this way:

Reason 15937 why we love Lizzo: she isn’t afraid to own what’s hers. The Juice singer and body activist has the tunes and attitude to make us feel great about our bodies and Sunday night at the BET Awards Lizzo championed for #TeamNatural.

Shelby Swain, the self-proclaimed “Beyoncé Of Baby Hair,” also created Lizzo’s attention-grabbing headpiece using 100 percent hair. Later in the show, the singer swapped her natural hair for a long, curly wig that was equally cool, proving that Lizzo, indeed, has the juice no matter what style she’s rocking.

Read the entire article here.

Can you hair me now? Or, as BET put it, Big Hair and Baby Hairs.

See Your Faves Incredible Hair Looks At The BET Awards

See all the Black Girl Magic all up on the blue carpet at the 2019 BET Awards!



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Color me now! From Nesly (Best New International Act nominee) rocking the rainbow, Rihanna’s perfect red and half-ponytail, Lil Kim also sizzling in red, to the incomparable Mary J. Blige bringing the house down in blonde, there’s just no reason to be shy about color. Simply, #AskKarlinesSalon!



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Lil Kim and Mary J. Blige

What are your best and worst hair picks from the 2019 BET Awards? Drop a shout-out or shout-down in the comments section of this post or on Twitter with the #AskKarlinesSalon hashtag.

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, 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!

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Photo via Hype Hair

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

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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.

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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.


Hair History Corner: Posner Bergamot

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