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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 Transformation Testimonies: The Journey from Relaxed to Natural


In this Transformation Day post, three women share their hair journeys from relaxed to natural. If you are thinking of or ready for a hair transformation, these true stories will inspire you. Michelle Thompson Personal-Finance Counselor and Coach, Washington, D.C. “I started Read more

Back2Basics: Summertime Care for Relaxed Hair


  Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for a lesson on summertime care for relaxed hair.  Review the following tips and strands of thought to keep your relaxed hair healthy during the Read more

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 Read more

Hair Inspiration: Gabrielle Union's Beautiful Natural Haircut


Gabrielle Union's latest natural haircut is perfection. If you have ever feared the big chop or switching it up, worry no more. This hair transformation empowers and gives us life! Refinery29 went behind the chair with Gabrielle's stylist for Read more

The beYOUtiful Life: Hair Notes from the 2018 BET Awards


In this edition of The beYOUtiful Life, let's flashback to the 2018 BET Awards with a few hair notes and observations.         Every year, black women and men illuminate the BET Awards red carpet with an array of gorgeous beauty looks, Read more

Back2Basics: What’s Your Hair Type?

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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 hair typing system, ranging from type 1 through type 4, which he came up with in the ’90s. Over the years, curly hair communities have made modifications to add in more hair types. In those communities, calling yourself a 2C or 4B can instantly tell other curly girls a lot about you (and your routine).

Wondering how to find out your hair type? The best way to determine your hair type is to wash and condition in the shower, blot your hair with an old t-shirt (this won’t promote frizz the way a towel does), and let your hair air dry so you can see its natural shape, says Fred Connors, owner of FRED.nyc salon.

Type 1 Hair Type

Straight hair, do care. If you have type 1 hair, that means you’ve got that smooth, sleek, straight hair that so many women need a flat iron to achieve.

1A: “This is the straightest of straight hair types,” says Connors. “This hair type is quite uncommon. It’s pin-straight with no bends or waves. It has a great amount of difficulty holding curl.”

1B/1C: “These are more common for straight hair types,” says Connors. “Types 1B and 1C hair tend to curl under toward the base and hold curl.” Type 1C has slightly more curl than type 1B.

1B/1C: “These are more common for straight hair types,” says Connors. “Types 1B and 1C hair tend to curl under toward the base and hold curl.” Type 1C has slightly more curl than type 1B.

Type 1 Celeb Inspiration: Lucy Liu and Gwyneth Paltrow

Type 2 Hair Type

Beachy waves FTW. That’s exactly what you have if your hair falls within the type 2 umbrella, no dip in the ocean required.

2A: “Type 2A is wavier than straight hair but not curly,” says Connors. “It’s a very loosely defined wave. There’s no strong S shape.”

2B: Your hair has more defined waves than type 2A, with the distance between waves being shorter than it is for type 2A hair, says Connors.

2C: “Your hair looks curlier than types 2A and 2B, but it’s still a wave,” says Connors. You’ll notice an even shorter distance between waves than types 2A and 2B hair, as well as a more defined S shape.

Type 2 Celeb Inspiration: Jessica Alba and Drew Barrymore

Type 3 Hair Type

Hey there, curly hair! From light curls to tight curls, here’s what you need to know about curl patterns 3A–3C.

3A: Whereas wavy hair produces an S shape, curly hair produces a circle, says Connor. Type 3A hair is the loosest of the type 3 curl types and has the circumference of a piece of sidewalk chalk, says Connors.

3B: Your curls are tighter than type 3A, with about the circumference of a marker, says Connors.

3C: Your tightly-packed curls have the circumference of a pencil, says Connors. Think corkscrew curls!

Type 3 Celeb Inspiration: Julianna Margulies and Alicia Keys

Type 4 Hair Type

Nice to see you, kinky hair. Type 4 hair is usually thin, coarse, and packed with tight kinks. Here’s how to tell which type of kinky hair you have.

4A: “Your kink is really, really tight and in an S pattern,” says Connors.

4B: “Your kink is at a sharper angle than type 4A hair and in a Z pattern,” says Connors.

4C: “Your hair pattern is very irregular,” says Connors. “It’s not crimped or curved.” It’s similar to type 4B, just less defined.

Type 4 Celeb Inspiration: Viola Davis and Janelle Monae

What else affects hair type?

While figuring out where you fall on the 1A–4C spectrum will go a long way toward allowing you to put together the right haircare and styling routine, there are four other factors to consider as well.

Do you apply and apply and apply product only for it to seem like it’s just sitting on the surface of your hair? This might have to do with your hair’s porosity. “This is how absorbent your hair is,” says Rhodes Douglas. More specifically, porosity refers to how well your hair holds in moisture, water, and product.

To figure out whether your hair has low or high porosity, take a small section of hair and stretch it out. Slide a finger up and down your hair shaft. If your hair feels rough, that means you have low porosity and your hair doesn’t hold in moisture very well; if your hair feels smooth, that means you have high porosity, says Rhodes Douglas.

When your hair has good elasticity, that means it’s bouncy and full of life. “When you tug on a strand, you should be able to stretch it out and then it’ll go back,” says Rhodes Douglas. Chemicals, like those in hair dye, can mess with your elasticity and cause your hair to become limp, she adds.

To tell how much elasticity your hair has, try this little experiment: When your hair is wet, take a piece and stretch it out. If it returns to its original length once you release it, that means you have good elasticity.

Your hair density simply means how much hair you have. You can figure out whether you have low or high density hair by measuring the circumference of your ponytail, says Rhodes Douglas. The larger your ponytail circumference, the higher hair density you have. “People think they have a ton of hair, but often they don’t,” says Rhodes Douglas. “When gathered together, do you have a copious amount of hair or is it surprisingly less than you thought?”

It’s totally possible (and actually really common!) to have more than one type of curl pattern, says Rhodes Douglas. This is known as curl variance. “Often within curly hair types, you see tight curly hair and a more relaxed curl type,” says Connor. “If you have a mixture of manageable and difficult to manage hair types, I would use product for the hair type [that’s most difficult to manage].”

Ace the principles of healthy hair care. Ask Karline’s Salon about a routine that’s right for your hair type. For more information, call us at 561-471-0900 or make an appointment for your next visit.


Never Have You Ever Tried a Mayonnaise Hair Mask?

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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 hair treatment that can potentially leave your strands soft and smooth. While primarily used for people with wavy and curly hair, this hair mask could offer potential benefits to others, too.

A quick internet search of mayonnaise hair masks will reveal numerous supposed benefits that will help improve the health of your hair. While some of these claims might have some backing, others are unfounded.

To understand the potential benefits of this hair mask, it’s important to first learn about its ingredients. Mayonnaise is classified as an oil. It primarily consists of canola or soybean oil, along with egg yolks, vinegar, and lemon juice. Some brands may have a few additional ingredients, such as olive oil and Dijon mustard.

In theory, mayonnaise can make your hair a little oilier since the product is primarily made of oil. This could potentially benefit curly and wavy hair types, which usually lack sebum (natural oil) in the middle and ends of the hair cuticle. In contrast, naturally straight hair doesn’t usually need any added oils because sebum can make its way easily from the scalp throughout the rest of the hair.

Reduced frizz is a natural side effect of proper moisture balance. Mayonnaise can potentially make your hair less frizzy from humidity and excessive dryness. However, you will also need to practice other frizz-free hair habits, such as reducing your dependence on heated tools and patting your hair dry instead of rubbing it or using a hair dryer.

According to some beauty websites and blogs, mayonnaise also purportedly strengthens your hair and protects color treatments. However, there’s no scientific research backing these claims. Mayonnaise is primarily an oil, so there isn’t enough of other ingredients (like egg yolks and lemon juice) to make such an impact.

Some people also believe that a mayonnaise hair mask can make your hair grow. It’s thought that an amino acid in mayonnaise called L-cysteine does this trick.

One study on menopausal women with hair loss looked at the role of nutritional amino acids, including L-cysteine. Researchers found that this amino acid is important in building keratin, a type of protein, in the hair, which makes it strong and helps it grow. Still, the study focuses on diet and supplemental forms of L-cysteine, not on the application of the amino acid directly to the hair via mayonnaise. The lack of scientific research leaves unclear whether a mayonnaise hair mask can actually promote hair growth.

Other claims about a mayonnaise hair mask include its ability to treat head lice. The theory is that the thickness of the mayonnaise can suffocate head lice, similar to other alternative treatments such as butter or margarine. However, none of these treatments are backed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you do put mayonnaise in your hair for the treatment of lice, it may make the lice inactive temporarily, but it doesn’t kill them, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Before you run out to Publix for the next BOGO on mayonnaise, #AskKarlinesSalon about the products we recommend to condition and care for your hair.


Back2Basics: Summertime Care for Relaxed Hair

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Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for a lesson on summertime care for relaxed hair.  Review the following tips and strands of thought to keep your relaxed hair healthy during the summer months.

Summer has officially arrived, and while we’re excited for long, sunny days, dining al fresco, and taking as many trips to the beach or pool as we can, we also know the struggle can be real for ladies with relaxed hair.

It’s no secret that the sun, salt water, chlorine and other factors can take a toll on your tresses, so the question is: How can you best protect relaxed hair during the summer months?

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To answer this question, we tapped Corenza Handy for her expert guidance. With over 15 years of experience as both a stylist and an entrepreneur,… Handy was the perfect person to give us the lowdown on healthy hair secrets for relaxed hair.

1. Wash Your Hair Weekly and Double Up on Moisture

It’s very important to wash your hair every week. Handy recommends Design Essentials‘ shampoo formulated with oat or honey,… If you need extra moisture throughout the week, use something light that gives hair great shine…

2. Get Ends Trimmed Regularly

Trimming and taking care of your ends is essential to hair growth. While some people feel like not cutting or trimming your hair will make it grow longer, that’s completely false. “As our hair grows it starts to split, so trimming your hair when necessary is definitely important,” Hardy reminds.

3. Go Easy on Heat Styling

Limiting heat is important. Our hair tends to be naturally dry, so when we constantly put heat on it, it can dry it out even more. When you do use heat, however, make sure to use a protectant. Also, focus on making your style last longer by taking preventive measures such as wrapping your hair with a silk scarf or sleeping on a silk pillowcase to avoid brittle and frizzy hair. Hardy recommends this protectant from Design Essentials…

4. Drink Water and Pay Attention to Your Diet

Some of us are blessed to have good genes and our hair flourishes whether or not we eat junk all day, but for the rest of us, your diet and vitamins play a big part in the health of your hair. Handy encourages taking B12 vitamins and omega supplements for healthy hair, skin and nails. Also, drink lots of water because it’s another source of moisture for your hair and scalp.

5. Avoid Overprocessing

“Relaxers are definitely important in terms of timing,” says Handy. She recommends getting a touch-up every 6-8 weeks, but depending on the speed of hair growth, a touch up may be needed sooner. If you sweat a lot then your hair may revert faster. She also says that those with shorter hair will notice new growth sooner, but resist the urge to touch-up your hair too often.

6. Wait Awhile Before Installing Protective Styles

A fresh relaxer followed by braids or a weave won’t end well for you. “I don’t suggest getting your hair relaxed and then braiding one or even two weeks later. When you get a protective style, you’re covering your hair up, so you can’t wash it [properly] every week or add moisture,” she says.

7. If You Are Having Hair Issues, Speak To Your Stylist

Issues like breakage and thinning hair shouldn’t automatically be attributed to getting a relaxer. Handy insists, “you have to figure out why it’s happening.” It can stem from stress, poor hair care, or be something else. Have a consult with your stylist so he or she can figure out what’s causing the problem.

Ace the principles, opportunities, and challenges of healthy hair care. Ask Karline’s Salon about the hair maintenance program that includes a minimum of four visits at an exceptional price.  For more information, call us at 561-471-0900 or make an appointment for your next visit.


7 Tips to Prevent Hair Breakage

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Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics.  Whatever your hair type and texture, review these seven tips to prevent hair breakage.

 

Hair can become weak and prone to breakage for a number of reasons, including but not limited to: over-styling, excessive coloring, lack of moisture, and stress. Genetics is another factor that can determine whether your strands are strong or on the more fragile side of the spectrum. Whatever the case, if you’re struggling with hair-snapping and scary amounts of shedding, it should serve as a sign to switch things up, stat.

There are quite a few things you can do to improve your hair health. For instance, deep conditioning on a regular basis, taking supplements such as Nutrafol, and sleeping on a silk pillowcase are three ways to make a difference in the strength of your hair. (You should also see a doctor if you think it could be serious.) But, in addition to the aforementioned, there are also some key things you should actually stop doing if you’re concerned with breakage.

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1. Don’t wash with hot water

As amazing as a steaming-hot shower can feel, water that’s scorching can wreak some serious havoc on weak strands. “When your hair is fragile or been through a lot of wear and tear, you have to baby it,” says hairstylist Kirsten Patterson. Patterson suggests using cool or cold water to seal the cuticle and lock in moisture. You might be chilly for a minute, but it won’t matter when you see how shiny your hair looks when you make this subtle change.

2. Never blow-dry your hair on the highest setting

A common and easily avoidable mistake many people make is blow-drying their hair on the hottest possible setting, which like using hot water, isn’t the safest option for fragile strands. “When you do blow-dry your hair, always use the lower heat setting on your dryer, as it’s not necessary and can really burn your hair,” explains New York City-based colorist Rachel Bodt.

3. Don’t brush your hair from the root

Despite what you may have heard — or have been doing your whole life — you should never be brushing your hair from root to tip. According to hairstylist Laura Polko, this method can knot the hair and make breakage even worse.

4. Don’t use abrasive hair ties

“You want to avoid super-tight ponytail holders as these will pull your hair and the tension can and will break the hair,” says Bodt matter-of-factly. Aim for ones that will be extra gentle on your delicate strands,…

5. Avoid products with a lot of alcohol

Another pro tip from Bodt? Do your best to steer clear of products that have a high content of alcohol. “These will dry out the hair and eventually cause it to get crispy and break,” she says. So, if you’re scanning an ingredient list and alcohol is way up there, it’s definitely in your best interest not to buy it.

6. Never brush your hair when it’s wet

Sure, brushing your hair after showering might seem like the normal course of events, but it can actually result in significant damage if you’re not careful, as hair is in its most fragile state when it’s wet.

7. Don’t sleep with your hair up

If your hair is prone to breakage, you should never be sleeping with your hair up, as this tugs at it while you snooze, resulting in more damage than most people realize. Patterson recommends leaving your hair down or in a simple braid, and investing in a silk pillowcase, which will help cut down on friction.

Ace the principles, opportunities, and challenges of healthy hair care. Ask Karline’s Salon about the hair maintenance program that includes a minimum of four visits at an exceptional price.  For more information, call us at 561-471-0900 or make an appointment for your next visit.


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.


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