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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 Diversity in the U.S. Navy

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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 and step in the right direction that recognizes the diversity and beauty of all hair types and textures.

Lt. Tiffany D. Pearson shares her view on this change as a woman of color in the Navy.

What The Navy’s New Hair Policy Means To Me As A Black WomanPhoto: MC2 Alora Blosch and MC1 TJ Godbold

We can wear ponytails and locs in uniform tomorrow?! I couldn’t believe what I was reading — the U.S. Navy was finally allowing the heretofore unimaginable, a new shift in hair regulations. Though I’ve recently opted for a low fade, I celebrated with black women throughout the fleet when I learned yet another style intrinsic to my heritage and conducive to healthy hair was no longer deemed “unprofessional.” For me, this policy shift was a détente of sorts — an easing of tension between my natural hair and Navy regulations. Reconciliation between my service and myself has removed the burden competing factors once presented.

The new Navy policy sets forth the most significant changes to the hair grooming regulations I’ve seen in my eight years of enlisted and commissioned service. The policy seems to take into consideration the multicultural diversity of the U.S. Navy. It offers a broader and more inclusive version of what it means to “look professional.”

The chief of naval operations (CNO) made the announcement regarding this ambitious policy change surrounded by black female sailors who took part in the policy working group. In many ways, that video symbolized for me a shift in perspective. It showed me a Navy comprised of sailors from all walks of life, socioeconomic statuses, and backgrounds. By including a number of diverse voices in the policy process, the Navy was able to produce a far-reaching policy that brought about more equity — a recognition that there is nothing inherently unprofessional about my hair in its natural state. Valuing core facets of each sailor elicits a sense of dignity, as they serve with honor, courage, and commitment. No need to sacrifice personhood to do so.

I entered Navy training in 2011 with a low-cut fade and a desire for adventure. One year, a few relaxers, and many days of “hat hair” later, I decided transitioning back to my natural curls was a must. The response was not good. “Did you stick your finger in a light socket?” asked a senior officer. I’d planned to take a year in transitioning, but the constant negative feedback resulted in a swift cut — a small Afro that drew fewer comments and less scrutiny.

While the new regulations aren’t perfect (still no faux locs!), they do provide an expanded vision of what “professional” can look like, including hair that looks like mine. Truthfully, this has removed an unnecessary stressor from my life and opened up a world of possibilities. Who knows, I may eventually start locs of my own or opt to wear a wig. I may go back to styles I’m familiar with. Whatever I choose to do, the options have expanded, and while not perfect, the tension between my hair and Navy regulations has eased.

What do you think of the Navy’s new hair policy? Share your thoughts or thank the women who serve in the comments section below.


Hair Transformation Testimonies: The Journey from Relaxed to Natural

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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.

Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind

“I started experimenting with relaxers when I was 18 years old. I always wore my hair in curls, but the relaxer made them look looser. I stopped dyeing my hair when I was 35. My mother was prematurely gray, so after she passed, wearing my natural silver hair was a way to celebrate her life. But I didn’t stop using relaxers until seven years later. I loved the silki- ness of my hair when it was relaxed and how it allowed me to copy old-school hairstyles, like ’40s waves. …I did my first big chop and cut off all of the relaxed hair in 2010. …As my hair grew back, I realized that its texture had changed. It’d been 26 years since I’d seen it, and it wasn’t as thick or naturally coily anymore. I still get a little frustrated because my Afro doesn’t stand up as much as it did when I was younger. It kind of falls to the side, so I have to part it strategically. No one talks about what that’s like. But my hair is now the greatest expression of freedom in my life. Here I am, natural hair, Afro, silver. Let’s just embrace it all. I’m creating a new history for my daughters. Now I see them embracing their own natural textures; I love seeing that they’re free to live their authentic life.”

On Her Routine:
“When my hair is longer, I’ll twist or braid it and then take it out over the course of the week and let it get fuller and fuller. Right now, my hair is short, so it’s just wash and go…  When I jump out of the shower, I just put some argan oil in it. Sometimes I shape it with my fingers; sometimes I just run my fingers through it and that’s what it’s going to do for the day.”

Damaris Lewis

Model, New York City

Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind

“I started dancing when I was seven, which meant I was sweating a lot. Having a perm allowed me to go dance, sweat, and not have to get my hair done the next day. Wash and go, whatever that means for your hair type, could have worked just as well, but unfortunately that just wasn’t the standard of beauty. When you first start modeling, they give you a look, and my look was long extensions. It was nobody’s fault; when they met me, my hair had a perm, so they just heightened that straightness. And then one day, two years ago this month, I decided to stop wearing a weave. And this past February, I did the big chop. There is, however, a big misconception that natural hair is bouncy, curly, flowy hair. I thought I was going to wash my hair and have phenomenal bouncy curls, but that was not the case. I have very tight curls. But I love that it gives me the option to do whatever I want. This is my first summer being able to swim, to wash my hair, to just be free. I’ve never done that before. It’s going to be life-changing.”

On Her Routine:
“My friend has a company called Adeba Nature. She bottles African black soap and corn-kernel oil that she grows in her backyard in the Ivory Coast. It’s the best shampoo. And I mix two leave-in conditioners… and put them in my hair right after I wash it. If I have a meeting, I get my hair put into flexi-rods at the salon — I get elongated curls when they take them out. If not, I’ll put in a little almond oil, leave-in conditioner, Bantu-knot my hair, let it air-dry, then take it out the next day.

Kilee Hughes

Founder and CEO, Six One Agency, Los Angeles

Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind

“I went to a predominantly white school in Orange County, California. My brother and my sister and I were the only African-American kids. When you start to develop crushes, it’s on people like Timmy or Johnny. There was no DaQuan, you know what I mean? So of course I wanted to fit in, and that meant having straight hair. And I was one of five, so my mother was time-poor. Relaxing our hair was very much done with convenience in mind. Flatirons didn’t exist, so my mom pressed our hair as well. …Even as an adult, I did relaxers for many years. I only started rocking my natural hair four years ago, and it was not something I embraced at first. Transitioning is very tough. It’s very emotional. I had long, straight pieces that I tried to hold on to because I didn’t want to lose the length. It’s challenging to be in the corporate world and have natural, curly hair. Times are changing, but I’ve got big hair. …I still have some insecurities, but today I went to a big boardroom and wore my hair curly. I love my hair. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be wearing it.”

On Her Routine:
“I watch these YouTube videos by Curls and Couture, Avielle Amore, and Happycurlhappygirl, pause them, and run to the shower to attempt it. I use six to eight products in my hair routine. …I dry my hair with the Dyson. It was a big purchase, but it came highly recommended by black beauty editors as a way to speed up my routine and still have poppin’ curls. My hair still takes two hours to dry, so if my arm gets tired, I’ll prop it up on my computer. You gotta do what you gotta do!”

The women featured above are not alone in journey from relaxed to natural. According to the consumer research firm Mintel, 71% of black adults in the U.S. wore their hair naturally at least once in 2016.

If you’re inspired and motivated to make the transition, #AskKarlinesSalon for guidance and care of your natural hair journey. We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.

Share your hair journey in the comments section of this post.

 


Hair Inspiration: Gabrielle Union’s Beautiful Natural Haircut

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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 a perspective on the process.

 

Hair Inspiration: Gabrielle Union\'s Beautiful Natural Hair Cut

Photo: Courtesy of Larry Sims

Most people experience a range of emotions before a big haircut: apprehension, excitement, and maybe even a little bit of regret. Gabrielle Union is not one of those people. “She asked me if I was nervous!” Larry Sims, her longtime hairstylist, tells Refinery29. (For the record, he wasn’t.)

Though the actress and author surprised us with her new haircut — a flippy, layered bob — in the wee hours of the night yesterday, it’s a style that she’d been wanting to do for quite some time. “Recently , Gabrielle was a little under the weather and is just coming out of it now. She said, ‘I want to feel new and fresh and do something we’ve never done before,'” Sims recalls. “And she wanted to go short on her actual natural hair.”

Now, of course, Union has had short hair before… but those were only wigs and weaves. To cut your actual hair is a little different, so Sims warned his friend and client very candidly. “Slapping on a wig isn’t the same,” he says. “A real cut requires maintenance and upkeep.”

Union wasn’t swayed: She had already been thinking of the change and came prepared with reference photos. One in particular was of Linda Evangelista, along with several shots of really good razor cuts done in Japan. With that imagery in mind, the stylist used an assortment of products from the Flawless by Gabrielle Union line, including a cocktail of the Hair Repair Masque, and Oil Treatment before her blowout. If you’re wondering why Sims straightened Union’s shoulder-length natural curls before the cut, he’s got a great reason. “When you wear your hair in its natural state, a curl-by-curl chop is better. But for me, I straighten it for a precision cut,” he explains.

As for the actual process, Union was as chill as can be. And with each snip, she grew comfortable with her new look. “We didn’t go super super short,” Sims says. “It is a chop — like three inches — and she’s never had her hair hug the back of her neck, done with the razors. Even with that, she didn’t freak out. At all.” Union’s zen way of thinking is how Sims suggests everyone should be when it comes to switching things up. “It’s just hair!” he says. “And the summer is the perfect time for a haircut like this. You don’t have to worry about wearing a hot wig on your head.”

 


Ready for a big chop or regular trim? #AskKarlinesSalon, your local sanctuary for healthy hair. Make an appointment today.


Now Showing in all of its Glory: Natural Hair on TV

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What 8 shows are doing to positively promote natural hairNow showing in all its glory, natural hair on television.  Mashable takes a look at what eight shows are doing to positively promote natural hair. In this post, let’s take a look at four of our favorites.

Shows like ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Insecure’ are changing the way natural hair is depicted on mainstream television. We’re seeing an emergence of leading ladies on television showing off natural hairstyles and it’s about damn time. For years, women of color have been challenging the societal norms around “professional hair” in the workplace, schools, and pop culture. The Cosby Show, A Different World, and Living Single are a few past shows that set the stage for popular black hairstyles to make their way onto current sitcoms and dramas.

Now more than ever, powerful characters are showing off their natural hair on TV shows and continue to break through negative connotations that have followed black hair for years.

1. This Is Us‘s Beth Pearson & her daughters

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Beth Pearson (Susan Kelechi Watson) showcases different natural hairstyles from braids to curls on the show. Pearson’s daughters represent how black hair plays a pivotal role with the younger generation.

2. Insecure‘s Issa Dee

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Issa Dee (Issa Rae) opens the door to prove 4C hair type has the same opportunities to be creative as any other hair type.

Issa Rae’s HBO show represents many experiences black women face, so it’s no surprise different hair types are featured throughout the series. Issa Rae has type 4 hair, according to the universal hair chart that categorizes hair types by texture and density through numbers and letters (i.e. 2A is wavy hair, while 4C is thicker hair). Rae embracing her type 4 hair helps dismantle negative views against women with thicker, shorter hair.

3. Game of Thrones‘ Missandei

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Missandei (Natalie Emmanuel) is just one of the few characters of color and the only person to showcase natural curly hair on the show.

While we all gush over Daenerys’ long white hair, Cersie’s pixie cut, or even Jon Snow’s luxurious curls, we should also praise Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel). She may be a minor character to some, but Missandei has made a significant breakthrough as being a translator and confidant to the Queen. She’s not only one of the few characters of color, but she also has had the opportunity to wear her curls on screen while portraying Missandei.

4. Atlanta’s Vanessa Keefer

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Vanessa Keefer (Zazie Beetz) plays on-and-off girlfriend to Earn (Donald Glover).

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discover how popular Atlanta has become in the last three years. Donald Glover’s FX series has received praised (and a ton of awards) for the portrayal of his characters and how they navigate in and around their lives in Atlanta. Glover didn’t waste time showcasing the importance of protecting, working, and maintaining black hair in the first episode of the series. Vanessa (Zazie Beetz) removing her headscarf and showing her hair in twists seems normal for many women of color, but it was still a big deal for viewers of the show.

May these shows motivate others to continue representation of diverse hairstyles on television.

 

#AskKarlinesSalon  about natural hairstyles and specials. We’re just a call or click away. Here’s to healthy and happy hair.


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.


The Guiding Principles of Healthy Hair Care

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KS Back2Basics-665x260revClass 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 use of a satin cap.  You will note, we have included more than three strands of thought for extra credit.

Healthy Hair Care: Cleansing

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

Maybe you’ve heard shampooing less often is better for your hair. Or perhaps you’re thinking of ditching shampoo and joining the “no ‘poo” movement in search of healthier, better looking hair. Experts say there’s no single answer to how often people should shampoo. You may not need to do it as often as you think.

Once And For All: How Often You Really Need to Wash Your Hair

How often do you shampoo your hair? While some choose to lather up daily, washing too often can do more harm than good, and strip your strands of essential oils. Like your favorite silk blouse, hair tends to lose its shine and dimension when given a run through the rinse cycle one too many times.

How often should I wash Natural hair? And what if I have to Wash more than once a week?

We know that you’ve been on your natural hair journey and there are lots of questions regarding how often to wash natural hair. We all know that it is recommended that black hair not be washed daily. This is a result of our lovely curls and coils.

Healthy Hair Care: Daily Moisturizing

6 Ways Moisture Impacts Hair Growth and Length Retention

By Jc of The Natural Haven Bloom One of my friends recently decided to become serious about her hair health. Her goals are to increase the fullness of her hair by minimising breakage and increase her length retention. She diligently did her reading up on the internet and came to me with questions about moisture.

The Benefits of Moisturizing Natural Hair Daily

Are you tired of dry brittle hair? Does your hair only stay moisturized for one or two days? Are you experiencing breakage due to your hair’s dryness? Well all of this can be prevented by adding one simple step to your hair regimen. Increase your moisture routine.

4 Key Benefits of Deep Conditioning Treatment For Your Natural Hair

With all the manipulation you do to your hair during the week, it’s important to give your hair an occasional deep conditioning treatment to help support health, hydration, strength and overall appearance. There are many benefits of a deep conditioning treatment for your natural hair and it should be a part of your regular hair care routine.

Healthy Hair Care: Regular Deep Conditioning

Low Manipulation + Protective Hairstyling

Each bend and curve in kinky coily hair represents a weak point. So this means when you wash, comb, or style your hair these bends and curves are easily broken. One of the keys to growing long healthy hair is reducing how much you manipulate it.

Healthy Hair Care: Low Manipulation and Protective Styling

Low Manipulation + Protective Hairstyling

Each bend and curve in kinky coily hair represents a weak point. So this means when you wash, comb, or style your hair these bends and curves are easily broken. One of the keys to growing long healthy hair is reducing how much you manipulate it.

Protective Styling Do’s and Dont’s

Style Icon Angelique Is protective styling a dirty word? I think that there are some women who think of protective styles as boring and even unattractive. There are a second set of women who regard protective styles as a necessarily evil on the way to longer hair.

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Many questions have been asked about black hair techniques to maintain the thickness and health. I provided the different healthy techniques that has helped me throughout my hair journey and I hope it helps you too. Although I had a few set backs (postpartum shedding, dry colored breaking hair), following these steps helped me get my hair whipped back into shape.

Healthy Hair Care: A Satin Cap

Mane-ly on Monday: Satin Secrets

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.

Purchase your KS Satin StyleGuard or KS Satin Pillowcase here.

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.


Mane-ly on Monday: Summer Hair Maintenance

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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’m in a Will Smith- DJ Jazzy Jeff kind of mood.  Summertime’s here and summer hair maintenance can be easy for any vacation, staycation and whatever the situation.  Here are a few tips, salon service specials, and products for a summer of healthy hair.  Plus, scroll to the bottom of this post for the DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Summertime Vol. 7 playlist.

Summer Hair Maintenance Tips

Protective Hairstyles For Summer Flyness

Styling natural hair can be both FAB and DRAB! When it comes to the dog days of summer, some even argue it’s impossible to find a style that protects, holds and looks flawless – all at once – not to mention reduces breakage!

4 Tips To Get Your Hair Pool Ready

It’s no secret that chlorine can be taxing on the hair, especially if it’s chemically treated, but that’s no reason to avoid getting some much needed pool time this summer. Natural hairstylist Aeleise Jana shares some really simple tips for us to make a splash AND keep our hair from falling victim to the dangers associated with chlorine-laden pools.

5 Summer Hair Hacks For The Natural Girl

Summer is fast approaching. Along with the most joyous season of the year comes a long list of hair woes – mainly, how to keep your natural coif from looking dry, crunchy or frizzy. While your natural texture may play a huge role in the issues you face, there are a few key steps you can follow to prepare your hair for the approaching months.

 

Summer Hair Maintenance Specials

 

Summer Hair Care Package: This is a terrific, four-visit maintenance program for healthy hair during the summer months. Each visit includes a wash, treat and style. Adults: (regularly $200) $160; Children (regularly $180) $140 – Requires full payment in advance. Call 561-471-0900 to schedule. Expires 8/31/16.

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Summer Shine: Get a free color and shine with all relaxer services, a $25 value! Book your appointment today and mention this offer. Expires 7/31/16.

Summer Hair Maintenance Products

Karline's Salon Featured Products from Enjoy Hair Care

Karline’s Salon Featured Products from Enjoy Hair Care

 

We handpicked these Enjoy Hair Care products just for you:  the 10oz Conditioning Spray and the 3.4oz Shine & Smooth. The Conditioning  Spray is a leave-in detangler that hydrates, strengthens, reduces frizz, and is great for all hair types. The Shine & Smooth eliminates frizz and leaves hair soft and silky. It locks in moisture and blocks out humidity with a weightless finish.  

Get in the groove of summertime care, make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.  Now here’s a great playlist of tunes for your summertime rotation.

Have a great week!

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Smoothing Treatment Alternatives

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What if Wednesday: Smoothing Treatment Alternatives

What if you want a smoothing treatment to tame your curls, control frizz and make your hair more manageable, but want to avoid using chemicals that change the structure of your hair or having to wait months to grow out the application? Trust a professional hair stylist to help with that!   There are alternatives to relaxers and thermal reconditioning (also known as Japanese straightening). And we’re not talking about Brazilian straightening or Keratin therapies, which contain varying amounts of formaldehyde, a toxic ingredient that is known to cause cancer and poses a risk to everyone’s health.

At Karline’s Salon, we offer two non-toxic smoothing treatment alternatives: the Agave Smoothing Treatment and the Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System. Here’s an overview of both:

The Agave Smoothing Treatment

Photo credit: Bio Ionic Inc./Agave Healing Oil

Photo credit: Bio Ionic Inc./Agave Healing Oil

This treatment is formulated instead with blue agave plant extracts, the sugars from the plant help hydrate hair.

[It ]Instantly & safely smoothes-out up to 100% frizz and volume, and reduces curl retention by 80%. There’s NO FORMALDEHYDE or Formaldehyde derivatives, making it one of the safest salon treatments available.

With an exclusive Amino Acid Complex called Carbo-C, Agave Smoothing gently alters the hair’s disulphide bonds, reforming them to make the hair sleek & smooth. Agave plant sugars help hydrate & condition.

Hair coloring can be done the same day, but only after an Agave Smoothing Treatment. What’s more, Agave Smoothing Treatment can be used over previously chemically straightened hair such as Keratin Treatments, Thio based straighteners and Sodium Hydroxide Relaxers.

Read more at AgaveOil.com.

Here’s a short video that describes what makes Agave so exceptional.

The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System (STS)

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Photo credit: Design Essentials

The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System is a safe and effective amino-acid infused thermal reconditioning systems.

The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System strengthens the hair while straightening, stretching and smoothing naturally curly, frizzy, multi-textured, transitioning and chemically treated hair.

The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System is an Amino-Acid based system, using the active Cysteine Amino Acid.  It does not contain Formaldehyde nor any Formaldehyde derivatives. It does not emit harmful gasses as seen with Formaldehyde based straightening systems.

The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System is not a chemical. It is a protein based treatment that does not contain any harsh or permanent chemicals. Unlike chemical based products, the Strengthening Therapy System does not break nor rearrange the bonds. In contrast, it fills the hair fiber with micro-fine amino acids, resulting in the stretching or elongation of the hair strand, while providing maximum strengthening to the hair.

The Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System utilizes the Thermal Reconditioning Process to elongate, straighten, strengthen and transform hair into a stronger, healthier, more manageable state that lasts up to 12 weeks.

Read more at DesignEssentials.com.

Here’s a short video that describes why we like this system, especially for clients transitioning to natural hair.

When you are “hair ready” for a smoothing treatment, ask your Karline’s Salon stylist about the K-Natural package, which includes two visits, the Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System application, and products for at-home maintenance – all for a special price. Make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy hair.

 


What if You Want a Silk Press?

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What if you want a silk press? Trust a professional hair stylist to help with that! A silk press is a delicious style for natural hair that requires a lot of love and, a minimum of 6 inches in length. Long gone are the days of the press and curl, the silk press is a process of blow drying the hair after shampooing and conditioning, and then using a ceramic iron to smooth out the curl and give the hair a silky texture.

The silk press, if properly maintained, can last up to two weeks. A protein treatment and trim will prolong the style. If you’ve been wearing braids for a while, we recommend a strengthening therapy, a protein based treatment for weakened or damaged hair.

Your silk press at-home care should include NO HEAT, but instead, daily use of a light oil or serum to smooth and maintain the hair’s shine. Two products we highly recommend are the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil or Silkology Silkit Hi-Gloss Serum, both available at Karline’s Salon. At night, pull out your KS Satin gear: the KS SatinStyleGuard (wrap cap) and the KS Satin pillowcase. During exercise and workouts, apply your oil or serum and wear the satin cap. And don’t forget to schedule your salon appointment every two weeks.

Here’s more on the silk press:

 

When you’re ready to give the silk press a try, make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.


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!

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