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FORMULA 18: Healthy Hair on the Fast Track


What if there was a treatment that offered long-term protection, strengthened the hair fiber and created a smoother appearance? There is, and it's FORMULA 18, F18 for short, developed by Enjoy Hair Care. We at Karline's Salon like to Read more

Mineral Deposits May Be Wrecking Your Hair Even If You Have Soft Water | BELLEMOCHA.com


... this morning, I stumbled upon a study on the impact of hard water on the hair and suddenly, I'm fully recommitted rewarding my hair and skin with soft water once again. We already know that hard water chemical deposits Read more

A Shot of HydraTriplex


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 Read more

The Guiding Principles of Healthy Hair Care


Class 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 Read more

How Mean is Chlorine?


How mean is chlorine? In a nutshell, very, especially when you live in the South Florida tropical paradise where the pool is your playground.  Chlorine is a bully and can wreak havoc on natural, color or chemically-treated (think relaxed) Read more

Mane-ly on Monday: Summer Hair Maintenance


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 Read more

The Undercut


What's old is new and in again! That's the story with the undercut, a style the beauty blog POPSUGAR acknowledged has long been rocked by women of color and names one of the trendiest of the year. It's a Read more

Super Foods for Healthy Hair and Skin


Karline's Salon Note: We all know how eating what's right contributes to overall health, but take a look at the list of 30 super foods for healthy hair and skin.  You'll see some surprises, as well as, recipes for Read more

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


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 Read more

Mane-ly on Monday: Thank U Prince


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 Read more

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!

Karline

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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)

Photo credit: Design Essentials

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!

Karline


What if I Relax My Edges Every Other Week

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Stop. Stop right now and here’s why. You can cause severe damage including hair loss and thinning. Moreover, it will take quite a bit of time to repair the damage done. Here are a few more reasons, courtesy of Design Essentials (full disclosure: Karline’s Salon uses Design Essential professional products and is a local retailer).

The temple areas should not be relaxed every two weeks. Normally the density of the hair is lower around the edges, and it is almost impossible to prevent over processing if the hair is relaxed every two weeks. Professional stylists can give you the appearance of a relaxer by using special techniques, styling tools and professional products.

Karline Ricketts, Master Stylist and Educator

Karline Ricketts, Master Stylist and Educator

One of the leading confessions I hear from new clients is that they relax their edges in between touch-ups. To prevent breakage, thinning and balding, remember that your edges are fragile follicles, so avoid over-processing and excessive heat. In addition, if you’re under stress, grab a squeeze ball instead of pulling on the edges of your hair. To smooth out-of-control or dry edges without chemical processing, I recommend Design Essentials’ Sleek Edge Control, which comes in three different strengths: maximum hold, medium and firm. Regardless of your texture, it tames the edges and works for both natural and relaxed hair.

Design Essentials Sleek Edge Control

Design Essentials Sleek Edge Control

Get on the road to healthy hair repair and maintenance, feel free to #AskKarlinesSalon and make an appointment to visit  our West Palm Beach, FL sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.

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Karline Ricketts

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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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Photo credit: istolethetv / Foter / CC BY

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.

 


Live Your Life, Love Your Hair and Take Good Care of You

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KS Monthly Blog Header-Octoberv2Live Your Life, Love Your Hair and Take Good Care of You is our motto for the month and we are breaking it down to remind you to Be inspired, Be Involved and BeYoutiful!

Live Your Life

Grammy Award-winning recording artist Jill Scott sings live your life like it’s golden in the chart-topping hit and we couldn’t agree more.

The message really hit home when we attended the third annual Pink Strydes Affair, a fashion show and fundraiser to support local breast cancer patients and survivors. We were inspired through cheers and tears for our courageous friends and neighbors determined to make the most of every moment.

Love Your Hair

We’re happy to announce Natural Hair Tuesdays for our natural hair divas. Head on over to our Specials Page to check out services with savings up to $50.00.

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Special Savings on Natural Hair Tuesdays at Karline’s Salon

Are you thinking of going from relaxed to natural hair? Visit this link to take the Transitioning Quiz, courtesy of Nappturality.

Take Good Care of You

Every year this month, our normally sunny South Florida skies are painted in shades of purple and pink to observe two very important causes: Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We take this opportunity to tell you about two local organizations in our area that provide help and hope. If you need them or would like to support them, reach out to them.

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The Florida Resource Center for Women and Children, based in Riviera Beach, FL, is an advocate for those affected by or at risk of domestic violence. Visit www.frcwc.org to learn more.

 

 

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Pink Strydes is a resource for breast cancer patients. Founded by the late Vanessa Robinson, a Palm Beach County salon owner and friend of Karline’s Salon, Pink Strydes bridges the gap between diagnosis, treatment and everyday life. Visit www.pinkstrydes.org to learn more.

 

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Karline Ricketts and the late Vanessa Robinson in 2012

 

Have a BeYoutiful October. Live your life, love your hair and take good care!


Back to School Hair Trends and Essentials

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Oprah goes natural for Fall 2012

What better time than back to school and the fall season to rock the hallways and water coolers with the latest hair trends and essentials? From Oprah’s natural look – no blow-dryer or flat iron- to Rihanna’s dazzling cuts and colors; from beanie caps (lined with satin, of course, to prevent hair breakage) to flowery head bands and sparkly hair pins; from soft waves to beautiful braids, this is the season for new looks, bold attitudes and hair makeovers.

 

 

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Whatever hair style or accessory you choose, remember it all begins with healthy hair.  And with summer winding down, why not visit Karline’s Salon to transform or refresh your look. Plus, take advantage of the salon’s back to school discount of 10 percent off on all services through August 30. Click on the coupon to download or print, and present it to your Karline’s Salon servicer. 

 

 

 

 


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