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KS Cares - Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County


In this very special holiday post, we'd like to tell you about Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, a funding resource for programs and services that improve the lives of children and their families. Moreover, we'd like to Read more

5 Tips to Maintain Healthy and Full Hair as You Age


Courtesy of doctortipster.com. here are five tips to maintain healthy and full hair as you age. There's an old saying that time waits for nobody, but we can definitely make the hair fall wait! Rare as it may be, we Read more

Back2Basics: Stress and Hair Loss


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for an elementary lesson on the connection between stress and hair loss. Review the following strands of thought to understand why hair loss occurs and Read more

Never Have You Ever Used Yogurt on Your Hair?


Never have you ever used yogurt on your hair? There are a few strands of thought on this popular dairy product. Natural yogurt is full of protein and, according to stylecraze.com, it is a common natural hair care ingredient Read more

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

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.

 


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.


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.


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.

 


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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