Will you join us in going pink this October?

This October, Salon Khouri is once again partnering with Pink Hair for Hope and the local non-profit, Tigerlily Foundation. We will be donating $1 from every haircut to the Tigerlily Foundation this October. Additionally, we are once again participating in the Pink Hair for Hope campaign with So.Cap. Pink extensions are $10 each, and the proceeds are donated via the Pink Hair for Hope foundation to various breast cancer research non-profit organizations, including the American Cancer Society, National Breast Cancer Foundation, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Tigerlily Foundation was founded by Maimah Karmo, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 32 years old. Maimah is committed to educating young women around the world about breast cancer and empowering them to be their own best advocates. She is dedicated to changing the young adult breast cancer landscape and seeks to impact the quality of care and lifestyle for young women affected by this disease.

Through education, support and advocacy, the Tigerlily Foundation is changing lives and helping women in the Northern Virginia area cope with their diagnoses and recovery. Tigerlily hosts two staple events each year, the Pajama Glam and the Pink Boa 5k. The Pajama Glam was created by Maimah’s 10-year old daughter, Noelle, who wanted to design an event to attract and educate young girls about their breast and body health, while raising awareness towards the younger generation.

Pajama Glam Umbrella Syndicate

Photo copyright: The Umbrella Syndicate

The Pink Boa 5k is an inspiring walk/run event that brings supporters and patients together to help raise money for Tigerlily Foundation.

PinkBoaRun

Photo by: Kipp Burgoyne

Why we like DS Laboratories hair regrowth products: The founder is ‘obsessed’ with finding a cure for baldness

One thing that intrigued us about the DS Laboratories product line was a simple statement made by Daniel Khesin, the founder and CEO of DS Laboratories: “I’m obsessed with finding a cure for hair loss.” Although he has not found it yet, his innovative products can completely reverse baldness for the vast majority of people when caught in the early stages. And, many people don’t realize this, but hair loss is not just a male problem. In fact, according to The American Hair Loss Association, approximately 40% of hair loss sufferers are female.

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Hair Growth Cycle

Hair grows in three phases: anagen (growth), catagen (regression), and telogen (resting). In successive cycles, a follicle replaces its hair strand with another that is either the same size (maintenance), finer (balding) or thicker (regrowth).

For the hair on the scalp, the anagen phase lasts anywhere from two to five years. In androgenetic alopecia for both male and female pattern baldness, hormones cause the hair follicles to contract and produce vellus (light) hairs.

Khesin notes, “Despite decades of intense research and interest, our understanding of follicle function remains rudimentary. The oldest known ion-channel opener for hair growth, minoxidil, works only on part of the scalp and only for a subset of users. Plus, it carries side effects.” His method of research is to gain a greater understanding of how ion-channel openers work, so that his company can create safer and more effective treatments for male and female baldness. “We test and explore some of the most innovative ingredients. We only introduce products when they have proven to work. There has been an enormous amount of research that has gone into these products. Our goal is to not just take up shelf space,” notes Khesin.

We are excited about what we are seeing in our clients’ hair regrowth when using DS Laboratories products. If you notice your hair thinning, please talk to your stylist about which DS Laboratories products will work best for your stage of loss and see for yourself what we are seeing with this innovative line!

The Wind Can’t Stop This Pony

The wind in the DC area today is enough to make anyone’s beautifully styled hair look like a bird was trying to nest in it. Thankfully, high winds don’t always have to mean bad hair days. Here, we give you a step-by-step on the high ponytail. Bring it wind!

Start by taking the front, top section of your hair ...

Start by taking the front, top section of your hair …

Gently tease at the root to provide a little volume ...

Gently tease at the root to provide a little volume …

Pull top section to back of head ...

Pull top section to back of head …

Spray with a medium to heavy hold hair spray ...

Spray with a medium to heavy hold hair spray …

Holding hair in a high pony, comb stray hairs back toward pony, then spray again ...

Holding hair in a high pony, comb stray hairs back toward pony, then spray again …

Secure pony with a coated elastic band ...

Secure pony with a coated elastic band, holding a small piece down with one hand…

Wrap strand around elastic band, then pin with bobby pin ...

Wrap strand around elastic band, then pin with bobby pin …

Spray again on a very windy day for good measure!

Spray again on a very windy day for good measure!

Tips for Curling Your Hair At Home

Curling your hair at home without the right tools and technique can absolutely, positively damage your hair. It can even cause your hair to burn completely off. Although we love to cut pixies, we really don’t want to cut one as a result of an at-home curling iron mishap.

So, our knowledgeable and friendly stylists have offered a few of their tips for safe curling at home.

Stylist Megan Purvis says it’s imperative you start by protecting your hair with a quality thermal protection spray such as Sebastian Trilliant Thermal Protection. She also stresses the importance of not having too hot an iron, particularly for fine hair. I completely agree. My hair is thick but fine, so I keep the temp at no more than 330 degrees. Megan also gives us a tip on keeping the curl modern and romantic: “Be sure to curl away from the face and curl bigger sections of your hair for a looser curl.”

Stylist Kristin Fletcher adds a great tip on achieving the S wave curl. “Hold the iron vertical as you curl.” Kristin also prefers a larger barrel curling iron for an up-to-date look.

An extremely important tip comes from stylist Kelly Stoneberger, “NEVER use hairspray on your hair prior to using any thermal tool.” Kelly is absolutely correct. Unless you want to stir fry your hair, absolutely, positively avoid spraying with hairspray while using any thermal tool. Only use hairspray after you are finished, and I mean, unplug your iron and let it cool before spraying so that you are not even slightly tempted to try to tweak a curl after applying hairspray. Which brings us to Kelly’s second tip — be sure to use a good shampoo and conditioner that will not build up in your hair. Hairspray can be pretty stubborn and without a quality shampoo, you may have hairspray residue that will fry your precious locks once you apply heat. We love Eufora’s Pure Cleanse shampoo because it offers a unique, non-sulfate cleansing system that gently yet thoroughly cleanses the hair and scalp.

We hope these tips have helped. If you’d like to know more, please ask any one of our professional and approachable stylists for tips for your specific hair type.

What we like to do in our downtime …

What do we do in our down time at the salon? We play! Ok, we admin it, sometimes we play on our “electronic devices”, but other times …

A little fun with our beautiful assistant, Stephanie! Hair by our amazing Orie!

A little fun with our beautiful assistant, Stephanie! Hair by our amazing razor genius Orie!

Some post Oscars fun with our assistant Jelena. Hair by our fabulous and super sweet Kristin!

Some post Oscars fun with our assistant Jelena. Hair by our fabulous and super sweet Kristin!