The Millennial Pink Hair Trend: What Your Stylist Wants You to Know

hair stylistsMillennials pride themselves on daring to be different, even when it comes to their hair. Unconventional hues and edgy haircuts dominate social media channels, and young people often want to seem both bold and sweet. That may be why the ubiquitous pastel tone dubbed “Millennial Pink” has gotten so much attention. It looks completely dreamy and manages to be fearless without being off-putting. But if you’re going to think pink, here’s what expert hair stylists want you to know first.

Your natural hair color can be a huge factor

Naturally light-haired girls do have the advantage here, whether they go to hair salons or do their color at home (which we’d never recommend, by the way — more on this later!). For this soft hair color to show up, you’ll need a light base first. That means that brunettes and raven-haired beauties will have to go through a lot to ensure they’re properly tickled pink. You will have to bleach and strip your hair’s natural pigment before the colored dye can even be applied. If you’re determined to see the world through rose-colored glasses, be sure to go to a salon where the hair stylists specialize in creative color.

The upkeep can be enormous

Around 72% of girls feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful, which often results in a lot of extra work. If you aren’t prepared for the maintenance, you may want to think twice before getting pastel locks. Even when the dyes are permanent, they’ll fade a lot more quickly than natural shades. Pink-haired gals will have to book appointments with their hair stylists more frequently to keep their color looking fresh. They’ll also need to use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners and may want to consider rinsing with cool water (brr!). While we’d never want to discourage anyone from achieving the hair color they love, we also think it’s important to be upfront about how much extra work it requires.

If you’re determined to go pink, go to a salon

We understand how these little luxuries can add up. But if you want to make sure your pink ‘do wows, your salon is your best bet. Not only will you get the color you want, but you’ll also be able to avoid a lot of unnecessary damage to your hair. Your color will be even, your hair will be silky and healthy, and your results will last far longer. Plus, any hair color you’ll find in a box or in a bottle on a shelf simply won’t be as high quality as what you’ll find in the salon. Going the DIY route will likely lead to disappointment (and you may have to book an appointment anyway to fix the result).

We think pastel pink hair can be absolutely gorgeous, and just about anyone can rock this hue. That said, it’s important to be informed about what’s required before you commit. For more information on unconventional hair colors or to book an appointment, contact Salon Khouri today.

March Madness at Salon Khouri Fairfax

We’d love to be your new salon home! Serving Northern Virginia since 2005, we have an amazing team, current on trends and have won multiple Northern Virginia awards including ‘Best Of’ Northern Virginia and a ‘Best of Suburbia’ finalist in Posh Seven Magazine!

This weekend, we are offering a complimentary haircut or blow dry when you schedule any of the following services for Saturday, March 17th, or Sunday, March 18th:

  • Color (root touch up or roots-to-ends color)
  • Partial or full foil
  • Partial or full balayage

Simply mention the promo code MARCH MADNESS when you call to schedule! Hurry, spots are limited!! Call 703.273.7878 to reserve your appointment.

* Valid 03/17/2018-03/18/2018 at our Fairfax location.
* V
alid for new clients to Salon Khouri.
* Appointment required and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Giving hope to children battling cancer with HopeCam

The mission of Hopecam is simple: to overcome the social isolation experienced by children in treatment for cancer. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it is important to keep the child connected to school and friends. In fact, research by Suzuki and Kato in 2003 shows that children who felt more supported from their classmates during cancer treatment were “less depressed, less anxious, and had higher self-esteem” than children who did not feel supported by classmates.

Hopecam is a local non-profit who gives hope to thousands of children across the U.S. by keeping them connected to their friends and teachers during treatment. And, in November of 2011 when Ava Buhr, the daughter of a dear client, was diagnosed with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Hopecam brought smiles and joy as it connected Ava with her teacher and classmates.

We are honored to partner with Hopecam this March as our March community outreach partner and will be donating $1 from each haircut at both our Fairfax, VA and Dulles Landing, VA locations. It brings us so much joy to be a Northern Virginia salon able to give back to our community in this way! Also, be sure to sign up for the 18th Annual Hopecam 5k on Sunday, May 6th.

Speak Like a Stylist: Helpful Hairstyle Glossary

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The worldwide beauty and personal care industry is valued at approximately $400 billion, and it’s easy to see why. All across the globe, stylists, skin care specialists, and beauty brands are helping people just like you feel more confident, radiant, and special. But if you don’t know the jargon, it can be difficult to tell your hair stylist exactly what you’re looking for. Of course, your stylist will conduct a thorough consultation to make sure you’re both on the same page and that the final result will delight you. Still, it may put your mind at ease to gain a better understanding of some of the haircut and styling terms you’ll hear at hair salons. We’ve put together this helpful hairstyle glossary so that you can feel totally self-assured during your next appointment.

    • Balayage: A highlighting technique that uses a sweeping motion to hand paint color directly onto the hair (no foil necessary). It produces a more natural effect and can be done on various lengths and colors or hair. It generally lasts longer than other types of techniques.

 

    • Blunt Cut: A straight-across haircut with no layers that can be done on all lengths of hair. Also known as a “heavy” or “solid” cut.

 

    • Consultation: The beginning of a client’s hair service wherein the hair stylist will discuss the look desired by the client and offer expertise. During this time, the client has an opportunity to express what they like, don’t like, or aren’t sure about. The consultation is essential for creating a great experience; even long-time clients should be treated to a thorough consultation at every appointment.

 

    • Dry Cutting: This can either be the primary hair cutting method (particularly for clients with curly hair) or as a secondary method after the initial wash, cut, and style. Dry cutting can allow the hair stylist to see more detail and better understand how a client’s hair will lay after styling, which can result in a better cut overall.

 

    • Dusting: A very slight trim to clean up a hair cut; “just the very ends.” If a client wants to address only split ends or is nervous to make a bigger change, this can help them feel a little fresher and lighter.

 

    • Extensions: Real or synthetic hair pieces that are attached to the client’s hair by braiding, fusing, bonding, or clipping. These pieces can make hair look longer and/or fuller. They may be dyed to match a client’s natural color or can add pops of other colors if desired.

 

    • Fringe: Otherwise known as bangs. Face-framing, short layers of hair that sit on the forehead. These can be wispy or piecey, blunt and heavy, or side-swept.

 

    • Highlights: Lightening pieces of the hair, rather than the entire head. Highlights can be very thin or chunky, or full (meaning lighter pieces will be selected throughout your hair) or partial (lighter pieces only in specific locations, like underneath layers).

 

    • Layers: Cascading shorter pieces of hair that can be blunt or blended in one cohesive haircut. These add volume and dimension to a cut, can help frame the face, or either remove or add weight as needed.

 

    • Ombre: The gradual lightening of hair, typically dark at the roots and lighter at the ends. From the French word for “shaded” or “shading.” Unlike balayage, ombre styles have a color contrast between the top and bottom parts of the hair. Ombre styles may require bleaching, depending on the client’s natural hair color.

 

    • Texturing: This refers to the process of changing a client’s natural hair texture. Perms add permanent curls or re-shapes existing curls, while relaxers can permanently straighten a client’s hair. These services should allow the hair to stay healthy while giving the client their desired look.

 

  • Undercut: A style in which the top of the hair is left longer than what’s underneath. Bob haircuts may be done in this way, but newer trends involve shaved portions of the head that hide underneath longer portions of hair.

We hope you’ll now feel completely confident to use these terms next time you go to the salon. No matter what kind of final effect you’re after, it’s important to communicate openly with your hair stylist. That way, you’ll leave every appointment feeling incredible.

Valentine’s Day Promotions @ Salon Khouri

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we’ve put together a few sweet promotions (pun completely intended!) We are excited to announce these fun promotions available at our Fairfax salon and Dulles Landing salon this February!

  • Receive a complimentary Kevin Murphy Masque treatment with any $75 gift certificate purchase!
  • Receive a complimentary, custom Kevin Murphy Treat.Me hair treatment service with any $150 gift certificate purchase!
  • Purchase our “Gift for Her” Signature facial at our Dulles Landing location with our amazing esthetican Judy. Our “Gift for Her” facial is a 60 minute Signature facial complete with a little sachet of chocolates and a $10 gift gift certificate toward a future 90 minute Signature Facial!

* Limit of 4 total complimentary treatments buy purchasing gift certificate promotion. Gift certificate promotion valid on purchases Feb 1 – Feb 28, 2018.

More Than Just a Hat! Our February Community Outreach Partner

We just adore this photo posted to the Ellie’s Hats blog recently of sweet little Cash, having a blast in an Ellie’s Hats tote. They dubbed it, “Cash in a bag!”

Sweet Cash in an Ellie's Hats Bag

Cash and his family were recent recipients of an Ellie’s Hats care package that included a bag, hats (of course!), a tee shirt, bracelets, and a gas card. Cash’s mom sent a sweet thank you to Ellie’s Hats:

“We received your package and are so overwhelmed by your kindness. Thank you so much for the sweet hats for all our kids, the bracelets, the shirt, the ribbon pin, the amazing bag and the gas card. Cash and his siblings were so excited when they opened the box. It brought tears to mine and my husband’s eyes. We are so very grateful and feel so blessed to receive such a loving and caring package for our family. Thank you again….so much.”

We love what Ellie’s Hats is doing for local children battling cancer. What they do really is ‘More than just a hat.’ In fact, last year, Ellie’s Hats donated $20,000 in total Pediatric Oncology Family Support Fund at INOVA Children’s Hospital and Novant Hemby Children’s Hospital, coordinated Family Dinner Nights and have brought smiles to thousands of faces across the nation by sending handmade hats to children battling cancer.

We are proud to once again partner with Ellie’s Hats this February by donating $1 from every haircut in February from both our Fairfax and Dulles locations to Ellie’s Hats.

Kevin Murphy Hair Color Ingredient Spotlight: Pomegranate

We are SO in love with the Kevin Murphy hair color line and so are our SK Enthusiasts! They love how soft their hair feels, they love the depth and dimension of the Kevin Murphy color, they love the smell (yes, Kevin Murphy color actually smells GOOD because it has good things in it!).

We wanted to share a little about some of the ingredients in the Kevin Murphy color line. One of them is pomegranate. Pomegranate is known for it’s anti-inflammatory effects as well as for being a strong antioxidant and therefore anti-aging. As such, it’s the perfect ingredient to include in the Kevin Murphy color line!

According to wikipedia, the name pomegranate derives from medieval Latin pōmum “apple” and grānātum “seeded”. Possibly stemming from the old French word for the fruit, pomme-grenade, the pomegranate was known in early English as “apple of Grenada”—a term which today survives only in heraldic blazons.

The pomegranate juice in Kevin Murphy hair color comes from Turkey, Iran and Israel, and the extraction and concentration process is done in Italy. Most often seen in hand creams and lotions, Pomegranate is used as an invigorating and awakening agent for the hair and skin. In Kevin Murphy color, the Pomegranate works together with Honey, Shea Butter, Rose Hip and Aloe Vera to protect the integrity of your hair and ensure long-lasting color results!

Kevin Murphy Hair Color

This January, we are offering $10 in SK Cash toward your first hair color service! This includes color, highlights, lowlights, color or balayage! Offer expires Jan 31, 2018 and is not valid with other offers or promotions. Valid at our Fairfax and Dulles locations.

Freezin’ again for a Reason!

This is our fourth year jumping as a team into the ice cold water of Lake Anne. But, we sort of have a soft spot for kids, particularly kids fighting life-threatening diseases such as cancer. We encourage you to join our team and jump with us on February 3rd! Or, make a donation to support our jump. No amount is too small! We have learned that little makes big and appreciate every dollar you donate to support Camp Sunshine.

2017 Salon Khouri VA Polar Dip Team

This year, we are again jumping in memory of precious Kate Rhoades. Kate was just four years old when she lost her battle to leukemia on Jan 12, 2016 after a sudden and unexpected relapse. To know Kate was to love her. Her sweet little smile and curiosity about life was contagious. We will never forget her and are honored to jump in her memory so that we can share her story with others.

Adorable Kate.

Adorable Kate.

100% of money raised goes to send local families who have children battling a critical illness for a week of respite to Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine provides encouragement, relaxation, joy, and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families from around the world through the various stages of their journeys. The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Camp Sunshine also provides bereavement sessions for families who have lost a child to supported illnesses.

We will be donating $1 from every haircut from both our Fairfax an Dulles locations this January to Camp Sunshine. Additionally, we will be drawing one lucky winner for a 60 Minute Signature Facial at Salon Khouri from everyone who donates toward our jump!

 

Did you know we are Deva Curl certified?

Stylist, Leah Amador, at our Fairfax location can get your curly hair to listen! Leah herself is a curly girl and became certified in Deva Curl cutting to best serve her curly clients. And, as she’ll admit, she was intrigued with learning about the inherent body and movement of the natural curl pattern, therefore equipping her to tame curls into shape with the Deva Curl cutting technique.

Call us to book an appointment at 703.273.7878 and help us help you LOVE YOUR HAIR.

 

 

Honoring Mathias Giordano through Team Mathias: Our December Community Outreach Partner

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There are a million and one things wrong with this photo. It’s a photo taken by Roya Giordano at the graveside of her son, Mathias. The day Roya posted this photo, it had been 1,085 days without her precious son on this earth. Mathias passed on December 7th, 2014 after a 29-month long battle with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer diagnosed mostly in boys, mostly whom are under the age of 25. Mathias was just 11 years old when he and his family were given the devastating diagnosis. Mom’s should never, ever have to post a photo like this, or count the number of days it has been since their little one was last kissed or hugged by them.

We wanted to share Mathias’ story with you and have again selected the foundation set up in his name, Team Mathias, as our December Community Outreach Partner as it is our hope that one day, there will be a cure for all childhood cancers. Spreading Mathias’ story is one way we can honor him, remember him, and spread awareness about childhood cancer.

Mathias had an amazing smile. Our bet is lots of 11 year old girls were smitten with him! He was funny and giving of himself, always looking for ways to serve others while he himself was battling an awful disease. Mathias, Roya, and Jay Coakley, founder of Ellie’s Hats, worked together toward the end of Mathias’ battle to create a Childhood Cancer specialty plate in Virginia, after learning one did not yet exist. (We urge you to order a CC plate through the DMV.) We posted last year about the tremendous LOVE for Mathias that is so apparent when looking through photos on the Team Mathias Facebook page. Since that post, more beautiful photos have been published of people coming together in Mathias’ memory to do good for others. Sorrowfully, another photo posted was the one above, whose realization smacks you in the face that childhood cancer is not rare, is desperately underfunded, and sadly not spoken of enough in our society. It’s a harsh reality, but one that will not be changed by looking the other way or avoiding the topic.

We urge you to please learn more about the facts of childhood cancer. Then we urge you to do something. There are some amazing ideas on the Team Mathias site, on their Take Action page. Register with Be the Match, donate blood, sponsor a Team Mathias Care package, volunteer at an event, share facts on your Facebook page.

This December, Salon Khouri will be sharing Mathias’ story with our community. We are also donating $1 from every haircut from our Fairfax and Loudoun locations to Team Mathias.

 

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