Giving Hope to thousands of children battling cancer

For Hope Veazey, diagnosed with leukemia at seven years old, HopeCam brought a peace of mind knowing that she could stay connected to her friends and her education. It brought normalcy to a hectic schedule that included many clinic visits and in-patient hospital stays. For Ted and Kristin Veazey, Hope’s parents, HopeCam brought a ray of hope when they were going through the toughest of times.

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.

We are honored to once again partner with HopeCam this January as our 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 as a Northern Virginia salon able to give back to our community in this way!

Paying it Forward in Memory of Mathias: Our December Community Outreach Partner

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This December marks four years since cancer stole Mathias Giordano from his family and friends. We are honored to remember Mathias through selecting the non-profit created in his name, Team Mathias, as our December Community Outreach Partner. We are donating $1 from every haircut from our Fairfax and Loudoun locations this month to this local, non-profit who is making a difference in the lives of children battling cancer. We will promise to do random acts of kindness in Mathias’ name and would love for you to join in using the hashtags #PayItForward and #MathiasStrong.

The heartbreaking yet beautiful words from Mathias’ mom, Roya, are shared below:

“4 years ago today our world changed forever.

I now realize that the hardest part of losing you, wasn’t to say goodbye but to learn to live without your beautiful smile, your hugs, your sense of humor, your love for life, your care for friends and family, your passion for food and your sophisticated taste for beautiful & contemporary things in life.

The emptiness that your dad, Troy & I feel in our hearts and in our home not just today but EVERYDAY is killing us. There is truly no greater heartache than having to live our lives without you! I was convinced that my heart would stop beating when yours did. 4 years later I’m still wondering how am I still breathing? If the broken heart syndrome is as real as they say it is why hasn’t it made my broken heart stop!

Being your mom has and will always be my biggest accomplishment in life. Your strength, determination and your love for life will always guide me to be a better person & my one and only mission in life is to protect your name and your legacy and to make you proud. I want you to keep smiling down on us in knowing that we are making a small difference each and everyday in the lives of those effected by cancer in your LOVING Memory.

We are blessed to have a lot of loving, caring & supportive friends and family who still remember and honor you daily.

Friends please #PayItForward in Mathias’ memory today. Go out of your way to make someone smile today because of Mathias. Make a donation to your favorite childhood cancer charity, Donate blood or platelets, do something small or big just to remember my sweet, beautiful, handsome boy. My soulmate, my Mathias.”

 

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.

 

 

Our November Community Outreach: Coalition to Support America’s Heroes

Jsalute-heroes-logoonathan and I, and our entire team at Salon Khouri, are humbled by the sacrifice of those in our Armed Services. They risk limb and life for the freedoms that we get to enjoy each and every day in our great nation. We look at guys like Rob Jones, and what he has overcome after losing both legs above the knee in an IED explosion while he was serving in Afghanistan. It’s astounding to think about his courage, absolute grit and utter determination to overcome injury and become truly inspirational to others. I think we sometimes take for granted just how much these men and women — and their families — sacrifice so that we have the freedoms provided for us in our Constitution. In the 241 years since this nation was founded (and in those years leading up to our independence), there have been countless men and women willing to give up comfort and safety so that generations after them would not have to. We may not be a perfect nation, but we are a very good nation striving to be a better one. And we are a nation founded upon the truth that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

We are taking time this month to thank those men and women, through the Coalition to Salute America’s Hereos, who have defended and who continue to defect these rights afforded to us in the United States.

Coalition to Salute America’s Hereos is a local non-profit, but one that serves wounded vets from across our nation. Their mission is to help severely-wounded veterans and families of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn recover from their injuries and illnesses, and to inspire other organizations and the general public to participate in this effort.

Coalition to Salute America’s Hereos has many great programs. One of them is is emergency financial assistance given to our wounded veterans to help pay for necessities such as food and rent.

Their Road to Recovery Conference is a life-changing experience that brings severely wounded troops and their families from all across the U.S. together to encourage hope, healing and to continue on the Road to Recovery.

Through their Employment Initiatives, Coalition to Salute America’s Hereos provides job placement through partner organizations as well as part-time employment for the catastrophically wounded, which provides income through customized jobs for these wounded vets.

It is our honor to partner with Coalition for America’s Hereos this November. We will be donating $1 from every haircut from our Fairfax and Dulles location to this amazing, local non-profit.

Check a few things off your Christmas list at Salon Khouri

Our 2018 Holiday goodies have arrived! We would love to help you check teachers, co-workers, neighbors, friends and family off your list. And, when you shop at Salon Khouri, you are supporting a local, small-owned business and putting money into your local economy. Did you know that local businesses generate 70% more local economic activity per square foot than big box retail? And, if every family spent just an extra $10 per month at a locally owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to our economy? Fill out an order request online or call us at 703.273.7878.

Here’s how we can help you with your 2018 Holiday Shopping while supporting local:

Our Kevin Murphy 2018 Holiday Kits are beautifully packaged and ready for gift-giving, and each come with a FREE full-sized product — an amazing value!! Pricing $64-$77 with a $29-$46 savings!

Our Angel Body kit comes with an ANGEL.WASH, ANGEL.RINSE and a FREE full-size BODY.MASS!Angel Body

Our Textured Blonde kit comes with BLONDE.ANGEL WASH, BLONDE.ANGEL RINSE, and a FREE full-size POWDER.PUFF!Textured Blonde

Our Hydrate and Repair kit comes with a HYDRATE.ME WASH, HYDRATE.ME RINSE, and a FREE full-size LEAVE.IN REPAIR!

Our Repaired Again kit comes with a REPAIR.ME WASH, REPAIR.ME RINSE, and a FREE full-size YOUNG.AGAIN treatment oil!

 

New to the Salon Khouri line is the Eleven product line. The Eleven line is a natural hair care line whose ingredient deck is slightly less exotic than the Kevin Murphy line and can therefore be offered at a lower price point. The Eleven kits also come with a free, full-size styling product! Pricing $40-$44 with a $20 savings!

Our Hydrate Holiday Trio comes with a Hydrate My Hair Shampoo, Hydrate My Hair Conditioner and a FREE full-size Miracle Hair Treatment!Hydrate Holiday Trio

Our Blonde Holiday Trio comes with a Keep My Blonde Shampoo, Keep My Blonde Conditioner and a FREE full-size Give Me Clean Hair Dry Shampoo!Blonde Holiday Trio

Our Smooth Holiday Trio comes with a Smooth Me Now Anti-Frizz Shampoo, Smooth Me Now Anti-Frizz Conditioner and a FREE full-size Frizz Control Shaping Cream!Smoothing Holiday Trio

Our Volume Holiday Trio comes with a I Want Body Shampoo, I Want Body Conditioner and a FREE full-size I Want Body Texture Spray!Volume Holiday Trio

We have our amazing, hand-crafted Body Massage Candles back for this season. Our candles are hand-poured, aromatherapy candles that burn at only 3 degrees above body temperature. The resulting oil—warm, but never uncomfortably hot—can then be used as a body massage oil or moisturizer to enhance the health and texture of your skin. All of our candles contain soybeans, which are a rich source of protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. Soy is very hydrating for dry, cracked hands and feet, and the oil never feels sticky or waxy. Best of all, it feels and smells great! Hurry, these FLY off the shelves! They are incredible gifts or stocking stuffers and have an approximate burn time of 30-40 hours. Pricing: $17 (6 oz) $25 (8 oz). Through December 24th, save 10% when you purchase two or more items of our Body Massage Candles.

Harvest hast hints of subtle apricot and reminds one of fresh, fall leaves. Combine it with one of our Eclat Hot Cocoa Sticks and your gift will be the most memorable of all!

Butt Naked is a great gift not only because of it’s cheeky name, but because it smells amazing. With natural mango and papaya oils, this candle is always a gifting win!

Colorado Christmas is one of the most comforting scents we’ve ever experienced. Notes include essential oils of orange, cinnamon and clove.

We were inspired by John 15:1-7 to create a new body care line called Abiding. In the line we are offering a heel therapy creme, bar soap, body lotion, salt scrub, shower gel, whipped body creme and a shea butter balm. The scent is an ever pleasing Floral Citrus. Our Abiding product is made proudly in the USA, is paraben free, phthalate free, and is not tested on animals. Pricing $14-$20. Through December 24th, save 10% when you purchase two or more items of our Abiding line.

The salt scrub is a unique combination of sea salt and liquid soap. An oil-free ingredient deck allows for easy rinse off and won’t make surfaces slippery.

The shower gel is non-drying like many shower gels on the market. Our formulation is super hydrating and will help nourish your skin.

The whipped creme is made with cocoa butter, shea butter and sunflower seed oil. It’s super light, but absorbs quickly.

The body lotion is super light weight, but highly moisturizing. It has skin soothing chamomile, aloe vera & comfrey, shea butter and vitamin E.

We are proud to carry handcrafted chocolates from Christopher Curtin, Master Chocolatier of Eclat Chocolate. Choose from hot cocoa sticks (Cinnamon & Chile, 72% Dark Organic Chocolate, Hazelnut, Salted Caramel) to gourmet chocolate bars including: Desert Rose, Aleppo Pepper & Pink Peppercorn, Pennsylvania Dutch Pretzel, Cacao Nibs and Toasted Corn. Pricing $5-$8. Through December 24th, save 10% when you purchase two or more items from our Eclat Chocolates.

 

 

 

For more than two decades, BIO IONIC has lead the hair tool industry in ionic technology.  Founded by stylists, their focus has always been to provide quality, results driven tools for the hair professional. With a dedication to high performance, they continuously set industry standards to new levels. The proprietary blend of minerals infused into these tools promotes healthy, hydrated styles, and can only be found in a BIO IONIC tool.  Water molecules are broken down by their unique mineral complex, allowing their tools to infuse the hair with moisture throughout styling for an unparalleled smooth finish. Now through December 24th, save up to $43 on a BioIonic Gold Pro tool at Salon Khouri!

 

 

 

 

Not sure which to choose? Let us know your price range and we can create custom gift baskets for you, including a Salon Khouri Gift Card. Your Salon Khouri team would be honored to serve as your unique gifting center this Christmas Season! Make your gifts memorable this year! Call us at 703.273.7878 to request a gift basket or fill out a quick Order Request online.

How We Are Reducing Ocean Waste Plastic

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We are proud to announce that Kevin Murphy will be re-working packaging on their square-shaped bottles to be made from 100% recycled ocean waste plastic. It’s true; they will be the first ever beauty brand to implement this practice, and they are hoping to start an industry-wide conversation about the heart of the issue: safe packaging disposal. As a salon, we are committed to doing what we can to keep our planet as beautiful as the day it was created. Through their new project, they have projected to save the planet over 360 tons of new plastic each year. We are excited to be a Northern Virginia salon committed to helping with reducing ocean waste plastics through this initiative.

Every minute of every day, one garbage truck full of plastic is dumped into our oceans, which has led to over 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently littering our beautiful water and affecting its sea life. Every piece of plastic that has ever been made – ever – is still here on our planet, and currently only 9% of our world’s plastics are recycled. KEVIN.MURPHY is committed to changing these statistics and reducing plastic in the best way they know how: by cleaning up our oceans and reclaiming that plastic to package their hair products in order to create a circular supply chain. They call this responsible packaging, and we encourage you to get involved.

As part of the KEVIN.MURPHY brand commitment to The Choices We Make, their latest initiative is a reflection of their unwavering attention to our environment through everything they do. This is an urgent call-to-action to help protect our vast oceans and marine life. Through this new initiative, KEVIN.MURPHY is aiming to change the industry standard on packaging.

Second and third images provided courtesy of Luis Murphy and Natasha Childs.

Helping Children Through Child Help: Our October Community Outreach Partner

This October, our community outreach partner is Child Help, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect as well as at-risk children. With a home in Culpeper County, Child Help gives hope and much needed services to children who so desperately need healing and love.

The Alice C. Tyler Village in Lingum, VA, is a private, nonprofit, psychiatric residential treatment facility located in Northern Virginia. The Village provides a clinically sophisticated therapeutic program utilizing an interdisciplinary approach specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents with mild to severe trauma or neglect, psychiatric disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders.

The Village brings the light of love and healing into the lives of countless abused and neglected children, and those suffering from psychiatric and behavioral disorders. Their unique location on a 270-acre horse farm provides a nurturing treatment setting with a variety of therapy resources. Children live in separate home-like cottages based on age and gender. Each child has daily opportunities to pursue a variety of recreational activities: horseback riding, community outings, hiking and biking trails, rope courses, team sports, Go-Kart track, swimming, and a children’s choir.

We are honored to partner with Child Hope this October and will be donating $1 from every haircut we do in both our Fairfax and Dulles locations to this amazing non-profit!

KILLER.WAVES

by Kyrsti Ashmall

WHO IS THIS PRODUCT FOR: Those with fine hair that requires definition and volume. This product is weightless, invisible and is as light as air. For coarser curl management, check out KILLER.CURLS.

The newest CURL on our block is here: KILLER.WAVES. This weightless wave-enhancer is your one-stop-shop to add volume, texture and definition for your locks, and will give you that effortless “mermaid hair” you’ve been dreaming of. KILLER.WAVES was created with the curl-haired girl in mind, as each and every curly and wavy head of hair is unique, and no two heads are the same.

Our new KILLER.WAVES uses the same technology that is used to thicken and lengthen eyelashes in order to make your waves feel and look fuller, weightlessly. Infused with Baobab Seed Extract, Hibiscus Flower Extract and Yerba Mate, our favourite new wave-maker moisturises and maintains your curls and waves while fighting frizz, adding strength and offering overall protection and manageability for your ‘doo.

Just as curly and wavy hair is personal, so is the combination of products needed to keep it just so. KILLER.WAVES acts as the foundation product to lift and volumise your hair, giving you the flexibility to create a routine that is as unique as your curl.

Watch our video below to learn more about KILLER.WAVES!

Our Community Outreach Partner for September: The Truth 365

Over 15,000 kids will be diagnosed with cancer in the next 365 days. Cancer kills more than 2,500 children in our country every year.

The goal of The Truth 365 is to educate and mobilize millions of people through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social networking sites. Their full-length documentaries and shorter films inform the public that there is a critical need for funding for childhood cancer research. Through increased awareness comes increased funding. You see, children *should be* our nations’ priority. Yet, the shocking lack of funding for childhood cancers indicates otherwise. We are sad to again be including this fact in our blog: the National Cancer Institute allocates only 4% of it’s cancer research budget toward childhood cancers. And 4% is simply not enough. Drug companies aren’t allocating research dollars either, as there are 16 major types of pediatric cancers and over 100 subtypes – all of which need to be approached differently. Much of the funding for new therapies are left to be raised by the parents, which is a burden they should not have to bear. Yet, they do, faced with no other options for helping their children. They bike, run, shave their heads, participate in ultra marathons — just about anything they can do — they will to raise money to give to advance research.

We would love for you to spread the word about CureFest, an amazing and FREE childhood cancer event in Washington DC! This year, CureFest will be September 15th and 16th, with the 1.8 mile walk on Sunday.

We are donating $1 from every haircut from both locations this September to The Truth 365. You also have an opportunity to help by donating at our front desk where you can fill out a Childhood Cancer Awareness Square to hang in our window to help us #GoGold this September! To read more about the shocking facts of childhood cancer, please read our blog post from last year.

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