Alex’s Army Making an Impact – Our September Community Outreach Partner

As we #GoGold this September, we have selected Alex’s Army Childhood Cancer Foundation as our community outreach partner! We are honored to donate $1 from every haircut we perform this month to this impactful, local non-profit. Alex’s Army Childhood Cancer Foundation is a 501c3 whose mission is to raise awareness and funding for Childhood Cancer Research while providing Christian focused support to the Childhood Cancer Community.

Through the financial gifts of supporters, Alex’s Army has been able to contribute an astounding $440,000 over the last several years specifically to help fund the REST Immunotherapy Trial at Children’s National Hospital. AACF has remained fully committed to funding this particular trial as they share in the belief with many in the Pediatric Oncology World that Immunotherapies are the future of pediatric cancer treatments.

Be sure to check out the many amazing events that AACF has planned this September.

Alex’s Army Childhood Cancer Foundation was formed in honor of Alex Green, who was diagnosed with a Stage IV Wilms Tumor in 2009 at the young age of 5. To say Alex was a fighter is a bit of an understatement. Throughout his treatment, Alex endured 400 chemo/infusions/immunizations, 100 clinic visits, 15 ER visits, 200 inpatient admissions, 300 IV pokes, 34 total days of radiation, 32 times being put to sleep, 1 bone marrow aspirate, 100 scans (CT/Xray/PET/Echo/EKG) and 15 surgeries.

We wanted to share these words written by Jenni and Derek Green:

Over the years, our family had frequent discussions of faith, of hope – when all else seemed hopeless, of finding strength in God when we are too weak, of death, of heaven, of cancer, of fairness, of being different, of struggles in life, you name it – we talked about it. There are no words to describe how it feels as a parent to have to watch your child endure so much pain and heartache in their little innocent lives. The natural tendency as a parent is to want to fix everything, to shield and protect them from pain, danger, and heartache. Through all of this, one of the things we have learned time and time again is that we are not in control. The only comfort and joy we have been able to find, and finding this has been amazing, but it is in knowing that there IS a greater purpose for us all. While this life is nothing that I would have imagined or picked for us; we have seen so much goodness come out of this pain, we have seen firsthand how God works in His own perfect timing and ours eyes have been opened to the beautiful promises He has given to us. While we may not understand why our family has had to endure this trial, we find comfort in knowing there is a reason and that reason is for good and for a greater purpose. Our sweet Alex passed away at the age of 12 years old on June 5th, 2016 with his Mom & Dad holding his hands and by his side. Alex is the inspiration behind Alex’s Army and we are committed to helping find a cure for all Children battling Childhood Cancers.

With Faith, Hope, and Love Always,
Jenni & Derek Green

 

Reset 180 changing lives in our own backyard

Vulnerable people are being trafficked in our own backyards. Reset180 (formerly Nova Human Trafficking Initiative) works to prevent, disrupt and restore in the area of human trafficking in Northern Virginia.

PREVENT: Reset180 works to educate communities on what exactly modern day slavery looks like. Since 2010, their speakers bureau volunteers have provided prevention awareness education to hundreds of thousands of community members. The Reset180 speakers bureau empowers and equips the community to identify, report, and prevent human trafficking.

DISRUPT: Outreach and disruption teams focus on reaching out to both victims of trafficking and those who purchase them and hold them in captivity. Through prayer, policy change, in person and over the phone interactions, volunteers fight to disrupt the cycle of trafficking.

RESTORE: Since 2015, Restore180 has provided trauma-informed case management that provides access to vital services survivors need to stabilize and eventually live independently. This includes emergency financial assistance, safety planning, providing basic needs, access to legal services, working with the court system, therapy, enrollment in vocational programs, and a lot more.

Through each area of prevention, disruption and restoration, prayer remains a vital part of their process.

WV’s sex trafficking began at age 14 in Northern Virginia. She was recovered by law enforcement and referred to Reset180. Her trafficker was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the crimes he committed against her. Reset180 is walking with her through her healing journey:

This August, we are donating $1 from every haircut we perform to this amazing, life-changing, local non-profit. Help us end this modern slavery epidemic.

Windy Hill Foundation – Helping Our Neighbors

We are honored to once again partner with local non-profit, Windy Hill Foundation, located in Middleburg, Virginia. The foundation’s mission is to provide affordable, decent and safe housing for low and lower-income individuals, families, elders and adults with disabilities in both Loudoun and Fauquier Counties. The foundation provided 310 housing units in Loudoun and Fauquier in 2019 and supported no-cost onsite resident programs and services for those living in Windy Hill Foundation communities.

Recently, Windy Hill Foundation became the recipients of a generous gift: 32 acres of land just West of Middleburg! The family of recently deceased philanthropist and conservationist Magalen Bryant, long-time supporters of Windy Hill Foundation and its mission to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing, offered the foundation 32 acres of land. We know this gift will bless families for years to come and are so excited about this news.

On-site programs consist of after-school academic and social programs, an eight-week drop-in summer day camp, tutoring programs during the school year, family, personal enrichment, social and health programs for younger and older adult residents through committing $200,000 annually, alongside many generous organizational and individual donors and grantors from surrounding communities and the greater Washington DC area. The overarching goal of these programs is to help residents move from affordable to market rate housing.

Conceived in the mind and spirit of Irene (Rene) Llewellyn, a Middleburg resident born in England, the foundation began when Rene was waiting to pick up a child for a music lesson and witnessed the poverty on Windy Hill. She was so impacted that she was determined to help improve local living conditions along with a friend, Edna Washington. Rene’s plans blossomed from a  group of community members who formed the Windy Hill Foundation Charter Board, to include raising enough money to purchase the properties and then use Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds to pay for renovations of the homes. Over a 10-year initial revitalization period the community of 15 families who shared six outhouses and two cold water spigots transformed into totally renovated homes with water and sewer lines. The foundation realized during this initial time frame that the problem of inadequate, sub-standard housing and poverty was far greater than the small Windy Hill community.

By year twenty-five, 47 rental units throughout Middleburg had been acquired and renovated. By the 25th anniversary Windy Hill Foundation had built 186 affordable housing units throughout Loudoun Fauquier Counties. Rene’s dream went beyond housing to improving the resident’s needs and her philosophy drives the vision of Windy Hill today. 

During our July sponsorship period, Salon Khouri will donate $1 for every haircut we do and we encourage all of you to visit the Windy Hill Website to learn how you can help in other ways, including volunteering and direct donations.

Honoring Kate Rhoades via Kate’s Cause – our June Community Outreach Partner

This June, our Salon Khouri Community Outreach Partner is Kate’s Cause. For each haircut we do in June we will be donating $1 in support of this amazing non-profit. Kate’s Cause is doing spectacular things for children who are battling cancer. Their mission is to discover improved and less toxic treatments for the disease. Currently, one of their main focuses is making a commitment of $75,000 to fund research being done by Dr. Yael Mossé, MD, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Mossé’s goal is to develop drugs specifically targeting MYCN, an “undruggable” driver of pediatric cancer. Doctor Mossé has gathered a team of researchers with individual experiences and ideas on attacking MYCN using new and innovative technology. Together, they will prove that the drugs they are developing are operative against most lethal pediatric cancers. Once the grant for the project is completed around Spring of 2025, they will be ready to launch a clinical trial and utilize the new medicine.  

Kate Rhoades

You can help out too in this journey! Kate’s Cause is easily accessible on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. Simply search for “Kate’s Cause.”

You can even support the cause in small actions throughout your day, or RAKs – Random Acts of Kateness. Kate was a kind soul who loved to spread joy, and you can spread awareness  by doing the same. Buy coffee for someone else in line – use the opportunity to tell them about Kate! Perhaps you could leave a note in a library book or shopping cart – brighten someone’s day!

You could write a thank you card for your bus driver, crossing guard or neighbor to wish them a nice day! Maybe leave some change at a vending machine along with a RAK tag.  You never know what small things can make someone’s day 100 times better, so give it a shot, and thank you for supporting Kate’s Cause. 

Some like it hot… but don’t let the sun ruin your hair

We’re looking forward to warmer weather and holidays in the sun (fingers crossed) and hope you are too. But in the excitement of planning to get outside, don’t forget to step up your summer haircare routine. We love the sun, but our hair really doesn’t.

Why those rays will wreck your hair

The sun will very quickly alter the structure of hair, making it weaker, much drier and far more prone to breakage and split ends as it becomes less elastic. And just as the sun can burn our skin, it can also burn our hair – but we don’t think about it because we can’t feel it in the same way.

Colored hair will fade in the sun while hair that isn’t colored may become lighter – but this is just another sign that your hair is being damaged by UV rays, so try not to be tempted by the idea of ‘natural highlights’. Professional color is far kinder to your tresses.

Don’t forget your scalp

And of course, the sun can burn the skin on our scalp leaving it sore and red just like the skin on the rest of our body.

We advise wearing a hat to protect your scalp if you can. If you have thinning hair or a receding hairline, then remember to apply your sunscreen over the exposed part of your head and also along your parting line.

It’s not all bad…

More sun means more vitamin D is absorbed by the skin which is good for us and can give our hair cells a healthy boost. Plus sunny weather and a relaxing break is good for de-stressing – which will also contribute to healthier hair.

How to protect and care for your hair in summer

Here’s our seven-point plan for sun-sational summer hair:

[1] Switch to a hydrating shampoo and conditioner for the summer months. We recommend our KEVIN.MURPHY HYDRATE.ME WASH and HYDRATE.ME RINSE or our Eleven Hydrate My Hair Shampoo and Hydrate My Hair Conditioner.

[2] If your icy blonde is looking a little ‘brassy’ after being in the sun, grab a bottle of our KEVIN.MURPHY BLONDE.ANGEL treatment to remove the brassiness and yellow-tones.

[3] In the same way as you apply sunscreen to protect your skin from damaging UV rays use a sun protector for your hair. Our KEVIN.MURPHY UN.TANGLED leave-in treatment has kakadu plum that shields hair from damage caused by hot tools and the sun.

[4] Hats are underrated! When out in the sun wear a hat or scarf – it’s a simple but very effective way to protect your hair.

[5] Book in for a regular cut or trim during the summer – it’s the best way to banish those dry and split ends.

[6] Deep conditioning treatments are king when it comes to summer hair. Treat yourself to an in-salon professional hydrating and repairing treatment – your stylist will recommend the right one for your hair. They will also advise you on which home-use self-care treatments will be best for you.

[7] Finally, it’s especially important in the summer to go easy on heated styling tools Try turning the temperature down a notch or two and always use a thermal protectant. And, when you can, air dry your hair naturally after washing if possible.

 

Plan ahead: book your pre-holiday appointments

Remember: book your pre-holiday color appointment for three to four weeks before you go away and also reserve a slot for when you return. Let your stylist know you’re going away so they can make any necessary adjustments to the treatment and recommend suitable products to keep your holiday hair in tip-top condition while you’re soaking up the sun.

What The Art of Driving is doing to save our teens…

First, some facts: 23% of teen drivers are more likely to drive with three or more teens in the car in the summer, compared to 6% of teen drivers who are more likely to do so during the school year.

  • 48% of all teen driving fatalities were single vehicle crashes.
  • Approximately 3,000 15-20 year-olds are killed each year in vehicle crashes.
  • Alcohol and drugs are not major causes for these fatalities – representing only 20%.
  • 54% of all teen passenger deaths occurred when another teen was driving.
  • The teen brain has not fully developed until the mid 20’s. They are susceptible to distractions, risk taking behaviors, and a limited capacity to multi-task.
  • Inexperience and distractions are the leading cause of teen driving fatalities, particularly for 16 and 17-year-olds.
  • The majority of teen auto fatalities occur on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Most of those deaths occurred between 9 p.m. and midnight.

So what can we, as parents, grandparents, and friends, do to keep our children, grandchildren and friends safe on the road? Education is one of the best ways to help and there is no better place to learn about teen driving safety than The Art of Driving, founded by Robin Thompson after she tragically lost her 16 year old daughter, Ashley Renee Thompson, in a single vehicular crash in 2003. Robin’s passion is now educating the public on how we can keep our teens safe on the road. The Art of Driving offers teen awareness and responsibility training, parent awareness and responsibility training, a teen task force, and programs brought into schools, youth groups and civic organizations.

Additionally, Robin gives back through The Ashley Renee Thompson Memorial Foundation scholarship each year, granted to a deserving graduating senior. The application process includes:

  • a 500 word essay
  • letters of recommendation
  • high school transcript
  • record of community/school service
  • a 55 second video you produce to empower and motivate your peers to “Survive the 5” leading causes of teen vehicle crashes.

Applications are now being accepted for their 2022 Ashley R. Thompson Memorial Scholarship.

We are honored to once again partner with The Art of Driving as our May Community Outreach Partner and are donating $1 from every haircut this month to this amazing, local non-profit.

ChildHelp: Every child is worthy of love

Helping victims of child abuse is more than just a desire, it is the lifetime commitment for ChildHelp. This commitment began when their founders, two young Hollywood actresses, encountered 11 homeless orphans abroad, and their lives were forever changed. Sara (Buckner) O’Meara and Yvonne (Lime) Fedderson went on to found ChildHelp and is now an internationally respected nonprofit and the largest organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect as well as at-risk children. Though it has grown beyond their wildest dreams, CEO and Chairman, Sara O’Meara, and President, Yvonne Fedderson, who still work every day for this critical cause, have never forgotten those eleven little orphans in a storm that inspired their mission of hope.

And, with the Alice C. Tyler Village located in Lignum, VA, our local children are being served and protected. The Alice C. Tyler Village has served survivors of abuse and neglect since its opening in 1993. Situated on 270 picturesque acres in Culpeper County, the village serves children from across Virginia and West Virginia.

We are honored to partner once again with ChildHelp as our April Community Outreach partner and will be donating $1 from every haircut this April.

Childhelp solutions include residential villages and schools, short term residential therapeutic programs, foster and adoption services, as well as a national child abuse hotline.

Pro-Approved Techniques To Speed Up Your Blow Dry

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of walking out of the salon with a fresh blow-dry. Hair feels bouncier, healthier and shinier — leaving confidence levels at an all-time high. While your salon style may have an expiration date, there’s plenty of time to learn how to recreate the look at home.

Creating a blow-dry in the comforts of your own home can be challenging and time-consuming, but with a few pro-approved techniques you can easily speed up your blow-dry and transform your strands into a salon-worthy finished look.

  1. Start With a Pre-Shampoo Treatment

Stack the deck in your favour by adding an extra step to your go-to routine. Pre-shampoo treatments, like SCALP.SPA TREATMENT and SCALP.SPA SCRUB, soothe, balance and invigorate the scalp, leading to a better style in both the short and long term.

SCALP.SPA

Apply SCALP.SPA TREATMENT to dry hair before showering to remove dirt and excess oil while creating a luxurious soothing finish.

For extra exfoliation, SCALP.SPA SCRUB makes the perfect pre-shampoo treatment. Simply apply to damp hair, massage in small circles and rinse to reveal a hydrated, soothed and balanced scalp free of impurities.

  1. Be Choosy About Your Shampoo and Conditioner

It can be a great idea to have various shampoo and conditioner formulas in your shower to choose from based on the style you’ll be creating that day and the current state of your hair — ie. dry, lacking volume, or in need of definition.

If the hair feels dry, reach for HYDRATE-ME.WASH + RINSE.

HYDRATE-ME.WASH and RINSE

Strands need a little oomph, PLUMPING.WASH + RINSE is a must.

PLUMPING.WASH and RINSE

Want to define your natural texture? You’ll love SMOOTH.AGAIN.WASH + RINSE.

SMOOTH.AGAIN WASH and RINSE

  1. Dry Gently

When hair is wet, it is in a very fragile state, which is why you should invest in a microfiber towel to gently blot excess water from your hair. Using a towel too roughly on the hair can raise the cuticle, leading to frizz and breakage.

  1. Apply Products Based on Hair Type and Finished Style

It goes without saying that when blow-drying hair, a heat protectant should always be part of the equation. This is why it’s a great idea to start layering with HEATED.DEFENSE, a lightweight treatment foam that will nourish the hair and safeguard against heat damage.

Heated Defense

Next, apply a layer to cut down on styling time, extend the longevity of your look and improve style memory. Choose from EVER.SMOOTH, EVER.LIFT, EVER.THICKEN, or EVER.BOUNCE for style-specific results and a beautiful finish every time. *Pro-tip: Combine stylers ie. EVER.LIFT at the new growth and EVER.SMOOTH throughout the ends to add volume and control movement.

BLOW.DRY

  1. Use The Right Tools

A professional blow-dryer and quality round brush can all make all the difference when heat styling. A high powered blow-dryer gives you the control and air pressure needed to smooth hair while quality brushes (we suggest boar bristle) will add smoothness and shine to the hair while cutting down on damage.

ROUND.BRUSH

  1. Work In Sections

At home, you’ll find it is easiest to move from the back of the head to the front. This allows you to clip hair up and away from the face so you’re better able to see what you’re doing. As you work in sections, be sure to fully dry each one before moving on to the next to avoid frizz.

  1. Don’t Forget to Finish

Once hair is dry and cool, lock in the style by applying a finishing spray like SESSION.SPRAY for a flexible hold that also fights humidity. If you’re looking for an extra lift or want to add airiness to your look, opt for BEDROOM.HAIR or DOO.OVER to do the trick.

finishing stylers

FOHA Saving Fury Lives Since 1973 – Our March Community Outreach Partner

Each year, roughly 3 million cats and dogs in the US are euthanized without cause due to an overflow in shelters and a lack in adoptive homes. This March, Salon Khouri is partnering with FOHA (Friends of Homeless Animals), donating $1 from each haircut to this amazing, local non-profit. 

FOHA strives to bring an end to the unnecessary killing of companion animals, to provide a safe shelter for abused and abandoned animals, and to find a permanent, loving home for them. FOHA makes a lifetime commitment to each and every animal they bring into their organization. If at any point after an adoption, the adopter can no longer care for their animal, FOHA will welcome them back into their care and continue to search for a new home. They dedicate themselves to each and every animal, including those harder-to-adopt, and will make sure that they dwell comfortably in an individual space. 

Since 1973, FOHA has saved and placed in permanent homes more than 16,000 cats and dogs that would have otherwise been abandoned or killed. This success is the legacy of Anne Lewis. In the late 1960s, Anne was involved in an animal rescue – when another animal-related organization trapped a feral mother dog and puppies on the family’s property. Although she tried her best to save the animals, they were euthanized by the animal organization who had trapped them. Anne was unaware of the plight of homeless animals prior to this tragedy. So she decided to join a series of rescue organizations to prevent this from reoccurring. But she was unsuccessful in finding an organization that was faithful to a no-kill policy. So Anne founded her own organization, Friends of Homeless Animals, in 1973, and dedicated the remaining 32 years of her life to rescuing and caring for these innocent animals. So join us and FOHA this March to make a difference in our community, and to save countless lives of homeless cats and dogs. 

Ellie’s Hats – Our February Community Outreach Partner

We just love the mission and community of Ellie’s Hats, a local non-profit that was started with the mission to brighten the day of children with cancer.
Ellie's Hats

Ellie’s Hats was founded as a 501 (c)(3) in 2014 after Ellie started kindergarten at the Woodburn Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia. Ellie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in spring 2013. By the time she entered kindergarten she had lost most of her hair and was always wearing hats to school. Her teacher, Jay Coakley noticed her fun and cheerful looking hats and he organized a hat drive to provide her with a broader selection of hats to wear. Please check out their website for other ideas on how you can help in addition to donating and share this story to spread the word! We are honored to be donating $1 from every haircut this September to this amazing local non-profit!

Since 2014, Ellie’s Hats has donated over $200,000 to families and local clinics. That’s just incredible!

This February, we are donating $1 from every haircut we do at Salon Khouri to this amazing and dedicated local non-profit.