Kate’s Cause – Happy 10th Heavenly Birthday, Kate

Happy heavenly birthday, sweet Kate. Today, you would be celebrating turning 10 … possibly sassing your momma, definitely loving the 2021 invasion of the cicadas, and absolutely giggling that your momma is practically wearing a bee keeper suit to keep away from them. I hate that you are not here with her and your dad. I hate cancer. But I think of you daily, and think of ways to make the world better in your memory.

One of those ways is by dedicating our June Community Outreach Partner at Salon Khouri to Kate’s Cause, giving $1 from every haircut we do in June to support this amazing non-profit your parents set up. Kate’s Cause is doing great things for other kiddos battling cancer. It’s their hope and mission to find better, less toxic treatments. One of the big things they are working on now is by committing $75,000 to help fund some great research being done by Dr. Yael Mossé, MD, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Mossé’s goal is to develop targeted drugs for MYCN, a currently “undruggable” driver of pediatric cancer, within the next four years. This amazing doctor brought together a team of complementary researchers, each with unique experience to attack MYCN with innovative new technologies. Together, they will prove that the drugs they’re developing are effective against most lethal pediatric cancers, and they will be ready to launch a clinical trial shortly after the grant is completed in Spring 2025!

Precious Kate Rhoades

We encourage you to visit Kate’s Cause to learn what you can do to help beat childhood cancer. We also ask that you perform Random Acts of Kateness to honor Kate during June (#RandomActsOfKateness).  Find a neighbor who needs assistance going to the store or who needs help with their yard work; pay for the car behind you when you go through the drive-thru; offer to pay for a fellow shoppers’ items next time you go to a store. 

Summer warnings for teen drivers: The Art of Driving, our May Community Outreach Partner

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.

The winner for the 2021 Scholarship is Summer Duba from Westfield High School in Herndon, VA. Learn more here.

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: Transforming the Lives of Abused and Neglected Children

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.

We’d love to share with you Aiyanna’s story. Aiyanna survived brutal abuse, but Childhelp was there to transform her broken body and spirit. Through intensive therapy, the child who once had terrible nightmares began to giggle in her sleep. Meet the professionals and loving family that helped Aiyanna, a little girl who likes to build dream catchers, rebuild her dreams for a brighter future.

Did you know 1 in 60 live with this? Learn more about our March Community Outreach Partner …

Say hello to our March non-profit, Brain Injury Services, a local 501(c) (3) organization. We are donating $1 from every haircut we perform in March to this great local non-profit!

The mission of Brain Injury Services is to empower those impacted by brain injury. Their Vision A community where every person touched by brain injury pursues their vision of a fulfilling life. 

The group’s philosophy is that no two people are alike and no two brain injuries are alike. The severity of a brain injury and the type of brain injury can make a difference in a person’s recovery. The group’s role is defined as helping determine the needs and priorities of children and adults, designing a plan that increases self-sufficiency and self-confidence. A person-centered approach helps children, adults and their families make informed choices to achieve their goals. The process of giving control back to the individual and their family allows them to determine their needs and priorities. It increases self-sufficiency, self-esteem, and it improves their chances of rebuilding their new life.

Brain Injury Services Organization supports their clients on many levels by helping them to: discover new skills, prepare prepare for social situations, provide a place to conquer fears, and overcome physical challenges while making new friends through the process.

Annually, 2.5 million individuals suffer a traumatic brain injury. Of those, more than 50,000 die and more than 80,000 suffer a permanent disability. These individuals must rely on services provided by organizations offering specialized and tailored care. The need is great and every single gift, donation, volunteer hour makes a big difference in the outcome of TBI individuals. If you want to know more about the group, would consider volunteering or most of all donating either once or on a monthly basis, please contact them either by telephone or through their website. Due to COVID hours, call first to make certain the facility is open to visitors. 

The main office listed above serves residents of Arlington, City of Alexandria, City of Fairfax and Fairfax, Prince William and Fauquier Counties. There are several other sites in addition to the main site listed above. Alexandria, Virginia houses Adapt Clubhouse, where TBI individuals can receive occupational and physical therapy to help them adapt. There is a Northern Virginia regional office in Leesburg, Virginia, a Prince William office for Eastern Prince William County and surrounding area, a Fredericksburg office serving residents of Fredericksburg and Culpeper City, along with those from Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Culpeper, Caroline and King George Counties.

 

 

Kate’s Cause – Until Childhood Cancer is Extinct

Another June has arrived. Precious Kate Rhoades should have turned nine years old on June 5th this year. She should be running through her backyard smelling honeysuckle and chasing fireflies and looking out of her glass front door screen for foxes. Instead, her life was unfairly stopped short at just four and a half years young after a sudden and unexpected relapse of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

We vowed to the Rhoades family to tell her story, to do what we can to raise awareness for childhood cancer, and to perform Random Acts of Kateness in Kate’s memory. As a salon, we have also committed to donate, each June, $1 from every haircut we perform at Salon Khouri to Kate’s Cause, the foundation that Lindsay and Michael Rhoades created in Kate’s memory. Kate’s Cause is dedicated to raising awareness about childhood cancer, raising funds for less toxic treatments and ultimately a cure for childhood cancers, and giving back to the childhood cancer community. 

We encourage you to visit Kate’s Cause to learn what you can do to help beat childhood cancer. We also ask that you perform Random Acts of Kateness to honor Kate during June (#RandomActsOfKateness).  Find a neighbor who needs assistance going to the store or who needs help with their yard work; pay for the car behind you when you go through the drive-thru; offer to pay for a fellow shoppers’ items next time you go to a store. 

Introducing: EVER.SMOOTH – A Heat-Activated Style Extender

INTRODUCING: EVER.SMOOTH – A HEAT-ACTIVATED STYLE EXTENDER

by Lori B.


The return of sleek styles was all over the runways this year. Models strutted down the catwalk with perfectly posh blowouts, brushed out waves, embellished braids, and swept-back upstyles. No matter the finish – straight, wavy, or curly – they all had one thing in common: they appeared smooth, shiny, and healthy! When it comes to recreating this look, it is all about the prep work that goes into the hair. To get the desired finish, our latest release – EVER.SMOOTH – is the styler you’ve been waiting for.

A product that treats as it protects, EVER.SMOOTH is formulated with long chain polymers to lock in moisture, shine, and the structure of your style. Apart from creating a beautiful, long-lasting look, EVER.SMOOTH addresses split ends and damaged cuticles with a network of protection that lasts well into your next wash. Whether your concern is frizz from environmental factors, damage from blow dryers, wands or flat irons, you’re sure to fall in love with this latest release – especially the aroma!

HOW EVER.SMOOTH WORKS
When heated, long chain polymers are activated to form a durable network of protection around the hair. Therefore creating a hydrophobic shield, which also contributes to the hold and condition of the hair. This technology is derived from skincare and allows the product to remain lightweight without compromising its effectiveness. The result is a frizz-free, silky smooth texture without the feeling of residue on the hair. Ultimately leading to a long-lasting style.

KEY INGREDIENTS
Long Chain Polymers
Heat-activated polymers self organise on the hair shaft to create a layer of protection by forming an invisible hydrophobic shield. Their effectiveness lies in the ability to lock in condition while protecting your finished style from environmental elements, such as humidity.

Wood Bark Complex
With a high level of antioxidants, Blue Cypress, White Cypress and Lemon Aspen act much like AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) to condition both the skin and hair. Gently protecting the hair, water-soluble Phyto-acids work to create resilience – further prolonging the life of your style from frizz.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

From the ingredients selected to the packaging used, EVER.SMOOTH is in line with our sustainable practices – using Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) bottles and containing ingredients that were sustainably harvested and support community-led change.

“I look to ingredients that not only protect, condition, and smooth the hair, but they also need to be sustainably harvested and support community-led change. Our Wood Bark Complex derived from Indigenous Australian plants do just that. Blue Cypress, White Cypress and Lemon Aspen have been specifically chosen due to their high content of antioxidants that actually behave like an Alpha Hydroxy Acid for skin and hair conditioning.”- Kevin Murphy

Due to its lightweight formula and groundbreaking innovation, EVER.SMOOTH is suitable for all hair types – soft, fine, frizzy, flat or textured. During styling, it protects against cuticle damage. Further treating and improving the hair while cutting down on drying time and extending the life of your style.

Heeling House – our February Community Outreach Partner

Heeling House, Inc. is one of the pioneers in the field of Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI).  Since 2013, Heeling House has been providing Animal Assisted Interactions for  children with special needs in local schools, libraries, hospitals, and therapeutic centers in the Northern Virginia Area.

At its center in Sterling, they provide a variety of programs to meet children’s needs, from infancy through high school. The Heeling House Center offers animal assisted therapy, social skills groups, social clubs for teens, occupational therapy, reading therapy, summer camps, and obedience and therapy training for dogs. We also breed, whelp, and train service dogs specializing in Psychiatric and Autism task-work. These specially trained dogs learn to recognize behaviors that could lead to self-harm and will interrupt the pattern, keeping the child safe. The dogs provide calming support, for example, leaning against the child or placing their head in the child’s lap or laying over the child. These interactions benefit not only the child but also the parent as it decreases family stress levels.

Heeling House is a 501(c)3 and provides services for the entire DMV area. Please help spread the word about this valuable service for children with special needs. Check out their website at https://heelinghouse.org/. Salon Khouri is honored to be donate $1 from every haircut this February to Heeling House from our Fairfax and Dulles Landing locations.

Freezin’ for a Reason in 2020

This is our fifth 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.

 

Remembering Mathias Through our December Community Outreach Partner: Team Mathias

Mathias’ smile could make all your worries go away. His drive to help others, even when he himself was battling osteosarcoma, was truly inspiring. He wanted everyone to know that kids get cancer, and he wanted to do something to change not only the lack of awareness, but to change the landscape of funding in the childhood cancer field. Mathias’ epic compassion lives on through the work being done by Team Mathias, the non-profit founded by Mathias’ parents, Roya and Chris Giordano.

December 7th, 2019 marks five heartbreaking years since cancer stole Mathias Giordano from his family and friends. We are honored to remember Mathias through selecting 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 work being done through Team Mathias is bringing hope, comfort and blessing to others. Through providing meals to pediatric nursing units, hosting blood drives, providing care packages to pediatric cancer patients and their families (Mathias’ idea, by the way), to being the driving force behind the Virginia Cure Childhood Cancer license plate (also Mathias’ idea!), we are humbled by the constant service this non-profit is providing to our community.

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.

 

 

Eleven 2019 Holiday Gift Sets

This season, Eleven is celebrating Australia’s lush landscapes by covering their gift packs in a series of aerial photographs by Australian-born aerial photographer, Remy Gerega. From the sparkling blue waters of Whitehaven Beach to the rugged coastlines of Kalbarri Park, each pack features the spectacular depths of colour found in Australia. We are so excited to have these kits available for you at Salon Khouri this year – but hurry in or give us a call at 703.273.7878 as they are going FAST!

 


Dive into hydration with Whitehaven Trio! Featuring Hydrate My Hair Moisture ShampooHydrate My Hair Conditioner and NEW Detangle My Hair Leave-In Spray, this trio is packed with silk amino acids, avocado oil and pear extract to nourish, strengthen and hydrate the hair.

Next up is Hutt Lagoon Trio – the ultimate pack for frizz free hair. With Smooth Me Now Anti Frizz ShampooSmooth Me Now Anti Frizz Conditioner and Miracle Hair Treatment, this pack is ideal for those with coarse, curly or dry hair. It’s rich in proteins to retain moisture and add softness.

 

 

The Shark Bay Trio is the answer to all your volume and texture needs. Featuring the I Want Body Volume Shampoo, I Want Body Volume Conditioner and Sea Salt Texture Spray, our volume-boosting trio is rich in hydrolysed wheat and soy proteins to add body, bounce and texture to the hair.

With the addition of ELEVEN Australia’s NEW Miracle Spray Hair Treatment, the Port Gregory Trio is a must for blonde hair. It also features Keep My Colour Blonde Shampoo and Keep My Colour Treatment Blonde to ensure light coloured and blonde hair is left bright and well-nourished.

Our Kalbarri Trio is essential for those on the go! It features Deep Clean ShampooExtra Hold Styling Clay and the ELEVEN Australia Tech Organizer.