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, and a commitment to keeping our planet as beautiful as the day mankind found it. 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!

It’s better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness: DC Candlelighters

We are honored to partner with DC Candlelighters, our August Community Outreach partner. DC Candlelighters is an all-volunteer organization providing emotional, educational, practical and financial support to families of children fighting cancer. The name Candlelighters comes from the ancient proverb: “it is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.” DC Candlelighters strives to provide a light in the darkness because we believe no family should face the uncertain world of childhood cancer alone.

DC Candlelighters was founded by a group of mothers whose own children fought cancer, to give families facing the devastating discovery of a child’s cancer something they had wished for themselves – someone who has “been there” and understands the fear, helplessness, and financial and family pressures that grow out of a childhood cancer diagnosis. The DC Candlelighters Board of Directors consists of parents who have had a child with cancer and professionals who have worked with families who experience childhood cancer. The non-profit serves all children with cancer and their families, long-term survivors of childhood cancer and their families, and bereaved families who live or receive treatment within 50 miles of the Washington DC, metropolitan area.

We will be donating $1 from every haircut we do in August from both our Fairfax and Dulles salons. We also wanted to share with you information about their biggest fundraiser of the year: Dancing Through the Decades. The event will have hors d’oeuvres, beverages, entertainment, dancing and a silent auction! All proceeds raised that evening will benefit DC Candlelighters so they can continue their programs and events. Purchase tickets before August 31st and receive a special price of $60 per ticket! Your ticket includes entry to the event, dining and two adult beverage drinks.

Ingredient Spotlight: Kakadu Plum

by Kyrsti Ashmall

Wave goodbye to dry hair with our HYDRATE regimen, which is formulated with a blend of powerful antioxidants and vitamins to nourish and moisturize your hair. Our ingredient spotlight this month is on Kakadu Plum, a super-fruit native to the Northern Australian Territory.

Rich in nutrients, Kakadu Plum contains a blend of powerful antioxidants and is known as the world’s highest source of Vitamin C. To the taste, this fruit has a sweet flavor with a pleasant bitterness at the end — but please don’t eat our HYDRATE-ME.WASH, RINSE, or MASQUE!

In addition, the Kakadu Plum found in HYDRATE-ME.WASH, RINSE and MASQUE is considered eco-friendly, as our source of this ingredient has developed innovative practices that ensure a sustainable approach in the extraction and manufacturing of this super-fruit. Our source practices green chemistry innovation, including a sustainable extraction process with friendly solvents and waste limitation. In addition they work on biotechnology processes to offer renewable sources so as not to disrupt biodiversity, and they use bi-products from the food industry to limit waste. Among many other practices, they also protect endemic species by using harvest cultures and encouraging replanting.

Together with the other ingredients in our HYDRATE regimen, Kakadu Plum helps to smooth the surface of the hair and lock in moisture. To learn more about our HYDRATE regimen, click here.

Summer Chlorine Conundrum

We were recently asked by one of our long-time clients, “what do I do about the CHLORINE?” She recently signed up for a charity Sprint Triathlon, Tri 4 Love, and has been getting in a lot of pool time. She’s noticed a build-up of chlorine on her hair and some drying of her highlighted ends. Here’s the chlorine-busting regimen we recommend to keep your hair healthy.

  1. Go into the pool with wet hair. Those signs that ask you to rinse *before* you enter the pool have a lot of wisdom. Not only does it give your body a pre-rinse to rinse away any sweat that may be on your skin, but it can protect your hair from chlorine absorption. When your hair is dry, it’s porous. When it’s wet, it’s not. If the hair is wet, it will absorb less chlorinated water than dry hair.
  2. If you couldn’t pre-wet your hair, use a little conditioner on your ends before getting in the pool. Don’t go crazy, just a light covering of your tresses will do. This follows the same theory as a pre-rinse: if your hair is saturated with good clean water or a good conditioner, the less likely it is for chlorine to enter the shaft of your hair.
  3. Rinse your hair as soon as you can after swimming. We aren’t talking a full-out shampoo, although you should do that as soon as you can, but rinse the chlorinated water out of your immediately after getting out of the pool. Yes, even at breaks.
  4. Use Kevin Murphy STAYING.ALIVE, an amazing leave-in treatment that moisturizes and protects the hair. This stuff is miraculous!
  5. Pre-wash your hair once or twice a week with Kevin Murphy MAXI.WASH. This detoxifying shampoo contains anti pollutant ingredients that removes build-up, such as chlorine. Apply to wet hair, massage in, leave on for one minute then rinse and wash with your favorite Kevin Murphy wash.
  6. If your ends have had it, use Kevin Murphy REPAIR.ME once to two times a week. This reconstructing shampoo has powerful proteins from Bamboo and Silk amino acids that will strengthen your hair while gently removing impurities.
  7. Come in monthly for a Kevin Murphy TREAT.ME hair treatment. Our fabulous, customized, in-salon treatment is just $29 and will be mixed at the bowl specifically for your hair-type.

 

 

 

 

You can still have awesome summer pool fun and not worry about the summer chlorine conundrum. Our amazing team at our Fairfax salon or Loudoun salon is standing by to help you LOVE YOUR HAIR.

 

 

Providing Hope through Living MS: Our July Community Outreach Partner

In 2011, local Loudoun resident, Beth Donaldson, was given news she had long feared: she had Multiple Sclerosis. A mother of two and wife of a police SWAT officer, Beth was no stranger to the disease as her paternal grandfather and two paternal aunts had the disease.

Beth undergoing an OCREVUS infusion in December of 2107.

The grueling treatments began right away — treatments that would help to keep the disease at bay, but which also brought on other debilitating symptoms. Beth has been through multiple treatments, infusions, has seen lesions, fatigue, nausea, brain cloud, but endures it all with grace and a smile that would melt even the Grinch’s heart. In 2015, from osteoarthritis caused by the multiple sclerosis, Beth underwent her first hip replacement, and in 2017, a second hip replacement.

Beth’s husband, Mike, an amazing supporter to Beth, began immediately raising money for research. From 2012 through 2016, the two raised approximately $17,000 for the MS Society through Mike’s bike rides for the MS Society. It was in 2016 when the two decided to create Living MS, a 501(c)3 charity focused on raising money for MS research and awareness.

 

In 2017, Living MS hosted their first annual Bike Ride, called Gravel de Loco, and raised an impressive $6,000. On November 8, 2017, the couple and their two children drove to The James Q. Miller MS Clinic at UVA and donated a check for $5,000 to be used to fund research for a cure for MS. Beth and Mike are planning a second Gravel de Loco, tentatively scheduled for October 13, 2018. Please be sure to follow the Living MS Facebook page for updates on this amazing and *beautiful* ride through one of the most scenic counties in the nation!

Living MS is planning another bike ride this year, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 13th in Loudoun County. The ride will have a 25 mile loop and a 50 mile loop.

This July, we are honored to partner with Living MS and will be donating $1 from every haircut from our Fairfax and Loudoun locations to this local non-profit whose mission is to end MS.

A little side note that we love: Beth originally found Salon Khouri by winning a gift card she won through a fundraiser in 2013 for the Isabella Santos Foundation.