Sunday, August 9, 2015

Back-to-School Share–A-Haircut Program to Benefit Thousands of Children in Need

For each haircut purchased, one will be donated. 

Vienna, Va., July 14, 2015 – Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will be donating back-to-school haircuts to children in need this August. From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s almost 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in that same community.

“Share-A-Haircut allows us to give back in a way that is simple, but meaningful,” said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “On the first day of school everyone deserves to look and feel their best, and our stylists love nothing more than being able to give children in their community a much deserved boost of confidence.”

This being the 16th anniversary of the program, Hair Cuttery is determined to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates. Certificates are distributed with the help of more than 100 local government and non-profit organizations that are closely tied to each community.

To date, the Share-A-Haircut program has reached more than 925,000 children with haircut certificate donations, valued at $16.65 million.

Hair Cuttery has an established history of charitable giving, supporting a range of local and national causes, including St. Baldrick’s Foundation, American Red Cross, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Girls on the Run.

About Hair Cuttery

Hair Cuttery is the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, in New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products. Hair Cuttery is committed to delivering a delightful client experience through WOW Service including a Smile Back Guarantee. Hair Cuttery is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, VA.

We rely on our local barbershop, Hair Cuttery, for formal event-ready hair styles. Glad that we can now get our family hair cuts and help charity! 

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from Hair Cuttery

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Workout Gear That Got Me to The Gym

What is your favorite fitness gear of 2015?!

The North Face Mountain Athletic women apparel team has put together a superb Fall 2015 fitness clothing line. Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to try out some of the gear myself.

The Mountain Athletics gear is: "Engineered with DRYXD technology that; keeps you dry and won't snag, pill or pull. Materials designed to stretch, flex and move with your most rigorous workout." 

Grab a friend and try new fitness gear!

The Women's Dynamix Leggings (as pictured above, on the right) are super snug, versatile leggings. I am a medium and they were a bit tight, like compression shorts tight but just bearable for me. I would suggest trying them on to make sure they are comfortable. They come in grey, black, and 'starry purple'. What made these pants comfy and bearable, through the tightness, is the breathable, lightweight, and quick-drying fabric. Also they are super stylish and durable for yoga, running, mountain climbing, etc. 

The Women's Dynamix Hoodie (as pictured above, on the right) offers wind protection to reduce the chill factor during outdoor activities. It is true to size and slimming on the hips, ladies! (winky face and thumbs up emoji). I was pleased to discover that the hoodie is weather-resistant and abrasion resistant with the soft shell material at shoulder and hood. Meaning: rain, rain, go away! This hoodie can take your weather conditions any day! 

Workout in new locations!

That's me rope walking #neverstopexploring
Next up is the Women's Dynamix Pants (as pictured above)... These are your ultimate lazy day but, I still want to look like I'm trying pants. These pants are uber comfortable with a soft and sleek satin backing that glides up your legs and makes waking up and being active worth it. The North Face calls them pants but, they remind me of joggers and can be styled as so. I wore them with the elastic ankles either scrunched up to my knees or kept them put at my ankles. I tucked in my Women's Dynamix Short Sleeve Tee because, it had a slimming effect at my waist, with the elastic bands of the pants, and completed my overall comfortable ensemble.   

The Women's Ultra Kilowatt Trainer shoe is a piece of work. There are a ton of features that Mountain Athletics wanted to include to match a large variety of audiences. The official features include: breathable, wicking fabric, lightweight, rubber toe cap for protection, airmesh, specialized footbed/outsole/midsole. All of these add-ons confused my feet and I had a mixing pot of first impressions with the shoe, it depended on what type of activity I was doing. When I ran; the shoe was sturdy, comfortable, and breathable but NOT lightweight. When I had to walk or stand for long hours; the shoe provided a neutral stride and strong midsole. This strong midsole combined with the rubber cap, made my feet feel squished and tight after long hours. However, I am working on 'breaking in' the sneakers to force a more comfortable ride. The shoes are an overall 3.9 out of 5 stars.

Bird: Arghh! Love your clothes.. Arghh! 
Jacket and Leggings c/o The North Face

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Have you missed some of my other summer fitness post?? Check them out below:
New Balance Girls' Night Out July 2015
Top 2015 Father's Day Gift
New Balance Girls' Night Out June 2015

*I received The North Face apparel complimentary, in exchange for my services*

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