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What would you get if you combined behindthechair.com, Vidal Sassoon, and Habitat for Humanity? Sound like an odd mix? Fair enough - but what you'd likely come up with is the new charity Hairdressers Unlocking Hope.

Vidal Sassoon (not just the company, but the man himself) has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and the salon publication Mary - Behind the Chair, to build a community of homes in New Orleans for victims of Katrina. By November of 2008, the group hopes to have several homes built so that recipient families can begin to rebuild their lives.

Vidal Sassoon was himself homeless, as a young boy, and one of the things he attributes to his success was the "gift" the English government gave his family and others after WWII - the gift of a new home. A place where the family could feel safe. A place where they could start to rebuild their lives.

These three organizations have put together a terrific charity to which the salon and stylist community, and others, can easily get involved to help families rebuild, restart, and refresh their sense of dignity.

For more information, or to donate, visit the Hairdressers Unlocking Hope website today.