140 in the Community


When families first check in to the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, they are greeted by the smell of cookies fresh out of the oven. Once a week for the past eighteen months, the 140 Crew has had the privilege of helping to fill the house with this warm, comforting smell. Occasionally, we also help out with an evening meal. This past week, Cate, Skyler, and Sydney baked brownies, cookies, and chocolate-pretzel treats in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen. Cate said that the best part of being there was “seeing what a blessing it is for families who are having a hard time to have a happy place to go.” Spend any time at all at Ronald McDonald House of Durham and you’ll agree with Cate – the place is clearly a blessing – not just to the families who stay there, but also to the community that helps to support its necessary and vital presence here in Durham.


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Ronald McDonald House of Durham provides a home away from home for families with seriously ill children from all over the world. Because Duke can offer specialized treatments such as infant organ transplants and bone marrow transplants, families often travel great distances to receive care for their loved ones. In fact, the closest distance to home for a family staying at Ronald McDonald House of Durham is fifty miles away, and many families travel much, much farther. Despite these distances, the Ronald McDonald House truly is a home, complete with an inviting kitchen, a warm fireplace, cozy bedrooms, and people who care.


Want to volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, too? No group is too big or too small. Anyone – from Girl Scout troops to large corporate organizations and youth groups – can find a way to be purposeful at the Ronald McDonald House. Assistance is needed on a daily basis: baking cookies at check-in time, preparing homemade suppers, organizing nighttime activities (movie night, anyone?), or hosting a weekend brunch. Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House of Durham is an opportunity to be part of a rich and supportive community.


Clay Ragan, the Volunteer Coordinator, says that the best part of working at Ronald McDonald House of Durham is not just the sense of community within the house itself, but also “seeing the feedback from the [larger Durham] community.” The incredibly positive response from the community to the needs of the house – in volunteers, in-kind donations, and in support of events like the Hearts of Gold Gala on March 4th – is indeed a positive reflection on the area in which we live.

Meet Dani & Nick

Dani and Nick joined the 140 Team in October, and they have been pleasing our clients ever since. Here’s why we’re so lucky to have them:

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Dani, a North Carolina native, grew up helping out in her father’s salon. As a result, she has much more experience than her youthful appearance reveals. She graduated from the Cosmetology School at Coastal Carolina in 2009 and came to our salon earlier this year. Dani is a hip stylist with an edgy look who is also a magician when it comes to color. One of Dani’s loyal clients, Judy G., told us about a time when the electricity went out in Dani’s old salon, and Dani had to wash out Judy’s color by flashlight (and the color still came out perfectly)! Dani is a gifted, capable stylist who can help you figure out what look is right for you. In Judy’s words, “You can trust her – just let her do what she thinks is best for your hair.”


Nick comes to us from the small town of Saline, Michigan. He moved to North Carolina in 2008 to attend the Aveda Institute in Chapel Hill and graduated in 2009. Nick went on to work in Aveda salons before landing at 140, where he found the more vibrant, downtown location he’d been looking for. Nick has an excellent rapport with his clients and is focused on meeting each client’s individual needs. Nick’s specialties include styling (finish work, such as blowouts, curling, and flat ironing) and natural-looking, dimensional color. Nick is also a balyage master, and his favorite cut is a layered, piecey look on longer hair. Many of Nick’s clients, when they check out, tell us that they just love Nick and his personal approach to hair care. We feel exactly the same way.


Welcome, Nick and Dani!

Resolutions? Who needs ‘em?

These beauty tips from gloMinerals are so fun, you won’t have to resolve to do them at all. In fact, we think you’ll probably look forward to them.

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This year, we want you to think about your approach to beauty differently. It’s not about dragging yourself to the gym or giving up that (not so?) occasional glass of red wine. It’s not about a daily skin care regime so complicated that you need a study guide. Instead, it’s about doing the small things that make you feel good. Sure, a few of the items on this list take a little discipline (cleaning your makeup brushes, drinking enough water, washing that makeup off at the end of the day), but most of them are about being playful and reenergizing your beauty routine. So, go ahead, check out this fun list of beauty resolutions from the glo beauty blog.

And cheers to new lip color and new ways to uncover beautiful you!

New Year’s Resolutions (for your hair!)

Want a healthier relationship with your hair, but aren’t sure where to start? You’re in luck – our stylists have written your New Year’s Resolutions for you! Follow these five simple guidelines for healthier, stronger (and more beautiful!) hair:


1) Deep Condition.  Your hair needs hydration on a regular basis. Aim for twice a month (or more, if you have drier hair). In-salon, try our Emergency or Ultimate Treatments. At home, use a deep-conditioning masque such as L’ANZA’s Keratin Healing Oil Intensive Hair Masque. Winter heat and summer sun will dry our your hair, and these treatments deeply penetrate the hair to deliver hydration and healing.





2) Maintain Your Cut. Split ends just aren’t attractive, and the longer you let them go, the likelier it is that your healthy hair will become compromised. The neglected ends will eventually split all the way up the strand, making your hair brittle and unmanageable.





3) Protect Your Hair From Heat.  On driers, curlers, and straighteners, use low-temp settings, especially if you use these tools every day. Even more importantly, always use a thermal protectant before using heat-styling tools! L’ANZA’s Magic Bullet is a leave-in conditioning spray that detangles and color-protects while simultaneously protecting your hair from heat.





4) Use the Right Shampoo for Your Hair. When you switch from a basic drug store shampoo to a product that is engineered specifically for your hair type, the difference can be dramatic. Curls and color-treated hair, in particular, need specially formulated products (like Surface Curls or L’ANZA’s Healing Color Care). There are also shampoos to thicken, hydrate, and strengthen your hair. Identify your hair’s issues and then find the shampoo and conditioner to remedy them!


5) Finally, Visit an Esthetician.  After all, you don’t want to forget about the hair on the rest of your body! Keep your eyebrows shapely and eliminate stray or unwanted hair from just about anywhere by visiting our experienced estheticians.


Here’s to a 2016 full of fantastic hair care!


 Happy New Years from the 140 Crew!

Holiday Men’s Event: December 21st


140 Salon Men


First, let’s get one thing straight: salons are not just for women – especially not 140 Salon and Dry Bar.  Thirty percent of our clients are men, and we are so appreciative of our male clientele that we are holding a special event in their honor.

On Monday, December 21st, all of our men’s cuts are five dollars off. Plus, we’ll help with last-minute holiday shopping (trust us, guys, we have something your special someone wants to find under the tree!). We’ll gift-wrap your purchases for free and throw in something special just for you.

So, that’s what you get at our special men’s event, and here’s what you get every time you visit 140 for a cut:  

  • A consultation about the look that’s right for your lifestyle. We can do anything from a basic buzz cut to an edgy undercut.


  • Expert advice on which products are right for your hair and how to use them. We carry several products (from both L’ANZA and Surface) made just for men.



The Surface Men Line, by Surface Hair  

  • A warm towel treatment after your haircut to relax you and get rid of those pesky post-haircut itches.
  • A complimentary beverage (or two): Does coffee, wine, or a specialty beer sound good? We thought so!
  • Think you’ll miss the friendly banter at the barbershop? We do that, too! We have an experienced staff of both male and female stylists who will make you feel at ease. We love getting to know our clients!

    Guys, come on in and let us take care of you!  

    Book your appointment today!