By  on June 20, 2008

Vidal Sassoon is not turning his back on Hurricane Katrina victims.

The 80-year-old salon industry icon is returning to Louisiana this weekend with Hairdressers Unlocking Hope, a charitable campaign benefiting Habitat for Humanity, which he formed last year with Mary Rector-Gable, creator of the hairstylist Web site behind thechair.com. The charity raises funds to build homes for those left homeless by the devastating 2005 hurricane. Together with 100-plus hairdressers, Sassoon on Saturday will help with the building — yes, building ­— of nine houses for families who lost their homes as a result of the hurricane three years ago. Each house costs approximately $80,000 to build.

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