We call them “Masters” because of the hard work & dedication they have continually put forth in their careers. Every new stylist graduates Cosmetology School with a degree of ‘mastery’ over their new found craft. Only a few out of each graduating class really stick with it & push themselves to grow with the industry. These are the ones who truly have a passion & you can see it in their work. We consider ourselves lucky to have found 9 of these like amazing & talented artists to welcome to the Lox team.

This month we welcome Amanda Clift as our newest Master Stylist. After 3 years behind the chair at Lox & numerous hours of continuing education, we look forward to all new adventures of hair styling & coloring with this amazing stylist.

Color Melting is the newest hair color trend for 2017. We suggest you ask for Amanda.

The First Friday of every month is an extraordinary time in Downtown Knoxville. Local businesses in and around downtown open their doors, & specifically their walls, to local artists’ work on display for the evenings Art Walk. Most of these businesses are not galleries themselves, but rather restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, & yes, even Salons.

If you have yet to experience First Friday, we suggest you start this week. Lox Salon is joining forces with The Basement Art Studio, Good Golly Tamale, & Gratitude bar to support over 40 different female artists in the Nasty Woman Art Exhibit opening this Friday at 6pm. This exhibit will serve as a fundraiser for the Knoxville Family Justice Center & Girls Rock Camp. 100% of the proceeds from the sale or artwork & submission fees will go to these charities that support & empower women.

“The idea of the Nasty Women Art Exhibit was borne from a group of NYC artists who wanted to show solidarity for women’s rights. The Knoxville exhibit is one of many national exhibitions organized to demonstrate solidarity among female artists and allies who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, women’s healthcare rights, immigration rights, racial and environmental justice. It also serves as a fundraiser to support organizations defending these rights. The first exhibit was at a warehouse in Brooklyn in January 2017 and served as a fundraiser for women’s health, raising over $43,000 for the cause. Since then Nasty Women exhibits have spread throughout the globe.”

Lox will also be hosting a Pop Up Shop this Friday & Saturday which will include clothing, accessories, as well as specialty hair products & tools, of which a portion of the proceeds will also benefit the KFJC.

We hope you can make it out to this event! It will be one you won’t want to miss.

As a cutting edge salon, we strive to keep up with the latest trends & techniques to keep you, our guest, looking your best & as stylish as ever. Continuing education is a key component to staying on trend for our stylists. You can trust that Lox stylists are getting top notch education from salon professionals including cut, coloring, styling & product knowledge.

Each stylist is required to attend training throughout the year in order to advance in their hair styling abilities & skills. As they do so, you will note their progress as they move up on the tiered level system we have in place. Our goal is to have each stylist achieve Master Stylist level. We are confident that regardless of stylist, each guest will receive the highest quality of care & attention.

This month, we are excited to announce Chelsea LeBlanc & Ana Bateman as our newest Senior Stylists. If you haven’t already had the chance, we highly recommend seeing either of these talented ladies for your next service. They would be happy to meet you & your hair needs!

Whether you are a stay at home mom, a student, or a rock star, our stylists know you need to look your best. Carpools, finals, soccer practice, or playing an all nighter at your friends wedding, you need to look great regardless of your audience.

Rest assured, we have you covered. Your precision haircut, your customized color, even the products your stylist cocktails specifically for you & your style are all a part of the incredible service you will receive at Lox Salon.

However, we also know that you need a style you can afford. Which is why we make sure our consultations our tailored for your specific needs for a style you can keep up with & at a rate you can feel good about.

We will make sure whatever your lifestyle may involve, you have rockin’ hair for everyday wear.

Upon opening in 2006, our goal here at Lox Salon was a simple one: Quality hair at an affordable price. We haven’t changed much in the past decade. Thanks to your vote, we won 2016 Top Salon in Knoxville’s Mercury newspaper. We must be doing something right.

Unfortunately, however, our quantity seems to now surpass our ability & our wait list extends daily. We feel as though we may be letting you down, which is the last thing we want. We value each guest and know your time is valuable, which is why we make every effort to have you looking & feeling your very best without spending too much time or money inside the salon.

This has not been an easy decision, but we have unanimously agreed that after 10 years, 2 buildings, 6 product lines, 20+ employees, and thousands of guests, we will now offer an Apprenticeship program. This means that we can (almost) always get you in to see your preferred stylist, no wait. A stylist in training will assist you in shampooing, rinsing, and styling, but a Master stylist will still handle the detailing of cutting and coloring. These new stylists are learning all they can under the supervision of our top stylists so that they too can offer quality haircare that is the Lox standard.

Are you excited as we are!? We hope so! This means that you may need to call to schedule your next appt if you see that you cannot find one online. Just keep in mind, that you will have one more person taking care of your needs than you would find normally. We always recommend prebooking your next appointment as you leave the salon, just to be sure.

To ensure that this Apprenticeship program works to the fullest, and Lox can continue to offer quality service at an affordable price, starting Dec 1st our prices will increase by $5. Student discounts will now be offered by all stylists, including Master stylists. We are so thankful that we have been able to serve the community at the low prices we offer and hope to continue. Thanks to our loyal patrons and our Referral Program, we continue to grow and expand our team and cannot wait to see what the next year holds out for us & for you.

We hope you have a great Holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the chair soon!

It’s been a busy couple of months since our last post. We were sad to see Kat Lewis & Katelyn Comer say goodbye to Lox & hello to new opportunities and big adventures. We wish them the very best!

Katelyn did not,however, leave us without a protege to follow in her footsteps. Kiersten Welborn, a year into Esthetics, got the pleasure of working under Katelyn for a few months before she left. Kiersten is now full time,specializing in makeup, skincare, and waxing.kiersten3

Kiersten: I love being in the skincare industry and helping people obtain the confidence they need. I am excited to be the new Esthetician at Lox. My goals are to expand my skills in makeup as I hope to one day specialize in editorial makeup. For the month of August, I am offering 20% off waxing for all my guests.

We’re also excited to welcome Sammie Broadway & Ana Bateman to the Lox family. Sammie will be happy to take your calls, set up your appointments, and answer any questions you may have about the salon and the services we offer. Ana recently moved to Knoxville with her husband and 8 month old son from South Carolina and went to school at the Aveda Institute in Chapel Hill. We’re lucky to have found both of these lovely ladies at the right time.sammie2

Sammie: I enjoy traveling, going to concerts, taking photos, and Netflix bingeing. I am currently a Cosmetology student at Paul Mitchel School and I look forward to continuing my education through the Esthetics course and eventually becoming a certified MUA. ana2

Ana: I am a lover of good food, grey t-shirts, pad puns, and my people. I have been behind the chair for over 4 years and am in love with every aspect of this profession. I am most passionate about helping you find a style that works for your hair and makes you feel confident & beautiful. Originally from NC, I am excited to once again be surrounded by mountains & we look forward to planting roots here.

Last by not least, we were happy to announce our newest, and youngest, addition to the Lox family on June 23rd. Owner & Master Stylist, Brynn Crowell & husband, Gabriel, welcomed the arrival of their baby girl, Cornelia Blue. Brynn is now back behind the chair 2 days/wk (Tuesdays & Thursdays) & is excited to transition back into the salon.

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April was a busy month. Chances are you aren’t slowing down anytime soon. How about a massage to release that tension in your shoulders & keep you going through the warm summer? You know you could use it.

Lox welcomes Shelagh Leutwiler LMT to the Lox team offering both Therapeutic & Relaxation massage.

After studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Shelagh Leutwiler moved to Knoxville in 2005 to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, at The University of Tennessee. Upon graduation in 2007, she explored her love of plants and her community by working as an Americorps Member at Beardsley Community Farm from 2008-09. During that time Shelagh also worked as a caregiver for children, which inspired her to incorporate more play, creativity, and patience into her everyday life.
In 2015, Shelagh and her friend Rachel Milford, co-founded The Cattywampus Puppet Council, which creates entertaining performances about regional biota and culture, and teaches children how to make puppets and tell stories with them.  In the spring of 2017 Cattywampus Puppet Council will host Knoxville’s first ever community based puppet parade, thanks in part to a Burning Man Foundation Global Arts Grant.
Before Shelagh became a massage therapist, she spent 2 years at Pellissippi State in the pre-nursing program and was accepted to several nursing programs.  She soon realized that nursing would not provide enough hands on time with patients.  Through her job as an office assistant for chiropractor, Dr. Natalie Kurylo, Shelagh gained a deeper appreciation for holistic health care and was inspired to become a massage therapist.  Shelagh graduated from the Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage in February 2016. She is a member of the American Massage Therapists Association.

Meet Melissa Duda.

Originally from Atlanta,Ga Melissa moved to Knoxville in the summer of 2015 & started working at Lox Salon shortly thereafter. Melissa has over 9 years of experience behind the chair & Lox is thrilled to have her on the team. After having undergone extensive color training, she is open to being as adventurous with color as you are willing to let her. She also enjoys finding new ways in working with fine hair.

So if you are looking for a new bold color for Spring, or are just eager to try a new style, we hope you schedule your next appointment with Melissa. She will be more than happy to accommodate you!

Lou recently moved to Knoxville from Seattle, WA, where she attended the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute.
Before she did hair, Lou was a biologist. While she found that field of study interesting, she felt something was lacking.
Lou has always been passionate about doing hair. Growing up, it started with cutting her Barbie dolls hair and her own bangs, much to her mothers dismay.
As she got older she found herself cutting and coloring her friends hair in their kitchens and bathrooms.
Lou says, “It took me a long time to decide that I wanted to do hair for a living. I have always been fascinated with hairstyling, but I come from a family of academics and there was a lot of pressure to go in that same direction. Biology is wonderfully amazing, but also very linear. There isn’t much room for creativity and self-expression when you’re looking down a microscope all day. Deep down, I knew I wanted more from my career. I felt that I had to do something grandiose, like become a doctor, in order to serve my community and those around me. Eventually, I realized that I could do something I was passionate about AND channel that into being of service to others. In fact, that’s my favorite part about doing hair! Of course I love the creativity of cutting and coloring, but more than that, I LOVE making people feel beautiful, happy and relaxed. Your hair is a huge reflection of yourself. It conveys a part of your personality, tells a story about who you are and can even affect your mood. We all know that a good cut or color can make you feel like a new person! Sometimes I wish that I had become a hairstylist sooner, but looking back, I realize I may not have appreciated it as much as I do now. It truly is my passion and I hope that comes across as great hair for every guest who sits in my chair.”
In addition to being passionate about hair, Lou is a long-time vegan and conservationist. She loves that Lox uses many products that are vegan/vegetarian and that the salon is dedicated to recycling and waste reduction.
She says, “What we put in/on our bodies and into our environment is so important. I want to show people that you can use a more natural hairstyling product or color and still achieve great results.”
Lou is very excited to join the Lox family and can’t wait to have you in her chair!
Call & schedule your appointment with Lou today & receive $10 off your service when you mention this post. 
Offer expires March 31st

We’re having an Open House! Join us this Friday Feb. 5th from 6-8pm & get to know the Lox team and learn more about the services we offer.

Nail tech, Porsche Williams, will be offering Free nail advice, paraffin dips to heal your dry winter skin, and hand massages. Our own esthetician, Katelyn Comer, will be offering a Brow Bar so you can say goodbye to that winter coat & look Spring ready. Thinking about color? Free consultations by our stylists will be offered to help you decide what color (or style) is best for you & help you get an idea on how much you can expect to spend on your new look. Schedule your appointment while you’re here & receive 15% off your nail or hair service.

It’s also First Friday! Enjoy local artist Hannah Harper’s underwater paintings, on display for the entire month of February. Don’t forget to Check-In at Lox Salon when you get here & Like us on Facebook if you haven’t already. You could win a Free makeover worth over $100! ( winner announced at 7:30pm) Also ,there will be more giveaways & discounts to all in attendance. Hope to see you Friday night!

*The Basement Art Studio will also be hosting Valentine crafts for the kids, & singer-songwriter, Nayeema, will perform at 6pm. Light refreshments will be provided.