It’s heating up and there’s little more refreshing than a dip in the pool. A Saturday spent luxuriating in the sun is one of the best parts of the upcoming summer season, but as anyone with color-treated hair knows, it can be quite the double-edged sword.
Emerging from the pool with your gorgeous, sunny locks turned green and dull is a quick way to turn your relaxing day into a regrettable affair. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the damage and protect yourself from a sunny Saturday ruined.
First things first; presoak your hair with clean water.
This may seem counterintuitive, but wetting your hair in the shower before you jump in the pool allows your hair to absorb less of the damaging chlorine. It takes virtually no time for ample benefit – perfect for those of us who don’t want to be bothered with a complicated routine.
Your hair needs sunscreen, too.
It’s universally acknowledged too much sun is terrible for your skin, but few people consider the toll it takes on your hair. We recommend a product that contains UVA or UVB rays; the aptly named Sun Catcher by R+Co, a leave-in conditioner, is one of our favorites.
Put your hair up.
Sometimes the best solution is the simplest. Tying your hair up in a bun keeps it out of the water as you leisurely wade about.
Shampoo and condition – even if you’re exhausted.
A day spent sun soaked is exhausting. All you want to do is lay on the couch and watch a movie or read a book. Don’t. Not until you’ve both shampooed and conditioned your hair. Choose a hydrating shampoo designed specifically for blondes for maximum impact. The neuBlonde Platinum Shampoo and neuMoisture Conditioner by Neuma will go a long way in toning your color and adding back much needed, stripped away moisture.
If all else fails, call us.
We’re all fallible and sometimes we’re going to forego our routine, particularly on a hot summer day when the promise of the cool water of the pool is too much to resist. If you find you’ve damaged your hair, allow one of our professionals to get back on track. Book online at Vagaro.com or give us a call in the Old City of Knoxville, Tennessee at 865.523.5569.
Happy swimming, #LoxStars!
The biggest fashion night of the year has long been the first Monday in May at the Met Gala and this year did not disappoint. Check out some of our favorite hair looks from the big night.
Film’s biggest night may have been overshadowed by the slap heard around the world, but we’re still reeling over some of our favorite looks. Scroll through below to see some of our favorite looks from the 94th ceremony!
Lupita’s braided updo was a show stopper. The Academy Award winner look was regal and befitting the exclusive ceremony.
The history-making Best Supporting Actress’s cropped cut was the perfect amount of edgy and classy for her big win.
The tennis legend’s honey colored blunt bob was one of the most simply effective looks of the night.
Zendaya rarely misses (if ever) on the red carpet and this French twist style was no exception.
Beyoncé’s side pony was the perfect complement to the 150 carats of bling on her ears.
What were some of your favorite looks from the ceremony? Drop them in the comments below!
Trophy – A styling spray that adds the right amount of texture, volume and shine to any hair type. Hair looks naturally radiant almost instantly. Hair looks young, shiny and lived in.
Mannequin – MANNEQUIN Styling Paste is a natural-looking styling paste for volume, flexibility and shape. MANNEQUIN creates bounce and movement for the perfect, deliberately undone look. Perfect for sultry, supermodel hair.
Rockaway – This spray helps create buildable volume, beachy waves and tousled texture or a fresh-from-the-shore look.
Sun Catcher – Supercharge your hair with this nourishing and protective leave-in conditioner that helps soften, seal, detangle and fight frizz. Can be used on damp or dry hair, alone or layered beneath styling products to optimize their performance. Nourishes with light hold and shine.
Zig Zag – This innovative, lightly tinted formula brings a bolt of energy to strands, adding durable grit and hold at the roots for an all-day ample look. It blends into any hair color for a dusty-free, flexible texture, thanks to resins and a polymer complex that creates an invisible, web-like effect between the hair fibers.
Badlands – Use when you want to extend the life of a blow-out or add volumizing texture. Matte finish with no build up!
Today and every day, Lox Salon celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Day! This day was started in Denver, Colorado in 1995 and has since spread across the globe. Read on for ideas on how to celebrate this special day.
- Compliment strangers. Very often we pass someone on the street and think how much we like their hair, clothes or smile but don’t say it aloud. Random Acts of Kindness Day is the perfect occasion to verbalize those thoughts and spread a little cheer.
- Tip your barista extra. We hear about paying it forward by paying for the coffee of the person behind you, but another way of celebrating this day is by putting that money toward the tip of your barista instead. Oftentimes paying for the person behind you adds extra work and confusion for the staff; by tipping the money toward your barista directly, you’re still spreading kindness and sparing them from a confusing day of sorting out orders and payments.
- Call a loved one you don’t speak to enough. Most of us don’t appreciate the family in our lives the way we should and take them for granted. Call that loved one you’ve been meaning to but keep putting off; you’ll make their day and be glad you did it.
- Donate to a charity. One way to make a tangible impact is through a charity donation. Find one close to your heart – we are big fans of Farm Sanctuary.
- Pick up litter around your neighborhood. Cleaning up some of the trash littering your neighborhood is a simple way to effect big change.
No matter how you choose to celebrate it, make sure to spread some cheer today!
We’re thrilled to announce our #LoxStar Shampoo and Blowout monthly membership!
Priced at $120/month, this membership entitles you to four shampoos and blowouts per month.
Individually priced at $50 per blowout, this membership reduces the cost of each to $30 per blowout instead, paid monthly. Once you’ve purchased your membership, all you do is book your blowout as usual and the price will zero out at checkout.
Professionals recommend infrequent shampooing; getting a shampoo and blowout from one of our stylists once a week protects the integrity of your hair as they use professional-grade products and tools. This is particularly useful for those wishing to maintain their color treated hair.
Blowouts typically last anywhere from 3-5 days and the more frequently you have one, the better your hair holds the shape and style, making it last longer each time.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise with the advent of the omicron variant, the health of our guests and our staff is paramount. We continue to stress the importance of masks regardless of vaccination status; our Lox Star team is fully vaccinated and masked.
Due to the amount of COVID-19 cases in Knoxville and beyond, stylists now have the individual ability to mandate whether or not their vaccinated guest wears a mask. Please bring a mask to your appointment in the event your stylist asks you to wear one.
Our policy regarding unvaccinated guests remains the same. All unvaccinated guests must wear a mask through the duration of their reservation, no exceptions.
We know this is frustrating and pandemic fatigue has long set in. We feel these same frustrations. However, the health of everyone that sets foot in the salon is our number one priority.
We thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to navigate these uncertain times.
Lox Salon’s Recycling Tips
As a Green Circle salon, Lox Salon safely disposes of 95% of all our waste. Hair clippings go toward cleaning up oil spills and excess color is separated into oil and water, which in turn is processed into clean energy. We get a lot of enthusiastic questions about these processes and have found most people want to help, but don’t know where to start.
If you’ve never recycled before, the beginning of the year is the perfect time to begin. The process may seem daunting to you if you’ve spent your life simply throwing your waste in the trash, but the first step is often the hardest. Incorporating simple steps at first is a great way to start your recycling journey.
Read below for some easy tips for working toward a sustainable lifestyle.
Grab a “twin bin.” A twin bin goes next to your regular trash bin, but is instead for recyclable materials. Consider labeling the bin with what can and cannot go into recycling. The one below, courtesy of the city of Knoxville, is a great resource.
Next, take stock of your personal waste habits and set realistic goals on what you think you can and cannot do. The goal isn’t to be perfect, but to be mindful of your own shortcomings and work toward more planet conscious habits.
A simple mistake people often make is forgetting to rinse out recyclable materials with food or drink waste. This can result in the entire batch of recyclables being thrown away and your work is for naught. Remove batteries as well; those will result in the same.
Plastic bags can’t be disposed of in recycling, so consider buying a reusable tote for your shopping excursions. Bonus: they’re much more stylish than the plastic bags the grocery store is going to provide you (and they probably aren’t going to rip, leaving your eggs and other perishables wasted on your sidewalk. We’ve all been there.)
Don’t expect yourself to be perfect; taking these first steps is a commendable initiative toward a better planet for us and for future generations.
Happy New Year!
Happy Winter Solstice!
With winter comes cozy Sundays by the fire, big coats… and dry hair. Temperatures drop and so does the moisture, leaving you wondering why your hair suddenly feels like straw and your scalp won’t stop itching.
Fortunately, there are ways to help.
Don’t over wash your hair. You need all the moisture and natural oils you can get. Washing your hair every day will strip it of the only thing standing between you and feeling like a scarecrow. If you wash once a day, try switching it to every other day and, eventually, every three days. Dry shampoo is a great asset in the winter; it will keep your hair smelling fresh and breathe life into your style. R+Co carries a variety of dry shampoos we love, especially as they’re vegan and cruelty free.
Don’t leave the house with wet hair. Aside from being a deeply uncomfortable experience in the cold winter months, it also causes hair to freeze and subsequently break. We recommend giving your hair time to air dry in the winter, but if you can’t make sure to use a heat protectant before you blow dry your hair.
Deep condition once a week. If you haven’t already picked up on it, moisture is vital in the cold winter months. A weekly deep condition replenishes moisture and staves off dreaded dryness. Bonus: You’ll love the feel of your hair afterward.
Lower the water temperature. Similar to how you don’t want to over wash your hair, you also don’t want to overdo it when you do. A hot water shower feels luxurious and is a respite from the cold, but its damaging your hair. Try to keep it lukewarm when you’re washing and – if you can stand it – even try cool water.
Finally, get a regular trim. Getting regular trims manages those pesky split ends, making your hair look and feel healthier. Book here now to see one of our trained LoxStars.
Happy winter and happy hair!