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 hair nightmare. 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!

When our CEO and founder Brynn opened Lox in 2006, she had been a vegan for nearly a decade. She was troubled by the waste in the beauty industry and wanted to affect change in a meaningful way. This led her to partner with Green Circle and make Lox Salon the first Green Circle salon in the state of Tennessee.

The beauty industry creates over 877 pounds of waste every single minute. We find this number unconscionable.

Thankfully, Green Circle has given our salon and others the opportunity to mitigate and substantially reduce this number. As Waste Warriors, we are able to recycle and recover 95% of our beauty waste.

According to their website, Green Circle was “created by our Founder and CEO alongside beauty industry leaders, our award-winning program empowers salons to offset their emissions and recover up to 95% of their beauty waste. That includes previously unrecoverable materials and hard-to-recycle items like hair clippings, foils, excess hair color, aerosol cans, and color tubes.” Green Circle uses hair clippings to create hair mats that are in turn used to clean up oil spills, while excess color is repurposed into clean energy.

Impacting the health of the world in a positive way is one of our most important tenants and we pledge to continue this mission. For more information about how we do this, feel free to reach out via our Instagram.

Experts agree; 2022 is going to be all about color.

According to Vogue, “trend predictions for next year are definitely bold and colorful. Having spent so much time at home because of the pandemic, I feel people will want to go very loud.” We’re seeing color everywhere, from the runways of Milan to the sidewalks outside our own salon here in Knoxville, Tennessee.

After years of minimalism reigning supreme, people are ready to express themselves in ways unlike ever before. With the new variant of the pandemic anticipated to peak at the end of January, expect to see an explosion of color as we enter spring.

Have you ever considered fashion colors? Now may be the time to take the leap.

Fashion colors come in all shades of the rainbow. From bright pinks to fiery orange, anything you dream of can be achieved. These colors are semi-permanent and will not permanently change the color of your hair; as such, their upkeep is a little different (read here for our tips for color treated hair) and there are a number of ways to achieve the look.

If you aren’t quite ready to take the full leap, a peek-a-boo moment is a great way to test the waters.

A peek-a-boo moment is a great way to test the waters.

Don’t want to touch your natural hair at all? We can color extensions and blend them into your own hair.

Nichole’s guest asked for a mermaid look; she achieved it by coloring the extensions the day before to cut down the time the guest was in the chair for application.
The initial application of the extensions was in November; in January, they faded into a beautiful pastel that could be reapplied after the guest’s haircut.

If you’re ready to take the plunge an all over transformation color like the one below is for you.

A full color transformation; this beautiful color will require at least four hours in the chair with your stylist.

Pop into 2022 with a beautiful head of color. Head to our Book Now page to make your reservation today.

If you’ve had your hair color treated before, you’ve likely been frustrated when you notice it begins fading after a short time. This is because color treated hair is much different than your virgin hair and, as such, requires different upkeep.

Don’t go home and wash your hair. The cuticle of your hair has been opened to allow the color to take. With the cuticle still open, the color can run and you’ll see your hair fade right away. Wait three days before you shampoo your hair; this will give the cuticle time to close and help keep your color fresh between appointments.

Speaking of showering, turn the hot water down. We all love a nice, hot shower, especially in the cold winter months, but the hot water is opening your cuticle allowing all that color you love to literally and figuratively wash down the drain. The colder the water, the tighter the cuticle layer will remain.

Color safe shampoo and conditioner is key. If your shampoo and conditioner isn’t color safe, you’re stripping away the color you spent hours and dollars on at the salon. We recommend Neuma Beauty or R+Co shampoo and conditioner to maintain your color treated hair. (Bonus: Use a clarifying shampoo the day before your next color appointment to strip your hair of oils that may hinder the color.) Both are vegan and color safe.

Wash your hair less. The less you wash your hair, the better your color. Dry shampoo is a great tool for in between days; generally, every 2-3 days is safe but we have guests that wash as rarely as once a week.

Heat protectant is your friend. Before blow drying or or styling your hair, apply a heat protectant. Both Neuma Beauty and R+Co have great heat protectant products.

If you’re interested in color treating your hair, we recommend booking a free consultation with one of our trained stylists. Coloring your hair at home may seem convenient and cost effective, but unfortunately it often leads to damaged hair and a trip to the salon for an even costlier color correction that could’ve been avoided.

Book online here or give us a call at 865.523.5569.

Happy coloring!

As a society and as a salon, we love hair color! Light, dark, rainbow: we love it all! There are unfortunate realities when it comes to color though. At the end of the day, you are putting strong chemicals on your hair and altering it on a molecular level. As intimidating as that may sound, color doesn’t have to be a scary or damaging process. There are several guidelines you can abide by if you color your hair to protect it and keep it as healthy as possible.

Regular hair cuts! Trimming your hair on a regular schedule will help prevent breakage on your ends and prevent breakage from moving up your hair strands. 6 – 8 weeks is recommended.
Cool water! Rinsing your hair with cool to cold water will preserve your color longer and will be more gentile on your hair. Hot water opens your hair’s cuticle letting your color fall out and making your hair more susceptible to breakage.
Color safe shampoo and conditioner! Using the right products will go a long way with your hair. We provide color safe shampoos and conditioners during your service and we have several options available for retail from Neuma and Pulp Riot.
Conditioning mask! Last but certainly not least, we recommend during your color service to also receive a conditioning mask. It’s as simple as sitting for an additional 5- 10 minutes at the shampoo bowl! You can also add a conditioning treatment onto a hair cut appointment or even a blowout appointment. For this service we use Oligo Blacklight Intensive Replenishing Mask. Specifically designed for color treated hair, this strengthening mask uses the power of argan oil and 11 amino acids to moisturize and repair while also increasing shine and color retention. It will bring life back into your hair! Love it and can’t get enough? Not only is this mask available for purchase but it is also our March product of the month! Buy this mask during the month of March and receive 10% off!

You love your colored hair, so act like it! We want to help you have your dream hair so book a conditioning treatment asap! You can do so by calling, email, or the Book Now tab above.

This upcoming month, our featured product will be the Neuma Body Bar! Crafted from organic olive oil, cocoanut oil, and shea butter, this hydrating hand cut bar is soothing and calming to the senses while turning your bathroom into a spa. You already know we love Neuma and we want you to fall in love too! Mention this blog post and you will receive 10% off a Body Bar!
Gift giving season is upon us, and we have gift sets available as well! Stock up while you can!

Neuma is a product line that highly prioritizes being green and transparent about their ingredients. They are proudly free of all of the top bad ingredients that are common in hair products and full of all the good ones! They formulate without 13 different classes of ingredients that are known or suspected skin sensitizers, endocrine disruptors, carcinogenic, damage the environment, contribute to climate change or otherwise compromise your hair health or the planet. Neuma uses the highest quality of essential oils, extracts, vitamins, and proteins to keep your hair and the planet as healthy as they can. All products are vegan, cruelty free, PETA approved, certified organic, and gluten free. Not only are the products inside the bottles eco friendly, but the bottles themselves are too! All packaging is 95% recycled and recyclable. Staying true to their mission, their state of the art facility uses 100% wind power offset.

We currently carry the full Neuma product line which now features three skin care products. We are proud to carry such an amazing product line from such an innovative company. Need more info? Feel free to ask us or go to their website at neumabeauty.com.

We are so excited to announce the Grand Opening of our Barbershop in conjunction with our 13th Anniversary this month!

Stop by on Friday the 13th between 9am-8pm & celebrate with us.

Lox Barbershop is located directly below the main entrance to Lox Salon, therefore easy to find. During our celebration Friday, Lox Barbershop will be offering $13 men’s cuts all day. First come first served. No appointment necessary.

We also will have Vegan treats, cocktails, mocktails, door prizes & a chance to win $130 in Lox services as well as a gift basket full of 13 bath & beauty products.

All products are 13% off on Friday & Neuma products are buy 2 get 1 Free!

Thanks for all your support over the years & we can’t wait to party with you on Friday the 13th!

At Lox we love staying up to date on the latest and greatest products and trends! We are excited to share that we will be switching our permanent color line to Pulp Riot! For almost a year now, we have been using Pulp Riot’s semi permanent line for our vibrant fashion colors and high speed toners for our blondest of blondes. Now we will also be using the permanent color line, Faction8, along with lighteners and a few styling products! Lox will always stay true to being as green as possible, so we love that all Pulp Riot products are vegan and cruelty free. It is made by hair stylists, for hair stylists so it is truly the top of the line and it is taking on the color industry with full force. With true to tone color and the best gray coverage you can get, we are so excited to use this new high end color line on you!

 

The southern summer heat is upon us and we can not get enough of our Eufora Aloetherapy collection! This month we are focusing on our Moisture Mist for Hair and Body. It is versatile,  easy to use and smells good! It is perfect for after a day in the sun. Our Moisture Mist is made of only the best ingredients.

Including:

Certified organic aloe stem cells to calm and smooth irritated dry skin
Oats to calm redness and itch
Waterlilly to provide instant hydration and vitamin C
Panthanol to provide strength and shine
Tri-sugar blend for added strength prevention of moisture loss

To use:

Spray generously all over hair and skin post shower
Can be used more liberally over irritated or sunburned skin

The Aloetherapy Moisture Mist is our product of the month because it is one of our favs and we want to make sure everyone knows about it! If you come into the salon and mention this blog post you will receive 10% off the Moisture Mist!