The name Lava Salon came in 2004 from a word game on a long road trip. Geoff had just entered Cosmetology school, and he and Noel were dreaming about their future salon. Geoff mentioned the French word “laver” – meaning ”to wash” – but they both felt it sounded too frou-frou. Noel then suggested “lava” and the name just stuck with them.
Eventually, the logo was designed to resemble the lava in a lava lamp – the ultimate icon in nostalgia – which also doubles nicely as a sort of pop culture equivalent to the red & white swirling barber pole, mysteriously beckoning further investigation to all those who recognize it.
To this day, the lava in the lamp is recognized for its mysterious, yet simple, elegant fluidity. In fact, nothing today oozes with the same emotional impact.
"There is nothing more enjoyable than watching that seemingly “molten lava” constantly forming and changing into new “hot” shapes – just like hair styles." - Geoff Richardson