Stephen Jerome: Vocals | Robert Munger: Guitar (electric)

Genre: Metal | Hardcore

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X-Factor was a 1980s glam band fronted by Carlsbad High grad Stephen Jerome, who later fronted the metal band Menace. Also in Menace was his fellow Carlsbad High grad Robert Munger, who partnered with Jerome in 2012 to open a music-themed hair salon in Oceanside called Rock Your Loxx (in the locale formerly occupied by Hair Quest).

After Menace split, Jerome cut hair for Supercuts before purchasing the existing Hair Quest salon in south Oceanside, where Munger went to see him for a trim in late 2011. “At this point,” says Munger, “the place didn’t have much appeal as far as the look of the interior or exterior. No music playing and very little in the way of decor...he was contemplating closing his shop because of the bad economy. He was struggling to make a living.”

This gave Munger an idea. “Steve looks like a rock star with long, curly hair...he loves and plays rock music. Why not convert [the shop] into a rock-themed salon? I’m passionate about music, and I hate going to the salons in the area for a haircut. This would be a place where I’d love to go.”

“The decor includes signed memorabilia, numerous album covers, posters, books, and rock magazines. The mirrors feature hand-painted piano-key frames, and the album covers that span the entire upper perimeter of the shop can be changed, allowing the look of the salon to constantly evolve. There’s a small stage with a set of Ludwig drums, amps, and guitars, and the cabinets at each stylist’s station are custom-built Marshall amplifier replicas with working drawers. Rock music is always playing.”

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