It all started with a text message from Nina Dobrev.
Hairstylist Jenn Jones, an Atlanta magazine Best of Atlanta winner for her superb color skills, received a text message on Wednesday from the former Vampire Diaries actress saying that she had a friend on the U.S. Men’s Olympic Swim Team who, along with a few teammates, wanted to get his hair done before heading off to Rio. Dobrev sent along an “inspiration” photo of the color the swimmers wanted.
On Sunday afternoon, Jones transformed the locks of swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen into a showstopping icy blue hue at Atlanta’s Akasa Salon. (She also gave a haircut to fellow swimmer Conor Dwyer.)
“They were so easy to be around,” Jones said of the swimmers. “It was like hanging out with friends. They didn’t have egos or attitudes at all. It was awesome.”
During the appointment, Lochte posted a photo of himself to Instagram, pretending to eat the dye mixture, which Jones created and is now calling “Lochte Blue.”
“He did not actually eat it,” Jones reassured. “I didn’t know that he had taken that [picture], but it was probably because I kept telling him that everything I use is chemical free and organic. I think he just thought it was funny.”
Jones says she’s already receiving calls for styling appointments after Lochte posted photos of his new look to his social media accounts and the media quickly began to buzz. (The portraits above were taken this morning by local photographer and frequent Atlanta magazine contributor Raymond McCrea Jones.)
“I haven’t really eaten in like two days; I’ve been so excited,” she said.
Got to spend a few hours with these babes yesterday. Thanks for trusting me with your Olympic hair @ryanlochte and @jimmyfeigen. Now go win some gold medals!!!! #teamusa #usaswimming #rioolympics #rioolympics2016 #jennjoneshair #organichaircolor #bluehair #oway #bestcoloristatlanta
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Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist, is no stranger to sporting interesting looks at the Games. In 2012, he famously wore an American flag grill while competing in London.