KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Ben Miller says he wants to leave more than just hair clippings for his son when he retires.
Miller is a long way from hanging up his clippers, but the stylist at Lox Salon, 103 W Jackson Avenue in Knoxville's Old City, is already branching into more than just cutting hair.
We've noticed this about entrepreneurs before: often necessity is the mother of invention.
It was Miller's own unruly, thick hair that led him to create his own product line of pomades and hair waxes that he makes in his home.
"Probably about a year ago, I started experimenting. I have thick and unruly hair and was looking for something that worked for me. I started researching ingredients and found different ways to make different waxes and create different things. Some failed. Some were great. My friends were cool and motivating, and they wanted me to keep it going, and I started the company," said Miller.
Miller is a bit of a Renaissance man. He's a graphic designer, an editor and a filmmaker.
His website features videos that show his journey, which led him to the Anchors Hair Company. His products are sold, not just in Knoxville, but courtesy of the Internet, around the world.
"I want a company that I can hand over to my son one day. I think that's the main thing. I do it for him and my family. It's a cool lifestyle and a platform to help others," said Miller.
Miller helps others by donating a bar of soap to needy families for every online purchase.
"Ben's pretty awesome and passionate about what he does, which is why I hired him in the first place," said Brynn Lox, owner of Lox Salon.
Lox says Miller's example has inspired her and her staff. She says Ben's infectious spirit keeps her on her game. She wasn't surprised when he started his own company
"He actually talked about it for a while and I thought, 'Wow that's a lot of work.' But he's made it happen and we're selling them like hotcakes. Everyone loves the product. I'm totally a product junkie and I'm always feeling and smelling, and he's got it right on the mark," said Lox.