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Hairdressing Icon, Howard McLaren Launches R + Co Brand at Samuel Cole Salon

Joelle Ray, JackRay, Reuben Carranza, Tevya Finger, Howard Mclaren, R&Co Launch, Samuel Cole Salon

Jack Ray (Samuel Cole Co-founder), Reuben Carranza (R+Co President), Tevya Finger (Luxury Brand Partners Co-President), Joelle Ray (Samuel Cole Co-Founder), Howard McLaren (R+Co Co-Creator)

R+Co Launch, Samuel Cole Salon, Howard McLaren, Kristin Carson, R+Co










Industry icon and R+Co (Rouge and Company) co-creator/founder, Howard McLaren visited Samuel Cole Salon to launch his innovative product line.  Also with McLaren were Luxury Brand Partners Co-President, Tevya Finger and R+Co President Reuben Carranza former CEO of Wella. R+Co is a collective of some of the most forward-thinking, rule-bending hairstylists in the business. The company is a think tank of top editorial and salon stylists and educators—with a combined century of hairdressing knowledge and experience—and as a company they make sure that they have more than one viewpoint on everything they do. McLaren along with industry legend Garren and Thom Priano created the R+Co line with performance for the client and education for the stylist as their major points of emphasis.

The trio shared their immense expertise and inspiration in a day long class that focused on motivation and maximizing your potential. In addition McLaren showcased his talent with a cutting and styling demonstration. He also shared the catalyst behind the creation of the R+Co brand.

Stylists are the real heroes of this brand. In an industry not always known for collaboration, R+Co is all about creating a dialogue between the broader stylist community to celebrate the culture of hairdressing. We advocate for stylists—and their clients—to find the point of view and style that best matches their own. All of our products are treatment-oriented, with the health of the hair and scalp always top-of-mind. We use unique ingredients and complexes to make sure that each product delivers true benefits”, said McLaren.


Owner and Master Stylists Attend Exclusive Color Workshop in New York City












Master Stylists Carolyn Nord and Nikki Galloni-Keply along with Samuel Cole Salon owner, Jack Ray recently attended Bumble and bumble University’s Color Workshop. The master level color workshop featured in-depth analysis of skin tones, development of the creative eye and your individual signature color formulation. Each day featured detailed and rigorous demonstrations designed to push the colorists to explore their color sensibilities and expand their boundaries. The Samuel Cole Team were able to apply what they learned in the classroom by working hands-on with models each day.

“Bumble and bumble Educators always give me an excellent opportunity to continue to develop my eye as a colorist and stylist. The time spent in this class was so valuable and I’m excited to bring this education back to our salon and our stylists”, said Jack Ray -Owner Samuel Cole Salon

Samuel Cole Salon helps stock the Food Bank of Eastern Carolina’s pantry


Natalie Bowers and Cara Dempsey

SCS stylists, Natalie Bowers and Cara Dempsey

Chelsea LePage and Cara Dempsy (event organizer)

Chelsea LePage and Cara Dempsy (event organizer)


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Samuel Cole Salon and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina have joined forces to “Stock the Pantry” this summer. The summer months are particularly challenging when children in need are out of school and have even less access to nutritional meals. Almost half of those who use the Food Bank’s services are children and those over the age of 65.needed contributions for infants are diapers, wipes, formula and infant cereal. For kids the most needed are sugar- free pudding cups, granola bars, popcorn crackers and juice boxes. And for seniors, nutritional shakes and drinks as well as adult hygiene products. More general but still on the most needed list are canned fruit, vegetables, meat, beans and soup as well as whole grain pasta and rice and peanut butter. Lastly are hygiene items, household items and paper products. The food bank requests no glass please. We will be collecting items from now until August 30, 2014. Just drop off your contribution at your next appointment or whenever it is convenient . There is collection box in our reception area. We are super excited to help such an amazing organization! Thank you so much in advance for your help.

“Thank you to all of our amazing salon guests and stylists who have generously contributed and have made a positive difference in our community”, said Jack Ray. – owner Samuel Cole Salon


Senior Stylists Hone Their Skills at Bumble and bumble’s Design Workshop

photo 2.PNG-4photo 1.PNG-4The award-winning Samuel Cole Salon recently sent  Senior Stylists; Tiffanie Spellenburg, Kristi Kessler and Natalie Bowers to Bumble & bumble University located in New York City’s historic meat packing district. The stylists enhanced their skill set by studying with master hairdressers at Bumble in a rigorous cutting class entitled Design Workshop. These Samuel Cole Salon stylists honed their skills, found inspiration and discovered different and unique ways to focus their ideas, expand their repertoire, and learn to view hairdressing in new contexts.

“Design Workshop really pushed me outside of my box with the straight razor. I am so inspired and can’t wait to bring my new advanced skills back to the salon,” said Spellenburg.

Oribe Educator and Editorial Expert, Kien Hoang Shares his Expertise

Oribe educator and editorial expert, Kien Hoang shared his expertise with Samuel Cole Salon in March. Hoang lead a class dedicated to “The Art of the Ponytail”. He taught stylists how to turn this common style into a high fashion editorial and runway look. Hoang brings over 20 years of experience as a stylist and is known as much for his artistry and technical skill as he is for his passion, warmth and generosity. His creative approach to hairstyling inspires stylists to go above and beyond their day-to-day salon work. His most current work was seen on the runways during NYFW ’14 and can also be seen at kienhoang.net.

“Kien is an incredible educator and a fixture in the world of fashion.  We were lucky to have him share his expertise with our salon on how to transition a quick, perfect ponytail into endless possibilities.  We had 22 stylists in attendance and no two looks were the same.  Our team was able to add striking looks to their portfolios,” said Sara Beard, Assistant Director of Education & Master Designer.

Kien Class 2 March 2014Kien Class 1 March 2014