• Our Salon
  • Press
  • Services
  • How To Reach Us
  • Luxury Haircare

Master Stylist & Oribe Educator, Coby Alcantar shares the Unstructured Bob


Samuel Cole Salon, Oribe Education, Coby Alcantar, Unstructured Bob, Luxury Brand Partners

Oribe educator Coby Alcantar presenting Unstructured Bob model

Oribe educator and owner of Little Axe Salon, Coby Alcantar was on-hand at Samuel Cole Salon to share her cutting expertise in a class focusing on the Unstructured Bob. This hairstyle is perfect for women with finer textures and those who don’t want too structured of a cut. It’s been worn by stars as diverse as Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightly,  and Jennifer Lawrence.

The unstructured bob provides a great frame for eyes and cheekbones, and adds softness without too much length. During the class, Coby emphasized creating texture and movement with a razor. Stylist were inspired by Coby’s visual,  free style approach, giving a very sexy, undone look to what is traditionally a very geometric cut.  This technique creates a fresh, modern take on a very classic look.

Having Coby come to the salon for a cutting class is such a treat. Her energy and passion is contagious. We get to dive deep and nerd out on hair for a few hours with one the industries finest. It is such an invaluable educational experience”, said senior stylist, Nikki Galloni-Kepley.


“On The Road” with Oribe in Nashville, TN



Samuel Cole Salon Team in Nashville

Samuel Cole Salon Team in Nashville

Samuel Cole Salon takes over Nashville for Oribe’s exclusive “On the Road” event. Stylists, salon managers and owners from around the country made their way to Tennessee to learn editorial and salon-friendly techniques from the Oribe Education Creative Team. The class focused on current trends of the industry including: cutting, styling, sculpting, braiding and extensions.

Seasoned stylists Louis Orozco, Coby Alcantar, Kien Hoang, Ronnie Stam, and Wella’s color expert, Mark Debolt were on hand for a morning of demos and an afternoon of hands-on training . Stylist were given the knowledge, tools, and techniques to create different looks and learn how to adapt these trends into everyday styles behind the chair.

Samuel Cole Salons senior stylists, Nikki Galloni- Kepley and Cara Harrison, were honored to be asked by Oribe’s team to assist them back stage and on stage during the demo’s.

Being backstage at the Oribe “On The Road” event was an exciting new privedge for me. It was cool getting to network with educators I had already met in the salon. I felt challenged but at-home with the hairdressing that was being created backstage and I am grateful to have been a part of such an exciting, exclusive event”, said Nikki.

Samuel Cole Salon Teams With One Warm Coat

IMG_1186 2

While the need for warm coats has never been greater, it has also never been easier to meet this vital need in our community. We have joined with One Warm Coat and invite area residents to join us in an effort to ensure that no one goes without a warm coat this winter.

From September through the end of December, Samuel Cole Salon will be receiving coats to donate. One Warm Coat is dedicated to collecting and distributing gently used coats–free of charge and without discrimination–directly to local children and adults in the local area.

It is so wonderful to be a part of helping others in our community. It’s amazing what good can be accomplished when everyone contributes. We are excited to be involved in  providing the basic need of warmth this winter season”, said Joelle Ray- Owner Samuel Cole Salon.

Introducing Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer

Smith & Cult  luxury glam nail lacquers recently featured in the September issue of Vogue are now available at Samuel Cole Salon. This high end nail line was created by beauty veteran, Dineh Mohajer, founder of 1990’s favorite nail polish, Hard Candy. After years out of the spotlight, she is back, taking the beauty industry by storm once again with a new line of quirky color names and trendy, fashion-forward colors.

Glitters, neutrals, neons, and everything in between. Smith & Cult is comprised of 30 bold, high pigmented shades, plus a base and top coat. Each formulated to deliver both flawless smooth coverage and brilliant shine. Not to mention, they’re 5-free. Formulated without common chemicals found in most nail polishes meaning no dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.

The brands name is meant to express two sides within us: “Smith” showing a luxurious, soft, alluring side and “Cult” being dark, mysterious, seductive, and raw. The bottles echo that same sentiment — one side is smooth and pristine, while the other side is distinctly dented. Each shade is inspired by and representative of the experiences depicted in her diary entries of a beauty-addicted heroine who sees her world through a lens of color.

Smith & Cult differs from both Hard Candy and other beauty brands in that every aspect of the brand is derived from the Diary of our Beauty Junkie — basically me,” says Mohajer. Women can’t help but relate to her/my emotional connection to beauty and relate to the dualities we all inhabit throughout our lives, from triumph to tears, bliss to heartbreak, elegance to absurdity, and everything in between.” says Mohajer.



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.