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Miami: Wella Creative Retreat


Co-owner of Samuel Cole Salon, Jack Ray,  traveled to South Beach, Miami to attend Wella’s  pre-release event for their newest innovations, Freelights and Instamatic couture color.

The event, exclusive to members of the Wella Creative Retreat Team, was held to show off their newest color technology before it is released to salons. Jack and other members of the team participated in an intimate, hands-on workshop with Wella’s top colorists and stylists.

Members of the Wella Creative Retreat Team with top Wella executives

Members of the Wella Creative Retreat Team with top Wella executives

Jack had the honor of working with numerous hair industry stylists, colorists, and business leaders over the 2 day event, including: Fabio Sementelli (VP of Education for Wella North America), Carol Protat(North American Creative Director), Stephen Moody (P&G Salon Professional Global Education Academy Dean), Sonya Dove (long time Wella master stylist, world class colorist, and co-owner of The Doves Studio), Eric Lindsey (Master Colorist and co-owner of Salon Myo &  Kharisma Hair Studio and lead product ambassador for Wella Freelights), and celebrity stylists, Oscar Blandi (stylist and owner of The Oscar Blandi Salon), and Anthony Morrison ( stylist and owner of The Londoner). Also attending the event, was celebrity hairstylist  and owner of Oribe Salon, Oribe Canales, who Jack has worked with on many occasions.

Jack and Oribe Canales (celebrity hairstylist and Co-Founder of Oribe hair care)

Jack and Oribe Canales (celebrity hairstylist and Co-Founder of Oribe hair care)

Michael Knight attends V76 by Vaughn Men’s Grooming Workshop

Samuel Cole Salon, Michael Knight, V76 by Vaughn education, Luxury Brand Partners

Michael Knight (center) with Vaughn Taylor (right) and Jesse Taylor (left)

Samuel Cole Salon, Michael Knight, V76 by Vaughn, Luxury Brand Partners

Michael Knight with finished model










Elite stylist Michael Knight just returned from the V76 Men’s Grooming Workshop in New York City. The workshop, led by V76 creator, Vaughn Acord, and V76 educators, Barry Hughes and Jason Hunt, focused on the complete salon visit for men, from cutting and styling to general grooming. The educators demonstrated several different looks, combining old-school barbering with up-to-date salon techniques.

Educators also focused on the history of men’s styling and the importance of catering to the male client in a unisex salon. The V76 team emphasized tailoring each cut and style to the individual, understanding which tools to use, what methods to employ, and how to give a proper consultation on the total look.

After a morning of presentations, Michael participated in a hands-on workshop with a male model to give him the cut, shape and style that best fit his face shape, hair texture, lifestyle and personality.

Working with Vaughn Acord was an amazing experience. Vaughn in as expert in the field of men’s grooming with clients including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, Bryan Ferry and many more. During the class we did an in-depth study of the history of trends and hairstyles that have influenced men’s grooming over the years. Vaughn’s enthusiasm was contagious and inspiring. We were able to work one on one with Vaughn picking out models and deciding what was the most appropriate look for them. V76 provided a top notch NYC photographer to shoot the final look from our models for submission to industry trade magazines. The day was filled with many surprises and incredible challenges and I am so looking forward to working with Vaughn Acord again in the near future.”, said Michael Knight.

Samuel Cole Salon vs. Cancer

vscancer2015Samuel Cole Salon has teamed up with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to help children battling cancer right in our own community! In joining forces with Duke Children’s Hospital and NC Children’s Hospital, we asked how we could help these kids in their treatment, the overwhelming response…

Any toys that can played with in bed, infant mobiles (hangs over a crib), doctor play kits, craft kits/isolation activities, clothes, matchbox cars, children’s DVDs, and of course cash.

Starting now and until March 31st, we are hosting a drive for these toys to be given directly to children battling cancer as we speak. On your next visit to Samuel Cole, we invite you to bring in any of the items listed above to help make chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatments a little easier to bear. It may seem simple, but sometimes the simplest gift can lift spirits. And that may be the gift that helps a child through their next treatment.

For more information or to donate directly, please visit samuelcole.vs-cancer.org and help the next child BEAT CANCER!


Samuel Cole Salon Stylists Give Back

Raleigh Rescue Misson

Samuel Cole Salon stylists with gifts prepared for the Raleigh Rescue Mission

The Raleigh Rescue Mission was founded to minister to the growing needs of homeless and hurting men, women and children in our community. They have helped more than 750,000 people since being funded in 1961. The Raleigh Rescue Mission offers a long-term recovery program, emergency shelter, safe housing, clothing, and three healthy meals a day, as well as recovery, counseling, free medical care, job and computer training skills, and other support services to help them achieve their goals and ultimately make a successful transition back into the community.

Raleigh Rescue Mission

Items purchased for the Raleigh Rescue Mission


Samuel Cole Salon made it their mission to contribute this holiday season. Employees pitched in and collected $700 for The Raleigh Rescue Mission. With the amount of money collected Samuel Cole was able to buy 23 much needed gifts; newborn and toddler clothing, rattles,  pacifiers, toys, bibles, sweaters, shirts, nightgowns, pajamas sets, robes, jeans, a Regal Movie Theater gift card and a Wal-Mart gift card.

It feels so good to have the salon come together for people in need. It was so rewarding to shop for all the presents”, said stylist and fundraising coordinator Cara Dempsey.

Wella Trend Vision Award Winner Mark Debolt Shares His Color Genius

Mark Debolt

Mark Debolt and senior stylist Nikki Gallonni-Kepley (bottom left) after an afternoon of Wella color education and demonstration

Two time winner of Wella Professional’s International Trend Vision Award, Mark DeBolt was on-hand at Samuel Cole Salon to share this years Fall and Winter color trends. Mark’s passion for styling is met only by his love for inspiring and furthering the careers of other stylists. Mark is constantly aspiring to craft and create beauty through the art of professional coloring and we were thrilled to be learning from the master himself.

This year’s trend class focused on the shape of the hair. Mark demonstrated different coloring techniques that incorporated the use of hair painting to shadow and lighten shapes in the hair in order to create contrast, ultimately challenging the texture and changing the appearance of the actual shape. After spending the afternoon with Mark, stylist were inspired to look at color in a whole new way.

Creating shadow and light challenges the anatomy of the shape by manipulating and diffusing the lines, creating new textures within the shape. Mark’s visit to our salon left stylist eager to experiment with new shapes, challenge the norm in textures, and show color through shadow and light.

Learning from Mark is so invaluable because he gives you tangible skills to perfect results time after time,” said master stylist, Carolyn Nord.