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Samuel Cole Salon Welcomes 2015 National Wella Trend Vision Gold Winner , “KatieM”

IMG_2559KatieM began her styling career in Asheville, NC in 2006 where she worked in the city’s top salon, Ananda. Training under the city’s finest stylists and colorists, she quickly developed her creative eye and passion for hair. In 2011 she moved to St. Paul, MN where she worked in one of Allure Magazine’s “Top 100 salons” of 2012. She had the honor of working with a very talented and creative team, including Shear Genius‘ Faatemah Ampey. KatieM moved back to Asheville from 2012-2015, and is now relocating to Raleigh, NC where she will be splitting her time between Samuel Cole Salon, traveling as an educator for Oribe, and working on editorial projects. KatieM’s most recent travels have been to NYC and Miami, working with industry legend and celebrity stylist Ronnie Stamm (toured with Rolling Stones and Aerosmith) and training with leading Oribe educator and runway stylist Kien Hoang. KatieM was one of the first to attend Miami Studios. With that, she attended The Art of the Ponytail instructed by Kien. She describes the class as advance with a more critical look at a ponytail. The ponytail was just the starting point and from there they took it to a while different level. She also attended Love Eternal Set which was also instructed by Kien. This class taught the advance way of setting hair to create beautiful S waves. This class took patience and creativity and can create feminine, sexy and expressive styling. It’s very glamorous and timeless approach to styling women’s hair.


KatieM regularly travels to NYC where she extends her education with styling, coloring, and developing her artistic eye. She is trained in Wella Color,  and has excelled in hair painting/balayage. Manselle has studied intensive razor cutting and styling with Bumble and Bumble in New York City.

 Katie and Model WinningWe are thrilled to have someone with KatieM’s passion, talent and warm-hearted creative energy join our team. I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring KatieM in the last year before she officially joined our team and it is exciting to find such dedication to being the best. KatieM is committed, focused, creative and always pushing to grow as a stylist. I know our guests and team will love her”, Joelle Ray.


Helping Our Community

From now until July 31st, Samuel Cole Salon is joining forces with the Raleigh Rescue Mission to collect in demand items for those in need. The Raleigh Rescue Mission serves men and women battling life controlling issues, women and children needing emergency shelter, those who thirst in the summer and shiver in the winter, those that never had a chance and those who need a second chance.

The Mission is in desperate need of the following: Books, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, soap, floss, mouthwash, lotion, etc. Please bring your donations to the salon at the time of your next appointment or anytime that is convenient for you. We will have a large basket in the reception area where you can place your donations.

Thank you in advance for your help. We are excited to help our community!


V76 Educator and Men’s Grooming Expert Jesse Taylor Shares his Secrets to Delivering Dapper

jesse3Jesse Taylor, V76 Educator and  Celebrity Stylist, recently visited Samuel Cole Salon for an in-depth Men’s Grooming demonstration. The class focused on cutting and styling’s techniques, as well as V76 products, created specifically to meet the needs of a discerning man.

V76 by Vaughn celebrates the tradition of men’s grooming with an American sensibility. The sophisticated collection offers must-have classics updated for the modern man—and does so with an effortless, uncomplicated approach.

With a strong education background featuring Bumble and Bumble and American Crew, Jesse’s personalized approach to cutting has made him a go-to stylist for celebrities such as Adam Levine, Chris Pine, Ian Somerhalder, Kellan Lutz, Gordon Ramsey and Tom Seldon. His blend of theories provide a structured foundation for haircuts that are customized to each client.  Samuel Cole Salon stylists learned Jesse’s insider tips of how he works with his celebrity male clientele.

Jesse’s approach, personality and shear talent was inspirational. His committment to men’s grooming was amazing to witness and I am excited to bring his brand of tailoring to my male clients”, said Senior Stylist, Tiffanie Spellenberg.

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Christian Ceja-Compin shares Oribe’s “Sculpted Tease”


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Christian Ceja-Compin with Sculpted Tease model.

Christian Ceja-Compin, acclaimed stylist and educator, visited Samuel Cole Salon to share Oribe’s signature “Sculpted Tease”.

Christian has 15 years of hairdressing  experience under his belt and spent seven of those years as a national educator for Bumble and Bumble. For the past several seasons, Christian has been assisting alongside the Oribe Education Team backstage at high-profile New York and Paris Fashion Week shows like David Hart, Calla, Rebecca Taylor, Jeremy Laing, SIR, Skaist Taylor, and Rad Hourani, as well as working extensively with J and Ford Models.
During the styling class, stylist learned how to expertly lace hair to create sky-high volume and a gorgeous foundation for any glamorous look. Samuel Cole Salon stylists built structure and bounce using a simplified roller set to maximize volume, creating a rich, current, and balanced shape.


Having Christian to the salon was such a fun experience. His talents as a stylist and educator reflect a strong passion for hairdressing and raising future stylist. I can’t wait to have him back to Samuel Cole Salon!”, said stylist and education coordinator, Cara Harrison.

Stylist, Kelsey Easley, working on her model

Stylist, Kelsey Easley working on her model

Christian's final look

Christian’s final look

Samuel Cole Salon Owner, Jack Ray, Featured on Salon Today’s May Cover


Jack and Joelle Ray recently visited Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California for the first ever Luxury Brand Partners Education Excursion.  Top Salons in the Luxury Brand Partners Network (creators of Oribe, R+Co, V76 by Vaughn and Smith & Cult) gathered for a 3 day education experience/think tank,  with LBP  leaders and executives. The exclusive event focused on the state of the industry as well as future trends influencing the salon industry at large.

In addition to the business education and wine tasting events, Jack Ray, was asked to appear on the May cover of Salon Today highlighting the Top 10 salon owners that attended the inaugural event.

LBP was recently recognized as the 51st most promising company in the country by Fortune magazine and has, over the past two years, been gathering the best and brightest in the industry from a talent, salon and business perspective. The Excursion also included plenty of time to network. The presentations featured a demonstration by industry legend and R+Co co-founder Howard McLaren featuring his brilliant razor cutting techniques as well as thought provoking insight into the direction and implication of social media and technology’s rapid evolution.

The most impactful and moving presentation was delivered by LBP President, Tevya Finger. Finger brilliantly wove together the story of how he applied the leadership examples/principles of Earnest Shackleton while dealing with the premature birth of his twin girls and  launching his company amid the economic crisis.

Tev’s presentation was without question the most inspirational presentation I have had the honor to attend. Not only was there not a dry eye in the room but the positive energy in the room was palpable. What an amazing perspective maker. It’s a presentation that I will carry the rest of my life.” – Jack Ray