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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.

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.

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.

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.


Popiettes and Pin Curls with Oribe’s Tony Caldwell

Tony Caldwell styling senior stylist Nikki Galloni-Kepley

Tony Caldwell styling senior stylist Nikki Galloni-Kepley

Tony Caldwell demonstrating for the stylist

Tony Caldwell demonstrating for the stylist


Oribe educator and Parlour 3 stylist Tony Caldwell visited Samuel Cole Salon for an afternoon of creative styling. Tony has worked with some of Nashville’s finest, such as the band Rascal Flatts and singer Easton Corbin. His unique perspective and creative vision has led him to a variety of clients, from business professionals to country music legends, fashion designers and photographers.

Stylist traded in their curling irons for magazine pages during the creative curl workshop.

Stylist traded in their curling irons for magazine pages during the creative curl workshop.


The workshop revolved around poppiettes and pin curls. Tony wanted the stylists at Samuel Cole Salon to embrace their inner artist and creativity. “With all of the tools available to us now, we tend to forget that styling has not always been as easy”, said Caldwell. History’s hairdressing icons made their mark by being resourceful, creative, and authentic. Caldwell challenged the stylists to create a curl set without the use of a heating tool.

Stylist Erin Grogan's model

Stylist Erin Grogan’s model


The stylist were only allowed to use bobby pins, torn out magazine pages, and Oribe’s Crème for Style styling cream to achieve the soft, textured, editorial look.

I thought it was refreshing. The class gave me a new outlook on how to create something simple and elegant”, said stylist, Natalie Bowers.

 Tony’s passion for being a true artist is contagious.  I’m accustomed to utilizing heat while styling so I really liked how he showed us that we could achieve this timeless look in such a creative, almost effortless way.”, said stylist, Dustin Fann.