30+ Years of Experience
Artistic + Technical Director
I love doing hair. I never feel like what I do for a living is work. I love the outdoors, mountain biking, road biking, rock climbing, backpacking, camping in the mountains, surfing and snowboarding. I am a huge college football fan, and I love the Florida Gators! I am into motorcycles, sailing, and photography.
What brings you Joy
My beautiful fiance Nikki, my brave firefighter son Grayson, our two English Golden Retrievers Zen Bowie and Gunner Sky, and my Harley Davidson Road King
“Come What May” – Moulin Rouge
Best Celebrity hair
Favorite place to grab a bite
Poole’s Diner, Raleigh Times, 5 Star, Gravy, Royale, High Horse
Love about Samuel Cole Salon
I love the feeling of family in the salon. How all the employees support each other. I am proud of our educational programs for all stylists from beginner to experienced stylists.
Areas of Expertise
I specialize in conducting a complete and thorough consultation for each and every one of my clients. I believe by truly listening, I am able to craft a signature, customized look based on my clients distinct style. I love being able to blend my passion, creativity, and expertise in order to curate an individual look.
Haircolor USA: Arts & Sciences Degree, Miami 1990-1991
Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Smoothing Treatment Certified
♦Baxter of California: Men’s Grooming with Josh Velazquez
♦Bumble and bumble: Styling Class with Alejandro Jimenez
♦Bumble and bumble University, NYC: Bb.Cut Foundation, Bb.Cut Aesthetic, Bb.Curl
♦Luxury Brand Partners Miami Studios: R+Co Curly Cutting with Andrean Noir
♦Oribe: In-Salon Master Class with Oribe Canales, Editorial Styling with Steven Schmidt, Cutting Event with Tom Gallagher, Cutting Class with Kien Hoang, Styling with Ronnie Stam, Styling with Adam Livermore, Master Cutting Class – Pixie & Unstructured Bob – with Coby Alcantar, Editorial Styling with Katie Manselle, Hair Sewing with Ronnie Stam, Razor Cutting with Coby Alcantar, Styling + Oribe Beauty with Kelly Peach, Inner Layers with Coby Alcantar and Gardner Edmunds
♦Redken: Master Color Class with Beth Minardi, Master Color Correction Class, Master Class with Michelle Johnson
♦Samuel Cole: Double French Twist
♦R+Co: Master Styling & Cutting Class with R+Co founder Howard McLaren
♦V76 by Vaughn: Men’s Grooming Class with Jesse Taylor, Career Sweet Spot with Reuben Carranza
♦V76, NYC: Hands-On Men’s Grooming Workshop with V76 founder Vaughn Acord
♦Wella: Color Principles with Lisa McGee, Color Correction, Advanced Color Techniques, Amazing Reds, Celebrity Colorist Mark DeBolt Wella Trend Vision 2013 & 2014, Color Correction with Yvonne Heizman and Justin De Le Torre, Fall 2015 Trends with Mark Debolt, Fall and Winter 2016 Color Trends with Brenton Lee, Hair Painting with Nicole Obert, Color Corrections with Mark Debolt, Spring Summer 2017 Color Trends with Coco Kootsillas; Cut Craft with Stevie Smith; Spring Summer 2020 Trends with Mark Debolt
♦Samuel Cole Salon Stylist of the Year Runner Up 2016, 2015
♦Hair Toolz: National Artistic Director, 2003 – present
♦Published in American Salon, 1997, 2002
♦Revlon Professional (Voila): Instructor Certification, New York 1995; National Platform Artist 1995-1998
♦Logics International: Hair Design & Haircolor Art, New York; Certificate of Excellence, New York 1989; Certificate of Merit, New York 1989; Certificate of Achievement, New York 1990; Certificate of Excellence, Las Vegas 1993; National Platform Artist, New York 1989-1995
♦Bumble and bumble: Surf Launch with Alejandro Jimenez
♦Misha Hair Designs: Owner, Jacksonville, FL 1993-2001 (full service salon specializing in unique hair color and high fashion hair cutting; regarded as one of the foremost authorities in Haircolor Design in Florida).
♦Exclusive Stylist for the Playboy Playmates 39th Super Bowl VIP Party, 2005
♦ARTEC Systems: Certified Color Educator and National Platform Artist, New York 2001-2003
Favorite Product Combination
When I want to achieve the perfect voluminous round brush blow out, my go-to product is Gel Serum from Oribe. It’s the perfect combination of a medium hold gel and a frizz fighting serum. It gives the hair both body and control. Using a quarter size for normal hair, I emulsify Gel Serum in my hand. I apply starting in the middle and ends of the hair then work the remaining product into the roots for lift. Hand dry until 75% dry, focusing on creating volume in the roots. Then continue with the round brush blow dry. Finish the look by combining a small amount of Gold Lust Oil and Rough Luxury Soft by Oribe and gently work through the hair with hands and fingers for the perfect amount of texture. If you need longer lasting hold, use a little Superfine hair spray from Oribe. This blow out will give you super long lasting results with amazing shine!