Samuel Cole Salon Stylists Attend International Color Seminar In New York City

Samuel Cole Salon co-owner and master stylist Jack Ray.
Samuel Cole Salon co-owner and master stylist Jack Ray.Stylist Erica Lockhart

July 8, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) –  Jack Ray and Erica Lockhart, leading stylists at Samuel Cole Salon in Raleigh, recently returned from New York City where they participated in a two-day International Colors Seminar presented by Wella, one of the leading international beauty suppliers.

The seminar, held at The Wella Studio in Rockefeller Center, offered hairdressers the opportunity to continue to hone European color techniques, “which are typically the more advanced color techniques,” said Lockhart. “We have many savvy clients in our salon who expect sophisticated, advanced color techniques not typically offered in most salons.”

One of those techniques is baliage, or hair painting, she said. Baliage is a freestyle technique for creating natural, hand-painted highlights. It was first introduced in France where le balayage means “strands of color.” The effect is generally softer than the results from a standard aluminum foil technique because the highlights are spread about more sparsely. It’s also easier to maintain this type of coloring since the roots will blend in with the rest of the client’s hair as they grow out.

According to Jack Ray, Samuel Cole Salon’s co-owner with his wife, Joelle, the best part about the seminar was the inspiration it provided. “It’s very refreshing and invigorating to learn new techniques and just to be in The Studio surrounded by so much talent.”

Lockhart said she and Ray will definitely introduce the new technique to their clients. “It offers an excellent way to change up a bit yet still maintain a very natural look,” she said.

Erica Lockhart was one of only four members of both the “fashion” and “technique” junior-level teams who competed this spring in Hair World Hairdressing Championship held recently in Chicago, IL. Her “fashion” team placed fourth in the world. She competed in Paris and Argentina before the World Championship.

Samuel Cole Salon, located on Newton Road in North Raleigh, is an award-winning, full-service hair salon, which was recently featured in Estetica, a leading international hair fashion magazine. The salon received First Runner Up in Salon Today’s annual “Salons of the Year” decor competition, placing it second only to the grand-prize winner, Frederic Fekkai’s new salon in New York City.  It was also featured in American Salon and was named one of the Top Ten Hair Salons and Best Salon for Color and Highlights in Citysearch’s 2007 Best of the Triangle readers’ poll. For more information visit