Raleigh Hair Salon Announces Essay Contest for Free Makeover

January 11, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) — Lather Hair Salon in Raleigh has announced its “Help Me, Lather! I Need A Make-Over!” Essay Contest.

The upscale, full-service salon located off Glenwood North/Highway 70 near Carmax is looking for 250-word essays, accompanied by a photo, on why the writer believes she badly needs or deserves a free, full, make-up and hair makeover provided by Lather’s team of professional stylists and makeup artists.

The winner will receive as many services as she wants: cut, color, styling, strategic waxing, shine glossing, make-up application and a makeup color chart to take with her so she can recreate the look at home.

“We’ll also make sure the winner knows how to recreate her new hair style so that she can continue enjoying what we create for her,” said Lather’s owner and senior stylist Jessica Williams. “We don’t want this to be a one-day change. We want this to be life changing. We want our deserving winner to continue to feel great about her new look long after she’s left our salon.”

The winner will also receive a free photographic portrait of her new look by professional portrait photographer Max Cohen of Cohen Studios in downtown Raleigh.

Who does Williams expect to participate?

“Anyone and everyone,” she said, “from the ‘Scene’ kid who’s gone one black-hair-dye and chopped-up hair cut too far, to the empty-nester who’s ready to stop looking like a soccer mom and start looking like a ‘hot mama.’ We hope to hear from a courageous cancer survivor whose hair has finally grown back and it’s time for some serious styling, and a school teacher who’s so dedicated to her work that her hair is a limp mess and she’s almost forgotten how to apply make up.”

Along with contestants’ personal essays, Williams and her team of stylists, who will determine the winner, are hoping friends and family will also nominate their loved ones.

“Wife, mother, sister, daughter, favorite aunt, BFF,” she said, “we know there are some lovely ladies out there who won’t do this for themselves because they’re too focused on doing for others. So it’s up to their loved ones to make it happen for them.”

The “Help Me, Lather! I Need A Makeover!” contest runs now through February. The winner will be selected on March 1 and notified immediately so an appointment can be made for the total makeover.

“We’re also hoping our winner’s friends and family will come out to the salon that day to witness her transformation,” Williams added. “We want to entire event to be a lot of fun for her.”

There is no entry fee to participate. Contestants may send their 250-word, double-spaced, typed essay with a recent photo by email to Jessica@latherhairsalonnc.com (put Essay Contest Entry in the subject line) or by regular mail to: Lather Hair Salon Essay Contest, 8521 Cantilever Way, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27613.

For questions about the contest, contact Lather’s public relations coordinator:  kim@blueplatenc.com. For more information on Lather Hair Salon, visit http://www.latherhairsalonnc.com.

About Lather Hair Salon:

Lather Hair Salon is a full-service, upscale salon specializing in color, cuts, waxing, deep conditioning treatments, shine glossing, perms, anti-curl treatments, and both trendy and classic styling. The salon was recently named one of the best salons in Raleigh by American Salon magazine. Lather also offers special wedding party services both in-salon or on location, and the stylists maintain “Hair Academy 101,” an on-going blog on hair care, styling, products, and DIY techniques. Lather Hair Salon is also available on Facebook and through Citysearch. For more information, visit http://www.latherhairsalonnc.com or call 919-792-0715.

New Look for a New Season? Absolutely!

September 10, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — With fall only a few weeks away, it’s time to start thinking of changes to your hair to complement the seasonal changes in your wardrobe.

Lather Hair Salon in Raleigh offers the following Seasonal Style Tips for updating your look for Fall 2009.

Hair Color and Highlights:

The bright blonde locks that looked wonderful at the beach don’t offer the same effect in cooler weather. One word: warmth. Just as warmer clothes define the change of the season, so should warmer hair tones.  Lather logo sm

And the biggest trend for hair this fall is red. It’s a hot color that looks great on any hair type. From toned-down copper colors to bright apple-red, this outstanding shade will give you dimension and freshness for the upcoming “sweater weather.”

Going red all over looks amazing, but you don’t have to be a “red-head.” For blondes, try adding some strawberry blonde highlights to your natural shade. Copper shades will also help tone down bleach-blonde hair for fall. Brunettes should try deeper shades of red, such as auburn and bold red. These colors look amazing as highlights or all-over color.

Cuts and Styles:

As for cuts, the bob has been going strong this year and will still be popular this fall. The cropped bob is an edgy, shorter version of the classic cut. This look is short all over and can be worn with blunt or fringed bangs. The pixie crop is even shorter, but remember:  It’s essential to embrace messy, loose tousles with this cut.

For longer styles, Fall is the perfect time to master the sleek blow-out. There will be less humidity to frizz your ‘do, so now is the time to conquer those sleek, straight strands.

The 1940s “mermaid look” is also a very fashionable style this season. It’s sleek and shiny yet loaded with sexy waves and curls.

About Lather Hair Salon:

Lather Hair Salon is a full-service, upscale hair salon for women, men and children located at 8521 Cantilever Way, Suite 109, just off North Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 West. Specialties include complete makeovers and wedding party styling and make-up. Owned and operated by senior stylist Jessica Williams, Lather Hair Salon also makes it a practice to reach out to the community through charitable efforts and activities. The Raleigh salon also maintains “Hair Academy 101,” an on-going blog available on its website that provides information, advice and tips to anyone who visits the site. For more information, go to http://www.latherhairsalonnc.com. For access to the blog, click on “specials” on the home page then “Hair Academy 101.” Lather Hair Salon is also available on Facebook, Twitter and Citysearch.

Lather Stylists Expand Their Color Expertise at Wella Workshop

Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams

June 29, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Three stylists from Lather Hair Salon, a full-service hair and make up salon in North Raleigh, recently honed their hair coloring skills at a special “Swatch and Learn” workshop featuring “Koleson Perfect” tonal colors by Wella Color Movement.

Lather stylists Lauren Lawson and Alissa Phillips accompanied the salon’s owner and senior stylist, Jessica Williams, to the workshop, which was held at the Color Salon and Day Spa in Morrisville, NC.

Alissa Phillips
Alissa Phillips

The “Swatch and Learn” workshop gave all participants the chance to increase their knowledge of the philosophy and education behind Wella’s Color Movement hair color line in general and the Koleson Perfect system in particular.  It increased their expertise in color consultation and in creating their own color palettes for their hair swatch books.

The workshop also addressed how to interpret color trends by working with Wella shades and other color lines.

“This class was a great way for our stylists at Lather to step outside the box and

Lauren Lawson
Lauren Lawson

think about formulating color in a whole new way,” said Williams, who realizes the salon’s clients will only benefit from her staff’s ongoing education.

Lather Hair Salon opened in October of 2008 as “an upscale salon without the attitude,” according to Williams.

Currently, the salon is offering a special summer-long promotion that awards clients with discounts when they purchase one of the salon’s new logo tee-shirts and then wear them back in for more hair care services. (For details, visit latherhairsalonnc.wordpress.com)

“In a tight economy, hair care might not fall at the top of anyone’s must-have list,” Williams said. “So we wanted to make it a little easier to continue to take care of your hair all summer.”

About Lather Hair Salon

Lather Hair Salon is located at 8521 Cantilever Way near the corner of Glenwood Ave./Highway 70 and Ebenezer Church Road. . For more information, including business hours and the salon’s “Hair Academy 101” blog that features ongoing tips for hair care and styling, go to www.latherhairsalonnc.com. Lather is also available on Facebook and at triangle.citysearch.com.

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