Lather Hair Salon Brings Styling Artistry To “Art To Wear” Fashion Show

April 22, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) — Jessica Williams, owner and senior stylist at Lather Hair Salon in Raleigh, recently led a talented team of stylists from Lather to create hair styles that complemented designer Hannah Goff’s couture collection for the 2010 Art to Wear fashion show at North Carolina State University.

Since 2001, NC State students in the College of Design and College of Textiles have showcased their fashion designs during Art to Wear, which was held this year at Reynold’s Coliseum on Thursday, April 23. And each year, the aspiring designers rely on volunteers from professional salons in the area to create their models’ hair styles.

Williams volunteered she and her staff this year, and they were assigned to work with designer Hannah Goff, a senior in Textile and Apparel Management at the College of Textiles.

The stylists creating individual hairstyles for some of Goff’s model and collaborating on styles for others. And for all the hair designs, Williams asked the Goff what she felt would complement her fashions, which featured an abundance of texture and ruffles.

“Hannah was really easy to work with,” Williams said. “She knew exactly what she wanted but she also took our input when we suggested something slightly different. She asked us to create a teased Mohawk down the middle with the sides pulled back and the back twisted into a bun.”

The young designer also asked the stylists to incorporate a piece of a light green yarn into each models’ hair.

“That was probably the most fun part,” Williams said. “It was great to be able to be creative and do something totally outside the box.  Incorporating the yarn in the models’ hair gave the overall styles more of an edge while it also blended the hairstyle with the clothing.”

Lather stylists’ maintained the same general style but tweaked each model’s hair to appear slightly different.

“For example,” Williams explained, “for one model we created the Mohawk then pulled the sides back and used the yarn to create the illusion of highlights in her bangs.  For another, we wove the yarn into the side braids so that the yarn appeared to be coming out of the braid.”

All the hairstyles were “very edgy, modern and couture,” Williams said.  “It was fun to collaborate with Hannah, with my stylists, and with the models. We would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Williams and her team of stylists participated in the College of Textile’s “Threads: Senior Collection” showcase fashion show for the Senior Design Studio last spring. Lather has also been featured in Salon Today and American Salon magazines and in December 2009 topped American Salon’s list of trendiest hair salons in Raleigh.

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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 or call 919-792-0715.

Lather Hair Salon To Prepare Models For “Threads”

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April 13, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Lather, a Raleigh hair salon, is donating its stylists’ hair and make-up expertise to prepare the runway models for “Threads: Senior Collection 2009” to be held Thursday, April 16, at College of Textile’s Courtyard, North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, NC, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“Threads” will showcase the work of 21 seniors from the College of Textile’s Senior Design Studio. Each student designer created three to six ensembles that the models will present during the show.

Lather is a full-service, upscale Raleigh hair salon that specializes in complete makeovers, including airbrush makeup application, so owner and senior stylist Jessica Williams was delighted when the budding fashion designers at N.C. State asked her to design the hair and makeup for their models.

“Preparing models for the runway is just like doing a complete makeover,” said Lather’s owner and senior stylist Jessica Williams. “And we always enjoy doing hair and makeup on location. It allows us to be really creative. Besides that, we love working with up-and-coming designers, such as the seniors in the College of Textiles. I was honored when they asked us to participate. I can’t wait to see the fashions they’ve created!”

Opened in October 2008, Lather Hair Salon marked its sixth month in business last month by going on location to provide professional hair styling for a fashion spread for Social The Magazine featuring spring couture from Catch 22, a boutique in Raleigh’s trendy Glenwood South district.

“Threads: Senior Collection 2009” coincides with the College of Textile’s Industry Open House. Seats are available for $5. Standing room is free. For more information, email

Lather Hair Salon in Raleigh 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” blog, go to Lather is also available on Facebook and at

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