Lather Hair Salon, Cohen Studios Collaborate for Fashion Portfolios

Hair by Jessica Williams, Lather Hair Salon. Photos by Max Cohen, Cohen Studios

February 10, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) – Raleigh hair stylist Jessica Williams of Lather Hair Salon and photographer Max Cohen of Cohen Studios decided to pool their creative resources recently to build both of their portfolios.

Williams needed to create and document a few color and styling techniques that she doesn’t often get to do in the day-to-day work of a hair salon.

“As much as I love treating, cutting, coloring and styling hair for everyday wear, sometimes it’s fun — and challenging — to stretch the envelope, so to speak, and show the edgier side of my artistry,” said Williams, whose salon was recently named one of Raleigh’s trendiest hair salons by American Salon magazine. Her work is also featured in this month’s Rouge magazine. “Bold color and dramatic cuts are seldom requested by our ‘regular’ clients!”

Williams is also applying to become a training specialist for Wella hair care products and needed photos of her work to accompany the application.

Enter Max Cohen of Cohen Studios in downtown Raleigh.

For several months, Williams has displayed examples of Cohen’s work on a wall in the salon. They’d met during a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser for which they’d both volunteered. It seemed natural to ask him to collaborate.

“And I was more than happy to do it,” said Cohen, who specializes in portraiture and wedding photography. “I was already interested in expanding the fashion portion of my portfolio, so when Jessica approached me about shooting some examples of her edgier work, I immediately saw how it would benefit both of us.”

Williams found three clients who were willing to let her go a bit extreme with their hair. For one model, she added bold reds to her long brown hair then shortened the cut with multiple layering to create a sweeping silhouette around her head. “Very rock-n-roll,” Williams quipped.

For another model, Williams created deep, heavy bangs, or “fringe,” then added warm browns to the model’s original color as well as bold blond chunks to dramatically lighten the top. A hint of curl around the model’s face completes the look.

For the only guy in the group, Williams opened up the facial area and turned a previously shaggy style into a striking geometric look.

The photo sessions took place in the salon, in Cohen’s studio, and near a train track that slices through downtown Raleigh where for natural lighting.

“I wanted to do some studio shots because that would allow me to emphasize the hair without environmental distractions,” Cohen said.

Williams and Cohen intend to continue collaborating as both professionals build their portfolios.

“It was a lot of fun,” Cohen said.

Williams agreed. “Max is really easy to work with, and seeing my work through his gorgeous images is exciting.”

For more information on Lather Hair Salon, visit www.latherhairsalonnc.com

For more information on Cohen Studios, visit www.cohenstudios.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 www.latherhairsalonnc.com or call 919-792-0715.

About Cohen Studios:

A graduate of the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Max Cohen of Cohen Studios has been a professional photographer for five years, working in both digital photography and film. At H.I.P., he was exposed to a wide range of technical skills and studied under world-renown photographers as instructors and guest speakers. Describing himself as a “generalist,” he enjoys all types of subjects, from children and high school senior portraits to commercial and editorial assignments. For more information, visit www.cohenstudios.com. Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook and Citysearch.

Raleigh Hair Salon Brings Bridal Expertise To “The Wedding Show”

December 30, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Lather Hair Salon, a full-service salon in Raleigh that specializes in wedding party hair and makeup, will participate in this weekend’s “The Wedding Show” at the Jim Graham Building, NC State Fairgrounds, January 2-3.

According to owner Jessica Williams, Lather will offer Wedding Show attendees free consultations as well as discounts on up-dos and makeup application. The Raleigh salon will also have its collection of custom-made hair bands and Seda France candles available for sale during the two-day event.

Lather Hair Salon stylist creates a bridal up-do.

Lather Hair Salon specializes in wedding hair styling and make-up application, including air-brush make up, both in the salon and on location. On its website, www.latherhairsalonnc.com, the salon also provides a Wedding Planner for brides that notes hair and skin care preparation from six months before the event up to the day of the wedding.

“Far too many brides think they can get their skin, hair and make up just right for their wedding on the day of,” Williams said. “That can lead to big disappointments. So we work hard to walk them through the steps they need to make in advance. Even if they don’t come to Lather, they can use our Wedding Planner to avoid that mistake.”

The Wedding Show, produced by Forever Bridal Productions, Ltd., is one of the state’s longest running and premier wedding planning events in North Carolina. It features hundreds of Triangle area wedding experts, including caterers, floral artists, wedding planners, and a host of other wedding-related vendors and exhibits. The event also includes bridal fashion shows.

“We love participating in The Wedding Show,” Williams said. “It’s a great way to meet future brides and bridal parties and to show them what we can do to help them prepare for their big day. It’s also fun to share in the brides’ excitement.”

The Wedding Show will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 3. For more information on The Wedding Show, visit www.foreverbridal.net/bridal-show/expo.htm.

For more information on Lather Hair Salon, visit 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 www.latherhairsalonnc.com or call 919-792-0715.

Lather Hair Salon Tops National Magazine’s List of Best In The City

The Lather team: L-R Whitney Page, Rebecca Bartlett, Jessica Williams, Lauren Lawson, Alissa Phillips

December 9, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – When American Salon magazine came to Raleigh to discover the best of the city’s trendy hair salons, the editors set their sights on Lather Hair Salon, a relatively small salon in a shopping center off Glenwood North/Highway 70 that just celebrated its first year of doing business.

In the December edition of American Salon, one of the leading hair salon industry magazines, Lather tops the list of Raleigh salons that associate editor Nicole Palmieri calls “four of the best.”

“Lather is an upscale salon without the attitude,” owner Jessica Williams told Palmieri. “We offer all the quality of an upscale salon, from extremely talented and continually educated stylists to fine products, yet we keep the salon environment causal and friendly with a strong emphasis on customer service.”

The article, which appears in the magazine’s “Our Town” section, describes Lather’s “comfortable and fun atmosphere” comprised of large, black-framed mirrors, stained concrete flooring, and “sophisticated and whimsical” furnishings. 

Palmieri also notes the salon’s various community outreach efforts, including its recent cut-a-thon to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

“Needless to say, we are thrilled to be featured in American Salon,” Williams said, “especially since we’ve only been open for a year. We keep the magazine in our salon and I’ve dreamed of the day we might be included in it. I couldn’t be happier.”

The three other salons featured in “Our Town” are Primp Salonbar, Marigold Parlour, and Alter Ego.

“I’m sure they’re all just as excited as I am!” Williams said.

American Salon is available on newsstands and in most hair salons. To read the article online go to www.americansalon.com and click on the December 2009 icon.

Lather Hair Salon is located at 8521 Cantilever Way just off North Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 West near Carmax. For more information, visit 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. Lather also offers special wedding party services both in-salon or on location.. Lather’s 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 www.latherhairsalonnc.com or call 919-792-0715.