Area Retailers Want You To “Think Pink” For A Day

PIPF logo, newNovember 13, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – A grassroots effort in support of Pretty In Pink Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial resources for under-insured and uninsured North Carolinians with breast cancer, continues to grow among Triangle area retailers.


Among the many retailers supporting the foundation is Generations Salon & Day Spa in Raleigh. The salon/spa will hold a “Gold Buying Party” on November 13th with a percentage of the proceeds going to Pretty In Pink Foundation.


For the Party, gold buyer Michelle Pilos will set up shop in Generations Salon & Day Spa in to purchase broken or unwanted gold and silver items from the public. She will then donate 20 percent of the proceeds to Pretty In Pink Foundation.


Pretty In Pink Foundation board member Renee Jankowsky, owner of Generations Salon & Day Spa, is also donating 20 percent of the price of many of its services that day, from ear-piercings and massages to hair conditioning and sales of its Caribbean products.


The salon will also give away tee shirts, samples, coupons, and $10 “Generations Bucks” for use on services and products. Refreshments will be served.


“When area retailers rally to support a cause, the impact is immediate. The efforts of those who champion for Pretty In Pink Foundation’s mission know that we are helping our neighbors, our friends and our loved ones conquer breast cancer. Hat’s off to Michelle Pilos and Renee Jankowsky for being community heroes.” Commented Olalah Njenga, Pretty In Pink Foundation’s marketing strategist and CEO of YellowWood Group.


Njenga also notes that unlike other breast cancer organizations that raise funds for research, Pretty In Pink Foundation’s sole mission is to help with the costs related to care and surgery once a breast cancer diagnosis has been confirmed and there are financial hardships present.


The gold-buying portion of the day will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, and from 4-6 p.m. No appointment is necessary.


Generations Salon & Day Spa is located in Brierdale Shopping Center at 10370 Moncreiffe Road, Suite 101, Raleigh. For more information visit


For more information on Pretty In Pink Foundation, visit


About Pretty In Pink Foundation


Pretty In Pink Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial resources for uninsured and underinsured North Carolinians who are diagnosed with breast cancer and have limited financial means. Founded in 2004 by Dr. Lisa Tolnitch, a breast cancer surgeon, Pretty In Pink Foundation is positioned to have a point of presence in every state by 2020. Committed to providing hope, health and healing, Pretty In Pink Foundation has a growing network of healthcare professionals and quality of life partners. For more information on fundraising events, ways to help and how to become a volunteer, visit the website at, or join the Pretty In Pink Foundation Fan page on Facebook.


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Raleigh Hair Salon Joins The Cause During PinkFest 2009

displaySeptember 30, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – To show support for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation and to help kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lather Hair Salon in Raleigh will participate in “PinkFest 2009,” an afternoon of celebration, information, and personal pampering to be held Sunday, October 4, from 1-4 p.m. at the new Renaissance Raleigh Hotel in North Hills.

Owner Jessica Williams and other Lather stylists will be on hand to demonstrate hair and makeup techniques to the 300-plus attendees expected.  Lather logo sm

“We’re really looking forward to sharing our expertise with everyone who comes to PinkFest, but especially the breast cancer survivors who will be there,” Williams said. “If anyone deserves a day of pampering, it’s those courageous ladies. And we’ll have all sorts of great information to share with them and demonstrate for them concerning hair care and styling and make-up application.”

Proceeds from PinkFest 2009 will be used for education, treatment and screening programs in the Triangle community.

Organized by Komen NC Triangle, the sold-out event will include a survivor recognition ceremony and door prizes along with vendors’ booths.

For more information on PinkFest, visit

Lather Hair Salon frequently participates in community and charitable efforts. This November, the salon will sponsor a Cut-a-Thon to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. For more information on Lather Hair Salon, visit

About Lather Hair Salon

Lather Hair Salon is a full-service, upscale salon specializing in make-overs and wedding styling. Lather stylists also maintain “Hair Academy 101,” an on-going blog on hair care, styling, products, and techniques.

Lather Hair Salon is located at 8521 Cantilever Way, Suite 109, just off North Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 West near Carmax. For more information visit or call 919-792-0715.

Lather Hair Salon is also available on Facebook and through Citysearch.

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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 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.

North Raleigh Fashion Shoot Lathers Up

March 12, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Lather Hair Salon in Raleigh marked its sixth month in business by providing professional hair styling for a fashion spread for Social The Magazine, featuring spring coutoure from Catch 22 boutique.

The photo session took place at The Spectacle, a fashion eyewear in North Hills shopping center. Heather Long of Catch 22 told Lather’s Jessica Williams and Lauren Lawson that she envisioned a natural style to complement the clothing, so the stylists created soft curls for the model.

This was the first time Lather stylists worked with Social’s photographer Terrence Jones and fashion director Betzi Hekman of Love Assassins Productions.

“It was fun!” said Williams, owner and senior stylist. “Betzi, Terrence, and all the other people involved couldn’t have made it more relaxing. And I always enjoy doing hair on location. It gets us out of the salon and lets us be really creative.”

Opened in October 2008, Lather is a full-service hair salon 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

For more information on Social The Magazine, go to


Successful Salon Owner Keeps Career, Family in Balance “24/7”

Joelle Ray in Skirt! Magazine
Joelle Ray in Skirt! Magazine

August 21, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Joelle Ray, the driving force behind the award-winning Samuel Cole Salon and Salon Moxie in North Raleigh, is featured this month in the Raleigh version of Skirt! Magazine.

Ray, the mother of two sons (Sam, 15, and Cole, 12) and a master stylist herself, co-owns the salons with her husband, Jack. She is featured in the magazine’s “24/7” section, which spotlights women who are “well known in the community for some positive reason,” according to Skirt/Raleigh editor Faith Dwight.

“I chose Joelle this month because she’s a business-owner who is not only concerned about the bottom line but with the well-being of her employees. I also love that she works with her husband, and that her family is her first priority.  I think she’s a woman who’s got her head on straight and, for that reason, I chose her to be a role model for Skirt! readers: You can be a successful career woman and a woman who puts her family first.”

According to Joelle Ray, she didn’t choose her career. “It chose me! I had four sisters and enjoyed doing their hair. When I went to have my hair done, I always stayed afterwards to ask my stylist questions. So when I was about 19, my hairdresser said, ‘Joelle, why don’t you go to hair school?’  I signed up the next day because I saw a career path that for me had all the right appeal. I could own my own business, which would give me the flexibility for a family, I would be doing something that would help others feel good, and I could become a mentor to young stylists.”

Ray’s love for the mentoring aspect began when she followed her mother to work as a teenager.

“My Mom worked in a nursing home,” she explained. “I often went with her and witnessed the love and joy she brought to her job because she was making people feel better. I realized that I also wanted a career centered on helping people. As a stylist and business owner, I not only help my clients by improving their appearance, I’m often a shoulder to cry on or just someone to listen. And I help young stylists become successful by training and mentoring them. It has been a privilege and immensely gratifying to have so many positive relationships with so many people. Now I’m considering becoming a consultant to help other salon owners improve their businesses.”

As Skirt’s editor pointed out, Joelle Ray somehow manages to keep family and career in balance. How does she do that?

“To create balance, you must be aware of your life’s ‘big picture,’ “ she said. “I keep work and family life balanced by making sure I’m spending my time the way I need to right now. I think about what I can never get back at another time. The answer is always my boys’ growing-up years. I can always make more money, take a vacation, start a new venture, but they will never be children again. That makes my choices simple and easy. I don’t want to miss their childhood years. They need me now, not when they’re adults. And I’m blessed with the best life partner — my husband.  We share every aspect of our lives, from cooking, laundry and homework to running our businesses.”

Having spent time with Ray, Dwight also knew that she could fulfill another requirement for the section. “The 24/7 woman should be witty and have a good sense of humor,” she said. Women in the section are asked to answer a list of questions that “are more interesting if the answers are funny.” When Ray was asked to name her favorite body party, she responded with: “It’s on my husband.” What would make the world a better place? “If we ate dessert first.”

To see Joelle Ray’s complete list of answers, go to

Skirt! was launched 1994 as a monthly magazine for women in the Charleston and Columbia areas of South Carolina. Since then, it has expanded to include print editions in nearly 20 other cities, including Raleigh. For more information, visit

For more information on Joelle Ray’s two salons, including locations and business hours, visit and


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