Raleigh Salon Makes The Most of Bb.U. In NYC

Jack Ray, Joelle Ray, Kristina Weeks, Laura Andrews
L-R: Jack Ray, Joelle Ray, Kristina Weeks, Laura Andrews

December 15, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Four stylists, the owners and the marketing manager of Samuel Cole Salon in North Raleigh recently traveled to New York City to spend four days immersed in Bumble & bumble University (Bb.U.), a full-time advanced educational facility for stylists, owners and salon managers located in the heart of the city’s historic Meatpacking District.

Stylists Britt Crane, Sara Beard, Eric Lockhart and Kristina Weeks attended Bb.U.’s “Design Studio” for experienced hairdressers who want to sharpen their skills and expand their repertoire. The Studio covers the techniques of hair graduation, square layers, round layers and long layers through lectures, demonstrations, hands-on cutting exercises, technical guidance, and structured feedback.

“It was amazing, as always,” Sara Beard said of the experience. “Bumble is such an inspiring place. The atmosphere is great: You’re surrounded by so many creative people and a level of energy you just can’t recreate anywhere else. They’re obviously so passionate about what they do – that it’s such an art form. It’s also great being in New York. It’s such a magical place.”

Meanwhile, Joelle Ray and Laura Andrews attended BbU’s “Immersion II” class. Ray co-owns Samuel Cole Salon and Salon Moxie (also in North Raleigh) with her husband, master stylist Jack Ray. Andrews is the salon’s marketing manager.

The Immersion II class is an advanced course that offers salon owners and managers strategies for effective employee management and relations, advanced financial management, and communication competency techniques through workshops and lectures. Participants learn how to create a strong, service-oriented culture in their salons. They also learn how to best nurture their employees and successful coaching techniques.

“It was fantastic,” Joelle Ray said. “The focus on leadership and service development will take our salon to the next level and help me improve my skills. I received great information on running the front desk and on guest services so that we can better care for our clients. It’s also always inspirational just to be there – at B&b and in New York City.”

Jack Ray continued his education as a certified Bumble & bumble network educator. This certification allows him to teach the same B&b stylist education programs in Samuel Cole Salon and Salon Moxie, that are offered at Bb.U. He participated in “Network Educator II,” a three-day, advanced course that gives participants new tools for enhancing their skills as leaders in the salon environment .The course includes six categories: Advanced Presentation Skills, Customer Service, Advanced Product Knowledge, Creative Styling, Team-Building and Understanding the Educational Needs of the Salon.

“Participating in Bumble & bumble’s world-class education is motivating and inspiring,” Ray said. “The education I receive helps me to be the best educator I can be for our teams of stylists at Samuel Cole Salon and Salon Moxie. I can offer them the same classes they would get at Bb.U. It’s a honor to work alongside the B&b educators and stylists in New York – to be a part of that team as a Network Educator myself.”

Samuel Cole Salon is located at 240 Newton Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit http://www.samuelcole.com.


Salon Moxie Hosts Habitat/Wake “CHAIRity” Chair

September 29, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – To continue its support of the Raleigh arts community, and to support a worthwhile fundraiser, "20 Ways To Paint The World Green" by Terrah Goforth in North Raleigh is hosting one of the chairs-turned-art that will be auctioned off next month to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

Salon Moxie’s chair is one of nearly 40 that area artists have “recycled” into original works of art for the 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Auction sponsored by Purple Armchair in downtown Raleigh (600 N. West Street). The event will take place Saturday, October 11, from 7-11 p.m. and will include live music, food donated by area restaurants, and wine.

The chairs were supplied by Habitat/Wake’s ReStore. The artists were free to do anything they wanted with them as long as they started with the same basic, wooden chair.

Salon Moxie is hosting “Twenty Ways To Paint The World Green,” by Raleigh artist Tarrah Goforth, who teaches art at Wakefield High School and at the Sertoma Art Center.

“In college, I was an active member of the Habitat for Humanity board,” Goforth said. “I am excited to be involved with this organization again.”

Goforth’s colorful chair features 20 suggestions of ways to live a “greener” lifestyle.

Salon Moxie and the other hosts around the city will keep their chairs until October 10, at which time they will return to Purple Armchair for the gala and auction. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.purplearmchair.com or call Kim Weiss of blueplate pr, 919-272-8615; kim@blueplatepr.com.

Salon Moxie is located at 6191-122 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit http://www.salon-moxie.com or call 919-850-0721.


Salon Moxie Hosts “Pick Flowers, Not Fights”

April 24, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — “Pick Flowers, Not Fights,” a collection of mixed-media works by emerging Raleigh artist Jennifer Machuca, will be on display in Salon Moxie from May 1 until June 30 as part of the North Raleigh hair salon’s on-going revolving art exhibits.

Machuca studied art at Louisburg College and East Carolina University. The inspiration for her bold, vibrant paintings comes from “street graffiti, bright colors, and flower patterns,” she says, and by studying the works of “numerous pop culture artists, such as Blu, Aaron Kraten, David Flores, and Miss Van.”

Recently, her work has been shown in Raleigh at Lilly’s Pizza on Glenwood Avenue, White Collar Crime on Davie Street, and the Colony Theater on Six Forks Road.

Salon Moxie is a new concept from Jack and Joelle Ray, owners of the more upscale Samuel Cole Salon on Newton Road, Raleigh, that fills the void between budget salons and the more expensive destinations, and gives its “rising star” stylists an environment in which to enhance their skills. The salon’s revolving art exhibits are “a way to connect our emerging artists at Moxie with other emerging artists in the area,” Joelle said. “We are excited to offer our support to the North Carolina arts community.”

Salon Moxie is located at 6191-122 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, including business hours, visit http://www.salon-moxie.com or call 919-850-0721.


Samuel Cole Salon, Salon Moxie Prepare Strut ’08 Models For Two Nights On The Town

April 23, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – When the models come out to play during “Meet the Models,” two Raleigh events to help promote STRUT ’08, they’re offer more than a preview of the haute couture you can expect on the runway on Saturday, May 3, in North Hills. They’re also offer an up-close look at the hair design and make-up artistry of the award-winning stylists at Samuel Cole Salon and Salon Moxie, the official salons for STRUT ’08.

To promote the show — which will feature national fashion designers with Raleigh roots, as well as local designers and boutiques, music and dance performances — STRUT ’08 models are appearing in two Raleigh nightclubs. On Friday, April 18, they joined the party at Buckhead Saloon in downtown Raleigh. On Friday, April 25, they’ll “strut” their stuff at Oliver Twist in North Raleigh (8111 Creedmore Road) from 10 p.m. to midnight.

The salons’ stylists are going for a “club chic” look for these two events, according to Joelle and Jack Ray, owners and master stylists of Samuel Cole Salon and Salon Moxie.

“We work with each model to develop strong texture, volume and movement for his or her individual hair type,” said Joelle, whose expertise in hair and make-up has been featured on Modern Salon Media’s “FirstChair.com” and “BehindTheChair.com” websites. “The look we’re after for these night-on-the-town events is ‘ready to party’ — fun, wild, and sexy.”

To achieve that look, the stylists used Bumble & bumble “Spray de Mode” hair spray to “maximize texture yet leave a touchable finish,” she said. They also used B&b Hair Power, an aerosole styling powder, for volume and fullness. The powder extends the life of a blow-dry style by absorbing excess oil and providing a dry, matte texture, “and it provides an amazing amount of fullness and volume,” Joelle said. “It’s like back-coming in a can.”

Samuel Cole Salon and Salon Moxie are Bumble & bumble network salons. Samuel Cole Salon has been featured in Salon Today, American Salon, Estetica, and Metro Magazine. For the past three years, the salon has received “Best Salon” and “Best Salon for Color” accolades from Citysearch, and the “Metro Bravo” award for Best Salon in the region from Metro.

The Rays opened Salon Moxie in 2007 to meet a market need for a salon where clients can get fresh looks from fresh talent in a hip, high-energy environment at moderate prices, filling the void between high-end salons, like Samuel Cole Salon, and “budget” shops.

For more information on STRUT ’08, visit http://www.strut08.com. For more information on the salons visit http://www.samuelcole.com and http://www.salon-moxie.com.

Salon Moxie Presents “On Location” by Peter Christopher Hutson

March 5, 2008, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – “On Location” a selection of images from fine art photographer Peter Christopher Hutson’s recent world travels, is currently on display at Salon Moxie in North Raleigh and will remain up through April.

Hutson owns and operate PCH Photography in Raleigh. He divides his time between commercial photography for clients and traveling the globe to create fine art images for himself and his growing patron base.

Salon Moxie opened in North Raleigh last summer and has been hosting revolving art exhibits since then. The salon is a new concept from Jack and Joelle Ray, owners of the more upscale Samuel Cole Salon on Newton Road, Raleigh, to fill the void between “budget” salons and the more expensive destinations. According to the Rays, the vibe at Salon Moxie is “fresh, hip, and high-energy,” so the art exhibits are “a natural fit.”

Salon Moxie is located at 6191-122 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, including business hours, visit http://www.salon-moxie.com or call 919-850-0721.


Official Salon Announced for High-End Fashion Show in Downtown Raleigh

February 5, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Samuel Cole Salon, an award-winning hair salon in North Raleigh, and its sister salon, Salon Moxie, will serve together as the Official Salon for STRUT a gala fashion show to be held in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, May 3, 2008, beginning at 9 p.m.

According to producer Brian Williams of Brian Williams Television (www.brianwilliamstv.com) STRUT will spotlight new collections by top designers with Raleigh roots, including Miranda Laughlin (dresses), Amy Stephenson (jeans), Guy Marshall (boots), Elizabeth Yarborough (jewelry) and Holly Aiken (bags), plus fashions from several local designers and boutiques.

And when the models strut down the catwalk in the designers’ couture, they’ll also be wearing hair and make up created by the stylists of Samuel Cole Salon (www.samuelcole.com).

“The behind the scenes action of a fashion show has more electricity than any other type of live production,” said Jack Ray, senior stylist and co-owner of both North Raleigh salons with his wife, Joelle. “All the creative energy and effort coming together to create a vision that will walk down the runway – it’s quite a rush. We are excited to be chosen for this amazing opportunity.”

Besides the cameras capturing the show itself, which will be televised on CW22 (Channel 2), more cameras will capture the excitement and frenzy backstage as the stylists prepare each model for his or her turn on the catwalk.

“Our stylists from both salons are very excited,” Ray said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our team to showcase their talents and really be involved with fashion in the full context of hair, clothing and makeup.”

STRUT will feature live musical and dance performances along with the fashion show, Williams said. The specific venue will be announced soon, along with advanced ticket information. Social The Magazine is a partner in the venture.

Samuel Cole Salon, located at 240 Newton Road, was featured this summer in both Salon Today and American Salon magazines and will be featured in an upcoming edition of Estatica, an Italian style magazine. It was named one of the Top Ten Hair Salons and It has been voted as one of the top salon’s in Citysearch’s Best of the Triangle readers’ poll for several years. In 2006, it received Metro magazine’s “Metro Bravo” award for Best Salon in the Triangle.

For more information on Samuel Cole Salon, visit http://www.samuelcole.com. For more information on Salon Moxie, go to http://www.salon-moxie.com.


Raleigh Stylist Contributes Time,Talent to Charitable Fashion Show in Charlotte

January, 2007 (RALEIGH, NC) – Nichole Lu Maye, a hair stylist with Salon Moxie in North Raleigh, recently participated in “The Luxury Living Show — Mercedes, Fashion & Furniture” held at The Fountains Shopping Center in Charlotte. Proceeds from the event went to the Charlotte Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation.

Lu Maye worked through Coco Fleur, a Parisian-style clothing boutique, to create hair and make-up for local celebrity wives, including professional wrestler Ric Flair’s wife Tiffany.

Felix Sabates’ Mercedes Benz of South Charlotte sponsored the event, which was hosted by radio personality and author Cooper Lawrence.

Nichole Lu Maye, originally from Tampa, FL, is a graduate of the former International Institute of Hair Design in Raleigh. She joined Salon Moxie in October.

Created by the owners of Samuel Cole Salon in Raleigh, Salon Moxie is Iocated in North Ridge Shopping Center, 6191 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit http://www.salon-moxie.com