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.


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 http://www.samuelcole.com.