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Master Designer + Mentor
Bumble and bumble 
Network Educator
Samuel Cole Education Team

Everyone thinks I’m a “girly girl” but deep down I LOVE football; especially when my favorite team (the Wolfpack) pulls out a win against the Tarheels.

Prized possession
My giant schnauzer puppy Chopper. We spoil him to death every chance we get.

Favorite quote
“If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking risks, and that means you’re not going anywhere.  The key is to make mistakes faster than the competition so that you have more chances to learn and win.” – John W. Holt, Jr.

Best Celebrity hair
Gigi Hadid, Julia Roberts, Cara Delevingne, Julianne Hough

Favorite place to grab a bite
Poole’s Diner- I’ve tried everything but must have the mac and cheese every time!

Raleigh, NC

Love about Samuel Cole Salon
I love being a part of a company that is so involved with the hair industry.  SCS supports it’s stylists in taking their career on their individual paths.  And of course, loving the people that I work with helps!

Areas of Expertise
Hair Talk and Halo Hair Extensions, Color Transformations, Balayage, Color Correction, Curly or Difficult Textured Hair, and At Home Styling Tutorials.

Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy, Dallas: Cosmetology
Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Smoothing Treatment Certified
HairTalk Extensions Certified
Samuel Cole Salon Immersion Graduate
♦Aveda: Successful Marketing
♦Baxter of California: 
Men’s Grooming with Josh Velazquez
♦Bumble and bumble University, NYC:
 Bb.Cut Foundation, Bb.Cut Aesthetic, Bb.Curl, Network Educator I
♦Bumble and bumble: Style Immersion Classes with Alejandro Jimenez
♦Luxury Brand Partners Miami Studios: Master Class “The Textured Wrap” with Ronnie Stam
♦Samuel Cole: 
Double French Twist Class
 Exclusive Samuel Cole Salon Master Styling class with Oribe Canales, Cutting Event with Adam Livermore, Cutting Event with Tom Gallagher, Vintage Styling with Tom Gallagher, Styling with Adam Livermore, Bob Cutting Class with Ronnie Stam, Signature Cut Class with Adam Livermore, Cutting Class with Kien Hoang, Editorial Styling with Christian Ceja, Master Cutting – Pixie & Unstructured Bob – with Coby Alcantar, Editorial Styling with Katie Manselle, Hair Sewing with Ronnie Stam, Cut and Style with Coby Alcantar, Styling + Oribe Beauty with Kelly Peach
♦Oribe, Miami: Backstage Editorial Styling Event with Oribe Canales, La Fama
♦Oribe, Nashville: On the Road Exclusive Backstage Editorial Styling with Kien Hoang, Louis Orozco and Ronnie Stam
Redken: Redken Color Certified, American Balyage with Kimberly Teff, Color Collections and Principles, Creative Dimensional Color and Highlighting, Color Correction Bootcamp, Color Correction Master Class with Beth Minardi, Master Class with Dhaniel Doud, Master Class with Michelle Johnson, Master Color Correction Class, Balyage and Ombre Color Class
♦V76: Men’s Grooming Class with Jesse Taylor, Men’s Grooming with Michael, Career Sweet Spot with Reuben Carranza
♦V76, NYC: 
Hands-On Men’s Grooming Workshop, NYC with V76 founder Vaughn Acord
 Color Principles with Lisa McGee, Color Correction, Advanced Color Techniques, Amazing Reds, Celebrity Colorist Mark DeBolt Wella Trend Vision 2013 & 2014, Trends with Anna Vaul, Hair painting with Drew Calloway, Wella Spring Trends with Nicole Obert, Wella Fall Trends with Mark Debolt, Fall and Winter Color Trends with Brenton Lee, Hair Painting with Nicole Obert, Color Corrections with Mark Debolt, Spring Summer 2017 Color Trends with Coco Kootsillas, Advanced Blonding & Foiling Techniques with Wella Top Artist Alexandra Matiz; Cut Craft with Stevie Smith; Spring & Summer Trends with Mark DeBolt
♦Wella, Las Vegas: Trend Vision Creative Retreat working with Christopher & Sonya Dove and Stephen Moody.
♦Other: Long Razor Bob with Alejandro Jimenez

Samuel Cole Salon Carpe Diem Award Winner 2012
Intercoiffure Nouveau Top 10 Finalist, 2011
Salon Moxie Stylist of the Year 2011

♦Bumble and bumble: Shine Launch with Eric, Texture Launch with Alejandro Jimenez,  Gel and Gellac Launch, Thickening Serum Launch, Wear and Care Launch, Surf Set Launch with Alejandro Jimenez
♦Luxury Brand Partners Miami Studios: 
Front Row 3 Day Education Event (2016)
Backstage Miami La Fama
♦Other: Clinton Kelly – What Not To Wear
: Makeover America, News & Observer Makeover – 2013 & 2015, Myrtle Beach Hair Expo 2009, Strut 08, Strut 09/Raleigh Fashion Week, Pink Fest, Social Magazine Photo Shoot – Awards & Fashion Show, “Cuts for Pups” – Second Chance Pet Adoption fundraiser, Maxim Models Photo Shoot, Hair & Makeup for Hosts and Contestants of 2nd Annual Carolina Music Awards, Austin Jade Photo Shoot, Bravo and TLC Reality Shows, Glitter and Gloves Fashion Show

Favorite Product Combinations
I love Oribe Silverati Shampoo and Conditioner for anyone with wirey hair or unwanted warmth in the color of their hair.
For everyone, I love to spray Oribe Run Through Detangler all over damp hair, and apply Bumble and bumble All Style before brushing the hair with a Wetbrush.
For lighter hold, I then use Oribe Curl Gloss all over, then blow dry and apply Oribe Air Style to the ends for light fine hair separation and R+Co Trophy all over for a textured finish with a little shine.
For more hold, I use Oribe Gel Serum all over, then blow dry and apply Oribe Gold Lust Oil to the ends for thick hair separation, and finish with R+Co Trophy all over for a textured finish with a little shine.

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