CRAFT Methodology

Are you ready to free your mind? Open yourself to education based on core salon skills? Experience a unique system that empowers You to benchmark and then challenge your personal best?

CRAFT focuses on the skills of your art and all the services you provide for your clients. It is a learning environment unlike any you’ve known-hands-on, interactive and self-empowering.



Maximizing your interaction with clients to give them your best.


Making the most of your tools, talent and the people around you- all the elements you draw on for creativity and success.


A unique approach to offering you support both in person and online.


Ensuring a solid basis through the use of products that enable your artistry.


Improving your precision and speed with CRAFT exercises, challenges and activities.

What is CRAFT?

The Matrix CRAFT education methodology has been developed based on our core values. We are dedicated to programs that will have significant impact on the learners, with results that have a measurable increase in the student’s knowledge or skills.

  • We care about our education, the people, the company and our business.
  • We inspire excitement and energy for the salon professional, and encourage creativity, innovation and excellence.
  • We thrive on individuality, and we think, act and respond with a global attitude.
  • We are personally committed to the success of our CRAFT. education methodology and we hold ourselves mutually accountable for the results.


An artistic educational approach to the fundamental concepts of hairdressing (cut, color, style). It is based on a three-tiered system that encourages you to develop your artistry with deeper levels of awareness and creativity:

  • Pure
  • Progressive
  • Uncensored

CRAFT Methodologies

CRAFT is an effective way to build your skills and reaffirm the essentials of your profession. This unique learning system is all about you and your art. It is hands-on and self-empowering

There are four CRAFT Methodologies that Matrix Education is founded on. They are:


CRAFT Color is a comprehensive program designed to give colorists the tools they need to achieve their personal best and become masters of their craft. It is designed to ground colorists in the Four Core Elements including: 1) Hair Structure and Haircolor Chemistry 2) Consultation/Formulation and Application 3) Color Correction 4) Elements of Haircolor Design

CRAFT Cutting

CRAFT Cutting consists of six cutting exercises which you are encouraged to practice on mannequins. Each exercise prepares you for the next, so we recommend that you complete them in order. With CRAFT, and practice, you’ll master a system of cutting that will empower your career and creativity for the rest of your life.

CRAFT Styling & Finishing

CRAFT Styling and Finishing Methodology, a hands-on learner focused system, delivers the skills you need to style at higher levels. Like all CRAFT Methodologies, it shows you how to establish meaningful connections between technical expertise, salon-proven facts and personal potential. Whether you’re blow-drying, Marcel or flat ironing, directional roller setting or finger styling, you’ll learn to work with specific techniques and benchmark your success at turning points to stay motivated and inspired.

CRAFT Texture

At the Matrix CRAFT Global Academy in New York City, we’ll show you how to transform your passion for beauty into hair designs that stand out. Surrounded by a network of caring experts, you’ll build world-class skills in courses that break the mold. And when you leave, we’ll stay connected and committed to your development. So you can make your mark in the profession you love. In our dedication to bringing you the most accessible best-in-class education, the Matrix CRAFT Global Academy’s curriculum is 100% dedicated to Matrix CRAFT Color Mastery, and will now offer an array of additional education courses at local events in cities near you! To find out about the shows and events where you can learn CRAFT Education visit the Matrix Shows & Events page.


Class Time

Changes effective as of April 3, 2017.

Monday: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 10:15AM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 12:30PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 10:15AM

Clinic Floor Hours

Changes effective as of April 3, 2017.

Monday: 12:30AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 10:30AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 1:00PM - 8:00PM
Thursday: 1:00PM - 7:00PM
Friday: 10:30PM - 5:00PM

Call 573-445-7311 to schedule an appointment.

1729 West Broadway Suite 5
Columbia, MO 65203


Abby Rhodes

The comprehensive training I received at Sam Brown’s Institute of Cosmetology gave me the confidence to accept a position at the Marc Salon immediately upon graduating in September, 2007.

Because of the structure and discipline I practiced every day in school, I now have the tools needed to be a great cosmetologist and to build a lasting clientele. I try to show my clients the same personal attention and care that Sam showed me as a student.

I didn’t just “go to beauty school” at Sam Brown’s Institute. I received a thorough education that extended well beyond the fundamentals of cosmetology. I learned how to be a good employee and how to get along with my co-workers. I learned how to provide clients with a truly relaxing and satisfying experience. I learned to stay current by investing in further education and to never give up. It was often Sam’s persistence and courage to overcome adversities in his own life that helped me to see my own strength. Not many stylists I have met since graduating can say that their educators were as invested in their students as those at Sam Brown’s. This is what makes Sam Brown’s Institute so exceptionally unique and impressive. I am so grateful to Sam’s mother for the gift she passed on to her son and to Don Vander Pal for his support and partnership of Sam’s dream, but most of all I am grateful for Sam Lanham. Grateful for always keeping the fire lit underneath me with his passion for this business and his compassion for all his students.

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Scholarships are available for students beginning at Sam Brown’s Cosmetology & Barber Institute in June or July.! Follow the links below to talk about your potential future career and apply today.

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