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The Hair Game is a series brought to you by Salon Republic and hosted by founder Eric Taylor, who, after 18 yrs in the hair game, has seen a lot of s#!@ go down. We go deep with the beauty industry's most interesting players, we educate and tell stories about the things you care about, and we get into the business side of the game so you can earn more and keep more. Also check out the video content on salonrepublic.com/thehairgame.
 
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We continue with stylist and salon owner Najah Aziz @najahliketheriversalon and discuss the 3rd and 4th core principles of her business. We also get into how she started her salon, the education and mentoring she does, and the story of her original IG account getting hacked! This week's topics: • The 4 core principles: - No waiting, double-booking …
 
Stylist and salon owner Najah Aziz @najahliketheriversalon spent 16 years in the insurance industry before finding hair. She shares what she learned from corporate life and how she uses it to find success running a salon. This week's topics: • Finding her way to hair after working insurance for 16 years • The joy of making a living doing hair • Gai…
 
We continue our discussion with Sal Salcedo @salsalhair. We hear the story of meeting his wife and how raising their son has changed the way he approaches his leadership at the salon and in his education. We also discuss the idea of transformation and why it is an important tenet of Sal's life. This Week's Topics: • Meeting his wife – one of his cl…
 
Cut Artist and salon owner Sal Salcedo @salsalhair grew up as a ranch hand in Mexico. In this first of two episodes, we hear his amazing story about his journey to the U.S., and how he discovered his passion for being behind the chair. This Week's Topics: • Finding his way to hair: working on a ranch in Mexico • Having an absentee father and how th…
 
We continue our discussion with @heatherchapmanhair and find out why she has decided to leave Instagram alone and focus on promoting her online education exclusively on.... TikTok? This Week's Topics: • why she is quitting IG & moving to TikTok • Her online edu: what she offers • Dealing with effects from surgery • Social media sapping her creativi…
 
Hair Styling Educator Heather Chapman @heatherchapmanhair was inspired by the success of her stylist was and realized she needed to go back and finish beauty school. Through self-teaching, she became a styling expert and realized her future was moving toward educating. We discuss that transition and how she has taken her in-person education online.…
 
Josh Skinner is a Television Producer and Host of the podcast American Influencer Real Talk. He gives us a rundown of the awards show, as well as a frank discussion about the realities of being an influencer and the psychological effects of social media in general. This Week's Topics: • How society views and defines influencers • How influencers ar…
 
Stylist and Educator Samantha Harman @samanthasbeautyconfessions was constantly told she was a failure and would not amount to anything... we discuss how her relationship with her father affected her personal and professional life. She also explains how she was able to build a massive clientele and following living in a town of 4,500 people. This W…
 
Salon owner Kelly Cardenas @kellycardenassalon grew up with constant positive encouragement... he shares how it profoundly affected his career in hair and other aspects of his life. We also discuss his salon strategies that guarantee success for his stylists. This Week's Topics: • What it was like growing up with positive encouragement • Finding hi…
 
Ashlee Norman joins us again this week to continue the conversation of family and motherhood. We discuss how it has influenced her career, her education classes, as well as the effect the indie movement has had on female stylists raising children. This Week's Topics: • Finding financial responsibility to support marriage • Navigating covid and quar…
 
Hairstylist, Independent Educator, Mom, Wife.... Ashlee Norman @ashleenormanhair has been balancing all of it for years now. We discuss how she started her education business during her first pregnancy, as well as advice on managing it all. This week's topics: • Doing hair for high school theatre; going to beauty school and college • Having a rough…
 
Master Hair Cutter and educator Nick Arrojo @nickarrojo had just opened his salon in New York a week before 9/11. He shares his incredible story of being a block away when it happened. We also discuss navigating catastrophes such as 9/11 (and now Covid) as a salon owner. This Week's Topics: • Walking into Vidal Sassoon salon at 16 years old to ask …
 
For nearly three decades, stylist David John has been doing hair at some of the busiest, high-end salons in Los Angeles. He recently left commission salons and opened his own studio inside Salon Republic in Beverly Hills. He shares with us what factors helped him make the switch to indie. This Week's Topics: • Becoming a Russian Linguist & doing ha…
 
Men's hairstylist and educator Dean Lauer @deanothebarber_ built a foundation of skills early by grinding hard.... owning a shop AND starting a barber school within the first few years of graduating hair school. He left it all behind to follow his dream to work in LA. He shares the whole story this week! This week's topics: • Trying to set up his f…
 
We continue with Yene Damtew this week and focus on her 5 most important steps for scaling revenue as a hairstylist. We also discuss her advice for marketing your business in the current climate and her passion for creating a more inclusive industry. This Week's Topics: • The five most important steps to doubling your income in 12 months • Best way…
 
Stylist and Mentor @yenedamtew shares her story of moving across the country for an assistant position she knew would be beneficial for her career. We also discuss the important financial strategies she has learned working independently and as a salon owner. This Week's Topics: • Going to cosmo school at 16 yrs old; leaving for college because of p…
 
The most common complaint we hear about beauty schools is how they don't prepare stylists for real life in the salon. As the President/Owner of Salon Success Academy, operating 6 locations in Southern California, Robert Gross gives us the inside look at what it's like running a beauty school and the challenges that are constantly presented. He has …
 
Stylist Blake Evans @blakereedevans has leveled up consistently and now is co-owner of the salon he started at as an assistant. We discuss his path, as well as the topics he covers as a social media coach with Summit Salon Business Center. This Week's Topics: • Leaving marketing major and going to hair school • Assisting at a salon and working hard…
 
We continue our conversation with Dawn Bradley @dawnbradleyhair this week and get in-depth with the strategies she has employed to combat her anxiety and achieve success. These have become the core of her education and coaching classes. This week's topics: • Review of her consultation process • Setting boundaries with clients • Pricing & the anxiet…
 
Hairstylist, educator and business coach Dawn Bradley @dawnbradleyhair has struggled with anxiety and imposter syndrome throughout her career. In dealing with her anxiety and insecurities, she has developed effective teaching courses for hairdressing as well as business. We discuss how setting boundaries can improve your business (and happiness) be…
 
Britt Seva joins us again this week to cover the 5 most important aspects that struggling hairdressers need to address. She also gives us ways to make a human connection between visits. This Week's Topics: • How to stop being a chronic learner & start taking action • How the pandemic changed what clients want from us • Ways to make a human connecti…
 
We celebrate our 200th episode with one of the best in the business! Britt Seva began helping stylists thrive after she realized her marketing game was stronger than her hair game. She joins us to discuss what important experience she gained as the director of a salon and how she developed Thrivers Society. This Week's Topics: • leaving the corpora…
 
Kate Ahl joins us this week to explain how you can use Pinterest to boost your clientele. We discuss the differences between Pinterest and Instagram, as well as tips and advice on creating an effective "Pin". This week's topics: • What is Pinterest & why it is different • How to create an effective Pin • Why your website is crucial to use Pinterest…
 
Fred Jones, Chief Counsel of the Professional Beauty Federation of California joins us again to discuss the proposed Senate Bill 803 that would remove the required licensure for certain beauty services in California. He takes us through scenarios that we may see down the road if this bill passes. This week's topics: • What is Senate Bill 803? What …
 
Leda @tonehairsalonnc joins us again this week to share her story growing up in an abusive household and the toll it took on her family. Listen to her inspirational journey towards hair and how she has made the most of her past experiences to become the successful hairdresser she is today. This Week's Topics: • Growing up in an abusive household • …
 
As a behind-the-chair stylist, is it worth putting your time and effort into ANOTHER social media platform? Master Color Specialist and TikTok creator Leda Fazal @tonehairsalonnc joins us to tell us all about TikTok! We discuss if being on TikTok brings in clients, what types of content does well (and what doesn't), and much more. This Week's Topic…
 
Hairdresser, Author, Mentor... Tabatha Coffey is known throughout our industry as someone who can help you cut through the noise and truly improve yourself. Tabatha takes us through lessons to take away from the past year when it comes to finances, mental health, & client relations. This Week's Topics: • Her personal journey towards becoming a beha…
 
We continue our conversation with IG Expert Jamie Dana @jamiedanahairstylist this week. Jamie gives us the 3 aspects of a great caption and how to make writing them a much easier (and quicker) task. She also weighs in on the negative aspects of social media and what she would change about the industry. This week's topics: • How to write effective c…
 
Hairstylist Business Educator Jamie Dana @jamiedanahairstylist has transitioned from a behind-the-chair stylist to an Instagram coach dedicated to helping hairstylists attract their dream clients. In the first of a 2-part series, she gives us valuable advice to improve your IG account. She breaks down 5 specific things you can do right now to help …
 
97% of consumers go online to find a service - Is your business coming up towards the top of online searches? That's SEO. Digital Marketing Expert Kim Fischer @13emeraldsmarketing joins us this week to explain the importance of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how to fine-tune your online presence for local results to get more clients! This wee…
 
Part 2 with Digital Creative Director for @oligopro and Educator J Ladner starts off with a discussion on what COVID has done to actually strengthen our industry. We also discuss his approach to educating tomorrow's industry leaders and how asking for help can give you the boost you need. This Week's Topics: • Moving to LA to reach his next level •…
 
Digital Creative Director for @oligopro and Educator J Ladner shares his personal journey of growing up in a family without acceptance, but making the choice to always choose light. We also discuss how embracing risk and being fearless can help you achieve more than you ever thought possible. This Week's Topics: • Growing up in an abusive household…
 
We are with Gina Bianca again this week and continue the discussion on strategies to build your dream clientele. We then discuss her education and coaching, as well as the addictive qualities of social platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. What are some ways we can make sure we are using our time on these platforms to benefit our business…
 
Salon owner & business educator Gina Bianca battled anxiety and trauma until entering rehab. We talk about her transition back to 'normal' life after rehab, as well as what stylists can do to rebuild their clientele and raise their prices post pandemic. This week's topics: • Her battle with anxiety & trauma and going into rehab for THC addiction • …
 
This episode is all about building your clientele. Not from a simple numbers perspective, however. We want to help you build a clientele that is specific to the services and people you WANT. We put together audio from clients and industry professionals to give you strategies, advice, and techniques to fill your books with the people you WANT. SHOW …
 
We continue our conversation with Leysa Carillo and discuss her difficulty retaining clients as she adjusted to life in the USA. Though curly-haired herself, she was not trained and versed in textured hair initially. We also get into the topic of curly vs. straight hair services and what you can do to learn and expand your clientele with textured h…
 
Redken ambassador & 2020 AIA Textured Stylist of the Year Leysa Carrillo gives us a glimpse into life in Cuba. She shares her amazing story of defecting to the USA and finding hair. This Week's Topics: • Life in Cuba & defecting to the USA • Finding hair and struggling to connect with clients • Learning English and appreciating what we have Have yo…
 
We pick up with Caitlin again this week to cover her strategies and advice for creating and monetizing your content, as well as how to avoid the obstacles of self-sabotage and imposter syndrome. This Week's Topics: • Building her brand on YouTube & Suggestions on starting a YouTube channel • Struggles with clientele after shutdown; changes in the b…
 
2020 AIA Hair Colorist of the Year Caitlin Ford lost her index finger in an accident two years ago and had to adapt to her new situation. We discuss this, as well as her love of self-teaching and how she followed her creativity into coloring hair. This Week's Topics: • Losing a finger on a table saw remodeling her studio: how she adapted doing hair…
 
We continue with Carly Zanoni from last week and discuss her best business advice for hairdressers. We also cover what you need to know about hiring an assistant. This week's topics: • Building her online education during quarantine– @the.BCU • Best business tips for hairdressers • Hiring an assistant: what to look for, how to train, holding accoun…
 
Hairstylist and educator Carly Zanoni struggled her entire first year of booth rental. Building a clientele became her number one focus, and has now achieved success along with becoming a Schwarzkopf ambassador and a part of the BTC team. She shares what worked for her then, and what works now in the Instagram era. This Week's Topics: • Being a par…
 
Accountant Michelle Cook @smallbusinesscpa breaks down the requirements of the second PPP grant and how to apply. She also gives us lots of info & advice on the tax implications of this and any unemployment benefits received this past year. This Week's Topics: • The new PPP situation: what are the specifics? Who qualifies? • Calculating what amount…
 
Daytime Emmy winner and AIA nominee Ray Christopher took an early opportunity on set with Prince and never looked back. He discusses with us the highs and lows of set life, and what it takes to be successful in this highly coveted sector of our industry. This Week's Topics: • How an early gig on-set with Prince vaulted his career • Balancing in-sal…
 
Fred Jones, Chief Counsel of the Professional Beauty Federation of California, sued Gavin Newsom & the CA state gov't during the first shutdown of California salons. Within days of filing, salons & barbershops were reopened... and they just recently did it again. This Week's Topics: • Intro to the PBFC: raising the professionalism and defending the…
 
When it comes to the service, clear and open communication is key. It’s the only way to make sure your work aligns with the client’s expectations. This all begins with your consultation. It's one of the most important aspects of the appointment... and we've compiled the best strategies, tips, and techniques to help you nail it! SHOW NOTES: Ep. 120 …
 
We continue our discussion with Oligopro Artist, Modern Salon Top 100 & American Influencer Awards nominee Ashlee Allen on effective social media strategies. Check out Ep. 175 if you missed part 1! This Week's Topics: • Effective social media strategies – IG Stories, Reels • Effect of COVID on her business • What she would be doing if she wasn’t in…
 
Oligopro Artist, Modern Salon Top 100 & American Influencer Awards nominee Ashlee Allen joins us to discuss what has been most important in gaining success in her career. We also build an Instagram post from the ground up to learn how to create the most effective post possible. This week's topics: • Growing up with rebellious tendencies – working a…
 
Our candid discussion with Sarai Speer continues, plus we get into some important topics regarding your business and how to adapt in our new reality. This week's topics: • Her experience during COVID shutdown staying sober • Back to work after shut down: figuring out how to be successful • Adapting her education platform this year to digital • Comm…
 
This is part 1 of an incredibly inspirational and candid conversation with Sarai Speer. Artist, educator, and Artistic Director Sarai dealt with addiction through most of her adult life until one important person stepped in and kept her from losing everything, including her life. She shares her amazing journey with us. This week's topics: • Getting…
 
Do you struggle with the love of doing hair...but not earning enough to make a living? You're not alone.⁠ ⁠ After repeatedly being in and out of the industry, Johnee Livingston gave himself ONE year of being fully committed to hair to see where it could take him. ⁠ ⁠⁠ This week's topics:⁠ ⁠ • The importance of listening & learning ⁠ ⁠ • Going in an…
 
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