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Author: Melanie Kopeikin

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Pro Beauty Talks is a weekly podcast series that delivers information, education, and inspiration from leaders in the professional beauty industry. Whether someone is already in the beauty business or has a passion for beauty and is simply interested in learning more, this is the podcast series for them. Our listening audience will hear from some of the most successful leaders, gurus, and influencers in the profession, including interviews with leading hairdressers, executives from successful product companies, and owners of top salons. Pro Beauty Talks is the go-to source of information about the latest trends, products, and the business of beauty.
26 Episodes
Episode 21: Angel del Solar: Co-Founder and Managing Director of 18.21 Man Made: "Lifting Prohibition"
Angel del Solar knows there is a difference between living by design versus living by default. Angel and his partners did just that. They worked hard and achieved their goals when they developed the prestige grooming brand 18.21 Man Made. Cofounders Aston LaFon, Angel del Solar and David del Solar saw a deficit in the male grooming market and they went for it. Why 18.21 Man Made? The name references two amendments to the U.S. Constitution—the 18th, which initiated Prohibition, and the 21st, which ended the national ban on alcohol. Because these mavericks couldn’t find the men’s goods they had been searching for, they decided to “bootleg” their own. The bottles are cleverly designed to look like old-time beer cans and whiskey flasks! In this podcast, Angel shares his journey as a young hairdresser from Pamplona, Spain to Seattle, Washington where he worked for Gene Juarez Salon and Spa. He then on to open Angelo Mendi salons. After that, he joined the Pureology creative team, and then Enjoy as an art director. Serendipitously, he and LaFon met, had common beliefs and ideas and they became colleagues and friends. After a few years, the two decided to collaborate and they became partners in a distribution group called Credible Culture, in Texas. Angel shares how his brother David joined the business. The three of them ultimately designed a distinctly masculine line that gentlemen could own with pride. Listen as Angel shares his 3 guiding “rules” that none of the partners deviated from as 18.21 Man Made came to life. These three non-negotiables were each product had to look cool, smell great, and perform.  This clearly has been accomplished. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @1821manmade
Episode 17: Kim Hansen: Hairdresser, Success Coach & Industry Advocate
Kim Hansen's exposure to the salon industry is unique because she has a view that not many have.  She has knowledge of manufacturers and education, salons succeeding to the highest levels, salons failing, individual success and failure, understanding why various business models succeed and fail. Kim built a successful salon in Los Angeles, California, growing 37% during the worst economy in 30 years.  That was after she lost her home because the government reclassified her booth renters as employees.  She had to pay tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes for social security and other employment taxes and penalties.  To save her salon she got serious, implementing systems and strategies that were not necessarily what everyone else was doing, but they worked to put "butts" back in chairs.  Ultimately the business grew to 1.5 million dollars and became a top 200 salon.  Kim's retail business was a whopping 38% of gross revenue. A near-fatal accident left Kim faced with losing the career she spend 30 years to build. Doctors told her she would never walk normally due to a full pelvic fracture, and her wrist and clavicle fractures would end her hairdressing career.  She rehabilitated herself both physically and mentally, returning to her chair just 5 months after the accident.  She used this recovery time to become a certified coach.  Putting her experience of success, failure, and perseverance to work, she started inspiring, educating, and coaching salon owners.  Her focus is on helping them understand how they don't have to revise their dream, but they must revise their plan if they are not achieving the results they seek. Kim has been called a "boat rocker". She calls herself a "straight shooter" who can help you build your business with simple systems and solutions without the fluff. In 2019 Kim is launching her brand new "Back to Basics" workshop that focuses on: foundation, goals, systems, profit, and leadership. This unique program connects small groups of 7 salon owners, all moving in the same direction. For more information visit
Episode 12-2: BCN Partner Highlight - Up Close Look at Sport Clips & SuperCuts
This second part of a two-part series highlights two great industry companies that have locations all over the country and some even outside of the country. Both of these companies participate as 'partners' of Beauty Cast Network. meaning that some of their employment opportunities are listed there. That is one way to find out more about what might be available in the way of jobs. During the first half of our podcast, you will hear from Julie Vargas from Sport Clips. In the second half, you will hear from Michael McGraw from SuperCuts. Julie Vargas is an innovative, results-driven leader with over 28 years of service in the industry. She currently serves as Sr. Director of Career Opportunities at Sport Clips and is responsible for creating and building strong programs, sourcing, training, and driving brand awareness and opportunity to attract and retain stylists across their more than 1700+ stores across the country. She is also in her 5th year and is currently serving as 2nd vice chair for the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Science (NACCAS) and is also chair of the National SkillsUSA Technical Committee for Cosmetology. She is very passionate about her work and loves the challenges of this ever-changing industry and the success that she has been able to experience throughout her career. She shares her career path with us at Sports Clips and provides information about what the opportunities are within this growing company. Michael McGraw joins us for the second half of this podcast and generously shares his personal success with the SuperCuts organization that has spanned several decades. As a brand ambassador and artistic director, Michael travels all over and educates, trains and inspires new and existing team members. With over 2700 locations, SuperCuts has a wide range of opportunities for cosmetologists, barbers, and other team-oriented individuals looking for a career in the industry. Thank you for joining as we hear from both of these wonderful professionals as they share their stories about themselves and the great companies they represent.
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