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The Hair Game

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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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When @barbersocietyla & @modownbarberexhibit founder Lu got her haircut from shoulder-length hair to a skin fade, it turned her life upside down. She shares her journey toward her authentic self and how she chose to keep living.  SHOW NOTES: • Her experience in barber shops shaping her journey to hair • How getting a haircut showed her the power of hair and freed her to explore her true self • Growing up and experiencing discipline and work ethic • Contemplating suicide and choosing life • Starting Barber Society   Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a $150 Amazon gift card! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
The second part of our chat with Lisa Walker, aka @lisalovesbalayage takes us into the discussion of responsibility... are you owning up to the things you need to? We also chat about business tips and the common mistakes colorists are making. SHOW NOTES: • Starting Balayage Boot Camp • How Covid has affected her education business • Common mistakes colorists are making   • Hairdresser business tips: new clients, pricing, referral gift cards • Balancing work/personal life: mom, wife, stylist • Taking Responsibility and how it helps you • A discussion on responsibilities as an Indie Stylist: rent payments during shutdown & financial stability • Her hair horror story  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a $150 Apple gift card! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Educator & Global Brand Ambassador Lisa Walker spent 16 years in the hair industry before realizing she had much to learn in regards to color theory. We discuss her journey towards education and how showing her vulnerability gained her a huge following. Episode Notes: • Finding her way to hair; wanting to prove her instructor wrong • Working at a diverse salon and learning different techniques • Moving to an indie commission salon & why only following formulas hinders your progress as a hairdresser • Moving on to a new salon and starting over – the advantages of new clients  • Going full indie and trying new color lines – reading the manual & the realization she knew nothing about coloring hair – how this changed her whole outlook and attitude • Sharing her journey on social platforms and how being vulnerable pushed her toward education  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a Harmon Kardon Speaker! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Our 2-part series with @asil continues as we touch on getting paid what your worth, connecting with brands, and a turn of the tables where Asil asks questions to our host @loveerictaylor Episode Notes: • How he connected with Brands; the importance of hair shows and showing genuine enthusiasm ⁠• Pay rates for brand ambassadors • Hair shows coming back again • His top insecurities • What he would change: the pay for beginning stylists & discussion on getting what you are worth • Hair Horror Story • Asil asks Eric Qs: what did he do before Salon Republic? • what he is bad at⁠ • Eric’s most important recommendation for stylists business-wise Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a Roomba! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Is charging hourly right for you? Will you make more money, have less hassle.... maybe even BOTH? Color Correction & Balayage Specialist Asil Simsek explains his pricing system and why he simply charges an hourly rate for all services. We also get into how he established a clientele here in USA (through Groupon!!) and his strategies for using his IG/Tiktok accounts (hint: personality counts) SHOW NOTES: • How Covid affected his salon and how his financial strategies helped him survive • Changes in his salon process post-covid • Why he charges hourly • His apprenticeship in Turkey • Differences in Turkey vs US hairdressing • The move to the USA, and the use of Groupon & IG to build clientele • His process for raising prices; how he told his clients • Starting and using @f*ckinghair as an ‘alter-ego’ account  • The change of IG and the importance of personality + an IG Reels & TikTok discussion  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an 10 inch Wi-Fi photo frame! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Do you have healthy boundaries with your clients? This means more than just what you discuss behind the chair: it means raising prices, changing hours, giving discounts... every aspect of the relationship with a client.⁠ ⁠ Part 2 with @adriennedara this week focuses on managing the emotion of your business, and using fear as an opportunity for growth. We discuss:⁠ • Her online education and the Lightening Library⁠ • Common mistakes students are making & changing your prices⁠ • Changing social media trends and her strategies • Managing the emotion of the business & client boundaries⁠ • What she would change about the industry – cosmo school curriculum • Viewing fear as an opportunity for growth Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an @GHDhair pro hairdryer! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
The first of a 2-part series with @adriennedara - Educator, Salon Owner, & Business Coach. This week's episode theme is resilience: what it means to be truly resilient and how focusing on it will help you become better - at every aspect of your career. Show Notes:⁠ • The challenge of creating art on a canvas with an opinion; ⁠ beauty school discussion •Difficult Clients: Resilience, Learning, & Improving yourself • Communication abilities & Improving her consultation • Her path to hair and salon ownership • Discussion on pricing now that single-client service is ⁠ required • Advice/ideas for finding new clients during this time⁠ Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an iWatch! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Today's clients know specifically what they are looking for, and with social media have an easy time searching for hairdressers who specialize. More and more, they will choose an 'expert' in that area of hair.⁠ ⁠ In Part 2 with @ryan.weeden we discuss why it is important to show a future client you have the knowledge and skills they are looking for. ⁠ ⁠ Show Notes:⁠ • Following business leaders outside of the hair industry & taking what he learned back to hair⁠ • Creating the opportunity to educate through his own platform: Masters of Balayage⁠ • Discussion of his book: ‘How to make Six Figures in a Salon Suite’ - main takeaways • Building through Yelp and Google online reviews • Marketing as a specialist and ‘expert’ • The consultation • The follow-up post appointment • Asking for help & growing your business⁠ ⁠Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a EyeVac PRO Touchless Stationary Vacuum + One-month membership to balayageonline.com, Ryan's online edu! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Ep. 160 is part 1 of a two-part series with Ryan. He tells you the fascinating and inspiring story of finding his way to hair, leaving it (and losing everything), and how he clawed his way back. We discuss:⁠ • Finding his way to hair • Building experience at Supercuts quickly to move to higher end salon • Sacrificing his career in hair for a relationship • Going bankrupt & living on his little brother's couch • Finding his way back to hair with a purpose⁠ • Building his clientele through soliciting online reviews & growing his business Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a BaBylissPRO Straightening Iron. To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
What are some easy ways you can save more money? ⁠ Financial Professional @virginianersesyan joined us to give us hairstylists some easy-to-follow tips on creating good money habits and how to get started investing. SHOW NOTES:⁠ ⁠ • Strategies to train yourself to save money⁠ ⁠ • Types of Insurance you need to protect your income⁠ ⁠ • Importance of emergency fund⁠ ⁠ • Developing habits to track where your money goes⁠ ⁠ • Good Debt vs Bad Debt⁠ ⁠ • Setting financial goals to help motivate you to save⁠ ⁠ • Financial literacy centers to educate yourself & financial checkups⁠ ⁠ • Learning about Investments & Taxes ⁠ ⁠ For more info, visit:⁠ www.virginianersesyan.com ⁠ ⁠ ⁠Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting Samsung Galaxy earbuds! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Part 2 of our discussion w/ @victorval. He gives us helpful advice regarding salon ownership; the startup & day-to-day, as well as handling retail & e-commerce.⁠ SHOW NOTES: • Starting Kut Haus Claremont – What should it be? Growing his salons by growing people⁠ • The changes in California affecting work status at his salon⁠ • Advice for a stylist wanting to open a storefront salon & team: The pitfalls of ownership⁠ • E-commerce and retail: How he handles it⁠ • What needs to change with hair school training and classes⁠ • His hair horror story Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a Singletrack hair coloring board from https://www.singletrackboard.com/ To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic ⁠
Who is your dream client? This episode is part one of a 2-part series with stylist and salon owner Victor ValVerde. This week we discuss the idea of clientele by design and how to build your books with high-paying, repeat clients. SHOW NOTES: • How he got into hair; gaining experience at all levels through Supercuts • The 4 professions you should target when trying to build your clientele • Referrals: How to use referrals to build your dream books • Ways to market yourself digitally • His move away from hairdressing and salon ownership into real estate, and what brought him back  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting Apple Airpods w/ charging case! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Celebrity stylist Kiyah Wright explains how preparation & adaptability are crucial to be able to make the most out of opportunities. We also discuss what aspects are most important for gaining sponsorship and how to expand your revenue streams beyond the chair.⁠ ⁠ SHOW NOTES: ⁠ • Experience working with actors / musicians⁠ ⁠ • Her experience during shutdown: protecting yourself financially⁠ ⁠ • How she got into hair and doing celebrities⁠ ⁠ • How you get ‘good’ - being adaptable & discussion on education⁠ ⁠ • How to stay consistent⁠ ⁠ • How to get sponsorship: stay professional online and work on communication skills⁠ ⁠ • Timing: always ready to take advantage ⁠ ⁠ Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a 18" LED Ringlight w/ stand! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic ⁠
Steve Sleeper, Executive Director of the Professional Beauty Association (@probeautyassoc) gives us a rundown on all aspects of the PBA and how it helps you and your fellow hairdressers. We also included an update from him on what the PBA has been doing during the pandemic to assist us. For more info or to join, visit https://www.probeauty.org/ SHOW NOTES: • How he got into the beauty industry • When & why the PBA started • What the PBA does: gov’t affairs – deregulation & license requirements • What the PBA does: gov’t affairs -  taxes, labor, wage issues • PBA expos and shows: what the PBA does to set them up (pre-covid) • Trends in the industry: product purchasing & digital presence • Researching and data: having info available for people • Membership benefits of the PBA – insurance, advocacy, tools & how much it costs  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a $150 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Hairdressers & salon owners Amber O'Hara and Anny VanDriel started www.inevitable-business.org , a resource site with everything you need to make your voice heard and help get CA salons reopened. We also talk about their stances on the second shutdown & operating 'underground'. Show Notes: • Their stances on the current shutdown • Covid Data as it relates to salon services • Creating inevitable-business.org and all of its resources • How making your voice heard helps the cause • PBA support for the reopening • Opening in defiance of orders or working underground   www.inevitable-business.org   Hashtags to use: #wearethebeautyindustry  #opensalonsnow #saveoursalons Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Robert Cromeans is an industry legend and has seen many trends come and go, but nothing like our current situation. He shares his thoughts on the second shutdown in CA & advice to help you through it. We also get into how to raise your prices and improve your client experience.⁠ ⁠ Show Notes: • People in dire straits & working together as an industry • tenant / landlord issues during covid • adjusting your prices in the new normal • adjusting work models to the current situation • Focusing on making your service better • What a hairdresser can do now to promote reopening of CA salons & do during downtime • His London hair show & the BLM movt • His thoughts on the future of hair shows Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a GHD limited edition flat iron! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
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 - Eric talked with him to find out what YOU can do to help get CA salons reopened again. ⁠⁠ For more info on the PBFC go to:⁠ ⁠www.beautyfederation.org⁠ or www.facebook.com/PBFCalifornia/ @probeautyfederation on Instagram Click here to join the PBFC: www.beautyfederation.org/join To join the PBFC at the discounted rate, select the group rate of $25 and list Salon Republic as your salon. Information on the PBFC drive-in event Aug 10th:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drive-in-meet-up-tickets-114700068994?fbclid=IwAR1OOsx-iBHygd2PhEUuu6owd1VpC0TAVxmreqB05jz_Ac616opJGqmGO74 Sign our petition to reopen salons indoors: https://www.change.org/p/eric-garcetti-california-salons-are-safe-to-open-inside?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_23684554_en-US%3A4&recruiter=1134714020&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition Share your story with the PBA to support the safe reopening of California salons: https://p2a.co/XvQDFQx Hashtags to use in your posts: #saveoursalons #opensalonsnow
Have you raised your prices post-quarantine? @philipwolffhair gives a look back at the past few months and explains why adjusting your workflow (and prices) post-quarantine is incredibly important. He also speaks about the 3 principles that have contributed most to his success throughout his career. Show Notes: • Back behind the chair after quarantine: adjusting your flow • Raising your prices and helping your clients understand why • Hairdresser Health: Not traveling for months and looking back at his life pre-covid  • Timeframe of when shows and gatherings will return  • Principles in his career that have paid off • Being both ‘cool’ & responsible; a challenge in our industry  • Tik Tok!   • His hair horror story  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting 2 Philip Wolff Zukas & $100! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic ⁠
Eric researched the most current numbers related to Covid in California and presents them to us. He also gives his stance on the new directive for moving salons outdoors and his efforts to get us open again. Links to information referenced: https://public.tableau.com/views/COVID-19CasesDashboard_15931020425010/Cases?:embed=y&:showVizHome=no https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/covid19/report-patient-impact.html https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-mortality-risk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM4_xJYD1uk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0afdBUzis http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dhs/1070348_DHSCOVID-19Dashboard.pdf https://www.livescience.com/hair-stylists-infected-covid19-face-masks.html https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-coronavirus-cases-tracking-outbreak/los-angeles-county/
Patricia Nikole recently became a Global Ambassador for Wella and has focused the direction of her work behind the chair post-quarantine. We chat about her new work/life balance and how her online education platform strives to be as good as in-person classes. Show Notes: • How she handled quarantine • A typical day behind the chair post-quarantine • Her new position with Wella as Global Ambassador • Her online education platform: how she strives to make it the most helpful • Tik Tok: what she does & how to get started • Post-quarantine horror story • Post-quarantine positives Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an Eye-Vac touchless vacuum! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or stitcher.com. ⁣⁣Don't forget to leave your Instagram handle so we can find you!⁠ FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
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