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The Hair Game

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
123 Episodes
On the previous episode Jessica Warburton @hairhunter shared a few techniques she learned in the military for analyzing & using non-verbal communication to your benefit. In Ep. 122 we go wayyy in-depth on some more!  SHOW NOTES: • Points-of-contact - connection through physical touch ⁠ ⁠ • The Snuck Premises & recognizing emotional response ⁠ ⁠ • The Elsberg Principle ⁠ ⁠ • The ‘Hot Hand’ - Status indicators to help your client choose you ⁠ • YES Ladders - getting the client comfortable saying YES   FOLLOW US!  
Modern Salon Connective stylist Jessica Warburton shares her truly amazing journey to hair, as well as some techniques she learned in the military for analyzing and using non-verbal communication to your benefit. We go more in-depth with the techniques in the next episode! SHOW NOTES: • Joining the military after 9/11 & what it’s like in the military/boot camp   • Being diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer & finding hair after surviving • Dealing with her near-death flatline experience • Learning counter-intelligence techniques and adapting them to life as a hairstylist • Recognizing and following happiness  FOLLOW US!    
Donovan and Eric hit the streets of Hollywood, CA to ask random people ALL about their hairstylists. This episode includes topics such as: - Do you get a consultation each time? - Does your stylist teach you about styling and products? - What makes you leave a stylist? What makes you stay?  Watch a portion of the interviews on our IGTV or YouTube channel! FOLLOW US!  
We took some choice clips from episodes 41 through 50 and put them together for a look back. This episode is packed full of valuable info & insights regarding your salon business, social media, & the beauty industry.  Show Notes: Ep. 41 - @hairbypaulaperalta gives some great tips on marketing yourself as a hairdresser. Ep. 42 - John Mosley @popular_nobody gives his thoughts on the industry & education, as well as what needs to change. Ep. 43 - Dave Kirby from Summit Salon Business Education talks about the importance of educating yourself on the business aspects of hairdressing, as well as the top 3 mistakes hairdressers make. Ep. 44 - @alfredo_lewis speaks to beauty students at Sassoon Academy LA about knowing your worth as an upcoming influencer and how much you can make. Ep. 45 - @lucasdoney tells the importance of client satisfaction & his challenges behind the chair Ep. 46 - @shelleygregoryhair gives tips about building clientele in a new city & advice for struggling stylists Ep. 47 - Don Godfrey @nothingbutpixies give tips & tricks to grow your reach on Instagram Ep. 48 - Jason Reyes @iliketocuthair shares his journey to becoming an educator Ep. 49 - @ameliahairmakeup discusses the importance of having a social presence & mistakes people make on social media Ep. 50 - Andrew Dale, founder and CEO of Unite speaks about the power of caring and how selling retail is extremely important in this Find us on Instagram:    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
At the Salon Republic Holiday Festival 2019, SR's Digital Marketing Coordinator and THG editor Donovan set up a hair horror story "confessional" and invited attendees to come in and give us their worst experiences as a stylist. We also included some of our listeners' horror stories who called in using our voice message feature! To us leave a message, hit the link in our THG Podcast Instagram bio. Find us on Instagram: Subscribe to our Youtube channel or THG vlog site!  
As a salon owner, will you be legal? As an indie hairdresser, will you become an employee? California's new employment law takes effect Jan. 1st, 2020 with many other states watching to see how it all shakes out. ⁠ ⁠ @loveerictaylor spoke once more with employment attorney Jason Ross, who specializes in this new law as it relates to hairdressers. There have been updates and exemptions for our industry since the law was passed, so we asked Jason to fill us in on what's going on. ⁠- For an in-depth discussion on the law, check out his first interview on Ep.68  Show Notes: • Review of the Supreme Court decision & ABC Test for employee/indie worker • What has happened since the change: AB5 taking effect Jan 1 2020   • Examining your salon philosophically as opposed to legally  • Examples of things beauty pros need to do to remain independent within salons  Find us on Instagram:    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
Ashlee Levitch is the Owner/CEO of Bangstyle, a website and agency dedicated to hair inspiration and branding. They discuss her thoughts on the beauty industry and what hairdressers should be working on to improve their personal brand. Show Notes: • Her history as an young actor and how she transitioned to the beauty industry • The history of Bangstyle; how it began and how she become the owner  • Her blog post: Keeping social content and conversations positive and helping other stylists  • Dealing with online hateful comments • Bangstyle as an agency for brands / beauty pros • Other social platforms: should a stylist be present on each of those? • ‘Horror’ Story of being born with curly hair   Find us on Instagram:    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
A precision haircutter turned founder & CEO of The Ben Mollin Project, Ben is an independent thinker. He has used his experience in TV and hair education to create a mentoring program dedicated to giving stylists the tools they need to live the life they want. Show Notes: • His early days as a stylist; getting into a higher end salon and gaining a mentor; buying an existing salon when young and hating it • Bravo Shear Genius & life after the show • Education and Being On-stage; being entertaining and making things memorable - how that led to developing The Ben Mollin Project – Teaching stylists public speaking • Top 3 things to do to become a better public speaker • Living a minimalistic life: cutting down on the things in life that add stress but you don’t need • His incredible Hair Horror Stories! Find us on Instagram:    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel:  
We took some choice clips from episodes 31 through 40 and put them together for a look back. This episode is packed full of valuable info & insights regarding your salon business, social media, & the beauty industry.  Ep. 32 - Advice for new stylists w/ @wesdoeshair Ep. 33 - Being flexible to change and the power of personality w/ @robertcromeans Ep. 34 - Street Interviews w/ the everyday client regarding retail and recommendations Ep. 35 - @hairgod_zito - his career switch to vivid colors and social media influencing Ep. 36 - @thehairnerds - Starting & running a hair-centric media company and the state of the hair industry Ep. 37 - Founders of @pulpriothair David and Alexis Thurston discuss creating their product Ep. 38 - A roundtable discussion of the importance of attending hair events Ep. 39 - @luiiisc_ & @kristenmichellehair discuss tactics and strategies to build clientele Ep. 40 - Starting and scaling up a salon and assisting your stylists with social media w/ @jacobkhan Find us on Instagram:    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
Styling Specialist & Cosmoprof Artistic Team member Cate "Ruby" Torrealba specializes in red carpet glam-style. As a freelancer, Cate goes into the details of what it takes to succeed in a very challenging field of hairdressing.  Show Notes: • How she found her way to hair and her nickname   • How to deal with inconsistency of freelance work & working with a spouse • Cate’s production work & search for representation • How she deals with rejection • Her story of her doggo Moose • How to be successful during production work and photo shoots • The one thing she would do differently: Go to a much cheaper beauty school Find us on Instagram:    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
TONS of great advice and inspo in this Episode! Andrew & Ryan sat down in front of stylists at LookBook 2019. They discussed some great topics & questions: • How Ryan & Andrew gained an upper hand in Men’s hair & Why you should learn to do women’s hair • If you are already really good at what you do, to succeed further you have to learn something else  • Making the client the hero, not yourself • How to successfully guide a client towards a new style or what they truly want • Being yourself on social media & in person; focusing on what you do best and what you want to do • How to balance growing your clientele w/ having a life: raising prices 
Buddy Porter found success quickly in Los Angeles; he attests it to assisting, working hard, and saying yes to every opportunity. He goes over what aspects would be in his hypothetical book, 'How To Survive & Thrive as a LA stylist in 5 Years" and more: • How he got into hair; hated classroom work but fought through it - really got into hair once he hit the floor and changed people’s looks. Took to cutting but not color; moved to LA to gain experience and get away from color. • Being rep’ed by an agency: What jobs does this entail? How’s the pay? • Behind the Chair: getting to the point of doing only the clients you want  • Business tactics/advice: His pricing strategy: Client get price for life, but he raises his price each year & new clients get the current price.  • Wave the Wand: How he would change the industry • How to become successful in LA in 5 years: Assisting in LA, Client Retention, Staying professional. • His Hair Horror Story!   Find us on Instagram:    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
With 39 years experience covering the beauty industry, @modernsalon Beauty & Fashion Director Maggie Mulhern @modernmaggie1 has a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience regarding hair.⁠ This has led to her judging countless hair competitions, so we had her dive into the key aspects you need to know when entering. She gives tips for the photos/competitions, how the judging process works, how to find a hair model and/or photographer, and how to assemble a team.⁠ She also gives her thoughts on how social media has changed the industry and how it has helped women achieve greater success.⁠ Find us on Instagram:    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
Charlie Gray is the International Creative Director of Menspire, a men's hair salon and educational academy based in London. He explains the mission of the company and how his desire to become an educator has shaped his path, as well as: The story of Menspire and approaching it as a movement Advice for younger stylists: hard work and patience brings the opportunities What will make their Menspire brand endure over 50 years?  Social Media downsides: cyber-bullying and the fake perceptions of hairdressers and educators The lack of detail and discipline in the industry: the training isn’t good enough in men’s hair - still teaching the same things from 50-60 years ago. The disconnect between hairdressers and barbers   His Hair Horror Stories! Find us on Instagram:    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
We took some choice clips from episodes 21 through 30 and put them together for a look back. This episode is packed full of valuable info & insights regarding your salon business, social media, & the beauty industry.  Ep. 22 - Achieving a high level of service in your client's experience with @sugarskulls Ep. 23 - Tips and advice on educating on the large stage and gaining celebrity clients w/ @tedgibson and @jasonbacke Ep. 26 - Journey from bartender to salon owner and challenges of running a salon w/ @bescene Ep. 27 - Strategies on renting out your salon studio and/or chair for supplemental income Ep. 28 - @philipwolffhair describes the difference between east and west coasts and what experience and work is needed to get to where he is today Ep. 29 (and 30) A discussion about meditation for hairstylists and how it can help you behind the chair. Ep 30 is a guided meditation session for stylists.   Find us on Instagram:    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
Sofie Pok began her career cutting women's hair, but soon realized she wanted to focus on men's cuts. Carving out a successful piece of the barbering pie, however, was a major challenge. In a male-dominated industry, Sofie had to prove herself time and again. She admits to us that she still does to this day, even after all of her success. She also discusses her challenges with public speaking and what she wishes for the barbering industry and community. Find us on Instagram:   
Why do young stylists want to be influencers rather than educators? International Educator Ricardo Santiago discusses the role that Hair Influencers are playing in the industry and some of the issues associated with it. He also tells us the biggest mistakes hairdressers are making, gives us career advice for the next generation of stylists, and the challenges of balancing your work and personal life. Find us on Instagram:   
International Educator and salon owner Kelly O' Leary embraces her quirky and off-the-cuff personality. She discusses with Eric the importance of authenticity, as well as the physical and emotional challenges of hairdressing and running a salon. Find us on Instagram:  
Rickey Zito speaks to Eric about his horrific motorcycle accident that left him in a coma for 7 days, in addition to fracturing vertebrae and collapsing his vocal chords. He explains how he has come back from this with a new outlook on his life and career going forward.    Find us on Instagram:  
Irish stylist and International Educator Ryan Cullen tells us what's new and different in hairdressing over in Europe. He also discusses the challenges of raising his prices and what he needs to do about it.   Find us on Instagram:  
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