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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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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
Michelle Cook, CPA @smallbusinesscpa takes us through the different aspects of your books and how to make sure you get taxes done correctly. We also discuss the benefits of using a CPA or online bookkeeping software... is it right for you? For more info, visit www.cartercookcpas.com SHOW NOTES: • Best options for bookkeeping for an indie hairdresser • Tax prep – what should a typical indie hairdresser use? • Cost of hiring & where to find a CPA • Write-offs: what you can and cannot claim • Tips: 3 ways how claiming them will actually help you Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a digital 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  
How creative do you get to be at your salon? @nealmhair found that he needed his independence to fully express his creativity behind the chair. We chat with him about the move to indie hairdressing as well as his move to LA and how he built a clientele. SHOW NOTES: • Getting past a troubled youth⁠ • His experience in hair school not ever having touched hair before⁠ • His struggles in traditional salons restricting his creativity⁠ • The move to indie /studio rental: key strategies⁠ • Exploring different aspects of the hair industry: what is right for you? ⁠• His IG and use of his account⁠ • His advice to new cosmo students⁠ • The move to LA and starting over with clientele⁠ Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an Apple 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
Holistic Nutritionist Derek Johnson @derekjohnsonnutrition breaks down the unhealthy aspects of a hairdresser's food and drink habits. We go through a typical day for a hairdresser and where they can improve their food choices. He offers advice on handling caffeine, alcohol, and sugar cravings. He also explains the most important things to being aware of when researching where your food comes from. For more info, visit www.djn.health SHOW NOTES: • The ‘unhealthy’ lifestyle of the stylist: fundamentals • Coffee: Best way to drink it • Fasting strategies- skipping breakfast • Avoiding sugar & gluten issues • Vegan/vegetarian options • Handling Alcohol • Eating out vs. Making food at home • Quality of food you are buying • Sleep: Advice for schedules • Vitamins & Supplements: Yay or Nay? • Food Portions: How to determine the amount to eat  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a Babyliss Pro Hair Dryer! 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  
Salon owner & educator Jacob Khan reopened his salon over a month ago. We discuss the protocols he is following as well as how clients are handling the new requirements. He also shares his thoughts on how the Covid crisis has split the industry and his hopes for a recovery. We discuss • His Fancy online education + scissors • Closing his salon early before mandated & the re-opening process  • Effect of the Quarantine on our population  • Protective measures in his salon and how clients are adhering to them  • The services people are leaning towards – big changes   • Retail and keeping things or getting things in stock  • The division that has happened between the industry  • His Hair Horror Stories! Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a Kindle Paperwhite! 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     
Global Artistic Director for @amika Naeemah LaFond explains the most effective tactics for getting into editorial work. We also get into her guide for how brands and industry decision makers can take action to better support black hairstylists. We discuss:⁠ • How she found her way to hair⁠ • Editorial & Set Work: how to build your portfolio and get into the scene • The experience of editorial work – New York Fashion Week • Her role in education: what do students struggle with? • Her guide on how to be more supportive & inclusive of black stylists 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
What should you expect when you go back to work? ⁠ Daniel Mason Jones re-opened his salon a few weeks back and has some great advice and tips for stylists navigating the 'new normal'. We discuss: • The decision to close his salon before the mandate occurred⁠ • Focusing on his employees and trying to ensure their insurance & benefits⁠ • Navigating the Covid crisis as a Salon Owner⁠ • Opening back up: Clients are Ecstatic⁠ • Advice for stylists opening back up & his new process⁠ • His Hair Horror Story!⁠ Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an Amazon Echo Show 8 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 ⁠
Infectious disease expert & first responder Dr. Ramesh Nathan MD tells us how to go back to work safely... find out some VERY important details regarding the reality of Covid as it relates to the re-opening of salons.⁠ We cover: ⁠ • The reality of Covid as a spreadable disease • Face mask requirement: the efficacy and purpose • Contaminated surfaces: likelihood of transmission • Likelihood of catching the virus from your client • Fatality rate: Deaths by Covid vs. Deaths of people w/ Covid • Flattening the curve... how’d we do? Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a Harmon Kardon 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 ⁠
Guy Tang created the blueprint for today's hair influencers and ambassadors by mixing entertainment, hair education, talent and personality. However, what is comfortable and normal now WASN'T back then. Showing his authentic self wasn't seen as 'appropriate' or professional, leading him to forge the @guytang_mydentity brand all on his own. He opens up about:⁠ • Growing up in Oklahoma & a horrible experience with racism • Finding purpose from doing hair • Hiding his sexuality for many years & finally finding his identity • Disrupting the hair industry; mixing education & entertainment while being his authentic self • Other avenues of creativity; why he feels it is important for stylists to explore creativity in other ways. • His thoughts on getting through our current quarantine situation 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 ⁠
Alfredo Lewis became VP Head of Education at MATRIX L'Oreal and moved to New York just before the outbreak. Though his position's focus has shifted due to Covid-19, he has been able to take a global view of our industry and see what is happening with salons & stylists worldwide. We break down what's going on, what the 'new normal' will look like, and what the future holds for educating our hairdressers of the future. SHOW NOTES: ⁠ • What is happening with our industry globally • How salons will look and operate once they start to re-open • Possible positive changes to the industry & What hairdressers hopefully learn from this experience • Controversy on selling home color kits • How product companies and distributors are handling the situation • Where stylists should be going for online education right now • What he would change about the industry – the school system • His hair horror story!⁠ Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a Babyliss PRO Nano Ionic 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
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