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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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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
Franco Hernandez has spent 30 years in the industry being open to challenges and reaching beyond his situations. As a salon owner, stylist, & sponsored artist he discusses balancing the artistry of hair and the business aspects of running your own salon. We also get into the importance of mentoring and educating in his life and how a negative experience early on shaped his entire career outlook.  SHOW NOTES: • Striking a balance between artistry and business & how to become better at both • Opening a salon 4 weeks before the quarantine  • Handling client communication • Plans and processes for eventual reopening  • Importance of selling retail & affiliate programs • How he balances behind the chair, salon ownership, and sponsorship responsibilities  • What he has been working on during the quarantine • His Hair Horror Story & how it shaped his career 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
@looksbylaurel has used her business training to build her clientele and proudly become a six-figure hairstylist. She gives us 5 simple ways to put more clients in your chair using Instagram. We cover:⁠ ⁠ • Tips on using your IG stories effectively ⁠ ⁠ • IG Live and why it is effective ⁠ ⁠ • Time for a IG profile renovation – profile, bio, highlights ⁠ ⁠ • Batching content for your feed for when we re-open ⁠ ⁠ • Hashtagging – think how your client thinks ⁠ ⁠ • 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 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
Mustafa Avci was hospitalized for 8 days with Covid-19... he explains how his symptoms accelerated and his experience in the hospital. A truly sobering yet uplifting story; Mustafa shares what an outpouring of love and support he received from industry and non-industry peeps alike.⁠ SHOW NOTES: ⁠ • The beginning of his symptoms ⁠ ⁠ • Dealing with symptoms at home & going to ER ⁠ ⁠ • His first night in the hospital  ⁠ ⁠ • Recovering and being well enough to leave ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an EyeVac 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
Ep. 136 has Christina Kreitel discussing how this situation will change the industry. She also gives us some awesome advice for communicating with your clients.... as well as a HILARIOUS Hair Horror Story! SHOW NOTES: • How she is running @intrepidstudiosalon during the pandemic ⁠ ⁠ • Reasons why she was prioritizing saving before Covid-19 ⁠ ⁠ • What this experience will change about the industry⁠ ⁠ • What to do during the downtime ⁠ ⁠ • How to communicate and handle clients during this time ⁠ ⁠ • How to balance her multiple roles – salon owner, brand ambassor, mother ⁠ ⁠ • What’s involved with being a brand amabassador ⁠ ⁠ • Her online business academy @intrepid.insider⁠ ⁠ ⁠Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an Samsung Galaxy Tab! 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 Vaughn @realericvaughn talks about the current situation with his salon @revhair and his advice to other stylists who are struggling to make ends meet during this time. He also explains his strategies and mechanisms for continuing his sobriety in a highly social industry. ⁠ ⁠ SHOW NOTES: • The process of closing his salon & handling the situation with employees ⁠ ⁠ • Suggestions for stylists during this downtime ⁠ ⁠ • How to prepare for reopening ⁠ ⁠ • Advice for stylists in a cash crunch & current stimulus bill requirements ⁠ ⁠ • How to avoid depression during this time ⁠ ⁠ • How he got into hair, his salon, his time on the road, his onstage education ⁠ ⁠ • His battle with alcohol; getting (and staying) sober ⁠ Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a LED Ring Light with tripod (18")! 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, Certified Public Accountant and @smallbusinesscpa on instagram, joins Eric for a detailed explanation of The CARES Act stimulus bill. They go over which aspects of the bill you may be eligible for as a beauty professional. Links mentioned in this episode: Small Business Administration website: www.sba.gov Michelle's blog post regarding the CARES act: https://cartercookcpas.com/blog/everything-small-business-owners-need-to-know-about-the-cares-act PBA Covid-19 relief fund info: https://www.probeauty.org/pba-charities/covid-19-relief-fund   FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic  
Julz Coda @julzcoda & Liz Diaz @iamlizdiaz_ joined Eric to discuss why NOW is the perfect time to reset and get a better handle on the money you are making behind the chair. They share the 5 steps you can take towards being more strategic and knowledgeable about your business finances. ⁠ SHOW NOTES: ⁠ • Creating expense lists⁠ ⁠ • Creating allocated bank accounts ⁠ ⁠ • Merchant services⁠ ⁠ • Choosing a location & licenses ⁠ ⁠ • Your mindset⁠ ⁠ Julz & Liz will be doing a 3-day livestream of their workshop on The Hair Game YouTube channel! Go to www.salonrepublic.com/education to subscribe to our email list for details & link to the classes  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an Amazon Echo Show! 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
It is a devastating time right now for our stylists and many others in the service industry. We asked Jenny Strebe @theconfessionsofahairstylist to join us and give you some positive, helpful advice about how to deal with the current situation.  SHOW NOTES: • The effect of Covid-19 on our hair industry  • Advice for stylists in the next two weeks   • Choosing Online Education: what is best, how to choose?  • Marketing related activities to do in the down time  • Instagram discussion – what to focus on   • Preparing for coming back to the salon  • Advice for the financially struggling stylist     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  
Eric gives us the facts & statistics of Covid-19, as well as updates on the current situation with government stimulus legislation and how it affects you as a hairdresser. He also gives some tips and advice on how to handle yourself and your business during this situation. Resources mentioned in this episode: Official Center for Disease Control & Prevention Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html -Dr Sanjay Gupta Podcast: Coronavirus: Fact v. Fiction https://www.cnn.com/audio/podcasts/corona-virus -Article: How to Keep Your Workplace Clean https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/11/health/how-to-clean-work-desk-coronavirus-wellness-trnd/index.html   FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Episode 130 is all about liability insurance... something you absolutely need, but hope you never use. Joe Fagan from @elitebeautysociety gives us the details on Professional & General Liability and @loveerictaylor rapid-fires scenarios of accidents happening to your client and how they would be covered.  SHOW NOTES: • Differences between professional & general liability; examples of each  • Insurance covering the physical space  • Identity Theft coverage; is it necessary?  • Disability insurance for 1099 employees  • Cost of packages  • Examples of why you need this insurance    For more info, go to: https://elitebeautysociety.com/     Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a Harmon Kardon Bluetooth Studio 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  
We took some choice clips from Eps 51 through 60 for a look back. This Best-Of episode is packed full of valuable info & insights regarding your salon business, social media, & the beauty industry.  SHOW NOTES:⁠ Ep. 51 - Eric speaks w/ hair loss pros to get some info & suggestions about approaching your client's hair loss⁠ ⁠ Ep. 52 - @fernthebarber talks about his style & the trends gaining speed in the industry⁠ ⁠ Ep. 53 - @julzcoda & @iamlizdiaz_ discuss the importance of connecting w/ others in the hair community & how to do it even if you are introverted⁠ ⁠ Ep. 54 - An inspired talk with Antony Whitaker @growmysalonbusiness about the Indie hairdresser movement⁠ ⁠ Ep. 55 - A panel discussion regarding strategies for improving your retailing⁠ ⁠ Ep. 56 - @paintedhair explains her IG strategy & her approach to content creation⁠ ⁠ Ep. 58 - @kimberlymariestylist suggests having a 'business hat' & 'stylist' hat when dealing with situations⁠ ⁠ Ep. 59 - Eric & Donovan hit the streets of Hollywood, CA to ask people how they search for new stylist⁠ ⁠ Ep. 60 - How to Build a Personal Brand w/ @nikkilee901, @riawna, @jamiedanahairstylist, & Alle Fister @bollare at the @modernsalon Digital Summit   FutureCast is this month! Here are the details: Mon, March 30, 202 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM CDT Venue SIX10 in Chicago, IL  https://www.hbfuturecast.com/   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    
After struggling to find personal happiness & peace, Nina Kovner founded Passion Squared to focus on helping the creative person be successful in their business. She uses her past experiences with anxiety, depression, and stress to guide others in achieving success without sacrificing their own happiness & health. Check out her book here: https://passionsquared.net/shop/digital-awesomeness/awesome-af-boundary-book/ SHOW NOTES:  • How attending a hair show made her fall in love with the hair industry • Her nervous breakdown and suicide attempt; recovering & the creation of passion squared • What are people in creative small businesses struggling with? Co-dependency & boundaries  • Importance of clear agreements w/ clients ahead of time, price increases  • Influencer Economy... good or bad?   • Podcasts – how hers is going and her faves  Nina would like to provide these resources for anyone who is struggling with mental health issues: Suicide Prevention Hotline:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)  Crisis Text Line  Text “HOME” 741741  Talkspace App  Headspace App 
This week's episode is all about TECH. At ISSE 2020, @loveerictaylor moderated a panel discussion to cover the different apps and online services in use today in the salon industry. Shoutout to the awesome peeps he had on the panel:⁠ ⁠ Patricia @paintedhair⁠ Greg @styleartists & @hair.video⁠ Mileydy @colorbymileydy⁠ Gordon @gordnm⁠ ⁠ Extra BIG thanks to Gordon & @hairbrained_official for hosting the Episode! ⁠ ⁠ We get into the following:⁠ ⁠ • Booking Apps – What they use and why; pros & cons ⁠ ⁠ • Selling retail: Online retail & Amazon ⁠ ⁠ • Social Media platforms: what is important on each ⁠ ⁠ • Software for helping post on social media; strategies on posting⁠ ⁠ • All about Yelp: account setup, responding to reviews, paying for features, etc ⁠ ⁠ • Online Education offerings ⁠ ⁠ • Online design & branding resources ⁠ ⁠ • Interactive mirrors & other apps in the works ⁠ 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    
Amanda has moved her salon business from Dallas to New Orleans, and now onto Los Angeles! She knows the value of doing free hair as a promotional tool. What is the best strategy in choosing a client? What will bring you the best opportunities for building your clientele? They get into this and more, including: Show Notes:   • Finding the right city for her vibe; her current transition to LA  • How she builds her clientele in a new location  • Choosing the right client to do free hair on for promotion   • The importance of attending hair shows and networking  • Her pricing structure & charging consistently   • Being on TikTok   • What she would have done differently thus far & what she would change about the industry  • Her Hair Horror Stories!  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a 16 GB Wifi 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  
Tik Tok, a social media video app that has exploded onto the scene, is the new place where teens & adults alike are watching entertaining videos.  Taylor Loren is head of content marketing at @latermedia and has recently gained over 3 million views on her Tik Tok videos. She joins Eric to discuss the app and how hairstylists can use it to their benefit.  SHOW NOTES: • The beginning of TikTok • How TikTok differs from Instagram: content, caption, hashtags, sharing, music   • How trends work on TikTok & How to create content   • Should a hairstylist be on TikTok right now?  • Privacy Concerns   • Trends that can be effective for stylists  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a one year premium subscription to Later, a social marketing & planning App! 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    
At the ISSE event, @salonrepublic & @loveerictaylor had a panel of four successful independent hairstylists discuss their strategies and tactics for being successful. Eric also took questions from the audience looking to further their own success.  SHOW NOTES:  • Finding new clients: how they do it  • Doing everything yourself vs. hiring/bartering out services  • The transition to an Independent; why it is easier to build clientele  • Social Media: How often to post & best ways to create content when busy  • Booking systems – what works well for the Indie Stylist  • Delivering the client experience: what is important?  • Their approach to selling retail  • Informing clients about price raises  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  
Ep. 123 has L.A. Hair star and Entrepreneur @anthonypazos - he goes into the 'reality' of being on reality TV and how discovering hair helped begin his journey towards self-love. An awesome guy & awesome interview! ⁠ ⁠ SHOW NOTES: ⁠ • Art as an escape and learning to love himself and not caring about what others think ⁠ ⁠ • Choosing to be happy & avoiding the fear of failure ⁠ ⁠ • The importance of being honest with yourself ⁠ ⁠ • Finding his way to hair and building his celebrity clientele ⁠ ⁠ • Reality L.A. Hair and how Anthony joined up ⁠ ⁠ • Life after LA Hair... behind the chair & starting his own product line⁠ ⁠ ⁠Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader! 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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