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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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2020 AIA Hair Colorist of the Year Caitlin Ford lost her index finger in an accident two years ago and had to adapt to her new situation. We discuss this, as well as her love of self-teaching and how she followed her creativity into coloring hair. This Week's Topics: • Losing a finger on a table saw remodeling her studio: how she adapted doing hair • Landing a position at a high end salon, but losing motivation due to the salon culture • Moving to another salon that encouraged social media • Getting into creative color through watching Guy Tang & Rebecca Taylor and experimenting • Creativity – What is it and what does it require? • Rainbow Bangs: Her creative process for placement of color • The relationship of creativity and engineering Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a Bose bluetooth speaker! To enter, just write a review on the Apple podcasts app or iTunes. ⁣⁣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 continue with Carly Zanoni from last week and discuss her best business advice for hairdressers. We also cover what you need to know about hiring an assistant. This week's topics: • Building her online education during quarantine– @the.BCU • Best business tips for hairdressers • Hiring an assistant: what to look for, how to train, holding accountable  • Exploring other social media platforms and features • Balancing family with career: integration over balance  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a EyeVac Pro Vacuum! To enter, just write a review on the Apple podcasts app or iTunes. ⁣⁣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
Hairstylist and educator Carly Zanoni struggled her entire first year of booth rental. Building a clientele became her number one focus, and has now achieved success along with becoming a Schwarzkopf ambassador and a part of the BTC team. She shares what worked for her then, and what works now in the Instagram era. This Week's Topics: • Being a part of the BTC team & the Schwarzkopf Digital Artistic Team- creating digital content for brands • Leaving her first commission job for booth rental; major struggles for the first year • What she would do differently to build a clientele now • Specific Instagram strategies for attracting clientele  • Raising your prices – how she does it  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 iTunes. ⁣⁣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
Accountant Michelle Cook @smallbusinesscpa breaks down the requirements of the second PPP grant and how to apply. She also gives us lots of info & advice on the tax implications of this and any unemployment benefits received this past year.  This Week's Topics: • The new PPP situation: what are the specifics? Who qualifies?  • Calculating what amount of money you can get  • The updated processes making it easier for you to get your loan forgiven  • Are PPP Funds taxable? Tax implications of PPP and unemployment  • Should you hire an accountant this year?  • Good options for doing your own taxes  • Good reasons why you need you file your taxes 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 iTunes. ⁣⁣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
Daytime Emmy winner and AIA nominee Ray Christopher took an early opportunity on set with Prince and never looked back. He discusses with us the highs and lows of set life, and what it takes to be successful in this highly coveted sector of our industry. This Week's Topics: • How an early gig on-set with Prince vaulted his career • Balancing in-salon work and set work • A day in the life of regular on-set work   • Winning the emmy for ‘The Real’ • Advice for getting into the on-set scene • Future goals: developing product line and movie work  • The effect of COVID on him and set work  • People inspiring him right now   • His Hair Horror Story! Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a GHD Pro hairdryer! To enter, just leave a review on the Apple podcasts app or iTunes. ⁣⁣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. Within days of filing, salons & barbershops were reopened... and they just recently did it again.  This Week's Topics: • Intro to the PBFC: raising the professionalism and defending the industry  • How PBFC has lobbied for our industry  • The lawsuits that are filed; what will they do?  • Discussion on the data: what is responsible for the spread?  • Financial Assistance options for the beauty pro For more info on the PBFC go to:⁠ ⁠www.beautyfederation.org⁠ or www.facebook.com/PBFCalifornia/ 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. To donate to the PBFC, click here: https://www.beautyfederation.org/donate Links for financial assistance: http://federationplans.com/ppp/ https://careliefgrant.com/   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 iTunes. ⁣⁣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  
When it comes to the service, clear and open communication is key. It’s the only way to make sure your work aligns with the client’s expectations. This all begins with your consultation. It's one of the most important aspects of the appointment... and we've compiled the best strategies, tips, and techniques to help you nail it! SHOW NOTES: Ep. 120 - Street Interviews #4 – Client experience w/ consults Ep. 112 - @andrewdoeshair & @ryancullenhair Q and A Ep. 54 - Antony Whitaker @growmysalonbusiness Ep. 121 + 122 - Jessica Warburton @hairhunter Ep. 162 - Adrienne Dara @adriennedara 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 iTunes. ⁣⁣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 continue our discussion with Oligopro Artist, Modern Salon Top 100 & American Influencer Awards nominee Ashlee Allen on effective social media strategies. Check out Ep. 175 if you missed part 1! This Week's Topics: • Effective social media strategies – IG Stories, Reels  • Effect of COVID on her business   • What she would be doing if she wasn’t in hair  • Who inspires her in the industry  • Hair Horror Stories! 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 iTunes. ⁣⁣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
Oligopro Artist, Modern Salon Top 100 & American Influencer Awards nominee Ashlee Allen joins us to discuss what has been most important in gaining success in her career. We also build an Instagram post from the ground up to learn how to create the most effective post possible. This week's topics: • Growing up with rebellious tendencies – working at mom’s hair salon • Building her clientele & opening her own storefront • Raising prices: how does she approach it? • Things keeping a hairdresser from being successful • Being a part of the BTC team and the opportunities that arise from it • Process of building an IG post from the ground up; from pics to post  For information on joining the PBA, click here: https://www.probeauty.org/join 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.   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 iTunes. ⁣⁣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 candid discussion with Sarai Speer continues, plus we get into some important topics regarding your business and how to adapt in our new reality. This week's topics: • Her experience during COVID shutdown staying sober • Back to work after shut down: figuring out how to be successful • Adapting her education platform this year to digital  • Common mistakes stylists make in her classes  • Pricing your services  • Instagram and social media platforms: pros & cons • Her hobbies – painting as a way to escape her thoughts  • What she would change about the industry: competition  • Her Hair Horror Story  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  
This is part 1 of an incredibly inspirational and candid conversation with Sarai Speer.  Artist, educator, and Artistic Director Sarai dealt with addiction through most of her adult life until one important person stepped in and kept her from losing everything, including her life. She shares her amazing journey with us. This week's topics: • Getting into hair and being stifled creatively at her first commission salon • Buying a salon with a fellow booth renter 9 months after beauty school; falling into drugs and losing it all • Dealing with addiction • Her wake-up call that turned her life around • Dealing with new found feelings during sobriety • Learning to forgive and finding her passion again • Avoiding fear & the power of positivity  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting Apple Airpods! 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 struggle with the love of doing hair...but not earning enough to make a living? You're not alone.⁠ ⁠ After repeatedly being in and out of the industry, Johnee Livingston gave himself ONE year of being fully committed to hair to see where it could take him. ⁠ ⁠⁠ This week's topics:⁠ ⁠ • The importance of listening & learning ⁠ ⁠ • Going in and out of the industry because of personal issues ⁠ ⁠ • The effect Quarantine had on him and what he did to better himself ⁠ ⁠ • Hardest conversations he has had with clients – boy with alopecia ⁠ ⁠ • Giving himself one year to fully commit to hair and see where it goes ⁠ ⁠ • Entering and winning award shows: a chance to network and meet peeps in the industry ⁠ ⁠ • His industry inspirations ⁠ ⁠ • What he would change about the industry: negativity⁠ ⁠ Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an EyeVac PRO touchless vaccuum! 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 continue the discussion with Keya Neal about George Floyd and how this led her to get brands involved in the racial equality movement. Also, she explains why adaptation is a key ingredient in continued success. This Week's Topics:   • Helping spread knowledge & action after George Floyd death  • Working to involve brands in the racial equality movement  • Discussion on the texture of hair vs. Race & how stylists can change the narrative  • Adaptation & Change: how being adaptable will benefit you  • The most difficult conversation she’s ever had with a client  • being intentional; executing & implementing your ideas   • Addressing controversial topics on social media  • Balancing work routine between family & career  • Her Hair Horror story  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a GHD 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
Can we look at hair as a fabric, not a race? This week is part 1 of a beautiful conversation with Keya Neal  - industry activist, educator, and visionary for @thekolourkulture & @texturevsrace We discuss her path towards a multi-cultural salon, and how her experience helps her education: breaking past the fear of working on someone who looks different than you. This week’s Topics:   Dropping out of college and finding beauty school   Learning the need to sacrifice time, energy, money to succeed   Running a salon for 10 years and building her brand, then closing it and moving to another state for a relationship  Getting back into hair after motherhood; choosing a multi-cultural salon to expand her experience and techniques  Her journey towards being an educator; developing her curriculum  Texture vs Race: educating how to break past the fear of working on someone who looks different than you One lucky person who DMs @thehairgamepodcast on Instagram this week will win a BaBylissPRO Hair Dryer! Listen to the beginning of this week’s episode to find out what to DM us. The winner will be chosen this Friday, Dec. 11th. FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Do you take every client possible? You shouldn’t. Our second part with @lugarciareynoso gets into the specifics of focusing your clientele to level up your business. We also discuss the underground hairdressing being done since Covid and why prices in the industry are wildly different. Show Notes:   Getting involved in political activism during the shutdown  The lack of support from large industry businesses during shutdown  The underground hair movement continuing after re-opening: re-establishing professionalism  Why prices in the barbering industry are wildly different  Focusing on who you want your client to be  @modownbarberexhibit trade show & meetups Her Hair Horror Story  One lucky person who DMs @thehairgamepodcast on Instagram this week will win a Bose Solo 5 Soundbar! Listen to the beginning of this episode to find out what to DM us. The winner will be chosen this Friday, Dec. 4th. FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
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
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