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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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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
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  
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