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 17 yrs in the hair game, has seen a lot of s#!@ go down. We’ll go deep with the beauty industry’s most interesting players, we’ll educate and tell stories about the things you care about, we’ll get into the business side of the game so you can earn more and keep more, and we’ll go #BTS to show you how we do things at Salon Republic. Also check out the video content on salonrepublic.com/thehairgame .
Painting Her Own Beautiful Story w/Patricia Nikole @paintedhair (Ep. 56)
Oct 15 • 66 min
A great conversation with one of the brightest stars of our industry. We get into how she learned her extraordinary color blending technique, how she runs her Instagram, how she made it through a 100% price increase and how she balances family with her…
Focusing on Your Strengths v. Weaknesses when Retailing Products: Retailing in the Digital Age Panel at Neuma’s California Experience Show (Ep. 55)
Oct 8 • 85 min
Eric participated on the “Retailing in the Digital Age” Panel at Neuma’s California Experience Show in Huntington Beach CA. This audio is an abridged version of that panel. Find us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/salonrepublic/…
Why Clients Leave, and a Debate About the Indie Movement w/ Antony Whitaker @growmysalonbusiness (Ep. 54)
Oct 1 • 83 min
An inspired talk with Antony Whitaker about why clients leave, the Independent movement, how to create a good experience, the consultation, how to retail products, and getting better at setting and achieving goals. Find us on Instagram:…
The Power of Connecting in the Community w/ Liz Diaz & Julz Coda @beyondbeautyschool (Ep. 53)
Sep 24 • 87 min
Liz Diaz & Julz Coda, two LA hairdressers who paired up to create beyond beauty school. The three of us get pretty goofy when we’re together but through all the banter and laughter are some great gems for you! Find us on Instagram:…
Investing in Yourself, Controlling Your Fear & Alien Defense w/ @fernthebarber at Paul Mitchell School Costa Mesa (Ep. 52)
Sep 17 • 110 min
Eric interviews Fern The Barber at Paul Mitchell School Costa Mesa in front of the students. Then the students get to ask questions of Fern. Find us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/salonrepublic/ www.instagram.com/4erictaylor/ Subscribe to our Youtube…
What to Do When Your Client is Losing Their Hair (Ep. 51)
Sep 10 • 32 min
For national hair loss month, we bring you two hair loss pros to talk about what you can do as a hairdresser to prevent your clients from losing their hair, and catch more serious skin issues before it’s too late. Find us on Instagram:…
The Love of the Journey, the Power of Branding and Showing Clients You Care w/Andrew Dale, Founder of Unite (Ep. 50)
Sep 3 • 62 min
A conversation with the founder of Unite about how he has lived the ideal evolution of a hairdresser, from Vidal Sassoon’s apprentice to an international product boss. Tons of great lessons in this one! Find us on Instagram:…
The Right and Wrong Ways to Run a Salon w/@AmeliaHairMakeup (Ep. 49)
Aug 27 • 36 min
Eric interviews Atlanta color-correction expert Amelia Fugitt @AmeliaHairMakeup. They get into how to run a healthy commission salon, the difficulty of being a hairstylist, @processperfect, nightmare salon owners, decompressing, and her success on…
Hustle, Brains and Heart w/Jason Reyes @iliketocuthair (Ep. 48)
Aug 20 • 34 min
Jason Reyes was a reluctant barber for years, dabbling in engineering, computers and real estate, until he decided to commit and that’s when things took off. Find us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/salonrepublic/ www.instagram.com/4erictaylor/ Subscribe…
How to Kill it on Instagram w/Don Godfrey @nothingbutpixies at Sassoon Academy LA (Ep. 47)
Aug 17 • 89 min
Go deep into how to use Instagram with “The Don” of social media. Don Godfrey, the guy behind some of the most popular Instagram beauty accounts, gets detailed about how to use it most effectively. Find us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/salonrepublic/…
Balancing a Successful Career with Family w/Shelley Gregory @shelleygregoryhair (Ep. 46)
Aug 13 • 29 min
Shelley and I talk about: -Being a successful hairdresser AND a successful mother/wife. -Advice for clients in a dry climate -Building clients the old fashion way -Instagram insomnia -First creative color post goes viral! -IG tv Do you see clients in So…
How 10 Passionate Clients Can Build Your Entire Clientele w/ Lucas Doney @lucasdoney (Ep. 45)
Aug 9 • 19 min
Eric talks to educator Lucas Doney about going from the worst student in cosmetology school to international educator, the power of referrals and seeking adventure in life to make memories. Find us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/salonrepublic/…
Behind the Curtain of Influence w/ Alfredo Lewis @alfredo_lewis at Sassoon Academy LA (Ep. 44)
Aug 7 • 86 min
Alfredo has been at the forefront of the shift of influence from brands to independent hair artists. We get into it all in this episode filmed live in front of students at the Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, CA. Find us on Instagram:…
How to Make More Money Behind the Chair w/Dave Kirby of Summit Salon Business Education (Ep. 43)
Aug 6 • 66 min
Dave and I get into topics that will help you make more money behind the chair such as: -Top three mistakes made by hairdressers -When to move salons, how to find the right salon, and how to avoid losing clients when you move -How to find new clients and…
Confidence + Humility w/ John Mosley @popular_nobody (Ep. 42)
Aug 3 • 37 min
There are so many dimes of pure wisdom to pluck out of this man’s brain. Here are just a few topics we go into: How he got the name Focus on family Old school marketing Learning how to be a good educator Value of connecting within the hair community Find…
Marketing Yourself as a Hairdresser w/ Paula Houston @hairbypaulahouston (Ep. 41)
Jul 30 • 25 min
Paula was part of a social media panel at the Paul Mitchell Gathering this year, so we sat down with her after to discuss Instagram and getting started, the challenges of owning your own salon, and marketing yourself as a hairdresser. Find us on…
Does Insta Influence Mean Money in the Bank? w/ Jacob Khan @jacobhkhan (Ep. 40)
Jul 23 • 67 min
I sat down with Jacob in Las Vegas and we discussed his progression towards having his own salon, if Insta influence = more clients and money in the bank and more… including the beginning of a regular segment called “Jacob Khan’s Hair Horror Stories”!…
How To Build a Clientele (& a lot more) with Kristen Michelle @kristenmichellehair & Luis Chevere @luiiisc_ at Toni & Guy Academy LA (Ep. 39)
Jul 16 • 81 min
In this interview, we talked about Retailing, their experience in hair school, specializing as a hairdresser, how to build a clientele, setting and increasing your prices, learning new techniques, using Instagram to connect (they met via Instagram!), and…
Roundtable w/Sofie Pok, Philip Wolff, Dre, Kimberly Ibbotson, Ricky Zito, Alfredo Lewis, AndrewDoesHair at Kraft Lookbook 2018 (Ep. 38)
Jul 9 • 36 min
At Lookbook 2018 in Hollywood, CA, we rounded up @alfredo_lewis, @kimberlytayhair, @andrewdoeshair, @philipwolffhair, @staygold31, @drehair, & @hairgod_zito to talk about what they would you do if Donald Trump sat in their chair, the value of connecting…
How to Cause a Riot with Alexis and David Thurston of @pulpriothair (Ep. 37)
Jul 2 • 80 min
Pulp Riot founders David and Alexis Thurston went from salon owners to creating one of the hottest brands in our industry. Listen in to see how they did it. Find us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/salonrepublic/ www.instagram.com/4erictaylor/ Subscribe to…
How to Nerd-Stalk Hairlebrities & Live the Real Hair Nerd Life w/@thehairnerds (Ep. 36)
Jun 25 • 51 min
Erin and Annie are The Hair Nerds (@thehairnerds on insta and thehairnerds.com on the web) Two of the nerdiest and awesomest people in our hair community. To know them is to love them, to not know them is to want to get to know them. Find us on Instagram:…
From the Swamps to Hollywood: Rickey Zito @hairgod_zito at Toni & Guy Academy LA (Ep. 35)
Jun 15 • 76 min
The New Breed Meets the Next Gen as hairstylist and major influencer Rickey Zito @hairgod_zito was interviewed live for a podcast recording at Toni&Guy Academy LA. ind us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/salonrepublic/ www.instagram.com/4erictaylor/…
What Clients are Thinking but Won’t Tell You: Part 2 “Retail” (Ep. 34)
Jun 8 • 38 min
Donovan and Eric hit the streets of Santa Monica, CA to ask random people where they buy their hair product. Listen in & see if a friendly recommendation at a reasonable price makes a difference in the client’s eyes. Find us on Instagram:…
Pure Gold with w/ Robert Cromeans @robertcromeans and Mary Cuomo @marycuomocromeans (Ep. 33)
Jun 4 • 97 min
This is pure gold with Robert and his fiancée Mary. Chock full of business tools and ideas that you can use to make more money. Robert bridges the gap between artistry and business like no one else. Find us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/salonrepublic/…
Crazy Determined with Wesley Palmer @wesdoeshair (Ep. 32)
May 28 • 52 min
@wesdoeshair gets into the principles that have made him one of the most influential educators and hair personalities today. Find us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/salonrepublic/ www.instagram.com/4erictaylor/ Subscribe to our Youtube channel or THG vlog…
The Best of The Hair Game: Episodes 1-10 (Ep. 31)
May 21 • 70 min
We took some choice clips from our first 10 episodes 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. Find us on Instagram:…
(Part 2) Guided Meditation Session for Hairstylists (Ep. 30)
May 14 • 23 min
Could we in the beauty industry benefit from meditation? Episode 1 is all about what it is and why it’s so great for us. Episode 2 is a guided meditation that we hope you use as often as possible. Enjoy! Find us on Instagram:…
(Part 1) Meditation for Hairstylists: How it Will Help You Behind the Chair (Ep. 29)
May 14 • 61 min
Could we in the beauty industry benefit from meditation? Episode 1 is all about what it is and why it’s so great for us. Episode 2 is a guided meditation that we hope you use as often as possible. Enjoy! Find us on Instagram:…
Patience, Hard Work and Flow w/ Philip Wolff @philipwolffhair (Ep. 28)
May 7 • 55 min
Philip Wolff has used patience, tenacity and an intense pride in his work (even when no one’s looking) to go from an apprentice in Washington DC to a master of his craft in LA. Find us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/salonrepublic/…
How to Be Successful Renting Chairs in Your Salon Studio (Ep. 27)
Apr 30 • 45 min
We’ve gotten lots of questions about how to find hairdressers to work in, or share, your salon space. We interview three people (Michelle & Ruby @thecoopsalon and Tomm Luna @room22salonrepublic) who are doing it really well. Find us on Instagram:…
From Bartender to Sponsored Artist w/ Linh Phan @bescene (Ep. 26)
Apr 23 • 44 min
@bescene is Killing The Hair Game this week. Get a peek into where he came from, how he got here and what makes him groove. Listen to the full podcast for instructions on a chance to WIN a new flat iron!! Find us on Instagram:…
Eric is Interviewed by Your Day Off @hairdustry Podcast (Ep. 25)
Apr 16 • 71 min
Playing you an interview from The Your Day Off Podcast run by two guys named Corey and Tony out of Maryland. They chased me down for awhile but we got it done. I go into the early days of salon republic and how we’re doing things now. Enjoy! Find us on…
Have We Hit “Peak Social”? (Ep. 24)
Apr 6 • 18 min
This episode shows us the current state of digital (including social) media. As a beauty professional, you need to market your services to likely customers in an effort to keep your book full. Which social media networks are gaining in popularity and…
How to Make it to the Main Stage with Ted Gibson @tedgibson and Jason Backe @jasonbacke (Ep. 23)
Mar 29 • 56 min
Eric Taylor talks candidly with Ted Gibson and Jason Backe about how they made it to the main stage at all the beauty shows, how they got our favorite celebrities into their chairs, why they closed their renowned salon in NYC, their move to the west coast…
How to Deliver the Client Experience with Carlos Ramos @sugarskulls (Ep. 22)
Mar 22 • 31 min
Donovan and I went to The Sugar Skulls Loft in DTLA to shoot Carlos with a client, then climbed to the roof of the building to record this interview. He’s made this unique setup work well for years, and we’re going to find out how. Watch the video…
What’s Happening in Our Industry Now with THE Beauty Trend Researcher Cyrus Bulsara (Ep. 21)
Mar 15 • 59 min
Last week we spoke to random people on the street to get their impressions of our industry- one-off anecdotal accounts on a micro level. This week we’re doing the opposite and getting a high-level macro view of the industry with Cyrus Bulsara, who runs…
What Clients Are Thinking But Won’t Tell You (Ep. 20)
Mar 9 • 20 min
Eric hit the streets of Santa Monica, CA to get the real story from the everyday client. What are their favorite (and least favorite) things about going to the salon? With answers ranging from very funny to very valuable, hairdressers definitely gain some…
WTF is Vero…and What Do I Need to Know About It? (Ep. 19)
Mar 1 • 17 min
In a sudden rush of enthusiasm, the three-year-old social networking app Vero has gone from obscurity to the most downloaded app on the apple app store. The beauty industry’s audience and influencers alike jumped on and created accounts to stake their…
How To Use a Smile (Ep.18)
Feb 23 • 7 min
Eric Taylor did some digging to find out what makes a smile so powerful, and how to use it in your day-to-day interaction with clients to make yourself happier and positively affect others.
Gordon Miller, CEO of Harbrained - Transition, Disruption, and Influence In the Hair Industry (Ep. 17)
Feb 16 • 57 min
Gordon recently left his post as publisher of American salon magazine to become the CEO (chief engagement officer) at Hairbrained. He just launched his new podcast called “hairbrained conversations” which is a must listen. We talk about his reasons for…
Getting Your Instagram Game Going with Jamie Dana @jamiedanahairstylist (Ep. 16)
Feb 9 • 37 min
At ISSE, Eric was able to sit in on a class by hairstylist and social media educator Jamie Dana and immediately asked her to join him on The Hair Game. Her insight and knowledge of Instagram, photography, and the hair industry gives listeners a ton of…
Trends for 2018 from ISSE: West Coast Hair Show (Ep.15)
Feb 2 • 13 min
Eric Taylor hit the floor of ISSE 2018 in Long Beach, CA with a microphone and camera and interviewed hairstylists, company owners, and brand/product specialists to get a glimpse of what is happening in the hair world, including: -New products launching…
Habits of the most (and least) successful indie hairdressers (Ep. 14)
Jan 26 • 11 min
Eric sits down with @danielrhyder, a 12 year veteran salon manager for Salon Republic. He has seen many indie stylists come and go… we get his take on what you need to succeed, including: How do you know if studio/booth rental is right for you? What kind…
(Part 2) The Most Controversial Topics in the Beauty Industry w/ Tab Salsman @TabCutsHair (Ep. 13)
Jan 19 • 48 min
This is Part Two of a Two-part interview with Tab Salsman @tabcutshair. We sit down with Tab again to dive into more controversial topics, such as: -Professional salon products for sale on Amazon, Costco, and Walmart -Types of salons & pay structures-…
The Most Controversial Topics in the Beauty Industry w/ Tab Salsman @TabCutsHair (Part 1 - Ep. 12)
Jan 12 • 58 min
This is Part One of a Two-part interview with Tab Salsman @tabcutshair. We sit down with Tab again to dive into more controversial topics, such as: -Are “old school” marketing techniques more important than ever? -Is Instagram at critical mass?…
Inside the Mind of Zach Kilian @zachkilian: The Wig Magician (Ep. 11)
Jan 5 • 8 min
On The Hair Game video series, we did a skit with Zach involving his wig creations - flipping the script and portraying a world of Zach’s wigs as the day-to-day. Check out the video skit at www.salonrepublic.com/thehairgame or our instagram page…
Salon Republic Holiday Party 2017: Street Style Interviews (Ep. 10)
Dec 22, 2017 • 5 min
Salon Republic hosted their annual holiday party for all of their Los Angeles salons at the infamous Yamashiro Hollywood on Monday December 4th. In the midst of all the fun, Salon Republic CEO Eric Taylor did some street style interviews with a few of the…
A beautiful conversation with the co-founder of Business of Balayage, Amber O’Hara (Ep. 9)
Dec 15, 2017 • 61 min
Topics discussed: -Growing a beauty business from concept to sale + avoiding the common pitfalls -Inside story of Biz of balayage -How Salon Republic started + inside glimpse into the company + why we do what we do -How Amber runs her new business and is…
Dont Fear The Retail: advice from SR stylists (Ep. 8)
Nov 13, 2017 • 6 min
Don’t let Amazon steal your retail business! Listen to this advice from Salon Republic stylists killing it in the retail game to strengthen your own.
Nina Kovner @passionsquared Doesn’t Parse Words on the State of the Beauty Industry (Ep. 7)
Oct 19, 2017 • 52 min
In this episode, Eric speaks with Nina Kovner of Passionsquared. Nina is the preeminent life and business coach for professionals in our industry. They go deep into the following topics- -How potential clients find you in today’s digital landscape -Making…
Social Media Tips for Beauty Professionals (Ep. 6)
Oct 5, 2017 • 3 min
Are you struggling with social media? Salon Republic founder/CEO Eric Taylor sat down with beauty pros successful at social media and asked what it takes to up your social media game. Here are the top tips from some of the best in the industry, including:…
Burst Fade with OC’s Mikey Teeze @mikey_teeze (Ep. 5)
Sep 29, 2017 • 17 min
Orange County, CA hairdresser and KMS educator, Mikey Teeze @mikey_teeze, walks you through the cut he gives Eric. He also talks about starting his career broke, the value of education, and the gross story of why he uses conditioner instead of shaving…
What Would You Do Differently If You Doubled Your Prices Tomorrow? (Ep. 4)
Sep 15, 2017 • 24 min
In our first episode, @andrewdoeshair mentioned his hair business mentor is Tab Salsman @tabcutshair. Tab is a SoCal hairdresser, national educator and Founder of @toolsandbags. He really delivers the business knowledge for the hairdressing community in…
@andrewdoeshair Answers Your Best Hair Questions. A Goldmine of Great Information for Hairdressers! (Ep. 3)
Sep 15, 2017 • 26 min
We had some extra time with @andrewdoeshair when he came out to visit, so here is a bonus episode where he answers more questions from his Instagram fans and spits knowledge on things like- -What tools he uses -His predictions for the next hair trends…
@andrewdoeshair Shares His Secrets for Improving Your Content on Social Media (Ep.2)
Sep 15, 2017 • 22 min
Video Podcast- @andrewdoeshair shows us how he does photography for hair so you can improve your social media content. Tips for beauty pros include- - How to find and use light and reflectors - How to get contrast on your clients face for drama and how to…
How @andrewdoeshair Went From Charging $25 to $100 For a Cut (Ep. 1)
Sep 14, 2017 • 24 min
Salon Republic Founder/CEO Eric Taylor talks with the talented hairdresser @andrewdoeshair. Andrew talks candidly about the business of hairdressing. - How he went from charging $30 to $100 for a cut - His passion for helping guys understand their hair…
The Hair Game
Jul 28, 2017 • 1 min
The Hair Game is a series brought to you by Salon Republic and hosted by founder Eric Taylor, who, after 17 yrs in the game has seen a lot of s#!^ go down. We’ll go deep with the beauty industry’s most interesting players. We’ll educate and tell stories…