The Hair Game

The Hair Game

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.... Show More

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July 6, 2020 73 min

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 &a...

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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 creativit...

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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.

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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...

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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

• ...

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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...

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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

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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 experie...

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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 th...

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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 balanc...

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@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 – t...

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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  ⁠ ⁠

• Recove...

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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 dow...

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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 ⁠
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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-...

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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 & li...

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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 re...

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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 S...

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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 th...

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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 indu...

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