Hairbrained Conversations
Hairbrained Conversations
A weekly podcast that takes a deep dive into the minds of some of the most talented artists, educators, influencers, and leaders in the professional salon industry. Hosted by Gordon Miller, ceo and self-proclaimed social media evangelist.
#195 Daniel Kaner + Leslie Rice on Leadership
@Oribepro co-founder and president Daniel Kaner is joined by co-owner of Goldwaves Salon and business coach Leslie Rice to discuss the important topic of leadership - what it looks like, why it matters and how we can all best step up to lead in challenging times. This is an important and wide-ranging conversation that comes at a perfect time for salon owners and managers, professionals, and students alike.
May 30
1 hr 17 min
#194  Emilie Poisson, L'Oréal Professionnel USA
Returning guest and LP General Manager Emilie Poisson leads one of the industry's most iconic haircare brands—and as such, she has a unique vantage point from which to view industry trends as they relate to both professionals and consumers. Listen in to another great conversation where we discuss the evolution of salons as we head toward a post-pandemic "new normal;" the growing importance of salons embracing innovation; sustainability; and more.
May 23
1 hr 5 min
#193 Hannah Ruth Evans, Van Michael Salons
@HannahRuthHair is Creative Director for Atlanta's iconic Van Michael Salons, a haircutting specialist, educator, @AvedaArtist....and "bee activist". Hannah shares her positive perspective on change coming out of the pandemic, the story behind her deeply felt passion for the Aveda brand, the importance and power of connecting with your fellow professionals, making a difference in our industry and world, and much more.
May 16
1 hr 10 min
#192 David Thurston, Pulp Riot Hair
While @DavidThurstonOfficial is a renowned entrepreneur, educator, salon owner and disrupter, he's best known for being the Founder and CEO of Pulp Riot Hair. David joins Gordon to discuss the recent announcement of his retirement from Pulp Riot (effective June 1, 2021), what it means personally and professionally, lessons learned as a brand founder and CEO, where the industry is headed post-Covid…and much more.
May 9
1 hr 6 min
#191 Patricia Nicole, @PaintedHair
Patricia Nicole (@paintedhair) is known by her 1 million followers as the creator of high contrast hair painting. The @wellahair Global Ambassador has built a worldwide reputation not only as an IG content creator, but also as a highly respected educator—both IRL and by way of her digital academy—and as an artist and successful working professional. In this episode, Patricia shares how early her passions for art and her ongoing commitment to family provided both career and life-changing opportunities.
May 2
1 hr 10 min
#190 Sue Remes, Consultant & Thought Leader
For more than 35 years, Sue Remes has worked with some of the most important brands in pro and mass beauty—including her current work with @IntelligentBeautyGlobal (formerly Intelligent Nutrients). Known as an expert in consumer behavior with a deep understanding of how people move through their purchasing process, Sue consults with brands in developing their strategic direction in the areas of sales, marketing and education.
Apr 25
1 hr 4 min
#189  Bertrand Fontaine, President, @saloncentric
One of the most significant challenges the industry faced during the pandemic was having access to all of the many resources required to properly service (even a reduced capacity) clientele. SalonCentric president Bertrand Fontaine shares how this mega distributor organization pivoted to best serve the hundreds of thousands of professionals that count on them every day. We also discuss Bertrand's take on the current state of the industry and trends that we may see in the years ahead. Another great guest!
Apr 18
1 hr 7 min
#188 Jenny Strebe, @AiirProfessional CEO
Coming to prominence over the last decade as @theConfessionsofaHairstylist, Jenny Strebe shares the story behind the 2020 launch of her Aiir Haircare brand. We talk about all of the many trials, tribulations, AND learnings leading up to launch - just days before the pandemic lockdowns began. We also discuss the story leading up to a critical distribution agreement with @SalonCentric. Another great conversation with an amazing #crafthairdresser and entrepreneur!
Apr 11
1 hr 7 min
Special Episode: Mark Bustos on Anti-Asian Hate
@MarkBustos is known throughout the industry as a humanitarian, #crafthairdresser, and entrepreneur. Given the well-documented and unprecedented rise of anti-Asian hate and violence during the pandemic, Mark is speaking out on behalf of his community. By sharing his own life experience as an Asian-American who has been the target of racism throughout much of his life, Mark hopes to bring awareness and action to the issue.
Apr 7
36 min
#187 Barbara De Laere, Global Brand President, @Aveda
It's rare to meet the president of a global beauty brand who began their professional life actually working from the ground up, starting off a career visiting salons every day as a sales consultant- and from there, falling in love with the industry as part of a journey that lands them at the helm of one of the most iconic brand names in beauty - Aveda. Barbara De Laere is one of those rare individuals who has traveled that journey. Listen in to hear the story behind her career, the values that inspire her
Apr 4
1 hr 9 min
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