Pro Beauty Talks
Pro Beauty Talks
Melanie Kopeikin
Pro Beauty Talks is a weekly podcast series that delivers information, education, and inspiration from leaders in the professional beauty industry. Whether someone is already in the beauty business or has a passion for beauty and is simply interested in learning more, this is the podcast series for them. Our listening audience will hear from some of the most successful leaders, gurus, and influencers in the profession, including interviews with leading hairdressers, executives from successful product companies, and owners of top salons. Pro Beauty Talks is the go-to source of information about the latest trends, products, and the business of beauty.
Karen Gordon: President of Cosmetologists Chicago & ABS:  "A Life of Beauty"
Karen Gordon, President of Cosmetologists Chicago and America's Beauty Show, is the owner of J. Gordon Designs and Karen Gordon Hair Loss Solutions. She is celebrating 42 years in the salon industry. Along with being a salon owner and hair color specialist, she is a Certified Trichologist. Karen was recently named the Director of Cosmetology USA for the World Trichology Society. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Intercoiffure America-Canada and is on the Board of Directors of Hair to Stay, a non-profit organization that provides "cooling caps" so people can keep their hair while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. In this podcast, Karen and Melanie discuss the industry and the importance of viewing beauty as a career choice. Karen also shares exciting information about the upcoming America's Beauty Show in Chicago, Illinois.  For more information:  
Sep 2, 2021
33 min
Frank Fulco: CEO of Cosmetologists Chicago and America's Beauty Show
Frank Fulco was appointed CEO of Cosmetologists Chicago and America's Beauty Show a few short months before the COVID pandemic. No time was wasted as he and the incredible team surrounding him dug in and worked tirelessly to continue their mission. During this podcast, Frank and Melanie talk about what prepared him for this role and the importance of this organization to the industry. He also shares his thoughts about the future of shows and how they might look in the future. In serving 29 years in the professional beauty industry, Frank is a proven senior executive with a strong strategic vision. He has held positions at leading professional beauty companies and is committed to serving others. About America's Beauty Show America's Beauty Show (ABS) is owned and produced by Cosmetologists Chicago (CC). Professional cosmetologists, nail technicians, stylists, and colorists from all over the world attend ABs every year to experience superior education and innovation in all aspects of beauty, as well as gain inspiration to take back to their salons. ABS is the financial driver of legislative protection for licensure & regulation, funds scholarships for advanced education, and boosts awareness of the excellence of professional beauty services. With more than 70,000 admissions including salon professionals and owners, aspiring students and teachers, headliners and educators, leading product manufacturers and distributor personnel showing their latest products and distributors their latest products and distributors, America's Beauty Show is a great destination for serious beauty professionals. For more information about America's Beauty Show, please visit
Jul 30, 2021
37 min
Pro Beauty Talks with Sheila Wilson, President of Intercoiffure
Sheila Wilson has served as the president of Intercoiffure for the last 3 years. She is an industry leader who consistently brings excellence and inspiration to all of her chosen beauty and salon-related endeavors. In this podcast, Sheila talks about the state of the salon business and why Intercoiffure is such an important part of the professional salon industry around the world. Melanie and Sheila also discuss the beauty business "post" COVID, how it has changed, and what that will mean in the future.  
Jul 1, 2021
41 min
Celebrity  Hairdresser, Charlie Price Shares His Planned Legacy  for the Beauty Industry
Charlie Price Three Things Before I Go For this special episode of Pro Beauty Talks, Melanie is joined by Eric Gomez as a special guest co-host. Eric has been part of the beauty industry as an accomplished hairdresser for over thirty years, most of which as a platform artist and educator for TIGI. Eric will be a judge for the upcoming Hair Awards USA ******************************** Life is precious, and time is fleeting. Living our passion, being focused, and accomplishing our goals is paramount to a life well-lived. Charlie Price is a great example of an incredibly talented hairdresser that knows where he is going. During this episode of Pro Beauty Talks, Charlie reflects on how he became a hairdresser, artist, and such an icon in the beauty world. His manifesto is written and articulated through his work. Charlie is passionately focused on the growth of Beauty Underground Magazine and the Hair Awards USA. His third planned “big wow” project is a very exciting “gift” to all hairdressers and the beauty industry. Charlie gives us a sneak peek into what we will call for now “The Anthropology of Hairdressing”. To listen to the entire episode, please tune in to wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting
Jun 2, 2021
47 min
Pro Beauty Talks with Rodrick Samuels and Lauren Moser: About Love, Beauty, and Business
“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at will change.” The last year has undeniably changed society, but it does not have to define our lives or keep us from having a clear vision for the future and a successful, happy life.  In this episode of Pro Beauty Talks, Rodrick Samuels and Lauren Moser shared their personal and professional lives and provide insight as to how the pandemic has impacted them.  This married power-couple and leaders of Hair Lab Detroit Barber School, passionately and tirelessly lead their students toward being the best they can be and to understand the reality of what it takes to be successful beauty professionals.  They also find the time and desire to share their expertise with the entire beauty industry as platform artists, educators, business development specialists, and advocates. In this podcast, Rodrick and Lauren shared their thoughts about how important it is to help students grasp the importance of embracing all different walks of life and backgrounds of the student body. Being vulnerable in their personal and professional lives has been instrumental in building the successful relationships they have with their students, children, and each other. Rodrick and Lauren discussed how important it is to them to be strong, effective mentors to their students. Both talked about tough subjects including the tragic loss of George Floyd and the violence against the Asian community.  Rodrick said, “It’s not about who’s right, it’s about what’s right.” Rodrick and Lauren also take some time to share their expertise on the importance of human connection and customer service in the salon environment.  To listen or download the complete episode of Pro Beauty Talks with Rodrick Samuels & Lauren Moser, visit your favorite podcast app including Spotify, I-Heart, Pandora, Apple, Google Podcast, and Stitcher.
Apr 22, 2021
54 min
Pro Beauty Talks with Sonya Dove: Self-Care and Self-Love
Melanie and Sonya are friends and colleagues. They recorded a previous episode of Pro Beauty Talks almost three years ago. Those in the global beauty industry know she needs no introduction. She is an international beauty industry icon and has been sharing her inspiration and talent with hairdressers for over 40 years. This episode is a sequel to the previous show reflecting a heart-to-heart "girl talk" about self-care and self-love during these uncertain times. Sonya shares her thoughts about what this time has meant to her and shares her advice with others about the importance of living life on your terms. For more about Sonya Dove, please visit her website
Mar 28, 2021
33 min
Robert Lobetta & Adam Federico: Have a Mentor, Be a Mentor
Podcast host, Melanie Kopeikin, Robert Lobetta, and Adam Federico worked together at Sebastian International at one time and remain colleagues and friends. Robert has a legacy in the business of over 50 years and is considered a top icon and guru in the beauty world. Adam and the Federico family are well known as a "beauty" dynasty specifically in the cosmetology school and salon arena. Adam is currently the Director of Content for R+Co. Both Robert and Adam have an extensive body of work and accomplishments. They are talented, intelligent visionaries. In this podcast, they discuss their relationship with one another as "Mentors and Mentees". They also share their advice on the importance of having a mentor and being one.
Mar 5, 2021
49 min
Life, Love, Legacy:  Marco Pelusi, Celebrity Hairdresser Shares His Story
Marco Pelusi is globally recognized as a leading Haircolor Authority, renowned Platform Artist & Educator, Salon Owner, and fashion-forward Celebrity Haircolorist. Marco’s love for hair color began at his family’s upscale chain of East Coast salons. Early in his career, he became a top Educator at a leading Italian hair color company. He was then the National Haircolor Educator for an esteemed LA-based color company. Soon after, he opened Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in West Hollywood on Robertson Boulevard. There, he and his talented staff of seasoned Hollywood hairstylists offer world-class hair fashion to celebrities and trendsetters. Some of Marco's exclusive celebrity clientele include James Brolin, Carol Alt, Eva LaRue, and Carson Kressley. His luxurious salon is the premier retailer of the Marco® Collagen Color Guard® HairCare System, the first and only complete collagen-based system developed for color- and chemically-treated hair. Marco can be seen regularly at his sold-out performances on the main stages of the New York and Las Vegas Annual International Beauty Shows as well as The International Salon & Spa Expo in Long Beach. Marco also appears regularly on TV as a hair color Makeover expert on "A Healthy You & Carol Alt" on FOX and "Home and Family" on Hallmark Channel. Marco also has appeared as a beauty product expert on KTLA’s morning show (Channel 5 in LA). In 2020, Marco appeared as a judge on “The Look: All-Stars” on the CW network. In our interview, Marco shares his story about how he grew up in the industry and why relationships are so important in his personal and professional success.
Feb 2, 2021
41 min
Beauty Industry Luminaries and Power Couple:  Phillip & Mary Wilson
The power couple, Phillip & Mary Wilson, are beauty industry luminaries and icons that have enjoyed incredible success in the beauty industry. Both of their mothers were hairdressers and they were born into a world of beauty. They met at L'anza and worked and traveled together as friends for over 10 years prior to starting a relationship. Phillip and Mary started Wilson Educational Productions INC. in the mid-1990s and both of their careers continued to sky-rocket as they played important executive, consultative, and creative roles for a number of top beauty industry companies. They started Wilson Collective in 2019. What makes Wilson Collective different? During this podcast, Phillip and Mary talk about why they decided it was time to begin a new journey with a brand that is salon-exclusive, direct, easy to sell, and offers consumers Peruvian Rainforest Rich Haircare. They also share their thoughts on what it is like to work together as a couple and provide some sage advice on how to be a successful "power-couple". For more information about Wilson Collective, please visit  
Jan 6, 2021
39 min
Beauty 411: Penny Burns Talks About Beauty Cast and the Acquisition of Stylist Newspapers
Penny Burns, founder and CEO of Beauty Cast Network headquartered in Memphis, TN recently announced the acquisition of the assets of the Stylist Newspapers group from Holland Graphics in Portland, OR. Listen as Melanie interviews Penny and she shares her vision for both Beauty Cast and Stylist Newspapers, and how they will service the professional beauty industry.
Nov 24, 2020
22 min
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