The Hair Game
The Hair Game
Salon Republic
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.
Ep. 169 • Why Taking Every Client Possible is Bad for Business w/ @LuGarciaReynoso
Do you take every client possible? You shouldn’t. Our second part with @lugarciareynoso gets into the specifics of focusing your clientele to level up your business. We also discuss the underground hairdressing being done since Covid and why prices in the industry are wildly different. Show Notes:   Getting involved in political activism during the shutdown  The lack of support from large industry businesses during shutdown  The underground hair movement continuing after re-opening: re-establishing professionalism  Why prices in the barbering industry are wildly different  Focusing on who you want your client to be  @modownbarberexhibit trade show & meetups Her Hair Horror Story  One lucky person who DMs @thehairgamepodcast on Instagram this week will win a Bose Solo 5 Soundbar! Listen to the beginning of this episode to find out what to DM us. The winner will be chosen this Friday, Dec. 4th. FOLLOW US http://www.instagram.com/thehairgamepodcast http://www.instagram.com/salonrepublic http://www.instagram.com/loveerictaylor http://www.facebook.com/salonrepublic
Nov 30
1 hr 19 min
Ep. 168 • How @LuGarciaReynoso Chose Life Over Death (and Never Looked Back)
When @barbersocietyla & @modownbarberexhibit founder Lu got her haircut from shoulder-length hair to a skin fade, it turned her life upside down. She shares her journey toward her authentic self and how she chose to keep living.  SHOW NOTES: • Her experience in barber shops shaping her journey to hair • How getting a haircut showed her the power of hair and freed her to explore her true self • Growing up and experiencing discipline and work ethic • Contemplating suicide and choosing life • Starting Barber Society   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
Nov 23
53 min
Ep. 167 • To Level Up…First Take Responsibility w/ @lisalovesbalayage
The second part of our chat with Lisa Walker, aka @lisalovesbalayage takes us into the discussion of responsibility... are you owning up to the things you need to? We also chat about business tips and the common mistakes colorists are making. SHOW NOTES: • Starting Balayage Boot Camp • How Covid has affected her education business • Common mistakes colorists are making   • Hairdresser business tips: new clients, pricing, referral gift cards • Balancing work/personal life: mom, wife, stylist • Taking Responsibility and how it helps you • A discussion on responsibilities as an Indie Stylist: rent payments during shutdown & financial stability • 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 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
Nov 16
54 min
Ep. 166 • Why Becoming Vulnerable Took @lisalovesbalayage To New Heights
Educator & Global Brand Ambassador Lisa Walker spent 16 years in the hair industry before realizing she had much to learn in regards to color theory. We discuss her journey towards education and how showing her vulnerability gained her a huge following. Episode Notes: • Finding her way to hair; wanting to prove her instructor wrong • Working at a diverse salon and learning different techniques • Moving to an indie commission salon & why only following formulas hinders your progress as a hairdresser • Moving on to a new salon and starting over – the advantages of new clients  • Going full indie and trying new color lines – reading the manual & the realization she knew nothing about coloring hair – how this changed her whole outlook and attitude • Sharing her journey on social platforms and how being vulnerable pushed her toward education  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a Harmon Kardon 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
Nov 9
51 min
Ep. 165 • How Connecting With Brands Can Enhance Your Business + @asil interviews Eric
Our 2-part series with @asil continues as we touch on getting paid what your worth, connecting with brands, and a turn of the tables where Asil asks questions to our host @loveerictaylor Episode Notes: • How he connected with Brands; the importance of hair shows and showing genuine enthusiasm ⁠• Pay rates for brand ambassadors • Hair shows coming back again • His top insecurities • What he would change: the pay for beginning stylists & discussion on getting what you are worth • Hair Horror Story • Asil asks Eric Qs: what did he do before Salon Republic? • what he is bad at⁠ • Eric’s most important recommendation for stylists business-wise 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
Nov 2
55 min
Ep. 164 • Should You Be Charging Hourly? w/ @asil
Is charging hourly right for you? Will you make more money, have less hassle.... maybe even BOTH? Color Correction & Balayage Specialist Asil Simsek explains his pricing system and why he simply charges an hourly rate for all services. We also get into how he established a clientele here in USA (through Groupon!!) and his strategies for using his IG/Tiktok accounts (hint: personality counts) SHOW NOTES: • How Covid affected his salon and how his financial strategies helped him survive • Changes in his salon process post-covid • Why he charges hourly • His apprenticeship in Turkey • Differences in Turkey vs US hairdressing • The move to the USA, and the use of Groupon & IG to build clientele • His process for raising prices; how he told his clients • Starting and using @f*ckinghair as an ‘alter-ego’ account  • The change of IG and the importance of personality + an IG Reels & TikTok discussion  Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an 10 inch Wi-Fi 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
Oct 26
55 min
Ep. 163 • Managing the Emotion of Business w/ @adriennedara
Do you have healthy boundaries with your clients? This means more than just what you discuss behind the chair: it means raising prices, changing hours, giving discounts... every aspect of the relationship with a client.⁠ ⁠ Part 2 with @adriennedara this week focuses on managing the emotion of your business, and using fear as an opportunity for growth. We discuss:⁠ • Her online education and the Lightening Library⁠ • Common mistakes students are making & changing your prices⁠ • Changing social media trends and her strategies • Managing the emotion of the business & client boundaries⁠ • What she would change about the industry – cosmo school curriculum • Viewing fear as an opportunity for growth Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an @GHDhair pro hairdryer! 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
Oct 19
43 min
Ep. 162 • Resilience, Learning, & Improving Yourself w/ @adriennedara
The first of a 2-part series with @adriennedara - Educator, Salon Owner, & Business Coach. This week's episode theme is resilience: what it means to be truly resilient and how focusing on it will help you become better - at every aspect of your career. Show Notes:⁠ • The challenge of creating art on a canvas with an opinion; ⁠ beauty school discussion •Difficult Clients: Resilience, Learning, & Improving yourself • Communication abilities & Improving her consultation • Her path to hair and salon ownership • Discussion on pricing now that single-client service is ⁠ required • Advice/ideas for finding new clients during this time⁠ Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting an 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
Oct 12
48 min
Ep. 161 • How @ryan.weeden Made Six Figures in a Salon Studio
Today's clients know specifically what they are looking for, and with social media have an easy time searching for hairdressers who specialize. More and more, they will choose an 'expert' in that area of hair.⁠ ⁠ In Part 2 with @ryan.weeden we discuss why it is important to show a future client you have the knowledge and skills they are looking for. ⁠ ⁠ Show Notes:⁠ • Following business leaders outside of the hair industry & taking what he learned back to hair⁠ • Creating the opportunity to educate through his own platform: Masters of Balayage⁠ • Discussion of his book: ‘How to make Six Figures in a Salon Suite’ - main takeaways • Building through Yelp and Google online reviews • Marketing as a specialist and ‘expert’ • The consultation • The follow-up post appointment • Asking for help & growing your business⁠ ⁠Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a EyeVac PRO Touchless Stationary Vacuum + One-month membership to balayageonline.com, Ryan's online edu! 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
Oct 5
1 hr 11 min
Ep. 160 • How Online Reviews Built @ryan.weeden's Career
Ep. 160 is part 1 of a two-part series with Ryan. He tells you the fascinating and inspiring story of finding his way to hair, leaving it (and losing everything), and how he clawed his way back. We discuss:⁠ • Finding his way to hair • Building experience at Supercuts quickly to move to higher end salon • Sacrificing his career in hair for a relationship • Going bankrupt & living on his little brother's couch • Finding his way back to hair with a purpose⁠ • Building his clientele through soliciting online reviews & growing his business Have you left a review for The Hair Game Podcast yet? This week’s Pod Loot winner is getting a BaBylissPRO 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
Sep 28
51 min
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