252 episodes

I know that being in business isn’t always easy. Along with the many highs and ‘a ha’ moments it can sometimes be soul destroying, frustrating and a very lonely place to be. Being a business owner is one of life’s greatest educations and it gives you two clear choices, either you continually learn, adapt and grow, or you resist change, stagnate and perish. We live in ever changing and sometimes challenging times, so being informed and constantly inspired is more important than ever.

Join Antony Whitaker talking to thought leaders on the business side of the hairdressing industry discussing insightful, provocative and inspiring ideas that matter. Get ready to learn, get ready to be challenged, get ready to be inspired and most importantly get ready to grow your salon business!

Grow My Salon Business Podcast Antony Whitaker

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I know that being in business isn’t always easy. Along with the many highs and ‘a ha’ moments it can sometimes be soul destroying, frustrating and a very lonely place to be. Being a business owner is one of life’s greatest educations and it gives you two clear choices, either you continually learn, adapt and grow, or you resist change, stagnate and perish. We live in ever changing and sometimes challenging times, so being informed and constantly inspired is more important than ever.

Join Antony Whitaker talking to thought leaders on the business side of the hairdressing industry discussing insightful, provocative and inspiring ideas that matter. Get ready to learn, get ready to be challenged, get ready to be inspired and most importantly get ready to grow your salon business!

    252 What Does it Take to Create a Luxury Salon Brand with Hellen Ward

    252 What Does it Take to Create a Luxury Salon Brand with Hellen Ward

    My guest today is Hellen Ward who as well as being a wife, mother, author, lecturer, educator, and managing director, is also the co-founder along with her husband Richard of the Richard Ward hair and Metro Spa located in the heart of London’s Chelsea.
     
    Hellen is highly regarded in the industry for not just having built a great business that is undoubtedly one of the country's leading salons but also for her passion, commitment and common sense insights when it comes to the UK hairdressing industry…
     
    So, in today’s podcast we will discuss:
    ●     The meaning of Luxury in the salon industry
    ●     Having Royalty as part of your clientele …and
    ●     The challenges and opportunities that the industry is facing
    And lots more!
     
    In this Episode:

    01:13 Introducing Helen Ward: A multifaceted hair industry leader
    01:44 Defining luxury in the salon industry
    07:54 An overview of the Richard Ward Salon
    15:11 The unique services of Richard Ward Hair and Metro Spa
    17:53 The importance of customer experience
    24:38 Serving royalty: A peek into the royal clientele
    28:48 Challenges of scaling and outsourcing
    30:19 Advice for growing salon owners
    32:17 The importance of delegation
    35:45 Guest artists and diversifying services
    37:59 The rise of chair rental and its implications
    42:40 Team retention and leadership lessons
    48:38 Flexibility in the modern workplace
    53:50 Final thoughts and connecting with Helen Ward
     
     
    Thanks so much for joining me this week. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated!  They do matter in the rankings of the show and help other people find my podcast. I also love to hear what’s been helpful and what you love about the podcast! Just click here to review, scroll to the bottom, tap “Ratings and Reviews” tap to rate with 5 stars and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favourite part of the podcast is. Thank you for your support!  
    Until next time!  
    Antony 
    Links and Resources:
     
    Grow My Salon Business 
     
    Website | Facebook | Instagram 
    Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa
    Website | Instagram 
    Hellen Ward
    Instagram

    • 56 min
    251 What Do Your Salon and Your Country Have in Common?

    251 What Do Your Salon and Your Country Have in Common?

    What does your salon and your country have in common?
     
    That’s not a trick question!
     
    This year, there are elections in many countries, and as always, politicians are making lots of promises about how they’re going to make our lives better by spending more money on the things that matter. 
     
    But here’s the problem: Your government, my government, or any government doesn’t make any money of their own. 
    So, in order for them to spend more money, they need to raise more money, and just like your salon, there’s only four ways that they can do that.
     
     
     For full show notes, links and resources mentioned visit: https://growmysalonbusiness.com/podcast/251/ 
     
    Thanks so much for joining me this week. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated!   
    They do matter in the rankings of the show and help other people find my podcast. 
    I also love to hear what’s been helpful and what you love about the podcast! Just click here to review, scroll to the bottom, tap “Ratings and Reviews” tap to rate with 5 stars and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favourite part of the podcast is. Thank you for your support! 
    Until next time! 
    Antony
     
    Links and Resources:
     
    Grow My Salon Business 
     
    Website | Facebook | Instagram

    • 9 min
    250 Exploring Creativity with Eugene Souleiman

    250 Exploring Creativity with Eugene Souleiman

    There are only a very small number of hairdressers who at any one time influence hairdressing all over the world. 

    I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview some of them on the podcast, and I always relish the chance to find out what it is that separates their ability from others.
     
    My guest on today’s Podcast is returning guest Eugene Souleiman, who is without doubt one of the very top session hairdressers in the world. 
     
    Eugene is that rare breed of hairstylist who really is an artist. His work inspires other editorial stylists and salon hairdressers alike the world over, and along with 2 or 3 other people he is at the top of the pile.  
     
    In today’s episode, we discuss:
    ●      The creative process
    ●      The importance of mentors
    ●      The Wig Academy
    And lots more!
     
    In this Episode:

    [01:42] How Eugene defines beauty.[07:32] The challenge of creating the impossible![10:05] The important lessons from Eugene's training with Trevor Sorbie, that have underpinned his career.[11:02] What makes someone a creative?[12:03] Growing up with dyslexia and dyspraxia and how that has had a part in how Eugene thinks.[15:39] Discussing the importance of rules and boundaries when starting a career in hair.[22:04] The importance of humility and vulnerability in the creative process.[27:10] Describing the attitude & energy of young people today and how to create a sense of curiosity and creativity. [31:39] What it looks like to lead, a team of people.[33:04] The importance of mentors in your career.[35:17] Working with designers and being pushed creatively.[41:04] Discussing the purpose and goal of the Wig Academy.[50:16] Will we see a return of the wig as a fashion accessory?[52:09] The wrap-up and where you can get in touch with Eugene. 
     
    Thanks so much for joining me this week. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated!  
    They do matter in the rankings of the show and help other people find my podcast.
    I also love to hear what’s been helpful and what you love about the podcast! Just click here to review, scroll to the bottom, tap “Ratings and Reviews” tap to rate with 5 stars and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favourite part of the podcast is. Thank you for your support!  
    Until next time!  
    Antony
     
    Links and Resources:
     
    Grow My Salon Business 

    Website | Facebook | Instagram 
    Eugene Souleiman
    Instagram 
    The Wig Academy
    Instagram | Website 

    • 54 min
    249 The key to being a great educator with DJ Muldoon

    249 The key to being a great educator with DJ Muldoon

    The role and opportunities for hairdressing education has changed dramatically over the last few years through social media and the various online learning platforms. 
     
    That has led to the rise of the independent educator. Today’s guest is DJ Muldoon, who has made a great name for himself both in the online world and face-to-face for being a fantastic educator.
     
    In this episode we discuss:
    ●      What does the life of the independent educator look like?
    ●      The impact of Social Media… and… 
    ●      What is the key to becoming a great educator?
    And lots more!
      
     
    In this Episode:
     
    [01:25] Introduction to DJ[04:06] Putting DJ to the test is he English or American?[06:38] DJ fills us in on his salon/school/workspace called ‘The factory.’[10:11] DJ talks about his life on the road as an educator[12:29] Discussing the backstory to Knowledge Destroys Fear DJs education company.[13:31] The key to being a great educator[15:24] Discussing Yojhi Yamamoto’s famous quote ‘The art of the minimum requires the maximum of discipline.”[17:08] The importance of simplicity and DJs favourite quote[21:16] How the lessons learnt at Paul Mitchell helped to teach the what, the why the how, and the when.[22:26] DJ talks to his experience with a generation of hairdressers who specialize.[26:41] The differences in education today when it comes to beauty colleges and apprenticeships.[30:27] How hard do you have to work to have 380,000 followers?[32:50] Where social media is heading in terms of salon education.[37:59] Staying relevant when you’re working on your own.[40:44]  What do you see are the biggest challenges for the industry everywhere?[45:43] The wrap up and how you can connect with DJ
     
    Thanks so much for joining me this week. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated!   
    They do matter in the rankings of the show and help other people find my podcast. 
    I also love to hear what’s been helpful and what you love about the podcast! Just click here to review, scroll to the bottom, tap “Ratings and Reviews” tap to rate with 5 stars and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favourite part of the podcast is. Thank you for your support!  
    Until next time!  
    Antony
     
    Links and Resources:
     
    Grow My Salon Business 
     
    Website | Facebook | Instagram
     
    DJ Muldoon
    Website | The Factory Instagram | DJ Muldoon Instagram

    • 47 min
    248 Nine Money Mistakes Salon Owners Make [And how to avoid them!]

    248 Nine Money Mistakes Salon Owners Make [And how to avoid them!]

    One of the ways we learn in life is by making mistakes. 
     
    But the problem is that the mistakes you make in business have a financial impact.
     
    Sometimes, that impact is small, but other times, mistakes have a big impact on the profitability of your business. 
     
    So, as much as possible, although making the occasional mistake is inevitable, you need to learn from them quickly so that you reduce the chance it will happen again. 
     
    In today's episode, I'll discuss 9 'financial management' mistakes that many salon owners make every single day, and how they pay the price as a result. 
     
    For full show notes, links and resources mentioned visit: https://growmysalonbusiness.com/podcast/248/ 

    Thanks so much for joining me this week. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! 
    They do matter in the rankings of the show and help other people find my podcast. I also love to hear what’s been helpful and what you love about the podcast!  Just click here to review, scroll to the bottom, tap “Ratings and Reviews” tap to rate with 5 stars and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favourite part of the podcast is. Thank you for your support! And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show to get automatic updates. Got a question you want answered on the podcast? DM me your question over on Instagram or just come on over to connect at: https://www.instagram.com/growmysalonbusiness/
     
    Links and Resources:
     
    Grow My Salon Business
     
    Website | Facebook | Instagram
    Money - The online course

    • 12 min
    247 A Career in Barbering with Hayden Cassidy

    247 A Career in Barbering with Hayden Cassidy

    When one door closes another door opens. Success and setback are two sides of the same coin but it takes a strong personality, self belief and determination to bounce back. 

    A couple of years ago I was at 'Salon International’ in London and there was a young barber on stage who was not only doing great work but she also had an infectious personality, combined with an amazing level of energy and confidence that made her stand out from the crowd. 

    So today, I'm really happy to have Hayden Cassidy as a guest on the show. 

    In today’s podcast, we discuss:
    The attitude and belief that you need to have in life in order to overcome setbacks and succeed.The opportunities that a career in barbering can bring about, including being the first Dior Grooming Expert in the UKThe evolving business model of today’s barbershop
    And lots more!

    For full show notes, links and resources mentioned visit: https://growmysalonbusiness.com/podcast/247/ 

    Thanks so much for joining me this week. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated!
    They do matter in the rankings of the show and help other people find my podcast. I also love to hear what’s been helpful and what you love about the podcast!
    Just click here to review, scroll to the bottom, tap “Ratings and Reviews” tap to rate with 5 stars and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favourite part of the podcast is. Thank you for your support!
    And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show to get automatic updates.
    Got a question you want answered on the podcast? DM me your question over on Instagram or just come on over to connect at: https://www.instagram.com/growmysalonbusiness/

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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34 Ratings

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Invaluable information

Love listening to Anthony.. when I walk the dog, in the car, round the house.. sometimes I’ve listened to the same one several times.. to pick up the bits of info I’ve missed.
As a salon owner, I find comfort knowing.. it’s not just me!
And inspired by how others made their decisions and got through tough times.
Made me more relaxed and stronger.
I recommend the Salon management and the books.
I do plan to go the money and super stylist courses too
Thank you so much

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Surviving a staff walk out

I listen to many of Antony’s pod casts and they are always helpful and useful for our business. Antony is a guardian angel of knowledge and I trust and have been involved in many of his strategy’s and would highly recommend you work with him …. Money course is an absolute must ….

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Fantastic

Anthony is amazing, he works so hard to bring a
Interviews that are diverse and don’t just follow the trend. In short Anthony has integrity by the bucket load

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