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Welcome to the Friends in Beauty Podcast, hosted by Akua Robinson, Makeup Artist, Beauty Educator, and the creator of Friends in Beauty. This podcast is a safe space for ambitious beauty industry creatives to have real talk, get real answers and practical tools to grow their businesses, learn the keys to success & longevity in the beauty industry, and most importantly have fun! The Friends in Beauty Podcast is an extension of Akua Robinson’s Friends in Beauty networking events and is an opportunity to candidly connect with her and her amazing guests each week as they chat and kick it like real #FriendsinBeauty do. Guests share personal insight on their journeys and their pillars to success that have allowed them to create a business of their dreams and live life on their own terms. You ready?

Let’s Connect! Follow us on social media: @friendsinbeauty @akuarobinson

Friends in Beauty Podcast Akua Robinson

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    • 5.0 • 38 Ratings

Welcome to the Friends in Beauty Podcast, hosted by Akua Robinson, Makeup Artist, Beauty Educator, and the creator of Friends in Beauty. This podcast is a safe space for ambitious beauty industry creatives to have real talk, get real answers and practical tools to grow their businesses, learn the keys to success & longevity in the beauty industry, and most importantly have fun! The Friends in Beauty Podcast is an extension of Akua Robinson’s Friends in Beauty networking events and is an opportunity to candidly connect with her and her amazing guests each week as they chat and kick it like real #FriendsinBeauty do. Guests share personal insight on their journeys and their pillars to success that have allowed them to create a business of their dreams and live life on their own terms. You ready?

Let’s Connect! Follow us on social media: @friendsinbeauty @akuarobinson

    Jane Harris, CEO Of The Virgin Hair Fantasy, Shares Why Her Perucas Are A Confidence Booster For Busy Moms + Women

    Jane Harris, CEO Of The Virgin Hair Fantasy, Shares Why Her Perucas Are A Confidence Booster For Busy Moms + Women

    On this episode of the Friends in Beauty podcast I welcome Jane Harris to the Friends in Beauty guest chair. Jane is the wigmaker, owner, and mastermind behind the glueless wig brand; The Virgin Hair Fantasy. 
     
    With over 13 years in the business, Jane’s brand The Virgin Hair Fantasy (TVHF) is the top choice of wigs among celebrities, entrepreneurs, and women that want to up their style game. Jane is the wife to her best friend, consulting chef Ed Harris, and the mother of their three children.
     
    I had such a fun time chatting it up with Jane. I don’t know much about hair or hair brands but I do know about the Virgin Hair Fantasy and I learned so much and got lots of my questions about weaves & wigs that I’ve always had answered during our conversation. In this interview Jane shares: 
     
    -How she got into the hair industry
    -Thoughts on the hair industry being over-saturated
    -If brand owners should consider the private label option
    -How she found her hair vendor 
    -Top 3 tips for starting a hair brand + startup costs
    -Misconceptions about people who wear wigs
    -Pros and cons of being the face of the brand
    -And wait until you see what happened when I asked Jane, how quick can a busy mom throw on a wig….I love it here on the friends in Beauty Podcast
     
    Let’s go ahead and jump into this fun conversation with Jane and if you prefer to watch our beautiful faces then tune in on YouTube. 




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    Resources Mentioned In This Episode:
    -The Virgin Hair Fantasy
    -Odd By Monica
    -Canva
    -Chat GPT
     
    Additional Resources:
     
    -https://www.amazon.com/shop/akuarobinson
     
    -Skillshare - Use this link for 2 months free of the premium plan: https://skl.sh/30t352q
     
    -Shop Mented Cosmetics - https://www.mentedcosmetics.com/?rfsn=1290937.f2481
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    Social Media Info:
    The Virgin Hair Fantasy (Instagram) - @thevirginhairfantasy
    The Virgin Hair Fantasy (Website) - www.thevirginhairfantasy.com
    Jane Harris (Instagram) -@thejaneharris
    Friends in Beauty (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) - @friendsinbeauty
    Friends in Beauty (YouTube) - Friends in Beauty https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYPyO8nAosEmjEE5nza9Zg?view_as=subscriber
    Akua Robinson (Instagram,Twitter) - @akuarobinson
    AkuaRobinson (Facebook) - Akua Robinson MUA
    Akua Robinson (Website) - www.akuarobinson.com

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Wahne Tubman, CEO of Soul Balm Sisters, Shares How She’s Creating Sisterhood Through The Power Of Wellness

    Wahne Tubman, CEO of Soul Balm Sisters, Shares How She’s Creating Sisterhood Through The Power Of Wellness

    On this episode of the Friends in Beauty podcast I welcome Wahne Tubman to the Friends in Beauty guest char. Wahne is a NYC based CEO and Founder of Soul Balm Sisters, an experimental clean beauty and wellness company specializing in products and services to help you recharge your body, mind and soul. 
     
    She leverages the power of African oils, butters, therapeutic herbs and other natural wholesome ingredients to craft products that deliver wellness, pleasure and restoration to the hardworking woman. As the daughter of a diplomat and native origins from Liberia, Wahne had traveled the world transcending multiple cultural and language barriers, always finding a way to build rapport with others. It's her kindness, innovative mind and renaissance nature that allowed her to previously build a 6 figure mobile app company in Ghana, serve as Director of Digital and Consumer Engagement at Unilever and speak most recently at the Hudson Yards 2022 Fairly Even Expo.
     
    I had such a great time chatting with Wahne and she has some awesome + realistic advice for beautypreneurs. In this interview Wahne shares:
     
    -What life was like as a child of a diplomat
    -All about her background in tech as well as working e-commerce for Shea Moisture
    -Why she decided to launch her own wellness brand
    -What goes into sourcing ingredients and managing the growth of Soul Balm Sisters
    -Why it’s important for women to invest in their wellness
    -The sisterhood that she’s creating with her products
    -Her relationship with wellness + self-care prior to launching Soul Balm Sisters and so much more
     
    I can’t wait to get my hands on some Soul Balm Sister products and slip into my own self-care wonderland. Wahne was even kind enough to give the Friends in Beauty audience a special code for 15% so stay tuned for that. Let’s go ahead and jump into this amazing conversation with Wahne and if you prefer to watch our beautiful faces then tune in on YouTube. 



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    Resources Mentioned In This Episode:
    -Klaviyo
    -Formula Botanica
     
    Additional Resources:
     
    -https://www.amazon.com/shop/akuarobinson
     
    -Skillshare - Use this link for 2 months free of the premium plan: https://skl.sh/30t352q
     
    -Shop Mented Cosmetics - https://www.mentedcosmetics.com/?rfsn=1290937.f2481
     Use Code “AKUAROBINSON” for 10% of your purchase 



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    If  you’re looking for a community of like minded, ambitious, and supportive #FriendsinBeauty all working to leave our mark on the beauty industry, join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsinbeauty



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    Social Media Info:
    Soul Balm Sisters  (Instagram) - @soulbalmsisters
    Soul Balm Sister (Website) - www.soulbalmsisters.com
    Friends in Beauty (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) - @friendsinbeauty
    Friends in Beauty (YouTube) - Friends in Beauty https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYPyO8nAosEmjEE5nza9Zg?view_as=subscriber
    Akua Robinson (Instagram,Twitter) - @akuarobinson
    AkuaRobinson (Facebook) - Akua Robinson MUA
    Akua Robinson (Website) - www.akuarobinson.com

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Jewels Jones Shares How She Helps Beauty Pros Diversify Their Income To Become Confident + Successful Business Leaders

    Jewels Jones Shares How She Helps Beauty Pros Diversify Their Income To Become Confident + Successful Business Leaders

    On this episode of the Friends in Beauty podcast I welcome Jewels Jones to the Friends in Beauty guest chair.
     
    As a retired Hair Stylist and Salon Owner, Jewels fell in love with the business aspect of building and scaling her 10 year career. With her love for gaining clarity, structuring solid business models, curating systems, and sustaining success with ease, Jewels has coined 'Clarity Before Consistency.' Now known as a Clarity Coach and Practical Strategist, Jewels helps service providers in the Beauty Industry become confident and successful business leaders.
     
    I had such a wonderful time talking to Jewels and I learned so much!
     
    In this interview shares:
     
    -Why she chose to pivot to coaching after 10 years behind the chair
    -Tips for transitioning out of your job
    -How to diversify your income
    -Tips for successful email marketing
    -How to curate your ideal client
    -Tips for getting more clientele 
    -How she helps her coaching clients achieve success
    -And so much more
     
    Time to take some notes friends and listen closely or more than once because Jewels definitely dropped some jewels. She shared lots of actionable steps that you can start implementing in your business right now. I’m so grateful for her! Let’s go ahead and jump into this amazing conversation with Jewels and if you prefer to watch our beautiful faces then tune in on YouTube. 



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    Resources Mentioned In This Episode:
    -EASE
     
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    -https://www.amazon.com/shop/akuarobinson
     
    -Skillshare - Use this link for 2 months free of the premium plan: https://skl.sh/30t352q
     
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     Use Code “AKUAROBINSON” for 10% of your purchase 



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    Social Media Info:
    Jewels Jones  (Instagram) - @jewelsdroppingjewels
    Friends in Beauty (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) - @friendsinbeauty
    Friends in Beauty (YouTube) - Friends in Beauty https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYPyO8nAosEmjEE5nza9Zg?view_as=subscriber
    Akua Robinson (Instagram,Twitter) - @akuarobinson
    AkuaRobinson (Facebook) - Akua Robinson MUA
    Akua Robinson (Website) - www.akuarobinson.com

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Sam Fine Shares Words Of Wisdom + Clarity For Artists Globally After 30+ Years In The Beauty Industry

    Sam Fine Shares Words Of Wisdom + Clarity For Artists Globally After 30+ Years In The Beauty Industry

    On this episode of the Friends in Beauty podcast I welcome Celebrity Makeup Artist, Sam Fine, to the Friends in Beauty guest chair.
     
    Long before he became a celebrity makeup artist, Sam paid his dues working behind the makeup counter of department stores, an experience he fondly refers to as “the real school of beauty”. There he came in contact with women from all walks of life that wanted one thing - to look their absolute best. He made it his mission to show them how to accentuate their unique beauty by using colors and shades that would best complement their complexions. But most importantly he helped them eliminate their doubts and apprehension about applying makeup so that they too could achieve dazzling results.
     
    Sam’s talent and determination has taken him far from the makeup counter, making him one of today’s most sought after makeup artists. His work has appeared on the covers and pages of Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Essence, Vibe and Marie Claire and was chosen as the first African - American spokesperson for Revlon and Covergirl Cosmetics. His work has been and continues to be seen on some of your favorite celebrities such as Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson and supermodels Tyra Banks, Iman and Naomi Campbell. But it was the experiences from his formative years selling makeup that inspired him to write his first book, Fine Beauty: Beauty Basics and Beyond for African - American women, a how-to guide that highlights his many accomplishments.
     
    As follow-up to his best-selling book, Fine Beauty, Sam introduced his first instructional DVD, Fine: The Basics of Beauty. With over 30 years in the industry Sam continues to be persistent about carving his own path as the Global Makeup Ambassador for Fashion Fair Cosmetics.
     
    Words really can’t express how much of an honor it was to sit and have this conversation with THE Sam Fine. I had tears of emotional gratitude after this interview because it was just so surreal & such a full circle moment for me. I had such a great time chatting with him. In this interview Sam shares:
     
    -A glimpse of his 30+ years in the beauty industry + how he developed his aesthetic
    -The real behind being a celebrity artist
    -How to be honest with your clients + manage their expectations
    -The importance of building + maintaining relationships
    -His dream client
    -What’s it’s like working with Fashion Fair
    -How he stays mentally tough
    -2 major skills beauty pros are lacking to be successful
    -Answers questions from the Friends in Beauty community + so much more
     
    Y’all, Sam laid it all out for us. If ever you were seeking validation that you are on the right path. This interview is for you. If you ever needed reassurance that your hard work is not in vain…the interview is for you. If you just need a pick-me up…this is for you. I’m so grateful to Sam for his honesty & transparency as I know that his words will resonate & impact so many people. Please share this episode with another Friend in Beauty + leave a comment to share your takeaways from this chat. Let’s go ahead and jump into this amazing conversation with Sam Fine & if you prefer to watch our gorgeous faces then tune in on YouTube. 




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    Resources Mentioned In This Episode:
    -The Makeup Show
    -IMATS
    -Fine Beauty
     
    Additional Resources:
     
    -https://www.amazon.com/shop/akuarobinson
     
    -Skillsha

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Personal Identity Crisis

    Personal Identity Crisis

    In this episode I discuss the topic of how what we do in our personal lives, based on the habits we’ve adopted over the years, will translate to the success of our business.
     
    People always talk about being successful and doing what successful people do but don’t stress the importance of eliminating the bad personal habits that slowly seep into our businesses.
     
    The only thing that’s holding us back is us. We keep wondering why we’ve only gotten so far in our biz but it’s because we’ve only done what’s comfortable to change.
     
    This is a little glimpse of the thoughts that I have. Let me know if you can relate to the topic.



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    Resources Mentioned In This Episode:
    -Friends in Beauty Networking Mixer | Click HERE To RSVP For Free
    -Kenesha Coleman - The Beauty CPA
    -Atomic Habits - Click here to purchase
     
    Additional Resources:
     
    -https://www.amazon.com/shop/akuarobinson
     
    -Skillshare - Use this link for 2 months free of the premium plan: https://skl.sh/30t352q
     
    -Shop Mented Cosmetics - https://www.mentedcosmetics.com/?rfsn=1290937.f2481
     Use Code “AKUAROBINSON” for 10% of your purchase 



    Announcements:
     
    We’re on Apple Podcasts - www.bit.ly/FIBPodItunes!
     
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    If  you’re looking for a community of like minded, ambitious, and supportive #FriendsinBeauty all working to leave our mark on the beauty industry, join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsinbeauty



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    Social Media Info:
    Friends in Beauty (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) - @friendsinbeauty
    Friends in Beauty (YouTube) - Friends in Beauty https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYPyO8nAosEmjEE5nza9Zg?view_as=subscriber
    Akua Robinson (Instagram,Twitter) - @akuarobinson
    AkuaRobinson (Facebook) - Akua Robinson MUA
    Akua Robinson (Website) - www.akuarobinson.com

    • 19 min
    The Category Is…IMPLEMENTATION

    The Category Is…IMPLEMENTATION

    Happy New Year Friends in Beauty. We have officially entered 2023 and the category is IMPLEMENTATION. It’s time to get to work. All of the information & goals that you’ve been hoarding it’s time to put them in action.
     
    What are you focused on implementing this year? I can’t wait to see.



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    Resources Mentioned In This Episode:
    -Friends in Beauty Networking Mixer | Click HERE To RSVP For Free
    -Ronne Brown
     
    Additional Resources:
     
    -https://www.amazon.com/shop/akuarobinson
     
    -Skillshare - Use this link for 2 months free of the premium plan: https://skl.sh/30t352q
     
    -Shop Mented Cosmetics - https://www.mentedcosmetics.com/?rfsn=1290937.f2481
     Use Code “AKUAROBINSON” for 10% of your purchase 



    Announcements:
     
    We’re on Apple Podcasts - www.bit.ly/FIBPodItunes!
     
    Join our Facebook community…
     
    If  you’re looking for a community of like minded, ambitious, and supportive #FriendsinBeauty all working to leave our mark on the beauty industry, join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsinbeauty



    Join the Friends in Beauty Mailing List: www.bit.ly/FIBTribe



    Social Media Info:
    Friends in Beauty (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) - @friendsinbeauty
    Friends in Beauty (YouTube) - Friends in Beauty https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYPyO8nAosEmjEE5nza9Zg?view_as=subscriber
    Akua Robinson (Instagram,Twitter) - @akuarobinson
    AkuaRobinson (Facebook) - Akua Robinson MUA
    Akua Robinson (Website) - www.akuarobinson.com

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Mridu Parikh ,

Must-listen podcast

Akua and her awesome guests share such valuable information based on many years of experience. Each week you’ll get amazing tips plus inspiration. If you’re looking to grow your beauty business - you’re in the right place!

Sassa Frass ,

Highly Recommend

Dope show, dope topics! I travel OFTEN, and this is my go-to while on the plane. Keep up the great work.
-Sassy

Nannnnnnnnyyyyyyyyyy ,

AMAZING!!!

I love listening to this podcast. Working in the beauty world and trying to make friends can be nerve wrecking because you want the relationships to be genuine. I love to hear the back story of how you know the people you have bought into the show. The episode with Vivian Wynter spoke to me in so many ways. Gotta go listen again. Thanks for creating this! Pray we get back to normal so I can come to in of your events!!

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