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, Hairbrained.me ceo and self-proclaimed social media evangelist.
REPLAY: Jo Blackwell-Preston - #30
Jo Blackwell-Preston (@blackwelljo) is the owner of NYC's DopDop Salon and a L’Oréal Professionnel International Artist and Educator. Jo shares her considerable insights into a long list of topics that impacts the lives of salon owners and professionals alike. We also dig into the story behind her iconic career and lessons learned along the way.
Note: Recorded pre-pandemic.
#219: Pekela Riley, @Dysonhair
@PekelaRiley is a Dyson Brand Ambassador, Celebrity Stylist, Editorial Stylist, Educator, and Owner/Creative Director of Salon PK in Jacksonville Florida (named by Elle magazine as 1 of the top 100 salons in America). Known as a pioneer in the texture movement, Pekela shares her thoughts on the state of the movement today, the story behind her journey to pro beauty, her thoughts on how Dyson is revolutionizing pro tools, and much more.
REPLAY: Richard Kavanagh, Redken Global Artist - #87
Richard Kavanagh is an award-winning, internationally renowned Redken artist & Session Stylist; Global Creative Director of New Zealand based salons Rodney Wayne Group; Creative Director ghd (for Australia and NZ) AND the innovative co-founder/ceo of piiq Digital. He was also 'squished by a dinosaur' as an actor in the movie King Kong. Tune in to learn more about Richard's fascinating story.
#218: Lupe Voss, @ColorSpaceHair
@LupeVoss, co-founder of @ColorSpaceHair, is the “color educators' educator,” a mentor to more professionals than we can count and a legend in the world of hair color education. And now, along with business partner Ray Civello, Lupe has launched Color Space, an all-new color brand. One of the earliest Hairbrained Community members, Lupe began her career as an educator in 1998, and since then she hasn’t stopped advocating for reimagined and inspired education.
REPLAY: R+Co's Garren, Howard McLaren & Thom Priano - #46
The legendary co-founders of @randco join Hairbrained (and a live audience) from their now-iconic "Vision On" event in Los Angeles to share their stories, talk about their journey together with R+Co as well as offer up views on the state of salons, creating success and standing out in these competitive times. Note: Recorded pre-pandemic.
#217: Jay Elarar, @MoroccanoilPro CEO
@Morrocanoil's Chief Executive Officer Jay Elarar started his career in beauty by way of a very successful but unexpectedly short job interview with the CEO of a Montreal-based haircare brand he had never heard of. As luck would have it, his sisters immediately recognized the company name as one of “the hottest names in hair” and encouraged Jay to make the leap. Leap he did—joining the now-iconic brand as National Sales Director—and was soon after promoted to Global Sales Director before being named
I’ve been listening to Gordon for years this podcast and his before this one on American salon. He is podcast gold! There is no other hair podcast as inspirational and important to the history of hair
This review is to inform anyone who is about to listen either for their first time or again. I want you to be very careful listening to Gordon’s podcast with Hairbrained. I’ve been following GORDON’s podcast work since American Salon. I LOVE IT!!! I am now a salon owner in California. I told you to be careful because this podcast will inspire you to become your best selves. Many of us aren’t ready to meet the best of us so it’s scary. Some of you will come to the edge and jump into your new life. I did. Thank you Hairbrained and Gordon for what you’ve done for me and many others in our community. XOXO
I didn't think it was possible to admire her anymore than I did but I do, especially after this podcast. She is so real and I'm totally guilty of misjudging her as the "hard ass with nose up in the air." I saw her in Orlando a few years back and I kept going back and forth whether to go up and actually meet her. After walking towards her 5x, I chickened out, way too intimidated and I'm the biggest introvert BTC. She's just what you guys said- A LEGEND, especially in this industry. From instagram to hairbangers- the amount of knowledge she shares is unbelievable and the fact that she does it so often and selflessly. I can relate to her on so many levels and I'm so ecstatic that y'all got her on here to share her story! Thank you!!!! ❤️ #LEGENDARYLISAWALKER