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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.

The Hair Game Salon Republic

    • Fashion & Beauty
    • 4.9 • 441 Ratings

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.

    Why Taking Every Client Possible is Bad for Business w/ @LuGarciaReynoso

    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.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    How @LuGarciaReynoso Chose Life Over Death (and Never Looked Back)

    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  

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    • 53 min
    To Level Up…First Take Responsibility w/ @lisalovesbalayage

    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!⁠
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    • 54 min
    Why Becoming Vulnerable Took @lisalovesbalayage To New Heights

    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!⁠
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    • 51 min
    How Connecting With Brands Can Enhance Your Business + @asil interviews Eric

    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
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    • 55 min
    Should You Be Charging Hourly? w/ @asil

    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!⁠
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
441 Ratings

441 Ratings

jessicavan0oyen ,

An insight to the industry

This has been my way of connecting to others in my industry while the pandemic has left us all to isolate. I have gained a lot of insight from the guests that are featured and great questions are always being asked. Keep it up!

wizkayleifa ,

Very Educational!!!

As a cosmetology student, I love listening to Eric’s podcast to help me learn more about the industry and how it works. Super informative! @createdbykale

cwhair ,

@cherylwhitehead.hair

@cherylwhitehead.hair
I really enjoy the way Eric conducts his interviews. He’s very thorough and asks the questions I want ask while listening. Great podcast for any hairstylist!

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