Episode 147

Liz & Henry Monreal

Podcast Length: 37 min | Date Published: 28th June 2022

What Does it Take to Bounce Back from COVID (and Everything Else Life Can Throw at You)?

No matter where you live in the world, if there is one phrase that I’m sure you’re as tired of hearing as I am, it’s: ‘Unprecedented times.’

But, without a doubt, the last couple of years have been tough for most people. We have been tested physically, financially and emotionally in our businesses and in our personal lives as a result of the drastic changes that have been thrust upon us.

Today is ‘Part 1’ of a two-part series focusing on what I am calling ‘comeback stories.’ I will be talking to two couples who have battled adversities and come out the other end in good shape! We can all learn from their resilience, willpower, strength, and courage. 

Henry Monreal and Liz Salcedo from Salon Ink in San Diego are my guests today. I spoke to them at the beginning of COVID and now, two years on, they have had a great turnaround in their business.

In today’s podcast we will discuss:

  • Their business journey and how they have bounced back post-COVID
  • Dealing with major health challenges
  • Finding balance in both personal and business commitments…

And lots more!

In this Episode:

[04:17] The traumatic moment that took place in Liz and Henry lives in May 2019.

[10:11] What the initial COVID period looked like for Henry and Liz’s business, Salon Ink.  

[12:16] The philosophy that has kept Liz and Henry going through the tough times. 

[13:46] How Henry and Liz have rebuilt Salon Ink.

[18:36] Passion that Liz and Henry feel towards their work. 

[20:30] Motivation behind Salon Ink’s large retail section, and the benefits it has brought to the business.

[24:14] Why Henry and Liz have incorporated a large degree of flexibility into their business model.

[25:09] An important lesson that Liz and Henry learned during the pandemic. 

[21:21] 30: the number of weekly hours worked by 60% of US hairdressers. 

[28:16] The mindset that Henry and Liz’s employees have towards their work. 

[29:43] Potential that lies in the salon industry, using Liz and Henry’s life as an example. 

[31:31] Henry shares what his experiences over the past few years have taught him.

[33:08] Some of Liz’s key learnings, and what she believes to be her purpose in life. 


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Special thanks to Liz and Henry for sharing their story with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!



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