Creative

Episode 243

7 May 2024

I don’t believe that there has ever been a family in the world of hairdressing that has made the impact that the Mascolo family has. 

Whether it was the Toni & Guy salons and schools, the TIGI products, or the incredible shows, and stunning photography. Either way the Mascolo brothers, Toni, Guy, Bruno and Anthony were at the forefront of everything in hairdressing and created a hairdressing dynasty that will live on for many years to come.

My guest on today’s episode is Anthony Mascolo who’s creativity and leadership was the force behind the creative direction of the brand.   

In today’s podcast we discuss:

  • The use of AI in hairdressing
  • The changing salon business
  • Leadership and team building

And lots more!

 

In this Episode:

[03:24] How Anthony used AI in the latest episode of Infringe Magazine

[07:09] What impact will AI have on the awards side of the industry?

[12:08] If Anthony was opening salons today, what would he do differently?

[16:36] Discussing the building and selling of the Tigi brand.

[21:33] The keys to building a successful team and being a great leader.

[24:05] Acknowledging Pat Mascolo for her talent and inspiration and the role that she has played.

[29:20] Looking back at career highlights and the incredible career that Anthony Mascolo has had.

[32:48] Anthony and Pat’s Magazine INFRINGE The anthropology of hair is online and in print and is a great way of showcasing other peoples talent.

 

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

Anthony Mascolo

INFRINGE Anthony Mascolo | INFRINGE Magazine | INFRINGE Instagram

 

Episode 239

9 April 2024

Success as a hairdresser comes in many forms. For some it's purely creative, for others it’s all about building a clientele, succeeding as an educator, or building a business.

To have success in multiple areas isn't easy, which is why in many cases, when you see a successful business, it's often because there is a partnership between someone with a business focus and another partner with a creative focus. When you get the balance right, you can create something very special.

My guest today is Richard Ashforth, hairdresser, educator, creative director and co-owner with Aldo Furfaro of 10 Saco Salons and Academies in several countries around the world.

Richard's wealth of knowledge and experience make for a fascinating conversation about the state of the salon industry and the mission that he is on to educate his fellow hairdressers.

In this episode, we will discuss:

  • Why you need to incorporate the local culture within the framework of your brand.
  • Noise; the guerrilla event that Richard hosts in various locations
  • How training in the salon space has evolved
  • The collaboration involved in creating Richard's stunning new collection

In this Episode:

[02:52] How Richard’s business has evolved over time.

[05:41] Important lessons that Richard has learned from his global experience.

[08:40] Some pros and cons of the different modes of operation in the salon industry.

[11:33] The trend toward self-employment across the world.

[15:13] The impact that the pandemic has had on Richard’s business and the education space in general.

[21:15] Richard shares the origin story of Noise (and what Noise is, for those who don’t already know).

[31:25] The meaning behind Richard’s Shape collection.

[36:06] Concerns that Richard has about the focus on colour rather than cutting in salons today.

[37:05] Richard’s educational mission.

 

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!

Special thanks to Richard for sharing his insights with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!

Antony

 

Links and Resources:

 

Grow My Salon Business

Website | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok | YouTube

 

Saco Salons and Academies

Website | Instagram | Facebook

 

Richard Ashforth

Instagram

 

Noise

Instagram

Episode 221

5 December 2023

The Sassoon brand will be celebrating its 70th birthday next year, and it is as relevant as ever before.

Like many businesses, the last couple of years forced the Sassoon leadership team to reevaluate the way forward because if a business is to stay relevant, it mustn't be afraid to reinvent.

The result is House of Sassoon, a concept that combines different salon models, hair education, ambassador programs, and more under one roof in arguably the coolest part of London.

On this week’s episode, I speak with Sassoon CEO Debbie Webster about the launch of House of Sassoon and how it has breathed new life into the business.

In today’s podcast, we discuss:

  • The relaunch of the brand as House of Sassoon
  • How the company has evolved over the past few years
  • Trends taking place in the hair education space…

And lots more!

 

In this Episode:

[03:03] An overview of the House of Sassoon launch.

[05:34] How Debbie chose the location for House of Sassoon.

[08:49] The motivation behind the consolidation of the Sassoon salons.

[11:14] Elements that make House of Sassoon such a visionary concept.

[19:25] Debbie’s thoughts on how to ensure your brand stays relevant in the long term.

[21:04] Plans for the future of the House of Sassoon.

[26:59] The complementary relationship between Drybar and Sassoon.

[31:35] Benefits of Sassoon’s online education platform.

[33:55] Trends that are taking place in the hair education industry.

[41:36] An overview of the different Sassoon retail categories.

[45:14] How Debbie sees the salon industry evolving in the coming decade.

 

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!

Special thanks to Debbie for sharing her insights with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!

Antony

 

Links and Resources:

Grow My Salon Business

Website | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok | Episode 102

 

Debbie Webster

Instagram | LinkedIn

 

House of Sassoon

Website | Instagram | Instagram [Academy] | Membership | Facebook | X | YouTube

 

Drybar

Website | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok | X

Episode 200

11 July 2023

The words' icon' and ‘legend' are totally overused in the hairdressing industry, and the problem that it creates is that when you really do meet someone regarded as a genuine icon or legend in the hairdressing industry, there are no superlatives left to aptly describe their status.

Having said that, today's guest would never call himself an ‘icon' or a ‘legend,' and it's that humility combined with decades at the top creatively that has earned him the respect of hairdressers everywhere.

My guest on today's podcast is Mr Trevor Sorbie MBE. Trevor started his career working in his father's barbershop in Paisley, Scotland. He went on to become one of the biggest names in the world of hairdressing, and along the way, won 4 British Hairdresser Of the Year Awards, was awarded a Doctorate from a Scottish University and was made a Member of the British Empire from her Majesty the Queen…

In today's podcast, we will discuss:

–   The importance of nurturing creativity

–   The art of being a great on-stage presenter

–   The wisdom that comes with age…

And lots more!

 

In this Episode:

[03:57] The leadership style which has been a defining characteristic of Trevor’s career.

[10:59] Challenges that Trevor dealt with growing up in Paisley, Scotland.

[13:21] The origins of Trevor’s hairdressing career.

[18:51] Why Trevor chose to keep his skill set broad and diverse.

[21:08] What the early days of building the Trevor Sorbie brand were like.

[27:05] How Trevor’s product line came into being (and his feelings towards it).

[33:32] The factors that motivated Trevor to sell his salons four years ago.

[36:22] Trevor’s ultimate dream.

[38:37] How Trevor nurtured talent within his salons.

[45:36] The trait Trevor believes is essential for success in the salon industry.

[46:52] Trevor’s approach to teaching.

[49:11] A watershed moment in Trevor’s career.

[54:10] The routine that Trevor follows prior to every show.

[56:42] Trevor shares what inspired him to found My New Hair (and the mission of the organisation).

[58:02] Some of Trevor’s most memorable life experiences.

[1:10:49] The philosophies that Trevor lives by.

 

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!

Special thanks to Trevor for sharing his insights with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!

Antony

 

Links and Resources:

Grow My Salon Business

Website | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok

 

Trevor Sorbie

Website | Instagram | Facebook

 

My New Hair

Website

Episode 189

25 April 2023

As many of you may know, my hairdressing background started with a 10-year stint at the Vidal Sassoon salons and schools in London before I went off to do my own thing.

Whether you worked at Sassoon or not, most hairdressers are interested in how the brand has evolved during its 65-year journey (which is a major feat in itself!).

Vidal Sassoon changed the way the world looks at and works with hair. But every bit as important as that fact is that he showed that being open to adapting to change is essential if you want to survive, not just in hairdressing but in any business.

Over the last few years, the Sassoon brand has continued to evolve, and they recently announced that some big and exciting developments are going to be taking place in the company.

My guest on today’s podcast is my good friend and former colleague Mark Hayes, who is the International Creative Director at Sassoon, and he is going to tell us all about the next stage in the evolution of the Sassoon brand.

In this Episode:

[03:35] Mark explains what the House of Sassoon is and the motivation behind its creation.
[07:02] Key factors that have enabled Sassoon’s 65 years of success.
[13:36] The private memberships that will be offered by the House of Sassoon.
[15:17] Energy that will emanate from the House of Sassoon.
[19:03] The amount of money that has been invested into the House of Sassoon by the current owner of the company.
[20:45] Why the House of Sassoon is so much more than just a new location.
[22:03] The planned phased opening of the House of Sassoon.
[23:22] Power that lies in a name like Vidal Sassoon.
[27:37] How Vidal Sassoon’s approach to hairdressing evolved over time.
[29:18] A tribute to Mary Quant.
[39:04] How the work/life balance in the hairdressing industry has changed since the early days of Mark’s career.
[44:28] What each of the five floors in the House of Sassoon will be dedicated to.
[46:56] How the House of Sassoon’s private membership offerings will cater to peoples’ desire for flexibility.
[48:07] Different generational perspectives on work.
[52:10] How the House of Sassoon intends to celebrate the company’s heritage.

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!

Special thanks to Mark for sharing his insights with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!

Antony

Links and Resources:

Grow My Salon Business

Website | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok

Mark Hayes

LinkedIn | Instagram

Sassoon

Website | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube

Sassoon Academy

Website | Instagram | Facebook

Episode 184

21 March 2023

When Nicole Kidman describes you as the best hairdresser in the world, it is safe to say you’ve mastered your craft!

Kerry Warn is the man behind the iconic hairstyles seen in movies like Eyes Wide Shut, The Stepford Wives, The Great Gatsby, Bewitched, Mrs. America, Grace of Monaco, and Bladerunner…(to name a few)

And you would have seen his work on the world's biggest fashion catwalks…

And on the cover of leading fashion magazines …

Today's podcast is an interview that was done in 2015, but Kerry is still very much active today. What stood out most when talking to him eight years ago was his humility, his charm, and his insights into fashion and hair and beauty. He has a depth of knowledge that is extremely rare.

Kerry's journey is one of commitment, dedication, and passion that I know you will be inspired by, so tune in to hear what it takes to become a true hairdressing master!

 

In this Episode:

[03:44] When Kerry first fell in love with the hairdressing industry.

[04:50] What Kerry’s upbringing in the country was like, and why he left it behind for the city.

[10:19] The early days of Kerry’s iconic hairdressing journey.

[13:23] Kerry’s transition from Perth to London and what this phase of his career entailed.

[20:44] Value that lies in being surrounded by talented people.

[22:31] Photographers who Kerry worked with during the ’70s in London.

[23:53] Lessons that Kerry learned during his time at Molton Brown.

[25:53] What Kerry feels the hairdressing industry has lost in recent years.

[27:22] How Kerry’s approach to his work changed when he moved to New York and the success he experienced there.

[32:52] Where Kerry’s journey in the film industry began and how it evolved over time.

[38:30] An unforgettable moment from Kerry’s first time working with Nicole Kidman.

[44:44] How film and session work differ and what Kerry loves about both industries.

[47:00] Why less is often more when it comes to hair.

[48:35] Why research is essential to being a fantastic film or session photographer.

[50:43] Curiosity and continuous evolution: foundational pillars of Kerry’s life.

[55:31] Traits that make Kerry the exceptional hairdresser he is.

 

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!

Special thanks to Kerry for sharing his story with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!

Antony

 

Links and Resources:

 

Grow My Salon Business

Website | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok

 

Kerry Warn

Website | Instagram

Episode 167

15 November 2022

Sometimes I find myself searching for words to aptly describe the achievements and status of someone who is way ahead of the pack.  

My guest on today's episode is one such person, and I’m going to describe him as a ‘hairdressing genius.’

Sam McKnight is a session stylist with a list of eye-watering achievements, including having worked with every supermodel you can name, as well as celebrities, movie stars, royalty, photographers, magazines, and fashion designers, over the last 40 years.

He has so many Vogue covers to his credit that he’s lost count (well over 250!) He’s won awards, had exhibitions, published his own book, and been a contributing editor to British Vogue.

Sam is currently a judge on the UK reality TV show, ‘The Big Blow Out’ (which is sponsored by Paul Mitchell), and on top of all that, Sam is the founder of his own product range, simply called “Hair by Sam McKnight.”

So, in today's podcast, we just talk about being Sam McKnight…

 

In this Episode:

[04:04] The transition point in Sam’s life that is marked by his book, Hair By Sam McKnight.

[09:47] Sam explains what motivated him to become a session stylist at a time when most hairdressers were focused on cutting hair. 

[14:46] The person who influenced Sam in the early years of his career. 

[16:33] Value that lies in building and maintaining good relationships with people in the industry. 

[19:38] Characteristics and situations that Sam is repelled by.

[23:06] The balance between intimacy and distance that is required of a hairdresser.

[26:21] A trait that Sam believes has been key to his success. 

[27:29] Some of the catalytic moments that signaled a step-up in Sam’s career. 

[29:38] The combination of factors that turn a model into a worldwide phenomenon.

[32:24] Dynamism that defines the modern hairdressing industry.

[34:51] The genius of Karl Lagerfeld.

[37:27] The power that lies in being a hairstylist. 

[42:13] How Sam became involved in the reality TV show, The Big Blow Out, and an overview of the concept behind the show. 

[46:53] Sam’s experience of creating his haircare brand, and the elements that make his products stand out. 

[52:22] What Sam thinks hairdressers should do to stay relevant in the industry as it evolves. 

[59:19] Sam’s biggest strength, the most important life lesson he has learned, and what he wishes he was better at. 

 

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!

Special thanks to Sam for sharing his insights with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!

Antony

 

Links and Resources:

Grow My Salon Business 

Website | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok

 

Sam McKnight

Website | Instagram | Instagram [Personal] | Facebook | Twitter | Book

Episode 158

13 September 2022

A career in hairdressing can take you on a journey in all sorts of directions that you couldn’t possibly have imagined!

My guest on today's podcast is hairstylist Wendy Iles, the founder of her signature product line and a true ‘Celebrity Hairdresser’ in every sense of the word.

In today’s episode, we will discuss:

  • Finding the balance between a successful career and life as a mother and wife.
  • What it takes to be a successful celebrity hairdresser.
  • The importance of strong foundation skills.
  • And lots more!

In this Episode:

[05:29] How Wendy defines a Celebrity Hairdresser and how she came to hold this title.

[10:36] The difference between being a magazine session stylist and a celebrity hairdresser.

[13:33] Wendy shares the story of her journey of learning to dress hair.

[19:06] How Wendy’s time spent living in France has influenced how she approaches her work.

[20:55] Comparing vogue aesthetics across the world.

[24:04] A big reason for the limited number of female hairdressers working as editorial and session stylists.

[28:52] The instrumental role of hairdressers in editorial shoots.

[32:01] Wendy shares the story of how she became president of a haircare company.

[38:29] Big changes taking place in the Iles Formula family business this year.

[40:48] What Wendy feels is her biggest achievement.

[45:16] Wendy’s thoughts on the evolution of the salon industry.

[49:01] Inspiration to step out of your comfort zone!

[50:40] The importance of nurturing connections.

[52:49] The biggest lesson that Wendy has learned throughout her illustrious career.

 

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!

Special thanks to Wendy for sharing her insights with me for this week’s episode.

Until next time!

Antony

 

Links and Resources:

Grow My Salon Business

Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

Wendy Iles

Website | Email | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn

 

Iles Formula

Website | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Pinterest

Episode 154

22 August 2022

My guest on today's podcast is London-based hairdresser, salon owner, editorial stylist, product developer, and general hairdressing visionary John Vial.

As you are about to discover, John has been involved in many areas of the hair and beauty business and continues to inspire at many levels across the industry.

In today’s podcast we will discuss:

  • The TV make-over show ‘10 Years Younger in 10 Days’
  • John’s TED Talk 
  • The challenges with salon ownership and the industry today
  • Developing a product line with a difference…

And lots more!

 

In this Episode:

[02:37] John shares the origins of his salon industry career. 

[06:23] The transformative power of hairdressing (in more than just the physical sense). 

[08:51] 10 Years Younger in 10 Days; the enormous popularity of the TV makeover show that John is involved with. 

[11:24] The evolution of John’s upcoming sustainable product range (the focus of his first TED talk).

[14:11] A brief overview of how blockchain works, and its benefits. 

[18:22] John shares what led him to become an editorial stylist. 

[20:55] The role that John played in changing perceptions around men’s hairdressing.

[24:16] John’s thoughts on trends. 

[29:44] Examples of some hairdressing suitability rules that shouldn’t be broken. 

[30:55] The ultimate goal of hairdressing.

[33:51] What it takes to be successful, according to John.

[38:25] Major insecurities that John struggled with, and the invaluable lesson that he has learned through (almost) 12 years of sobriety. 

[41:47] Two reasons why the hairdressing industry is in freefall. 

[49:01] How John keeps himself inspired. 

[51:04] What John sees as his biggest strength, and what he wishes he was better at. 

 

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!

Special thanks to John for sharing his story with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!

 

Antony

 

Links and Resources:

Grow My Salon Business 

Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

John Vial

Website | Instagram

 

10 Years Younger

Instagram

 

Salon Sloane

Instagram

 

Tim Blanks

Instagram

Episode 151

25 July 2022

Over the last 20 years, salon hair fashion has predominantly been focused on colour and styling, whereas the ’60s to the ’90s were the era of the haircut. 

Many young hairdressers today are terrified about the thought of ‘cutting’ unless it's taking the ends off long hair and many salon owners say that they just can’t find stylists who have the technical and creative skills to cut hair well.

My guest on today's Podcast is Ben Brown, who has built a very successful cutting education company and although based in the UK, works in many countries teaching the art and science of what makes a great haircut.

In today’s podcast, we discuss:

  • Why opening a salon isn’t for everyone
  • Starting an online education company
  • Teaching technique and suitability

And lots more!

In this Episode:

[02:37] Ben shares an overview of his personal, educational, and professional life. 

[05:49] The character trait that has been key to Ben’s success. 

[09:02] Ben shares what drew him to hairdressing. 

[12:12] What drove Ben to open his own salon, and then close it after 6 years. 

[21:23] Ben’s top pieces of advice for anyone interested in opening a salon.  

[24:54] Where Ben’s journey as a cutting educator began.

[30:18] The misconception that Ben had about education in the salon industry before he entered the space. 

[33:56] How Ben’s education business is structured. 

[36:41] Factors that Ben believes make someone a good hair cutter.

[39:18] The main goal that Ben aims to achieve through his role as an educator. 

[45:29] Ben’s approach to teaching suitability. 

[02:34] Why current changes taking place in the salon industry aren’t negatively impacting Ben’s company.

[55:52] Advice for finding models on whom to practice cutting short hair. 

[59:52] The multitude of resources offered by Ben’s online education company.  

[1:03:39] Why Ben does what he does. 

 

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!

Special thanks to Ben for sharing his insights with me for this week’s episode.

Until next time!

 

Antony

 

Links and Resources:

Grow My Salon Business 

Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

Bbeducation

Website | Instagram | YouTube

 

The episode mentioned with Paul Stafford Episode 115

 

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