Creative

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

 

Episode 126

1 February 2022

Education and Empowerment In An Ever-Evolving Industry with Stephen Moody

My guest today is someone who I have had the pleasure of knowing for a very long time as we worked together for a number of years in the ‘80’s. 

After over 40 years of working for big brand names in the industry, he has now decided to go out on his own as a freelance educator, focused on the creative side of the industry.

His name is Stephen Moody and he is well known to hairdressers everywhere as one of the industry’s great educators.

In today’s podcast we discuss:

  • Making courageous decisions
  • Lessons from the barbershop industry 
  • Key factors that make for successful salons
  • How Stephen empowers hairdressers…

And lots more!

In this Episode:

[02:20] A rundown of what Stephen’s career in the hairdressing industry has looked like up until today. 

[04:56] The courageous decision Stephen made which shaped the rest of his life. 

[07:58] Why Stephen didn’t choose to open his own salon. 

[11:06] How Stephen felt about being a barber at first, and why he is so grateful for the experience. 

[16:47] The key to running a successful salon. 

[19:44] Stephen explains what drove him to transition from the management side to the creative side of the industry. 

[26:10] Examples of people in the salon industry whom Stephen has the utmost respect for.  

[30:15] Two key factors which, if implemented well, will create a thriving company culture. 

[34:34] How Stephen hopes to make a difference to the salon industry going forward. 

[44:15] Stephen’s strategy for educating hairdressers from afar. 

[49:38] What Stephen sees as his biggest strength. 

[50:27] How to stay relevant in the salon industry, according to Stephen. 

[52:13] One of the most valuable life lessons that Stephen has learned.

[55:45] Inspirational last words of advice from Stephen! 

 

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 Stephen 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

Stephen Moody

Instagram | Facebook | Email