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Working hairdresser/colorist/educator @MarkDolan2 is the newly appointed L'ANZA Creative Director. Similar to many great professionals, Mark didn't start his career in the salon industry. In fact, he never considered it. Instead, he received a degree in psychology and went to work counseling juvenile offenders—soon realizing that this was not the c…
 
Wella Professionals Education Director (and 2021 NAHA Winner) Stephen Moody (@hairmody) is one of the industry’s most recognized and respected educators. Stephen shares with Gordon the story behind this 30+ year career as well as his considerable insights into how to create and sustain success in today's highly competitive world.…
 
@ShelleyGregoryHair is a working colorist, stylist, educator and brand ambassador (L'Oreal Professionnel, Dyson, and SalonCentric) who is also one of the industry's most recognized Influencers. Her take on building salon success - leveraging real-time tools and relationships - is filled with great insights (as is her take on the current state of In…
 
Bumble and bumble Global Education Manager @misterchristiaan started his journey as an aspiring painter, but quickly realized that his creative talents would serve him well in his other passion—hair! From his early career days with Rudy's Barber Shop—where he first came in contact with Bumble and bumble—to today being responsible for managing the r…
 
@lorealpro master colorist and educator extraordinaire Min Kim (@minkimcolorist) and renowned international session stylist Charlie Le Mindu (@charlielemindu) co-host the new YouTube-based L’Oréal Professionnel series Run Le Hair Show, which has gained over 2 million views since its recent premiere. We dig into this groundbreaking new show, its uni…
 
CEO and President of the iconic @PenzoneSalonsAndSpas, @DebbiePenzone is firmly committed to innovation—a larger organizational attribute she credits her and her husband's 50-plus years of growing success to. With over 30 years of experience herself, Debbie shares her story from "small town girl" to passionate hair artist and inspiring leader. Debb…
 
@AntoinetteBeenders is Aveda's Senior Vice President of Creative and Global Creative Director. The 9-time nominee and 2004 winner of the British Hairdresser of the Year award shares the story behind her professional journey, insights into life in the corporate beauty world, and tips on how to create a sustainable career.…
 
Liliana Maggio (@liltresser) is a two-time Emmy-nominated hairdresser for film and television who shares her unique journey into the salon industry, including some surprising turns along the way. Upcoming film credits include the reboots of both "Sex and the City" and Stephen Speilberg's much-anticipated take on the iconic "West Side Story." Lilian…
 
@AlisonAlhamed, @RandCo Vice President of Community, is known throughout the industry as a leading voice in supporting the dreams and aspirations of professionals. The former pro beauty media editor-in-chief shares the story behind her unique journey from college-attending Starbucks barista to a long career in journalism before joining the R+Co exe…
 
Sam Villa is Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken, co-founder of Sam Villa Professional, NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – and one of the industry’s most renowned educators and iconic artists. In this episode, Sam shares not only his story but also his passion for helping professionals and salons to grow their success.…
 
@AvedaArtists and Color Squad member Sarah Sibley is co-owner of Dallas-Ft Worth's Lavender Square Salon and a rising star in the world of Aveda salons and spas. Sarah talks about the power of mentorship, the attributes and benefits of the right business partner, becoming an educator, and how being a mom helped her shift her career priorities in a …
 
Welcome to our weekly REPLAY episode where we re-share some of our most popular episodes: "Media star, best selling author, former salon owner, Matrix Global Business Ambassador and, most importantly, passionate hairdresser (!) Tabatha Coffey talks about the ongoing evolution of her career and the many valuable lessons learned along the way."…
 
Editorial hairstylist, renowned educator, and Amika Naeemah LaFond joins Gordon for a far-ranging conversation that delves into her fascinating career and life’s journey, including her deep love of fashion and its connection to hair, as well as the story behind her role at the uber-cool Amika. Naeemah also reflects on the impact made by her viral #…
 
@HeggyGonzalez is not only a NAHA-winning #crafthairdresser and Aveda Artist who has inspired many with her artistry and passion, but she’s also a serious fashionista and designer. With a deep love for her profession and the transformative power of hairdressing, Heggy shares the story behind her journey from beauty school to the winners’ podium at …
 
Paul Mitchell Editorial Director @NoogieThai is a renowned platform artist and master educator, known not only for his passion and mad skills in hairstyling and design, but also for his winning personality, sense of humor and—simply put—joyful presence. Noogie shares his life's journey, from the early struggles he and his family faced as immigrants…
 
Few segments of the professional salon industry will likely be as impacted long term by the pandemic than education. From how schools teach (and students learn) to the ways in which professionals choose to engage with education, CHANGE is the operative word these days in pro beauty education. Longtime leaders in the global education space, Joakim R…
 
SalonCentric #ItTakesAProTeam artists Christopher Aaron and Daniel Mason-Jones join Gordon to share their personal and professional experiences as members of the LGBTQ+ community, and what it all means for our larger industry. We get up close and personal with Daniel and Christopher to discuss "growing up gay;" what Pride means to them personally; …
 
@Bumbleandbumble Global Fashion Director Laurent Philippon, one of the world’s leading session stylists, has worked with many of the top names, brands and creatives in the worlds of fashion, celebrity and media. Laurent discusses lessons learned during his early days assisting the legendary stylist Alexandre de Paris, as well as working with icons …
 
Olaplex national trainer and "on-air spokesperson" Danielle Frank hosts the popular Beauty Uncovered podcast, the latest role in the evolution of a long career that began behind the chair. We discuss her journey to and through the industry, starting as an assistant at the iconic Maximus Salon and Spa, owned by Richard Calcasola. Fast forward to tod…
 
Moroccanoil Co-Founder Carmen Tal shares the story behind her love of fashion and beauty, and how that led to her opening a small Montreal-based salon in partnership with her hairdresser. This was followed soon after by the discovery of a little-known product that would one day revolutionize the salon industry: Moroccanoil. We discuss the ideas beh…
 
Heather Chapman is a leading educator, artist, influencer and Hairbrained community member. An early adapter to social media and the world of influencers, Heather has evolved her business strategy to adjust to the ever-changing times. Despite having over 685,000 followers on her Instagram page @HeatherChapmanHair, she thoughtfully chose to refocus …
 
@Oribepro co-founder and president Daniel Kaner is joined by co-owner of Goldwaves Salon and business coach Leslie Rice to discuss the important topic of leadership - what it looks like, why it matters and how we can all best step up to lead in challenging times. This is an important and wide-ranging conversation that comes at a perfect time for sa…
 
Returning guest and LP General Manager Emilie Poisson leads one of the industry's most iconic haircare brands—and as such, she has a unique vantage point from which to view industry trends as they relate to both professionals and consumers. Listen in to another great conversation where we discuss the evolution of salons as we head toward a post-pan…
 
@HannahRuthHair is Creative Director for Atlanta's iconic Van Michael Salons, a haircutting specialist, educator, @AvedaArtist....and "bee activist". Hannah shares her positive perspective on change coming out of the pandemic, the story behind her deeply felt passion for the Aveda brand, the importance and power of connecting with your fellow profe…
 
While @DavidThurstonOfficial is a renowned entrepreneur, educator, salon owner and disrupter, he's best known for being the Founder and CEO of Pulp Riot Hair. David joins Gordon to discuss the recent announcement of his retirement from Pulp Riot (effective June 1, 2021), what it means personally and professionally, lessons learned as a brand founde…
 
Patricia Nicole (@paintedhair) is known by her 1 million followers as the creator of high contrast hair painting. The @wellahair Global Ambassador has built a worldwide reputation not only as an IG content creator, but also as a highly respected educator—both IRL and by way of her digital academy—and as an artist and successful working professional…
 
For more than 35 years, Sue Remes has worked with some of the most important brands in pro and mass beauty—including her current work with @IntelligentBeautyGlobal (formerly Intelligent Nutrients). Known as an expert in consumer behavior with a deep understanding of how people move through their purchasing process, Sue consults with brands in devel…
 
One of the most significant challenges the industry faced during the pandemic was having access to all of the many resources required to properly service (even a reduced capacity) clientele. SalonCentric president Bertrand Fontaine shares how this mega distributor organization pivoted to best serve the hundreds of thousands of professionals that co…
 
Coming to prominence over the last decade as @theConfessionsofaHairstylist, Jenny Strebe shares the story behind the 2020 launch of her Aiir Haircare brand. We talk about all of the many trials, tribulations, AND learnings leading up to launch - just days before the pandemic lockdowns began. We also discuss the story leading up to a critical distri…
 
@MarkBustos is known throughout the industry as a humanitarian, #crafthairdresser, and entrepreneur. Given the well-documented and unprecedented rise of anti-Asian hate and violence during the pandemic, Mark is speaking out on behalf of his community. By sharing his own life experience as an Asian-American who has been the target of racism througho…
 
It's rare to meet the president of a global beauty brand who began their professional life actually working from the ground up, starting off a career visiting salons every day as a sales consultant- and from there, falling in love with the industry as part of a journey that lands them at the helm of one of the most iconic brand names in beauty - Av…
 
@paulmitchellpro's Valerie George (@cosmetic_chemist) is a scientist, popular podcaster & PM YouTuber (#triplethreat) who has the unique ability to make science interesting, understandable & ….FUN! Responsible for leading one of the most important R&D teams in the professional salon industry globally, Valerie shares not only her story but a look be…
 
Global @Redken Ambassador and award-winning Australian session stylist Richard Kavanagh returns to the podcast to talk about building/re-building your clientele efficiently and quickly as we move through the pandemic and towards a new normal of sorts. As always, Richard is a wealth of knowledge and experience - and once again delivers some highly u…
 
Clubhouse is the newest sensation in digital and social media apps and platforms - and the professional salon community is showing up in a VERY big way. Salon business coach/thought leader Nina Kovner joins Gordon for a highly engaging conversation on how 'social audio' can benefit professionals, where the platform might be headed, and what it all …
 
If ever there was an example of the opportunities open to licenced salon professionals, it is @paulmitchellpro's Kristin Firrell. Starting her career as a hairdresser at Sassoon in San Francisco, Kristen's career has taken her to positions in Australia, New York City and Beverly Hills. Today Kristin is a VP at one of the largest hair care and color…
 
Brooklyn-based salon owner and Goldwell educator @ShannonWilliamKing shares the backstory behind his long and successful career. "Born into the industry", Shannon (the son of 2 hairdressers) found ongoing continuing education early in his career -and in time was sharing with other professionals literally around the globe. In this insightful convers…
 
Renowned educator, Andrew Carruthers has recently been named Culture Ambassador for @SamVillaHair and just launched The Journeyist, his new life and career coaching program for professionals. Andrew joins us to discuss the story behind his iconic career, the evolution of his own journey as an integral part of the Sam Villa education team - and his …
 
Salon owner, world-class competitor, and working professional @JimmyVanBoxel used much of his pandemic related downtime to conquer TikTok. Today, Jimmy's page has 1 million followers and over 100 million video views. An official TikTok 'creator', Jimmy shares insights into this fascinating social platform - as well as lessons learned as a long time…
 
Gordon (@gordnm) turns over the hosting duties this week to Amy Dodds, Hb Senior Director of Engagement - and shows up as our guest to share some of the stories behind his 40+ year career in pro beauty & his journey to Hairbrained, thoughts on the evolution of digital and social media, and answers the big question "why are you so passionate about h…
 
Educator, Author, and Entrepreneur Ivan Zoot shares insights into our changing industry -and what he knows are the fundamental strategies and best practices needed to succeed behind the chair going forward. A renowned figure in men's grooming and barbering, Ivan has always been drawn to the business side of the salon/shop - as a foundation for a lo…
 
To start the year off right, Hb Co-founder Randy Taylor joins Gordon to talk education - and its fast changing landscape in the age of Covid. Among the salon industry’s most renowned photographer/videographers, Randy shares insights into life behind the scenes working with many of the biggest names in beauty, the story behind his own iconic career …
 
Internationally renowned business educator, coach and author Antony Whitaker joins Gordon for a year-end conversation about the state of the global salon industry in the age of Covid, including a discussion focused on the coming 'new normal'. For more great business insights from Antony, check out Hb Conversations episodes #13 and #81.…
 
In #6 of our 6-part series, supported by @randcobleu, Garren shares some of the lessons learned over the course of 50 years of making his mark on the worlds of fashion, celebrity, and style - plus his take on current day life in the era of Covid. One of the most important hairdressers of the last 50 years, @garrennewyork has worked with a stellar r…
 
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