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A weekly podcast that takes a deep dive into the minds of some of the most talented artists, educators, influencers, and leaders in the professional salon industry. Hosted by Gordon Miller, ceo and self-proclaimed social media evangelist.

Episode Date
#154 Michelle O'Connor, Artistic Director, @Matrix Professional

Multiple NAHA winner @MichelleOConnorBeauty is known throughout the industry for her work as both Artistic Director with Matrix Professional and Creative Director for SALON BY INSTYLE inside JCP.  In a deep conversation that covers everything from shifting from her early passion and commitment to dance to evolving into a successful and varied career in hairdressing, Michelle shares her personal insights into what it takes to make it in the world of professional beauty.  We also dig deep into #BlackLivesMatter and what it might mean for our industry going forward. Another great episode. HIGHLY Recommended

Sep 13, 2020
#153 Stacey Ciceron, Textured Hair Expert, @Oribe

@Oribepro ambassador @StaceyCiceron joins Gordon for a deep conversation on life & work in the midst of Covid-19, reflections on the Black Lives Matter movement, race & America (and the salon industry), the powers of mentorship and role models, and her work with and love of Oribe.

Sep 06, 2020
#152 Ruth Roche, @Redken Master Educator

Returning guest @RuthRoche, the 5 times NAHA winner and renowned global educator on coping in a faster-than-ever changing world (and professional beauty industry), hairdressing education in the new normal and much more. Be sure to check out our Episode #17 for more on this iconic @redken artist's life and career story.

Aug 30, 2020
#151 Steve Sleeper, Professional Beauty Association

PBA's Executive Director Steve Sleeper walks us through the many programs and initiatives provided by the industry's largest professional association (@probeautyassoc) - at a time when we need their support more than ever. From ISSE, NAHA and Beacon to Covid-19 related grants and other charitable programs - plus the longstanding work promoting meaningful legislation and regulation for the industry- we dig into the history as well a bit of the future of this critically important organization.

Aug 23, 2020
#150 Leah Freeman, Salon FUSE+ L'ANZA

Salon owner, award-winning colorist, and L'ANZA Global Color Director Leah Freeman joins Gordon for a freewheeling, inspired conversation.  From her challenges as a young learner with Dyslexia and early days behind the chair to her journey to becoming a successful salon owner and renowned educator with L'ANZA, Leah shares the story behind her 20+ year career as well as lessons learned along the way.

Aug 16, 2020
#149 Cherry Petenbrink, @OliviaGardenInt Artistic Director

Cherry Petenbrink (@hairbycherryp) is a renowned celebrity stylist, colorist, platform artist, educator & Artistic Director for Olivia Garden International. Perhaps best known for her work on The Hunger Games series (making her a trailblazer in the 'fashion color' trend we all know so well), Cherry shares her experiences as a long time working professional, former salon owner and colorist to the 'stars'.

Aug 09, 2020
#148 Van Council, @VanMichaelSalon on Covid-19

Owner of one of the leading @Aveda concept salons in the world, @VanCouncil joins Gordon to talk about pandemic related lessons learned from the re-opening of his renowned Van Michael Salons in Atlanta, Georgia.  Among the 1st salons to reopen in the USA following the widespread Covid-19 related shutdowns, Van talks about the practical aspects of his reopening strategy and related experience plus his take on the coming 'new normal' - including changes to salon environments, the evolving expectations of guests, salon business model trends, e-commerce and more.

Aug 02, 2020
#147. Salon Recovery Series, Part 5: Tabatha Coffey Talks Money (Post Covid-19)

@TabathaCoffey joins Gordon to talk MONEY(yours!) and offer her thoughts on why it's more important than ever to have a personal plan to make the most of yours. Whether planning proactively for unexpected emergencies, buying your first house (or salon) or retirement, how we think about money matters -  and Tabatha gives us lots to think about in this episode.

Tremendous thanks to @SalonCentric for supporting this series; and to @Matrix Global Business Ambassador Tabatha Coffey for joining our important conversations related to salons re-opening successfully in the face of coronavirus. #ItTakesAPro

Jul 26, 2020
#146 On Salons Reopening: Lorean Cairns, @foxandjane Salons

NYC based salon owner, consultant, and educator @LoreanCairns shares her thoughts and experiences around her reopening salons across multiple states in the face of a global pandemic. The author of Culture Fox: How to Cultivate a Lasting Culture walks us through key strategies and tactics in facing the near term of reopening - as well as thoughts on the longer term, quickly approaching 'new normal'.

Jul 19, 2020
#145 Frédéric Fekkai, Salon Owner & Founder, FEKKAI brands

Owner of the iconic Manhattan-based salon group, a longtime L'Oreal Professionnel Color salon, Frédéric Fekkai joins Gordon to discuss salons adjusting to the coming 'new normal' (given Covid-19), the power of greatbranding, becoming a salon owner, finding the right partnerships and more.  One of the most recognized Celebrity Stylists of all time, @fekkai also gives his take on the changing social and digital media world - and its impacts on salons and professionals. 

Jul 12, 2020
#144 Salon Recovery Series, Part 4: Sam Villa, #ItTakesAPro

Sam Villa on the evolving salon experience and how professionals can proactively adapt to our fast-changing world. Thanks to SalonCentric for bringing the co-founder of, @Redken Global Artistic Ambassador, and @SalonCentric to our ongoing, important conversation related to salons re-opening in the face of coronavirus. 

Jul 08, 2020
#143 Beau Bollinger, Owner, Hairstory Dallas Studio

Salon owner, #crafthairdresser, and educator @BeauBollinger joins us for a conversation sharing the story behind his successful career, his outspoken and proactive attitudes towards the coronavirus' impact on the salon industry -as well as sharing thoughts on how to create a great career in the salon. 

Jul 05, 2020
#142 The Evolution of the Salon Experience: Dan Langer, @RandCo

Salons across the world are rethinking how to best serve clients - while keeping them safe, healthy, AND happy.  R+Co President Dan Langer has long been passionate about creating unique and memorable experiences - and inspiring professionals to do the same in the salon.  In the face of coronavirus, Dan offers great insights and advice on how to up your game in every aspect of the business - and to recognize the opportunities to be found by salons and professionals in the 'new normal' ahead of us all. 

Jul 01, 2020
#141 Tippi Shorter, Global Artistic Director, Mizani

@TippiShorter shares unique insights into her life as a successful celebrity hairstylist, renowned texture expert, respected educator and so much more. The Global Artistic Director for Mizani has spent decades helping to lead the way in proactively changing attitudes in the professional salon industry around the big ideas of texture and race.  From the impact of Covid-19 and the #BlackLivesMatter movement on our industry to a discussion around the larger issue of needed changes in the salon industry, this conversation is one not to be missed. 

Jun 28, 2020
#140 Salon Recovery Series, Pt 3: @cassandraplatinum

SalonCentric ambassador, #ittakesapro artist, and corrective color "ninja" Cassandra McGlaughlin shares insights and projections related to hair color services in a post Covid-19 world.  With hair color driving the majority of service dollars in salons today, the evolution of client attitudes towards time in the salon will likely play a critical role in color service trends, as well as salon finances.  Cassandra shares her take on this issue and much more. Thanks to @SalonCentric for their support in creating this important 6-part series.  

Jun 24, 2020
#139 Thomas Osborn, TIGI

@TIGIprofessionals Americas Creative Director & VP of Education Thomas Osborn joins Gordon to share his take on our changing world (and what trends might remain with us post 'reopening'), share the unique story behind his professional career as one of the industry's leading educators, and give us some insights into the future of TIGI and education.

Jun 21, 2020
#138 Salon Recovery Series, Pt 2: Shelley Gregory

SalonCentric ambassador and renowned influencer @ShelleyGregoryHair shares her insights into life as an independent working hairdresser as we all work our way through salon re-openings following the Coronavirus related nationwide shutdown. An #ittakesapro artist, Shelley shares her approach to client communication, rethinking day-to-day life in the salon, home hair color kits, pricing, and much more.  Thanks to @SalonCentric for their support in creating this important 6-part series.  

Jun 17, 2020
#137 #BlackLives Matter with @HairByPaulaPeralta

Self-described "LA Curly Hairstylist", educator and Paul Mitchell Ambassador Paula Peralta joins Gordon to discuss #blacklivesmatter, including her personal and professional experiences as a black woman and hairdresser.  Paula also shares insights into how we can respond as professionals to the growing calls for racial justice in America and a more inclusive professional beauty industry.  

Jun 14, 2020
#136 Salon Recovery Series Pt 1: Daniel Mason Jones

One of the industry's most respected business educators and coaches, Daniel Mason-Jones shares his experience and perspective on successfully re-opening his salon following the coronavirus related shut down of salons nationally.  The SalonCentric ambassador and #ittakesapro artist shares his blueprint for re-opening - including effective client communication, teamwork, changes to scheduling and services menus, and much more. 

Jun 11, 2020
#135 Colin Caruso on Salon Reopenings

Colin Caruso is a renowned educator, working colorist, owner of Salon CARU, and John Paul Mitchell Systems' Director of Color.  In this episode, we discuss thoughts on the coming post Coronavirus 'new normal' - and how salons and professionals can best succeed going forward.  We also take a deep dive into Paul Mitchell's newly launched Social Gathering digital resource center and communal platform - designed to support the entire industry in successfully reopening. 

Jun 07, 2020
#134. Stephen Moody, @WellaHairUSA

Wella Professionals' North American Education Director Stephen Moody is one of the industry’s most recognized and respected educators. Stephen shares his observations related to possible coming trends as the world begins to consider a new sort of normal in day-to-day life.... and in day to day beauty for the consumer.  We also discuss Stephen's thoughts on how to come back stronger than ever behind the chair. 

May 31, 2020
#133 Allen Ruiz, @Ruiz_Salon

Aveda Global Artistic Director, Hair Styling Allen Ruiz is an award-winning artist (NAHA x 2!), editorial stylist, successful salon owner, working professional and renowned educator.  Listen in as Allen discusses with Gordon the Covid-19 related changes occurring throughout the industry, and his team's plan to proactively react to lessons learned as a salon owner and globe-trotting educator for 20+ years.  

May 24, 2020
#132 Kao's Cory Couts (Global President, Salon Division) and Trevor Attenborough (Vice President, Americas Region)

Kao's Cory Couts (Global President, Salon Division) and Trevor
Attenborough (Vice President, Americas Region) offer up an insightful global perspective on how salons are reacting to and recovering from the pandemic.  Home to Goldwell, Oribe, and KMS, Kao has recently launched a global effort - the Kao Salon Recovery Initiative in support of the global salon community - the details of which we dig into in this episode.

May 17, 2020
#131 John Moroney, Kao Salon Global

Industry veteran John Moroney, VP Creative and Communication for Kao Salon Global (home to Goldwell, KMS, and Oribe), offers a global perspective on salons - as well as details behind #WorthTheWait, a consumer-facing social media campaign reminding clients of their unique relationship with salon professionals. The program is just one part of Kao's Salon Industry Recovery Initiative helping salons recover and rebuild as they emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. 

May 10, 2020
#130. Secret Lives of Hairdressers: Anthony & Pat Mascolo, TIGI

Anthony & Pat Mascolo, TIGI co-founder and International Artistic Director and TIGI Global Make-up Director respectively, join Hb for a talk about the day to day life passions that drive their immense creativity.  Married since 1986, Anthony and Pat are also co-editors in chief of -- one of the industry's most fascinating 'media' websites and print publications  - one very much focused on 'the anthropology of hair.'  Listen in for another inspired conversation with industry legends. 

May 06, 2020
#129. The Secret Lives of Hairdressers, Part 5: Howard McLaren, @RandCo

R+Co co-founder @HowardMcLaren shares his passion for art (including his interest in creating collages), as part of his larger interest in creativity - and how it feeds his work as a globally renowned artist hairdresser.  We also discuss the impact of "Stay at Home" response to Coronavirus on professionals and how to make the most of our changing world.

May 03, 2020
#128: The Secret Lives of Hairdressers: Pt 4: Lucie Doughty, Paul Mitchell
Lucie Doughty is Creative Director for John Paul Mitchell Systems where she leads the creative vision for the entire portfolio of Paul Mitchell brands.  A renowned master educator, platform artist, and award-winning colorist and editorial stylist (including 2020 NAHA!). Lucie shares some of the personal passions that help define who she is as a human -and inspire her work as one of the most creative professionals we know. 
From the Hb Conversation archives:  Check out Episode #20 with Lucie for a deeper dive into her professional “origin story” as well as a look into her day-to-day life at the iconic brand.  
Apr 26, 2020
#127. The Secret Lives of Hairdressers: Mark Hayes, Sassoon Salons and Academies

Sassoon Salons and Academies International Creative Director Mark Hayes shares a behind-the-scenes look into the passions that have influenced him personally and professionally throughout his 40+ year career. For added context from Mark, listen in to popular episodes #23 and #56- conversations with one of the industry's leading educational leaders.

Apr 22, 2020
#126. Artist Compilation: Live from Matrix Destination, Part 2

Alfredo Lewis, Lisa Walker, Paul Falltrick, Desmond Murray, and Constance Robbins each join Gordon for a 1-on-1 conversation in Part 2 of this series focused on bringing to our audience the voices of leading educators and artists from the world of Matrix.  This varied collection of conversations offers up a diverse list of lessons learned, great advice, and varied experiences.  Go back to Episode #118 to experience Part 1.

Apr 19, 2020
#125. Secret Lives of Hairdressers, Pt 2: Antoinette Beenders, Aveda

Next stop - a lakeside home not far outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota where @antoinettebeenders, Global Creative Director, Senior Vice President of Creative for @Aveda, took the time (while 'self-isolating') to share the stories behind her passions for photography, art, fashion, nature and more. 
One of the industry's most highly recognized and awarded artists, Antoinette never fails to inspire.

Apr 15, 2020
#124. The Secret Lives of Hairdressers, Pt 1: @AnhCoTran

With Coronavirus taking over so much of our collective conversations as of late, we are changing things up a bit by digging into the personal side of some of our favorite educators/artists. First up is Anh Co Tran, creator of "Lived In Hair" and Global Creative Director for Milbon, who shares many of his personal passions as well as a conversation about how they fit into his professional work.

Apr 12, 2020
#123. Neeko and Tanya Abriol, The Lab Lounge

Neeko and Tanya Abriol are successful celebrity stylists and co-owners of the Lab Lounge in Beverly Hills. Four-time NAHA winner Neeko Abriol has helped make over clients like Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nathalie Emmanuel, Tyra Banks, and Pink. Partner in business and life, Tanya Abriol counts Sandra Bullock, Kate Hudson, Salma Hayek, and Gwyneth Paltrow among her roster of A-list clients.  Listen in for some great insights into developing a long-lasting career, suite life (versus traditional salon) – as well as advice on working in the salon as a married couple.  

Apr 05, 2020
#122. David Thurston, @DavidThurstonOfficial, Pulp Riot

Pulp Riot founder & CEO David Thurston joins Gordon for a talk about coping with  Coronavirus, how to best prepare for the coming, post-crisis ‘new normal’, and much more.  Known throughout the professional salon industry as an entrepreneur, educator, and disrupter, David is passionate about sharing his considerable insights on how to adapt to the changes caused by the digital revolution and thrive in the new world.

Mar 29, 2020
#121. @ShannelMariano, Educator

Longtime Hairbrained community member Shannel Mariano says she graduated beauty school "not knowing how to cut hair. People would tell me how much they admired my passion for learning. They were wrong. Fear drove me to education, not passion." Fast forward to today and Shannel has found her true passion: educating others by way of her unique approach to teaching the fundamentals of haircutting.  With 346,000+ followers on Instagram, it's clear that many are being inspired by her passion - and we are thrilled she is sharing a bit of that passion with us on today's episode. 

Mar 22, 2020
#120. Special Episode: A Conversation about Salons and Coronavirus with Tabatha Coffey and Nina Kovner

Inspired conversations with two of the industry's leading coaches and voices. Tabatha Coffey, Matrix Global Business Ambassador &  Nina Kovner, founder, Passion Squared each share thoughts on how to best cope with the challenges facing salons and professionals in the wake of COVID-19. 

Mar 19, 2020
#119. Sheri Doss & Suzanne Strum, @Redken

Sheri Doss is  Global VP, Education of Redken (and all of L’Oreal’s other American Brands); Suzanne Strum Is VP of Redken Education US- and together they are a powerhouse of insights into the world of learning in professional beauty, and more specifically, education at Redken (the first major haircare company to make professional development a cornerstone of the brand essence). Recorded live at the Redken Artist Connection conference.

Mar 15, 2020
#118. Artist Compilation: Live from Matrix Destination, Part 1

Nick Stenson, Eric Vaughn, Danielle Keasling, Mustafa Avci, Daniel Roldan & Philip Wolff each join Gordon for a 1-on-1 conversation as part of this 2-part series focused on bringing to our hb audience the voices of leading educators and artists from the world of Matrix.  This varied collection of conversations offers up a diverse list of lessons learned, great advice, and varied experiences.  Stay tuned for part 2 in this series in the coming weeks. 

Mar 08, 2020
#117. Gerard Scarpaci & Randy Taylor, @hairbrained_official: LIVE at ISSE

Hairbrained co-founders join Gordon and a live audience in the Hb Community Room at PBA's 2020 ISSE show to talk about the inspiration behind some of Hb's most iconic programs and platforms, the evolution of the community, and take some questions from our audience. 

Mar 01, 2020
#116. Ronan Perceval, creator of Phorest Salon Software

Gordon invited ‘fellow geek’ Ronan Perceval, CEO, creator and founder of Phorest Salon Software, for an inspired conversation about some of the big learnings that come from collecting millions of pieces of data from salons literally across the globe - including best practices for stylists and salon owners based on that data, coming global trends that the data points towards and much more. 

Feb 23, 2020
#115. Sylvie Moreau, President of Professional Beauty, Coty

With an eye focused squarely on innovation and how it can best benefit the future of salons and professionals, Sylvie Moreau joins Gordon immediately following her visit to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  The global leader of Wella Professional, Sebastian, ghd, OPI and more talks about learnings from this future-focused event - and the award-winning premiere there of Wella Professionals' augmented reality (AR) enabled Smart Mirror - and what this kind of technology will mean for the business of salons.  

Feb 16, 2020
#114. Leslie Marino + Carrington Cole, Redken 5th Avenue NYC

Redken General Manager Leslie Marino and VP, US Marketing Carrington Cole join Gordon for a rare face-to-face conversation in Miami at the Redken Artist Connection Event.  With decades of experience between them, these two passionate leaders talk about the opportunities abounding for professionals in today’s highly competitive salon marketplace, the importance and power of mentorship as well as insights into Redken’s iconic culture, values and history.

Feb 10, 2020
#113. Darren Oram, L’Oréal Professionnel USA

British native and recent transplant to NYC Darren Oram is the VP of Education for L’Oréal  Professionnel USA. From his early days as a globe-trotting cruise ship based hairdresser to the evolution of his career into that of an international educator, Darren shares great insights into what it takes to succeed in the professional salon industry - behind the chair or in front of the classroom. 

Feb 02, 2020
#112. Tom Connell, Davines

Award-winning, international artist Tom Connell joins Hb to share the story of his journey from a young stylist working in his parent's salon in Manchester, England to the newly announced position of Davines Hair Art Director.  The former Trevor Sorbie artistic director shares the inspiration behind his love of editorial and session work as well as his growing passion for Davines, it's evolving brand identity, unique culture and commitment to quality, sustainability, and community. 

Jan 26, 2020
#111. Hb Phone-a-Friend: Gordon Miller on the Future of Salons

Hb's Director of Engagement Courtney Bright takes over the hosting duties to talk with Gordon about the questions we all have about where salons are headed as digital disruption and new innovations continue to change how consumers experience the world -and how salon owners and professionals can proactively leverage the same as opportunities for growth. Hb's FutureCast conference, an event created in direct response to these questions, is previewed in this episode. For more info, go to

Jan 22, 2020
#110. Mark Bustos,

NYC hairstylist, salon co-owner, educator, artist, and Dad, @markbustos shares the story behind his rise to prominence, his passion for making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, his dedication to his craft as well as his journey to salon ownership. Another “must listen to episode”, not to be missed.

Jan 19, 2020
#109. Hb Phone-a-Friend: Tabatha Coffey on finding the right Coach

Matrix Global Business Ambassador Tabatha Coffey answers Gordon's call to help identify the steps in finding the right coach to help up one's game in professional or personal life. As always, Tabatha offers great insights and advice into a topic that is getting lots of attention today. 

Jan 15, 2020
#108. Sonya Dove & Briana Cisneros, Wella Professionals

Wella Professionals' iconic Global Creative Artist Sonya Dove & Global Ambassador and influencer Briana Cisneros join Gordon to talk about everything from their individual career origin stories and learnings along the way to their shared passion for hair color, social media, education... and Wella.  

Jan 12, 2020
#107. Phone-a-Friend: @MichaelColeSummit on Goal Setting

One of the industry’s most iconic business/career education-focused thought leaders and coaches, Michael Cole is a global business educator for L’Oreal PPD (which includes Redken, Matrix, and L’Oreal Professionnel) and co-founder of the Summit Salon Business Center.  In this 15 minute conversation, Michael shares his best advice on setting goals that work.  Another 'must listen to' episode!

Jan 08, 2020
#106. Lorean Cairns, Fox & Jane Salon Group

In this episode, Entrepreneur, Educator & Author Lorean Cairns goes deep into the power of culture to transform businesses, careers, and lives. Lorean's book *Culture Fox (How to Cultivate a Lasting Culture) *was one of Gordon's favorite reads of 2019.  Listen in as Lorean shares the story behind her meteoric rise from working stylist to CEO of an international organization, with over 150 employees in 3 states and 2 countries.  "Not to be missed episode!"

Jan 05, 2020
#105. Hot Topics with @passionsquared, LIVE from Portland, Oregon

Nina L. Kovner joins Gordon for a discussion of 'hot topics' along with a live audience Q&A at Portland Razor Co's in-house barbershop.  Topics include finding the right resources, overcoming negativity, becoming an educator and/or influencer, sustainability and much more. As always, an inspired conversation with @passionsquared. 

Dec 29, 2019
#104: Winn Claybaugh, Paul Mitchell Schools

Dean, co-founder, & co-owner of Paul Mitchell Schools, Winn Claybaugh is known throughout the professional salon industry as a game-changing figure. He is a successful author (Be Nice...or Else!), motivational speaker, podcaster (Masters) & inspiring role model. Listen in as Winn shares his story along with some of the many lessons learned throughout his 40+ year career in beauty.

Dec 22, 2019
#103: Debra Neill Baker, @seriousbusinessconf

Co-founder of the iconic Serious Business conference, Debra Neill Baker is also CEO (Chief Energizing Officer) of the Neill Corporation, the parent company of the Louisiana based Paris Parker Salons and a leading Aveda distributor. A self-described salon industry evangelist, Debra is a leading force behind the conference that many call the ‘Ted Talks for the beauty industry.’  A respected industry leader and visionary, Debra shares her insights into creating success as well as a look at the upcoming Serious Business conference, 1/19-20, New Orleans.

Dec 18, 2019
Episode #102: Dan Langer, R+C0 & Robert Reed, Ergo Styling Tools

Industry veterans, friends and leading executives Dan Langer and Robert Reed join us for a enlightening conversation digging into the ongoing evolution of experience in the salon (in the context of the larger world around us), thoughts on how to excel in a time of 'disruption' and change, lessons learned over the course of their long careers and much more.

Dec 15, 2019
Episode #101: Laura Luciani, Davines

Excited to share our first-ever conversation with a real-life scientist -
Laura Luciana,  Davines International Scientific Communications Manager. It's easy to forget just how big a role science plays in the professional salon industry - until you hear from the likes of Laura (who makes science sound easy!).  Listen in to our fascinating conversation about 'science and beauty' we're sure you are going to have some AHA moments.

Dec 08, 2019
Episode #100, Part 2: Robert Lobetta, Icon

A second hour of brilliant storytelling from the gifted artist @RobertLobetta, who shares with us the story behind his iconic career of almost 50 years- as well as some lessons learned along the way, thoughts on the current state of hairdressing and salons, plus some musings on his own future. Another instant favorite! Be sure to check out Part 1 of this conversation with Robert in our back library of episodes.

Dec 01, 2019
Episode #100, Part 1: Robert Lobetta, Icon

One of the most respected hairdressers of the last 50 years, Robert Lobetta is an artistic visionary,  master of his craft...and brilliant storyteller (so much so that we've turned this conversation into a 2 part program).  Listen in for a fascinating journey into the story behind the artist and his many lessons learned along the way. Stay tuned for Episode 101, Part 2 with @RobertLobetta for the rest of the story!

Nov 24, 2019
Episode #99: Michael Gordon, @MichaelGordonHair

Michael Gordon is a rebel in the world of hair …and the iconic founder of Bumble and bumble.  His knack for collaborating, connecting people and building creative, eclectic environments has cemented his legacy as an industry innovator. Gordon is the author of Hair Heroes and producer of Vidal Sassoon: the Movie. Today, Michael Gordon is in high demand to share his experiences with audiences from coast to coast, which has led him to follow a new path in public speaking, coaching and consulting. 

Nov 17, 2019
Episode #98: Kien Hoang, @oribepro

Renowned artist, stylist & salon owner Kien Hoang is also the Principle Educator of Content for Oribe Haircare. The founder of UMBRELLA Salon shares some of the many insights gleaned from his consideable experience in all things hair - including his passion for art, design & fashion.

Nov 10, 2019
Special Episode: Hb Phone-a-Friend Pilot

@passionsquared's Nina Kovner joins Gordon as our 1st guest on an all-new (and 2nd) weekly hb podcast -this one focused on finding answers to the many pressing business & career questions we receive from community members.  Watch for the new series to launch in January, 2020. 

Nov 03, 2019
Episode #97: Scott Sueper, @lanzahaircare

This week’s guest is a salon owner, colorist, educator, platform artist, business coach AND Lanza Global Education Director. Lanza’s Scott Sueper has over 20 years of real-time experience to go with that long list of titles….and makes time this week for Hairbrained to share a sampling of the many lessons he's learned along the way.

Oct 27, 2019
Episode #96: Live from Paris at the OMC HairWorld Championships

OMC leaders, competitions and judges join us for a look at the world of hair competitions - and the varied reasons competing benefits the careers of so many.  Guests include OMC’s Social Media Director Vincent Fodera, Puerto Rico’s Peter Cardon, Canada’s Briana Cook, and Sweden’s Joakim Roos as well as first-time competitor and hb community member Edward Kutana (USA).

Oct 20, 2019
Episode #95: @RebeccaTaylorHair

Educator, colorist, and entrepenuer Rebecca Taylor has successfully navigated the shifting social media landscape as a public figure (within the profession) for ten+ years - and there's no end in sight to her growing success.  Rebecca shares her very personal career story as well as her views on coming changes to social media for beauty - and news about her newly opened salon. 

Oct 13, 2019
Episode #94: Whitney Vermeer

@WhitneyVermeer is a renowned men’s groomer, educator, award-winning editorial stylist, & entrepreneur.  The Andis Creative Lead of Global Education & Mitzutani platform artist shares her backstory, many of the lessons learned over the course of her career, as well as some great insights into creating a long, diverse career.

Oct 06, 2019
Episode #93: Min Kim, @minkimcolorist

Celebrity Colorist, L'Oreal Professionnel Global Artist, Educator and member of LP's Le Collectif Team, Min Kim talks about some of her favorite obsessions: beauty, hair color, life in the salon and on the road as an educator, her family...and lessons learned along the way. 

Sep 29, 2019
Episode #92: Dee DeLuca-Mattos, ECRU New York

With 35 years of experience in the world of fashion & beauty, VP of Business Development at ECRU New York, Dee DeLuca-Mattos has a unique point of view informed by her work across virtually every segment of our industry.  Listen in for a great conversation with Gordon about branding & marketing for salons & professionals. 

Sep 22, 2019
Episode #91: Jude Viola, @judeviola

#Crafthairdresser Jude Viola joins us for an introspective conversation about her career and life journey - one that has taken her from getting a college degree in banking to being inspired 'by a pixie cut' to start her career in hairdressing. Gordon call this one "an instant favorite episode".

Sep 15, 2019
Episode #90: Betsy Hamlett, @alfaparfusa

Listen in for insights and observations from the unique point of view of Alfaparf Milano USA's SVP of Sales and Education, Betsy Hamlett.  The long-time industry executive shares her career story as well as a look into trends, best practices, and lessons learned along the way. 

Sep 08, 2019
Episode #89: Rory Sevajian, @fadedinc

Barber, men's groomer, educator and family man Rory Sevajian takes us from his early days of working 'illegally' in a barbershop to his journey into cosmetology, missteps along the way - and lessons learned on his way to creating success for himself and his family. 

Sep 01, 2019
Episode #88: Nancy Braun, L'Oréal Professionnel

Renowned  L'Oréal  Pro artist, educator, salon owner and balayage guru Nancy Braun shares her truly unique career journey -plus insights into creating success as a colorist as well as a business owner.  

Aug 25, 2019
Episode #87: Richard Kavanagh, Redken Global Artist

Richard Kavanagh is an award-winning, internationally renowned Redken artist & Session Stylist; Global Creative Director of New Zealand based salons Rodney Wayne Group;  Creative Director ghd (for Australia and NZ) AND the innovative co-founder/ceo of piiq Digital.  He was also 'squished by a dinosaur' as an actor in the movie King Kong.  Tune in to learn more about Richard's fascinating story. 

Aug 18, 2019
Episode #86: Ricardo Dinis, Aveda

Aveda Global Artistic Director of Haircutting Ricardo Dinis shares some of the great lessons learned over the course of his fascinating career
journey. Gordon calls this one 'an instant favorite and a must-listen-to

Aug 11, 2019
Episode #85: Colin Caruso, Salon Caru / John Paul Mitchell Systems

Colorist, salon owner, educator and Artistic Director of Color for John Paul Mitchell Systems, Colin Caruso is back for another inspired conversation sharing career and business insights - plus a look into the inspiration behind his new video series, Paul Mitchell Style Trip.

Aug 04, 2019
Episode #84: @alfredo_lewis + @philipwolffhair

Live Audience Episode: Renowned for their IG collaborations, brand ambassadors Philip Wolff and Alfredo Lewis share some unique insights into the power of social media for today’s salon and professional - live with hairbrained at Premiere Orlando. With appreciation to SalonCentric for sponsoring this important series.

Jul 28, 2019
Episode #83: Chad Kenyon, @chadkenyon

Celebrity colorist, Olaplex brand ambassador, and educator Chad Kenyon goes deep into the very personal story behind his rise to success.  Chad also offers up a lot of great insights & advice on building a longlasting, fulfilling career. 

Jul 21, 2019
Episode #82: Emilie Poisson, L’Oréal Professionnel

At age 6, Emilie told her mother she wanted to one day be a hairdresser. Fast forward 36 years: Emilie didn't quite make it to beauty school, but does lead (as General Manager) one of the industry's most iconic haircare brands -and has discovered a deep passion for supporting the professionals who work in salons every day. Listen in to another great conversation on creating success in the professional salon industry.

Jul 14, 2019
Episode #81: Antony Whitaker, @growmysalonbusiness

Antony Whitaker, the internationally renowned educator, author, and business coach, talks about the power of assisting, how to be a great mentor, shifting business models and more. A featured business educator at Paul Mitchell programs across North America, Antony is a wealth of great advice and information.

Jul 07, 2019
Episode #80: Aga Dondzik, Celebrity Stylist

Aga Dondzik (@agadondzik) is a Hb podcast fan with a twist - she travels the world doing hair and makeup for bands/artists (currently on a global tour with Carly Rae Jepsen). The Chicago based, long time stylist and salon owner recently introduced herself to Gordon in a Chicago restaurant. What started out as a casual podcast related connection led to a deep dive into her professional journey - for all the world to listen in and learn from.

Jun 30, 2019
Episode #79: Sam Daly, @bottleblonde76

Sam Daly (aka @bottleblonde76) shares the unique story behind her 20+-year journey to success as a working professional, salon owner, educator/artist and more. The SalonCentric ambassador and Pulp Riot artist shares lessons learned across two decades of ups and downs on her way to prominence. With appreciation to SalonCentric for sponsoring this important series.

Jun 23, 2019
Episode #78: @JoelTorresStyle, TIGI

Award-winning educator and artist Joel Torres is known throughout the industry for his highly engaging educational content on social.  The TIGI Creative Director, Americas shares the story behind his journey from Puerto Rico to the mainland USA and beyond - thanks to a lot of hard work, determination, and patience as a craft hairdresser and barber. 

Jun 16, 2019
Episode #77: Sam Villa, @samvillahair

SalonCentric Ambassador and Redken Icon, Sam Villa talks about the importance and power of education to transform careers and lives, his take on the power of "experience" in the salon...and much more.  With appreciation to SalonCentric for sponsoring this important series.

Jun 09, 2019
Episode #76: Stephanie Kocielski, JPMS

From humble beginnings, Stephanie Kocielski has carved out an iconic career that has taken her around the world. From working behind the chair at A Robert Cromeans Salon and traveling the globe as a renowned platform artist to her current position as Paul Mitchell Systems VP of Key Customer Relations, Stephanie has "done it all”.  Listen in to another inspired conversation in this week’s episode. 

Jun 02, 2019
Episode #75: Carmen DePasquale, ECRU New York

Over the course of a 50+ year career, Carmen DePasquale has become known as an innovator in the business of beauty.  The one time stylist's 'empire', the DePasquale Companies, today includes DePasquale The Spa & Salon Systems, Artistic Academy of Hair Design and Aesthetics, & haircare brand ECRU New York. Listen in as Carmen shares lessons learned during his half-century of professional experience. 

May 26, 2019
Episode #74: Charlie Price, @Charliepricehair

One of the industry’s most recognizable faces -and voices, Charlie Price is known for his artistry, practical salon focused education and fun, irreverent style of presenting. The award-winning artist and one-time villain on Bravo TV’s Shear Genius joins Gordon for a fun, far-ranging and smart conversation. 

May 19, 2019
Episode #73: @philipwolffhair on Education, Creativity & Influence

SalonCentric ambassador Philip Wolff is an educator and influencer - a skilled professional who has 'done it all' yet remains humble and connected. 
The Matrix Global Educator talks about what it takes to sustain a 20+ year career in our highly competitive industry. With appreciation to SalonCentric for sponsoring this important series.

May 15, 2019
Episode #72: Sharon Blain, Sharon Blain Education

Renowned globetrotting updo and longhair artist/educator Sharon Blain shares the story behind her iconic career as well as great advice on becoming a successful educator, working professional and more.  

May 12, 2019
Episode #71: Anthony Mascolo, TIGI

 TIGI co-founder and international artistic director  Anthony Mascolo on the story behind his iconic career as well as a deep dive into his passion project (and Gordon's "favorite industry magazine") Infringe  (and  

May 05, 2019
Episode #70: @caroline.anythingbutbasic on Suite Success

SalonCentric ambassador and colorist Caroline Guiney shares insights into salon suite ownership, a career option that is transforming the industry. From the pros and cons of suite owner to insights into her success as a colorist, Caroline shares some great information.  With appreciation to SalonCentric for sponsoring this important series.

May 01, 2019
Episode #69: Reuben Carranza, Olaplex

One of the industry's most passionate executives, Olaplex President Reuben Carranza joins Gordon for a conversation sharing his unique journey as a leader, lessons learned along the way and the true story behind the rise a game-changing brand.

Apr 28, 2019
Episode #68: Van Council, Van Michael Salons

One of the industry’s most successful salon organizations, Van Michael Salons are renowned globally as leaders in best practices in every aspect of their business.  A long-time Aveda Concept Salon owner, Van shares a great list of insights into what makes his organization so uniquely successful. This is a not to be missed episode!  

Apr 21, 2019
Episode #67: @shelleygregoryhair on Success in the Salon

Influencer and working salon professional  Shelley Gregory is the 2nd  guest in our 6  part series on growing your career & business.  Shelley shares her experiences with proven, real-time tactics that have helped her build a successful and sustainable career in the salon. With appreciation to Salon Centric for sponsoring this important series.

Apr 14, 2019
Episode #66: Gerard Scarpaci, Hairbrained

Hairbrained Co-founder Gerard Scarpaci shares a deep dive into the personal and professional experiences that have made him who he is today - the #crafthairdresser's #crafthairdresser.  This is a not to be missed episode!

Apr 07, 2019
Episode #65: @staygold31 + @the_bloody_butcher LIVE

Join Sofie and Schorem's Rob (along with a passionate live audience in NYC) for a brilliant conversation with Gordon on the changing landscape of barbering/mens grooming, social media and so much more. 

Mar 31, 2019
Episode #64: Daniel Mason-Jones, Muse Salon & Spa

Renowned salon owner & educator Daniel Mason-Jones on the ins and outs of owning your own salon. The 1st guest in a series of 6 special episodes on key topics related to growing your career & business, Daniel dives into the big ideas that have propelled him to success as both an owner & working hairdresser. With appreciation to Salon Centric for sponsoring this important series.

Mar 24, 2019
Episode #63: Elisa Fischer, TIGI Professional

One of the industry’s most prominent executives, TIGI’s Elisa Fischer leads a passionate hairdresser-centric company, created by hairdressers, for hairdressers.  With responsibility for the North and South America and the Asia-Pacific regions, Elisa has a huge passion for advancing the careers of working professionals throughout the world. Listen in for some great advice and insights. 

Mar 17, 2019
Episode #62: 6 Guests, 1 Episode, #RedkenSymposium2019

Recorded LIVE during Redken’s 2019 Symposium, this episdoe features a variety of insights and great advice from Ann Mincey, @RebeccaTaylorHair, @CassandraPlatinum, @MichaelColeSummit, @HeyElizabethFaye and @Ryan.Weeden(@mastersofbalayage). 

Mar 10, 2019
Episode #61: Kelly Cardenas, JPMS National Educator

Kelly Cardenas is a renowned salon owner, career and business coach, JPMS national educator and, most recently, author.  Known throughout the industry as an inspiring figure, Kelly shares his remarkable story as well as some significant insights into building a sustainable business and career. 

Mar 03, 2019
Episode #60: Don Godfrey, 'The Don of Social Media', @fiidnt

Don Godfrey (the founder of @nothingbutpixies, @wickeddopehair and social media marketing coaching platform @fiidnt) goes deep into IG and related brand building best practices --and the story behind his rise in pro beauty. 

Feb 24, 2019
Episode #59: Janine Jarman, Hairroin Salons NYC / LA

Salon owner, working hairdresser, celebrity stylist and entrepreneurial spirit Janine Jarman shares the story behind her brilliant rise to success, best advice for creating your own and much more. 

Feb 17, 2019
Episode #58: Ursula Stephen, Celebrity Stylist

From 4 years in a high school beauty school program to traveling the world with Rhianna, @ursulastephen has had a unique and inspiring path to success.  The 'architect of style is a celebrity stylist, salon owner, working professional and emerging educator with a great outlook on life and career.  Listen in for some great lessons learned!

Feb 10, 2019
Episode #57: Johnny Ramirez, Ramirez l Tran Salon

Renowned Colorist, Redken Brand Ambassador and salon owner Johnny Ramirez goes deep into the fascinating story behind his rise to global prominence and success- and lessons learned along the way.  Gordon says this is an absolute "must listen to" episode! 

Feb 03, 2019
Episode #56: Mark Hayes

Mark Hayes is one of the world’s most revered educators and artistic forces.  The international creative director of Vidal Sassoon Academies and Salons is back for a second engaging conversation with Gordon.  Be sure to check out episode #23 for Mark’s 1st episode with us.

Jan 27, 2019
Episode #55: Najah Aziz, @najahliketheriver

#Gamechanger salon owner, educator, influencer and celebrity stylist Najah Aziz talks about the transition (and lessons learned) from life in a corporate 'cubicle' to that of a high profile success story in the professional salon industry.

Jan 20, 2019
Episode #54: Alfredo Lewis, Educator/Influencer

Alfredo Lewis has been credited with playing a significant role in the rise of Influencers as brand ambassadors in pro beauty. Talking about everything from his 25 year professional journey (from hairdresser to Influencer) to social best practices and more, Alfredo offers up some great advice and insights. 

Jan 13, 2019
Episode #53: David Thurston, Pulp Riot Founder & CEO

Seen across the industry as a leader in pro-active disruptive change, Pulp Riot's David Thurston joins Gordon for a free wheeling, far ranging conversation on everything from the state of social media for pro beauty to business model trends.

Jan 06, 2019
Episode #52: Part 2 - Lessons Learned + Best Advice for 2019

All NEW year end smart convo’s with Robert Cromeans, @staygold31, Anh Co Tran, Garren, @chelseavonnejames, @andrewdoeshair, @cassandraplatinum and Stephen Moody - each sharing great insights and advice for the new year. 

Dec 30, 2018
Episode #51: Lessons Learned + Best Advice for 2019 - Part 1

Join Hb for a year-end line up of inspiring all-new 'quick' conversations with: 
Tabatha Coffey, @popular_nobody, DJ Muldoon, Jay Wesley Olson, @phildoeshair, Keri Davis-Duffy & Sam Villa (plus bonus chat with Hairbrained's Courtney Bright).

Dec 23, 2018
Episode #50: @lisalovesbalayage Talks Social

Educator/Influencer Lisa Walker, aka @lisalovesbalayage, joins Gordon for a deep dive into Social Media best practices as a follow up to her tremendously popular Episode #42. 

Dec 16, 2018
Episode #49: Nina L. Kovner, @PassionSquared

Passion Squared's 'Chief Awesomeness Empowerer' Nina Kovner is a renowned coach, mentor, and thought-leader in social and digital for pro beauty. Nina joins Gordon for a deep conversation about the big ideas behind succeeding on social platforms. 

Dec 09, 2018
Episode #48: Tatum Neill, Elevate Hair

The creative director of New Orleans based Paris Parker Salons, #crafthairdresser,  Aveda North American Artistic Team member, DJ & founder of Elevate Hair Tatum Neill talks social media, content creation and the intersection of his passion for music and hair. 

Dec 02, 2018
Episode #47: Tabatha Coffey + Selina Tomasich, founder of Hair Aid

A very special conversation with our friend Tabatha Coffey and humanitarian  Selina Tomasich, the founder of Hair Aid, an Australian based charitable organization focused on lifting people out of critical poverty by sharing basic haircutting skills.  Please visit @hairaidinc on IG or for info. 

Nov 25, 2018
Episode #46: Garren, Howard McLaren & Thom Priano

The iconic co-founders of R+Co join Hb (and a live audience) from their Vision On event to share their stories as well as views on the state of salons, creating success and standing out in these competitive times.

Nov 18, 2018
Episode #45: @hairf**cker (Kirill and Maria)

Russian hairdressers, educators, and artists Kirill and Maria have together created Hairf**cker a unique salon space, educational collective, and content studio that has gained a passionate global following of craft hairdressers.  Listen in to a fascinating conversation about art, inspiration, punk, and passion with the hairbrained video awards nominee and winner of the HVA video of the year.  Note: replace the ** with 'uc' to find them on IG! 

Nov 11, 2018
Episode #44: Drew Schaefering, L’Oréal Professionnel Artist

NYC based L’Oréal Professionnel educator/artist, session stylist, celebrity hairdresser and founder of the Cruxe tool brand Drew Schaefering shares insights into successfully navigating a multi-faceted, fast-paced career.

Nov 04, 2018
Episode #43: Shelley Gregory (@shelleygregoryhair)

Shelley Gregory is a working colorist, stylist 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 Instagram). 

Oct 28, 2018
Episode #42: Lisa Walker ( @lisalovesbalayage )
Known around the world as a leading hair color educator and 'influencer"(as well as the founder of the Master Boot Camp), Lisa shares the story behind her many years of struggling to succeed in the salon- and the many inspiring lessons learned along the way. She also shares great insights into creating success in the salon using Instagram. 'A not to be missed episode!!' - Gordon
Oct 21, 2018
Episode #41: Philip Ring (@phildoeshair)

Recorded LIVE in Paris during the @OMChairworld Championships, Philip Ring joins Gordon for an inspired conversation delving into everything from the story behind his career growth to how he views his ADHD as an advantage as an artist (and working hairdresser).  He also share the inspiring story of his personal battle with cancer.

Oct 14, 2018
Episode #40: Trevor Attenborough, Kao Salon division

Trevor Attenborough, VP, Americas Region for Kao Salon (owners of Goldwell, KMS and Oribe) talks about the power of 'digital disruption' to transform our industry in positive ways. Trevor discusses with the impact of Voice, AR, AI, and VR technologies- as well as the expectations of millennials relative to salons and the adoption of technology. Gordon says "a not to be missed episode!"

Oct 07, 2018
Episode #39: James Pecis, Oribe Global Ambassador

James Pecis collaborates with some of fashion's most innovative names. A leader in the world of editorial and runway hair, James is also involved in Oribe product development, education, editorial shoots, and fashion events.  James shares with Gordon a BTS look at his life in hair and fashion. 

Sep 30, 2018
Episode #38: Keri Davis-Duffy, Beauty Backbone

Co-owner of the award-winning Gila Rut Salons, Keri is also co-founder of Beauty Backbone, a one-of-a-kind educational company helping salons to grow and succeed.  A renowned business educator and coach, Keri shares a long list of powerful insights with Gordon. 

Sep 23, 2018
Episode #37: Ann Mincey, Redken 5th Avenue NYC

For over 40 years, Ann Mincey has traveled the world on behalf of Redken, sharing the history and stories behind the brand.  The renowned educator and brand ambassador has dedicated her career to inspiring professionals and salons owners alike. Ann shares her own story and some great advice with Gordon.

Sep 16, 2018
Episode #36: Garren, Co-founder, R+Co

With over 1000 magazine covers to his credit, Garren's name is synonymous with the highest level of unparalleled style and sophistication. One of the world's most renowned editorial and session stylists, he has worked with a long list of celebrities including Kendall Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, Linda Evangelista, and Madonna. Listen in as Garren shares the story behind his iconic career.

Sep 09, 2018
Episode #35: Special Edition - A Podcast about Podcasts

Pro beauty podcasters Eric Taylor (The Hair Game) and Corey Gray + Tony Stewart (Your Day Off) join Gordon to talk about their experiences and learnings connecting with both guests and audiences in this 'new' and dynamic content form. 

Sep 02, 2018
Episode #34: DJ Muldoon, theFactory Hair

Renowned independent educator and founder/co-owner of theFactory is a master of the craft who believes that ‘Knowledge Destroys Fear’. The former Sassoon and JPMS educator shares his one-a-kind story and lessons learned along the way. 

Aug 26, 2018
Episode #33: Colin Caruso, Salon CARU / John Paul Mitchell Systems

Colorist, salon owner and Artistic Director of Color for John Paul Mitchell Systems, Colin Caruso shares a long list of inspired insights into creating career and business success.  One of JPMS’s most sought-after educators and coaches, Colin shares some highly valuable lessons. 


Aug 19, 2018
Episode #32: Anh Co Tran

Renowned salon owner, educator, celebrity and editorial stylist Anh Co Tran joins Gordon for an inspired conversation. The L’Oreal Professionnel Ambassador shares both his personal and professional story in this engaging conversation. 

Aug 13, 2018
Episode #31: Tabatha Coffey

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. 

Aug 05, 2018
Episode #30: Jo Blackwell-Preston

Jo Blackwell-Preston, the owner of NYC's DopDop Salon and a L’Oreal Professionnel International Artist and Educator, shares with Gordon her considerable insights into a long list of topics that impact the lives of salon owners and professionals. 

Jul 29, 2018
Episode #29: Jesse Engle,

Tech guru Jesse Engle shares his considerable insights into creating success as an entrepreneur.  The co-founder of the Instagram friendly tool has been successfully building companies in the online space for twenty years.  A great episode with some powerful insights -including some predictions related to tech and beauty.  

Jul 22, 2018
Episode #28: Christine Schuster, L'Oreal PPD

As Senior VP of Education for the L’Oreal USA Professional Products Division, Christine leads education strategy for some of biggest brands in beauty (including Redken, Matrix, & L'Oreal Professionnel) as well as SalonCentric.  Christine shares insights into how to become a great educator, thoughts on the future of education and much more. 

Jul 15, 2018
Episode #27: Geno Stampora,

A recipient of the prestigious NAHA Hall of Leaders Lifetime Achievement Award, Geno Stampora is known for his considerable insights into creating career and business success. In this fast-paced conversation, Geno shares the story behind his iconic career as well as a long list of insights into creating and maintaining success. 

Jul 08, 2018
News Break Edition: Barbercon with the MVRCK Barbers

Jason Reyes (@iliketocuthair), Fernie Andong (@fernthebarber) and Brandon Palmore (@barber_phd) talk about the evolution of the barber culture.... and business. A special LIVE episode from Barbercon and the premiere of the all-new MVRCK by Mitch line from JPMS.  

Jul 01, 2018
Episode #26: @popular_nobody John Mosley

John Mosley, aka @popular_nobody, is one of the most sought-after barbers in the industry today. With a diverse experience spanning work in the shop, the world of high profile entertainers & athletes, brand partnerships & education, John brings a wealth of experience to his conversation with Gordon.  

Jun 17, 2018
Episode #26: @popular_nobody John Mosley

John Mosley, aka @popular_nobody, is one of the most sought-after barbers in the industry today. With a diverse experience spanning work in the shop, the world of high profile entertainers & athletes, brand partnerships & education, John brings a wealth of experience to his conversation with Gordon.  

Jun 17, 2018
Episode #25: Cassandra McGlaughlin, @cassandraplatinum

Cassandra McGlaughlin, aka @cassandraplatinum, is an award-winning colorist, 2-time salon owner, educator, consultant, and Redken Ambassador.  In this episode, Cassandra shares some of her considerable knowledge into social media and business building best practices. 

Jun 10, 2018
Episode #24: Miguel Gutierrez, @nomadbarber

The Nomad Barber is a renowned, globe-trotting barber, documentarian of the worldwide barber culture and shop owner in London and Berlin. Miguel shares the stories behind his epic journey as well as lessons learned in both business and career along the way. 

Jun 03, 2018
News Break Edition: David Thurston, Pulp Riot Co-founder & CEO

Our 1st News Break episode features an exclusive interview with David Thurston on the story behind the acquisition of Pulp Riot by global beauty giant L'Oreal. David also shares great insights into the changing industry landscape as well as some informed predictions about the future.  

May 30, 2018
Episode #23: Mark Hayes, Sassoon Salons & Academies

Mark Hayes is the renowned International Creative Director Of Vidal Sassoon Salons and Academies.   One of the industry's most revered educators, Mark joins Gordon for a wide-ranging conversation filled with history, insights, and inspiration. 

May 27, 2018
Episode #22: @Lalasupdos

Laura Chihaia, better known as @Lalasupdos, is an influencer, educator, platform artist and leading bridal stylist with a big heart.  She has an incredible story of overcoming adversity through passion and perseverance that is an inspiration to many.  Listen in as Lala shares the story behind her journey, insights into the world of "influence" and much more. 

May 20, 2018
Episode #21: Antoinette Beenders

Antoinette Beenders 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.

May 13, 2018
Episode #20: Lucie Doughty, John Paul Mitchell Systems

Lucie Doughty is Creative Director for John Paul Mitchell Systems where she leads the creative vision for the entire portfolio of Paul Mitchell brands.  A renowned master educator, platform artist, and colorist, Lucie shares with Gordon her professional story and passions as well as a look into her work at the iconic brand. 

May 06, 2018
Episode #19: Stephen Moody, Wella Professional

Wella Professional's Global Dean of Education Stephen Moody 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. 

Apr 29, 2018
Episode #18: Cory Couts, Kao's Salon Division & Daniel Kaner, Oribe Hair Care

Listen in as these 2 passionate industry veterans discuss everything from creating 'memory grade' experiences to social media and the salon(and lots more). Cory Couts, Global President of Kao’s Salon Division & Daniel Kaner, Co-Founder and President of Oribe Hair Care also discuss the recent acquisition of Oribe by Kao, the parent company of Goldwell. 

Apr 22, 2018
Episode #17: Ruth Roche, Pureology Artistic Ambassador

Ruth Roche is a renowned educator, recognized editorial and celebrity stylist, and multiple NAHA winner. The globe-trotting Artistic Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care shares with Gordon her story, the value of competition, and her insights into becoming a successful educator. 

Apr 15, 2018
Episode #16: Sofie Pok, Barberology and BabylissPRO

Sofie Pok (aka @staygold31) is an educator, platform artist and member of the Barberology and BaBylissPRO Team. Barbercon’s 2017 Female Barber of the Year, Sofie shares the story behind her career, success on Instagram and much more.

Apr 08, 2018
Episode #15: Sam Villa, Sam Villa Professional

Sam Villa is 2017 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, co-founder of Sam Villa Professional, Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken – and one of the industry’s most renowned educators. In this episode, Sam shares not only his story but also his passion for helping professionals and salons to grow their success.

Apr 01, 2018
Episode #14: Robert Cromeans, John Paul Mitchell Systems

Robert Cromeans is Global Artistic and Business Director for JPMS. The iconic platform artist, business leader and salon owner shares with Gordon his inspired take on everything from social media and creating success to the evolution of salon business models and compensation.   

Mar 25, 2018
Episode #13: Antony Whitaker,

Antony Whitaker, the internationally renowned educator, author and business coach, talks with Gordon about the many important business and career lessons learned over the course of his 30+ years in the industry. 

Mar 18, 2018
Episode #12: Gordon Miller, Hairbrained

This week, Hairbrained CEO Gordon Miller takes the guest seat with Hb Director of Engagement Courtney Bright doing the questioning as our special guest host. 

Mar 11, 2018
Episode #11: @Andrewdoeshair

@Andrewdoeshair is a globally recognized men’s groomer, educator, author of @ADHbook (on Instagram). He is the co-founder of the recently launched eLearning platform. Perhaps Gordon’s favorite #crafthairdresser ‘iconoclast’, Andrew is a longtime Hb community member. 

Feb 25, 2018
Episode #10: Jay Wesley Olson, Pulp Riot Hair

Jay Wesley Olson is a founding member and co-owner of Pulp Riot Hair as well as owner of the Scottsdale, AZ-based Bespoke Salon.  He is known throughout the industry for his artistry and deep knowledge in hair color - as well as his dynamic stage presence. Listen in as Jay and Gordon discuss the growing influencer space as well as the story behind Jay's rise to success. 

Feb 18, 2018
Episode #9: Ginger Boyle, Planet Salon

LA-based Planet Salon owner, educator and iconic #crafthairdresser Ginger Boyle shares both the story behind her journey and the many important lessons learned from a 4 decade-plus career that has made her one of the most respected professionals we know. 

Feb 11, 2018
Episode #8: @Sugarskulls + Chelsea James

This week we feature two conversations:  Rising stars Carlos "@Sugarskulls" Ramos and L'Oreal Professionnel artist Chelsea James each share their unique stories plus offer insights into their points of views on creating success.

Feb 04, 2018
Episode #7: Nina L. Kovner, Passion Squared

Passion Squared Chief Awesomeness Empowerer Nina Kovner joins Gordon to share her always insightful thoughts on social and digital best practices for salons and hairdressers in this freewheeling conversation. 

Jan 28, 2018
Episode #6: Traci Sakosits, Sassoon Salons and Academies

Traci Sakosits, Sassoon Salons and Academies North American Creative Director, is one of the most gifted and respected craft hairdresser educators in the world today. Listen in as Traci shares not only the story behind her 25+ year professional journey but also great insights into building a career.   

Jan 22, 2018
Episode #5: Ian Michael Black, Global Artistic Director ofHair Color, Aveda

Join guest Ian Michael Black, Global Artistic Director of Hair Color for Aveda, as he shares with Gordon his career story, tips on how to succeed in the highly competitive hair color space, his take on social media's impact on the color market .... as well as lessons learned over the course of his illustrious career. 

Jan 14, 2018
Episode #4: Michael Cole, Global Business Educator, L’Oreal PPD

Michael Cole is one of the industry’s most iconic business/career education focused thought leaders and coaches.  Known for his uniquely inspiring yet practical approach to teaching the tenets to success in the salon, Michael is a global business educator for L’Oreal PPD (which includes Redken, Matrix, and L’Oreal Professionnel). In this episode, Michael shares with Gordon’s his considerable insights into how to leverage social media acumen into growing a career - and much more. 

Jan 07, 2018
Episode #3: Heather Chapman, @heatherchapmanhair

Heather Chapman is a leading educator, artist, influencer and Hairbrained community member.  Specializing in gorgeous bridal and special occasion hair, Heather also loves to share her unique insights into social media success (having built her Instagram page @heatherchapmanhair to 700,000 followers).  In this episode, Heather shares with Gordon the story behind her success as well as her top Instagram best practices. 

Dec 17, 2017
Episode #2: Douglas McCoy, House of POp

Four-time Hairbrained Video Award winner (including Best Video of the Year), Douglas McCoy is a working hairdresser, salon owner and National Educator for R+C0.  Listen in as Douglas shares the story behind his renowned House of POp salon, his take on how to create a great brand - and career, and much more. 

Dec 10, 2017
Episode #1: Hairbrained co-founders Gerard Scarpaci and Randy Taylor

Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Hb Conversations podcast.  This week, co-founders Gerard Scarpaci and Randy Taylor share the story behind the evolution of in a wide-ranging conversation - including a look into what's coming next for the world's leading #crafthairdresser digital/social community.  If you enjoyed the episode, we hope you will subscribe, like and share!

Nov 26, 2017
Hairbrained Conversations

Our weekly dive into the minds of some of our favorite artists, educators, influencers, and leaders. Hosted by Hairbrained ceo, Gordon Miller. 

Oct 30, 2017