The 2 Podcasts Stylists need to listen to
Super Stylist, Victoria Cartwright of Lox of Love, is a fan of Podcasts and here she shares her recommendations and how they have helped her and her salon business.
“These podcasts have been both motivating and inspiring for me over the past year. Prior to lockdowns, I wasn’t much of a podcast listener, and in fairness podcasting is still in its very early days within the hair industry, so there wasn’t a great deal of industry related content in the podcast world to listen to. I think this is because the hair industry is obviously very visual so a podcast is likely out of many peoples’ comfort zones of how we would normally learn anything hair related. But I think we are slowly catching on to the value of hair industry podcasts finally!"
“I found Salonology, a business mentoring and coaching company for the hair and beauty industry, at the very start of Lockdown in 2020. Their podcast is relatively new, but I’m hooked! What I like about it is how they make, what could be, a boring topic for most hairdressers, into something light hearted, fun and engaging. I find I am learning without even realising it. As hairdressers we continually refresh our practical skills, but for most salon owners, running the business is a process we learn along the way rather than have specific ongoing training for. These guys bridge that gap, and I can listen while I’m in the car, folding the washing, or doing a stock take!"
The How To Cut It podcast has been incredibly inspiring over the past year. Dom Lehane who hosts it has managed to interview some truly iconic hair professionals, such as Errol Douglas, Anthony Mascolo, and Andrew Barton to name a few. We often read interviews of these industry icons, but actually hearing them speak on a very raw, unedited form, without having to spend hundreds of pounds visiting Salon International or similar to see them, is invaluable and reminds me why I love our industry.
“Listening to these podcasts gives me ongoing inspiration for how to weather the Covid storm, and I have the option to re-listen to any I particularly liked, or gleaned ideas from! One in particular that really stood out for me was an interview that Dom Lehane did with Joe Mills, who owns The Lounge in Soho. As an owner of a city centre salon and seeing the decline in footfall, I was almost relieved to hear this episode. It was raw, it was very real and, for me, so relatable! The great thing about it was that it allowed me to face my post-lockdown fears head on and think positively and practically about how we bounce back or pivot the business post-Covid! Up until then I had truly buried my head, so that particular episode was like an epiphany for me!”
Follow Victoria on her Instagram account @loxoflovehair
We hope you take up Victoria’s recommendations, and here’s a few more from the Hairdressers Journal team you might like. Let us know how you get on with them, and any more recommendations you might like to share.