Hair Artist Academy Podcast

Hair Artist Academy Podcast
By Brenda "Mz H2o" Waters: Beauty Entrepreneur Expert, Hair Stylist, and Beauty Blogger
About this podcast
Brenda Waters aka Mz. H2o helps you discover your true passion and purpose in life and turn it into a viable business that is rewarding and fulfilling. Each episode explores the journey of people just like you. Some who had no idea, no money and no expertise but manage to beat the odds and build successful businesses. Get business strategies from successful creative entrepreneurs, hair and make-up artists, fashion stylists, salon owners and beautypreneurs. Even if you are not in the beauty industry there is something that you can learn from each episode. As you listen in you'll hear insightful interviews from entrepreneurs discussing triumphs and failures. Learn marketing, branding, product development, business tips, tools and tactics along with a dose of butt kicking encouragement and motivation.
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Jan. 20, 2017
It’s the season Finale! Our Featured Guest on today’s show is entrepreneur, celebrity hair stylist and mentor Johnny Wright. This farewell tribute to Johnny and the Obama’s is a must listen, but this inspiring show almost didn’t make it to air. Listen in to find out why. Johnny started doing hair at the age of 12. Inspired by his grandmother who trained under the likes of Madam CJ Walker he knew it was what he was destined to do. By his freshman year in high school he had over 100 clients. Johnny is now the Artistic Style Director for Soft Sheen Carson Inc. a division of L’Oreal USA. His work has appeared in Vogue Italia, Essence, Ebony and Sophisticate’s black hair. He offers his hair and styling advice to the public as a monthly guest on the Steve Harvey Morning Show. He has worked on celebrities such as Pink, Jada Pinkett Smith, Taraji P Henson and Tracey Ellis Ross. He has also worked on numerous fashion shows for designers such as Oscar De La Renta, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs. His hair wizardry can be seen on the likes of beauties including First Lady Michelle Obama, actress Vivica Fox, Sherri Shepherd, Vanessa Williams and Hidden Figures Janelle Monae. He is passionate about encouraging stylists to realize what’s beyond the chair and show how far their hands can take them. In this episode Johnny talks about how he got his start in the beauty industry. He also talks about understanding your value as a beautypreneur, the importance of having discretion and what sets him apart from others in the industry. He also spills the tea on how he landed a job working with First Lady Michelle Obama for the last 8 years as her primary hair stylist.   “The truth hurts but not as long as a lie” ~Johnny Wright   In this Episode we discuss: - First black millionaire Madam CJ Walker – How much you make as an editorial hair stylist – Relocating to follow your dreams – What it’s like to work for the first lady of the United States – The correlation of appearance to popularity – The importance of knowing how to round brush – Why you are not just a beautypreneur – The art of storytelling – Knowing your worth – The importance of having discretion – Keeping your schedule organized with a personal and professional assistant – Why you should do what you love and love what you do – A day in the life of celebrity hair stylist Johnny Wright   Links Mentioned in this Episode: Yene Damtew Rahni Flowers Fredrick Fekkai Mz H20 on Facebook Hair Artist TV   Instagram: @johnnywright220 Facebook: @johnnywright Periscope: @johnny_wright   Related Episodes: The Power of Prayer: An Entrepreneurs Guide to Trusting your Faith and Believing in Yourself with Derick Monroe Become a Hollywood Hair Stylist: What it Takes to work in Television and Film with Anne Michelle Radcliffe part 2 How to Discover your Purpose and Passion in Life with Keith L. Brown   Did you enjoy this episode? If you enjoyed this episode please let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you. What did you learn from this episode? Tell us in the comments below.   Thank You for Listening! One Favor Please… If this episode has helped you in any way, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post. Want More Hair Artist Academy Podcasts? Don’t Miss a Single Episode. Subscribe and rate us               The post Season 3 Ep009: The Honest Truth: Stories of a Presidential Hair Stylist with Johnny Wright appeared first on Hair Artist Academy.
Dec. 9, 2015
Business owner and life coach Anna Walker dreamed of becoming a hair stylist and salon owner at an early age. Her Initial training began with every doll in the toy chest. Anna’s passion for the beauty industry led to her attending technical school as she simultaneously completed during her high school education. Her tumultuous childhood brought many challenges. She witnessed abusive behavior between her parents which ultimately led to her mothers death.  As she got older her dream of becoming a salon owner had shifted.  However, by a chain of unforeseen events in 2009 Anna opened the doors to her own business. Since then she has been voted the best colorist and hairstylist in Richmond, Virginia for 2013. In this episode Anna speaks on the importance of telling your personal story. She shared her heart wrenching story of watching her mother being abused. She also talks about how to build your clientele and tell how she secured an investor to help start her own business.   “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes everyday. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control” ~Elizabeth Gilbert   In this Episode we discuss: - Dealing with abusive relationships – Why every hairstylist is a life coach – Standing in your truth and owning it – Stepping out on faith – Goal setting – Your #1 marketing tool – Knowing when to sever ties – The importance of making a good first impression – Persevering through the hard times in life – Facing your fears – The importance of asking for help – Separating friendship and business – Make it or break it moments   Links Mentioned in this Episode: www.body2soul.net PBA: Cut it Out Mz H20 on Facebook Hair Artist TV   Instagram: @body2soulsalon Facebook: @body2soulsalon Periscope: @body2soulsalon   Related Episodes: From College Drop out to Successful Entrepreneur with Lea Conner Become a Hollywood Hair Stylist: What it Takes to work in Television and Film with Anne Michelle Radcliffe part 2 How to Discover your Purpose and Passion in Life with Keith L. Brown   Did you enjoy this episode? If you enjoyed this episode please let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you. What did you learn from this episode? Tell us in the comments below.   Thank You for Listening! One Favor Please… If this episode has helped you in any way, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post. Want More Hair Artist Academy Podcasts? Don’t Miss a Single Episode. Subscribe and rate us                     The post Season 3 Ep008: With only $75 Dollars in Her Pocket to Owning her Own Business with Anna Walker appeared first on Hair Artist Academy.
Nov. 20, 2015
Hair Stylist Marcia Hamilton has been in the hair industry for 15 years. She has worked on celebrities such as Pink, Jada Pinkett Smith, Taraji P Henson and Tracey Ellis Ross. She has also worked on numerous fashion shows for designers such as Oscar De La Renta, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs Her artistic creations frequently appear in publications like Teen Vogue, Shape, Essence, Vanity Fair and W magazines. She’s created looks for epic music videos like Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” and Usher’s “OMG” Other collaborations includes Pravana, Macadamia Oil, Disney and TNT In this episode she tells how she transition from working in a salon to becoming a celebrity hair stylist in Beverly Hills. She also gives advice on what to do when you start feeling burnt out as a hair stylist. She gives the inside scope on her favorite products the tancho stick, T3 hair dryer, and Mizani.     “Do one thing that scares you every day”   In this Episode we discuss: - Relocating to a different city – Why you should dream big – Tips on becoming a celebrity hair stylist – The importance of strategic planning – Organization and scheduling – Balancing salon clients & celebrity clients – Knowing when to switch things up – Favorite tools and products – Interpreting Art – Facing your fears – The power of YouTube videos – Editorial vs. Music videos – Identifying opportunities   People Mentioned in this Episode: Kim Kimble Brandy Jamie Foxx Jada Pinkett Smith Hair Artist TV   Products Mentioned in this Episode: Toncho Stick T3 Hair Dryer   Links Mentioned in this Episode: www.marciahamilton.com San Jose College Mz H20 on Facebook Hair Artist TV   Instagram: @marciahamilton twitter: @marciahamilton     Related Episodes: How to Get a Job in Television and Film with Anne Michelle Radcliffe part 1 Become a Hollywood Hair Stylist: What it Takes to work in Television and Film with Anne Michelle Radcliffe part 2 How to Discover your Purpose and Passion in Life with Keith L. Brown   Did you enjoy this episode? If you enjoyed this episode please let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you. What did you learn from this episode? Tell us in the comments below.   Thank You for Listening! One Favor Please… If this episode has helped you in any way, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post. Want More Hair Artist Academy Podcasts? Don’t Miss a Single Episode. Subscribe and rate us                     The post Season 3 Ep007: How to Strategize Your Way to the Top with Marcia Hamilton appeared first on Hair Artist Academy.
Nov. 4, 2015
Clothing designer Sky Marcano was a single parent at 17 years of age. In that same year she wrote her first business plan. By age 25 she started her first company with two small children at home. Within 12 months she had two different investors approach her. She partnered up with one of them and together they grew her first company. She soon became a regular on The Shopping Channel. Since then, she’s started her second company where she helps new business owners, artists and creatives, grow and develop great marketing skills to begin selling online. In this episode Sky talks about the struggles she’s endured in her life and how she overcame them. She speaks on the importance of setting up multiple streams of income for your business and gives Facebook tips to help you get more engagement and likes.   “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”  ~Maya Angelou   In this Episode we discuss: - Becoming a clothing designer – Overcoming obstacles – Attracting the attention of investors – How to deal with the unexpected – Pushing through pain and set backs in your life – What it means to get pushed into your purpose – Multiple streams of income – Making money while you sleep – Facebook marketing – How to get more likes on Facebook – Facebook advertising – Facebook tracking pixel – How social media can help grown your brand – Tapping into your creative genius     Links Mentioned in this Episode: www.skymarcano.com Mz H20 on Facebook Hair Artist TV   Instagram: @sky_marcano Periscope: @sky_marcano Facebook: The Sky’s The Limit     Related Episodes: The Art of Networking: How to Tap into Hidden Opportunities with Synthe Online How to Instagram your Way to More Sales and Customers with Gabana How to Discover your Purpose and Passion in Life with Keith L. Brown   Did you enjoy this episode? If you enjoyed this episode please let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you. What did you learn from this episode? Tell us in the comments below.   Thank You for Listening! One Favor Please… If this episode has helped you in any way, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post. Want More Hair Artist Academy Podcasts? Don’t Miss a Single Episode. Subscribe and rate us                     The post Season 3 Episode 006: From Single Mom at Seventeen to Successful Entrepreneur with Multiple Streams of Income with Sky Marcano appeared first on Hair Artist Academy.
Oct. 21, 2015
Piper De Young is our viewer’s choice winner. She is a make-up artist who has a passion for technology & cosmetics (yes two complete opposites) She is a social media natural and beauty lover with a sharp eye for trending design. She enjoys helping solopreneur’s build their brand identity and showcase their work. Piper has worked for brands such as MAC & Philosophy cosmetics. In this episode Piper tells of her journey in to the world of make-up. She also give tips on becoming a bridal make-up artist and shares her secret to success.   “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” ~Philippians 4:13   In this Episode we discuss: - Networking to build your clientele – Who to network with – Projects that fill your creativity tank – Social media tips – Doing wedding make-up – Booking Brides – How to respond to email requests from brides – The importance of having contacts – Creating a media kit – Graphic design – Apps that helps your business run more smoothly – How doing what you love can be rewarding – How social media can help grown your brand – Instagram your way to more clients     Links Mentioned in this Episode: pipermichelle.com 17hats.com docusign.com wave invoicing Brittany Snow Maria Menounos Bellamy Young Hair Artist TV   Instagram: @pipermichelle Periscope: @piperdeyoung     Related Episodes: The Art of Networking: How to Tap into Hidden Opportunities with Synthe Online How to Instagram your Way to More Sales and Customers with Gabana Top Tools to Help you Network like a Pro and build a Loyal Clientele with Diana Simaan   Did you enjoy this episode? If you enjoyed this episode please let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you. What did you learn from this episode? Tell us in the comments below.   Thank You for Listening! One Favor Please… If this episode has helped you in any way, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post. Want More Hair Artist Academy Podcasts? Don’t Miss a Single Episode. Subscribe and rate us                   The post Season 3 Ep005: Building, Marketing & Promoting your Bridal Beauty Business with Piper De Young appeared first on Hair Artist Academy.
Oct. 9, 2015
Philip Ring, Creative Director for Salon Embellish in Phoenix, Arizona is a passionate stylist, photographer and YouTuber whose success is derived from seeking out only the top education in the industry. In his short career as a hairstylist, Philip has been a salon owner, hosted multiple red carpet industry events, and a social media sensation with a fast growing (1000+ new followers per week) instagram following. His Pixel Project Collective has truly begun to sweep the internet, with features in prestigious magazines such a Hair’s How, Latest Hair Styles and New Hair Trends. He continues to allure followers with new color choices and patterns as well as creating a high demand from salons all over the country for on-site education. If Philip isn’t in the salon or traveling to educate, you will definitely find him at the Sassoon Academy, honing his skills in both precision cutting and coloring. In this episode Phil tells about the challenges he faces as a hair stylist and how those times spark ingenious ideas.  He gives his top tips for building an Instagram following and attracting new clients. He also shares how artists often feel lonely and how to overcome that sense of loneliness.   “Take care of the people that take care of you”   In this Episode we discuss: - Going to beauty school vs. assisting – Do you need a mentor? – Having a specialty – Pixel project collective – Directing a photo and video shoot – Finding models for photoshoots – Multiple streams of income – Making money while you sleep – Instagram tips – Choosing which social media platforms to build for your business – The loneliness of being an artist and entrepreneur – Hair Goonies – How social media can help grown your brand – Instagraming your way to more clients – Souloartist documentary – The magic of hair design   Links Mentioned in this Episode: Phildoeshair.com Doug Macleod SOULoArtist Documentary www.scissorboy.com Modern Salon Hair Artist TV   Facebook: @phildoeshair Instagram: @phildoeshair Periscope: @phildoeshair     Related Episodes: The Makings of  a Social Media Hair Color Guru with Ruby Devine How to Instagram your Way to More Sales and Customers with Gabana How to Use YouTube to Build, Grow and Promote your Business with GQ   Did you enjoy this episode? If you enjoyed this episode please let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you. What did you learn from this episode? Tell us in the comments below.   Thank You for Listening! One Favor Please… If this episode has helped you in any way, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post. Want More Hair Artist Academy Podcasts? Don’t Miss a Single Episode. Subscribe and rate us                   The post Season 3 Ep004: Overcoming Feeling of Loneliness as an Artist and Entrepreneur with Philip Ring appeared first on Hair Artist Academy.
Oct. 4, 2015
Syntheonline is an international award winning airbrush make-up artist, educator and body painter and has been in the beauty industry of over 15 years. She has air brushed the most celebrated entertainers and body painted the most imaginable works of art. This Vincenza, Italy born artist has a passion for teaching individuals the art of airbrushing, color theory and special effects make up. In this episode Synthe tells how she went from working behind a make-up counter to being internationally recognized. She give secrets on how to create an opportunity when you attend a networking event and the importance of having a networking plan. She also give tips to help you grow your clientele as a hair or make-up artist.   “Use the tool of networking”   In this Episode we discuss: - The art of networking - Choosing a Make-up School - The importance of listening - Body painting - Special effects make-up - Why you should learn how to do Airbrushing - Why you should be HD ready - Stepping outside your box to grow your business - Writing a contract - Recognizing and creating business opportunities - Creating a networking plan - How to think like a business owner - Understanding the value you bring to the table - #1 Mistake beautypreneurs make when building their clientele - Understanding the laws of make-up and the rules of ethics - How to discover the most current make-up trends   Links Mentioned in this Episode: High Def Skincare & Advanced Air Brush Class with Synthe: PMAC April 2-3, 2016 Syntheonline.com Hair Artist TV Facebook: @synthemaria Instagram: @syntheonline Periscope: @syntheonline Twitter: @syntheonline   Related Episodes: Top Tools to Help you Network Like a Pro and Build a Loyal Clientele with Diana Simaan Seven Marketing Tools to Help you Get More Clients and Customers with Mz. H2o How to Discover your Purpose and Passion in Life with Keith L. Brown   Did you enjoy this episode? If you enjoyed this episode please let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you. What did you learn from this episode? Tell us in the comments below.   Thank You for Listening! One Favor Please… If this episode has helped you in any way, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post. Want More Hair Artist Academy Podcasts? Don’t Miss a Single Episode. Subscribe and rate us                 The post Season 3 Ep003: The Art of Networking | How to Tap into Hidden Opportunities with Synthe Online appeared first on Hair Artist Academy.
Sept. 30, 2015
Crystal Martin Craft is an hairstylist, entrepreneur and beauty relationships specialist. She started her career at Paul Mitchell the School in Birmingham, Alabama Through years of hands-on training from top industry stylists, Crystal has honed her skills to focus on specialty services. She is one of the most sought after hair extensions specialist in her city. Her work has been featured on runway shows and in Inspire magazine. In this episode she tells how she went from being in foster care to creating the life she’s always wanted. She gives advice on how to go from a life you hate to one you love. She also gives tips on how to raise your prices and charge what you’re worth.   “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” ~John C. Maxwell   In this Episode we discuss: - Getting rid of negative thoughts - Overcoming obstacles in life - Thoughts create things - The importance of listening - The key to building a successful business - Thinking positive - Building loyal relationships in your business - How to charge what you are worth - The power of owning your confidence - Focusing on a specialty - While the word “only” can work magic for you - Believing in yourself - Raising your prices - Building your confidence - The chamber of secrets   Books Mentioned in this Episode: The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster: Why Now Is the Time to #JoinTheRide   Crystal’s website: cmcraft.nerium.com Facebook: @crystalmartincraft Periscope: @crystalmartincraft Twitter: @crystalmartincraft   Related Episodes: How to Income and Build a Multi-Million Dollar Business with William R. Patterson How to Throw Caution to the Wind and Follow your Dreams with Melvin Styles How to Discover your Purpose and Passion in Life with Keith L. Brown   Did you enjoy this episode? If you enjoyed this episode please let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you. What did you learn from this episode? Tell us in the comments below.   Thank You for Listening! One Favor Please… If this episode has helped you in any way, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post. Want More Hair Artist Academy Podcasts? Don’t Miss a Single Episode. Subscribe and rate us                 The post Season 3 Ep002: How to Change your Life and Increase your Income with Crystal Martin Craft appeared first on Hair Artist Academy.
Sept. 29, 2015
  Ruby Devine is an Educator and Hair Color Guru She has 15 years of experience in the beauty industry and over 10 as a Bumble and Bumble network educator She is a social media maven and teaches beautypreneurs how to build a strong social media presence and attract their ideal client. Her work has been featured in Modern Salon, Beauty launchpad, American Salon, and on Instagram by @breezystylist @nothingbut pixies @authentichairarmy In this episode she gives insights on the contradiction of humility and confidence. She talks about the importance of continuing education. She also gives tips on building your social media following, hash tagging and being a great assistant.   “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we will die”   In this Episode we discuss: - Becoming an educator - Social media tips - Periscope live streaming app - Being pushed into your purpose - Charging what you are worth - The characteristics of a great assistant - Characteristics of a great educator - Having self confidence - Owning you true gifts and talents - The importance of continuing education - Building your Instagram following - Hash tagging appropriately - The importance of paying attention - The art form of fashion color - Underlights technique - Working in salon suites - Online coworkers and virtual mentors - How much an editorial campaign really pays     Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Ruby Devine Philip Wolff Philip Ring Ash Fortis BTC Color, Cut & Style Show Maria Booth Education Hair Artist TV     Products Mentioned in this Episode: Bumble and Bumble     Instagram: @rubydevine Periscope: @rubydawndevine Twitter: @rubydawndevine   Related Episodes: Instagram your way to more sales and customers with Gabana How to use YouTube to Build, Grow, and Promote your Business with GQ How to Discover your Purpose and Passion in Life with Keith L. Brown   Did you enjoy this episode? If you enjoyed this episode please let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you. What did you learn from this episode? Tell us in the comments below.   Thank You for Listening! One Favor Please… If this episode has helped you in any way, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post. Want More Hair Artist Academy Podcasts? Don’t Miss a Single Episode. Subscribe and rate us               The post Season 3 Ep001: The Makings Of A Social Media Hair Color Guru with Ruby Devine appeared first on Hair Artist Academy.
July 28, 2015
The season finale of the Hair Artist Academy Podcast is here! Kiyah Wright ends this three show finale with such valuable information on the making of a celebrity stylist. Kiyah is an entrepreneur and two-time Emmy Award-winning celebrity hairstylist. She is the owner of Muze Agency and is a fashion powerhouse who’s work has been seen on The Tyra Show, America’s Next Top Model, The View and America’s Got Talent She’s also been seen on Oprah, The Today Show, Shear Genius, and her own reality show with her four friends “Love in the City” Her list of distinguished clients include stars such as Tyra Banks, Ciarra, Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Hudson, Scandal’s Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson of Fox hit series Empire. In today’s show she  give a very candid view of her life as a celebrity stylist. She talks about what it’s like on the road and what it takes to stay in the game. She tells about the loss of her mom at an early age and her internal determination and drive to succeed. In the inspiring finale Kiyah tells exactly what is required to push past your problems and find your purpose and passion in life and  how you can make your mark in the beauty industry.   “When you know better you do better” ~Oprah   In this Episode we discuss: - Dealing with slow times in your business - A day in the life of celebrity hair stylist Kiyah Wright - What it’s like to go on tour with your clients - What is a brand ambassador - Teaching classes - Weave and hair extensions classes - Charging what you’re worth - Having an assistant - Paying your team - How much to charge your clients - The best time to raise your prices - How often you should raise your prices - Why you may be underpricing yourself - How to increase your prices when you live in a small town - Compromises that come along with building your business - Building wealth - How much an editorial campaign really pays     Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Kiyah Wright Perfect Your Weave Increase Your Income Ashunta Sheriff     Products Mentioned in this Episode: Clariol Professional Jazzing Hair Color Clariol Professional iThrive Style Soothe Shampoo Clariol Professional iThrive Style Soothe Treatment Clariol Professional iThrive Keratin Rescue Treatment Clariol Professional iThrive Color Vibrancy Treatment     Instagram: @kiyahwright1 Twitter: kiyahwright   Previous Episodes: How to Increase your Income and Build a Million Dollar Business with William R. Patterson part 1 The Power of Prayer | An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Trusting Your Faith and Believing in Yourself with Derick Monroe From Quitting a Boring 6 Figure Job to Building a Beauty Empire with Patric Bradley   Did you enjoy this episode? If you enjoyed this episode please let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you. What did you learn from this episode? Tell us in the comments below.   Thank You for Listening! One Favor Please… If this episode has helped you in any way, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of the post. Want More Hair Artist Academy Podcasts? Don’t Miss a Single Episode. Subscribe and rate us             The post Season 2 Ep0017: Pushing Through your Problems to Ignite your Purpose and Passion in Life with Kiyah Wright appeared first on Hair Artist Academy.
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