If you’re anything like me, you’re wild about business podcasts. They’re perfect for the morning commute, slogging through the stairmaster, or the endless minutes doing household chores (why do dishes take hours?).
Small business podcasts are a fantastic way to learn tips and tricks to grow your business without shelling out for a business classes or (yikes) an MBA. If you’re looking to grow your salon, find new clients, or successfully expand your beauty or hair services and offerings (who isn’t?), these podcasts aimed at hair stylists and salon owners are exactly the resources you need—all for free.
The Best Beauty and Hair Industry Business Podcasts of 2020
1. Fat Mascara
Beauty editors Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein talk the latest trends and news with interviews with some serious heavy-hitters in the beauty industry. In addition to their chats with influencers, makeup artists, dermatologists, colorists, and more, Matlin and Goldstein have a serious line-up of hair guests: Frederic Fekkai, Serge Normant, Jawara, Ursula Stephen, and Orlando Pita, for starters. What better way to learn how to grow your salon business than by listening to the salon professionals who have made it?
2. Snatched Edges
Hosted by Ebuni Ajiduah, Snatched Edges covers all elements of hair health—from scalp issues to hair loss. It’s critical for any stylist knows how to care for natural hair, and this podcast will give you the information you need—especially if your hair school was woefully lacking in natural hair education.
3. The Hair Game
Salon Republic’s founder Eric Taylor deep dives with industry experts, and draws from his own experience setting up a successful hair empire. Listen for marketing tips, business development tricks, and ways to manage the stress of running a salon.
4. Proud N Curly
Host Sieee Johnson’s show is a celebration of naturally curly hair—from 2a to 4c. Curly-haired queens share their own personal hair journeys, and the podcast also delves into special techniques to better care for curly hair.
5. Salon Owners Collective
Host Larissa Maclemen has spent 20 years in the salon business, and brings her expertise from previous work in online marketing and technology development to actionable episodes that walk you through the business side of salon life. Episodes cover everything from why you should be hosting salon events to finding your perfect salon team.
6. Thriving Stylist
Thriving Stylist features interviews from under-the-radar stylists who’ve been successfully growing their clientele. You’ll hear one-on-one coaching from host Britt Seva and actionable, strategic marketing techniques to expand your own salon business.
7. The Beauty Business Podcast
Podcast host Adam Chatterly is a self-described spa and salon business strategist who did a nice job in 2020 of covering how businesses should plan for a more contactless future and factor in new health and safety measures. A good one to stay on top of the latest industry news and fluctuating regulations.
8. The Beauty Biz Show
Hosted by celebrity esthetician and industry expert Lori Crete, the Beauty Biz Show features interviews with beauty icons who divulge revenue-driving tips to help your bottom line. Crete helps you think about your business from unique angles—start with the episode on how to break free from toxic clients.
9. Hairdustry: Your Day Off
Each week’s episode features success stories from rock stars in the hair industry. Hosts Cory and Tony interview salon experts about everything from social media marketing to growing your client base.
10. Beauty Full Lives
Host Madeleine Spencer brings her unique experience as a beauty journalist (at publications like Marie Claire and InStyle) to her compelling conversations with guests about how beauty has impacted their lives. Start with Kylie Minogue’s episode, where she discusses that perm we all can’t forget.
11. Nyasha.Musa.Grace: Afro with a dose of Grace
This podcast calls itself a moment of “grace from the toxicity, confusion, and misconceptions surrounding curly, natural hair.” It’s a celebration of hair diversity, and an effort to change attitudes and stigma. This show is worth a listen for people with natural hair and stylists alike—if you aren’t skilled at caring for natural hair, your salon toolkit is incomplete.
12. Hair Biz Radio
If you’re looking to start a niche salon specializing in hair extensions, Hair Biz Radio has exactly what you need. With episodes covering everything from just getting started in the hair extension game to marketing your salon with a limited budget, Hair Biz Radio is all about getting you paid.
13. Rock Your Chair: Hair Artist Business Accelerator
Hosted by Albert Pellissier, Rock Your Chair is your instruction manual to everything they don’t teach you in hair school. Pellissier covers getting more clients and running your business, whether you’re a booth renter, independent stylist, or salon owner.
14. Beauty Biz BFFs
Estheticians Kasy and Lorena are beauty entrepreneurs and best friends, meaning this podcast is full of both cutting-edge information from seasoned professionals and rollicking, casual conversation that makes you feel like you’re having a girls night.
15. Woke Up This Way Podcast with Matt Beck
Matt Beck answers your pressing questions about running your salon: Should you accept deposits? What happens when someone sues for ruined hair (Ahhhhh!)? How can you start working with a product company?
16. Pro Beauty Talks
A great podcast if you like the classic interview-format, Melanie Kopeikin talks to industry leaders, hair and beauty influencers, and other service-provider-entrepreneurs (ser-preneurs??) to hear how they do what they do.
17. Town Hall by Schedulicity
In 2020, we launched our very own podcast, Town Hall. Each episode, we interview industry experts on topics ranging from finances to reopening after the pandemic. We’ll be launching our next season in early 2021, but you’ve got two seasons already to catch up on.