Rank #1: Gina Bianca on Salon Ownership + Social Media + Purpose
In this episode Nina chats with Gina Bianca, salon owner, educator, coach and beauty influencer. Gina shares her story about becoming a hairdresser and salon owner along with what inspired her to open and most recently close her first salon. Gina also shares her thoughts on social media, purpose, burnout and more. You can find Gina on the gram at @iamginabianca + @thenetworksalon Thank you Gina for sharing your story with us. We love you!
Jun 20 2019
Rank #2: Ash Fortis on Early Career Lessons + Social Media + Creative Courage
Ash Fortis shares her journey from beauty school to ownership, how she navigates the sometimes not too pretty part of social media and how she has managed to stay true to her creativity as an artist. This episode has a little appearance by Courage Jude towards the end, lol!
Jan 14 2018
Rank #3: J Ladner on Living Out Loud + Purpose + Influencers
In this episode we sit down with J Ladner, salon owner, educator, artist, influencer, husband and father. We talk purpose, leadership, LGBTQ rights, influencer marketing and OMG all the feels and more. You can find J on the gram @itsmrjladner and at salonjladner.com
Jan 07 2019
Rank #4: Nina L Kovner on Courage + Being Brave + Walking The Talk
In this episode Nina shares a recent experience she had getting stuck on a highway, alone, at night, in the mountains, in a snowstorm, and all the lessons she learned about being brave, our capacity for strength in scary situations, and the incredible kindness of strangers. Warning: this story may cause some fear and anxiety, but the lessons shared may be worth the temporary discomfort you may feel. You can find Nina on the web @passionsquared and at passionsquared.net
Feb 21 2019
Rank #5: Katie Tellor on Salon Ownership + Growing Assistants + Social Media
In this episode Nina talks with Katie Tellor, salon owner, leader, educator and owner of Abstrakt Studio in Frisco Texas. Katie shares her story about finding the beauty biz, making the leap into ownership and leadership, how she grows her assistants, how social media has helped empower her biz and so much more! You can find Katie on the gram @katietellorhair @abstraktstudio
Aug 09 2019
Rank #6: Aura Mae on Burnout + Self Care + Purpose
In this episode Aura shares her journey of moving with grace through two major burnouts, on how self care has become her guiding light and how purpose her purpose to teach brings her joy.
Jan 21 2018
Rank #7: Nina L Kovner on 3 Ways To Show You Care + Grow Consistently
In this episode Nina shares three simple ways you can show your clients you care and grow your business long term. These basic fundamentals are not fancy, new or revolutionary, but if you are not doing them consistently, you will find yourself on the struggle bus more often than not. You can find Nina on the gram @passionsquared and on the web at passionsquared.net
Mar 01 2019
Rank #8: Stacey Rackham On Growth + Inclusivity + Leadership
In this episode Nina chats with Stacey Rackham, owner of Mint Hair Crafting salon. Stacey shares her journey on becoming a salon owner, leader, why inclusivity became a brand promise at Mint, and how growth can sometimes be super uncomfortable, and we even hear the sweet story of how Stacey found her fur baby Walter! You can find Stacey (and Walter) on the socials @minhaircrafting @staceyrackhair
Apr 22 2019
Rank #9: Nina L. Kovner on Finding Your Rhythm
In this What’s On My Mind episode, I share my thoughts on how balance is unattainable and why finding your rhythm is where I suggest you focus your energy.
Jan 14 2018
Rank #10: Alicia The Alchemist on Leadership + Judgement + Finding Her Rhythm
In this episode Nina sits down with @alicia.the.alchemist owner of two salons, educator, new mama and super awesome human! Alicia shares her story of finding the beauty biz, lessons on leadership, delegation, releasing judgement and how she finds her rhythm. You can find Alicia on the gram @alicia.the.alchemist Thank you Alicia for sharing your inspirational story with us!
Mar 30 2019
Rank #11: Lisa Walker On Self Awareness + Priorities + Social Media
In this episode Nina chats with Lisa Walker, colorist, educator, mama and founder of Balayage Boot Camp + Hairbangers Academy. Lisa shares her inspiring story of how she went from being an excuse maker to taking responsibility for her career, and in doing so, discovered her gift for empowering hair colorists through her honest, tough love style of education and how she finds her rhythm as a working colorist, educator, biz owner, wife and mama. You can find Lisa on the gram @lisalovesbalayage and online at balayagebc.com
May 11 2019
Rank #12: Brenda Amaral on Leadership + Self-Awareness + Inclusivity
In this episode Nina chats with Brenda Amaral, leader, salon owner, educator, board member of ABCH and all around awesome human being. Brenda shares her story about how she discovered her love for the pro beauty biz, why she opened a salon, how she handles team members that leave, the importance of inclusivity and integration in the salon biz, and SO much more. You can find Brenda on the gram @brendolah @gwenmirellesalon and here at Texture vs. Race on Facebook. Thank you Brenda for sharing your story with us. We love you!
Jun 27 2019
Rank #13: Celeste Gonzalez on Advanced Education + Persistence + Finding Her Rhythm
In this episode Nina talks with Celeste Gonzalez, hair + make up artist, salon owner, educator and mama! Celeste’s story is a must listen as she shares her wisdom around being a newer stylist in the pro beauty biz and how her passion for advanced education has propelled her success in just two short years along with how she navigates finding her rhythm and staying out of the comparison game on social media. Thank you Celeste for sharing your story with us. We love you! You can find Celeste on the gram @celestethestylist
Aug 27 2019
Rank #14: Nina L Kovner On Client Shaming On The Socials
In this episode Nina shares her thoughts on putting clients on blast on social media and the not so awesome impact it can have on your business and brand, along with sharing a blog she wrote back in 2015 on the topic. A big shout out of gratitude to @erin.mills on the gram for inspiring this episode. You can find Nina and Passion Squared on the gram @passionsquared Thank you so much for listening.
Aug 15 2019
Rank #15: Riawna Capri + Nikki Lee on Leadership + Communication + Respect
In this episode Nina sits down with the leaders and co-owners of Nine Zero One Salon, Academy, Beauty Coach TV, In Common Beauty and BeYOUtiful Foundation. Riawna + Nikki share their story of the early days of being salon owners, the lessons they learned, how they have remained awesome business partners and friends, along with why communication and respect have become the foundation for the brands they have created. This is a must listen for anyone thinking about becoming a small business owner and leader. You can learn more about these humans, their brands and causes on the socials at @riawna @nikkilee901 @ninezeroone @beautycoach_com @incommon @beyoutiful_foundation
Apr 12 2019
Rank #16: 2018 Thoughts and 2019 Insights with Nina L. Kovner
In this episode I share some thoughts about 2018 and what I see coming for creative small businesses, online and off, in 2019. On a personal level, I share some raw and oh so honest thoughts about mental health, courage and faith. Thank you so much for listening and for all the love and support in this first year of our podcast. We love you!
Dec 27 2018
Rank #17: Nina L Kovner On Reading Online Reviews + Gratitude
In this episode Nina takes it all the way back to the beginning of the podcast and reads the reviews our awesome listeners have shared along with the wisdom, power and intel that comes when you take the time to dig deep into the experiences your clients are sharing online. This is a must listen episode for all creative small biz folks, in particular, if you are one that fears review sites. You can find Nina on the gram sharing on behalf of her company @passionsquared Thank you so much for listening!
Aug 02 2019
Rank #18: Caron On Finding her Passion + Lessons from the Military + Mental Health Advocacy
In this episode Nina sits down with Caron, an Army and Navy veteran, hairdresser, makeup artist, small biz owner and mental health advocate. Caron shares her story about discovery the beauty biz as a child, entrepreneurial lessons learned in her military training, and the importance of erasing the stigma of mental health and wellness. You can find Caron on the gram @caronsim and @yesdaaahling and on the web at caronism.com Thank you Caron for sharing your story with us and thank you for your service!
Mar 21 2019
Rank #19: Keya Artistically Neal on Texture + Race + Diversity + Inclusion
In this episode, I sit down with the beautiful and passionate Keya Neal, artist, educator, master colorist, and founder of Kolour Kulture and Texture Vs. Race. Keya shares her story of how she became a hairdresser and why she has created a movement designed to break barriers and open up important conversations to empower artists and help them see that hair is a texture and not a race. You can find Keya on the gram @keya_artistically @texturevsrace @thekolourkulture on Facebook in the Texture Vs Race Facebook group and online at kolourkulture.com and texturevsracce.com
Dec 04 2018
Rank #20: Tina DeSeta on Purpose + Community + Mental Health
In this episode Nina sits down with Tina DeSeta, salon owner, colorist, community builder and mental health warrior. Tina shares about why she became a hairstylist and how her purpose fuels her passion for people to feel seen. You can find Tina on the gram @tinadesetahair and on Facebook at Deseta Hair Design. Thank you Tina for being awesome and sharing your story with us! We love you.
Mar 12 2019