Entrepreneur Katie Godfrey covers all things beauty and business for those in the beauty and lash industry. She covers everything from starting a business, growing a business, interviews with top industry experts and shares her personal life and business knowledge to help encourage other start ups and business owners
Tussanee discovered eyelash extensions in 2005 while attending a trade show. After taking a year to work as a trainer with a leading lash brand and learning her new craft, in July of 2006, Integrity Lash opened its doors in Pasadena and quickly became the go to place for lashes in Southern California.
For 13 years Tussanee, along with her husband Paul, grew Integrity Lash into a 7-figure salon that was recognized as the premiere lash salon in Southern California. During this time Tussanee applied over 22,000 set of lashes and developed lash style that focuses on longevity that made Integrity Lash stand out in the sea of sameness. Over the years, Integrity Lash was the most award lash salons in Southern California being recognize by Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, Pasadena Weekly, Brides.com as well as by others as the best salon to get lashes. For four years, Salon Today chose Integrity Lash as one of the Top 200 salons in North America and in 2017 and 2018, Integrity Lash was recognized as the best place to work in Pasadena by Pasadena Weekly.
Now Tussanee and Paul host the award nominated podcast LashCast Podcast. Along with their co-hosts, Erika, the crew aims to educate and uplift lash stylists. Tussanee and Paul also speak at shows like ISSE Long Beach and IBS Vegas and recently launched LashCon, the first ever business focused only lash conference which will be taking place in Pasadena, CA on Oct 19-21, 2019.
Episode 24. My name is Carl Hinder and I am the ‘Business Coach’ and owner at Salon-Help.
I started to formalise my salon coaching in 2015 after working with salons on a less formal basis for many years. When I had my own chain of salon’s I realised that there was no one to turn to when you needed a bit of advice, no one to bounce your ideas off, find that extra motivation when it mattered or just wanted to change direction. Even when I had great salon teams and fabulous managers it still often felt lonely, I would have given anything to have had a business coach or mentor.
I developed many of my skills and much of my knowledge from my background in retailing, working at management level with three of the largest retailers and some of the best people and mentors in the UK. The move away from the corporate sector was perfect for me, and as I opened more salons’ I realised that you can apply well developed business skills to any business. It’s the same planning, people and communication skills, and above all else passion, no matter what your business is.
When it comes to Salon business coaching, I know my background makes me hugely different form most coaches in my sector, I might be the right match for you if you are 100% committed to succeeding. I have never yet found a business that would fail, only salon owners not prepared to succeed. I will help you develop strategy and structure, but the rate of change is fast.
I can come across as demanding, but that’s because I only want you focused on your success. I have done so many things over the years that help me, to help you.
Author of the retailing book ‘Salon Products, Sell or Die (Not) Trying
Retail management for 3 UK superstore brands
Director of four salons
Secretary and President of the Welsh NHF (National Hairdressers Federation)
Operating a training company (that still exists)
Working with hundreds of salon business’
Planning very large ceremonies and events, including the Welsh Hairdressing awards and the Welsh Hairdressing Championships
Episode 22. Dionne Thomas is an award winning lash artist and lash educator. Dionne has been in the beauty industry for 8 years and is the founder of Love and lashes Lash Bar and training academy. Dionne is a big believer in living your life the way you want and has a real passion for supporting other women with making their dreams come true while also being true to themselves.
Episode 21. Debbie Lewis. Founder and Owner/Manager of Salon Angels Ltd; a hair and beauty agency who provide business coaching, recruitment, industry events and facilitate training. Debbie is also a keynote speaker, podcaster, industry consultant and is currently writing her first book.
Episode 19. Before Kim Jaynes founded Borboleta Beauty, she was an up-and-coming lash artist who wanted to give her clients the best extensions possible. Fed up with the lack of decent lash options, Kim dreamed of creating her own. She envisioned a lash brand that would embrace the beauty of diversity while empowering other artists to achieve their goals. In 2013, her dream became a reality when Borboleta Beauty was born. After starting the brand with nothing, Kim hustled to get her products into the hands of other artists. In the early days, she actually sold lashes out of the trunk of her car!
Since then, the company has come a long way. Now one of the leading lash extension brands in the world, Borboleta is known and loved by artists all over the globe. For Kim, it’s always been about so much more than that—it’s about women supporting other women. That’s why the company is dedicated to giving lash artists the tools they need to be successful. In addition to developing cutting-edge products, Borboleta runs the lash industry’s largest education program, training thousands of artists around the world every year. For Kim, that’s the most rewarding part of all, helping other women build their careers and find their passion.
Episode 18. Ria-Jaine is a licenced accountant and tax specialist for the beauty industry.
Finalist to MK Woman Leaders Awards 2018 and MK Beauty Awards for her contribution to the community as well as the successes of her new beauty accounting business. Ria-Jaine is passionate about working with start ups and existing beauty businesses to help their business grow whilst managing all of their accounting needs. A pro advisor for one of the leading accounting cloud softwares with a decade of experience working in one of the big 4 Accountancy firms. A writer for an up and coming beauty magazine and one of the first to provide a tax and accounting workshop that has been accredited for the industry, to help the smaller businesses who are managing their own books. You may recognise Ria-Jaine from Olympia Beauty this year where she was invited as a guest speaker and ambassador for a project focusing on diversity in the industry.A proud champion for the UK wide beauty professionals against domestic abuse and a lash artist in her spare time.
Episode 17. Jill Heijligers-Peloquin. Owner of Lash FX global. She is also Lash Inc media executive producer. Jill has traveled the world judging and speaking at events. She has a wealth of knowledge and idol in the lash world. Make sure you check out the links below. @lashfxglobal on Instagram
@lashincmedia on Instagram
@lash-attraction on Instagram
Episode 15. Jasmin Chadda. The owner of the first KG Franchise.
She is a trained makeup artist, nails technician and Eyelash extension technician. She used to work for banks and had a very successful career but her creative side was always hungry for some adventure. She trained in makeup and then worked for Mac cosmetics but she was still missing something then she got trained in eyelash extensions and nails. Jasmin wanted to get trained by the best in the industry for Russian lash volume.
Jasmin then enrolled with KG Professional. “I was reading about the company and read about Katie. I was so inspired about her story and success I contacted her to find out about franchise opportunities. I’m lucky to meet Katie and work along with her to start my own salon. I used to hear about the Philosopher’s stone (the stone that has power to convert mercury into gold when in contact). Katie is my Philosopher’s stone.
I’m super excited to start my first salon. I dream to have many more KG Salons not only in England but internationally.”
Award-winning head of marketing at one of the UK's largest lash brands, LashBase. Jamie has been in the industry for over 5 years but only decided to step into the public eye just over a year ago. Growing his personal brand by helping others is what makes him stand out from the crowd, whether that be by educating or entertaining. Definitely one to follow if you ever want guidance in this ever-changing industry.
Episode 13. Bryony Barclay.
Owner/Head Educator of LAE Training Academy
-Lash Inc Lash Artist of the year finalist 2015.
- Winner of 3/4D Expert category Lash battle London 2016.
- Multiple features in Lash Inc & Lash Ed magazines
- Lash Festival Judge 2018
- Lash Battle Judge 2018
- Lash Social Judge/Speaker 2018
Episode 12. Chris is mostly know for his work within the Online Booking sector with Book In Beautiful, work which has lead to Chris being named the Online Booking Expert for business support platform EATOW.
After working with some of the industry’s biggest names, Chris announced Beautiful Minds in January 2019 - an initiative to unite beauty professionals to support Mental Health Charities
Episode 10. Shelby Tarleton is the host of Lash Boss Radio and owns Pink Lady Lash with two locations in Austin, Texas.
Pink Lady Lash was voted the Best in Austin by the Austin Chronicle for 2017 and 2018.
Shelby has won 2nd place internationally, and 1st place in the US in the 2015 Lash Festival by Eyelash Emporium.
She is an educator, speaker, and judge who aims to improve the lash industry through her podcast and training academy.
Has been in the industry for 20 years and is now an international Judge and speaker aswell as a Lash trainer specialising in her Ultimate bridging technique which she has traveled the world to teach.
She’s the editor of Lash Inc Ireland and CEO of Ultimate, leading a team of trainers around Europ
Episode 7. Beauty studio and training academy founder, Ava Scarlett Beauty. A focus on empowering women to chase career goals in the beauty industry, providing the tools and encouragement to make little businesses grow. We make women feel good about themselves and deliver excellent treatments and training, every time.
Episode 6. Zoe Mizon is an award winning Salon Owner, Educator, Lash Artist, Columnist and Entrepreneur from South Yorkshire UK.
Zoe owns and manages a luxury high end boutique salon and training school - the Zoe Mizon Lash Academy and Ladies Lounge which is home to many awards! She has a team of 11 staff members and has also trained over 300 students here in just under 3 years.
Zoe is also the Founder and Director of High Lash Couture Ltd. A luxury lash brand dedicated to supplying the finest tools and lash products to lash artists globally.
Zoe is also an organiser of World Lash University, one of the largest and most glamorous lash conferences and awards ceremony to date.
Episode 5. Julie Knight is a working lash artist, trainer, writer, speaker and judge who loves helping others to thrive.
She’s the founder of Elite Eyelash Extensions (UK) for Treatment, Training & Products, the founder and Editor of Lash-Ed Magazine, the MD, co-founder and co-organiser of World Lash University offering amazing conferences, competitions and business awards, the founder and MD of ‘Behind the Mask’ Programme helping therapists spot the signs of abuse, a regular guest speaker for a major UK Women’s Development Programme and regular facilitator at workshop events to help people balance their work life wellbeing. She’s placed in competitions and now enjoys judging and organising them!
You can contact Julie at Julie@lash-ed.com
Episode 3. Katie Godfrey shares a few tips that help with running a successful business. Running a business is not easy and this will help you realise some things to expect when starting out. www.kgsalons.com
Episode 2. Kristina Shepherd from 27 two 6 beauty and KSLA Lash Education company. Kristina has been published in many magazines over the years from Lash Inc, Professional Beauty, The Guild and is a featured writer in Lash-Ed magazine.
1st ever episode. KG’s story. You will hear about Katie Godfrey, CEO of KG Salon and KG Professional life. Her troubles through bullying in school, starting her business, the highs and lows. You can find out more about her companies on www.kgsalons.com and www.kgprofessional.com you can also follow her on instagram and facebook