My guest today is Philip Bell, a Hall of Fame hairstylist and founding member to one of Scotlands most respected hair salons, Ishoka Hair and Beauty in Aberdeen. Today Philip is going to share his wealth of experience to being a successful salon co-owner – the story behind his multi-awards and top tips to help you achieve success, too. Lets dive in!

Ever since Philip first won the Scottish Hairdresser of the Year title in 1998, I’ve been a big fan of Philip and the Ishoka brand. With exceptional salon standards and Philips creative talent it’s easy to see why I’m such a fan. I’m so grateful to AJC93 PR for setting up my interview with Philip today, and I’m thrilled to introduce you to him today so you can be inspired from his insights.

Throughout Ishoka’s thirty years as Aberdeen’s leading salon, awards and accolades have been bestowed upon Ishoka, with Philip being awarded Hall of Fame status at the British Hairdressing Awards after winning Scottish Hairdresser of the Year and Afro Hairdresser of the Year three times each respectively. Along with creative awards the Ishoka team have also been awarded international and UK business awards for their customer service. Of course, it hasn’t always been plain sailing, and he’s going to share a little bit of that, too. Even if you’re not looking to becoming, or not, a salon owner, then there’ still bags of great takeaways here about entering the British Hairdressing Awards and what a BHA judge looks for during the judging process of it. Let’s get started!

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Today’s Guest

Philip Bell of Aberdeen based Ishoka Hair and Beauty is known for his creative hairstyling, exceptional standards and hairdressing expertise. The award winning Artistic Director is full of creative knowledge and was delighted to enter the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame after winning the Scottish title in 1998, 2005 and again in 2014 for the third time.

Show notes:

Here’s some of we cover in today’s episode

  • 00 min 30 sec: Dom’s Show Intro
  • 04 min 44 sec: Background story to Philip Bell in hairdressing
  • 09 min 35 sec: What excited Philip about the hair industry
  • 12 min 08 sec: Learning from hairstylists around him
  • 13 min 22 sec: Wanting to be a salon owner
  • 15 min 11 sec: Why the name Ishoka
  • 16 min 02 sec: Opening Ishoka
  • 18 min 35 sec: Taking on the creative side of the business
  • 19 min 35 sec: The Ishoka brand for Aberdeen
  • 20 min 53 sec: The Ishoka salon
  • 21 min 46 sec: Selling the smaller salons for just one salon
  • 24 min 12 sec: Using the space of the salon
  • 25 min 13 sec: Understanding the investment required to open a salon of Ishoka’s standard
  • 26 min 12 sec: Being located in the city of Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 27 min 28 sec: Coming through difficult business times
  • 28 min 26 sec: Ishoka on social media
  • 29 min 34 sec: Being a salon business North of the border
  • 32 min 41 sec: Becoming a Hall of Fame hairdresser
  • 34 min 41 sec: What did winning Scottish Hairdresser of the Year do for the Ishoka salon business
  • 36 min 38 sec: Judges advice to entering the British Hairdressing Awards
  • 39 min 12 sec: Judging the 2018 British Hairdressing Awards
  • 45 min 06 sec: Whats next for Philip
  • 46 min 04 sec: Why you shouldn’t stop attending industry events
  • 46 min 59 sec: Where to find out more on Philip and Ishoka Hair and Beauty
  • 47 min 41 sec: Dom’s 5 Quick Fire Questions
  • 49 min 31 sec: Dom’s Show Outro


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