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Episode – An Introduction Summary:

In the INTRODUCTION episode of Hair Biz Radio, Zakiyrah and Mikey share a short summary of their professional history and explain why they decided to launch a podcast exclusively focused on speaking to the needs and concerns of hair business entrepreneurs. They also preview what the Hair Biz Radio Podcast will cover on a week-by-week basis, and remind you to SUBSCRIBE to the program!

Show Notes:

This episode is An Introduction to the Hair Biz Radio Podcast!

  • In this episode, you’ll get an introduction to the Hair Biz Radio Podcast and its hosts, Mikey and Zakiyrah.
  • This podcast is a long time in the making.
  • This is just the audio version, but in later episodes, there will be video.
  • Zakiyrah has been working with Mikey for the last 3 years and started with him when he first got into the business. Zakiyrah loves to help businesses get from the ground level to the top. Zakiyrah is also the author of a book called Her 20 Somethings.
  • Mikey has been an entrepreneur for the past 11 years. Started in the food industry. His journey has been a rollercoaster ride. Only got started in the hair business about 4 years ago.
  • Always remember that everyone starts with ZERO sales, ZERO social media followers, ZERO website visitors, and ZERO on their email list.
  • Zakiyrah and Mikey have launched over 1,000 hair brands.
  • Atlanta is the weave capital of the world.
  • This show will cover – Hair Extension Marking – Hair business do’s and don’ts – Chargebacks – And much, MUCH more
  • Remember, the hair business is a $15 billion dollar industry
  • The main goal of this podcast is education and knowledge distribution.
  • Mike and Zakiyrah will be moving their business to a new space next month
  • Be sure to subscribe to the show!

3 Key Points:

  1. The startup process is actually slow. It takes time. It takes patience.
  2. There’s plenty of room for everyone in the hair extension business, it’s a $15B industry.
  3. The Hair Biz Radio Podcast won’t just be an audio program, there will be video in the future too.

When you have a wealth of information you can either keep it to yourself or share it with the world. Our team loves sharing information about our journey through the business side of hair extensions and thought a Podcast would be the perfect platform to get this information out to a greater audience. I have been a huge fan of podcasts over the past 5 years. Some of my favorites can be found on

I have been a huge fan of podcasts over the past 5 years. Some of my favorites can be found on NPR or from one of my favorite authors, Tim Ferriss. You can listen to the same music in a car over and over or you can choose to listen to an informative Podcast that will help teach, educate and entertain others. We hope we can help others through the business side of beauty with a weekly podcast hosted by Zakiyrah Ficklin and myself.

Private Label Extensions

What do we know about hair extensions and the business around it anyways? Well a few years back we started a hair company called Luxury Hair Direct. The idea was to let others have the ability to sell hair extensions through Affiliate Marketing. In just minutes you can be up and running with your own way to make money selling hair. It was honestly a rocky start dealing with manufacturers, payment processors, technology companies and everything else. A year later we decided to leverage our buying power and create a USA based wholesale hair extension company called

It was honestly a rocky start dealing with manufacturers, payment processors, technology companies and everything else. A year later we decided to leverage our buying power and create a USA based wholesale hair extension company called Private Label Extensions. Our advantage was we were buying and inventorying so much hair it only made sense to start a wholesale division. Because we bought so much hair we could offer it at prices that would compete with overseas suppliers after factoring in shipping, transaction fees and cost of inventory. We can get hair to our clients in 24 hours! We also noticed that there were a lot of people that really needed help creating their own hair brand. In early 2016 we launched

We also noticed that there were a lot of people that really needed help creating their own hair brand. In early 2016 we launched Dropship Bundles. This concept allowed us to create fully branded hair extension websites for clients that wanted to have their own hair brand. We also handle all the packing, shipping and inventory of the products with our Dropshipping service.

Wig Market

In 2016 we also launched the first marketplace for custom made wigs. Wig Market is a huge project with development plans that will incorporate ideas that have never been done in the industry. The development actually started for Wig Market in 2015 and took almost a year to launch. We found that there were many inefficiencies in the way custom wigs were bought and sold. To say the least we are deeply involved in many aspects of the hair industry and are excited to have this platform to discuss it.

We found that there were many inefficiencies in the way custom wigs were bought and sold. To say the least we are deeply involved in many aspects of the hair industry and are excited to have this platform to discuss it.

Zakiyrah Ficklin Hair Extensions

The show will include weekly episodes that will be available with just audio as well as video. We are excited to get the project launched this week with our first episode!