28 Salon Business Gurus Share their Top 3 Salon Books!

28 Salon Gurus Share their Top 3 Salon Books


As business owners we’re always looking for ways to improve our salon education and increase our bottom line.  We’re avid readers but we only have so much time in the day so we reached out to 28 international salon gurus and asked them all one simple question:

“If you could only choose 3 books for a salon owner/stylist to read what would they be?”

We found the variety of responses truly inspiring and there were some standout favourites.


Here are the top 3 salon business books according to 28 salon business gurus:


Read on to discover each guru’s favourite books.  You can either click on their name below or kick back with a drink and peruse the whole list.

To be fair we’ve listed each response in the order they were received:

Heather Lemere, Brenda PerhamTina AlberinoRichard MccabeTara MainPam StellemaAileen EakinElizabeth KrausCarrie HerznerDeb HuntMalcolm GibbonsChristina DunbarNina KovnerCyrus BulsaraKate and Chris HallNeil DucoffAntony WhitakerMichael VallanceDavid DrewMichael LanePeter MahoneyPeter LunnCarla JonesGerard ScarpaciLiz McKeonLisa ConwayKaren LynchSteve Gomez



heather lemere Heather Lemere

 Salon Success Strategies


No Compromise Leadership:  A Higher Standard of Leadership Thinking & Behavior – Neil Ducoff

The E Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber

Secret Service – John Dijulius




Brenda Perham

 Bamboo Consulting


The E Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber

Spin Selling – Neil Rackham

The Fantastic Hairdresser – Alan Austin-Smith



tina alberino Tina Alberino



Hairdresser’s Guide to Success – Jon Gonzales

Developing Your Skills – Jon Gonzales



richard mccabe Richard Mccabe

  ISalon Coach


The E Myth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber

Grinding It Out – Ray Kroc

Kick Start Your Business: 100 Days to a Leaner, Fitter Organization – Robert Craven



tara main

 Tara Main

 In The Black Consulting


GROW – Anthony Whitaker

GROW 2 , Management and GROW 3, Team – Anthony Whitaker

The NO COMPLAINING Rule –  Jon Gordon



pam stellema Pam Stellema

 Salon Savy


3 ½ Secrets to Salon Success – Pam Stellema

33 Proven Strategies to Make More Money in Your Salon…Right Now – Pam Stellema

The E Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber



aileen eakins Aileen Eakin

 The Profitable Salon Owner


The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

The Go Giver – Bob Burg and John David Mann

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect – John C Maxwell



elizabeth kraus Elizabeth Kraus

 365 Days Of Marketing


Now Discover Your Strengths – Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

Making the Cut: The 2015 Marketing Calendar for Independent Beauty Pros, Salons and Spas – Elizabeth Kraus



carrie herzner Carrie Herzner

 The Business of Beauty


A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Cutting Hair the Vidal Sassoon Way, Revised Edition – Vidal Sassoon



deb hunt Deb Hunt

 Salon Spa Business Solutions


The E Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber

Whale Done – Kenneth Blanchard Ph.D

Be Our Guest – Tom Peters & Bob Waterman



malcolm gibbons Malcolm Gibbons

 Shock Consulting


The New Psy-cosmetologist – Donald W. Scoleri & Dr Lewis E. Losoncy

The E Myth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R.Covey



christina dunbar Christina Dunbar

 Salon Evolve Hair Academy


Soothing The Soul at the Shampoo Bowl…a journey to becoming a more professional cosmetologist – Christina Dunbar

Taking Control of Your Destiny…a workbook for the cosmetologist – Christina Dunbar



nina kovner Nina Kovner

 Passion Squared


The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Good To Great – Jim Collins



cyrus bulsara Cyrus Bulsara

 Professional Consultants and Resources


SalonOvations: The Multicultural Client: Cuts, Styles and Chemical Services (Milady Salon Orations) – Victoria Wurdinger

No Compromise Leadership:  A Higher Standard of Leadership Thinking & Behavior – Neil Ducoff

Vidal: The Autobiography – Vidal Sassoon



Kate and Chris Hall 

Six Figure Hair Styling


A Little Off The Top – Michael Cole

Minding Your Own Business – Judiffier P. Pearson

Six Keys To Six Figure Hairstyling – Kate Hall and Chris Hall



neil ducoff Neil Ducoff



No Compromise Leadership:  A Higher Standard of Leadership Thinking & Behavior – Neil Ducoff

The Great Game of Business – Jack Stack

Leadership and Self-Deception – Arbinger Institute



antony whitaker Antony Whitaker

 Grow My Salon Business


The E Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber

Start with Why – Simon Sinek

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey



mike vallance Michael Vallance

 Back 2 My Roots


The Art of Hair Colouring – David Adams and Jacki Wadeson

Hairdressing: The Foundations – Leo Paladino and Martin Green

The Salon & the ‘S’ Word: Success – Michael Vallance



david drew David Drew

 The Impact Business Success Consultant


37 Questions Everyone in Business Needs To Answer –  Duncan Bannatyne

Why We Buy – Paco Underhill

1001 Ways To Reward Employees – Bob Nelson



Michael Lane

Salon Consultant


The Fantastic Hairdresser – Alan Austin-Smith



petermahoney Peter Mahoney

  Salon Resource Group


Over The Top – Michael and Mary Cole

Business Essentials – Salon Resource Group



peter lunn Peter Lunn

 The Business Coach


How to Win Friends and Influence People –  Dale Carnegie

The One Minute Manager – Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson



carla jones Carla Jones

 Salon Solutions Group


BUYOLOGY: Truth and Lies about Why We Buy – Martin Lindstrom

Psychology of Selling: Increase Your Sales Faster and Earlier Than You Ever Thought – Brian Tracey

The Disney Way, Revised  Edition: Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney in Your Company – Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson



gerard scarpaci Gerard Scarpaci



The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Graceful – Seth Godin

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos And The Age of Amazon – Brad Stone



liz mckeon Liz McKeon

 Beauty Business Expert


30 Days to Beauty Business Success – Liz McKeon

7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

Finding Your Own North Star–  Martha Beck



lisa conway Lisa Conway

 Zing Business Coaching


The Naked Salon: A Guide to Time, Team and Money – Lisa Conway

The E Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber

Grow – Antony Whitaker



karen lynch Karen Lynch

 Karen David International


The One Minute Manager –  Ken Blanchard

Purple Cow – Seth Godin

Tribes – Seth Godin

The E Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber



stephen gomez Steve Gomez



Good To Great – Jim Collins

Now, Discover Your Strengths – Markus Buckingham

Let’s Get Real or Let’s Not Play – Mahan Khalsa






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