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Habib Salo is the CEO of Young Nails. They have been serving the nail care industry for over 20 years. Habib and Greg (Habib’s older brother) run the business and their mom decided to start her own business at the age of 49. She had a passion for the nail industry and they did everything to support her. Greg, the older brother, became a licensed nail technician after switching gears from firefighter training. Habib took a detour from medical school and a life in music. Young Nails Inc., is a professional nail care manufacturing company exporting to over 40 countries worldwide and distributing domestically to over 3000 stores.


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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:40] Jeremy introduces his guest, Habib Salo.
  • [4:00] Reinventing the business & focusing on social media engagement.
  • [9:30] What causes Young Nails videos to get high views?
  • [13:30] Who is the Young Nails audience?
  • [15:30] Getting products into Trade Shows and Salons.
  • [18:00] How Habib’s mom started the business.
  • [24:00] Early challenges in the business.
  • [26:30] How Habib got involved in the business.
  • [31:15] What caused the business to head in the right direction?
  • [33:45] Milestones reached along the way.
  • [36:40] Building the brand.
  • [40:15] What are the future plans for Habib and Young Nails?
  • [43:00] Why Young Nails manufactures their own products.
  • [44:15] How staying connected to social media helps Habib stay on top of trends.
  • [45:20] Habib talks about how he connected with Azriel Ratz.
  • [48:45] Low moments faced along the way.
  • [52:20] What is driving Habib on his journey?

In this episode…

What does it take to shake up a stagnant industry and lead with social media engagement? How do you ensure long-term success for your business while keeping an eye on reinventing your brand? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leaders and innovator Habib Salo. In his conversation with Jeremy, Habib opens up about how Young Nails got started, challenges they’ve faced as the business has grown, important milestones reached, why they pivoted toward social media engagement, and so much more! Don’t miss a minute of this powerful episode featuring Habib Salo’s journey with Young Nails!

Have you ever had a moment in your career where you thought things were going one way but you ended up needing to make a pivot? How did you handle that shift? What challenges arose from it? For Habib Salo, the shift came when his mother and brother came to him and asked him to join them in their professional nail care manufacturing company. Making the shift from a career as a musician to nail care wasn’t the most seamless transition but looking back Habib is thrilled how things turned out. What can you learn from Habib’s story?

In addition to making a personal shift from what he thought he’d be doing to running a nail care business, Habib Salo had to help the business shift from traditional outreach to social media engagement. The gambit paid off and now the organization has a thriving presence on both Facebook and YouTube. He and his brother have found a sizeable following with their fun and entertaining YouTube channel, YoungNailsInc. Due to their social media success, the guys are even considering how to expand their reach by using a podcast focused on nail care. Their experience goes to show that when you make the risk to change, sometimes it really pays off!

Let’s face it, no amount of success comes without a degree of challenges along the way. What challenges have you come across on your journey so far? Habib Salo and his family struggled with their nail care business for many years before things started heading in the right direction. From wrestling with massive debt to dealing with a business partner who stole funds, Young Nails endured more than most. Through all of the early turmoil, the organization continued moving forward because of Habib’s mother, was convinced that business would eventually be worth all the difficulty they faced.

As a business leader, you can’t afford to just keep things stable, at some point, you have to be prepared to push the envelope. Too often businesses who were once poised at the top of their industry end up crashing down because they failed to make necessary changes, just ask Sears. It takes a lot of planning, risk, and boldness for a company to go beyond the comfortable and do what is necessary to really thrive. Habib and his family knew that if they wanted to not just keep the lights on but really carve out a name for themselves in the industry, that they’d need to shake things up. Following this attitude, they’ve rolled out some amazing products and approaches that have connected with their audience because they’ve kept up with a robust social media engagement. How will your business stay competitive?

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