Clyde (“Chip”) Foust, Jr. is the President and CEO of Foust Corporation. He is also the Publisher of UniversalSalons.Com and is one of the most published photographers in the hair industry. Every year Mr. Foust gets hundreds of cosmetologists and their models published in some of the largest hair publications in the world.
Starting in 1989 as a photo lab technician for black hair care powerhouse Dudley Products, Mr. Foust quickly advanced to shooting photography for premier hair publications in 1992. Among the top magazines in his portfolio are Hype Hair, Sophisticates Black Hair Care and Style Guide, Hot Hair, Inspire, Style Trends, Dudley’s Hair Images, Essence, Ebony, Jet, and many other distinguished publications. Mr. Foust traditionally has over 300 models published in national magazines each year. This wide base of talent puts Mr. Foust in constant demand by all facets of the hair style industry daily.
In 1999, Mr. Foust left Dudley Products to create Universal Salons, an online salon directory featuring over 20,000 hairstyle images from over 1,000 professional hair salons across the United States. UniversalSalons.Com is honored to be the location where thousands of clients have found that perfect professional hair salon that is perfect for their needs.
In addition to being one of the largest online salon directories globally, it is also considered to be “The” premiere black hair salon directory and a staple in the professional hair industry. With over 80,000 unique visitors and over 2,400,000 page views per month, hair salons patronize UniversalSalons.com to increase their overall revenue and be included in one of the industries greatest marketing tools.
This year Mr. Foust is embarking on the new challenge of educating cosmetologist on the importance of using Google, Bing and Yahoo to bring them the perfect customer base, without having to pay bothersome monthly fees. “Google is larger than Facebook and Instagram put together, when we use their resources correctly, it could become an endless source of potential clients for cosmetologists” Mr. Foust says.
Chip grew up in the hair industry under the tutelage of Drs. Joe L. Dudley Sr. and Eunice M. Dudley. Their desire to build a business that would help each cosmetologist fulfill their life goals has been handed down to him. “We only work with licensed cosmetologist”, Chip says. “This is about saving an industry that our ancestors built, so that it can provide the same opportunities for the next generation”.
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