Today we’d like to introduce you to Mallory Thomas.
Mallory, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My childhood dream was always to pursue a career in law, so after high school I decided to join the military and off I went to bootcamp. There I learned self discipline, time management skills, how to be a team player and most importantly, the value of INTEGRITY. I believe that those tools and principles have been the most valuable assets throughout my life and career in the beauty industry.
After the Coast Guard, I applied for LAPD and after the third interview I realized I wanted to explore the possibilities of my creative brain before making a five year commitment (LAPD new hire required commitment). At the time, I was waitressing, a friend of mine was moving to S. Florida and on a whim I decided to move with her – which led to the beginning of my career in the beauty industry.
I quickly found out that waitressing in S. FLA in a mom & pop restaurant was not nearly as lucrative as it was in LA. My brother who is a makeup artist, had just started working at the Laura Mercier counter at The Grove LA, and I thought “I could do that!” So I applied at MAC Cosmetics (I had never done make up in my life) and got the job! And that’s where I discovered my love of color. After a few years with MAC it was time to look forward, youtube was becoming more popular and I knew I needed to be proactive with my career if I wanted to earn money in beauty.
A year went by and I found myself feeling stagnate, I was talking to a friend and she suggested I make a goal sheet, I did, and to my surprise Cosmetology School was on my five year goal list. 30 days later, I enrolled in school and in 10 months I was ready to pursue my ambitions as a colorist. I assisted for a year and worked two jobs to pay for classes so I could gain as much knowledge as I could because I was so eager to start working behind the chair.
I started working and quickly learned that education and integrity were going to be key if I was going to make this career work for me. I had to hold strong to doing the right thing, even if I made mistakes, which of course I did, and I needed to stay humble in order to always keep growing as a stylist.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Knowing and admitting to myself that I don’t know and can’t do everything has been a huge lesson for me. When I was introduced to organic hair color, I had been doing color for ten years, I thought “yea, I got this, color is color” and I quickly learned through education and trial & error that while it delivers the same result as traditional hair color, the process was different. I had to relearn everything I thought I knew, which meant diving back into education, which can be expensive and time-consuming, but I wouldn’t go back and change a single thing. Going organic made me stronger as a stylist and allowed me to be a part of a community that cares about what I put on peoples hair, including my own.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Hair by Mallory – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I started my career behind the chair as an independent stylist. My business was built on being personally available to my clients and I enjoy having direct communication with them; customer service is a huge part of my business and I’m very lucky to be able to provide an exceptional experience for every person that sits in my chair.
I wouldn’t say I do everything, because I’d be exhausted if I did, haha. I love color and the science behind it, Keratin Smoothing treatments are my specialty and a huge part of my business. Cutting hair is my playground, it’s where I get to have fun and bring everything together to provide that “complete” look for my clients.
I’m most proud of becoming an organic colorist, the products I use are made with certified organic ingredients, NOT TESTED on ANIMALS and fragrance free. I’m also fortunate enough to work in a space that is a certified Green Circle Salon, which makes me 85% sustainable as a stylist, “making beauty beautiful”.
I believe what sets me aside from other stylists goes back to my military days, telling a client “no” is not the best part of my job, however, integrity is so important in my industry; I find that when I realistically manage the expectations of my clients, everyone feels better. Making sure that people know I’m being honest and feeling like they can be honest with me is so valuable. I tell my clients “this is your hair, I’m just here to help you be the best version of yourself”.
I’m forever grateful that people trust me with their hair, vanity is big here in LA even if we don’t want to admit it, so I like to see people happy with healthy hair, smile and say “thank you” as they leave my chair.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plans for the future are to get more involved with the community and offering my talents to those in need. I’d love to volunteer my time and talents to women in need to help them restore some of that pep in their step!
I believe if we can leave one person smiling and feeling better about themselves then we can truly say feel we’ve accomplished something.
- Keratin Smoothing Treatment $250
- Base Retouch $95
- Highlights/Balayage/Ombre $180 & up
- Haircuts $95
- Address: The Real Organic Colorist @
The Hive Organic Salon
3509 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
- Website: www.therealorganiccolorist.com
- Phone: 8189741672
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal photo and Photo of me in black jacket with glasses in photo category, photo credit: Tiffany Kyees, Photo category credit: Mallory Thomas