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Meet Mallory Eaton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mallory Eaton.

Mallory, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m originally from a tiny country town, Shelton Washington. Both my mom and aunt each own salons there. So growing up, I was always around hair. You could say “its in the blood”. I would help my grandma clean and run towels for my aunt’s salon. I called myself the “towel girl.” As a young girl, watching my mom do what she loves every day, in her element… I genuinely think that’s when it all started for me, when my passion spiked for the beauty industry. Even though at that time, I never thought I would be a Hair Artist one day.

Then, It was junior summer in high school, going into senior year, I had a choice. I had enough high school credits that I could join this new thing my school district was testing called running start/new market, where I ended up deciding to go to beauty school in my senior year of high school. By the time I was graduating high school, I was graduating from beauty school as well. I still remember the day like it was yesterday. I sat my dad down in the living room and asked him how he would feel if I moved away to Arizona. He was confused but at the same time, fully supported my decision.

Keep in mind. I had never even set foot in Arizona before in my life. Every time I told someone I was moving they would all say the same thing “you’ve never even been to Arizona, you’ve never even had a job, you won’t last a year” bla bla bla. A girlfriend and I took a road trip to Arizona to check it out. I loved it, decided yes this is where I want to be. Two months later, in August 2011, I packed up my 99′ Honda prelude with whatever would fit, packed full, and moved to Arizona. BYE BYE SHELTON. I lived and worked in Arizona for two years, doing so many random side jobs while trying to get a clientele and keep a roof over my head. I went back to Seattle Washington for a year for extensive color training. Then came back to Arizona and have been here ever since.

For years, I hopped around to different salons while still working little part time side jobs. I just couldn’t find my fit anywhere. I knew I wanted to be something different, be apart of something BIGGER. 2016 I was at a loss. I just wasn’t inspired in the hair industry anymore. I started picking up more hours at my normal desk job and less hours in the salon…

THEN I started following along with this group called Butterfly Circus that David and Alexis Thurston had created, All of them revamped my soul and made me feel inspired again. One of the artists on their team was Jay Wesley Olson and he has a salon in Scottsdale, Arizona named Bespoke Salon. Once I became aware of this, I immediately quit my position at my current salon and desk job and knew this was my sign and that I needed to work at his salon. After many, many attempts, I finally got an interview with him and Cindy (his wife) and CRUSHED IT.

I found my home finally. And it is everything I had envisioned to this very day. Jay Wesley Olson shaped me as an artist, I gotta say. I was five years experienced when I found him and his salon, but honestly, I wouldn’t be half the artist or human being I am today if it weren’t for him, and being the best mentor a girl with oddly ridiculously huge dreams could have. Then not much longer after that, Pulp Riot was born!!! Immediately when this brand came to life, I knew it was going to be legendary. I fully believed in the brand and the people apart of the brand, I wanted to learn from them, so I did everything I could to be involved and get to know everyone apart of the team. I went to almost every hair show and would be a hair model, assist whoever needed it, a runner for the artists and models, you name it. I did it.

Bought everything Pulp Riot. I was all in, and I would tag tag tag them all over my social media. I just wanted to be apart of this. I felt it deep in my bones that this was what I was meant for. 2017 I was asked to be apart of the RIOT SQUAD. Best day ever.

Fast forward to 2019, and it was the most memorable, amazing year of my life. Pulp Riot brought to life some of my biggest and wildest dreams. I became an international platform artist for them and got to perform and teach on stage in Germany. I became a Faction eight educator and got to travel to places I’ve never been and meet the most amazing salons. I became a District Leader for them. And I get to travel to one of my favorite cities, Los Angeles, very often and record and be apart of many projects that happen at Pulp Riot Head Quarters right on Ventura Blvd. I am just so incredibly thankful and humbled. I would be nothing without my team! And I’m so excited about everything we are doing in 2020!! Be ready for it!

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?
Nothing worth having comes easy. Luckily I have a very strong support system, and I believe in what I’m creating, which has helped me get to where I am today.

First of all, moving away to a state where I had never been before at 18, and trying to live and build a career, a dream, seemed almost impossible at one point.

I had no money. No furniture, living on an air mattress. No friends. No idea how to start. But that’s the thing, you just have to start. Start somewhere. So while I was waiting for my hair license to transfer, I worked three jobs just to make ends meet.

Losing your best friend, and townhouse, and starting all over. Almost losing myself and my love for hair and having to dig real deep to get inspired again.

I was apart of many salons that took advantage of me, my big heart, and my hunger to do anything to make it further in my craft.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
People know me as Mallory Jade. I am a mad hair chemist! I work behind the chair, am a platform artist and lead educator for Pulp Riot.
I specialize in Hair and Souls.
I am a very intuitive, inspiring, and deeply connected human being.
I like to make everyone around me feel like sunshine from the inside out.

My style is very grunge sheik. I love a good lived in, high contrast, natural color, Messy finish — Desert babe.

I do BLONDES BLONDES BLONDES every day all day. If you ask, everyone would say I’m known for my blondes.

But then again, some would say I’m known for my sunkissed depth and dissipate technique as well.

I am most proud of the way I hold myself and my business.
As an artist, you must vibe and fully understand the person who is sitting in your chair, and you give them an experience, a feeling that they wouldn’t get or feel anywhere else. While also educating them and making them feel comfortable with their hair at home too. I believe thats what I provide every time. Every person I do business with, I customize something, everything, specifically for the person.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am a woman who is constantly making new goals, new plans. I look forward to getting more developed in my craft and continuing to learn from all the amazing artists in our industry. I am working on new Independent education, new edu and classes with Bespoke salon, traveling more with Pulp Riot to perform, and lots more up my sleeve that you’ll have to wait and see.

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Image Credit:
two of the photos of me were by @tiffanyalanooriphoto

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