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Rising Stars: Meet David Thomas

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Thomas.

Hi David, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My Journey began in 2009. Not knowing anything about hair, I enrolled into beauty school looking for something other than chasing a lost football dream. I immediately fell in love with cutting hair. Not just cutting hair but the potential that I saw in myself through cutting. I have always been a shy person but standing behind the chair has allowed me to get more comfortable with speaking to people.

Since then, I’ve been blessed to be able to do what I love everyday. When you’re having fun, it doesn’t feel like work. That’s also why I think I’ve been able to work with some of the best barbers on the planet that share the same views. I’ve also been able to travel to different parts of the globe, expanding my knowledge and expertise. All from a pair of clippers and shears.

I currently cut hair part-time in Los Angeles CA, while also working on my new adventure. Organic Hair Care Products. This is a passion project of mine. The lack of knowledge in Men’s Haircare is truly astonishing. I want to use my knowledge of 11+ years to give back to my industry for men and women around the globe.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Having so much freedom in this industry has a lot of benefits, but it also can turn for the worse if you are not in the right mindset.

I think of 2017 as being one of the most impactful years of my life. In the summer of that year, I looked in the mirror and saw an overweight, broken down alcoholic staring back at me. I had just closed down my salon in Newport Beach and thinking about giving up my goals.

The constant standing, the long hours, a poor diet, and lack of exercise were finally catching up to me. At first, having a drink 5-6 days a week and smoking cigarettes seemed to be an appropriate mental fix for me, but as I looked in that mirror I could see that it only made my mental and physical health worse. My body swelled from the consistent inflow of Jameson, beer, and sh*tty food. Instead of thinking about my diet, I blamed the swelling on playing basketball at 24hr fitness during the times I would say I was exercising. To make the matters worse, my career at the time wasn’t stable. Combined with my negative diet habits, my health deteriorated fast.

After feeling the worst I’ve ever felt, I made a promise to myself and my family to change. I knew what the bottom felt like so I figured what’s the worst that could happen by making some better choices for me. The first change I made was Diet. I jumped straight into a vegan diet. I immediately noticed a difference with my body, dropping from 290 to 230 in six months.

Today, I enjoy living an organic whole food, plant-based diet. I don’t drink alcohol or smoke anymore and I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life, even better than I felt while playing football in high school more than 14 years ago. Something I left out – I have arthritis in my knee, but that doesn’t affect me. If anything, I feel more active than I’ve ever been. I currently involve myself in Jujitsu, running, training, skating and Golf – just to name a few things.

It hasn’t been easy but what I’ve learned is, NOTHING is easy. EVERYTHING takes hard work and discipline. It’s your choice. You are the sum of all your decisions.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in Men’s Haircuts and grooming. To clients, I’m most known for having a light and steady hand. And for taking the extra time to help them achieve their hair goals. To Barbers, I think I’m most known for creating the HiLoFade, done by just about every barber in the industry.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
The industry is changing dramatically. Men are getting more and more curious about the health of their hair. All products out there will soon be questioned for what’s inside. I’m excited to be a part of an ever-changing industry. The last ten years we’ve seen crazy improvements and I’m ready to see the next 10.

To all the young barbers out there, I’d suggest showing your clients more than just a nice fade. Teach them something that will benefit them and they’ll stick with you til the end.

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