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Our Team

— “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”

 

Hearth was born out of the desire to create an intimate environment where clients and stylists alike could feel comfort. Our team of highly educated stylists aim to share their craft with guests and other craftsmen. The members of Hearth were lucky to have grown in some of San Diego’s top salons, and hope to continue the legacy of a salon family.

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Tori Smallwood / Owner + Sylist

A native of Houston, Texas, Tori planted her roots in San Diego over a decade ago and now serves as owner of Salon Hearth. After serving in the U.S. Navy, marrying a Navy man and having two children, she began pursuing her life-long passion of hair and makeup artistry at Bellus Academy in 2011. Since then she has relentlessly pursued her education and spent many years climbing the ladder at one of the city’s premier salons before branching out on her own. As a mom and military spouse, Tori subscribes to the idea that no matter what life stage you’re in or what you deal with day to day, everyone deserves to look and feel beautiful. She currently specializes in blonding and natural color.

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Cat Thompson / Co-Founder + Stylist

Working behind the chair in San Diego for 10 years, exploring the universe of hair and beyond daily. Cat has knowledge and experience styling freelance, curating photoshoots, and working in educational environments. A passion for the art of hair from start to finish: idea, creation, color, cut, & style. Inspired by people, energies, the cosmos, past, present and future.

Outside of the salon, you can find Cat enjoying coffee, astrology, and spending time with her animals. She is passionate about hair, make-up, health and wellness. Cat loves to create new and transformative looks for her clients, with a focus on specialty colors. She believes that each client deserves an experience specific to them and their hair, making every creation unique to them.

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Zoudi Abraha / Stylist + MakeUp Artist

Zoudi was born and raised in San Diego, and always knew she had the heart of a stylist. She started doing hair when she was in 7thgrade and began experimenting with makeup just two years later. After graduating from Bellus Academy in San Diego in 2014, Zoudi established herself as a top stylist at one of the city’s premier salons before joining Tori at Salon Hearth. Aside from being completely obsessed with creating art for her clients, she is driven by her innate desire to help women look and feel even more beautiful. For Zoudi, it’s all about uplifting people and being true to her tribe. In addition to special event hair and makeup, Zoudi specializes in blonding and natural coloring.

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Mishel Meza / Stylist

Mishel has spent more than 10 years creating effortless, lived-in haircuts and natural hair color. She is a San Diego native, and has spent her career working alongside other talented stylists at foremost salons in San Diego before coming to work at Salon Hearth. Mishel stays inspired and keeps her clients looking modern by continually incorporating the latest techniques into her craft. Whether doing a transformation or a touch up, she loves creating a look to suit her clients lifestyle and individuality.

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Dayna Patty / Stylist Assistant + MakeUp Artist

As the assistant at Salon Hearth, Dayna is one of the few with the potential to touch every client who walks in the door. She has a passion for making people from all walks of life feel even more beautiful, both through hair artistry and makeup. A 2017 graduate of Bellus Academy, Dayna is dedicated to learning everything she can from the talented stylists that surround her and continuing to hone her craft. She is available for special events makeup artistry for any occasion.

Jess Lorraine / Stylist + Assistant

Going on 8 years, Jess has spent time exploring the various methods in the Hair Universe. Moved by curiosity, she has been drawn to brands and experiences that share her passion for nature, creative freedom and veganism. Her professional accomplishments range from barbering, precision hair cutting, and event styling. Her goal is to share her love for this industry with her clients and peers through education. Jess’s driving philosophy is to simply bring out whatever the client feels will help them flow through the world with confidence to be themselves and have fun doing it.

Lucas Doney / Stylist + Educator

Native to Southern California Lucas has always been fueled by creating, wether it’s behind the chair or behind the camera. Starting his hair journey in Colorado, he returned home to San Diego to work at one of the top salons in the city. During his 8 plus years behind the chair there, he fell in love  with creating unique looks for rad people, with an emphasis on precision  cutting. Lucas’s passion for education has lead him all over the country (and world). He can be found traveling with his company Varsity Hair Education, sharing knowledge with his peers and other industry professionals. When he’s not in the salon, Lucas spends his time at the gym and exploring the outdoors. He hopes to continue connecting with other creatives, no matter the industry they’re in.