Today we’d like to introduce you to Molly Saey.
Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
I was born in 1998 to a chaotic, but loving family in Maryland Heights, STL. I’m the youngest of four siblings who were 10, 12, and 14-years-older than me – so obviously I was the dress-up-doll as a kid.
I never really imagined myself doing hair. In fact, as a kid I kind of hated it. My sisters used to always play with my hair, but I always preferred to throw it up in a plain old pony-tail or have it down – usually somewhat tangled. I wasn’t NOT into beauty by any means, I just never really knew how to do it.
The first time I remember getting into beauty was when one of my sisters practiced her makeup skills on me at the age of ten. This was in 2009, so beauty gurus and all that were just beginning to blossom – and I remember watching Michelle Phan in the hopes I could learn something. Eventually, after going through the awkward phase of beauty like all of us do, I began to gain some sort of grip on it!
In high school, I was constantly doing my makeup. It was actually pretty rare to see me without it. I struggled a lot with anxiety, and the beauty world became something I could escape into. The thought of making it my career was always in the back of my head, but I had no plans to go anywhere with it. It was just a hobby, after all. Right?
After finishing high school (Go Colts!), I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I never had the best grades, didn’t pursue any scholarships, or have any interest in college. At the time, I felt pretty lost – just like any fresh graduate.
Along with anxiety, I struggled with depression for the majority of my life – and it’s something I still struggle with today. I fell into bad habits, bad head spaces, and hung out with people that usually didn’t have my best interests in mind. I went to community college for all of six months, but eventually dropped out. For all I knew, I wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon in life.. but I knew I had to do SOMETHING. So, I figured why not turn something that I thought of as a hobby into my career?
I remember researching the hell out of Paul Mitchell, and feeling like maybe cosmetology was something I could try while I figured myself out. After enrolling, I quickly realized just how challenging the world of beauty actually was!
I was blessed with the greatest instructors, whom were SO patient, and SO talented. I felt so out of place there at first, since it felt like everyone around me had a better grasp on hair than I did at the time. I thought I was just going to do makeup – but after actually getting into it, I fell in love with doing hair way more – and the feeling of seeing a guest’s face light up when they fall in love with their own hair. After graduating at Paul Mitchell STL, I received my cosmetology degree and license.
I job-shadowed seven times with the salon I’m currently at, The Hair Theatre Salon. The first time I went there before getting hired, I became so entranced by everyone there. Master stylists of all different types – vivid colorists, precision cutters, blonding specialists, people cutting hair with razors on the end of their fingers called Clawz?! Wow. I was sold. I knew after that that I found my salon home.
I began at Hair Theatre as an associate stylist also in 2019, and worked under one of our stylists, Chelsea – who practically became my salon mom. Everyone at Hair Theatre influenced me, and I feel so lucky to have such a support system there! The salon is owned by Lovola Nguyen, who I am so proud to have as a boss since she has been a Master Stylist for well over 50 years. Practically everyone there is a specialist at something, and it’s so cool to work with such talented people.
After finishing the associate program, I moved onto the floor and finally found my specialties. I fell in love with the chemical process of how hair lightens, and all the color-theory required to ensure you achieve the look you’re going for. I’ve always loved a good challenge, so I of course became super interested in Color-Correcting and Blonding. I think a lot of people believe their dream hair is unachievable, but if you do it the right way with plenty of time and dedication – it’s always within reach.
Kind of like my own dreams.
Today, I am a Blonding and Color-Correction Specialist at The Hair Theatre Salon – and have over 20 certifications under my belt. I continue to challenge myself daily, and never forget my roots. It’s easy to get down on myself, and forget how far I’ve come in such a short time, but I’m seriously so lucky. I devoted everything to becoming the person I am today, and the stylist I never thought I could be.
I’ve slowly but surely turned my weaknesses into strengths, and I’m proud of what I’ve become. I’m no-where near a house-hold name in the cosmetology world.. but never say never.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It wasn’t easy. The biggest obstacle for me was, well, me. I’ve struggled with mental health most of my life, so the biggest issue was my not believing in myself or my talents. I didn’t think I deserved to have them. Over time, I learned how to squash those thoughts – and remember that everything I’ve achieved I did all by myself. I still hold myself to an unreasonably high standard, which I’m still learning to deal with. I’m still young, so I know that I can overcome that with time.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a Blonding and Color-Correction Specialist at The Hair Theatre Salon in STL. I’m primarily known for Blonding and Color-Correction, but I never limit myself to only those two. I love clipper cuts, precision cutting, vivid colors, natural colors, and everything. I have over 20 certifications in hair, ranging from Brazilian Balayage to Keratin Treatments. Something that sets me apart is that I thoroughly enjoy my experience with my guests and get to offer them advice or even lend an ear. It’s amazing what kind of things you discover just after talking with someone for a while – it has greatly expanded my world! I’ve always been a people person, so it’s incredible to have all kinds of people sit in my chair.
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Never discredit yourself! I’ve been told plenty of times that I have imposter syndrome. It’s super easy to do, and I still struggle with it. I think just looking back on my life till now and seeing what I’ve accomplished by myself takes care of it.
- Full Foils – $93+
- Balayage – $93+
- Haircut – $51+
- Regrowth Color – $81+
- Keratin Smoothing – $310
- Website: thehairtheatre.com
- Salon’s phone number: – 636-825-6438