We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lauren, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
As a parent, I know my children are watching every move I make. They watch me, idea after idea, and the process of every step. I put a lot of importance on having control over your own mind and the powers that lie within yourself. I teach them that there is a power in each of us that holds the key to all of our biggest dreams. If they will just dare to find that inner voice that will guide them every step of the way they will unlock the doors to paradise. I also teach them that the inner voice will also guide them to what paradise truly is. And it’s not having all the money in the world, the fastest cars, or the nicest clothes. Although they can have those nice things, that’s not all there is to life. To wake up every day with purpose, knowing that you have the blueprint to achieve all of your goals, dreams, and are happy doing it… that is paradise. Knowing that failures are just temporary setbacks and lessons to be learned, not the end all be all. My kids look at me, after I’ve run around like a chicken with my head cut off for weeks, launching a product ready to go to the bank. And I have to explain to them that it doesn’t work like that. I have to share my disappointments with them so they understand that launching is just the beginning. I’ve learned this lesson along the way and it’s really a tough pill to swallow. We think we can just put a product out there and everyone will love it as much as we do. It doesn’t happen that way when no one knows who you are or that your product even exists. I try to teach them that everything worth having is going to take time. As long as you don’t throw in the towel and remember where you started and how far you’ve come. No matter how small of a step you took, it was still a step. Don’t look around at others successes thinking you’ve missed the boat. What’s meant for you will always be yours.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The Hair Measure is so simple but it’s really something that a lot of women have needed for a very long time. I can’t believe we’ve been guessing with a sewing kit measuring tape or shirts with lines on them for all these years! If you’ve ever watched someone try to measure their hair it’s actually quite comical. The Hair Measure is easy, quick, and fun because you’re not dreading doing it. You can track your measurements which is pretty cool. I like to take pictures on my phone because it has the date and time. And it’s crazy to go back and see the inches building up. That kind of gratification is priceless. I know it sounds silly but us women really love seeing our hair grow! (Laughing) I’m on the hair growth journey myself. It’s a total process putting all this stuff on your hair. It’s nice to see those inches after a week long treatment you wanted to quit in the middle of. It’s kinda like being an entrepreneur. It’s a total process! We feel like quitting right in the middle but we know if we just keep going one more day we’ll see results. I wish there was a hair measure for life. Some inches to look forward to after we’ve run ourselves into the ground all week.(Laughing) I am an inventor, plain and simple. I like to come up with ideas that no one has done before. I have learned that’s one of my biggest challenges. It’s one thing to be the person to think of an idea and create it. It’s another to sell it (laughing.) Reality sets in and I have to figure out how to turn it into food on the table. You really have to look at things from all angles. You may be doing things in one direction when the plan for you is to go in a completely different one. Maneuvering those fine lines is the hard part. I’m learning to trust myself and acknowledge that every step leads to the next step. It really makes it easy when you love what you’ve created.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend came to LA, I’d have a whole thing planned out and it would start with food!!! Mexican Food!!! I’ve been to a lot of places and I’m here to tell you, LA has THE BEST Mexican food!!! My favorite spot is El Cholo on Western. I mean, if you haven’t been there you HAVE to go! And since Downtown is nearby, we’d have to go to China town! I get the Chinese candies called White Rabbits. I’ve been eating those since I was a kid. Speaking of being a kid, Phoenix Bakery is where my parents used to get all of my birthday cakes. They have these little crispy honey wonton things to die for! Yang Chao’s slippery shrimp are another must. Downtown is just full of all kinds of hidden gems, people watching, lights and action. It’s really changed over the years. There are so many places to go in LA. Let’s see, the next day we’d go shopping. Melrose for the eccentric and unique finds and Rodeo for the luxury (window shopping LOL.) Everyone has to at least see Rodeo. (laughing) End the day with a little Sunset Strip drive. It’s so fun to just sit in the traffic and look at all the stuff as you’re driving by. The last day we’d spend relaxing at the beach in Malibu. I like to go to Moonshadows and sit on their patio overlooking the water. The service is always great. PCH is just a nice drive in itself. A little farther up past Kanan is my favorite beach. It’s really hard to just pick a few things, We’d need like 2 weeks! And it’s just a short drive to Manhattan and Newport Beach, you could literally run yourself ragged. LA just never gets boring. I’ve moved away and came back because it’s just a different animal. The motivation that runs through the air is something else. I recommend that if anyone is feeling stuck, move to LA. Our sunshine and energy will warm you right up! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have so many people to thank for where I am in life. God and my family have gotten me through the toughest times. Having little eyes on me all the time pushes me forward to be the best I can be. My sister is an entrepreneur and she’s the first one to ever open my eyes to the idea. I looked at her and thought, “I want to do that!” Ever since then I’ve been on a quest to find that one big idea that God presents to me. And He did!! A major shoutout to Melanie Thompson from the UK. She’s the one God used to show me the path toThe Hair Measure! Just a small statement of, “Can someone please invent something for us to measure our hair,” is all I needed to hear. I have a video on my website with the original footage and how The Hair Measure was born. And last, but certainly not least, Bob Proctor. I’ve been watching his original series faithfully. One of my dreams is to meet him and let him know that I am most grateful for his service.

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Braeden Thomas

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