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Meet Ashley Clark of Pretty Hair LA in Torrance

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Clark.

Ashley, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always done hair. I believe it was a gift. I’ve never done anything else. It was my everyday and my everything. It was the best way for me to express my creativity & my ability’s. It has always been so fun and just like breathing, doing hair had always been in me. Whether it’s braids, styling, color, cuts, extensions, men’s cuts, wedding hair, photoshoot or runway hair. I spent time assisting for over several years. And hair no longer was fun to me. It was barely paying the bills and it became something I HAD to do to survive. Depression and anxiety brought me to my new space that I am in. I have my own salon suite and my own hair extension line and I’ve created this business in only three months and NOW hair is again my life. It is what I eat, what I breathe, it is my therapy, it is what pays my bills and my mothers. Doing hair had saved my life. Literally. I don’t know if I would be here if I didn’t have a job to do everyday if I had to get up and do anything else but hair, I believe the depression would have took me. I am so proud of where I am and where I have come. I do this for my mother. She is the reason I went to beauty school. She is the reason I know how to do any type of hair, not because she taught me but because she saw my talent and potential and pushed me to do it. I’ve never even spent a day in a salon as a child because she wanted me to do my own hair. To me seemed like a punishment, but now I know it’s because she saw who I was to become and what I had in me. I Plan to expand, I plan to teach, I plan to educate, I plan to explore the world and teach what I know because there is room for everybody and I can’t do it alone and I can’t do it forever.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The hardest struggle was not feeling like I was a good enough stylist because I played the role of an assistant for so long I felt that no one would take me seriously. There were times when I was still being questioned if I went to beauty school or if I’m licensed. The hardest part was believing that I spent so many years in this craft to believe that I can never make a living doing this and that I’ve wasted so much time.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Pretty Hair LA – what should we know?
My company is healthy hair! My goal everyday is to make a woman feel confident and beautiful again. I specialize in the epidemic that is damaged African American hair. The truth is “we” are not known for healthy hair, let alone long hair. We are known for relaxing, braiding, manipulating, heat damaging, color damage, etc. and we have this stigma about black hair and that it can only be healthy and long if you have “good hair” or if you’re mixed. I believe what sets my company apart from others is that I build relationships with my clients that are completely un hair related! I care about my client’s life, I care about there kids, there family issues, there goals, there jobs. I become friends, actually family with my clients and so when I care for there hair it’s personal. It’s not about the money at all. I genuinely want what’s best for them and their hair. What I am most proud of is that people really love me. They really love what I have built, they genuinely support me. I’m so proud of the space I have created and what I thought I could never do is happening right before my eyes.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My mother plays a big part in my success because she never gave me any shortcuts. She was always so strict on me specifically. Always do hard on me and I hated it then but today I’m so glad because it forced me to have the work ethic I have. I was never given anything, always had to earn it. My mentors included the women I assisted. Who shaped me, molded me and put me through several years of intense boot camp. They challenged me, and like my other didn’t give me any brakes, didn’t let me give up. Gave me hard projects that I hated but I knew it was for my good. They taught me things that I take with me today, they took me in as there daughter and continued to groom me. Showed me techniques, showed me business, showed me experiences, inside and outside the salon. Given me a whole new outlook on what a hairstylist is and for that I am forever grateful! Family who helped me build my space, friends and family who always showed support! Who were my biggest cheerleaders and always pushed me and the clients for there never ending support & therapy. They have no idea that the time they spend in my chair that they are saving my life. Having someone to talk to and talk about my problems, insecurities or even cry to them while they’re in my chair has saved me more than once.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Salon Republic
    21250 Hawthorne Blvd
    Suite 308
  • Phone: 3235297759
  • Email: ashley_bella@icloud.com
  • Instagram: OfficialPrettyHair

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