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Meet Lesly Mariscal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lesly Mariscal.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I stumbled upon the world of Aesthetic by accident. Following my high school graduation back in 2011, I was convinced I was made for Broadcast Journalism. My sister and my dad would constantly urge me to pursue anything that had to do with physical aesthetic. Nails, Hair, Make up, Brows and lastly Lashes. I had completely shut down everything they had brought up besides lashes.

For some reason Lash Extensions sparked my interest. Immediately after the idea of me pursuing a Lash career, I found myself looking for a course to enroll, by the end of the day I had committed to a Lash Course offered at Paul Mitchell in March 2018. Shortly after receiving my lash certification, I had come up with my brand in the industry of lashes, the type of lashes I wanted to offer and how I wanted to represent Missfit. Missfit stands for miss [miss}fit which represents the energy of the female collective and a misfit is someone with an aura, spirit, or look that sets them apart from others, a collective of women who choose to be different. When I combined these two Missfit was born. I was hesitant to offer my services because for one I would offer them from home and two I wanted time to perfect my craft. A week after finishing my course and having practiced on close friends and family, my sister asked when I’d get to work. My response was “once I’m good at it’ to which she responded “you are good so stop wasting time and get to work’ for whatever the reason I listened to her. I announced it on my personal Instagram and within a couple of hours, I was booked out for a week.

Looking back, it was the strangest thing that people trusted me through a simple post which was more of an announcement without any photos to back the quality of my work. Before I knew it, one week turned into two and two weeks turned into months. I worked out of my room for six months while having a full-time job and being a full-time student. By my six month mark, it was also time to enroll in my college courses for the next semester, I woke up the morning of my enrollment and as I was going to sign up for my courses, my sister happened to wake up and ask what I was doing and I told her I was enrolling for next semester to which she responded with “for what, don’t you see your career has taken off and is right in front of you?” I didn’t think about it twice when she put it like that. I ditched my enrollment and looked into Esthetician courses nearby. A month later, I started my Esthetician program which required me to be a full-time student, meaning for the first time since high school I would have to be unemployed and fully available to a 8-4 schedule. Quitting my full-time job was one of the scariest things I’d ever done because it entailed no promises. I had switched out my work hour schedule for my school schedule and was committed to being my own employer to hold me afloat throughout school. The transition was easier than I could have dreamed of. I was booked and busy and was able to schedule my clients around hours that accommodated my studying and education.

Following my graduation in April 2019, I became a licensed esthetician. A very dear friend of mine urged me to find a studio shortly after graduating. I was nervous and put the idea off for about two months. They continued to urge me to pursue this idea and reminded me that I had nothing to lose and at this point, I felt like I owed it to them to trust their guidance because for whatever the reason they really believed in me. Two and a half months after graduating, I opened up my own studio in Granada Hills. I was offering Lashes, Lash Lifts, Facials and Brows. Six months after moving in the Pandemic hit, Estheticians were mandated to close down for five months. After five months of closures the CDC announced that we were given the green light to offer our services again, by the second week they had mandated another closure. I thought that this was the beginning of the end, I didn’t know how I would continue to expand my business or my career. The week that followed the mandated closures, I was doing my regular coffee run at House Roots in the morning, I saw a for Lease sign beside House Roots and I peeked inside. All of the visions of expansion that I had talked about looked like the structural bones of this space. Immediately I called the agent on the posting. I called on a Monday and received the keys for the space by the end of the week on Sunday. Amidst all of the uncertainty in the industry, I decided to take the risk and take the time of closures as the time for the expansion that I had dreamt about. We are now in April 2021 and Missfit has not stopped evolving, growing, expanding since its recent move beside my favorite coffee shop. What started as a spark of curiosity has taken my world by storm and if you’re ever wondering where to find me, meet me at Missfit.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Despite the world’s ongoing unknowns, looking back everything came easily. It always kind of seemed like it was placed right in front of me. I think the only struggle I had to face was learning to trust myself.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
As an Esthetician, I’d say what sets me apart is the experience that my clients receive at Missfit. From the moment you walk in, you’re walking into a pastel cloud of peace. I believe and stand by my services 3,000% but because that comes easy, I wanted to ensure that my clients stepped into a space of their own. A place to honor themselves through the act of self-care. A place to get away from the world we know day in and day out. Missfit was created to honor who I admire the most, Women. Now as for the services, I love all services but my absolute favorite service to offer is Missfitskin. Missfit offers a variety of custom facials to cater to everyone’s individual skin needs ranging from Lymphatic Drainage facial massage, Gua Sha, a wide range of Jelly masks, Microdermabrasion, a variety of skin peels, brightening and tightening treatments. A full range of clean skincare options for a full skin detox and reset. Lashes Extensions have become second nature to me and come easily as opposed to skin, there is always a new challenge and skin goal to be met.

Missfitlashes differ from traditional lash extensions due to the natural, feathery, weightless look. The biggest compliment I have received throughout my lash career has been when clients mention how many times they were asked if those were their real lashes. A lash set that you’ve always dreamt of that appears to be real. And if you’re into natural beauty but need a lift Missfit offers the Lashlift 360 also known as the Missfitlift. A keratin lash lifting treatment which gives your natural lashes the curl and length you’ve been looking for in eyelash curlers and mascaras. This lift is unlike any other because it offers a 24k gold lash plumping treatment which thickens the lash. My newest service on the menu is the brow lamination aka Missfitbrows. Although it’s been on the menu for quite some time, it has recently become the dynamic duo to Missfitlashes.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Trust the process. What’s meant for you will never pass you by.

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