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Meet Mashal Afzalzada of MashYourHair in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mashal Afzalzada.

Mashal, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My love for hair started in highschool. I was hired at Bubbles Hair Salon as a shampoo assistant (it was one of the few places that hired 15 year olds). Growing up I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup or paint my nails so being in that environment opened my eyes. My father is legally blind which made things a little more challenging growing up but getting a job gave me freedom. I realized then how much I loved hair. The art of it! The way we can express ourselves and share our story with the world. The way a woman felt once she had her hair done and how her self confidence grew immensely. I became infatuated with the instant change I saw in people. Extensions, color, haircuts and how styling creates a harmonious story. I wore a ton of makeup and did my hair extravagantly in school while living in the suburbs of Gainesville, Va where most people didn’t express themselves in that way. A year or so later I started working for a company called PR @ Partners in Oakton, VA where I attended an apprenticeship program and got my license. I graduated highschool a year early at the age of 16 to pursue my career and get out into the real world. I then transferred to Washington D.C. to enhance my clientele and my skills. I worked for PR for 10 years and also taught with them for 5 years. I taught the students how to communicate with clients, build trust and how body language played an important role in creating a positive experience for the customer. We emphasized the importance of pictures and finding a common ground with clients on the look that they wanted based on their commitment level and budget. In 2018 I decided to move outside of my comfort zone of northern Virginia to California to further my career. I had no jobs lined up, no backup plan, just some money saved and my passion for doing hair. After ubering to different salons all over town, dropping off my resume and cover letter everywhere, I finally ended up getting a job in a salon and not long after that becoming Chris Appleton’s assistant. It’s been over a year and I have had some amazing opportunities with him. I’ve worked with JLO at the Super Bowl, Milan for her 10 year Versace jungle dress debut, Kim Kardashians’ Met Ball 2018 wet look to our last trip in Paris at the 2020 Yeezy fashion show. I now have had the pleasure of creating my own clientele and am slowly but surely making my name in Hollywood. After doing hair for almost 13 years I can now finally call myself a celebrity hair stylist!

Has it been a smooth road?
In Hollywood things are constantly changing and moving with many different parts. It can feel like you’re running behind and can become super challenging to not only juggle your career but also maintain a personal life. It’s important to work with a team and create a work environment that makes everyone feel like they have a helping hand! Communication is key to staying organized.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with MashYourHair – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I was trained in color cut and style from the very beginning of my career. I am certified in all extension methods and have ample amount of experience in the field! In addition I have been trained by the best, on styling, extensions and wigs. What sets me apart is how much I focus on communication and making sure we find the right fit for the client. I am very grateful to have taught the communication and course class because it has not only given me experience but it also gave me the opportunity and confidence to speak on stage at Intercoiffure (a hair conference) on its importance.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I love about LA is that amount of opportunities that are here. If you work hard, stay focused and dedicated, the sky’s the limit! What I dislike about the city is that it can be demanding. I feel people are always trying to get to the next best thing or are not taking the time to be grateful for the opportunities right in front of them. There is enough success for us all! Stay humble, never assume you know it all and continue to learn and grow!

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