To Top

Meet Mia Ballesteros of Mia’s Monster Mash in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mia Ballesteros.

Mia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been styling hair since 2009, while I was going to cosmetology school, I picked up a job at a local theatre in their costume department which eventually led to me working in their hair and makeup department. I stayed there for a few years but started taking gigs on photos, television, and film sets.

After a while, I left the theatre and started doing more set work as well as theme park hair and makeup work.

In March, when quarantine started, I was placed on leave from my main job as a wig tech and needed something to do with my time.

Enter: Mia’s Monster Mash!

I have always had a love for vintage fashion and horror movies, which prompted me to open my Etsy shop themed around vintage (1920’s-70’s) hairstyles with a goth twist.

Has it been a smooth road?
Honestly, other than covid related challenges, it has been fairly smooth sailing! I have yet to encounter anything that doesn’t have a clear solution, it may not happen overnight but all roadblocks are temporary.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Mia’s Monster Mash story. Tell us more about the business.
My business specializes in vintage hairstyles, my clientele ranges from pinup models, drag queens, cosplayers, celebrity impersonators and more!

I style wigs based on the needs of the buyer, the range of customization varies and occasionally, I will offer “dealer’s choice” styles where I choose a look and offer it up for purchasing.

This Halloween season, I did a collection of wigs based on different horror movie icons that sold out within a couple of weeks and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

So far, I’ve been very fortunate in having repeat customers and great reviews. I am very proud to have a product that brings people of all walks of life joy. The fact that I can make someone feel beautiful with my wigs brings me so much happiness and fulfillment I don’t ever want to stop.

When I first started selling my wigs, I thought I would make a little money here and there but I am incredibly humbled by how successful my store has been so far. My goal is to be self-employed and dedicate all of my time to my wig sales and I think making that goal a reality may not be too far away.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The beauty industry is always growing and changing, this year with hair salons being closed for such a long time, I noticed many people turning to wigs as an alternative to their regular haircuts or colors. Also, with all of the different social media apps that are out there I see people experimenting more with their looks and having fun with new hair and makeup techniques, once again incorporating wigs! I am here for it and I can definitely see wigs, extensions, and hairpieces only becoming more popular over time.


  • Custom Wigs $100+
  • Wig Retouching $50+

Contact Info:

Suggest a story: VoyageLA is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in

  • LA’s Most Inspiring Stories

    Every neighborhood in LA has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates...

    Local StoriesNovember 23, 2020
  • Portraits of the Valley

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesNovember 20, 2020
  • Portraits of Hollywood

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesNovember 20, 2020
  • Hidden Gems: Local Businesses & Creatives You Should Know

    Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a...

    Local StoriesNovember 19, 2020
  • The Thought-Provokers: Celebrating Artists & Creatives

    LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous...

    Local StoriesAugust 6, 2020
  • The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative

    The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us...

    Local StoriesJune 16, 2020
  • VoyageLA Podcast: Meet Katrine Fenger

    We had the good fortune of sitting down with Katrine Fenger. She has a phenomenal story and she was kind and...

    Local StoriesMay 18, 2020
  • VoyageLA Podcast: Meet Shakira Reedus

    We’re thrilled to introduce you to  Shakira Reedus. Shakira is an actress, entrepreneur and an inspiring content creator.  We can’t wait for...

    Local StoriesMay 18, 2020
  • VoyageLA Podcast Episode 5: Michelle LaBelle

    We’re thrilled to introduce you to spoken word artist and content partner Michelle LaBelle. Partners support Voyage by collaborating on content,...

    Partner SeriesMarch 30, 2020
Cialis Sipariş Cialis Viagra Cialis 200 mg Viagra sipariş ver elektronik sigara