Rochdale News | News Headlines | Award-winning singer Ashanti hires hairdresser Rochdale for 20th anniversary UK tour



Date published: July 03, 2022


A multi-award-winning hairdresser from Rochdale has once again styled the hair of one of her celebrity idols, award-winning singer Ashanti, during her UK tour this year.

Mohammed Ilmaas, who runs Hair by Ilmaas, styled Ashanti’s hair in 2020 and was once again called in for his entire 20th anniversary tour which also included special guests Aitch, Mario and Trey Songz.

Ilmaas says he dreamed of working with Ashanti, one of his favorite artists, famous for singles such as “Foolish”, “Rock wit U (Awww Baby)” and “Only U”, all of which broke the top. 10 when they come out. .

He first styled the star’s hair in February 2020, creating a variety of looks that she loved. The singer was very impressed and wanted Ilmaas to style her again for her second show at Leeds 2020.

Ashanti liked Ilmaas’ previous work so much that she approached him directly for his 2022 UK tour.

Ilmaas said: “It was a huge pleasure to hear from Ashanti and her team and I was thrilled to take another opportunity to style Ashanti’s hair. She was extremely happy with the looks I created.

“I was grateful to have taken this opportunity to work alongside Geestar [promotions company] for the second time. Godrey, manager of Geestar, recommended me to Ashanti and trusted me to style his hair successfully.

Ilmaas and Ashanti
Ilmaas with singer Ashanti

Ilmaas took great pride in styling Ashanti’s hair, using bespoke pieces to create a range of looks from sleek to braided. He added, “I felt like I was on top of the world styling the hair of the artist of my dreams.”

Ashanti became the first female artist to simultaneously occupy the top two spots on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. With ‘Foolish’, which spent 32 weeks on the charts, she became the second artist after The Beatles to have their first three entries. in the charts simultaneously in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.

Her self-titled debut album, released in 2002, was certified triple platinum in the United States and sold over 15 million records worldwide. The album won him a Grammy in 2003 for Best Contemporary R&B Album, the first artist to win the award.

In April 2022, Ashanti received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame: earned for her multiple music awards and roles in television and film.

Mohammed Ilmaas does the Ashanti singer's hair before one of her concerts in the UK
Ilmaas styled Ashanti’s hair for the first time in 2020

Ilmaas grew up styling her sisters’ hair from the age of 15, before becoming a traveling hairdresser. He opened his unisex hair salon, Hair by Ilmaas, on Whitworth Road six years ago.

With over 12 years of experience in the industry, Ilmaas’ passion has led him to be an award-winning and published hairstylist, winning an Oracle Award three years in a row, as well as Best Hairstylist at the Fashion and Beauty Awards in 2018 He has also won the award for Best Hair Stylist five times and has worked as the head stylist for many high-profile fashion shows.

Her work with celebrities, fashion shows, models and campaign shoots has also featured in popular magazines including Elle and Vogue.


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