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Meet Marandan Ferguson of Marandan Renea Beauty

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marandan Ferguson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Marandan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a native of Duncan SC, born December 17th, 1988. I married my soul mate, Antwan Ferguson and together we have four beautiful children; Cherish, Caden, Cwen, and Captain, whom we call C4! My love affair with hair began at the tender age of nine. I quickly graduated from doll heads to braiding men and women in my neighborhood, full-fledged business lol. Upon graduating high school, I received my cosmetology license which opened many doors I longed to walkthrough! Hair and makeup became one of the vehicles that drove my happiness! After graduation, I went on to train with leading artists in the hair and makeup industry. Ted Gibson (New York), Sharon Blain (Australia), Jon Reyman (Los Angeles), Jodie Rowlands (Sew Jodie) (Atlanta), Gwynnis Mosby (Atlanta), Sam Fine (New York), to name a few. Through training with the greats came amazing opportunities. From makeup for Married to Medicine’s Dr. Jackie’s 50 Shades of Pink Event, to personal hairstylist of Love and Hip Hop New York’s Tahiry Jose, and many other local celebrities!

I have had the pleasure of working several NY Fashion Week Shows, and separate showcases for designers such as Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Dim Mak, Sachin + Babi, and Mark Zunio. I’ve gotten to tour the country as the hairstylist for Tiyana Robinson’s models for her Makeup Mogul Tour. I am currently on tour as the hair and makeup artist for the professional wrestling league AEW on TNT. All of the training and hardwork has lead me to being a published hair and makeup artist and being featured on several beauty segments with my local and surrounding area news outlets. I now own a thriving multicultural salon in a busy downtown location. I have a blossoming bridal business. Along with providing mobile hair and makeup services for model portfolios, I have the privilege of working with leading photographers around the country. Now I am a cosmetology instructor and beautypreneur coach that has started an extended training program. I named it Marandan Renea Beauty Academy, with future plans of expanding it into a world-renowned beauty institute!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My journey has not been an easy one. I was raised by a single mother that was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which is a disease that causes nerve damage in the brain and spinal cord. Limited mobility made it very difficult for her to physically support me in various activities that I participated in. With that being said, I taught myself how to be my own cheerleader in the moment, but my mamas voice constantly rang in my ear, ” Baby I’m here with you, you’ve got this.” Living with this reality taught me how to become super independent. I worked three jobs in high school, I know crazy right, but my mother’s disability only covered necessities. I worked to pay for the cosmetology program, the kit, my cap and gown, school clothes, etc. Trust me, that part of my journey equipped me for endeavors that followed.

I remember my husband coming home from serving in Iraq, and as a veteran could not find work right away. We had some money saved up, I opened a salon business with a partner. The business failed horribly putting us in a financial bind. That was a very tough time for us as we struggled to pay bills. The amazing thing, I have a husband that believes in me without end so I continued to pay for training and the travel associated with it. Life became even harder after receiving foreclosure and repossession letters. My husband and I decided to relentlessly come out of the storm on top. Not only did my husband find a great job that allotted time and resources to start his own company, but I also was able to open my own salon on my own terms. Through trial and error of salon operations, business practices, many mistakes, and failed relationships, I have learned and still learning the value of failing forward. As I move forward, I can laugh when I glance back and smile extremely hard as the dream in front of me gets closer.

Please tell us about Marandan Renea Beauty.
The brand I am building as a wife, mom, and beautypreneur consists of me paving the way for consumers and professionals to realize the power they hold as individuals. I am a hairstylist and makeup artist that empowers my clients to go for their goals and dreams through physical glam transformation. When you look good, of course that boosts confidence. Confidence is key in chasing down your dreams and taking control of your life. What I feel sets me apart from others is that in my professional to client relationships, I am honestly not as interested in what they are currently doing to make money, but more so what they want to do to leave a legacy. That’s the aspect of my client’s lives that I have been honored to help create, the boss that is ready to live out loud and look the part. I also have had the honor of other professionals trusting me in aiding with their success stories.

I’ve become known as the go to “go getter” lol. Many women have asked me, ” How did you accomplish so much with children?” or ” How do you have enough time to spend with your husband?” and last but not least, ” How do you deal with the demands of clients in an ever-changing market?” Through the trials and tribulations I previously mentioned, I am able to answer a vast majority of their questions and guide them through with solutions. With all of that being said, I specialize in solutions. Hair solutions such as; cut, color, or the perfect extensions to land that opportunity. Makeup solutions such as; bridal, full glam, or natural tones to close the deal. Coaching solutions such as; life coping as a beautypreneur, idea formation, and business jump-starting so you can live the life you deserve. I am most proud of being able to build a team that is as passionate and dedicated to helping change the lives of other people. Together we will grow stronger and wider, and that is how I will be able to leave my legacy.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from childhood is me, my sister, and my best friend reenacting the entire movie of Spice World. We were huge Spice Girl fans. Also arguing about who would sing Brandy’s part in the Boy is Mine by Brandy and Monica.

Pricing:

  • Full Face Glam starts at $85 (travel fees apply if applicable)
  • Hair Installation (Including Hair) starts at $400

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Image Credit:
Erin Frost (The Ten Oh Eight Co), Lance Andrews of In Vogue Photography, Jeremiah Drummond Photos

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