Fenton— Youth and beauty have always gone hand in hand, which is something that Maquinzy Mittan, a young entrepreneur based in Fenton, is acutely aware of.
Still in her early 20s, Mittan has already had her cosmetology license for more than five years, and now she’s running her own salon, Mittan Beauty Company, which opened in January. Now, she says, she’s focusing on providing a salon experience her customers can’t find anywhere else.
Mittan’s business savvy and her career in the beauty industry both began earlier than most. Having been dual-enrolled in high school and cosmetology school, with her high school paying her tuition, she graduated with both a high school diploma and her cosmetology license at the same time, virtually ensuring a career path in an area she loved — all by the age of 18, and without a cent of student loan debt.
“I’ve always wanted to own my own salon,” Mittan said. “My mom was a hairdresser before I was born, but she always did my hair growing up, and I think that’s kind of what first attracted me to the industry. I actually worked in the salon that was located where we are now, and the previous owner put it up for sale, so I bought it as soon as I could. I worked there about a year before I bought it.”
Though Mittan Beauty Company is still in its infancy, Mittan is already focused on her salon’s legacy, ensuring the quality of her services and products. While many salons and hairdressers are offering cuts that are cheap, fast or both, Mittan strives to offer the best of both worlds, providing clients affordable options utilizing expert skill and technique. She prides herself on her team’s continued education and training, insisting the team of four keep their fingers on the pulse of current fashions and styles.
“The whole team here is younger, so we definitely have a younger vibe, which really connects us to our clients,” Mittan said. “I think our clients want a hairstylist that stays on top of trends. And we’re definitely that — all of us. I think, with a lot of older hairdressers, they’ll have a lot of knowledge because they’ve been in the game a long time, but they can also get stuck in their ways and kind of stick with ‘This is how it should be done,’ but we keep up on our education and are constantly learning.”
This year, Mittan and each of her employees traveled to Illinois for the America’s Beauty Show, a massive convention in Chicago that attracts licensed cosmetologists, estheticians, nail technicians, salon owners and cosmetology students. The event offers members great benefits to help build and sustain their careers, while also showcasing current trends in the industry.
Offering an array of hair services, from cuts and coloring to conditioning and blowouts; nail services; waxing services and much more, Mittan strives to uphold a culture where her employees love coming to work and her clients love coming back.
For more information, visit mittanbeautycompany.com, like Mittan Beauty Company on Facebook or call (810) 208-0897.