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2020 WIBO Graduate 

Mariah McLean
Founder & Chief Integrity Stylist  MaXximized Hair Studio 


I have been self-employed for approximately 5 years. I officially launched the new MaXximized Hair Studio in 2018, pivoting from a mobile salon to a brick-and-mortar shop in Brooklyn, New York.  I wanted to operate with the best structure in place so that I can give my clients optimal satisfaction. An eco-friendly shop that reflects my vision – tailoring every aspect of the business to meet each customer’s needs and desires, with a focus on building strong relationships.

I heard about WIBO from my father, Baron “Mak” McLean, 2018 WIBO graduate and owner of Mizad Funkzion Entertainment & MakTabulis Films, who was featured in a WIBO business highlight last year.  My parents are strong proponents of entrepreneurship, so it is no surprise that I am following my dreams of business ownership.  After seeing the positive impact WIBO had on my Father’s business, I was excited to take the Workshop.  Learning key techniques such as how to perform target market research, how to measure market size, and understanding key metrics of the economics of the business. I am grateful to WIBO for providing the tools to grow. In the current reality, the course helped me to keep my prices economical.  It also helped me to build resiliency in the face of difficult circumstances in a highly competitive industry.

I am constantly evolving my brand into a company that will consistently set the standard for the salon industry.  Seeing all the work that I put into this business and believing that I will continue to achieve success is very rewarding. To continue MaXximized Hair Studio values and culture, and ensure consistency from stylist to stylist, I plan to establish a teaching academy for future stylists in economically underserved communities.

Mariah’s story demonstrates the value of supporting the dreams of others. She brought talent, perseverance, and a plan for success to the table, and with help from family and WIBO along the way, she is achieving her lifelong dream.

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