Today we’d like to introduce you to Mya Ferguson.
Hi Mya, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
As a young girl, I always knew I wanted to do hair somehow. No one in my family does hair, so I always found it interesting how I knew at such a young age what I was passionate about. I’d like to think it’s been a God-given plan the whole time. From putting random ponytails all over my mom’s head to slapping loads of product in it. Staying up late doing my little sister’s hair for school when my mom would get too sleepy. It all came so natural, so everyone knew that’s what I wanted to do for my career. I’m one of 5 children, middle child & second daughter. My oldest sister Bria was in high school at the time when she said “Mya you’ll never believe what Skyline (our high school) has!”, I said “what?!” She said “a cosmetology program!”. I immediately wanted more information, my brain started planning and wondering, I knew this was my golden ticket! So, once I found out more, I prepared for cosmetology school starting my freshman year. Two years later I got accepted into cosmetology school, paid for by AAPS. When I finished, I graduated from both high school and cosmetology school in 2015. Later that year I decided to move to Saginaw. That’s when everything really started to unfold. I was introduced to my soon-to-be boss at the time in Nov. 2015. She had this look in her eyes as we were being introduced, she asked a few questions. Followed by saying “apply to work here”, I said “okay, how???” She told me how and I did just that. I was later hired and worked there for 5 almost 6 years. I grew so much there and learned so much I was ready for the next step in my career. So, I gave them my resignation letter, and launch my own business full-time. It was the best decision because of the timing. God shows me things, I question and doubt then it always ends up being exactly what I need. I work hard for every milestone I’ve reached, but none of that would be possible without God. That’s how I am where I am today.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Now looking back, I can say it could’ve been worse. But in the moment the challenges I faced looked impossible to push through. I took my state boards 4 times. I failed 3 times, passed on the 4th. I thought my space would be fully renovated and finished before leaving my job, it wasn’t. I somehow made it all happen in 7 days with the help of my support system. Now I can’t even remember half of the things I went through, simply because of how blessed I am. I forgot I’m so grateful! I have the spiritual foundation along with the work ethic, dedication, and discipline to continue to push through.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a licensed cosmetologist, I specialize in healthy hair color, cuts, and styles. I am known for color and silk presses. I’m most proud of how I’ve grown as a business owner in such a short time. What sets me apart from others would be my drive and discipline. Once I make up in my mind to do something, I will complete it. Even when it’s something I don’t have much knowledge in, I learn what I need to complete it.
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I’ve always been outgoing, and outspoken. I’ve always been vocal about what I like, don’t like, and want. It has won me some battles and lost me some, especially with my parents. I’ve always been interested in being hands-on with any and everything I do.
Bria Ferguson Bnix photography