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Rising Stars: Meet Madi Bruen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Madi Bruen.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I am 23 years old and Colorado born and raised. I currently live with my boyfriend in the neighborhood I grew up in my entire childhood. I have the sweetest rescue cat named Mister and two perfect dogs at my parents who are also rescues! Family is extremely important to me and I’m super close with both my parents! All growing up I loved doing my friends’ hair and makeup. I used to have so many “spa day” sleepovers with my best friend, Lindsey, all the way up to visiting each other out of state during college for them. Before I decided to pursue cosmetology as a career, I was dead set on studying law. I began my freshman year of college at Iowa Central on a volleyball scholarship and transferred home to Colorado State University after my freshman year. At CSU, I double majored in political science and communications, and I was a member of Zeta Tua Alpha. I loved the content of all my classes and I loved being a part of an amazing philanthropic organization, but something was missing. I was struggling in my classes but fully grasping the concepts, which made for the most frustrating 90 minutes of my life. I found myself looking forward to the weekends so that I could help all my sorority sisters with their hair and makeup. Finally, I was diagnosed with severe ADHD and classes became easier, but I still felt like something just wasn’t clicking. After struggling through three years in traditional academia with ADHD, the pandemic hit. I was forced to look at my life and what was important, and I decided to dive in head first to pursue my passion. I withdrew from CSU and immediately began cosmetology school at Tuana European Beauty Academy.

During my time at Tuana, I was working as a receptionist at Wild Mane Salon and shadowing multiple stylists there. I loved the education side of the career and even earned 18 outside certifications before completing my education! I had amazing educators at Tuana who allowed me to really decide the direction I wanted to take my career. As soon as I could take clients, I knew I wanted to specialize in blonding and extensions. A huge part of why I pursued extensions was because I felt like there was a lack of options for women with thin hair. I’ve met so many amazing women who suffered hair loss related to illness, pregnancy, stress, etc. and I wanted to be able to give them back the confidence they deserve in an honestly priced way. I personally have worn many methods of hair extensions and have had some terrible experiences with different ones, so I made it my mission to find the best methods for fine, thin, or compromised hair. I was able to fill my books the last two months of school after building my online portfolio and I had clients asking where I was headed after school, long before I was close to graduating. I received my license within 11 days of graduating and started doing hair that very same day. I was so blessed for the opportunity at Wild Mane because it allowed me to booth rent straight out of school and become the owner of my own business; llc. Today, I am specializing in blonding and dimensional color, along with having started doing custom extensions! I’m still located at Wild Mane Salon in Fort Collins and I am loving every second of it.

Alright, 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?
I had a lot of struggles when starting out due to covid, and I had a lot of family-related chaos happening at the start of my career. In the beginning, I was emotionally handling my business alone because of some of the things going on and that was really scary as a young adult in the world for the first time. I’m thankful now I went through that challenge because it forced me to see and respect my own strength and drive. Supporting the cost of the business was also a major struggle in the very beginning because I didn’t have a plan B and I didn’t want to ask my boyfriend to finically support my business as well already supporting the household!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a cosmetologist focused on hair. I specialize in blonding, dimensional color and extensions. I am most proud of my ability to build my career from nothing to something off of my own hard work, and also the relationships I’ve been able to build with my clients. I’m honored so many people trust me to be their therapist during our couple of hours together.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
The biggest thing I learned from Covid was how important genuine human interaction is for me and what success meant for me. I truly love talking to my clients every day and my coworkers’ clients. Part of the allure of going to law school was that I would be “successful” as the first generation to graduate college in my family. I wanted to look successful. Covid changed that for me. The relationships I’ve been able to foster have been life-changing and without covid, I think I would still be pursuing the idea of what success is versus what it actually looks like for me.


  • Full Blonding starts at $125+
  • Dimensional/ Lived in color starts at $100+

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