FOUNDER/Dean Amanda Manigault began her beauty career at the age of eleven years old on her front porch in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as a hair braider. She’s a visionary who lived her entire life building a beauty empire brick-by-brick. She opened her 1st beauty salon in her parents basement at the age of eleven years old. Both of her parents only had an 8th grade education, so Amanda became her parents little assistant, reading, writing, handling business matters and figuring things out… she became self-sufficient with a desire to lead others at a very young age.
Her beauty career helped her pay her way through high school and helped her assist her parents with her other five siblings. After graduating high school Amanda pursued cosmetology for licensing and graduated from Empire Beauty School as a cosmetologist and cosmetology instructor. Since that time Amanda has never worked another job outside of beauty! She’s a licensed cosmetologist, cosmetology instructor, beauty salon & beauty school owner, beauty advocate, beauty school advisor, beauty product manufacturer, hair braiding expert and beauty coach. Amanda appeared on the reality tv show “Cuttin In The ATL” on WETV as a beauty salon coach. Amanda is also an ordained minister. If you ever meet her you’ll know that in all she does, God is 1st! With Amanda’s professional beauty, entrepreneurial and Spiritual background, she has been successful with leading her team and working with beauty students, beauty professionals and for profit/non-profit business owners in helping them create success FAST, while living the lifestyle they’ve always dreamed of…
Amanda partnered with her daughter Uniquia and together they trademarked Black Girl Beauty and began establishing themselves as a fast growing beauty and non-profit engine all across the country. Known as the one stop beauty hub providing Licensing Opportunities at Black Girl Beauty School of Careers, (www.blackgirlbeautyschools.com) Continuing Education, workshops, webinars at Black Girl Beauty Advanced Training & Hair Braiding Academy, (www.amandasbeautyschools.com) Salon Mentorship at Black Girl Beauty Mentorship Academy, (www.blackgirlbeautyinc.com) Membership Opportunities at Black Cosmetology & Performing Arts Association, (www.blackgirlbeautymembers.com) Youth training & development at Black Girl Beauty Performing Arts School, (www.iamuniquia.com) Beauty Products at Black Girl Beauty Products (shop.blackgirlbeautyinc.com) and her biggest reward is the joy of giving and building a national alliance at The National Alliance of Black Girl Beauty Foundation (www.blackgirlbeauty.org).
Here at the Black Girl Beauty School of Careers, Amanda’s goal is to attract motivated students and provide top notch education and training bar none. Black Girl Beauty School of Careers is built using a holistic and timeless experienced educational model. Amanda’s goal is to reach students right where they’re at, regardless to their circumstances and learning styles. She puts special emphasis on kinesthetic learners and the new millennial generation of students, offering asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences that meet the skill sets needed in this evolving world of cosmetology. Another main focus area for Amanda is Black Hair Care. Amanda has been in demand for education, she receives a lot of calls and complaints that Black students and Black salon owners have experienced Black stylist graduating from school and not salon ready. They’ve also experienced Black students having to learn from other Black students, rather than instructors. Most schools do not take a lot of interest in Black hair care, yet their program fees are well over $20,000. Black students have dreamed of becoming professionals in the beauty industry and have been forced to attend these campuses, accumulating debt, and still take outside additional training, because of the lack of opportunities available to receive training in Black Hair Care in the beauty schools in their communities. Many don’t attend at all for that same reason; thus causing them to perform unlawful duties and beauty services in their homes just to feed their families. Amanda’s desire is to touch that area of emphasis by teaching all phases of hair, skin and nails, while specializing in Black hair care. According to MarketResearch.Biz “The Global Black Hair Care Market size is expected to be worth around US$ 9.56 Billion by 2023 to US$ 15.34 Billion in 2033, growing at a CAGR of 4.84% during the forecast period 2023 to 2033.” Amanda invites men, women and all nationalities to experience her learning modules that are like no other. Her traditional beauty platform are for those who need to be present to receive individual attention and that one-on-one experience. Her apprenticeship beauty educational platform is designed to help the students who are strong, self-motivated and fast paced learners who desire to learn and grow outside of the traditional campus environment. She strives to take individuals out of the kitchen, bring them off the front porch and into a thriving beauty school atmosphere where they can learn and grow towards the professional salon setting, providing better opportunities for their families.
Through her commitment towards building industry experts, she has thrived in the market with intentions of continuing to drive full force. Driven by her vision to become the leading one-stop beauty circuit and continuously pursue her mission of identifying the best possible opportunities for her students and beauty professionals, assisting them in making smart & prudent decisions. Amanda starts by building her membership association, partnering with salon owners and business professionals who are experts in their industry to provide all the resources, tools and systems needed to maintain success in the beauty industry.