How it all started
At heart, I’m a farm girl. Born and bred in Aranos, Namibia, where I spent the first few years of my life enjoying its stark, magical beauty. Family is not just an important thing, it’s everything, and without the continued support and encouragement from my Dad, Schalk, my mom, Liesie and sisters, Letitea and Christelle, none of my dreams would have realized.
I graduated at Isa Carstens Health and Skincare Academy in Stellenbosch in 2004, and furthered my education at the ‘Fashion-Photography Hair and Make-Up Artistry’ Institute in Cape Town during 2005. Following a successful year in training, I received the award for the highest marks in my practical exam. This led to an invitation to join the hair & makeup team of the MNET series “KNOWN GODS”, giving me the opportunity to gain invaluable industry experience during the course of the following year.
In 2006 I started lecturing at Stellenbosch International Photography School, where I taught makeup techniques to their students, sharpening my teaching skills.
Since student hood, my entrepreneurial spirit challenged me to push the limits, and what started off as a small-scale bridal makeup service from my hostel room, soon blossomed into a full-fledged treatment hub in my apartment. After a few months I realized that the business had even bigger growth potential, and started working towards the dream, finally opening my stand-alone salon in 2008.
Madeleen Health & Beauty studio was the first company to open its doors in the Stone Square Shopping & Lifestyle Centre in Welgevonden, Stellenbosch, and soon became a favorite amongst locals.
It’s ten years later, the business grew from strength to strength, and the only time I have ever looked back, was to remind myself where I started. Never despise the day of small beginnings. I’ve matured as a person and as a business, and I approach the road ahead with hope, excitement and anticipation.
I am so privileged to be able to live my passion and follow my dreams, finding constant motivation in the journey and the results, and partnering with you in yours. Making a difference in lives, on the outside and inside, with the help of my heavenly Father.
Who we are
Madeleen Strauss vd Merwe
I have been in the industry for 14 years and have a true desire to help individuals create their unique holistic wellness. I am the link between your choice of therapist, product content and the best results.
My name is Alecia Petersen , I studied at the International Academy Of Health & Skin Care. I have been in the industry for 8 years, building good relationships is what the industry taught me , and I am enjoying every minute of it. My clients is where I get my energy from and it feels great !!! Changing lives is our goal at our Studio.
"If it doesn't challenge you, it wont change you "
My name is Mari Roux, currently working at Madeleen Health and Beauty Studio. I finished my Diploma in Somatology at Isa Carstens in 2014. I enjoy every second of what I do and don't see myself doing anything else. My goal is to provide a special and unique experience for each client, leaving you feeling educated, pampered and beautiful.
OUR WALL OF FAME
Miss World 2014
Chané de Kock
Mrs South Africa 2014
Model & Public Speaker
Actor & Model
Nataniël le Roux
Singer & Entertainer
Health & Skincare Therapist
Retired SA Soccer Striker
Promotions & Charity Promoter
Actress & TV Presenter
Awards & Accreditations
- The makeup agenda -
- The makeup agenda -
- Professional Beauty -
- African Bridal IndustryAwards -
- African Bridal IndustryAwards -
Why choose us?
I have used the Anti aging Leave on Mask for some time now, it feels rich and creamy. It spreads well and evenly across my face, it smells clean and fresh. After sleeping with it overnight and washing it off the next day, my skin feels hydrated and nourished. Bianca van Tonder Nov2016
During this treatment I have the ability to switch off in a very peaceful and serene environment to enjoy my me time. My results are soft and light skin with a glowing youthful appearance. My friends ask me if I have had any ‘work’ done on my face and I reply yes, I treat myself to a Facial/Skin Needling every month. All the ‘work’ is the magic of the Pen and Alecia. Madi Fabricius November 2016
With Nimue, you do not have to use a lot of product to still see results.. The combination of products Mari suggested really worked very well together for optimum results. I feel more relaxed about the aging of my skin. We also made the present pigmentation treatable and the products aid in the prevention of more pigmentation forming. I saw results after about 3-6 months. The results I am referring to here are reducing the appearance of pigmentation and managing anti-aging. Lize Cillié 5/16
The treatment where relaxing and my back and neck muscles are not as stiff as it used to be. My back muscles are not as tense as they used to be and they do not cramp when I am doing training. The treatment was professionally done.
Francois Joubert 7 Nov 2016
Having Vitiligo, the products do not burn my skin and slowing the vitiligo processes around my eyes. My skin used to be dry on certain areas and oily on others, that made applying Makeup really difficult. From the first week I could see the results changing, no longer having a combination skin rather a smooth even softer texture skin. I have been using it for 1.5 years now. The results are so amazing. ROZANNE FABRICIOUS - DEC 2016
I felt that the treatment was very suited for my skin type and skin concerns, which is pigmentation and aging. It did not feel that it was harming my skin in any way, since I knew that the Nimue ingredients are all natural. And most importantly, I knew that I would see results. I also like the treatment because Mari knows my skin very well, she is very professional and always gives me background on what she is doing with my skin and why.
Lize Cilliers - Dec 2016
I like all the info given to me when the facial is being given regarding the products Mari uses. With that the discussions we have I really appreciate, what the next step for my skin is on my following visits. The treatments are very relaxing and most definately something I look forward to each month. I no longer have a combination, dehydrated skin.
Rozanne Fabricious - Nov 2016
How can I thank someone that made me feel beautiful, gorgeous, striking and attractive at the same time? Madeleen, I can honestly say you were a pleasure to work with and I don’t have enough compliments to describe your elegant way of transforming a blank canvas to a work of art. I always thought make up is so easy to apply as hey we all do it every day but you blew away my expectations. You have such a good atmosphere around you and can immediately calm down any situation. Laetitia Meyer
Jy is regtig 1 uit ‘n miljoen!!! Paula Muller
Was so lekker om jou te ontmoet! Jou grimering het ongelooflik baie komplimente gekry, almal was mal oor Bianca se oe. Jacqueline Barnard