November 1, 2023
Student Spotlight: Simone Simmons
In the ever-evolving world of beauty, there are individuals who stand out, like vibrant brush strokes on a canvas. They are the ones who possess not only the technical skills but also the creativity and passion that define this industry. Simone Simmons, a student at Keune Academy of Beauty, is one such individual who is leaving her mark on the world of cosmetology.
We had the privilege of interviewing Simone, and in her own words, she shared her remarkable journey, from a lifelong love of beauty to her decision to join Keune Academy. Simone’s story is a testament to the power of following your passion, the impact of an inspiring educational environment, and the importance of embracing individuality in an industry that thrives on creativity. Join us as we delve deeper into the world of Simone Simmons.
A Lifelong Love for Beauty
Simone’s journey in the beauty industry started long before she set foot in Keune Academy. Her love for beauty, from experimenting with makeup to creating stunning hairstyles, has been a constant in her life. “The beauty industry has always been a big part of my life,” Simone reveals with a sparkle in her eyes. “I’ve always loved doing hair, playing with makeup, and making people feel beautiful. I could see myself doing hair 50 years from now and still being happy and passionate.”
It’s a remarkable thing when your passion aligns perfectly with your chosen career path. For Simone, that alignment was crystal clear. From an early age, she was exposed to the magic of transformation, thanks to her grandparents who attended cosmetology school. “My grandma and grandpa attended cosmetology school, so I grew up constantly getting my hair done and being put together. Whether it’s styling my baby dolls or playing in my grandma’s wigs, beauty has always been a part of my life.”
Choosing Keune Academy
Selecting the right beauty school is a crucial step for any aspiring cosmetologist. Simone’s journey led her to Keune Academy, and it was a decision she made with confidence and excitement. “I knew Keune Academy was the school I was going to attend right after I left the tour,” she recalls. “The entire staff and students were so welcoming, and everyone looked happy to be there, even if it was a Saturday morning. The energy that radiates throughout the building just makes you feel like you’re supposed to be here.”
The sense of belonging and enthusiasm that Simone found at Keune Academy played a pivotal role in her decision. It’s essential for aspiring beauty professionals to be in an environment where their creativity can flourish and their skills can be honed. Simone found this and much more at Keune Academy.
Passion, Education, and Growth
Simone’s journey through Keune Academy has been nothing short of transformative. She’s currently a junior, and in a short time, she has seen immense growth, not just as a future stylist but also as a person. She attributes this growth to the incredible teachers at Keune Academy who have been unwaveringly encouraging and genuine in their support. “Keune has already taught me so much, even as a junior,” Simone acknowledges. “I am a completely different person than when I just started, and I’ve grown so much, even just as a person. If it wasn’t for my teachers being as encouraging and genuine as they are to push us in the best way, I don’t think I’d be as confident as I am now. With that confidence, I believe I will stand out from the crowd.”
Simone’s enthusiasm for learning and pushing her limits is infectious. She thrives on the “why” in the beauty industry, always seeking to understand the science and art behind every technique. “I love vivid colors and cutting, taking someone’s imagination and turning it into something they can show off and express themselves even more with just a simple color and cut makes the whole process worth it,” she shares. “I love learning the ‘why’ in this industry is what pushes me. Yes, I can cut hair, but why does holding the hair at different angles cause the hair to lay a certain way? I don’t want to just ‘do it.’ I want to fully understand so I can do my best at giving the client what they want.”
The Importance of Confidence in the Beauty Industry
Confidence is an invaluable asset for anyone in the beauty industry. Simone emphasizes that building confidence is as crucial as mastering the technical aspects of the trade. “In the industry, you need not only work hard, but you also need good self-esteem,” she notes. “This industry will make you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing, and you’re not always going to have someone telling you that you did good. You need confidence and understand that as long as you put everything you know into it, you did your best.”
Simone’s dedication to building her self-esteem is evident, and it’s a trait that will undoubtedly propel her to greater heights in her career.
A World of Creativity
Outside of her education, Simone’s interests naturally gravitate toward creative activities. “My hobbies outside of school are painting and dancing,” she reveals. “So I’m just naturally drawn to creative activities, and doing hair is just another way I can express my creativity.”
A Vision for the Future
Simone’s aspirations reach far beyond the realm of beauty standards. She is on a mission to celebrate individuality and redefine beauty through the power of self-expression. “Living in a world with cookie-cutter beauty standards, my goal as a cosmetologist is to celebrate individuality and redefine beauty with the power of self-expression. I truly cherish diversity and foster a world where everyone is free to be their authentic selves, while also showcasing my skills and passion.”
We’re Excited To See The Impact She Makes!
As we wrap up our glimpse into the world of Simone Simmons, it’s evident that her journey is a source of inspiration for anyone with a dream of making their mark in the beauty industry. Simone’s passion, commitment, and creative spirit serve as a shining example of what can be achieved through the right education and unwavering dedication.
For those future students who aspire to follow in Simone’s footsteps and embark on their own transformative journey in the world of beauty, Keune Academy of Beauty stands ready to welcome you with open arms.
So, if you’re ready to turn your passion into a career and leave your unique touch on the beauty world, consider taking the first step with Keune Academy of Beauty. Simone Simmons’ story is just one of the many stories waiting to be written, and yours could be next. Embrace the opportunity, follow your heart, and join us in shaping the future of beauty. Your journey begins here.