We had the good fortune of connecting with Karah Katherine Lemieux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karah Katherine, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued an artistic career after a lot of self-reflection. I have always had a very artistic soul – I literally want to do all of the things – painting, mixed media, macrame, upcycling furniture – anything I can use my creative energy for. Fortunately, I spent years in the nursing field and that was very demanding, both physically and mentally, which helped me realize that although I felt fulfilled in a sense of it being such a rewarding career, doing good and caring for others, I felt like there was something missing.
So, I went to cosmetology school and felt that purpose and passion for the industry immediately. I am allowed and encouraged to create and experiment. It is SO rewarding to feel that sense of liberation. It was something that I was missing in my daily life and trying to squeeze artistic projects into my day just wasn’t filling that emptiness I had been feeling for so long.
I pursued this career because it’s something I am really passionate about and I still get to do good and care for others, just in a different way…but I am also able to do that for myself, too. I think that’s what it’s all about, being able to feel whole and happy and your true self while encouraging others to do the same is doing good and caring for others, just in a deeper way.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a cosmetologist, but I really focus on hair and styling! During the pandemic, I also launched an online platform for stylist education – providing schools, their students and stylists with easily accessible education.
I work a lot with macrame, I have another company called The Fiber House, and this is where I draw a lot of my inspiration from – macrame knots. I incorporate these techniques into a lot of the hairstyles that I do and just experiment with them. It’s really fun and is a skillset that I think is really important in this industry – being able to bring these artforms together in a really different way!
Getting to where I am in my career wasn’t easy, but through the lessons, I learned a lot about myself and it makes all of the little wins and big failures so worth it!
Through the two hardest years of my life (during the pandemic) that I was named a finalist in the 2022 International Beauty Awards for Best Updo/Style, in 2021 I was awarded the Fabio #ICAN scholarship, and was named Top 10 in the Bridal Category by the Beauty Envision Awards.
I just had to keep reminding myself that this is my purpose and passion – that I was meant to do this and I won’t stop. It literally sets my heart on fire and it’s such a big part of who I am and my brand really reflects that – why would I not share this with the world?!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite place to go for a light breakfast or lunch is definitely 32 Shea, I love their chorizo burritos and turkey cranberry sandwiches – it doesn’t hurt that it’s basically in my parents backyard! After fueling up, we’d head to Kierland or Fashion Square for some retail therapy…and bruschetta and sangrias! I love Postino’s and can eat my weight in their bruschetta! After some morning shopping and snacks, we would head over to Top Gulf or back to the pool to cool off for awhile, or hike Thunderbird or another gorgeous hiking adventure if we’re feeling up to it! Then we’d probably stop at Culinary Dropout for a fun game of bags and beers, and seriously amazing food, like you can’t go wrong here – Mouth. Is. Watering! For a late dinner I love OHSO for a really fun yet relaxing atmosphere, I love how dog-friendly the city is or if I’m feeling something a little more intimate Maestro’s Ocean Club is always a win!
There are so many amazing places to eat and explore here! I could go on and on!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My story is full of inspirational people, books, and work! A lot of work. What I learned from my mentors in the hair industry is that you can absolutely make your dreams come true, but you have to do the work…and trust the universe to do it’s part.
My grandmother, Katherine Behrens deserves more than words of thanks as it relates to the success I am experiencing and where I am at in my life – her love, encouragement, and support is a big reason why I kept pushing forward.
I graduated from The Salon Professional Academy in Rapid City, SD (previous Black Hills Beauty College) and my instructors really believed in me and my success and that was really helpful at the very early beginning of my career.
I was introduced to Tony Robbins, Amanda Frances, Kat Loterzo and from there my physical and emotional wellness and research really took off. I love reading and just consuming as much content about business and entrepreneurship, mindset, intention…anything I can get my hands on in the self-development category, like Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, Danielle LaPorte’s White Hot Truth. All of these people have helped me develop a strong sense of who I am and where I am going.
I am so thankful for so many people in my life and my experiences with them because they have helped me get here in some way!
Think it, believe it, do it!