Every person’s beauty trajectory is going to be a bit individualized, and sometimes, that means trying something out before you become a beauty expert. For Emily Evans, that first career was zoology, which she pursued before landing on beauty. Read on to learn more about Emily’s Beautiful Story regarding her pursuit of the beauty field.

Emily Evans Grows into a Career

What made you decide on cosmetology?

I just kind of jumped in. I was originally going to be a zoologist. I went to school for a while and things were pretty good. And then it got bad, all of a sudden, and school just wasn’t right for me anymore. I decided to take a break. I took a half-year break, and then I needed to do something. So people were like, “You’re always good at hair.” Then I toured Ogle and here I am.

Why did you choose Ogle?

It’s family-oriented. Everybody’s super nice. People smile at you. They don’t look at you like you’re competition. You’re a friend and they want to build you up. People learn from other people. I learned from my friends here and they learned from me. It’s communal learning.

What are you most passionate about?

I do a lot of updo styles. Updo styles are my main facet of creativity. That’s what I like doing the most. And I did one of these updo styles for a competition we had here at school. It was like a little mini competition for some bleach. I didn’t win it, but Vivian recognized that it was a really cool updo, so she nominated me for Intercoiffure, I made a video, and I went to New York.

What is Intercoiffure?

Intercoiffure is an organization of lead hair stylists. So, to give you a reference, the person before I went on, that received her award, was the hairdresser for Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Kim Kardashian. I was a little bit like, “Am I in the right place?” But they put on a lot of shows, they’re in charge of different salons and stuff. There’s also a tier level, and my two mentors were both A-level Intercoiffure members.

What is Intercoiffure all about?

The lead stylists are really what it’s about. They can go on stage and do demos, like finish styling hair. I went on stage and finished styling a crown around her head. And I used hairspray to kind of texturize and put it in place. It was terrifying because it’s all lead stylists in the crowd. It was very A-level. There were no people allowed in that were just like normal people. It was all experts.

I was definitely really scared at first. It was just a whirlwind. It just happened in the blink of an eye. One day, I got there, we were creating this whole entire plan for the show, and the next day, I’m doing the show. And I’m like, “Oh, okay.” But then after I got on stage, I was fine. It was just kind of normal. I was like, “Oh, I’m just doing hair now.”

Who’s in your support group?

A lot of people that come in here, both of my grandparents come in—both sets. My parents come in all the time. My girlfriend comes in probably the most. I make her come in and she lets me try out different colors and stuff on her hair. The first time I ever bleached someone’s hair was my girlfriend’s hair and I took her platinum. She said I could do whatever, which was a mistake for her! But she had short hair, so it grows back quickly. I have a lot of friends here at school as well. The teachers are supportive, as well. Everybody is. It’s a good all-around support system.

What is your biggest motivation?

Looking at others around me and realizing that they might be doing better than me now, but if I keep working, I can get there. I can meet their level. I can continue to grow past them. I can continue to be the best me even if I’m not the best at one thing. I just have to work harder.

Discover Your Own Beautiful Story

Everyone who goes to Ogle School has a Beautiful Story. You just have to uncover yours. If you feel as though a beauty career is right for you, request more information from Ogle School today. You can discover the programs that are right for you, whether it’s a cosmetology program or an esthetics program, and uncover a career that will be great for your needs.