To my firsts, I’ll never forget you! – Katie Marie Strong

To my firsts, I’ll never forget you!

It’s because of you, I get to wake up, go to school and create. I am able to grow as an artist and find my niche! 

Okay, this is going to sound silly, but until I enrolled at The Style Academy, getting my hair done at a school never crossed my mind. I mean – obviously, it’s a trade and you learn by practice. It just wasn’t something on my radar. Bonkers! The prices are untouchable and no fear! A teacher is near!

To all my firsts, thank you.

Thank you for allowing me to be nervous and ask many – MANY questions. For allowing me to make mistakes and being patient while I correct them. 

Thank you for allowing me to practice my art! Thank you for trusting me to enhance your beauty that already so vibrantly exists.

Thank you for the deep connections. The laughs, the tears and the comfortable silence.

Thank you for laughing with me and not at me, no matter how many times I drop the brush. No matter how awkward I look while finding my groove, trying to balance multiple tools at once!

Every one of you that books with a student plays a huge role in our future careers and success.


I’ll never forget you.