We had the good fortune of connecting with Kamilah Veóne Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kamilah Veóne, what principle do you value most?
The principle that I value most is integrity, both personally and interpersonally. A phrase that I’ve coined as my own is: “Everything you do is a reflection of you”. Here’s why integrity is meaningful both personally and interpersonally. If I take a client who lives out-of-town and I rationalize: she doesn’t live locally so it really doesn’t matter how her hair turns out; but while she’s in town, she visits a family member who’s an influencer in Hollywood who actually needs an emergency appointment for her daughter’s graduation, but I do a sub-par job on my client, under the pretense that she doesn’t live here. Her family member concludes, unbeknownst to me, that she wants to get her hair styled by me, contingent of course, on how well I styled her loved one. Roll the camera back personally. If I approach the opportunity saying, everything I do is a reflection of me, and whether I see this woman again or not, I can rest well knowing that I performed optimally; then whether I see her again in 6 months or not again at all, I can have peace with myself and God, knowing that I moved with integrity. Roll the camera to interpersonally. This client can rave about the customer service, care and detail I showed her, to her family member. That peeks her family member’s interest enough to book me for the graduation and now I have extensive clientele built off of happenstance that could have easily started and stopped with my initial client, had I chosen to view her simply as work, instead of a reflection of myself! What a joy when people can trust you and you can trust yourself! Integrity matters!!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Well, simply put, hair is art. It’s a design. As a stylist you start with strands, just like an artist starts with a canvas. Both creatives must have an eye to see beyond the current state of the frame. The thing that sets me apart from other artists is my concern for my art; it goes beyond the canvas. It follows the canvas home. My goal is to equip my clientele with the proper at-home-care to sustain their “canvas”, outside of my care. I’m most proud of my eye for detail. It’s demonstrated in the attention given to every single product I use on my clients- from oil to shampoo. I often test products and styles on my own hair. People began noticing my hair and would ask who did it and that’s what initially built my clientele.
I’d say the hardest thing to overcome in my professional hair career would be believing in myself. I’d have people ask me to style their hair and instead of researching the ins-and-outs to achieve the style, I’d shy away and just assume that clientele wasn’t for me, but I’ve come to embrace that there is always another level and if I want to remain successful, I must remain current.
I want the world to know that black professional customer-service might be an exception, but you can expect it when you’re styled by Kam!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Whew!! If my best friend was visiting The A and I wanted to show him the best time ever, I’d first research what celeb would be in town. Atlanta is known for its concerts, so more than likely, there would be some type of concert for us to check out. Assuming that there were none, we’d go maybe to Savannah, to Tybee Island (depending on the weather), or I might organize a game night with some spades (I’m always down for whooping some tail on the table 😝). Most Mexican restaurants have amazing drinks, so I’d probably take him to a Mexican spot and apart from that, I would just want to make sure he had a good time, so whatever tickles his fancy is what we’d do.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a special shoutout to my friend Nia Anderson for supporting me along my entrepreneurship journey! Though we live in two different states, which happen to be in two different hemispheres of The US, she still makes a way to endorse whatever I have going on in my life!! Friends like her are hard to come by and I am grateful for our faith and Liberty University for bringing us together!! I’d also like to thank the queens at Zoet Beauty Supply- Charis and Dana, for allowing me to join a team of young, black, female professionals, back in 2021. They allowed me to develop my passion for hair while expanding my knowledge of haircare and beauty products that I wouldn’t have received otherwise. My clientele also grew as a result of being an employee of Zoet Beauty Supply. Thanks Charis!! You’re grace personified!!
Finally, I’d like to thank Jesus, my Big Bro for making all this pretty seamless. I put hair on the back burner for nearly a decade to pursue the calling on my life as a minister of The Gospel and when I returned to the states from Korea in 2020, it was as if the hairstyling French doors just blew open to me!! I know the ease that I’m living in right now has a lot to do with me choosing God’s will (in my 20’s), over my own will (Mark 8:34-35) and I’m forever grateful for the many blessings that I’ve already received, so quickly in the realm of hair, and those that are yet to come 🤞🏽

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All pictures of clients styled by Kam

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