Meet Cassandra Quemeneur: Beauty Launchpad's 25 Under 50K Winner for 2023

Cassandra Quemeneur (@_hairbycassandra) is a hairstylist and makeup artist at Plush Salon in Mokena, IL.
Cassandra Quemeneur (@_hairbycassandra) is a hairstylist and makeup artist at Plush Salon in Mokena, IL.
Courtesy of Cassandra Quemeneur

We are spotlighting the winners of Beauty Launchpad’s 25 Under 50K competition, sponsored by Truss Professional.

Today, you will get to know Cassandra Quemeneur (@_hairbycassandra). She is a hairstylist and makeup artist at Plush Salon in Mokena, IL.


Beauty Launchpad (BLP): What is a fun fact about you? 

Cassandra Quemeneur (CQ): I was a dance major in college before I went to cosmetology school!

BLP: How did you get your start in the industry? 

CQ: I have always done my sisters’ and friends' hair and makeup for school dances and other events.

BLP: What is your proudest accomplishment? 

CQ: Moving to booth renting! It was a scary leap, but I am so incredibly glad I did it!

BLP: What is your current favorite hairstyle trend? 

CQ: My current favorite hairstyle trend is hands down shags! They are so customizable and look so great on everyone! I am so glad they are back in style!

BLP: What is a tip you have for your fellow stylists who are looking to grow their following on socials? 

CQ: Post consistently and always be yourself!

BLP: What is a piece of advice about styling/working with hair that you have for your fellow stylists? 

CQ: The best advice I have ever received was about hair cutting from one of my teachers in cosmetology school (Mrs. Sam)! She taught me that if a piece of hair looks like it needs to be cut, cut it! Trust yourself! Hair cutting is very technical but it is also so visual!

BLP: What do you love about your work? 

CQ: My favorite part of what I do is not only making people feel beautiful on the outside but on the inside too!! Hairstyling is about so much more than looks! I have seen a simple haircut completely change how someone feels about themselves. It is incredible!

BLP: What inspires your work?

CQ: As I mentioned before, making people feel beautiful inside and out!

BLP: What motivates you about the industry? 

CQ: Definitely that it is always changing. I love how fast pace it is and that there is always something new to learn and explore.

BLP: What is a career goal you have for yourself? 

CQ: A career goal of mine would be to open a salon on Broadway in Nashville. That is a fun place for people to get styled before they go out!

You can learn more about each of our winners in our September/October 2023 digital magazine.

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