BLACK BUSINESS PROFILE SERIES Featuring - Simply Divine 11/11/21
Keshia Carter-Bowen was born and raised in the Duarte-Monrovia area; she is the proud mother of 2 sons Diondre and Damion, and 2 grand children Camauri and Cayleigh. She is the Owner of Simply Divine Salon, Barbershop, Apprenticeship Training Center, Beauty Supply as well as Simply Provide foundation. Keshia has worked in the beauty industry for over 25years, she opened her own salon shortly after beauty school in 1993.
As a salon owner, after opening Simply Divine Keshia always continued to educate herself by attending business building and beauty workshops including training at Citrus College to become a Cosmetology Instructor. Keshia completed her Master’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University while working as an adjunct Professor for local Community Colleges. For the last 18 years she taught students in a variety of subjects in the cosmetology and barbering industry. Keshia has trained people to be licensed in cosmetology, esthetician, and barbering. She decided to share her knowledge with future beauty industry professionals and opened her very own apprenticeship school. Keshia works with the board of Barbering and Cosmetology to assist apprenticeship students as well as traditional barber students in getting licensed in Barbering or Cosmetology as well as providing advanced education in microblading, skin care and haircutting. She has a heart to not only educate but to mentor, coach and guide others to be successful in the beauty industry.
For the last 18 years annually she volunteers by providing haircut services for the Foothill Unity Center as well as hosting her own back to school event inside of her barbershop. With the help of her students and licensed stylist/barbers they have assisted kids in getting ready for the first day of school with fresh haircuts and school supplies.
Keshia has started a barbershop “Book reading” program to encourage kids to pick up a book and read while waiting for their haircut. The kids are then expected to tell the barber what they read about and they are also able to take the books home. This program is something that not only the parents but the kids look forward to participating in. The most recent addition to the Simply Divine Brand is called “Simply Provide Foundation” This is a mobile unit that provides haircuts for less fortunate families as well as kids that cannot come in to the barbershop for a haircut . The type of kid that receives this service is autistic or in the hospital.
Keshia has a heart to give back to the Community that she grew up in and to the people in the community, for which she has received numerous recognitions and awards. The contact information for Simply Design is:626-765-6733 or: 626-386-5917.
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