The Ulta Beauty Design Team keeps growing and winning together. From a pool of more than 200 applicants and after an immersive, four-day training and audition for 14 finalists, a new class of six stylists are joining the talented Design Team of beauty experts and ambassadors.
Congratulations to the newest Ulta Beauty Design Team members: Amanda Diaz, Shyloh Hadley, Evgeniya Karpova, Brittany Prater, Ana Remon and Luis Rodriguez.
COLLABORATION OVER COMPETITION
This Ulta Beauty Design Team class of 2023 will collaborate and work side by side with all 15 returning Design Team members across a range of creative projects, including industry trade show events, Ulta Beauty led-education opportunities, photo shoots, fashion week collaborations and more. In addition, each Design Team stylist will continue welcoming Ulta Beauty guests in their salons, driving a thriving business behind the chair as a services expert.
“Our Design Team brings to life all the best elements of the tremendous culture, beauty expertise and career possibilities we enjoy here at Ulta Beauty,” says Anna Manukyan, Ulta Beauty Sr. Director, Education and Creative. “We welcome our newest members and look forward to celebrating their diverse skills, perspectives and artistry.”
Now at 21 members and seven years strong, the Design Team represents hands-on services professionals at nearly 1,400 Ulta Beauty salons across the country. The Design Team works to inspire and connect the Ulta Beauty community, and shares tips, trends and techniques throughout the beauty industry. In 2022, the Design Team won the North American Hairstyling Awards Team of the Year honors.
“The Design Team’s footprint and relevance in the industry keeps growing because of the work they are involved in, and the culture shift they are creating,” says Haley Valadez, Sr. Manager, Design Team. “It is a strong group that keeps winning together because each person is so talented individually, and also generous in helping and mentoring each other.”
At auditions held February 27 through March 2 at the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago, experienced Design Team members were present to meet and greet the 2023 finalists at an opening night cocktail reception. They also joined finalists the next day to lend pointers and guidance during trainings and demos. “The Design Team spirit is definitely one of collaboration, not competition,” Valadez says.
Ultimately, however, a decision had to be made about who would join the growing Design Team in 2023. The 14 finalists presented to a panel of Ulta Beauty experts made up of Pro Team artists with education and creative leadership.
Valadez says that while narrowing the field was challenging at every stage, “it’s gratifying to see the passion, expertise and respect throughout our Ulta Beauty salon community. I can’t wait for everyone to see what our Design Team creates next.”
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
“I want to be defined by the things I love. Not the things I am afraid of. You are what you love.” — Shyloh Hadley
“Just getting to this point has been a win. I will not say it was luck, because I have worked hard. I’ll always be thankful for those who have made my path easier.” — Ana Remon
“YOU are amazing, each and every one of you!” — Brittany Prater
“What a dream this has been. We can truly be ourselves. And bringing joy to people’s lives every day is the luckiest thing we get to do.” —Amanda Diaz
“What an amazing experience. I love sharing with people who are as passionate as I am about beauty.” — Luis Rodriguez
“This is a platform where I can express myself. My heart is full of gratitude.” — Evgeniya Karpova
The new Class of 2023 will join and collaborate with returning Design Team members:
- Jerwin Carlos, @jwinclos
- Bianca Donahue, @bianca.ultastylist
- Janelle Eyre, @jeyre.hair
- Meghan Felicione, @meghanfelicionehair
- Gilad Goldstein, @myguiltycrown
- Laura Gunter, @lauragunterhair
- Reva Haga, @reva_danielle
- Stacey-Ann Houston, @stacceyann
- Anthony Negron, @kinganthonyyyy
- Galyna Poczinwinski, @ufirami
- Cristina Rodriguez, @thatssotina
- Beto Sanchez, @betoloveshair
- Takeyra Shipps, @hair_bytakeyra
- Justin Toves-Vincilione, @happyjustin
- Leonardo Valencia, @leo.valencia
- Haley Valadez, Sr. Manager, @haleyki
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