BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 4 - 28
Passion and Purpose
Haley Kimble continues to learn, grow as an Artistic
Team Member and Technical Trainer for Ulta Beauty
BL: Tell us about your career path
from Georgia Career Institute (GCI)
graduate to Ulta Beauty?
Kimble: In 2004, I graduated from GCI with a degree
in cosmetology. Over the next several years I worked
in a small salon developing my basic skillset and went
back to school to obtain my bachelor's degree in business administration from Martin Methodist College
in Pulaski, Tennessee. I graduated five years later
and was thirsty for change. I discovered Ulta Beauty,
and after submitting my application, was invited for
two interviews before being asked to join the team.
From that point on, I've been on a continual path
of professional growth. Within my first year of working for the company, I was promoted to a technical
training position, in which I began teaching trend and
principally-based classes. After I taught for about
three years, Ulta Beauty announced that they were
creating a salon artistic team. They wanted applicants
that were experienced, passionate and creative so I
jumped at the chance! When they called and told me I
got the position, I could hardly contain my excitement!
Looking back on the day I graduated from GCI, I had
no idea of all the good things to come after obtaining
that cosmetology degree. They helped prepare me
with a strong basic skill set that I could build upon,
and encouraged me to go after what I wanted. In following and seeking opportunities, I found that, most
importantly, being a hairstylist is no longer just a job
for me, it is an awesome career.
it. GCI helped me open the door to a wonderful and
exciting industry, but they also instilled that I was
in the driver's seat of my own career, and that I had
to work hard if I wanted to go far.
What have been some of your memorable
highlights in your career?
My most memorable moments are when I felt the
biggest challenges. Speaking in front of my peers
for the first time was so intimidating that my knees
were shaking. But, in the end, it was one of the biggest
confidence builders of my life. My first trip to New
York City for New York Fashion Week was also very
intimidating. I quickly realized I knew little about
what went into "backstage" hair and I was a little
overwhelmed with what I did not know. I went home
and came back the next season, ready to learn, and
assisted everyone I could in an attempt to discover
a better approach. Eventually, after many seasons,
I was even asked to lead a look for a show!
Where do you envision yourself
professionally 10 years from now?
In all honesty, I don't know what 10 years from now
looks like. As Ulta Beauty continues to grow, so do
opportunities with the company - and I can't wait
to see what that looks like. No matter what I may be
doing, I hope that I'm helping lead, grow and inspire
other professionals in this awesome industry.
You work in the creative realm and
on the training side. What do you
enjoy the most about each?
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The ability to be creative is where it all began for me
and really what inspires me. Working with a team
of uniquely talented individuals to create looks and
education that we share with Ulta Beauty's 6,000-plus
designers is the most challenging and rewarding
thing I've done in my career.
As a technical trainer with Ulta Beauty, I've
learned a lot about putting my own ego aside and
finding ways to communicate with my fellow stylists.
When I'm able to share a technique or information
that truly helps someone on their own path to learn,
earn and live better, that makes all the effort worth it.
What are the top life and industry
lessons you learned at GCI that have
followed you through your career?
At GCI, I learned that it's important to keep growing
and conduct myself in a professional manner. Made
simple, you get out of your career what you put into
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Haley Kimble working backstage in September at the Desigual fashion
show during New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017.