Ulta Beauty, the nation’s leading beauty retailer and premier destination for beauty services, announced hair and beauty expert Vernon François (@vernonfrancois) has joined its Pro Team, a collaborative group of industry leaders who bring the vision and experience of The Salon at Ulta Beauty to life.
One of the world’s most sought-after hair stylists and educators, the British-born, Los Angeles-based talent is an expert across all hair types and textures. François also serves as Global Consultant, Celebrity Hairstylist and Educator for Redken, a leading hair care brand at Ulta Beauty and key hair color services partner to The Salon at Ulta Beauty.
A creator of many A-list celebrity hairstyles, François’ clients include Lupita Nyong’o, Solange Knowles, Serena Williams, Iman, Willow Smith, Natasha Lyonne, Ava DuVernay, Cynthia Erivo, Kerry Washington, Jaden Smith, Angela Bassett, Janelle Monae, Lil Naz X and many more.
His new role with the Ulta Beauty Pro Team will amplify the hair care education and advocacy messages he presents on behalf of himself and Redken, while customizing visuals and content via the Pro Team specifically for the Ulta Beauty community, platforms and presentations.
François will work closely with Nick Stenson, Ulta Beauty Senior Vice president, Store and Services Operations, and Anna Manukyan, Senior Director, Creative and Education, along with other members of the Pro Team to drive trend and services development.
“I’ve respected Vernon and his work for years, and I am excited to see this Pro Team collaboration come to life,” said Stenson. “He is an inspiring, iconic talent, and we look forward to the perspective he will bring as we create and deliver the best beauty education to our stylists.”
“Vernon’s work is always top-level, and his voice is a valuable addition to our Pro Team and to ongoing conversation around texture and inclusion,” added Manukyan. “His insights will complement the education we are building for and with our 9,000 stylists working across more than 1,350 Ulta Beauty locations throughout the country.”
A member of the inaugural Ulta Beauty Muse 100, François is a judge for Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards as well as the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). Additionally, NAHA has appointed Vernon to its advisory committee.
François’ work graces the pages of VOGUE, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Allure, Glamour, V, i-D, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Essence and more. His presence is highly visible at red carpet events including The Academy Awards, Met Gala, SAG Awards, Golden Globes and Hollywood film premieres.
Watch for Vernon François’ presence and visual influence on upcoming collaborations from the Ulta Beauty Pro Team. For information on career possibilities at Ulta Beauty, visit the Beauty Services area of careers.ulta.com.