Meet Beauty Launchpad 25 Under 50K Winner for 2022: Nathi Vega

Nathi Vega is one of Beauty Launchpad's 25 Under 50K winners for 2022. Learn more about her in this Q&A.
Nathi Vega is one of Beauty Launchpad's 25 Under 50K winners for 2022. Learn more about her in this Q&A.
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Over the course of the month, we will be spotlighting the winners of Beauty Launchpad’s 25 Under 50K for 2022.

Here, you will get to know Nathi Vega. Vega is a brunette and lived-in color specialist at Hair by Nathi. In her Q&A, you will learn her favorite hair trends, a fun fact about her, her proudest accomplishment and more. 

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

Nathi Vega (NV): I’m a licensed respiratory therapist. I used to work in the Intensive Care Unit for six years part-time, while still doing hair part-time, saving lives and taking care of patients on a mechanical ventilator.

BLP: What is your current favorite hairstyle trend?

NV: I’m really loving the shorter layers, angles and curtain bangs this year! Also, the variations of warm tones.

BLP: What is a hair tip you have for fellow salon professionals? 

NV: Find your passion, your niche and perfect it over time. You’ll start to build that clientele around what you love to do.

BLP: What inspires you? 

NV: Learning from other stylists in this industry!

BLP: What do you love about your work?

NV: The fact that I used to save lives on a day-to-day basis in the hospital and have translated that behind the chair. I feel like I’m still saving lives when I get to transform my client’s hair, and they tell me I made them look and feel good about themselves. It’s the hug at the end of the appointment that makes my cup full.

BLP: What motivates you about this industry?

NV: I’ve never been a complacent person, and because this industry is always evolving, it motivates me to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. 

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

NV: I would love to work with more hair brands and do more classes next year.

BLP: Who is a role model you have in this industry?

NV: Marina is someone I’ve admired for awhile now. Her foil work is gorgeous, and we both share a love for brunettes. Summer Evans is such a boss babe and dear friend! Her haircuts really hit the gram different, especially her bobbies; she always shares her wisdom in such a positive way.

To see our full spread for this year’s 25 Under 50K recipients, you can read Beauty Launchpad's November/December 2022 digital magazine.

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