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I am passionate. I do my best to come up with something perfectly unique for each client. It's important to me to try to have a fresh perspective each time I get to have a visit with a client.
Sharon, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Hair Stylist?
I started my path to becoming a hairstylist when I was a teenager, cutting my hair. It quickly escalated to my cutting hair for friends, and family. (Albeit poorly.) I begged my father to allow me to become a stylist, as opposed to going to university. He relented, provided that I promised to be "one of the best". I plan to make good on that promise.
Who is your inspiration in life Sharon? How do you keep inspired?
Inspiration is everywhere! My main drive is to maintain that we, being in a small town are not limited. I had the good fortune to attend the @thegoodones academy for their editorial session this spring, and the contacts I have made through that have been a constant inspiration.
We all make mistakes Sharon; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Hair Stylist; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I have had the incredible opportunity to work with the same group of incredible ladies at InStyle Hair Studio for most of my career. Many of us have been together since our early twenties, and have grown up together. I, unfortunately, have a face like a window. Years ago, I disagreed with a colleague. I wish I could have kept my emotions in check in public when I was younger. It's part of growing up, and I learned very well from that lesson. I am grateful to have a lasting friendship from that experience still.
Sharon, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Hair Stylist, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
Time. Communication. Luck. I am fortunate to know many clients socially, and I sometimes have to means to reach out to them via social media for a quick consultation. I encourage clients to send me photos in advance, So I can get a feel for the things that they like. More recently, I have had clients show me reference photos from my own Instagram, which is humbling, exciting, and an advantage to me!
Please tell us, Sharon, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Hair Stylist?
TEAMWORK. We have an incredible amount of talent and support in our team at InStyle. We have all been together for over a decade. We help each other raise our families, and reach our goals. Last year, we accidentally booked two wedding parties at the same time. Instead of disappointing a bride, we worked hard together, with some ladies coming in on their holiday weekend. We made sure that expectations were surpassed, and we finished early!
Sharon, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
We have mutual respect at InStyle. I think this is something I do every day, without thinking about it. I think the same could be said by anyone working there each day. Seeing is believing, though. Usually, if I am debating a balayage technique or a certain tool to use for a look, I show my work when completed.
Sharon, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Hair Stylist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My favourite project to date would be the work I have been doing with JB's Lingerie in Kincardine. It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to put recognisable women in the spotlight, tastefully, appropriately, and beautifully. I love the empowerment and energy that comes with this project. I loved the first shot because I was able to colour hair for two of the three models I styled. During the second shot, was able to showcase my skills as a makeup artist, which was wonderful.
Sharon, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
The first photo shoot I did with my friend @sarahbkat. I was interested in doing editorials and didn't know where to start. She is a very talented artist and was kind enough to spend the time to shoot a look I created. It was terrifying. I was certain I would fail. It was exciting beyond measure and showed me what I had a passion for.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Hair Stylist?
Do it! Walk your way (That's my dad's famous advice.) Do what you love. There will be people that will be drawn to you because of it. Not everyone is for you, but there will be enough for you. Be your best. Don't forget the person under the hair.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am open to anything! I don't want to limit myself. There is so much out there. Absolutely yes.
Photo: Sarah Hoyland of https://www.simplewordsphotography.com/ Stylist- Justine McManus of @jbslingerie and @tropixsun_swim Kincardine Model- Jessica Cormack Model- Thora Ebben