I’ve often referred to Sharon Keller as my ‘hair wizard’, and I’ll share some photos of my different hairstyles she’s given me over the years soon. But Sharon does so many other things, too, that I wanted to shine a light on her girlbossness with a few questions to highlight her wide range of mad skillz.
Savannah: You do so many different things! Take a deep breath and list your different ‘titles’ and give us a brief description of what you do with each job.
Sharon: *Salon Owner/Operator: I own a single operator studio salon located in my house. I moved into my house because it allows me the freedom to work on all my side hustles and follow my crazy dreams on my own terms. It’s the best decision I have ever made. (That and not working on Saturdays anymore).
*Bounce! Hair Studio…other things (Bounce on the Road and Bounce! Accessories): I have taken a vintage tin can camper (aka the Jellybean) and flipped it to be a mobile salon! With that, I focus on wedding days, birthday parties, and special events. It can also be used as an onsite dressing room for photo and film shoots. Bounce! Hair Accessories is just me finding vintage jewelry and turning it into hair pieces for weddings and special events.
*Technical Advisor for Schwarzkopf Canada: I go into existing salons that carry Schwarzkopf colour or that are switching to that colour line and I teach the technical theory and colour techniques. It takes me to Toronto several times a year for training and I get to do 2 hair shows a year where we feature the newest trends and I get to work with some of Canadas best hair stylists.
*Makeup Artist: …pretty self explanatory.
*Stage Manager: I work as a freelance Stage Manager for musical theatre, dance shows, and concerts, and I have worked on some large full scale musicals as well as the East Coast Music Awards and the Canadian Country Music Awards. It’s a super fun gig.
*Wig Mistress (Stage Crew): I’m a member of the Stage Crew at the Confederation Centre of the Arts focusing on wigs and makeup.
When/what/who was it that inspired you to become a hairdresser?
Paula Pound Bernard. Hands down. I have always loved playing with hair! When I was little, I would have hair themed birthday parties, and my best b-day present ever was that bubble gum pink crimping iron circa 1987. But Paula was the first person that made me realize that hairdressing wasn’t just a job you did if you couldn’t do anything else. It was an art form, and you can excel and become amazing in this career.
As a makeup artist, what is your favourite bridal style or trend right now?
Oh boy. That’s a tough one for me. Right now I love a really neutral eye with a fierce liner and red lips. It’s not very bridal, but holy lord it’s hot to see that with a white dress and a bouquet. It’s like…bride on a mission.
What beauty advice do you give to a bride as she preps for her wedding day?
In leading up to the wedding, it’s just to have a good routine and keep it simple. Drink lots of water, wash your face before bed, moisturize, and STOP STRESSING OUT. No matter what, your day will be perfect. No one at a wedding has ever said, “it was a really nice wedding, but man I wish her bouquet had more crystals in it.” The one thing EVERYONE at your wedding is going to notice is you, not all the details floating around in your head – so let it go, stop stressing, and SLEEP.
How does having the Jellybean onsite at weddings make the bride’s day easier and more fun?
The Jellybean allows for everyone to be together in one place in locations that might not be best suited for getting ready for a wedding. It can fit up to 8 people, you can have your snacks and drinks in it, and once your hair and makeup is done you can walk away and leave the mess behind. It’s also great for some pretty sweet photo ops as it will be prepped specifically for the bride and her girls.
What are your must-have daily beauty items?
Brow powder, mascara, my gel cheek pot, a good lip balm, and DRY SHAMPOO. (That’s the ‘desert island’ list).
Tell us about a career highlight you’ve had as a stage manager.
Working the Canadian Country Music Awards, for sure.
You’ve always got something new in the works – what new project are you working on right now?
It’s too big for my brain to hold on to all of it. But it’s in the works…let’s say it’s a 1-2 year top secret plan. WEDDING TAKEOVER FOR THE WHOLE ISLAND! All wedding industry people invited!
Every number is lucky. I’m drawn to the number 8 though…maybe because it’s pretty?
Fave self care method:
Complete silence and a book with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
Fave TV show or movie:
New: The Greatest Showman; Old: Dirty Dancing
What are you listening these days:
The Greatest Showman soundtrack…over and over and over. It’s seriously making me brave and want to take huge leaps of faith.
Favourite season in PEI:
That part that’s on the cusp of summer and fall.
Dead or alive, who do you wish you could meet?:
That’s tough…I kind of live in the moment so I don’t usually wish for things like that. BUT I once did ask Hugh Jackman via Instagram if I could work on his next show so maybe that is the answer. But really, I just want to meet him so I can get a cool job on one of his musicals.
“Though she be but little, She is FIERCE!!!!”