During a sold-out event hosted over Hair Expo weekend, Goldwell Australia honoured a lifetime of passion and inspiration from industry icon Sharon Blain, writes Chloe Falivene.

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Sharon’s collections were displayed everywhere guests looked while real models brought her signature looks to life. Luminaries of the styling profession, including some of Sharon’s first apprentices, came to pay tribute to her myriad of educational and editorial achievements.

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With her signature can-do attitude, Sharon told attendees: “This is a true gift. I look forward to injecting my passion, skills and love into this industry for years to come.” Blain addicts and aficionados looked on eagerly as the presentations outlined five decades of hairdressing obsession. View a video presentation of each decade here.

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Sharon Blain with Goldwell Education Manager Rita Marcon

Decade 1 – 1965-1975

At just 10 years of age, Sharon’s career began outside a salon, as she was filled with the certainty that she wanted to be a hairdresser when she grew up. Her dream came true in 1975 when she purchased her own salon in Griffith, growing from just 1 to 17 stylists in the first year.

Decade 2 – 1975-1985

Sharon took Sydney by storm, working at Stutts for three years, and then purchasing The Art of Hair salon in 1984. With a progressive approach to business and service, the salon boasted 45 staff and a massive clientele.

Decade 3 – 1985-1995

Decade three saw a shift in Sharon’s focus from business to competition. The Art of Hair won Team of the Year, holding the title for several years following, while Sharon herself became a long-standing Australian champion for the International Hairstylists Society. Sharon coached the Australian team through the World Hairdressing Championships in 1991, bringing home senior and junior Australasian stylist winners. Although Sharon considered moving away from the industry when she turned 50, she re-entered the industry with awe-inspiring enthusiasm.

Decade 4 – 1995-2005

The first new step was photographic work. The experience Sharon gained put her to work on global campaigns, where her skills as a detail- and structure-oriented perfectionist helped her shine. During this time, she also began her work as an educator.

Decade 5 – 2005-2015

Sharon’s latest decade saw Sharon Blain Education commence and take off. Sharon has run more than 42 boot camps in the UK, Ireland, Canada, and the USA for a truly global audience. Her unstoppable momentum also led her to write 4 books and create 17 DVD programs which have attracted an even more devoted fan base.

Today, Sharon shows no sign of slowing down as she continues to push the boundaries of classic and fashion-forward hair. Her wealth of knowledge and inspirational career have something to teach every single person in the industry, no matter how young or old. Sharon, we salute you!

For more information visit www.sharonblain.com

Images by Oneill Photographics.