Sharon started her hairdressing career in 1997. She spent ten years building her clientele in Castlebar before establishing her own business – Sharon Ralph Hair Salon – in Kilkenny Cross in 2006. Since then, it has continued to grow from strength to strength.
In addition to all colouring and cutting services, Sharon Ralph Hair Salon and Scalp Clinic was the first salon in Castlebar to offer pre-bonded hair extensions with Great Lengths, having first trained with Ceira Lambert in Dublin and then with Great Lengths Ireland. The salon is now a proud Silver Status holder with Great Lengths, and has recently added Great Length Tape Extensions to their product list.
Sharon Ralph Hair Salon is also a certified Hair and Scalp Clinic. It specialises in bespoke wigs and T-Parting’s, and, as Sharon explains, "the salon offers a solution for those suffering from minor hair loss issues such as thinning hair, partial balding and alopecia. The salon also provides a wig consultancy and supply service to those post-chemotherapy."
The salon staff endeavour to address any anxiety or nervousness about how treatment will affect the client’s hair and image in a very responsible, professional and caring manner. Working in conjunction with the HSE, the salon provides an in-salon, after hours service. The unique location of the salon allows for total privacy and confidentiality while one-to-one home consultations can also be arranged and all consultations are available free of charge.
Sharon believes that constant up-skilling and training has played a pivotal role in her success. To date, she has trained nationally and internationally and has successfully completed two Masters Degrees.
In 2017, she was awarded a distinction in Chemical Colour with ALFAPARF Milano Ireland and in September 2019 she completed the Colour Specialist Masters with Kemon Ireland.