International Education Director
As Sanrizz International Education Director, Sharon Cox is a perfect reflection of the progressive career opportunities the company offers. Manchester born Sharon joined Sanrizz in 1993 as a graduate stylist, equipped with a hairdressing background of training in and working for two big hairdressing organisations in the Midlands.
“I first became aware of Sanrizz when I saw the art team present a show at the Wella Academy; I was totally impressed with their work and the way they all seemed to be having such fun on stage,” explains Sharon. “So when I saw a Sanrizz recruitment advert in Hairdresser’s Journal, I applied, hoping to be successful and have a future travelling the world with the company.”
Sharon’s ambition was quickly realised; after six months of vardering (re-training the Sanrizz way) and a year working in the Knightsbridge salon, her teaching skills were quickly recognised and she was promoted to Knightsbridge Academy educator, which started her show and platform show work in Europe, Asia and beyond.
“In the 22 years I’ve worked for Sanrizz I’ve learnt an incredible amount, experienced so much on so many levels,” says Sharon. “From photographic work, putting on shows, handling international audiences – it’s been an amazing learning curve. Working for Sanrizz brings out the best in you, drives you to always do better.”
Promoted to Educational Director nine years ago Sharon’s passion for teaching burns as brightly as ever. “We’ve trained thousands of hairdressers over the years and it still gives me a thrill to see people develop their skills, creativity and personality,” says Sharon. “I have an instinctive love of hairdressing and revel in teaching and cultivating the next generation of hairdressers. It’s hugely satisfying and I learn lots from the students too; I love the ‘give and take process.”
Sharon also works in the Sanrizz St. Albans salon two days a week to ensure the company’s education courses evolve in line with market trends and salon hairdresser and client expectations. “This is really important as it allows me to get to grips with what’s happening in the salons and connects me to younger people coming through. I get a real understanding of their needs and how they are best inspired in a teaching context.”
Thoroughly enjoying her continued Sanrizz career – especially as the company is in the throes of an extensive expansion plan – Sharon leads a peaceful life away from work, living in Bedfordshire with husband Chris and daughter Millie.