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We are thrilled to partner once again with the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) to promote all of the talented artists who are finalists for the 2017 NAHAs (North American Hairstyling Awards), the most prestigious hair and beauty award in the country. In this feature get to know more about this year's Haircutting Finalist, Sharon Tranter.

Sharon Tranter draws on the 70s and 80s trend when it comes to her haircutting collection. While we’ve seen a resurgence of these trends, we find her take on it refreshing and sophisticated. Take a peek for yourself and be sure to read on to learn more about Sharon as an artist and her inspiration behind the piece.

What is your favorite thing about being a hairstylist?

How we connect on such a core level with people.  Feel their energy and create looks for them that show them at their best.

Do you have a favorite haircut to create?

Cropped and carved fringes with lots of texture.

What was the inspiration behind this collection?

Siouxsie and the Banshees (70-80s band) I love very textured moveable haircuts.

What was your biggest challenge in creating this collection?

Keeping the ideas to grounded, my mind was on overdrive.

What does your collection say about trends?

What goes around comes around. We saw softer versions of this looks in the 80s and we are going to see more of them in the next coming years.

How did you work with your team to create the final images?

We narrowed down the look and lets the images talk to us… they will jump out at you.

Tell us a little more about you, as an artist. I work from my gut and let that guide me, I create images from my heart and that is scary to showcase as it leaves a sense of vulnerability. I’m old school weird, I can sit and create images for hours and not feel the need to showcase them. I believe when we are one with what we do, then that is where beauty happens. The end result is merely a bonus.

How do you Vegas?

I have never been so I am very excited.

Salty or sweet?

I can be both depending on who I am that day.

What did you learn about yourself through creating this collection?

That I think to much about what people will think. When I stopped those demons on my shoulder all the looks worked together.

 If you won the lotto (or slot machine) tomorrow, what would you do?

That’s really easy… I am passionate about our foster care youth, I would set up a non profit hair salon/school. It would have attached apartments for housing. I would offer apprentices for youth aging out of the foster care (18-21) and anyone who had spent time in care, and certainly anyone that has had a rocky road. Having a skill set you can share can change someone’s whole life. Sharing your time, knowledge and love is the most important gift we can give someone, So I will never retire as there is so much still to give back to the world.