Popular self-trained Tola Olayanju aka “Sharon” the brain behind Charis Hair. She’s best known for the elegant hairstyles she makes for her brides. Tola recently did a shoot with a top UK makeup artist. Nollywood actress Funke Akindele, also known as Jenifa and the ‘Jenifa’s Diary’ crew were looking stunning their native attires as they went for a photo shoot by Atunbi photography.
The crew which comprised for Funke Akindele herself, Lota Chukwu (Kiki), Joy Nice (Pelumi) and Tola Olayanju (Sharon) were looking astonishingly beautiful in the native outfits.
See photo below:
Tola speaks on her experience – from a part time job in secondary school and uni days, to a full time career:
I am a self trained freelance hairstylist. I started perfecting the art of hair braiding and styling during secondary school and through to university. I used hairdressing as a medium to make money (jobs were not flexible enough to allow study time, so I opted for this). Shortly after, I decided to branch into session styling (bridal, photo shoots, fashion shows etc.) as I enjoyed the creative side of hair more and needed a challenge.
I have worked with professionals in the industry, here in the UK, mainly as related to Caucasian hair in order to broaden my horizons and learn some tricks of the trade. Reading books and watching videos are also main contributors to my skills.
I am inspired by various people across the world. I particularly draw inspiration from Russian and Middle Eastern hairstylists – their eye for detail and focus on precision is out of this world 🙂 It makes me understand that indeed ‘hair is art’.
How I Work with My Brides:
Most brides have little or no idea what they want or what would suit the shape of their faces. I start by easing them up and setting up a consultation where we can discuss various hair styles with illustrative pictures. This helps to narrow down what they feel would look nice on them and, of course, suit the ‘wedding theme’ they are going for.
Choosing the hairstyle can be tasking for the bride as there are many options from which to choose. Once this is done, a trial can be done, making the decision easier at this point.
I enjoy the art of hair styling and find that it is never the same experience with each bride – a fact which continues to fascinate and inspire me to provide a service that is specific to the individual, yet universal to women.