Sharon Rai, Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry


Sharon Rai is the founder and owner of Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry. Since 2008, her business has set  new industry standards for luxury bridal hair and makeup excellence. In-studio, or on-location her company looks after a bride’s beauty needs from the moment she says, “I will” to the moment she says, “I do.”

She has been featured in many international magazines including Italian Vogue, WedLuxe Magazine, and recently a cover feature in Lavish Dulhan Magazine – where not only did she do all the styling, she was creative director for the shoot. During the 2016 Royal Visit she was stylist to many of the on-air reporters.Sharon has won three national, sixteen provincial, and eleven Vancouver Island awards including, Best Overall Hairstylist and Best Overall Makeup Artist in Canada at the Canadian Wedding Industry Awards. She has won multiple business awards, including finalist for Greater Victoria Young Entrepreneur Award, finalist for the Vancouver Island Business Excellence Entrepreneur Award, and a Finalist for Top 20 Under 40 Business Achievement Award.

In 2012, she founded Victoria Women of Weddings a networking group for wedding industry professionals. As the Director, this enables her to promote professionalism in her industry, share best practices, showcase services and products and raise money for charity.

What are your top 3 business strengths or areas of expertise

1. Marketing and/or promotion

2. Networking

3. Sales Strategies and Tactics

What are your reasons for wanting to become a mentor?
I enjoy actively serving and supporting three communities; (1) my industry through my leadership initiatives; (2) my community of clients, where my commitment is to make brides’ dreams come true; (3) and the community at large by working hard and giving back. All this while being a wife, mother of two and the owner of two businesses! I have mentored fellow industry professionals, students at business school, students of Blanche MacDonald centre and local high school students.