Marilyn Sharp’s goals led her to owning a top beauty school

Marilyn Sharp, owner of Merrell School of Beauty, poses in the cosmetology section at the Jefferson City school.

Marilyn Sharp, owner of Merrell School of Beauty, poses in the cosmetology section at the Jefferson City school. Photo by Julie Smith.

Before she was even thinking about a career, Marilyn Sharp would spend Sundays after church combing and styling her aunt’s hair.

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“Back in the days of the beehive,” she said with a smile.

Soon, she knew she wanted to be a stylist. Though her parents told her she needed a college degree, the idea was always in the back of her mind. Even after she graduated from college with a degree in business education, Sharp entered beauty school right away.

“That was always my plan,” she said. “Get my degree, then become a stylist.”

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