MC ELITE: YOUNTEN TSOMO

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Instagram: @YountenTsomo
Campus: Calgary
Program: Hairstyling

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Hair & makeup by Younten Tsomo. Photo credit: Olya Milentis, Jaf Jafri/J&M Image Studio

Favorite emoji: ✌️
Favorite food: Tibetan dim sum
Favorite item in your wardrobe: Coco Chanel no.5 perfume
Favorite stylist or barber you follow on social media? @guy_tang, @southtrailcrossingbarbershop
From a small village in India to Calgary, Alberta, this month’s MC Elite, Younten Tsomo, got her start in the beauty industry assisting with hair and makeup in Bollywood films. Santa Banta PVT, Rangeelay and Zubaan are a few of the movies she has done hair and makeup for. In addition to Bollywood movies, Younten had the opportunity to do hair and makeup for the contestants of Miss Tibet 2011.

“I love it here in Canada but I miss my family in India. What I love the most about Canada are the opportunities that the country has given me. I never thought about moving abroad but I got a sponsorship to move to Canada because of the Project Tibet Society. My family is originally from Tibet but fled to Arunachal Pradesh (Northern India). In January 2015, I moved to Canada as a refugee.”

Makeup#hairstyle#tibetanmodel#shoot#hifashion💅💄💋

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What motivated you to get started in the Beauty Industry?
“When I was in grade 3, I wanted to be a fashion designer but my parents did not approve of it. Back in India where I am from, if you wanted to be a fashion designer, you had to have a lot of money and be in the upper class. In Canada, it’s so different. So then I decided to look into hair and makeup because in India, it is more affordable to go to school for it than for fashion. I learned and worked under an East Indian makeup artist, Kaajee Rai, who introduced me to the world of Bollywood. I then went and learned hairstyling and makeup at Pivot Point India which is now called Blossom Kochhar College of Creative Arts & Design”

What do you like most about the industry?
“I get to travel! I grew up in a small village in India so being able to travel and see the world is amazing. The industry has given me so many opportunities. I’ve been lucky because in the past, I was able to travel to South Africa, Fiji and throughout India to do hair and makeup for Bollywood movies and music videos. I finally got the chance to go on a real African safari. It was so cool. Recently, I was sent to New York and New Jersey for the International Indian Film Academy Awards to do makeup and hair for Neha Dhupia. In a few months, I am going back to Delhi to help with hair and makeup for an MTV reality show, Roadies Rising.”

You went to Las Vegas with us in July for the North American Hairstyling Awards, how was that?
“It was so lovely. I felt so inspired by all the people that I met and all of the work that I saw. I’m actually working on my NAHA submission right now!”

Balayege #mccollegecalgary #mccollegegroup

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What do you like most about being a student at MC College?
“The staff here inspires me, especially Jessica! They inspire me to want to do more with my career. Because of them, I love volunteering. It’s such a good feeling being able to use what you know to bring a little bit of good in the world.”

Who or what motivates you?
“My husband motivates me. He pushes me everyday to be the best that I can be. When I get home after school, he always asks me ‘what kind of hair did you do today? Did you post it on social media? If you didn’t, you have to!!’. He also helps me look for ways on how I can expand my career. He’s always telling me ‘you should take the microblading and eyelash extension course!”.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Always be open to learning and be good to everyone.”

With kalki at IIFA award 2017 @chuki_tibet_anotsang.

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XXX DEEPIKA PADUKONE

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RECAP: 2017 New Designers Fashion Show

Photo credit: AJ BATAC ajbatac.com

Photo credit: AJ BATAC ajbatac.com

From internationally recognized brands such as Canada Goose, Manitobah Mukluks and Silver jeans to local designers such as Lennard Taylor, Winnipeg has historically been Canada’s garment manufacturing centre. On October 18, graduates from our Fashion Design program in Winnipeg showcased their 8 outfit collection at the 7th annual New Designers Fashion Show at the Manitoba Museum.

The museum was the perfect venue as it was a walk through the history of Manitoba and Canada. Surrounded by exhibits about Indigenous lifestyles to vignettes celebrating Winnipeg’s historic streetscapes, the fashion show featured collections from Amy Aingidlik, Amy McPherson, Chelsea Sumter, Dimple Patel, Kalli Vera, Karleece Lapointe, Nancy Humann and Wendy Sinclair.

As part of the fashion program, each graduate designed and constructed each garment from start to finish. Graduates drew inspiration for their collection from various aspects of their life and surroundings – from their cultural heritage to the concrete jungle.

Voted as top 3 fashion events in Winnipeg by the Winnipeg Nightlife Awards, the show was sold out to an audience of family, friends, MC College staff and Alumni, media, fashion bloggers, photographers, local designers and representatives from Canadian retailers such as Nygard International, Reitman’s and Mondetta.
From embroidered details to bold African and Ojibwe inspired prints, here’s a recap of the New Designers Fashion Show:

 

Nigerian designer @chimadumex premiered his collection #AfroPopLux at the @mccollegegroup New Designers Fashion Show. #WpgFashion

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#fashion #winnipeg #mccollege #warehouseonegirlsnightout #mywarehouseone @meredith.uribe @warehouseonejeans

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After a year of being diagnosed with brain cancer, Tragically Hip Canadian superstar, Gord Downie, passed away on October 17, 2017 at the age of 53. As our final farewell and a tribute, we played “Ahead by a Century” during a portion of the fashion show. “Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in” – Gord Downie.

Did you catch us on Global Winnipeg? See it here!

 

For more images, visit: http://ajbatac.com/2017-mc-college-fashion-show

MC Elite: Natalie Notheisz

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Instagram: @NatalieNotheisz

Program: Esthetics
Campus: Kelowna
Favorite nail or make up artist you follow on social media? “Wayne Goss. He’s a makeup artist and beauty guru on Youtube.”
Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people: “I used to be a flutist and singer!”
From stethoscopes and steel toed boots to pore extractors and microdermabrasion machines, our October MC Elite is Natalie from the Kelowna campus! “I was a paramedic for 12 years but I decided to leave to help open an industrial repair shop where we did maintenance work in mines.” After a car accident that rendered her unable to work in her industry, Natalie decided to choose a different career path that she had always dreamed of.

Cato shoot

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Why did you choose to become an Esthetician?
“A few years ago, I got into a car accident. Recovery took a long time which made me think about a career change. First, I thought I wanted to be a nurse but I was still recovering and wasn’t able to finish the program…I like working on the medical side but I also knew I liked Esthetics. I was scared that I couldn’t make a living out of it but after talking to people in the industry and seeing what I could do, I decided to go for it….last February, I sold everything I had in Grand Forks and moved to Kelowna for school.”

What do you like most about the industry so far?
“I love dealing with the clients. It’s rewarding when they are happy, especially when you create a special bond with them.”
What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?

“I am much older than many of my classmates. Being 48 and going into the industry, the age difference between me and my classmates intimidated me. It was hard in the beginning to get used to it but now its not…I also came from steel toed boots, hard hats and rough hands so this has been a new and exciting adventure for me.”
What do you love about MC College?

“Everyone here is so welcoming and accepting. When I started, I was scared that it would be awkward because of the age difference. I mean who wants to go to school with their mom?!…This program showed me the confidence I never knew I had. I have become a different person. The school has been such a blessing in my life. I say to my fellow students the only limit in life is yourself!”

Lash extentions

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Do you have any customer service or social media hacks?
“Be genuine. And be confident in the services you are doing. When you lack self confidence, clients can see it and feel it and that won’t make them come back to you”

“For the month of September, Natalie was killing it in retail and services! She is one of the most highly requested students and is always booked solid” says MC College Director, Crystal Shearer.
Who or what are you inspired by?
“My family and friends”

 

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MC ELITE: TAMARA HOFER

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@hair.bytam

Program: Hairstyling
Campus: MC College Winnipeg

Favorite emoiji: 🐵🙈🙉🙊🐒
Favorite food: “chicken. Actually, I love fried chicken more!”
Favorite stylist that you follow on Instagram: @hairbyamberjoy. (she’s an MC hairstying Alumni!)

Balayage & Braids 😍 #throwback

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From ashy blonde to caramel balayage, search up Tamara on Instagram and you’ll see all of the awesome balayage she has done! Growing up in a Hutterite colony, Tamara never knew a career in Hairstyling could even be possible for her. “It’s so different living there. You don’t have a lot of freedom and you can’t leave. You have to keep your head covered and dress modestly. We moved when I was 10 years old and left a lot of family and friends behind. I finally got the chance to see the world outside. I had never left before that because only adults were allowed to. We were told that we weren’t allowed to come back, not even to visit. We were shunned. But after a few years, they finally let us visit” says Tamara.

Some hidden colours for the beautiful birthday girl😘🌈

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Why a career in Hairstyling?
“I have a lot of sisters. Growing up, I learned to love hair because I was always the one who braided my siblings’ hair. My family lived in a Hutterite colony where you had to have your head covered. Anything that had to do with hair or even beauty was considered as sinful. When I was 10, my family left the colony and moved to Winnipeg. It really opened my eyes to the different hairstyles and hair colours out there. I thought to my self…why not make this a career! At first, my parents weren’t 100% ok with my choice but after they saw what I could do with it, they supported me. My parents are my number 1 fans.”

What do you like most about the industry?
“Meeting new people. You never know who is going to sit in your chair. I love that every person has a different story. When I started at MC College, I was super shy and awkward. But being here made me outgoing and made me break out of my shell…I love doing balayage and crazy colours because those always puts a smile on peoples’ faces.”

Had some fun with blue today 🔹🔷🔹

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Who or what motivates you?
“My parents! They have done so much for me and my siblings and have sacrificed so much for us. Everyday they ask to see pictures of hair and mannequins that I’ve done.”
What the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Step out of your comfort zone.”

Because blondes have more fun✨

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Do you have any social media advice or MC Students?
“use the same background and filter for all pictures and always use hashtags!”

What are your plans when you graduate?
“After I gain more experience, I definitely want to open my own salon!”

 

Always a good day for caramel balayage😍(swipe for before) #mclife

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MC Alumni Profile: Brett Kelly

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Instagram: @brett_thebarber
Favorite emoji: 🍻
Beauty must: “My blow dryer! Hands down.”
Favorite item in your wardrobe: “My bowler cap that I got from the UK!”
Favorite hangout spot: “My house with my daughters. I couldn’t think of any other hang out place that could be better!”

He’s a barber by day, and fencer and rockstar by night. As a 2012 Hairstyling graduate from MC College Vernon, Brett’s passion for the industry started when he played in a band as a guitarist. Today, he is a co owner of The Gentlemen’s Shop and Shave Parlour and a men’s hair educator.

Well that is it for the fencing season! I have been so damn happy getting back into this sport. It has been years since I last fenced. I started again back in September and I joined the @okanagan_freestyle_fencing club. Matt has been a fantastic coach who has really pushed me to get better. And it was great to be fencing with my first coach Brendan again as well. I could only make it once a week this year but next year I'm hoping to step it up a bit. I had the opportunity to do 4 tournaments this year in which I did not place but I could see growth through each one. I am truly happy where I am at now compared to where I was at when I first started. Now to keep up with training at home and private lessons with the coach. I hope everyone in the club who is going to provincials kills it this year! Thanks again for a great year @okanagan_freestyle_fencing @okanagan_freestyle_fencing @okanagan_freestyle_fencing

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Why did you decide to get into Hairstyling?
“I play in a rockabilly band and hair is really big in that culture. So while we were on tour, we could not afford hair cuts. So, we went and bought a pair of Walmart clippers and I started cleaning up the band. I was HORRIBLE at it since I had no training but I fell in love with it very quickly…I enrolled into MC College and then went on to a barbering apprenticeship after. I am thoroughly happy that I decided to go the longer way and go through the styling program as it taught me so much more about hair than I would have ever learned in barber school.”

There was no barber school around when I decided I wanted to do men's hair. I remember coming back from tour with the band and I asked my barber how I could go about it. He told me to go to school and get the fundamentals then apprentice for my barbering. Well the next day I enrolled in @mccollegegroup to start my journey. Some of the best uk barbers started out in hair school. I took the long way about it you could say but I have absolutely no regrets. I was fortunate enough to have the benefit of both teachings. I took so much out of hair school. Different cutting techniques, texturizing, razor work, short hair, long hair (even though I do very little now) and the most important thing was sectioning. Sectioning was drilled into us for the first 6 weeks in class then drilled for the course of the next year on the floor. I see new barbers come out of school who can't even section a proper line or even create a clean horse shoe parting. Styling and the use and importance of a blow dryer was also drilled and this is one of the most important things that we use in the shop. Now at times it was super hard and definitely frustrating. But I had a clear goal. I was there to further my education on men's hair. So no matter how hard up dos and finger waves were I knew I had a clear goal to get to. After school I went on to apprentice to learn straight razor shaving, more detailed scissor work and more clipper work. Well 6 1/2 years later the passion is still there more than ever and I am a proud owner of a barber shop. So to everyone in school remember your there to learn so learn and don't have an ego where you think you know more than the teacher after 3 months. Because 99.9% chances are you probably don't. Without all this and the great teachers I had I wouldn't be where I am.

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Since graduating, what would you say are your career highlights?
“Opening up the Gentlemens Shop is one of my top highlights. I opened a shop with a really great friend and we are fortunate that it has been a huge success with current wait times of over 6 weeks. Becoming an educator for the Okanagan has been another great highlight as there is not much for men’s education in BC especially in the okanagan. I’ve had great opportunities working with West Coast Beauty as well. I also got to attend a barber convention in the U.K. last year where over 5000 barbers were in attendance.”

Since being in the industry, what’s the most important lesson you have learned?
“Always keep an open mind and always keep an apprentice mentality. You don’t know it all, especially right out of school. So take criticism with an open mind and take the next step to see what you can do better.”

What’s the best part of your job? “The People!”

 

What’s the hardest part of your job? “The People!”

What do you see trending in your industry right now?
“Men’s hair is changing: from the greased down slicked back hair to more loose texture bed head type feel. Clients are wanting to look for a more lived in look instead of the always dapper on the go look… We usually look at what the UK is doing and then in 1.5 years it usually hits in the west coast of Canada. We try to keep up and push some of the trends before they start to come over.”

What’s the most important advice that you can offer MC College students who are looking to become successful in their own careers?
“Listen! Listen to your teachers. Remember you’re taking school for a reason and that’s to learn. Don’t have that ‘I know everything’ attitude because if you did you wouldn’t be in school.

Listen to your clients. A strong consultation is the key to ANY good haircut. Work on your consultation process to make sure you get all the details.

Listen to yourself! We take this career because we are passionate people who love to work with our hands and we usually love to help others. This is an industry where we enjoy making others feel great about themselves. But if we start hitting a point where you yourself are not enjoying it then something might need a change. Not in what you’re doing but maybe in how you’re doing it, where you’re doing it or what your doing about it.

Try hard and do your best.

Have a goal to work towards.

Keep educating yourself. School sets you up for the fundamentals of what you need. But after that it’s up to you to keep up with education, trends, styles and techniques. So remember to take care of yourself in that aspect to.”

Who do you follow on Social Media?
@sugarskulls @thesugarskullsloft @andrewdoeshair @Z_ramsey @stephenj.barber @manmadebarber

Tell us something that would surprise people about you!
“I am fully colour blind. So when going through school I was horrible at the colouring process. I only took hairstyling so I could get the fundamentals of cutting and go on to my barber apprenticeship. I was afraid to tell my teachers I couldn’t see colour incase I couldn’t take the school. After graduating I told my teachers that I couldn’t see colour. They laughed hard and replied “yea that makes a lot of sense now!”

What are the top things on your bucket list?
1. Travel to Japan with my Wife
2. Cut on stage at Barber Cut Dublin – Ireland’s largest barber convention

The combination of a blow dryer and @adhbrand #adhdry and #adhwet #btconeshot_men17 @barbershopconnect

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If you could makeover anyone, who would it be?
“Matty Conrad, owner of Victory Barbers. That man has an awesome head of hair that I would love to cut!”

MC Elite: Matt Madill

 

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Program: Hairstyling
Campus: Saskatoon
From the kitchen to behind the chair, our MC Elite for August is Hairstyling Student, Matt Madill!

Favorite emoji: ✌️😂

Favorite hangout spot: “The Woods Ale House in Saskatoon and Leopold’s Tavern in Regina.”

Favorite food: “An East Indian dish called dal makhani.”
Favorite item in your wardrobe: “Bow toes. The real ones…where you the tie them yourself.”
Favorite stylist or barber that you follow on social media: “Matt Beck. I actually got to meet him a few weeks ago in Vegas! He is super humble.”

Shadow root and tone tone on my friend holly!! She all graduated meow!! #mccollege #shadow #hairgamestrong

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Why did you start a career in Hairstyling?
“Hairstyling and barbering has always been something in the back of my mind…my mom was a Stylist and I grew up in the salon…Some of my first memories from my childhood are being my mom’s guinea pig. Many times she practiced perms on me, I cried a few times and disliked the rotten egg smell…I grew up folding towels and hanging around answering phones. When I became a bit older and could help, I would sweep hair and wash people’s hair without spraying them down…Being from Regina and growing up in a salon, I saw lots of the same things for years but when I ventured into social media, I saw how many more things people were doing like rainbow hair, pastel colours, bright-and-vibrant to soft-and-faded.”

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What did you do before starting your career in Hairstyling?
“I was a cook for my entire life. With Hairstyling, you get to work with other people and be your own boss at the same time. At the end of the day, it’s your chair, it’s the effort you put into it. In the restaurant industry, you couldn’t really do that unless you were a restaurant owner or investor… in a few days I’m going to be 33 and I wanted a career where I could connect with people.”

What do you like most about the industry?
“I love the people. I love talking to them and seeing them smile after you give them a haircut”

Who or what motivates you?
“My fellow classmates. Everyone is talented. There are going to be some millionaires here because they are that good!”

My buddy Dusting came by for a refresher this afternoon!!! #fades #wahlsenior #mccollege #hairgamestrong

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So far, what are your career highlights?
“I got the opportunity through MC College to work with Paul Mitchell. I was in Vegas a few weeks ago during the NAHA’s for education. I am so fortunate and grateful for the opportunity MC gave me”
“We had Paul Mitchell in the school back in January. Matt took it upon himself to go downstairs and ask if he could watch and observe. They ended up asking him to assist them for the 3 days (Sat, Sun & Mon). He did all 3 days. The Saskatoon rep offered him a job on the spot” says MC College Saskatoon Director, Vanessa Slater.

 

What are your plans when you graduate? What’s your long term goal?
“I would love to be an educator. I also want to travel to the Middle East and take my trade with me. What I love about hair is that there is no language barrier…well I mean there is but you can work your way around with pictures and demonstrating”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“If you’re in a bad mood, don’t take that out on people. Put your best foot forward.”

Had an amazing day doing salon tours with my unit 4 homies and amazing coach Marg !! She the boss

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Every month, Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a student they feel should be recognized as an MC Elite. Students are chosen based on their use of social media to promote themselves and by tagging #mccollege and #mclife in their social media posts.

DIY Studio: My Dad Did My Hair Recap

It’s a job usually left for moms but sometimes a girl’s got to turn to her dad for some hair love. Last week, all 6 MC College campuses held a DIY Studio event ‘my dad did my hair’. With back-to-school around the corner, this was the perfect time for dads to practice what they already know and to learn new skills. From a simple pony tail to fishtail braids and the Princess Leia bun, we showed Dads how to step up their daughters’ hair game to the next level! Did you catch us on CTV, CBC and Castanet? Watch our live features here:

 

 

Couldn’t make it to our event? We’ve rounded up the top social media posts from the event!

RECAP: 2017 MCxNAHA

VEGAS 2017

From taking selfies with Sam Villa at the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) to watching the light show on Fremont Street, a trip to Las Vegas was the perfect way to launch a career in Hairstyling!

From July 8 to 11, over 80 MC College Students and staff made their way to Las Vegas for the 12th annual MCxNAHA show and 28th annual NAHA’s (one of the biggest events of the hairstyling industry). Every student that enrolled in the June Hairstyling program went on this trip for FREE.

At the naha's 2017 #MCCollege

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At the MCxNAHA show, groups broke out into 3 sessions:
1). Hair Improv
Presenters: Yolly ten Koppel (Artistic Director, Pivot Point International) and Laddie James (Owner and Master Stylist, The Hairstyle Inn)

Breakfast with a bit of inspiration #mccollegekelowna #mccollege #mclife #mcxnaha

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2). Creating a NAHA entry
Presenters: Cheryl Harrison (VP Operations, MC College) & Jeff Louis (National Artistic Director, Artego)
From lighting and photoshop to choosing a model, the process behind a NAHA entry can be intimidating, especially for a Student! Using the 2017 NAHA entries and previous MC College graduates’ entries, students got an inside look at what to look for when creating an entry.

@jefflouisflow and Cheryl Harrison presenting to @mccollegegroup students for #mcxnaha2017 #mccollege #mclife

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3). Building your personal brand on social media
Presenters: Nikki McCrimmon (Admissions Leader, MC College) and Chinda Sin (Marketing Coordinator, MC College)
Whether it’s finding love on Tinder/Grinder or using Pivot Point’s LAB, everyone’s on social media so there’s no excuse to not use it to build a brand. Before students went out and became the next social media rock star, we gave them the top 5 tips to creating and building a brand on social media.

 

Enroute to #naha2017!!!!

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From poker tables to the slot machines, all eyes were on the MC Squad as we made our way to Mandalay Bay for the NAHA’s. At the show, students got the chance to watch hair and fashion presentations by the biggest names in the industry, network with celebrity hairstylists such as Charlie Price and Vivienne Mackinder, and watch industry innovator, Sam Villa receive an NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award.

“In Vegas we had amazing opportunities that I will never forget…while watching all the NAHA finalists walk down the red carpet, I met and spoke to some amazing people…When we sat down to watch the award show I got to sit beside a couple who has known Sam Villa for many years and that alone was awesome!!!” says MC College Edmonton Hairstyling Student, Amber-Rae Ens (@got_Rootz)


Missed our live feed from our social media? Search up #MCxNAHA on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to get caught up!

 

MC Elite: Michael Maier

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Instagram: @mjmhair

Program: Hairstyling
Campus: Edmonton
From HTML coding and building websites to lavender balayage, our July MC Elite is going out to Michael Maier from the hairstyling program at our Edmonton campus!

Michael is an incredibly hard working and dedicated individual. He is talented and full of charisma. In the school salon the clients always leave happy and pleased with the quality of his skills and customer service. When the opportunity arises, Michael is always willing to help out fellow students and instructors. He always has a great attitude and an infectious smile that could turn anyone’s day around. ” says Hairstyling Instructor, Cathy Whitford.

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“I had always wanted to be a Hairstylist but it was my backup plan because I got into IT and Design at NAIT. When I was almost finished, I realized that I hated my major and that really scared me. When I was younger, I always liked doing my own and my friends’ hair so it was only natural. My twin brother graduated from MC last year and he really loved the experience which helped me decide where I wanted to go. But before I got into MC, I asked him if it was ok that I go too because I didn’t want him to get mad or think that I was copying him. I had previously met the instructors when I was a model for my brother and they are all awesome. They were all so supportive and fun. That also helped me make my decision”

 
*Fun fact: his twin brother, Matthew Maier was a model in our promo video!

 

What do you like most about the industry so far?
“The creativity. I loved colour formulation and I love creeping around the school to see what the other students are up to. I love that everyone has their own way of doing things. It might be the same haircut but the execution is different”.

 

What do you love about MC College?
“I love the instructors – their personalities and their sense of humor. Everyone on campus is different and hilarious, encouraging and helpful. They really make it a really positive environment”.

Cut on the father #cut #haircut #fade #taper #mensfashion #menshair #dad #father #mccollege

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Who or what motivates you?
“There’s a Youtuber that I watch, Kyle Krieger. He’s one of the reasons why I went into Hairstyling. His videos showed me a different side of the industry which really pushed me to want to get into Hairstyling…I want to focus on my career as a Hairstylist right now and then I’ll focus on other stuff like competitions”.

 

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“ugghhh perms and finger waves. It’s one of those things that you have to do but you don’t want to”.

Fresh cut. We took a lot off. #menshair #yeg #mccollege #artego #taper #menstyle #fresh #hair #cut

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What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Do as I say and not what I do – Cathy Whitford”.

 

What’s your secret to getting clients?
“Be personable- you have to interact with clients. Don’t be awkward. People come back to you because of your personality and also your skills too! If you’re awkward and don’t talk with your clients, no one will want to book with you!”

 

Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Use lots of hash tags. I always tag MC and Artego because they feature your work on their Instagram. Last week, I had a client message me on Instagram that wanted to book with me because she saw my work featured on MC’s Instagram. That was pretty cool! Also, all students should use Instagram because it’s good to use and keep as a portfolio”

 

Men's cuttttt #artego #mccollege #brunette #beard #bear #taper #fade #haircut #style #menshair

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Every month, Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a student they feel should be recognized as an MC Elite. Students are chosen based on their use of social media to promote themselves and by tagging #mccollege and #mclife in their social media posts.

MC Elite: Karleece Lapointe

karleeceInstagram: @fashionbykar

Program: Fashion
Campus: Winnipeg

After graduating High School, Karleece Lapointe enrolled at the University of Manitoba for a career in marketing. “I thought I wanted to go into business but after my first year I realized that it wasn’t for me. That experience made me realize that I’m hands-on and want to be in a creative field. I also didn’t like the class sizes…I felt like a number”.
“Karleece is a very creative designer, she has so many interesting and innovative ideas. Her collection is a mix of so many different fabrics, textures and construction methods and I’m so excited to see it all come together” says fashion instructor, Lisa Dyck.
Why did you choose Fashion as a career?
“Growing up, my dad upholstered furniture so that got me interested in sewing and the use of different types of fabrics and hardware.. I’ve also always loved art. I grew up in dance and played the French horn in band. Because of my love for art and my need to be hands-on, I knew it was bound for me to have a career in it”

antithesis details #fw2018

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What do you like most about the industry so far?
“I love seeing a concept turn into a drawing and then into a real garment… I am learning a lot about myself, my limits and my creativity. With fashion, I get to be myself and I get to express my thoughts and creativity with illustrations and garments.” 

What do you love about MC College?
“The MC Community and the friends I’ve made here. It’s super open and everyone is so welcoming and accepting.”

artist reproduction assignment on Hayden Williams!!

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What Fashion Designer are you inspired by?
“Alexander McQueen.”
What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Pattern making. It’s something that you either understand or don’t understand. There’s nothing in-between. It was really hard to understand the measurements and translating the image and designs from my head and putting it on paper”
Can you tell us about your collection for the New Designers Fashion Show?
“It’s inspired by the mixture of textures that wouldn’t usually be mixed together. My collection is called “Antithesis” and tests the boundaries because it incorporates fabrics to create different looks and themes. In my prototypes, I’ve combined faux fur with lace.”

What are your plans when you graduate?
“I want to move to Montreal or Toronto to work with a magazine for styling. I also want to work with local retail shops in visual merchandising.”

Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Post frequently so that people don’t forget about you. Don’t spend too much time worrying about your followers to following ratio and post what you want. Don’t worry about what others are posting!”

Every month, Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a student they feel should be recognized as an MC Elite. Students are chosen based on their use of social media to promote themselves and by tagging #mccollege and #mclife in their social media posts.