Getting your taxes done is easy as mixing color!

taxaesWith a busy day booked with appointments and keeping on top of hair trends, the last thing on your mind is how to claim your expenses and taxes. This year, we teamed up with Canada Revenue Agency to make this tax season as flawless for you as possible. Here are a few tips:

Expensing Supplies and Tools
a). Whether you’re a salon/spa owner, part time worker or paid via salary or commission, you’re considered an employee on a payroll. You can deduct the cost of supplies you purchased for work. Hairspray, shampoo, waxing strips, cotton balls…the list goes on.

For more info, visit: www.cra.gc.ca/employmentexpenses.

b). You could also deduct the cost (up to $500) of eligible tools, such as: curling irons, blow dryers and UV lamps for gel nails. What’s considered an eligible tool? Click here to find out: http://bit.ly/17fbY0l

For this expense, you’ll need your employer to authorize that the tools were purchased by you and used for your work.

For more info, visit: www.cra.gc.ca/trades.

Tips and Gratuities
As a Hairstylist or Esthetician, the majority of your income comes from tips and gratuities. Talk to your employer if any or all of the tips you earn will be included on your T4 slip. If it doesn’t, it’s your responsibility to keep track of it and report them on line 104 of your income tax and benefit return.

Business Expenses
Whether you’re renting a chair, working from home or own a salon/spa, you can deduct any applicable business expenses. This includes: chair rental fees or supplies such as hair colour, shears, microdermabrasion tips, nail polish and much more!

  • Is your salon or spa based out of your home? If so, you can deduct household expenses such as insurance and heating. Who knew!!? For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1AP8cH

Apprenticeship Job Creation and Tax credit
Are you a salon owner who recently hired a Red Seal apprentice Hairstylist? If so, you can claim the apprenticeship job creation tax credit. This tax credit is equal to the lesser of $2,000 or 10% of the eligible apprentices’ salaries or wages. You can carry the whole credit amount three years back or carry it forward for up to 20 years!

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1DnjwvX

Where do you file your taxes?
You can file your taxes with various income tax software, such as: Netfile or Turbo Tax. Don’t want to do it yourself because ‘ain’t no body got time for that’?! Visit your local H&R block and they’ll help you out!

Owning a salon or spa is more than just cutting hair, doing chemical peels, marketing or hiring employees. As a salon or spa owner, you have to ensure that employee contributions, premiums and tax amounts are properly deducted and sent to the Canada Revenue Agency.

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1ABN5JA 

The deadline to file your personal income tax and benefit return is April 30, 2015. If you, your spouse, or common-law partner is self-employed, the deadline to file is June 15, 2015. BUT, if you’re self-employed and have a balance owing for 2014, you still have to pay it on or before April 30, 2015.

Alumni Profile: Alicia Soulier

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Alicia graduated from the Hairstyling Program at the Saskatoon Campus in 2005. Since then, she has:

• been the lead Stylist at Saskatoon’s Fashion Week
• Won ‘Saskatchewan Salon Stylist of the Year’ at the 2014 Mirror Awards.
• Styled hair at Spring/Summer 2015 New York Fashion Week.
• Been nominated for ‘Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist of the Year’ at the Contessa Awards.

Currently, she is the owner and educator at Capelli Hair Studio, one of Saskatoon’s most prestigious salons.

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Why MC College?

Styling her Barbie dolls hair and making friends with Hairstylists was an early indicator that Alicia would start a career in the Beauty Industry. After taking Cosmetology classes in High School and receiving a scholarship, Alicia decided to accomplish her dream to become a Hairstylist. Her entrepreneurial spirit, need for hands-on education and word of mouth led Alicia to enroll and graduate from MC College Saskatoon. “MC College will teach you the fundamentals to becoming the best Hairstylist in the world…they give you a great foundation for the real world” says Alicia.

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Soon after graduating, Alicia was set on becoming a salon owner. After realizing that one of Saskatoon’s premiere neighborhoods lacked an upscale hair salon, she pounced on the opportunity and opened ‘Capelli Hair Studio’. In 2012, it placed top 5 in Contessa’s ‘Salon Interior of the Year’ award and was named as the best hair salon in Saskatoon by Fine Lifestyles magazine.

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Advice from Alumni

“Be humble. Be Passionate. Be respectful of your Mentors. Be passionate about what you do”

As an award winning superstar hairstylist, salon owner, educator and a board member of the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival, Alicia credits her success to her mentor, Kim Regier of Chel SalonSpa and her need for continuous learning. “Never think you know it all. Always strive for more education and inspiration” says Alicia. She is known for mentoring her staff, new Hairstylists and students so that they can become successful in their career.

Today, she continues to enter hair competitions and currently styles hair in photoshoots and fashion shows. She has done hair for Edge Agency and fashion houses such as White Dhalia House of Fashion, Hillberg and Berk, , Pyer Mossto and  Concept Korea to name a few.

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MC College in the Community

This December, MC College students got into the Christmas spirit by using their skills for the benefit of others. In addition, these events allow our students to network with potential clients and expand their technical experience. Here are a few of the events that MC College students volunteered at in December:

Help Portrait- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Using their skills to help others, students from Saskatoon’s MC College did haircuts, styles and makeup at the annual Help Portrait event on December 8th. Students and staff gave over 50 people mini makeovers to get them ready for their family portraits. Help portrait is a movement among photographers, hairstylists, makeup artists and volunteers, who transform, capture and deliver portraits of people who are not able to afford family portraits.

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Cops for Cancer Head Shave- Edmonton, AB

Every year, MC College partners with students from the Emergency Response Career Pathway program at Centre High, to support Cops for Cancer. On December 12, between 10am-12pm, students from the Edmonton MC College campus shaved and pinked over 100 heads!

Via Twitter: “Huge s/o to @mccollegegroup for helping out with the @CentreHigh head shave for cancer.”- @trifattytri

 

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Christmas Manicures- Red Deer, AB

On December 19th, students from Red Deer MC College brought an early Christmas gift to the residents of Symphony Senior Living’s, Aspen Ridge.  Students did Christmas themed manicures on seniors and participated in the facilities bean bag toss game! Esthetics student, Brooklyn Remple said “I really like visiting with them and they are so grateful for us to be there”.

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Women’s Transition House- Vernon, BC

On December 19th, students and staff from Vernon MC College visited the Vernon Women’s Transition House society to give free cuts and mini manicures to the residents and staff.  The Vernon Women’s Transition House Society is a nonprofit organization that offers 24 hour emergency services to women who are dealing with issues of abuse and violence.

Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree- Edmonton, AB

Between December 19 and December 22, students at the Edmonton MC College campus did hair and make up for the performers in the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Every year, MC College students and staff are invited backstage to do hair and make up for local artists and get to experience what it’s like to work at a live event! Accompanied by an orchestra and a 150 person singing Christmas tree, the Edmonton Singing Christmas tree highlights local talent and donates 100%  of all proceeds to local charities, organizations and children in need.

Via Twitter: “Thanks to the great hair and makeup girls making all @EdmSingingTree look great #yeg #mccollege”- @SophieSerafino

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VERNON MC COLLEGE TO HOST BEAUTY WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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Tired of posting the same over-filtered selfies? Take your photos to another level and get featured on Instagrams’ popular page with MC College’s beauty workshop, “#MCTEAMFABULOUS”! This workshop gives students in Grades 9-12 the chance to work with the latest hair and make up looks straight from the runways of New York! The classes run on January 29, February 26 and March 26 between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM, where you’ll learn how to pose in pictures, receive a complimentary makeover, be in a photo shoot and learn how to make your own spa products!

Cost: $50+ tax for 3 classes (January 29, February 26 and March 26)
Includes make-up and hair supplies, gift bag, photo shoot and makeover.

The classes will take place at the Vernon MC College campus at 3409 31 avenue. Legal parent, guardian or caretaker must register you into the classes.

To register, call Dawn- Marie Needham at 250-542-8393 or email dmneedham@mccollege.ca

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Student For a Day: Esthetics Program

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It’s been a year or two since I’ve stepped into a classroom but a few weeks ago I got the chance to be an Esthetics student at MC College. As part of their ‘Student For a Day’ program, my day started out with a tour of the campus: the Artego Creative Lounge (where students from the Esthetics, Hairstyling and Fashion Design program collaborate to create looks for a photo shoot), makeup room, classrooms and spa area. In the spa facility, there were several massage/facial rooms where students practice on each other and do services on clients.

In one of the spa classrooms, new students to the Esthetics program were practicing leg waxes on each other. In another classroom, student were working on nail art and capturing their work on Instagram and Facebook. During my day as a student, I was treated to a spa manicure where I was also shown the step by step learning and evaluation process that students go though for each service they do on clients.

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After a morning of pampering, I was shown proper leg waxing techniques and was able to put my waxing “skills” to the test by waxing the Esthetic students’ legs and brows (I still can’t believe they trusted me to wax their brows!!). I was also able to speak to a few of the students about their experience at MC College and why they were interested in the industry:

 

Student For a Day’ is a program that helps prospective students learn about the industry and their future career path. In this one day program, Students take part in theoretical and practical learning, and get an insight of what life is life as a student at MC College. The ‘Student For a Day’ program is open to High School students interested in a career in the beauty industry and for those who are looking for a career change.

To register in the student for a day program, contact: Nikki McCrimmon [nmccrimmon@mccollege.ca]

Beauty Tips with Dawn-Marie: Choosing the Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

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Wondering how to choose a hair color that works best with your skin tone? The best way is to determine whether you have a cool, warm or neutral skin tone. Here are a few tips to determine yours:

1). Hold up a piece of silver and yellow-gold jewelry against your skin. If the silver looks better against your skin, you have a cool skin tone. If the yellow-gold looks better, you have a warm skin tone. If both pieces of jewelry look equally as good, you have a neutral skin tone.

2). Look at the veins on the underside of your forearm. If your veins are blue, you have a cool skin tone. If your veins are tinged with green, you have a warm skin tone. If you have both blue and green veins, you have neutral skin.

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People with a warm skin tone look best with hair colors that have a warm overtone. People with a cool skin tone look best with hair colors that have a cool overtone. If you fall under the neutral category, you look good with any hair color (lucky!).

Skin tone hair color matches:

Warm

  • Gold
  • Honey
  • Caramel
  • Copper
  • Red
  • Mahogany
  • Strawberry Blonde
  • Ginger
  • Dark Brown
  • Rust

Cool

  • Platinum
  • Ash-blonde
  • Sandy Blonde
  • Medium Brown
  • Jet Black
  • Fawn
  • Mid-level blondes
  • Wine
  • Burgundy
  • Mahogany

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Tips:

  • If you want to change your hair color or add highlights, don’t go more than two shades above or below your natural color.
  •  Adding a few face-framing highlights will add dimension to your hair (especially if you have layers)!
  • The key to having black hair is to add tons of shine because this shade can easily look dull or dry.
  • If you naturally have fair skin, you’re best suited for a cool beige or platinum hair color.

Beauty tips with Dawn Marie: How to get a brighter, whiter smile!

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Just like our skin, your teeth can age over the years. Did you know that surface stains can be caused by the following?

  • Drinking coffee, tea, red wine, sodas
  • Tobacco
  • Accumulation of plaque and tartar
  • Eating highly pigmented foods such as blueberries and cherries
  • Antibiotics: tetracycline and doxycycline

We all want a whiter, brighter and younger smile-last year, 10 million Canadians spent over 1.7 billion dollars on teeth whitening products. Why spend thousands of dollars at the dental office and on over-the-counter remedies when you can make you own!

What you’ll need:

  • Toothpaste
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide- available at your location drug store
  • Water
  • Toothbrush

Directions:

  1. In a small cup, place a dime sized amount of toothpaste.
  2. Mix in 1 teaspoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon of water.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Stir the mixture.
  5. Use your toothbrush and the mixture to brush your teeth for 2 minutes

To achieve maximum results, repeat steps 1-5 2 times a week. Once you start to see results, use the mixture once a month.

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Dawn Marie Needham is the School Director at the Vernon Campus.  She is also a beauty consultant for the local newspaper.

MC College Fashion Grads Show Their Stuff

blue dress corset JacketLast night the 2013 graduating class of the Fashion Design program at MC College Edmonton showcased their graduating collections in a stunning runway fashion show as part of Western Canada Fashion Week.  The collections varied from flowery, flirty resort wear to futuristic street wear.  The show, held at the Transalta Arts Barns, was completely sold out with a capacity crowd of 300 guests, family, friends and fashionistas.

 Even the fashion experts were impressed.  Avenue magazine tweeted “Really impressed with the student designs from MC College”.  Local Fashion Guy, John Chwyl from Kingsway Mall said “….the students’ collections were very impressive. MC College should be proud…and not just of the talented students but the teacher support for them, that is obviously equally as talented. My two stand out collections were Heather Curtis and Daniel Bullock. I know I will be able to say ‘I saw Daniel’s graduation collection’ when he becomes a huge star!’”

 The graduates: Heather Curtis, Krzysia Schwartz, Millie Cameron, Katherina Buyer, Farrah Hart, Aman Chahal, Jessica Barthel, Sneha Parvez, Aimee Ricard, Imarie Darkstone, Yushan Zhang, Ashlynn King, Jessalyn Vickery and Daniel Bullock had their moment in the spot light amidst photographers’ flashing cameras and cheers from the crowd.

The annual graduating fashion show is truly a showcase of MC College student and staff talent.  Technical Advisor, Renato Candia, and Esthetics Instructor, Bryce Munroe, supervised the backstage work of Hairstyling and Esthetics students as they created beautiful looks for eighteen models at a frantic pace. It was a great night all around.

Creative Session: Warrior

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MC College Presents

The Artego Creative Lounge

This summer MC College was proud to create and begin using the Artego Creative Lounge.  Located at the Edmonton Campus, this facility was sponsored by Artego Canada and features a state of the art lecture and demonstration facility as well a fully functioning photography studio.  The first photo shoot in the space was a collaboration between all three departments of MC College, Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Design.

MC College Technical Advisor, Renato Candia was working the salon floor assisting students with clients when he spotted a beautiful young woman having her hair done.  Always on the look out for potential models, Renato approached the client and asked if she had ever considered being a model.  The student was thrilled to create an edgy look on model, Zoriana.  The next step involved a trip to the fashion lab where they discovered the post apocalyptic warrior influenced designs of student Danny Bullock’s graduating collection.  The collection fit perfectly with the theme and add in Esthetics Instructor, Honour O’Donovon’s, bold make up and the creative photo session Warrior was born.

This Thursday night all the Fashion Design Graduates will be showing their collections as a kick off to Western Canada Fashion Week.

Dark. Edgy. She’s on a mission. Warrior circa 2064.

Influenced by a post-apocalyptic world, staff and senior students from the Edmonton campus teamed up for a creative photo shoot.

Creative Director: Renato Candia, Instructor/Technical Advisor

Hair & Photographer: Justine Schmutz, Cycle 4 Hair Student

Make-up: Honour O’Donovan, Esthetics Instructor

Fashion: Danny Bullock, Fashion Student

Model: Zoriana

MC College is on the Road!

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For ten weeks, our Admissions Team will be bringing the artistry to you. They will be travelling to high schools all over Alberta and parts of BC as a part of the ELAA tour! They will tell you all about our Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion programs!

Want to know what Nikki, Ashley, Cailey, Charlotte and Danai will up to? Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #MCtour.

To see when they’ll be visiting your school, check out the 2013 ELAA Schedule!