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

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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: 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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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.

 

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.

RECAP: DIY Lash Bar

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Falsies. Some people wear them on the daily, while others have never tried them. Whether it’s a date night, special event or just because, anytime is a good time for falsies.

Last week, all 6 MC College campuses held a DIY Studio event: The Lash Bar. From drama to subtle glamour, the MC Squad (aka: Students and Instructors) showed you how to step up your lash game! At this free event, over 120 people across all 6 campuses attended the event to learn how to apply false eyelashes on themselves and their friends, entered to win a $1000 tuition scholarship and got a behind the scenes look of a lash and brow tint. For the few pros who already knew how to apply falsies, we showed them different techniques, tips and tricks.

Catch up on the awesome stuff that happened at the DIY event that was captured on social media:

 

 

 

DIY Studio:Lash Bar is happening right now! #lashesonpoint #mccollegewinnipeg #lashes

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Did you see MC College Saskatoon on CTV Morning news? Watch it here:

 

In case you missed out on our DIY event, here’s a step by step guide on how to apply falsies:

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Open House recap

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On April 8, all MC College campuses held an Open House that was 🔥🔥🔥; from special effects makeup and live fashion sketching to mini DIY (do-it-yourself) stations. Across the 6 campuses, over 300 people attended the event to experience what the #MCLife is all about, and to learn about career opportunities in the Beauty and Fashion Industry.

 

 

Attendees tested out our interactive learning platform, Learn About Beauty, while getting the chance to tour the campus and meet the MC Squad: staff, students, graduates and industry partners. From a braiding and contouring bar to marble nails and spring updos, each campus set up mini DIY stations so that event attendees could try out the latest beauty trends on themselves. Swag bags and a $1000 tuition scholarship were also given out at each campus – congratulations to all of the winners!


Attendees also got the chance to watch a live demo of mermaid hair, alien bleeding glitter, special effects makeup, microdermabrasions and chemical peels. Everyone who attended had the opportunity to play with mannequins and learn how to apply colour at the colour station.

Pop Art Transform!!!#popart #mccollege #makeupartist

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At the Edmonton and Winnipeg campus, there were stations set up so that visitors could try their hand at designing their own print, draping, fashion sketching and fashion illustration.
Missed the Open House? Catch up on the awesome stuff that happened at Open House that was captured on social media:

MC Elite: India Haines

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Facebook: Beauty by India
Instagram: @indiafaith95

Program: Esthetics
Campus: Edmonton

Growing up, India was surrounded by the arts and music. Having parents in the creative field, she always knew she wanted a career that would allow her to express her creativity and connect with others on a personal level. Originally a Hairstylist by trade, she moved to Edmonton from Nova Scotia for opportunities in the beauty industry. “I was a few months pregnant and there weren’t many jobs in Nova Scotia”. After taking a maternity leave, she realized that it was the perfect opportunity to pursue her next dream career: an Esthetician.
“India has been a pleasure to mentor. She always has an upbeat attitude and is ready to lend a helping hand wherever she can. She brings great creativity and constant attention to detail and exceptional customer care to every guest she encounters” says Esthetics instructor, Bryce Munro.

Why did you choose Esthetics as a career?
“I was raised by 2 artists. Growing up I always wanted to get a job where I could combine art and make money at the same time. In High School, I loved painting but I knew it would be hard to get far with it. At first, I got into Hairstyling. After having a baby, I went into Esthetics because I decided that I wanted to be able to do both.”

What do you like most about the industry so far?
“Being able to be creative with no restrictions.. There are not too many industries and jobs that let you do that. Because I was raised by artists, being able to express my creativity is important to me.”

What do you love about MC College?
“The teachers are seriously so awesome….They really care about you and your ability to move forward. They go above and beyond to make sure you understand something. If you’re having trouble with a service, they are always there to guide you.”
Who or what motivates you?
“My daughter. She’s 2 years old and I just want to be the best and do the best for her.”

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Building a clientele has been the hardest part so far. I’m also really shy and it’s hard for me to put myself out there but I’m still learning how to break it. Using Instagram to put my work up has helped out a lot with my shyness and has helped me get more clients too.”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Don’t do too many things at once because you’ll just lose your focus. Have a goal in mind and work towards it.”

 

What’s your secret to getting clients?
“Always be friendly, talkative and don’t swear in front of your clients…even on your bad days! When you’re friendly and professional, people want to come back to you and sometimes they’ll even recommend you on their facebook to their friends.”

Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Hashtag everything because that’s how people will find your work, only post your best work and always tag MC College because they’ll repost it! I actually got featured a few times on MC’s Instagram. I got a few clients who came in and requested me because they saw my nail work featured on MC’s Instagram. It’s pretty cool. So, always tag MC College!”
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: the Art of Braiding

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Have you ever pinned hundreds of images of different braids on Pinterest, tried it out on yourself but ended up a few hours later in tears of frustration with your hair in a tangled mess? #pinterestfail. We know how you feel!


Last night, our Kelowna, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg campus hosted a free DIY Studio event: the Art of Braiding. Our Hairstyling Students and Instructors showed attendees the tips and tricks and braiding hacks to create the braided looks they love while our Esthetics students did mini manicures.
 

 

From the classic 3 strand braid to the waterfall and fishtail braid, stations were set up throughout each campus. We had snacks, prizes, swag bags full of Artego samples to keep attendees’ braids on point and a $1000 MC College tuition scholarship to give-a-way!
 
 

 

At our Kelowna campus, we had students from the Centre For Arts and Technology’s photography, film and fashion program showcase their work and announce the collaboration between the two schools.

Did you catch MC College Saskatoon on CTV? Watch the morning segment below!

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Check out what the attendees had to say about the event!

“Thanks for the super fun event! I learned a lot!” – B.Ross

“My daughter and I had a great time. Thank you for doing this. Also, a special thank you to Kelsey, she was super helpful, patient and was very encouraging.” – Tracey.O

“This was awesome, thank you so much ” – Tina. S

“This was so fantastic!! Thanks to everyone there for the great lessons!” – Tennille.Z

 
From braiding on a mannequin to braiding their friends’ hair, over 300 people attended the event and left #braidinglikeaboss. Missed the Art of Braiding event? Stay tuned for our next DIY Studio event.

MC College DIY Braid night #studentlife #helpingothers #hairschool #mccollegegroup #mccollege #diybraiding

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