MC Elite: India Haines

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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 Elite: Shauntel Leffler

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From spending long nights in the library memorizing the major muscle groups to doing flawless balayage and #fadefridays, our MC Elite for February is going out to Shauntel Leffler from the Saskatoon Campus! “Last year, I was enrolled in Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. I hated the formality of it…I switched careers to become a Hairstylist because I was unhappy and miserable.”

“Shauntel is very diligent and thorough when it comes to consulting her clients and providing services to them…she makes sure she understands what her clients want. She is very inquisitive especially when she is not busy with clients so that she can take in all the education she can” says Hairstyling Instructor, Marg Ellis.
Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“I wanted to put my personal touch on stuff and be able to use my creativity. In High School, I was really into makeup and hair but I always thought of it as a hobby and never knew I would make it into a career. When I started researching MC College and Hairstyling, I knew it was the path for me!”

 

What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Colour because you can be so creative and it creates the biggest change in someone’s image!”

What do you love about MC College?
“It’s like family. You come here and everyone is happy and friendly. It’s an awesome environment and you actually look forward to coming to school.”

 

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“The learning environment because it’s so different from what I was used to. In university, it was all about memorizing. Here, it’ all hands-on, technical and creative. I also find it challenging communicating with clients to make sure you know what they want.”

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Do what you love. I know that’s cheesy and straight to the point but its true! Don’t stick to something you hate or are unhappy with. This is why I switched careers!”


What’s your secret to getting clients?
“Advertise yourself and showcase what you can do on Facebook and Instagram…that has helped me get my name out there. When you’re in school, people don’t know the awesome stuff you can do and putting it out there makes them see what you can do as a student…having Instagram and Facebook set allows people to find you and get a hold of you to book….Facebook is the best for me because I can reach more people of all ages.”

 

Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Keep your page professional and don’t post selfies and what not. Go with a theme and stick with it. If you’re going to be using a background, make sure your backgrounds in your posts look similar. Be consistent and make sure your posts look presentable.”

 

 

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.

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Student of the Month: Amber Bell

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From ‘behind the screen’ to ‘behind the chair’, the Student of the Month goes out to Amber Bell from the Red Deer campus! As a single Mother of 2, she had always wanted to be a Hairstylist. Because of the booming economy in Alberta due to the oil and gas industry, Amber decided to pursue a career in administration and marketing. Like many others in the oil sector, Amber had to look for new opportunities when the price of oil dropped. She saw this as the perfect opportunity to pursue her dream career: being a Hairstylist.
“Amber is always on point! Even with 2 kids, she comes to school early, dressed up and ready to learn” – Janet Davey, Director at MC College Red Deer.
“She gets herself out there and makes sure she always has a full book..her schedule is all requests from people who’ve seen her work on facebook…She is not afraid to try something new”– Tracey Holmes, Hairstyling Instructor at MC College Red Deer.

What was your career before you decided to get into Hairstyling?
“I worked in the oil and gas industry in administration and marketing…now instead of marketing for a company, I’m marketing myself. I’ll get to use my creativity and work one on one with people.”

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Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“I’ve always loved doing my friends and family’s hair. I love how it makes people feel about themselves, including myself! Growing up, I had wanted to be a Hairstylist but I decided instead to go in oil and gas. Because of the economy, it helped me realize that being a hairstylist is what I truly want to be. I saw an opportunity and signed up for the soonest start date!”

What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“I like that I’m able to use my creativity. The best is when someone comes in with virgin hair and wants a funky colour. I always tell my clients to send me before and after selfies as soon as they leave. You can see such a big difference!”

What do you love about MC College?
“So much! I love that every teacher at school has something different to offer and a different skill. I love that there is openness between the teachers and students…you never feel scared or dumb asking questions.”

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Updos are always a struggle but I’m always learning to make my updos better…compared to my job before, I was sitting down in front of the computer all day. It’s going to be interesting to adjust but nice at the same time that I get to be on my feet for most of the day.”

You went to the North American Hairstyling Awards in Vegas with MC College, how was that!??
“It was amazing and inspiring…I’m going to enter the NAHA’s, maybe not today but for sure in a few years. I got to meet the Schorem Barbers at the show! It was like meeting Justin Beiber but better. Actually, I’ve met Justin Beiber before but meeting the Barbers was so much better!”

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What are you looking forward to at MC College?
“Graduating and being able to get out the door and start working. I already have 3 places that offered me a job!”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“The best advice I’ve ever got is ‘you do you…just be yourself and always do what makes you happy’. I feel like this is a theme in my class right now”.

What advice would you give to MC Students on using social media to promote themselves?
“Actually use it! Hashtag, hashtag, hashtag!!! I find that I’m getting more people through word of mouth because of social media. My friends share my colours and cuts on their facebook and their friends are booking with me”.

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DIY Studio: Holiday Hair 🎄

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As the Holidays approach, you’re probably starting to freak out a bit. From deciding which sparkly outfit to wear to getting a kick start on shopping for presents, the last thing on your mind is what hairstyle to rock at your next party. On November 28, our Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Winnipeg and Saskatoon campus held a FREE DIY (aka: do it yourself) studio hair event for the Holidays which was open to anyone and everyone to attend!

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Whether you’re headed to an ugly Christmas Sweater party or Christmas Carol Karaoke and everything in between, our students and staff showed you how to create snap worthy Holiday hair looks on yourself so that you can avoid the dreaded “Pinterest fail” feeling!

Each campus had different stations dedicated to specific hair looks; from chignons to old Hollywood finger waves, Victoria Secret inspired curls and braids.

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At our Winnipeg campus, our Students glammed up each attendee with a free lipstick touch up at their Lipstick Lounge. Swag bags, giveaways and a $1000 tuition scholarship were handed out at each campus.


Missed our DIY Studio: Holiday Hair event? Stay tuned for our next event!

What’s the MC College DIY Studio event? It’s a series of do-it-yourself tutorials where we show you how to curl and style your own hair, create a creepy doll eyed look for Halloween and more!

Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Regina Martens

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Regina was born in Dolinsk, Russia but grew up in Germany. After immigrating to Canada, she started her career in the Beauty Industry as a Hairstylist. For the past 4 years, Regina has been the Lead Hairstylist and Manager at Double Images Salon in Morden, Manitoba.

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Her love for fashion and sewing came at a young age. At 10 years old, Regina started designing her own clothes and has since refused to use any commercial patterns. It was after the loss of her older brother that Regina decided to pursue her dream of being a Fashion Designer. At 22, she moved to Winnipeg to launch and build her career in fashion.

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Regina’s collection, Formal Rocker, was inspired by celebrities pushing the style boundaries at events. From geometric cut-out lace to embroidered tulle and asymmetrical hems, the collection is an edgy take on formal wear.

 

 

Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Lilian Onyejiuwa

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In 2013, Lilian immigrated to Canada from Nigeria. Originally, she wanted to pursue a career in medicine but decided to follow her dream to be a Fashion Designer. Her career in fashion originally started when she began working as a Tailoring Assistant in Nigeria. She plans on opening a ready to wear and custom clothing store called, L&C Designs.

Inspired by her heritage, ‘Afrocentric’ incorporates traditional African designs with a bohemian twist. The collection includes casual and evening garments with rich wax prints on fun silhouettes.

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According to Lilian, wax prints are traditionally a nonverbal way of communication amongst African women. The designs on wax print fabrics are beautiful and bold, and has influenced fashion worldwide.

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Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Shawna White

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Growing up in the country, Shawna had a lot of free time to daydream and get creative. She was initially drawn to the arts and design through music. Her parents were very supportive and accommodating to her overactive imagination and musical ambitions, making sure she had a guitar to play and endless art supplies to keep her busy.

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Coming to MC also allowed Shawna to fulfill a childhood dream that she shared with a cousin who is no longer with her but whom she thinks about every day. It was this relationship that truly motivated Shawna to study fashion and to pursue it as a career.

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Together they sketched ideas, collaborated on designs and shared a passion that is deeply rooted in her to this day.
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Her Graduating collection is a gritty mix of musical references and punk rock detailing. From plaid to grommets, the collection was inspired by the musician lifestyle. The garments feature silhouettes that are perfect for the jam to the after party.shawna white logo

Follow her on Instagram! @crosberry.xx

Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Martina Hrycun

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Martina was born in Vancouver but moved to Saipan for 5 years. She draws inspiration through travelling. While on a trip to Italy, she became inspired by the rich history, culture and architecture; sparking her inner creativity. Growing up, she battled with epilepsy but didn’t let that get in her way of reaching her goals to become a Fashion Designer.

 

Her collection, Paradox, incorporates minimalism with architecturally accented detailing, textured fabrics and asymmetrical elements. She says she was “inspired by creating a collection that was both minimal and interesting that’s why it’s called paradox.”

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Follow her on Instagram!! @_martina_h

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Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Mikaela Supple

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Growing up, Mikaela had never thought about pursuing a career in the Fashion Industry. This changed when she took part in MC College’s Beauty Apprentice program where she helped style models backstage for the New Designers Fashion Show.

The experience resonated with her and left her wanting more. Since then, she has helped backstage at Suka Clothing and Sessa Wearables.

From asymmetrical silhouettes to paint splatters, the collection, “Think!”, incorporates a mix of rebellion and an appreciation for art.

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The garments feature a utilitarian school girl theme contrasted with chiffon fabric, and a colour palette of neutrals and pastels.

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Follow her on Instagram! @mikaelasupple