Share the Love in support of Santa’s Anonymous

The Holiday season is the time of year to show not only family and friends support, but also the community.

Among the hustle and bustle of Saturday salon appointments, MC College and Jeff Louis, Creative Advisor for MC College and National Artistic Director/Brand manager for Artego Canada, ‘Shared the Love’ in support of Santa’s Anonymous.

On December 8th, Jeff donated 100% of proceeds from his salon services. Students from the Hairstyling program assisted Jeff throughout the event. He donated $1336.25 and MC College matched his charitable donation by 100%. The total amount raised in support of Santa’s Anonymous was $2672.50!

Thank you Jeff for sharing the love at the Edmonton campus!

Santa’s anonymous is an annual campaign “devoted to bettering the lives of children in our community by delivering the spirit of Christmas to less fortunate children”. The Edmonton based charity started in 1955 and is sponsored by local radio station, 630 CHED.

Hands-on workshop with Matty Conrad

 

Internationally recognized hairstylist and educator, Matty Conrad, was at our Winnipeg campus for a full day of hands-on education.

 

 

From his award-winning men’s grooming techniques to top trending cuts, the workshop went over foundational basics, head shape and composition, clipper work, scissor work, texturizing, client building, social media and photography tips.

 

 

From MC Alumni and salon owners to hairstylists who drove over 16 hours to attend, the workshop was sold out!

 

 

Matty worked with each stylist, one on one, on trending men’s cuts and how to capture that Instagram worthy shot.

Check out our Instagram Highlights for a preview of the workshop!

Matty Conrad is an international platform artist, educator, hairstylist, master barber and award-winning salon owner. He is recognized across North America as one of the top men’s grooming experts. In 2017, he launched, Victory Barber & Brand Products, a line of styling products designed for men. Matty has been awarded several top honors for men’s hairdressing in North America including: Canadian Men’s Hairstylist of the Year in 2014, Canadian hairstylist of the Year Fan Favorite 2015, and Behind the Chair’s Big Shot Award for Men’s Shot of the Year.

Rock the Runway 2018

 

Last month, Fashion Studies students from 7 Edmonton Public High Schools showcased their designs at Kingsway Mall’s 8th annual Rock the Runway show. Over 70 high school fashion design students were challenged with creating royal themed outfits using a selection of limited supplies and preloved (aka: used) clothing.
As a proud sponsor, year after year, we were excited to see what each student team created. From off the shoulder jumpsuits to oversized satin kimonos, here’s a preview of the High School students’ garments they designed and constructed:

 

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The #RockTheRunway show day is fast approaching! Next month on April 19th you will have the opportunity to see these designs live on the runway at @kingswaymall. I am overwhelmed and inspired by the amount of talent and creativity these students possess. I feel so blessed to have the pleasure of checking in on these worker bees while they are in their prime. Swipe to check out these stunning designs. Want to see them live? Head to the @epsbfoundation website to buy your tickets today! All the money raised through ticket sales will go towards funding full day kindergarten classes. Talk about a great show for a great cause! See you there my darlings! 👠 . . . @mccollegegroup #epsb #epsbfoundation #yeg #yegfashion #yegstyle #yegdesign #kingswaymall #supportlocal #yegevents

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Congrats to the winner of the MC College tuition scholarship!!

 

 

Congrats to the participating High Schools: Harry Ainlay, Ross Shepard, WP Wagner, M.E Lazerte, L.Y Cairns, Jasper Place High School and John A. McDougall School.

‘Rock the Runway’ is a student fashion show at Kingsway mall in support of the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation. The event showcases young fashion designers and their creativity.

Open House 2018

On April 14, over 300 people across all 6 MC College campuses attended our Open House to experience the MC life, meet the squad (staff, students, industry partners & alumni) and learn about career opportunities in the beauty industry.

From eyelash extensions to rose- gold balayage, attendees got the chance to watch live demos on the hottest and most popular industry trends. Everyone who attended got the chance to apply colour to a mannequin like just like the pros!

From the iconic Taylor Swift curl to the chiseled contoured makeup look, do-it-yourself stations were set up throughout the campus so that attendees could test out beauty trends on themselves and on a friend. While touring the school with MC students, attendees got the chance to test out our interactive learning platform, Learn About Beauty, and our business training program, ProsperU. At the Edmonton and Winnipeg campus, stations were set up for attendees could learn how to sketch, bedazzle a phone case to take home and sew an exclusive MC College fashion alumni’s design,.

Swag bags and $1000 tuitions scholarships where also given out at each campus. Did you miss the open house? Check out what we caught on social media:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innovators of Beauty: Frank Cairo

 

 

In the 1970’s, Frank Cairo was one of the most well known and sought after stylist in Canada. In 1975, he left the salon life and dedicated his career to education. Ask any Alberta Hairstylist of a certain age who their mentor was and you will hear the name Frank Cairo. Frank’s first career was as a successful and award winning stylist and platform artist. His second career was as an innovator in education.

Born on February 24, 1941 in Celico, Italy, Frank’s career started at a young age when he decided to apprentice as a barber. In 1955, he immigrated to Edmonton and by the age of 21 he owned and operated 11 salons across Alberta. By the early 70’s, Frank had achieved everything he wanted in his career but had always aspired for more. He wanted to give back to the industry in terms of education. He took a position with Marvel Beauty Schools where he presented his many innovative ideas to make beauty education better. The company was not ready to implement his ideas so in 1975, after a difference of opinion he decided to purchase his own schools where he could realize his vision.


The first thing he did was change the delivery of the content. Up until he took over the Alberta Marvel Beauty Schools, all beauty schools were delivering theoretical training first and then hands on practice in a school salon. There was no progression to the instruction. It was all in class then all hands on. Frank recognized that this was not in the best interest of the student. He introduced a system where classroom instruction focused on a particular topic and then was followed with practical application. Once mastered, the student could then move on to the next topic following the same process. This was the first progressive learning path in beauty education in North America.

While traveling throughout Europe in the 1970’s, Frank noticed the increasing popularity of spa treatments for European women. At that time, there were no beauty schools in North America offering Esthetics training. In 1978, Frank introduced esthetics education in his schools. He was the first in North America to provide Esthetics as a program offering.


Throughout his career, he had always believed that the future relied on the quality of students entering the industry. For Frank, education was the primary foundation for quality students. So, he invested in the best education possible. His schools were the first in Canada to use the Pivot Point education system. Pivot Point was created by Frank’s close friend Leo Passage. It utilized the principles of art and design to teach Hairstyling. The principles of the program were ground breaking and the resources like full color technical guides were the first of their kind. Pivot Point remains the leader in beauty education throughout the world. Today, Pivot Point’s Hairstyling and Esthetics concepts are taught in over 2000 schools in over 70 countries.

Frank believed that in addition to education, the physical experience was integral in creating quality students. For Frank, it was important to have the learning environment look and feel similar to a salon or spa, so he invested in the space and layout of the school. From a retail and colour area to styling chairs and pedicure stations, each school was transformed to look like a real life salon and spa.

Not only did Frank revolutionize how salon and spa education was delivered, he also changed the relationship between industry and educators. Throughout his career, he noticed a separation between salons/spas and schools. In 1995, Frank created a Partners in Training program. As part of the program, each campus partnered with local and surrounding salons/spas to create an ongoing relationship. Partners visit the school to do demonstrations and workshops for students and talk to them about professionalism and career opportunities. The school would provide salons and spas with work experience students to assist the Partners in finding suitable staff for their businesses. The close interaction between industry and the schools ensured that Frank was always aware of the latest industry trends and could therefore quickly incorporate them into the education. The Partners in Training initiative was a benefit to the schools, the students and the industry partners.

With over 60 years of experience in the industry as a hairstylist, platform artist, entrepreneur and educator, Frank Cairo is one of the most well known icons in the hairstyling industry in North America and across the world. Frank was inducted into Pivot Point’s Hall of Fame, awarded with the Contessa Life Time Achievement Award and was awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Today at MC College, his accomplishments in the industry are celebrated at graduation in the form of an award called, The Frank Cairo Award. This award is given to graduates who best represent the qualities of commitment, integrity and respect. These qualities were the basis of Frank’s success in the industry.

Innovators of Beauty: Martha Matilda Harper (1857 – 1950)

You’ve probably heard of beauty entrepreneurs such as Elizabeth Arden, Vidal Sassoon and even Guy Tang. But, does the name Martha Matilda Harper sound familiar? She’s the greatest businesswoman you’ve never heard of.

From servant to innovator, Martha is best known for developing the concept of the salon, inventing the reclining shampoo chair and creating the first franchise system. These innovations would go on to play a huge role in transforming the hairstyling industry.

Born on September 19, 1857 in Oakville, Ontario, Martha started working at the age of 7. Eventually, she began working for a German holistic doctor who taught her about hair /scalp health and gave Martha his secret formula for hair growth. After immigrating to Rochester, New York to work as a servant, she began manufacturing her own hair growth shampoo in a backyard shed. With her entrepreneurial spirit and her life savings of $360, she opened a mini shampoo factory and the first ever salon, Harper Method Shop. Clients visiting a salon was a foreign idea in the 1800’s as most women did their own hair or hired beauticians and hairstylists to do their hair in their homes.

At first, business at Harper Method Shop was slow until a music teacher moved into the same building. After noticing the number of mothers waiting to pick up their children, she invited them into her salon to get their hair done. Over the next 3 years, the Harper Method Shop became a popular place for women to visit. Her clientele included women’s rights leaders Susan Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton, President Woodrow Wilson, President Calvin Coolidge and first lady Grace.

As the salon got busier, Martha decided to expand her business concept. Her greatest career achievement was creating a franchise system which allowed salons to operate under the Harper name. During this time, she designed the first reclining shampoo chair. In 1891, she opened a chain of salons which were owned and operated by franchisees. Martha’s goal was to help women gain financial independence and career success. The franchisees were poor women and former servants who were trained by Martha on how to run a salon using the Harper Method of beauty treatments. The Harper Method placed an importance on hygiene, nutrition and exercise. She provided franchisees with national advertising support and made inspections to ensure each salon emphasized customer service and comfort, and was consistent in branding.

Throughout Martha’s career, she expanded her empire to include 500 Harper salons and a chain of schools throughout Canada, US, Europe and South America.
In 2003, she was inducted into the national Women’s Hall of Fame. Martha Matilda Harper was both an entrepreneur and a beauty expert.

The Innovators of Beauty is a blog series that highlights leaders in the beauty industry.

 

MC ELITE: Ashintha de Silva

Instagram: @ashinthadesilva
Campus: Edmonton
Program: Fashion

Favorite designer: Helmut Lang
Favorite item in your wardrobe: Trench coats are so versatile and are always on trend. I love my classic trench and jacquard leopard print trench coat from h&m.
Who do you follow on social media? @voguemagazine @marcjacobs @helmutlang
Tell us something that would surprise people about you: I was in a dance group called House of Dam. Voguing, freestyling and waacking are dance forms that have played a huge influence on my life, fashion and styling.

Fashion student and yoga instructor by day and performing artist by night, the MC Elite for this month goes out to Ashintha de Silva from the Edmonton campus.

How did you get started in fashion design?
Growing up, I remember spending my waking days sketching gowns and costumes of all kinds but I never knew I could make a career in fashion. There were photographers in my family who influenced me to become passionate and involved in photography. But after High School, I decided to go my own way where I got into a cultural studies program at the U of A. After 3 years in the program, I moved to Toronto for some photography gigs. I ended up doing runway and backstage photos at Toronto Fashion Week (TFW) and did photos at events for Holt Renfrew. It was TFW that opened my eyes to a career in fashion. I never knew about the different possibilities and career choices. When I moved back to Edmonton, I finally pushed myself to enroll in fashion.

What is your favorite thing about the fashion program?
Seeing garments come to life. I’ve always drawn, illustrated and photographed garments but I had never constructed them until I came to MC. The program has given me the tools to create, like pattern drafting!..There’s also a sense of community here. Even though there are 18 of us in the class, it feels like a family. I’ve gone to school at other places and I have never had this experience before. Even between the other programs, there’s a sense of community.

What do you like most about the fashion industry?
Trends are always changing which forces you to always be on point and ahead of the game. I also love the fashion industry because there’s no right or wrong design perspective.

What can we expect to see from your collection at the 2018 New Designers Fashion Show?
You can expect to see a lot of prints and accents of black and gold. The prints are inspired by photos that I have taken, marbling techniques and by the artist, Gustav Klimt.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
My mom has always told me: don’t take things too personally.

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Do you have any social media advice for MC students?
Don’t be afraid to share what you have created and accomplished. I was guilty of this before…I was always telling myself: what if someone judges my work or what if someone steals my idea?. If you’re proud of it, share it!

What are your plans when you graduate?
I would love to start my career at ‘off white’ clothing. What I love about them is that they are experimental in the sense that they incorporate different eras into one garment. My dream career is to create a fashion brand that makes a social impact by providing education and meaningful jobs for communities in developing countries. There is a not for profit brand called Krochet Kids Intl that has really inspired me.