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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Alumni Profile: Jeff Louis

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Jeff Louis is a graduate from MC College’s Hairstyling program. Today, he is the Creative Director of Artego Canada, Global Creative Team Member of Artego International and the Global Director at Jeff Louis FLOW. “I share technical information, techniques and concepts to hairdressers all over the world to build a stronger foundation in a positive creative”.

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I ❤️ this.

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He began his career in the industry by working at high-end salons in Canada and showcasing his creativity at competitions. In 2013, his passion for the industry led him to open his own salon: Elysium Hair, Body and Spirit Salon. Throughout his career, Jeff has traveled to Rome, Sweden, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands to name a few for hair shows and workshops. He has been nominated and has won several Contessa awards, such as:

2005 Finalist Canadian Men’s Hairstylist of the Year
2006 WINNER Alberta Hairdresser of the Year
2006 Finalist Canadian Hairdresser of the Year
2007 Finalist Alberta Hairstylist of the Year

 

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What’s your first memory of wanting to be involved in Hairstyling?
“BLEACHING OUT THE HAIR OF MY TEAM MATES ON MY HOCKEY TEAM in my best friends Mom’s kitchen. After watching their reaction and how happy they were when I was done I was hooked.”

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Meanwhile in Sweden…

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What made you choose MC college?

“When I decided to enter the industry I mentioned to my hairdresser at the time and he recommended MC College. After doing some research it was the perfect fit for what I was looking for…My favorite part was the People, my instructor’s and the director. They encouraged me that only my imagination was my limit in our industry, and they were right!…This helped me because I’ve learned that the way in which we communicate and the effectiveness of it is paramount to the success we have whether it’s behind the chair, preservation for hair shows, in workshops/classes in everything we do.”

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Love this #FLOWoverlay technique #fastnpretty

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What’s been the biggest eye-opener for you since graduating from MC College?

“I think the biggest eye-opener I still have is that the more I learn the more I realize how little I know. Our industry is constantly evolving and changing. The learning and sharing opportunities come from all ages and experience levels everyone has something of value for someone else.”

 

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What advice would you give to current MC College students?

“Learn and absorb as much as you can in your program. Don’t be shy ask questions because hairdressers love to share and most important don’t forget to smile and have fun and stay humble along the way…some advice that I got from a mentor when I was just beginning my career when I was worried about how was I gonna find new clients. He said: ‘worry about getting good and you will never have to look for clients , they will find you...’”.

 

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For more information about Artègo Canada: http://www.myartego.ca/

To view Jeff Louis’ portfolio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuEyMI5NyxQ

Salon Magazine Presents The Contessa Awards 2013

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Are you ready to show Canada that you are the best? If yes, Salon Magazine is accepting submissions for the Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Awards – better known as the Contessas.  Already in its 25th year, the Contessas are the premier awards in the Canadian beauty industry. The awards are not only limited to hairstylists but it also includes students and apprentices across Canada. For this photo-based competition, competitors use hair as their art medium with make-up providing the perfect complement. Start thinking of your ideas as the deadline is August 1, 2013 with the Gala taking place on November 10, 2013 in Toronto!

For more details and entry forms, check out Salon Magazine.

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