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.

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:

💁 Student of the Month: Taya Tkachuk

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From balayage to “granny hair”, this lady is slaying it on Instagram! Born and raised in a small town, you may have seen her at last week’s MC Pop Up Salon  as a feature Entrepreneur/Stylist. 💇

Our Student of the Month is Hairstylist-to-be, Taya Tkachuk 👏 👏 from the Edmonton campus. “Taya is a lovely student inside and out. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and has an eagerness to learn” says Edmonton Director, Analia Rubie.

1). Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“It’s always been a passion of mine. Back home in Lac La Biche, there weren’t many opportunities for me to explore hair. I was always the one my friends and family went to for hair and makeup…and it just became my thing.”

2). What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Making people feel good about themselves. Once you’ve achieved this, it’s the best feeling ever and it makes you feel like you can do anything.”

3). How was the Pop Up Salon?
“It was a great experience outside of school! It helped me understand what goes on behind the scenes of a salon….I learned different techniques in blow drying…and running/managing a salon”.

4). What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“Unit 3. I wasn’t expecting to learn about anatomy. I hate that people stereotype hair school as dumb but that’s not true. You need to know your stuff…even anatomy. All the studying and hair that you do puts a lot of stress on your body. You put so many hours into doing one clients’ hair to make them happy and studying on top of that! Its not just applying color or cutting hair…it’s much more”.

5). What do you love about MC College?
“I love the teachers and the people…it’s so welcoming here and I wasn’t expecting that when I started school! Every day is a fun day at school even if you’re in class or not.”

6). What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? Why?
“Clients can be a bit overwhelming…you learn how to work with people of all personalities and know when to end a conversation politely…and saying no to clients can be hard too. Especially when it comes to hair color”

7). What are your plans for the future after graduating?
“I want to stay in Edmonton for the opportunities when I graduate. But in the future, I would love to move to Toronto or Montreal, and start doing hair competitions. I want to see how far I can get with my career”

8). What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a Hairstylist?
“Make sure it’s a passion of yours and not just a job…You need passion and drive cause you can’t just do a half assed job in this. You gotta be all in.
9). What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“You can’t please everyone…do the best you can and work with your own knowledge.”

Follow her! 
Instagram: @Taya.Hair
Snapchat: tayatkachuk
Twitter: @tootie_19

Student of the Month: Skylar Bakes

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From blue to unicorn coloured hair, this student has coloured his hair every color that exists! Our December Student of the Month goes out to Hairstyling student, 👉 Skylar Bakes 👈, from the Kelowna campus. He is a proud Transgender Student who supports the LGBT community as well as supports local agencies that help refugees and newcomers.

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“When I was younger, I wanted to colour my hair bright green but I had hair down to my knees and my mother said no! Since then, I’ve been cutting and colouring my hair all kinds of colours on my own…In 2013, I got the opportunity to do a work experience at High Fidelity Hair. The owner really encouraged me to go down this road!”

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Do it up(do?) #mccollege #updo #funhair #fancy

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What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College?
“I knew it (Hair School) was going to be hard because nothing worth it is easy…The school has a lot of students and I don’t do well in large groups but I’ve  learned to balance school with my personal space”.

What do you like most about hairstyling so far?
“The ability to leave a positive change on someone’s self image.”

What do you love about MC College?
“The staff is really really really really REALLY amazing! They go above and beyond and work hard to make sure you understand something. They treat us with so much respect…something that I wasn’t expecting!”

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Lunch breaks #fishtail #mccollege #braids

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What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College?
“I knew it (Hair School) was going to be hard because nothing worth it is easy…The school has a lot of students and I don’t do well in large groups but I’ve learned to balance school with my personal space”.

What are your plans for the future when you graduate?
“Actually, I got an offer for a position yesterday at Big Bro’s Barbershop!! They’re a LGBT friendly barbershop in Vancouver.”

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Updo~ #braidingfun #braids #updo #stylist #mccollege

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What’s the best advice you’ve received about Beauty School?
“Trust the process and pray to the hair gods.” 👏 👏

What are your must have Artego Products?
“All the Rain Dance products because it really helps with dry hair. Dry hair ain’t cute.”

FOLLOW HIM ON INSTAGRAM: @SKYLARBAKESHAIR

Unleash Your Inner Stylist…

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Stylist: 1). A cut above the rest. 2). Adds color to the lives of others. 3). Brings out the beauty in others. 4). Miracle Worker.

You’re probably thinking that you already know what Stylists do (haircuts, colors, perms etc) but did you know that there are plenty of career options as a Stylist? You can be a salon owner, travel the world as a platform artist, be an educator and much more!

With so many career options as a Stylist, you probably have a lot of questions: What does it take to become a Stylist? What High School classes do you have to complete? What is it like to work in the beauty industry? How long is the Hairstyling program?

Invite a MC College Expert to your cosmetology class to inspireeducate and answer your questions about the beauty industry. Watch a live make-up and hair show, enter to win a giveaway and receive a FREE swag bag!

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If you would like a MC College expert to visit your school, contact Nikki (nikki@mccollege.ca).  

Entrepreneurs in the Hair Industry

Around 30 years ago, we began to see the first chain salons open. There was a general concern amongst salon owners at the time, that this would mark the end of the independent salon…Fast-forward to today and both chain salons and independents co-exist within our industry. Chains may have taken up to 50% of what was once all independent salons, but the industry will never completely change to corporate run salons. That is because our industry is filled with entrepreneurs. And speaking as one myself, we don’t work well for others.

I may take some flak for this but I believe the true strength of the hairstyling industry is not in the artistry (although that is our tagline). The true strength is the entrepreneurism…our ability to create a business and a life that is satisfying both financially as well as artistically.

For the past 20 years at MC College, we have surveyed our graduates. Asking them “Why” they chose a career in hairdressing. The top 2 answers were always “creative and artistic freedom” AND “the ability to be self-employed” . The largest demographic of students at MC College right now are the 18-25 year olds, also know as the Millenials. This group is often characterized as the generation most likely to set up their own business than work for large companies.

This is all good news. Not just for the Hairdressing industry but also the economy. Small businesses are the backbone of any nation’s economy, they keep people working, money changing hands and taxes flowing.

It is for these reasons that MC College in Edmonton has partnered with MacEwan University to create a Salon/Spa Entrepreneurship program. For the past 2 years we have been offering all Hairstyling students enrolled in the Edmonton campus 40 hours of instruction at MacEwan University. This 5 day program provides students with instruction from a MacEwan Business Professor on the specific needs to open and run a salon and the students leave with a draft business plan. But what the program really does is provide potential entrepreneurs and future salon owners with a roadmap to success.

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Have you ever wondered how to start your own salon or spa?

Modern Magazine estimated that the total revenue for all North American salon industry services in 2012 was approximately $75.38 billion and is expected to increase within the next few years. For this reason, many people in the beauty industry are motivated to advance their career by opening their own salon or spa.

Because many MC College students aspire to opening their own salon or spa, MC College is offering an entrepreneurship course to help Full Time Hairstyling students succeed as an entrepreneur in the beauty industry. With the help of Grant MacEwan University, industry experts and the Education Director at MC College, the course teaches students how to promote and differentiate their product and services, accounting/financial processes, and how to write a business plan. In this 5 day course, students travel to Grant MacEwan University to receive practical, hands-on training while at the same; experiencing what university life is like (did I mention that this course is provided to Full Time MC College Hairstyling students at no extra cost!).

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The Salon Entrepreneurship course is a complement course to MC College’s salon business program, ‘Shaping Your Success’. This program gives students the skills and knowledge to succeed in a client driven industry by focusing on topics such as personal marketing and client building/retention.

The Salon Entrepreneurship course is currently only offered at the Edmonton MC College Campus and is taught by Frank Saccucci, a professor in the School of Business at Grant MacEwan University. He has over 25 years of professional experience in management consulting, commercial banking and venture capital.

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For more information: http://www.mccollege.ca/programs/?
To download a program brochure: http://www.mccollege.ca/brochure2013