“Survival of the Fittest” Hair, Make-up and Style Competition at Calgary MC College

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Last week, Calgary MC College students from the Esthetics and Hairstyling department went head-to-head in a hair, make-up and style competition. With a strict deadline of 3 hours to execute and complete their creative concept, 6 teams ‘rose up to the challenge of their rivals’ (brownie points if you know the song!) to create looks that showcased the “Survival of the Fittest” theme. From looks that were inspired by the runways of New York Fashion Week to popular television series (Survivor and Walking Dead), students were judged based on the following criteria: creativity, originality, teamwork and the quality of make-up, hair and wardrobe styling, by the tribal council (the Calgary MC College administration team). With elements such as leopard print, camouflage, feathers and sparkling East Indian Sari’s, the 6 teams got the chance to capture their creativity in a professional photo shoot!

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Congratulations to the winning team!

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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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

Alumni Profile: Jasmine Champagne Lusty, 2011 Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program

jasmine-lusty-e1351648897769As the Valedictorian in the Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program at MC College, Jasmine Champagne Lusty has been designing and creating her own clothing since her early teens. Based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, she is the founder and designer of Champagne Dreams Design House. Her designs are inspired by timeless elegance and Hollywood glamour, and includes convertible pieces made from silk, organza and lace.

Her extensive portfolio includes a collaboration with the Canadian Fashion Designer, Justina McCaffrey; creating a hand-beaded evening gown for Laureen Harper, wife of Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.

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Jasmine became involved in charity for Africa when she organized a fashion show fundraiser for an orphanage in Sierra Leone, Africa; raising over $2000. In November of 2012, Champagne Dreams Design House partnered with a Manitoban Impact Investment fund and Deliberate Economics to develop a partnership with Ibrahim Bangura, a survivor of Sierra Leone’s civil war and a bag maker/seller. Jasmine works with Ibrahim to sell his bags in the Canadian market and invests in his company by “helping him develop better facilities, staff, skills and the success he so deserves.”

On November 16, 2013, Champagne Dreams Design House is hosting a fashion show fundraiser, ‘Making Dreams Come True’, with “all proceeds going directly to assist Ibrahim to set up a shop in Freetown where he and his employee’s will earn a fair living wage”.

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For more information about the fashion show fundraiser:
http://champagnedreams.biz/

To learn more about Ibrahim Bangura:
http://www.jhr.ca/blog/2013/01/ibrahim-di-bag-man/