Alumni Profile: Trina De Busschere, co-owner of the Lemon Tree Salon & Studio

ImageFrom an early age, Trina De Busschere always had a passion for the beauty and fashion industry. Growing up, she “found herself always wanting to have ‘her’ hands in people’s hair and found hairstylists fascinating”. After graduating from MC College Saskatoon in 2001, Trina worked at a local hair salon for 7 years, where she developed a large clientele and obtained her Journeyperson Certificate. Between 2006 and 2010, she was hired as a Color Educator for Joico Vero color to teach color classes in salons and cosmetology schools across Saskatchewan, and got the opportunity to work with platform artists across Canada.

Upon graduating from MC College, Trina knew that her ultimate career goal was to be a salon owner: “with my experience and love for the industry over the past 10 years, I took everything into consideration and knew I could create and run an exciting salon in Saskatoon”. In 2010, Trina and a former colleague, turned their vision into reality and opened the Lemon Tree Salon & Studio.

When asked what she enjoys the most about being a salon owner, Trina stated that she “loves coming up with marketing strategies, educating myself…and motivating my team on a daily basis. Pulling out people’s talents they may not even realize and watching them grow is something that I love to see and that is what keeps me going on a daily basis.”

As a stylist, educator and a salon owner, her biggest eye-opener was when she became an entrepreneur, “Until you are a salon owner you will never know how much is involved. From considering employee livelihood…,financial decisions and so much more”.

Her advice to current and prospective MC College students is that “this industry is truly your oyster”. She says that there are endless opportunities for an exciting career in this industry, from salon ownership to travelling the world as a platform artist. “With extreme dedication, hard work, drive and passion you can truly make your dreams become a reality! Always believe in yourself, always be open to change and always continue to grow and you will be successful.”

For more information about Trina and the Lemon Tree Salon & Studio: http://thelemontree.ca/talent/salon-leaders/trina-de-busschere

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