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.

MC highlights of 2017 – part 1

From the gardens at Versailles to braids and buns with Dads, we’re taking a look back at the top MC College highlights of 2017.

STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAM
Starting school and studying for exams while juggling personal relationships can be an exciting and stressful time for students. This December, we partnered with Morneau Shepell to bring MC College students the Student Support Program (SSP). Through this program, students have immediate and free access to mental health and wellness support. At the touch of a button, students can anonymously call or live chat, 24/7/365, with a qualified counsellor with years of clinical experience.

For more info, visit: www.mccollege.ca/student_support_program?&edit=1

 

MC ABROAD: PARIS
From September 14 to 21, MC College graduates, students and staff jetsetted to the fashion and beauty capital of the world: PARIS! The trip was the perfect opportunity to travel, network with industry professionals, and draw inspiration from Parisian culture, art and architecture. From climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower to attending one of the biggest beauty exhibits: MCB by Beauté Sélection, take a look at some of our adventures from the trip:

 

NEW DESIGNERS FASHION SHOW
From bold African inspired prints to faux fur and Japanese minimalist designs, graduates from the fashion design program in Edmonton and Winnipeg showcased their 8 outfit collection this past fall. Each garment was designed, constructed and produced by the graduates. Both shows were sold out to an audience of family, friends, MC College staff and alumni, media, fashion bloggers, local designers and representatives from Canadian retailers.

 

DIY STUDIO EVENTS
Throughout 2017, each campus held a series of DIY Studio events that are free and open to the public. At these events, MC College Students and Staff show attendees how to create gory zombie makeup, apply falsies and more. This year, we had the following themes: the art of braiding, make & take body scrub and oil, lash bar, patch denim jacket, my Dad did my hair and Halloween makeup. Stay tuned for the next DIY event!

MODERN SALON
For this years’ Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Awards, we were honoured to place first in the ‘alumni and advanced education’ category for our submission about our industry partnerships, MC Abroad to Paris, alumni program and the launch of the MC alumni web page. We were also a finalist in the ‘community involvement’ category.

MC ALUMNI AWARD WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS
Whether it’s a graduate fresh out of school or a graduate with over 20 years of experience, we are so proud of the MC alumnus who were named semi-finalists, finalists and winners at some of the industry’s biggest events. Congratulations to:

Mirror Awards
Alicia Soulier, Capelli Salon Studio – Saskatchewan Salon Stylist Winner
Kelsie Kitzul, Chel Salonspa – Saskatchewan Salon Stylist Finalist
Julie Baker, Chel Salonspa – Newcomer of the Year Finalist
Sasha Gagne, Koko The Salon – Alberta Salon Stylist Finalist
Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Co. – Canadian Hairdresser of the Year Finalist

 

Contessa Awards

Alicia Soulier, Capelli Salon Studio – Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist Winner
Kelsie Kitzul, Chel SalonSpa – Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist Semi Finalist
Darci Ash, Enigma Salon & Studio – Master Colourist Semi Finalist
Alan Sluser, Koko the Salon – Canadian Colourist Semi Finalist
Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Co. – Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Finalist
Sasha Gagne, Koko the Salon – New Hairstylist Finalist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MC ELITE: YOUNTEN TSOMO

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Instagram: @YountenTsomo
Campus: Calgary
Program: Hairstyling

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Hair & makeup by Younten Tsomo. Photo credit: Olya Milentis, Jaf Jafri/J&M Image Studio

Favorite emoji: ✌️
Favorite food: Tibetan dim sum
Favorite item in your wardrobe: Coco Chanel no.5 perfume
Favorite stylist or barber you follow on social media? @guy_tang, @southtrailcrossingbarbershop
From a small village in India to Calgary, Alberta, this month’s MC Elite, Younten Tsomo, got her start in the beauty industry assisting with hair and makeup in Bollywood films. Santa Banta PVT, Rangeelay and Zubaan are a few of the movies she has done hair and makeup for. In addition to Bollywood movies, Younten had the opportunity to do hair and makeup for the contestants of Miss Tibet 2011.

“I love it here in Canada but I miss my family in India. What I love the most about Canada are the opportunities that the country has given me. I never thought about moving abroad but I got a sponsorship to move to Canada because of the Project Tibet Society. My family is originally from Tibet but fled to Arunachal Pradesh (Northern India). In January 2015, I moved to Canada as a refugee.”

What motivated you to get started in the Beauty Industry?
“When I was in grade 3, I wanted to be a fashion designer but my parents did not approve of it. Back in India where I am from, if you wanted to be a fashion designer, you had to have a lot of money and be in the upper class. In Canada, it’s so different. So then I decided to look into hair and makeup because in India, it is more affordable to go to school for it than for fashion. I learned and worked under an East Indian makeup artist, Kaajee Rai, who introduced me to the world of Bollywood. I then went and learned hairstyling and makeup at Pivot Point India which is now called Blossom Kochhar College of Creative Arts & Design”

What do you like most about the industry?
“I get to travel! I grew up in a small village in India so being able to travel and see the world is amazing. The industry has given me so many opportunities. I’ve been lucky because in the past, I was able to travel to South Africa, Fiji and throughout India to do hair and makeup for Bollywood movies and music videos. I finally got the chance to go on a real African safari. It was so cool. Recently, I was sent to New York and New Jersey for the International Indian Film Academy Awards to do makeup and hair for Neha Dhupia. In a few months, I am going back to Delhi to help with hair and makeup for an MTV reality show, Roadies Rising.”

You went to Las Vegas with us in July for the North American Hairstyling Awards, how was that?
“It was so lovely. I felt so inspired by all the people that I met and all of the work that I saw. I’m actually working on my NAHA submission right now!”

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What do you like most about being a student at MC College?
“The staff here inspires me, especially Jessica! They inspire me to want to do more with my career. Because of them, I love volunteering. It’s such a good feeling being able to use what you know to bring a little bit of good in the world.”

Who or what motivates you?
“My husband motivates me. He pushes me everyday to be the best that I can be. When I get home after school, he always asks me ‘what kind of hair did you do today? Did you post it on social media? If you didn’t, you have to!!’. He also helps me look for ways on how I can expand my career. He’s always telling me ‘you should take the microblading and eyelash extension course!”.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Always be open to learning and be good to everyone.”

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With kalki at IIFA award 2017 @chuki_tibet_anotsang.

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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: