From 4am fades to 🔥 hair tattoos, the Student of the Month goes out to MC College Calgary Hairstyling student, Adil Ehsani! He originally wanted to pursue a career as an electrical engineer but decided that “I always wanted to do something I like: barbering” says Adil. “Adil has shown so much enthusiasm and excitement for this industry…He has a great attitude and is pleasure to work with” says Hairstyling Instructor, Flora Kahyayan.
Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career? “I never wanted to do a regular desk job…It all started in Grade 8 because my hair kept on getting ruined every time I got it cut so I started doing it myself and people liked it and they started asking me to do their hair too …my parents were against it at first because I was going to be an electrical engineer…. I realized I loved [barbering] and didn’t want to do anything else…I decided to drop my courses and go into Hairstyling.”
What do you like most about Hairstyling so far? “Being creative and talking to people. Hairstyling to me is like an art form and you can express yourself”.
What do you love about MC College? “The people and the instructors…there is so much diversity here and everyone has their own personality. It’s nice to see a different perspective and work with different personalities.”
What has surprised you the most about beauty school? “How much I learned! When I first started here, I was cocky and I thought I knew everything…after the first few days I realized that there is so much to learn about cutting and coloring hair”
What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College? “Being one of the few guys in Hair School…at first it was intimidating but now it’s just natural and everything feels right. Everyone is so accepting here!” What are your plans for the future after graduating? . “In 3 or 4 years, I want to open a barbershop. When I graduate, I’m going to be working at The Ave YYC Barbershop. I love the clients and the barbers there. The owner, Arey, really helped me with my barbering…he’s who I look up to”
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “Do what you love, don’t ever chase money. If you do what you love, money will come naturally.”
Some know him as Andrew while others know him as “Lord Chink”. As a 2010 Graduate from the Hairstyling program at the Winnipeg campus, he is the face behind the Instagram account with 10,000+ followers, @chinkthebarber. “I’m just an everyday Barber….I’m not trying to get famous. I’m just trying to master my craft and share it with others. Just chase your dreams.” he says.
His career in Hairstyling started when he was going through a turning point in his life. His mentor and friend, Scott Ramos (one of Canada’s most famous barbers) introduced him to the world of fades and razor parts. “Scott Ramos introduced me to Hairstyling and I thought it looked fun…he convinced me to be a Hairstylist after seeing me at my worst” says Andrew. “Thank you [Scott] for being my inspiration, if it wasn’t for you, I’d be a deadbeat by now” he continues.
He decided to enroll at MC College after our graduate, Guy Lemieux, referred him to the school. “This is embarrassing..roller sets was my favorite part…it taught me how to manipulate hair just by heat and very little products” says Andrew.
What’s been your biggest eye opener since graduating? “Being a role model for students and seeing how far you can get from being a stylist/barber” What’s been most exciting? “Being recognized for what I do in Winnipeg and other cities by random people…instead of telling people who I am or what I do…I can finally say I made it!!”