MC Alumni Profile: Brett Kelly

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Instagram: @brett_thebarber
Favorite emoji: 🍻
Beauty must: “My blow dryer! Hands down.”
Favorite item in your wardrobe: “My bowler cap that I got from the UK!”
Favorite hangout spot: “My house with my daughters. I couldn’t think of any other hang out place that could be better!”

He’s a barber by day, and fencer and rockstar by night. As a 2012 Hairstyling graduate from MC College Vernon, Brett’s passion for the industry started when he played in a band as a guitarist. Today, he is a co owner of The Gentlemen’s Shop and Shave Parlour and a men’s hair educator.

Well that is it for the fencing season! I have been so damn happy getting back into this sport. It has been years since I last fenced. I started again back in September and I joined the @okanagan_freestyle_fencing club. Matt has been a fantastic coach who has really pushed me to get better. And it was great to be fencing with my first coach Brendan again as well. I could only make it once a week this year but next year I'm hoping to step it up a bit. I had the opportunity to do 4 tournaments this year in which I did not place but I could see growth through each one. I am truly happy where I am at now compared to where I was at when I first started. Now to keep up with training at home and private lessons with the coach. I hope everyone in the club who is going to provincials kills it this year! Thanks again for a great year @okanagan_freestyle_fencing @okanagan_freestyle_fencing @okanagan_freestyle_fencing

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Why did you decide to get into Hairstyling?
“I play in a rockabilly band and hair is really big in that culture. So while we were on tour, we could not afford hair cuts. So, we went and bought a pair of Walmart clippers and I started cleaning up the band. I was HORRIBLE at it since I had no training but I fell in love with it very quickly…I enrolled into MC College and then went on to a barbering apprenticeship after. I am thoroughly happy that I decided to go the longer way and go through the styling program as it taught me so much more about hair than I would have ever learned in barber school.”

There was no barber school around when I decided I wanted to do men's hair. I remember coming back from tour with the band and I asked my barber how I could go about it. He told me to go to school and get the fundamentals then apprentice for my barbering. Well the next day I enrolled in @mccollegegroup to start my journey. Some of the best uk barbers started out in hair school. I took the long way about it you could say but I have absolutely no regrets. I was fortunate enough to have the benefit of both teachings. I took so much out of hair school. Different cutting techniques, texturizing, razor work, short hair, long hair (even though I do very little now) and the most important thing was sectioning. Sectioning was drilled into us for the first 6 weeks in class then drilled for the course of the next year on the floor. I see new barbers come out of school who can't even section a proper line or even create a clean horse shoe parting. Styling and the use and importance of a blow dryer was also drilled and this is one of the most important things that we use in the shop. Now at times it was super hard and definitely frustrating. But I had a clear goal. I was there to further my education on men's hair. So no matter how hard up dos and finger waves were I knew I had a clear goal to get to. After school I went on to apprentice to learn straight razor shaving, more detailed scissor work and more clipper work. Well 6 1/2 years later the passion is still there more than ever and I am a proud owner of a barber shop. So to everyone in school remember your there to learn so learn and don't have an ego where you think you know more than the teacher after 3 months. Because 99.9% chances are you probably don't. Without all this and the great teachers I had I wouldn't be where I am.

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Since graduating, what would you say are your career highlights?
“Opening up the Gentlemens Shop is one of my top highlights. I opened a shop with a really great friend and we are fortunate that it has been a huge success with current wait times of over 6 weeks. Becoming an educator for the Okanagan has been another great highlight as there is not much for men’s education in BC especially in the okanagan. I’ve had great opportunities working with West Coast Beauty as well. I also got to attend a barber convention in the U.K. last year where over 5000 barbers were in attendance.”

Since being in the industry, what’s the most important lesson you have learned?
“Always keep an open mind and always keep an apprentice mentality. You don’t know it all, especially right out of school. So take criticism with an open mind and take the next step to see what you can do better.”

What’s the best part of your job? “The People!”

 

What’s the hardest part of your job? “The People!”

What do you see trending in your industry right now?
“Men’s hair is changing: from the greased down slicked back hair to more loose texture bed head type feel. Clients are wanting to look for a more lived in look instead of the always dapper on the go look… We usually look at what the UK is doing and then in 1.5 years it usually hits in the west coast of Canada. We try to keep up and push some of the trends before they start to come over.”

What’s the most important advice that you can offer MC College students who are looking to become successful in their own careers?
“Listen! Listen to your teachers. Remember you’re taking school for a reason and that’s to learn. Don’t have that ‘I know everything’ attitude because if you did you wouldn’t be in school.

Listen to your clients. A strong consultation is the key to ANY good haircut. Work on your consultation process to make sure you get all the details.

Listen to yourself! We take this career because we are passionate people who love to work with our hands and we usually love to help others. This is an industry where we enjoy making others feel great about themselves. But if we start hitting a point where you yourself are not enjoying it then something might need a change. Not in what you’re doing but maybe in how you’re doing it, where you’re doing it or what your doing about it.

Try hard and do your best.

Have a goal to work towards.

Keep educating yourself. School sets you up for the fundamentals of what you need. But after that it’s up to you to keep up with education, trends, styles and techniques. So remember to take care of yourself in that aspect to.”

Who do you follow on Social Media?
@sugarskulls @thesugarskullsloft @andrewdoeshair @Z_ramsey @stephenj.barber @manmadebarber

Tell us something that would surprise people about you!
“I am fully colour blind. So when going through school I was horrible at the colouring process. I only took hairstyling so I could get the fundamentals of cutting and go on to my barber apprenticeship. I was afraid to tell my teachers I couldn’t see colour incase I couldn’t take the school. After graduating I told my teachers that I couldn’t see colour. They laughed hard and replied “yea that makes a lot of sense now!”

What are the top things on your bucket list?
1. Travel to Japan with my Wife
2. Cut on stage at Barber Cut Dublin – Ireland’s largest barber convention

The combination of a blow dryer and @adhbrand #adhdry and #adhwet #btconeshot_men17 @barbershopconnect

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If you could makeover anyone, who would it be?
“Matty Conrad, owner of Victory Barbers. That man has an awesome head of hair that I would love to cut!”

DIY Studio: My Dad Did My Hair Recap

It’s a job usually left for moms but sometimes a girl’s got to turn to her dad for some hair love. Last week, all 6 MC College campuses held a DIY Studio event ‘my dad did my hair’. With back-to-school around the corner, this was the perfect time for dads to practice what they already know and to learn new skills. From a simple pony tail to fishtail braids and the Princess Leia bun, we showed Dads how to step up their daughters’ hair game to the next level! Did you catch us on CTV, CBC and Castanet? Watch our live features here:

 

 

Couldn’t make it to our event? We’ve rounded up the top social media posts from the event!

MC Elite: Michael Maier

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Instagram: @mjmhair

Program: Hairstyling
Campus: Edmonton
From HTML coding and building websites to lavender balayage, our July MC Elite is going out to Michael Maier from the hairstyling program at our Edmonton campus!

Michael is an incredibly hard working and dedicated individual. He is talented and full of charisma. In the school salon the clients always leave happy and pleased with the quality of his skills and customer service. When the opportunity arises, Michael is always willing to help out fellow students and instructors. He always has a great attitude and an infectious smile that could turn anyone’s day around. ” says Hairstyling Instructor, Cathy Whitford.

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“I had always wanted to be a Hairstylist but it was my backup plan because I got into IT and Design at NAIT. When I was almost finished, I realized that I hated my major and that really scared me. When I was younger, I always liked doing my own and my friends’ hair so it was only natural. My twin brother graduated from MC last year and he really loved the experience which helped me decide where I wanted to go. But before I got into MC, I asked him if it was ok that I go too because I didn’t want him to get mad or think that I was copying him. I had previously met the instructors when I was a model for my brother and they are all awesome. They were all so supportive and fun. That also helped me make my decision”

 
*Fun fact: his twin brother, Matthew Maier was a model in our promo video!

 

What do you like most about the industry so far?
“The creativity. I loved colour formulation and I love creeping around the school to see what the other students are up to. I love that everyone has their own way of doing things. It might be the same haircut but the execution is different”.

 

What do you love about MC College?
“I love the instructors – their personalities and their sense of humor. Everyone on campus is different and hilarious, encouraging and helpful. They really make it a really positive environment”.

Cut on the father #cut #haircut #fade #taper #mensfashion #menshair #dad #father #mccollege

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Who or what motivates you?
“There’s a Youtuber that I watch, Kyle Krieger. He’s one of the reasons why I went into Hairstyling. His videos showed me a different side of the industry which really pushed me to want to get into Hairstyling…I want to focus on my career as a Hairstylist right now and then I’ll focus on other stuff like competitions”.

 

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“ugghhh perms and finger waves. It’s one of those things that you have to do but you don’t want to”.

Fresh cut. We took a lot off. #menshair #yeg #mccollege #artego #taper #menstyle #fresh #hair #cut

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What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Do as I say and not what I do – Cathy Whitford”.

 

What’s your secret to getting clients?
“Be personable- you have to interact with clients. Don’t be awkward. People come back to you because of your personality and also your skills too! If you’re awkward and don’t talk with your clients, no one will want to book with you!”

 

Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Use lots of hash tags. I always tag MC and Artego because they feature your work on their Instagram. Last week, I had a client message me on Instagram that wanted to book with me because she saw my work featured on MC’s Instagram. That was pretty cool! Also, all students should use Instagram because it’s good to use and keep as a portfolio”

 

Men's cuttttt #artego #mccollege #brunette #beard #bear #taper #fade #haircut #style #menshair

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Every month, Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a student they feel should be recognized as an MC Elite. Students are chosen based on their use of social media to promote themselves and by tagging #mccollege and #mclife in their social media posts.

MC Elite: Shauntel Leffler

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From spending long nights in the library memorizing the major muscle groups to doing flawless balayage and #fadefridays, our MC Elite for February is going out to Shauntel Leffler from the Saskatoon Campus! “Last year, I was enrolled in Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. I hated the formality of it…I switched careers to become a Hairstylist because I was unhappy and miserable.”

“Shauntel is very diligent and thorough when it comes to consulting her clients and providing services to them…she makes sure she understands what her clients want. She is very inquisitive especially when she is not busy with clients so that she can take in all the education she can” says Hairstyling Instructor, Marg Ellis.
Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“I wanted to put my personal touch on stuff and be able to use my creativity. In High School, I was really into makeup and hair but I always thought of it as a hobby and never knew I would make it into a career. When I started researching MC College and Hairstyling, I knew it was the path for me!”

#yxehairstylist #yxehair #menshair #disconnected

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What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Colour because you can be so creative and it creates the biggest change in someone’s image!”

What do you love about MC College?
“It’s like family. You come here and everyone is happy and friendly. It’s an awesome environment and you actually look forward to coming to school.”

 

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“The learning environment because it’s so different from what I was used to. In university, it was all about memorizing. Here, it’ all hands-on, technical and creative. I also find it challenging communicating with clients to make sure you know what they want.”

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Do what you love. I know that’s cheesy and straight to the point but its true! Don’t stick to something you hate or are unhappy with. This is why I switched careers!”

Babylights combined with balayage?! Yes please! #yxehair #yxehairstylist #mccollegegroup

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What’s your secret to getting clients?
“Advertise yourself and showcase what you can do on Facebook and Instagram…that has helped me get my name out there. When you’re in school, people don’t know the awesome stuff you can do and putting it out there makes them see what you can do as a student…having Instagram and Facebook set allows people to find you and get a hold of you to book….Facebook is the best for me because I can reach more people of all ages.”

 

Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Keep your page professional and don’t post selfies and what not. Go with a theme and stick with it. If you’re going to be using a background, make sure your backgrounds in your posts look similar. Be consistent and make sure your posts look presentable.”

 

 

Every month, Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a student they feel should be recognized as an MC Elite. Students are chosen based on their use of social media to promote themselves and by tagging #mccollege and #mclife in their social media posts.

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Top MC College stories from 2016

We’re taking a look back at the top stories that happened at MC College in 2016! From all 6 campuses coming together for a fundraiser to hanging out with award winning Hairstylists in Las Vegas, and much more. In chronological order:

LEARN ABOUT BEAUTY

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Early last year,  we were the first Canadian Cosmetology school to say ‘bye Felicia’ to carrying around textbooks and hello to  Pivot Point’s  digital learning platform: Learn About Beauty. This exciting new application combines social media, personalized education and a collaborative environment. From any Smartphone, computer or tablet, our students have access to an online collection of interactive materials so that they can learn at your own pace, anywhere…anytime!

For more information, visit: www.mccollege.ca/learn-about-beauty

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Every month, our Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a Student from each program for this award. Only 1 Student is chosen as the Student of the Month based on criteria such as: use of social media for personal branding, academic record and more. The winner receives an MC College gift card, feature on MC College’s social media channels and most importantly…bragging rights! Click on the names below to read about the Students of the Month from 2016:

Amber Bell 
Nikki Thorne
Adil Ehsani
Garett McCallum
Danielle White
Carley Wood
Cinthia Tejeda
Danae Desjardins
Taya Tkachuk
Skylar Bakes
Afreen Merchant


MC COLLEGE + BROWS BY G

In 2016,  we partnered with Brows by G to bring a Partial Esthetics class in the latest in eyebrow technology:  MICROBLADING.


 

GLOBAL BEAUTY MASTERS

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Survivor meets the Contessa’s to the extreme! Nicolette Pirrott (instagram: @sharksloveteeth)  and Tao Ping, two MC College Hairstyling Students from Edmonton were featured and competed in TLC network’s “Global Beauty Masters” show. Watch their live morning  interview on Global Edmonton TV below!


 

#ALBERTASTRONG: FUNDRAISER FOR FORT MCMURRAY 

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On May 12 2016, MC College organized a fundraiser across all six campuses for the Canadian Red Cross to assist those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray. On this day, we donated 100% of the proceeds from our six salons and spas across Western Canada; raising over $7000!  


 

MCXNAHA 2016

From July 23 to 26, over 70 MC College students and staff made their way to Las Vegas for the 11th annual MCxNAHA show and 27th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (aka. NAHA). The highlight of the trip? Hanging out with surprise guest speaker from Kansas and 2016 NAHA Master Hairstylist of the Year nominee….ERIC FISHER. 🙌IMG_5768-1


 

DIY STUDIO

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We launched the MC College DIY Studio event. This event is a series of do-it-yourself tutorials where our Students and Staff show you everything from creating Insta-worthy Holiday hair looks on yourself to a zombie inspired make up look for Halloween.

 

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Our next DIY studio is January 12 at our Kelowna, Calgary, Red Deer and Saskatoon campus! BYOJ (bring your own jar) as we’ll be showing you how to create your own signature body scrub and shower oil using all-natural ingredients. For more info, visit: DIY Studio


 

NEW DESIGNERS FASHION SHOW  | EDMONTON & WINNIPEG 
From  Zimbabwean prints to silhouettes inspired by Winnipeg’s architecture, our annual New Designers Fashion Show was SOLD OUT in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Read more:

Edmonton

 

Winnipeg

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Did you see MC College on Global Winnipeg Morning News and CTV Morning News? Click here to watch! 


 

SHARING THE LOVE💕

Throughout the year, MC College Students and Staff at each campus volunteered at a variety of events. Because we couldn’t just choose one event to highlight, we made a list of the top 2 events at each campus:

Kelowna

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  • Shaved over 120 heads at the 9th annual “Bald Falcon” event at Dr. Knox Middle School. $16,011 was raised for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation!
  • Students were the official hair and makeup artists for Kelowna Community Theatre’s “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

Edmonton

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  • Pinked and shaved heads at the 13th annual Northern Alberta Hair Massacure event. Over 900 visited the Edmonton school to get their hair pinked.
  • Did manicures and pedicures for members of the Edmonton Police Wives Association as part of their “Pamper our Wives in Blue” event.

Red Deer

  • Students at the Red Deer campus did hair and makeup for cast members in the indie film “Break on Through”.
  • Our students volunteered at the Relay for Life in June doing free temporary unicorn hair and braids for event attendees.

Calgary

  • Kicked off the annual Southern Alberta Hair Massacure event with a full day of pinking!
  • Students and Staff helped the Calgary Fire Department break a world record in mass head shaving. Over 320 people of all ages had their heads shaved simultaneously. The Calgary Fire Department raised over $120,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Saskatoon

  • We get it, exams are stressful! This past December and April, our Saskatoon students did free manicure and hand massages at the University of Saskatchewan’s Stress Less event.
  • Free hair and up dos for graduating high school students as part of “The Princess Shop”.

Winnipeg 

  • Manicures and haircuts for the families and their children staying at the Manitoba Ronald McDonald House.
  • This past May, the Winnipeg campus did hair and makeup for the contestants of Miss Teen Canada.

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We’re so honored to be recognized in Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award 2016! As the only Canadian school recognized, MC College was an honoree and finalist in 2 categories: community involvement and technology. Hundreds of cosmetology schools from across North America submitted their entries for these and many other categories. The Excellence in Education program is presented annually by Modern Salon, which is a leading North American trade magazine.

 

Student of the Month: Amber Bell

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From ‘behind the screen’ to ‘behind the chair’, the Student of the Month goes out to Amber Bell from the Red Deer campus! As a single Mother of 2, she had always wanted to be a Hairstylist. Because of the booming economy in Alberta due to the oil and gas industry, Amber decided to pursue a career in administration and marketing. Like many others in the oil sector, Amber had to look for new opportunities when the price of oil dropped. She saw this as the perfect opportunity to pursue her dream career: being a Hairstylist.
“Amber is always on point! Even with 2 kids, she comes to school early, dressed up and ready to learn” – Janet Davey, Director at MC College Red Deer.
“She gets herself out there and makes sure she always has a full book..her schedule is all requests from people who’ve seen her work on facebook…She is not afraid to try something new”– Tracey Holmes, Hairstyling Instructor at MC College Red Deer.

What was your career before you decided to get into Hairstyling?
“I worked in the oil and gas industry in administration and marketing…now instead of marketing for a company, I’m marketing myself. I’ll get to use my creativity and work one on one with people.”

#mccollegereddeer #tricolorhair #mccollege #peacockhair

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Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“I’ve always loved doing my friends and family’s hair. I love how it makes people feel about themselves, including myself! Growing up, I had wanted to be a Hairstylist but I decided instead to go in oil and gas. Because of the economy, it helped me realize that being a hairstylist is what I truly want to be. I saw an opportunity and signed up for the soonest start date!”

What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“I like that I’m able to use my creativity. The best is when someone comes in with virgin hair and wants a funky colour. I always tell my clients to send me before and after selfies as soon as they leave. You can see such a big difference!”

What do you love about MC College?
“So much! I love that every teacher at school has something different to offer and a different skill. I love that there is openness between the teachers and students…you never feel scared or dumb asking questions.”

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Updos are always a struggle but I’m always learning to make my updos better…compared to my job before, I was sitting down in front of the computer all day. It’s going to be interesting to adjust but nice at the same time that I get to be on my feet for most of the day.”

You went to the North American Hairstyling Awards in Vegas with MC College, how was that!??
“It was amazing and inspiring…I’m going to enter the NAHA’s, maybe not today but for sure in a few years. I got to meet the Schorem Barbers at the show! It was like meeting Justin Beiber but better. Actually, I’ve met Justin Beiber before but meeting the Barbers was so much better!”

Who met the #scumbagbarbers !? WE DID!

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What are you looking forward to at MC College?
“Graduating and being able to get out the door and start working. I already have 3 places that offered me a job!”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“The best advice I’ve ever got is ‘you do you…just be yourself and always do what makes you happy’. I feel like this is a theme in my class right now”.

What advice would you give to MC Students on using social media to promote themselves?
“Actually use it! Hashtag, hashtag, hashtag!!! I find that I’m getting more people through word of mouth because of social media. My friends share my colours and cuts on their facebook and their friends are booking with me”.

Follow her!
Instagram: @hairbyamberdawn
Facebook: Hair by Amber Dawn

DIY Studio: Holiday Hair 🎄

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As the Holidays approach, you’re probably starting to freak out a bit. From deciding which sparkly outfit to wear to getting a kick start on shopping for presents, the last thing on your mind is what hairstyle to rock at your next party. On November 28, our Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Winnipeg and Saskatoon campus held a FREE DIY (aka: do it yourself) studio hair event for the Holidays which was open to anyone and everyone to attend!

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Whether you’re headed to an ugly Christmas Sweater party or Christmas Carol Karaoke and everything in between, our students and staff showed you how to create snap worthy Holiday hair looks on yourself so that you can avoid the dreaded “Pinterest fail” feeling!

Each campus had different stations dedicated to specific hair looks; from chignons to old Hollywood finger waves, Victoria Secret inspired curls and braids.

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At our Winnipeg campus, our Students glammed up each attendee with a free lipstick touch up at their Lipstick Lounge. Swag bags, giveaways and a $1000 tuition scholarship were handed out at each campus.


Missed our DIY Studio: Holiday Hair event? Stay tuned for our next event!

What’s the MC College DIY Studio event? It’s a series of do-it-yourself tutorials where we show you how to curl and style your own hair, create a creepy doll eyed look for Halloween and more!

💈 Student of the Month: Adil Ehsani 💈

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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”.

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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”

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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”

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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.”

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Show him some love on instagram @francoehsanifades!

Student of the Month: Garett McCallum

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All the way from a small Community called Pukatawagan in Manitoba, our Student of the Month is going out to Garett McCallum from the Saskatoon campus! Originally, he pursued a career in politics but realized that “politics wasn’t up my alley…I should have known from my first college applications that Hairstyling should have been my first choice from the beginning”.

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“Growing up it has been a struggle not only for me but for my family…bad decisions and substance abuse became a daily thing to see but I took it upon myself to surround me and my siblings with Mother Nature. During this time, I discovered that I had a passion for doing hair…and I was proud to show what minor skills I had… whenever I did my sister’s or friend’s hair, it took me away from what was going on in my life…doing hair is music for my hand…it opened my eyes to see that I have to do better for them and myself.”

Going to be an amazing #hairstylist #gaylife #schoolflow #2016

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What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“I like that I’m able to express myself in a creative way…there is no limitation of what you can do with hair.”

What do you love about MC College?
“I love the staff, environment…and that there’s so much hands-on training…I also like that the school gives us opportunities to volunteer and helping make people feel better about themselves…attending school has made me a go-getter! ”

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Learning how to be punctual! I have been in school for almost 3 months now and have overcome housing obstacles and transportation problems…I’ve lived and learned many lessons just from living in different cities…being bullied and being gay made things wildly difficult for me because I’ve been in trouble numerous times for sticking up for myself….Because of obstacles in life, it took me a long time to get into MC College and I wasn’t going to give up…I realized if I wanted to pursue a career in Hairstyling, I have to take action and actually move to a city that has a good school and MC College was my choice! I’m in unit 1 and things are only getting better not only for me but for my future…I’m loving every minute of it!!”

For them casual nights #creeative #ponytail #swag #hairgoals #halfup

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You went to the North American Hairstyling Awards in Vegas last month, how was that!??
“I feel so inspired by the NAHA’s….I have some ideas for my submission but I’m going to make a plan and then a back up plan and then ANOTHER back up plan, just in case! My favorite part was when the artists from Wella told their stories of how they got started. It was so touching and inspiring…I wanted to cry. I loved watching all the work come down the runway. There was long and short hair and hair of all colors.”

 

What are you looking forward to at MC College?
“OMG photo shoots and extensions! I felt so inspired by the NAHA’s…there are so many possibilities that I could do”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“My grandpa always told me: Do what you want and don’t give up no matter how many people stomp on you.”

Gave it a try😘

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Why should clients book with you?
“I just started school and I already have 2 returning clients and they aren’t my family!!! You should book with me because I am good at what I do and I am passionate about it. You can see it in my face. I am a people person.”

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MCxNAHA 2016 recap ✈️

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How do you kick start a future career in Hairstyling? A trip to Las Vegas for the biggest night in the Beauty Industry! ✈️ 👯
From July 23 to 26, over 70 MC College students and staff made their way to Las Vegas for the 11th annual MCxNAHA show and 27th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (aka. NAHA). Every student that enrolled in the June Hairstyling program went on this trip for FREE. The plane was filled with shadow roots, undercuts and candy colored hair.

VEGAS HERE WE COME! #yxe #mccollege #Vegas #Naha #naha2016

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At this years’ MCxNAHA show, we had a surprise guest speaker from Kansas; 2016 NAHA Master Hairstylist of the Year nominee….👉ERIC FISHER👈! He even invited our students to be part of his master long hair styling and haircutting class at no charge. 🙌

Throughout the MC show, we had 3 presentations for the students.

1). Hair Improv 💇 presented by Yolly Ten Koppel (Artistic Director, Pivot Point International) and Laddie James (Owner and Master Stylist, The Hairstyle Inn).

2). 💁 Creating & critiquing a NAHA entry presented by Cheryl Harrison (VP Operations, MC College) and Jeff Louis (National Artistic Director, Artego).

Cheryl Harrison and Jeff Louis presenting on how to compose a #NAHA entry #mccollegegroup #mcxnaha

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3). 📱 Don’t be stupid on social media – building your brand, presented by Joe Cairo (President, MC College) and Chinda Sin (Marketing Coordinator, MC College).

dino hastag

 

Later in the evening, the students and staff dressed to the nines for the star studded NAHA awards ceremony. 💄👔👗

(MC College staff repping our Fashion graduates: Nicole Campre of WorkHall Studio and Alisha Schick of Suka Clohting)

From Luxor hotel to Mandalay Bay, we marched to the NAHA’s in our 👠 and on point hair; turning heads from blackjack and poker tables. The NAHA awards ceremony featured littt up 🔥 artistic presentations and endless amounts of inspiration.

Some highlights from this past weekend's Vegas trip #naha2016 #mcxnaha #mccollege #scumbagbarbers

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The students had the opportunity to network with artists such as Babak, Edward Woody (Avant Garde Winner) and Matt Swinney (Hairstylist of the Year) to name a few.

Life begins here #MCxNAHA #naha2016

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