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

#MCxNAHA 2013

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On Sunday July 14th over 100 staff and students from all seven MC College Group schools across Western Canada attended the eighth annual MC Viva Las Vegas conference.  Every student who enrolled in the Hairstyling program in June received this free trip to Las Vegas to participate in the conference and attend the North American Hairstyling Awards.

 The conference, just for MC students and staff, featured renowned European stylist and Pivot Point International Artistic Director Yolly Ten Koppel along with International platform artist Laddie James. Yolly and Laddie presented models showing the latest in coloring, cutting and styling techniques.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, MC students and staff were treated to a special guest presentation by acclaimed competition artist, Charlie Price. Charlie has been nominated for countless North American Hairstyling Awards and Canadian Mirror Awards. He spoke about his love of hairstyling and high-fashion and how he combined them both by working backstage as a hairstylist at fashion shows in New York and Europe. He also discussed his previous NAHA entries and winners. Day one was filled with more outstanding guest speakers from Robert Passage, Chairman and CEO and Melanie Koroyan-Kopeikin, President, both of Pivot Point International and a surprise visit from Carrie and Erin of The Hair Nerds!

Later that evening, students and staff attended the 24th North American Hairstyling Awards Gala hosted by Mario Lopez. Students saw the amazing work of the hairstyling industry’s elite including Dimitrios Tsioumas.

On the final day of the conference, students were introduced to Laura Dunphy, Publisher of industry magazine, Salon Magazine. Laura spoke about the Contessas (a Canadian hairstyling awards) as well as her impressive career. We also met Shaun Pulfrey, the creator of Tangle Teezer. He spoke about how he created the styling tool, his Dragon’s Den experience and gave a demo on how to use the Tangle Teezer! To bring our exciting day two to a close, Jeff Louis, National Artistic Director of Artego Canada, created a fun questionnaire and promoted interaction between students and staff. One of the best answers to the question “Whose hair would you like to do, past or present?” – Jesus.

The objective of the trip is to create an exciting impression of the industry for new students.  MC College Group believes in training their students to succeed.  The best way to teach success is by observing successful people.  What better exposure can there be, than meeting with and listening to industry icons!  For more information about this exciting career, go to www.mccollege.ca.

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