MC ELITE: TAMARA HOFER

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@hair.bytam

Program: Hairstyling
Campus: MC College Winnipeg

Favorite emoiji: 🐵🙈🙉🙊🐒
Favorite food: “chicken. Actually, I love fried chicken more!”
Favorite stylist that you follow on Instagram: @hairbyamberjoy. (she’s an MC hairstying Alumni!)

Balayage & Braids 😍 #throwback

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From ashy blonde to caramel balayage, search up Tamara on Instagram and you’ll see all of the awesome balayage she has done! Growing up in a Hutterite colony, Tamara never knew a career in Hairstyling could even be possible for her. “It’s so different living there. You don’t have a lot of freedom and you can’t leave. You have to keep your head covered and dress modestly. We moved when I was 10 years old and left a lot of family and friends behind. I finally got the chance to see the world outside. I had never left before that because only adults were allowed to. We were told that we weren’t allowed to come back, not even to visit. We were shunned. But after a few years, they finally let us visit” says Tamara.

Some hidden colours for the beautiful birthday girl😘🌈

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Why a career in Hairstyling?
“I have a lot of sisters. Growing up, I learned to love hair because I was always the one who braided my siblings’ hair. My family lived in a Hutterite colony where you had to have your head covered. Anything that had to do with hair or even beauty was considered as sinful. When I was 10, my family left the colony and moved to Winnipeg. It really opened my eyes to the different hairstyles and hair colours out there. I thought to my self…why not make this a career! At first, my parents weren’t 100% ok with my choice but after they saw what I could do with it, they supported me. My parents are my number 1 fans.”

What do you like most about the industry?
“Meeting new people. You never know who is going to sit in your chair. I love that every person has a different story. When I started at MC College, I was super shy and awkward. But being here made me outgoing and made me break out of my shell…I love doing balayage and crazy colours because those always puts a smile on peoples’ faces.”

Had some fun with blue today 🔹🔷🔹

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Who or what motivates you?
“My parents! They have done so much for me and my siblings and have sacrificed so much for us. Everyday they ask to see pictures of hair and mannequins that I’ve done.”
What the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Step out of your comfort zone.”

Because blondes have more fun✨

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Do you have any social media advice or MC Students?
“use the same background and filter for all pictures and always use hashtags!”

What are your plans when you graduate?
“After I gain more experience, I definitely want to open my own salon!”

 

Always a good day for caramel balayage😍(swipe for before) #mclife

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MC Elite: Matt Madill

 

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Program: Hairstyling
Campus: Saskatoon
From the kitchen to behind the chair, our MC Elite for August is Hairstyling Student, Matt Madill!

Favorite emoji: ✌️😂

Favorite hangout spot: “The Woods Ale House in Saskatoon and Leopold’s Tavern in Regina.”

Favorite food: “An East Indian dish called dal makhani.”
Favorite item in your wardrobe: “Bow toes. The real ones…where you the tie them yourself.”
Favorite stylist or barber that you follow on social media: “Matt Beck. I actually got to meet him a few weeks ago in Vegas! He is super humble.”

Shadow root and tone tone on my friend holly!! She all graduated meow!! #mccollege #shadow #hairgamestrong

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Why did you start a career in Hairstyling?
“Hairstyling and barbering has always been something in the back of my mind…my mom was a Stylist and I grew up in the salon…Some of my first memories from my childhood are being my mom’s guinea pig. Many times she practiced perms on me, I cried a few times and disliked the rotten egg smell…I grew up folding towels and hanging around answering phones. When I became a bit older and could help, I would sweep hair and wash people’s hair without spraying them down…Being from Regina and growing up in a salon, I saw lots of the same things for years but when I ventured into social media, I saw how many more things people were doing like rainbow hair, pastel colours, bright-and-vibrant to soft-and-faded.”

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What did you do before starting your career in Hairstyling?
“I was a cook for my entire life. With Hairstyling, you get to work with other people and be your own boss at the same time. At the end of the day, it’s your chair, it’s the effort you put into it. In the restaurant industry, you couldn’t really do that unless you were a restaurant owner or investor… in a few days I’m going to be 33 and I wanted a career where I could connect with people.”

What do you like most about the industry?
“I love the people. I love talking to them and seeing them smile after you give them a haircut”

Who or what motivates you?
“My fellow classmates. Everyone is talented. There are going to be some millionaires here because they are that good!”

My buddy Dusting came by for a refresher this afternoon!!! #fades #wahlsenior #mccollege #hairgamestrong

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So far, what are your career highlights?
“I got the opportunity through MC College to work with Paul Mitchell. I was in Vegas a few weeks ago during the NAHA’s for education. I am so fortunate and grateful for the opportunity MC gave me”
“We had Paul Mitchell in the school back in January. Matt took it upon himself to go downstairs and ask if he could watch and observe. They ended up asking him to assist them for the 3 days (Sat, Sun & Mon). He did all 3 days. The Saskatoon rep offered him a job on the spot” says MC College Saskatoon Director, Vanessa Slater.

 

What are your plans when you graduate? What’s your long term goal?
“I would love to be an educator. I also want to travel to the Middle East and take my trade with me. What I love about hair is that there is no language barrier…well I mean there is but you can work your way around with pictures and demonstrating”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“If you’re in a bad mood, don’t take that out on people. Put your best foot forward.”

Had an amazing day doing salon tours with my unit 4 homies and amazing coach Marg !! She the boss

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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.

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!

RECAP: 2017 MCxNAHA

VEGAS 2017

From taking selfies with Sam Villa at the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) to watching the light show on Fremont Street, a trip to Las Vegas was the perfect way to launch a career in Hairstyling!

From July 8 to 11, over 80 MC College Students and staff made their way to Las Vegas for the 12th annual MCxNAHA show and 28th annual NAHA’s (one of the biggest events of the hairstyling industry). Every student that enrolled in the June Hairstyling program went on this trip for FREE.

At the naha's 2017 #MCCollege

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At the MCxNAHA show, groups broke out into 3 sessions:
1). Hair Improv
Presenters: Yolly ten Koppel (Artistic Director, Pivot Point International) and Laddie James (Owner and Master Stylist, The Hairstyle Inn)

Breakfast with a bit of inspiration #mccollegekelowna #mccollege #mclife #mcxnaha

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2). Creating a NAHA entry
Presenters: Cheryl Harrison (VP Operations, MC College) & Jeff Louis (National Artistic Director, Artego)
From lighting and photoshop to choosing a model, the process behind a NAHA entry can be intimidating, especially for a Student! Using the 2017 NAHA entries and previous MC College graduates’ entries, students got an inside look at what to look for when creating an entry.

@jefflouisflow and Cheryl Harrison presenting to @mccollegegroup students for #mcxnaha2017 #mccollege #mclife

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3). Building your personal brand on social media
Presenters: Nikki McCrimmon (Admissions Leader, MC College) and Chinda Sin (Marketing Coordinator, MC College)
Whether it’s finding love on Tinder/Grinder or using Pivot Point’s LAB, everyone’s on social media so there’s no excuse to not use it to build a brand. Before students went out and became the next social media rock star, we gave them the top 5 tips to creating and building a brand on social media.

 

Enroute to #naha2017!!!!

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From poker tables to the slot machines, all eyes were on the MC Squad as we made our way to Mandalay Bay for the NAHA’s. At the show, students got the chance to watch hair and fashion presentations by the biggest names in the industry, network with celebrity hairstylists such as Charlie Price and Vivienne Mackinder, and watch industry innovator, Sam Villa receive an NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award.

“In Vegas we had amazing opportunities that I will never forget…while watching all the NAHA finalists walk down the red carpet, I met and spoke to some amazing people…When we sat down to watch the award show I got to sit beside a couple who has known Sam Villa for many years and that alone was awesome!!!” says MC College Edmonton Hairstyling Student, Amber-Rae Ens (@got_Rootz)


Missed our live feed from our social media? Search up #MCxNAHA on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to get caught up!

 

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: Karleece Lapointe

karleeceInstagram: @fashionbykar

Program: Fashion
Campus: Winnipeg

After graduating High School, Karleece Lapointe enrolled at the University of Manitoba for a career in marketing. “I thought I wanted to go into business but after my first year I realized that it wasn’t for me. That experience made me realize that I’m hands-on and want to be in a creative field. I also didn’t like the class sizes…I felt like a number”.
“Karleece is a very creative designer, she has so many interesting and innovative ideas. Her collection is a mix of so many different fabrics, textures and construction methods and I’m so excited to see it all come together” says fashion instructor, Lisa Dyck.
Why did you choose Fashion as a career?
“Growing up, my dad upholstered furniture so that got me interested in sewing and the use of different types of fabrics and hardware.. I’ve also always loved art. I grew up in dance and played the French horn in band. Because of my love for art and my need to be hands-on, I knew it was bound for me to have a career in it”

antithesis details #fw2018

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What do you like most about the industry so far?
“I love seeing a concept turn into a drawing and then into a real garment… I am learning a lot about myself, my limits and my creativity. With fashion, I get to be myself and I get to express my thoughts and creativity with illustrations and garments.” 

What do you love about MC College?
“The MC Community and the friends I’ve made here. It’s super open and everyone is so welcoming and accepting.”

artist reproduction assignment on Hayden Williams!!

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What Fashion Designer are you inspired by?
“Alexander McQueen.”
What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Pattern making. It’s something that you either understand or don’t understand. There’s nothing in-between. It was really hard to understand the measurements and translating the image and designs from my head and putting it on paper”
Can you tell us about your collection for the New Designers Fashion Show?
“It’s inspired by the mixture of textures that wouldn’t usually be mixed together. My collection is called “Antithesis” and tests the boundaries because it incorporates fabrics to create different looks and themes. In my prototypes, I’ve combined faux fur with lace.”

What are your plans when you graduate?
“I want to move to Montreal or Toronto to work with a magazine for styling. I also want to work with local retail shops in visual merchandising.”

Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Post frequently so that people don’t forget about you. Don’t spend too much time worrying about your followers to following ratio and post what you want. Don’t worry about what others are posting!”

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.

RECAP: DIY Lash Bar

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Falsies. Some people wear them on the daily, while others have never tried them. Whether it’s a date night, special event or just because, anytime is a good time for falsies.

Last week, all 6 MC College campuses held a DIY Studio event: The Lash Bar. From drama to subtle glamour, the MC Squad (aka: Students and Instructors) showed you how to step up your lash game! At this free event, over 120 people across all 6 campuses attended the event to learn how to apply false eyelashes on themselves and their friends, entered to win a $1000 tuition scholarship and got a behind the scenes look of a lash and brow tint. For the few pros who already knew how to apply falsies, we showed them different techniques, tips and tricks.

Catch up on the awesome stuff that happened at the DIY event that was captured on social media:

 

 

 

DIY Studio:Lash Bar is happening right now! #lashesonpoint #mccollegewinnipeg #lashes

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Did you see MC College Saskatoon on CTV Morning news? Watch it here:

 

In case you missed out on our DIY event, here’s a step by step guide on how to apply falsies:

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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.

Pop Art Transform!!!#popart #mccollege #makeupartist

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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:

DIY Studio: the Art of Braiding

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Have you ever pinned hundreds of images of different braids on Pinterest, tried it out on yourself but ended up a few hours later in tears of frustration with your hair in a tangled mess? #pinterestfail. We know how you feel!


Last night, our Kelowna, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg campus hosted a free DIY Studio event: the Art of Braiding. Our Hairstyling Students and Instructors showed attendees the tips and tricks and braiding hacks to create the braided looks they love while our Esthetics students did mini manicures.
 

 

From the classic 3 strand braid to the waterfall and fishtail braid, stations were set up throughout each campus. We had snacks, prizes, swag bags full of Artego samples to keep attendees’ braids on point and a $1000 MC College tuition scholarship to give-a-way!
 
 

 

At our Kelowna campus, we had students from the Centre For Arts and Technology’s photography, film and fashion program showcase their work and announce the collaboration between the two schools.

Did you catch MC College Saskatoon on CTV? Watch the morning segment below!

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Check out what the attendees had to say about the event!

“Thanks for the super fun event! I learned a lot!” – B.Ross

“My daughter and I had a great time. Thank you for doing this. Also, a special thank you to Kelsey, she was super helpful, patient and was very encouraging.” – Tracey.O

“This was awesome, thank you so much ” – Tina. S

“This was so fantastic!! Thanks to everyone there for the great lessons!” – Tennille.Z

 
From braiding on a mannequin to braiding their friends’ hair, over 300 people attended the event and left #braidinglikeaboss. Missed the Art of Braiding event? Stay tuned for our next DIY Studio event.

MC College DIY Braid night #studentlife #helpingothers #hairschool #mccollegegroup #mccollege #diybraiding

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MC Elite: Shauntel Leffler

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Instagram: @sl.hair

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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