MC Elite: Natalie Notheisz

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Instagram: @NatalieNotheisz

Program: Esthetics
Campus: Kelowna
Favorite nail or make up artist you follow on social media? “Wayne Goss. He’s a makeup artist and beauty guru on Youtube.”
Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people: “I used to be a flutist and singer!”
From stethoscopes and steel toed boots to pore extractors and microdermabrasion machines, our October MC Elite is Natalie from the Kelowna campus! “I was a paramedic for 12 years but I decided to leave to help open an industrial repair shop where we did maintenance work in mines.” After a car accident that rendered her unable to work in her industry, Natalie decided to choose a different career path that she had always dreamed of.

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Why did you choose to become an Esthetician?
“A few years ago, I got into a car accident. Recovery took a long time which made me think about a career change. First, I thought I wanted to be a nurse but I was still recovering and wasn’t able to finish the program…I like working on the medical side but I also knew I liked Esthetics. I was scared that I couldn’t make a living out of it but after talking to people in the industry and seeing what I could do, I decided to go for it….last February, I sold everything I had in Grand Forks and moved to Kelowna for school.”

What do you like most about the industry so far?
“I love dealing with the clients. It’s rewarding when they are happy, especially when you create a special bond with them.”
What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?

“I am much older than many of my classmates. Being 48 and going into the industry, the age difference between me and my classmates intimidated me. It was hard in the beginning to get used to it but now its not…I also came from steel toed boots, hard hats and rough hands so this has been a new and exciting adventure for me.”
What do you love about MC College?

“Everyone here is so welcoming and accepting. When I started, I was scared that it would be awkward because of the age difference. I mean who wants to go to school with their mom?!…This program showed me the confidence I never knew I had. I have become a different person. The school has been such a blessing in my life. I say to my fellow students the only limit in life is yourself!”

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Do you have any customer service or social media hacks?
“Be genuine. And be confident in the services you are doing. When you lack self confidence, clients can see it and feel it and that won’t make them come back to you”

“For the month of September, Natalie was killing it in retail and services! She is one of the most highly requested students and is always booked solid” says MC College Director, Crystal Shearer.
Who or what are you inspired by?
“My family and friends”

 

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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!”

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:

Top stories from 2015

From 💃flamenco dancing💃 in Barcelona to Marlo Steenman’s Spanx for not letting her down, these are the top MC College stories from 2015 (in chronological order):

Nepal Fundraiser 
MC College organized a company wide fundraiser for the Canadian Red Cross. 50% of proceeds from salon and spa services on May 5th, at all six campuses, were donated to the Nepal Regional Earthquake Fund. We fund-raised over $5000!

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Red Deer Express
In June, MC College Red Deer was named top 3 best spas by Red Deer Express’ ‘Best of’ awards. Thank you to all of our clients and students for the support and the vote! 💅👏

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Creative Jam 2015
Last June, Pivot Point International hosted its first Creative Jam in Canada – a 2 day event of ‘hairspiration’ for Hairstylists and Educators. Our Educational Director, Anna Gemellaro, and MC College Instructors travelled to Toronto for hands-on education with industry leaders Yolly Ten Koppel, Joakim Roos, Severine LeBrun, Sabrina Hagenmueller and Laddie James. 💇

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Pop up Salon
Last summer, we launched our first Pop Up Salon in Edmonton: Colour Art Salon by Dona Karunathilake! From creating a dress code to setting salon prices, Dona and her team got to the #WorkGrind and experienced entrepreneurship firsthand. The Pop Up Salon gives students the chance to experience what it’s like to own a salon and learn on-the-job skills in marketing, finance and operations.

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The next Pop Up Salon is February 22- 27. To pre-book your appointment, call 780 429 4407 or email salon-ed@mccollege.ca (don’t forget to mention pop up salon!!).

#MCxNAHA 2015 
From July 11th to 13th, over 80 MC College students and staff boarded a plane for Las Vegas for the 10th annual #MCxNAHA show and the North American Hairstyling Awards. The highlight of the trip? One of our Hairstyling graduates, Marlo Steenman, won Hair Colorist of the year!

 

Global Beauty Masters
Reality TV meets the ABA show to the extreme. Two MC College students, Tao Ping and Nicolette Porritt, went to Las Vegas in September for the second annual Global Beauty Masters Competition. Working together as the ‘MC Team’, Tao and Nicolette endured a week of intensive competition with 13 teams from around the world. The show is set to premiere on TLC on March 17, 2016! 📺
Watch the promo video

 

Beauty Abroad: Barcelona 
From November 3 to November 11 2015, we packed our bags and jet setted to the cobbled stone streets of Barcelona! “My days in Barcelona were filled with culture, shopping, dining, and training…. It was an experience I will never forget” says MC College Hairstyling Student, Meaghan Palmer.

 

Graduation
Saying ‘bye Felicia’ to their mannequin heads, creepy looking practice fingers and pulling an all-nighter to finish a garment can only mean one thing: it’s grad! In Spring and Fall 2015, over 400 Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Design students across six campuses celebrated their success with friends, family, industry partners and MC staff.

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New Designers Fashion Show | Edmonton & Winnipeg
From floral appliqués surrounded by fighter jets to being the show to launch Western Canada Fashion Week, our annual New Designers Fashion Show was SOLD OUT in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Read more:
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Sharing the Love
Throughout 2015, MC College Students and Staff at all campuses 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
    • Mini makeovers for the City of Kelowna Camp Girlz Summer Camp
    •  Cuts for a Cure at Kelowna Secondary School

 

  • Edmonton
    • “Pinked” and shaved heads at the 12th annual Hair Massacure event
    • Hair cuts at Homeless Connect
  • Calgary
    • “Pinked” hair for Hair Massacure in support of the Make a Wish Foundation
    • Mini manicures and backstage hair + makeup at the Calgary Women’s Show
  • Red Deer
    • Hair and make up for Central Alberta Theatre
    • In partnership with 90.5 shine FM, we did mini manicures and hairstyles at the Only Women’s Fun Run (in support of the Women’s Outreach Centre)
  • Saskatoon
    • Hair and make up for the contestants at Miss Teen Saskatchewan Pageant
    • Hair and up dos for graduating high school students in need (The Princess Shop)
  • Winnipeg

Student of the Month: Skylar Bakes

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From blue to unicorn coloured hair, this student has coloured his hair every color that exists! Our December Student of the Month goes out to Hairstyling student, 👉 Skylar Bakes 👈, from the Kelowna campus. He is a proud Transgender Student who supports the LGBT community as well as supports local agencies that help refugees and newcomers.

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“When I was younger, I wanted to colour my hair bright green but I had hair down to my knees and my mother said no! Since then, I’ve been cutting and colouring my hair all kinds of colours on my own…In 2013, I got the opportunity to do a work experience at High Fidelity Hair. The owner really encouraged me to go down this road!”

Do it up(do?) #mccollege #updo #funhair #fancy

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What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College?
“I knew it (Hair School) was going to be hard because nothing worth it is easy…The school has a lot of students and I don’t do well in large groups but I’ve  learned to balance school with my personal space”.

What do you like most about hairstyling so far?
“The ability to leave a positive change on someone’s self image.”

What do you love about MC College?
“The staff is really really really really REALLY amazing! They go above and beyond and work hard to make sure you understand something. They treat us with so much respect…something that I wasn’t expecting!”

Lunch breaks #fishtail #mccollege #braids

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What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College?
“I knew it (Hair School) was going to be hard because nothing worth it is easy…The school has a lot of students and I don’t do well in large groups but I’ve learned to balance school with my personal space”.

What are your plans for the future when you graduate?
“Actually, I got an offer for a position yesterday at Big Bro’s Barbershop!! They’re a LGBT friendly barbershop in Vancouver.”

Updo~ #braidingfun #braids #updo #stylist #mccollege

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What’s the best advice you’ve received about Beauty School?
“Trust the process and pray to the hair gods.” 👏 👏

What are your must have Artego Products?
“All the Rain Dance products because it really helps with dry hair. Dry hair ain’t cute.”

FOLLOW HIM ON INSTAGRAM: @SKYLARBAKESHAIR