MC College in the Community: February

There’s something about the month of February: romance in the air, cozy weather and abandoned New Year’s resolutions that makes it the perfect time to volunteer. From braving the cold weather to prep models for a runway show to shaving heads at Hair Massacure, MC College students ‘Shared the Love’ by using their skills to help others in the community.

Red Deer Motion Picture Arts- Red Deer, AB
On February 2nd, students from Red Deer MC College did hair and make-up for a local movie shoot. Students were able to create connections within the motions picture industry and experience what it was like to work behind the scenes as a makeup artist and hairstylist.

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Miss Teenage Southern Alberta- Calgary, AB
From February 8th-9th, students from MC College Calgary had the opportunity to do hair and make-up for the contestants of the Miss Teenage Southern Alberta Pageant. To complement the dress of one of the contestants (floral patterned ball gown with a pink sash), MC College students gave the contestant soft curls and a light berry lip (the latest spring make-up trend)!

Via Twitter:

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Hair Massacure Shave off- Edmonton, Alberta 

To Share the Love on Valentine’s Day, students and staff from Edmonton MC College campus collaborated with local salons to help shave heads for the annual Hair Massacure shave-off event. Every year, participants shave off their hair to raise awareness and money for children battling cancer. From 9am to 9pm, students assisted with shaving over 300 heads, including the Edmonton Eskimos and local radio DJ’s. Check out the flipagram we made: http://instagram.com/p/kahDXhmWIi/ 

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In addition, our very own Hairstyling Instructor, Renato Candia, helped raise awareness by allowing MC College students to shave off his hair. For every 10 likes that this Facebook status received, a student was able to shave off a piece of Renato’s hair:

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Southern Alberta Hair Massacure PINKING- Calgary, Alberta

Calgary MC College students were up bright and early on February 20th to “paint Calgary pink” at Southern Alberta’s Hair Masscure event! Pinking is when participants bleach and color their hair pink to help raise funds and awareness for local children’s charities. From 5:30am to 8am, students pinked over 60 heads! This year, local celebrity Jill Belland from Breakfast Television did a live segment at the campus to help promote Hair Massacure and to capture local teams getting their hair pinked.

Via Twitter:

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More pictures from the event: http://instagram.com/p/kqdy1smWKd/

Fashion on Ice- Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Through snow, sleet and -50°C weather, the fashion show must go on! On February 16th, Winnipeg MC College students did make-up for the models in the Fashion on Ice show at Festival du Voyageur. This first annual outdoor fashion show features local retailers and fashion designers. Included in the show was MC College’s Fashion Design graduate, Jasmine Champagne Lutsy, who showed off her spring/summer collection.

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Interior Health Make-overs- Vernon, British Columbia

On February 27th, students from the Vernon MC College campus invited over 15 staff from Interior Health for a make-over and photo-shoot, which was shot at the Vernon campus! Interior Health provides healthcare programs and services for BC’s Southern region.

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Student For a Day: Esthetics Program

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It’s been a year or two since I’ve stepped into a classroom but a few weeks ago I got the chance to be an Esthetics student at MC College. As part of their ‘Student For a Day’ program, my day started out with a tour of the campus: the Artego Creative Lounge (where students from the Esthetics, Hairstyling and Fashion Design program collaborate to create looks for a photo shoot), makeup room, classrooms and spa area. In the spa facility, there were several massage/facial rooms where students practice on each other and do services on clients.

In one of the spa classrooms, new students to the Esthetics program were practicing leg waxes on each other. In another classroom, student were working on nail art and capturing their work on Instagram and Facebook. During my day as a student, I was treated to a spa manicure where I was also shown the step by step learning and evaluation process that students go though for each service they do on clients.

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After a morning of pampering, I was shown proper leg waxing techniques and was able to put my waxing “skills” to the test by waxing the Esthetic students’ legs and brows (I still can’t believe they trusted me to wax their brows!!). I was also able to speak to a few of the students about their experience at MC College and why they were interested in the industry:

 

Student For a Day’ is a program that helps prospective students learn about the industry and their future career path. In this one day program, Students take part in theoretical and practical learning, and get an insight of what life is life as a student at MC College. The ‘Student For a Day’ program is open to High School students interested in a career in the beauty industry and for those who are looking for a career change.

To register in the student for a day program, contact: Nikki McCrimmon [nmccrimmon@mccollege.ca]