Trip to Saskatoon

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Paris of the Prairies. City of the Bridges. These are just a few names to describe Saskatoon; home to over 200,000 people. As an Edmontonian and my first trip outside of Alberta (shocking, right?), Saskatoon felt like a home away from home: a big city with a small town feel.

As I arrived for my first visit to the Saskatoon MC College Campus, I was met with the sounds of excitement as students worked on clients and prepared for graduation. During the campus tour, I was able to see the hands-on training the students were receiving, as well as visit the beautiful spa area. Speaking to the graduating students, it was inspiring to hear their reasons for pursuing a career in the industry. It was also great to hear that a majority of the students had a job lined up for them after graduation. Many of those jobs were acquired through hair demonstrations held at MC College and establishing technical experience through volunteering at events such as: Sears Beauty Gala, Woman’s world, Miss Teen Saskatchewan and Fantasy Fashion Show.

As a guest at their graduation, it was amazing to see the overwhelming amount of support at graduation. I had the pleasure of meeting an inspirational and industry-passionate individual: Laddie James, Owner and Hairstylist at Hairstyle Inn. Not only is he a huge supporter of MC College students, he also awards the top student with a scholarship award, the MC2 award. At this years Fall 2013 graduation, Hairstyling student, Carley Aldous, was awarded with the MC2 award and a $500 scholarship.

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At every graduation, the Frank Cairo Award is given to the student who best represents the qualities of: Commitment, Integrity and Respect. These qualities were the basis of Frank Cairo’s success in the industry. This year, Hermien Brits from the Hairstyling program and Bailey Dash from the Esthetics program  received this prestigious award.

MC College hosts two graduation events at each campus every year. The graduation allows the graduates, their friends and families, and the faculty and industry to come together to celebrate and recognize their achievements.

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For more information about the programs at MC College:

http://www.mccollege.ca/brochure2013

To read about Frank Cairo:
http://mccollegeblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/frank-cairo-awarded-the-queen-elizabeth-ii-diamond-jubilee-medal/

To learn more about Laddie James and the Hairstyle Inn:
http://www.hairstyleinn.com/

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