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!”

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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MC College in the Community: January

Whether it’s pink hair or a new hair cut, the month of January was about helping the community by giving makeovers to those in need and to help raise awareness for children battling cancer. MC College students use their skills for the benefit of others, while at the same time expanding their technical experience by volunteering at community events.

#PaintingYegPink- Edmonton, Alberta

On January 16th, Edmonton MC College buzzed with excitement as students and staff “painted Edmonton pink” at the annual Hair Massacure event for cancer. From 6AM to 5PM, students pinked over 40 heads and beards (eyebrows included!). But what’s “pinking”, you ask? Pinking is when people raise funds for children battling cancer by bleaching and coloring their hair fuschia pink. Local celebrity, Bridget Ryan from Breakfast Television was on location to interview participants while they got their hair bleached and pinked by our students. This year, the campus was visited by a “furry special” guest, Freddy the Poodle, who wore pink extensions to help participants raise awareness! The second part of Hair Massacure will take place on February 14 at West Edmonton Mall, where MC College students will assist with shaving heads.

“A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support @HairmassacureNA at @mccollegegroup @thestollery @rmhnorthernAB #powerofawish”- @MakeAWishAB via Twitter

Hair Massacure Pinking 2014 Flipagram

Pictures from Hair Massacure Pinking 2014

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Helping the Community, One Cut at a Time- Vernon, British Columbia 

On January 2, Vernon MC College students and staff were invited to put their skills to the test for those in need at Vernon Alliance Church’s Common Threads event. From 1PM-3PM students gave out over 20 free haircuts.

#mcteamfabulous- Vernon, British Columbia

To kick off Vernon MC College’s #mcteamfabulous event, students from Seaton High School were invited for a campus tour and makeover. With High School graduation around the corner, the students received a new hairstyle, learned how to fabulously pose in selfies and experience what student life is like at MC College.

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Parkridge Centre- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Saskatoon MC College students and staff made a special visit to Parkridge Centre. Not only did the students give out mini manicures and hair touch-ups, they also taught the residents about basic body and hair care! Parkridge Centre is a long term care facility for over 240 residents ranging in age from Preschool to over 100 years of age.

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MC College in the Community

This December, MC College students got into the Christmas spirit by using their skills for the benefit of others. In addition, these events allow our students to network with potential clients and expand their technical experience. Here are a few of the events that MC College students volunteered at in December:

Help Portrait- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Using their skills to help others, students from Saskatoon’s MC College did haircuts, styles and makeup at the annual Help Portrait event on December 8th. Students and staff gave over 50 people mini makeovers to get them ready for their family portraits. Help portrait is a movement among photographers, hairstylists, makeup artists and volunteers, who transform, capture and deliver portraits of people who are not able to afford family portraits.

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Cops for Cancer Head Shave- Edmonton, AB

Every year, MC College partners with students from the Emergency Response Career Pathway program at Centre High, to support Cops for Cancer. On December 12, between 10am-12pm, students from the Edmonton MC College campus shaved and pinked over 100 heads!

Via Twitter: “Huge s/o to @mccollegegroup for helping out with the @CentreHigh head shave for cancer.”- @trifattytri

 

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Christmas Manicures- Red Deer, AB

On December 19th, students from Red Deer MC College brought an early Christmas gift to the residents of Symphony Senior Living’s, Aspen Ridge.  Students did Christmas themed manicures on seniors and participated in the facilities bean bag toss game! Esthetics student, Brooklyn Remple said “I really like visiting with them and they are so grateful for us to be there”.

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Women’s Transition House- Vernon, BC

On December 19th, students and staff from Vernon MC College visited the Vernon Women’s Transition House society to give free cuts and mini manicures to the residents and staff.  The Vernon Women’s Transition House Society is a nonprofit organization that offers 24 hour emergency services to women who are dealing with issues of abuse and violence.

Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree- Edmonton, AB

Between December 19 and December 22, students at the Edmonton MC College campus did hair and make up for the performers in the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Every year, MC College students and staff are invited backstage to do hair and make up for local artists and get to experience what it’s like to work at a live event! Accompanied by an orchestra and a 150 person singing Christmas tree, the Edmonton Singing Christmas tree highlights local talent and donates 100%  of all proceeds to local charities, organizations and children in need.

Via Twitter: “Thanks to the great hair and makeup girls making all @EdmSingingTree look great #yeg #mccollege”- @SophieSerafino

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Top 10 Things that Happened at MC College in 2013

It’s that time of the year again….year end lists! From volunteer events to international trips, here’s our list of the Top 10 things that happened at MC College in 2013 (in chronological order):

1). Vernon MC College’s Celebrity: Dawn-Marie Needham

In 2013, Vernon MC College director, Dawn-Marie Needham was given the opportunity to write beauty blogs for a local news paper. She is now a Beauty Consultant for The Vernon Morning Star and regularly contributes to MC College’s blog, in the segment “Beauty Tips with Dawn Marie”. A few posts that she’s written about: choosing the best hair color for your skin tone, how to get a brighter whiter smile and the benefits of wasabi massage oil, to name a few.

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2). Calgary MC College FORMA

Last January, students at the Calgary MC College campus competed in a student style competition called FORMA. Organized and founded by MC College Group, FORMA is a style competition designed to challenge students and give them the opportunity to work in teams and show off their creativity in 3 elements: Hairstyling, Makeup and Wardrobe Styling. The theme, “1940’s, 1980’s and Now” was chosen by Calgary’s Edges Salon and Spa, who also judged the students work.

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3). Edmonton Hair Massacure

Students and staff from the Edmonton MC College campus painted the town pink at the annual Hair Massacure event for Breast Cancer! This 2 part event kicked off on January 24th at the Edmonton MC College campus where Breakfast Television was on location to capture over 100 people getting their hair pinked. Included in those who were getting their hair pinked were our students and staff! The second part of Hair Massacure took place at West Edmonton Mall from 9AM to 9PM, where students assisted with shaving over 300 heads.

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More pictures: 2013 Hair Massacure Pink-Off

4). Fashion design students’ trip to New York City

From April 24 to April 29th 2013, Fashion Design students from the Edmonton and Winnipeg MC College campuses traveled to the Big Apple…New York City! During their trip, the students went on a fabric buying trip to Marcop and A&A Textiles, and toured the famous Mood Fabrics and Nanette Lepore’s design studio. On the last day, they went to the Fashion and Technology Exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where they saw how the advances in technology changed the fashion industry.

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For more information: MC College Takes New York City!

5). Frank Cairo Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

On May 18th 2013, Frank Cairo, Founder and Visionary of MC College Group, was awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Canadians recognized for this award have been chosen because of their significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada. It was presented by Cheryl Harrison, Vice President of Operations, at the Edmonton spring graduation.

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More information: Frank Cairo Awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

6). Red Deer Children’s Festival

From May 31st to June 1st, students and staff at the Red Deer MC College campus participated at the 7th annual Children’s Festival in Red Deer. With over 8000 people in attendance, the MC College booth was a huge success and was voted the most popular booth at the event! During the 3 day event, students and staff provided the public with complimentary hair and makeup touch-ups, face painting and mini manicures. The festival’s goal is to provide fun and new activities for the Children of Central Alberta.

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7). MC College raised over $7500 for the Alberta Red Cross

MC College wanted to support the Alberta Red Cross in rebuilding communities and assisting the Southern Alberta flood victims by donating 100% of the proceeds from salon and spa services at all locations, on July 6 2013. With the help of staff, students and clients, we donated over $7500 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist with the Alberta Floods relief.

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8). #MCxNAHA 2013

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! On July 14th, students and staff from all seven MC College campuses travelled to Las Vegas for the 8th annual MC College Viva Las Vegas Conference and attended the North American Hairstyling Awards. During the conference, students attended a presentation by renowned European stylist and Pivot Point International Artistic Director Yolly Ten Koppel along with International platform artist Laddie James, Charlie Price and Laura Dunphy of Salon Magazine. The purpose of the trip is to create an exciting impression of the industry for the students by meeting and listening to industry icons.

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More information: Viva Las Vegas!

9). Graduating Fashion Show

In the early Fall, students from the Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program at MC College Edmonton and Winnipeg showcased their final design collection at the New Designers Fashion Show. Every year, graduates design, create and present their final collections in a run-way show and are given the opportunity to network with local designers and fashion bloggers.

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Edmonton New Designers Fashion Show

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10). Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award. 

MC College was selected as an Honoree in the Placement category of Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award. The Placement category recognizes the school with the best approach to help students with their job placements, from Partners-in-Training programs to salon and spa visits. Hundreds of cosmetology schools from across North America submitted their entries in eight categories ranging from marketing to placement. The Excellence in Education program is presented annually by MODERN SALON Media with the support of the AACS.

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VERNON MC COLLEGE TO HOST BEAUTY WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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Tired of posting the same over-filtered selfies? Take your photos to another level and get featured on Instagrams’ popular page with MC College’s beauty workshop, “#MCTEAMFABULOUS”! This workshop gives students in Grades 9-12 the chance to work with the latest hair and make up looks straight from the runways of New York! The classes run on January 29, February 26 and March 26 between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM, where you’ll learn how to pose in pictures, receive a complimentary makeover, be in a photo shoot and learn how to make your own spa products!

Cost: $50+ tax for 3 classes (January 29, February 26 and March 26)
Includes make-up and hair supplies, gift bag, photo shoot and makeover.

The classes will take place at the Vernon MC College campus at 3409 31 avenue. Legal parent, guardian or caretaker must register you into the classes.

To register, call Dawn- Marie Needham at 250-542-8393 or email dmneedham@mccollege.ca

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MC College in the Community: November

Every month, MC College students volunteer at several community events. These events give the students the opportunity to give back to the community by allowing them to use their skills for the benefit of others. In addition, these events allow our students to network with potential clients and expand their technical experience. Here are a few of the events that MC College students volunteered at in November:

CATO fashion show, ‘The Final Cut’- Kelowna, BC

Hairstyling and Esthetic students from the Kelowna MC College campus had the opportunity to be the official Hairstylists and Makeup Artists for the Center for Arts and Technology’s fashion show, ‘The Final Cut’. In addition to creating connections with new fashion designers, photographers and models (great for the NAHA’s!), MC College students were able to experience what it was like to work behind the scenes at a fashion show.

It was exciting to learn in such a fast-paced environment, which helped show that there are plenty of different and unique opportunities for Hairstylists. It was a welcomed change to our usual routine and I am pleased that MC College offers these types of volunteer/working experience for their students…”-Kylie Florenu, student at Kelowna MC College

Engineering Head Shave- Edmonton, AB

On November 22 2013, Hairstyling students from the Edmonton MC College campus volunteered to shave over 40 heads at the engineering head shave fundraiser at the University of Alberta.This tenth annual event raises funds and awareness for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

@mccollegegroup your students are such an important part of our head shave events. Thank you for helping us redefine the future of cancer.” -@albertacancer

Festival of Trees (November 24-30)- Saskatoon, SK

To get into the Holiday spirit, students and staff from the Saskatoon MC College campus decorated a Christmas tree for Saskatoon’s Festival of Trees. The ‘Dashing through the Snow’ tree, sold for $750! This annual event engages the community by providing an opportunity for local businesses and school groups to display and sell their decorated Christmas tree, with all proceeds going to the Saskatchewan MS Clinical Research Chair Campaign through Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation.

If you are hosting an event that you think our students can volunteer at, please contact csin@mccollege.ca

Help Support Southern Alberta on July 6

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On June 20, 2013, a flood devastated the southern region in Alberta. Alberta is rebuilding to bring their beloved communities back! We, at MC College, want to help. On July 6, 2013, we will be donating 100% of the proceeds from our salons and spas services at our seven locations across Canada. All proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.

To book an appointment, please contact your campus of choice.

CALGARY: 1023-7 Ave SW| 403-290-0051 | cal-salon@mccollege.ca | cal-spa@mccollege.ca

EDMONTON: 10018 106 St | 780-429-4407 | ed-salon@mccollege.ca | ed-spa@mccollege.ca

KELOWNA: 100-1875 Spall Rd | 250-861-5828 | kel-salon@mccollege.ca | kel-spa@mccollege.ca

RED DEER: 5008 Ross St | 403-342-1110 | rd-salon@mccollege.ca | rd-spa@mccollege.ca

SASKATOON: 228-21 St E | 306-664-2474 | sk-salon@mccollege.ca | sk-spa@mccollege.ca

VERNON: 3409-31 Ave | 250-542-8393 | ver-salon@mccollege.ca | ver-spa@mccollege.ca

WINNIPEG: 575 Wall St | 204-786-5081 | win-salon@mccollege.ca | win-spa@mccollege.ca