Hands-on workshop with Matty Conrad

 

Internationally recognized hairstylist and educator, Matty Conrad, was at our Winnipeg campus for a full day of hands-on education.

 

 

From his award-winning menโ€™s grooming techniques to top trending cuts, the workshop went over foundational basics, head shape and composition, clipper work, scissor work, texturizing, client building, social media and photography tips.

 

 

From MC Alumni and salon owners to hairstylists who drove over 16 hours to attend, the workshop was sold out!

 

 

Matty worked with each stylist, one on one, on trending menโ€™s cuts and how to capture that Instagram worthy shot.

Check out our Instagram Highlights for a preview of the workshop!

Matty Conrad is an international platform artist, educator, hairstylist, master barber and award-winning salon owner. He is recognized across North America as one of the top menโ€™s grooming experts. In 2017, he launched, Victory Barber & Brand Products, a line of styling products designed for men. Matty has been awarded several top honors for menโ€™s hairdressing in North America including: Canadian Menโ€™s Hairstylist of the Year in 2014, Canadian hairstylist of the Year Fan Favorite 2015, and Behind the Chairโ€™s Big Shot Award for Menโ€™s Shot of the Year.

MC ELITE: Robert Erasmo

Instagram: @crazykut_classick
Campus: Winnipeg
Program: Hairstyling

Favorite food: burgers and fries
Favorite item in your wardrobe: I love my sneakers…Iโ€™m a sneakers kind of guy
Who do you follow on social media? @famos, @juliuscaesar

 

From steel toed boots and hard hats to shears and electric clippers, our December MC Elite goes out to Robert Erasmo from our Winnipeg campus! โ€œBefore I realized I even wanted to do it as a career, I was working in construction. One day, I realized that I made more money cutting hair than what I made in construction, and it was something that I really liked doing.โ€ As a new dad and future insta-famous barber, he is excited to start a career he is passionate about. โ€œIโ€™m having a baby next year so I canโ€™t wait to focus on starting a family when school is done. Everything works out for a reason.โ€

 

What did you choose Hairstyling?

When I was a teenager, I hung around with the wrong crowd. It got me into trouble but thatโ€™s my life and you canโ€™t hide it because itโ€™s my story. Itโ€™s what made me who I am today. It made me grow up real fast though. During this time, a friend taught me how to cut hair. At first I was doing it to help me get back on my feet. All my friends and their friends and their extended family started asking me to do their hair and I guess it kicked up from there. My family really supported my decision. Hairstyling helped me gain control of my life back.

 

 

What do you like most about the industry?

It doesnโ€™t matter how long you have been doing it or how good you are or how good you think you are, there is always more to learn and thatโ€™s good for me because itโ€™s a field thatโ€™s always changing. There are always new trends and styles to learn so it can never really get over saturated because each person will have what they are good at.

 

What do you like most about being a student at MC College?

I have learned so much from everyone here and from work experience. My instructors, peers…just everyone Iโ€™ve met. The school has not only opened my eyes to whatโ€™s available as a stylist but I learned about the professional side too – like how to sell retail and how to engage with clients.

 

 

Who or what motivates you?

My family and friends especially after all that I and they have been through. Sometimes when stuff happens to you, itโ€™s hard to be confident in yourself, be out in the community and pursue your dreams. My family and friends were by my side at each step and really encouraged and motivated me. They are the reason for keeping me grounded and focused on my dreams and career.

 

What is the best advice youโ€™ve ever received?

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars. Either way, as long as youโ€™re going somewhere, youโ€™re going to get to some place.

 

 

Do you have any social media advice for MC students?

We are our biggest critics. Many of my peers take a picture and think that their work is not good enough and that people would think itโ€™s ugly so they donโ€™t post it. If you are proud of it, thatโ€™s all that matters, just put it out there and people will eventually notice you and your work.

When you keep posting, in a matter of a few months, you can look back and see your progress and thatโ€™s something people like to see: progress.

 

What are your plans when you graduate?

There are a few barbershops that I am really interested in. Places that I know I can take my career to a new level. Iโ€™m having a baby next year so I canโ€™t wait to focus on starting a family when school is done. Everything works out for a reason.