Future Platform Artist Laura

Laura, Hairstyling Student

Laura, Edmonton Hairstyling Student

I had the opportunity to follow-up with Laura, an Edmonton Hairstyling student, just before she started the second phase of her training. I was first introduced to Laura during our Vegas trip where she made everyone laugh with her very witty answers to a questionnaire put together by Jeff Louis of Artego Canada.

It’s been about a month since our Vegas trip. Just before the trip you completed the first phase of your training in the classroom. What have you been up to since then?

I have been planning my submission for the NAHAs (North American Hairstyling Awards). I have completed my storyboard for the Avant-garde category.

What inspired you to enter the NAHAs?

 I had the opportunity to work backstage with talented artists Laddie James and Yolly ten Koppel. I was inspired from what I saw but by putting my own spin on it.

Every year, MC College takes their June Hairstyling students to Las Vegas to attend the NAHAs! During this amazing trip, we put on a two day conference that features a platform hair artist show, fun activities and amazing industry guest speakers. This year, we had NAHA multi-winner Charlie Price as our surprise speaker! 

How has it been in the school salon?

I have been in the salon for about a month. I love it! I’ve already had return clients. In the salon, I am constantly learning. I like to get in there by watching or assisting other students. It makes the day go by faster.

Anything cool or interesting?

I find myself gravitating towards new students and offering advice when needed as I have been there myself. Also, I like to see others put their own flair on cuts and make it their own.

What are you looking forward to?

I am really looking forward to the NAHA competition next year! As I am competing, I happened to learn aspects earlier such as up-dos and working with hair pieces and fillers. For my concept, I have learned that it’s best to start with simple basic steps and then add to make it more dramatic. It’s the little things that I wouldn’t have known if I wasn’t in the competition. Also, it helps on the salon floor with color and styling techniques. I hype up new techniques with my clients. I tell them that they will look different as they want to be unique. If you’re excited, the client is excited.

What advice have you been given towards your goal? 

I want to be a platform artist. Laddie gave me some raw advice which is what I needed. He told me what to expect and what not expect and what steps to take to get there. I know that I will have to start in a higher end salon in a major market such as Vancouver. He said that I will probably have to volunteer for 2-3 years and it won’t be easy. I have to be willing to give it all up just to do a hair show.

What advice would give to the Hairstyling students starting in September?

Remember why you are here. I would add to get involved in whatever events and competitions are at school. It gives you a boost and shows you what you could be doing!

Thanks Laura. We look forward to seeing you move towards your goals!

To learn more about our exciting Hairstyling program, check our website!

#MCxNAHA 2013

MC College 568

On Sunday July 14th over 100 staff and students from all seven MC College Group schools across Western Canada attended the eighth annual MC Viva Las Vegas conference.  Every student who enrolled in the Hairstyling program in June received this free trip to Las Vegas to participate in the conference and attend the North American Hairstyling Awards.

 The conference, just for MC students and staff, featured renowned European stylist and Pivot Point International Artistic Director Yolly Ten Koppel along with International platform artist Laddie James. Yolly and Laddie presented models showing the latest in coloring, cutting and styling techniques.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, MC students and staff were treated to a special guest presentation by acclaimed competition artist, Charlie Price. Charlie has been nominated for countless North American Hairstyling Awards and Canadian Mirror Awards. He spoke about his love of hairstyling and high-fashion and how he combined them both by working backstage as a hairstylist at fashion shows in New York and Europe. He also discussed his previous NAHA entries and winners. Day one was filled with more outstanding guest speakers from Robert Passage, Chairman and CEO and Melanie Koroyan-Kopeikin, President, both of Pivot Point International and a surprise visit from Carrie and Erin of The Hair Nerds!

Later that evening, students and staff attended the 24th North American Hairstyling Awards Gala hosted by Mario Lopez. Students saw the amazing work of the hairstyling industry’s elite including Dimitrios Tsioumas.

On the final day of the conference, students were introduced to Laura Dunphy, Publisher of industry magazine, Salon Magazine. Laura spoke about the Contessas (a Canadian hairstyling awards) as well as her impressive career. We also met Shaun Pulfrey, the creator of Tangle Teezer. He spoke about how he created the styling tool, his Dragon’s Den experience and gave a demo on how to use the Tangle Teezer! To bring our exciting day two to a close, Jeff Louis, National Artistic Director of Artego Canada, created a fun questionnaire and promoted interaction between students and staff. One of the best answers to the question “Whose hair would you like to do, past or present?” – Jesus.

The objective of the trip is to create an exciting impression of the industry for new students.  MC College Group believes in training their students to succeed.  The best way to teach success is by observing successful people.  What better exposure can there be, than meeting with and listening to industry icons!  For more information about this exciting career, go to www.mccollege.ca.

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Viva Las Vegas!

MC College in Vegas July 2012

MC College in Vegas July 2012

This Saturday July 13 over 100 staff and students from all seven M.C. College campuses across Western Canada will travel to Las Vegas for the eighth annual MC Viva Las Vegas conference.  Every student who enrolled in the Hairstyling program in June received this free trip to Las Vegas to participate in the conference and attend the North American Hairstyling Awards.

Yolly Ten Koppel, Michael O’Rourke & Laddie James

The conference, just for M.C. students and staff, will feature renowned European stylist and Pivot Point International Artistic Director Yolly Ten Koppel along with International platform artist Laddie James.

Michael O'Rourke

Michael O’Rourke

Last year students and staff were treated to a special guest presentation by industry icon Michael O’Rourke.  In 2011 Mr. O’Rourke received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the North American Hairstyling Awards for his exceptional contributions to the hair and beauty industry.  He is the creator of such innovative products as Michael O’Rourke Hair and Rock Your Hair.  Mr. O’Rourke shared the story of his beginnings in the industry and how he achieved such great success.  He gave the staff and students valuable insight into their own personal roads to success in the salon industry.

Who will be this year’s industry icon visiting the group?  Stay posted…