Alumni Profile: Marlo Steenman

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Marlo Steenman- she’s a rockstar award winning hairstylist who knows the importance of her family, friends and her “spanx for not letting [her] down” at the North American Hairstyling Awards (watch her acceptance speech below!!)

Marlo is a graduate from MC College Edmonton’s Hairstyling Program. Since graduating, she has:

  • Won 2015 ‘Colorist of the Year’ at the North American Hairstyling Awards (ps. Did you know that her winning pictures were taken at the Artego Creative Lounge at MC College Edmonton?!).
  • Finalist for ‘Master Colourist of the Year’ at the 2012, 2014 and 2015 Contessa Awards.
  • Finalist for ‘Colourist of the Year’ at the 2012 Mirror Awards.

Today, she is a Color Educator at Revlon Professional Canada and a Master Stylist at The Men’s Room in Edmonton, Alberta. cj0o94hveaafqkf

Marlo Steenman with MC College Group President, Joe Cairo.

Her obsession with hair started at a young age: “I remember [my dad] bringing home mannequin heads to practice on…I would do their hair…make a salon in my bedroom…I CAUGHT THE BEAUTY BUG!”.

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Coming from a family full of Hairstylists, who all went to MC College (it was called Marvel back then), she decided to enroll in the Hairstyling program as it offered everything that she was looking for: good reputation, hands-on education and opportunities to practice her craft. “Some of the Instructors still stand out to me and as I look back…I now understand the things they would tell you and it all makes sense”.

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From Master Colorist to Educator and Platform Artist, Marlo has dedicated over 26 years to the beauty industry. She has jet setted across the globe to places such as Spain, France, Mexico, Dominican Republic, New York, Las Vegas and throughout Canada to name a few, to teach and perform in hair shows.

Looking back at her career, Marlo attributes her mentor, Philip Capobianco for her success and growth. Phillip was a global performing artist, hairstylist, salon owner and creative manager at Colomer Canada. “He really guided and pushed me…Through him, I was able to meet a number of amazing artists who always support me”.

We asked her: What advice would you give to MC College students?

“Dress the part and act the part….Ask the industry people for guidance, we are an amazing community and we are willing to help each other out…you will never know everything…remember we are all students for life”.

Marlo’s Acceptance Speech:

Alumni Profile: Trina De Busschere, co-owner of the Lemon Tree Salon & Studio

ImageFrom an early age, Trina De Busschere always had a passion for the beauty and fashion industry. Growing up, she “found herself always wanting to have ‘her’ hands in people’s hair and found hairstylists fascinating”. After graduating from MC College Saskatoon in 2001, Trina worked at a local hair salon for 7 years, where she developed a large clientele and obtained her Journeyperson Certificate. Between 2006 and 2010, she was hired as a Color Educator for Joico Vero color to teach color classes in salons and cosmetology schools across Saskatchewan, and got the opportunity to work with platform artists across Canada.

Upon graduating from MC College, Trina knew that her ultimate career goal was to be a salon owner: “with my experience and love for the industry over the past 10 years, I took everything into consideration and knew I could create and run an exciting salon in Saskatoon”. In 2010, Trina and a former colleague, turned their vision into reality and opened the Lemon Tree Salon & Studio.

When asked what she enjoys the most about being a salon owner, Trina stated that she “loves coming up with marketing strategies, educating myself…and motivating my team on a daily basis. Pulling out people’s talents they may not even realize and watching them grow is something that I love to see and that is what keeps me going on a daily basis.”

As a stylist, educator and a salon owner, her biggest eye-opener was when she became an entrepreneur, “Until you are a salon owner you will never know how much is involved. From considering employee livelihood…,financial decisions and so much more”.

Her advice to current and prospective MC College students is that “this industry is truly your oyster”. She says that there are endless opportunities for an exciting career in this industry, from salon ownership to travelling the world as a platform artist. “With extreme dedication, hard work, drive and passion you can truly make your dreams become a reality! Always believe in yourself, always be open to change and always continue to grow and you will be successful.”

For more information about Trina and the Lemon Tree Salon & Studio:

Beauty Tips with Dawn-Marie: Choosing the Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

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Wondering how to choose a hair color that works best with your skin tone? The best way is to determine whether you have a cool, warm or neutral skin tone. Here are a few tips to determine yours:

1). Hold up a piece of silver and yellow-gold jewelry against your skin. If the silver looks better against your skin, you have a cool skin tone. If the yellow-gold looks better, you have a warm skin tone. If both pieces of jewelry look equally as good, you have a neutral skin tone.

2). Look at the veins on the underside of your forearm. If your veins are blue, you have a cool skin tone. If your veins are tinged with green, you have a warm skin tone. If you have both blue and green veins, you have neutral skin.

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People with a warm skin tone look best with hair colors that have a warm overtone. People with a cool skin tone look best with hair colors that have a cool overtone. If you fall under the neutral category, you look good with any hair color (lucky!).

Skin tone hair color matches:


  • Gold
  • Honey
  • Caramel
  • Copper
  • Red
  • Mahogany
  • Strawberry Blonde
  • Ginger
  • Dark Brown
  • Rust


  • Platinum
  • Ash-blonde
  • Sandy Blonde
  • Medium Brown
  • Jet Black
  • Fawn
  • Mid-level blondes
  • Wine
  • Burgundy
  • Mahogany

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  • If you want to change your hair color or add highlights, don’t go more than two shades above or below your natural color.
  •  Adding a few face-framing highlights will add dimension to your hair (especially if you have layers)!
  • The key to having black hair is to add tons of shine because this shade can easily look dull or dry.
  • If you naturally have fair skin, you’re best suited for a cool beige or platinum hair color.