MC Alumni Profile: Andrew Van

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Some know him as Andrew while others know him as “Lord Chink”. As a 2010 Graduate from the Hairstyling program at the Winnipeg campus, he is the face behind the Instagram account with 10,000+ followers, @chinkthebarber. “I’m just an everyday Barber….I’m not trying to get famous. I’m just trying to master my craft and share it with others. Just chase your dreams.” he says.


From Winnipeg to Toronto and Edmonton to Montreal, Andrew has traveled across Canada to compete and learn with the best of the best. Since graduating, he has:

  • Won first place in ‘Best Design’ at the Golden Gloves Barber Battle in Winnipeg
  • Placed in the top three in ‘Trendsetter’ at the Heavy Hitters Barber Battle in Toronto.
  • Competed in the ABA’s Battle of the Barbers and Major Fade’s Barber Battle to name a few.
  • “Blessed heads” (cut hair) of celebrities such as Redman and Evander Kane (NHL hockey player)
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Today, he is a Barber at Blacklist Boutique.

 


His career in Hairstyling started when he was going through a turning point in his life. His mentor and friend, Scott Ramos (one of Canada’s most famous barbers) introduced him to the world of fades and razor parts. “Scott Ramos introduced me to Hairstyling and I thought it looked fun…he convinced me to be a Hairstylist after seeing me at my worst” says Andrew. “Thank you [Scott] for being my inspiration, if it wasn’t for you, I’d be a deadbeat by now” he continues.


He decided to enroll at MC College after our graduate, Guy Lemieux, referred him to the school. “This is embarrassing..roller sets was my favorite part…it taught me how to manipulate hair just by heat and very little products” says Andrew.


What’s been your biggest eye opener since graduating?
“Being a role model for students and seeing how far you can get from being a stylist/barber”
What’s been most exciting?
“Being recognized for what I do in Winnipeg and other cities by random people…instead of telling people who I am or what I do…I can finally say I made it!!”


What advice would you give to MC College students?
“Keep networking and take in as much education. The hair industry is never ending. Go bless some heads!”

Student of the Month: Danae Desjardins

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You may recognize her name from our Instagram. From purple balayage to granny hair, she is slaying it in the colour game. Our Student of the Month goes out to Danae Desjardins from the Winnipeg campus! “Danae works extremely hard and is a great role model to all her peers …her technique is out of this world…she has the drive and dedication. She wows the teachers; she wows all of us!” says Anna McGregor, MC College Director.

 

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“When I met my Hairstylist, she inspired me to get into it. It’s a good way to help people feel confident about themselves…that’s something that my Hairstylist helped me with…lots of people look at Hairstyling as superficial but they don’t know that we work hard and that there’s so many paths you can take.”

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Lighting is everything as you can tell in the two left hand side pictures. Shadow roots 😎One of my regular and favourite clients! Took her from her black roots to a solid grey. Book with me @ Mc College 575 Wall Street by calling 1-204-786-5081 ex 1(request me), message me on here OR email: danae.l.desjardins@hotmail.com☺️ @corydontimes @modernsalon @behindthechair_com @belowhairstudio @hotonbeauty @stylistshopconnect @beautifinder @mccollegegroup @artegocanada #wpg #winnipeghair #canadianhair #wpghair #hair #haircolor #haircolour #hairstyle #womanshaircolor #menshaircolor #menshaircut #menshairstyle #womanshairstyle #womanshaircut #winnipeghairsalon #wpghairsalon #winnipeghairstylist #wpghairstylist #mccollege #artegolife #balayage #fade #swave #curls #braid #beforeandafter

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What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Colours and barbering. Colours are fun ‘cause you can do a huge transformation. Sometimes it can be tedious and stressful but it’s so gratifying at the end. I like barbering because a lot of guys wait until they look like monkeys before they get cut. After you give them a cut, they look like a new person!”

What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“How hard hair cutting is! You can’t just pick up shears and do whatever…Before realizing I wanted to be a Hairstylist, I thought it was just something people did for fun. It’s a huge thing and always will be. Before, I didn’t know about hair competitions or being a platform artist…there’s so many opportunities”

 

What do you love about MC College?
“The people are awesome and the clients and staff members too. It’s a welcoming atmosphere. The teachers are always there to help us and they make you feel excited to learn.”

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Aced the picture she brought in today! Have to love virgin haired clients 🎀 Please feel free to book an apt with me @ 575 Wall Street! Call 1-204-786-5081 ex 1 ( Request me), inbox my page or email: danae.l.desjardins@hotmail.com @mccollegegroup @artegocanada @modernsalon @behindthechair_com @hotonbeauty @stylistshopconnect @beautifinder @bescene #winnipeg #modernsalon #wpg #winnipeghair #balayagedandpainted #wpghair #hair #haircolor #haircolour #hairstyle #womanshaircolor #womanshairstyle #womanshaircut #winnipeghairsalon #wpghairsalon #winnipeghairstylist #wpghairstylist #mccollege #artegolife #balayage #fade #curls #updo #hairtransformation #bescene #blowout #hairgram #204ever #getcreative

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What are your plans for the future after graduating?
“I want to enter the NAHA’S and Contessa’s. It’s so much fun to get out there and see what you can do…Come and watch my career. In five years, I’m going to have a business and I am going to make something big out of this”.

Danae recently landed her dream job at Sapphire Lounge.

What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“There are always going to be people who put you down for going to hair school…ignore them. If you’re passionate just go for it and it’ll never feel like work for you. Passion is what’s going to build your business and make you more successful than the people who bring you down”

 

Follow her on Social Media:
Instagram: @want.to.get.cut
Snapchat: want.to.get.cut
Facebook: Want To Get Cut By Danae DesJardins

Alumni Profile: Dawn Bradley

From the Paris of the Prairies (aka: Saskatoon) to New York, Dawn has traveled the globe to do what she’s most passionate about: Hair. ✂️ As a 2002 Hairstyling graduate from MC College, she is the owner of Dawn Bradley Hair … Continue reading

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:

Unleash Your Inner Stylist…

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Stylist: 1). A cut above the rest. 2). Adds color to the lives of others. 3). Brings out the beauty in others. 4). Miracle Worker.

You’re probably thinking that you already know what Stylists do (haircuts, colors, perms etc) but did you know that there are plenty of career options as a Stylist? You can be a salon owner, travel the world as a platform artist, be an educator and much more!

With so many career options as a Stylist, you probably have a lot of questions: What does it take to become a Stylist? What High School classes do you have to complete? What is it like to work in the beauty industry? How long is the Hairstyling program?

Invite a MC College Expert to your cosmetology class to inspireeducate and answer your questions about the beauty industry. Watch a live make-up and hair show, enter to win a giveaway and receive a FREE swag bag!

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If you would like a MC College expert to visit your school, contact Nikki (nikki@mccollege.ca).  

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: http://thelemontree.ca/talent/salon-leaders/trina-de-busschere

Have you ever wondered how to start your own salon or spa?

Modern Magazine estimated that the total revenue for all North American salon industry services in 2012 was approximately $75.38 billion and is expected to increase within the next few years. For this reason, many people in the beauty industry are motivated to advance their career by opening their own salon or spa.

Because many MC College students aspire to opening their own salon or spa, MC College is offering an entrepreneurship course to help Full Time Hairstyling students succeed as an entrepreneur in the beauty industry. With the help of Grant MacEwan University, industry experts and the Education Director at MC College, the course teaches students how to promote and differentiate their product and services, accounting/financial processes, and how to write a business plan. In this 5 day course, students travel to Grant MacEwan University to receive practical, hands-on training while at the same; experiencing what university life is like (did I mention that this course is provided to Full Time MC College Hairstyling students at no extra cost!).

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The Salon Entrepreneurship course is a complement course to MC College’s salon business program, ‘Shaping Your Success’. This program gives students the skills and knowledge to succeed in a client driven industry by focusing on topics such as personal marketing and client building/retention.

The Salon Entrepreneurship course is currently only offered at the Edmonton MC College Campus and is taught by Frank Saccucci, a professor in the School of Business at Grant MacEwan University. He has over 25 years of professional experience in management consulting, commercial banking and venture capital.

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For more information: http://www.mccollege.ca/programs/?
To download a program brochure: http://www.mccollege.ca/brochure2013

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/