My Skills Canada Experience by Sarah Haji

Skills Canada. Sounds pretty cool right? But what did I do there?  In all honesty when Audrey (my coach) asked me if I wanted to compete I said yes without really knowing what I was getting myself into. Looking back now, hands down, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Even through the training sessions where I wanted to give up, the many many tears and the pressure of keeping composure under the scrutinizing eyes of thousands on the competition grounds, the personal and professional growth I experienced was utterly worth it.

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Audrey and I at the competition site for provincials in Edmonton, AB

How did this journey all start? Well it was a pretty typical day about mid January, I was asked if I wanted to compete in the area of nails with art, bridal and fantasy makeup, a facial, massage and waxing. Seemed like a lot but I was willing to work hard to do the best I could in all areas. Later that day, Audrey came and gave me what could be the equivalent of a small novel, filled with competition guidelines and rules, to the smallest details like how many minutes exactly I had to set up, tear down, and greet my client.

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Audrey and I, celebrating after I accepted my gold medal, and a spot on Team Alberta

Training itself started off pretty rough to be completely honest, it took many months of practicing the same things over and over again, hating it and starting over. But eventually the hours of work started to show and my confidence grew as the weeks went by.

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Accepting my gold medal at provincials in Edmonton

Now fast forwarding to competing provincially in Edmonton. I had never competed in anything like it. It was set up in such a way that public viewers could walk around between the different booths and competitions, and could watch anything at any point, resulting that for the complete two days of competition, you were under the watchful eyes of not only the judges, but also the constant flow of thousands and thousands of spectators from a 360 view. By the end of both days I was crumbling from both exhaustion and stress of the day, but at the same time being so excited to do it all over again the next day. By the end, and having been on stage, gold medal in hand, I knew at that moment everything had been worth it, hundreds of times over.

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Team Alberta in Winnipeg. Photo credit: Skills Canada Alberta

 

 

Less than two weeks later, I found myself on a plane on the way to Winnipeg to do this all over again against not only the province this time, but the entire nation. The nerves and the stress began the day we landed, the butterflies and the anticipation of meeting the 6 other opponents, all from various parts of Canada was at an all time high. When I finally did meet everyone, it was very relieving to see that they were all in the same situation and it helped quite a bit that every single one of them was kind and helpful towards each other not only on the first day but throughout all the competition days as well.

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Day 1 of competition in Winnipeg. I had to complete a manicure with nail art. Photo credit: Skills Canada Alberta

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Day 2 of competition in Winnipeg. I had to complete a body treatment and waxing service. Photo credit: Skills Canada Alberta

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Me and my fellow competitors at Skills Canada in Winnipeg, MB. What an amazing group. I am so happy to have met them all.

Finally, the experiences and the friends I made throughout this entire competition were worth every struggle and battle faced leading up to, and during, both nationals and provincials. I have met and discussed with so many people from across Canada across the trade fields represented, and I definitely know that I wouldn’t have met any of them if it weren’t for this competition, much less become friends.

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That’s me running the Alberta flag across the stage at the Skills Canada awards ceremony! Every province had their team cross the stage to get the crowd pumped up for what was a really exciting closing ceremony. Photo credit: Skills Canada Alberta

I would strongly suggest to anyone who may have the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic experience to fully dedicate themselves to it. Yes it will be difficult, yes you will want to give up many times, yes the emotions run high, but at the end of the day, I will proudly say, for years to come, that this was an experience of a life time, I have made connections of a life time and I pushed myself to limits I never knew I even had.

Sarah

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May 2017 at Delmar: a Recap

May brought another busy month around the college. Scroll through and see what we got up to!

We welcomed some new students to Delmar, starting with our May 2017 Hair Design class. Welcome guys!

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We also welcomed our new May 2017 Esthetics class!

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With welcoming new classes comes saying goodbye to some others…

Congratulations to our September 2016 Hair Design graduates…

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…and to our June 2016 Hair Design graduates…

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…as well as our Apprenticeship Period 1 graduates…

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…and our November 2016 Esthetics grads…

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…and last, but not least, we congratulate our January 2017 Clinical Esthetics grads.

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Delmar College also hit the road and went to Edmonton to take part in the Skills Canada Alberta Provincial competition. Esthetics student, and Clinical Esthetics grad, Sarah Haji represented us and won a gold medal and a spot on Team Alberta. Congratulations Sarah!

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We caught up with Esthetics alumni, and past student of the month, Lindsey Wilkinson. If you missed her blog post click here and find out what she has been up to in the beauty industry.

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Speaking of our Esthetics Department, we made a HUGE announcement about our new campus and future wellness centre. Click here to read all about it.

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We held another successful Lash Extension training class. Courses are ongoing, click here for details.

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Our Clinical Esthetics class welcomed guest speaker, Jason Olandesca, from Glow M+D Clinics and Lipps and Sass. He educated us in the world of cosmetic injectables. Thanks Jason!

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Our Evening Esthetics student welcomed two guest speakers on their “Ask a Spa Owner” night. Thank you to Roxane Klein from Tree of Life Natural Health, and Mara Nagy from Angles Signal Hill and Curious Aesthetics Aspen, for coming in and spending an evening with our students!

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Our March Hair Design students welcomed Joico educator Jodi as a guest educator. Thank you Jodi!

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Thank you to Wella educator, Sasha for coming in and doing an intro to colour workshop with our March class and Apprenticeship class!

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We also saw tons of amazing talented work from our students. Here are some of the images that we featured…

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Hair by Hair Design student Maddie

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Microdermabrasion by Clinical Esthetics student Tarri

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Gel nail enhancements by Nail Technician student Alejandrina

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Hair, makeup, and styling by Hair Design student Shima. Photo credit: Brandon Shaw of Analog Dog Creative Ltd.

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Makeup by Makeup 101 student Cassandra

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Makeup by Makeup 101 student Shaelyn

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Hair and styling by Hair Design student Jade. Photo credit: Brandon Shaw of Analog Dog Creative Ltd.

Congratulations to Cheril from our October Hair Design class! She takes home a set of Panther shears for winning our 80’s Throwback Challenge.

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We gave a special shout out to graduate Ashlee Logan for achieving Perfect Attendance during her Hair Design program. Congratulations Ashlee!

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Thank you to everyone who made May such an amazing month at Delmar!

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Diary of a Hair Student: Entry #1 by Morgan Calvert

Today is my first entry in my college diary.  I believe these monthly logs will be very helpful to many people thinking about hair school, or even currently in school for any interest, as a reassurance that the struggles you are facing are normal.

I started Delmar College on May 4th 2017.  So far it has been an amazing experience. I chose to attend Delmar College because it was recommended to me by a barber living in Calgary that I had a lot of respect for, who said he thought it would suit me as an artist. When I saw “hair tattoo artist” Rob Ferrel, who does amazing hair tattooing in mostly men’s hair and under cuts, I was hooked.

I have met people in my class that I can already tell that I’m going to be good friends with for the rest of my life. During the first couple days the instructors told us that we would be like family by the end of the course. I was skeptical of this statement, but I can now say that after only one month that I believe them.

So far we have learned how to do something called a 50/50 set, basic shapes of cuts, finger waves, sectioning and we are now just starting to learn perms and layering in cutting class. Every time we start something new I think to myself “this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’m never going to be a hair dresser,” but after a few times practicing it you catch on! This course really teaches you that practice really does make perfect!!

And here are some pictures I’ve taken to document my first month on this amazing adventure!

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This is from our very first day of class


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This is one of the first days we actually worked with our mannequins

 

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This is the very first cut we ever did in cutting class, a triangle cut


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First perm practice


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And here we all are with our mannequins after our first layering lesson

I can’t wait to fill you all in on what we have all learned next month, but until then stay creative and keep positive!!!!

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Delmar College Esthetics & Wellness Training Centre

As the Director of Esthetics at Delmar College for 7 years now, nothing could be more rewarding than to realize that your efforts have paid off.

Delmar College has been around since 1950 in Hair Stylist training. When Dan and Carla Cavanagh bought Delmar back in 2010 they had a vision to take Delmar to new heights.

I feel so lucky to have been the candidate they chose to lead the Esthetics side of Delmar. I was hired in 2010 and came to Delmar with only two programs, the Esthetician program, and the Nail Technician program.

I told Dan and Carla when they hired me that I would continue to develop new training opportunities in the Esthetics field. I kept developing new programs even as we upheld Delmar’s 67-year reputation for offering the best training in Alberta!

Since 2010 I have added 9 additional programs to the Esthetics side of Delmar for a total of 11 programs in all. We now run more than one commencement of the Esthetician program, the Nail Technician Program, and the Makeup programs. This allows the opportunity for more students than ever before to come to school at a time that suits their family schedules, and their busy lifestyles.

We have added Infection Prevention Control Certification to every program that Delmar College offers; another first for the Industry in Alberta.

The Esthetics Team we have at Delmar is why our programs continue to be so successful. Without their input into new program development, their professionalism, enthusiasm, and industry experience, we would not be the number one Esthetics training college in Alberta!

Dan and Carla have watched the growth of the Esthetics side of Delmar with pride, even as the Hair Stylist side of Delmar continues to develop and grow; always maintaining the level of excellence long associated with the name, Delmar College.

We are so proud to announce that Delmar College will be opening another campus in Calgary. The Esthetics and Wellness Training Centre will be located at 5769 4 Street SE.

With over 10,000 sq. ft. at the new campus we will offer even more ways to meet the growing need for industry professionals in the Esthetics field. We will be adding more programs, and more commencement opportunities. This campus will be open 7-days a week which will serve our community, and make Delmar a leader in innovative learning.

We take possession of the new building July 1, 2017 and will move the entire Esthetics team along with all the Esthetics programs in September 2017.

This level of recognition for what the Esthetics side has brought to Delmar speaks to me about where the Esthetics Team can take our industry, and for that, I couldn’t be prouder.

With dedicated owners, a stellar team of Esthetics Professionals, and the room to grow, the sky is the limit.

Linda Villeneuve, Director of Esthetics 

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Alumni Profile: Lindsey W

It’s been just over a year since I decided to take the esthetics program at Delmar, and exactly 6 months since I graduated the program with honors, and a perfect attendance record. This was something I was extremely proud of (and still am!) but when it came time to put everything I had learned into practice, it was a little scary!

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I started working for Skoah doing retail and reception while I was still an esthetics student. My program at Delmar was 4 days a week, so I worked 3 days a week at Skoah as a Skin Care Coach. I decided I wanted a foot in the door of the beauty industry before I graduated, and this was a good place to start. I loved my weekends there, learning the product line, and getting a feel for the environment.

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For anyone who doesn’t know much about Skoah, it is a facial only spa – we call ourselves a “skin gym” complete with memberships, just like regular gyms, and my official title as an esthetician is “Skin Care Trainer”. The philosophy is that your skin needs regular workouts (facials) to stay healthy and look its best – just like your body! It is a Canadian company founded in Vancouver. I love supporting Canadian companies and take pride in working for one, and contributing to its success!

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So some of you might be thinking: “you ONLY do facials?! Don’t you get bored? What about all your other skills?” It’s true. I only do facials, but it absolutely does not get boring! Every single person’s skin is different, and I get endless satisfaction out of figuring out what is best for each individual person’s skin type, accomplishing their goals, and figuring what kind of home care regimen is going to fit into their daily schedule. It is like a giant puzzle for me to solve, and is so satisfying when I finally do! It is also true that I learned so many more skills at Delmar that I am currently not using, but skin care was always where it was at for me! Any one of my classmates, and my instructors can tell you how much I hated manicures, and how I swore after my last quota that I would never do another manicure in my life! Okay, that was dramatic of me, but there is absolutely nothing stopping me from pursuing different aspects of esthetics in the future!

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For now I love my days spent at Skoah helping people feel the best about their skin, and helping them get the healthiest skin they could possibly imagine! I love getting results from my products and my facials, and seeing my clients on a regular basis. I can’t tell you how many women come in and say “I have developed adult acne and I need help!” I give them a relaxing facial, educate them on how to properly take care of their skin, and send them home with a regimen that we have discussed, and then 4 weeks later they come back with improved skin!  It’s such a great feeling knowing that I have actually helped them feel better about themselves and taught them something that they didn’t know before! Educating my clients is one of my favourite parts of my job, and I would not be able to do this if I hadn’t received the best education possible from my wonderful instructors at Delmar. I often hear Raelyn’s voice in my head, telling me to slow down my massage, or making me recite the secrets of client retention. I cannot thank her enough for always demanding excellence of me in school, and therefore I now demand excellence of myself in the workplace.

My time spent at Delmar molded me into the successful esthetician I have become over the last year. I have excellent sales, I have loyal clients that trust me to take the best possible care of their skin, and wonderful co-workers that I constantly learn from; I feel so proud to be where I am. The possibilities are still endless for me and my career. This is just the beginning for me! I will soon start to be trusted to train new Skin Care Trainers that start at Skoah, which is a very big responsibility that I am excited to be entrusted with! And then after that who knows where my career path will take me! All I know is that the sky is the limit, and that I am forever grateful to my time at Delmar for setting me up for success.

Lindsey

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2017 at Delmar: April Recap

Here’s what we got up to around the college in April.

A huge Delmar welcome to our April Pre-Employment Hairstyling class…

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…and to our April evening Nail Technician class…

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…and our newest Makeup 101 class.

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We also saw our November evening Nail Technician class graduate. Congratulations ladies! We wish you all the success in the world.

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Skills Alberta was onsite on April 7th to run another successful regional hairstyling competition. We were blown away by the talent of these high school students, and we wish the medalists the best of luck at provincials in May.

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Esthetics instructor, Raelyn McKay, wrote another amazing blog post for us. If you didn’t catch that one, click here to check it out.

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Esthetics student, Joan Lovely, was our Delmar Ambassador and Student of the Month for April. Click here to learn more about Joan.

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We have to send out a huge thank you to some guest educators that came in and spent some time with our Hair Design students.

Thank you to the team from Karizma Salon!

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Thank you to Joico educator Jodi!

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Our daytime Nail Technician class worked on some amazing hand sculpted nail art. Here are just a couple of shots of their work.

We featured some awesome student work on our social media sites. Here’s a taste from some of our April posts. We also have to give a shout out to Brandon from Analog Dog Creative for some of these shots.

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And last, but definitely not least, we saw the end of an era. Donna has taught for Delmar for 44 years. We are sad to see her go, but wish her the happiest of retirements. We love you Donna!

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Student of the Month: Joan Lovely

Joan Lovely is our April Student of the Month and is a true Delmar Ambassador. We sat down with her and asked her some questions about why she chose Delmar and what her future plans are.

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What made you decide to become an Esthetician?

I wanted to learn how to take better care of my skin, and how to educate others to take better care of their own skin too.

What made you choose Delmar?

In my opinion, Delmar has a great teaching reputation. I also felt that the price of the Esthetics program was fair.

What has been your favourite part of the course so far?

Facials!

Do you have any advice for new students?

Don’t miss classes and be committed to the program

What are your plans once you graduate?

Look for a job that is related to my course and get some real-world work experience

Keep up all the great work Joan!

Stay tuned because next week we will be checking in with Esthetics alumni, Lindsey Wilkinson.

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From a Spark to a Flame: an Educator’s Perspective by Raelyn McKay

As an Esthetics instructor, the most satisfying part of my job is when my students grow in their skills and they begin to really gain an appreciation for the little things; it’s when they are no longer satisfied with just finishing a manicure, or waxing service or facial, but really perfecting it.

That’s when I know a tiny spark has caught fire into real passion.

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At first, Beauty School can be a little awkward. Every esthetician and hair stylist has been there – you choose a school and you show up, and you sort of muddle through those first weeks in school. You’ve maybe tried doing your own nails or waxing your sister’s legs or designing makeup looks before, but then school is an entirely new world. When it comes to sitting with a stranger in a practical spa with an instructor, there is a specific technique or protocol and it can be intimidating. It’s a brave thing to overcome those first butterflies. So patiently, we as instructors encourage each student to move past those tentative first weeks, watching our students build confidence and gain skills.

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And then the middle of the term arrives. There’s perhaps a plateau, and with it, perhaps a bit of frustration. That’s when I get excited, because this is where I see the most opportunity. When my student is frustrated, it means she cares about progress, and she may be open to trying a new trick.

That’s the moment.

That moment when I adjust a hand position or a piece of equipment or a towel fold, and instantly a student is able to finally get the gorgeous result she’s been chasing. Those moments are what I live for.

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It happens in the classroom, too. Skin and nail therapy is both science and art, and my students learn anatomy and physiology and skin histology, of course, but also electricity and chemistry and how ingredients affect the skin. At first it seems so random that we’re learning chemistry and electricity in an esthetics course. I mean, isn’t it just washing people’s faces and painting nails?

Until we break out the Micro-current machine and we are all glad we have an understanding of the fifth cranial nerve, the orbicularis occuli and corrugator muscles, and how iontophoresis helps a water-binding product like hyaluronic acid to penetrate beyond the epidermis. And they really get it. Suddenly the chemistry and physics that never had any relevance in high school makes sense. And it really is magical.

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I’ve been an instructor at Delmar for over a year and I’ve seen a few classes graduate now. And some of my students have taken the time to come back and share with me their successes in the industry. We laugh together about the initial struggles and initial anxious moments when things seemed so difficult; but with a bit of tenacity, we worked through and it all fell into place. The fact is, the little moments continue well beyond graduation for these students, because they leave Delmar with a hunger to experience everything the industry has to offer them.

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2017 at Delmar: March Recap

Here’s what we got up to around the college this past month.

We said goodbye and congratulations to our Hair Styling Pre-Employment class…

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…and to the second period Apprenticeship group…

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…and to our May Hair Design graduates. We sincerely wish you all the best!

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We also welcomed some new students. A huge Delmar welcome to our new first period Apprenticeship group…

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…and to our March 2017 Hair Design class!

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November Esthetics did their Fantasy Makeup workshop. Here’s some of their work.

Our daytime Nail Technician students celebrated their new trolleys (and let us take a picture)

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We blogged about our Makeup programs and made the exciting announcement that we now offer the option to complete a diploma in Makeup Artistry. If you missed that one, just click here to check it out.

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We also welcomed a new Makeup 102 class and have been following their progression on our social media sites. They cover everything from tattoo coverage to drag makeup to hair styling. Here’s some of their work so far.

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We posted another installment from our Evening Esthetics class. Cathy updated us on how their class is going for March. Click here to check it out.

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We named another school-wide Student of the Month and Delmar Ambassador, Christopher Sauer. Click here to learn more.

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Thank you to everyone who made March another fantastic month at Delmar College!

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The Evening Esthie’s Blog Takeover #4 by Cathy Fillion

……so, where were we last time we blogged? Oh, that’s right fears and visions of clients leaving without eyebrows. Clients looking at us square in the eye and saying “you really don’t know what you are doing, do you?”

None of that happened.

The Evening Esthie’s just completed their waxing final last week.  So please feel free to book as space is limited. Not only do we promise to leave you hairless in the designated areas but our practice with professionalism and confidence might just have you taking a nap as we provide the service. So, with waxing behind us we continue to practice on mani’s and pedi’s.

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We are learning both straight and French, light and dark colours, lacquers and gels. I discovered just like waxing, it is not as simple as it looks with mani’s and pedi’s. There is a real science to looking at the foot for diseases and disorders, cleaning up the foot through cutting, filing, scraping callouses and dead skin, cleaning up cuticles to create beautiful smile line.

We covered all the knowledge in class first so we would be prepared and armed with knowledge of the physiology and anatomy of feet and hands and the diseases and disorder we will come across at work. So, all this before we even dip that brush into that beautiful bright colour that will put a smile on our clients face! In our case especially, since spring is literally right around the corner.

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With many a model day, practicing on each other and some paying clients we are approaching spa approved mani’s and pedi’s. Thanks to Vanessa our talented, intelligent, and patient instructor. She taught us how to hold that bottle of polish, how to stabilize the foot or hand we are painting and because of this we are rarely flooding nails and completing a service in spa time.   We also got the opportunity to join Raelyn’s class last week and started learning nail art.  We are now busy practicing flowers and animal prints. An added bonus to offer a client who wants something extra special in their service.  As I mentioned this is a real science and takes a lot of practice, patience and a chuckle now and then.  With this service, I can only say practice, practice, and practice again!  So, with all that we continue to finish our quota’s.

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We are now focusing on skin and specifically the face. Understanding the different skin types, the needs, the contraindications, the realistic expectations of a service. I have mature skin so no matter how many treatments my 20 something skin is no longer. However, maintenance, lifestyle, and sun protection will keep my beautiful healthy skin radiant. This knowledge and more I have learned in the last few chapters of our textbook. The presentation Krystle gave us in the fall about SkinCeuticals is being implemented. We are using models, clients and each other to practice and learn skin types, issues, SkinCeutical products, hot cabbie for towels, steamer for preparation of extractions, masks to bring impurities to the surface and massage.  It is a real toss up some days whether the facial and products used is the best part of the service or if the massage itself is really the best.

Hmmmm, I believe I need to do more homework on this and I promise to get back to you next time…….lol.

Behind the scenes in the classroom, we have been studying communicating for success, basics of nutrition, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, electricity, facial treatments, facial massage, skin analysis, physiology and histology of the skin and diseases and disorders of the skin. We just finished all that study last week with our midterm. Quizzes, projects and tests kept us busy and better prepared to know how to take care of our clients when performing treatments. All this knowledge has built our confidence and the importance of knowing the parts of the body we are working on. It is about pleasure and fun for sure but is also about the safety of that client too.

So, the Evening Esthie’s have been very busy.  We reached our half way point in the course the other day. I must say the time has really flown and the experience thus far has been simply amazing. A small class and our great instructor Vanessa has really made this journey to a new career wonderful.

Well I am happy I got a chance to chat and keep everyone up to date on the evening class. We are unique in size and class time and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so grateful Delmar offered this night class as an option and hope that once they see their first one graduate in July they offer it again! So, until next time keep those hairs on the cheese cloth, tint those brows and eyes lashes, get those nails and toes painted and throw a flower on for the spring, and finish it off with a facial showing off that healthy beautiful skin you have. Face the world with confidence as you are truly beautiful at Delmar.

Cathy

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