Diary of a hair student #6 by Morgan Calvert

Hello Everyone,

We’re all just entering our seventh month of the 1400 hour hair program, and we’re finally on the salon floor full time. Its been a lot of fun,  having clients and getting to work with real human hair instead of the mannequins.

When the instructors tell you that working on a real human head is easier then mannequin hair they  aren’t kidding at all! I use to think they were just telling us that so we wouldn’t panic about being on the salon floor but now I realize that it’s just truth.


So if you’re struggling to get your sections even or neat, just know that its way easier then you’re being set up to believe.

Also working with color is super rewarding and I have so much fun doing it and making clients happy with their new looks when leaving the salon!


I’ve come to the conclusion that my favourite things to do on the salon floor are dramatic transformations. For example I had a client that had been blonde for eight years and decided that she wanted to be a dark auburn, it took me five hours to complete but I felt super accomplished when I finished the job and my client was happy with her hair! (see attached photo below)



Color Correction done by Morgan Calvert


I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my work this month!

Thank you for reading.
-Morgan Calvert




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Delmar Student Ambassador: Reagan Mongrain


What Program are you currently in? How long do you have remaining?
-I am in the 1400 hour, 3 day hair styling program that started back in August. I have about 8 months of training left which seems crazy because I feel that I’ve already learned a crazy amount and I can’t believe there’s still so much more. Looking forward to learning it all!

Why did you choose Delmar College?
– Choosing a hair school was way easier that I thought. I had taken a couple school tours, Delmar being the last one and after talking with Shauna I knew right away I wanted to come to Delmar. Their curriculum stood out to me that they focus on you learning with mannequins before sticking you on the floor with real people. I had also heard many good things about Delmar from coworkers at the salon I worked at.

What award did you receive ?
– I received ambassador of the month and as my prize I got the Paul Mitchell protools express ion style+ flatiron; which I am super excited to use when I start my first day at the salon after school!


Reagan receiving her Ambassador award.

What does it mean to you to have been chosen as the school ambassador?
– It is an honor to be chosen as the school ambassador! It shows that the teachers really notice the effort and hard work I put in everyday. It is really nice to be recognized for your hard work because it gives you that extra push to keep going.

Why did you want to become a stylist?
– As a little girl I always loved doing my friends hair whenever we would play around. I loved that everyone had a somewhat different hair texture and they all did different things. I love to make people feel happy and beautiful, it makes me feel good as a person when I did something for them.

What is your goal?
– My goal right now is to rock all of my practical evaluations so I’m able to work on all clients when our class goes to the salon floor. My next step out of Delmar is to go back to Hedkandi Salon where I was working before hair school. I’ll receive even more education at Hedkandi and begin working my way to being a stylist.


What is your favourite part of the Hair program?
– I loooove color! I find all different hair colors to be beautiful and you have so many options to play around with! Going to Delmar and learning to cut hair has made me more interested in haircutting but I still think my main one is color.


So far how has your experience been at Delmar?
– The experience has been pretty great! All of the teachers are super helpful and you can go to anyone for questions. I’ve learned so much already and I’ve only been in the program since August!


What advice would you give someone about to attend Delmar?
– To always be paying attention and listening or it’s going to be harder. It’s such a fast paced program and there’s so much new information being given to you everyday and if you aren’t paying attention you most likely won’t be able to catch up.

Has it been the right path for you?
– I would say yes, definitely. Working with people and their hair brings out a side of me you don’t usually see. I get so happy and giddy over my work if it turns out nice. I love to have the opportunity to be as creative as possible, and in this industry you can!

– Reagan

To Barber or not to barber? Guest blog by Alison Confrey

Delmar welcomes a new barbering/stylist program to the list! Starting this exciting new path of men’s grooming at Delmar College is going to be taught by Alison Confrey.  Here is her story!


By: Alison Confrey


Hi! I am Alison, Delmar’s first 1400 hour Barbering/Hairstylist instructor. ‘To barber or not to barber?’  That was the question facing me in 2014 when I was offered a position as a Barber in the Downtown Core. Not a very difficult question you say!

However, I was living just outside Dublin, Ireland at the time so it was a huge one for me! I am Irish through and through and had never considered living outside of Ireland. So, the challenge of moving to a new country was a major decision for me and my family. This also meant leaving behind everything I knew about ladies hairstyling and moving into the world of barbering which was an even scarier decision at the time. In my 25 years as a busy stylist, I also taught apprentices and managed salons. However, barbering to me consisted of older men going to older barbers for their ‘short back and sides, please’!

My family decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and move to Calgary arriving in freezing temperatures we had never seen before! It wasn’t long before I started work and to say that I was nervous is a huge understatement! However, looking back, it was the BEST decision I ever made!


Some of Alison’s work



Wow! I was shocked at how much the men’s grooming industry is booming here. It is so much more than the ‘short sides and back’ I was anticipating! Being in the downtown core, surrounded by oil companies, banks and law offices, has proven to me how much guys are into how they look and how their look is perceived by others. They are completely up-to-date and focused on men’s trends which is incredible! All my fears were ‘quashed’ and it is exciting to work with colleagues who are vibrant, fashion-forward go-getters!



Some of Alison’s work


Being a barber is such a fun, creative and exciting career and I encourage you to get involved! Coupling this with learning new skills like hot shaves and hair tattooing has made me decide to be part of Delmar’s new program. It is so exciting!


Delmar has put together a totally new program combining everything you will need to enter into the wonderful world of barbering including all haircutting (both scissor and clipper), fades, hair tattooing, hot shaves, facial massage, facial hair design and much more!!!! Your major will be in Barbering and you will be able to join any barbershop with confidence in your skills! You will also get a solid grounding in all the techniques required to pass your government licensing exams necessary to become a Licensed Hairstylist.


Delmar’s First Barbering/Stylist class!


We are very excited to begin this new journey which is a HUGE step forward in the industry! Follow our progress through the program!

For more information regarding our program, please contact Shauna at shaunad@delmarcollege.com . We can’t wait to meet you!


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Diary of a Hair Student Entry #5 by Morgan Calvert

Hello Everyone!

School is starting to get really fun! Since I last wrote to you all we have done our first term evaluations, learned colour correction, learned extensions and started on the salon floor!

I FINALLY did an okay job at finger waves, I struggle with them so much, but I think I’ve got it!
(Morgan’s fingerwaves)


I think I can speak for everyone when I say that I was super nervous about starting on the salon floor, but I now realize that it’s actually going to be a lot of fun and the instructors are there to help us every step of the way!

I’ve only had one day on the floor so far and I was lucky enough to get a returning client, so it looks like I’m going to get really good at brick lay roller sets!

I don’t have as many photos this time due to some phone malfunctions, However I do have some fun photos of my classmates.

(Team shaving exercise)

In the mens grooming portion of the program we played a game where we shaved balloons to see if we could do it without the balloon popping!

The photo below is our “quad mannequin”. It was  my first time doing a quad mannequin colour correction where we had to reach one even colour all around!

(Quad mannequin for color correction class)







Remember to stay positive and keep learning!

-Morgan Calvert

See Morgans post next month to see her progress and success on the salon floor!

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Student to Instructor : A Guest Blog by Cassie Aravena.

There are moments that we all experience in life about what path we should take and if it will be the right choice? With so many options available, so many paths to take it makes each decision harder.  Today we will hear directly from one of Delmar College’s alumni Cassie Aravena and see how her decision has led her to her current career.

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“After I graduated high school I was unsure like most about what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life. I was conflicted! ”

Everyone I knew was going to attend a known secondary school like: Sait, Mount Royal or Bow Valley. To one day become a Nurse, an Engineer or part of Business Administration. “One thing I knew about myself was that I loved anything that involved detailed art”.

I was definitely the student to attend Fashion shows, take Cosmetology or culinary arts in high school. Being able to create something by hand fascinated me and made me. It was my passion.

After having multiple discussions with family and friends, they all recommended the same thing! Why not attend a beauty school to become a Hairstylist or Nail Technician?
After deliberation  I did my research to see what my options were for beauty schools in Calgary. I came across Delmar College’s website. I was blown away by the fact that there were so many options for programs. It immediately grabbed my attention.

Esthetician, Nail- Technician, Clinical Esthetician and Hairstylist – I wanted to do it all! When I arrived for my scheduled appointment I met with Linda, the Director of Esthetics for Delmar College. “I remember being so inspired by hearing about her own experiences being an Esthetician as well as a Nail Technician opening up her own spa.”

(Cassie with her classmates)

I started with the full time Esthetician Program. It makes me smile and laugh to remember how it felt to be a student and the things I learned about skin, waxing, tinting, mani/pedi’s and facials. I made amazing friends that I treasure and have remained friends with to this day.

“During my Esthetics program I had gotten into a car accident on Deerfoot. I ended up getting severe Whiplash in my neck, making it really hard to perform services in my program.“Just like most, the time you miss in class you need to make up!”

I looked into my options for making up the time I had lost in my course with Linda and my instructors. I was then
allowed to attend the evening Nail Tech class as a model. After I saw the students hard at work. I knew that night I wanted to be an amazing Nail Tech. Just watching how they worked with her product and applying it really opened my eyes to the nail section for Esthetics. I was blown away by the color options, designs and shapes you could do with nails. That night I received my first sculpted gel set ever and I loved it!

That one night seeing students at work and how they were being instructed made me want to join the Nail Technician program. “The next day I went to Linda and registered right away!” The Nail Technician program had taught me so much about the nail industry that I never knew before. My instructor had shared her experiences and that made me feel so excited to be apart of the industry and to this day she still continues to inspire me to be the best Nail Technician l can be. I wanted to be just like her!
“I was so excited to graduate and have my own experiences to share as a Esthetician/Nail-tech”.

(Nails by Cassie)

I kept in touch with my instructors and Delmar as I adventured into the work place of my own. Creating my own brand, style, and experiences. One day I had heard that my instructor was planning to  move.  I remember feeling really sad to hear the news but she assured me that she’d stay in touch! She then asked me if I ever thought about teaching, or if I would like to teach? I then thought about what she said and remember replying “of course, that would be awesome!”.

A few weeks later I was contacted by Linda. She had asked me if I wanted to teach the Delmar evening Nail Tech class? In the moment I was feeling all kinds of emotions, but honored to share my knowledge of a industry I love so much.

 (Cassie’s first class)

I remember doubting myself.  Asking myself  “what if I’m not good enough to teach?” or “am I ready to do this?” I then found out like any new instructor, it was normal to feel this way. The reassurance I received from my coworkers and family made me feel confident that this is the right path for me.

Now, I have been a instructor for Delmar for One year. I already feel like I’ve learned, and grown so much. Being able to teach my students everything I know about being a Nail Technician feels amazing! Watching my students grow, gain skills and confidence by far has been the most rewarding feeling. This is what being an instructor was all about and I love every minute of it!

My first class will be graduating soon and I couldn’t be anymore proud in each and every one of them. Being their instructor was definitely a privilege and I can’t wait to see where their education takes them.  Next, I begin a new chapter with Delmar College. I am now taking on new classes and new experiences to go along with it.
I am excited to see what it all brings!





 – Cassie Aravena, Nail Technician Instructor



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September 2017 at Delmar: a Recap

We welcomed our new evening Esthetics class!


Welcome to our new September Hair Design class!


Welcome to our first period Apprenticeship students!


Congratulations to our Makeup 102 graduates!


September Delmar Ambassador, Callie Nuyens, wrote a really great blog post for us. If you missed it click here.


Morgan Calvert wrote another installment of our Diary of a Hair student. Click here to check it out.


Our banner went up and construction is under way at our new campus!


And we featured some amazing student work. Scroll down to see it all.


Hair: Abell / Model: Bryce / Photo: Analog Dog Creative


Makeup by Chloe


Hair: Emily / Makeup: Martha


Hair: Stephanie / Model: Ceanna / Photo: Analog Dog Creative


Nails by Silvana


Hair: Melanie / Model: Denise / Photo: Analog Dog Creative


Hair: Typhani / Photo: Analog Dog Creative


Concave Layers by Reagan


Hair: Trista / Model: Brandon / Photo: Analog Dog Creative


Hair: April / Model: Maddie

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Delmar Student Ambassador: Callie Nuyens

What program are you currently attending?

Clinical Esthetics


What made you choose Delmar?

I have a few girlfriends that took the hairstyling course at Delmar and really loved it, so I decided to check it out. When I came for my initial appointment with the director Linda, she and everyone else I spoke with were super friendly, and answered all my questions. I was definitely impressed and felt welcome right from the get-go!


What is your biggest inspiration?

All of the beautiful men and women doing their own thing, working hard and starting their own businesses, is truly inspiring. It’s amazing what we can all do when we put our minds to it. I love watching the success stories of my friends, colleagues and former classmates pop up on social media – warms my heart!


What advice do you have for future students in your program?

Go for it! If you’re interested in the clinical side of esthetics, you’ll love it. This class is very informative. I’ve learned a ton that I honestly didn’t expect to, given the short time period. Maybe don’t be tanned – if you’re like myself who loved to tan, you probably won’t anymore – you will be convinced otherwise – in a good way.


Where do you see yourself after graduating?

Long term I hope to open my own laser studio! But after graduation I plan to work in a dermatologists office for a few years here in Calgary and build my experience before moving back to the Okanagan and starting my own business.


What has been your favourite part of school so far?

So far, I have enjoyed this course in all aspects, but Audrey definitely takes the cake for her course delivery! She is a really great instructor. I feel fortunate to be part of such an awesome, diverse group of classmates who all help and support each other… I will miss them all so much! – but look forward to hopefully working them in the future. As for the course itself, I’ve been most interested in laser, which I had presumed before starting the class. I’m also currently interested in micro needling, which has been a prime addition to the clinical esthetics class. I just had my full face done today – so excited to see the results!



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Diary of a Hair Student Entry #4 by Morgan Calvert

Hello Everyone,

Being in school at Delmar college has been a lot of fun the last month, we learned a lot about the chemicals and ingredients that go into hair services and how they work. I personally find this stuff very interesting because I feel like once I have a complete understanding of everything that goes into hair color and lightening I will be able to start creating really amazing things with human hair.

We also just started doing color application and I find this to be really fun and surprisingly relaxing. There were a couple of people in my class that found it to be a little stressful, so if you decide to take a hair program and you are struggling, don’t panic because there are people that found it just as hard as you do that are now doing amazing!

This program is moving along way faster than I thought it would be, I feel like we just started the program and we’re about to start working on the salon floor this following month.

I think most of the class is pretty nervous about starting on the salon floor but I have a good feeling about everyone in the class doing well on the midterm exams and doing an amazing job on the salon floor.

I believe that as long as we all remember that we’re still learning, and not be too hard on ourselves, the turn out will be amazing!!

Below are some photos of everyone doing their first color application and some pictures of my first spiral perm wrap!

Until next time, stay positive!

Morgan Calvert


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August 2017 at Delmar: a Recap

Thank you to everyone who made August such a great month at Delmar College! Here is a recap of what we got up to…

Morgan Calvert wrote a third installment to the Diary of a Hair student blog journal. She has been keeping us up to date on how her class is progressing through the 1400 hour Hair Design program. Click here to read her last entry, and stay tuned, because next week we will be publishing her fourth entry.


Lainnee Simpson was our Delmar Ambassador for the month of August. Click here to read her blog post. Thank you Lainnee for being such a great ambassador of our college!

Lainnee Simpson

Sarah Haji completed our Masters of Esthetics diploma. She is the first and we could not be any prouder of her accomplishments. She also represented Delmar at the Skills Alberta competition and went on to become a member of Team Alberta and competed at Skills Canada last spring. Click here to learn more.


We welcomed some guest speakers as well.

Thank you to Jason Olandesca of GLOW M+D Clinics for spending the day with our Clinical Esthetics students. We learned so much about the medical side of the beauty business.


Thank you to Coy of Coy Hair for coming in and educating our hair students on the UNITE hair care line. We loved having you and look forward to seeing you again soon.


Delmar Nail Technology alumni Ria Parsbey wrote a blog post for us about what life was like after graduation and how she has built a successful business. Click here to read her post.


We welcomed a new Hair Design class!


Aaron Knox joined our Makeup Department. Aaron brings a ton of talent to the team and will be teaching our revamped Makeup 103 and 104 programs. Click here to read more about him.

Aaron Knox

Aaron will also be hosting our Halloween Haunt workshop at the end of September. Call us at (403) 264-8055 for details.


We shared some amazing images from some of our past student photo shoots. Scroll down to check them all out.


Hair: Meghan Roberts / Model: Taylor Wood



Hair: Mitra Grondin / Model: Airelle Rogado / Photo: Brandon Shaw



Hair: Jade Isaak / Model: Laura Phaneuf / Photo: Brandon Shaw



Hair: Cheril Lim / Model: Alejandrina / Photo: Brandon Shaw



Hair Design student Brianna with her model. Photo: Brandon Shaw

Now accepting future barbers. Have you always wanted to specialize in men’s grooming? Delmar College is proud to announce that your dreams can now become your reality. Our 1400 hour, licensed and accredited, Barber & Hairstyling program is ready to launch and become the first of its kind in Alberta. Class starts in October. Limited seats available. Call us at (403) 264-8055 for details. Student aid options available. Click here for more information.


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Delmar College Welcomes Aaron Knox 

Body artist Aaron Knox applies his airbrush skills to the human form, that allow him to bring exceptionally creative designs to life through a range of artistic techniques.

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After studying the art of body painting in Montréal, Aaron formed the company Liquid Imprints Face and Body Art, with his wife, Melanie, 10 years ago. Working for some of the biggest companies in Toronto providing living breathing artwork. They continue today to change the landscape with their unique artwork wherever they go.

Aaron’s work has been showcased at a number of conventions where he collaborates with professional make-up brands, artists and photographers, creating stunning body paintings.

Airbrushing is the main medium used in all the designs. Also specializing in character makeup and special effects. His body painting has been a main feature at continuous Imats shows in LA & NY, Fan Expo, Toronto Comicon, & the Allied Beauty Show.

Make-up Artist magazine, and Xpressions magazine.

To see more of his ongoing work please visit modelmayhem.com/Aaronknox or skinillustrator.com/Aaronknox and follow him on Instagram @knoxbodyart
Delmar College is pleased to announce that Aaron Knox will now be teaching our revamped Makeup 103 and Makeup 104 programs. He will also be hosting our upcoming Halloween Haunt workshop, September 29 to October 1, 2017. For program details please email Linda Villeneuve at lindav@delmarcollege.com.
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