Community, the world, and some fashion too: November at Delmar

November was a busy month at Delmar, but filled with lots of really great things. Looking back I think we can all agree that we really gave back this month. And that makes me so happy because the world needs some give back right now. Our industry sometimes gets viewed as vain, but really we all got into this because we love making someone feel good. It’s nice to use that desire, and our craft, to help someone who needs it. A tiny bit of care from another person can be life changing!

So, scroll on through and see all the great things we got up to this month!

She Said: Connecting for a Cause

On the 4th some of our Nail Tech and Esthetics students along with instructors, Leslie Ann and Rahel, joined forces to support the community and Servants Anonymous Society (SAS). They offered beauty consultations, makeup touch ups, and polish changes to an amazing group of women. The focus of the evening was networking and all proceeds from the event went to help SAS in their efforts to change the lives of women who have been sexually exploited and/or trafficked.

A huge thank you to Lindsay Hill, co-founder of She Said and partner of, for including us!



Shave Your Lid For a Kid

On the 6th we were honoured to work with Kids Cancer Care in supporting the AMAZING students of Future Charter Academy High School reach their goal for an incredible cause! Well done to all involved!



March Hair Stylist Class Graduation

November 6 also saw Kim, Danny, Artan, Kristie, Hiwa, Ahmad, Lindsey, Christina and Nicole graduate from our 1400 hour Hair Stylist program. We wish you all success! Special congratulations to Kim, Artan, Danny, Nicole and Ahmad on achieving Perfect Attendance Awards.



Nafasi-Opportunity Society

On November 7 we got a huge shout out from Nafasi-Opportunity Society, thanking us for donating a hair styling kit to a student in Tanzania. But we really wanted to thank them for giving us the opportunity to support education and the hair styling trade around the world!



The Royals Exclusive Fashion and Performance Showcase

November 8 saw us backstage doing hair and makeup for Royals Management, a Calgary based modeling and talent agency.

Founder, and Delmar alumni, Zxyro Jdrk has a vision for the fashion and art scene in Calgary: take some amazing talent and let them bloom. And that is exactly what we witnessed at the Westin ballroom that evening.


The Showcase featured loads of local talent, including fashion and styling by: EJR by Estella Lokiru Nimmare, Cherry Chic Designs, Hannah Duke, Lexington Ave Culture Spot, and makeup brand Mister by Molly Alanna.



We were also treated to awesome performances by Erika Vidallo, Fingaz and Pleuto, and moves by SNAP BOYS.



A huge shout out to our students who participated in the event. You did an amazing job on the hair and makeup!



Remembrance Day

On November 11 we chose to close our doors and take a day of reflection to honour our service people and the sacrifices they have made for us.



Blue Week in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness

Following with the Movember movement, we chose to wear blue during the week of November 16 to 21 in a goal to raise awareness of prostate cancer.


Esthetics student Kate sporting her beautiful blue scarf!

May Esthetics Class Graduation

November 21 saw us saying farewell to our May Esthetics ladies. Congratulations to Radha, Casandra, Karlee, Jaspreet, and Navneet. You will be missed around here! Special congratulations to Jaspreet for graduating with full honours.


Advanced Skin Education Workshops with Rene Serbon

Our Clinical Esthetics class had the privilege of meeting Corneotherapist and all-round skin expert, Rene Serbon. Thank you Rene for sharing your knowledge with us!


Apprenticeship First Period Completion

A huge congrats to all the first period apprenticeship students for completing today! We hope to see all of your faces again in second period.

In closing, thank you to everyone who made November an amazing month at Delmar. See you all in December!


Audrey Brown

no gimmicks. just great education

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel

Anyone else feeling that chill in the air?

Canadian winter has finally come to Calgary and while we may get some glorious Chinooks this season, for the most part it’s going to be COLD. I don’t know about you, but my skin really starts to change around this time of year. Things start to feel a little less hydrated and may I say, even a little sensitized…

So, in an effort to search out the perfect solution to my winter skin woes (you think I would have found one at this point in my career, but my skin is fickle to say the least), I tried the Phyto Corrective Gel from SkinCeuticals.

Now let’s back up…

Remember how I just implied that I maybe have had a long(ish) career and have yet to find something that keeps my face happy. Like, maybe I have spent thousands of dollars and probably hours of my life trying to find that magic little potion, to no avail.

I’m sure you know what’s coming…

I have found it!

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Well, a whole line of happy little potions really, but today I’m just going to focus on the Phyto Corrective Gel because it does two very awesome things for me personally AND I want to tell you all about the other awesome things it can do for you.

Drum roll please…

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Awesome thing #1

It contains sodium hyaluronate (think hyaluronic acid)

Pretty well anyone who lives in a dry climate should make hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate their new best friend. Why? Because of its ability to hold onto water.

The difference? Sodium hyaluronate has a smaller molecular size, so it can penetrate deeper into the skin than hyaluronic acid. It is able to hold 1000 times its weight in water.

Hydration is important for any skin type because we all need water and the air here is literally stealing water from you!

That amazing ability to penetrate + binding/holding/attracting water deep in the skin = a happy hydrated you!

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Awesome thing #2

It reduces inflammation


Cucumber seed extract. This little ingredient packs a big punch, in that it helps to soothe and calm, but also contains its own water, lipids, and vitamin C. Perfect for bringing down inflammation, which can be associated with many skin conditions, including Rosacea, acne, aging, and sensitivities.

Those are my main two reasons to love this product. But what else is in there?

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Bearberry leaf extract, which is a super antioxidant, fighting premature aging and fine lines.

Grapefruit extract. Full of vitamin C to help protect from free radical damage and can have a brightening effect on the skin.

Thymus Vulgaris extract. Extracted from the herb, Thyme. It has shown to be effective in killing the bacteria that is associated with acne, and apparently it does it much more effectively than traditional ingredients like benzoyl peroxide. It is also a potent antioxidant.

All those things combined make this into a wonderful multi-purpose skin product. I love using it on acneic clients. They end up loving it too because it really helps to clear them up without drying them out. I don’t suffer from acne. I actually have the opposite problem, I lack oil (sebum) and have an impaired barrier function on my skin. This means I’m losing water at a super fast rate, so I really need something that’s going to hold onto that glorious H2O.

How is it used?

First, wash and tone your face. Once you have washed and toned apply a few drops of your antioxidant serum (if you are doing this step/already use SkinCeuticals).

You are now ready for your Phyto Corrective Gel.

Squeeze the top of the dropper bottle lid while the product is still sealed shut. This allows for a good amount of product in the dropper and ensures that you are getting all the good stuff.

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Unscrew the bottle top and drop about 4 to 5 drops into your hands/fingers. This should be enough to cover your whole face and neck.

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Massage this over your face and neck. Follow up with an eye cream, and finish with a moisturizer.

I really like the retail packaging of this entire line because it is gender neutral. No pink bottles or perfume here. Both the packaging and the product bottles are kept simple, so you know you are paying for what’s inside and not just what’s pretty.

I love the dropper feature and the glass bottle. It looks very professional and is a clean way to apply product because you are never putting your fingers inside and you don’t have to touch the end of the dropper to get the product out.

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Both thumbs up, and some very happy skin from this girl


Audrey Brown

no gimmicks. just great education

For more information about the SkinCeuticals line, or to try it for yourself, book a full skin consultation and facial treatment in our student spa by calling (403) 264-8055

Need a product? Come see us at 5915 – 1A Street SW, Calgary AB. We would love to help you.


I Will Only Paint Your Nails If You Want Me To: Men And The Spa

Brown is the new black, beige is the new white, and men are the new women

– Jean Godfrey-June

There has been an obvious resurgence in popularity around men’s grooming over the past few years. Barbering being the most prominent. The image of the well trimmed man, the celebrity status of barbers, right to the man bun and the man braid.

Men’s fashion has also taken a huge upturn, with sites like Pinterest having a whole searchable section for it.

But what about the other parts?

We’ve all probably heard the term “manscaping” right?

Well, I was thinking about things the other day. You know simple things, like what have I done with my life? Am I going to finish my new blog on time? What am I going to write about? And then it hit me…

I AM a manscaper! So maybe I should share my perspective and experience on things.

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I have waxed, lasered, shaved, manicured, pedicured, peeled, and preened many a man over the years. And have had a few very faithful male clients follow me from spa to spa to clinic. I have thoroughly enjoyed my male clients and have never had an incident that was uncomfortable or weird. I love the conversation and that they are generally super happy with their appointment, especially once they get the giggly questions out and realize that no, I will not do the following to you (unless you want me to):

  1. I will not apply makeup of any sort
  2. I will not make you choose from the new colours of the season and polish your nails with it
  3. I will not spray you down with perfume
  4. I will not shape your brows into that feminine arch
  5. I will not make fun or belittle you for not knowing that these things are not part of your service (I won’t do that ever)

Now, that said, I have had a few surprises over the years. Living in Calgary, I am used to a more conservative business type male client to which the above applies, so I tend to go about my business and sometimes forget to ask if they would in fact like polish or a bit of an arch. It is a pleasant surprise to me when it is asked for. Nothing crazy, maybe some black polish on the toes (thank you Chuck Liddell), maybe a soothing paraffin treatment, or some essential oils diffused to ease their day. It’s easy to forget that the spa and beauty world is no longer just for the ladies, and from what I have seen and heard from male clients us therapists need to wake up to that.

In my view there are two barriers holding more men back from entering the spa world. One, they think they will be made of fun of/less manly, and two, most (almost all) spa therapists are female and act weird about having a male client.

So, let’s stop the insanity. Our men deserve to feel good just like us, and we all know it feels great to go to the spa. Just because a guy is booked in with you does not mean he has an ulterior motive (I’m sure most men are really disgusted by the ones who do and have ruined it for them), it probably just means that he wants to chill or likes to take care of himself.

Now, let’s go back a paragraph or so and talk about this, where are the male spa technicians? I get asked this kind of question a lot, especially as an educator. Do you have male students in your esthetics programs? And the answer is yes, but really only a few. Have I seen an increase in this over the past decade? Well, yes I have.

Think of famous make up artists like Kevyn Aucoin. How did he do his training? Well, he went to beauty school that’s how. And a lot of award winning nail technicians are men too. How did they get there? They went to beauty school. And some of the best skin care therapists I have ever met are in fact men. Where do you think they had to go to learn the basis for that amazing facial? Simple, beauty school.

So guys, don’t be afraid to make that appointment. And don’t be afraid to ask all the questions you want before said appointment. There really are no stupid questions, and if someone on the other end of that call makes you feel like there are stupid questions, and you just asked one of them, then maybe you should take your money somewhere else.

Embrace the fact that you are of the male species, but that does not limit you to the box you have been told you have to live in. Life is short. Follow your passion. Or at least get that facial you’ve always been curious about.

Thank you pop culture for making it okay(ish) for the dudes again. Bro-tox, manscaping, and on and on, it all comes back to one thing:

We are all humans, and we deserve to feel good


Audrey Brown

No gimmicks. Just great education

Alumni Profile: The Evolution of Men’s Hair Design and Jan Morawski

Okay its that time of year we women have either been anticipating or dreading. Yes that’s right, its MOVEMBER . You either love it or hate it.

I have to admit since this whole Movember movement, men have been embracing the art of barbering once again. Just goes to show that hair and fashion work in cycles. From just a 10 dollar number 2 on the sides and a little off the top, to a full service, straight shave, taper and hard part with a hot towel and a side of whiskey ordeal. It all kind of sounds like a ridiculous Starbucks order if you ask me. But it happens. Lets face it, our men are becoming more high maintenance. But I must say I ain’t mad at it. I’m a little tired of of the buzzed look myself, although it may suit a lot of them, its kinda great to watch a barber tailor a haircut as a tailor would a suit.

Its all about customizing these days.


Jan Morawski is our feature alumni student of the month. He is a gifted student that I had the privilege of teaching. His passion was in barbering and was one of the many subjects he excelled at.


Jan currently works at Cannibale, a one chair barber shop connected to a restaurant located in the heart of Bridgeland. He chose this particular shop because he believes it is the one few barber shops that is trying to bring back the art of traditional barbering in Calgary. Classic shaves ,classic cuts, focusing more on quality over quantity. He chose Barbering over a full service salon because it was something he got into even before hair school. He was inspired by his own barber, Corbet Frasz of Corbetts Rock and Roll Barber shop, to start his career. And his passion for it never really died out. Barbering is something he truly enjoys and as much as he enjoyed the art of women’s hair design, his interest for barbering will always come first.


I asked him what his view is about the evolution of men’s hair and what current trends he is seeing, “tight fades, hard parts and line ups are still quite popular”. But he’s noticed that long tapers are definitely something that will never die out and one of the styles that most often fill up his day. Men are also getting their beard’s manicured, not buzzed, but shaped lightly with trimmers and scissors, which he himself enjoys getting done as well.


Lastly, I asked him how his experience was here at Delmar College and what message he’d like to deliver to current and future Delmar students.

“My experience at Delmar was awesome. Even though i did not become a stylist and go on to do women’s hair, I enjoyed my time here a lot with all my amazing instructors and classmates, who I see progressing and doing amazing things every time I open up Facebook. My advice for current and future students would be to learn the basics and stick with it. It may get a little hard or a little tedious and overwhelming (especially with perms and fingerwaves) but once you get through it you’ll be glad you did.”


Thank you so much for your insight Jan. We are so excited to see you progress in your career and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you.


Maricel Bermudez

no gimmicks. just great education

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