What is Nail Technology?

With the increase in popularity of really different, creative nails out there a lot of people are thinking about getting into the nail business.

But what does it take to be a successful nail technician?

Many things would go into that equation. Lots of practice, having a teacher and mentor that is highly skilled, offering services that are safe and sanitary. Those are just a few things on the road to success.

One of our very talented instructors, Leslie Ann, doing a demonstration of a classic pink and white gel nail

The first thing you would probably look at is where you can take a nail course. There are a lot out there, but not all are the same. You need to do your research when it comes to finding the course that is right for you. Really break it down and ask a lot of questions in regard to what exactly will be covered in each course, will you need to do additional courses, and how will the educator support you once you are done. Because these Instagram nail guru’s were not born over a weekend, or a month. They spend hours upon hours honing their craft.

Pedicure and nail art by NT student Cassie

Delmar College likes to do things a little differently than most. When we were developing our Nail Technician program we did a lot of industry research, because only a working tech would know whats going on in the world of nails. Also, because we wanted our program to be eligible for student loan funding. This means a lot of work has gone into the development of, what we think is, the most comprehensive Nail Technician program in the province.

We have two campuses! Here are some of the daytime NT students working hard at our Modern Beauty location

Like we mentioned earlier, our program is eligible for student loan funding. It is also a regulated program under Private Vocational Training (PVT). That means that everything we offer you has been approved by the provincial government. It also means that we must report to them in many ways. We are graded on your success.

Above images by NT student Debra

The Nail Technician program is offered over a 7 month period, with a total amount of 432 hours. We can offer our students two different class options:

Two days per week: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm


Four evenings per week: Monday to Thursday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This gives our students a lot more options when it comes to work and child care. So what kind of stuff do you learn?

Image courtesy of NT student Cassie. You can check out more of her work on Instagram @esthetics.by.cassie

You will learn about pedicures, manicures, gels, acrylics, gel polish, back-fills, nail drill purchasing, implement and supply purchasing, LOTS of nail art, and 7-months to establish a loyal clientele list! Because we are all about YOU working on real people, so you get lots of time to do that in a supportive, educator-led environment.

We realize our program is longer than other courses you may have seen. But we stand behind that amount of time. We want you to become the next big thing. You need time to do that.

Image courtesy of NT student Cassie

Interested? Have questions? We would love to answer them for you. You can contact our Director of Esthetics, Linda Villeneuve, at 403-264-8055 or by email at lindav@delmarcollege.com. Our next class starts in September!

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Featured image courtesy of NT student Cassie 

What is Hairstyling Pre-Employment?

Hairstyling, in Alberta, is a licensed trade. There are a number of different ways to get your license. One of those ways is by entering into a Hairstyling Pre-Employment program.


The Delmar Hairstyling Pre-Employment program is a 500 hour program designed for the person who wants to keep their Monday to Friday job, or has child care commitments during the day, but wants to explore the career of hairstyling.

Karim Haddad Photography
Karim Haddad Photography

Training in the Pre-Employment program is equivalent to the first period technical training portion of the regular apprenticeship program.  Students are eligible for student financing.  The program covers theory and practical sessions in the study of:

  • Government exam procedures
  • Women’s and Men’s Design Haircutting
  • Hairstyling Wet and Dry
  • Long Hairstyling/Up styles
  • Texture Services/ Basic and Design
  • Hair Coloring/ Basic and Design

This program starts September 28, 2016 and is offered Wednesday –Friday 5:00-9:00 and Saturdays 8:30-6:30 for a total of 23 weeks.

Karim Haddad Photography
Karim Haddad Photography

In our Pre- Employment Program, students receive basic training in all the aspects of hair design necessary for employment in a hair salon and gets you on track to starting your apprenticeship.


At Delmar College we understand that the more options we can give students the better. This program is just one of the many options we offer. For more details you can contact Shauna De Freitas at 403-264-8055 or by email at shaunad@delmarcollege.com.

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What is Clinical Esthetics?

Several years ago we started to see some big changes in the esthetics industry here in Canada. More and more doctors and nurses were getting into the world of injectables and  laser. With that came a focus on more advanced skin care techniques and the use of product lines that contained ingredients that made really visible changes in the clients skin.

LED Light Therapy

There was now the need for more and more estheticians. The doctor and the nurse could focus on the medical-type cosmetic procedures, while someone needed to be focused on the skin care needs of the client. Thus was born the clinical esthetician, a.k.a. “medical esthetician”.


Depending on the clinic you worked at, the position of clinical esthetician could mean a variety of things. You could be trained in laser or IPL hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation, body contouring, skin tightening, advanced facials, microdermabrasion, microcurrent, chemical peels, and advanced product knowledge.

Raelyn and Genalin attending a SkinCeuticals product knowledge class

If you were interested in becoming a clinical esthetician at that time, you would first have to complete an esthetics program and then you would need to find a clinic that would take you on and train you in these advanced services.

Karim Haddad Photography
Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion (Image: Karim Haddad Photography)

There are a lot of success stories from that time, and a lot of highly trained estheticians who spent years training under a doctor or a nurse. Unfortunately though, there are also the opposite, and because Alberta is not regulated in the esthetics field, anyone could buy some advanced equipment and start their own medi spa. In fact, you may have noticed that in the past ten years, medi spa’s seem to be popping up everywhere. With that growth there has also been a growth in the amount of negative experiences we often hear about from our friends and in the media.

LED light therapy being used in an advanced facial treatment

This all comes down to the level of knowledge the person offering the service has. You don’t know what you don’t know, and if you aren’t given a set of guidelines around what you should know it can get very confusing. Something may go wrong and you may not understand why that happened or what to do once it has happened.

A student using a hand-held ultrasonic cleansing device in her skin treatment

This is why promoting the education of the service provider is so important. Anyone can be trained to push certain buttons and follow a procedure. Having an understanding of what happens when the button is pushed and why the procedure is as it is, is the vital key.

Bio-Therapeutic microcurrent and galvanic machine

So in response to the need for more specialized education, and because some clinics found it daunting to go through the hiring and training process with an esthetician that maybe didn’t have the foundation of skin science, came the creation of Advanced Esthetics or Clinical Esthetics programs at colleges across the country.

Clinical Esth
Two of our past Clinical Esthetics students getting ready to do some IPL treatments

These programs really vary from province to province. Some require you to have a one year esthetics diploma before being considered for enrollment, and some are geared towards the beginner who is looking to have a sole focus and is not interested in learning about traditional esthetic procedures like manicures and pedicures.

Our Clinical Esthetics students receive a professional Clarisonic for face and body use

Clinical Esthetics at Delmar College is geared towards the person who fits in the latter group, but is not limited to someone who may already have some education and experience in the esthetics industry. Our program is four months in length and is focused on the skin and the science behind laser, IPL, and advanced facial technologies.

Silhouet-Tone Derma Pod machine offers both diamond tip and crystal microdermabrasion, as well as LED light pod treatments

We partner with some of the biggest and best distributors to give our students an amazing kit and hands on experience with a wide variety of cosmeceutical and advanced products. There is also a heavy focus on hands on experience with procedures that involve IPL, including hair removal and skin rejuvenation. We do this because laser and IPL should not be left to learn in a week, it should be done continuously, so the student leaves with a higher level of confidence in this service.

We instruct our students in hospital grade disinfection and sterilization methods, and use an autoclave in our student spa

Currently we offer the following in our Clinical Esthetics program:

  • Infection Control Certification
  • Skin Sciences
  • Laser and IPL
  • Skin Analysis
  • European Facial Treatments
  • Chemical Peels
  • Microdermabrasion (diamond tip and crystals)
  • Microcurrent and Galvanic
  • LED Light Therapy
  • Business Planning and Practices
Just a sampling of the different chemical and enzyme peel options our students get to train with

Our students get a kit full of hand-held, advanced devices from Bio-Therapeutic and Clarisonic, and work with professional lines like SkinCeuticals, PCA, Katrine Marso, YUM, and Skeyndor. We have an IPL machine by Active Crystal onsite, and at our students disposal, as well as some pretty amazing advanced treatment equipment from Bio-Therapeutic, Silhouet-Tone, and more.

Some of the hand-held items our Clinical Esthetics students receive in their kit

If you are interested in learning more about the Clinical Esthetics program at Delmar College please contact Linda Villeneuve, Director of Esthetics, at 403-264-8055 or by email at lindav@delmarcollege.com.


Audrey Brown

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Why you need antioxidants in your life, like now

What is an antioxidant?
According to SkinCeuticals.com:
“An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules.
Oxidation is a type of damage that occurs when molecules lose electrons. Five types of antioxidants found naturally in the body that protect against cellular damage are: glutathione, ubiquinone, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), and alpha lipoic acid. Antioxidants work by different mechanisms to stop or neutralize damage. Out of the five antioxidants found in the body only vitamins C and E have been proven to get into skin. Additionally, there are a few plant antioxidants known to work in skin.”
Why do you need antioxidants in your life?
Simply put, to offset the damage your skin and body undergo from free radicals.
What is a free radical you ask?
According to SkinCeuticals.com, a free radical can be described as:
“Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons, causing them to be unstable and highly chemically reactive.
These unstable molecules are generated by UV rays, pollution, and lifestyle factors like alcohol and cigarette smoke. Over time, free radical damage leads to visible signs of accelerated skin aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, discoloration, and even skin cancer.”
So, free radicals are super oxidizers. Antioxidants inhibit oxidation.
Boom. (I just dropped the mic there)
We often get so focused on sun protection that we forget how many other environmental aggressors our skin is exposed to on a daily basis. I remember sitting in a skin training session years ago and the presenter telling us how every time a smoker brings their cigarette to their mouth to inhale, trillions of free radicals enter their skin. Trillions. Every. Single. Time. 
Let’s say you aren’t a smoker. Good. You have a made a very healthy life choice and I congratulate you for it. But you probably go outside and walk around the world right?
It would be negligent to think that in this day and age, if you live in an urban area, that you are not exposed to pollutants on a regular basis. The fact that the Government of Canada has a whole department focused on reporting air quality stats for most cities in the country should be a strong indicator that this is a big issue.
Environment and Climate Change Canada describes what it does and where their information comes from on their Air Quality page. To quote them, it says this:

“Air quality describes the concentration of air pollutants in the air that we breathe. Air pollutants can become dangerous to human health if concentrations become elevated, especially for people who are sensitive to air pollution, such as the elderly, individual with respiratory illnesses and young children, or are exposed to pollutants for extended periods. To reduce risks, people need to know when pollutants are present and in what concentrations.

Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists assess air quality by collecting and analyzing samples taken from near ground level. Pollutant levels are affected by such factors as emissions sources, weather conditions and topography. Building on their expertise in weather prediction, Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists have developed complex computer models that now provide air quality forecasts for major centres in Canada.

This section provides daily and long-term forecasts of air quality, including levels of smog and ground-level ozone.”

The information collected and reported is centered more around how air quality impacts the health of individuals who have respiratory and cardiovascular concerns. But since our skin breathes the same air as our lungs do, whatever is going into our airway is also touching our skin.

Are you ready to live in a bubble yet?

While we cannot guarantee that we are 100% removing pollutants from our lives, we can take steps to help minimize their impact on our skin health.

If your next question is, can’t I just eat better and drink more water? the answer is no. When it comes to your skin health, it is not that simple.

Vitamin C is abundant in citrus fruits, so eat often and enjoy. But please don’t rub them on your skin! It’s just not the same thing as using a serum or cream.

The skin on your body is your largest organ. It is also the last organ to get any kind of benefit from what you ingest. All your internal systems will get the antioxidants you eat and drink. And that is a good thing! So please do eat more fruit and veg and drink lots of water. Just don’t treat your skin through ingestion alone.

Put it on. When it comes to our skin the direct approach is best.

Are you ready to start adding antioxidants into your skin regime?

If you are thinking yes, then you are probably wondering how to get them in there. Let me save you from standing in one of the many skincare aisles that you find in most major retailers. Go get a facial or have a skin consultation at one of the many amazing spa’s and clinic’s that are probably all around you. Better yet, come see one of our Clinical Esthetician’s in training in our student spa. We would love to help you, and it helps us too! Our students always need to be practicing their skills.

Our Clinical students offer a variety of skin treatments that always include a skin analysis

Wherever you go, just do a little research on the product lines that the spa or clinic carry. There are a ton of really great lines in this world, but not every single one focuses on antioxidants. Also, especially when it comes to vitamin C, how an antioxidant is produced and sourced will either make it your skin’s new best friend, or do absolutely nothing for it.


That’s because vitamin C is unstable. It must be made under certain conditions and packaged in a way that light and oxygen cannot break it down before it gets into your skin.

Here at the college we stand behind the antioxidant powers of the SkinCeuticals brand. When it comes to vitamin C, they know their stuff. And how could they not, since the line was founded by “Dr Vitamin C” himself, Dr Sheldon Pinnell.

In 1997, SkinCeuticals changed the face of skincare with the introduction of Serum 10 and Serum 15, the company’s first stabilized, pure L-ascorbic acid topical antioxidants
SkinCeuticals founding scientist Dr. Sheldon Pinnell conducted research about antioxidant formulation and discovered specific formulation factors, now known as the Duke Antioxidant patent. SkinCeuticals is the only brand to formulate antioxidants according to these standards.”
Happy antioxidant-ing!
Audrey Brown
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