September at Delmar: a Recap

September is synonymous with back to school, fall leaves, and that faint hint of pumpkin spice lingering everywhere you go.

We welcomed lots of new classes this September, and said goodbye to some amazing graduates too.

Congratulations to our May Clinical Esthetics grads. All the best to Ashley, Ryley, Jessica, Julia, Chelsey, and Ezel. We wish you nothing but success!


Congratulations to our November Hair Design grads. Lauren, Morgan, Melissa, Kat, Dakota, Kayley, Nicole, Stephanie, Delaynie, Lyndsey, Ashleigh, and Ashley, we wish you all the success in the world.


Welcome to our new September Hair Design students…


September Nail Technology students…


…September Clinical Esthetics students…


…and our September Hair Styling Pre-Employment students!


We started our very first Advanced Make Up 102 class, and we’ve been following them on their journey with us.

Our September Lash Extension class started too!


We gave away a huge make up haul and a $500 scholarship to our final #gotodelmar contest winners.

Shared more of our student’s work that they put on social media. (Don’t forget to use #delmarlifeYYC on your posts so we can share your stuff)

And we featured more work from our last student photo shoot. Thank you all for all of your hard work and creativity, and a huge thank you to Brandon at Analog Dog Creative for some amazing images.

Esthetics student Lindsey W. wrote a blog for us (click here to see it)…


…and so did Hair Design instructor Brittany (click here to see it)


We made a really exciting announcement in our Esthetics department, and blogged about it too (click here to see it). Delmar now offers our full Professional Esthetics program in an evening and weekend format.


AND as an introductory offer we are including our Laser/IPL Technician program in our October 2016 Esthetics class ON US.


Our April and June Esthetics classes came together and took part in a fun team challenge. This team challenge had the theme of Diva on a Dollar. They were broken into a few different teams, were then given a sealed box full of clothing and jewelry, and had to create a full look that included make up, nails, and some basic hair styling based on the items they received. It was so much fun! Congrats to our winners, Brenda, Nicole, Taya, and Cheyanne!


What an awesome month it was! We can’t wait to see what October brings…


Audrey Brown

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Student Perspective: How I came to Delmar by Lindsey W.

I haven’t always known what I wanted to do. I wasn’t born to do esthetics. It didn’t even come naturally to me at first. I awkwardly stumbled into this industry not knowing what to expect, and have grown a love and passion for it that I never could have imagined.

Working on my consultation skills in the student spa

I worked in various retail and administrative positions after finishing high school. I received my Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate from Bow Valley College when I was 20 years old. I usually worked 2 jobs and was always unsatisfied. I’d get bored after I’d been at a job more than 6 months, as there was nothing left to learn. My performance would start to suffer and I would start looking for a new job. I wanted something that challenged me, and let my creative side shine. I’d sit on my phone at lunch hours looking at career changes. “Nail Tech? No – not talented enough for that” “Photographer? When would I find time to take the course and make the change?” “Florist? They probably don’t make enough money” I came up with every excuse in the book to not take the plunge and find something that would make me happy. So I stayed in jobs I hated. For 8 years.

My Instagram post on my first day at Delmar!

Now to December 2015. “I’m 25 years old and what have I done with my life?” I thought on a daily basis. Over Christmas, my dad came to Saskatchewan, where I was living at the time, and could see how unhappy I was. He said “why don’t you come home and take a break and figure out what you want to do?” So I handed in my resignation at work, and told all my friends I was leaving. Three weeks later I was back in Calgary. “Now what?” I thought. So I took a 2 month break from life. I lived with my parents. I connected with some old friends, and the breathing room was much needed and enjoyed. Then came time to make a decision. I knew I couldn’t go back to pushing paper behind a desk. I couldn’t. I wouldn’t. I refused! So it was time to take the leap of faith and go back to school; get a new skill set under my belt. But what? Makeup! I like makeup, right? Sure. Okay, let’s do this for a while until I figure out what I really want to do.

Fantasy makeup I did on my classmate Anjali

I had done research on a couple of schools, and I interviewed at another college. During that admissions interview I was asked: “Would you ever be interested in the esthetics program?” Now I really had to think. I’d never been particularly “girly”. I think I’d had 2 pedicures in my life – set foot in a real spa ONE time. What would I do with esthetics?? It wasn’t me. But the thoughts nagged at me. It sounded fun. And I could learn to love this, right? But was waxing, and painting nails REALLY what I wanted to do? Was this going to be satisfying? Or would I get bored working at a makeup counter all day just like I got sick of spreadsheets and Word documents? “What have I got to lose?” was the main thought going through my head.

A manicure I did in the Delmar purple…

So I’d decided on esthetics as a new path, and had enrolled in a program at another school. Then It was suggested to me that I check out Delmar before making any final decisions. Linda was so kind and welcoming, and I could tell this was a caring learning environment. Linda finished the tour with her famous question that she asks after every tour: “can you see yourself kicking around here in the spa?” YES. I could absolutely see myself here. Linda sent me away with a hug and I knew that this was the place for me.

Here I am in the spa with some of my classmates and my instructor Angela

In my 5 months at Delmar I have fallen in love with skin care and the beauty industry. Smoothing down a heel and seeing a set of pretty toenails make me happier than I could have imagined. And making someone so comfortable and at ease that they fall asleep during a facial is the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done. Remember that fear of being bored I had? Boy, was I wrong! There is a whole world of esthetics out there! I’m already planning my next upgrade courses. There’s a lash extension course offered at Delmar that I am dying to take. I also want to get my IPL certificate for laser hair removal, in case I ever want to go into a more Clinical Esthetician role. There’s also makeup artistry, microblading, threading, sugaring, nail tech, and so much more. I was asked where I see myself in 5 years, and you know what? I have no idea! In this profession, the sky is the limit! I can work in a medi-spa, a hotel, on a cruise ship or from home. I can also become an esthetics instructor, open my own spa, or who knows – maybe invent my own skin care line! No chances of being bored here!

Practicing micro-current

I still have days where I doubt myself. Some days I just want to go hide behind a desk and a phone. But as my instructor, Rae, says: “a bad day at the spa is still better than a good day at the office”. She could not be more right. Just because I have a comfort zone, doesn’t mean I need to stay there. I have to be reminded by my instructors constantly that I am a beginner and it’s okay for me to make mistakes. They build up my confidence and assure me that I am making the right decision. My instructors have been by my side every step of the way and I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for me. My classmates and I are always there for one another and help each other through anything. They make afternoons in the spa feel like we are just girlfriends hanging out. It doesn’t feel like work or school at all! I can honestly say I’ve made wonderful friends in my classmates and my instructors; I hope to remain friends with them for a long time.

My mom as my pedicure model. Thank you to my family for all of their support!

For anyone considering the beauty industry, I say: GO FOR IT! Take the plunge! Leap that leap of faith! You have NOTHING to lose, and EVERYTHING to gain. You will gain a knowledge you didn’t know you wanted, and skills you didn’t know you needed (like how to properly hold a nail polish bottle!) I am sure you will fall in love with skin care, the smell of nail polish, the feeling of wax running off a wax stick and spa life like I did.



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What is Esthetics?

Esthetician can mean many different things. Especially in this day and age, the word seems to change definitions on a regular basis, with the advent of new procedures and products.

This also means that every school is going to offer a slightly different program. Of course each has the desire to be cutting edge, and has their own reasoning behind how and why they offer what they do.

So what can we offer the potential future esthetician?

Our Esthetician program is a fast-paced and comprehensive program that gets you ready for a career in the beauty industry. You will not spend days just sitting in the classroom because, we get it, you want to get to doing services, so we break your days up. Our goal is that you get as many hands on client experiences as possible.

A couple of our happy graduates!

The services you will be trained in include: skin analysis, facial treatments, manicures, pedicures, gel polish, waxing, tinting, basic makeup, body treatments, microdermabrasion, microcurrent, LED light therapy, and dental grade teeth whitening.

Gel nail polish application

Like most people, we think germs are bad and aim not to spread them around to others. That is why each of our students must attend, and pass, our Infection Prevention Control certification class. From day one of your program you are taught how to maintain a sanitary working area. We believe in it so strongly that we also train you to use an autoclave for all of your metal implements, and we use one onsite in our student spa.

We believe in hospital-grade disinfection and sterilization in the student spa (and always).

Our aim is to offer you the best that we can. So we stock the student spa with tons of great skin and body products from professional lines, such as: SkinCeuticals, YUM Gourmet Skincare, Skeyndor, Natural Concepts, MAXeffects Naturals, and Katrine Marso. This means that you get all of your hands on experience with products that perform.


Our Esthetics program is delivered over 864 hours, and can be taken over four, full-time days per week for 27 weeks; or, can be taken in an evening and Saturday format for 36 weeks. Our evening and weekend program is one of the few Esthetics diploma programs in Alberta that is delivered this way. What does that mean for you? You don’t need to quit your day job while you go to school. Both delivery formats are eligible for student loan funding.

Oh, and you get some awesome scrubs to wear to school too. Along with a kit full of all the implements and things you will need to be successful.

Our June Esthetics class sporting their new scrubs.

Who will be teaching you?

All of our Esthetics instructors are internationally certified Estheticians and Beauty Therapists. They come from diverse backgrounds and specializations in the beauty industry, offering you a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Raelyn McKay, ITEC certified Level 2 Beauty Therapist, and our theory instructor.
Angela Wildgust, City & Guilds certified Level 3 Beauty Therapist, certified Level 5 Beauty Therapy lecturer (England), A1 Assessor Award (England), and our practical/spa instructor.
Vanessa Oakley, ITEC certified Level 2 Beauty Therapist, Lash Extension instructor, and our evening and weekend Esthetics instructor.

Have questions? Maybe you want to sign up?

Contact Linda Villeneuve, Director of Esthetics, at 403-264-8055 or at for more information.

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How I Came to Love Hair: A Guest Blog by Brittany Connors

Not all of us are born knowing what we want to do with our life. Sometimes it takes trying a few different things before we find what we like. There are so many choices out there now and it can be overwhelming. We tend to blog a lot about our students and staff that had this innate passion for the beauty industry. They just knew. But that’s not everyone who comes to our school or works with us. Today we are talking with instructor Brittany to get a different perspective on going into the industry and becoming a hair stylist.


“Is this for me? Am I doing the right thing?”

At one point in everyone’s education these thoughts come to mind.

I call them the “OH SNAP” moments in our lives. These moments consist of times when we have started something that we are either unsure of but do anyways, a backup plan, time killer, or for a hobby.


Which ever is your push, we all take that first step at joining hair school. Now I didn’t attend hair school because I had a love of hair; as some may, but I wasn’t so lucky. I had a criminal justice background, and had no interest in the family business. My mother, Susan Dean, owns the largest cosmetology school in the east coast. When I had nowhere to go, but knew I needed to pay some bills, I enrolled in hair styling at her school as a backup. (my push), while I “thought of something I really wanted to do”.

Brittany with her most recent Hair Styling grads


My “OH SNAP” moment was when I was almost completed my course and my mother asked if I would want to compete in a hair show. Now up to that point hair wasn’t so difficult for me. I found I picked up practical work fairly quickly, and theory was, well, just book work.  I found that growing up around the school really aided in me understanding a lot of the aspects of the job. So as I figured “WHAT THE HECK” I began training for that competition. Finding a model, and working on that model took place over 4 weeks. In this time I quickly found out that even with competitions being in my blood, as I competed horses all over North America, I WAS SCARED!

First competition! Placed third in Men’s Avante Garde

What if I fail? Is this really for me? WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING?

Third place Women’s Trend

I think that sometimes when you are scared that you are going to fail that’s when you need to see if you do or if you succeed.  Fear can sometimes hinder some decision making. For me, it’s more of a drive to do it. Prove yourself wrong!

Over 5 years of competing I’ve taken third place – Men’s Avante Garde, third place – Ladies Trend, second place – Ladies Trend, and tried out for the Canadian world team.

Second place Ladies Trend winner – Edmonton ABA

No one can ever stop you from trying. Sometimes I find for myself you can only fail yourself by not trying. It takes amazing courage and confidence to get up in front of your peers to show your work. Not every time you get on the stage is it a “WINNER”. However, that is what makes placing so special. Without losing, no one wins. No one will learn. I believe that hair competitions birth a different type of individual. Competition molds stylists into their path.  Competitions create passionate, professional stylists. Stylist’s that gain confidence, and grow their networks all around the world. Ones that push the boundaries trying new things.

Onstage at the Edmonton ABA

After one has been in the career for a few years, you will find that your ‘professional individuality’ evolves. I found that even though I really didn’t want to start in this profession, I ended up loving every minute of it. I started out by wanting nothing to do with the cosmetology schools, and now I am a hair instructor, following in my mother’s footsteps. I thank hair competitions for all that passion.

Getting her hands dirty while teaching men’s grooming

You never know where life will take you. One really needs to just enjoy the ride and believe that things do happen for a reason. If you think that you will not be successful, start thinking the opposite and see what can happen.

We love a success story! Thank you to Brittany for sharing with us. It doesn’t matter how or why you enter into something, all that matters is what you do with your time while you are doing that thing.


Audrey Brown

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August at Delmar: a Recap

August was another busy month here at Delmar. Lets see what we got up to…

We launched our #gotodelmar contest in August, and have given away some great prizes.

We still have one more to give away this Saturday, a scholarship of $500. Head to our Instagram page to find out how to enter.


We love giving stuff away, so stay tuned for more contests to come!

Our October 2015 Professional Hair Styling class had their final photo shoot with Brandon from Analog Dog Creative

By Hair Styling student Jessica
By Hair Styling student Sadia
By Hair Styling student Shazia
By Hair Styling student Sara
By Hair Styling student Mariah
By Hair Styling student Sisko

…and they graduated! Congratulations to you all!


We blogged about a bunch of our programs

Clinical Esthetics (click here to read about it)


Nail Technology (click here to read about it)


Hairstyling Pre-Employment (click here to read about it)


We featured some awesome student work

Our Professional Esthetics students completed a workshop on fantasy makeup. Here’s a couple pics of their work:

We made a really exciting class announcement! You can now take our Professional Esthetics program in an evening and weekend format. Contact Linda Villeneuve at 403-264-8055 or by email at for details.


Overall it was another great month here at the college! September means lots of new students, and lots of new student work to post about, so make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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