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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Student of the Month: Christopher Sauer

Wow. Speechless. To start this off I should probably thank my instructors Rae and Christy, because without them I wouldn’t be where I am in the program at this point. Rae’s talent in the classroom keeps my thirst for knowledge strong and it never feels like a “lesson” when I am in her class. Christy’s guidance and constant encouragement in the spa makes the challenging part of my day all worth it. A round of applause for the Director, Linda, who went above and beyond during our first meeting and made me really excited to go back to school.

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Accepting my award for Student of the Month from Audrey. I got a BT-Sonic device!

Last year around this time I was comfortable. I had kept a job I didn’t mind for more than a year! I had just bought my first home! I was looking forward to a vacation getaway for my 28th birthday! All was good in my hood. Then things took a turn for the worse. My mother’s cancer had spread and she was admitted to a hospice. My days were then spent caring for her and making sure she was comfortable. To say the least, it was a challenging time for my family and I. I’m not sure where I would be if it weren’t for my support system during this time.

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My class is a great team. Here we are working on each other. We each have to try every service that we learn. It’s been great because you really understand the treatment from the perspective of a client AND a provider.

I had been toying around with the idea of going back to school for a while before I made the decision to take an esthetics course. I had passion for the industry but after working the retail side for so long I wasn’t sure which direction to take. I was apprehensive when I first started my research on local schools, to be truthful, I wasn’t convinced it was for me. After some encouragement I decided to book a single tour at Delmar with Linda, I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?

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For my Creative Makeup project I took inspiration from Surrealism and Frida Kahlo, an artist that I love and admire

Fast forward a few months. I had just left Delmar after my meeting with Linda! I texted my partner and my grandmother and let them know that I just had one of the best meetings of my life! My excitement couldn’t be contained and I could barely believe that I was going back to school that November. Linda knocked me out that day. Her passion for the industry was evident and her program seemed like a great fit. She ignited something in me and I immediately starting counting down the days until my program was to start.

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This is from our Industry Scavenger Hunt, when I was still a junior. My partner for the project was senior student, Jamie Osaka. We won and, more importantly, we had so much fun!

We’re going to fast forward again. I’m now nearly at the end of the professional esthetics program and I can’t believe how quickly time flew by. I think time passed by so quickly because I found where I’m meant to be. Tuesday through Friday feels like a break from Saturdays and Mondays (when I force myself to go to work). I look forward to my mornings in the classroom with Raelyn, where I get to hone my theoretical skills. I spend my afternoons with Christy in the spa, where I develop my practical skills. Surprisingly none of this feels like a burden. I’ll admit it’s hard, it’s really hard, I was afraid the first time I took a client. I’m happy to say that I survived, I got over it, took my own temperature and did my best.

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One of my first pedicures 

The future looks bright. I’m not exactly sure where I am going and that’s okay. I hope to take the clinical program when my course is through (…I’ve really loved doing facials, especially advanced). My dream is to own my own spa and be an educator. With all I’ve learned at Delmar, I don’t doubt this is possible.

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One of my first manicures

This is a quote that was shown in video form during theory that really hit me.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

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If you’re reading this and you yourself are toying with the idea of taking this course: just do it.

Christopher

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Makeup Artistry at Delmar College

Are you interested in becoming a makeup artist? If you are, then you clicked on the right post, because today we are talking about how our makeup programs work here at the college.

Yes, programs. Not just one, but four different programs, leading to a diploma in Makeup Artistry if you choose to complete them all.

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Makeup by instructor Erin Halisky

By breaking it down into different classes this gives you options and the opportunity to take it in full, or just focus on where your interests are.

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Fantasy makeup by Makeup 102 grad Taylor

So let’s break these classes down for you.

Everyone starts in Makeup 101. Why? Because we aim to set you up for success. This class gives you the core knowledge you need and also gives you a certificate in Infection Prevention Control, allowing you to safely and professionally offer makeup services.

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Makeup 101 students hard at work

The focus in 101 is on natural to dramatic makeup applications and allows you to have a good basis of knowledge and hands on experience for bridal and grad makeup applications.

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Glam look by instructor Erin Halisky

Once you successfully complete Makeup 101 you have the freedom to take the other classes in any order you choose. That said, we do recommend that you take our 102 program prior to taking Makeup 104.

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Bridal makeup by Makeup 101 grad Christine

Makeup 102 is what we call our Advanced Makeup class. It is very much a hands on program that covers more advanced techniques for eye makeup, camouflaging techniques, ethnic bridal makeup, theatrical and fantasy applications, and also covers updo’s and heat styling for hair. This gives you the advantage of being able to style hair on photo shoots and for bridal or grad purposes, as well as doing the makeup.

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Hair styling for photo shoots and bridal is covered in Makeup 102

Makeup 103 is our Airbrushing Workshop. This covers basic airbrushing principles to body work and stenciling. We are proud to partner with pro brand TEMPTU for this module, and include a professional grade kit with compressor and hand piece.

Makeup 104 is our Special Effects Makeup class. Learn how to work with latex and gelatin to create amazing fantasy pieces, including prosthetics.

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Delmar instructor Erin Halisky (center) with some of her students and their special effects models

We partner with the best in the business. Our kits are truly pro kits and prepare you to enter the industry as a freelance artist. Where do we source them from? Who other than pro brand MAKE UP FOR EVER. Our Makeup 101 and 102 modules include extensive kits from this amazing brand that was created by makeup artists for makeup artists. Our Makeup 103 kit is sourced from TEMPTU, and our Makeup 104 kit includes professional special effects products from a variety of brands.

Want more information? Click here to be directed to our Makeup Programs page on our website, or call Shauna at 403-264-8055. We would love to tell you all about it.

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2017 at Delmar: February’s Recap

Here’s a look at what we got up to around the college in February.

Our students were BUSY. On the floor, in the classroom, with clients, and in all departments, it was non-stop.

We started and ended the month with a men’s hair cutting workshop for some of our classes. Our students cut the hair of almost 100 men between those two days. It was great practice for them all and we also want to thank all of the guys that came down and helped support a student. You guys rock!

Speaking of rock, we had another successful student photo shoot with the amazing Brandon Shaw from Analog Dog Creative. Here’s a few shots to give you a taste. Professional images to come soon.

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We would also like to send out a huge thank you to our staff and students that participated in the Kids Cancer Care Shave Your Lid for a Kid event at Samuel W Shaw school. $16,000.00 was raised!

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Some of our students also participated behind the scenes at the Miss Teen Calgary pageant. Thank you to all of you who helped out!

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We announced another Student of the Month. Congratulations to Ayman! If you missed our blog post about him click here and check it out.

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We also checked in with our Evening Esthetics class again. This post was by Teneika Dennie. Click here to read her story.

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And we saw a ton of amazing student work. This is just a sample of the talent that we get to witness every day at the college.

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We are so excited for March! We will welcome lots of new classes and mid month there will be a very exciting announcement, so stay tuned…

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