Alumni Profile: Lindsey W

It’s been just over a year since I decided to take the esthetics program at Delmar, and exactly 6 months since I graduated the program with honors, and a perfect attendance record. This was something I was extremely proud of (and still am!) but when it came time to put everything I had learned into practice, it was a little scary!

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I started working for Skoah doing retail and reception while I was still an esthetics student. My program at Delmar was 4 days a week, so I worked 3 days a week at Skoah as a Skin Care Coach. I decided I wanted a foot in the door of the beauty industry before I graduated, and this was a good place to start. I loved my weekends there, learning the product line, and getting a feel for the environment.

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For anyone who doesn’t know much about Skoah, it is a facial only spa – we call ourselves a “skin gym” complete with memberships, just like regular gyms, and my official title as an esthetician is “Skin Care Trainer”. The philosophy is that your skin needs regular workouts (facials) to stay healthy and look its best – just like your body! It is a Canadian company founded in Vancouver. I love supporting Canadian companies and take pride in working for one, and contributing to its success!

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So some of you might be thinking: “you ONLY do facials?! Don’t you get bored? What about all your other skills?” It’s true. I only do facials, but it absolutely does not get boring! Every single person’s skin is different, and I get endless satisfaction out of figuring out what is best for each individual person’s skin type, accomplishing their goals, and figuring what kind of home care regimen is going to fit into their daily schedule. It is like a giant puzzle for me to solve, and is so satisfying when I finally do! It is also true that I learned so many more skills at Delmar that I am currently not using, but skin care was always where it was at for me! Any one of my classmates, and my instructors can tell you how much I hated manicures, and how I swore after my last quota that I would never do another manicure in my life! Okay, that was dramatic of me, but there is absolutely nothing stopping me from pursuing different aspects of esthetics in the future!

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For now I love my days spent at Skoah helping people feel the best about their skin, and helping them get the healthiest skin they could possibly imagine! I love getting results from my products and my facials, and seeing my clients on a regular basis. I can’t tell you how many women come in and say “I have developed adult acne and I need help!” I give them a relaxing facial, educate them on how to properly take care of their skin, and send them home with a regimen that we have discussed, and then 4 weeks later they come back with improved skin!  It’s such a great feeling knowing that I have actually helped them feel better about themselves and taught them something that they didn’t know before! Educating my clients is one of my favourite parts of my job, and I would not be able to do this if I hadn’t received the best education possible from my wonderful instructors at Delmar. I often hear Raelyn’s voice in my head, telling me to slow down my massage, or making me recite the secrets of client retention. I cannot thank her enough for always demanding excellence of me in school, and therefore I now demand excellence of myself in the workplace.

My time spent at Delmar molded me into the successful esthetician I have become over the last year. I have excellent sales, I have loyal clients that trust me to take the best possible care of their skin, and wonderful co-workers that I constantly learn from; I feel so proud to be where I am. The possibilities are still endless for me and my career. This is just the beginning for me! I will soon start to be trusted to train new Skin Care Trainers that start at Skoah, which is a very big responsibility that I am excited to be entrusted with! And then after that who knows where my career path will take me! All I know is that the sky is the limit, and that I am forever grateful to my time at Delmar for setting me up for success.

Lindsey

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2017 at Delmar: April Recap

Here’s what we got up to around the college in April.

A huge Delmar welcome to our April Pre-Employment Hairstyling class…

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…and to our April evening Nail Technician class…

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…and our newest Makeup 101 class.

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We also saw our November evening Nail Technician class graduate. Congratulations ladies! We wish you all the success in the world.

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Skills Alberta was onsite on April 7th to run another successful regional hairstyling competition. We were blown away by the talent of these high school students, and we wish the medalists the best of luck at provincials in May.

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Esthetics instructor, Raelyn McKay, wrote another amazing blog post for us. If you didn’t catch that one, click here to check it out.

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Esthetics student, Joan Lovely, was our Delmar Ambassador and Student of the Month for April. Click here to learn more about Joan.

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We have to send out a huge thank you to some guest educators that came in and spent some time with our Hair Design students.

Thank you to the team from Karizma Salon!

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Thank you to Joico educator Jodi!

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Our daytime Nail Technician class worked on some amazing hand sculpted nail art. Here are just a couple of shots of their work.

We featured some awesome student work on our social media sites. Here’s a taste from some of our April posts. We also have to give a shout out to Brandon from Analog Dog Creative for some of these shots.

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And last, but definitely not least, we saw the end of an era. Donna has taught for Delmar for 44 years. We are sad to see her go, but wish her the happiest of retirements. We love you Donna!

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Student of the Month: Joan Lovely

Joan Lovely is our April Student of the Month and is a true Delmar Ambassador. We sat down with her and asked her some questions about why she chose Delmar and what her future plans are.

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What made you decide to become an Esthetician?

I wanted to learn how to take better care of my skin, and how to educate others to take better care of their own skin too.

What made you choose Delmar?

In my opinion, Delmar has a great teaching reputation. I also felt that the price of the Esthetics program was fair.

What has been your favourite part of the course so far?

Facials!

Do you have any advice for new students?

Don’t miss classes and be committed to the program

What are your plans once you graduate?

Look for a job that is related to my course and get some real-world work experience

Keep up all the great work Joan!

Stay tuned because next week we will be checking in with Esthetics alumni, Lindsey Wilkinson.

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From a Spark to a Flame: an Educator’s Perspective by Raelyn McKay

As an Esthetics instructor, the most satisfying part of my job is when my students grow in their skills and they begin to really gain an appreciation for the little things; it’s when they are no longer satisfied with just finishing a manicure, or waxing service or facial, but really perfecting it.

That’s when I know a tiny spark has caught fire into real passion.

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At first, Beauty School can be a little awkward. Every esthetician and hair stylist has been there – you choose a school and you show up, and you sort of muddle through those first weeks in school. You’ve maybe tried doing your own nails or waxing your sister’s legs or designing makeup looks before, but then school is an entirely new world. When it comes to sitting with a stranger in a practical spa with an instructor, there is a specific technique or protocol and it can be intimidating. It’s a brave thing to overcome those first butterflies. So patiently, we as instructors encourage each student to move past those tentative first weeks, watching our students build confidence and gain skills.

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And then the middle of the term arrives. There’s perhaps a plateau, and with it, perhaps a bit of frustration. That’s when I get excited, because this is where I see the most opportunity. When my student is frustrated, it means she cares about progress, and she may be open to trying a new trick.

That’s the moment.

That moment when I adjust a hand position or a piece of equipment or a towel fold, and instantly a student is able to finally get the gorgeous result she’s been chasing. Those moments are what I live for.

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It happens in the classroom, too. Skin and nail therapy is both science and art, and my students learn anatomy and physiology and skin histology, of course, but also electricity and chemistry and how ingredients affect the skin. At first it seems so random that we’re learning chemistry and electricity in an esthetics course. I mean, isn’t it just washing people’s faces and painting nails?

Until we break out the Micro-current machine and we are all glad we have an understanding of the fifth cranial nerve, the orbicularis occuli and corrugator muscles, and how iontophoresis helps a water-binding product like hyaluronic acid to penetrate beyond the epidermis. And they really get it. Suddenly the chemistry and physics that never had any relevance in high school makes sense. And it really is magical.

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I’ve been an instructor at Delmar for over a year and I’ve seen a few classes graduate now. And some of my students have taken the time to come back and share with me their successes in the industry. We laugh together about the initial struggles and initial anxious moments when things seemed so difficult; but with a bit of tenacity, we worked through and it all fell into place. The fact is, the little moments continue well beyond graduation for these students, because they leave Delmar with a hunger to experience everything the industry has to offer them.

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