Student of the Month: Cheril Lim

Wow! I am beyond grateful! To start this off I would like to thank all the instructors, most especially my teacher Erin Halisky, staff at Delmar, and all of the students of course, for being helpful and friendly throughout my hair journey. It hasn’t been easy, but Delmar has been good to me. Again, thank you!

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Hair and styling by fellow student, Vu. Photography by Brandon Shaw

Big Jump in My Life!

I moved to Calgary in January of 2016. Being a girl that lived in a small city of Yellowknife, NWT moving to a bigger city like Calgary was a big jump for my sister, my partner, and me. I left my family, friends, and a great job to follow my partner.  I was very nervous. It was hard to for me to leave, especially since I had made Yellowknife my home.

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Yellowknife at the ice road

Determination and Love!

I don’t know where to start. Starting over is hard, especially when looking for jobs.  I tried sending out my resume online, and I can say that I really a struggled. With much determination and love from my family and my love, I did not lose courage. Finally, I got a recommendation to work as a receptionist at a nail salon, but the job wasn’t for me. I made a choice to quit due to stress I was getting from working there. I then found another job and it was at a dental office.  I am very happy that the owner and the dentists thought highly of me, but at the same time I was very much overwhelmed with the pressure. While working at the Dental Office, I also got accepted at a college for dental assisting.  It was really hard for me to juggle school and work. It was taking all of my time. Hence, I made a choice to quit my job.

Way to Delmar!

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First day of school at Delmar!

I googled for schools. I initially had a bad experience from a college that I had chosen from a Facebook ad. I did not do my research and did not look for feedback and I ended up feeling disappointed and I paid the consequence.  I was really determined to make sure the next school I was going to choose would be different, no matter how far it will be from where I live. I just wanted to find a great school. After my research, I had to choose which course/program I will take. I had the experience of taking Hair and Aesthetics in high school and all I knew was I enjoyed it very much, so I believed it wouldn’t be too hard.  Therefore, I decided to find schools for Hair and/or Aesthetics.

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Hair I did for a special occassion

 

I never liked school. I had problems not being able to understand, and I am that girl who is too shy to ask for help. But with the help of Shauna De Freitas (Program Administrator for Hairstyling at Delmar) I did it. She helped me and my sister, who is also taking the program with me, to get us started. From payment plans to student loans to giving us a school tour, she helped us every step of the way. From there on, I knew it was a great school. First thing I noticed was all the students are happy, and all their smiling face had sold me on this school, and I thought to myself, “this is it!”.

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My class on our first day

Why did I choose the Hair Industry?

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Me, helping my friend with a wedding gig

I have a friend who is a make-up artist and I always love helping her doing her gig for makeup and hair. I also volunteer my time to do hair for fun photo shoots with friends just to build a portfolio. I never really thought of it as a career, since I enjoy it so much. I just love the feeling I get from making someone feel even more beautiful by just doing their hair and makeup. I think every women deserves to be pampered. Especially for mother’s out there who work so hard with many jobs and have families to cook and clean for on a daily basis.

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Photo shoot fun with my friends and model who is a newscaster in Yellowknife

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My mom got her hair and make up done for a Christmas party

My mom is my main reason. She raised 5 kids and I have watched her work so hard, working 2 to 3 jobs, to give her kids a better life. One day I want to own a business for hair and beauty where she can come at anytime to get pampered. Or I can come over to her place and do it for her. I want to pay her back for all her hard work. I am very blessed to have many strong women in my life from my grandma, my aunt, my sisters and friends. They are who have helped to make me who I am, and I am fully grateful for their support. I am also very lucky to have a supportive partner who gives me motivation and wisdom.

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With my family at my nephew’s first birthday

My experience at Delmar!

My experience at Delmar College was quite a challenge. It’s not as easy as what people think. It takes a lot of determination, challenges, patience, and you have to really work hard. I struggle in theory being English is my third language. Some words I couldn’t understand, and I know I am not the only student. I challenge myself to be better everyday. Sometimes with projects I already plan ahead and get it started, so I don’t have to stress myself out. I also try to avoid thinking negative when I fail at something.

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Chinook mall class trip for our costumer service survey for school

I do have a great support at school too. I have my instructor Erin, who is always willing to help, and I really appreciate she makes time to stay at school to tutor her students. My friend Melanie, who always tries to stay positive with me. My class, and even students at Delmar just being friendly at school helps too. I have made some good friends who are already graduated. The instructors are a lot of fun and they make the day go by fast not even realizing you’re done for the day. The client’s I have met on the salon floor are also my favourite. I am always happy when I see new faces, and getting to know a little bit about them, but what I love the most is how I can make their day, just by doing their hair and giving them a great service like they deserve.

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Calgary’s Miss Teen Pageant 2016

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Cosmoprof show with Wella models and my friend Melanie

Getting involved with school is great. When there is a hair show, I am there! I have volunteered some of my time to be a model for some of the earlier graduate’s. I have gotten a haircut, hair colour, hair styling. I also have volunteered to do makeup for the Calgary Miss Teen pageant last year, and I participated in the 80’s look inspired competition, which I actually won! I didn’t think the things I do would get noticed, but they do, and I am really grateful and realize that nothing is impossible.

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Winning the 80’s throwback challenge and accepting my prize from Delmar’s Director of Hair, Tara Byrne

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My submission for the 80’s throwback challenge

My plans when I graduate!

My plan when I graduate is to visit my family and friends in Yellowknife for a couple of weeks. Then find a job in the hair industry, hand out all my resume’s to great hair salon’s and work my 1400 hours to learn more about hair, and then challenge the government exam. I want to work in a salon where there is great teamwork, and with great management who are team leaders.

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My brother with his happy final results after getting his hair colour done by me

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My brother visited from Yellowknife and booked with me for hair colour

I want to learn more about the hair industry and the way how business works. I want to go back to school and enhance my knowledge in Aesthetics. In a couple of years my dream is to own a salon and beauty business where women can be pampered from head to toe, and work with my own great team someday!  I had a pleasure of meeting a client who once told me, “you are never too old to chase your dream”.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

-Nelson Mandela

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My Skills Canada Experience by Sarah Haji

Skills Canada. Sounds pretty cool right? But what did I do there?  In all honesty when Audrey (my coach) asked me if I wanted to compete I said yes without really knowing what I was getting myself into. Looking back now, hands down, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Even through the training sessions where I wanted to give up, the many many tears and the pressure of keeping composure under the scrutinizing eyes of thousands on the competition grounds, the personal and professional growth I experienced was utterly worth it.

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Audrey and I at the competition site for provincials in Edmonton, AB

How did this journey all start? Well it was a pretty typical day about mid January, I was asked if I wanted to compete in the area of nails with art, bridal and fantasy makeup, a facial, massage and waxing. Seemed like a lot but I was willing to work hard to do the best I could in all areas. Later that day, Audrey came and gave me what could be the equivalent of a small novel, filled with competition guidelines and rules, to the smallest details like how many minutes exactly I had to set up, tear down, and greet my client.

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Audrey and I, celebrating after I accepted my gold medal, and a spot on Team Alberta

Training itself started off pretty rough to be completely honest, it took many months of practicing the same things over and over again, hating it and starting over. But eventually the hours of work started to show and my confidence grew as the weeks went by.

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Accepting my gold medal at provincials in Edmonton

Now fast forwarding to competing provincially in Edmonton. I had never competed in anything like it. It was set up in such a way that public viewers could walk around between the different booths and competitions, and could watch anything at any point, resulting that for the complete two days of competition, you were under the watchful eyes of not only the judges, but also the constant flow of thousands and thousands of spectators from a 360 view. By the end of both days I was crumbling from both exhaustion and stress of the day, but at the same time being so excited to do it all over again the next day. By the end, and having been on stage, gold medal in hand, I knew at that moment everything had been worth it, hundreds of times over.

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Team Alberta in Winnipeg. Photo credit: Skills Canada Alberta

 

 

Less than two weeks later, I found myself on a plane on the way to Winnipeg to do this all over again against not only the province this time, but the entire nation. The nerves and the stress began the day we landed, the butterflies and the anticipation of meeting the 6 other opponents, all from various parts of Canada was at an all time high. When I finally did meet everyone, it was very relieving to see that they were all in the same situation and it helped quite a bit that every single one of them was kind and helpful towards each other not only on the first day but throughout all the competition days as well.

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Day 1 of competition in Winnipeg. I had to complete a manicure with nail art. Photo credit: Skills Canada Alberta

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Day 2 of competition in Winnipeg. I had to complete a body treatment and waxing service. Photo credit: Skills Canada Alberta

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Me and my fellow competitors at Skills Canada in Winnipeg, MB. What an amazing group. I am so happy to have met them all.

Finally, the experiences and the friends I made throughout this entire competition were worth every struggle and battle faced leading up to, and during, both nationals and provincials. I have met and discussed with so many people from across Canada across the trade fields represented, and I definitely know that I wouldn’t have met any of them if it weren’t for this competition, much less become friends.

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That’s me running the Alberta flag across the stage at the Skills Canada awards ceremony! Every province had their team cross the stage to get the crowd pumped up for what was a really exciting closing ceremony. Photo credit: Skills Canada Alberta

I would strongly suggest to anyone who may have the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic experience to fully dedicate themselves to it. Yes it will be difficult, yes you will want to give up many times, yes the emotions run high, but at the end of the day, I will proudly say, for years to come, that this was an experience of a life time, I have made connections of a life time and I pushed myself to limits I never knew I even had.

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May 2017 at Delmar: a Recap

May brought another busy month around the college. Scroll through and see what we got up to!

We welcomed some new students to Delmar, starting with our May 2017 Hair Design class. Welcome guys!

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We also welcomed our new May 2017 Esthetics class!

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With welcoming new classes comes saying goodbye to some others…

Congratulations to our September 2016 Hair Design graduates…

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…and to our June 2016 Hair Design graduates…

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…as well as our Apprenticeship Period 1 graduates…

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…and our November 2016 Esthetics grads…

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…and last, but not least, we congratulate our January 2017 Clinical Esthetics grads.

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Delmar College also hit the road and went to Edmonton to take part in the Skills Canada Alberta Provincial competition. Esthetics student, and Clinical Esthetics grad, Sarah Haji represented us and won a gold medal and a spot on Team Alberta. Congratulations Sarah!

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We caught up with Esthetics alumni, and past student of the month, Lindsey Wilkinson. If you missed her blog post click here and find out what she has been up to in the beauty industry.

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Speaking of our Esthetics Department, we made a HUGE announcement about our new campus and future wellness centre. Click here to read all about it.

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We held another successful Lash Extension training class. Courses are ongoing, click here for details.

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Our Clinical Esthetics class welcomed guest speaker, Jason Olandesca, from Glow M+D Clinics and Lipps and Sass. He educated us in the world of cosmetic injectables. Thanks Jason!

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Our Evening Esthetics student welcomed two guest speakers on their “Ask a Spa Owner” night. Thank you to Roxane Klein from Tree of Life Natural Health, and Mara Nagy from Angles Signal Hill and Curious Aesthetics Aspen, for coming in and spending an evening with our students!

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Our March Hair Design students welcomed Joico educator Jodi as a guest educator. Thank you Jodi!

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Thank you to Wella educator, Sasha for coming in and doing an intro to colour workshop with our March class and Apprenticeship class!

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We also saw tons of amazing talented work from our students. Here are some of the images that we featured…

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Hair by Hair Design student Maddie

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Microdermabrasion by Clinical Esthetics student Tarri

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Gel nail enhancements by Nail Technician student Alejandrina

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Hair, makeup, and styling by Hair Design student Shima. Photo credit: Brandon Shaw of Analog Dog Creative Ltd.

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Makeup by Makeup 101 student Cassandra

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Makeup by Makeup 101 student Shaelyn

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Hair and styling by Hair Design student Jade. Photo credit: Brandon Shaw of Analog Dog Creative Ltd.

Congratulations to Cheril from our October Hair Design class! She takes home a set of Panther shears for winning our 80’s Throwback Challenge.

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We gave a special shout out to graduate Ashlee Logan for achieving Perfect Attendance during her Hair Design program. Congratulations Ashlee!

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Thank you to everyone who made May such an amazing month at Delmar!

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Diary of a Hair Student: Entry #1 by Morgan Calvert

Today is my first entry in my college diary.  I believe these monthly logs will be very helpful to many people thinking about hair school, or even currently in school for any interest, as a reassurance that the struggles you are facing are normal.

I started Delmar College on May 4th 2017.  So far it has been an amazing experience. I chose to attend Delmar College because it was recommended to me by a barber living in Calgary that I had a lot of respect for, who said he thought it would suit me as an artist. When I saw “hair tattoo artist” Rob Ferrel, who does amazing hair tattooing in mostly men’s hair and under cuts, I was hooked.

I have met people in my class that I can already tell that I’m going to be good friends with for the rest of my life. During the first couple days the instructors told us that we would be like family by the end of the course. I was skeptical of this statement, but I can now say that after only one month that I believe them.

So far we have learned how to do something called a 50/50 set, basic shapes of cuts, finger waves, sectioning and we are now just starting to learn perms and layering in cutting class. Every time we start something new I think to myself “this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’m never going to be a hair dresser,” but after a few times practicing it you catch on! This course really teaches you that practice really does make perfect!!

And here are some pictures I’ve taken to document my first month on this amazing adventure!

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This is from our very first day of class


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This is one of the first days we actually worked with our mannequins

 

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This is the very first cut we ever did in cutting class, a triangle cut


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50/50 set


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First perm practice


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And here we all are with our mannequins after our first layering lesson

I can’t wait to fill you all in on what we have all learned next month, but until then stay creative and keep positive!!!!

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