“What it’s like to be a student” A Guest blog by Autumn Cameron

Welcome to my very first blog EVER and thank you for taking the time to read it. When my instructor told me I was chosen to write a blog I am not going to lie, I was panicked a bit. I have never had to write one and therefore have no idea where to even begin. Talking about myself and my experience as a student so far seems like a good start so here I go!

I never imagined myself being where I am in life today. There’s always this pressure when going to school growing up that you had to go to University and have a life plan in order to succeed. In that aspect, I did alright. I knew what I wanted to do (I couldn’t say the same for most people I knew), I was working toward that plan, and things seemed to be going the way they should be. I was so passionate about the career I had chosen that I couldn’t even see myself doing anything else. Well we all know that life doesn’t always work out as planned.

Fast forward to 2014. I managed to get my foot in the door with the industry I have always imagined I would be in but getting to the career I wanted? Seemed so far out of reach…and now what? Three years passed and the planner in me started to have anxieties and panic attacks about what lies ahead for me in the veterinary industry. I didn’t want to struggle and not have a career in something I felt passionate about so I did some soul searching and realized that nails and everything about them was something that always fascinated me.

Autumn learning 3D design


I had been getting my nails done for a year before my nail tech moved away and it made me so very sad as I wouldn’t be getting these beautiful creations on my nails to show off to my friends. As we all know, it’s tough losing your nail tech, hair stylist etc and even more difficult finding one you trust. So I gave it some more thought and concluded that I thoroughly enjoyed everything about nails; the art, for the most part, but also the technique and all things involved in enhancements and making the natural nail healthy and beautiful.

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Autumn learning Sculpted Nail Enhancements


Now it is 2018 and I am enrolled and attending Delmar College of Hair and Esthetics. I am so glad I have found something else that I can be so passionate about and being able to share in that passion with my instructor and fellow classmates is so rewarding. The first day of class at the end of September was so scary and now looking back feels like it was years ago! I have made lasting relationships with other students, which I wasn’t even sure if I would like my classmates. This is an industry in which I had no experience in at all! This whole time in class has never felt like work. Between the theory and the practical, it’s like getting to do a hobby or something that makes you happy every day. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of hard work involved but when it’s something you are actually interested in then it just seems to come easy. Every day in class we are learning new things and it seems like such a short time to learn everything we need to know (trust me there is more than you think there is!) but every second you put into your happiness is worth it. I have found my niche and am so passionate about learning all things nail and especially nail art, it feels so…calming, I don’t know how else to explain it. It is very rewarding to see your own progress and feel like you are accomplishing something and getting better each day.

Autumn and her class learning Nail Enhancements


I have some advice for those of you who have read through this and made it this far; don’t be scared to start! Don’t worry about the “cookie cutter” life and where society expects you to be at whatever point in life you’re currently in. If you feel passion for something and you’re not happy then make a change, it’s never too late!


Find that thing that drives you and makes you want to get out of bed in the morning (even if it’s minus freaking cold and your blankets are so inviting…trust me I know the struggles). Delmar has been a wonderful choice for me and I am glad that I did the research and chose this school. Everyone is so supportive and helpful. Success begins with you but it always helps to have a wonderful support system and this school has definitely offered that.


Thank you for reading this “little” blurb about me and my experience so far! I hope this inspires some of you to find that drive and gain the confidence to do what brings passion to your life. I am thoroughly enjoying my time in school and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for me =)


Also if you feel so inclined, you can follow my progress as a nail technician on
Instagram: @glitz_n_glam26


Autumn Carmen
Nail Technician
Delmar College



No gimmicks just great education


Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

Delmar Student Ambassador: Moe Jarrah


-Moe Jarrah


1. Why did you choose Delmar college?
It’s actually very straight forward why I chose Delmar. It’s because of friends and family members that got their education through Delmar College and had recommended the school once they knew I wanted to get into the hairstyling industry.

2. What award did you receive/prize? 
I was awarded with an awesome pair of Drew Kalaf shears and a Babyliss Pro blow dryer.
3. What does it mean to you to have been chosen as the school ambassador? 
It honestly meant a lot to me to be chosen as an ambassador. It shows how the school can see your hard work and dedication and appreciate your effort, it just pushes you on giving your best because you know that they are aware of every step taken by any student.
4. Why did you decide to become a barber/hairstylist? 
I’ve always had the passion for becoming a hairstylist, that passion grew by watching my father do what he does best throughout the years. so now here I am getting into the industry to start my own career.
(some of Moe’s work)
5. So far what has your experience at Delmar been for you?
After attending Delmar for 7 months now I would say I made the right decision enrolling into the school! I would have to say it has the most professional, caring and down to earth instructors that actually take the time to teach and make sure you’re taught the right way. It’s always an awesome atmosphere inside the college, we’re just one big family that cares about one another – The best way to explain it!
6. What advice would you give someone about Delmar? 
For anyone that is interested in the hairstyling/barbering business, your best choice would be Delmar college. After seeing how much they focus on preparing their students for what they will be examined on, becoming a hairstylist is not easy there is a lot to it and they go into depth with it all!
7. What is your next goal/step going to be? 
My goal is to build my clientele, eventually start my own business.
8. Has this been the right path for you? 
Definitely has been, no regrets what so ever!
9. How did you decide to become a barber/hairstylist?
I believe you should love your job and what you do since we spend most of our time at work. It is absolutely essential for your own personal well being that you feel positively about the career path that you choose, as the saying goes “do what you love and love what you do”.
Lastly I would like to thank my main instructor Jenessa and my cutting instructor Andrew Kalaf ; as well as, everyone that is part of this college for everything they’ve done for us since day 1.
-Moe Jarrah

No gimmicks just great education


Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

Diary of a hair student #8 by Morgan Calvert

Hello everyone,

It’s been amazing lately with school and all the opportunities it has opened up for me even before I’ve graduated. I recently started working at Tommy Guns in the downtown core location and love it.

School is crazy busy right now. We’re doing so many things at once including some final projects and our second term midterms are coming up. I am honestly super nervous about it. I’m also really excited about graduating and being able to work in a barber shop or salon full time.
In the last month I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my hair colouring and hair cutting skills because of all the time we now spend on the floor.

Over the holiday season we had a contest for who could sell the most amount of gift cards under our names. I am happy to share with you that I came in second and also attained top retailer of the month!
I was never one to do well in high school so being able to accomplish so much at something I really love is amazing and empowering.

I hope you enjoy the pictures of my recent hair makeovers on some of the amazing clients I have had the chance to work with at Delmar.

Thank you for reading.

– Morgan



No gimmicks just great education



Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

December 2017 at Delmar : Recap

It is hard to believe that 2017 has come and gone so quickly. However, here at Delmar College we are excited to welcome 2018 with open arms! What did Delmar College get up to in December to finish 2017 with a BANG?

Delmar College would like to congratulate 3 of our classes at our Esthetics and Wellness Spa. Our Clinical Estheticians, Nail Technicians, and Professional Estheticians that finished the year with a Diploma – Congratulations! There is nothing like starting off 2018 with success, and opportunities at your door.


Congratulations to our January 1400 hr. Hairstyling class who graduated in December. We cannot wait to see what comes next for all of you!



We here at Delmar College shared the joy of Christmas this year by starting our new annual “Toy Drive”. While searching of a charity that we wanted to partner with and donate to we came upon the “Magic Of Christmas” charity. This charity spoke to us here at Delmar College because of their reputation and their undoubted desire to spread the magic over the holidays.
“The Magic Of Christmas”  is a complete non-profit organization that runs off  of their donations and the many volunteers. They decorate a city transit bus to be a reindeer and sleigh filled with the hundreds/thousands gifts, volunteers dressed as Santa’s elves, and they drive around Calgary delivering presents to the homes, families, and hospitals of children in need.
We couldn’t be more Proud to Donate $230.00 worth of toys as well as the numerous donations from students, staff, and loyal customers of Delmar College. Thank you to everyone who donated!
Want to donate? Don’t worry. Our next toy drive will be posted and you can help us help children and local families during the holiday season 2018!



Another Thank you to: Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors , Esthetics Director Audrey Eastham, and Director of admissions Shauna Defreitas for taking the time to purchase & donate so many wonderful toys with the $230.0 0!  



Could you imagine FREE MEN’S CUTS?  Well Delmar College was at it again! We’ve hosted a very successful Men’s taper workshop for our senior Hairstyling students. Can you believe in 1 day with 10 students we had 60+ men’s cuts come through the door!


We would like to thank all the volunteers who came in and helped our students by receiving a FREE hair cut! If you’re bummed that you missed this one – DON’T WORRY! Delmar College will be hosting another Men’s Taper Workshop this month. Keep an eye out on all our social media outlets to stay informed!

This month promotions…
(All promotions are able to be seen on all our social media)




…We’ve shared some pretty amazing amazing student work..
(Check out our website to see more student work)



….Started getting our Student Barber Shop ready for clients come February!

Feature wall for Delmar College’s Student Barber Shop


….We’ve done another “Delmar Morning Chatter”  vlog with Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors on our apprenticeship program.
…We’ve published blogs from current & past graduates of Delmar College…




2017 has been an amazing year, and December a great month! Stay tuned to see what Delmar College gets up to in 2018!

Coming up..
* new enrolment
* Specials
* New “Delmar Morning chatter” VLog
* Student awards & Blog 
* New Services
* Flash sales
* 8th Blog post of  “diary of a hair student” by Morgan Calvert
…..& Much Much more!


– Brittany Connors
Social Media Coordinator


No gimmicks, just great education


Social media Coordinator Brittany Connors




“Path to red seal” guest blog by Morgan Mclarren

Have you ever thought to yourself  “what’s next”? Now that you’ve completed your 1400 hr program, what is the next process to get licensed and red seal certified? We asked Morgan to tell us where her path took her. Here is her story.




-Morgan McLaren


I am sharing my path to obtain my red seal journeyman certificate. This can look different for many people, but if you’re someone who has yet to attend beauty College, or is in school currently for a hair styling certification, let this story help you out!

If your not in school yet, I will let you know how I decided on which beauty college to attend. I have met many people who have attended different schools in Calgary, or other cities. I asked other stylist their thoughts and opinions on their schools they attended. I also took tours of several beauty colleges in Calgary. My opinion was definitely affected by watching my best friend, and coworker Stephanie Fiori who attended Delmar College and went on to successfully get her Red Seal. She recommended Delmar to me because it is so focused on passing government exams -both theory and practie. I can now say the same thing! I would not be where I am today without Delmar, their instructors (especially Sonya Afshari) and their curriculum.

Middle: Instructor Mrs. Soniya Afshari   Right: Morgan McLaren


Our theory exams are also very to to the ones you will have to write. So be sure to study the best way for you. Learn how you memorize the best. Is it by taking practice multiple choice exams? Is it by someone reading questions out loud and you answering? Or, if you’re like myself, I remember information best by jotting down notes. I created study cards throughout the school year and truly thanked myself later for having them as a tool for studying for my government theory exams.




I chose to start my apprenticeship while still attending Delmar. I would recommend this, as I did the 3 day program and had the time. I have me loads on insight into the salon environment, and the expectations. It was inspiring and motivating to work at karma, and was my light and the end of tunnel with school! My coworkers gave a ton of support and cheered me on throughout school and afterward. Be sure to choose a salon that works with who you are. I know personally I wanted a salon with a “family” like culture, and lots of education. I did not want to be rushed on to the floor as a stylist, and wanted to truly be a sponge taking in all I can and building my confidence.

Find someone at work as a mentor – someone licensed and that you can go to Witt any questions. This person can keep you accountable in signing up for exams and helping you with feedback on practical work.

The scary part:

The scariest part about the red seal, is the government exams (at least it was for me). I personally struggle with a lot of test anxiety leading up to and during exams. I no longer had my instructors to hold my hand, or motivate me to get them done. My advice is that no matter when you decide to sign up, it’s going to be scary. So just get it done right away! It makes more sense to have all the information from school fresh in your mind, because It can take a while to get through all 5 exams with waiting on available examination dates.

I personally called shortly after graduating in to the apprenticeship board, and asked what my next step was for singing up for my first exam. I was asked to mail in a copy of my diploma from Delmar, and once it was received I can submit payment online. This was the same for each following exam. As soon as I found out I passed exam, I would sign up for my next one right away. If you put it off, and makes it so much harder. I was calling, submit payment through my trade secrets been anxiously wait to receive the date of my exam. Be sure to be on top of checking their website and your email as not to miss the dates and be prepared! Once you have a date, take the time to study or practice drills, get a good nights rest the night before and have some sort of reward for yourself for getting it done. I personally would reward myself with some sort of treat for getting an exam done, because it is something to be celebrated!

There’s how many exams?

There are 5 exams I had to write to receive my red seal.

1. First period theory – you can sign up right away to do this exam.

2. First period practical – you can sign up for this as soon as you pass the first theory exam, and so on for others.

3. Second period theory.

4. Second period practical.

5. Red Seal theory exam

Stay motivated and get’er done!

No matter what, this process is going to be stressful! I tried to look at it one step at a time. Go to school, graduate, get an apprenticeship then do the exams one by one. It’s okay to feel like you’re struggling, know you have support from Delmar, friends, family and coworkers in this journey. Never stop practicing, studying and be on top of you. You’re ultimately responsible for getting licensed, and you have to take all the steps necessaryto do so. If you’re wondering when to sign up, do it as soon as you’re able. Know that by getting your period two and red seal done, you get government grants as a reward! It’s totally work all the stress and time it takes! It personally took me a year and a bit from graduating Delmar to get all my exams complete. YOU CAN DO IT!

-Morgan McLaren

No gimmicks, just great education

Social media Coordinator Brittany Connors