FEBRUARY AND MARCH IN REVIEW

“There is never a dull moment at Delmar” and as always, Delmar was very busy these last 2 months! Let’s reflect on some of the happenings!

We CONGRATULATED the following GRADUATING classes:

March 2018 Hairstyling, April 2018 Barbering/Hairstyling, January Second Period Apprenticeship, August 2018 Professionnel Esthetics, September Clinical Esthetics, October Clinical Esthetics, January Makeup 101 and January Makeup 103!

We WELCOMED the following classes to THE DELMAR FAMILY:

February 2019 Clinical Esthetics

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March 2019 Barbering/Hairstyling

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March 2019 First Period Apprenticeship

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March 2019 Clinical Esthetics

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We announced our recent partnership with the Rockview School Division to offer the first Cosmetology 10 class in Cochrane!

We are always grateful for our guest educators!

There is always AMAZING student work to celebrate!

 

Our October 2018 Barbers worked their magic cutting hair at The Bay SouthCentre Mall during their Giving Day Charity Event!

The Delmar Admissions team visited Career Fairs at Lord Beaverbrook School and Father Lacombe School!

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We had a MAKEOVER GIVEAWAY in honour of International Women’s Day and Jessica Popplestone, Kayla Hynes and Jacquie Bretzer won a Color/cut/style, brow wax and tint and a manicure!

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Check out some amazing projects completed by both Esthetics and Hairstyling students!

Classroom contest winners got to spin THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE!

Delmar College has partnered with Patty Falconer Agencies for many years and we were honoured to participate again in the Jr. Miss Pageant! Our students always do amazing work!

We journeyed into NEW AGE BARBERING with guest blogger Mark Bautista and we spoke to Delmar graduate Juliana Rachewiski about CHANGE YOUR CAREER, CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Click on the links below and check out both blogs!

https://delmarcollegeblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/new-age-barbering/

https://delmarcollegeblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/change-your-career-change-your-life/

 

Amongst all the learning, there is still time for a bit of fun!

Stay tuned to see what APRIL holds!

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Tara Byrne

Social Media Coordinator

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CHANGE YOUR CAREER, CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

With the previous and current economic climate in Alberta, many people have had to make career changes. At Delmar, many of our students both past and present have found themselves making a huge career change slightly later in life in order to support their families and/or taking the opportunity to pursue a passion that was laying dormant for many years. For many, they find it a daunting challenge going to school full-time and working while raising a family. However, many of our students have proven with hard work, dedication and perseverance, it can be done. Not only do we need to complete school but then we have to start at the bottom (often at minimum wage) in a salon accumulating apprenticeship hours. This can often be a financial burden on families. So why do we do it you ask? For the love of the industry! I reached out to Delmar graduate Juliana who is loving her career change. Here is her story:

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Hello DELMAR blog family !

It’s a pleasure to be here and sharing some of my experiences! I’m Juliana Rachewiski , DELMAR May 2016 class graduate and New Talent hairstylist @ HairBenders Salon, Airdrie. I’m passionate about hair and making people feel beautiful! After all, who doesn’t like to feel and look beautiful?!!

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Although Hairstyling was always my dream, I pursued a Bachelor in Marketing and Communication and worked at a bank for almost nine years. While it helped pay the bills, I would say I was unhappy because I always liked fashion and the beauty industry.

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Transitioning into this industry was a long process, which began when I came to Canada. I really wanted to get involved but I chose to postpone my dream to raise my two boys. I was a stay home mom for 12.5 years.

 

When we moved from Toronto to Airdrie in 2015, I decided to do something for myself and to help my family as well. I thought about Esthetics and Nails but I felt that hairstyling would be more recession proof and at that time, Alberta was starting to feel the hit 😞. I asked some salons which school they would recommend and everyone recommended Delmar, as it is well known in the industry, they prepare their students for the government exams, and they have a partnership with Apprenticeship and Industry Training. That made my decision easy!

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The first week at Delmar was great yet overwhelming. I was the oldest in the group and everything about hair was new to me. I wasn’t self-taught nor did I have prior experience. Some of the other girls had experience taking Cosmetology in High School or they had hairstylists in their family.

 

Oh my gosh, it was a hectic time learning everything from theory, to finger waves, roller sets, color wheels, cutting techniques, etc. There were so many things I never imagined we would have to learn. Foiling hair on time, and manoeuvring a marcel curling iron were huge milestones to overcome.

 

However, when I take on a challenge, I put 100% of myself into it! I have a super busy and unique family and it was definitely difficult to manage study time, practicing and finding time to work on all the projects…especially for a perfectionist like myself 😊.

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Some people are bolder than others, more courageous I’d say. They go to school and face it without worrying how it will turn out. However, that was not me and I struggled so much in the beginning with the idea of making a mistake! After all, if you cut too much, you can’t glue it back on!

 

 

To all those interested in taking on this challenge which requires a lot of commitment, my advice is to use each minute you have in school to practice, do better and overcome your difficulties. If you need an instructor to hold your hand for you to get the hang of a movement with a tool, ask for it. Work as much as you can to build your confidence in dealing with people.

 

 

Hairstyling is a beautiful industry and extremely gratifying especially when you do amazing work on your client. There are no words to describe the satisfaction I feel when my client loves her/his creation!

 

 

However, it is a tough, competitive industry as well. It is definitely not a 9-5 job where you close your computer and go home. We work many hours and it can be a challenge to build your clientele, the money will be tight for a while and the learning has to be constant in order to offer the 5* service clients deserve. All of those extra hours working made me wonder if I had chosen the right career as I still have a family to dedicate myself to. However, all of the effort and work I have put in so far and knowing my clients are so happy and satisfied with their looks, makes me want to continue to grow and do better each and every day!

 

I have taken courses in both women’s and men’s cutting techniques, advanced color classes, extensions and business management. When starting out in a salon you will be required to build your clientele. This requires planning, promoting your business to get clients into your chair, upgrading your service, and retaining clients. Product knowledge is very important as well! It is part of the service we offer and it is important to educate clients on how to maintain their style/color and have a beautiful healthy hair. Everything is a circle of trust you build with your clientele.

 

Never take anything for granted!

  • Clients will leave you for other stylists and new clients will come.
  • There will be always a stylist that knows more than you; be humble, listen and observe.
  • Find a salon that fits your personality; being unhappy at work makes people miserable and I have been there many times.
  • Be kind and gentle; helping each other is a true “pay it forward” because everyone was once an apprentice.

 

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Delmar blog family! I will say goodbye for now and I hope I have given you some points to reflect on and consider! Perhaps one day our path will cross 😉.

Whatever you do, do it with love and dedication! It will pay off!

Follow Juliana on Instagram at loveinthehair.by.jules

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NEW AGE BARBERING

Barbering has made a huge comeback but with an ultra-modern feel! The ‘short sides and back’ have been replaced by sculptured, precise fades and pompadours as well as skin fades and detailed hair tattoos. The talent seen in these modern barbershops is incredible! Men’s grooming is here to stay and Delmar’s goal is to make sure all Barbers are licensed. We have adapted our program for those wishing to become licensed barbers and have incorporated all aspects of barbering while still preparing these students for their government licensing exams. We will be highlighting the journey of some of our Barbering students to see what inspired them to become barbers and showcase their work.

We spoke to Mark Bautista. He is extremely passionate and talented as evidenced by his work on Instagram and his work has been reposted by Barbering sites!

What inspired you to become a barber and when did you realize this was your passion?

I come from an artistic background and have always been fascinated by style and fashion. While attending university, I started to become interested in hair especially as I watched barbers on YouTube do creative haircuts and share how much pride they took in honing and improving their craft each time they cut. I thought to myself: “I want to be just like these guys!” That’s when the aha moment came and I started practicing on all my family members and friends. I really enjoyed the social aspect of it and how much impact I was making by making someone look their best. The feeling of satisfaction that I got after each cut is when I realized that this was my passion.

What is your favourite service to receive and why?

A hot shave even though I have very little facial hair because its a relaxing escape from world and I feel like a king being pampered.

What is your favourite service to perform and why?

Medium length men’s haircuts because I get to work on building shape and texture through scissor work. I believe that the art in barbering lies in mastering your scissor work. Everything else will fall into place once you truly understand how to utilize your scissors.

What are some of your insights into Barbering trends?

One of the most prominent trends that I have observed in the barbering industry is we are slowly moving away from perfect polished super clean looks to more lived-in, versatile low maintenance looks. Men are more willing to rock longer and more natural textured looks.

Who are your favourite barbers on Instagram and what about them inspires you?

@stephenj.barber: He is my personal barber and he has been my biggest mentor so far. He has inspired me to investigate the “why” to everything I do in hair so I make sure that I am intentional in everything I do.

@andrewdoeshair: He has inspired me to take quality photographs of my haircuts. He has taught me how to use the proper lighting and camera to highlight and make my work stand out on Instagram.

@joshlamonaca: He is the co owner of one the most coveted men’s salon in the world- Menspire Salon. Josh has inspired me to really appreciate the classic and contemporary shapes and techniques of men’s barbering. He has taught me to always work in clean sections and focus on the fundamentals of haircutiing such tension, over direction, body position and so forth.

Describe your Delmar experience so far. What have you enjoyed the most and why?

What I have enjoyed most so far in my time at Delmar is all the friends I have made. I enjoy coming to school because I like hanging out with my classmates and teachers. It makes learning fun.

What are your future goals once you have finished school and achieved your license?

One of my biggest goals is to be able to be a platform educator and travel the world sharing my passion for hair.

What barbershop are you in what is your Instagram?

I will be apprenticing at Johnny’s Barbershop + Shop starting in April 2019. My Instagram is @markbarberology.