As we move into the glorious summer months, let’s reflect on the Delmar happenings in April and May.

It was GRADUATION TIME and we celebrated several class graduations:

March First Period Apprenticeship

May 2018, June 2018 and September 2018 Hairstyling classes

September 2018 and January 2019 Professional Esthetics

November 2018 Clinical Esthetics, September 2018 Nail Technician and Lash Technician

We WELCOMED several New classes:

Calgary April 2019 and May 2019 Hairstyling classes

Calgary May Second Period Apprenticeship

Calgary May 2019 Professional Esthetics and May Makeup 101 class

Red Deer April Hairstyling and May Clinical Esthetics

Our Admissions Department along with some students, attended Career Fairs in Calgary and Skills Alberta in Edmonton. It was great to chat with potential students and we hope to see them in the future!

We are always grateful for the experience and knowledge our guest speakers impart and they inspire our students! Our Esthetics classes also got the opportunity to attend the Western Canada Esthetics Summit at MRU where our Esthetics Director Audrey and Clinical Esthetics instructor Biljana were honoured to be guest speakers! Such an incredible educational experience!

To honour women for Women’s Day, we held a Facebook Makeover Giveaway! Congratulations to our winner Jessica Popplestone and her 2 nominees!

In honour of Mother’s Day, we had a gift card promotion and Lynn Ross was the winner of a $300 gift basket! Stay tuned for more competitions!

We love to showcase our student work! Here is some of the work that made it into our Student Spotlight from both our Calgary and Red Deer campuses!

We are honoured to be part of the Junior Miss, Miss Teen and Miss Calgary Pageants every year. We have partnered with Patti Falconer Agency for many years and we look forward to many more years!

Some of our Calgary Hairstyling students got the opportunity to participate in Bay Days at South Centre Hudson’s Bay! They had a lot of fun styling hair for the ladies! Our October Barbers were invited to offer haircuts during Guy’s Night at The Bay also!

We are very grateful for the AMAZING INSTRUCTORS we have at both of our Campuses! Teaching is not easy but it is rewarding! Our instructors are passionate about teaching and are very proud of our students’ successes! (some instructors are missing from photos)

Our Red Deer staff and students had a great time at the Red Deer Women’s Fun Run event! Lots of family fun! Our Mother’s Day raffle winner loved her gift basket!

Delmar Calgary students had the incredible opportunity to support @awo_taan_healing_lodge_society by offering haircuts to several of their members! Such an uplifting and humbling experience! We look forward to working with them again in the future!

We were honoured that a few members of Calgary’s Finest stopped by to support our students during a men’s cutting workshop! Thanks again and come by anytime!

Last but not least, we blogged about (click on link provided to catch up on what you missed):

Realizing Your Dreams


The World of Pampering


From Clinician to Educator: A Natural Progression


The Journey into Clinical Esthetics


Nailing It!



Please be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay on top of the Delmar happenings!

If you are an employer scouting for talent in both salons and spas, please follow our #delmarlifeyyc and #delmarliferd on Instagram to see some of the amazing work our students do! Private message us if needed!

To register for a program or to find out more information about our programs, contact our Admissions Department:

Calgary Hairstyling/Barbering: Alison at alisonc@delmarcollege.com or call 403-264-8055

Calgary Esthetics: Julie at julieh@delmarcollege.com or call 403-255-6644

Red Deer Campus: Azra at azrah@delmarcollege.com or call 403-347-2018



Tara Byrne

Social Media Coordinator

The World of Pampering!

Who doesn’t love to be pampered?!! I know I do! Stressful week at work? Hard day at home with the kids? Just need some ‘me time’? Whatever the reason (and we shouldn’t need a reason), taking the time to get pampered is rejuvenating! In addition, spa services allow you to maintain the health of your nails and skin! The Alberta climate is very dry and as such means we need to pay more attention to our nails and skin. Both women AND men should begin a spa regime to reap the benefits treatments offer!

Some benefits of a manicure and pedicure:

Increased blood circulation. During any manicure or pedicure, you receive a relaxing massage of the hands and feet. …simply the best part!

Improve the health of your nails. With regular manicures and pedicures, the chances of your nails developing fungi and other infections are reduced.

De-stress. When many of us are stressed, we tend bite/pick at our fingernails which causes damage to the skin surrounding the nails as well as the nail itself.

◦ Keeps hands and feet smooth and soft through the use of exfoliants and moisturizers.

photos courtesy of @queenb_beautyy

Some benefits of a facial:

De-stress. Facial massage massage is not only relaxing but increases blood flow to the skin and stimulates all the pressure points on the face which in turn affects many other organs in the body.

◦ Thorough cleansing and exfoliation which removes dead skin and pollutants.

◦ Regular facials help to promote collagen production and boost cell regeneration.

Detoxification of the skin through the use of steam and professional products specific to your skin type and problems.

photos courtesy of @queenb_beautyy, @dominatrixx_beautyy, @just_make_up_things_ , @pretty._.simple

You also benefit from the knowledge of your skincare specialists. They will thoroughly analyze your skin to ensure you receive a facial specific to your needs. In addition, they will educate you on HOW to properly maintain your skin at home.

One day at the spa can leave you feeling fresh, rejuvenated and even younger! It is also like a one-stop shop; get your manicure, pedicure, facial, lash extensions and waxing done by the same service provider!

photos courtesy of @just_make_up_things_ and @esthetician_life_by_flo

Spa services are often thought of as luxury items but we really need to change our mindset. Our overall well-being can benefit from regular spa visits. This enables us to be more productive and more relaxed in general which can lead to healthier and happier lives!

Book an appointment at either our Calgary Wellness Centre 403-255-6644 or our NEW Red Deer Spa 403-347-2018 for YOUR DAY OF PAMPERING!!!!

For many Estheticians, their passion for making people look and feel AMAZING is what leads them into the industry. They love the idea of being able to makeover someone from head-to-foot.

Joining the world of pampering, you learn so many different skills which opens the door to many employment opportunities including self-employment!

I spoke with Erin, one of our Esthetics instructors at our Red Deer Campus about her journey into THE WORLD OF PAMPERING.

I decided to pursue a career in Esthetics after working as a manager at Sephora. It helped me realize my passion for the beauty industry and brought out the desire to further my knowledge in all aspects of Esthetics not just makeup and skincare. I made the decision one day and jumped right in a few short weeks later.

Throughout my life I have always had a passion for beauty, getting my own hair and nails done religiously but making the decision to attend school at 25 years old was the best decision I ever made and was the most fun I could ever imagine.

As a student, my favorite parts of the program were:  the “hands-on” learning environment, having an instructor to look up to and aspire to be like (I am lucky to be able to work alongside her now) and the friends I made.

Entering the industry, I was a certainly a little bit intimidated but after a short time I realized that it’s really a group of people who love to empower/uplift others by making them feel good about themselves. It really is an extremely rewarding career.

I started to build my clientele WHILE I WAS IN SCHOOL, networking with friends/family, using them as models, letting people know I would be graduating and having them book in with the school as much as possible throughout my 5 month program.

Social media is obviously a huge part of building clientele – ask your regular clients to share your work- you’d be amazed at the followers you will gain from just one “share”.

#delmarliferd #delmarlifeyyc


I would recommend starting out with a referral program for your clients; offering a discount of some sort for every client that they bring you.

Ensuring that every client that you have walk through your door receives 5 star service from start to finish.

The decision to become an instructor gave me the best of both worlds as I still do services on my own clientele but I also get to share my passion with others and give other people the knowledge/skills to become a great esthetician.

The only real difference between being an instructor vs. service provider would be that I now get to demonstrate to students and help them feel confident throughout their services, rather than performing the service myself- just like any working spa/salon, our students work on the public and as an instructor I am there every step of the way to offer assistance.

My favorite service to receive is a facial because I find it incredibly relaxing and it’s really beneficial for the health of my skin.

However, my favorite service to perform is a pedicure. First of all- who doesn’t love getting a pedicure? I find it gives clients instant results and is a task that they often can’t do for themselves. This gives me a sense that I am making a difference for the client by brightening their day and helping them relax.

Waxing is my favorite service to teach. For most of the students it is something new for them and offers a very satisfying, immediate result.

My advice to those entering the industry or considering enrolling in a program is to always bring a positive attitude with you and always keep up with your education. The beauty industry is ever-changing and it’s important to be able to offer the current “trends” to your clients.

If you’ve been thinking about it, take that dive. The decision to come to Delmar College was the best decision I have ever made for my career. I look forward to teaching you and help kick-start YOUR career!

Let Delmar guide you into the world of pampering! Contact our Admissions Department to secure your spot today!

Calgary Esthetics: Julie at julieh@delmarcollege.com or call 403-255-6644

Red Deer Campus: Azra at azrah@delmarcollege.com or call 403-347-2018

Calgary Hairstyling/Barbering: Alison at alisonc@delmarcollege.com or call 403-264-8055


Be sure to follow #delmarlifeyyc and #delmarliferd on Instagram to see our students in action and check out their work!

Tara Byrne

Social Media Coordinator

Realizing Your Dreams!

We all have dreams! Making those dreams become reality is a different thing entirely. Many people believe they are entitled to start at the top or that they will get there with minimal effort. Some people spend a great deal of effort trying to find the easy way out. The reality is, if you want it, you need to put in the HARD work! Where you put your efforts, you will get results. There is nothing more GRATIFYING than achieving something you have worked hard to get!

The first step in realizing your dreams is asking yourself “are they realistic for me?”. Be honest. If the answer is yes, then find the RIGHT path and people to help you achieve that dream! You also need PASSION and DETERMINATION! The road will often be rocky but ALL obstacles can be overcome; you just need to find the way. You need to stick; DON’T GIVE UP! Too often in our industry, people expect to make top dollar straight out of school. You need to continue your education, build your clientele and keep them, build your social media profile and don’t get discouraged! It won’t happen over night but it will be a small window of your life if you put in the hard work in the beginning!

Find someone who inspires you and follow their lead. Take the best from many to create your best. We can’t change our past but we can write our future! Make that future what your dreams are made of!

I asked existing Delmar Barbering Student Andrew to share his road to realizing his dreams.

What was your background prior to coming to Delmar College?

Prior to being a student at Delmar, I was a roofer in both residential and commercial flat roofing. I’ve been roofing since the age of 16 after moving out on my own.

Through many different trials and tribulations I’ve made it this far, never regretting any of my decisions because it’s made me the person I am today. I always wanted to take the easy way out and cut corners; to try and find the get rich schemes but in the end I always managed to get twice as far behind. Being a product of my own decisions, I’ve learned that taking the easy way is the hardest life lesson. Things catch up to you faster than you can say hello or goodbye in most cases. It took me a few years to find the right path and it feels good to be the person I am now.

Making the decision to become a student at Delmar was a difficult one but I’ve learned that hard work will pay off. There will be struggles throughout but my determination to become something I’ve always wanted to be will lead to the reward in the end. Priceless!!

What made you decide to enter the barbering profession and has it always been a passion?

I have ALWAYS loved barbershops. My grandfather took me to Fred & Lou’s Barber Shop in Niagara Falls for my first haircut as a kid and over the years I returned to that same shop whenever I have been able to.

Barbering has been my dream since I was young. I decided that the time was now to make my dream a reality. I quit a $35 hourly job just before Christmas without knowing if Delmar would accept me into the Barbering Program and I’m glad I took the plunge. I started my apprenticeship at South Trail Crossing Barbershop and haven’t looked back!

Are there barbers who have influenced you more than others and what about them do you admire?

Maher Chehade and Julie Regimbald influence me daily, helping me in the shop and being a part of my journey. What I admire most about Maher is his drive to be the best he can and offer his clients the best experience that money can buy.

I’ve had the opportunity to shadow Julie, one of the best female barbers in the Calgary area, during my apprenticeship at South Trail Crossing Barbershop. She has been in the industry for 15 years and barbering is not only a job but her passion.

Describe your experience at Delmar so far. What were your educational expectations prior to entering the program versus what is actually involved in the program?

My experience at Delmar so far has been amazing. The teachers are fantastic, very knowledgable, friendly, and willing to help with anything that is required.

Prior to being a student at Delmar I never thought I’d ever be a college student. My expectations of going into the Barber Program were to get my diploma and finally be something I’ve always wanted to pursue in life…a barber.

As with any program, there will be things you have to do you that you don’t think you will ever use…50-50 sets and fingerwaves in particular! However, Delmar is making sure we are prepared for our government exams so we can become LICENSED.

above work by @magic_hairstylist

What is your favourite service to receive and why?

My favourite service to receive is a hot shave. I like the relaxation, the facial massage and all the steps involved to make your appearance looks fresh and feel great.

What is your favourite service to perform and why?

At this time, I enjoy offering clients a fresh fade or hot shave. I like to see people’s smiles and confidence they when they leave the shop. Something as small as a haircut can change the way people see themselves and offering that to clients is very rewarding.

What do you feel are the most important aspects about barbering and why?

I find the most important aspects of barbering are making clients feel comfortable and creating new relationships. Making them feel like they are worthy and not just another client or a dollar sign.

What do you feel is the biggest difference between old-school traditional barbering and the modern barbershops of today?

Our new generation has been given the opportunity of barber evolution; from new style haircuts, to hair design, tattoos and much more.

above photos courtesy of barbers @stcbarbershop

It is not just the ‘short sides and back’ of yesteryear. Another big difference I find is the age of barbers as so many young people are getting into the barber industry which is awesome to see! Barbershops are opening all over the city so the competition is fierce! However, the strongest and best will survive!

What are your future goals once you have completed your program at Delmar?

After completing my program at Delmar, I plan to work with some of the best barbers in the industry and strive to exceed my client’s expectations each and everytime they are sitting in my chair. I want to be one of the best!

Do you feel social media is important in our industry and why?

Recently I’ve become very familiar with social media and I find it is a great learning tool and is IMPERATIVE for building your business! Spend some time learning how to utilize social media platforms to increase your clientele and request clients. It is also a great way to look/apply for jobs and to use as a recruitment tool.

Are there certain barbers you feel have radically influenced the new direction of the Barbering industry and why/how?

Again, as for who as influenced the barber industry in a new direction I would say Maher Chehade. He has brought many big names from all over North America to the Calgary area via Barber Battles, he speaks at seminars and offers great advice to the new and upcoming barbers in the industry.

Andrew is currently working hard to achieve his dreams both in school and at South Trail Crossing Barbers! In addition to contributing to this blog, he has won a Social Media Challenge and is working on building his social media profile! Follow his journey on Instagram @klutch.kutz

Are you looking to follow your dreams? If you are passionate about Hairstyling, Barbering or Esthetics, please contact our Admissions Department:

Calgary Hairstyling/Barbering: Alison at alisonc@delmarcollege.com or call 403-264-8055

Calgary Esthetics: Julie at julieh@delmarcollege.com or call 403-255-6644

Red Deer Campus: Azra at azrah@delmarcollege.com or call 403-347-2018

We look forward to being a part of your journey to realizing your dreams!


Tara Byrne

Social Media Coordinator