Student to Instructor : A Guest Blog by Cassie Aravena.

There are moments that we all experience in life about what path we should take and if it will be the right choice? With so many options available, so many paths to take it makes each decision harder.  Today we will hear directly from one of Delmar College’s alumni Cassie Aravena and see how her decision has led her to her current career.

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“After I graduated high school I was unsure like most about what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life. I was conflicted! ”

Everyone I knew was going to attend a known secondary school like: Sait, Mount Royal or Bow Valley. To one day become a Nurse, an Engineer or part of Business Administration. “One thing I knew about myself was that I loved anything that involved detailed art”.

I was definitely the student to attend Fashion shows, take Cosmetology or culinary arts in high school. Being able to create something by hand fascinated me and made me. It was my passion.

After having multiple discussions with family and friends, they all recommended the same thing! Why not attend a beauty school to become a Hairstylist or Nail Technician?
After deliberation  I did my research to see what my options were for beauty schools in Calgary. I came across Delmar College’s website. I was blown away by the fact that there were so many options for programs. It immediately grabbed my attention.

Esthetician, Nail- Technician, Clinical Esthetician and Hairstylist – I wanted to do it all! When I arrived for my scheduled appointment I met with Linda, the Director of Esthetics for Delmar College. “I remember being so inspired by hearing about her own experiences being an Esthetician as well as a Nail Technician opening up her own spa.”

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I started with the full time Esthetician Program. It makes me smile and laugh to remember how it felt to be a student and the things I learned about skin, waxing, tinting, mani/pedi’s and facials. I made amazing friends that I treasure and have remained friends with to this day.

“During my Esthetics program I had gotten into a car accident on Deerfoot. I ended up getting severe Whiplash in my neck, making it really hard to perform services in my program.“Just like most, the time you miss in class you need to make up!”

I looked into my options for making up the time I had lost in my course with Linda and my instructors. I was then
allowed to attend the evening Nail Tech class as a model. After I saw the students hard at work. I knew that night I wanted to be an amazing Nail Tech. Just watching how they worked with her product and applying it really opened my eyes to the nail section for Esthetics. I was blown away by the color options, designs and shapes you could do with nails. That night I received my first sculpted gel set ever and I loved it!

That one night seeing students at work and how they were being instructed made me want to join the Nail Technician program. “The next day I went to Linda and registered right away!” The Nail Technician program had taught me so much about the nail industry that I never knew before. My instructor had shared her experiences and that made me feel so excited to be apart of the industry and to this day she still continues to inspire me to be the best Nail Technician l can be. I wanted to be just like her!
“I was so excited to graduate and have my own experiences to share as a Esthetician/Nail-tech”.

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I kept in touch with my instructors and Delmar as I adventured into the work place of my own. Creating my own brand, style, and experiences. One day I had heard that my instructor was planning to  move.  I remember feeling really sad to hear the news but she assured me that she’d stay in touch! She then asked me if I ever thought about teaching, or if I would like to teach? I then thought about what she said and remember replying “of course, that would be awesome!”.

A few weeks later I was contacted by Linda. She had asked me if I wanted to teach the Delmar evening Nail Tech class? In the moment I was feeling all kinds of emotions, but honored to share my knowledge of a industry I love so much.

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I remember doubting myself.  Asking myself  “what if I’m not good enough to teach?” or “am I ready to do this?” I then found out like any new instructor, it was normal to feel this way. The reassurance I received from my coworkers and family made me feel confident that this is the right path for me.

Now, I have been a instructor for Delmar for One year. I already feel like I’ve learned, and grown so much. Being able to teach my students everything I know about being a Nail Technician feels amazing! Watching my students grow, gain skills and confidence by far has been the most rewarding feeling. This is what being an instructor was all about and I love every minute of it!

My first class will be graduating soon and I couldn’t be anymore proud in each and every one of them. Being their instructor was definitely a privilege and I can’t wait to see where their education takes them.  Next, I begin a new chapter with Delmar College. I am now taking on new classes and new experiences to go along with it.
I am excited to see what it all brings!

 

 

 

 

 – Cassie Aravena, Nail Technician Instructor

   

 

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September 2017 at Delmar: a Recap

We welcomed our new evening Esthetics class!

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Welcome to our new September Hair Design class!

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Welcome to our first period Apprenticeship students!

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Congratulations to our Makeup 102 graduates!

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September Delmar Ambassador, Callie Nuyens, wrote a really great blog post for us. If you missed it click here.

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Morgan Calvert wrote another installment of our Diary of a Hair student. Click here to check it out.

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Our banner went up and construction is under way at our new campus!

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And we featured some amazing student work. Scroll down to see it all.

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Hair: Abell / Model: Bryce / Photo: Analog Dog Creative


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Makeup by Chloe


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Hair: Emily / Makeup: Martha


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Hair: Stephanie / Model: Ceanna / Photo: Analog Dog Creative


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Nails by Silvana


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Hair: Melanie / Model: Denise / Photo: Analog Dog Creative


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Hair: Typhani / Photo: Analog Dog Creative


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Concave Layers by Reagan


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Hair: Trista / Model: Brandon / Photo: Analog Dog Creative


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Hair: April / Model: Maddie

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Delmar Student Ambassador: Callie Nuyens

What program are you currently attending?

Clinical Esthetics

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What made you choose Delmar?

I have a few girlfriends that took the hairstyling course at Delmar and really loved it, so I decided to check it out. When I came for my initial appointment with the director Linda, she and everyone else I spoke with were super friendly, and answered all my questions. I was definitely impressed and felt welcome right from the get-go!

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What is your biggest inspiration?

All of the beautiful men and women doing their own thing, working hard and starting their own businesses, is truly inspiring. It’s amazing what we can all do when we put our minds to it. I love watching the success stories of my friends, colleagues and former classmates pop up on social media – warms my heart!

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What advice do you have for future students in your program?

Go for it! If you’re interested in the clinical side of esthetics, you’ll love it. This class is very informative. I’ve learned a ton that I honestly didn’t expect to, given the short time period. Maybe don’t be tanned – if you’re like myself who loved to tan, you probably won’t anymore – you will be convinced otherwise – in a good way.

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Where do you see yourself after graduating?

Long term I hope to open my own laser studio! But after graduation I plan to work in a dermatologists office for a few years here in Calgary and build my experience before moving back to the Okanagan and starting my own business.

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What has been your favourite part of school so far?

So far, I have enjoyed this course in all aspects, but Audrey definitely takes the cake for her course delivery! She is a really great instructor. I feel fortunate to be part of such an awesome, diverse group of classmates who all help and support each other… I will miss them all so much! – but look forward to hopefully working them in the future. As for the course itself, I’ve been most interested in laser, which I had presumed before starting the class. I’m also currently interested in micro needling, which has been a prime addition to the clinical esthetics class. I just had my full face done today – so excited to see the results!

Callie

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Diary of a Hair Student Entry #4 by Morgan Calvert

Hello Everyone,

Being in school at Delmar college has been a lot of fun the last month, we learned a lot about the chemicals and ingredients that go into hair services and how they work. I personally find this stuff very interesting because I feel like once I have a complete understanding of everything that goes into hair color and lightening I will be able to start creating really amazing things with human hair.

We also just started doing color application and I find this to be really fun and surprisingly relaxing. There were a couple of people in my class that found it to be a little stressful, so if you decide to take a hair program and you are struggling, don’t panic because there are people that found it just as hard as you do that are now doing amazing!

This program is moving along way faster than I thought it would be, I feel like we just started the program and we’re about to start working on the salon floor this following month.

I think most of the class is pretty nervous about starting on the salon floor but I have a good feeling about everyone in the class doing well on the midterm exams and doing an amazing job on the salon floor.

I believe that as long as we all remember that we’re still learning, and not be too hard on ourselves, the turn out will be amazing!!

Below are some photos of everyone doing their first color application and some pictures of my first spiral perm wrap!

Until next time, stay positive!

Morgan Calvert

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August 2017 at Delmar: a Recap

Thank you to everyone who made August such a great month at Delmar College! Here is a recap of what we got up to…

Morgan Calvert wrote a third installment to the Diary of a Hair student blog journal. She has been keeping us up to date on how her class is progressing through the 1400 hour Hair Design program. Click here to read her last entry, and stay tuned, because next week we will be publishing her fourth entry.

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Lainnee Simpson was our Delmar Ambassador for the month of August. Click here to read her blog post. Thank you Lainnee for being such a great ambassador of our college!

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Sarah Haji completed our Masters of Esthetics diploma. She is the first and we could not be any prouder of her accomplishments. She also represented Delmar at the Skills Alberta competition and went on to become a member of Team Alberta and competed at Skills Canada last spring. Click here to learn more.

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We welcomed some guest speakers as well.

Thank you to Jason Olandesca of GLOW M+D Clinics for spending the day with our Clinical Esthetics students. We learned so much about the medical side of the beauty business.

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Thank you to Coy of Coy Hair for coming in and educating our hair students on the UNITE hair care line. We loved having you and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Delmar Nail Technology alumni Ria Parsbey wrote a blog post for us about what life was like after graduation and how she has built a successful business. Click here to read her post.

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We welcomed a new Hair Design class!

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Aaron Knox joined our Makeup Department. Aaron brings a ton of talent to the team and will be teaching our revamped Makeup 103 and 104 programs. Click here to read more about him.

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Aaron will also be hosting our Halloween Haunt workshop at the end of September. Call us at (403) 264-8055 for details.

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We shared some amazing images from some of our past student photo shoots. Scroll down to check them all out.

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Hair: Meghan Roberts / Model: Taylor Wood

 

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Hair: Mitra Grondin / Model: Airelle Rogado / Photo: Brandon Shaw

 

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Hair: Jade Isaak / Model: Laura Phaneuf / Photo: Brandon Shaw

 

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Hair: Cheril Lim / Model: Alejandrina / Photo: Brandon Shaw

 

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Hair Design student Brianna with her model. Photo: Brandon Shaw

Now accepting future barbers. Have you always wanted to specialize in men’s grooming? Delmar College is proud to announce that your dreams can now become your reality. Our 1400 hour, licensed and accredited, Barber & Hairstyling program is ready to launch and become the first of its kind in Alberta. Class starts in October. Limited seats available. Call us at (403) 264-8055 for details. Student aid options available. Click here for more information.

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Delmar College Welcomes Aaron Knox 

Body artist Aaron Knox applies his airbrush skills to the human form, that allow him to bring exceptionally creative designs to life through a range of artistic techniques.

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After studying the art of body painting in Montréal, Aaron formed the company Liquid Imprints Face and Body Art, with his wife, Melanie, 10 years ago. Working for some of the biggest companies in Toronto providing living breathing artwork. They continue today to change the landscape with their unique artwork wherever they go.

Aaron’s work has been showcased at a number of conventions where he collaborates with professional make-up brands, artists and photographers, creating stunning body paintings.

Airbrushing is the main medium used in all the designs. Also specializing in character makeup and special effects. His body painting has been a main feature at continuous Imats shows in LA & NY, Fan Expo, Toronto Comicon, & the Allied Beauty Show.

Publications:
Make-up Artist magazine, and Xpressions magazine.

To see more of his ongoing work please visit modelmayhem.com/Aaronknox or skinillustrator.com/Aaronknox and follow him on Instagram @knoxbodyart
Delmar College is pleased to announce that Aaron Knox will now be teaching our revamped Makeup 103 and Makeup 104 programs. He will also be hosting our upcoming Halloween Haunt workshop, September 29 to October 1, 2017. For program details please email Linda Villeneuve at lindav@delmarcollege.com.
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Delmar Student Ambassador: Lainnee Simpson

Hi, my name is Lainnee and I am currently in the Hair Design program at Delmar.

I chose Delmar after I had done research on many different hair design schools. I knew I wanted to come to Calgary, even though it was much further for me from home, because of the amazing reviews on this school. I had talked to a couple people who are graduates and they had nothing but great things to say, Delmar just seemed to be a perfect fit.

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Ever since I was young I have been interested in the beauty industry. I am inspired by the way a career can become art and expression, and you can help others feel good about themselves. The past few years I have done makeup for weddings, grads, and events, and have finished my eyelash extension and nail tech course. I had felt that something was missing. This is when I decided it was time to go to hair school. I feel more comfortable in this course than in anything else I have ever done. I have the best support from my family and friends, which made this decision very easy.

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A makeup look I did

My advice for future students at Delmar is: Never stop trying and practicing. If this is something you are passionate about doing, just do it and don’t look back, you will not be disappointed.

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Some styling work I did on my mannequin in class

After graduating I see myself completing my apprentice hours under an amazing stylist back home. After I complete my government exam I plan to open my own salon in my hometown. The thing I look forward to the most is waking up everyday and going to a job I enjoy and am passionate about.

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Working on fingerwaves in class

My favourite part about school so far is learning from teachers who are so passionate about what they are teaching, and who genuinely care about your future in this industry. Many things I have learned so far are difficult and take a lot of practice. I still have a lot to learn but I look forward to continuing to get better and having such great people help me succeed.

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Lainnee Simpson is our August 2017 Delmar Student Ambassador. Every month we select a student who we believe represents Delmar College, and the beauty industry, with the highest regard. We reward them with an amazing prize and feature them in our blog. 

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Diary of a Hair Student Entry #3 by Morgan Calvert

Hello Everyone. This month we have been mostly focusing on our timing and getting everything organized for our midterm exams. I honestly haven’t been so nervous about anything in my life like I am for this! We did our mock exam last week and no one passed, but that’s okay because apparently no one ever passes the mock exam. So that makes me feel better!

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When you first start school everything is going to seem impossible but now that I’m into my third month I’m starting to feel pretty confident in everything other than finger waves. The whole class struggles with them so if you feel like you will never get the hang of it, that’s totally okay because I feel that way too! But I can see the improvement in mine and everyone else’s finger waves!

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This month has been pretty crazy because our regular instructor Erin had to do her other class’s final photo shoot with them on some days so we had a bunch of different instructors filling in for her, and I can honestly say this is the first school I have attended where I liked all the teachers! Everyone here really knows what they are doing and do a great job educating their students!

I have learned so much more in hair school than I thought I was going to learn, but it’s honestly amazing and I’m still extremely happy with my decision to go to Delmar for hair dressing!

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I’m sorry for the lack of pictures this time because we haven’t really been working on anything new, but I did get all these pictures of what everyone’s finger waves look like after three months of practicing!

Until next time!

Morgan

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After Graduation: a Survival Guide by Ria Parsbey 

My name is Ria and I’m the owner of Talon Nail Bar. I graduated from the Nail Technician Program at Delmar College in 2015. I was, and still am, completely obsessed with all things beauty and fashion. It was no surprise to anyone that I got into the beauty biz. When I was 16 I became a makeup artist, when I was 18 I entered the fashion industry, at 19 I ran a makeup school, and became a Nail Tech when I was 30. Here’s my guide to surviving the beauty biz and nail industry after graduation.

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I always knew that I wanted to be a business owner. But I’ve seen many salon owners and beauty professionals open businesses thinking they can provide great beauty services. But it ain’t that easy and they often end up with really poor businesses– this is why I am choosing to do things a little bit differently.

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I opened Talon Nail Bar in November of 2015 and worked as a sub-contractor. Unfortunately, I made my first big business mistake. I worked for a young woman that had no idea how to run a business. She had no business plan, no marketing plan, absolutely nothing. I wasn’t given the opportunity to build any clientele and I quickly wasted 8 months. It was time to move on.

Let me tell ya, there is a huge learning curve when it comes to running a business and providing services at the same time. I learnt that you need to do your research, trust no one, be bold, ask questions and always have your own back.

I was given an amazing opportunity to move Talon Nail Bar to a cooperative beauty boutique in Inglewood. I did my research, asked a lot of questions, and before I knew it my luck had changed. Now that I had found a great location for my business it was time to grow my clientele. This is by far the most exhausting and challenging part of the beauty business. With an industry that is full of competition it’s so important to stay on top of the game. So, how am I doing this? Social media, social media, social media.

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Learning and educating yourself about hashtags, posts that keep your audience’s attention, taking amazing pictures of your work and keeping things original. Reposting other people’s work and tagging others is also a fantastic way to draw attention to your posts. Advertising on social media is another great way to gain followers and clientele, it’s also an affordable way to get the word out about your business. But social media fatigue is a real thing and it can become overwhelming, so limit yourself and don’t obsess over it too much!

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Okay, so you’ve got an amazing location, you’re getting the word out about your business, clients are walking through the door and now it’s all about staying on top, keeping up with trends, and staying skilled. In the nail industry, this is huge. There are new nail trends almost monthly and while only some of these trends stay around, a lot don’t. But you need to be offering the latest and greatest! This can get expensive so my best advice is to spend money on education instead of always following trends. Take as many courses as you can and learn as much as you can. Knowledge is power. I would also recommend focusing on basic skills and becoming confident with that, as the nail industry can become really overwhelming. I’ve also learnt that beauty professionals love being asked questions and educating others, so ask as many questions as possible and learn from others in your industry. This can also give you an edge on your competition and ultimately give you more confidence.

If I could offer any piece of advice for people fresh out of beauty school it would be to be yourself, stay true to who you are and never let anyone tell you that being you isn’t good enough. Trust me, this will happen. Stay authentic and do things differently. In the end it all comes down to originality.

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Ria Parsbey is the owner of Talon Nail Bar and is a Delmar College alumni. We are proud to showcase the successes (and the challenges) of our graduates. You can see Ria’s work and learn more about her business by checking out her webpage, www.talonnailbar.com
Follow her on Instagram @talonnailbaryyc
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July 2017 at Delmar: a Recap

July brought us a lot of bittersweet goodbye’s as we congratulated a ton of new graduates.

Congratulations to our August 2016 Hair Design class…


And to our evening Professional Esthetics class…


And our January 2017 Professional Esthetics class…


And our second period Apprenticeship grads!


We welcomed our newest Professional Esthetics students!


We were very happy to announce our July Student of the Month and Delmar Ambassador, Lily Young. Click here to read her blog post.


We also awarded some students for having perfect attendance during the months of May and June. Congratulations to Samina, Abell, and Ishu!


We featured some amazing shots from one of our student photo shoots. All images are courtesy of Brandon Shaw and Analog Dog Creative Ltd.

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We finished another successful Makeup 101 class. Here is a shot from student, Alejandrina’s final fantasy project.


Our May 2017 Professional Esthetics class had a science fair and our March 2017 Hair Design class got hands on with human anatomy.


Selena and Sarah, Professional Esthetics students, won first place in our industry scavenger hunt.


And we had a second diary instalment from Hair Design student Morgan Calvert. Click here to read it and stay tuned for her monthly posts as she progresses through our hair program.


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