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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Summer at Delmar : Recap Blog

It has been a short summer as it seems. The weather has not been to our typical “Calgary standards”. We have had TONS of smoke and limited sun! Some would even say it has been a ‘Let down’. However, We here at Delmar College have been MOVING & SHAKING – with NO summer blues here…Let me share with you what I mean:

We have welcomed a number of amazing students to our programs…

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August 3-Day Hairstyling Program
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September Professional Esthetics 2018
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September Clinical Esthetics Program 2018
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September 5-Day Hairstyling Program 2018

We have had many classes graduate as well…

January grad
January Professional Esthetics Grads
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January Nail Technician Grads
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2nd Period Apprenticeship Grads
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March Clinical Esthetics Program Grads
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October Hairstyling Program Grads
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October Barbering Grads

 

We have shared some great student work…

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We have also shown you what it is like to be a student at Delmar College.

 

We have had some great awards for the students and prizes to be won…

 

Delmar College has had some great monthly specials..

 

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and some FLASH SALES TOO…

 

Delmar College has also begun to offer ‘Specialty’ classes to the public (licensed stylists or apprentices) and to our student body…

 

We have posted some interesting blogs featuring current and graduated students:
1. “Why not” Guest blog by Pierro
2. Beauty Influencer Brittany Watkins
3. Guest blog by Drea

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We have begun a new addition to our programs…. Volume Lash extensions with the talented @flawlessbeautybyabby paired with amazing product by @lashextensionspro! 

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We were so excited to announce the expansion of Delmar College to RED DEER! This location is a new and exciting adventure for Delmar College and we welcome all of you to like our Facebook page & Instagram for this location to follow our growth and success!
Facebook: Delmar College of Hair & Esthetics Red Deer 
Instagram: Delmar_College_rd

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Delmar College has continued their volunteering with Numa Modeling agency

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as well as our volunteering for Hudson’s Bay South Center Mall…

 

Delmar College was also excited to launch our Student T-shirt’s! We love how they look don’t you?

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After a hard exam day wouldn’t it be nice to relax and celebrate a job well-done with a class potluck? WE SURE DO!

 

As if this was not enough for this month

Delmar College hosted our annual Graduation on September 27th, 2018! What a turn out! We are so excited to see everyone and hear about all your success’s in the industry we love. We cannot wait to see how you all grow, change and make this career your own!

Way to go Delmar Graduates!

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Thank you for following up with Delmar College, and we cannot wait to see what the next few months have in store for us! Stay tuned & continue to follow our Social Media outlets for all the upcoming events, contests, and news!

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Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

Featured Beauty Influencer: Brittany Watkins

 

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In today’s world beauty has become an internet sensation! There are many social media outlets that are both important for Beauty Professionals to explore, upload, and experience as well as grow due to the success you can achieve using it to your benefit.

Delmar College promotes using Social Media towards growing your career and to get your name known to the world. Beauty lovers like Delmar College students are able to utilize these media outlets such as : Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook in so many ways to either promote, educate, and learn through any direction they choose.

Delmar College wants to shine some light on some of our students who’ve become amazing at their trade, known to individuals, and are making a name for themselves through social media.  These students are Delmar College Featured Beauty Influencers!

 

 

This months Featured Beauty Influencer: Brittany Watkins

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Where is Brittany now?

“I graduated from the stylist program in November 2016 and was offered a job at Hairbenders in Airdrie, where I still am today! I currently work with 20+ other stylists in a very team orientated environment. Bev Morros, who owns Hairbenders has owned this salon for 25 years! Throughout the years, she has been a huge supporter of Delmar College and has hired 26 of their graduates with 3 more going this year (how cool is that!?!?!) This is a genuine reflection of the education and mentorship we have all received graduating from Delmar!”

What Brittany does…

A good 80% of my clientele is blonde and I’ve really found this to be my niche’ – my best work has always been working within delicate tones. I am currently booking 6 weeks out for all color appointments, which has really created a demand for pre-booking their appointments.
I try to keep a fairly active presence on Instagram by show casing my work and have gained quite a lot of my business from posting my previous work, education I am taking, any cancellations I may have had or current products I am obsessing over.

It is my understanding that a stylist with a full clientele, on a 6-week rotation will service about 250 people. Seems intimidating initially, but there are plenty of clients to go around #wealthmentality.

This career choice has been a great addition to my life. My husband’s position can be demanding at times – mine offers flexibility for our family, while still acting as a creative outlet.

 

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BRITTANY’S FUTURE TREND?

Currently, ‘Lived in Hair’ is trending and are assumed to be ‘Low Maintenance’ styles, which can throw off our timing and books as we challenge the low maintenance aspect – Making it as important as ever to stay a pace ahead of the majority and maintain our education. The best stylists never stop learning.

 

 

BRITTANY WENT TO BEAUTY SCHOOL

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This beauty Influencer started her career at Delmar College. Brittany was enrolled in our 1400hr Hairstyling program in which she embraced her talent and was hired directly from school. Brittany has 2,376 followers on her IG account and counting! Like many cosmetologist Brittany embraced her talent and first love and specialized in it!

 “I have always been inspired by pop culture and trend setting, naturally, I immediately gravitated towards color, and more specifically BLONDES!!! Thus my Instagram handle: @the_fairy_blonde_mother”
– Brittany Watkins 

 

 

Take your talent to the next step

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Want to learn how to do Hair so you could one day be an influencer like Brittany Watkins? You could get your start at Delmar College! We offer a wide range of programs like Hairstyling, BarberingProfessional Aesthetics, Clinical Aesthetics, Makeup artistry, Eyelash Extensions, Microblading, Nail Technician,  Apprenticeship Hairstyling Program ; as well as many short course programs like Brazilian waxing and IPC training (Infection Prevention Control).

 

 

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-Brittany Watkins
@the_fairy_blonde_mother

 

 

 

No gimmicks just great education

 

 

 

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Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

 

“Why Not” A guest blog by: Pierro .A.

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Hello, friends! I’m Pierro and I am so honored to share with you some of my experiences with Delmar! I’m originally from Edmonton then I moved here just a week before I started school back in November. I didn’t really have any background knowledge in hair styling except for knowing how to cut my own hair. I essentially learned from watching YouTube videos and practicing on myself. I was asked by a number of my friends if I could tuck their hair. So after they realized my potential, my friends encouraged me to go to hair school and make it my career – so I said why not! It was so strange at first going back to school but once I stepped foot into Delmar and after a few awkward conversations with everyone in my class, I knew instantly that I would enjoy it here!
Drills, drills, drills! They weren’t the easiest at first but I’m grateful for them because it taught me all about the techniques and how to hold and use tools in ways I never thought we could. After being in class learning theory and drills, it was so exciting to be on the floor! I was able to style, educate, transform and make all of my clients feel and look good!
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Follow Pierro on Instagram: @pjambertihair
I’ve always been in love with hair and fashion so when I found out that Delmar students are partnered up with Numa (See above photos), I couldn’t wait to volunteer and show my creativity and have my work be published! It brings me joy seeing that my work is not only being recognized by the public but also being loved.
My time with Delmar has been nothing but good times! It’s really bittersweet only having 2 months of school left. But I’m so grateful that I got to learn so much from each and everyone of my instructors and I can’t wait to apply all that I’ve learned after school!
Shouts out to my class for being one of my amazing supporters and friends! 
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Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

“Delmar Student 101” A guest blog by: Drea Halpin

Life of a Delmar student 101

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-Drea Halpin

So you decided to start hair school. A new chapter. A new me. OK, let’s do this! Just Breathe!

Life at Delmar is scary right off the hop. It’s a new chapter of life, new people surrounding you daily, new information and now you’re supposed to retain ALL OF IT. 😭

In reality, sit down and relax. It’s just different than what you’re used to. It’s fast paced, it’s new knowledge, which also basically turns into an entire new language that you’ll be talking with numbers, letters, degrees, and everything you would have never realized unless you have a hairstylist in your family.

 

↓↓   Some of Drea’s Work here at Delmar College  ↓↓

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From day one when you meet with your instructors, your classmates, and tour the building, until about 3- 6 months in, it’ll start coming together why they do things the way they do them. 

Want some advice? Actually study at least once for your exams. No joke. First term more or less sucks compared to second, but I promise you that new language you’re learning, it’ll make sense the further into your learning you get! You’ll get why you had to learn the chapters that felt like you’d never use the info and that were never-ending. You’ll get where the history of hair came from and how things came to be over time.

 

⇑⇑  Drea’s Delmar Family ⇑⇑

When you get to the floor and begin taking clients, you’ll have that gut wrenching, palms sweaty, moms spaghetti type of moment again. Take a breath, all that stuff Drew taught you about cutting will come to you, the instructors are by your side endlessly and will help you every step of the way, and that’s when you retain what you’re doing and think back to that chapter you thought wasn’t helpful.

There’s also been so many opportunities to do hair outside of school, in a real world setting, which has been an amazing experience. Networking is key in this industry and I’ve met some really great people thanks to the opportunities I’ve had through Delmar thus far!

For a student, this isn’t the easiest thing you’ll do career wise, but Delmar definitely kicks your butt into gear to help prepare you for your career to take off. If you stick with it, it’ll be worth it in the end! As one of the instructors told our class; ‘we’ll get you through this, even if means you’re kicking and screaming the entire time’…. and so far it hasn’t been even close to that, so we’re doing good! 😉

Life of a Delmar student 101

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-Drea Halpin
@luxxbeautystudio

 

 

No gimmicks just great education.

 

 

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Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

Featured Beauty Influencer: Emily Fortin

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In today’s world beauty has become an internet sensation! There are many social media outlets that are both important for Beauty Professionals to explore, upload, and experience as well as grow due to the success you can achieve using it to your benefit.

Delmar College promotes using Social Media towards growing your career and to get your name known to the world. Beauty lovers like Delmar College students are able to utilize these media outlets such as : Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook in so many ways to either promote, educate, and learn through any direction they choose.

Delmar College wants to shine some light on some of our students who’ve become amazing at their trade, known to individuals, and are making a name for themselves through social media.  These students are Delmar College Featured Beauty Influencers!

This months Featured Beauty Influencer: EMILY FORTIN

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Where is Emily now?

Emily is 7 months into her professional career as a Apprentice working under Accentric Salon & Spa in Sage Hill Calgary, Alberta. Emily has successfully completed 2/4 government exams so far, and cannot wait to complete the next 2. Emily separates her skills from others by “stepping out of a comfort zone”. She builds a diverse clientele by servicing clients from many different ethnicity’s. Where some may not be comfortable with Extremely curly hair – she excels! She loves to challenge herself with all hair types and to continue her growth in the industry!

What Emily does?

Emily provides all services, however her specialty is Balayage, up styles, braiding, and cutting curly hair. We asked Emily how important re-booking is to her. This is her response: ” asking a client to re-book is very important. Depending on what the service is, keeping a client consistent with their appointments and home care will keep their hair maintained and they will be grateful”. This is her way of keeping her clients coming back for more & happy with their results.

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EMILY WENT TO BEAUTY SCHOOL

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This beauty Influencer started her career at Delmar College. Emily was enrolled in a 3-day 1400 hr. Hair Styling program in which she embraced her talent and was hired right after school and Emily was recently mentioned on NARCITY as a stylists who is “killing the game in Calgary”. ” I would highly recommend Delmar College to anyone wanting to go into the beauty industry”. “Delmar didn’t only teach great education and skills, but also how to be a professional and build a clientele in a salon environment”. ” I felt confident going into my government exams because I know I was properly trained”.

Emily has 275 followers on her IG account and counting! Like many cosmetologist Emily embraced her talent and first love while making a name for herself in the Hair Styling Industry here in Calgary with only 7 months under her belt!

WAY TO GO EMILY!

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Want to learn how to do Hair and become a professional like Emily Fortin so you could one day be an influencer? You could get your start at Delmar College just like she did!

We offer a wide range of programs like Hairstyling, BarberingProfessional Aesthetics, Clinical Aesthetics, Makeup artistry, Eyelash Extensions, Microblading, Nail Technician,  Apprenticeship Hairstyling Program ; as well as many short course programs like Brazilian waxing and IPC training (Infection Prevention Control).

-Emily Fortin
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No gimmicks just great education

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Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

Featured Beauty Influencer: Kathy Tran

 

BEAUTY INFLUENCE

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In today’s world beauty has become an internet sensation! There are many social media outlets that are both important for Beauty Professionals to explore, upload, and experience as well as grow due to the success you can achieve using it to your benefit.

Delmar College promotes using Social Media towards growing your career and to get your name known to the world. Beauty lovers like Delmar College students are able to utilize these media outlets such as : Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook in so many ways to either promote, educate, and learn through any direction they choose.

Delmar College wants to shine some light on some of our students who’ve become amazing at their trade, known to individuals, and are making a name for themselves through social media.  These students are Delmar College Featured Beauty Influencers!

 

 

This months Featured Beauty Influencer: KATHY TRAN

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Where is Kathy now?

Kathy has been working in salons since she completed school 2 years ago. She’s completed her apprenticeship hours & exams and has been a fully licensed stylist for 1 year. Kathy picked up her career and started a new journey working in Toronto, ON at Lisa Dinh Hair Studio for the last 7 months as a Junior hair stylist and LOVING IT!

 

What Kathy does

 

Kathy specializes in Colour but will occasionally do cuts. What she sees mostly in her chair are Balayages and Colour Corrections. Specifically taking dark asian hair to a light ashy blonde tones. 
Daily bookings will range from 2-3 clients per day as it takes time to do these drastic yet BEAUTIFUL masterpeices. 

 

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Kathy is currently booked 2-3 months out on weekdays, and even further for weekends (5-6 months).

“I always suggest that a client rebook in advance, otherwise we do have a wait-list available for cancellations”. 

“My Instagram is my portfolio. It is a great tool to use for advertising the type of work you do and also attract the type of work you want to do. It also shows my progression over the years. I also use Instagram to connect with other hair enthusiast and get inspired as well”.

 KATHY WENT TO BEAUTY SCHOOL

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This beauty Influencer started her career at Delmar College. Kathy was enrolled in a 3-day 1400hr Hairstyling program in which she embraced her talent and was hired directly from school. Kathy has 1,828 followers on her IG account and growing! Like many cosmetologists Kathy embraced her talent and first love and specialized in it! Color is Kathy’s forte however she still keeps fresh with cuts too!

 

Here is what Kathy has to say about Delmar College: 

“My experience at Delmar College was GREAT! I was taught everything I needed to know to enter into the hair industry with full confidence. Getting my license was a piece of cake because Delmar’s training was so intense (in a good way). I love how the classes were smaller and our instructors were very caring with our education. A lot of people will say ‘ you will forget everything you learned in hair school and develop your own ways’ but even today I am using a lot of the skills that Delmar had taught me!”
-Kathy Tran 

Take your talent to the next step

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Want to learn how to do Hair so you could one day be an influencer like Kathy Tran? You could get your start at Delmar College! We offer a wide range of programs like Hairstyling, BarberingProfessional Aesthetics, Clinical Aesthetics, Makeup artistry, Eyelash Extensions, Microblading, Nail Technician,  Apprenticeship Hairstyling Program ; as well as many short course programs like Brazilian waxing and IPC training (Infection Prevention Control).

 

 

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Follow Kathy on her journey
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No gimmicks just great education

 

 

 

 

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Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

“PUBLISHED” A guest blog by : Elyse Roberge

 

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a part of the fashion
world. I started modelling at a young age and always had a love for the hair
and makeup involved.

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Model: Elyse

Delmar helped me start out my career as a hair stylist by giving me opportunities to work as a Volunteer stylist on the set of test shoots for Numa Models.

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Elyse behind the scenes at Numa

Through working at Numa and my previous modelling experience I have been able to reach out to contacts and photographers that I’ve known/met and began working alongside them for editorial photo shoots. Recently I had the pleasure of working behind the scenes doing hair for Jian Von Esmane who is an amazing photographer and has been published many, many times and even in Vogue!

 

 

(photo left: Test shot for Numa,  Photo Right: Published Numa model Hair: Elyse Roberge)

 

This shoot had a very serious high fashion vibe to it which was fun for me because I don’t have much of that in my current hair portfolio. The shoot we did ended up getting published in Beautymute Magazine issue 42 in Paris, France!

 

 

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Hair -elyse roberge @elyseroberge_hmua
Makeup- manulita remy @manulitaremyhmua
Clothing stylist -cach cruz @cach.cruz
Photographer – jian Von Esmane @jianvonvoyage
Models- amy kinnon @amy.kinnon and rachel hunter @rachelhunter

It’s an amazing feeling still being in school and already being published as a stylist. In April I will be starting the makeup 101 course at Delmar College Aesthetics and Wellness and I am looking forward to be published in a magazine for makeup as well as hair!

 

 

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-Elyse Roberge

 

 

No gimmicks just great education!

 

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Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

Diary of a Hair Student #10 by Morgan Calvert

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Hello Everyone,
 To all of you that always kept up with my blogs throughout my Delmar experience – Thank you! This will be my last post as I graduate at the end of march! This month of school is going to be really busy, due to everything finishing up. We had our last potluck and our unlikely inspiration photo shoot project recently and Id like to share some of my work with you.

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Potluck class photo
School has been really fun and I met a lot of great people including the instructors and all the students that I’v met along the way! I hope to keep in touch with a lot of them and I wish them all the best in their hair styling futures!
I hope you’ve enjoyed some of my photos from my most recent work including my last color correction with Delmar College.
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Thank you for reading 🙂
-Morgan

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.

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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.

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– Morgan

 

 

No gimmicks just great education

 

 

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Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors