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.
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.
The moment you finish your 1400hrs here at Delmar College our graduates move on to the second step of their learning process, Apprenticeship. Sometimes, we tend to only hear the success stories and then get to thinking “How hard can it be?” Not every Happy ending comes with a successful beginning. Today, we hear from a graduate of Delmar College and her story of how hard it really can be.
– Mariah Rycroft
The day I received my diploma from Delmar I was beyond excited. I couldn’t believe how accomplished I had felt. I made it through the hours of studying and practicing for both theory and practical exams, made it through the numerous highs, and the numerous lows, it was a dream come true. I was so excited to get out there and get my hands in hair and start building up my clientele, boy was I in for a bit of a wake up call.
I received a job at a boutique salon, which I thought would be a great environment for someone fresh out of school. I soon came to realize the environment of this salon was not what I was looking for.There was not a lot of educational opportunities for a beginner like myself in this particular salon, and for someone who was starting to realize school could only teach you so much, it was very disappointing. This was only the tip of the iceberg so to speak. It was hard to realize that this was it? When starting out you’re told that you that you will “assist” and “learn” from senior stylists. For me this wasn’t the case.I was bullied at work. I was under appreciated, and I was looked down upon.
After only working there for a couple months, it was decided that I would no longer be working for that salon. I then would go on to spend the next couple months working retail to help pay the bills. I had started to convince myself I had made the wrong decision in choosing hair as a career.Then, everything changed when I received the opportunity to interview at Redbloom salon.
The amount of support, education, and confidence I’ve regained working at this salon has been impeccable! I now love waking up everyday to go to work!Which was always something that was important to me when deciding what to do with the rest of my life.
There are a few things I believe are important for those wanting to enter into the industry, or those ready to graduate and take the next step. One: Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you chose an easy career. It is not easy whatsoever!With that being said, it is also a very rewarding career to be able to make people feel beautiful and confident! Second: Never lose your passion! No matter what life throws at you. When I lost my job, I was going through multiple personal issues as well. I thought I would never be able to regain my passion towards anything. Luckily, I had an amazing teacher at Delmar, who I stayed in contact with, and she was able to push me to get back out there. I will never be able to thank Brittany Connors enough for giving me tough love. My mom also played a huge part in regaining my confidence, as she never stopped believing in me. Lastly, I believe to be of the most important is to be picky! Be picky in the salonyou choose to apprentice in. Do your research, see what each salon will offer you educationwise, and supportwise. It makes a world of difference when you work for a well organized business.
All in all my experience outside of school has been what some would call a roller coaster, but I couldn’t be happier to be on this crazy ride, and can’t wait to see where it will take me next!
With fall coming to an end, and winter approaching quickly Delmar welcomed and said goodbye to many.
Congratulations to our November Hair styling class. All the best to Niveen, Brittany, Tiffani, Harsh, Jamie, Megan, Komal, Emily, Rakinder, Keeley, Jordan, and Mystique. We wish you all nothing but success!
November 3 day Hair styling class
Congratulations to Our March 5 day Hair styling grads. Meghan, Nicol, Mary, Rebecca, Kate, Samina, Cara, and Rima. We cannot wait to see all your successes in the future!
March 5 day Hair styling class
Another warm congratulations goes out to our Clinical Aesthetic graduates. We are so pleased that you chose Delmar College to start your journey, and cannot wait to see all your successes!
One part of Delmar College that many may not know is that Delmar College Hosts the Apprenticeship Program for all of Southern Alberta. A huge congratulations goes out to our First Period Grads Agatha, Chelsea, Kathy, Caitlin, Jenessa, Robyn, Fe, Samantha, Queeny, Jaina-Brooke, Cindy, Chanaya, Christelle, Makenna, Nancy, Shannon, Juveria, Meagan, Marjan, and Mohamad. We cannot wait to see you all back here in 10 weeks for your Second Period.
2017 1st period Apprenticeship Class
We welcomed many new classes between October and November!
We had many awards given to students for : Student of the month (each class), retail awards, and school Ambassador!
… shared much of our client feedback from our student hair salon.
…Shared our student work ( don’t forget to add #delmarlifeyyc to your posts so we can see them)
We’ve featured work from our Recent Photo shoots. Thank you all for all of your hard work and creativity! A huge thank you goes out to Brandon at Analog Dog Creative for some amazing images.
Hair Graduate Megan Boguski wrote a blog about her experience here at Delmar ( click here to see it )…
As well as the 6th Diary of a Hair student by Morgan Calvert. (Click here to see it)
Delmar College Announced the Opening of our Newest Location of our Wellness Spa located at 5769 4th st. Sw calgary, AB. It is now open for clients. Call and Book in today!
Delmar College also created a monthly video blog called “Delmar Morning Chatter” with Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors to answer questions we commonly get regarding our programs, Student aid, Apprenticeship, and much more! Be sure to catch all of our videos on our YouTube channel.
Don’t forget some amazing deals that we have going on here at Delmar!
All deals are able to be seen on all of Delmar College’s Social Media outlets!
*Delmar College’s Student Ambassador Blog’s for both October & November will be posted in December!
*Student of the month for October & November
*New Year Specials
* 7th Blog of Diary of a hair student by Morgan
* Delmar Morning Chatter #2
…. & Much Much More!
Be sure to keep checking in with us to see what is new at #Delmarlifeyyc !
What a Busy and Wonderful couple of months it has been at Delmar College. I cannot wait to share with you what December holds to finish up a great 2017!
Sometimes we do not always get the ‘cookie cutter’ life plan that we dream of when children. Sometimes, we as individuals need to take control of our lives and make decisions to better our future. We asked recent graduate, Megan Boguski to share her experience about her 1400 hr. Hair styling program here at Delmar College, and how she managed a very busy schedule. Here is her story:
As a mom with a busy 3 year old making the decision to go back to school did not come lightly. Hair school was a dream I’ve had for a long time. Thankfully, when I had my meeting with Shauna at Delmar it went from a dream to a goal. I knew school would be a huge commitment both mentally and financially for not just myself but my husband and son. I signed up for student loans, found an amazing daycare facility, and I enrolled in the full time Hair styling program with 8 hour days, 5 days a week!
Megan & Son Linden
I started the first week of March. I had been told beforehand that it was not an easy program and a lot of studying was involved. The director said this once again in orientation, and even explained the financial penalties of dropping out at each stage of the program.
Meghan & Instructor Mrs. Connors
The first semester of school involved learning everything needed for the final exams like roller sets, perms and finger waves, which any stylist knows is not easy! We also had 2 tests a week. As a wife whose husband works 12+ hour days in construction, I knew I would be doing all the housework, cooking and daycare drop off / pick ups myself. My nights almost always involved staying up till all hours of the night making sure I was ready for the next test.
Megan & Class at the Walk for ALS
My first month was a frustrating experience. I didn’t take cosmetology when I was in high school, nor had I been in school for over 6 years. I had to learn how to study all over again! I felt like I wasn’t getting some of the hands-on practices that I was being taught. I was lucky to have an amazing teacher Brittany Connors who offered tutoring, and with my family’s help in watching my son the tutoring classes allowed me to excel!
Megan and her Completed Art Of Lift class certificate!
Coming back to school as a mom was one of the toughest things I have done but also so rewarding. I worked as hard as I could, taking advantage of all the opportunities given to me. I had volunteered at 2 different modeling agencies styling hair for photo shoots, the Calgary hair exchange, an advanced color class by one of my instructors maricel and more. To add to my experience I was able to win retailer of the month from August to October winning me a new set of tools.
After 9 months of hard work; with my Delmar diploma in hand, I’m so excited to have found an amazing salon to work at called “Blossom Salon” which is located on Bannister Road SE Calgary. Now I get to spend more quality time with my son then I ever had when running a day-home, and best of all I’m doing something I love and continuing to grow my career.
If you’re in need of a new Hairstylist look me up! First appointments with me receive 50% Off service!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make-up Artist magazine, and Xpressions magazine.
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 email@example.com.