Student of the Month: Kylie Lebedeff

My name is Kylie Lebedeff, I am 22 years old. Hair school was not my first post-secondary institution I attended. Straight out of high school I attended university pursuing a degree in education. After 3 years I decided that education wasn’t for me. After talking to different schools and universities I decided Delmar College is where I wanted to be.

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Working on styling in class

I started my education at Delmar in August 2016, and have loved each day. There is never a dull moment at school; each day is filled with new theory and practical. Even when we are practicing finger waves and perms all day long, I never feel that I am not enjoying my day at Delmar.

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I really love this style I created

Getting better at the things I struggle with is all part of growing as a stylist. Cutting has so far been my favourite part of school. Andrew is a great instructor and has always pushed me to do my best and beat my goals.

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Accepting my Student of the Month prize

Now that I have found the career path I feel most confident in I am thriving. My grades are the best they have been, my passion is growing every day and I love coming to school. I am confident this is where I should be and I cannot wait to grow further.

Kylie

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Kylie is our December Student of the Month. She was nominated by her instructors because of her contagious positivity and her reliability. She is truly a Delmar ambassador!

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October at Delmar: a Recap

October brought a lot of celebration around the college. From celebrating new beginnings to congratulating graduates, we said “welcome” and “congrats” almost every week of the month. So, take a scroll, and check it out…

Welcome to our new October Hair Design students!

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Welcome to our new Hair Styling Pre-Employment students!

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Welcome to our new October Professional Esthetics students!

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Our Hair Design students enjoyed some inspirational and educational guest speakers. A huge thank you to Jo-Anne Dicken, owner of The Fringe; Hillary Gibson, Bedhead educator; and Chelsea Mann, Wella educator. We loved having you all!

Congratulations to our graduates from our first ever, Makeup 102 Advanced class!

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Makeup instructor, Erin Halisky, wrote an amazing blog for us. Click here to check it out.

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Here are some awesome pictures from the work that our Makeup 102 students did throughout their program. A huge thank you to Dana Zarowny for coming in and taking some of these fantastic pictures during their class.

Congratulations to our April Professional Esthetics graduates! We wish you all a lifetime of success!

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Linda Villeneuve, our Director of Esthetics, wrote a fantastic blog about how she would like to change the beauty industry. Click here to read it.

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Our March Hair Design class had their final photo shoot with Brandon from Analog Dog Creative. It was another success, and we are starting to see the professional images come in, so stay tuned for posts on our social media sites featuring some of their creations.

Our evening Professional Esthetics instructor, Vanessa Oakley, wrote a blog piece for us, all about how to care for your skin as the weather changes, and also how to prep and remove all that Halloween makeup that comes with the month of October. Click here to read it.

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We finished the month with a very festive, and happy Halloween! Thank you to everyone who decided to participate in dressing up for the day.

We hope you had as great an October as we did!

Audrey

Audrey Brown

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Why you need antioxidants in your life, like now

What is an antioxidant?
According to SkinCeuticals.com:
“An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules.
Oxidation is a type of damage that occurs when molecules lose electrons. Five types of antioxidants found naturally in the body that protect against cellular damage are: glutathione, ubiquinone, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), and alpha lipoic acid. Antioxidants work by different mechanisms to stop or neutralize damage. Out of the five antioxidants found in the body only vitamins C and E have been proven to get into skin. Additionally, there are a few plant antioxidants known to work in skin.”
Why do you need antioxidants in your life?
Simply put, to offset the damage your skin and body undergo from free radicals.
What is a free radical you ask?
According to SkinCeuticals.com, a free radical can be described as:
“Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons, causing them to be unstable and highly chemically reactive.
These unstable molecules are generated by UV rays, pollution, and lifestyle factors like alcohol and cigarette smoke. Over time, free radical damage leads to visible signs of accelerated skin aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, discoloration, and even skin cancer.”
So, free radicals are super oxidizers. Antioxidants inhibit oxidation.
Boom. (I just dropped the mic there)
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We often get so focused on sun protection that we forget how many other environmental aggressors our skin is exposed to on a daily basis. I remember sitting in a skin training session years ago and the presenter telling us how every time a smoker brings their cigarette to their mouth to inhale, trillions of free radicals enter their skin. Trillions. Every. Single. Time. 
Whoa.
Let’s say you aren’t a smoker. Good. You have a made a very healthy life choice and I congratulate you for it. But you probably go outside and walk around the world right?
It would be negligent to think that in this day and age, if you live in an urban area, that you are not exposed to pollutants on a regular basis. The fact that the Government of Canada has a whole department focused on reporting air quality stats for most cities in the country should be a strong indicator that this is a big issue.
Environment and Climate Change Canada describes what it does and where their information comes from on their Air Quality page. To quote them, it says this:

“Air quality describes the concentration of air pollutants in the air that we breathe. Air pollutants can become dangerous to human health if concentrations become elevated, especially for people who are sensitive to air pollution, such as the elderly, individual with respiratory illnesses and young children, or are exposed to pollutants for extended periods. To reduce risks, people need to know when pollutants are present and in what concentrations.

Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists assess air quality by collecting and analyzing samples taken from near ground level. Pollutant levels are affected by such factors as emissions sources, weather conditions and topography. Building on their expertise in weather prediction, Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists have developed complex computer models that now provide air quality forecasts for major centres in Canada.

This section provides daily and long-term forecasts of air quality, including levels of smog and ground-level ozone.”

The information collected and reported is centered more around how air quality impacts the health of individuals who have respiratory and cardiovascular concerns. But since our skin breathes the same air as our lungs do, whatever is going into our airway is also touching our skin.

Are you ready to live in a bubble yet?

While we cannot guarantee that we are 100% removing pollutants from our lives, we can take steps to help minimize their impact on our skin health.

If your next question is, can’t I just eat better and drink more water? the answer is no. When it comes to your skin health, it is not that simple.

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Vitamin C is abundant in citrus fruits, so eat often and enjoy. But please don’t rub them on your skin! It’s just not the same thing as using a serum or cream.

The skin on your body is your largest organ. It is also the last organ to get any kind of benefit from what you ingest. All your internal systems will get the antioxidants you eat and drink. And that is a good thing! So please do eat more fruit and veg and drink lots of water. Just don’t treat your skin through ingestion alone.

Put it on. When it comes to our skin the direct approach is best.

Are you ready to start adding antioxidants into your skin regime?

If you are thinking yes, then you are probably wondering how to get them in there. Let me save you from standing in one of the many skincare aisles that you find in most major retailers. Go get a facial or have a skin consultation at one of the many amazing spa’s and clinic’s that are probably all around you. Better yet, come see one of our Clinical Esthetician’s in training in our student spa. We would love to help you, and it helps us too! Our students always need to be practicing their skills.

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Our Clinical students offer a variety of skin treatments that always include a skin analysis

Wherever you go, just do a little research on the product lines that the spa or clinic carry. There are a ton of really great lines in this world, but not every single one focuses on antioxidants. Also, especially when it comes to vitamin C, how an antioxidant is produced and sourced will either make it your skin’s new best friend, or do absolutely nothing for it.

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That’s because vitamin C is unstable. It must be made under certain conditions and packaged in a way that light and oxygen cannot break it down before it gets into your skin.

Here at the college we stand behind the antioxidant powers of the SkinCeuticals brand. When it comes to vitamin C, they know their stuff. And how could they not, since the line was founded by “Dr Vitamin C” himself, Dr Sheldon Pinnell.

“SKINCEUTICALS: THE ANTIOXIDANT AUTHORITY
In 1997, SkinCeuticals changed the face of skincare with the introduction of Serum 10 and Serum 15, the company’s first stabilized, pure L-ascorbic acid topical antioxidants
SkinCeuticals founding scientist Dr. Sheldon Pinnell conducted research about antioxidant formulation and discovered specific formulation factors, now known as the Duke Antioxidant patent. SkinCeuticals is the only brand to formulate antioxidants according to these standards.”
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Happy antioxidant-ing!
Audrey
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A Body of Work: Student Talent Feature

As a part of my job I see pictures of our student’s work every day. I am blown away by the talent that comes through our doors. I’m not just saying that because I work here and I have to say those things. I honestly have moments where I can’t even believe a student has produced such a beautiful piece of work. They have so obviously had a dream and now made it a reality, some stepping so far out of their comfort zone that they must be wishing and praying that it turns out. Thank goodness for them. Without people like that in the world, nothing would ever change.

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GRACE LEE

Delmar College has been producing amazing graduates for decades. This blog post is focusing on some of our most recent student photo shoots and student work postings that have stood out to all of us. The student who produced the work is credited under each image.

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TAYLOR SCHLEY

So who takes the pictures?

The amazingly talented Brandon Shaw from Analog Dog Creative, that’s who. Here he is in action.

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We cannot thank him enough for giving our students such a wonderful experience, on top of great images to help build their portfolio.

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HAZEL BELMONTE

So, without further ado, scroll down and enjoy!

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CHELSEA CAZA


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DAN LEE


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KERI VALLIERES


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LISA LEE


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CRISTINA LESANU


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KATIE LITTLE BEAR


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HARSIMAR PANNU


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PAULINA MORALES


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ANNE, CICELY, and KATHY having some fun during their shoot

And here are some shots that our students post. They are not professionally shot, but we still think they are examples of some really beautiful work. The student who is responsible for creating the look is credited under each image.

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MORGAN MCLAREN


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TAYLOR SCHLEY


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ASHLEIGH SCHWARZ


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CHELSEA CAZA

 

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DELAYNIE GOLINOSKI


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ANNE LY


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KATHY TRAN


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MELISSA BERRY

Of course we cannot feature every student’s work. These are just a sampling of images that have stood out in the last few months. Why do they stand out? For one, it is clear what is being showcased. A lot of student’s get too focused on props and forget what they really want the message to be. For another, the lighting. We can see the strands of hair, or the detail in the makeup. These simple things make for eye catching images.

Students, thank you for always sharing your work with me so I can share it with the world. Keep using #delmarlifeYYC on your posts and watch out for your work on our social media sites.

We can’t wait to see what you will create…

Audrey

Audrey Brown

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Hello Sunshine! Your Skin and the Sun

It feels like June in April around here, so I don’t blame everyone for wanting to get outside and bask in those beautiful rays. Just please protect your skin.

Why?

There has been countless articles, studies, and firsthand experiences that confirm that if we want to maintain the health of our skin we must protect it from UV rays. Especially if you are someone that is concerned with how your skin will age! UVA exposure will accelerate that aging process, especially over time with continued exposure.

No, I’m not saying you have to lock yourself away in a dark room for the rest of your days. I’m just saying that you need to make different choices when it comes to how you expose yourself to daylight.

And it’s so easy nowadays! There are tons of options for sun protection, from special clothing to umbrella’s to SUNSCREENS (that’s in caps because that’s what we’re talking about today).


Not all sunscreens are the same. I’m sure you know this already if you have tried some. They can be greasy, smelly, and gross. And they need to be reapplied…

Sounds like work right?

Well rest assured because SkinCeuticals has taken the work (and the grease) out of your daily sun protection.

How?

Physical protection, that’s how.

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Instead of a chemical ingredient entering into your skin and absorbing UV rays, physical protection literally sits on the skin and reflects the rays off. It “physically” prevents those rays from entering the skin and getting at your skin cells. Because of this there isn’t that need to reapply as often as with a chemical-based sunscreen. Who actually does that anyway? Are you really going to take your makeup off throughout the day to reapply your moisturizer or foundation? No, you aren’t.

(Click here to read more about the SkinCeuticals environmental protection philosophy)

I have been a big fan of the SkinCeuticals sun protection products for a while. I search out physical protection for myself because I generally end up in head-to-toe hives if I use tradition sunscreens that are absorbed into the skin. It’s not a pretty sight, and it feels terrible, so with the only other options of burning to a crisp or locking myself away in a dark basement, I had to search out some “alternatives”.

Turns out there are many out there. But not all the same of course.

Why do I like the SkinCeuticals brand?

Because it works, for one (that’s the big one). Also, because they offer options based on skin type. None of the sun protection products are greasy, and some are even mattify-ing. So if you have oily skin, there’s a great option. If you have normal or even dry skin, there’s an option. Even sensitive and acneic skin is covered.

They have an amazing eye product too! It doesn’t move and really protects that thin skin around the eyes. Did you know that something like 10% of skin cancers actually happen around the eyes??? No thanks.

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We carry the full line of SkinCeuticals sun protection products in our student spa. Not sure which one is for you? Come on in and find out, our students would be happy to share their knowledge with you!

At the end of the day, whatever brand you choose, please just make a commitment to protect your skin and your health.

Safe sunning!

Audrey

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March Recap

What a beautiful month we had here in Calgary. The sun was shining, and the birds were chirping, and the college was in full swing.

What did we get up to?

We kept up with our #TalentTuesday posts, featuring our student’s work

Some awards were handed out to recognize the hard work and dedication of our students

Our May Hair Design class had a photo shoot. Here are some shots from the shoot. A huge thank you to Brandon Shaw at Analog Dog Creative for some amazing shots! 

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We featured two of our Hair Design students on our blog. If you missed our post about Anne and Kathy, click here.

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Our September Hair Design class volunteered their time at St Helena Junior High School to shave some heads and raise some money for Kids Cancer Care.

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We celebrated International Women’s Day. As an education facility that is designated by the Alberta government to accept international students, we see women (and men) from all over the world come through our doors. The beauty industry empowers women around the world every day, and we totally agree with the 2016 #PledgeForParity campaign.

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We welcomed a brand new group of students into our March Hair Design program. They have been learning so much already, and we cannot wait to see their talent’s emerge.

Our Professional Esthetics students and our Clinical Esthetics students took a field trip to check out Body Worlds Vital at Telus Spark.

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Our blog experienced a take over! Esthetics instructor, Angela, told us all about her journey and what it has been like to teach on both sides of the pond. Click here to see that post.

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It technically happened at the end of February… but Hair Design student, Youssef traveled to Toronto to see the ABA show and take in some additional education in barbering. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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We posted, and reposted, a lot of really great student work from all departments

We made a big class announcement and blogged about it. If you missed our post all about the evolution of lash extensions, click here.

We received some wonderful reviews on Google and had a huge shout out on Instagram from one of our students. Thank you to all who left a review!

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We celebrated Easter. Again, from all of us at the college, we hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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Our latest promotion was announced. From April 1, 2016 to May 8, 2016 you can purchase a $75 gift card for $50. Just in time for Mother’s Day!

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Our May Hair Design class graduated! Jay, Summer, Cicely, Harsimar, Hazel, Paulina, Alex, Kathy, Anne, and Carol CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You will be missed.

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We have to give a really special shout out to two of grads, Anne and Kathy, for graduating with honours. Great work ladies!


To all of you out there that are having a hard time in this current economic situation, we feel for you. There isn’t really a profession that has not been affected by this downturn. So, how do we cope? I sat down with one of our recent graduates and asked that very question. If you missed that post, click here to see how some innovative thinking has gotten Samantha Ponce through.

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I just love writing these recaps every month. I am reminded of what an amazing group of individuals we have here at Delmar, and it always brightens my day. Can’t wait to see what April brings…

Audrey

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Is that with an ‘A’ or an ‘E’?: Beauty Therapy on Both Sides of the Pond

The world of aesthetics holds all kinds of possibilities for your future. Take it from me!

Back in the 1990’s in the UK, I worked successfully as a professional singer and acting extra. A life in entertainment though is tough on family life, and beauty therapy provided my escape route to a more settled, and yet, still satisfying career. Little did I realize it would eventually shape a new life 5,000 miles from home…

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With some trepidation, I enrolled on a teacher training course at the University of West England in 2004 – having already completed various beauty therapy modules at my home town college. Gloucester is a 2 hour drive west of London, famous for ancient Roman ruins, historic docks, a famous cathedral, and a rugby team of hunky men.

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After graduating in 2009, my career as a beauty therapy instructor was fully underway. But experience in the industry is invaluable, and I was fortunate to gain crucial experience in a salon whilst studying in the preceding years.

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Kind of looks like Hogwarts doesn’t it?

My first teaching job was at Gloucestershire College, teaching level one and two beauty therapy to students from varying backgrounds and ages and abilities. The beauty therapy department was huge and it was spread over three different campuses, the teaching rooms were equipped with hydraulic beds, spray tan room, a makeup artist studio complete with photography and wardrobe room, a nail studio and fully functioning spa. My teaching experience at Gloucestershire College set me up for what was to some in my later years!

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When my husband was offered a job in Canada in 2011, we made the big move across the pond. If I’d realized that Saskatchewan enjoys so many winter days below -25 degrees Celsius, I might have thought twice. But weather aside, my career continued with an esthetics teaching post in Regina that quickly evolved into being director of a small college campus. There I learnt some of the differences between teaching and practicing esthetics in Canada and the UK.

What are those differences?

The length of the course. In the UK beauty courses tend to be much longer. 1-2 years in fact. Year one will involve the basics of beauty therapy. Doing treatments such as waxing, manicure, pedicure, basic facials, tinting, and make up. Year two involved electrical facial and body treatments, body massage, and electrolysis.

When I first started teaching I would never have thought in a million years that I would be able to share my knowledge of the industry to students in another country. It just goes to show that beauty therapy is completely versatile and you don’t have to spend all your days working in a spa or salon.

Angela

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Color Masters in the Making: Anne Ly and Kathy Tran

Alright, so were entering that season of change. Change in weather, wardrobe, make up, and of course, our hair. You guessed it. This time of year we are expected to see an abundance of color changes in the salon. It’s routine for us women to stay a little darker during the winter months and come spring and summer go gradually or drastically lighter.

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Hair by Anne Ly

Long before I became a cutting instructor , this little red head was a color specialist. I actually miss going home with lightener burn on my fingers. Not gonna lie it was just a good indication that I made good money that day.  And that being said, if you can master the art or color and color corrections, you can make a killing in our industry.

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Hair by Kathy Tran

Okay, if you haven’t noticed, one of our biggest color trends were seeing this year are steel silver,  grey tones , pastels and multi toned ombres. And if you are thinking of grabbing that L’Oreal Feria box off the shelf , STOP!!! I have witnessed an array of disasters happen when people get in a DYI frenzy and try to perform color corrections on themselves thinking it will save them a buck or two. Let me tell you, it’s not as easy as grabbing any box off the shelf and following directions.

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Hair by Kathy Tran

Unless you understand the principals of color, then you should not attempt a corrective color on your own. What is corrective color? Basically anytime you’re lightening your hair past 4 levels or going back from blonde to dark brown, that would be considered corrective work. In our program our students go through intensive color theory training to learn the laws of basic color and learn to apply it on our salon floor.

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Hair by Anne Ly

Today we would like to feature two of our soon to be graduates Kathy and Anne and their remarkable work. These ladies not only have the highest average in theory and practical, but are also very passionate and creative with corrective colors. When I have the privilege to be on the floor with them I am always amazed by the quality of work these girls push out.

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These two ladies were one of the first two students to get 100 on their first cutting exam in my class and, I must say, I do mark hard. But with focus and drive like these two have just proves hard work pays off.

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Hair by Kathy Tran

Here is what they had to say about their experience at Delmar College:

“It is very family oriented. Everyone knows you as your own individual. Instructors are very caring in that they take time from their days off to help tutor,they’re patient, fun to be around, you can trust them as your friend and mentor, And they let us learn through experimenting.”

Their advice to all students attending and future students:

“Follow instructions, don’t try to be a rebel, it just wastes everyone’s time.”

“It can be really fun if you have an open mind because school is structured but for a good reason.”

“We feel prepared to go out to the real world because Delmar trained us with great education and practice.”

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Hair by Anne Ly

Thank you again ladies for all your hard work. Your grades reflect your effort in the time you have spent here . Graduation is just around the corner and we’re more than proud to hand you that diploma that you so much deserve.

Kathy and Anne only have a few more weeks left on the floor if you would like to book with either of them please feel free to contact us at 403-264-8055.

Maricel 

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Feature image by Anne Ly

February at Delmar College

February saw us featuring a ton of student work! It was so uplifting and just amazing to see our students embrace their talents and show the world what they are made of. There was literally too much to even post everything, so if you are interested in seeing more you can search #delmarlifeYYC on Instagram. It’s worth the search!

Here’s what went down at the college:

We welcomed the lovely Lina Chammoury, owner of Edge’s Salon & Spa. As usual she inspired our students and got them excited for the career ahead of them. Thank you again Lina, we love when you come to visit!

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Our Hair Design and Professional Esthetics students were onsite and working behind the scenes for the Mrs Calgary 2016 Pageant, along with instructors Crystal and Setasha. Congratulations to winner, Kimberly Ford!

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We welcomed a new Makeup 101 class, and saw them graduate. Thank you ladies! We hope you learned a lot.

It was time to catch up with one of our graduates, so we featured Clinical Esthetics alumni, Diana Choi. She filled us in on what she has been up to and we featured some of her work. Click here to see that blog post. And, as an update, Diana is now working at Sana Spa offering clinical esthetics services, laser, permanent makeup, and eyelash extensions.

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Our August and October Hair Design students took on the world of colour, with October learning the ropes and August going into more advanced colour applications.

February saw two very important days: Valentine’s Day and Family Day. We hope that you spent both with your loved one’s!

Did you know that we offer advanced services in our student spa? LED light therapy and gel polish applications are just two of the amazing services our students can perform. Click here to see our service menu.

We featured some great student work from our Hair Design students

Our blog experienced a take over! Thank you to the very talented, Rahel Ghebrezghi. If you missed it, click here to read all about the endless possibilities that come from taking professional training in the beauty industry. Are you a beauty buff with something to say? Contact us at socialmedia@delmarcollege.com for guest blogging opportunities.

Our May Hair Design class had a photo shoot for their Unlikely Inspiration project. It was such a great experience and they did such a good job. We posted some behind the scenes pics, and there are more to come so stay tuned. Thank you to Brandon Shaw and Analog Dog Creative!

Instructor Brittany had a great time teaching barbering (looks like our students had a great time learning it too)

Our January Hair Design class gained some skills when it comes to styling curly hair. Thank you to our instructor, Crystal for being the inspiration for how to diffuse curls.

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Our senior Esthetics class did some fantasy makeup with instructor, Angela. They all did such a great job. Stay tuned for more pics on our social media.

February went way too fast! We hope you enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather that it brought. Stay tuned for next week’s blog. I am delving into the world of eyelash extensions and making some big class announcements.

Audrey

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Beauty career? You mean, endless possibility career. A guest blog by Rahel Ghebrezghi

Remember when you’re 18 and think you’ve got it all figured out?

I remember when I first graduated high school, I was going to go work for a big oil and gas company with my training from SAIT, travel the world, buy a house, and live happily ever after.

Was I ever wrong.

From a young age I fell in love with anything that had to do with beauty. From makeup, hair, nails and everything in between.

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But how could I make that into a career?

My whole life my family had pushed me in the direction of getting a degree, get a job at an office of some sort, and settle down. For those of you who know me, you know I did the complete opposite of that.12552234_454101911448044_1497290781_n

In 2012, I came to Delmar and met with Linda to talk about my options in esthetics and fell in love. Don’t get me wrong, there were moments I wanted to give up and quit. But I’m glad I didn’t, it was the start of something beautiful.

In four short years I’ve gone from being a student to an instructor here at Delmar.

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Now, it wasn’t all butterflies and rainbows. It was a lot of hard work, extra hours, and occasionally tears, but it all paid off. Weeks after graduating, I started at a  beautiful spa and I learned probably one of the best life lessons:

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“It’s not going to be perfect, or easy, or fun when you start out, but if you’re truly passionate about something and have a positive attitude, it will be worth it.” And it all sort of clicked for me. Now, I only stayed at the spa for quick 9 months before I decided to go traveling but it was all part of my evolution.

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June 2014, I apply at M.A.C. and for the first time in my life, I felt like I had tapped  into a hidden talent that I had been looking for all my life. The power of makeup is truly incredible, and its amazing how a simple application of blush and a lil’ mascara can turn someones day around. Again, when i first started, I would think to myself “I suck.” Sad, but true. Doing makeup on your own face is a whole lot easier than applying to someone else. I would spend hours upon hours practicing different techniques and trying every product I’d came across. Fast forward 6 months, I’m feeling 100% confident in my skill to start my freelance business.

May 2015, I get a very unexpected phone call from an old instructor, asking for me to come in for a meeting to discuss a potential job. And the rest, is history.

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I always used to say I was lucky, or so fortunate to be where I am now, until a good friend of mine stopped me mid sentence, and looked me dead in the eye and told me “No, you are not lucky or fortunate, you’ve worked very hard to be where you are now. Stop brushing it off”. There was my next “Ah ha” moment in my evolution.

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See, I always thought people who had the better job, more money, or more clients were just lucky. I was wrong. It’s so easy to just make excuses for yourself, put the blame on others, when really you are what’s holding yourself back. I admit, I am incredibly lucky and fortunate to have the support system I have and they are what keep me going.

So what’s next? Let me tell you. Lashes. After popular demand, Audrey and myself will be teaching Babe lash extensions starting in March. Another door opened simply by my decision in following my passions and a simple met and greet back in 2012. Anything is possible, if you’re willing to work for it.

Rahel

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You can find Rahel on Instagram @beautyby_ray or on her soon-to-be website: http://www.beautybyray.ca (still under contruction).

no gimmicks. just great education

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