Hello again everyone. This is my second diary entry, and hair school is starting to get really interesting.
They really kicked up the work load starting this month, and it’s beginning to get a little challenging, but I know that this is something I really want to do with my life so I’ll never give up! So far in the month of June we have learned all line cuts and we just finished learning all of the layers as well. The next thing we will be learning about is graduation in cutting hair, and I’m really excited about this but also just a smidgeon nervous because I’ve heard from classes that are a couple months ahead of us that that’s when it gets harder!
One thing I’ve noticed that has improved since I’ve started hair school is my time management. My agenda has become my best friend, because even with going to school 30 hours a week, and working on your days off you need to make time for yourself and still have fun so you don’t get stressed out!
Delmar also gets tickets for students at discounted rates sometimes, and I highly recommend going to the hair shows. I’ve only been to one so far, but I learned a lot and discovered new colouring techniques! I also met many successful people in the hair industry from all different product lines.
We are just now getting into our practical exams. We did our first mock head massage exam, and it actually went really well, I was super nervous and shaking a small amount when my instructor was watching me to make sure I was doing it right but other than that I really enjoyed the experience!
Monthly tip : Never use your hot tools on high heat!! A girl in my class was using the curling iron on my hair and it was on high heat because her hair and the mannequin hair could handle it, but since my hair had been processed it just melted an entire curl off.
Wow! I am beyond grateful! To start this off I would like to thank all the instructors, most especially my teacher Erin Halisky, staff at Delmar, and all of the students of course, for being helpful and friendly throughout my hair journey. It hasn’t been easy, but Delmar has been good to me. Again, thank you!
Big Jump in My Life!
I moved to Calgary in January of 2016. Being a girl that lived in a small city of Yellowknife, NWT moving to a bigger city like Calgary was a big jump for my sister, my partner, and me. I left my family, friends, and a great job to follow my partner. I was very nervous. It was hard to for me to leave, especially since I had made Yellowknife my home.
Determination and Love!
I don’t know where to start. Starting over is hard, especially when looking for jobs. I tried sending out my resume online, and I can say that I really a struggled. With much determination and love from my family and my love, I did not lose courage. Finally, I got a recommendation to work as a receptionist at a nail salon, but the job wasn’t for me. I made a choice to quit due to stress I was getting from working there. I then found another job and it was at a dental office. I am very happy that the owner and the dentists thought highly of me, but at the same time I was very much overwhelmed with the pressure. While working at the Dental Office, I also got accepted at a college for dental assisting. It was really hard for me to juggle school and work. It was taking all of my time. Hence, I made a choice to quit my job.
Way to Delmar!
I googled for schools. I initially had a bad experience from a college that I had chosen from a Facebook ad. I did not do my research and did not look for feedback and I ended up feeling disappointed and I paid the consequence. I was really determined to make sure the next school I was going to choose would be different, no matter how far it will be from where I live. I just wanted to find a great school. After my research, I had to choose which course/program I will take. I had the experience of taking Hair and Aesthetics in high school and all I knew was I enjoyed it very much, so I believed it wouldn’t be too hard. Therefore, I decided to find schools for Hair and/or Aesthetics.
I never liked school. I had problems not being able to understand, and I am that girl who is too shy to ask for help. But with the help of Shauna De Freitas (Program Administrator for Hairstyling at Delmar) I did it. She helped me and my sister, who is also taking the program with me, to get us started. From payment plans to student loans to giving us a school tour, she helped us every step of the way. From there on, I knew it was a great school. First thing I noticed was all the students are happy, and all their smiling face had sold me on this school, and I thought to myself, “this is it!”.
Why did I choose the Hair Industry?
I have a friend who is a make-up artist and I always love helping her doing her gig for makeup and hair. I also volunteer my time to do hair for fun photo shoots with friends just to build a portfolio. I never really thought of it as a career, since I enjoy it so much. I just love the feeling I get from making someone feel even more beautiful by just doing their hair and makeup. I think every women deserves to be pampered. Especially for mother’s out there who work so hard with many jobs and have families to cook and clean for on a daily basis.
My mom is my main reason. She raised 5 kids and I have watched her work so hard, working 2 to 3 jobs, to give her kids a better life. One day I want to own a business for hair and beauty where she can come at anytime to get pampered. Or I can come over to her place and do it for her. I want to pay her back for all her hard work. I am very blessed to have many strong women in my life from my grandma, my aunt, my sisters and friends. They are who have helped to make me who I am, and I am fully grateful for their support. I am also very lucky to have a supportive partner who gives me motivation and wisdom.
My experience at Delmar!
My experience at Delmar College was quite a challenge. It’s not as easy as what people think. It takes a lot of determination, challenges, patience, and you have to really work hard. I struggle in theory being English is my third language. Some words I couldn’t understand, and I know I am not the only student. I challenge myself to be better everyday. Sometimes with projects I already plan ahead and get it started, so I don’t have to stress myself out. I also try to avoid thinking negative when I fail at something.
I do have a great support at school too. I have my instructor Erin, who is always willing to help, and I really appreciate she makes time to stay at school to tutor her students. My friend Melanie, who always tries to stay positive with me. My class, and even students at Delmar just being friendly at school helps too. I have made some good friends who are already graduated. The instructors are a lot of fun and they make the day go by fast not even realizing you’re done for the day. The client’s I have met on the salon floor are also my favourite. I am always happy when I see new faces, and getting to know a little bit about them, but what I love the most is how I can make their day, just by doing their hair and giving them a great service like they deserve.
Getting involved with school is great. When there is a hair show, I am there! I have volunteered some of my time to be a model for some of the earlier graduate’s. I have gotten a haircut, hair colour, hair styling. I also have volunteered to do makeup for the Calgary Miss Teen pageant last year, and I participated in the 80’s look inspired competition, which I actually won! I didn’t think the things I do would get noticed, but they do, and I am really grateful and realize that nothing is impossible.
My plans when I graduate!
My plan when I graduate is to visit my family and friends in Yellowknife for a couple of weeks. Then find a job in the hair industry, hand out all my resume’s to great hair salon’s and work my 1400 hours to learn more about hair, and then challenge the government exam. I want to work in a salon where there is great teamwork, and with great management who are team leaders.
I want to learn more about the hair industry and the way how business works. I want to go back to school and enhance my knowledge in Aesthetics. In a couple of years my dream is to own a salon and beauty business where women can be pampered from head to toe, and work with my own great team someday! I had a pleasure of meeting a client who once told me, “you are never too old to chase your dream”.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
Delmar College also hit the road and went to Edmonton to take part in the Skills Canada Alberta Provincial competition. Esthetics student, and Clinical Esthetics grad, Sarah Haji represented us and won a gold medal and a spot on Team Alberta. Congratulations Sarah!
We caught up with Esthetics alumni, and past student of the month, Lindsey Wilkinson. If you missed her blog post click here and find out what she has been up to in the beauty industry.
Speaking of our Esthetics Department, we made a HUGE announcement about our new campus and future wellness centre. Click here to read all about it.
Our Clinical Esthetics class welcomed guest speaker, Jason Olandesca, from Glow M+D Clinics and Lipps and Sass. He educated us in the world of cosmetic injectables. Thanks Jason!
Our Evening Esthetics student welcomed two guest speakers on their “Ask a Spa Owner” night. Thank you to Roxane Klein from Tree of Life Natural Health, and Mara Nagy from Angles Signal Hill and Curious Aesthetics Aspen, for coming in and spending an evening with our students!
Our March Hair Design students welcomed Joico educator Jodi as a guest educator. Thank you Jodi!
Thank you to Wella educator, Sasha for coming in and doing an intro to colour workshop with our March class and Apprenticeship class!
We also saw tons of amazing talented work from our students. Here are some of the images that we featured…
Congratulations to Cheril from our October Hair Design class! She takes home a set of Panther shears for winning our 80’s Throwback Challenge.
We gave a special shout out to graduate Ashlee Logan for achieving Perfect Attendance during her Hair Design program. Congratulations Ashlee!
Thank you to everyone who made May such an amazing month at Delmar!
Today is my first entry in my college diary. I believe these monthly logs will be very helpful to many people thinking about hair school, or even currently in school for any interest, as a reassurance that the struggles you are facing are normal.
I started Delmar College on May 4th 2017. So far it has been an amazing experience. I chose to attend Delmar College because it was recommended to me by a barber living in Calgary that I had a lot of respect for, who said he thought it would suit me as an artist. When I saw “hair tattoo artist” Rob Ferrel, who does amazing hair tattooing in mostly men’s hair and under cuts, I was hooked.
I have met people in my class that I can already tell that I’m going to be good friends with for the rest of my life. During the first couple days the instructors told us that we would be like family by the end of the course. I was skeptical of this statement, but I can now say that after only one month that I believe them.
So far we have learned how to do something called a 50/50 set, basic shapes of cuts, finger waves, sectioning and we are now just starting to learn perms and layering in cutting class. Every time we start something new I think to myself “this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’m never going to be a hair dresser,” but after a few times practicing it you catch on! This course really teaches you that practice really does make perfect!!
And here are some pictures I’ve taken to document my first month on this amazing adventure!
I can’t wait to fill you all in on what we have all learned next month, but until then stay creative and keep positive!!!!
It’s been just over a year since I decided to take the esthetics program at Delmar, and exactly 6 months since I graduated the program with honors, and a perfect attendance record. This was something I was extremely proud of (and still am!) but when it came time to put everything I had learned into practice, it was a little scary!
I started working for Skoah doing retail and reception while I was still an esthetics student. My program at Delmar was 4 days a week, so I worked 3 days a week at Skoah as a Skin Care Coach. I decided I wanted a foot in the door of the beauty industry before I graduated, and this was a good place to start. I loved my weekends there, learning the product line, and getting a feel for the environment.
For anyone who doesn’t know much about Skoah, it is a facial only spa – we call ourselves a “skin gym” complete with memberships, just like regular gyms, and my official title as an esthetician is “Skin Care Trainer”. The philosophy is that your skin needs regular workouts (facials) to stay healthy and look its best – just like your body! It is a Canadian company founded in Vancouver. I love supporting Canadian companies and take pride in working for one, and contributing to its success!
So some of you might be thinking: “you ONLY do facials?! Don’t you get bored? What about all your other skills?” It’s true. I only do facials, but it absolutely does not get boring! Every single person’s skin is different, and I get endless satisfaction out of figuring out what is best for each individual person’s skin type, accomplishing their goals, and figuring what kind of home care regimen is going to fit into their daily schedule. It is like a giant puzzle for me to solve, and is so satisfying when I finally do! It is also true that I learned so many more skills at Delmar that I am currently not using, but skin care was always where it was at for me! Any one of my classmates, and my instructors can tell you how much I hated manicures, and how I swore after my last quota that I would never do another manicure in my life! Okay, that was dramatic of me, but there is absolutely nothing stopping me from pursuing different aspects of esthetics in the future!
For now I love my days spent at Skoah helping people feel the best about their skin, and helping them get the healthiest skin they could possibly imagine! I love getting results from my products and my facials, and seeing my clients on a regular basis. I can’t tell you how many women come in and say “I have developed adult acne and I need help!” I give them a relaxing facial, educate them on how to properly take care of their skin, and send them home with a regimen that we have discussed, and then 4 weeks later they come back with improved skin! It’s such a great feeling knowing that I have actually helped them feel better about themselves and taught them something that they didn’t know before! Educating my clients is one of my favourite parts of my job, and I would not be able to do this if I hadn’t received the best education possible from my wonderful instructors at Delmar. I often hear Raelyn’s voice in my head, telling me to slow down my massage, or making me recite the secrets of client retention. I cannot thank her enough for always demanding excellence of me in school, and therefore I now demand excellence of myself in the workplace.
My time spent at Delmar molded me into the successful esthetician I have become over the last year. I have excellent sales, I have loyal clients that trust me to take the best possible care of their skin, and wonderful co-workers that I constantly learn from; I feel so proud to be where I am. The possibilities are still endless for me and my career. This is just the beginning for me! I will soon start to be trusted to train new Skin Care Trainers that start at Skoah, which is a very big responsibility that I am excited to be entrusted with! And then after that who knows where my career path will take me! All I know is that the sky is the limit, and that I am forever grateful to my time at Delmar for setting me up for success.
We also saw our November evening Nail Technician class graduate. Congratulations ladies! We wish you all the success in the world.
Skills Alberta was onsite on April 7th to run another successful regional hairstyling competition. We were blown away by the talent of these high school students, and we wish the medalists the best of luck at provincials in May.
Esthetics instructor, Raelyn McKay, wrote another amazing blog post for us. If you didn’t catch that one, click here to check it out.
Esthetics student, Joan Lovely, was our Delmar Ambassador and Student of the Month for April. Click here to learn more about Joan.
We have to send out a huge thank you to some guest educators that came in and spent some time with our Hair Design students.
Thank you to the team from Karizma Salon!
Thank you to Joico educator Jodi!
Our daytime Nail Technician class worked on some amazing hand sculpted nail art. Here are just a couple of shots of their work.
We featured some awesome student work on our social media sites. Here’s a taste from some of our April posts. We also have to give a shout out to Brandon from Analog Dog Creative for some of these shots.
And last, but definitely not least, we saw the end of an era. Donna has taught for Delmar for 44 years. We are sad to see her go, but wish her the happiest of retirements. We love you Donna!
As an Esthetics instructor, the most satisfying part of my job is when my students grow in their skills and they begin to really gain an appreciation for the little things; it’s when they are no longer satisfied with just finishing a manicure, or waxing service or facial, but really perfecting it.
That’s when I know a tiny spark has caught fire into real passion.
At first, Beauty School can be a little awkward. Every esthetician and hair stylist has been there – you choose a school and you show up, and you sort of muddle through those first weeks in school. You’ve maybe tried doing your own nails or waxing your sister’s legs or designing makeup looks before, but then school is an entirely new world. When it comes to sitting with a stranger in a practical spa with an instructor, there is a specific technique or protocol and it can be intimidating. It’s a brave thing to overcome those first butterflies. So patiently, we as instructors encourage each student to move past those tentative first weeks, watching our students build confidence and gain skills.
And then the middle of the term arrives. There’s perhaps a plateau, and with it, perhaps a bit of frustration. That’s when I get excited, because this is where I see the most opportunity. When my student is frustrated, it means she cares about progress, and she may be open to trying a new trick.
That’s the moment.
That moment when I adjust a hand position or a piece of equipment or a towel fold, and instantly a student is able to finally get the gorgeous result she’s been chasing. Those moments are what I live for.
It happens in the classroom, too. Skin and nail therapy is both science and art, and my students learn anatomy and physiology and skin histology, of course, but also electricity and chemistry and how ingredients affect the skin. At first it seems so random that we’re learning chemistry and electricity in an esthetics course. I mean, isn’t it just washing people’s faces and painting nails?
Until we break out the Micro-current machine and we are all glad we have an understanding of the fifth cranial nerve, the orbicularis occuli and corrugator muscles, and how iontophoresis helps a water-binding product like hyaluronic acid to penetrate beyond the epidermis. And they really get it. Suddenly the chemistry and physics that never had any relevance in high school makes sense. And it really is magical.
I’ve been an instructor at Delmar for over a year and I’ve seen a few classes graduate now. And some of my students have taken the time to come back and share with me their successes in the industry. We laugh together about the initial struggles and initial anxious moments when things seemed so difficult; but with a bit of tenacity, we worked through and it all fell into place. The fact is, the little moments continue well beyond graduation for these students, because they leave Delmar with a hunger to experience everything the industry has to offer them.
November Esthetics did their Fantasy Makeup workshop. Here’s some of their work.
Our daytime Nail Technician students celebrated their new trolleys (and let us take a picture)
We blogged about our Makeup programs and made the exciting announcement that we now offer the option to complete a diploma in Makeup Artistry. If you missed that one, just click here to check it out.
We also welcomed a new Makeup 102 class and have been following their progression on our social media sites. They cover everything from tattoo coverage to drag makeup to hair styling. Here’s some of their work so far.
We posted another installment from our Evening Esthetics class. Cathy updated us on how their class is going for March. Click here to check it out.
We named another school-wide Student of the Month and Delmar Ambassador, Christopher Sauer. Click here to learn more.
Thank you to everyone who made March another fantastic month at Delmar College!