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!
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!
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!
Are you interested in becoming a makeup artist? If you are, then you clicked on the right post, because today we are talking about how our makeup programs work here at the college.
Yes, programs. Not just one, but four different programs, leading to a diploma in Makeup Artistry if you choose to complete them all.
By breaking it down into different classes this gives you options and the opportunity to take it in full, or just focus on where your interests are.
So let’s break these classes down for you.
Everyone starts in Makeup 101. Why? Because we aim to set you up for success. This class gives you the core knowledge you need and also gives you a certificate in Infection Prevention Control, allowing you to safely and professionally offer makeup services.
The focus in 101 is on natural to dramatic makeup applications and allows you to have a good basis of knowledge and hands on experience for bridal and grad makeup applications.
Once you successfully complete Makeup 101 you have the freedom to take the other classes in any order you choose. That said, we do recommend that you take our 102 program prior to taking Makeup 104.
Makeup 102 is what we call our Advanced Makeup class. It is very much a hands on program that covers more advanced techniques for eye makeup, camouflaging techniques, ethnic bridal makeup, theatrical and fantasy applications, and also covers updo’s and heat styling for hair. This gives you the advantage of being able to style hair on photo shoots and for bridal or grad purposes, as well as doing the makeup.
Makeup 103 is our Airbrushing Workshop. This covers basic airbrushing principles to body work and stenciling. We are proud to partner with pro brand TEMPTU for this module, and include a professional grade kit with compressor and hand piece.
Makeup 104 is our Special Effects Makeup class. Learn how to work with latex and gelatin to create amazing fantasy pieces, including prosthetics.
We partner with the best in the business. Our kits are truly pro kits and prepare you to enter the industry as a freelance artist. Where do we source them from? Who other than pro brand MAKE UP FOR EVER. Our Makeup 101 and 102 modules include extensive kits from this amazing brand that was created by makeup artists for makeup artists. Our Makeup 103 kit is sourced from TEMPTU, and our Makeup 104 kit includes professional special effects products from a variety of brands.
Want more information? Click here to be directed to our Makeup Programs page on our website, or call Shauna at 403-264-8055. We would love to tell you all about it.
Here’s a look at what we got up to around the college in February.
Our students were BUSY. On the floor, in the classroom, with clients, and in all departments, it was non-stop.
We started and ended the month with a men’s hair cutting workshop for some of our classes. Our students cut the hair of almost 100 men between those two days. It was great practice for them all and we also want to thank all of the guys that came down and helped support a student. You guys rock!
Speaking of rock, we had another successful student photo shoot with the amazing Brandon Shaw from Analog Dog Creative. Here’s a few shots to give you a taste. Professional images to come soon.
We would also like to send out a huge thank you to our staff and students that participated in the Kids Cancer Care Shave Your Lid for a Kid event at Samuel W Shaw school. $16,000.00 was raised!
Some of our students also participated behind the scenes at the Miss Teen Calgary pageant. Thank you to all of you who helped out!
We announced another Student of the Month. Congratulations to Ayman! If you missed our blog post about him click here and check it out.
We also checked in with our Evening Esthetics class again. This post was by Teneika Dennie. Click here to read her story.
And we saw a ton of amazing student work. This is just a sample of the talent that we get to witness every day at the college.
We are so excited for March! We will welcome lots of new classes and mid month there will be a very exciting announcement, so stay tuned…
Have you ever thought about going back to school to learn a new skill or start a new career, only to find that the program hours and the weekly commitment would be too much? Maybe you looked into some evening classes through a continuing education department, only to find that funding was never an option.
We hear stories like this all of the time. In response we have developed a variety of programs that can be taken in the evenings and weekends.
Eyelash Extensions, and all of our Makeup modules can also be taken in the evening, but are currently not eligible for student aid funding because they are shorter programs.
Are you unsure of what program may suit you? We are here to help you with program placement, payment options, and funding applications. Click here to go to our admissions page.
Delmar College has been creating successful grads since 1950. We have seen a lot change over the past 67 years, and we have changed along with it. The advent of full time programs offered in a non-traditional format is just one example.
So don’t let your day job get in the way of making the career change you have been looking for. Check out our website www.delmarcollege.com or call us at (403) 264-8055 to schedule an appointment with an admissions advisor today.
With new classes come some goodbye’s. We had some of our classes graduate in November and December, but most recently we saw our September Clinical Esthetics class graduate. We wish you all the success in the world ladies!
Our Evening Esthetics class gave us a glimpse into their world in the latest edition of their monthly blog takeover. This time we heard from Lacy, and if you missed it just click here and check it out.
We were so proud to award Nail Technology and Hair Design student Alejandrina with the school wide Student of the Month award for January. She is amazing, and if you haven’t read her blog post yet you definitely should. Click here to check it out.
We also handed out some other awards. Congratulations to Bailey! She won our holiday gift card competition and takes home a new trolley.
Congratulations to Charmaine, Stephanie, and Brittany for winning Perfect Attendance awards for December. Enjoy your gift cards!
Our local makeup guru, Erin Halisky, wrote another awesome blog post for us. Click here to see her thoughts on 2017 beauty trends.
We got some fun pictures from our salon floor!
And, of course, we featured our student’s work. Here’s a taste of some amazing talent.
Join us next week! We will be talking all about the many evening programs we have to offer.