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”
Skills Canada. Sounds pretty cool right? But what did I do there? In all honesty when Audrey (my coach) asked me if I wanted to compete I said yes without really knowing what I was getting myself into. Looking back now, hands down, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Even through the training sessions where I wanted to give up, the many many tears and the pressure of keeping composure under the scrutinizing eyes of thousands on the competition grounds, the personal and professional growth I experienced was utterly worth it.
How did this journey all start? Well it was a pretty typical day about mid January, I was asked if I wanted to compete in the area of nails with art, bridal and fantasy makeup, a facial, massage and waxing. Seemed like a lot but I was willing to work hard to do the best I could in all areas. Later that day, Audrey came and gave me what could be the equivalent of a small novel, filled with competition guidelines and rules, to the smallest details like how many minutes exactly I had to set up, tear down, and greet my client.
Training itself started off pretty rough to be completely honest, it took many months of practicing the same things over and over again, hating it and starting over. But eventually the hours of work started to show and my confidence grew as the weeks went by.
Now fast forwarding to competing provincially in Edmonton. I had never competed in anything like it. It was set up in such a way that public viewers could walk around between the different booths and competitions, and could watch anything at any point, resulting that for the complete two days of competition, you were under the watchful eyes of not only the judges, but also the constant flow of thousands and thousands of spectators from a 360 view. By the end of both days I was crumbling from both exhaustion and stress of the day, but at the same time being so excited to do it all over again the next day. By the end, and having been on stage, gold medal in hand, I knew at that moment everything had been worth it, hundreds of times over.
Less than two weeks later, I found myself on a plane on the way to Winnipeg to do this all over again against not only the province this time, but the entire nation. The nerves and the stress began the day we landed, the butterflies and the anticipation of meeting the 6 other opponents, all from various parts of Canada was at an all time high. When I finally did meet everyone, it was very relieving to see that they were all in the same situation and it helped quite a bit that every single one of them was kind and helpful towards each other not only on the first day but throughout all the competition days as well.
Finally, the experiences and the friends I made throughout this entire competition were worth every struggle and battle faced leading up to, and during, both nationals and provincials. I have met and discussed with so many people from across Canada across the trade fields represented, and I definitely know that I wouldn’t have met any of them if it weren’t for this competition, much less become friends.
I would strongly suggest to anyone who may have the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic experience to fully dedicate themselves to it. Yes it will be difficult, yes you will want to give up many times, yes the emotions run high, but at the end of the day, I will proudly say, for years to come, that this was an experience of a life time, I have made connections of a life time and I pushed myself to limits I never knew I even had.
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!
As the Director of Esthetics at Delmar College for 7 years now, nothing could be more rewarding than to realize that your efforts have paid off.
Delmar College has been around since 1950 in Hair Stylist training. When Dan and Carla Cavanagh bought Delmar back in 2010 they had a vision to take Delmar to new heights.
I feel so lucky to have been the candidate they chose to lead the Esthetics side of Delmar. I was hired in 2010 and came to Delmar with only two programs, the Esthetician program, and the Nail Technician program.
I told Dan and Carla when they hired me that I would continue to develop new training opportunities in the Esthetics field. I kept developing new programs even as we upheld Delmar’s 67-year reputation for offering the best training in Alberta!
Since 2010 I have added 9 additional programs to the Esthetics side of Delmar for a total of 11 programs in all. We now run more than one commencement of the Esthetician program, the Nail Technician Program, and the Makeup programs. This allows the opportunity for more students than ever before to come to school at a time that suits their family schedules, and their busy lifestyles.
We have added Infection Prevention Control Certification to every program that Delmar College offers; another first for the Industry in Alberta.
The Esthetics Team we have at Delmar is why our programs continue to be so successful. Without their input into new program development, their professionalism, enthusiasm, and industry experience, we would not be the number one Esthetics training college in Alberta!
Dan and Carla have watched the growth of the Esthetics side of Delmar with pride, even as the Hair Stylist side of Delmar continues to develop and grow; always maintaining the level of excellence long associated with the name, Delmar College.
We are so proud to announce that Delmar College will be opening another campus in Calgary. The Esthetics and Wellness Training Centre will be located at 5769 4 Street SE.
With over 10,000 sq. ft. at the new campus we will offer even more ways to meet the growing need for industry professionals in the Esthetics field. We will be adding more programs, and more commencement opportunities. This campus will be open 7-days a week which will serve our community, and make Delmar a leader in innovative learning.
We take possession of the new building July 1, 2017 and will move the entire Esthetics team along with all the Esthetics programs in October 2017.
This level of recognition for what the Esthetics side has brought to Delmar speaks to me about where the Esthetics Team can take our industry, and for that, I couldn’t be prouder.
With dedicated owners, a stellar team of Esthetics Professionals, and the room to grow, the sky is the limit.
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!
……so, where were we last time we blogged? Oh, that’s right fears and visions of clients leaving without eyebrows. Clients looking at us square in the eye and saying “you really don’t know what you are doing, do you?”
None of that happened.
The Evening Esthie’s just completed their waxing final last week. So please feel free to book as space is limited. Not only do we promise to leave you hairless in the designated areas but our practice with professionalism and confidence might just have you taking a nap as we provide the service. So, with waxing behind us we continue to practice on mani’s and pedi’s.
We are learning both straight and French, light and dark colours, lacquers and gels. I discovered just like waxing, it is not as simple as it looks with mani’s and pedi’s. There is a real science to looking at the foot for diseases and disorders, cleaning up the foot through cutting, filing, scraping callouses and dead skin, cleaning up cuticles to create beautiful smile line.
We covered all the knowledge in class first so we would be prepared and armed with knowledge of the physiology and anatomy of feet and hands and the diseases and disorder we will come across at work. So, all this before we even dip that brush into that beautiful bright colour that will put a smile on our clients face! In our case especially, since spring is literally right around the corner.
With many a model day, practicing on each other and some paying clients we are approaching spa approved mani’s and pedi’s. Thanks to Vanessa our talented, intelligent, and patient instructor. She taught us how to hold that bottle of polish, how to stabilize the foot or hand we are painting and because of this we are rarely flooding nails and completing a service in spa time. We also got the opportunity to join Raelyn’s class last week and started learning nail art. We are now busy practicing flowers and animal prints. An added bonus to offer a client who wants something extra special in their service. As I mentioned this is a real science and takes a lot of practice, patience and a chuckle now and then. With this service, I can only say practice, practice, and practice again! So, with all that we continue to finish our quota’s.
We are now focusing on skin and specifically the face. Understanding the different skin types, the needs, the contraindications, the realistic expectations of a service. I have mature skin so no matter how many treatments my 20 something skin is no longer. However, maintenance, lifestyle, and sun protection will keep my beautiful healthy skin radiant. This knowledge and more I have learned in the last few chapters of our textbook. The presentation Krystle gave us in the fall about SkinCeuticals is being implemented. We are using models, clients and each other to practice and learn skin types, issues, SkinCeutical products, hot cabbie for towels, steamer for preparation of extractions, masks to bring impurities to the surface and massage. It is a real toss up some days whether the facial and products used is the best part of the service or if the massage itself is really the best.
Hmmmm, I believe I need to do more homework on this and I promise to get back to you next time…….lol.
Behind the scenes in the classroom, we have been studying communicating for success, basics of nutrition, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, electricity, facial treatments, facial massage, skin analysis, physiology and histology of the skin and diseases and disorders of the skin. We just finished all that study last week with our midterm. Quizzes, projects and tests kept us busy and better prepared to know how to take care of our clients when performing treatments. All this knowledge has built our confidence and the importance of knowing the parts of the body we are working on. It is about pleasure and fun for sure but is also about the safety of that client too.
So, the Evening Esthie’s have been very busy. We reached our half way point in the course the other day. I must say the time has really flown and the experience thus far has been simply amazing. A small class and our great instructor Vanessa has really made this journey to a new career wonderful.
Well I am happy I got a chance to chat and keep everyone up to date on the evening class. We are unique in size and class time and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so grateful Delmar offered this night class as an option and hope that once they see their first one graduate in July they offer it again! So, until next time keep those hairs on the cheese cloth, tint those brows and eyes lashes, get those nails and toes painted and throw a flower on for the spring, and finish it off with a facial showing off that healthy beautiful skin you have. Face the world with confidence as you are truly beautiful at Delmar.
Wow. Speechless. To start this off I should probably thank my instructors Rae and Christy, because without them I wouldn’t be where I am in the program at this point. Rae’s talent in the classroom keeps my thirst for knowledge strong and it never feels like a “lesson” when I am in her class. Christy’s guidance and constant encouragement in the spa makes the challenging part of my day all worth it. A round of applause for the Director, Linda, who went above and beyond during our first meeting and made me really excited to go back to school.
Last year around this time I was comfortable. I had kept a job I didn’t mind for more than a year! I had just bought my first home! I was looking forward to a vacation getaway for my 28th birthday! All was good in my hood. Then things took a turn for the worse. My mother’s cancer had spread and she was admitted to a hospice. My days were then spent caring for her and making sure she was comfortable. To say the least, it was a challenging time for my family and I. I’m not sure where I would be if it weren’t for my support system during this time.
I had been toying around with the idea of going back to school for a while before I made the decision to take an esthetics course. I had passion for the industry but after working the retail side for so long I wasn’t sure which direction to take. I was apprehensive when I first started my research on local schools, to be truthful, I wasn’t convinced it was for me. After some encouragement I decided to book a single tour at Delmar with Linda, I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?
Fast forward a few months. I had just left Delmar after my meeting with Linda! I texted my partner and my grandmother and let them know that I just had one of the best meetings of my life! My excitement couldn’t be contained and I could barely believe that I was going back to school that November. Linda knocked me out that day. Her passion for the industry was evident and her program seemed like a great fit. She ignited something in me and I immediately starting counting down the days until my program was to start.
We’re going to fast forward again. I’m now nearly at the end of the professional esthetics program and I can’t believe how quickly time flew by. I think time passed by so quickly because I found where I’m meant to be. Tuesday throughFridayfeels like a break from Saturdays and Mondays (when I force myself to go to work). I look forward to my mornings in the classroom with Raelyn, where I get to hone my theoretical skills. I spend my afternoons with Christy in the spa, where I develop my practical skills. Surprisingly none of this feels like a burden. I’ll admit it’s hard, it’sreallyhard, I was afraid the first time I took a client. I’m happy to say that I survived, I got over it, took my own temperature and did my best.
The future looks bright. I’m not exactly sure where I am going and that’s okay. I hope to take the clinical program when my course is through (…I’ve really loved doing facials, especially advanced). My dream is to own my own spa and be an educator. With all I’ve learned at Delmar, I don’t doubt this is possible.
This is a quote that was shown in video form during theory that really hit me.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
If you’re reading this and you yourself are toying with the idea of taking this course: just do it.