FEBRUARY AND MARCH IN REVIEW

“There is never a dull moment at Delmar” and as always, Delmar was very busy these last 2 months! Let’s reflect on some of the happenings!

We CONGRATULATED the following GRADUATING classes:

March 2018 Hairstyling, April 2018 Barbering/Hairstyling, January Second Period Apprenticeship, August 2018 Professionnel Esthetics, September Clinical Esthetics, October Clinical Esthetics, January Makeup 101 and January Makeup 103!

We WELCOMED the following classes to THE DELMAR FAMILY:

February 2019 Clinical Esthetics

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March 2019 Barbering/Hairstyling

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March 2019 First Period Apprenticeship

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March 2019 Clinical Esthetics

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We announced our recent partnership with the Rockview School Division to offer the first Cosmetology 10 class in Cochrane!

We are always grateful for our guest educators!

There is always AMAZING student work to celebrate!

 

Our October 2018 Barbers worked their magic cutting hair at The Bay SouthCentre Mall during their Giving Day Charity Event!

The Delmar Admissions team visited Career Fairs at Lord Beaverbrook School and Father Lacombe School!

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We had a MAKEOVER GIVEAWAY in honour of International Women’s Day and Jessica Popplestone, Kayla Hynes and Jacquie Bretzer won a Color/cut/style, brow wax and tint and a manicure!

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Check out some amazing projects completed by both Esthetics and Hairstyling students!

Classroom contest winners got to spin THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE!

Delmar College has partnered with Patty Falconer Agencies for many years and we were honoured to participate again in the Jr. Miss Pageant! Our students always do amazing work!

We journeyed into NEW AGE BARBERING with guest blogger Mark Bautista and we spoke to Delmar graduate Juliana Rachewiski about CHANGE YOUR CAREER, CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Click on the links below and check out both blogs!

https://delmarcollegeblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/new-age-barbering/

https://delmarcollegeblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/change-your-career-change-your-life/

 

Amongst all the learning, there is still time for a bit of fun!

Stay tuned to see what APRIL holds!

To stay on top of the action, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram (delmar_college) and be sure to SHARE our pages!

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NEW AGE BARBERING

Barbering has made a huge comeback but with an ultra-modern feel! The ‘short sides and back’ have been replaced by sculptured, precise fades and pompadours as well as skin fades and detailed hair tattoos. The talent seen in these modern barbershops is incredible! Men’s grooming is here to stay and Delmar’s goal is to make sure all Barbers are licensed. We have adapted our program for those wishing to become licensed barbers and have incorporated all aspects of barbering while still preparing these students for their government licensing exams. We will be highlighting the journey of some of our Barbering students to see what inspired them to become barbers and showcase their work.

We spoke to Mark Bautista. He is extremely passionate and talented as evidenced by his work on Instagram and his work has been reposted by Barbering sites!

What inspired you to become a barber and when did you realize this was your passion?

I come from an artistic background and have always been fascinated by style and fashion. While attending university, I started to become interested in hair especially as I watched barbers on YouTube do creative haircuts and share how much pride they took in honing and improving their craft each time they cut. I thought to myself: “I want to be just like these guys!” That’s when the aha moment came and I started practicing on all my family members and friends. I really enjoyed the social aspect of it and how much impact I was making by making someone look their best. The feeling of satisfaction that I got after each cut is when I realized that this was my passion.

What is your favourite service to receive and why?

A hot shave even though I have very little facial hair because its a relaxing escape from world and I feel like a king being pampered.

What is your favourite service to perform and why?

Medium length men’s haircuts because I get to work on building shape and texture through scissor work. I believe that the art in barbering lies in mastering your scissor work. Everything else will fall into place once you truly understand how to utilize your scissors.

What are some of your insights into Barbering trends?

One of the most prominent trends that I have observed in the barbering industry is we are slowly moving away from perfect polished super clean looks to more lived-in, versatile low maintenance looks. Men are more willing to rock longer and more natural textured looks.

Who are your favourite barbers on Instagram and what about them inspires you?

@stephenj.barber: He is my personal barber and he has been my biggest mentor so far. He has inspired me to investigate the “why” to everything I do in hair so I make sure that I am intentional in everything I do.

@andrewdoeshair: He has inspired me to take quality photographs of my haircuts. He has taught me how to use the proper lighting and camera to highlight and make my work stand out on Instagram.

@joshlamonaca: He is the co owner of one the most coveted men’s salon in the world- Menspire Salon. Josh has inspired me to really appreciate the classic and contemporary shapes and techniques of men’s barbering. He has taught me to always work in clean sections and focus on the fundamentals of haircutiing such tension, over direction, body position and so forth.

Describe your Delmar experience so far. What have you enjoyed the most and why?

What I have enjoyed most so far in my time at Delmar is all the friends I have made. I enjoy coming to school because I like hanging out with my classmates and teachers. It makes learning fun.

What are your future goals once you have finished school and achieved your license?

One of my biggest goals is to be able to be a platform educator and travel the world sharing my passion for hair.

What barbershop are you in what is your Instagram?

I will be apprenticing at Johnny’s Barbershop + Shop starting in April 2019. My Instagram is @markbarberology.

To Barber or not to barber? Guest blog by Alison Confrey

Delmar welcomes a new barbering/stylist program to the list! Starting this exciting new path of men’s grooming at Delmar College is going to be taught by Alison Confrey.  Here is her story!

 


By: Alison Confrey

 

Hi! I am Alison, Delmar’s first 1400 hour Barbering/Hairstylist instructor. ‘To barber or not to barber?’  That was the question facing me in 2014 when I was offered a position as a Barber in the Downtown Core. Not a very difficult question you say!

However, I was living just outside Dublin, Ireland at the time so it was a huge one for me! I am Irish through and through and had never considered living outside of Ireland. So, the challenge of moving to a new country was a major decision for me and my family. This also meant leaving behind everything I knew about ladies hairstyling and moving into the world of barbering which was an even scarier decision at the time. In my 25 years as a busy stylist, I also taught apprentices and managed salons. However, barbering to me consisted of older men going to older barbers for their ‘short back and sides, please’!

My family decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and move to Calgary arriving in freezing temperatures we had never seen before! It wasn’t long before I started work and to say that I was nervous is a huge understatement! However, looking back, it was the BEST decision I ever made!

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Some of Alison’s work

 

 

Wow! I was shocked at how much the men’s grooming industry is booming here. It is so much more than the ‘short sides and back’ I was anticipating! Being in the downtown core, surrounded by oil companies, banks and law offices, has proven to me how much guys are into how they look and how their look is perceived by others. They are completely up-to-date and focused on men’s trends which is incredible! All my fears were ‘quashed’ and it is exciting to work with colleagues who are vibrant, fashion-forward go-getters!

 

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Some of Alison’s work

 

Being a barber is such a fun, creative and exciting career and I encourage you to get involved! Coupling this with learning new skills like hot shaves and hair tattooing has made me decide to be part of Delmar’s new program. It is so exciting!

 

Delmar has put together a totally new program combining everything you will need to enter into the wonderful world of barbering including all haircutting (both scissor and clipper), fades, hair tattooing, hot shaves, facial massage, facial hair design and much more!!!! Your major will be in Barbering and you will be able to join any barbershop with confidence in your skills! You will also get a solid grounding in all the techniques required to pass your government licensing exams necessary to become a Licensed Hairstylist.

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Delmar’s First Barbering/Stylist class!

 

We are very excited to begin this new journey which is a HUGE step forward in the industry! Follow our progress through the program!

For more information regarding our program, please contact Shauna at shaunad@delmarcollege.com . We can’t wait to meet you!

 


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September 2017 at Delmar: a Recap

We welcomed our new evening Esthetics class!

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Welcome to our new September Hair Design class!

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Welcome to our first period Apprenticeship students!

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Congratulations to our Makeup 102 graduates!

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September Delmar Ambassador, Callie Nuyens, wrote a really great blog post for us. If you missed it click here.

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Morgan Calvert wrote another installment of our Diary of a Hair student. Click here to check it out.

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Our banner went up and construction is under way at our new campus!

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And we featured some amazing student work. Scroll down to see it all.

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Hair: Abell / Model: Bryce / Photo: Analog Dog Creative

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Makeup by Chloe

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Hair: Emily / Makeup: Martha

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Hair: Stephanie / Model: Ceanna / Photo: Analog Dog Creative

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Nails by Silvana

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Hair: Melanie / Model: Denise / Photo: Analog Dog Creative

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Hair: Typhani / Photo: Analog Dog Creative

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Concave Layers by Reagan

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Hair: Trista / Model: Brandon / Photo: Analog Dog Creative

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Hair: April / Model: Maddie

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Diary of a Hair Student Entry #4 by Morgan Calvert

Hello Everyone,

Being in school at Delmar college has been a lot of fun the last month, we learned a lot about the chemicals and ingredients that go into hair services and how they work. I personally find this stuff very interesting because I feel like once I have a complete understanding of everything that goes into hair color and lightening I will be able to start creating really amazing things with human hair.

We also just started doing color application and I find this to be really fun and surprisingly relaxing. There were a couple of people in my class that found it to be a little stressful, so if you decide to take a hair program and you are struggling, don’t panic because there are people that found it just as hard as you do that are now doing amazing!

This program is moving along way faster than I thought it would be, I feel like we just started the program and we’re about to start working on the salon floor this following month.

I think most of the class is pretty nervous about starting on the salon floor but I have a good feeling about everyone in the class doing well on the midterm exams and doing an amazing job on the salon floor.

I believe that as long as we all remember that we’re still learning, and not be too hard on ourselves, the turn out will be amazing!!

Below are some photos of everyone doing their first color application and some pictures of my first spiral perm wrap!

Until next time, stay positive!

Morgan Calvert

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August 2017 at Delmar: a Recap

Thank you to everyone who made August such a great month at Delmar College! Here is a recap of what we got up to…

Morgan Calvert wrote a third installment to the Diary of a Hair student blog journal. She has been keeping us up to date on how her class is progressing through the 1400 hour Hair Design program. Click here to read her last entry, and stay tuned, because next week we will be publishing her fourth entry.

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Lainnee Simpson was our Delmar Ambassador for the month of August. Click here to read her blog post. Thank you Lainnee for being such a great ambassador of our college!

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Sarah Haji completed our Masters of Esthetics diploma. She is the first and we could not be any prouder of her accomplishments. She also represented Delmar at the Skills Alberta competition and went on to become a member of Team Alberta and competed at Skills Canada last spring. Click here to learn more.

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We welcomed some guest speakers as well.

Thank you to Jason Olandesca of GLOW M+D Clinics for spending the day with our Clinical Esthetics students. We learned so much about the medical side of the beauty business.

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Thank you to Coy of Coy Hair for coming in and educating our hair students on the UNITE hair care line. We loved having you and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Delmar Nail Technology alumni Ria Parsbey wrote a blog post for us about what life was like after graduation and how she has built a successful business. Click here to read her post.

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We welcomed a new Hair Design class!

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Aaron Knox joined our Makeup Department. Aaron brings a ton of talent to the team and will be teaching our revamped Makeup 103 and 104 programs. Click here to read more about him.

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Aaron will also be hosting our Halloween Haunt workshop at the end of September. Call us at (403) 264-8055 for details.

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We shared some amazing images from some of our past student photo shoots. Scroll down to check them all out.

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Hair: Meghan Roberts / Model: Taylor Wood

 

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Hair: Mitra Grondin / Model: Airelle Rogado / Photo: Brandon Shaw

 

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Hair: Jade Isaak / Model: Laura Phaneuf / Photo: Brandon Shaw

 

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Hair: Cheril Lim / Model: Alejandrina / Photo: Brandon Shaw

 

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Hair Design student Brianna with her model. Photo: Brandon Shaw

Now accepting future barbers. Have you always wanted to specialize in men’s grooming? Delmar College is proud to announce that your dreams can now become your reality. Our 1400 hour, licensed and accredited, Barber & Hairstyling program is ready to launch and become the first of its kind in Alberta. Class starts in October. Limited seats available. Call us at (403) 264-8055 for details. Student aid options available. Click here for more information.

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Delmar College Welcomes Aaron Knox 

Body artist Aaron Knox applies his airbrush skills to the human form, that allow him to bring exceptionally creative designs to life through a range of artistic techniques.

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After studying the art of body painting in Montréal, Aaron formed the company Liquid Imprints Face and Body Art, with his wife, Melanie, 10 years ago. Working for some of the biggest companies in Toronto providing living breathing artwork. They continue today to change the landscape with their unique artwork wherever they go.

Aaron’s work has been showcased at a number of conventions where he collaborates with professional make-up brands, artists and photographers, creating stunning body paintings.

Airbrushing is the main medium used in all the designs. Also specializing in character makeup and special effects. His body painting has been a main feature at continuous Imats shows in LA & NY, Fan Expo, Toronto Comicon, & the Allied Beauty Show.

Publications:
Make-up Artist magazine, and Xpressions magazine.

To see more of his ongoing work please visit modelmayhem.com/Aaronknox or skinillustrator.com/Aaronknox and follow him on Instagram @knoxbodyart
Delmar College is pleased to announce that Aaron Knox will now be teaching our revamped Makeup 103 and Makeup 104 programs. He will also be hosting our upcoming Halloween Haunt workshop, September 29 to October 1, 2017. For program details please email Linda Villeneuve at lindav@delmarcollege.com.
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Delmar Student Ambassador: Lainnee Simpson

Hi, my name is Lainnee and I am currently in the Hair Design program at Delmar.

I chose Delmar after I had done research on many different hair design schools. I knew I wanted to come to Calgary, even though it was much further for me from home, because of the amazing reviews on this school. I had talked to a couple people who are graduates and they had nothing but great things to say, Delmar just seemed to be a perfect fit.

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Ever since I was young I have been interested in the beauty industry. I am inspired by the way a career can become art and expression, and you can help others feel good about themselves. The past few years I have done makeup for weddings, grads, and events, and have finished my eyelash extension and nail tech course. I had felt that something was missing. This is when I decided it was time to go to hair school. I feel more comfortable in this course than in anything else I have ever done. I have the best support from my family and friends, which made this decision very easy.

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A makeup look I did

My advice for future students at Delmar is: Never stop trying and practicing. If this is something you are passionate about doing, just do it and don’t look back, you will not be disappointed.

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Some styling work I did on my mannequin in class

After graduating I see myself completing my apprentice hours under an amazing stylist back home. After I complete my government exam I plan to open my own salon in my hometown. The thing I look forward to the most is waking up everyday and going to a job I enjoy and am passionate about.

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Working on fingerwaves in class

My favourite part about school so far is learning from teachers who are so passionate about what they are teaching, and who genuinely care about your future in this industry. Many things I have learned so far are difficult and take a lot of practice. I still have a lot to learn but I look forward to continuing to get better and having such great people help me succeed.

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Lainnee Simpson is our August 2017 Delmar Student Ambassador. Every month we select a student who we believe represents Delmar College, and the beauty industry, with the highest regard. We reward them with an amazing prize and feature them in our blog. 

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Diary of a Hair Student Entry #3 by Morgan Calvert

Hello Everyone. This month we have been mostly focusing on our timing and getting everything organized for our midterm exams. I honestly haven’t been so nervous about anything in my life like I am for this! We did our mock exam last week and no one passed, but that’s okay because apparently no one ever passes the mock exam. So that makes me feel better!

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When you first start school everything is going to seem impossible but now that I’m into my third month I’m starting to feel pretty confident in everything other than finger waves. The whole class struggles with them so if you feel like you will never get the hang of it, that’s totally okay because I feel that way too! But I can see the improvement in mine and everyone else’s finger waves!

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This month has been pretty crazy because our regular instructor Erin had to do her other class’s final photo shoot with them on some days so we had a bunch of different instructors filling in for her, and I can honestly say this is the first school I have attended where I liked all the teachers! Everyone here really knows what they are doing and do a great job educating their students!

I have learned so much more in hair school than I thought I was going to learn, but it’s honestly amazing and I’m still extremely happy with my decision to go to Delmar for hair dressing!

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I’m sorry for the lack of pictures this time because we haven’t really been working on anything new, but I did get all these pictures of what everyone’s finger waves look like after three months of practicing!

Until next time!

Morgan

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After Graduation: a Survival Guide by Ria Parsbey 

My name is Ria and I’m the owner of Talon Nail Bar. I graduated from the Nail Technician Program at Delmar College in 2015. I was, and still am, completely obsessed with all things beauty and fashion. It was no surprise to anyone that I got into the beauty biz. When I was 16 I became a makeup artist, when I was 18 I entered the fashion industry, at 19 I ran a makeup school, and became a Nail Tech when I was 30. Here’s my guide to surviving the beauty biz and nail industry after graduation.

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I always knew that I wanted to be a business owner. But I’ve seen many salon owners and beauty professionals open businesses thinking they can provide great beauty services. But it ain’t that easy and they often end up with really poor businesses– this is why I am choosing to do things a little bit differently.

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I opened Talon Nail Bar in November of 2015 and worked as a sub-contractor. Unfortunately, I made my first big business mistake. I worked for a young woman that had no idea how to run a business. She had no business plan, no marketing plan, absolutely nothing. I wasn’t given the opportunity to build any clientele and I quickly wasted 8 months. It was time to move on.

Let me tell ya, there is a huge learning curve when it comes to running a business and providing services at the same time. I learnt that you need to do your research, trust no one, be bold, ask questions and always have your own back.

I was given an amazing opportunity to move Talon Nail Bar to a cooperative beauty boutique in Inglewood. I did my research, asked a lot of questions, and before I knew it my luck had changed. Now that I had found a great location for my business it was time to grow my clientele. This is by far the most exhausting and challenging part of the beauty business. With an industry that is full of competition it’s so important to stay on top of the game. So, how am I doing this? Social media, social media, social media.

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Learning and educating yourself about hashtags, posts that keep your audience’s attention, taking amazing pictures of your work and keeping things original. Reposting other people’s work and tagging others is also a fantastic way to draw attention to your posts. Advertising on social media is another great way to gain followers and clientele, it’s also an affordable way to get the word out about your business. But social media fatigue is a real thing and it can become overwhelming, so limit yourself and don’t obsess over it too much!

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Okay, so you’ve got an amazing location, you’re getting the word out about your business, clients are walking through the door and now it’s all about staying on top, keeping up with trends, and staying skilled. In the nail industry, this is huge. There are new nail trends almost monthly and while only some of these trends stay around, a lot don’t. But you need to be offering the latest and greatest! This can get expensive so my best advice is to spend money on education instead of always following trends. Take as many courses as you can and learn as much as you can. Knowledge is power. I would also recommend focusing on basic skills and becoming confident with that, as the nail industry can become really overwhelming. I’ve also learnt that beauty professionals love being asked questions and educating others, so ask as many questions as possible and learn from others in your industry. This can also give you an edge on your competition and ultimately give you more confidence.

If I could offer any piece of advice for people fresh out of beauty school it would be to be yourself, stay true to who you are and never let anyone tell you that being you isn’t good enough. Trust me, this will happen. Stay authentic and do things differently. In the end it all comes down to originality.

Ria

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Ria Parsbey is the owner of Talon Nail Bar and is a Delmar College alumni. We are proud to showcase the successes (and the challenges) of our graduates. You can see Ria’s work and learn more about her business by checking out her webpage, www.talonnailbar.com
Follow her on Instagram @talonnailbaryyc
Follow her on Facebook @talonnailbar

 

 

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