MC Alumni Profile: Sid Neigum

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Sid was born in Drayton Valley, Alberta. After a year in a Bachelor of Science program and working part time in retail, he decided to enroll at MC College to pursue Fashion Design as a career. At the beginning of the program, he had only ever sewn one garment. After the program he’d put together around 30 garments, including complicated designs such a leather jacket.

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In 2009, he graduated from MC College and then moved to New York to intern at Yigal Azrouel.

 

Since the launch of his career, he has won several awards, including: Western Canada Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Award (2009), Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels Award (2012), Mercedes-Benz Start Up Award (2014) and the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award (2015).

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Sid’s work has been featured in Vogue Italia, Flare, Fashion Magazine, Elle Magazine and Business of Fashion to name a few.

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His garments have been worn by celebrities such as: Coco Rocha, Yasmin Warsame, Jennifer Aniston, Jada Pinkett Smith, Stacey McKenzie, Fergie, Jully Black and MTV’s Jessi Cruickshank.

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MC Alumni Profile: Andrew Van

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Some know him as Andrew while others know him as “Lord Chink”. As a 2010 Graduate from the Hairstyling program at the Winnipeg campus, he is the face behind the Instagram account with 10,000+ followers, @chinkthebarber. “I’m just an everyday Barber….I’m not trying to get famous. I’m just trying to master my craft and share it with others. Just chase your dreams.” he says.


From Winnipeg to Toronto and Edmonton to Montreal, Andrew has traveled across Canada to compete and learn with the best of the best. Since graduating, he has:

  • Won first place in ‘Best Design’ at the Golden Gloves Barber Battle in Winnipeg
  • Placed in the top three in ‘Trendsetter’ at the Heavy Hitters Barber Battle in Toronto.
  • Competed in the ABA’s Battle of the Barbers and Major Fade’s Barber Battle to name a few.
  • “Blessed heads” (cut hair) of celebrities such as Redman and Evander Kane (NHL hockey player)

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Today, he is a Barber at Blacklist Boutique.

 


His career in Hairstyling started when he was going through a turning point in his life. His mentor and friend, Scott Ramos (one of Canada’s most famous barbers) introduced him to the world of fades and razor parts. “Scott Ramos introduced me to Hairstyling and I thought it looked fun…he convinced me to be a Hairstylist after seeing me at my worst” says Andrew. “Thank you [Scott] for being my inspiration, if it wasn’t for you, I’d be a deadbeat by now” he continues.


He decided to enroll at MC College after our graduate, Guy Lemieux, referred him to the school. “This is embarrassing..roller sets was my favorite part…it taught me how to manipulate hair just by heat and very little products” says Andrew.


What’s been your biggest eye opener since graduating?
“Being a role model for students and seeing how far you can get from being a stylist/barber”
What’s been most exciting?
“Being recognized for what I do in Winnipeg and other cities by random people…instead of telling people who I am or what I do…I can finally say I made it!!”


What advice would you give to MC College students?
“Keep networking and take in as much education. The hair industry is never ending. Go bless some heads!”

Alumni Profile: John Radu

 

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Photo credit: Allison Seto (allisonseto.com) via Branded Magazine

From Don Draper’s side part and the classic pompadour to EDM, John is a barber and master stylist by day and a DJ by night. As a 1997 graduate from the Hairstyling program at the Calgary campus, he is the owner and visionary behind Cannibale Barbershop; the first barbershop/lounge concept in Calgary. He is also:

• A stylist at Josef Saliba Salon
• An Educator and Platform Artist at Tigi.

In November 2015, he was featured on the cover of Branded Magazine and their “Cutting it Old School” article. Read it here: http://brandedyyc.com/cutting-it-old-school/

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Photo credit: Allison Seto (allisonseto.com) via Branded Magazine

His career in Hairstyling started at a young age.  “I have been around the industry all my life but at that time I never wanted to be a Hairdresser” says John.  His mother, a Hairstylist, influenced him to be part of the industry. He decided to enroll at MC College (it was Marvel College back then!) as he was looking for a school with a good reputation. “I really loved everything about the course. Even all the sets and finger waves…it does pay off in the long run! It was good to learn everything and never box yourself into just one thing”.

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From travelling across North America with Tigi to experiencing backstage madness at the Libertine Show at New York Fashion Week, John has over 18 years of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, he has taught barbering classes and has been an integral part of the Tigi Creative Team at events such as Chicago ABS (America’s Beauty Show), International salon and spa expo and more. “Since I’ve graduated, I‘ve had an amazing career. It’s an amazing industry that lets you be creative and make a pretty damn good living.

We asked him: What advice would you give to MC College students?
“Work hard and really absorb everything that is being taught…never stop educating yourself. Education is the key to success!”

Follow him on Instagram! @cannibalebarber_yyc

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Photo credit: Robert Valentine Photography (http://www.rvphotographics.com/)

Student of the Month: Carlo Rodillo 💈✂

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From fades to comb overs and even the braided man top knot, he’s been on the barbering grind since becoming a student. Our November Student of the Month goes out to freshly graduated Hairstyling Student 👉Carlo Rodillo👈 from our Winnipeg campus!

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
I’ve always been interested in Hairstyling but never got into it ‘cause of pressure from family. When I finally got into hair, I loved it! Growing up, drawing used to be my favorite hobby. When I first started school and cut hair for the first time, it gave me a nostalgic feeling with drawing. To me, drawing and hairstyling- that’s art!

What made you choose barbering?
“When I started school, I didn’t want to just cut girls hair and I didn’t see a lot of male hairstylists when I started school. I had a lot of guy friends who needed their hair cut and barbering went from there.”

What do you love about MC College?
“EVERYTHING. 👐 Everyone is so supportive, helpful and not rude.”

What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“The places you can go with what you learn. I thought going to hair school meant that you could only be a hairstylist but you can go and enter competitions, become famous and lots more. There are a lot of things that I can do.”

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College?
“The chemistry behind hair – it’s not really something you think about when you’re doing a color or cutting hair.”

What are your plans for the future now that you’ve just graduated?
“Right now I’m apprenticing at Hunter and Gun Barber Shop. There’s so much I can do and there’s so many opportunities out there that it’s hard for me to say what my plans are.”

What’s the best advice you’ve received about beauty school?
“Don’t give up!!”

What are your must have Artego product(s)?
“Fast replay is pretty crazy! It’s the best product for men’s styling”

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Go and give Carlo some love and follow him on Instagram (@thatbarberillo), snapchat (@kingrillorc) and twitter (@jcrodillo)!!

Every month, we highlight a student from one of our 6 campuses. The Student of the Month is nominated by Campus Directors and Instructors, and are chosen based on the students’ hard work and dedication in the salon/spa, classroom, community/volunteering and/or use of social media to promote themselves.

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Getting your taxes done is easy as mixing color!

taxaesWith a busy day booked with appointments and keeping on top of hair trends, the last thing on your mind is how to claim your expenses and taxes. This year, we teamed up with Canada Revenue Agency to make this tax season as flawless for you as possible. Here are a few tips:

Expensing Supplies and Tools
a). Whether you’re a salon/spa owner, part time worker or paid via salary or commission, you’re considered an employee on a payroll. You can deduct the cost of supplies you purchased for work. Hairspray, shampoo, waxing strips, cotton balls…the list goes on.

For more info, visit: http://www.cra.gc.ca/employmentexpenses.

b). You could also deduct the cost (up to $500) of eligible tools, such as: curling irons, blow dryers and UV lamps for gel nails. What’s considered an eligible tool? Click here to find out: http://bit.ly/17fbY0l

For this expense, you’ll need your employer to authorize that the tools were purchased by you and used for your work.

For more info, visit: http://www.cra.gc.ca/trades.

Tips and Gratuities
As a Hairstylist or Esthetician, the majority of your income comes from tips and gratuities. Talk to your employer if any or all of the tips you earn will be included on your T4 slip. If it doesn’t, it’s your responsibility to keep track of it and report them on line 104 of your income tax and benefit return.

Business Expenses
Whether you’re renting a chair, working from home or own a salon/spa, you can deduct any applicable business expenses. This includes: chair rental fees or supplies such as hair colour, shears, microdermabrasion tips, nail polish and much more!

  • Is your salon or spa based out of your home? If so, you can deduct household expenses such as insurance and heating. Who knew!!? For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1AP8cH

Apprenticeship Job Creation and Tax credit
Are you a salon owner who recently hired a Red Seal apprentice Hairstylist? If so, you can claim the apprenticeship job creation tax credit. This tax credit is equal to the lesser of $2,000 or 10% of the eligible apprentices’ salaries or wages. You can carry the whole credit amount three years back or carry it forward for up to 20 years!

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1DnjwvX

Where do you file your taxes?
You can file your taxes with various income tax software, such as: Netfile or Turbo Tax. Don’t want to do it yourself because ‘ain’t no body got time for that’?! Visit your local H&R block and they’ll help you out!

Owning a salon or spa is more than just cutting hair, doing chemical peels, marketing or hiring employees. As a salon or spa owner, you have to ensure that employee contributions, premiums and tax amounts are properly deducted and sent to the Canada Revenue Agency.

For more info, visit: http://bit.ly/1ABN5JA 

The deadline to file your personal income tax and benefit return is April 30, 2015. If you, your spouse, or common-law partner is self-employed, the deadline to file is June 15, 2015. BUT, if you’re self-employed and have a balance owing for 2014, you still have to pay it on or before April 30, 2015.

Alumni Profile: Alicia Soulier

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Alicia graduated from the Hairstyling Program at the Saskatoon Campus in 2005. Since then, she has:

• been the lead Stylist at Saskatoon’s Fashion Week
• Won ‘Saskatchewan Salon Stylist of the Year’ at the 2014 Mirror Awards.
• Styled hair at Spring/Summer 2015 New York Fashion Week.
• Been nominated for ‘Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist of the Year’ at the Contessa Awards.

Currently, she is the owner and educator at Capelli Hair Studio, one of Saskatoon’s most prestigious salons.

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Why MC College?

Styling her Barbie dolls hair and making friends with Hairstylists was an early indicator that Alicia would start a career in the Beauty Industry. After taking Cosmetology classes in High School and receiving a scholarship, Alicia decided to accomplish her dream to become a Hairstylist. Her entrepreneurial spirit, need for hands-on education and word of mouth led Alicia to enroll and graduate from MC College Saskatoon. “MC College will teach you the fundamentals to becoming the best Hairstylist in the world…they give you a great foundation for the real world” says Alicia.

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Soon after graduating, Alicia was set on becoming a salon owner. After realizing that one of Saskatoon’s premiere neighborhoods lacked an upscale hair salon, she pounced on the opportunity and opened ‘Capelli Hair Studio’. In 2012, it placed top 5 in Contessa’s ‘Salon Interior of the Year’ award and was named as the best hair salon in Saskatoon by Fine Lifestyles magazine.

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Advice from Alumni

“Be humble. Be Passionate. Be respectful of your Mentors. Be passionate about what you do”

As an award winning superstar hairstylist, salon owner, educator and a board member of the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival, Alicia credits her success to her mentor, Kim Regier of Chel SalonSpa and her need for continuous learning. “Never think you know it all. Always strive for more education and inspiration” says Alicia. She is known for mentoring her staff, new Hairstylists and students so that they can become successful in their career.

Today, she continues to enter hair competitions and currently styles hair in photoshoots and fashion shows. She has done hair for Edge Agency and fashion houses such as White Dhalia House of Fashion, Hillberg and Berk, , Pyer Mossto and  Concept Korea to name a few.

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Beauty Career Fair


With resume and portfolio in hand, Edmonton MC College students got the chance to meet and network with salon/spa owners and managers at our Beauty Career Fair on June 10th. The event ran from 9am -3pm in the Artego Creative Lounge at the Edmonton Campus. Throughout the event, the room was constantly buzzing with excitement and chatter as 9 salons and spas did mini interviews, hair demos and handed out swag bags.

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“It’s a great chance to meet with prospective employers and learn which salons and spas are a good fit for the students” said Edmonton MC College Director, Analia Rubie.

Prior to the event, each student created a list of questions they wanted to ask their future employers. The questions ranged from: “what is your salon/spa culture like?” to “do you provide advanced classes for your employees” and “what are your starting wages?”

As a result of this successful event, 2 MC College students were given job offers on the spot!

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Thank you to the following salons and spas that made it to our Career Fair:
• Biondi Hair
• Chrome Salon
• Fresh and Co
• Headlines
• Kinetic
• Ponytails and Horseshoes
• Rain Salon and Spa
• Ricci Hair
• The Beauty Lounge

Our next Career Fair is October 2014. Stay tuned for more information on the date, time and how your salon/spa can RSVP to this event!

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Beauty Abroad: London & Dublin

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Join MC College and Pivot Point Academy as we jet set to Northern Europe!

MC College is partnering with Pivot Point Academy to offer MC College students and alumni the chance to study abroad in London and Dublin. Between October 6th and October 14th 2014, you’ll visit prestigious salons, attend the Salon International Showcase and explore famous landmarks. Between touring picturesque towns and attending inspirational platform shows, you’ll expand yourself and your career through Irish and British arts, history and culture. Along with MC College, 3 international beauty schools will be on the trip; making this a great opportunity for students, graduates and alumni to network, draw inspiration and share techniques with other beauty schools from around the world. What you’ll be doing during the 9-day trip*:

Day 1-3:

Your trip starts off in the seaside Village of Malahide, where you’ll see one of the oldest castles in Ireland, Malahide Castle. You’ll stay at and explore Dublin’s trendy and vibrant neighborhood, Temple Bar. Considered as Dublin’s version of New York’s SoHo, the cobblestoned streets are lined with boutiques, award winning restaurants, art galleries and a plethora of pubs. Enjoy a scenic ride to County Wicklow, where movies such as Braveheart, starring Mel Gibson, were filmed!

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Don’t forget to pack your most fashionable (and comfortable) shoes as you’ll be going on a guided walking tour around Dublin city. Learn about Irish culture and visit well-known landmarks such as Trinity College (Prince Charles attended this school), Dublin castle and Christchurch cathedral. On your 5th day, you’ll sail in luxury on the World’s largest ferry to London, England.You’ll hop onto a double-decker bus and see the Tower of London, Camden Locks, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace (maybe you’ll see Kate Middleton). To wrap up the day, you’ll do a tour at one of London’s most-well known salons!

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Day 7-9:

Considered as the greatest event in the world of hairdressing, you’ll get to attend the prestigious Salon International Show, where you’ll be one of the first to discover the season’s newest cutting techniques and coloring trends. After the show, you have VIP tickets to attend the Alternative Hair Show. You’ll rub elbows with prominent members in the industry and chat with international hair artists. On your 8th day, you’ll visit the Pivot Point Academy for a day of training with world-renowned instructors.

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*Itinerary subject to change

For $5990cdn, this is an all-inclusive package that includes food, hotel, flight, transportation, fun excursions and valuable education. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

SPACE IS LIMITED. Meet with an Admissions Advisor for more information and to sign up today!

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1oFdz3h

MC College in the Community: January

Whether it’s pink hair or a new hair cut, the month of January was about helping the community by giving makeovers to those in need and to help raise awareness for children battling cancer. MC College students use their skills for the benefit of others, while at the same time expanding their technical experience by volunteering at community events.

#PaintingYegPink- Edmonton, Alberta

On January 16th, Edmonton MC College buzzed with excitement as students and staff “painted Edmonton pink” at the annual Hair Massacure event for cancer. From 6AM to 5PM, students pinked over 40 heads and beards (eyebrows included!). But what’s “pinking”, you ask? Pinking is when people raise funds for children battling cancer by bleaching and coloring their hair fuschia pink. Local celebrity, Bridget Ryan from Breakfast Television was on location to interview participants while they got their hair bleached and pinked by our students. This year, the campus was visited by a “furry special” guest, Freddy the Poodle, who wore pink extensions to help participants raise awareness! The second part of Hair Massacure will take place on February 14 at West Edmonton Mall, where MC College students will assist with shaving heads.

“A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support @HairmassacureNA at @mccollegegroup @thestollery @rmhnorthernAB #powerofawish”- @MakeAWishAB via Twitter

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Pictures from Hair Massacure Pinking 2014

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Helping the Community, One Cut at a Time- Vernon, British Columbia 

On January 2, Vernon MC College students and staff were invited to put their skills to the test for those in need at Vernon Alliance Church’s Common Threads event. From 1PM-3PM students gave out over 20 free haircuts.

#mcteamfabulous- Vernon, British Columbia

To kick off Vernon MC College’s #mcteamfabulous event, students from Seaton High School were invited for a campus tour and makeover. With High School graduation around the corner, the students received a new hairstyle, learned how to fabulously pose in selfies and experience what student life is like at MC College.

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Parkridge Centre- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Saskatoon MC College students and staff made a special visit to Parkridge Centre. Not only did the students give out mini manicures and hair touch-ups, they also taught the residents about basic body and hair care! Parkridge Centre is a long term care facility for over 240 residents ranging in age from Preschool to over 100 years of age.

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