MC Alumni Profile: Andrew Van

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Image credit: @chinkthebarber

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!”

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Student of the Month: Danae Desjardins

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You may recognize her name from our Instagram. From purple balayage to granny hair, she is slaying it in the colour game. Our Student of the Month goes out to Danae Desjardins from the Winnipeg campus! “Danae works extremely hard and is a great role model to all her peers …her technique is out of this world…she has the drive and dedication. She wows the teachers; she wows all of us!” says Anna McGregor, MC College Director.

 

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“When I met my Hairstylist, she inspired me to get into it. It’s a good way to help people feel confident about themselves…that’s something that my Hairstylist helped me with…lots of people look at Hairstyling as superficial but they don’t know that we work hard and that there’s so many paths you can take.”

Lighting is everything as you can tell in the two left hand side pictures. Shadow roots 😎One of my regular and favourite clients! Took her from her black roots to a solid grey. Book with me @ Mc College 575 Wall Street by calling 1-204-786-5081 ex 1(request me), message me on here OR email: danae.l.desjardins@hotmail.com☺️ @corydontimes @modernsalon @behindthechair_com @belowhairstudio @hotonbeauty @stylistshopconnect @beautifinder @mccollegegroup @artegocanada #wpg #winnipeghair #canadianhair #wpghair #hair #haircolor #haircolour #hairstyle #womanshaircolor #menshaircolor #menshaircut #menshairstyle #womanshairstyle #womanshaircut #winnipeghairsalon #wpghairsalon #winnipeghairstylist #wpghairstylist #mccollege #artegolife #balayage #fade #swave #curls #braid #beforeandafter

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What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Colours and barbering. Colours are fun ‘cause you can do a huge transformation. Sometimes it can be tedious and stressful but it’s so gratifying at the end. I like barbering because a lot of guys wait until they look like monkeys before they get cut. After you give them a cut, they look like a new person!”

What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“How hard hair cutting is! You can’t just pick up shears and do whatever…Before realizing I wanted to be a Hairstylist, I thought it was just something people did for fun. It’s a huge thing and always will be. Before, I didn’t know about hair competitions or being a platform artist…there’s so many opportunities”

 

What do you love about MC College?
“The people are awesome and the clients and staff members too. It’s a welcoming atmosphere. The teachers are always there to help us and they make you feel excited to learn.”

What are your plans for the future after graduating?
“I want to enter the NAHA’S and Contessa’s. It’s so much fun to get out there and see what you can do…Come and watch my career. In five years, I’m going to have a business and I am going to make something big out of this”.

Danae recently landed her dream job at Sapphire Lounge.

What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“There are always going to be people who put you down for going to hair school…ignore them. If you’re passionate just go for it and it’ll never feel like work for you. Passion is what’s going to build your business and make you more successful than the people who bring you down”

 

Follow her on Social Media:
Instagram: @want.to.get.cut
Snapchat: want.to.get.cut
Facebook: Want To Get Cut By Danae DesJardins

MC Pop Up Salon presents: Shear Envy ✂️

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Located in the heart of the Ice District in Edmonton, the MC Pop Up Salon was up and running for business last month! From February 23 to 27, MC College Hairstyling Students: Kelly Shirtliff (@kdshirtliff), Desire Poulin (@hairbydesirep), Nicolette Pirrott (@sharksloveteeth) and Taya Tkachuk (@taya.hair) worked as a squad to manage and operate their own salon, Shear Envy. “We got the opportunity to run our own salon. We built the prices and brought in our own clients. Just getting a feel of what a salon would be like was the best part!” says Desire.
Check out their Instagram and @mccollegegroup for some of the lit hair transformations they did!

Under the guidance of our Education Director, Anna Gemellaro, the students had over 36 customers and did 102 services – from candy colored hair to cuts and balayage. We even had return customers from our past Pop Up Salon! “They had great people skills and were independent yet willing to learn…They were never afraid to try a new technique…They kept me young at heart. BRAVO!” says Anna.

 

Before beginning Shear Envy, the group presented a business plan and collaborated with MC College’s marketing department to create a logo and promotional materials. The students were provided with a POS, appointment booking system, and a full blown color and retail bar to enhance their experience as a salon owner.


We asked them: what was your favorite part about the experience?
Desire: “The team atmosphere. We all pulled together and really stepped on board. I learned how to customize every client and personalize their experience. ”
Taya: “It was a great experience outside of school! It helped me understand what goes on behind the scenes of a salon”.
Kelly: “I loved the atmosphere, clientele and our team. This was such a great opportunity to learn the business aspect of a salon”
Nicolette: “The infinite amounts of coffee and of course being able to make the rules!!…It’s all about your team and working as one”.


A pop up store is a temporary shop that could be in business one week and then gone the next. As part of the MC Pop Up Salon initiative, a team of students get the chance to own a salon for one week. They learn on-the-job skills in marketing, finance and operations, as well as develop their technical and communication skills.


Follow us on social media to be the first to hear about the next Pop Up Salon!
For info about our Pop Up Salon, visit: Pop Up Salon 

💁 Student of the Month: Taya Tkachuk

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From balayage to “granny hair”, this lady is slaying it on Instagram! Born and raised in a small town, you may have seen her at last week’s MC Pop Up Salon  as a feature Entrepreneur/Stylist. 💇

Our Student of the Month is Hairstylist-to-be, Taya Tkachuk 👏 👏 from the Edmonton campus. “Taya is a lovely student inside and out. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and has an eagerness to learn” says Edmonton Director, Analia Rubie.

1). Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“It’s always been a passion of mine. Back home in Lac La Biche, there weren’t many opportunities for me to explore hair. I was always the one my friends and family went to for hair and makeup…and it just became my thing.”

2). What do you like most about Hairstyling so far?
“Making people feel good about themselves. Once you’ve achieved this, it’s the best feeling ever and it makes you feel like you can do anything.”

3). How was the Pop Up Salon?
“It was a great experience outside of school! It helped me understand what goes on behind the scenes of a salon….I learned different techniques in blow drying…and running/managing a salon”.

4). What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“Unit 3. I wasn’t expecting to learn about anatomy. I hate that people stereotype hair school as dumb but that’s not true. You need to know your stuff…even anatomy. All the studying and hair that you do puts a lot of stress on your body. You put so many hours into doing one clients’ hair to make them happy and studying on top of that! Its not just applying color or cutting hair…it’s much more”.

5). What do you love about MC College?
“I love the teachers and the people…it’s so welcoming here and I wasn’t expecting that when I started school! Every day is a fun day at school even if you’re in class or not.”

6). What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? Why?
“Clients can be a bit overwhelming…you learn how to work with people of all personalities and know when to end a conversation politely…and saying no to clients can be hard too. Especially when it comes to hair color”

7). What are your plans for the future after graduating?
“I want to stay in Edmonton for the opportunities when I graduate. But in the future, I would love to move to Toronto or Montreal, and start doing hair competitions. I want to see how far I can get with my career”

8). What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a Hairstylist?
“Make sure it’s a passion of yours and not just a job…You need passion and drive cause you can’t just do a half assed job in this. You gotta be all in.
9). What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“You can’t please everyone…do the best you can and work with your own knowledge.”

Follow her! 
Instagram: @Taya.Hair
Snapchat: tayatkachuk
Twitter: @tootie_19

Edmonton MC College Students to appear in TLC Network’s ‘Global Beauty Masters’ show

 

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Survivor meets the Contessa’s (Canada’s largest Hairstyling competition) to the extreme! Nicolette Pirrott (instagram: @sharksloveteeth)  and Tao Ping, two MC College Hairstyling Students from Edmonton will be featured in TLC network’s “Global Beauty Masters” show, set to premier on March 17th 2016 at 4pm (MT).

“We’re pleased to have ‘Global Beauty Masters’ on TLC” says David Melia, TLC’s Vice President of Programming. “This is a fascinating world that our viewers will be excited to explore.”

This past Fall, the two Edmonton students traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the second annual Global Beauty Masters competition. The competition is a television series that unites Hairstylists and Hairstyling Students from around the globe who compete to win the coveted title of “Global Beauty Masters”.

From the Global Beauty Masters website: “After a rough start to their first trip to Las Vegas, Canadians Nicolette and Tao arrive without their team leader. To remain in the competition, they are matched with local student Natalie who volunteers to help them.”

Working together as the ‘MC Team’, Nicolette and Tao endured a week of intensive hair, makeup, nails and styling competition against teams from around the world, while being filmed for the show.

It was an awesome experience that I’ll never forget. It was inspiring to be around people that have the same passion and feeding off their energy to create something amazing!” says Nicolette.

The show will premier on TLC on March 17 at 4:00 PM (MT).

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.

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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Apply to be an MC College Beauty Apprentice!

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Calling all future make-up artists, hairstylists and fashion designers: have you ever wondered what happens backstage at a fashion show? If you are a High School student* enrolled in Cosmetology 20/30 or Fashion Studies 20/30, you could WIN the chance to volunteer backstage at one of our Western Canada Fashion Week Shows:

September 18: MC College New Designers Fashion Show
• September 21: MC College Student Showcase

Go behind the scenes, as you’ll be helping MC College prep hair and make-up, and style models for the runway!

If you would like to apply, please speak to your Cosmetology or Fashion Studies teacher. Applications are due on September 5th 2014.

For more information, contact:
Analia Rubie
Director- Edmonton
analia@mccollege.ca
T: 780-497-3156

*available only to COS 20, 30 and Fashion Studies 20, 30 Edmonton High School students

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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Day 4-6:

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