Beauty Changes Lives: Kate Korpi Academy

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Image Credit: Modern Salon

Beauty Changes Lives. This is something I’ve always believed in and preached since I started my career in the Beauty Industry 7-ish years ago. Along the way, I’ve met some incredible Hairstylists, Fashion Designers and Estheticians who are using their career to make a difference in the community.

 
A few months ago, I stopped procrastinating and finally crossed the number one item on my bucket list: visit the Mother Land…Cambodia! From Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and Takeo Province, I met family for the first time, visited Angkor Wat, learned more about the Khmer Rouge regime, bargained like a local at Orussey Market, and celebrated Khmer New Year in the country side, and much more. The trip was a complete culture shock and it was hard to turn a blind eye to the level of poverty. But, as a second-generation immigrant, it was a humbling experience as it could have easily been my life.


You’re probably wondering…how are the Beauty Industry and Cambodia related?
When I had returned from the trip, I read an article in the April Issue of Salon Today about 2 Stylists, Matthew Fairfax and Lauren Enbright, and their work in Cambodia. In 2009, they took a trip to Cambodia after hearing stories about the sex trafficking industry. “After 10 days of meetings, visiting with survivors of sex trafficking and pushing through the culture shock of third world poverty, our plan to change the world had begun” says Matthew (via Salon Today).

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After raising $120,000, they opened Kate Korpi Salon and Training Academy in Phnom Penh. The school teaches Hairstyling to the survivors and those at risk of the sex trafficking industry. All of the students at the school are awarded a full tuition scholarship and are given 2 years of training from Hairstylists (aka: Guest Artists) from around the world. When they graduate, they are given the opportunity to work at Kate Korpi Salon with Matthew and his Team. The students have assisted with hair and make up for the Cambodian Drama, “Little Miss Vengeance” and at Phnom Penh Fashion Week 2015.

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Image credit: Kate Korpi Salon Facebook page

“What’s really special is that all of a sudden, I realized our students in Cambodia were truly changed. Now, they have vocational skills, business skills and a sense of belonging, hope and laughter” says Matthew (via Salon Today).

 

How can you help?
They are currently looking for Guests Artists and Advocates to volunteer a minimum of 3 weeks to teach Hairstyling and build confidence in the students. The Guest Artists come from around the world and are important in adding variety to the students’ education. If you are interested, please visit: http://www.justiceandsoul.org/

 
Read about Kate Korpi Academy here:
http://www.salontoday.com/news/salon-business-news/justice-and-souls-kate-korpi-salon-debuts-cambodia

http://www.modernsalon.com/news/salon-business-news/justice-and-soul-offers-hope-cambodia
http://www.seattlemet.com/articles/2015/8/4/how-a-seattle-stylist-is-disrupting-the-overseas-sex-trade

Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katekorpisalon/?fref=ts

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Student of the Month: Cinthia Tejeda

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Growing up in Mexico, Cinthia always believed that everyone deserves a chance. “I worked as a volunteer for an orphanage in Mexico City. In a city with at least a million kids living [on] the streets, it was hard for me to ignore that growing problem…”. After studying law for a year and immigrating to Calgary from Mexico in 2008, Cinthia decided to follow her passion and start her career towards becoming an Esthetician. “Cinthia has impressed us at the campus with her open and positive personality. She is an extremely hard worker that consistently goes above and beyond the call” says Calgary Director, Todd Maki.

Why did you choose Esthetics as a career?
“I love making people feel happy. When they come here, they might be stressed out from life but I get to help them feel their best and I love that feeling…I always knew I wanted to be an Esthetician but it took me awhile to realize it. For so long, I wanted to be a lawyer. I studied law for a year in Mexico…but I wasn’t passionate about it….I love beauty products and making people happy. When I came to Calgary, I started investigating Esthetics”.

 

What do you like most about Esthetics so far?
“Facials and body treatments! I love the theory behind why facials are good for your skin and body. I can’t wait to learn about advanced facials…It’s so interesting!! I also like working closely with customers. They trust you with their looks and their secrets.”

 

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What has surprised you the most about beauty school?
“How much you can do and learn in one month. After one month in school, I learned how to do facials and manicures. To me, this is amazing that we could learn so much in just one month.”

 

What do you love about MC College?
“Everything about MC is OMG. Everything is amazing. Destiny (Esthetics Instructor) is amazing! She makes the place shine and she is entertaining, passionate and knowledgeable. Everyday we learn something new and everyday is different. I have been given so many tools to learn different things.”


What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? Why?
“Balancing life at home with school. I love all of my instructors and classmates but at the same time, you get stressed out because you see them more than your family.”

What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“Follow your passion. Put your heart into it and try your best and always work hard…for so long, I wanted to be a lawyer. But when I moved to Calgary, I realized that it wasn’t my calling.”

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Follow her!!
Instagram: @canadianesthetician
Snapchat: canadianestheician

READY TO SHINE 6: A Cut Above the Rest

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From bougie dresses to blouses channeling Coachella vibes, Fashion Studies students from 7 Edmonton Public High Schools got the chance to show off their designs at Kingsway Mall’s Ready to Shine event. Now in its 6th year, the event challenges High School students to design and construct garments for evening, career and casual wear. They also made garments out of unconventional materials such as recycled newspaper, shopping bags and bubble wrap.

 

As a proud sponsor, year after year, we were excited to see the designs of Edmonton’s next top fashion designers. The garments were modelled on the runway by High School Students and local celebrities such as: Nicole Crosbie (95.7 Cruz FM), Kimberley Wynn (CTV), Stacey Brotzel (CTV), Dana Giesbrecht (Shaw TV), Nancy Carlson (Global TV) and Ami Amato (Up 99.3 FM). The show did not disappoint….it was LIT!!

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Last years’ winner of our scholarship and current MC College Fashion Student, Aike Zhumaglova, was on location to announce the winner of this year’s scholarship recipient.

Congrats to the participating High Schools: Harry Ainlay, Ross Shepard, WP Wagner, McNally, M.E Lazerte, L.Y Cairns and Jasper Place High School.

 

Did you miss the live segment on Dinner Television? You can watch it here: http://www.kingswaymall.com/ready_to_shine.asp
‘Ready to Shine’ is a fundraising partnership with Kingsway mall and the Edmonton Public School Foundation to showcase young fashion designers and their creative minds. This year, the event raised $20,000 for the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation’s full day kindergarten program in schools located in vulnerable social communities.

 

Microblading collab: MC College + Brows by G

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Brows by G Inc. and MC College Group Inc. are collaborating to provide the Microblading Technician Training Program (MTTP), across MC College campuses in Western Canada. The program teaches Esthetics and Beauty Industry professionals the innovative, semi-permanent eyebrow enhancing procedure.

The program we have developed, and are rolling out in collaboration with MC College is the only one of its kind in the depth, breadth, and teaching techniques we use to develop qualified Microblading Technicians.” said Brows by G Inc. Founder and CEO, Giovanna Minenna.

 

The Microblading Technician Training Program (MTTP) will be offered at MC College campuses in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and Kelowna in the upcoming months.

 

“We couldn’t be happier partnering with Brows by G to offer this exciting and innovative new course. This type of specialized service is becoming hugely important to our clients and the industry itself.” says Anna McGregor, Director of the MC College Winnipeg campus.

 

Brows by G. was established in 2015 as a brow bar and permanent makeup clinic by award-winning beauty artist Giovanna Minenna.Brows by G specializes in Microblading, Micropigmentation, shaping, tinting, waxing, and makeup services

For more info, visit:

http://www.mccollege.ca/microblading_program/

or

http://www.browsbyg.com

 

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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).

Student of the Month: Afreen Merchant 💅

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From full time single Mom to student, this woman is a super hero! 👑 Our Student of the Month goes out to Esthetician-to-be, ➡️ Afreen Merchant ⬅️ from the Calgary campus. “She has an incredible attitude about her studies, the school and life… and spreads her own special brand of optimism” says Calgary Director, Todd Maki.

Why did you choose Esthetics as a career?
“Both my Mom and Grandma were Beauticians. Unfortunately, God felt that he was missing two Angels and they are now with him, so this allows me to feel connected to them in some way. Beauty has always been something I have found an interest in, and when I was at my lowest and didn’t know what to do with my life, Esthetics was there for me.”

What do you like most about Esthetics so far?
“I love the way people smile after they get their treatment done. It is the highlight of my day knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life no matter how big or little.”

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What do you love about MC College?
“I love my instructors!…My learning experience has been easier because they have been so understanding….Everyone is supportive here. They are always there for you and help you when you make a mistake. It feels like another family to me, we are always together”

 

We understand, the struggle is real…so what has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? Why?
“I am a full time Mom. My son will always come first so it was very difficult taking care of him, balancing school, and studying for tests and quizzes. There are days where I wake up at 7am to get my son ready so that I can drop him off to day care before going to school, and staying up till 3 or 4 in the morning studying and finishing assignments after I have put him to bed.”

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What is the best advice you’ve received about the industry, beauty school or career?
“Beauty will never go out of style”

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Unit 3 photo shoot: Mother Nature

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an Esthetician?
“It isn’t just a job, or just a hobby. It’s a full time commitment. The instructors are really helpful and they ensure that you will succeed. The most important thing to remember is that it’s okay to ask questions.”

What are your must have Bernard Cassiere or OPI products?
“Honey oxygenating line…I have sensitive skin and my face never reacts badly to it” 

 

SHOW HER SOME LOVE! 😘
Instagram: @afreen_rayyan
👻: afreenm
Twitter: @merchant_afreen

 

Pivot Point’s Learn About Beauty

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Say ‘bye Felicia’ 👋 to lugging around heavy books 📚 because we have some exciting news!!!

This February, we will be the FIRST Canadian School to launch Pivot Point’s Learn About Beauty. Whether English is your second language or you’re struggling to keep up, LAB will keep you motivated to learn and keep you on track with your education. But…what is LAB?!

 
From Snapchat to Instagram, you 💕 sharing your selfies and connecting with your friends. With LAB, it’s similar – it’s a digital learning platform that looks and feels like Social Media. From showing off pictures of your latest Kylie Jenner-Esque hair creations to posting tips for creating on fleek ombre nails in the discussion forum, you’ll be able to post and communicate with MC Instructors, Support Staff and Students across all 6 MC College campuses.

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If you’re a competitive person, you can earn points for social activities and school work in LAB. You can see how you stack up with the members of your community and “rise up to the challenge of your rivals” (aka: other students) to the top of the leaderboard.

 
Whether you’re on an iPhone or Samsung, computer or a tablet, you have easy and on-demand access to an online collection of study guides, quizzes, videos and more. Learn at your own pace, whenever and wherever you need it!

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Pivot Point educational content is at the core of LAB. Lessons are short and include interactive materials to make learning fun and engaging. Included in LAB are learning paths which will guide you through every step of your education and keep you organized.

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WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING*:
“LAB is awesome! It’s very helpful being able to access the videos and notes. The lesson challenges make studying so much easier and I don’t dread studying or doing homework”
“Very helpful when it comes to exams!”
“It motivates me to study with a little friendly competition”

*testimonials are from students who have used LAB.

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For more information, click here.

 

Top stories from 2015

From 💃flamenco dancing💃 in Barcelona to Marlo Steenman’s Spanx for not letting her down, these are the top MC College stories from 2015 (in chronological order):

Nepal Fundraiser 
MC College organized a company wide fundraiser for the Canadian Red Cross. 50% of proceeds from salon and spa services on May 5th, at all six campuses, were donated to the Nepal Regional Earthquake Fund. We fund-raised over $5000!

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Red Deer Express
In June, MC College Red Deer was named top 3 best spas by Red Deer Express’ ‘Best of’ awards. Thank you to all of our clients and students for the support and the vote! 💅👏

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Creative Jam 2015
Last June, Pivot Point International hosted its first Creative Jam in Canada – a 2 day event of ‘hairspiration’ for Hairstylists and Educators. Our Educational Director, Anna Gemellaro, and MC College Instructors travelled to Toronto for hands-on education with industry leaders Yolly Ten Koppel, Joakim Roos, Severine LeBrun, Sabrina Hagenmueller and Laddie James. 💇

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Pop up Salon
Last summer, we launched our first Pop Up Salon in Edmonton: Colour Art Salon by Dona Karunathilake! From creating a dress code to setting salon prices, Dona and her team got to the #WorkGrind and experienced entrepreneurship firsthand. The Pop Up Salon gives students the chance to experience what it’s like to own a salon and learn on-the-job skills in marketing, finance and operations.

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The next Pop Up Salon is February 22- 27. To pre-book your appointment, call 780 429 4407 or email salon-ed@mccollege.ca (don’t forget to mention pop up salon!!).

#MCxNAHA 2015 
From July 11th to 13th, over 80 MC College students and staff boarded a plane for Las Vegas for the 10th annual #MCxNAHA show and the North American Hairstyling Awards. The highlight of the trip? One of our Hairstyling graduates, Marlo Steenman, won Hair Colorist of the year!

 

Global Beauty Masters
Reality TV meets the ABA show to the extreme. Two MC College students, Tao Ping and Nicolette Porritt, went to Las Vegas in September for the second annual Global Beauty Masters Competition. Working together as the ‘MC Team’, Tao and Nicolette endured a week of intensive competition with 13 teams from around the world. The show is set to premiere on TLC on March 17, 2016! 📺
Watch the promo video

 

Beauty Abroad: Barcelona 
From November 3 to November 11 2015, we packed our bags and jet setted to the cobbled stone streets of Barcelona! “My days in Barcelona were filled with culture, shopping, dining, and training…. It was an experience I will never forget” says MC College Hairstyling Student, Meaghan Palmer.

 

Graduation
Saying ‘bye Felicia’ to their mannequin heads, creepy looking practice fingers and pulling an all-nighter to finish a garment can only mean one thing: it’s grad! In Spring and Fall 2015, over 400 Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Design students across six campuses celebrated their success with friends, family, industry partners and MC staff.

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New Designers Fashion Show | Edmonton & Winnipeg
From floral appliqués surrounded by fighter jets to being the show to launch Western Canada Fashion Week, our annual New Designers Fashion Show was SOLD OUT in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Read more:
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Sharing the Love
Throughout 2015, MC College Students and Staff at all campuses volunteered at a variety of events. Because we couldn’t just choose one event to highlight, we made a list of the top 2 events at each campus:

  •  Kelowna
    • Mini makeovers for the City of Kelowna Camp Girlz Summer Camp
    •  Cuts for a Cure at Kelowna Secondary School

 

  • Edmonton
    • “Pinked” and shaved heads at the 12th annual Hair Massacure event
    • Hair cuts at Homeless Connect
  • Calgary
    • “Pinked” hair for Hair Massacure in support of the Make a Wish Foundation
    • Mini manicures and backstage hair + makeup at the Calgary Women’s Show
  • Red Deer
    • Hair and make up for Central Alberta Theatre
    • In partnership with 90.5 shine FM, we did mini manicures and hairstyles at the Only Women’s Fun Run (in support of the Women’s Outreach Centre)

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/)

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.